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LIBS Sensitivity Enhancement by Microwave Plasma Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-05-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: A043-057-2797
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-057
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-06-16
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 6
Pluckemin, NJ 07978
United States
DUNS: 172033677
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Greg Schmidt
 Chief Scientist
 (609) 256-5033
Business Contact
 Philip Efthimion
Title: Director of R. and D.
Phone: (908) 256-5033
Research Institution

Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a simple, rapid, real-time analytical technique based on the analysis of spectral emission from laser-induced micro plasmas. The Army is interested in deploying this technique in both a field portable instrument and on vehicular platforms (truck or plane) for remote sensing. Here we propose to enhance the sensitivity of LIBS by growing the LIBS micro plasma with microwaves. The resulting plasma will be larger and last significantly longer. The sensitivity should be enhanced by more than a factor of 1000. This plasma enhancement technique can be applied to both the configurations of field portable instruments and vehicular platforms. Phase I will demonstrate the enhancement technique in the laboratory and Phase II will produce a field portable instrument with enhanced sensitivity and a field test of the application for vehicular platforms.

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