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The Development of an Optic Fiber Based Hybrid Spectroscope

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CL72P
Agency Tracking Number: 170201
Amount: $117,629.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-08
Small Business Information
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666-1339
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Shen
 Senior Research Scientist
 (757) 325-6783
Business Contact
 Benjamin Hering
Title: Business Official
Phone: (585) 414-2530
Research Institution
 University of Virginia
 Benjamin Hering
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22904-1000
United States

 (585) 414-2530
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Laser & Plasma Technologies (LPT), teamed with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Lasers at the University of Virginia (UVA), proposes an advanced optical fiber coupled hybrid spectroscope for in situ characterization of organic compounds. The proposed approach provides information on organic compounds by analyzing spectra obtained from Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Raman Spectroscopy (Raman) with a novel approach of using a single pulsed laser. The hybrid spectroscope yields elemental compositions from LIBS and molecular information from Raman strongly complement each other. The use of optical fibers offers advantages of small, light, and flexibility for various NASA planetary missions. An innovative laser beam scanning head provides an ultra-compact solution to achieve 1D or 2D raster scanning from a robotic arm. LPT has extensive expertise in material detection and monitoring by optical sensing technologies. The expertise combined with LPT's core competencies in advanced laser micromachining and optical sensing, provides a solid foundation to achieve the goal of this project. A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 is anticipated by the end of the Phase I project.

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