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Photoacoustic Gasses Optical Detector and Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-17-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: C171-004-0015
Amount: $149,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD171-004
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-12
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Michael Reznikov, Ph.D.
 Principal Scientist, Electrodynamics
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Mr. Gordon Drew
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the DoDs Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) program need for the development of real-time analytical technology for multicomponent vapor identification and quantification, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Photoacoustic Gasses Optical Detector and Analyzer (PAGODA). It is based on a new system design that utilizes a novel, POC-developed photoacoustic transducer and COTS components. Specifically, the innovation in the transducer and the device structure will enable the detection and quantitative analysis of airborne chemical threats in a compact, lightweight, and inexpensive package, which directly addresses the CBD program requirements for an affordable, quick-response, compact, and lightweight, and power-efficient open-path construct. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of PAGODA by analysis and modeling of the device, and prototyping the novel transducer in order to develop a theoretical performance model, reaching TRL-3, and to drive the preliminary design constraints for a Phase II demonstration system. In Phase II, POC plans to build and optimize the performance of a PAGODA prototype based on the outcome of the Phase I feasibility study and then test it in a laboratory authorized to handle and manipulate the various CWAs and TICs, thus reaching TRL-6.

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