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Highly Efficient Atmospheric Gases Detections Using Integrated Vertical Crystal Waveguide Arrays

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PB125
Agency Tracking Number: 222594
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8
Solicitation Number: STTR_22_P1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-25
Small Business Information
8500 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78757-7591
United States
DUNS: 102861262
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 May Hlaing
 (215) 840-5750
Business Contact
 Gloria Chen
Phone: (512) 996-8833
Research Institution
 The University of Texas at Austin
110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 00000-0000
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

In this program, we propose to develop a novel hand-held multiplex gas detector platform in the mid-IR range for multiple chemical detection and identification with both high sensitivity and specificity. The sensor technology in this project is based on a lab-on-chip Mid-IR absorption spectrometer incorporating vertical photonic crystal waveguide (VPCW) structures. The VPCW demonstrates significant slow-wave effects leading to enhanced sensitivity within a drastically reduced interaction length. The small geometry of VPCW is an excellent platform for miniaturized sensing and high-resolution on-chip spectroscopy unmatched by any existing technologies. Unlike the conventional approach, the device proposed herein can provide multiple analyte detections in one chip with one broadband LED source and the wavelength indifferent PDs array that offers a cost-effective, compact, and highly sensitive device without compromising the specificity for air-borne and space-borne applications. In the proposed work, our plan is to 1) design three different VPCWs on a Si wafer to exhibit multiplex detection capability with strong confinement of light in the VPCW defect core 2) fabrication and characterization of multiple VPCWs on a Si wafer with minimum interference from adjacent defect holes 3) demonstration of optical detection of CO2, CH4, and N2O with targeted sensitivity of lt;100ppb and 4) Packaging and integration of one mid-IR LED, VPCW arrays, and matching PD arrays into our hand-held unit.

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