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THz Differential Absorption Radar for Bioparticulate Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD1903C0129
Agency Tracking Number: A2-0842
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3700 Cedarbend Dr.
Glendale, CA 91214
United States
DUNS: 105447440
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Elliott Brown
 Principal Investigator
 (818) 248-9841
Business Contact
 Elliott Brown
Title: Technical Officer
Phone: (818) 248-9841
Research Institution
 Robert Cox
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
United States

 (818) 393-7107
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

The Phase-I effort has produced three key results as the foundation for the Phase-II proposal. First, vector network analyzer measurements of a Bacillus subtillis (an Anthrax surrogate) sample has yielded promising absorption signatures around 425 and 445GHz. These are believed to be the most accurate measurements ever made of an Anthrax-like biopaticle in the sub-1.0 THz region. Second, the key components of field-portable differential absorption radar (DAR) have been constructed and demonstratedtogether in the laboratory. The transmitter consists of a solid-state harmonic multiplier chain driven by a W-band tunable synthesizer and solid-state power amplifier. The receiver is based on an InSb hot electron bolometer operating in direct detection.The bolometer is mounted in a field-portable Gifford-McMahon closed-cycle refrigerator requiring no cryogens. The measured NEP of the direct receiver is just under 1x10-12 W/Hz1/2. Third, the transceiver was operated successfully in frequency-hoppeddifferential-absorption mode, and an absorption was detected in a Bacillus subtillis sample around 425 GHz, in agreement with the network analyzer data. In the proposed Phase II effort the DAR approach will be demonstrated on an aerosol bioparticlesample, the DAR components will be integrated in a field-ready sensor, and the sensor will be demonstrated in the field at a site to be determined. If successful this project will produce the first known sensor capable of measuring low densities ofbioparticles at a large stand-off. The commercial applications of such a sensor would be in counter-terrorism and in public health (monitoring the movement of human disease).

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