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Remote Infrared Nanostructured Adsorber-Based Chemical Agent Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: FA8650-04-M-1693
Agency Tracking Number: C041-307-0044
Amount: $69,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD04-307
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-04-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2004-10-23
Small Business Information
Electro-Optics Holo Div 20600 Gramercy Pl Bldg 100
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ranjit Pradhan
 Director, Electro-Optics & Displays
 (310) 320-3088
 sutama@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gdrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

To address the Chemical And Biological Defense Program request for an inexpensive, reusable, stand-alone, remote-signaling point detector for sensing chemical warfare agents (CWAs), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Remote Infrared Nanostructured Adsorber-Based Chemical Agent Monitor (RINACAM). In RINACAM broadband infrared radiation from a solid-state emitter is coupled into an infrared optical waveguide with a specially patterned nanostructured surface, designed to efficiently and reversibly adsorb CWAs. These adsorbed species directly affect the waveguide optical output recorded by POC's scalable superhigh-resolution miniature spectral sensor. Through smart data processing of this highï·“resolution spectral data, RINACAM robustly identifies CWA chemical signatures. At the end of each measurement cycle, the integrated heater element heats the nanostructured adsorption infrared waveguide to exhaust the adsorbed CWAs back into the air. This clears RINACAM for a new measurement, making the device continuously reusable. RINACAM is a rugged, compact, low-power-consuming package, with all solid-state components and no moving parts. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of RINACAM by assembling and testing a laboratory breadboard representing all component technologies. In Phase II POC will develop an advanced RINACAM prototype. The proposed RINACAM will also meet USAF requirements for a remote signaling CWA point detector.

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