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Membrane-Based Interferometric Respiration Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCH060133
Agency Tracking Number: 611048
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Shnitser
 Vice President, Photonic Systems
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the national need to increase transportation security and to prevent human smuggling within cargo containers, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop Membrane-based Interferometric Respiration Sensor (MIRS), based on a semipermeable, membrane that preferentially transmits carbon dioxide and an active interferometric readout to detect minute periodic variations in carbon dioxide concentration within a container caused by human respiration. The MIRS incorporates on-board data analysis to detect the presence of humans with low-false alarm rates. The MIRS will have a wireless transmitter to send an alarm to security personnel and to identify the container and time of alarm. It will consume

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