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Hand-held, Standoff Chemical-Biological Hazard Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: USZA22-02-P-0613
Agency Tracking Number: C021-0102
Amount: $99,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
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
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Marinelli
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

In this proposal Physical Sciences Inc. outlines the innovative adaptation our tunable filter technology to meet SOCOM's need for a man-portable standoff chemical/biological agent sensor. This technology has been successfully tested by the U.S. Armyduring chemical simulant releases conducted at the Nevada Test Site in 1999, 2000, and 2001 The system passively detects changes in the infrared signature of a scene, where vapor-phase and liquid chemical agents, as well as biological agents and toxicindustrial chemicals, have unique spectral signatures. The system couples the tunable filter, operating in the 8.0 to 11.5 um spectral region, to a closed-cycle cooled (no cryogen required) HgCdTe infrared detector with high responsivity and low noiseperformance. It will have a 50 milliradian field of view and a range of greater than 1 km. This system will detect agent vapors at their miosis or low dose hazard levels, liquid agents at 1 g/m2 coverage, and bioagents at 100 agent containing particlesper liter of air. It is expected to weigh approximately 1.5 to 2.5 kg, have the form factor if a flashlight, and consume approximately 22 W of power, allowing 4.5 hours of continuous operation using rechargeable Li-ion batteries.

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