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Real-Time Vapor Detection of Explosive Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32483
Amount: $81,275.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
99 Spring Street, Suite K
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Errol Arkilic
 (617) 576-6231
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Research Institution

Phase I provides a proof-of-concept for a real-time method of detecting vapors of explosive material present in land mines. Land mines kill or maim 26,000 people per year, often long after military actions cease. The most common detection method--metal detection-- is increasingly ineffective for state-of-the-art antipersonnel mines, yet no consistently reliable, real-time alternative exists. To combat this, new detection technologies that detect the chemical signature of the vapor emanating from the explosive material have been suggested. Sensoria proposes a microelectromechanical system that is selective to specific vapors and provides continuous monitoring of the surrounding environment. The technology will not require sophisticated user knowledge for result interpretation and could be designed as a low-power, hand-held device. Our goal is to provide a technology that will be sufficiently selective to distinguish explosive vapor from a complex matrix of potential interferents and that will be sufficiently sensitive to provide real-time detection of trace-level vapor concentrations.

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