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Infrared Derivative Spectroscopy for Open Path Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-05-P-0063
Agency Tracking Number: A054-021-0028
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-T021
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-08-10
Small Business Information
4 Fourth Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
United States
DUNS: 047627732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pajo Vujkovic-Cvijin
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 273-4770
Business Contact
 Fritz Bien
Title: President
Phone: (781) 273-4770
Research Institution
 Shyamsunder Erramilli
590 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

 (617) 353-6114
 Nonprofit College or University

There is a long-standing military, homeland security and industry need for compact, portable sensors to remotely detect, identify and quantify chemical and biological warfare agents and other hazardous species at significant standoff ranges. Current LWIR Fourier transform spectrometers are mechanically complex and sensitive, and susceptible to interference from atmospheric background fluctuations. Spectral Sciences Inc. and Boston University propose the development of a long-path sensor based on a novel derivative multiplexed spectrometer technology that provides high sensitivity, high-speed processing, on-the-fly spectral adaptability, and mechanical stability, all in a rugged package with no macro-scale moving parts. The instrument would operate in two modes, a survey mode for species detection and a pre-processing mode for sensitive measurement. The use of an arbitrarily programmable spectrally selective element makes it suitable for all types of derivative spectroscopy, including novel optically multiplexed approaches, which have the potential for unprecedented sensitivity and background rejection. In Phase I we will develop an engineering design for a prototype Phase II system, project its performance, and compare it with conventional devices. In Phase II we will construct a prototype instrument suitable for low-volume production.

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