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Frequency Agile Sensor for Trace Explosives Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0168
Agency Tracking Number: F08B-T26-0126
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-BT26
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-08-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-05-07
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
 Joel Hensley
 Principal Research Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratory
 Gilbert V Herrera
PO Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185-
United States

 (505) 284-6701
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

In collaboration with Sandia National Laboratory, Physical Sciences Inc (PSI) proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate a Frequency Agile Terahertz Sensor (FATS) for trace explosives residue detection. The critical frequency agile terahertz (THz) detector is based on an electronically tunable plasmonic grating-gate technology developed by our collaborators at Sandia. Phase I will further improve the performance of the FAT detector, validate this approach with laboratory demonstrations of the key elements, and refine the design of a complete system model that will be fabricated and demonstrated in Phase II. BENEFIT: The end result of Phase II of this program will be a prototype sensor for trace explosives residue detection. In addition to the national security benefit of an improved response to the on-going terrorist threat of improvised explosives, this project will also advance the state of the art of an innovative detector technology. Because of its frequency agility, small size, and compatibility with standard semiconductor processing, this novel detector has the potential to combine spectroscopic capability with focal plane imaging in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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