Award Data

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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until June, 2020.

  1. Development of Solid-state Optical Cooler Materials to Replace Conventional Cryocoolers Usedfor Cooling SWIR and LWIR Infrared Detectors and Focal-plane-arrays

    SBC: NP Photonics, Inc.            Topic: CBD171001

    We propose an all-fiber approach to heat removal from devices such as IR and LWIR detectors and sensors. In our approach, the cooling fibersegment, the pump fiber laser, and the optical fiber used for photon waste removal are all integrated into a single fiber configuration. NPPhotonics' high efficiency fiber lasers are used to pump high purity doped glass fibers, which provide the cooling action ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseOffice for Chemical and Biological Defense
  2. Radiation-Hard DC-DC Converter

    SBC: Alphacore, Inc.            Topic: 28h

    The upgrade of the physics experiments for the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) at CERN is currently driving the development of new and more efficient powering schemes to cope with the increase of power demanded by the new high-density front-end electronics boards. Due to the high radiation levels of up to hundreds of Mrad at the HL-LHC, commercial DC-DC converters cannot be used in these powering sc ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Energy
  3. High Resolving Power, Broadband Spectroscopy for Nuclear Materials Control

    SBC: Catalina Scientific Instruments, LLC            Topic: 30c

    The monitoring of spent nuclear fuel is not only critical to the operational safety of power plants, but also for nuclear materials control and accountability. Furthermore, up to 30% of energy may be recovered from reprocessed spent nuclear fuel, reducing high level radioactive waste. While radiation sensors may provide measurements of radioactivity, they often lack material selectivity to fully c ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Energy
  4. Application and Communication Platform for Smart Grid Automation

    SBC: Machfu Inc.            Topic: 08a

    Grid modernization requires adoption of modern information technologies in an incremental manner to continue support of legacy assets and use case while enabling seamless integration of and transition to modern paradigms. Empowering domain experts and stakeholders to easily customize modern technologies to the unique needs of grid operation and maintenance is critical. In the Phase I effort Machfu ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Energy
  5. AOTF Based Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging System for Stand-off Chemical Detection


    Our goal in this SBIR project is to develop a lightweight, low-power, inexpensive hyperspectral spectro-polarimetric imaging sensor for wide area standoff detection of chemical agents. The imaging system will employ an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) that operates in the LWIR wavelength range. The sensor will have polarimetric imaging capabilities which, adds a valuable signature feature to im ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of DefenseOffice for Chemical and Biological Defense
  6. Development of Low Cost Infrared Focal Plane Arrays For Passive Chemical Detection Using Colloidal Quantum Dots


    We propose to develop low cost extended range Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) using Colloidal Quantum Dots (CQDs) technology. We have successfully produced a SWIR FPA camera with a resolution of 640 x 512 pixels and a sensitivity from 0.4 mm to 1.7 mm at room temperature. Our first initiative will be to extend the operational wavelength range to 2.5 mm, and then 3.0 mm. We hav ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of DefenseOffice for Chemical and Biological Defense
  7. Open-Path Spatial Ring Down Spectrometer for Chemical Vapor Detection

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: CBD171004

    Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop an open-path spatial ringdown spectrometer (OP-SRS) for the detection and quantification of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs). This approach enables sensitive and selective detection of the chemicals of interest over a broad dynamic range down to the 10 minute negligible military exposure guideline (MEG) level. Thi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of DefenseOffice for Chemical and Biological Defense
  8. Picosecond Timing Measurement IC for Particle Physics Experiments

    SBC: Alphacore, Inc.            Topic: 27j

    Several high energy physics experiments require accurate timing measurements and transient digitization at high sampling rates, equaling or exceeding 10 gigasamples per second (GSPS). To date, only a few transient digitizer chips have been developed for this purpose and they are based on storing the analog samples onto long buffers from which they are digitized with low-rate analog-to-digital conv ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Energy
  9. Rare-earth-doped Nanoparticles for Remote Readout Topic 1.a

    SBC: NP Photonics, Inc.            Topic: 01a

    New and novel passive optical taggants for remote readout are desired by the Office of Proliferation Detection of DOE for early detection of nuclear weapons development. NP Photonics proposes to make passive optical taggants made of rare-earth-doped glass nanoparticles for remote tracing and identification applications. Due to the low phonon energy, the rare-earth-doped specialty glasses emit ligh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Energy
  10. An Air Coupled Ultrasonic Array Scanning System for In-Situ Monitoring and Feedback Control of Additive Manufacturing

    SBC: X-Wave Innovations, Inc.            Topic: 18c

    The majority of additive manufacturing (AM) processes are plagued by a lack of online process control. Most existing quality assurance methods involve an inspection of the finished part rather than online quality control, leaving a need for an online inspection system that can assist in the amelioration of flaws during the manufacturing process. Thus, a monitoring method to optimize the manufactur ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Energy
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