High Sensitivity Rugged Array Detectors for Field Deployed Instruments: Low-Light Level Camera for Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Ram

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-07-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: A062-065-0929
Amount: $119,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-065
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
B & W TEK, INC.
#19 Shea Way, Suite 301, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 964792485
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sean Wang
 CTO
 (302) 368-7824
 swang@bwtek.com
Business Contact
 Pei Tzeng
Title: Account Manager
Phone: (302) 368-7824
Email: peipei@bwtek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Low-light-level photodetector arrays are proposed for detecting the weak optical emission spectra from the trace atoms in the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The proposed semiconductor image intensifier and low-light-level camera utilize the miniaturized and monolithically integrated version of a proven solid-state detector technology, and is expected to be able to detect femto-watts (namely, 10^(-15) of 1 watt) of optical signal on each pixel with a gating time of 1 micro-second. The proposed research and development will significantly increase the sensitivity of the current LIBS chemical sensor systems, and therefore, enable more accurate detection of explosives at larger distances.

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