Detecting Fossilized Microscopic Life Forms on Mars with Dual-Energy CT

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS3-02183
Agency Tracking Number:
012832
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Bio-Imaging Research, Inc.
425 Barclay Blvd., Lincolnshire, IL, 60069
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 David Nisius
 Engineer/Physicist
 (847) 634-6425
 dnisius@birinc.com
Business Contact
 John Moore
Title: President, CEO
Phone: (847) 634-6425
Email: jmoore@birinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This purpose of this SBIR Phase II project is to build a prototype dual-energy CT scanner to inspect and analyze the small rocks and minerals for evidnece of fossilized life. The goal is to achieve three-dimensional volume images with 10-micron spatial resolution in the reconstructed image and to provide identification at that resolution, of both the density and the effective atomic number of the material being examined. The scanner will use a precision turntable to manipulate the part and an array of CZT detectors to detect full-energy photons from the decay of a 109Cd radioactive source.

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