Fiber-Optic Arc Excitation Spectrometry for Subsurface Heavy Metal Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26697
Amount: $99,747.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
W226 N555b Eastmound Road, Waukesha, WI, 53186
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Schlager
 (414) 896-2650
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Research Institution
Site characterization to detect subsurface contamination is of a enormous interest for both public and private applications. Biotronics is proposing to adapt an arc excitation spectrometry technology originally developed for anlaysis of liquid nutrient solutions at NASA to the detection of heavy metals in soils. A preliminary design will be defined that will permit arc excitation of soil adjacent to a characterization probe. The probe will be designed to be fitted with a fiber-optic cable to convey captured emission spectra to a remote instrument for detection and analysis using specially developed pattern recognition algorithms. Anticipated Benefits: The technology to be demonstrated under this project has numerous applications in environmental monitoring and industrial process control.

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