Compact High Sensitive Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Instrument

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,986.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CA98C
Agency Tracking Number:
055019
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114584175
Principal Investigator:
Qiushui Chen
Principal Investigator
(781) 935-2800
qchen@bostonati.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Zou
Business Official
(781) 935-2800
kzou@bostonati.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a versatile tool for in situ substance characterization. Existing LIBS instruments are not compact enough for space applications. Major obstructs for miniaturization are from: high voltage Q-switch based pulse laser, inefficient light collection system and bulky high sensitive array-detection. Based on a revolutionary low-voltage Q-switch technology and high efficient laser delivery and light collection scheme, Boston Applied Technologies proposes to develop an ultra-compact high sensitive LIBS instrument for NASA application. The laser featured fast and dual-pulse Q-switch with low switching voltage, ultra reliable fiber-ring cavity design, and high efficient laser-diode pumping. The low switching voltage also brings the advantage of reducing the complexity of the electronic driver design, which is a big chunk in existing electro-optical or acoustic-optic Q-switching lasers. The required ablation energy can be significantly reduced due to high efficiency of the proposed system. The resultant LIBS instrument will be compact, cost-effective and reliable. It will be capable of withstanding operation in space and planetary environmental extremes, which include temperature, pressure, radiation, and impact stresses.

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