Handheld IR Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Chemical Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0326
Amount: $749,965.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD08-102
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, -
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael MacDougal
 Vice-President
 (805) 642-4645
 macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jon Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, Aerius Photonics demonstrated Raman spectroscopy at 785 nm, 980 nm, and 1064 nm, with only 1064 nm-based excitation showing a reduction in fluorescence. In addition, Aerius Photonics and partner Ahura Scientific, demonstrated a breadboard version of an InGaAs-based Raman spectrometer to assess any engineering challenges. By the end of a Phase III, Aerius proposes to develop a handheld 1064 nm – based system that uses an extremely low-noise InGaAs array to not only reduce fluorescence, but maintain the SNR ratio achieved by 785 nm bases systems. The InGaAs arrays are based on Aerius’ low dark current InGaAs and low noise ROIC experience. This system will substantially reduce the fluorescence present in CCD-based systems, and unmask otherwise obscured spectra. At the end of a successful Phase II, we would deliver a prototype unit build around the FirstDefender core that is capable of identifying chemicals within seconds, and ready to be put into use very quickly.

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