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Open-Path Optical Analyzer for Quantitative Chemical Weapons Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-17-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number: C171-004-0007
Amount: $149,809.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD171-004
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-17
Small Business Information
114 Barnsley Road, Oxford, PA, 19363
DUNS: 004478699
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Gruber
 Director of Engineering
 (610) 932-7754
Business Contact
 Malissa Nicotera
Phone: (610) 932-7754
Research Institution
Existing U.S. military chemical point sensors such as the JCAD can only provide qualitative detection/ identification results for CWAs and TICs. MESH is proposing to develop a low cost, active FTIR system with a variable optical path within a short open external distance from the sensor. This system will be capable of multicomponent analysis including chemical identification and quantification. Low cost approaches for the detector, IR source, moving mirror mechanism, optics, and signal processing electronics are integral to the proposed design. The feasibility of the approach will be demonstrated through M&S and in a detector/IR source measurement experiment. The MESH team has extensive experience in designing, modeling, and developing IR chemical sensor systems and this experience will inform the proposed effort.

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