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3e Swept External Cavity Quantum Cascade Lasers for Remote Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0019855
Agency Tracking Number: 245236
Amount: $199,386.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 03e
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001941
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-30
Small Business Information
2350 Alamo Ave SE Suite 280
Albuquerque, NM 87106-3225
United States
DUNS: 089947961
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Phillips
 (509) 378-0941
Business Contact
 Mark Phillips
Phone: (509) 378-0941
Research Institution

Rapid and sensitive remote detection of chemicals remains a challenging and currently unmet need for a wide range of monitoring and sensing applications. Remote detection is needed when it is not possible or practical to obtain samples for analysis of chemicals in a laboratory, and thus measurements must be performed without physical access to the source release point. In particular, quantitative remote measurement of gas-phase chemical mixtures and molecular isotope ratios can provide valuable information about the source releasing the chemicals. We propose development of the next-generation of high-performance remote detection technologies using sensors based on swept-wavelength external cavity quantum cascade lasers (swept-ECQCLs). The swept-ECQCL technology enables rapid broadband infrared spectroscopy for detection of multiple chemicals and isotope ratios in molecules. The swept-ECQCL is combined with an optical system for remote detection of gas-phase chemical plumes. The overall goal of the proposed effort is development of a manufacturable and commercial-ready remote detection system based on the swept-ECQCL sensing technology. The main technical objective for Phase I of the proposed project is to construct and test a prototype remote detection system for gas plume characterization.

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