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Remote Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) + Laser Induced Thermal (Infared) Emission (LITE) Detection System for In-situ Surface Contaminant Mapping and Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-20-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: A193-154-0220
Amount: $111,466.27
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-154
Solicitation Number: 19.3
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-02-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-10-16
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 616 19 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152
United States
DUNS: 808275890
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Clayton Yang
 Research Scientist
 (410) 472-2600
Business Contact
 Diane Murray
Phone: (936) 588-6901
Research Institution

In-situ detection and identification of trace explosives and hazardous compounds including chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial materials on operational surfaces is vital for the U.S. Army. A novel all-optical technique, LIBS + LITE shows promising potentials in standoff in-situ chemical-biological detection in the operation field due to their excellent versatility and operational simplicity. LIBS + LITE spectrometer rapidly identifies the contaminants with absolute precision in a warzone or hazardous civilian area meters away without any sample preparation required. This proposed LIBS + LITE instrument will be an integrated system that mounts the LIBS + LITE detector units on an unmanned aerial systems and synchronizes the flight path of the UAS and the excitation laser beam to probe the contaminated surface. This design would protect the reconnaissance platforms from contamination due to contact with the chemical hazard. The proposed detection system will be the first laser ablation atomic and molecular detection system with rapid remote interrogation and geospatial mapping capabilities of surface contamination.

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