Intracavity Enhanced Explosive Detection via THz Emission

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-09-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: A082-075-0871
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-075
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
INTELLIGENT OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Bastiaans
 Senior Scientist
 (424) 263-6319
 sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Business Contact
 Lothar Kempen
Title: Vice President, R&D
Phone: (424) 263-6362
Email: randdoffice@intopsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) proposes to develop an important element to defend against terror and asymmetric warfare. There is a great need to detect very low concentrations of explosive vapors and other hazardous gases using only a small portable instrument that can be used to monitor, examine, or screen objects and people for the presence of a threat. It is known that Intracavity Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (ICLAS) offers the potential to detect and identify very low concentrations of gases, and that terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is very effective in identifying explosives. However, ICLAS, in its present form, cannot be used as a field device, and cannot be used with THz light. IOS will develop a highly innovative instrument that will use THz spectroscopy to identify explosive vapors, and will use a variation of intracavity spectroscopy to detect very low concentrations of explosives and other gases. This innovative instrument will be developed into a field portable device suitable for many applications to defend against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other threats.

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