Optical Carbon Isotope Ratiometer

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
51797
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA1026
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Anthony O'Keefe
President
(650) 965-7780
aoklgr@ix.netcom.com
Business Contact:
Noel Wong O'Keefe
Vice President
(650) 965-7772
aoklgr@ix.netcom.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Los Gatos Research is developing a simple robust methodology for the determination of carbon isotope ratios in small gas samples. This new measurement scheme is inherently compact and rugged and offers a great potential for adaptation into space vehicles. With such a sensitive method of accurately determining carbon isotope levels we hope to significantly advance the prospects for making in-situ tests for evidence of life on nearby planets, such as Mars. The isotope ratio is known to be a sensitive indicator of biologic activity. The new innovative advancement we propose to make will make such measurements potentially much easier than currently possible. We will demonstrate the new absorption analysis technique at wavelengths of 1.5 microns in Phase I and demonstrate that the approach can be used to record the relative isotopic abundance of carbon 12 and 13 with great accuracy.

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