Optical Carbon Isotope Ratiometer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA1026
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
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
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony O'Keefe
 (650) 965-7780
Business Contact
 Noel Wong O'Keefe
Title: Vice President
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Email: aoklgr@ix.netcom.com
Research Institution
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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