High Accuracy Carbon Dioxide Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-02ER83481
Agency Tracking Number: 70173S02-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Baer
 (650) 965-7778
Business Contact
 Noel O'Keefe
Title: 70173
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Email: noklgr@mindspring.com
Research Institution
70173 Studies of global warming require the monitoring and quantification of the global carbon cycle on large spatial scales so that scientists can generate more reliable models of climate change. Significantly increased accuracy and precision of CO2 measurements are needed. This project will develop a compact, rugged, inexpensive instrument that uses telecommunications diode lasers to accurately and precisely measure CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. The instrument, based on a novel technology called Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy, will provide CO2 concentration measurements in the field with a precision and an intrinsic absolute accuracy better than 1 part in 3000 in less than 30 seconds. It will consume less than 20 cubic centimeters of air per measurement and require no calibration or reference gases. In Phase I, the instrument will be designed and built, and measurements on NIST-traceable standard gas mixtures will be performed. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The instrument platform should have application to atmospheric studies, medical diagnostics to detect common diseases, and for monitoring and control of several industrial processes.

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