Compact, Lightweight, Low-Cost, Permanently-Aligned Infrared Spectrometers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD13-01-P-0012
Agency Tracking Number: A002-0421
Amount: $68,730.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
419 S. Main Street, Troy, ID, 83843
DUNS: 019951938
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Manning
 President
 (208) 835-5402
 chris@appl-tech.com
Business Contact
 Christopher Manning
Title: President
Phone: (208) 835-5402
Email: chris@appl-tech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Military, government and civilian personnel need timely and cost-effective warning of chemical and biological hazards in many arenas.Timely warning allows for effective personnel protection. ManningApplied Technology proposes to construct a novel Fouriertransform-infrared spectrometer which is modular, compact, costs less than $5000in quantity, and is optically tilt-compensated. The proposed designhas excellent immunity to both linear and torsional vibrations as wellas variable resolution. Theelectronics incorporate a novelarchitecture based on a digital signal processor. The powerconsumption is lower than any Fourier transform spectrometer built todate. The part-per-million internal calibration standard is aninexpensive, highly efficientsemiconductor.Dr. Manning is an internationally-recognized FT-IR spectrometer design expert. He holds two recent patents on novel interferometerdesigns; 3 more are pending. Dr. Griffiths authored the textbook on Fourier transform infrared spectrometry andhas 30 years experience in the field. Commercial applications include a wide range of process and quality control, spectral imaging, environmental monitoring, laboratory research, field measurements and remote sensing applications. Conservativeestimates indicate a $10 million per year market for the technology. The low cost insures that it will capture a significant market share.The novel interferometer design is expected to have numerous applications in process and control includingcombustion, commercial remote sensing, spectral imaging.

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