Hand-Held Raman Analyzer for Chemical Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-08-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number: C081-102-0099
Amount: $96,859.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD08-102
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
362 Industrial Park Road, Suite #8, Middletown, CT, 06457
DUNS: 076890222
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Farquharson
 President
 (860) 635-9800
 stu@rta.biz
Business Contact
 Stuart Farquharson
Title: President
Phone: (860) 635-9800
Email: stu@rta.biz
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The overall goal of this proposed program (through Phase III) is to build a hand-held Raman analyzer that can perform non-contact identification of chemicals in the field. This will be accomplished by modifying a commercially available FT-Raman analyzer to employ 976 or 1064 nm laser excitation. Feasibility will be demonstrated in Phase I by comparing the ability of three Raman systems using laser excitation at 785, 976, and 1064 nm to measure some 50 chemicals in terms of fluorescence and thermal emission minimization, and identification of unknowns using spectral matching algorithms. During Phase II an ~ 10 pound hand-held Raman analyzer will be designed and built that includes a comprehensive spectral library of actual chemical warfare agents, explosives, and toxic industrial chemicals; and employs a Personnel Digital Assistant for analyzer control that includes spectral acquisition and spectral matching with statistics to allow chemical identification in real-time (< 5 minutes). The analyzer will employ a simple to operate user-interface, and will be delivered at the end of the program.

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