Cascade Particle Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85311
Agency Tracking Number: 91281
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: 44 e
Solitcitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100, Torrance, CA, 90501
Duns: 153865951
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Mikaelian
 Mr.
 (310) 320-3088
 psproposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Mr.
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The DOE Atmospheric Science Program is seeking to support the development of novel techniques for determining the size distribution of ambient aerosols. In particular, due to inherent problems associated with optical measurements of aerosol particles in the 0.5 ¿ 10 micrometer range, a non-optics based solution is sought. To address this need, this project will develop a new cascade particle detection technology. The approach will combine (1) an aerosol particle separation mechanism inside a cascade impactor and (2) a single-particle capacitive detection instrument that uses a microcapacitor array fabricated inside a silicon microchannel plate. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee In addition to aerosol characterization for environmental sensing applications, the Cascade Particle Detector technology should be applicable to the healthcare industry for pharmaceutical inhaler testing

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