STTR Phase I: A New Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0419647
Agency Tracking Number: 0419647
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 03-535
Small Business Information
611 North Wallace, Bozeman, MT, 59715
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rand Swanson
 (406) 586-3356
Business Contact
 Rand Swanson
Phone: (406) 586-3356
Research Institution
 Montana State University
 Edward Dratz
 309 Montana Hall
Bozeman, MT, 59717
 (406) 994-4041
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project will develop a hyperspectral imaging spectrometer for high-throughput, low-light biomedical imaging. This instrument will collect optical spectra for hundreds of picture elements (pixels) simultaneously from a small working distance, enable multiplexing with fluorescent dyes that have overlapping spectra, avoid light losses from bandpass filters, and allow accurate removal of fluorescent background. Although spectral imaging instruments are available for microscopic applications and for remote sensing from the air, instruments with sufficient spatial and spectral resolution for fluorescent gel scanning or multi-well plate reading of signals from cells is very limited. The proposed instrument will fill this gap with an innovative optical design that utilizes the asymmetry of "push broom" imaging spectrometers to efficiently gather light and greatly reduce optical aberrations. The commercial application of this project will be in the area of biomedical imaging. The proposed instrument will be valuable in biomedical research, disease diagnosis, and drug development.

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