TOXIN DETECTION BY UV LIDAR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
10124
Agency Tracking Number:
10124
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2474 Bolsover - Ste 234, Houston, TX, 77005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Howard K Schmidt
(713) 529-9040
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
REAL TIME DETECTION OF TOXIC MATERIALS CAN LIKELY BE PERFORMED BY MEANS OF LIDAR (LIGHT DETECTION AND RANGING) USING CALIBRATED ULTRA-VILOT (UV) LASER INDUCED FLUORESCENCE (LIF) SIGNATURES. SUCH A SYSTEM WOULD BE USEFUL FOR STAND-OFF DETECTION OF DISTANT THREATS AS WELL AS IN LOCAL DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURES. REALIZATION OF UVLIDAR IS PRESENTLY HINDERED BY: 1) LACK OF A LIF SIGNATURE DATA BASE, AND 2) COMPLEX SIGNAL PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS DUE TO COMPETING ATMOSPHERIC SIGNALS. IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM, FUNDAMENTAL LIF DATA WILL BE OBTAINED EXPERIMENTALLY, WHILE DETECTION CONFIDENCE AND HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DETERMINED USING SYNTHETIC LIDAR RETURNS. EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON UV WAVELENGTHS ACCESSIBLE USING COMPACT, RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT ND:YAG LASERS. SCHMIDT INSTRUMENTS IS PARTICULARLY CAPABLE AT DEVELOPING EFFICIENT DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE IN-HOUSE, AND DURING PHASE II WE WILL CONSTRUCT PROTOTYPE UVLIDAR HARDWARE FOR FIELD TESTING.

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