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Compact Deminer's Probe

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A062-070-0343
Amount: $119,909.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-070
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-11-03
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alexsana Donne
 Project Manager
 (714) 224-4410
Business Contact
 Parviz Parhami
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution

Broadband Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) has shown promise, reliably identifying land mines by their casing material and explosive content. A LIBS sensor integrated into a deminer's probe could revolutionize humanitarian demining, improving clearance rates and operator safety. We propose a man-portable prodder to bring the detection speed and accuracy of LIBS to the post-conflict minefield where it is desperately needed. The innovative probe integrates optical transmission fibers and argon gas channels required for LIBS into an ergonomic and fully functional deminer's prodder. The probe connects to a backpack-mounted laser, spectrometer, and argon source through an armored bundle of optical fibers and tubing, thus placing the most expensive and bulky equipment away from the blast area and reducing strain on the deminer. The cable attaches to the probe through a rugged quick-release coupling, allowing rapid and tool-less probe replacement in the event of mine detonation. Relatively inexpensive replacement probes can be kept on hand, allowing virtually uninterrupted demining activity with minimal down time. The Phase I will show a proof of concept of the system packaging.

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