DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE MONOCHROMATIC IN SITU LIGHT ABSORPTION METER.

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5364
Amount: $40,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Sea Tech Inc.
P.o. Box 779, Corvallis, OR, 97339
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Richard W. Spinrad
Title: President
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AN INSTRUMENT WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR THE IN SITU MEASUREMENT OF ABSORPTION OF 670 NM WAVELENGTH LIGHT BY MARINE PARTICLES. THE INSTRUMENT WILL MAKE USE OF A LARGE AREA DETECTOR AND A REFLECTING TUBE ALIGNED COAXIALLY WITH THE MAIN LIGHT BEAM. INITIAL RESEARCH WILL FOCUS ON THE OPTIMIZATION OF TECHNIQUE AND MATERIAL FOR THE DESIGN OF THEREFLECTING TUBE TO TRANSMIT ALL OF THE LIGHT SCATTERED FORWARD BY SUSPENDED PARTICLES WITHIN A WATER MASS. THE REFLECTING TUBE MUST MEET THE CRITERIA OF EASE OF PROCUREMENT OR MANUFACTURE, RESISTANCE OF THE OPTICAL SURFACE TO FOULING AND CORROSION, AND HIGH REFLECTANCE. TESTS OF A PUMP FLOW-THROUGH SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE PERFORMED ON SEVERAL MARINE PARTICULATES (INCLUDING ALGAL POPULATIONS)TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF SUCH A SAMPLE DELIVERY/FLUSHING MECHANISM FOR THE ABSORPTION METER. FINALTESTING WILL AIM AT OBTAINING AN ABSOLUTE CALIBRATION OF THEABSORPTION METER USING MATERIALS OF KNOWN ABSORPTION AND SCATTERING AS WELL AS SOME NATURALLY OCCURRING PARTICLE MIXTURES.

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