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SANTA FE, NM, 87505-3993

Company Profile

Southwest Sciences, Inc. was established in 1985 to conduct basic and applied research in the physical sciences. We perform research and develop technology in atmospheric measurements, combustion, imaging, and optical sciences. We specialize in the development of state-of-the-art optical spectroscopic technologies and the extension of these technologies into the marketplace. Our major customers are the United States government and private industry. Southwest Sciences’ research staff includes nine Ph.D. scientists with over 300 years of combined experience. We have authored more than 250 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and hold 35 U. S. patents plus several foreign patents. Our work, particularly in laser-based detection methods, has earned Southwest Sciences an international reputation for excellence in research. Other areas of expertise include optical magnetometry, optical imaging, chemical dynamics and reaction kinetics, biophysics, and fluid mechanics. Core competencies include all aspects involved in prototype instrumentation development such as optical and hardware design, software programming, and electronics. Southwest Sciences is a 2007 and a 2010 winner of an R&D 100 award for the ’46 Hawk, a portable natural gas leak detector manufactured and sold under license by Southern Cross, and the LI-7700 open path methane analyzer, co-developed with LI-COR and manufactured and sold under license by LI-COR. We are a 1998 and 2007 winner of the Tibbetts Award, awarded by the Small Business Administration for excellence in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Additional Details

Field Value
DUNS: 153579891
Hubzone Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Woman Owned: N
Number of Employees: 13

  1. Instrument for Airborne Measurement of Carbonyl Sulfide

    Amount: $125,000.00

    Southwest Sciences proposes to develop small, low power instrumentation for the real-time direct measurement of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) in the atmosphere, especially targeting airborne measurements. T ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Diode Laser Sensor for Methane

    Amount: $750,000.00

    An aircraft system for detecting ambient methane will be developed in this project. The system will use a diode laser to perform a wavelength modulation absorption measurement of this greenhouse gas. ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Spacesuit Multigas Monitor

    Amount: $117,773.00

    Southwest Sciences Inc. (SWS), in collaboration with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), will develop a reliable, ultra compact, low power diode laser multigas sensor to measure carbon dioxide (C ...

    STTR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Diode Laser Sensor for Contaminants in Hydrogen Fuel

    Amount: $155,000.00

    Statement of the problem or situation that is being addressed: Contaminants in concentrations as small as a fraction of a part per million can poison fuel cells in hydrogen powered vehicles. Thus, con ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Energy
  5. Portable high precision nitrogen gas analyzer for eddy covariance flux measurements

    Amount: $95,000.00

    Recent theoretical studies of eddy flux correlation have suggested that the commonly used assumption of dry air having no net flux is erroneous and can lead to significant errors in reported observati ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationDepartment of Commerce
  6. Ultrafast Multispecies Gas Sensor for Combusting Flows

    Amount: $80,000.00

    Spectroscopic measurement of gases in combustors is notoriously difficult due to constraints imposed by severe operating conditions, including high temperatures and pressures, vibration, soot, limited ...

    STTR Phase I 2015 Department of DefenseNavyDepartment of Defense
  7. Diamond Sensor For The Neutron Electric Dipole Moment Experiment

    Amount: $1,000,000.00

    Experiments planned to better constrain the value of the neutron electric dipole moment will test the standard model of physics and thereby contribute to DOEs mission to understand the fundamental for ...

    STTR Phase II 2015 Department of Energy
  8. Standoff Detection Of Radiological Materials Using Light Filaments

    Amount: $1,000,000.00

    The ability to detect radiological materials at standoff distances of a kilometer or more would be invaluable to national security and nonproliferation efforts. In particular, it is important to be a ...

    STTR Phase II 2015 Department of Energy
  9. Portable nitrous oxide sensor for understanding agricultural and soil emissions

    Amount: $225,000.00

    Nitrous oxide is the third most important greenhouse gas (GHG,) with an atmospheric lifetime of ~114 years and a global warming impact ~300 times greater than that of CO2. The main cause of nitrous ox ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  10. Optical Tomography for 3D Imaging of Fine Roots

    Amount: $1,010,000.00

    Monitoring the root systems of plants is essential to improving models of crop productivity, soil carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling. Fine roots (considered to be smaller th ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Energy

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