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High Sensitivity Standoff LIBS Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: A043-070-0481
Amount: $118,865.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-070
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-06-13
Small Business Information
1785 Locust St. #10
Pasadena, CA 91106
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 Principal Scientist
 (626) 578-0626
Business Contact
 Francis Reininger
Title: President
Phone: (626) 578-0626
Research Institution

The U.S. Army has the need for a compact, laser-induced breakdown spectrometer (LIBS) capable of standoff detection from a range of 100 meters. In a LIBS system, the laser fires at a target to create a micro-plasma emission of radiation that can be analyzed by its spectrometer. The LIBS technique has been used extensively to quantify contaminants in metal alloys, paints, and soils. The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has been testing LIBS for the detection of chemical warfare agents, bacterial spores, molds, pollens, and proteins. Commercially available LIBS systems use multiple grating spectrometers to reveal the elemental composition of the target from its 0.2 - 1 micron wavelength emission signature. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) proposes the development of a lower cost system based on a single, high throughput optical module that can also be used for long range, open-path LIBS detection. During Phase 1 SPILAB will design the new optical module, build a novel open-path beam delivery/collection system, and test it with various lasers.

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