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High Sensitivity Standoff LIBS Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: A043-070-0481
Amount: $729,769.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-070
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-01-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-01-31
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, eye safe laser induced breakdown spectrometer (LIBS) capable of detecting explosive residues from a range of 100 meters. In a LIBS system, the laser fires a pulse at a target to create a micro-plasma emission of radiation that can be analyzed by a 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 LIBS system based on a single, high throughput spectrometer module. A breadboard of the new LIBS system was tested successfully during Phase 1 at a range of 100 meters. During Phase 2 SPILAB proposes the development of an eye safe, high beam quality optical parametric oscillator – amplifier (OPO-OPA) infrared laser. The new laser will be integrated and tested with an afocal transmitter/receiver optics, the high throughput spectrometer, and an autofocusing LIDAR receiver.

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