A SPARK DISCHARGE DEVICE IS PROPOSED FOR A FAST SENSOR FOR TRACE CONCENTRATIONS OF CHEMICAL AGENTS IN DEEP BASING APPLICATIONS.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1053
Amount: $65,851.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Principal Investigator
 DR. STEVEN ADLER-GOLDEN
 (617) 273-4770
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Abstract
A SPARK DISCHARGE DEVICE IS PROPOSED FOR A FAST SENSOR FOR TRACE CONCENTRATIONS OF CHEMICAL AGENTS IN DEEP BASING APPLICATIONS. THE TECHNIQUE WOULD EMPLOY ATOMIC EMISSION DETECTION OF ARSENIC (AS), PHOSPHORUS (P), CHLORINE (CL), AND FLUORINE (F), WHICH ARE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THESE AGENTS. THE SPARK METHOD IS WELL-ESTABLISHED, HAVING BEEN EMPLOYED BY SEVERAL WORKERS TO DETECT THESE SPECIES, AND ALSO BY OURSELVES FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF TRACE WATER VAPOR. DETECTABILITY OF THIS TECHNIQUE IS AT THE PPM TO SUB-PPM LEVEL, WITH A TIME RESPONSE OF A SECOND OR LESS. IN ADDITION, THE DEVICE WOULD BE RUGGED AND MODERATE IN COST, AND IT COULD ALSO BE READILY DESIGNED TO MEASURE ADDITIOAL ATOMIC SPECIES WHICH INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF OTHER AGENTS OR CONTAMINANTS. THE PHASE I OBJECTIV IS THE PROOF OF PRINCIPAL EXPERIEMENT TO DEMONSTRATE TRACE CHEMICAL AGENT DETECTION IN AIR USING NON-TOXIC SIMULANTS. IN PHASE II, A FLEXIBLE BRASSBOARD APPARATUS WOULD BE BUILT, MEASUEMENTS WOULD BE MADE WITH CHEIMICAL AGENT SIMULANTS, AND A PROTOTYPE DEVICE WILL BE DESIGNED.

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