Field-deployable, small, ultra-sensitive, battery-powered laser spectrometer for toxic chemical detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,030.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-08-C-0007
Award Id:
81524
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-135-0371
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
655 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
103627316
Principal Investigator:
PhilippeBado
CTO
(734) 528-6330
pbado@translume.com
Business Contact:
EricJacobson
VP Finance & Administration
(734) 528-6371
ericjacobson@translume.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Using our proprietary and proven technique for machining fused silica, we propose to manufacture robust and stable hybrid fiber-waveguide tunable lasers. These hybrid lasers will be integrated into field-deployable, high-sensitivity, miniature, infrared laser spectrometers capable of performing real-time measurements of a wide range of chemical toxics. Broad IR coverage will be obtained through non-linear mixing of two or more hybrid sources. Unlike present commercial system, the tunable IR laser source will be fully waveguided. This design approach will provide exceptional robustness. Wavelength tuning, bandwidth control, synchronization, and wavelength monitoring functionalities will be implemented using waveguided elements and MEMS elements imbedded deep inside fused silica substrates. These energy efficient spectrometers will run on standard batteries without outside power sources.

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