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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-08-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: A072-135-0371
Amount: $118,602.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-135
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
655 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 103627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Philippe Bado
 (734) 528-6330
Business Contact
 Eric Jacobson
Title: VP Finance & Administration
Phone: (734) 528-6371
Research Institution
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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