A Miniaturized and Robust FTS Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,960.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNG04CA82C
Award Id:
72015
Agency Tracking Number:
034719
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2927 Welton St., Denver, CO, 80205
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112697136
Principal Investigator:
Scott Davis
Principal Investigator
(303) 296-6766
davis@vescentphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Scott Davis
Business Official
(303) 296-6766
davis@vescentphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Vescent Photonics details a miniaturized and robust Fourier transform spectrometer(FTS) for in-situ chemical and spectral analysis. Phase I research will focus on innovative electro-optic technology that enables moving mirror replacement. A successful phase I effort will pave the way for a phase II chemical sensor prototype. The attributes of this sensor: i) small size, comparable to a book of matches, ii) low mass, only tens of grams, iii) small energy consumption, < .001 Watt-hours per measurement, iv) high sensitivity, detectable chemical densities < 10^13 per cc, and v) robust monolithic construction, are aptly suited for future NASA missions. Such a sensor could be integrated and deployed with a variety of exploration platforms. A single device would provide identification and quantification of multiple compounds (e.g., biogenically important CH4, NOx, H2O, CO, etc.).

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