Lightweight Airborne Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER84972
Award Id:
89947
Agency Tracking Number:
85815
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
67 Condesa Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87508
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
134161533
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Pilgrim
Dr.
(505) 466-3830
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Pilgrim
Dr.
(505) 466-3830
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide using balloonsondes, a critical component of the DOE's greenhouse gas measurement strategy, is a challenge to optical detection methods. High sensitivity, precision, and selectivity are required in a rugged, compact, lightweight package. This project will develop a lightweight laser-based spectrometer that can resolve carbon dioxide concentrations to better than 1 ppm in 30 seconds. This simple, rugged, enhanced-path-length optical spectrometer will be provided on a platform suitable for balloonsondes. In Phase I, a compact laser spectrometer will be constructed, and its sensitivity and selectivity for carbon dioxide will be determined. The capacity for high precision detection under dynamically variable temperature, pressure, and humidity will be demonstrated. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should offer high-performance in an inexpensive, balloon-compatible, package, for a variety of gas detection applications. Examples include atmospheric monitoring, environmental regulatory compliance, process gas analysis, and biomedical breath diagnostics.

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