Optical Stand-Off Detection of Explosive Residue

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: A052-038-3577
Amount: $730,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-038
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
2571-A Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY, 10309
DUNS: 088156708
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arel Weisberg
 Program Manager
 (718) 608-0935
Business Contact
 Robert De Saro
Title: President
Phone: (718) 608-8788
Email: rdesaro@er-co.com
Research Institution
Energy Research Company (ERCo) has developed and proven the feasibility of a novel and highly powerful sensor technology for detecting films and residues of explosive materials. This sensor will enable the detection of improvised explosive devices (IED’s), car bombs, and other weapons being used against U.S. and allied forces. By optically scanning surfaces that the bomber has likely touched, for example, car door handles and windowsills, from distances as far as 10’s of meters away, the sensor will detect explosive residues in a safe and discreet fashion. The benefits of the proposed design are: · Multiple and orthogonal detection technologies combine to improve sensitivity and minimize false alarms · Stand-off capability of 50 meters · Technology is expandable to future threats from new explosive formulations · High degree of eye safety · Rapid scanning – 10’s seconds per scan · Compact – Humvee or tripod mounted · Utilizes commercial-off-the-shelf equipment. During Phase I, we experimentally detected explosives down to 1 microgram/cm2 and were able to distinguish explosives from other materials. In Phase II we will continue development and will test a full-scale prototype.

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