Aerosol Particle Spectrometer with Depolarization and Fluorescence

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC133R-10-CN-0219
Agency Tracking Number: 10-11
Amount: $399,962.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 1
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.2
Solicitation Number: NOAA 2010-1
Small Business Information
2545 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO, 80301-
DUNS: 786731802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Kok
 Director of Research and Development
 (303) 440-5576
Business Contact
 Gregory Kok
Title: Director of Research and Development
Phone: (303) 440-5576
Research Institution
An operational optical particle counter will be built, extensively characterized and evaluated that measures the size and shape of aerosol particles with optical diameter from 0.1 to 10 μm. This instrument will distinguish different species of dust and volcanic ash from other types of aerosol particles, and provide an estimate of the aerosol optical properties and produce compositional information related to a particle’s refractive index and shape. Some types of biogenic and organic aerosols will also be identified from the measurements. The size, shape, refractive index and some compositional information of particles is derived from the measurement of light scattered in multiple directions, depolarization of the scattered light by aspherical particles, and the fluorescence by some species of biogenic and organic aerosols when excited by the 405 nm source laser. The size, weight and power of the instrument will be optimized to facilitate operation on a wide variety of ground-based, airborne and ship-borne measurement platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles.

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