Highly Accurate Sensor for High-Purity Oxygen Determination

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$92,647.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CI23P
Agency Tracking Number:
100142
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
T6.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
CA, Mountain View, CA, 94041-1518
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
928805761
Principal Investigator:
Manish Gupta
Principal Investigator
(650) 965-7772
m.gupta@lgrinc.com
Business Contact:
Anthony O'Keefe
CEO
(650) 965-7772
a.okeefe@lgrinc.com
Research Institution:
The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Janice Kalvin
21 North Park Street, Suite 6401
Madison, WI, 53715-1218
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Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this STTR Phase I effort, Los Gatos Research (LGR) and Professor Scott Sanders (Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin� Madison) propose to develop a highly-accurate sensor for high-purity oxygen determination. The analyzer, which is based on near-infrared tunable diode laser absorption spectrometry (TDLAS) and LGR's patented Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectrometry (Off-Axis ICOS), will be capable of rapidly quantifying high-purity oxygen (95 � 100 %) with very high accuracy (to better than ± 0.05 %), minimal calibration, and no zero drift. The analysis will be completely specific and exhibit no measurable cross-interferences from other background species (e.g. argon, nitrogen, water vapor,CO, CO2, or small organics). Moreover, the analyzer will be low-power, battery-operable, require no consumables, and sufficiently compact and robust for adaptability to future space missions. The high-purity oxygen sensor will help characterize NASA oxygen generators for breathing and propulsionapplications.

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