High-Resolution, Low-Cost Spectrometer-on-Chip

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,711.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-11-C-0045
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F10B-T39-0086
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF10-BT39
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
5286 Dunnigan Ct., Castro Valley, CA, 94546-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141457437
Principal Investigator:
Christophe Peroz
Senior Scientist
(510) 495-2710
cp@abeamtech.com
Business Contact:
Sergey Babin
President
(510) 415-6032
sb@abeamtech.com
Research Institution:
The Molecular Foundry
Stefano Cabrini
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
One Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA, 94720-
(510) 486-7339
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
ABSTRACT: aBeam Technologies, Inc. proposes a new type of miniature spectrometer based on digital planar holography (DPH). This may lead to a revolution in optics, similar to the transition from electron tubes to integrated circuits in electronics. The spectrometer is an optical chip just a few millimeters in size; it can be implemented to detect any desired substance. The spectrometer can potentially be integrated with microfluidic circuitry into a laboratory-on-chip or even into cell phones. The fabrication method is compatible with micro/nanofabrication technology, which makes the production inexpensive. We have demonstrated the principle of DPH. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the new class of spectrometer-on-chip with functionality unattainable by common spectrometers, to design and fabricate a spectrometer with ultrahigh resolution in multiple, separated wavelength ranges. This type of device will be ideal for sensing specific materials, for example, for detecting biological and chemical hazards. BENEFIT: Our approach will revolutionize the applications of photo-spectrometers by greatly miniaturizing the sizes of sensors, decreasing their cost, and improving their sensitivity. The first targeted application will be the handheld, low-cost Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy system. It will then be expanded into other areas of spectrometers, such as Raman spectroscopy and for development of laboratory-on-chip. There is a potential for spectrometers-on-chip to be implemented within cell phones for specific biological or chemical hazard detection.

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