Development Of Standoff Laser-Induced Thermal (Infrared) Emission (LITE) System For Chemical and Biological Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$749,631.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911SR-11-C-0081
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4561
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09A-T022
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
Brimrose Corporation of America
19 Loveton Circle, Hunt Valley Loveton Center, Sparks, MD, 21152-9201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
064894157
Principal Investigator:
Sudhir Trivedi
Prin. Scientist/Dir. R&D
(410) 472-7070
strivedi@brimrose.com
Business Contact:
Diane Murray
Contract Coordinator
(936) 588-6901
dmurray@brimrose.com
Research Institution:
Hampton University
Tira Jackson
Department Of Physics
100 E. Queen Street
Hampton, VA, 23668-
(757) 727-5326
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
There is a current need for an active standoff system that can detect and classify surfaces that have been contaminated with chemical, biological and explosive (CBE) materials. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser Induced Thermal Emission (LITE) has shown great promise for detection of such contaminants. In Phase I of this program we, for the first time, have demonstrated generation and detection of MWIR & LWIR LIBS and LITE signatures from explosive stimulants and we presented the roadmap to developing a packaged, field portable IR LITE/LIBS unit. In Phase II of this work, we will improve and optimize the LITE system by using a sensitive, linear array detector (as opposed to the single element point detector that was used in Phase I.) Use of linear array detector will allow faster acquisition and a smaller area/quantity sample with no special sample preparation. Moreover, the proposed system will be capable of threat detection in the presence of interfering materials. We will develop an IR LIBS/LITE signature library (2-12 mm) for selected chemical, biological, and energetic solid-state simulant materials. At the conclusion of the Phase II work, we will deliver a packaged IR LITE/LIBS unit capable of standoff detection of CBE materials.

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