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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number: F10B-T39-0086
Amount: $749,603.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF10-BT39
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5286 Dunnigan Ct.
Castro Valley, CA -
United States
DUNS: 141457437
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christophe Peroz
 Senior Scientist
 (510) 495-2710
Business Contact
 Sergey Babin
Title: President
Phone: (510) 415-6032
Research Institution
 The Molecular Foundry
 Stefano Carbrini
Nanofabrication Facility One Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720-8072
United States

 (510) 486-7339
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

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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