Robust optical carbon dioxide isotope analyzer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CE29P
Agency Tracking Number: 114754
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: S1.08
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, -
Duns: 153579891
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Massick
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 984-1322
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Title: President
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Research Institution
Isotopic analysis of carbon dioxide is an important tool for characterization of the exchange and transformation of carbon between the biosphere and the atmosphere. These measurements require highly accurate and precise instruments that are capable of providing isotopic abundances to discriminate between man-made and natural carbon sources. Laser-based isotopic measurements offer the Earth Science research community an opportunity to gather critical information on the generation and fate of carbon dioxide. Improvements to existing technology are needed for carbon isotope measurements to be made with minimal labor, for long periods, in remote areas and harsh conditions. The proposed Phase I project extends the application of well established near infrared laser and detector technology that is proven in trace gas field measurements towards the development of an automated isotopic carbon dioxide sensor that can be deployed in balloon-based systems, remotely operated robotic aircraft, or in harsh conditions such as volcanic fumaroles.

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