Robust optical carbon dioxide isotope analyzer

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CE29P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
114754
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153579891
Principal Investigator:
Steve Massick
Principal Investigator
(505) 984-1322
smassick@swsciences.com
Business Contact:
Alan Stanton
President
(505) 984-1322
astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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