Plasmonic MEMS Sensor Array

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$740,304.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-13-C-0022
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5071
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10a-T002
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
5767 Cove Commons Drive Suite 103c, Hampton Cove, AL, 35741-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
797455560
Principal Investigator:
K. Kelly
Design Engineer
(256) 541-9639
LKelly@5sr-hsv.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Green
Chief Financial Officer
(256) 975-0848
TEGreen@5sr-hsv.com
Research Institution:
Northwestern University
Richard P Van Duyne
Dept. of Chemistry c/ VanDuyne
2145 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL, 60208-
(847) 491-3516
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Sensor development researchers and engineers have perpetually sought novel methods to reduce sensor size and improve performance. Continued miniaturization of sensors through micromachining has enabled novel applications and introduced new paradigms for engineered systems to interact with the world. The challenge has always been to improve performance while continually reducing size. In the current state-of-the-art, miniaturized sensors are often pushing the limits of physics, fighting against the effects of reduced scale on sensor mechanics. Meanwhile, in unconnected fields of research, physicists and chemists have been exploring methods for phenomenally sensitive detection of chemical and biological substances through controlled utilization of surface plasmons. Significant progress in this field over the past decade has led to tremendous advances in our ability to detect minute changes in physical and chemical properties very near to a nanostructured surface. Despite these advances, the field of plasmonics has largely been focused on chemical and biological detection. It is our contention, however, that plasmonics can serve a viable and effective role in a wide range of sensing needs. By combining the extreme sensitivity of plasmonic coupling with the versatility of micromachined sensing, this research effort will result in prototype sensor arrays using plasmonics.

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