Terahertz Frequency Spectrometer Combined with Sub-Wavelength Microfluidic Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A12A-021-0377
Amount: $99,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T021
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
VIBRATESS
104 Chaucer Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901, Charlottesville, VA, -
DUNS: 789962656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tatyana Khromova
 Principle Investigator
 (434) 296-2400
 t.khromova@vibratess.com
Business Contact
 Tatiana Globus
Title: President
Phone: (434) 296-2400
Email: globus@vibratess.com
Research Institution
 University of Virginia
 Robert R Merhige
 Office of Sponsored programs
P.O. Box 400195
Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4195
 (434) 924-4270
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this project is to design and build a THz-frequency spectrometer prototype with sub-wavelength spatial resolution for use in the spectroscopic and temporal analysis of trace material samples in advanced sensing and monitoring applications. The instrument operating at room temperature will include a periodic-grating microfluidic sampling system with controlled precise sample placement and micro-detector scanning. In Phase I, the complete specification on the instrument functionality and performance capabilities will be generated in close collaboration with scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center or other active U.S. Army research and development programs that are focused on advanced sensing and monitoring applications. Signal registration circuitry adequate to the state-of-the-art capability for spectroscopic and imaging biological materials characterization analysis will be developed. A computational modeling analysis will be preformed to evaluate and compensate any possible artifacts caused by the periodic-grating and the near-field micro-detector that might interfere with the spectral signatures of the biological, chemical and/or explosive targets. The conceptual design of the instrument and integration procedure will be proposed and evaluated in benchmarking experiments to demonstrate the capability to overcome expected challenges of integrating the full system.

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