Automated trace gas molecular analyzer using rotational spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0185
Agency Tracking Number: A131-007-0401
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-007
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 480, Charlottesville, VA, -
DUNS: 078707331
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robin Pulliam
 Program Manager
 (434) 202-2391
 robin.pulliam@brightspec.com
Business Contact
 Robert Lloyd
Title: CEO
Phone: (434) 284-0135
Email: bob.lloyd@brightspec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Design of a custom chirped-pulse Fourier transform (CP-FT) mm-wave rotational spectrometer to meet the chemical analysis needs of the ARMY will be informed by current BrightSpec instrumentation which includes a CP-FT spectrometer operating in either the 260-290 GHz or 530-580 GHz frequency range. The 260"290 GHz spectrometer uses recently developed segmented CP-FT techniques coupled with high-throughput signal digitizers to achieve real-time, broadband spectrum acquisition performance. The key components are: 1) the high speed arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) capable of creating tailored waveforms (pulses) for spectrum acquisition and analysis, 2) high-power active multiplier chains (AMC) used for generating the millimeter/submillimeter excitation pulse and the low noise heterodyne receiver, 3) high-speed, 8-bit signal PCI digitizer with FPGA accumulator for real time signal averaging enabling a near 100% measurement duty cycle.

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