SBIR Phase II: Ultraviolet Laser for Ultra-high-resolution Photoemission Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0848526
Award Id:
84752
Agency Tracking Number:
0711924
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
207-A McPherson St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808489566
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Merriam
PhD
(831) 421-0466
andrew@lumeras-labs.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Merriam
PhD
(831) 421-0466
andrew@lumeras-labs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project is to develop a shortwavelength, narrow-bandwidth, high-brightness photo-ionization laser; that can be used for used for ultra-high energy-resolution, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), and for single-photon-ionization (SPI) in order to improve mass spectroscopy-based detection capabilities of complex organic molecules, especially low-vapor-pressure explosive compounds and trace residues. The compact size, efficient optical conversion, and high brightness of the proposed laser source will enable integration into ""field-ready"", on-line mass spectrometry tools. The capabilities of the proposed single-photon-ionization light source will also complement a broad array of established mass-spectral analysis techniques to enable the development of instruments capable of analyzing heterogeneous samples with no a-priori knowledge of the sample composition. This capability is urgently needed for a variety of homeland security and non-proliferation applications.

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