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

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0848526
Agency Tracking Number: 0711924
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: EL
Solitcitation Number: NSF 06-598
Small Business Information
207-A McPherson St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Duns: 808489566
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Merriam
 (831) 421-0466
Business Contact
 Andrew Merriam
Title: PhD
Phone: (831) 421-0466
Research Institution
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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