AN INTEGRATED-FUNCTION X-RAY LABORATORY FOR THE GEOLOGICAL AND EXOBIOLOGICAL

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$498,455.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
11897
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Advanced Research & Applctns
425 Lakeside Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Russell E. Stachowski
Physicist
(408) 733-7780
Business Contact:
R. A. ARMISTEAD
PRESIDENT
(408) 733-7780
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE PROPOSED R&D WILL ESTABLISH A NEW CAPABILITY OF LIGHT-ELEMENT X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS THAT SUPPORTS THE ACCURATE QUANTITATIVE MEASUREMENT OF THE BIOGENIC ELEMENTS. THE BASIS FOR THIS NEW CAPABILITY IS A CLASS OF INNOVATIVE X-RAY WAVELENGTH-DISPERSIVE OPTICAL COMPONENTS KNOWN AS LAYERED SYNTHETIC MICROSTRUCTURES (LSM). THESE COMPONENTS, WHEN COMBINED WITH EXISTING ENERGY-DISPERSIVE DETECTORS, MAKE FEASIBLE THE CONSTRUCTION OF MINIATURE BIOGENIC ANALYZER SYSTEMS THAT SATISFY THE NASA MISSION. THE PHASE I PROJECT WILL SPECIFY THE OPTIMUM EXCITATION SOURCE, DISPERSION ELEMENT, AND DETECTOR COMPONENTS OF THE SYSTEM, AND PROVIDE A CALCULATIONAL END-TO-END DEMONSTRATIONOF ITS RESPONSE PROPERTIES. THESE DATA WILL PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR PHASE II PROTOTYPE CONSTRUCTION AND EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION.

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