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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11897
Amount: $498,455.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
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
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell E. Stachowski
 Physicist
 (408) 733-7780
Business Contact
 R. A. ARMISTEAD
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (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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