Handheld IR Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Chemical Identification

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$99,856.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-08-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number:
C081-102-0088
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD08-102
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
AERIUS PHOTONICS, LLC.
4160 Market St., Suite 6, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Michael MacDougal
Vice-President of Engineering
(805) 642-4645
macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Aerius Photonics and partner Ahura Scientific, propose to develop a handheld system, based on Ahura’s successful FirstDefender Raman system, that employs an excitation laser emitting at 980 nm and a low noise InGaAs array based on Aerius’ high performance InGaAs technology. This system will substantially reduce the fluorescence present in CCD-based systems, and unmask otherwise obscured spectra. The combination promises to establish a new standard for identifying low concentrations of chemicals using a compact, easy-to-use system. At the end of a successful Phase II, we would deliver a prototype unit having a footprint similar to the FirstDefender that is capable of identifying chemicals within seconds, and ready to be put into use very quickly. In Phase I of this program, we plan to build a breadboard version of the system that employs a 980 nm laser, a probe, a miniature spectrometer, and an InGaAs array.

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