A SOLID STATE SPECTRAL LINE DISCRIMINATOR FOR REMOTE SENSING OF CLOUD PROPERTIES

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
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Agency Tracking Number:
5196
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research Inc.
45 Manning Rd, Billerica, MA, 01821
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Paul Kebabian
Research Engineer
() -
Research Institution:
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Abstract
THE OXYGEN MOLECULE HAS A NUMBER OF WEAK ABSORPTION LINES INTHE 7000 A SPECTRAL REGION. BY COOLING, THE R1 LINE OF RUBY(A12O3 : CR+3) CAN BE SHIFTED TO COINCIDE WITH 50% ABSORPTION AT LINE CENTER IN THE SOLAR SPECTRUM. RUBY FLUORESCES WITH HIGH QUANTUM EFFICIENCY, WITH A TIME CONSTANT OF APPROXIMATELY 4 MS AT THE TEMPERATURES OF INTEREST. BY DETECTING THE RERADIATED LIGHT, THE RUBY CRYSTAL IS USED AS A TUNABLE NARROW BAND FILTER; THE BANDWIDTH CAN BE LESS THAN 0.4 A (FWHM). THE COLUMN DENSITY OF OXYGEN ALONG A GIVEN LINE OF LIGHT. TWO IMPORTANT USES OF SUCH A SENSOR ARE REMOTE SENSING FROM A SPACE PLATFORM OF CLOUD TOP HEIGHT, AND GROUND BASED ESTIMATION OF TIME DISPERSION OF A PULSE PROPOGATING THROUGH CLOUDS FROM SPACE. THE PROPOSED SPECTRAL LINE DISCRIMINATOR COULD BE VERY LIGHT WEIGHT ( 100 GM) AND HAVE LOW POWER CONSUMPTION (A FEW MW). THE RESEARCHERS PROPOSE TO TEST THIS CONCEPT IN A SIMPLE EXPERIMENTAL CONFIGURATION THAT WILL DEMONSTRATE OPERATION OF THE RUBY CRYSTAL IN THE INTENDED MODE, AND TO NUMERICALLY SIMULATE SEVERAL OF THE POSSIBLE FINAL FORMS OF THE INSTRUMENT.

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