Portable Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Sensor for Detection of Biological Agents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD19-03-C-0133
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1494
Amount: $730,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AERODYNE RESEARCH, INC.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
DUNS: 030817290
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joda Wormhoudt
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 663-9500
 jody@aerodyne.com
Business Contact
 Charles Kolb
Title: President
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Email: kolb@aerodyne.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project concerns the development of a biothreat detector which utilizes laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Innovations include use of a very high frequency (2 kHz) pulsed laser and a reduced pressure inlet, both of which are required todetect and identify single particles. This ability to detect single particles allows for the detection of biothreat agents at 1 part per liter concentration, even in an urban environment where ambient particle concentrations in the 3-8 micron size rangeappropriate to biothreats are typically 3-4 orders of magnitude higher.Aerodyne Research intends to incorporate much of the technology developed here into its commercial line of aerosol mass spectrometers(AMS). We expect that the improved AMS monitorswill find a significant market in combustion emission monitoring and PM2.5 ambient monitoring. A signficant market in mobile biothreat detectors is also anticipated.

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