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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$730,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DAAD19-03-C-0133
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-1494
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030817290
Principal Investigator:
Joda Wormhoudt
Principal Scientist
(978) 663-9500
jody@aerodyne.com
Business Contact:
Charles Kolb
President
(978) 663-9500
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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