Development of a Sensitive, Autonomous Quantum Cascade Laser-Based Detector for Ammonia

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-16542
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00205
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
45 Manning Rd., Billerica, MA, 01821
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joanne Shorter
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 Joanne Shorter
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution
The USDA recognizes the need for improved instrumentation to monitor atmospheric ammonia which is a major environmental concern and a health hazard. Ammonia is a public health concern at high levels, as can be found in animal feed lots. At low levels, ammonia is a source of particulates which are not only a human health problem but also affect visibility and global climate. It has been estimated that 80% of ammonia emissions in the United States are from livestock operations, which have environmental impacts on global, national and regional scales. There is a strong need to better quantify and monitor ammonia sources and their impacts, leading to control strategies to protect the public health and the environment. The goal of this project is to develop a sensitive, fast response, totally non-cryogenic, economical, "turn key" ammonia monitor for these applications.

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