Multispectral Particle Absorption Monitor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA10C
Agency Tracking Number:
074264
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821-3976
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030817290
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Freedman
Principal Investigator
(978) 663-9500
af@aerodyne.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Freedman
Business Official
(978) 663-9500
af@aerodyne.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project concerns the development of a multi-wavelength monitor that will provide rapid, real-time measurement of the average aerosol absorption coefficient in a parcel of sample air. This monitor will employ Aerodyne's patented Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift (CAPS) technology in order to produce a far simpler, smaller, lower cost alternative to more traditional instruments with no loss in sensitivity or accuracy. A unique property of the proposed instrument is that it requires little or no calibration. The Phase II project entails construction a field-ready prototype and deploying the sensor on various field missions undertaken by Aerodyne's particle measurement research group. Aerosol particles affect the radiative balance of the earth directly, by scattering and absorbing solar and terrestrial radiation, and indirectly, by acting as cloud condensation nuclei. The atmospheric loading of aerosols generated through human activities can exert an influence on the earth's radiation budget comparable in magnitude with greenhouse gases. The uncertainties in the current understanding of aerosol direct and indirect forcing limit the ability to quantify human influences on climate change.

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