SBIR Phase I: Photonic Crystal Slot Waveguide Miniature Spectrometer for In-Situ Groundwater Contaminant and Greenhouse Gas Detection and Identification

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945688
Agency Tracking Number:
0945688
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT5
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Omega Optics
10435 BURNET RD STE 108, Austin, TX, 78758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
102861262
Principal Investigator:
Swapnajit Chakravarty
PhD
(512) 996-8833
swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com
Business Contact:
Swapnajit Chakravarty
PhD
(512) 996-8833
swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a 100 micron long lab-on-a-chip spectrometer to detect benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) and other compounds in contaminated ground water and methane and nitrous oxides in air emissions. The project will develop a photonic crystal slot waveguide device which will combine slow light effect in photonic crystal waveguides with large optical field intensity in a low index slot at the center of the photonic crystal waveguide. This will allow exact identification of analyte through spectroscopic signatures. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be realized with the successful demonstration of this technology that will permit this chip to be adapted to a wide range of contaminants in water and air media, and hence, could be very useful to activities in the environmental field.

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