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Plasma Generator for Controlled Enhancement of the Ionosphere

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-15-M-0508
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T22-0207
Amount: $149,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT22
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-10
Small Business Information
205 Schoolhouse Road
Souderton, PA 18964
United States
DUNS: 122998925
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Zavitsanos
 President, Senior Scientist
 (215) 723-8588
Business Contact
 Evelyn Downs
Phone: (215) 723-8588
Research Institution
 Drexel University
 Dr. Jonathan Spanier
Office of Research 3201 Arch Street Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

 (215) 895-2301
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

ABSTRACT: The proposed program is a joint effort between General Sciences, Inc. (GSI) and Drexel University. The proposed concept for Plasma Generation is based on the use of highly exothermic condensed phase reactions yielding temperatures considerably higher than the boiling points of candidate metal elements with residual energy to maximize their vapor yield and, with high probability to enter associative ionization (chemi-ionization) reactions with atmospheric oxygen. In addition to exploiting thermo-chemistry and ionization kinetics for maximum metal vapor and respective plasma yields, hardware development will also be pursued. Such hardware will provide for controlled release options such as conventional point release, as well as extended in time and space. The effort will be based on key experiments in several vacuum systems and analysis in order to downselect the best candidates for further development. ; BENEFIT: New ways of communication will become available to DOD with significant benefits to the defense of the Country. Commercial applications could involve use of plasma enhancement in Magneto-Hydrodynamics (MHD) power generation and perhaps in other current industrial processes.

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