Frequency Agile Sensor for Trace Explosives Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-09-C-0168
Award Id:
94931
Agency Tracking Number:
F08B-T26-0126
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 08TT26
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073800062
Principal Investigator:
JoelHensley
Principal Research Scientist
(978) 689-0003
hensley@psicorp.com
Business Contact:
B.David Green
President & CEO
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Research Institute:
Sandia National Laboratory
Gilbert V Herrera
PO Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM, 87185-
(505) 284-6701

Abstract
In collaboration with Sandia National Laboratory, Physical Sciences Inc (PSI) proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate a Frequency Agile Terahertz Sensor (FATS) for trace explosives residue detection. The critical frequency agile terahertz (THz) detector is based on an electronically tunable plasmonic grating-gate technology developed by our collaborators at Sandia. Phase I will further improve the performance of the FAT detector, validate this approach with laboratory demonstrations of the key elements, and refine the design of a complete system model that will be fabricated and demonstrated in Phase II. BENEFIT: The end result of Phase II of this program will be a prototype sensor for trace explosives residue detection. In addition to the national security benefit of an improved response to the on-going terrorist threat of improvised explosives, this project will also advance the state of the art of an innovative detector technology. Because of its frequency agility, small size, and compatibility with standard semiconductor processing, this novel detector has the potential to combine spectroscopic capability with focal plane imaging in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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