Elemental and Chemical State Analysis, XPS, for In-Situ Materials Analysis on Mars

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,260.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC08CA29C
Agency Tracking Number:
067169
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Apparati, Inc.
221 Carpenter Drive, Hollister, CA, 95023-9320
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
123736576
Principal Investigator:
Charles Bryson
Principal Investigator
(408) 623-1556
cbryson@att.net
Business Contact:
Charles Bryson
Business Official
(408) 623-1556
cbryson@att.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective in this project is the development of a monochromatic x-ray source for a small x-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) suitable for NASA missions. This instrument will allow in situ elemental and chemical state measurements in off-earth NASA missions. The need for these measurements is for understanding resource availability, toxicity, and chemical issues like oxidants on Mars. The small XPS developed in a previous SBIR, NNC04CA20C, has a mass of 15 Kg and will reduce to 7 kg as refined for flight. It will operate with about 10 watts. This tool needs a monochromatic x-ray source for the capability to understand the chemistries expected on NASA missions as called out in Future Space Science Enterprise (SSE) missions. In Phase I for this proposal we designed a combination of sources that will accomplish this need. It uses both a monochromatic and a non-monochromatic x-ray source to provide the quality data needed at a data rate suitable for potential missions. It uses low power, has a small mass and has some redundancy to reduce risk. Non-NASA applications will be process monitoring for semiconductor, polymer films and bioprocesses manufacturing. This application will be made available by the small size

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