Light Filament Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0104
Agency Tracking Number: A064-017-0142
Amount: $749,986.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: A06-T017
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
IONATRON, INC.
3716 East Columbia St, Suite 120, Tucson, AZ, 85714
Duns: 111653205
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Lundquist
 Principal Scientist
 (520) 628-7415
 plundquist@ionatron.com
Business Contact
 Eric Lau
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (520) 628-7415
Email: elau@ionatron.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF ARIZONA
 Bonner Denton
 Department of Chemistry
Tucson, AZ, 85721
 (520) 621-8246
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The formation and use of optical filaments resulting from high-power, ultrashort pulses propagating within the atmosphere is currently an active area of research for military and commercial applications. Optical filaments can be used to ionize molecules and atoms and produced related spectral emissions. Importantly, the range at which the filament formation occurs within the atmosphere can be controlled electronically by adjusting the laser beam and pulse characteristics. Filament formation, range control and spectral analyses of ionized surfaces were demonstrated in Phase-I. Phase-II has two primary objectives. The first is to characterize a wide range of metallic and organic samples, and create an appropriate reference database. The second goal is the production of a prototype system and development of analysis techniques. The expected benefit of further research and development in this area is the delivery of a capability to remotely sense and discriminate the chemical and biological character of explosives and contaminants at long ranges, scalable to 100's of meters. This capability will benefit both Government and private sector organizations.

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