Nanoscale Chemical Analysis using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (nano-LIBS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$749,954.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-05-C-0123
Agency Tracking Number:
A045-011-0100
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-T011
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
APPLIED SPECTRA
P.O. Box 5049, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147539378
Principal Investigator
 Jong Yoo
 Chief Scientist
 (408) 888-0381
 jyoo@appliedspectra.com
Business Contact
 Richard Russo
Title: President
Phone: (925) 330-1431
Email: rerusso@appliedspectra.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA
 Jennifer Nadeau
 Sponsored Projects Office, 336
Berkeley, CA, 94720
 (510) 643-3391
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
As nanotechnology fabrication develops internationally, the availability of tools for ensuring that materials and systems abide by their design characteristics becomes essential. In order for nanotechnology to mature, diagnostic instruments must be developed to detect and analyze physical and chemical properties with spatial resolution much less than the dimensions of the nanostructures (materials and structures). Applied Spectra demonstrated a unique integrated nano-LIBS system with nanosecond pulsed laser excitation, and intensified optical detection, for chemical analysis at the nanoscale. The Phase I proof-of principle work identified the primary areas that must be advanced to develop nano-LIBS into a commercial instrument, efficient light detection and plasma properties. This Phase II effort will advance the Phase I proof-of-principle findings into a prototype nano-LIBS instrument suitable for military and civilian applications. This new optical based analytical instrument will be suitable for performing chemical compositional analysis with nanometer-scale spatial resolution, and at atmospheric pressure. The nano-LIBS system will emphasize flexibility for use in a wide field of applications including defense, electronics, medical, and nano-device manufacturing. Desired metrics for the system will be 100 nanometer spatial imaging with LIBS measurement capabilities.

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