Remote propellant residue detection using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,812.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-6645
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-075-2791
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-075
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
APPLIED SPECTRA
111 Hogan Court Unit 3, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147539378
Principal Investigator:
Jong Yoo
Principle Scientist
(408) 888-0381
jyoo@appliedspectra.com
Business Contact:
Richard Russo
President
(925) 330-1431
rerusso@appliedspectra.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Terrorism is one of the greatest threats facing military and civilian personnel today. US military forces are increasingly exposed to deadly shoulder fired rocket attacks and improvised explosive devices in Iraq and other hostile environments. Such trends raise a significant security threat for terrorist attacks within the United States. In order to deter terrorist activities, US military warfighters need to have a capability for identifying hostile combatants who transported and/or launched a weapon. Rocket propelled weapons deposit chemical signatures containing residues as well as unexploded energetics on material surfaces (clothes, skin, hair, structures). In Phase I of this SBIR effort, we successfully demonstrated that LIBS (laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) was a viable technology for detecting residues related to these energetic materials on clothing. The proposed Phase II effort would expand on system optimization and development, including laser and detector parameter space optimization, measurement of common propellant/explosive, their residues, and contaminants, data analysis software and prototype system demonstration for the Air Force. The work will leverage efforts at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD.

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