Portable E-beam Pumped UV/X-ray Bio-Decontamination System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA9451-04-M-0074
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-004-1472
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-004
Small Business Information
ASTRALUX, INC.
2500 Central Ave., Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
940915358
Principal Investigator
 Randolph Treece
 Vice Pres. and General Manager
 (303) 413-1440
 rtreece@astraluxinc.com
Business Contact
 Randolph Treece
Title: Vice Pres. and General Manager
Phone: (303) 413-1440
Email: rtreece@astraluxinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The malicious distribution of Bacillus anthracis spores through the U.S. Postal Service in the fall of 2001 demonstrated the vulnerability of the United States to biological threats. These events showed the need for improved decontamination methods for buildings and assets exposed to various biological agents, because the current methods rely on the application of a chlorine- or formaldehyde-based liquid and are toxic, corrosive, and harmful to papers, books, and sensitive equipment such as landing gear, brake assemblies, and aircraft interiors. The combination of a high-intensity 250-280 nm ultraviolet (UV-C) emitter and an x-ray radiation source within a single package would offer a clean, non-toxic, and non-corrosive alternative for the surface and subsurface multi-BW agent decontamination of buildings and equipment. Electron-beam pumping provides an efficient method to drive both types of emission. Astralux, Inc. is developing an electron-beam pumped semiconductor UV source technology, which when combined with suitable metal structures, will result in a UV/X-ray bio-decontamination unit that does not suffer from the shortcomings mentioned above. This UV/X-ray bio-decontamination device should prove useful in a wide range of settings requiring disinfection. These applications include mail disinfection, air and water purification, and medical sterilization.

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