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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9451-05-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-004-1472
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ASTRALUX, INC.
2500 Central Ave., Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
940915358
Principal Investigator:
Randolph Treece
President / CEO
(303) 413-1440
rtreece@astraluxinc.com
Business Contact:
Randolph Treece
President / CEO
(303) 413-1440
rtreece@astraluxinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Biological warfare agents pose a grave threat to the United States, as events of the last few years have shown. The malicious delivery of Bacillus anthracis spores to government and private-sector buildings through the U.S. mail system in 2001, was a prime example. The U.S. Armed Forces currently rely on three outdated biodecontamination solutions, which have been used over the last 40 years: super tropical bleach , high test hypochlorite, and a nonaqueous formulation referred to as decontamination solution number 2. Astralux, Inc. is developing a technology for Bio-Decontamination via electron-beam driven UV/X-ray irradiation, the BDUVX, that does not destroy assets, like the above. The combination of a high-intensity 250-280 nm ultraviolet emitter and an X-ray radiation source within a single package will offer a clean, non-toxic, and non-corrosive alternative for the surface and subsurface multi-BW agent decontamination of buildings and equipment. The BDUVX system is a mobile, self-contained unit, which will be simple and safe to operate. Electron-beam pumping provides the method to drive both types of emission in a single compact device. In Phase I we demonstrated the feasibility of the BDUVX system, by measuring electron-beam-driven co-generation of UV and X-ray radiation from a single chip.

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