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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-05-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: F041-004-1472
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-004
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-04-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-07-30
Small Business Information
2500 Central Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 940915358
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Randolph Treece
 President / CEO
 (303) 413-1440
Business Contact
 Randolph Treece
Title: President / CEO
Phone: (303) 413-1440
Research Institution

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 The U.S. Armed Forces currently rely on three outdated biodecontamination solutions, which have been used over the last 40 years: super tropical bleach , high test hypochlorite, and a nonaqueous formulation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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