Real-Time Ultrasensitive Spectrometer for Plasma Diagnostic

Period of Performance: 12/14/1998 - 06/14/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

LOS Gatos Research
Mountain View, CA 94041
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I proposal seeks to develop a new, real-time, ultrasensitive technology for plasma diagnostics. Los Gatos Research proposes to assess the feasibility of developing turn-key, portable Systems based on this new, noninvasive spectroscopic-based technology across a wide range of spectral regions. To date, we have demonstrated the approach in the visible spectral region in a series of proof-of-principle experiments. During the Phase I effort, we will quantify the ability to extend the technology from the UV to the infrared, as well as demonstrate the method in a plasma environment. The feasibility studies will identify components for the construction of a portable system in Phase II, based on targeted chemical species or spectral regions. The Phase I and II research will facilitate the development of a commercial, portable, and highly sensitive analytical instrument, which is capable determining concentrations into the sub part-per-trillion regime. BENEFITS: The commercial potential for analytical instrumentation based on the new technology described in this proposal is extremely broad and significant. Applications include the real-time monitoring of chemical species, such as pollutants and biological or chemical warfare agents, or the detection of reactive chemical intermediates in transient environments.