Broadband agile wavelength laser for chemical aerosol detection

Period of Performance: 11/23/2009 - 05/23/2010

$99K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

DBC Technology Corp.
421 Mesa St.
Torrance, CA 90505
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

SRI International
333 Ravenswood Avenue Mail stop: 306-17
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Institution POC

Abstract

Chemical agents in aerosol form have been identified as a major threat, and there is now interest in applying the long wave infrared frequency agile laser sensor to detection of this important agent form. If successful, it would be possible to perform detection of chemical agent vapors and aerosols and biological aerosol agents with a single dual-use sensor. To accomplish this, it is critical to obtain laser emission in the presently missing CO2 laser band separations, and this can be accomplished by a gas mixture of normal and C13 isotopes. The Phase I program will address the novel approaches to achieving stable output energy across all bands, catalyst effectiveness in a closed system, and wavelength tuner selectivity.