Portable Orthogonal Detection Device for Toxic Industrial Chemicals

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Portable Orthogonal Detection Device for Toxic Industrial ChemicalsFocus Area: Trace Detection

Description: Develop an orthogonal detector system for the detection, identification, and quantification of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals at imminent danger to life and health concentrations or lower.  Develop a dual wavelength Raman detector to increase the number of materials detectable via Raman spectroscopy.

Project Cost: $3,264K

Project Duration: 30 months

Operational Impact: Emergency response teams carry a variety of pieces of equipment to measure chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. In an effort to streamline operations and reduce overall cost, teams require a single detector to meet the varied detection needs. The single detector must have the capability of providing a secondary confirmation for chemical identification based upon an orthogonal detection technique. This capability will greatly reduce the false positives found in field operations.

Deliverable: Two beta units for vapor detection and two beta units for solid/liquid detection

Performer: Thermo-Fisher/Ahura Scientific

End Users: Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency

Transition: Refinement and commercialization of the end-state prototype design will be accomplished by the perfomer