Focus 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