NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S1.06-9844
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In Situ Sensors and Sensor Systems for Lunar and Planetary Science
PROPOSAL TITLE: Compact High Performance Spectrometers Using Computational Imaging

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Energy Research Company
1250 South Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07062 - 1920
(908) 561-8110

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Arel Weisberg
aweisberg@er-co.com
1250 South Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07062 - 1920
(908) 561-8110 Extension :20

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Arel Weisberg
aweisberg@er-co.com
1250 South Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07062 - 1920
(908) 561-8110 Extension :20

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
In Situ Sensors and Sensor Systems for Lunar and Planetary Science is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Energy Research Company (ERCo), in collaboration with CoVar Applied Technologies, proposes the development of high throughput, compact, and lower cost spectrometers that can exceed the performance of much larger and more expensive spectrometers. This performance gain is achieved through the use of computational imaging technology. Because the technology can be used from the deep UV to the IR, applications of the spectrometers include sensing modalities such as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
(LIBS), Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. The market advantages of the concept are its higher performance than current compact spectrometers, and lower
cost, lighter weight, and smaller size as compared to high performance spectrometer systems. The Phase I work plan will consist of building and testing a laboratory bench top prototype to prove the concept.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA's need for technologies that improve upon state of the art spectrometer technology is detailed in the Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems Roadmap. Specific programs listed in the Roadmap that would benefit from the potential of the technology to improve throughput while reducing the size and weight of spectrometers include the Discovery Program, New Frontiers 4, Mars 2018, and the Europa-Jupiter System Mission. Spectrometers for mineralogy that are compact, lightweight, and low power are listed as a priority for the long term time frame of 2023 and beyond, demonstrating the long term relevance of the proposed technology. The wide wavelength range over which the technology can be used, from the deep UV to the IR, further increases the wide range of current and future NASA programs to which the technology can be applied.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Users of spectrometers include academic, government, and industrial laboratories and research organizations. Manufacturers of process control equipment and environmental sensors, among others, incorporate spectrometers into their products. Improvements in spectrometer technology can therefore have wide ranging beneficial effects in advancing science, engineering, and manufacturing. The worldwide commercial opportunity is significant, estimated at $2.5 billion for the types of spectrometers that can be impacted by this project. In addition to the impact of the spectrometer technology, this project will also advance computational imaging, the discipline of using applied mathematics and computer science to boost the capabilities of optical systems.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Data Processing
Image Processing
Infrared
Multispectral/Hyperspectral
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Ultraviolet
Visible

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