NASA SBIR 00-1 SOLICITATION

FORM 9B - PROJECT SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER 00-1 19.02-9841 (Chron: 000160 )
PROJECT TITLE
Extremely Miniaturized, Turbomolecular Pump-Based Vacuum System



TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
NASA and commercial industry both have a pressing need for miniaturized high vacuum pumps. Recent advances in sensor technology at NASA laboratories have led to the development of very small mass spectrometer detectors as well as other instruments such as scanning electronic microscopes. However, the vacuum systems to support these sensors remain large, heavy, and power hungry. To meet this need, Creare proposes to build an extremely miniaturized vacuum system based on a very small turbomolecular pump. While smaller than a D-cell battery, the turbomolecular pump has performance that is well matched to the needs of miniature analytical instruments. Such a pump represents an order-of-magnitude reduction in mass and volume over the current state-of-the-art, as represented by another Creare designed and built turbomolecular pump. The new pump will form the heart of a complete vacuum system optimized to support analytical instruments in terrestrial applications and on spacecraft and planetary landers.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Numerous commercial applications exist, primarily to support portable analytical instruments such as mass spectrometers and leak detectors. Current-generation devices are limited by the size and mass of their turbomolecular pumps, or else use less capable absorption pumps. Building a small, light-weight, and low power turbomolecular pump-based vacuum system whose performance is tuned to the needs of miniature detectors will greatly expand the market for such devices.



NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Dr. Marc A. Kenton
Creare Inc.
Etna Road, P.O. Box 71
Hanover , NH   03755 - 0071



NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Creare Inc.
Etna Road, P.O. Box 71
Hanover , NH   03755 - 0071