NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 13.01-9450

PROJECT TITLE : A Robust Fiber Optic Raman Probe for Low Temperature Planetary Exploration

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

Strategies to understand geological history through analysis of planetary soils and atmospheres have involved highly compact, rugged analytical instruments and sampling accessories deployed and operated robotically on the extraterrestrial surface. Recent advances in compact high performance fiber optic Raman spectroscopic instrumentation have led to the development of equipment that has the potential to provide surface and depth characterization of the planetary geochemical environment. However, the fiber optic sampling mechanism for in situ deployments must be ruggedized to withstand the harsh temperature conditions of planetary exploration such as Mars (125-265 Ko). The current generation of commercially available filter based Raman probes is not made for use in low temperature conditions. The goal of the Phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of a low temperature fiber optic Raman probe that can withstand the harsh temperature conditions (125-265 Ko) of planetary exploration. The goals of the Phase II are to design and fabricate a functioning prototype fiber optic Raman probe system that meets specific mission needs of NASA.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
A robust fiber optic probe would have markets in industrial process monitoring and control, clinical analysis, environmental detection, forensics, and as a general research tool for structural determination and compositional analysis.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Dr. Michael M. Carrabba
EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street
Norwood, MA 02062
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street
Norwood, MA 02062