Wollaston prism based interferometer for chemical and biological early warning
Rugged field spectrometers with no moving parts are needed for detecting chemical, biological, and explosive threats using the long wavelength infrared (LWIR)spectrum. QuantaSpec has successfully designed, developed, and tested a no moving parts spectrometer with a spectral range of 7 to 12 microns in a past project. This proposal will develop a rugged, simple, Wollaston prism spectrometer with no moving parts, a spectral range of at least 8 to 12 microns, and spectral resolution comparable to conventional FTIR spectroscopy. The proposed project will benefit from QuantaSpec's past experience in designing, developing, and testing similar spectrometers with no moving parts. QuantaSpec already has a majority of the components needed to build a Wollaston prism spectrometer and all of the components needed to test the spectrometer. Phase II will incorporate a light source, sample cell, and the Wollaston spectrometer into a complete detection system and its utility in chem/bio/explosive detection will be evaluated.
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