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Proposal Number: 0611057
Proposal Title: Portable Raman Optical Trace Explosive Detection System
Topic Number: H-SB06.1-002
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: RELIABLE PEROXIDE-BASED EXPLOSIVES DETECTION WITH LOW FALSE ALARM RATE
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the need for a portable device to detect trace amounts of peroxide-based homemade explosives (HME) on individuals and packages in public transportation settings, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Portable Raman Optical Trace Explosive Detection (PROTEX) system. This man-portable noncontact system will agitate, sample and concentrate an air sample near the test object, followed by Raman optical analysis of this concentrate to determine whether HME or other explosive constituents are present. It features a throughput of three individuals/packages screened per minute; high sensitivity from ppm to ppb levels or lower of peroxide explosive vapor and single-microgram-sized particulates of HME residue; and high specificity with a false alarm rate well below 5%. The operationally safe system will require no consumables, and will consume <10 W of battery power. In Phase I POC will assemble a proof-of-concept prototype and test it on surrogates. In Phase II we will develop a prototype system for laboratory and field testing and estimate its false alarm rate. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can use this system to screen passengers and baggage at airports. The system will also benefit environmental pollution monitoring as well as security monitoring during military and peacekeeping operations.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC060110
Period of Performance: 09/01/2006 - 03/15/2007
Award/Contract Value: $100,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $100,000.00