SANTA CLARA, Calif., 5 Aug. 2008. Intevac Photonics, a division of Intevac Inc., announced that its DeltaNu business unit won a $1.029 million contract from the Department of Defense to develop advanced Raman spectroscopy systems for military and civilian applications.
Applications include detection of toxic material and pathogens for the military, and detection of hazardous materials for civilian applications. Under this year-long contract, the company will develop new capabilities for ultra-sensitive detection and detection at long distances.
"With their ability to rapidly detect hazardous materials, DeltaNu's advanced, high-performance Raman systems enable soldiers to be more effective," says Keith Carron, DeltaNu's vice president and general manager. "When life-threatening materials can be detected in seconds, countermeasures can be quickly developed and implemented immediately in the field to significantly improve troop survivability."
Carron continues, "While these sophisticated military HAZMAT identification systems are designed to increase human safety in battlefield settings, they are also vital for civilian applications, including the fast detection of toxic materials involved in accidental chemical spills and other dangerous situations that require rapid material identification for the preservation of life and natural resources."