SAN DIEGO, 16 June 2006. JMAR Technologies Inc., a developer of laser-based technology and x-ray processes for imaging, analysis, and fabrication at the nanoscale level, has been selected for the award of a Phase II SBIR grant by the U.S. Army. The grant is intended for JMAR to conduct research leading to the development of a compact, double-pulse laser system capable of real-time spectrochemical hazard analysis in the field. This new detection approach is based on JMAR's BriteLight technology and offers a method of detecting hazardous materials from safe, remote locations.
The new laser will be specially designed for adjustable, double-pulse mode operation to support laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). LIBS techniques are well suited to field analysis because only the laser beam must reach the sample, allowing remote monitoring of hazardous materials or materials situated in difficult to reach locations.
The DOD Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program was developed to stimulate technological innovation to meet military as well as commercial needs. During Phase I, JMAR accomplished feasibility studies and proof of concept.
This selection for Phase II will result in two prototypes: a small man-portable LIBS unit and a larger vehicle-portable version. The Phase II contract amount is expected to be $750,000.