DOE has selected Southwest Sciences to develop an analyzer to measure pollutants in groundwater. The analyzer is based on a novel cavity-enhanced spectroscopy. The development and testing program includes field tests and comparison to existing analytical techniques. The analyzer will initially target Cr(VI) ions. Contact: Chris Hovde
Measuring the growth and structure of fine roots is important to understanding carbon uptake by plants, biogeochemical cycling and crop productivity. Southwest Sciences is developing a fast, high-resolution 3-dimensional optical tomography method for imaging plant roots in-situ. Contact: Eli Rosen
Methane is an important greenhouse gas released to the atmosphere during fossil fuel extraction and processing. Development of a diode laser-based analyzer that can be flown on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will facilitate wide-spread and accurate measurement of atmospheric methane concentrations. Contact: Mark Paige
Development of an instrument for fast, high precision carbon dioxide isotope ratio measurements on a UAV platform will aid researchers in identifying sources and sinks of atmospheric carbon dioxide for climate studies. Contact: Tony Gomez
SWS and Avisa Pharma have recently signed a license agreement for development of diode laser-based instruments for the detection of lung infections.
Office Manager Retires
Southwest Sciences employees had a chance to thank long-time office manager Vickie LeDoux for her many years of service. Vickie joined the company when there were just three other employees. As the business grew, so did her responsibilities, which she met with characteristic efficiency, and she still had time for a glass of wine before volleyball games. In a related personnel move, Debbi Brody has been promoted to Office Operations Manager in recognition of the additional responsibilities she has taken on.
Southwest Sciences selected as "Best Place to Work"
Southwest Sciences was one of New Mexico Business Weekly's Best Places to Work. The award is sponsored by Albuquerque Business First and honors New Mexico companies which are rated highly by their employees (as determined by surveys conducted by the business journal) as good places to work. Southwest Sciences was a winner for 2012 in the small business category.
Fire Sensing on the International Space Station
NASA has selected Southwest Sciences to develop a replacement combustion products monitor for the International Space Station. A laser-based analyzer in a rugged, hand-held package will detect multiple gases that are indicative of smoldering or burning for enhanced crew safety. This technology is also applicable to earth-based needs for fire sensing, stack emissions monitoring, and air quality measurements. For more information contact Dr. Joel Silver
DARPA funds proof-of-concept research to show how doped diamonds can be used to measure magnetic fields with high spatial resolution. Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond act as local magnetic probes. We are collaborating with Berkeley (Prof. Dimitry Budker) and TAMU (Prof Phil Hemmer). Contact: Chris Hovde