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Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Nov. 07, 2011
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2011  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Trading Symbol LUNA  
Entity Registrant Name LUNA INNOVATIONS INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001239819  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   13,795,199