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HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL AND SENSITIVE GAMMA/NEUTRON DETECTOR

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
5846
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5846
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL AND SENSITIVE GAMMA/NEUTRON DETECTOR
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $292,000.00
 

Abstract:

A HIGHLY SENSITIVE AND DIRECTIONAL NUCLEAR RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM,RESPONDING TO LOW-LEVEL GAMMA-RADIATION AND LOW NEUTRON FLUX, WOULD BEIMPORTANT IN THE AREA OF DECOY DISCRIMINATION AND/OR AS A WARNING DEVICE AGAINST THREAT PARTICLE BEAM WEAPONS. FOR EXAMPLE, ACTIVE ILLUMINATION OF A POTENTIAL SPACE THREAT WITH A PARTICLE BEAM REQUIRESA HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL SENSOR FOR DISCRIMINATION PURPOSES. ONE APPROACHTO ADDRESS THIS NEED IS A DETECTOR COMPRISED OF A TIGHTLY PACKAGED ARRAY OF SCINTILLATOR OPTICAL FIBERS CONNECTED ON EITHER END TO A MICROCHANNEL PMT. A DESIGN ANALYSIS IS BEING PERFORMED TO OPTIMIZE THE DIRECTIONALITY OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM. THE TRADE-OFFS BEING EXAMINED INCLUDE THE LENGTH-TO-DIAMETER RATIO OF A PARTICULAR SCINTILLATOR FIBER, ENERGY SPECTRUM OF IONIZING RADIATION ABSORPTION CROSS SECTIONS AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PLASTIC INORGANIC FIBERS. A SIMPLE DEMONSTRATION UNIT IS BEING DESIGNED AND ASSEMBLED BASED UPON PROPRIETARY HARDWARE ALREADY DEVELOPED. THE SYSTEM FEATURES SEVERAL RADIATION SENSITIVE FIBERS AND CONFIGURATIONS AND A SEGMENTED MICROCHANNEL PMT. THE SENSITIVITY AND DIRECTIONALITY OF THE DEMONSTRATION UNIT IS BEING TESTED. A SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL USE CAN BE DESIGNED FOR MONITORING RADIATION IN A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT OR LEAKAGE FROM NUCLEAR STORAGE FACILITIES.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Walter Koechner
7034717671

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Fibertek Inc.
510-a Herndon Pkwy Herndon, VA 22070

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No