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Real-Time Portable Neutron Spectroscopy

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Department of Defense
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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2007 / SBIR
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Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Real-Time Portable Neutron Spectroscopy
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: HDTRA1-07-P-0240
Award Amount: $99,959.00


One of the critical gaps in homeland security is the inability to efficiently detect and identify kilogram-size samples of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM, uranium and transuranic elements). Unlike other forms of radiation produced by SNM (e.g. gamma rays), penetrating neutron emission is unique to fissionable material and difficult to obscure with passive shielding. The current state-of-the-art in neutron detection is not suitable for field applications. Michigan Aerospace Corporation, in collaboration with Professor James Ryan and his group at University of New Hampshire, proposes to develop a compact, light weight neutron spectroscopy instrument. This instrument, based on the successful Fast Neutron Imaging Telescope prototype, will be sensitive to neutron energies < 1 Mev, and will have a response time suitable for identification of materials both in passive and active interrogation. The proposed instrument is based on the Fast Neutron Imaging Telescope (FNIT), a Position Sensitive Plastic Scintillator Detector conceived and developed at the University of New Hampshire for the Inner Heliospheric Sentinels program. Such a neutron imaging device is highly suitable for locating SNM by detecting fission neutrons and reconstructing images of their source. The instrument will be able to locate a neutron point source and report the fission spectrum.

Principal Investigator:

Dominique Fourguette
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Pete Tchoryk
Chief Executive Officer
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1777 Highland Drive Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 383323642
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No