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Active Interrogation for Nuclear Materials Detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Award ID:
74405
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
T051-009-0045
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PHYSITRON, INC.
2904 WestCorp Blvd., Suite 206 Huntsville, AL 35805
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Active Interrogation for Nuclear Materials Detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: HDTRA1-05-P-0091
Award Amount: $99,994.00
 

Abstract:

Physitron proposes the development of a Thermal Neutron Beam Concentrator for use in detecting strategic nuclear material (SNM) such as U, Pu, Th, etc. A compact neutron generator developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will provide 2.4 MeV neutrons that will be moderated, concentrated into a high flux beam, and propagated in air across distances up to three meters. Any SNM in the beam's path will produce a neutron-gamma conversion process that can be detected and analyzed by a gamma spectrometer leading to the identification of the SNM. Phase I will be used to design, analyze and predict the properties of a TNBC. This unit will consist of three major subassemblies: the neutron generator, a moderator to lower the neutron's average energy, and a concentrating optic to form a high flux beam of thermal neutrons. Scientists from LBNL have been researching high fluence neutron generators while Physitron has developed both photon and neutron optics for concentrating, collimating and/or bending them for many different applications. The collaboration between LBNL and Physitron will allow these two areas to be combined and provide a significant increase in the available neutron fluence for detecting SNM.

Principal Investigator:

Melvin L. Price
President/Chief Scientist
2565344844
price@physitron.com

Business Contact:

Melvin L. Price
President/Chief Scientist
2565344844
price@physitron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PHYSITRON, INC.
2904 WestCorp Blvd., Suite 206 Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 630894578
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No