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A NEW LOW-COST RADON SAMPLER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
7249
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
7249
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Quantix Corp
2 Research Court Rockville, MD 20850
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: A NEW LOW-COST RADON SAMPLER
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

RADON FOUND IN INDOOR AIR PRESENTS A GREATER RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH HAZARD TO THE GREATEST POPULATION THAN ANY OTHER RADIATION SOURCE. QUANTEX CORPORATION'S OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVELOP A VERY LOW COST, FEATHERWEIGHT, MAILABLE, ALPHA-PARTICLE DOSIMETER MEDIUM THAT CAN BE EMPLOYED BY THE GENERAL POPULATION AT ANY SITE. THE PROPOSED MEDIUM IS A THIN MATERIAL THAT MAINTAINS TRAPPED ELECTRONS AT ALPHA PARTICLE IMPACT SITES FOR EXTREMELY LONG TIMES, BUT WILL SCINTILLATE VISIBLE LIGHT WHEN ILLUMINATED BY NEAR-INFRARED (COMMON GAAS LASER DIODES, LED'S, ETC.). THE PROPOSED EFFORT WOULD GENERATE AND QUANTIFY THE PERFORMANCE OF EXPERIMENTAL SAMPLES OF QUANTEX'S UNIQUE ELECTRON TRAPPING (ET) MATERIALS IN APPROPRIATE ALPHA-TRANSMISSIVE THIN-FILM ENVELOPES TO DEMONSTRATE FEASIBILITY. PHASE I WILL EXPLORE THE OPTIMUM ET MATERIAL COMPOSITION AND SAMPLE FABRICATION FOR ALPHA-PARTICLE SELECTIVITY, PHOTOMULTIPLIER AND INFRARED DIODE CONFIGURATIONS, AND "ERASING" REQUIREMENTS. INITIAL COST ANALYSIS AND AMENABILITY TO MASS MANUFACTURING WILL BE STUDIED AND SUMMARIZED. THE PROPOSED APPROACH WOULD REVOLUTIONIZE RADON PROGENY SITESAMPLING, AND REQUIRE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE APPARATUS AT CENTRAL COUNTING STATIONS. COMMERCIAL APPLICATION WOULD BE WIDESPREAD FOR DWELLINGS AND OFFICES, AND COULD ALSO BE VERYSIGNIFICANT FOR MINING PERSONNEL.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Lindmayer Phd
3012582701

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Quantex Corp.
2 Research Court Rockville, MD 20850

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