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Novel Very Large Scintillator Crystal Growth Method

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
SBIR11-1-SBIR11.1-003-FP-010
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SBIR11.1-003
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nanotrons, Co
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Novel Very Large Scintillator Crystal Growth Method
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-11-C-00101
Award Amount: $149,981.13
 

Abstract:

Scintillators have been used in radiation detection applications including medical imaging, oil well drilling, and high energy physics experiments. The new security need for scintillators has changed the market dynamics from specialty niche to volume production. In this program, Nanotrons proposes a manufacturing method that potentially produces scintillator of very large size and high crystal quality at unprecedentedly low cost to meet the new demand. Our process is a novel simple process that grows large-size single crystal ingots by continuous solidification from a seed crystal without any moving parts. Due to the simplicity, the proposed process has salient advantages of large size and low cost. Without movements, the new process also prevents secondary nucleation and ensuring very low strain in the grown crystal. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility.

Principal Investigator:

King Wang
kwang@agiltron.com

Business Contact:

Jeanne Hladky
jhladky@agiltron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanotrons Corp.
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 264045598
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No