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Polycrystalline Ceramic as a Replacement for 3He Neutron Detector

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94788
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1011040
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
10.1-2
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Polycrystalline Ceramic as a Replacement for 3He Neutron Detector
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-10-C-00168
Award Amount: $150,000.00
 

Abstract:

The polycrystalline ceramic proposed in this program will build upon existing MgAl2O4:Ce scintillator technology to explore alternative neutron detection materials as a near term replacement for large 3He tubes. The polycrystalline ceramic neutron detector can achieve high efficiency in capturing thermal neutrons due to its high concentration of active element. Its compact solid state design provides high stability and reduced volume/weight compared to 3He detector. The solid state neutron detector should have (1) better efficiency; 2) larger cross-sectional area; 3) thinner thickness; 4) lighter weight; and 5) reduced fabrication costs.

Principal Investigator:

Raouf O. Loutfy
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

James C. Withers
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Research Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Road Tucson, AZ 85756-9237

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No