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Short Pulse Neutron Generator

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86541
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-009-0940
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Adelphi Technology, Inc.
2003 E Bayshore Rd Redwood City, CA 94063-4121
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Short Pulse Neutron Generator
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-08-M-0051
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

A short-pulsed neutron generator is proposed for the detection of concealed high explosives. A recently developed RF-excited plasma neutron generator will be pulsed to produce the activating neutrons whose pulse length is 5-10 ns with a repetition rate of 100 kHz. Using the D-T nuclear reaction, we expect the proposed generator to produce an average yield of 10E9 n/s at this pulse length and rate. In Phase I an existing neutron generator will have a set of electrodes installed to chop the ion beam to produce the desired neutron-pulse time structure and a high peak yield. The present deuterium generator will be redesigned to support the safe use of tritium. The proposed system will be designed to be low cost, transportable, and mechanically and electronically robust, to ensure its wide useage. Unlike penning diode sources, the generator is expected to have a long lifetime. The project has a high probability of success based on the recent development by Adelphi Technology Inc. and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of new RF plasma neutron generators.

Principal Investigator:

Melvin A. Piestrup
President
6505989800
melpie@adelphitech.com

Business Contact:

Charles K. Gary
Vice President, Operations
6505989800
cgary@adelphitech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADELPHI TECHNOLOGY, INC.
981-B Industrial Road San Carlos, CA 94070

EIN/Tax ID: 770127459
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No