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A Directional Gamma Auto Spectrometer

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Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aguila Technologies, Inc.
310 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 107 San Marcos, CA 92078-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A Directional Gamma Auto Spectrometer
Agency: DHS
Contract: NBCHC070029
Award Amount: $1,250,000.00


THIS IS A FAST TRACK PROPOSAL WITH SIGNIFICANT MATCHING FUNDS COMMITMENTS. The Government is deploying a growing number of radiation detectors at U.S. borders, ports of entry and other key locations, intended to assist in the detection of a potential terrorist`s nuclear explosive device or radiological dispersal device. The most widely deployed radiation detector products today are radiation ┬┐pagers┬┐. Such products are unable to differentiate between natural radiation, legitimate and clandestine radioactive materials, resulting in a disturbingly high incidence of false positives. There is a need for a device that can provide radionuclide identification and spatial differentiation in portable unit. This proposal will develop a portable radiation sensor technology with these features. The proposed sensor will allow trained personnel in the field to locate and identify potentially threatening radionuclides. It will differentiate radioactive sources as potentially dangerous or likely benign and provide radioemitter source direction, distance and size information. It is based on pixel array CdZnTe detectors, new multichannel detector readout ASICS, directionallysensitive elements, stateofthe art high density packaging and novel software and high spectral resolution features to allow spectral identification of myriad combinations of gamma radiation sources. The Phase 2 proposal builds upon the demonstration system of Phase 1. Key Words CZT, gamma radiation, pixilated detector, nuclide identification, directional radiation detection

Principal Investigator:

M Albert Capote
(760) 752-1199

Business Contact:

M. Albert Capote
(760) 752-1199
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aguila Technologies, Inc.
310 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 107 San Marcos, CA 92078-2631

EIN/Tax ID: 330719762
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No