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CVD Diamond Neutron Detectors with Pulse Shape Discrimination

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84022
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
08-1-TA2-RMD1-014
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt St. Watertown, MA 02472-4699
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: CVD Diamond Neutron Detectors with Pulse Shape Discrimination
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00151
Award Amount: $150,000.00
 

Abstract:

Proliferation of nuclear weapons is a serious threat in the world today. One way to determine the presence of nuclear weapons is to detect neutrons emitted by special nuclear material(SNM) such as highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium. The purpose of this project is to develop improved solid state neutron detectors from CVD diamond for homeland security applications. Phase I work will focus on optimizing electronic properties of CVD diamond films for neutron detection and fabricating and characterizing detectors. During Phase II we will develop a CVD diamond-based portable instrument for neutron detection and increase the neutron detection efficiency by scaling up the film thickness and area. Diamond has a high cross-section for fission neutron scattering and low sensitivity to gamma rays. Diamond also has a wide band gap for low noise, room temperature operation, high electron and hole mobility for fast response, and high displacement energy for high radiation hardness. Commercial applications include homeland security, nuclear and high-energy physics research, and medical dosimetry.

Principal Investigator:

Leonard J. Cirignano
Principal Investigator
6176686818
Lcirignano@RMDInc.com

Business Contact:

Gerald Entine
President
6176686800
Gentine@RMDInc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472

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