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Active Interrogation System for Detecting and Identifying SNM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Award ID:
83196
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
T071-003-0070
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-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Active Interrogation System for Detecting and Identifying SNM
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: HDTRA1-07-P-0236
Award Amount: $99,941.00
 

Abstract:

Active interrogation holds the most promise for detecting heavily shielded materials at a distance. This effort will use pulsed neutron excitation of fission reactions in the target being inspected in conjunction with an imaging detector. Special nuclear material (SNM) that is present will undergo fission reactions that generate prompt and delayed neutrons which will be emitted by the target. The presence of emitted neutrons will indicate that SNM may be present. Recording the time course of the delayed neutron emissions will provide additional information about the target identity. We will examine the design and construction of a complete active interrogation system including a compact neutron generator and fast neutron imaging detector. Imaging offers several significant advantages: interrogating the entire target simultaneously, improving the signal-to-background ratio, and distinguishing between real threats and false alarms. The system will be based on an RF-Plasma neutron generator design from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the fast neutron imaging telescope (FNIT) being developed at the University of New Hampshire.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Squillante
Vice President of Research
6176686800
MSquillante@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: 042546395
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No