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Improvements in Scintillation Technology for Detection of Nuclear Radiation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Award ID:
83200
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
T071-004-0242
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472-4699
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Improvements in Scintillation Technology for Detection of Nuclear Radiation
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: HDTRA1-08-C-0080
Award Amount: $749,989.00
 

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: Develop innovative scintillator materials for the detection of gamma-ray or neutron radiation for a variety of applications. For handheld and arrayed detectors criteria for improvement include better energy resolution; higher light output (photons per MeV); improved linearity of light output; and smaller, more efficient and more rugged light readout technology to replace photomultiplier tubes and lower power consumption. For applications requiring detectors with very large volume, a low-cost material with significantly better energy resolution is required to replace plastic scintillators. DESCRIPTION: Scintillators that exceed lanthanum halides in brightness with energy resolution approaching the statistical limits for scintillator-based gamma-ray spectrometry are needed for a variety of applications that include handheld detectors and imaging arrays. The goal of this SBIR is to investigate the next-generation scintillators that will exceed the lanthanum halides in brightness (>90,000 photons/MeV) yet have adequate linear response to gamma-ray energies from 60 keV to 3 MeV. These new scintillators should also provide energy resolution of

Principal Investigator:

Vivek Nagarkar
Group Leader
6176686937
VNagarkar@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