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A High Intensity Neutron Source for the Detection of Unexploded Ordnance

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67002
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
75374T04-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Alme and Associates
P.O. Box 1388 Los Alamos, NM 87544
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: A High Intensity Neutron Source for the Detection of Unexploded Ordnance
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER86209
Award Amount: $99,995.00
 

Abstract:

75374-In response to the DOE┬┐s desire to identify spin-off technology from its Magnetic Fusion Energy program, this project addresses the identification of unexploded ordnance, using a nuclear assay with neutrons produced by fusion reactions. In particular, a portable neutron source will be developed that is capable of detecting high explosives, particularly unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines buried underground, using the nuclear assay. The high intensity neutron source will be based on an inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) plasma device developed under the sponsorship of the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. Phase I will experimentally verify calculation for scaling the IEC source and complete an engineering design for a portable IEC source. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The neutron source should be large enough for use in a real-time assay for the detection of high explosives. The removal of unexploded ordnance is a key task in the decommissioning of military bases and their conversion to civilian uses. Other applications include the identification of landmines in former combat areas, the identification of special nuclear materials, and the field detection of chemical weapons.

Principal Investigator:

Charles Mansfield
Dr.
5056613651
coyote2@swcp.com

Business Contact:

Rosemary Alme
Ms.
5056613651
rmncjalme@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Alme and Associates
P.O. Box 1388 Los Alamos, NM 87544

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
P.O. Box 1388
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Contact: Michael Murillo
Contact Phone: (505) 667-6767
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)