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Thermal Neutron Analysis (TNA) Based Mine Detection System - Feasibility Study

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
58032
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A012-0609
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ancore Corp.
2950 Patrick Henry Drive Santa Clara, CA 95054 0183
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Thermal Neutron Analysis (TNA) Based Mine Detection System - Feasibility Study
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAB07-02-C-J209
Award Amount: $69,959.00
 

Abstract:

"Thermal Neutron Analysis (TNA) is a non-intrusive detection technique that can specifically detect landmines by measuring the high nitrogen density in the explosives. This technique is well suited for a confirmatory sensor that can work in conjunction withexisting anomaly mine detection sensors, which have high false alarm rates. The proposed Phase 1 program will use an electronic neutron generator (ENG) in an experimental and engineering trade-off study to determine the best sensors for the mine detectionproblem. The measure of performance will be the signal-to-noise level obtainable within the time budget allotted for a confirmatory sensor that is derived from the overall US Army goals for mine clearing. High-efficiency and medium-resolution sodiumiodide (NaI(Tl)) scintillators, and lower-efficiency and high-resolution hyper-pure germanium (HPGe) solid-state detectors will be compared. Measurements will be made using a laboratory "sandbox" with buried (simulated) mines of different sizes and amodified TNA measurement system. From the data taken, an extrapolation of the performance (Probability of Detection (PD)/Probability of False Alarm (PFA)) for a field system will be made. The results will be documented in a final report. If thefeasibility study is successful, a Phase 2 program to build and field-test a prototype, will be proposed. The TNA based mine detection sensor has a unique ability to detect the presence of all hi

Principal Investigator:

Douglas R. Brown
Vice President
4089619708
doug@ancore.com

Business Contact:

Patrick M. Shea
Chief Operating Officer
4089619710
pat@ancore.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ancore Corp.
2950 Patrick Henry Drive Santa Clara, CA 95054

EIN/Tax ID: 770468140
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No