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CNT-Based Gas Ionizer to Replace Radioactive Sources

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80853
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
611024
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB06.1-010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Nanotech, Inc.
3006 Longhorn Blvd. Ste. 107 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: CNT-Based Gas Ionizer to Replace Radioactive Sources
Agency: DHS
Contract: NBCH060149
Award Amount: $128,813.00
 

Abstract:

In the recent past, government agencies from the US and other foreign countries have recognized the problem of orphaned radioactive sources worldwide. Such sources pose a security risk in the form of potential material for a ┬┐dirty bomb┬┐ or other illicit applications. We propose to replace Ni-63 beta emitters with a carbon nanotube based electric field ionization source. This CNT-based ionization source will be useful for a whole class of devices that currently use radioactive materials for gas ionizers. This CNT gas ionizer will be a nearly one-for-one replacement for the Ni-63, requiring only minor additional driver electronics to operate the source. The CNT ionizer will operate over a wide temperature range (-50 ºC to +100 ºC is expected). The source can be designed to fit almost any size and shape needed for the analytical instrument.

Principal Investigator:

Richard L. Fink
VP, Engineering
5123395020
dfink@appliednanotech.net

Business Contact:

Richard L. Fink
VP, Engineering
5123395020
dfink@appliednanotech.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Nanotech, Inc.
3006 Longhorn Blvd. Ste. 107 Austin, TX 78758

EIN/Tax ID: 742848504
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No