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Next Generation Semiconductor-Based Radiation Detectors Using Cadmium Magnesium Telluride

Company: Brimrose Technology Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: At present, CdZnTe is considered the material of choice for efficient, room temperature gamma-radiation detection systems used for the detection and identification of radionuclides. Despite the advances in CdZnTe materials technology during the last decade, the major impediments… more

Advanced Space Antenna for GPS

Company: Scientic, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: We propose to develop a space based radiation hardened GPS transmit antenna capable of forming spot beams to enhance the GPS signal on the ground by greater than 5 dB. It is expected that our transverse compound hybrid antenna will provide as much as 30 dB… more

Radiation Hardened Cache Memory

Company: Scientic, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: This effort will evaluate radiation hardened cache memory architectures with respect to future device parameter requirements; identify potential Air Force PNT systems, DoD, and commercial aerospace application requirements; select a suitable RH… more

Rad-Hard Sigma-Delta 3-Channel ADC for Fluxgate Magnetometers

Company: Pacific Microchip Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: …ow distortion topology will permit to optimize the ADC's power consumption within a wide range and to ensure 3.5fJ figure of merit (FoM). The offset cancellation technique will be implemented to the ADC to solve the offset problem common to all magnetometers. Radiation … more

An additive manufacturing technology for the fabrication and characterization of nuclear reactor fuel

Company: Free Form Fibers Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … for current fuels. The proposed project is made possible by the confluence of advances in additive micro-fabrication that would not only transform TRISO fuel fabrication from batch to continuous manufacturing, but would also embed them in high temperature and radiation… more

Self-Biased Radiation Hardened Ka-Band Circulators for Size, Weight and Power Restricted Long Range Space Applications

Company: Metamagnetics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … are utilized to direct lower power received signals with minimal attenuation to the low noise amplifiers (LNA). As such, performance specifications of these ferrite control components, such as bandwidth, insertion loss, isolation, power handling, temperature stability, … more

SATCOM Wideband Digital Channelized Receiver System-on-Chip (SoC) with Low-cost Silicon Technology

Company: CreoNex Systems Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … bands with channelized fan-out multicast and fan-in aggregation capabilities. In this SBIR, a low-cost, dual-band uplink receiver will be developed for the RF downconversion, digitization, and channelization of uplink SATCOM signals. The receiver will be radiation … more

Development of light-weight, low-cost and high specific power organic solar modules with high radiation hardness

Company: Solarmer Energy Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Solar arrays play a key role in the operation of spacecrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles. Traditionally, inorganic semiconductor based solar arrays have been used for space applications because of their highest efficiencies. However, these solar arrays have several major limitations like… more

SpectroCCD X-ray Camera for energy dispersive spectrometers

Company: Sydor Instruments, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Worldwide there are a number of synchrotron beamlines dedicated to resonant soft x-ray inelastic scattering. There are also new beamlines currently being designed to take advantage of improved third generation synchrotron radiation sources and this powerful experimental… more

HERMES-Based X-Ray Strip Detector

Company: Sydor Instruments, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The effectiveness of synchrotron radiation science is being hindered by the limited availability of advanced detectors. This is due to the limited deployment of existing detectors as well as limited development effort to provide new advanced capabilities. As synchrotron… more

Low Power Nonvolatile Memory for Extreme Environments

Company: PrivaTran Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: …. PrivaTran has previously demonstrated an electronically-programmable resistor as a NVM element. Initial static data retention testing has shown tolerance to several radiation types and high thermal stress, thereby demonstrating the potential for use in radiation-hardened… more

Multi-A.U. SOLAROSA Concentrator Solar Array for Space Science Missions

Company: Deployable Space Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … of our innovative Multi-A.U. SOLAROSA technology. SOLAROSA, named for Stretched Optical Lens Architecture on Roll-Out Solar Array, is a new lightweight, high-performance space solar array that enables missions through low-cost, lightweight, compact stowage volume, radiation… more

Radiation Hard Interceptor Components Test Methods for Missile Defense

Company: nLogic, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: We will develop test methods to assess the performance of Missile Defense interceptors and space sensors in the presence of natural and man-made radiation environments. By augmenting an existing hardware-in-the-loop facility, radiation environment testing is accomplished… more

Indirect Detection of Radiological and Nuclear Threats by Non-atmospheric Effect Techniques

Company: AKELA, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: We propose a concept for the detection of radiological sources at stand-off distances, using a two part system consisting of a detector tag and a radar system. A radiation-sensitive resonant circuit with nonlinear properties (the tag) is placed near a kn BENEFITS:… more

Low Cost Radiator for Fission Power Thermal Control

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … to transfer reactor heat, convert the heat into electricity, reject waste heat, process the electrical output, and demonstrate overall system performance. This SBIR project by ACT will develop a modular single-facesheet Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) radiator,… more

Titanium-Water Heat Pipe Radiator for Spacecraft Fission Power

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … has not previously been tested in a vertical orientation but will be investigated as a higher performance, lower mass alternative to hybrid grooved pipes. The overall technical objective of the Phase I and Phase II projects is to develop a titanium/water heat pipe radiator… more

Variable Heat Rejection Loop Heat Pipe radiator

Company: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Thermal control systems are sized for the maximum heat load in the warmest continuous environment. This design process results in a larger radiator surface area than is needed for portions of a mission where the heat load is lower or the environment is colder. Now that NASA is… more

Diamond membrane-based X-ray optics: Fresnel zone plates, beam stops, and grids

Company: Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … and efficiency. The benefits of using diamond are: improved mechanical robustness which among other advantages prevents collapse of high-aspect-ratio ring structures, a known high-aspect-ratio etch method, and excellent compatibility with other processes, excellent radiation… more

Development of PIN Diode Detector Arrays for 3D Flash LIDAR Space Applications

Company: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … could increase the collection area by a factor of 10 with no increase in noise. This should result in an increased SNR of approximately 40% but, because of the simplicity of PINs compared to APDs, an increase in reliability as well. PINs are more radiation hard than… more

Advanced Adaptive Optics (AO) for Laser Weapons in Heavy Turbulence

Company: Advanced Systems & Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … that are typical for a maritime moderate to deep turbulence environment. This will be achieved by using a specifically designed and developed optical system capable of: (i) selective detection of the fragments of the target-returned coherent or incoherent radiation, (ii)… more

Size-Resolved Chemistry of Newly-Formed Atmospheric Particles

Company: Aerosol Dynamics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Atmospheric nucleation processes produce large numbers of particles. Once formed, these particles grow rapidly and may alter the formation and lifetime of clouds, and thereby influence the earths radiation balance. Rapid growth of newly formed particles has been observed in… more

Advanced Radiation Hardened Data Converter For Navy Strategic Applications

Company: AET, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: In this program, AET will perform research and development with the objective of developing an advanced radiation hardened data converter architecture for application in US Navy strategic programs. This advanced radiation hardened data converter will have… more

Smartphone Enabled Spectroscopic Gamma-Neutron Radiation Sensor

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DHS / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: RMD is proposing the development of Smart-Phone Enabled Radionuclide Identifier (SERI), a new detection instrument designed to take full advantage of smartphone / tablet technology. The hardware platform will include a new advanced scintillator that will provide both high gamma-ray efficiency and… more

Hard X-ray Area Detector Using Direct Converter Layer

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Synchrotron radiation is a powerful tool for measuring structural properties of materials. Important applications of higher energy synchrotron X-rays include measurement of strain and material evolution during processing, studies of composite materials and studies of layered… more

Fast-Timing Large-Area Detector for Neutron Scattering

Company: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The two reflectometers at SNS serve rapidly growing communities in the fields of nanoscience, membrane bioscience, surfactant chemistry. Unique capabilities of these instruments include ultrahigh neutron intensity for in-plane diffraction and off-specular/grazing- incidence small-angle scattering… more