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Handheld Lobster Eye X-Ray Inspection Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC040105
Agency Tracking Number: 04110036
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB04.1-007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-03-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
20600 Gramercy Place Suite 103
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Gertsenshteyn
 Group Leader
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Bobbie Gregory
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

The war against terrorism requires the capability to inspect cargo through the walls of ship and boat compartments. For this purpose, the U.S. Coast Guard is seeking a handheld instrument that can accurately analyze and visualize material hidden from view behind walls and bulkheads. This inspection device must not endanger Coast Guard personnel or hidden illegal migrants, must be simple to operate, and must minimize disruption of commercial and private property. In response to this need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new handheld monolithic Lobster Eye X-ray Inspection Device (LEXID) for real-time, through-wall high-resolution Compton backscatter X-ray inspection over an entire 2D field-of-view. LEXID¿s true focusing X-ray optics simultaneously focus and acquire ballistic Compton backscattering photons from an entire large scene, irradiated by a wide cone beam from a miniature X-ray source. In Phase I, POC will design and develop a preliminary LEXID to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. In Phase II, a preproduction LEXID will be fabricated and tested. The immediate application of LEXID is detection by USCG personnel of illegal cargo, migrants, and other contraband aboard ships and boats.

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