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Intensity-Modulated Advanced X-ray Source (IMAXS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00023
Agency Tracking Number: 0721210
Amount: $149,868.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB07.2-007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-01-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-06-28
Small Business Information
2501 Monarch Street
Alameda, CA 94501-9316
United States
DUNS: 106540458
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Russel Schonberg
 Technical Director
 (510) 523-9488
Business Contact
 Roger Owen
Title: Director of Business Development
Phone: (510) 523-9488
Research Institution

We propose to build an Intensity-Modulated Advanced X-ray Source (IMAXS) for cargo inspection systems that allows such systems to achieve 1 to 2 inches greater penetration for dense cargo (steel or equivalent) while, on average, producing the same amount, or less, radiation. Alternatively, cargo inspection systems using the new design may opt to have the same penetration as with conventional sources, but to produce about a factor of 3 less radiation. Another objective is to significantly reduce the overall size and weight of the linear accelerator (linac) system. We will investigate the comparative feasibility and technical merits of S-band (2998 MHz) and X-band (9303 MHz) linac designs for the IMAXS. In Phase I, the optimal design characteristics will be described, essential variables will be defined, and the IMAXS design will be developed. In Phase II, at least one linac prototype will be developed and tested with a high-energy X-ray inspection system produced for cargo inspection operations: the Rapiscan Eagle System.

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