SBIR-STTR-Success: Adelphi Technology, Inc.
Neutron generatiors provide critical materials analysis in a variety of industries, from medicine and cancer therapy to geology and environmental monitoring. However, production of these generators was mostly limited to government facilities due to size, safety and budget restraints. Adelphi changed that dynamic, and successfully developed a product suite of compact neutron generators that have opened up doors in a variety of applications, thanks in part to the DOE SBIR program.
Neutron generator systems from Adelphi Technology have high yields and long lifetimes that are the results of design features such as liquid-cooled targets, highly efficient microwave ion sources, and open-vacuum radiator heads that are easy to service and maintain.
In one application, Adelphi’s DD108 neutron generator was sold to Brown University and sent one mile below the Earth’s surface near the Black Hills of South Dakota. There, it tested the sensitivity of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter detector. Since the size and safety of its neutron generators are attractive to mid-size research labs and businesses.
In the mining industry, Adelphi’s instruments can be placed under conveyor belts carrying coals cement or other mined minerals to perform neutron activation analysis, which can determine the concentration of sulfur, moisture, and other elements of interest. Adelphi is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to make significant advances in reducing generator dimensions even further and continues to push the boundaries in order to shrink component size and produce smaller generators.