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Field-Expedient Nuclear Isotope Characterization Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA118P0021
Agency Tracking Number: T172-008-0095
Amount: $149,948.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA172-008
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-10-20
Small Business Information
26421 Sandy Creek
Lake Forest, CA 92630
United States
DUNS: 079397155
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jae Choi
 (347) 281-1099
 jchoi@hedgefogresearch.com
Business Contact
 Gary Mikaelian
Phone: (949) 241-6659
Email: gmikaelian@hedgefogresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

To address the DTRA's need for a field deployable mass spectrometer for nuclear forensic analysis (NFA), Hedgefog Research Inc. (HFR) proposes to develop a new Field-Expedient Nuclear Isotope Characterization Spectrometer (FENICS), based on species-specific ionization and novel signal enhancement schemes. New system features in FENICS will enable rapid, on-site characterization of nuclear debris samples in field environments without chemical processing. The FENICS system can provide time-sensitive nuclear forensics data for actinides and fission product elements with laboratory-level precision, from samples recovered immediately after a nuclear event. Therefore, the FENICS development directly addresses the needs of DTRA and nuclear forensics scientists in field-deployable mass spectrometric analyses. In Phase I, HFR will demonstrate the feasibility of FENICS by building a benchtop prototype and showing its species selectivity, precision/accuracy, and novel signal enhancing capabilities, to reach TRL-4. In Phase II, HFR will assemble a portable mass spectrometer integrated with all novel features of FENICS to reach TRL-6.

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