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Windowless radiation hard alpha and beta detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA120P0013
Agency Tracking Number: T192-006-0082
Amount: $161,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA192-006
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-18
Small Business Information
1475 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
United States
DUNS: 080293022
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Manpuneet K Benipal
 (480) 287-2666
Business Contact
 Manpuneet Benipal
Phone: (480) 287-2666
Research Institution

In Phase I, we propose next generation of windowless radiation detectors which will be low power for long field use, compact, extremely rugged, cost effective, easy to use, and reliable. Field-portable radiation detectors are a widely used technology for defense, environmental monitoring, and industry applications dealing with radioactive sources. From nuclear weapon accident emergencies to routine monitoring for health and safety, having reliable, field ready equipment is essential for mission success. The need of new generation field-portable radiation detectors arises because of the lack of windowless and rugged field-portable alpha/beta detectors. Currently available alpha and beta radiation detectors in the market have serious fragilities. The fragility issues arise because of the required use of mylar window that can easily tear, rendering the instruments unusable. Thus, we propose a new generation of windowless radiation detectors which will be made with one of the most rugged semiconductor material available: diamond. This study will compare performance of three different designs of detectors based on diamond.

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