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Integrated Circuits

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA221P0009
Agency Tracking Number: T20B-002-0006
Amount: $173,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA20B-002
Solicitation Number: 20.B
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-22
Small Business Information
16955 Via Del Campo Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92127-1111
United States
DUNS: 100328348
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Wu
 (484) 432-1310
Business Contact
 Miriam Rauch
Phone: (858) 472-6889
Research Institution
 Fisk University
 Marcia Millet
1000 Seventeenth Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37208-3051
United States

 (615) 329-8624
 Nonprofit College or University

The Nu-Trek team is proposing to develop µDet, a low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) read out integrated circuit (IC) for gamma and neuron detectors. µDet offers pulse shape digitization, which in turn enables gamma-neutron discrimination. This is a game changing capability that brings laboratory-level functionality to the field. In Phase I the Nu-Trek Team will develop a baseline design for the µDet readout IC that addresses a broad range of solid-state detectors, scintillators, SiPMs, etc. In Phase II the design of the µDet will be completed and it will be fabricated in a high-speed process. Phase II will culminate with the design of a number of prototype detection systems that will be tested by our STTR partner. Gamma detectors are in broad use for defense and homeland security applications involving detection, tracking, and utilization of nuclear materials. Additionally, there are also many medical imaging, biphotonic, high energy physics, power plant, inspection, environmental, incident management and monitoring applications. The µDet will be especially enabling in applications requiring gamma-neutron discrimination as well as SWaP constrained applications such as handhelds, drone-based, unattended sensors, large sensing arrays, etc.

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