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Microscale Detector Materials for Covert, Ubiquitous Radiation Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-15-P-0028
Agency Tracking Number: T14B-004-0053
Amount: $149,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA14B-004
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-22
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Squillante
 (617) 668-6808
Business Contact
 Joanne Gladstone
Phone: (617) 668-6845
Research Institution
 Alfred University
 Yiquan Wu
2 Pine Street
Alfred, NY 14802
United States

 (607) 871-2662
 Nonprofit College or University

The proliferation of nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction is a serious threat in the world today. The goal of this proposal is to develop a new, very low cost radiation detection technology that will be useful for detection and for surveillance of individuals who have been near radioactive materials. The technology can also be used for dosimetry, and will provide the technology for manufacturing a ubiquitous detectors for very fast and simple post-event biodosimetry triage of warfighters and civilian victims. The research will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. Yiquan Wu at Alfred University. We will investigate using microparticle radiation sensitive phosphors incorporated in cards and everyday objects, such as signs and license plates. The materials will be invisible, and will detect radiation and store the signal until read at a later time. Since no power source is needed, they are always on and can be operated for years, or possibly decades. Reading is done by scanning the cards using a handheld or desktop laser system. In Phase I, we will model the performance, fabricate and characterize storage phosphors, examine the optical properties and develop readout technology, and design a fieldable prototype system for Phase II.

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