Personal Neutron Detector Based on Cadmium Telluride

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-16-C-00042
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-009-0008-II
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB015.1-009
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-15-R-00017
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-31
Small Business Information
3171 N. Republic Blvd., Toledo, OH, 43615-1515
DUNS: 030768404
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ford Cauffiel
 CEO
 (419) 346-2846
 ford@liinnovations.com
Business Contact
 Ford Cauffiel
Title: CEO
Phone: (419) 346-2846
Email: ford@liinnovations.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this Phase II SBIR project, Lithium Innovations, in partnership with Lucintech Inc, will build on the success of its innovative thin-film neutron detector developed and tested in Phase I. The detector is based on the use of a metallic lithium-6 sensitizer layer paired with a thin-film CdS/CdTe heterojunction to detect the alpha and triton charged particles produced by the n + Li-6 reaction. This patent-pending detector has high sensitivity to thermal neutrons and extremely low sensitivity to gamma rays; it is light weight, robust, impervious to pressure variations, not susceptible to microphonics, operates at low voltage, and is scalable to large areas. In Phase I, Lithium Innovations has confirmed low-noise operation of these detectors with area greater than 5 sq.cm. and gamma rejection of greater than one million. In Phase II our team will extend its Phase I success to develop a portable neutron detector package in a small, hand-held configuration with neutron sensitivity of approximately 10 counts/(neutron/sq.cm.). The advances made in Phase I from DNDO have fully leveraged the combined technology of Lithium Innovations for handling and processing isotopically enriched Li-6 and the technology of Lucintech Inc for fabricating monolithically integrated thin-film solar modules. This innovative technology will be demonstrated to deliver a new generation of neutron detectors that will revolutionize the field of thermal neutron detection, monitoring, and imaging.

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