Nanotechnology Enabled Neutron Detection Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA3002-18-P-0013
Agency Tracking Number: F182-005-1328
Amount: $49,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-20
Small Business Information
21 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA, 02210
DUNS: 081018714
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Esposito
 (603) 769-7265
Business Contact
 Daniel Esposito
Phone: (603) 769-7265
Research Institution
Neutron detector technologies that possess high detector efficiency, high gamma rejection, low-power consumption, and are able to be easily scaled to mission needs are critical for nuclear security and protection against terrorism.This proposal identifies a transformative new approach for neutron detection using a boron-10 activation layer paired with ion-sensitive nanomaterials.Recent work has shown that certain nanomaterials are extremely sensitive to ionized gas molecules, which enables them to detect even individual ions. These sensors can be utilized as a core element within an ionizable gas-filled volume that responds to the neutron/boron-10 interaction. A key differentiator of our detectors will be the ability to manufacture pixelated detector elements, which will enable use-case and form-factor-specific scalability and design. This project will combine the state-of-the-art in materials science, physics, detector technology, and electrical engineering to address an issue of enormous scientific importance and technical value. This Phase I effort will use modeling and simulation to explore the detector pixel size and performance and build a single element proof of concept sensor.With the overall goal to prove the feasibility of the neutron sensor technology and identify key metrics and benchmarks in order to test prototypes in Phase II.

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