HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL AND SENSITIVE GAMMA/NEUTRON DETECTOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$292,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5846
Agency Tracking Number:
5846
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
510-a Herndon Pkwy, Herndon, VA, 22070
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Walter Koechner
(703) 471-7671
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A HIGHLY SENSITIVE AND DIRECTIONAL NUCLEAR RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM,RESPONDING TO LOW-LEVEL GAMMA-RADIATION AND LOW NEUTRON FLUX, WOULD BEIMPORTANT IN THE AREA OF DECOY DISCRIMINATION AND/OR AS A WARNING DEVICE AGAINST THREAT PARTICLE BEAM WEAPONS. FOR EXAMPLE, ACTIVE ILLUMINATION OF A POTENTIAL SPACE THREAT WITH A PARTICLE BEAM REQUIRESA HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL SENSOR FOR DISCRIMINATION PURPOSES. ONE APPROACHTO ADDRESS THIS NEED IS A DETECTOR COMPRISED OF A TIGHTLY PACKAGED ARRAY OF SCINTILLATOR OPTICAL FIBERS CONNECTED ON EITHER END TO A MICROCHANNEL PMT. A DESIGN ANALYSIS IS BEING PERFORMED TO OPTIMIZE THE DIRECTIONALITY OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM. THE TRADE-OFFS BEING EXAMINED INCLUDE THE LENGTH-TO-DIAMETER RATIO OF A PARTICULAR SCINTILLATOR FIBER, ENERGY SPECTRUM OF IONIZING RADIATION ABSORPTION CROSS SECTIONS AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PLASTIC INORGANIC FIBERS. A SIMPLE DEMONSTRATION UNIT IS BEING DESIGNED AND ASSEMBLED BASED UPON PROPRIETARY HARDWARE ALREADY DEVELOPED. THE SYSTEM FEATURES SEVERAL RADIATION SENSITIVE FIBERS AND CONFIGURATIONS AND A SEGMENTED MICROCHANNEL PMT. THE SENSITIVITY AND DIRECTIONALITY OF THE DEMONSTRATION UNIT IS BEING TESTED. A SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL USE CAN BE DESIGNED FOR MONITORING RADIATION IN A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT OR LEAKAGE FROM NUCLEAR STORAGE FACILITIES.

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