Real-Time Portable Neutron Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-08-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number: T071-002-0080
Amount: $749,069.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA07-002
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 969868298
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dominique Fourguette
 Chief Technology Officer
 (734) 975-8777
Business Contact
 Pete Tchoryk
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Research Institution
A critical gap in homeland security is the inability to efficiently detect and identify kilogram-size samples of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM, uranium and transuranic elements). Penetrating neutron emission is unique to fissionable material and difficult to obscure with passive shielding. The current state of the art in neutron imaging is not suitable for field applications. Michigan Aerospace Corporation, in collaboration with Professor James Ryan and his group at University of New Hampshire (UNH), proposes to develop a compact, lightweight neutron spectroscopy (NSPECT) instrument based on the completed NSPECT Phase I SBIR. During Phase I, modeling, design and tests demonstrated the feasibility of developing a portable and field-ready fast neutron imaging spectroscope that detects neutrons from < 1 to 10 MeV, weighs less than 30 lbs and can operate on battery power for more than 8 hours. The spectroscope can operate as a stand-alone instrument for passive interrogation or with a neutron source for active interrogation. An instrument prototype will be fabricated, assembled and tested during the Phase II effort, during which all issues inherent to the instrument will be addressed and resolved, paving the way for the completion of a fieldable product during the commercialization phase of the project.

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