Graphical Environmental Tools for Application to Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-02ER86146
Agency Tracking Number: 70408B02-II
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Muons, Inc.
552 N. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL, 60510
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Todd
 (865) 588-4456
 rtodd@ris-corp.com
Business Contact
 Linda Even
Phone: (757) 930-1463
Email: lle452b@aol.com
Research Institution
 Oak Ridge National Laboratory
 Jim Beene
 Physics Division
PO Box 2008, MS 6368
Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
70408B02-II Highly segmented, position-sensitive, germanium detector systems are being developed for nuclear physics research where traditional electronic processing with mixed analog and digital function blocks would be enormously complex and costly. Future systems will be constructed using pipelined processing of high-speed digitized signals, as in the telecommunications industry. This project will use digital signal processing concepts and existing graphical system design tools to develop a set of reusable modular functions and tools targeted for the nuclear physics community. Researchers working with complex nuclear detector arrays such as the Gamma Ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETA) will be able to construct data processing concepts through simple graphical interfaces. Software tools were evaluated and acquired in Phase I, and an evaluation platform was constructed to exhibit the real-world performance of algorithms developed for implementation within a field programmable gate array (FPGA). Data processing rates of 100 MHz were successfully demonstrated. Phase II will use the graphical FPGA design tools to develop high speed, real-time algorithms targeted for implementation on multiple channel hardware platforms. A modular library approach will be used to develop and provide a set of nuclear signal processing functions that can be used by the nuclear physics community to generate their own customizable functions. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: The implementation of nuclear-physics-specific functions should be immediately applicable to related fields requiring real-time analysis of digitized data streams, e.g., chemical analysis, medical instrumentation, environmental monitoring, imaging, ultrasonics, and astronomy.

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