Inexpensive, disposable radiation detectors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$99,970.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-09-P-0027
Agency Tracking Number:
T082-007-0049
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA082-007
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Nanoptics, Inc.
3014 NE 21st Way, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
622033819
Principal Investigator:
James Walker
President
(352) 378-6620
jkw@nanoptics.com
Business Contact:
Kelvin Walker
Sales & Marketing Managet
(352) 378-6620
kelvin@nanoptics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal concerns the detection of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) by using large networks of small, inexpensive, and robust gamma detectors. These detectors will be deployed where consistent surveillance would be difficult by any other means, like remote mountain trails. The proposal describes a novel gamma detector that is extremely robust and inexpensive. The new scintillation material is solid thermoplastic. It is dense, has a high atomic number, and most importantly, is robust and non-hygroscopic. The scintillation light is detected by a solid-state avalanche photodiode with very low power consumption. Electronic processing of the pulse height data is performed. The data processing provides sensitive identification of a lightly shielded radioactive source of SNM in the detector’s environment. When a radioactive source has been detected, the detector will wirelessly communicate the possible presence of SNM. The feasibility of the new extremely robust gamma detection capability will be demonstrated in this Phase 1 project.

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