Active Interrogation for Nuclear Materials Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$99,994.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-05-P-0091
Agency Tracking Number:
T051-009-0045
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA05-009
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
PHYSITRON, INC.
2904 WestCorp Blvd., Suite 206, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
148080617
Principal Investigator:
Melvin Price
President/Chief Scientist
(256) 534-4844
price@physitron.com
Business Contact:
Melvin Price
President/Chief Scientist
(256) 534-4844
price@physitron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Physitron proposes the development of a Thermal Neutron Beam Concentrator for use in detecting strategic nuclear material (SNM) such as U, Pu, Th, etc. A compact neutron generator developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will provide 2.4 MeV neutrons that will be moderated, concentrated into a high flux beam, and propagated in air across distances up to three meters. Any SNM in the beam's path will produce a neutron-gamma conversion process that can be detected and analyzed by a gamma spectrometer leading to the identification of the SNM. Phase I will be used to design, analyze and predict the properties of a TNBC. This unit will consist of three major subassemblies: the neutron generator, a moderator to lower the neutron's average energy, and a concentrating optic to form a high flux beam of thermal neutrons. Scientists from LBNL have been researching high fluence neutron generators while Physitron has developed both photon and neutron optics for concentrating, collimating and/or bending them for many different applications. The collaboration between LBNL and Physitron will allow these two areas to be combined and provide a significant increase in the available neutron fluence for detecting SNM.

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