Drivers for Low Cost, Ultra-Compact, Epithermal Neutron Sources for BNCT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,975.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-02ER83509
Agency Tracking Number:
70089S02-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Science Research Laboratory, Inc.
15 Ward Street, Somerville, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Rodney Petr
(617) 547-1122
rpetr@srl.com
Business Contact:
Jonah Jacob
70089
(617) 547-1122
jjacob@srl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
70089 Recent clinical trials have cast doubt on the efficacy of Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) using low energy, reactor generated neutron beams. It has been predicted that a higher energy neutron beam would be much more effective in treating brain tumors via BNCT. Therefore, this project will design, develop, and test a compact neutron generator technology with neutron energy spectra highly optimized for BNCT trials. The compact power electronics will be integrated into an advanced neutron tube design at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In Phase I, the key power electronics elements for driving the neutron tube will be designed, fabricated, tested, and validated. A high power, compact neutron system will be designed for the Phase II effort. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The compact neutron source technology should result in a high energy, neutron source tailored for maximum efficacy of BNCT. Other applications include counterterrorism/counterdrug detection of explosives, nuclear materials, and illicit drugs.

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