Monolithic Polycapillary Optic for Bending and Microfocusing Neutron Beams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-96ER82304
Agency Tracking Number: 34704
Amount: $73,429.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
90 Fuller Road, Albany, NY, 12205
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Igor Ponomarev
 (518) 442-3362
Business Contact
 Mr. David M. Gibson
Title: President
Phone: (518) 442-5250
Research Institution
41315 November 21, 1996 X-ray Optical Systems, Inc. Neutron analyses are in great demand because of the unique information obtained through the characterization of materials using the properties of neutrons. However, material analysis using neutron beam techniques has a high demand on instrument time which is further exacerbated by the limited number of neutron-guide end positions. This project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of a neutron bender-microfocusing optic that is constructed of a single piece polycapillary bundle. Glass polycapillary technology has demonstrated capabilities of efficiently transporting neutron beams, bending them, and producing high neutron intensity focal spots. The neutron bender-microfocusing optic will enable the development of state-of-the-art neutron instrumentation along the length of neutron guides in locations previously unusable for end station techniques. The effective strength and availability of every reactor-based neutron source will be multiplied in a cost effective manner. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The neutron bender-microfocusing optic should lead to enhanced analysis capabilities. This will be important for a broad range of industries including; semiconductors (e.g. analysis of boron and lithium distributions); aerospace (e.g. turbine blade failure analysis due to hydrogen embrittlement); catalysts, polymers and other advanced materials.

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