Stilbene Production for Fast Neutron Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-12-C-00020
Agency Tracking Number: SBIR11-1-SBIR11.1-001-FP-019
Amount: $999,900.77
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 11.1-001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Inrad Optics Inc.
181 Legrand Avenue, Northvale, NJ, 07647-2404
DUNS: 076668458
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Candace Lynch
 clynch@inradoptics.com
Business Contact
 Candace Lynch
Email: clynch@inradoptics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The detection of neutrons is a critical capability for the identification of special nuclear materials in homeland security applications. Both plutonium and uranium can be detected by their neutron signatures. Next-generation detectors should efficiently detect fission neutrons, even in a high background of gamma rays. Neutron detection systems consisting of 3He have found widespread use due to their neutron/gamma discrimination capabilities; however, 3He systems cannot directly detect fission neutrons and availability is now limited. Organic scintillation crystals such as stilbene offer direct fast neutron detection with high efficiency and good neutron/gamma discrimination. Recently, solution crystal growth has been demonstrated as a route towards the largescale production of organic scintillators. Growth of inorganic crystals from solution is an established commercial process; skilled practitioners can scale their operation to produce significant quantities of high quality material. The overall objective of the proposed effort is to demonstrate a method for industrial production of stilbene neutron detectors.

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