A fast pulse, intermediate flux, bench-top, high rep-rate x-ray source for PRS diagnostic calibration

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$749,999.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HDTRA2-08-C-0001
Award Id:
79000
Agency Tracking Number:
RDI060003352
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
626 Whitney Street, San Leandro, CA, 94577
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
836439968
Principal Investigator:
Brian Bures
Senior Scientist
(510) 483-4156
bures@aasc.net
Business Contact:
Mahadevan Krishnan
President
(510) 483-4156
krishnan@aasc.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Presently, commercial and government radiation test facilities do not have convenient, reliable calibration systems for routine, day-in, day-out checks on x-ray and neutron detectors or their filter arrays. Lack of such calibration systems compromises the quality of the testing, and leads to wasted time and manpower resources used to resolve the ensuing uncertainties. We are developing a compact, reliable, cost-effective soft x-ray and neutron source that can be used to calibrate x-ray and neutron-sensitive detectors and their associated filters for scientific and homeland security applications in both government and commercial laboratories. In Phase I we built a breadboard pulsed x-ray source, optimized its output, and demonstrated its utility for calibrating x-ray detectors. In Phase II we will build a prototype x-ray and neutron source, demonstrating long life and reliability in a system that can be replicated at a reasonable cost. Outside users will be able to use the system to calibrate their detectors.

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