High Rate Segmented Germanium Detector System (HRGe)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-SC0011324
Agency Tracking Number:
209347
Solicitation Year:
2014
Solicitation Topic Code:
23a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000969
Small Business Information
PHDs Co.
3011 Amherst Road, Knoxville, TN, 37921-3713
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141612684
Principal Investigator:
Ethan Hull
Dr.
(865) 481-3725
ethanhull@phdsco.com
Business Contact:
Cynthia Lemons
Dr.
(865) 202-6253
cynthialemons@phdsco.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation missions include monitoring, assaying, and identifying Special Nuclear Materials (SNM). These activities commonly occur in facilities having large quantities of additional nuclear materials causing high background count rates that obscure measurements using ordinary spectroscopic radiation detectors. The segmented HRGe germanium detector system will be experimentally developed for nuclear material measurements in extremely high count-rate environments. An experimental program will evaluate and modify existing detector-system components to increase the count-rate capacity of the HRGe detector system. The electronics and software must be specifically modified to take advantage of the unique properties of a segmented detector. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The capabilities of the new HRGe will be valuable for nuclear-fuel holdup measurements, environmental monitoring, nuclear weapons non-proliferation, treaty verification, nuclear-explosion monitoring, nuclear physics and nuclear medicine.

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