Neutron-Gamma Scintillation Detector for Emergency Response

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0011374
Agency Tracking Number: 209448
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2014
Solicitation Topic Code: 23b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000969
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472-4699
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrey Gueorguiev
 (617) 668-6832
Business Contact
 Kanai Shah
Title: Ms.
Phone: (617) 668-6811
Research Institution
Current radiation detectors are typically capable of detecting only one type of radiation. Therefore, the current detection systems require a number of individual detectors to be used for each type of radiation. The development of the proposed nuclear detector significantly improves the capability to identify multiple modes of radiation (gamma-rays and neutrons) along with an enhanced gamma ray resolution compared to most commercial detectors. The goal of the proposed effort is to develop a single detector capable of detecting multiple modes of radiation (gamma-rays and neutrons) with an enhanced gamma ray resolution. The proposed detector also provides discrimination of gamma-rays from neutrons using a relatively straight forward pulse height analysis. The Phase I project will be aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of manufacturing larger volumes of scintillating material and constructing detectors based on this material for simultaneous gamma and neutron detection. Commercial and Scientific Potential: A system capable of detection gamma and neutron radiations with high gamma ray resolution will easily find its application in nuclear non-proliferation. Moreover, fields such as nuclear physics, medical imaging and material sciences will benefit from this system.

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