Polycrystalline Ceramic as a Replacement for 3He Neutron Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-10-C-00168
Agency Tracking Number: 1011040
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 10.1-2
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85756-9237
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Raouf Loutfy
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 James Withers
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution

The polycrystalline ceramic proposed in this program will build upon existing MgAl2O4:Ce scintillator technology to explore alternative neutron detection materials as a near term replacement for large 3He tubes. The polycrystalline ceramic neutron detector
can achieve high efficiency in capturing thermal neutrons due to its high concentration of active element. Its compact solid state design provides high stability and reduced volume/weight compared to 3He detector. The solid state neutron detector should have (1) better efficiency; 2) larger cross-sectional area; 3) thinner thickness; 4) lighter weight; and 5) reduced fabrication costs.

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