Polycrystalline Ceramic as a Replacement for 3He Neutron Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HSHQDC-10-C-00168
Award Id:
94788
Agency Tracking Number:
1011040
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
10.1-2
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research Corporation (Currently Materials & Electrochemical Research (ME)
7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85756-9237
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
Raouf Loutfy
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
James Withers
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

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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