Detection of Improvised Explosive Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-07-C-0030
Agency Tracking Number: A052-091-3788
Amount: $729,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-091
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
981-B Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA, 94070
DUNS: 103403523
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Theodore Cremer
 Chief Scientist
 (650) 598-9800
Business Contact
 Charles Gary
Title: Vice President, Operation
Phone: (650) 598-9800
Research Institution
A detection system will be fabricated, and tested to demonstrate the detection of vehicle-borne or buried explosives at distances greater of 1 meter or more. The system is comprised of a high-intensity fast-neutron source and an array of gamma-ray detectors that are material specific. The fast neutrons cause the target to emit unique gamma rays that are characteristic of its atomic elements. Three detectors are each doped with carbon, nitrogen, or oxygen, and are designed to produce total outputs that increase with the amount of their respective element in the target. The quantities and ratios of these detected elements can determine the presence of explosive devices. Additional detectors doped with other elements could also be used in the system for the detection of chemical warfare agents and exotic explosives. The research will proceed by the continuing the testing and refinement of prototype detectors built during the Phase I SBIR. A high intensity neutron generator will then be modified to operate at higher neutron energies and used with a complete detector array to detect explosives. A prototype system will be tested at a US Army installation and will serve as the basis for a commercial system.

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