SBIR Phase II: Efficient, High-Resolution Fast-Neutron Detector

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0724503
Award Id:
79557
Agency Tracking Number:
0539679
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
981B INDUSTRIAL RD, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, San Carlos, CA, 94070
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
103403523
Principal Investigator:
JayCremer
PhD
(650) 598-9800
ted@adelphitech.com
Business Contact:
JayCremer
PhD
(650) 598-9800
ted@adelphitech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II research project will develop a fast-neutron imaging detector capable of high resolution and efficiency. Traditionally, fast neutron detection has required a thick, low resolution scintillator material. The proposed research will instead use light-channeling micro-capillaries filled with liquid scintillants. The capillary diameter and length that will yield optimal resolution and efficiency will be determined using a state-of-the-art image-intensified CCD camera capable of creating short time-interval images, in which noise can be identified and filtered out. The detector system will be tested using a new, revolutionary fast neutron source that is being fabricated and sold by the company. Because fast neutrons are highly penetrating, they have the possibility of imaging and interrogating large, high-density objects. The new high-resolution fast-neutron detector will be used with a high-brightness fast neutron source being developed under another program to form a fast-neutron radiographic system. This system will serve the nondestructive testing interests of commercial and military aircraft, public utilities and petrochemical organizations. The detector and generator combinations will increase the safety, reliability and efficiency of nuclear and other power plant facilities. The discovery of fatigue cracks and piping integrity without the removal of insulation, and possibly the detection of aging in polymeric cabling materials will be possible. The imaging system will be portable, permitting imaging inside of thick steel, lead or even uranium for voids, corrosion and cracks. The proposed detector and neutron generator has a large market for screening for contraband, weapons, and explosives.

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