Critical Components/Enabling Technologies for High-gradient Particle Accelerators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-10-P-0014
Agency Tracking Number: T092-008-0018
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA092-008
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
626 Whitney Street, San Leandro, CA, 94577
DUNS: 836439968
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mahadevan Krishnan
 Principal Scientist
 (510) 483-4156
 krishnan@aasc.net
Business Contact
 Mahadevan Krishnan
Title: President
Phone: (510) 483-4156
Email: krishnan@aasc.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this SBIR solicitation, critical technology is sought that will enable construction of accelerator systems that are operable from moving military platforms or that will significantly reduce the overall footprint of currently available technology. Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation (AASC) offers to develop one key enabling technology of a Laser Wakefield Accelerator (LWFA), that holds promise to deliver a photo-fission source for active interrogation from a mobile platform. The enabling technology is an ultra-fast gas jet that serves as a target for an LWFA, which in turn produces electron bunches of narrow energy spread and divergence. When a pulsed laser interacts via Thompson scattering with these ~0.1-1GeV electron bunches, a low-divergence, narrow energy bandwidth, ~6-15MeV gamma ray accelerator is produced. Such collimated gamma ray bursts may be used for active interrogation of SNM from large stand-off distances, with lower dose, greater portability and better detection performance than other active interrogation approaches.

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