A Directional Gamma Auto Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC070029
Agency Tracking Number: 0523001
Amount: $1,250,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB05.2-006
Solicitation Number: FY05.2
Small Business Information
310 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 107, San Marcos, CA, 92078-2631
DUNS: 957992522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 M Albert Capote
 (760) 752-1199
Business Contact
 Bill Cardoso
Title: President
Phone: (760) 752-4362
Email: bcardoso@aguilatech.com
Research Institution
THIS IS A FAST TRACK PROPOSAL WITH SIGNIFICANT MATCHING FUNDS COMMITMENTS. The Government is deploying a growing number of radiation detectors at U.S. borders, ports of entry and other key locations, intended to assist in the detection of a potential terrorist`s nuclear explosive device or radiological dispersal device. The most widely deployed radiation detector products today are radiation "pagers". Such products are unable to differentiate between natural radiation, legitimate and clandestine radioactive materials, resulting in a disturb-ingly high incidence of false positives. There is a need for a device that can provide radionuclide identification and spatial differentiation in portable unit. This proposal will develop a portable radiation sensor technology with these features. The proposed sensor will allow trained personnel in the field to locate and identify potentially threatening radionuclides. It will differentiate radio-active sources as potentially dangerous or likely benign and provide radioemitter source direction, distance and size information. It is based on pixel array CdZnTe detectors, new multichannel detector readout ASICS, directionally-sensitive elements, state-of-the art high density packaging and novel software and high spectral resolution features to allow spectral identification of myriad combinations of gamma radiation sources. The Phase 2 proposal builds upon the demonstration system of Phase 1.

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