High Resolution Sensor for Nuclear Waste Characterization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER84056
Agency Tracking Number: 76325S04-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 25
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street, Suite 200, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kanai Shah
 (617) 668-6855
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 668-6800
Email: gentine@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
76325-Gamma ray spectrometers are an important tool in the characterization of radioactive waste, such as found at many DOE sites. These gamma ray spectrometers require good energy resolution, high detection efficiency, compact size, light weight, portability, and low power requirements. No available spectrometer satisfies all these requirements. This project will investigate a new scintillator that appears to be very promising for gamma ray studies, in view of its excellent energy resolution. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of applying the new scintillation material towards nuclear waste studies. New dopants and compositions will be examined to optimize the scintillator. Large crystals of the proposed scintillator will be grown, and their scintillation properties and energy resolution will be evaluated. A compact detection system will be built and analyzed in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to its use in nuclear waster studies, the new scintillator should have applicability to non-proliferation monitoring, nuclear, high energy, and space physics experiments, medical imaging, NDE, geological exploration, industrial CT imaging, X-ray instrumentation, and materials analysis.

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