New Neutron Detectors with Pulse Shape Discrimination

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HSHQDC-07-C-00123
Agency Tracking Number:
711147
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Jaroslav Glodo
Senior Scientist
(617) 668-6801
JGlodo@RMDInc.com
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
President
(617) 668-6800
GEntine@Rmdinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons is a serious threat in the world today. Preventing the spread of nuclear weapons has reached a state of heightened urgency in recent years, especially since the events on September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. One way to passively determine the presence of nuclear weapons is to detect and identify characteristic signatures of highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium. Neutrons and gamma rays are two signatures of these materials. Gamma ray detection techniques are useful because the presence of gamma rays of specific energies can confirm the presence of a particular isotope. This technique, however, has one significant drawback: In the presence of dense surrounding material such as lead, gamma ray attenuation can be significant. Neutrons, on the other hand, easily penetrate dense, high atomic number materials compared to gamma rays. The goal of the proposed effort is to build next generation neutron detectors for SNM monitoring.

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