A High Intensity Neutron Source for the Detection of Unexploded Ordnance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,995.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-04ER86209
Agency Tracking Number:
75374T04-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Alme and Associates
P.O. Box 1388, Los Alamos, NM, 87544
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Charles Mansfield
Dr.
(505) 661-3651
coyote2@swcp.com
Business Contact:
Rosemary Alme
Ms.
(505) 661-3651
rmncjalme@aol.com
Research Institution:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Michael Murillo
P.O. Box 1388
Los Alamos, NM, 87545
(505) 667-6767
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
75374-In response to the DOE¿s desire to identify spin-off technology from its Magnetic Fusion Energy program, this project addresses the identification of unexploded ordnance, using a nuclear assay with neutrons produced by fusion reactions. In particular, a portable neutron source will be developed that is capable of detecting high explosives, particularly unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines buried underground, using the nuclear assay. The high intensity neutron source will be based on an inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) plasma device developed under the sponsorship of the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. Phase I will experimentally verify calculation for scaling the IEC source and complete an engineering design for a portable IEC source. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The neutron source should be large enough for use in a real-time assay for the detection of high explosives. The removal of unexploded ordnance is a key task in the decommissioning of military bases and their conversion to civilian uses. Other applications include the identification of landmines in former combat areas, the identification of special nuclear materials, and the field detection of chemical weapons.

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