CNT-Based Gas Ionizer to Replace Radioactive Sources

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$128,813.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NBCH060149
Agency Tracking Number:
611024
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB06.1-010
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Applied Nanotech, Inc.
3006 Longhorn Blvd., Ste. 107, Austin, TX, 78758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Richard Fink
VP, Engineering
(512) 339-5020
dfink@appliednanotech.net
Business Contact:
Richard Fink
VP, Engineering
(512) 339-5020
dfink@appliednanotech.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

In the recent past, government agencies from the US and other foreign countries have recognized the problem of orphaned radioactive sources worldwide. Such sources pose a security risk in the form of potential material for a ¿dirty bomb¿ or other illicit applications. We propose to replace Ni-63 beta emitters with a carbon nanotube based electric field ionization source. This CNT-based ionization source will be useful for a whole class of devices that currently use radioactive materials for gas ionizers. This CNT gas ionizer will be a nearly one-for-one replacement for the Ni-63, requiring only minor additional driver electronics to operate the source. The CNT ionizer will operate over a wide temperature range (-50 ºC to +100 ºC is expected). The source can be designed to fit almost any size and shape needed for the analytical instrument.

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