CNT-Based D2 Ion Source for Improved Neutron and Photon Generator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00021
Agency Tracking Number: 721056
Amount: $149,955.77
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB07.2-007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3006 Longhorn Blvd., Ste. 107, Austin, TX, 78758
DUNS: 013475129
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Fink
 Vice President
 (512) 339-5020
Business Contact
 Richard Fink
Title: VP, Engineering
Phone: (512) 339-5020
Research Institution
The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) requires non-intrusive radiation detection equipment to identify special nuclear materials (SNM). Preferred neutron sources for the detection of SNM should have narrow pulse width, low source neutron energy, high yield and be based on non-radioactive materials. Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) proposes to develop a novel field ionization technology to produce the deuterium ion (D+) current for a neutron source, enabling fast switching, high repetition rate and high yields. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) possess two unique characteristics suited to this application; they have inherent hydrogen storage capacity and can be used as electron sources for e-beam applications including field emission and field ionization. Phase I will include a proof of concept demonstration of neutron generation capability. The CNT ion source will enhance the performance of a field emission design for a compact high flux neutron source previously developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The anticipated higher performance relative to existing generators will create dual use market opportunities in commercial, DOD, and homeland security applications. Although this program will focus on developing a neutron source, alternative configurations will yield a photon generator that will also be useful for DNDO applications.

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