Standoff Detection of Nuclear Materials Using CNT-Based D2 Plasma Ion Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,997.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
HDTRA1-09-P-0004
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
T082-004-0021
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA082-004
Small Business Information
Applied Nanotech, Inc.
3006 Longhorn Blvd., Suite 107, Austin, TX, 78758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
013475129
Principal Investigator
 Richard Fink
 Vice President
 (512) 339-5020
 dfink@appliednanotech.net
Business Contact
 Nancy Ruel
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (512) 339-5020
Email: nruel@appliednanotech.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) proposes to develop a novel neutron generator based on electron impact ionization from a carbon nanotube (CNT) electron source. Our proposed approach is aimed at providing significant advantages for man-portable or UAV deployment. It will provide significant advantages over existing neutron or gamma-ray sources in terms of size, weight and power efficiency without compromising yield. It will leverage existing RF-driven plasma source technologies thus lower the deployment time frame. Our proposed approach is based on extracting ions from a gas plasma and then accelerating these ions to a target (D or T target). The plasma is excited by electron current extracted from a carbon nanotube field emission cold cathode, thus eliminating the need for RF power generation and lowering the size and weight of the generator. The proposal team includes ANI, with a strong history of using CNT-based electron sources for display, lighting and gas ionization applications, Sandia NL, having the facilities needed to test the sources, and Dr. Ka-Ngo Leung, a leading expert in plasma-based neutron generators.

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