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H-SB05.1-002
IMPROVED SPECTROSCOPIC GAMMA RAY DETECTORS

NBCHC050130 0511036
(FY05.1 Phase I)
IMPROVED SPECTROSCOPIC GAMMA RAY DETECTORS

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699

06/01/2005
to
12/15/2005
$100,000.00

Spread of the weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons is a serious threat in the world today. Prevention of the spread of radioactive materials and nuclear weapons has reached a state of heightened urgency in recent years, especially since the events on September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. Gamma ray spectrometers are an important tool in homeland defense and monitoring to check the spread of special nuclear materials (such as highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium) and nuclear weapons. An important challenge in homeland security monitoring is not only to detect hidden radioactive materials but also to distinguish them from routinely used radiopharmaceuticals as well as naturally radioactive materials [McDonald]. A number of homeland security systems such as hand-held radioisotope identifiers, vehicle portals for radiation detection and personal radiation detection devices rely on availability of high performance gamma-ray spectrometers. Important requirements for the gamma ray spectrometers used in these applications include good energy resolution, high detection efficiency, compact size, light weight, easy portability and low power consumption. None of the available gamma-ray sensors satisfy all these requirements. The goal of the proposed effort is to investigate new scintillators that appear to be very promising for this vital application.

H-SB05.1-002
IMPROVED SPECTROSCOPIC GAMMA RAY DETECTORS

NBCHC050129 0511094
(FY05.1 Phase I)
High Efficiency, Room Temperature Semiconductor Detectors

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699

06/01/2005
to
12/15/2005
$100,000.00

Prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons has reached a state of heightened urgency since the events on September 11, 2001. Gamma ray spectrometers are important tools in homeland security to check the spread of nuclear materials and weapons. Important requirements for gamma ray spectrometers used in this application include good energy resolution, high detection efficiency, compact size, light weight, easy portability and low power consumption. None of the currently available detectors meet all of these requirements. In the proposed effort, we plan to explore a wide bandgap semiconductor material, thallium bromide (TlBr), as a room temperature detector for nuclear monitoring. TlBr has high density (7.5 g/cm3) and atomic number constituents for high gamma ray stopping power, and high resistivity (>1010 W-cm) for low noise device operation. Furthermore, the material melts congruently at a modest temperature (480 degree C), which allows use of melt-based crystal growth approaches to produce large volume crystals. Recent results indicate that through sufficient material purification, charge transport properties approaching those of CZT can be achieved. The goal of the proposed project is to perform rigorous investigation of purification and crystal growth of this promising material to produce high performance TlBr gamma-ray spectrometers for homeland security.

H-SB05.1-002
IMPROVED SPECTROSCOPIC GAMMA RAY DETECTORS

NBCHC070018 0512007
(FY05.1 Phase II)
IMPROVED SPECTROSCOPIC GAMMA RAY DETECTORS

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699

02/01/2007
to
01/31/2009
$749,999.00

Spread of the weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons is a serious threat in the world today. Prevention of the spread of radioactive materials and nuclear weapons has reached a state of heightened urgency in recent years, especially since the events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. Gamma ray spectrometers are an important tool in homeland defense and monitoring to check the spread of special nuclear materials (such as highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium) and nuclear weapons. An important challenge in homeland security monitoring is not only to detect hidden radioactive materials but also to distinguish them from routinely used radiopharmaceuticals as well as naturally radioactive materials. The goal of the proposed effort is to investigate promising new scintillators for homeland security applications.

H-SB05.1-005
INNOVATIVE LESS-LETHAL DEVICES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

NBCHC050106 0511108
(FY05.1 Phase I)
Untethered Electro-Muscular Disruption Device

Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155-4242

06/01/2005
to
12/15/2005
$100,000.00

Mide, along with ballistics and firearms expert Ed Hartwell, proposes development of the "Piezer" (pee-ay'-zer) - an untethered electro-muscular disruption non-lethal stun weapon based on piezoelectric technology for civil law enforcement officers and the military. The innovative new device would provide individual threat control at increased range (40 - 50 meters) over existing weapons and compatibility with 12 gauge shotguns. Piezoelectrics enable efficient high voltage generation in a small package, and can be designed to deliver high-energy stun pulses. The Piezer device combines the proven effectiveness, legal and social acceptability of the Taser(R) with the ease of use, practicality, and extended range of shotgun shells. Utility of the Piezer is probably best realized in crowd control situations or riots having high levels of aggression. These situations meet the requirement that an additional lethal weapon must be trained on an individual or group before a non-lethal weapon can be used. This rule is common to domestic law enforcement groups.

H-SB05.1-005
INNOVATIVE LESS-LETHAL DEVICES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

NBCHC070002 0512004
(FY05.1 Phase II)
Untethered Electro-Muscular Disruption Round

Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155-4242

02/27/2007
to
02/26/2009
$953,017.00

Mide is proposing to develop and demonstrate an untethered electro-muscular disruption non-lethal stun round for civil law enforcement officers and the military. The innovative device will provide individual threat control at increased range (15 - 50 meters) over existing weapons and it will be compatible with 12-gauge shotguns. The device combines the proven effectiveness, legal and social acceptability of the current tethered EMD devices with the ease of use, practicality, and extended range of shotgun shells. Utility of the innovation is probably best realized in crowd control situations or riots having high levels of aggression. The major benefits of the innovation is that the untethered round avoids all the problems associated with tethered wires, snagging and breaking of the wires, resistive losses and inaccurate delivery of the barbs. While Phase I established a feasible preliminary design, Phase II will further optimize the design and validate though engineering tests the performance of the round. Real scale round will be fired to ensure accuracy and safety. Additional physiological performance tests will also be performed as needed. If funded, the effort will provide a timely non-lethal round that will help to safe lives and protect our people and security forces.

H-SB05.1-006
SECURE CARTON SYSTEM

NBCHC050109 0511235
(FY05.1 Phase I)
Resitively Encoded Materials for Secure Carton Systems

Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155-4242

06/01/2005
to
12/15/2005
$100,000.00

The proposed development is an innovative resistively encoded material used either as a layer in a carton box or as a layer in packaging tape. The innovation uses a number of conductive strips, which are randomly conductively connected to form a unique material that can be used to secure cartons and packages. Interrogation of the resistance between the strips allows an electronic "signature" to be obtained that is unique to the carton and or tape. This unique identification signature will be compressed, encoded and added as a barcode to the package. Any attempts to open or breach the package will change the strip to strip resistances, thus changing the identification signature, which allows security personnel to quickly identify tampered packages. The "signature" may be monitored and transmitted though RFID technology to a monitor placed inside an ISO inter-modal shipping container. This will allow continuous monitoring of carton containers inside a shipping container. A low cost solution that will protect carton containers against tampering has a huge commercial opportunity. The "encoded" layer may be easily integrated into cartons or packaging tapes. The cost of these products will be marginally increased, thus facilitating wide acceptance from fabricators, distributors and users.