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H-SB07.1-001
Trace Explosives Particle and Vapor Sample Collection

NBCHC080015 0711115
(FY07.1 Phase I)
Non-Contact Sampling Wand For The Detection Of Trace Explosives Material

Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821-3976

10/22/2007
to
05/07/2008
$100,000.00

Aerodyne Research, Inc. proposes to design, build and test a non-contact sampling wand intended for the detection of energetic materials which will involve collection and subsequent concentration of particles, and real-time coupling to a hand-held ion mobility spectrometer-based detector. This non-contact sampler will be easily retrofitted to commercially available detectors and require minimal electric power as well. We estimate that its use will increase detection sensitivities of such devices by at least an order of magnitude. Furthermore, its simplicity should help reduce the incidence of sample failure.

H-SB07.1-001
Trace Explosives Particle and Vapor Sample Collection

NBCHC080016 0711204
(FY07.1 Phase I)
Handheld Trace Explosives Sampler

Implant Sciences Corporation
107 Audubon Road #5
Wakefield, MA 01880-1246

10/22/2007
to
05/07/2008
$100,000.00

Trace chemical sampling is most effective when both particles and vapor are collected due to the enhanced mass obtained. While vapor sampling is limited by the available vapor pressure of the target substance, particles are limited only by the three steps of 1) release from the surface, 2) transport to a collector/concentrator, and 3) collection efficiency for small particles. In addition, the real world problem of collecting unwanted contaminants must also be addressed. A non-contact handheld collection system is proposed that could readily be scaled to a variety of larger sampling applications. The system consists of an aerosol spray that is non-contaminating and leaves no residue, a small vortex attractor transport system capable of sampling up to a foot away, and a long life reusable collecting trap. The trap uses dynamic motion to enhance collection efficiency without sacrificing a simple cleaning method using brushing and self baking. The method of collection may employ either a default collection trap supplied with the unit or use adaptors to fit any porous collection traps commonly employed in the explosives detection industry. Alternately, a manufacturer's proprietary wiping system may be employed to wipe the chemical traces from the surface of the default trap.

H-SB07.1-001
Trace Explosives Particle and Vapor Sample Collection

NBCHC080005 0711261
(FY07.1 Phase I)
Advanced Sample Collection System

AGILTRON,INC
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801-1003

10/22/2007
to
05/07/2008
$99,909.00

The objective of this effort is to design, construct, and demonstrate a highly efficient trace particulate and vapor sample collection system. Used in conjunction with any of the commercial trace explosive detection technologies, this will create a viable real-time non-contact screening technology for explosive materials of unprecedented performance. We have already internally developed a proprietary and demonstrated trace explosive detection technology, and while doing so we learned a tremendous amount about the key components necessary for a responsive and efficient sample collection system. In this proposal we address two critical areas of a superior collection system design: 1) a non-contact surface excitation technology that dislodges particles and vapors from any surface to make them available for collection, and 2) a superior collection/concentration system that rapidly separates both generic debris and bulk atmospheric gases from those samples of highest relevance, and quickly consolidates these collected samples for real-time analysis by any commercial trace explosive detection technology. Since this Advanced Sample Collection System is to be designed as a universal front-end to the different trace detection technologies, it has broad commercial opportunity. Depending on the detection technology used, this would be applicable to inspections for explosives, narcotics, biohazards, accelerants, and industrial toxins.

H-SB07.1-003
Secure Wrap

NBCHC080020 0711099
(FY07.1 Phase I)
Tamper Resistant Stretch Wrap

Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA 02451-1016

10/22/2007
to
05/07/2008
$99,969.00

Stretch wrap film is increasingly being used to secure palletized cargo for shipment due to its low cost and ease of use with irregular loads. IST is proposing to develop a stretch wrap material that provides a visible means of tamper indication. This will be accomplished by impregnating the wrapping material with liquid tagging agents. These agents will remain clear while in the film in order to disguise their presence and permit visual inspection of the cargo. If the film is cut or punctured the liquid will be released. It will then react with the atmosphere to form a dye that stains the surround of the opening as well as the hands of the perpetrator. Both visible and UV fluorescent tagging agents are readily available. Which type is used will depend on whether or not it is desired that the perpetrator know that their actions have been detected. By indicating the location of possible tamper sites, as well as potential suspects, IST's secure wrap technology will greatly improve supply chain security. This will be an invaluable tool for ensuring the safety of cargo coming into the country or going out to our forces abroad.

H-SB07.1-003
Secure Wrap

NBCHC080036 0711142
(FY07.1 Phase I)
EMI Plastic Wrap for RFID Indication of Tampering or Damage(1001-094)

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824-4000

10/22/2007
to
05/07/2008
$99,982.00

Triton Systems, Inc. proposes a Secure Wrap technology for the containerized shipping supply chain that detects intrusion into cargo at the unit (box) or pallet level in the event of tampering, fraud, or damage. The detection system integrates wireless communication abilities for real-time monitoring of tampering or damage to cargo at any time during the shipping cycle. Triton technology addresses a critical security gap by detecting intrusions in cargo while it is in transit, where exposure to publicly accessible areas is higher than within the confines of a port facility. A successful program will offer increased capability of detecting a terrorist attack on a container enroute, before it arrives on US shores, and give exporting and importing companies more transparency of the conditions of their goods during shipment.

H-SB07.1-009
Improved Solid-State Neutron Detection Devices

HSHQDC-07-C-00122 0711077
(FY07.1 Phase I)
Combined Solid-State Neutron Gamma High Efficiency Detector

NOVA Scientific, Inc.
Sturbridge Technology Park
10 Picker Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566-1251

09/25/2007
to
03/24/2008
$150,000.00

NOVA proposes development of a novel combined solid-state neutron and gamma detector achieved by integrating 10B/Gd loaded neutron-sensitive microchannel plates with high performance scintillators and readout to provide both neutron and gamma detection within a single unit. NOVA will team with St. Gobain Crystals for expertise in high speed scintillators and coupled light-sensitive readouts; and the Remote Sensing Laboratory operated by National Security Technologies (Andrews AFB) for calibration and performance of the detector system with 252Cf and gamma sources. Together this team can address the difficult challenge of low-flux neutron detection in high gamma fields. The successful conclusion of this work will provide a compact prototype system that can be commercialized. A neutron event triggers a large electron pulse which can then be easily registered by pulse counting electronics. A fast gamma scintillator provides timing verification of the neutron 10B/Gd reaction. The gamma detector also operates as an independent gamma detector with energy resolution capabilities. Targeted to be competitive with 3He tubes, NOVA will design and assemble prototype hardware and initially test the performance with small gamma sources and thermal neutrons on a suitable reactor beam. Final testing and performance characterization will be carried out using fast neutron sources at NST's Andrews facilities.

H-SB07.1-009
Improved Solid-State Neutron Detection Devices

HSHQDC-07-C-00124 0711133
(FY07.1 Phase I)
Improved Solid-State Neutron Detector

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

09/25/2007
to
03/24/2008
$149,999.00

The use and applications of radiological sources, for power, medical, and defense applications, continuously increases with time. Illicit nuclear materials represent a threat for the safety of the American citizens and the detection and interdiction of a nuclear weapon is a national problem that has not been yet solved. This represents an enormous challenge to current detection methods and monitoring technologies that have to be substantially improved to demonstrate accurate radiation identification capabilities. Using neutron signatures represents a promising solution, however, such a detection technique requires capabilities of detecting neutrons while rejecting effectively background gamma rays. Rugged and low-power neutron detectors are highly desirable for large-scale deployment. This research develops a neutron detector that has the potential of replacing pressurized 3He-tubes and current solid-state detectors with an ultra-compact detector based on CMOS-SSPM (Solid State Photomultipliers) technology. This technology provides a low-power, portable unit that can be mass-produced and deployed in a wireless network on a large scale. The detector is very fast and, in addition, can provide time and spectroscopy information over a wide energy range, including fast neutrons and is, therefore, capable of identifying threatening incidents at the speed of life.

H-SB07.1-009
Improved Solid-State Neutron Detection Devices

HSHQDC-07-C-00123 0711147
(FY07.1 Phase I)
New Neutron Detectors with Pulse Shape Discrimination

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

09/25/2007
to
03/24/2008
$150,000.00

Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons is a serious threat in the world today. Preventing the spread of nuclear weapons has reached a state of heightened urgency in recent years, especially since the events on September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. One way to passively determine the presence of nuclear weapons is to detect and identify characteristic signatures of highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium. Neutrons and gamma rays are two signatures of these materials. Gamma ray detection techniques are useful because the presence of gamma rays of specific energies can confirm the presence of a particular isotope. This technique, however, has one significant drawback: In the presence of dense surrounding material such as lead, gamma ray attenuation can be significant. Neutrons, on the other hand, easily penetrate dense, high atomic number materials compared to gamma-rays. The goal of the proposed effort is to build next generation neutron detectors for SNM monitoring.