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Proposal Number: SBIR11-1-SBIR11.1-001-FP-019-II
Proposal Title: Stilbene Production for Fast Neutron Detection
Topic Number: 11.1-001
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Development of commercial hand-held and backpack neutron detectors
Organization: Inrad Optics
Address: 181 Legrand Ave
Northvale, NJ 07647-2404  
Abstract: The detection of neutrons is a critical capability for the identification of special nuclear materials in homeland security applications. Both plutonium and uranium can be detected by their neutron signatures. Next-generation detectors should efficiently detect fission neutrons, even in a high background of gamma rays. Neutron detection systems consisting of 3He have found widespread use due to their neutron/gamma discrimination capabilities; however, 3He systems cannot directly detect fission neutrons and availability is now limited. Organic scintillation crystals such as stilbene offer direct fast neutron detection with high efficiency and good neutron/gamma discrimination. Recently, solution crystal growth has been demonstrated as a route towards the largescale production of organic scintillators. Growth of inorganic crystals from solution is an established commercial process; skilled practitioners can scale their operation to produce significant quantities of high quality material. The overall objective of the proposed effort is to demonstrate a method for industrial production of stilbene neutron detectors.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-12-C-00020
Period of Performance: 06/15/2012 - 06/14/2014
Award/Contract Value: $999,900.77
Award/Obligated Amount: $999,900.77