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Proposal Number: 0521004
Proposal Title: Innovative Gamma source finding array
Topic Number: H-SB05.2-006
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: PORTABLE/TRANSPORTABLE DIRECTIONAL GAMMA RAY AND/OR DIRECTIONAL NEUTRON DETECTORS
Organization: Space Micro Inc.
Address: 10401 Roselle Street
Ste 400
San Diego, CA 92121-2256  
Abstract: The high stress situations facing Security Staff responsible for detecting radiological threats to the United States is complicated by the need to identify these threats in complex backgrounds of natural and/or legitimately transported medical and industrial radiation sources. Although the operational constraints vary, a common need is to quickly provide Specific Isotope and Source Location information to enable situational assessment. Considerable gains have been made in developing and deploying the next generation of Isotope Identifiers but no acceptable tool is available outside of the laboratory for accurately and quickly resolving the Source Angular Location without heavy, movable shield material. Preliminary modeling by Space Micro indicates that the capabilities of Lanthanum Halides used in recent Isotope Identifiers coupled with an innovative geometric array and a unique algorithm will exploit the properties of Lanthanum Halides to enable resolving source angular direction to better than 15o. This Phase I proposal is for laboratory confirmation that this predicted angular resolution can be achieved and to provide a technical foundation for product commercialization. Since the scintillation material is commercially available, this approach will facilitate a relatively low risk program to quickly produce field prototypes that meet the performance requirements of our Homeland Defense Operators.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC060045
Period of Performance: 12/15/2005 - 06/30/2006
Award/Contract Value: $100,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $100,000.00