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Proposal Number: 0711147
Proposal Title: New Neutron Detectors with Pulse Shape Discrimination
Topic Number: H-SB07.1-009
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Improved Solid-State Neutron Detection Devices
Organization: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
Address: 44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699  
Abstract: 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.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-07-C-00123
Period of Performance: 09/25/2007 - 03/24/2008
Award/Contract Value: $150,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $150,000.00