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Proposal Number: 0711209
Proposal Title: Nanorod Array Solid-State Neutron Detectors
Topic Number: H-SB07.1-009
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Improved Solid-State Neutron Detection Devices
Organization: Synkera Technologies Inc.
Address: 2605 Trade Centre Ave, Suite C
Longmont, CO 80503-4605  
Abstract: In this Phase I SBIR project, Synkera proposes to develop and commercialize solid-state neutron detectors of a unique architecture that will enable sensor modules for a variety of operating environment. The neutron detectors are based around nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide, and will be fabricated using a combination of gas-phase and solution-based deposition methods. The detectors will incorporate a p-n junction surrounding boron as a neutron-conversion material. A gamma-ray detector will be readily incorporated into the same monolithic piece in order to eliminate false-positives. As part of this development effort we will fabricate prototype detectors. The neutron detection efficiency of our best prototypes will be tested in collaboration with Battelle. Our solid-state neutron detectors are expected to have much larger neutron sensitivity and lower power requirements than conventional detectors. These features will enable hand held neutron detectors for customs inspection and other fissile-material detection applications. The low power requirements will also enable wireless neutron detectors for container monitoring applications. In addition, we anticipate that large detector areas can be manufactured at costs below those of conventional neutron detectors for portal screening applications.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-07-C-00113
Period of Performance: 09/25/2007 - 03/24/2008
Award/Contract Value: $150,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $150,000.00