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Solid-State Scalable/Tileable Imaging Detector for High-Energy Neutron Radiography
ID: A244-039Type: BOTH
Overview

Topic

Solid-State Scalable/Tileable Imaging Detector for High-Energy Neutron Radiography

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Oct 3, 2023 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open Oct 3, 2023 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Mar 31, 2025 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Mar 31, 2025 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a solid-state scalable/tileable imaging detector for high-energy neutron radiography. The objective is to deliver a state-of-the-art high-energy neutron radiography imaging/detector. The technology will be used in conjunction with a source of high-energy neutrons to achieve a state-of-the-art neutron radiography system.

The project will consist of three phases. In Phase I, the proposer must prove the principle through a white paper study that demonstrates strong evidence that a solid-state neutron detector can be designed and constructed on a chip. In Phase II, the proposer will build and deliver a tiled detector with minimum dimensions of 11" square that is effective for 1 MeV neutrons. The detector should provide short acquisition imaging times, high contrast, high spatial resolution, and high signal-to-noise ratio.

In Phase III, the proposer will explore dual-use applications of the technology. Potential applications include accurate and fast inspections of Army ammunition, armaments, and other products for quality, safety, and lethality. The technology could also be used for compact, lightweight, self-contained scalable detectors in the detection of materials that emit gamma/beta rays or sub-atomic particles, such as radioactive isotopes, contamination, and special nuclear material. Commercial applications could include ground stationary check points, aerial applications, and underground/underwater drilling/mining applications.

The project duration is not specified, but the proposal submission deadline is March 31, 2025. More information can be found on the DOD SBIR website (https://www.defensesbirsttr.mil/SBIR-STTR/Opportunities/).

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