Real-Time Portable Neutron Spectroscopy

Period of Performance: 09/29/2008 - 09/28/2010

$749K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Michigan Aerospace Corp.
1777 Highland Drive Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Principal Investigator

Abstract

A critical gap in homeland security is the inability to efficiently detect and identify kilogram-size samples of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM, uranium and transuranic elements). Penetrating neutron emission is unique to fissionable material and difficult to obscure with passive shielding. The current state of the art in neutron imaging is not suitable for field applications. Michigan Aerospace Corporation, in collaboration with Professor James Ryan and his group at University of New Hampshire (UNH), proposes to develop a compact, lightweight neutron spectroscopy (NSPECT) instrument based on the completed NSPECT Phase I SBIR. During Phase I, modeling, design and tests demonstrated the feasibility of developing a portable and field-ready fast neutron imaging spectroscope that detects neutrons from