Aimed at a fundamental understanding of materials that demonstrate measurable changes when stimulated by radiation or particles from WMD in the environment, Thrust Area 1 involves exploration and exploitation of interactions between materials and various electromagnetic phenomena, molecules, nuclear radiation and particles. These interactions may be correlated with the presence, identity, and quantity of material or energy in the environment that may be significant. Specific target capabilities include the following:

RN Standoff Detection and Wide-Area Search

Development of unconventional methods for RN detection to be used by the warfighter at distances beyond current short range capabilities (>100m).

RN Point Detection

Development of novel materials and technologies as alternatives to cooled HPGe for gamma detection, NaI:Tl with PMTs for gamma detection, and 3He Tubes (with moderation) for neutron detection, focusing on reducing size, power requirements, and cost when integrated into man portable and vehicle mounted systems that operate with high energy resolution, at room temperature and low power, with high signal to noise ratio.

Technical Nuclear Forensics

Development of methods to the forensics timeline by developing near real-time and in-field assessment of post-detonation debris through new collection and analytical techniques to support attribution.

For a list of what we have funded in the past, see our Complete Award History (Excel).

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