A Compact Neutron Interrogation System for Underwater Threat Detection and Identification

Dr. Ivan Novikov with Western Kentucky University is developing a neutron-based system for quick non-destructive detection and identification of underwater threats. The system will consist of an electronic d-T neutron source, which produces mono-energetic 14.1-MeV neutrons, a gamma detector to detect the gamma signal from the irradiated object and a data acquisition system. The detected signal will then be analyzed to quantify the chemical elements of interest and to confirm the presence of explosives or chemical warfare agents.


The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.