Rhombus to demonstrate new neutron detector

A new product to help detect contraband nuclear bomb materials is being demonstrated to government agencies this month by Rhombus Power Inc., a start-up technology company.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 16 (UPI) -- Start-up technology company Rhombus Power Inc. reports its first product, an advanced neutron detector, is being demonstrated to U.S. government agencies.

Mercury, which meets ANSI standards, is a networked, scalable and digital detector that can be used to detect nuclear weapons and their materials. In addition to its usefulness for homeland security to discover contraband nuclear materials it also has scientific applications in digital neutron imaging for drug discovery and materials science.

"Currently deployed nuclear detectors are unreliable because they are inaccurate and require frequent calibration," said Rhombus chief executive officer and founder, Dr. Anshuman Roy. "And the world has run out of Helium-3 that served as the workhorse neutron sensing material for decades.

"Rhombus' neutron detector will make America safe from terrorist movement of fissionable materials. It is 10x more accurate than available solutions and it is free of false positives that plague existing technologies -- it is a breakthrough innovation."

The science departments at the University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University have received the detectors for characterization and Rhombus will demonstrate Mercury later this month in Maryland at the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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