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RMD receives homeland security honor

WATERTOWN, Mass., April 28 (UPI) -- Massachusetts' Radiation Monitoring Devices Inc. has been named a 2011 U.S. Department of Homeland Security small business award winner.

The award is for innovative achievement and commitment to national security.

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In particular, RMD was recognized for accomplishing low-rate production of two newly developed radiation detection materials -- strontium iodide (SrI2) and Cs2LiYCl6 (CLYC) scintillator crystals -- capable of both high-confidence nuclear and radioactive material detection in all environments.

These low-rate production facilities provide scintillation crystals as government-furnished materials in support of the agency's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office exploratory research programs. In particular, they are the key enabling technologies for DNDO's Advanced Radiation Monitoring Devices program.

Dynasil, RMD's parent company, previously announced plans to scale up production of its dual mode (combined gamma-neutron) nuclear radiation detectors, which are based on the CLYC scintillator material technology being recognized by the Homeland Security Department award.

Applications for Dynasil's novel dual mode detectors include the detection of nuclear terrorist threats and monitoring of radiation from nuclear power.

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