WATERTOWN, Mass., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- RMD Research is continuing research and development of gamma and neutron radiation detectors with funding from the U.S. government.
Funding came in two contracts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office worth a total $3.65 million, said Dynasil Corp., parent company of RMD.
"Dynasil is proud to play a key role in the DNDO's mission to develop technology that enhances our country's capability to detect nuclear and radiological materials that threaten the United States," said Dynasil President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Ruggieri.
"We are beginning to commercialize high-performance, dual-mode scintillation crystals designed to identify neutron and gamma rays, which are characteristic signatures of highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium. The DNDO contracts we are announcing today will help to expand our product commercialization efforts and drive further technology innovation."
The first contract, worth $2.15 million, comes under the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's Exploratory Research Program for promising nuclear detection concepts. The second, worth $1.5 million, is a Small Business Innovation Research program contract to stimulate nuclear threat detection programs and increase private-sector commercialization resulting from research and development funding.