Our technologies can be used for an ever-growing number of applications relating to a wide array of disciplines.
Neutron radiography and tomography are proven techniques for the nondestructive testing of manufactured components.
Neutrons pass through high-density metals easily and provide detailed information about internal, low-density materials. This property is extremely important for many components that require nondestructive evaluation, including engine turbine blades, munitions, spacecraft components, and composite materials. The Phoenix system is the first commercially viable neutron generator strong enough to power a neutron radiography system. The Phoenix system will allow for on-site, real-time neutron imaging of manufactured components in a factory setting.
The use of weaponized Special Nuclear Material (SNM) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a dangerous security threat. Fissile materials found in SNM and IEDs emit intense bursts of neutrons and gamma rays when bombarded with neutrons, which can be detected and used to locate potential threats.
Phoenix’s neutron source generates over 1,000 times more neutrons than other off-the-shelf technologies, making it capable of rapidly detecting explosives rapidly from much greater standoff distances. This explosives detection system has the potential to save thousands of lives of both warfighters and civilians every year.
Molybdenum-99 (moly) decays into Technetium-99m, the most commonly used medical imaging isotope in the world, used in almost 100,000 procedures per day. There are currently no domestic sources for moly-99 and production methods are limited due to the restrictions on the use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU). SHINE Medical, one of Phoenix’s key customers, has developed a process using Phoenix’s strong DT neutron source produce moly-99 without the use of HEU.
Phoenix’s core ion source and accelerator technology has been modified for ion implantation applications in the semiconductor industry, with an emphasis on providing high current H+ and He+ ion beams at energies ranging from 50-400 keV. In addition, a high current, extended lifetime negative ion source based on Phoenix’s core ion source technology is also under development. H- beam current above 1 mA at 30 keV has been demonstrated, and work is ongoing to further increase beam current and test the system with other ion species, including He- and N-. The lifetime of this source is expected to be several months to years.