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Scintillation Detectors And New Technologies For Nuclear Security

Scintillation Detectors And New Technologies For Nuclear Security

Objective

SCINTILLA aims at building an innovative comprehensive toolbox of devices and best-of-breed technologies for the enhanced detection and identification of difficult to detect radioactive sources and nuclear material:
• Dealing with the challenge of masked and shielded material
• Developing effective solutions, which are reliable, portable / mobile and cost effective
• Finding a reliable replacement for Helium-3, which is the major consumable for today's RPM (Radiation Portal Monitors) devices for neutron detection and has become close to unavailable in the European Union.
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SCINTILLA will innovate in two technology areas that offer complementary capabilities for detecting and identifying neutron and gamma addressing different usage contexts:
• Scintillation materials (organic and inorganic) that exhibit fluorescence light when excited by ionizing radiation
• CZT (CdZnTe or Cadmium Zinc Telluride) whose direct band-gap semiconductor capabilities make it adequate for radiation detection and gamma spectrometry.
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Furthermore the SCINTILLA Test-bed Service and annual Technology Benchmarks will respectively support and select the technologies; they will be also open to third party developments. The resulting selection of best-of-breed technologies will then be integrated into full prototype devices, which will be ready for assessment in selected usage cases under (close to) real-life conditions. To reflect the different TRL of technologies under development the project will proceed in two stages with usage assessments at midterm and project end.
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The SCINTILLA Toolbox will be provided with User Guidelines and a Technology Handbook for integrators. SCINTILLA will also develop and promote communication protocols and standards.
Around the Test-bed and Benchmarks a sustainable SCINTILLA Partnership Network will be built, a worldwide community of technology providers, experts and users around the topic of detection technologies.

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Address

Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 830 179,32

Administrative Contact

Guillaume Sannie (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 318 608

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 298 686

ANSALDO NUCLEARE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 153 894

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 147 194

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 524 064

SAPHYMO SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 112 120,80

SYMETRICA SECURITY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 498 506

IZOTOPKUTATO INTEZET - MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 140 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285204

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 867 616,38

  • EU contribution

    € 3 023 652,12

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France