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BaDx is a stand-alone, diagnostics cartridge used in resource-limited
and challenging environments to sense real-world concentrations (>100
spores) of virulent B. anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax infection.
Resembling a pocket-sized laboratory, BaDx has integrated all diagnosis-necessary lab components into the single-use cartridge including a micro-culture chamber, selective culture media, and lateral-flow assay. For
safety, the cartridge also contains a “self-destruct” feature in which the
device contents are sterilized post-assay. BaDx is self-sufficient in that it
does not require any power or extra equipment to store, operate, or read,
and its simplicity means minimal training or skill to use.
A new class of plastic scintillator enables efficient detection of illicit special nuclear
materials that may be used to construct a nuclear weapon. Triplet-Harvesting Plastic
Scintillators exhibit higher light yields and improved timing properties relative to
existing materials, which, combined with their low-cost and scalable attributes, satisfy
major shortcomings of current alternatives. For the first time, the spectral and timing
characteristics of the scintillator can be controlled, allowing the materials to be tailored
to applications of interest. These scintillators promise to revolutionize SNM detection
in challenging real-world scenarios, such as those encountered in high-background
environments, or under active interrogation conditions.
Goma 6.0 is an open-source, parallel, and scalable multiphysics software package
for modeling and simulation of real-life physical processes, with a basis in
computational fluid dynamics for problems with evolving geometry. It solves
problems in all branches of mechanics, including fluids, solids, and thermal
analysis. Goma 6.0 uses advanced numerical methods, focusing on the low-speed
flow regime with coupled phenomena for manufacturing and performance
applications. It also provides a flexible software development environment for
specialty physics. Goma 6.0 is being used to reduce process-development time,
understand fundamental processes, and to educate the next generation of
computational mechanics experts.
Notice of Technology Transfer Opportunities
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