NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Radiation Health
PROPOSAL TITLE:Graphical User Interface for High Energy Multi-Particle Transport

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Visual Editor Consultants
PO Box 1308
Richland, WA 99352-1308
(509) 539-8621

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Randy   Schwarz
PO Box 1308
Richland, WA  99352-1308
(509) 539-8621

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Computer codes such as MCNPX now have the capability to transport most high energy particle types (34 particle types now supported in MCNPX) with energies extending into the teravolt energy range. The efficient use of these types of Monte Carlo tools is very important for modeling the effects of space radiation on humans, spacecraft and equipment. This proposal would develop a graphical user interface for high energy multi-particle transport. With this innovation, users of the MCNPX code would have access to a powerful graphical user interface for efficient creation and interrogation of their input files, which would significantly reduce the amount of time required to create and debug input files.

Specific enhancements that are proposed include the implementation of the Los Alamos Quark-Gluon String Model Module in MCNPX; adding the source creation capability to the graphical user interface; improvements to data visualization and 3D geometry plotting; and the investigation of implementing spline surfaces in MCNPX.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Any applications that require the transport of high-energy particles will benefit from this effort. These applications include:

1. Space shielding applications.
2. Evaluation of damage to electronic components in space.
3. Health physics applications for people living in space.
4. Mapping of planets.
5. Investigations of cosmic-ray radiation backgrounds and shielding for high altitude aircraft and spacecraft.
6. Charged-particle propulsion concepts for spaceflight.
7. Single-event upset in semiconductors, from cosmic rays in spacecraft or from the neutron component on the earth's surface.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Any physics applications that utilize the transport of high-energy particles will benefit from this work. These applications include:

1. Investigations for accelerator isotope production and destruction programs, including the transmutation of nuclear waste.
2. Design of accelerator spallation targets, particularly for neutron scattering facilities.
3. Research into accelerator-driven energy sources.
4. Medical physics, especially proton and neutron therapy.
5. Accelerator-based imaging technology such as neutron and proton radiography.
6. Design of shielding in accelerator facilities.
7. Activation of accelerator components and surrounding groundwater and air.
8. High-energy dosimetry and neutron detection.
9. Design of neutrino experiments.
10. Charged-particle tracking in plasmas.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Nuclear (Adv Fission, Fusion, Anti-Matter, Exotic Nuclear)
Nuclear Conversion
Particle and Fields
Radiation Shielding Materials
Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics

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