RadiaBeam Technologies andÂ Lumitron TechnologiesÂ are exploringÂ gamma ray radiation sources for the first phase of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency initiative to develop a nondestructive inspection platformÂ for potential use in health care, industrial and national security efforts.
Both companies aim to createÂ transportable form factor systemsÂ over a 24-month period under theÂ Gamma Ray Inspection Technology program, DARPA said Friday.
The agency intends for GRIT to produceÂ high-intensity,Â narrow-bandwidthÂ gamma raysÂ and expand the application of radiation sourcesÂ thatÂ are only usedÂ for basic research at specialized facilities.
â€œIf we can develop a transportable system that could be moved to the point of need on a flatbed semi-trailer or rail car, for example, it could transform nondestructive inspection in many areas of interest, such as radiography of critical-use, high-value aircraft or machine partsÂ or inspection of cargo for contraband,â€ said Mark Wrobel, a program manager in DARPAâ€™s Defense Sciences Office.
The agency will decideÂ whether it should move the program into the next phase onceÂ the two companies complete Phase 1 efforts.