MONONA, Wis. – SHINE Medical Technologies and Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) announced today that they successfully operated their second-generation neutron driver prototype for 24 consecutive hours with 99% uptime. Completion of this milestone is an important demonstration of the reliability and robustness of the PNL neutron driver, which is a key enabling technology for SHINE’s isotope production facility.
Phoenix Nuclear Labs says it has completed successful preliminary tests on a system that can root out so-called “undetectable explosives.” The Monona company says its neutron-based technology senses the explosive material itself, not the components such as a metal casing or a trigger mechanism.
Evan Sengbusch, the 2003 Ames High Graduate and football captain, is now the Vice President of Phoenix Nuclear Labs. Evan said that he has never imagined his life would turn out this way, but he thinks the nuclear field is what he wants to pursue. It is his work at the nuclear lab and his physics degree that he is named as a scholar-athlete for the 40-year Ames football team.