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5V, High Gain, High Sensitivity Photomultiplier Detector

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Department of Energy
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2007 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: 5V, High Gain, High Sensitivity Photomultiplier Detector
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER86297
Award Amount: $99,952.00


This project will demonstrate a breakthrough detector for the readout of scintillators used for gamma ray detection in Nuclear Physics experiments. The new detector: (1) will overcome the quantum efficiency and high voltage limits of current photomultipliers (PMTs) and Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs); (2) will offer the possibility of improving scintillator detector resolution at least by a factor of 30 percent, without the need for a high voltage power supply, and (3) can be fabricated at a low cost. The detector will possess many unique attractive properties that do not exist in any existing readouts for nuclear radiation detectors, such as PMTs, APDs. Phase I will demonstrate a detector element with high quantum efficiency and high gain at ultra low bias voltage. A fully functional detector will be developed in Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The detector technology should have commercial applications in nuclear radiation detection for nuclear physics, high energy physics, homeland security, medical imaging, optical communication, and environmental monitoring.

Principal Investigator:

Jack Salerno

Business Contact:

Geoffrey Burnham
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agiltron, Inc.
15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of California - San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Contact: Lo
Contact Phone: (858) 822-3429
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university