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Bright, Fast Scintillator for Nuclear Studies

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80466
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
81000S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472-4699
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Bright, Fast Scintillator for Nuclear Studies
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84504
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

Scintillation spectrometers, which consist of inorganic scintillation crystals coupled to photomultiplier tubes, are an important element of nuclear and elementary particle physics experiments. However, the performance of the detection systems used in these experiments is often limited by the properties of currently-available scintillators. This project will investigate a new scintillator that appears to be very promising, due to its high light output, fast response, high efficiency, and excellent energy resolution. In Phase I, single crystals of the proposed scintillator were grown and their scintillation performance was evaluated. Energy and timing resolution measurements were conducted. The feasibility of applying the new scintillation material towards gamma ray spectroscopy was demonstrated. During Phase II, larger crystals of the proposed scintillator will be grown, and an extensive evaluation of scintillation performance will be conducted. The new scintillator will be characterized in a nuclear physics experiment. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to its use in nuclear, high energy, and space physics experiments, the new scintillator should find commercial use in medical imaging, nuclear waste characterization, geological exploration, industrial imaging, X-ray instrumentation, and materials analysis.

Principal Investigator:

Kanai S. Shah
Mr
6176686855
KShah@rmdinc.com

Business Contact:

Gerald Entine
Dr
6176686800
GEntine@rmdinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No