High Performance Neutron Detector
Neutrons are invaluable to the characterization of materials in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. To realize the full potential of present and future neutron facilities, improvements are needed for neutron detectors with respect to detection efficiency, high counting rate capability, high spatial resolution, time resolution (for pulsed source applications and energy estimation), cost per unit area, and adaptability to unique geometries. This project will develop new neutron detectors based on crystal layers of a new scintillating material. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of producing a new thermal neutron scintillator in the form of crystal layers. The detection of thermal neutrons was demonstrated, and good light yield, timing resolution, and spatial resolution were obtained. Phase II will be aimed at optimizing the material manufacturing processes and detector design, in order to achieve high detection efficiency, high light, and high spatial resolution. Multiple detectors will be built and evaluated in house and at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed technology should be very useful for neutron detection. Although primarily targeted at neutron facilities, the technology also should find use in the growing number of portable neutron generators used in medical and industrial non-destructive imaging, homeland security, and other neutron detection applications
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Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
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