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High-Yield Growth of High-Performance Radiation Detection Semiconductor Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0023979
Agency Tracking Number: 0000272854
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C56-03a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002903
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-04-09
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Principal Investigator
 Shariar Motakef
 (617) 839-4796
Business Contact
 Shariar Motakef
Phone: (617) 839-4796
Research Institution

C56-03a-272854High energy resolution is a key performance metric of radiation detectors which determines the accuracy and speed of radioactive nuclide identification. CdZnTe (CZT) radiation detectors are currently the only commercially available room temperature semiconductor detectors, with their superior spectral resolution approaching performance of cooled High Purity Germanium detectors. The persistently high price and the very slow increase in the size of these detectors have limited the deployment of radiation detection instruments based on this detector. Under this program, we will develop technology for crystal growth and fabrication of gamma radiation detectors based on an emerging class of new materials, the perovskites. Perovskite detectors have already shown very high and promising energy resolution rapidly approaching that of CZT detectors. Perovskite crystals, however, offer the potential of significantly lower production cost and higher yield of superior detector materials. The Phase I goal of this program will be to establish a high yield process for melt growth of the perovskite halide semiconductor crystals, as well as explore the viability of growth of this material from solution to produce large volume high quality detectors. Detectors will be fabricated from crystals grown by both methods and their spectroscopic performance and long-term stability will be assessed. The high-resolution radiation detectors to be developed in this program have application in homeland security, nuclear stockpile monitoring, nuclear contamination monitoring, and nuclear plant monitoring. There is also increasing demand from the military to equip military vehicles with these types of detectors. In the medical imaging area, there is a rising demand for high resolution detectors for SPECT, bone mineral densitometry, surgical probes and multi-color photon counting computed tomography.

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