Growth of Large Diameter High-Purity Germanium Crystals for Nuclear Physics Research

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER84986
Agency Tracking Number: 86481
Amount: $99,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 37 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
777 Emory Valley Road, Suite B, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
DUNS: 141612684
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Pehl
 (865) 414-5434
Business Contact
 Ethan Hull
Title: Mr.
Phone: (865) 481-3725
Research Institution
Large diameter germanium crystals are needed to provide larger, more sensitive, gamma-ray detectors for nuclear physics measurements at DOE user facilities. In this project, germanium crystal growth techniques will be experimentally developed for the growth of large diameter crystals. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of a new growth technique. In Phase II, the technique will be completed to enable a new breed of commercially-available, very-large-diameter germanium gamma-ray planar detectors. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should have immediate applications in research taking place at DOE user facilities involving nuclear physics, astrophysics, and rare-particle detection. Moreover, these detector systems should enable germanium detectors to enter commercially active fields, the most important of which is nuclear medicine.

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