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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,972.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER84986
Award Id:
89839
Agency Tracking Number:
86481
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
777 Emory Valley Road, Suite B, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141612684
Principal Investigator:
Richard Pehl
Dr.
(865) 414-5434
dickpehl@phdsco.com
Business Contact:
Ethan Hull
Mr.
(865) 481-3725
ethanhull@phdsco.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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