Low-Cost Route to Single Crystal CVD Diamond Detectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86411
Agency Tracking Number: 91056
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 35 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
201 Circle Drive North Unit 102/103, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nick Sbrockey
 (732) 302-9274
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: Dr
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: GSTompa@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
 Rutgers University
 Steve Schnetzer
 Physics and Astronomy
136 Frelinghuysen Rd
Piscataway, NJ, 8854
 Nonprofit college or university
Future progress in experimental particle physics will be centered on research at high luminosity colliders. In order to fully realize the potential of these systems, high energy particle detectors must be able to withstand the intense radiation environment. High energy particle detectors based on diamond are well known to have excellent response time, detection range, and radiation resistance. However, detectors fabricated from presently available diamond materials are limited by the high cost, limited availability, and limited size of the "electronic grade" diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). As an alternative, a lower quality synthetic diamond, which is produced by high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) processes, is both cheaper and more readily available than CVD diamond. However, HPHT diamond is characterized by defects and contaminates that make it unsuitable for electronic applications. This project will develop CVD processes to grow high quality, electronic grade diamond films on low quality HPHT diamond substrates. The resulting diamond materials will have all of the property benefits of electronic grade CVD diamond at a fraction of the cost. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to high energy physics applications, affordable, radiation-hard, and high-speed diamond-based radiation detectors will be extremely beneficial in markets such as medical diagnostics and imaging, medical radiotherapy, nuclear power generation, space exploration, and homeland security.

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