Neutron Radiography with Inorganic Scintillation Detectors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
34482
Agency Tracking Number:
34482
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n/a
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
1105 Highland Circle, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. W. Peter Trower
Principal Investigator
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
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Abstract
We propose here to evaluate a variety of inorganic scintillators, including sodium iodide and bismuth germanate, for use in energy-sensitive neutron detectors. We will couple these crystals to photomultiplier tubes and measure the prompt response to inelastic neutron reactions with the scintillator atoms. To unfold the incident neutron energy distribution from the resulting signal pulse heights, we will employ our differential filter method. With fast neutrons traversing carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen targets, we will investigate our differential filter's ability to resolve resonant absorption bands in these total neutron cross sections. Photon energies up to ~9 MeV have been obtained with a resolution of ~100 keV in a sodium iodide detector using our approach. Thus, encouraged that we will be able to resolve at least one resonant absorption band in each of these elements, we will test our method using explosive simulants.

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