Novel Very Large Scintillator Crystal Growth Method

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,981.13
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HSHQDC-11-C-00101
Agency Tracking Number:
SBIR11-1-SBIR11.1-003-FP-010
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SBIR11.1-003
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nanotrons Corp.
MA, Woburn, MA, 01801-1003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828325659
Principal Investigator:
King Wang
kwang@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Jeanne Hladky
jhladky@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Scintillators have been used in radiation detection applications including medical imaging, oil well drilling, and high energy physics experiments. The new security need for scintillators has changed the market dynamics from specialty niche to volume production. In this program, Nanotrons proposes a manufacturing method that potentially produces scintillator of very large size and high crystal quality at unprecedentedly low cost to meet the new demand. Our process is a novel simple process that grows large-size single crystal ingots by continuous solidification from a seed crystal without any moving parts. Due to the simplicity, the proposed process has salient advantages of large size and low cost. Without movements, the new process also prevents secondary nucleation and ensuring very low strain in the grown crystal. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility.

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