Low Cost, Efficient, Room Temperature Semiconductor Gamma-Ray Detectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90092
Agency Tracking Number: 97843
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 45 d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
MA, Watertown, MA, 02472-4699
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Leonard Cirignano
 (617) 668-6800
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 668-6800
Email: NMarshall@RMDInc.com
Research Institution
Gamma ray spectrometers provide detection and spectroscopy of energetic photons (-rays), and are expected to be an important component of the future nuclear physics experiments including those being planned for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) that is being funded by the Department of Energys Office of Nuclear Physics. Performance of the systems used in these applications is often limited by the properties of detectors available at present. Important requirements for the detectors used in these applications include high -ray stopping efficiency, high energy resolution, low cost, compact size and ruggedness. No commercially available detector meets all these requirements. The overall goal of the Phase I and Phase II effort is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing high performance, low cost spectrometers for nuclear physics by applying coplanar grid and Frisch collar device designs to TlBr. TlBr has the potential to be a more sensitive, lower cost alternative to CZT, the leading room temperature semiconductor gamma-ray detector material. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: In addition to nuclear physics experiments, nuclear non-proliferation, computed tomography and non-destructive testing are other applications where high performance, less expensive gamma-ray spectrometers will have beneficial applications. One medical application that RMD already takes part in is the production of surgical probes used for localizing radiopharmaceutical uptake. These tools have become part of a technique (sentinel node biopsy) that minimizes the debilitating nature of removing lymph nodes in monitoring the spread of breast cancer

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