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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$1,000,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85953
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000508
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
95018
Solicitation Topic Code:
46 b
Small Business Information
Phds Co.
777 Emory Valley Road, Suite B, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830-7048
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
141612684
Principal Investigator
 Richard Pehl
 Dr.
 (865) 414-5434
 dickpehl@phdsco.com
Business Contact
 Ethan Hull
Title: Dr.
Phone: (865) 481-3725
Email: ethanhull@phdsco.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
DOE Nuclear Physics user facilities require larger high-resolution gamma-ray detector systems to provide higher sensitivity measurements. Large diameter germanium crystals are being grown, evaluated, and iteratively improved in the laboratory. Large-diameter crystals will be made into large segmented planar detectors to demonstrate the viability of the crystals and the advanced detection capabilities for DOE Nuclear Physics measurements. Numerous large germanium crystals were grown under varied thermal conditions to eliminate a severe crystallography problem previously observed in the crystals. Excellent gamma-ray energy spectroscopy and uniform impurity concentration were established. Numerous extremely large diameter germanium crystals will be grown using the thermal conditions developed during Phase I. The crystal properties will be fine-tuned to allow fabrication of 150-mm through 200mm diameter germanium detectors. Fully operational large-diameter segmented planar detector systems will be fabricated and evaluated as a demonstration of the technology. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: In addition to immediate impact at DOE user facilities performing Nuclear Physics and rare-particle detection measurements, the detectors from these larger diameter germanium crystals will impact nuclear security, nuclear cleanup, and nuclear medicine. Molecular imaging in nuclear medicine represents the most significant commercial application. From growing the germanium crystal to constructing a final detector system, the manufacturing process will always require good scientists, engineers, technicians, and association with research scientists at DOE laboratories.

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