High Quantum Efficiency Fast Detectors for the Readout of Scintillators for Gamma Ray Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-07-C-00045
Agency Tracking Number: 0623003
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB06.2-007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON,INC
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801-1003
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 President/Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
 Jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Sharon Tan
Title: Accounting Manager
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: sharontan@agiltron.com
Research Institution
 University of California, San Diego
 Yuhwa Lo
 Department of Electrical and Computer En
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407
La Jolla, CA, 92093
 (858) 822-3429
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Agiltron proposes to demonstrate a breakthrough detector for readout of scintillators for gamma ray detection that overcomes the quantum efficiency and high voltage limits of current PMTs and APDs. It holds the promise to improve the current scintillator detector resolution by at least 30 percent without the need for a high voltage power supply, and can be fabricated at a low cost. This new photomultiplier detector possesses many unique attractive properties that do not exist in any existing readouts for nuclear radiation detectors, such as PMTs, APDs. The Phase I work will demonstrate a detector element with high quantum efficiency, high gain at ultra low bias voltage, and, integrated with the scintillator crystal, the spectral resolution for gamma ray detection. A fully functional device will be developed in Phase II.

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