5V, High Gain, High Sensitivity Photomultiplier Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,952.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER86297
Agency Tracking Number:
82888
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Agiltron, Inc.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
484164400
Principal Investigator:
Jack Salerno
Dr
(781) 935-1200
Jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Geoffrey Burnham
Dr
(781) 935-1200
Gburnham@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
University of California - San Diego
Lo
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92093
(858) 822-3429
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This project will demonstrate a breakthrough detector for the readout of scintillators used for gamma ray detection in Nuclear Physics experiments. The new detector: (1) will overcome the quantum efficiency and high voltage limits of current photomultipliers (PMTs) and Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs); (2) will offer the possibility of improving scintillator detector resolution at least by a factor of 30 percent, without the need for a high voltage power supply, and (3) can be fabricated at a low cost. The detector will possess many unique attractive properties that do not exist in any existing readouts for nuclear radiation detectors, such as PMTs, APDs. Phase I will demonstrate a detector element with high quantum efficiency and high gain at ultra low bias voltage. A fully functional detector will be developed in Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The detector technology should have commercial applications in nuclear radiation detection for nuclear physics, high energy physics, homeland security, medical imaging, optical communication, and environmental monitoring.

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