Advanced nanocomposite scintillator for gamma radiation detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-08-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number: T081-005-0062
Amount: $99,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: DTRA08-005
Solitcitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 004841644
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 King Wang
 VP of Material Technologies
 (781) 935-1200
 kwang@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lamenzo
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: LLamenzo@agiltron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Until now gamma radiation detection has required large single crystals of sensitive materials that are difficult to produce consistently on an industrial scale. In collaboration with a research group at the University of Texas at Arlington, Agiltron proposes to develop a new class of nanocomposite scintillator materials. The radiation detection characteristics of the synthetic nanoparticles in the nanocomposite are superior to those of available single crystal scintillators, offering 10 to 20 times higher detection efficiency, improved energy resolution, and response times of a few nanoseconds. The proposed nanocomposite intrinsically eliminates light scattering by big nanocrystals, yielding excellent transparency for large volumes, and is scalable, low-cost, and robust in harsh environments. Phase I demonstrates the feasibility of the approach; Phase II will demonstrate a complete scintinallator instrument.

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