Advanced nanocomposite scintillator for gamma radiation detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$99,951.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-08-P-0034
Award Id:
86243
Agency Tracking Number:
T081-005-0062
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
King Wang
VP of Material Technologies
(781) 935-1200
kwang@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lamenzo
Contract Administrator
(781) 935-1200
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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