AN INP SEMICONDUCTOR NEUTRINO DETECTOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2494
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices,
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02172
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Gerald Entine
Principal Investigator
(617) 926-1167
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE SOLAR NEUTRINO PROBLEM IS ONE OF THE LONGEST- STANDING UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENERGY-PRODUCING PROCESSES IN THE SUN. THE OBSERVED FLUX OF NEUTRINOS IS ABOUT ONE-FOURTH OF THAT PREDICTED BY CAREFUL CALCULATIONS OF SOLAR-FUSION REACTIONS. THE POSSIBILITY OS RESOLVING THIS ISSUE WILL BE STUDIED BY THE USE OF NOVEL NEUTRINO DETECTOR USING INDIUM PHOSPHIDE DETECTORS. IN PHASE I A SERIES OF EXPERIMENTS ON INP CRYSTALS AND A DETAILED STUDY OF THE DESIGN OF THE EVENTUAL DETECTOR WILL BE CARRIED OUT TO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL SUCCESS OF THIS SCHEME. INP IS A III-V SEMICONDUCTOR THAT HAS RECENTLY FOUND EXTENSIVE USES IN ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICES AND, AS A RESULT, IS COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE. THE EVENTUAL DETECTOR WOULD BE ABOUT ONE CUBIC METER IN SIZE, MUCH SMALLER THAN ANY PREVIOUS NEUTRINO DETECTOR, AND WOULD HAVE THE SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OF A LOWER NEUTRINO ENERGY THRESHOLD COMBINED WITH A SPECTROSCOPIC CAPABILITY.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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