SBIR Phase II: Gamma Ray Detector for Geophysical Exploration

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$479,410.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
0522021
Solitcitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Number:
NSF 03-535
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
0338706
Solicitation Topic Code:
EL
Small Business Information
Radiation Mon Devices Inc
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Entine
 Dr
 (617) 926-1167
 Gentine@rmdinc.com
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr
Phone: (617) 926-1167
Email: gentine@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project aims to produce a radiation detector technology that will be able to provide a completely new level of performance for demanding industrial applications. Three different scintillator materials - LaBr3, LaCl3 and CeBr3 - have been shown in Phase I to provide outstanding results even when subjected to high temperatures. This trait makes these materials well suited for geologic well logging applications where radiation measurements must be in environments where temperatures exceed 175 C. The keys to furthering these materials are tailoring their chemical composition through dopants, producing ingots of larger sizes and packaging them to resist such environments. Producing more accurate well-logging tools should be a direct outcrop of this project. These tools should in turn enable the geology researcher to more efficiently conduct experiments, and to reduce some of the uncertainties in the otherwise highly speculative field of oil exploration. The broader impacts of this program will encompass both a better understanding of this family of scintillator materials and their use in other applications for which temperature performance is not a key issue. Applications include nuclear science to medical imaging to security and monitoring

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