High Resolution Gamma Ray Spectrometer for Nuclear Physics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84161
Agency Tracking Number: 78028S05-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 46
Solicitation Number: DE-FG02-06ER06-09
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kanai Shah
 (617) 668-6855
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 668-6801
Email: GEntine@RMDInc.com
Research Institution
78028S Scintillation spectrometers, consisting of inorganic scintillation crystals coupled to photomultiplier tubes, are an important element of nuclear and elementary particle physics experiments. Performance of the detection systems used in these experiments is often limited by the properties of scitillators available at present. The goal of the proposed project is to investigate a new scintillator, which appears to be very promising due to its high light output, fast response, and excellent energy and timing resolution. Large crystals of the new scintillation material will be grown and their properties will be extensively examined in our study. The Phase I project will be aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of applying the new scintillation material towards gamma ray spectroscopy. Single crystals of the proposed scintillator will be grown and their scintillation performance will be evaluated. Over and above the scientific use in nuclear, high energy, and space physics experiments , the new scintillator will be commercialy applicable to medical imaging, non-destructive testing, geological exploration, X-ray instrumentation, and materials analysis. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed research will investigate a promising nuclear detector material, which will have a major impact in scientific studies, homeland security, as well as in commercial applications.

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