Advanced Photodetector for Dark Matter Studies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84474
Agency Tracking Number: 80813S06-I
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 41
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Entine
 (617) 668-6800
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 668-6800
Research Institution
Optical detectors are a very important component of both existing and future particle physics experiments, including those being developed for dark matter studies. However, for dark matter studies, the expected performance of experimental systems is limited by the properties of presently available optical detectors. This project will investigate new, robust, large-area avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the detection of scintillation light emitted by liquid xenon, for eventual use in dark matter studies. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of applying the new APDs toward dark matter experimentation. The APD photodetector will be built, and its performance in detecting scintillation light from liquid xenon will be evaluated. Detection threshold and temporal response will be measured. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: Over and above the use in particle physics, the new detectors should be applicable to nuclear medicine, space research, homeland security, environmental monitoring, and material science studies

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