CVD Diamond Neutron Detectors with Pulse Shape Discrimination

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HSHQDC-08-C-00151
Award Id:
84022
Agency Tracking Number:
08-1-TA2-RMD1-014
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (Currently Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc)
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Leonard Cirignano
Principal Investigator
(617) 668-6818
Lcirignano@RMDInc.com
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
President
(617) 668-6800
Gentine@RMDInc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Proliferation of nuclear weapons is a serious threat in the world today. One way to determine the presence of nuclear weapons is to detect neutrons emitted by special nuclear material(SNM) such as highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium. The purpose of this project is to develop improved solid state neutron detectors from CVD diamond for homeland security applications. Phase I work will focus on optimizing electronic properties of CVD diamond films for neutron detection and fabricating and characterizing detectors. During Phase II we will develop a CVD diamond-based portable instrument for neutron detection and increase the neutron detection efficiency by scaling up the film thickness and area. Diamond has a high cross-section for fission neutron scattering and low sensitivity to gamma rays. Diamond also has a wide band gap for low noise, room temperature operation, high electron and hole mobility for fast response, and high displacement energy for high radiation hardness. Commercial applications include homeland security, nuclear and high-energy physics research, and medical dosimetry.

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