Bright, Fast Scintillator for Nuclear Studies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84504
Agency Tracking Number: 81000S06-I
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 49
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
DUNS: 073804411
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) 668-6800
Research Institution
Scintillation spectrometers, which consist of inorganic scintillation crystals coupled to photomultiplier tubes, are an important element of nuclear and elementary particle physics experiments. However, the performance of the detection systems used in these experiments is often limited by the properties of currently-available scintillators. This project will investigate a new scintillator that appears to be very promising, due to its high light output, fast response, high efficiency, and excellent energy resolution. In Phase I, single crystals of the proposed scintillator were grown and their scintillation performance was evaluated. Energy and timing resolution measurements were conducted. The feasibility of applying the new scintillation material towards gamma ray spectroscopy was demonstrated. During Phase II, larger crystals of the proposed scintillator will be grown, and an extensive evaluation of scintillation performance will be conducted. The new scintillator will be characterized in a nuclear physics experiment. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to its use in nuclear, high energy, and space physics experiments, the new scintillator should find commercial use in medical imaging, nuclear waste characterization, geological exploration, industrial imaging, X-ray instrumentation, and materials analysis.

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