New Detector for Gamma-Ray and Neutron Studies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84753
Award Id:
84212
Agency Tracking Number:
82905
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Kanai Shah
Mr
(617) 668-6853
KSHAH@RMDINC.COM
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
Dr
(617) 668-6801
RHOGAN@RMDINC.COM
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Inorganic scintillation crystals are a very important element of the current and the next generation experiments in nuclear and particle physics. Performance of the nuclear physics detection systems is often limited by the properties of scintillators available for neutron and gamma ray detection. This project will investigate new scintillator materials that provide excellent light yield for neutrons and also provide pulse shape discrimination between neutron and gamma events. The new scintillators will also provide very good performance for gamma ray detection, including high light output, excellent energy resolution, fast response and very high timing resolution. The Phase I project was aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of producing the scintillators for neutron and gamma detection. Extensive characterization of the scintillators was conducted in the Phase I project. The Phase II project will be aimed at optimization of the proposed scintillators for eventual use in nuclear physics studies. Growth of large crystals, tuning of dopant concentration, and extensive characterization of scintillation properties is planned. Evaluation of these new scintillators in actual nuclear physics experiments is also planned. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed detector technology is very promising for nuclear and particle physics experiments. It will also be applicable in medical imaging systems, astronomy, diffraction, non-destructive studies, nuclear non-proliferation, and bore hole logging.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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