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10.1-2
Neutron detectors including replacement for He-3

HSHQDC-10-C-00168 HSHQDC-10-R-00030-1011040-I
(HSHQDC-10-R-00030 Phase I)
Polycrystalline Ceramic as a Replacement for 3He Neutron Detector

Materials and Electrochemical Research (MER) Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Road
Tucson, AZ 85756-9237

09/03/2010
to
03/03/2011
$150,000.00

The polycrystalline ceramic proposed in this program will build upon existing MgAl2O4:Ce scintillator technology to explore alternative neutron detection materials as a near term replacement for large 3He tubes. The polycrystalline ceramic neutron detector can achieve high efficiency in capturing thermal neutrons due to its high concentration of active element. Its compact solid state design provides high stability and reduced volume/weight compared to 3He detector. The solid state neutron detector should have (1) better efficiency; 2) larger cross-sectional area; 3) thinner thickness; 4) lighter weight; and 5) reduced fabrication costs.