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United States Patent Application

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A combined thermal neutron detector and gamma-ray spectrometer system, including: a first detection medium including a lithium chalcopyrite crystal operable for detecting neutrons; a gamma ray shielding material disposed adjacent to the first detection medium; a second detection medium including one of a doped metal halide, an elpasolite, and a high Z semiconductor scintillator crystal operable for detecting gamma rays; a neutron shielding material disposed adjacent to the second detection medium; and a photodetector coupled to the second detection medium also operable for detecting the gamma rays; wherein the first detection medium and the second detection medium do not overlap in an orthogonal plane to a radiation flux. Optionally, the first detection medium includes a .sup.6LiInSe.sub.2 crystal. Optionally, the second detection medium includes a SrI.sub.2(Eu) scintillation crystal.
STOWE, Ashley C. (Knoxville, TN), BURGER, Arnold (Nashville, TN), BHATTACHARYA, Pijush (Nashville, TN), TUPITSYN, Yevgeniy (Nashville, TN)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Oak Ridge TN), Fisk University (Nashville TN)
14/ 453,768
August 7, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The U.S. Government has rights to the present disclosure pursuant to Contract No. ACO5-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.