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Solid state neutron detector array

United States Patent

5,940,460
August 17, 1999
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A neutron detector array is capable of measuring a wide range of neutron fluxes. The array includes multiple semiconductor neutron detectors. Each detector has a semiconductor active region that is resistant to radiation damage. In one embodiment, the array preferably has a relatively small size, making it possible to place the array in confined locations. The ability of the array to detect a wide range of neutron fluxes is highly advantageous for many applications such as detecting neutron flux during start up, ramp up and full power of nuclear reactors.
Seidel; John G. (Pittsburgh, PA), Ruddy; Frank H. (Monroeville, PA), Brandt; Charles D. (Mount Lebanon, PA), Dulloo; Abdul R. (Pittsburgh, PA), Lott; Randy G. (Pittsburgh, PA), Sirianni; Ernest (Monroeville, PA), Wilson; Randall O. (Greensburg, PA)
The United States of America as represented by the United States (Washington, DC)
08/ 931,084
September 15, 1997
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT The Government of the United States of America has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC-11-93PN38195 awarded by the United States Department of Energy.