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Infra-red signature neutron detector

United States Patent

October 13, 2009
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A method of detecting an activator, the method including impinging with an activator a receptor material that includes a photoluminescent material that generates infrared radiation and generating a by-product of a nuclear reaction due to the activator impinging the receptor material. The method further includes generating light from the by-product via the Cherenkov effect, wherein the light activates the photoluminescent material so as to generate the infrared radiation. Identifying a characteristic of the activator based on the infrared radiation.
Bell; Zane William (Oak Ridge, TN), Boatner; Lynn Allen (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 228,659
August 14, 2008
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.