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Three-dimensional boron particle loaded thermal neutron detector

United States Patent

September 9, 2014
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Three-dimensional boron particle loaded thermal neutron detectors utilize neutron sensitive conversion materials in the form of nano-powders and micro-sized particles, as opposed to thin films, suspensions, paraffin, etc. More specifically, methods to infiltrate, intersperse and embed the neutron nano-powders to form two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional charge sensitive platforms are specified. The use of nano-powders enables conformal contact with the entire charge-collecting structure regardless of its shape or configuration.
Nikolic; Rebecca J. (Oakland, CA), Conway; Adam M. (Livermore, CA), Graff; Robert T. (Modesto, CA), Kuntz; Joshua D. (Livermore, CA), Reinhardt; Catherine (Livermore, CA), Voss; Lars F. (Livermore, CA), Cheung; Chin Li (Lincoln, NE), Heineck; Daniel (San Diego, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
13/ 552,307
July 18, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.