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Bulk semiconducting scintillator device for radiation detection

United States Patent

9,429,662
August 30, 2016
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A bulk semiconducting scintillator device, including: a Li-containing semiconductor compound of general composition Li-III-VI.sub.2, wherein III is a Group III element and VI is a Group VI element; wherein the Li-containing semiconductor compound is used in one or more of a first mode and a second mode, wherein: in the first mode, the Li-containing semiconductor compound is coupled to an electrical circuit under bias operable for measuring electron-hole pairs in the Li-containing semiconductor compound in the presence of neutrons and the Li-containing semiconductor compound is also coupled to current detection electronics operable for detecting a corresponding current in the Li-containing semiconductor compound; and, in the second mode, the Li-containing semiconductor compound is coupled to a photodetector operable for detecting photons generated in the Li-containing semiconductor compound in the presence of the neutrons.
Stowe; Ashley C. (Knoxville, TN), Burger; Arnold (Nashville, TN), Groza; Michael (Hendersonville, TN)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN), Fisk University (Nashville, TN)
14/ 230,822
20140209805
March 31, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has rights to the present disclosure pursuant to Contract No. AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.