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Boron nitride solid state neutron detector

United States Patent

April 27, 2004
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The present invention describes an apparatus useful for detecting neutrons, and particularly for detecting thermal neutrons, while remaining insensitive to gamma radiation. Neutrons are detected by direct measurement of current pulses produced by an interaction of the neutrons with hexagonal pyrolytic boron nitride.
Doty; F. Patrick (Livermore, CA)
Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA)
09/ 967,143
September 28, 2001
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.