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High spatial resolution particle detectors

United States Patent

October 13, 2015
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Disclosed below are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for detecting particles, such as radiation or charged particles. One exemplary embodiment disclosed herein is particle detector comprising an optical fiber with a first end and second end opposite the first end. The optical fiber of this embodiment further comprises a doped region at the first end and a non-doped region adjacent to the doped region. The doped region of the optical fiber is configured to scintillate upon interaction with a target particle, thereby generating one or more photons that propagate through the optical fiber and to the second end. Embodiments of the disclosed technology can be used in a variety of applications, including associated particle imaging and cold neutron scattering.
Boatner; Lynn A. (Oak Ridge, TN), Mihalczo; John T. (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 600,084
August 30, 2012
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT 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.