A handheld neutron-detection sensor system utilizing a new class of boron carbide diode

Kevin Osberg, Nathan Schemm, Sina Balkir, Jennifer I. Brand, M. Susan Hallbeck, Peter A. Dowben, Michael W. Huffman

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Abstract

A handheld neutron-detection sensor application is described in this paper. The sensor system utilizes a new class of boron carbide diode that interacts with incoming neutrons. To interface with the boron carbide diode, an integrated front end is designed in a 1.5-μm standard CMOS technology. With the diode and front-end microchip, a handheld neutron-detection system was realized with an embedded microcontroller for real-time processing. The handheld detector operation was then tested with a plutonium-beryllium neutron source. Test and measurement results confirm the validity of the approach and the functionality of the design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1531-1537
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Boron carbide
  • Charge-sensitive amplifier
  • Heteroisomeric diode
  • Neutron detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Osberg, K., Schemm, N., Balkir, S., Brand, J. I., Hallbeck, M. S., Dowben, P. A., & Huffman, M. W. (2006). A handheld neutron-detection sensor system utilizing a new class of boron carbide diode. IEEE Sensors Journal, 6(6), 1531-1537. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2006.883905