Single volume fission energy neutron detector

Patent Number: 9,835,741
Issued: 12/5/2017
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Abstract: A single volume fission energy neutron detector is described herein. The detector includes a single volume of scintillator. A photodetector is positioned adjacent to a surface of the scintillator, wherein the photodetector has relatively small spatial resolution corresponding thereto and relatively small temporal resolution corresponding thereto. Based upon values read out from detection bins of the photodetector, kinematics of a neutron that interacted with scintillating material of the scintillator are reconstructed. Based upon the kinematics (of the neutron and other detected neutrons), a location of material from which the neutron was emitted is ascertained, and an image of the material is generated.
Filed: 7/9/2014
Application Number: 14/327,438
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.