A hand-held neutron detection sensor system

Kevin Osberg, Nathan Schemm, Sina Balkir, Jennifer I. Brand, Susan Hallbeck, Peter Dowbent

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In this paper, a hand-held neutron radiation sensor application is described. 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 1.5μm standard CMOS technology. With the diode and front-end microchip, a hand-held neutron detection system was realized with an embedded microcontroller for real-time processing. The hand-held detector operation was then tested with a plutonium-beryllium neutron source. Testing results confirm the validity of the approach and the functionality of the design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCAS 2006
Subtitle of host publication2006 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Proceedings
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventISCAS 2006: 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems - Kos, Greece
Duration: May 21 2006May 24 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
ISSN (Print)0271-4310


OtherISCAS 2006: 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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