29 August 2017 Neutron detector development for microsatellites
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We present a preliminary design for a novel neutron detection system that is compact, lightweight, and low power consuming, utilizing the CubeSat platform making it suitable for space-based applications. This is made possible using the scintillating crystal lithium indium diselenide (6LiInSe2), the first crystal to include 6Li in the crystalline structure, and a silicon avalanche photodiode (Si-APD). The schematics of this instrument are presented as well as the response of the instrument to initial testing under alpha, gamma and neutron radiation. A principal aim of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of such a neutron detection system within a CubeSat platform. The entire end-to-end system presented here is 10 cm x 10 cm x 15 cm, weighs 670 grams and requires 5 V direct current at 3 Watts.
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Julia G. Bodnarik, Julia G. Bodnarik, Dave K. Hamara, Dave K. Hamara, Arnold Burger, Arnold Burger, Vladimir Buliga, Vladimir Buliga, Joanna C. Egner, Joanna C. Egner, Michael Groza, Michael Groza, Walter M. Harris, Walter M. Harris, Liviu Matei, Liviu Matei, Keivan G. Stassun, Keivan G. Stassun, Ashley C. Stowe, Ashley C. Stowe, } "Neutron detector development for microsatellites", Proc. SPIE 10392, Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XIX, 103920M (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275682; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2275682
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