8 November 2016 Integration of a 6LilnSe2 thermal neutron detector into a CubeSat instrument
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We present a preliminary design for a 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 (6LilnSe2), the first crystal to include 6Li in the crystalline structure, and a silicon avalanche photodiode. The schematics of this instrument are presented as well as the response of the instrument to initial testing under alpha 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 10×10×15  cm3, weighs 670 g, and requires 5 V direct current at 3 W.
© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Joanna C. Egner, Joanna C. Egner, Michael Groza, Michael Groza, Arnold Burger, Arnold Burger, Keivan G. Stassun, Keivan G. Stassun, Vladimir Buliga, Vladimir Buliga, Liviu Matei, Liviu Matei, Julia G. Bodnarik, Julia G. Bodnarik, Ashley C. Stowe, Ashley C. Stowe, Thomas H. Prettyman, Thomas H. Prettyman, } "Integration of a 6LilnSe2 thermal neutron detector into a CubeSat instrument," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2(4), 046001 (8 November 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.046001 . Submission:


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