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Vol. 168, Issue 4, April 2014, pp. 76-80

 

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Microcantilever-Enabled Neutron Detection
 

1 Kevin R. Kyle, 1 Michael J. Mendez, 1 Richard J. Venedam, 2 Timothy L. Porter

1 National Security Technologies, LLC, 2621 Losee Rd, North Las Vegas, NV, 89030, USA
2 University of Nevada Las Vegas, MS 4001, Las Vegas, NV, 89178, USA
2 Tel.: 702 895 2058

2 E-mail: tim.porter@unlv.edu

 

Received: 10 February 2014 /Accepted: 7 April 2014 /Published: 30 April 2014

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems

 

Abstract: A new concept for neutron radiation detection was demonstrated using piezoresistive microcantilevers as the active sensing element. Microcantilevers were used to measure the tiny volumetric changes in a sensing material upon absorption of neutron radiation and transmutation into a new element. Highly ordered inorganic crystalline lattices of boron-rich materials dispersed in polymeric rubber matrices were shown to act as volumetric neutron transducers.

 

Keywords: Neutron Detection, Microcantilever, Piezoresistive, Transmutation, Boron.

 

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