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Reference Number EP/L504671/1
Title High temperature radiation hard detectors (HTRaD)
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 70%;
NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fusion) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 60%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr G Fern
No email address given
Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing
Brunel University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2013
End Date 31 August 2016
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £637,523
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr G Fern , Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Brunel University (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Professor J Silver , Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Brunel University (0.001%)
Professor R Withnall , Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Brunel University (0.001%)
Professor PR Hobson , Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University (0.001%)
Dr DR Smith , Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University (0.001%)
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Abstract Development of a solid state radiation hard high temperature sensor for neutron and gamma detection has many potentialuses. With long term reliability suitable for use in nuclear power generation plant, high energy physics, synchrotronfavilities, medical devices and national resiliience the use of solid state diamond devices is an obvious choice. Diamondeliminates the need to use helium-3 and is very radiation hard. Diamond is an expensive synthetic material and challengingto process reliably so work needs undertaking on the use of less expensive poly-crystalline diamond. Areas of innovationinclude precise laser cutting and plasma processing of diamond to improve the production of multi-layer devices for neutrondetection. Diamond polishing needs to be improved and understood so that optimal and economic devices can bemanufactured. Advanced electron micropscopy techniques, nano-mechanical and tensile testing, radiation testing as wellas high temperature neutron performance and mechanical stability will be demonstrated to show how this technology can be applied successfully to future power plant designs and radiation monitoring
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Added to Database 30/09/13