GAmma detection with New Advanced Scintillators - GANAS

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Physics


Historically, key advances in nuclear physics have been driven by advances in detector technology. An exciting prospect for new detector technology is that offered by novel scintillator materials which have very high energy resolution and excellent time response. The present project is part of an EU-wide initiative called NuPNET to develop new detectors for nuclear physics. The project, entitled GANAS, will look specifically at the potential of novel scintillators and also how these can be attached to novel photosensors. The York group will lead one of the work packages of this R&D project.

Planned Impact

This project has potential impact beyond nuclear physics as scintillator detectors are widely used in industry, from oil exploration to homeland security, and are also key to medical imaging methodologies such as PET and SPECT. All of these could be enhanced by the availability of detectors with higher energy resolution and improved time response. In particular, the novel photosensor aspect addressed by York is important in terms of exploring the potential for PET or SPECT imaging within the field of an MRI magnet. We will work with our collaborators, the York Neuroimaging Centre on this project.


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Jenkins D (2015) Novel scintillators and silicon photomultipliers for nuclear physics and applications in Journal of Physics: Conference Series

Description We explored new detector technology related to gamma-ray spectroscopy. York was a work package leader on what was a wider European project with many project partners working on related aims.
Exploitation Route We have already used the findings to develop a new product for Kromek PLC - a hand-held gamma-ray spectrometer. This was funded through a short KTP. The work here has also placed us to work on two follow-up STFC-funded projects related to hand-held gamma-ray spectrometers and oil and gas exploration.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy,Environment,Security and Diplomacy

Description We are sharing our results with our industrial partner Kromek PLC who are using them to inform the future design of their hand-held gamma-ray detector products.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Energy,Environment,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Economic

Description Short-KTP
Amount £47,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 09/2013
Description Nuclear physics outreach work 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact For the last ten years, I have been involved in a whole range of outreach activities related to nuclear physics, from lectures to local groups e.g. astronomical societies to lectures at major science festivals. A major focus has been on providing continuous professional development courses for teachers. These have taken place at several science learning centres including National Science Learning Centre in York. In addition, they have been given at Rutherford Lab and elsewhere. Around 500 teachers have been reached over the years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010