Position reconstruction of gamma-ray interaction in scintillator crystals

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Nowadays numerous applications are employing ionising radiation as a non destructive probe to obtain information that is not available through visual inspection.
These applications range from medical imaging to industrial tomography and homeland security as well as archeometry and history of art. Furthermore, ionising radiation plays a key role in the quest for answering a wide range of fundamental physics questions. There are numerous examples of large-scale physics experiments around world to probe, for example, nuclear structure, particle physics or astrophysics through measurements with ionising radiation. Driven by these demanding applications and fundamental research, the technology for detecting ionising radiation has seen a remarkable progress in recent years. This progress, however, has occurred in many cases in academia and industry in parallel and the transfer of knowledge between them has been limited. There is a great potential gain and impact in building strong bridges between the two communities that will facilitate the knowledge transfer.

In this particular project we are interested in transferring the technology on position sensitive scintillator detectors and their use in gamma-ray imaging. This state-of-the-art technology has been developed within the academic community and is already being used in fundamental physics experiments. The transfer of this technology to industry will enable applications employing gamma-ray detection to reach a higher level of sensitivity and in particular it will impact directly areas such as medical imaging and nuclear security.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Industrial Funding
Amount £55,000 (GBP)
Organisation Kromek Group plc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 08/2019
 
Description NuSeC STFC Network
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 07/2019
 
Description University of York STFC IAA
Amount £33,390 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description Kromek - scintillators 
Organisation Kromek Group plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Within a two-year IPS-STFC project we worked closely with Kromek as the industrial partner to transfer knowledge on the development of novel scintillation detectors used primarily for nuclear security purposes.
Collaborator Contribution Kromek has contributed knowhow on electronic design, provided exclusive access to novel scintillators and outlined the needs of the market in this area.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in further studies and developments in this area, some of which were funded directly by the industrial partner.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Demonstration to A level teachers (CERN teachers day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training in Nuclear Physics and its societal applications for secondary and primary school Science and Physics teachers that had taken part to the CERN-visit training programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nuclear Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Nuclear Masterclass at York for Year-12 students. It included several workshops around Nuclear Physics research and its societal applications. The specific activity that was supported was related to Nuclear Medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nuclear Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Nuclear Masterclass at York for Year-12 students. It included several workshops around Nuclear Physics research and its societal applications. The specific activity that was supported was related to Nuclear Medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017