Manufacturing of a low-cost, high efficiency, solid-state neutron detector

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Hy-tech Research Corp.
104 Centre Court
Radford, VA 24141
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


The main objective of this DNDO SBIR-funded effort is to enable large-scale and economical production of high-sensitivity, solid-state, thermal neutron detectors for use in radiological inspection. The Phase I project successfully demonstrated a novel, energetic ion technique for depositing the active material, boron-10, onto the patterned silicon, which forms the substrate for the device. Micron-scale trenches of about 3:1 aspect ratio were completely filled with dense, pure boron, with minimal ridge coating and with no substrate damage. The project paralleled the continuing development of