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Title: Integration of a 6LilnSe 2 thermal neutron detector into a CubeSat instrument

This paper describes the development of a preliminary compact and lightweight neutron detection system that uses the low power consuming CubeSat platform and will be especially effective for space-based applications. This is made possible using the novel 6LiInSe 2 scintillator crystal and a silicon avalanche photodiode (Si-APD). The schematics of this instrument are presented as well as the response of the instrument to initial testing under alpha radiation. The entire system weighs 670 grams and requires 5 volts direct current at 3 watts.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [4]
  1. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)
  2. Fisk Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)
  3. Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States)
  4. Planetary Science Institute,Tucson, AZ (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
MS/STO-160412
Journal ID: ISSN 2329-4124; TRN: US1703084
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0001942
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2329-4124
Publisher:
SPIE
Research Org:
Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (Y-12), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; neutron detection instrument; CubeSat; scintillator; Si-APD
OSTI Identifier:
1409437