A SOLID STATE NUCLEAR DETECTOR.
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER JOHNSVILLE PA AERONAUTICAL ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL LAB
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A study was undertaken to determine the applicability of photoconductive PC and electroluminescent EL materials to a scintillation system for the detection and measurement of nuclear radiation. Efforts to amplify individual light flashes from scintillation phosphors by using ELPC sandwiches as light amplifiers met with little success because of the slow response time characteristic of the photoconductor. This characteristic, however, made the PC element a valuable integrating device, and a simple, reliable, and economical solid state ratemeter was developed and evaluated for the measurement of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron dose rates over a wide range of operation. In view of the universal need for a versatile, low-cost radiation dose ratemeter, it is recommended that the results of this effort be made available to potential users. Author