AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
Attention concerning the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials has generated many research initiatives to detect, identify, and locate radiation particles emitted by actinides. In support of this effort, the Fission Induced Neutron Detection of Nuclear Materials FINDNM program was established to comprise a joint effort to explore this issue. The objective also co-extends the Air Force Research Laboratory Uranium Dioxide U02 detection sample growth, characterization, and electrical interface research. AFITs study accomplishes the design and fabrication of a space-tolerant PCB to support a U02-based neutron detector. Further design considerations are made with the expectation of the platform to be inside an in-orbit satellite. The PCB will interface a satellite, which in turn will relay transferred data to researchers on the ground for later processing. The scope of the research is to provide a low-cost commercial-off-the-shelf solution with signal integrity and operational stability in mind.