This spectrometer uses a Csl(Ti) scintillation crystal coupled to a solid-state photomultiplier to detect radiation interaction and an on-board 40 MHz, 12-bit digital pulse-processor based on a field-programmable gate array that generates an energy histogram. The device has a wireless connectability function that allows mobile phones to display the collected data.
Features & Benefits
Background of Invention
There is a significant role in emergency response and personal radiation safety that can be played by a compact radiation detector that is capable of identifying radionuclides. The current state of the art features no current handheld spectroscopy performance that is compatible with a cellular phone. Researchers in the Advanced Radiation Instrumentation Laboratory at Oregon State University have created a small, low-cost, low-power gamma ray spectrometer to fill this role.
Prototype has undergone extensive successful laboratory testing.