Low-cost and Low-power Radiation Spectrometer

Technology Description


The gamma ray spectrometer works by detecting gamma-rays from the surrounding area and generating an energy spectrum based on the readings. A mobile phone can access the device wirelessly in order to display the data. It possesses different modes that allow for low power operation. As a result of being inexpensive and compact, the prototype is mass-producible, with options for alternate configurations based on customer needs.


Features & Benefits


  • Gamma-ray spectroscopy
  • Inexpensive
  • Gamma-ray spectroscopy
  • Compact
  • Can operate on low power modes




  • Radiation mapping
  • Battlefield assessment
  • Medical dose monitoring


Background of Invention


Gamma ray spectrometers are an essential part of labs, hospitals, power plants, and any other situation where there is a risk of exposure to gamma ray radiation. Gamma ray exposure increases the risk of cancer, and can cause genetic mutations and radiation sickness. However, modern gamma ray spectrometers are expensive, unwieldy, and require a large amount of power to use. Therefore, there is a significant role in radiation safety that can be played by a compact, low-cost, low-power gamma ray radiation detector. Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a gamma ray spectrometer prototype intended to fill precisely this role.






Prototype has been built


Patent Information:
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David Dickson
IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
Abdollah Farsoni
Eric Becker
Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
Emergency Procedures
Environmental Remediation
Homeland Security
National Nuclear Security
National Security
Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Nuclear Power Engineering
Radiation Detection
Radiation Health Physics
Radiation Protection
Special Nuclear Materials
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