Conducting Polymers for Neutron Detection

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Conjugated polymers have emerged as an attractive technology for large-area electronic applications. As organic semiconductors, they can be used to make large-area arrays of diodes or transistors using fabrication techniques developed for polymer coatings, such as spraying and screen-printing. We have demonstrated both neutron and alpha detection using diodes made from conjugated polymers and have done preliminary work to integrate a boron carbide layer into the conventional polymer device structure to capture thermal neutrons. The polymer devices appear to be insensitive to gamma rays, due to their small physical thickness and low atomic number.

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Clare Kimblin, Kirk Miller, Bob Vogel, Bill Quam, Harry McHugh, Glen Anthony, Steve Jones, Mike Grover December 1, 2007.

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Conjugated polymers have emerged as an attractive technology for large-area electronic applications. As organic semiconductors, they can be used to make large-area arrays of diodes or transistors using fabrication techniques developed for polymer coatings, such as spraying and screen-printing. We have demonstrated both neutron and alpha detection using diodes made from conjugated polymers and have done preliminary work to integrate a boron carbide layer into the conventional polymer device structure to capture thermal neutrons. The polymer devices appear to be insensitive to gamma rays, due to their small physical thickness and low atomic number.

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  • Report No.: DOE/NV/25946--330
  • Grant Number: DE-AC52-06NA25946
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 934438
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc897025

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Clare Kimblin, Kirk Miller, Bob Vogel, Bill Quam, Harry McHugh, Glen Anthony, Steve Jones, Mike Grover. Conducting Polymers for Neutron Detection, report, December 1, 2007; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc897025/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.