With the Fermi mission well into its extended phase, the time is right to plan for the next generation gamma-ray project. No matter what form this mission might take, it will use scintillation-based materials as either primary or anticoincidence detectors. This project will develop and characterize nanocomposite scintillators for space-based applications, specifically tuned to medium energy (1 MeV - 100 MeV) gamma-ray astrophysics. Nanocomposites are not only easier to manufacture and are thus cheaper than traditional scintillators while still providing similar or better performance, but they can be tuned to a specific application.
We propose to develop and characterize nanocomposite scintillators for space-based applications, specifically tuned to medium energy (ME; 1 MeV – 100 MeV) gamma-ray astrophysics. At the end of the funded phase of this project we plan to have a working understanding of the manufacture and performance of several different types of nanocomposite materials. The end goal is not to have a working prototype of a detector but to be in a position where we can produce a detector tuned to a specific application based on future funding sources.More »
Every major gamma-ray mission (ME or HE) has included some type of scintillator-based detector, because γ-ray telescopes are essentially particle detectors.
Nanocomposite scintillators could also be used as radiation monitors on Earth.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, MD|