Extruded plastic scintillator including inorganic powders

Extruded plastic scintillator including inorganic powders

A method for producing a plastic scintillator is disclosed. A plurality of nano-sized particles and one or more dopants can be combined with a plastic material for the formation of a plastic scintillator thereof. The nano-sized particles, the dopant and the plastic material can be combined within the dry inert atmosphere of an extruder to produce a reaction that results in the formation of a plastic scintillator thereof and the deposition of energy within the plastic scintillator, such that the plastic scintillator produces light signifying the detection of a radiative element. The nano-sized particles can be treated with an inert gas prior to processing the nano-sized particles, the dopant and the plastic material utilizing the extruder. The plastic scintillator can be a neutron-sensitive scintillator, x-ray sensitive scintillator and/or a scintillator for the detection of minimum ionizing particles.
Inventors: 

Anna

Pla-Dalmau

Kerry L.

Mellott

Alan D.

Bross

Patent Number: 
7,067,079
Patent Issue Date: 
June 27, 2006
Region
Midwest
State: 
Illinois
Phone: 
630-840-3000
Email: 
fermilab@fnal.gov
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