Nuclear Physics

Lund University

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Investigating cutting-edge neutron-detector technologies as part of the SONNIG Group

Neutrons are important non-destructive probes of matter. In contrast to photons which interact with the entire atom, neutrons interact predominantly with the nucleus. This is valuable for imaging of materials, medical applications, and homeland security for example. However, current neutron-detector technologies are not sufficient for state-of-the-art applications such as instruments at the European Spallation Source (ESS) currently being built in Lund. Thus, to make use of the full potential of neutrons as probes of matter, new neutron-detector technologies are urgently needed. Prior to their acceptance, such new technologies must first be proven. To this end, a testbed which utilizes radioactive sources has been developed at the Department of Physics at Lund University and is operated by the SONNIG Group. Multiple detector prototypes are presently under investigation, each in different stages of development. These stages range from simulation to construction to testing and analysis of test data. As a member of a team of researchers, students will select a prototype of interest and contribute significantly to its realization.

  • Prerequisites: Modern physics and Computational Methods.
  • Requirements: We are looking for creative, hands-on, flexible applicants.
  • Contact person: Kevin Fissum
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