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Development of Nuclear Analytical Imaging Techniques for Materials Analysis with Spatial and Spectral Specificity


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

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50.64.61.B8477 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Chen-Mayer, Huaiyu Heather 301.975.5595


The objective of this research is to develop new measurement capabilities for nuclear analytical techniques associated with the measurement of induced charged particle and/or gamma ray emissions during thermal and cold neutron beam irradiation. Nondestructive methods such as Neutron Depth Profiling (NDP) and Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA) are well suited for applications in Li ion battery in-situ studies (NDP) and multi-elemental analysis (PGAA). The research will explore imaging of the induced charged particle and gamma ray emission, and develop image reconstruction techniques to obtain spatial distribution of the elemental composition based on spectral analysis of the emitted radiation. Much of the effort will be dedicated to developing and applying detection systems suitable for charged particle and spectral gamma ray imaging during neutron beam irradiation. The research is conducted at two neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).



Shrikant C, et al: Neutron depth profiling technique for studying aging in Li-ion batteries. Electrochimica Acta 56(13): 4735-4743, 2011

Paul RL, et al: NGD cold-neutron prompt gamma-ray activation analysis spectrometer at NIST. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 304(1): 189-193, 2015

Polf JC, Parodi K: Imaging particle beams for cancer treatment. Physics Today 68(10): 28-33, 2015


Charged particle imaging; Gamma ray imaging; Neutron activation analysis; Composition analysis; Prompt gamma activation analysis; Elemental analysis; Non-destructive analysis;


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