The Detection Methods Group explores semiconducting radiation detector materials, integrated circuits for processing detector signals and radiation imaging with gamma rays. The primary goal of this research is to enhance the available options for the detection of radiation in a wide range of applications: homeland security, medical and industrial uses and scientific research.
The Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Lab is used to explore novel techniques for radiation detection and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation and homeland security applications. In addition, we study the detailed response of liquid and plastic scintillation detectors in the presence of neutron and gamma-ray sources. The laboratory is equipped with detection systems, electronics and fast (GHz) digitizers for pulse acquisition. Pulse analysis is performed on several PCs.
The Radiation Measurements Group is dedicated to the development of room-temperature semiconductor radiation detectors. The focuses of research include the design of advanced semiconductor-based gamma and neutron spectrometers, ultra-low-noise Application Specific Integrated Circuitries (ASICs), real-time gamma-ray imaging reconstruction algorithms and real-time nuclear isotope detection techniques. These instruments are being developed for applications in nuclear non-proliferation, homeland security, astrophysics, planetary sciences, medical imaging and high-energy physics experiments.
The Radiological Health Engineering (RHE) Laboratory includes equipment and space for the development and testing of new instruments and systems for application to specific radiological health problems. Work is concentrated on practical systems and radiation measurements methods deployable within the immediate future. Work is conducted in novel detector and dosimeter design, as well as improvements in measurement methods for medical, industrial, laboratory and nuclear power radiation safety applications.
The Applied Nuclear Science Group (ANSG) [link: ansg.engin.umich.edu] is dedicated to fundamental studies that advance the science and technology of radiation detectors, sources, and measurement techniques. The research aims to support diverse needs that include nuclear security and nonproliferation, basic scientific discovery, medical applications, and nuclear analytical techniques. ANSG manages the UM’s Neutron Science Laboratory (NSL), Applied Nuclear Science Instrumentation Laboratory (ANSIL), and is involved in the research at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS).
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences