Brookhaven Lecture

"460th Brookhaven Lecture: 'Wide Band-Gap Semiconductor Radiation Detectors: Science Fiction, Horror Story or Headlines'"

Presented by Ralph James, Ph.D., Nonproliferation and National Security Department

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium

With radiation constantly occurring from natural sources all around us — from food, building materials, and rays from the sun, to name a few — detecting radiotracers for medical procedures and other radiation to keep people safe is not easy. In order to make better use of radiation to diagnose or treat certain health conditions, or to track radiological materials being transported, stored, and used, the quest is on to develop improved radiation detectors. James gives a brief introduction on radiation detection and explain how it is used in applications ranging from medical to homeland security. He then discusses how new materials and better ways to analyze them here at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and the future NSLS-II will lead to a new class of radiation detectors that will provide unprecedented advances in medical and industrial imaging, basic science, and the nonproliferation of nuclear materials.

Hosted by: Stephen Musolino

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