Nuclear Imaging instrumentation
Advances in gamma-ray detection and imaging have increased the pace of discovery in a broad cross-section of the sciences ranging from nuclear physics to astrophysics to biology and neuroscience. Moreover, these technologies are of critical importance in applied areas such as nuclear nonproliferation and clinical medicine. This program is focused on the advancement of quantitative radiation detection technologies to achieve the next generation of imaging performance, in particular by improving spatial resolution and sensitivity and in combining nuclear imaging with other forms of imaging such as NMR and optical imaging. There are a large number of potential applications, including the improved detection of illicit nuclear materials for homeland security, studies of environmental contamination, non-invasive imaging of intact living system for applications in energy and the environment and several others. While the primary focus is on the underlying technologies which enable advances in these areas, a meaningful validation of these technologies requires the development and evaluation of functional prototype detector systems for targeted applications such as plants.
Last Modified: May 26, 2009