Radiation detector development

Our radiation detector research activities focus on the characterisation and development of wide band gap semiconductor and scintillator materials that are suitable for operation as radiation detectors at room temperature or above.

Materials for n/gamma discrimination

Our research resolves around:

  • Direct detection such as semiconducting polymers
  • Indirect detection with novel pulse shape discriminating plastic scintillators
  • Novel quantum dot scintillator technology.

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If you would like to find out more about research or want to get involved then please contact Prof Paul Sellin and Caroline Shenton-Taylor.

Room temperature semiconductor detectors

We study high Z materials for high gamma detection efficiency, like cadmium telluride, cadmium zinc telluride, mercuric Iodide and thallium bromide, as well as hard low Z materials for challenging environments such as high flux and temperature, for X-ray or gamma ray, neutron and charge particle detection.

Recent work

Recent work has focused on artificial diamond and silicon carbide (epitaxial diodes as well as bulk material) for this purpose.

We produce and characterise prototype detectors using a range of radiation sources and temperatures up to 500 K. We develop pulse processing techniques to improve performance. In addition, X-ray induced refractive index changes in a radiation signature are also explored.

Get on contact

If you would like to find out more about research or want to get involved then please contact Prof Paul Sellin and/or Dr Annika Lohstroh.

Outstanding paper award 2017

In 2017, our work on silicon carbide and diamond detectors for neutron detection was recognised with the Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of Measurement Science and Technology.

Group research

We work across three other research areas here in the Radiation and Medical Physics Group.

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Department of Physics
Alan Turing Building (BB), Floor three
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH