US Patent #9,941,438

April 10, 2018 – NOVA Scientific was awarded US Patent 9,941,438, which extends the neutron response of microchannel plate (MCP) neutron imaging detectors well beyond thermal neutron energies into the higher ‘epithermal’ energy range (0.1 eV – 100 eV). This advances the state-of-the art in epithermal neutron imaging and detection, providing both very high resolution in both time and position simultaneously. Application areas that will benefit include the powerful new generation of pulsed neutron sources now coming online, which provide a broad range of neutron energies through time-of-flight (TOF) methods. For example, improved neutron detection efficiency at energies above thermal, can facilitate energy-resolved and Bragg edge imaging of materials, enabling highly useful measurements of crystallographic structure, strain, phase, and compositional distribution. Neutron activation techniques may also benefit. NOVA’s NeuView™ MCPs provide a completely unique and simultaneous combination of exceptional spatial and timing resolution, in a wide range of formats of up to 150mm across, with active imaging or detection areas approaching ~200 cm2.