Toward achieving flexible and high sensitivity hexagonal boron nitride neutron detectors

A. Maity, S. J. Grenadier, J. Li, J. Y. Lin, H. X. Jiang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Scopus citations

Abstract

Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) detectors have demonstrated the highest thermal neutron detection efficiency to date among solid-state neutron detectors at about 51%. We report here the realization of h-BN neutron detectors possessing one order of magnitude enhancement in the detection area but maintaining an equal level of detection efficiency of previous achievement. These 3 mm × 3 mm detectors were fabricated from 50 μm thick freestanding and flexible 10B enriched h-BN (h-10BN) films, grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition followed by mechanical separation from sapphire substrates. Mobility-lifetime results suggested that holes are the majority carriers in unintentionally doped h-BN. The detectors were tested under thermal neutron irradiation from californium-252 (252Cf) moderated by a high density polyethylene moderator. A thermal neutron detection efficiency of ∼53% was achieved at a bias voltage of 200 V. Conforming to traditional solid-state detectors, the realization of h-BN epilayers with enhanced electrical transport properties is the key to enable scaling up the device sizes. More specifically, the present results revealed that achieving an electrical resistivity of greater than 1014 Ω·cm and a leakage current density of below 3 × 10-10A/cm2 is needed to fabricate large area h-BN detectors and provided guidance for achieving high sensitivity solid state neutron detectors based on h-BN.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033507
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume111
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 17 2017

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Toward achieving flexible and high sensitivity hexagonal boron nitride neutron detectors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this