Piezoelectric Materials under Natural and Man-Made Radiation: The Potential for Direct Radiation Detection

Megan Wart, Evan Simpson, Marek Flaska

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Radiation detection systems used for monitoring long term waste storage need to be compact, rugged, and have low or no power requirements. By using piezoelectric materials it may be possible to create a reliable self-powered radiation detection system. To determine the feasibility of this approach, the electrical signal response of the piezoelectric materials to radiation must be characterized. To do so, an experimental geometry has been designed and a neutron source has been chosen as described in this paper, which will be used to irradiate a uranium foil for producing fission fragments. These future experiments will be aimed at finding the threshold of exposure of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) plates needed to produce and electrical signal. Based on the proposed experimental geometry the thermal neutron beam-line at the Breazeale Reactor at The Pennsylvania State University will be used as the neutron source. The uranium foil and neutron source will be able to supply a maximum flux of 1.5e5 fission fragments/second∗cm2 to each of the PZT plates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number01020
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
StatePublished - Jan 10 2018
Event5th International Conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications, ANIMMA 2017 - Liege, Belgium
Duration: Jun 19 2017Jun 23 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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