Northvale, NJ—June 1, 2014—Inrad Optics is now shipping stilbene, a fast neutron detection material, in multiple size and shape configurations. Stilbene can be ordered as bare crystals or packaged in a canister for integration with a light detector. The technology originated at Lawrence Livermore National Labs and is being further developed by Inrad Optics for neutron detection applications. Early phases of the commercialization have been supported by the US Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.
"Until now, few options existed for detection of fast neutrons," reports Inrad Optics' CEO, Amy Eskilson. "Liquid and plastic scintillators have traditionally been used for fast neutron detection, but safety and performance limitations created an unmet need for better materials; we believe Stilbene is an excellent alternative."
Eskilson continues, "There is clear market demand for a superior fast neutron detector and commercialization of this material enables Inrad Optics to serve customers at nuclear reactors, industrial and research neutron sources, and manufacturers of equipment designed for identification of nuclear material in safety and security applications." This work has been supported by the US Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, under competitively awarded contract HSHQDC-12-C-00020. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.
About Inrad Optics
Inrad Optics Inc. has long been known as one of the photonic industry's seminal crystalline products companies. In operation since 1973, we built a reputation on our ability to grow and fabricate crystalline materials of exceptional quality. Today, we are a vertically-integrated photonics manufacturer offering crystal-based optical components and devices, custom optical components from both glass and metal, and precision optical and opto-mechanical assemblies. Our components and value-added photonic devices can be found in technologies developed for defense, aerospace, laser, medical, process control, and metrology applications. All of our engineering and manufacturing operations take place in the United States. From our 42,000 sq. ft. facility in Northvale, NJ, we serve a global customer base of technology firms, research universities, and governments.