Jeremy King is a Ph.D. student in NSSPI working with Dr. Craig Marianno on an integrated circuit beta particle detector intended for field use. The Radiation Integrated Circuit (RIC) is being developed at Texas A&M in distinct models to detect alpha particles, beta particles, and neutrons. The detector uses both radiation-soft and radiation-hard areas to exploit the anomalies created in radiation-soft circuits when they are struck by charged particles. MCNP simulations will be run to update estimates of the detector???s performance with various attenuators, and a printed circuit board (PCB) will be designed and printed to host the RIC chip. An experimental campaign will compare the RIC???s beta particle detection capabilities to the simulated estimates, and design changes to the attenuator will be made along the way as needed. If the RIC performs well in the test campaign, it will provide a low-cost, compact, durable alternative to bulkier and more expensive beta probes currently on the market. Prior to joining NSSPI at Texas A&M University, King received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he began his research career in a biomass combustion laboratory. He has also performed research in acoustics at The Applied Research Laboratories: University of Texas at Austin and research in nuclear security at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- J. King and C. Marianno, "Monte Carlo Simulations to Predict the Energy Discrimination Capability of a Novel Beta Particle Detector", Poster. 64th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Orlando, Florida, 7–11 July 2019.
- J. King, S. Chirayath, E. Aboud, V. Bautista, P. Behne, H. Boo, R. Brownfield, J. Chisholm, K. Cook, A. Edwin, H. Kistle, P. O’Neal, E. Ordonez, M. Ramirez, S. Ricketts, R. Suh, "Safety Evaluation of a Spent Fuel Dry-Storage Canister with Various Fill Materials", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 120 (2019).