Effective neutron detection using vertical-type BGaN diodes

Takayuki Nakano, Ken Mochizuki, Takuya Arikawa, Hisaya Nakagawa, Shigeyoshi Usami, Yoshio Honda, Hiroshi Amano, Adrian Vogt, Sebastian Schütt, Michael Fiederle, Kazunobu Kojima, Shigefusa F. Chichibu, Yoku Inoue, Toru Aoki

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In this study, vertical-type thick BGaN PIN diodes were successfully fabricated to improve the neutron capture rate of BGaN diodes by improving the BGaN epitaxial growth technique. In this technique, 5-μm-thick epitaxial growth was achieved using trimethylboron as a B metal-organic source, which suppressed the gas-phase reaction. The α-particle energy spectrum, the neutron pulse signal, and the residual energy of particles emitted from a neutron capture reaction were measured using the fabricated BGaN diodes by performing radiation detection measurements. The detected signal position in the neutron detection signal spectrum was similar to that of 2.3 MeV α-particles. These results indicate that vertical-type BGaN diodes can be used as effective neutron detectors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124501
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sep 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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