Inrad Optics’ stilbene crystals have been chosen to receive a 2015 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in the security category.
Stilbene is a unique crystal that emits light, or “scintillates”, in the presence of nuclear radiation. Together with light sensors the scintillator crystals can be used as an alarm system to detect the presence of nuclear materials. Inrad Optics’ stilbene product has received numerous awards, and was most recently honored with a 2015 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award.
“We are excited by the wide-reaching recognition this Popular Science award generates. Stilbene scintillator crystals offer a breakthrough in the area of nuclear radiation detection most closely associated with border security and terroristic threat reduction,” commented Amy Eskilson, CEO, Inrad Optics.
“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The award is Popular Science’s top prize, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of nominees—are each a revolution in their respective fields.”
Inrad Optics produces stilbene using a proprietary low-temperature solution growth technology. The company has delivered commercial stilbene to universities, national labs, commercial integrators, and OEMs. Stilbene has potential for use in handheld detectors, imaging arrays, and portal monitors.
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