Doctoral Dissertations

Orcid ID

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Nuclear Engineering

Major Professor

Jason Hayward

Committee Members

Klaus Ziock, Lawrence Heilbronn, Eric Lukosi


The detection and localization of fast neutron resources is an important capability for a number of nuclear security areas such as emergency response and arms control treaty verification. Neutron scatter cameras are one technology that can be used to accomplish this task, but current instruments tend to be large (meter scale) and not portable. Using optical coded-aperture imaging, fast plastic scintillator, and fast photodetectors that were sensitive to single photons, a portable neutron scatter camera was designed and simulated. The design was optimized, an experimental prototype was constructed, and neutron imaging was demonstrated with a tagged 252Cf source in the lab.

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