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Research Area 1: Materials

IIRM-URA is accelerating the critical development of new materials by investigating how ionizing radiation interacts with matter and how to harness those interactions in materials physics and chemistry, materials genomics, and machine learning. The alliance is integrating new material candidates into devices that can simultaneously satisfy multiple metrics, such as energy resolution, response time, cost, volume, manufacturability, and ruggedness.

Focus Areas (FA) of Interest

FA1 Radiation sensing

The alliance researchers are studying the fundamental interactions of in ionizing radiation with materials by designing and developing next-generation, cost-effective materials without compromising their performance.

FA2 Optical materials

Researchers are modeling and manufacturing optical materials to use as optical coatings, in cover glass applications, in the propagation and collection of scintillated light, and high-speed optical communication.

FA3 Functional physical materials

Members of the alliance are currently developing materials to improve detector material performance for direct radiation interactions, the subsequent internal transport of charge and photons, and the integrated computational components to record and process the creation of interaction products.

FA4 Functional computational and electronic materials

IIRM-URA is studying radiation effects such as ionizing dose, displacement damage, dose rate, and single-event effects on emerging computational and electronic materials.

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The Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter, University Research Alliance leadership group is called the Technical Management Group (TMG). The TMG collaboratively lead the alliance and assist the cooperative agreement manager (CAM) and the program manager (PM) in carrying out their duties concerning the IIRM-URA. The corresponding research area (RA) government technical points of contact (TPOCs) will collaboratively lead the RAs through the TMG.

Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance

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