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Growth in the demand for radiation detection, especially for homeland security and medical applications, is driving the need for radiation detection materials that can provide sufficient performance at the right price. Increased interest in mobile radiation detection for security and military applications places more emphasis on materials that can reliably distinguish between naturally occurring and potentially threatening sources of radiation while using relatively thin crystals in order to limit size and weight of the detectors. At the same time, certain applications demand larger crystals, putting pressure on suppliers to grow defect-free large diameter crystals at a cost the market will accept.
This report provides insight into the status of a wide range of materials for detection of gamma rays, x-rays and neutrons. Materials that have been used for decades for gamma and x-ray detection are not going away, but replacement materials are on the horizon. Restrictions on the use of helium-3 continue to drive a need for other materials for neutron detection. Materials such as CLYC (Cs2LiYCl6), that can detect both gamma rays and neutrons, are very compelling and have received a lot of attention lately. We discuss the commercial prospects of CLYC and other materials that have the potential to change the radiation detection materials industry. Notable materials include strontium iodide and cadmium zinc telluride (CZT).
Much of the focus is on the companies that make scintillation and semiconductor materials for radiation detection, and this report covers suppliers that are at the forefront of developing new materials and manufacturing processes, including Acrorad, CapeSym, Hellma Materials, Hilger Crystals, Redlen Technologies, RMD Instruments, Saint-Gobain, and others. We also discuss companies upstream and downstream of the crystal suppliers and how changes in detection materials affect their businesses.
While homeland security and medical imaging are the primary applications that materials suppliers are targeting, other applications have a significant effect on the development of this industry. This report discusses the role of radiation detection materials in the nuclear power industry and also covers various industrial and scientific applications that use nontrivial quantities of radiation detection materials.
This report includes granular eight-year forecasts of radiation detection materials, looking both at volume of material required and revenues. Forecasts are broken down by material type, application, and geography.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive SummaryE.1 Radiation Detection for Security and HealthE.1.1 How Radiation Detection Materials Can Improve Homeland SecurityE.1.2 Addressing Nuclear Power and Nuclear WeaponsE.1.3 Accelerating Development of Medical Imaging and the Need for New MaterialsE.1.4 Industrial Applications Impacting Health and SafetyE.2 Effect of Newer Materials on the Radiation Detection Materials MarketE.2.1 Continuing Efforts to Replace Helium-3 for Neutron DetectionE.2.2 Improving Performance and Reducing Cost of Scintillation and Semiconductor MaterialsE.3 Key Firms to WatchE.3.1 Scintillation Materials SuppliersE.3.2 Semiconductor Materials SuppliersE.3.3 Companies Further up the Supply ChainE.3.4 The Role of Governments and National LaboratoriesE.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts for Radiation Detection MaterialsE.4.1 Summary by Material ClassE.4.2 Summary by ApplicationChapter One: Introduction1.1 Background to this Report1.1.1 Changes since Last Report1.1.2 Materials for Detecting Gamma Rays1.1.3 Materials for Neutron Detection1.1.4 Homeland Security and Medical Imaging Markets Driving Materials Requirements1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report1.3 Methodology of this Report1.4 Plan of this ReportChapter Two: Trends in Materials for Radiation Detection2.1 Shifting Away from Legacy Materials2.1.1 The Future of Sodium Iodide2.1.2 Use of Plastic Scintillation Materials2.1.3 The High Cost of HPGe2.2 Commercialization of Newer Scintillation Materials2.2.1 Strontium Iodide-based Materials2.2.2 CLYC (Cs2LiYCl6) and Related Materials2.2.3 Materials Based on Rare Earth Metals2.2.4 Fluorides, Oxides, and Silicates2.2.5 Nanomaterials and other Next Generation Alternatives2.3 Development of Alternative Semiconductor Radiation Detection Materials2.3.1 Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) and Related Materials2.3.2 Other Compound Semiconductors2.3.3 Alternative Materials in Development2.4 Replacing 3-Helium for Neutron Detection2.4.1 Boron-based Materials2.4.2 Lithium-based Materials2.5 The Radiation Detection Materials Supply Chain2.5.1 Effect of Raw Material Supply and Demand on the Market for Detection Materials2.5.2 Impact of Materials Trends on Raw Materials Suppliers2.5.3 Effective Strategies for Scintillator Crystal Manufacturers2.5.4 How Materials Changes Impact Equipment and Device Manufacturers2.6 Key Points from this ChapterChapter Three: Key Applications for Radiation Detection Materials3.1 Homeland Security3.1.1 Cargo Scanning3.1.2 Securing Ports of Entry and Cities3.2 Military Applications3.2.1 Portable Detectors3.2.2 Nuclear Weapons3.3 Nuclear Power Plants3.4 Medical Imaging3.4.1 PET and SPECT Scanning3.4.2 X-Ray Imaging3.4.3 Radiation Therapy3.5 Industrial Applications Related to Health and Safety3.6 Oil and Mining Industry3.7 Scientific and Research Needs3.8 Key Points from this ChapterChapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts for Radiation Detection Materials4.1 Forecasting Methodology4.2 Forecasts of Scintillation Materials4.3 Forecasts of Semiconductor Materials4.4 Forecasts of Neutron Detection Materials4.5 Forecasts by Radiation Detection Application4.6 Forecasts by Geography