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Doing Business As Name:University of South Dakota Main Campus
  • Guojian Wang
  • (605) 677-5370
Award Date:09/12/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 155,558
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 155,558
  • FY 2017=$155,558
Start Date:09/15/2017
End Date:08/31/2019
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:RII Track-4: The distribution and origin of deep level charge trapping centers in large size high-purity germanium crystals
Federal Award ID Number:1738632
DUNS ID:929930808
Parent DUNS ID:929538999
Program Officer:
  • Uma D Venkateswaran
  • (703) 292-7732

Awardee Location

Street:414 E CLARK ST
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Tennessee Knoxville
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

Non-technical Description Recent discoveries in astrophysics have revolutionized our understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and the cosmos, yet many mysteries remain. Astronomical observations of gravitational phenomena indicate that 80% of the matter in the universe is composed of dark matter (DM); however, this proposed material has not yet been directly observed. Current approaches to the study of DM rely on sophisticated analyses of the fundamental structure of atoms; however, these analyses are hindered by inherent limitations of the instruments that are currently available. Through a collaboration with the University of Tennessee, the PI will have access to instrumentation that will provide a greater understanding of these limitations, and it is expected that this will lead to significant advancements in development of instruments capable of observing DM. This project will provide training for the PI, establish needed collaborations for future development of his career, and will strengthen the partnership between the PI's home institution of the University of South Dakota and the University of Tennessee in research on semiconductor materials. Technical Description High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) crystals have larger volume-to-surface ratios for collecting signal, in particular from DM and 0νββ decay. Up to now, deep-level charge-trapping centers have not been well studied in large diameter (>10 cm) HPGe crystals. Due to charge trapping by deep-level impurities in the HPGe crystals, the degradation of energy resolution of HPGe detectors is a large obstacle for germanium-based DM and 0νββ decay search experiments. The goal of this proposal is to study the distribution and origin of deep-level charge-trapping centers in large size HPGe crystals grown by the University of South Dakota for future ton-scale 0νββ decay search experiments. With the collaboration of the University of Tennessee, the PI will study the distribution and origin of charge-trapping centers in HPGe crystals, which include copper, copper-hydrogen complexes, di-vacancy hydrogen and unknown defects, by Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS). The results will help the PI to design appropriate methods of reducing the level of charge-trapping centers in purification and crystal growth beyond the award period. The resulting large size HPGe crystals with lower charge-trapping centers will be an ideal material for low background experiments, especially those searching for DM and 0νββ decay.

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