Patents by Inventor Jeffrey A. Apple

Jeffrey A. Apple has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10908303
    Abstract: A neutron spectrometer is provided to distinguish neutron capture events from other types of radiation in order to measure the energy associated with neutrons in a mixed radiation environment. The neutron spectrometer can include a neutron detector to capture neutrons and a controller to determine the energy associated with the captured neutrons. The neutron detector can include scintillating glass fibers embedded in a plastic scintillator. A photomultiplier tube can be positioned on each end of the detector to detect light pulses generated by both the scintillating glass fibers and the plastic scintillator. A controller can analyze the detected light pulses to determine when a neutron is captured and the energy associated with the neutron capture event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, for and on behalf of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, NASA
    Inventors: Evgeny N. Kuznetsov, Jeffrey A. Apple, Brian F. Gibson, John W. Watts, Mark Joseph Christl