The pillar structured thermal neutron detector is based on the combination of high aspect ratio silicon p-i-n pillars surrounded by the neutron converter material 10B. By etching high aspect ratio pillar structures into silicon, the result is a device that efficiently absorbs the thermal neutron flux by accommodating a large volume fraction of 10B within the silicon pillar array. Here, we report a thermal neutron detection efficiency of 48.5% using a 50 μm pillar array with an aspect ratio of 25:1.
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