Portable spectrometer / survey meter

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Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 09 May 2023, 22:23

Dear all,
I would like to share some details about my implementation of NuclearPhoenix' Open Gamma Detector board as a portable spectrometer and survey meter.
Details about the board can be found here:https://hackaday.io/project/185211-all- ... ectrometer
I am using a 1"x2" NaI(Tl) scintillator from OST Photonics, coupled to 2x2 SiPM array.
https://github.com/OpenGammaProject/Mic ... rray-Board
The SiPM are MicroFC-60035, which have gotten considerably less expensive recently, making a 2x2 array affordable:
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Everything is installed in a sturdy enclosure and the endcaps for the scintillator are 3D printed from flexible TPU filament:
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The top lid of the enclosure houses a LiPo battery, a charger circuit, an On/Off switch, a display toggle button and a speaker On/Off switch for future use.
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I am currently using a small SSD1306 display, modifying the code to accept the bigger SH1106 display is on my todo list (still struggling with that).
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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 09 May 2023, 22:34

Part 2
The display button toggles between energy spectrum mode and geiger (cps only) mode:
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The one minute spectrum of a Radium dial already shows the characteristic peaks.

There is a USB C connector for charging and to hook the unit up to a computer for more serious spectrometry.
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The unit is designed to interface directly with this web app
https://spectrum.nuclearphoenix.xyz/
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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 09 May 2023, 22:52

All involved software is in very active development
https://github.com/OpenGammaProject
with new features and performance improvements coming frequently.

Regarding performance, I was able to detect a spicy Radium dial from an old aircraft instrument from a few meters away and on the other extreme, I could not get the electronics or software to crash at more than 17000 cps:
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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by Sesselmann » 11 May 2023, 08:26

Robert,

Thanks for posting, nice multi disciplinary project.

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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by NuclearPhoenix » 13 May 2023, 03:56

Robert,

completely forgot to reply to your post. I still think it's a really well-made device, especially with the 3D-printed handle and the LiPo addon.
Good job!

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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 13 May 2023, 15:27

Thanks guys!

The 3D-printed handle is from thingiverse, so I cannot take credit for that ;)
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2561532
Regarding the LiPo addon, it helped a lot that VSys and VBus are accessible on breakout pins on the detector board.

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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by NuclearPhoenix » 15 May 2023, 03:10

Very nice!

How did you manage to mount the display? It looks like it is somewhat wedged between the top cover of the case and your 3D-printed display mount, is there something else in there that we cannot see?

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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 15 May 2023, 03:32

Matthias,
I used this design as a basis
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5278349
and scaled it to fit a SSD1306 display.
IMG_20230518_092900.jpg
It is attached to the case with double sided 3M tape.
There is only a small elongated hole in the top of the enclosure for the four wires so I can upgrade to the SH1106 display later.
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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 18 May 2023, 04:15

Update:
The bigger SH1106 display is working now (thanks Matthias!)
IMG_20230517_193242.jpg
and showing a spectrum of my Cs-137 checksource.
The ticker is operational, too.
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Re: Portable spectrometer / survey meter

Post by RobertD » 08 Jun 2023, 04:26

I just finished a downsized version, utilizing a 1" dia x 1" NaI(Tl) scintillator and a 2x2 SiPM matrix.
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