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Michael Moore

PhD Candidate


Michael Moore is a Doctoral Candidate in the Radiation Instrumentation Research Group in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He is interested developing and characterizing thermal neutron imaging instrumentation for high spatial resolution. His recent work has focused on evaluating the imaging abilities of microstructured multicore scintillating fibers at international neutron scattering facilities. He has worked as a detector developer at Spallation Neutron Source and as a nuclear security modeling intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to his graduate studies, Michael was undergraduate DHS nuclear forensics fellow at Penn State, where he received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering.


High resolution neutron imaging is an essential tool used for fundamental characterization of novel X-ray opaque microstructures. Currently, advanced neutron scattering facilities enable users to image materials with state-of-the-art neutron radiography spatial resolutions of approximately 10-20 microns. However, continued progress towards micron resolution is limited by the intensity and the linearity of available thermal neutron fluxes. This places an emphasis on increasing neutron conversion/detection efficiency while maintaining the spatial accuracy of the projected radiograph. This research progresses the development and experimental evaluation of microstructured 6Li glass SCIntillating FIber (SCIFI) for a new generation of higher resolution neutron radiography, as well as related applications to other scintillation-based imaging instruments, at international neutron science facilities.


  • M.E. Moore, J. Lousteau, P. Trtik, H.Z. Bilheux, D. Pugliese, D. Milanese, A.T. Simone, G. Brambilla, J.P. Hayward, “Fabrication and experimental evaluation of microstructured 6Li silicate fiber arrays for high spatial resolution neutron imaging.” Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A (2018),
  • M.E. Moore, H. Xue, P. Vilmercati, S.J. Zinkle, N. Mannella, And J.P. Hayward, "Thermal diffusion of mixed valence Ce in 6Li loaded silicate glass for neutron imaging." Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 498 (2018): 145-152;
  • J. Zhang, M.E. Moore, Z. Wang, Z. Rong, C. Yang, and J.P. Hayward, "Study of sampling rate influence on neutron–gamma discrimination with stilbene coupled to a silicon photomultiplier." Applied Radiation and Isotopes 128 (2017): 120-124;
  • M.E. Moore, X. Zhang, X. Feng, G. Brambilla, J.P. Hayward, "A multicore compound glass optical fiber for neutron imaging." SPIE Proceedings, 25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors/IEEE. 10323 (2017);
  • X. Zhang, M.E. Moore, K.M. Lee, E.D. Lukosi, and J.P. Hayward, "Study of cerium diffusion in undoped lithium-6 enriched glass with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 378, (2016): 8-11;
  • E. Cazalas, B.K. Sarker, M.E. Moore, I. Childres, Y.P. Chen, and I. Jovanovic, "Position sensitivity of graphene field effect transistors to X-rays," Applied Physics Letters, 106, (2015): p. 223503,

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