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The gallium-nitride disk and the photomultiplier array offer a potential solution for building a detector and imaging short-lived neutrons, which stream off the Sun and are produced from the bombardment of cosmic rays in Earth’s protective magnetosphere. Credits: NASA/W. Hrybyk

NASA studies space applications for GaN crystals

Two teams at NASA are studying the applications for gallium nitride, a crystal-type semiconductor that currently being used in consumer electronics such as laser...