fatima issa

Fatima Issa

Post.Doc in Neutron Detection
Detector Group

Research Interests

Dr. Fatima Issa is a postdoc in neutron detection at the Detector Group of the European Spallation Source. Her work is dedicated for developing thermal neutron detectors based on B-10 converter layers. She is also in charge of the daily work plan of Utgård, the mechanical workshop of the Detector Group of ESS.

Dr. Fatima Issa completed her Ph.D. in Micro and Nano-electronic in February 2015 with the thesis entitled “Realization of neutron detectors based on silicon carbide” at Aix-Marseille University in France. Her research and work experience was carried out in several research centers and universities throughout Europe such as at IM2NP-Marseille, University of Oslo, CEA-Cadarache, SCK·CEN and at KIT.

Her work focused on realization of silicon carbide neutron detectors based on ion implantation of Boron (10B). 10B has been used as a neutron converter layer for thermal neutron detection. In other types of detectors she used boron for creating both the neutron converter layer and the p-n junction in one single process that was the core of her patent (B2944-HD15654). She was involved in the framework of the European project I_SMART (Innovative Sensor for Material Ageing and Radiation Testing) where the final aim was to develop an innovative complete radiation detection system based on silicon carbide technology in view to detect neutrons (thermal and fast) and photons in harsh environments (high temperature (300-600 °C), high pressure, and high dose rate). She was responsible for choosing the parameters for different types of detectors.

  • Neutron detectors
  • Experimental physics
  • Silicon Carbide detectors 

 

Current Projects and Collaborations

  • 2012 - 2015 I_SMART EU project: Silicon carbide detector development

 

 

Selected Publications

2015

  • F.Issa, L.Ottaviani, V. Vervisch, D.Szalkai, L.Vermeeren, A. Lyoussi, A. Kuznetsov, M. Lazar, A. Klix, O.Palais, R. Ferone, and A. Hallén, “4H-SiC Neutron sensors based on ion implanted 10B Neutron converter layer” in ANIMMA, 2015.
  • D.Szalkai, R. Ferone, D.Gehre, F. Issa, A. Klix, A. Lyoussi, L. Ottaviani, L. Vermeeren, and V. Vervisch, “Detection of 14 MeV neutrons in high temperature environment up to 500 oC using 4H-SiC based diode detector” in ANIMMA, 2015.
  • D. Szalkai, A. Klix, F. Issa, L. Ottaviani, V. Vervisch, L. Vermeeren, and A. Lyoussi, “Fast neutron detection with SiC semiconductor detector on elevated temperatures" in AMNT, 2015.
  • F. Issa, L. Ottaviani, V. Vervisch, D. Szalkai, and L. Vermeeren, A. Lyoussi, A. Kuznetsov, M. Lazar, A. Klix, O. Palais, R. Ferone, A. Hallén “Study of the stability of 4H-SiC detectors by thermal neutron irradiation” Mater. Sci. Forum, vol.821-823,pp.875-878, 2015

2014

  • F. Issa, V. Vervisch, L. Ottaviani, D. Szalkai, L. Vermeeren, A. Lyoussi, A. Kuznetsov, M. Lazar, A. Klix, O. Palais, and A. Hallén, “Nuclear Radiation Detectors Based on 4H-SiC p+-n Junction” Mater. Sci. Forum, vol. 778–780, pp. 1046–1049, Feb. 2014.
  • F. Issa, V. Vervisch, L. Ottaviani, D. Szalkai, L. Vermeeren, A. Lyoussi, A. Kuznetsov, M. Lazar, A. Klix, O. Palais, and A. Hallen, “Radiation Silicon Carbide Detectors Based on Ion Implantation of Boron” IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 2105–2111, Aug. 2014.
  • F. Issa, V. Vervisch, L. Ottaviani, D. Szalkai, L. Vermeeren, A. Lyoussi, A. Kuznetsov, M. Lazar, A. Klix, O. Palais, and A. Hallén, “Improvements in realizing 4H-SiC thermal neutron detectors” in Fifteenth International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry (ISRD), in press 2014.
  • V. Vervisch, F. Issa, S. Biondo, L. Ottaviani, W. Vervisch, D. Szalkai, L. Vermeeren, A. Klix, A. Hallen, A. Kuznetsov, M. Lazar, and A. Lyoussi, “Thermal neutron detection enhancement by 10B implantation in silicon carbide sensor” MRS Proc., vol. 1693, Jul. 2014.

Career History

  • 2014 - present  Researcher in neutron detection, ESS, Sweden
  • 2011 - Internship, University of Maine, Le Mans, France
  • 2012 - 2015 - PhD, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Aix-Marseille University, France
  • 2005 - 2010 - MA, Physics, Lebanese University