Characteristics

 ・Excellent high radiation shield factor for inorganic oxidized compounds has been measured.
 ・As SOMA is an oxidized compound of several inorganic materials, it is eco-friendly with a small number of resource constraints.
 ・Thanks to optimized proprietary crystallization technology, SOMA is hydrolysis resistant, heat tolerant, and long lasting.
 ・Available in various forms: powder, gel, liquid and solid; complexation and hybridization with various substances as well as
   free-form fabrication – can be easily achieved, thanks to its high affinity with resin, metal and glass.
 ・Achieved both specific gravity as light as 3.61 and properties of high-specific heavy metal.
 ・Excitation confirmed in a wide spectrum from ultraviolet to visible and infrared rays.
 ・Promising as a next-generation, highly-efficient device.

Properties

 ・Although light-weight and allows for highly flexible fabrication, a remarkable X-ray shield factor – approximately 95% – was measured.
 ・Excellent high gamma irradiation shield factor for inorganic compounds (about 62%) has been measured.
 ・Excitation was observed in a wide optical range such as the 200-900nm wavelength range (ultraviolet to infrared rays), as well as radioactive wavelengths.
   It can be used as a next-generation, highly-efficient device.
 ・Measured shield factors for fast neutron radiation and total neutron radiation – both harmful to humans – were 49% and 83%, respectively.
 ・An electron-beam shield factor of approximately 96% was measured.


Four Business Domains for Application of SOMA

  In order to commercialize SOMA, R&D and testing activities are currently being carried out in various business domains.

[Main applications]

・Terahertz devices
・Terahertz spectrometers
・Terahertz imaging devices
・Femtolasers
・Body scanners
・Terahertz generators
・Terahertz measurement systems
・Other
※Use SOMA as a terahertz conversion element

[Main applications]

・・Inorganic EL displays
・Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
・Outdoor large displays
・EL lighting
・High-efficiency solar panels
・Thin-film solar cells
・Solar batteries for mobile terminals
・Other
※Use SOMA as an optical conversion element, which is a main material for products listed above

[Main applications]

・・UV foundation
・UV mineral cosmetics
・Sunscreen
・UV haircare products
・UV contact lenses
・UV wear & goods
・UV glass for general use
・UV automotive glass
・Other
※Use SOMA as a UV dispersant/absorbent

[Main applications]

・・Radiation shielding material
・Radiation remover
・Radiation shielding sheet
・Radiation protective suits
・Radioactive waste containers

Radiation Shielding

  Measured radiation shielding factor: X rays: 95%; gamma rays (cesium): about 62%; total neutron rays: 83%; and electron rays: 96%.

  SOMA is a light-weight, highly-workable, and eco-friendly material that can be combined with other materials to create a hybrid compound.
  Leading testing institutions in Japan have measured SOMA’s high level of radiation shielding performance. SOMA is a true radiation shielding material
  with proven capability.

 ・X-ray shielding factor: Measured while irradiating 50 keV of X ray at Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) (SPring-8).
 ・Subject thickness: 3 mm
 ・Measured by: Dr. Hironori Ofuchi, Industrial Application Division, JASRI

 ・Gamma-ray shielding factor: Measured while irradiating 1.7 MeV of gamma ray at the Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry,
  University of Hyogo (NewSUBARU).
 ・Subject thickness: 24 mm. An estimated shielding rate was calculated and then converted into a value for cesium (662 KeV).
 ・Measured by: Prof. Shuji Miyamoto

 ・Shielding factors for fast and total neutron rays: Measured while irradiating 18 MeV of neutron rays using a cyclotron at S.H.I. Examination & Inspection.
 ・Subject thickness: 20 mm

 ・Electron-ray shielding factor: Measured while irradiating 8 MeV of electron ray at the Radiation Research Center, Osaka Prefecture University.
 ・Subject thickness: 3 mm
 ・Measured by: Prof. Ryoichi Taniguchi

 ・Ultraviolet-ray shielding factor: Measured while irradiating ultraviolet ray at Hitachi Kyowa Engineering.

 ※Shielding factors are subject to change depending on measurement locations and usage conditions. Testing institutions and measurers do not
  guarantee the results above.