Detection efficiency of ATLAS-MPX detectors with respect to neutrons

Greiffenberg, D. et al. (2009) Detection efficiency of ATLAS-MPX detectors with respect to neutrons. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, 607(1), pp. 38-40. (doi:10.1016/j.nima.2009.03.103)

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Abstract

Fifteen ATLAS-MPX devices are installed in the ATLAS detector and cavern by the ATLAS-MPX collaboration. This network of sensors provides a real-time measurement of the composition of the radiation field inside the ATLAS detector and its cavern. This article reports calibration measurements of the thermal and fast neutron detection efficiency of the ATLAS-MPX devices. In order to detect neutrons, the 300-μm-thick silicon sensor of each device was covered with mask of 6LiF and polyethylene (PE) converters. Efficiency measurements were performed with calibrated natural thermal neutron source, calibrated 252Cf and 241AmBe sources. Fast neutrons with monochromatic energy of 14 MeV were delivered by a Van de Graaff (VDG) accelerator beam. The devices showed a mean efficiency of 1.02×10−2 for thermal neutrons (6LiF–Si region), 3.17×10−4 for 252Cf, 7.51×10−4 for 241AmBe and 1.81×10−3 for 14 MeV neutrons (PE-Si region) while all background signals generated by X-rays, gamma-rays and electrons were fully suppressed by appropriate discrimination level. These data allow the estimation of the neutron fluxes in ATLAS and provide initial data for precise simulation of the detector environment at the ATLAS-MPX devices locations.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Shea, Professor Val and Maneuski, Dr Dima
Authors: Greiffenberg, D., Fiederle, M., Vykydal, Z., Kral, V., Jakubek, J., Holy, T., Pospisil, S., Maneuski, D., O'Shea, V., Suk, M., Kralik, M., Lebel, C., and Leroy, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
Publisher:Elsevier B.V.
ISSN:0168-9002
ISSN (Online):1872-9576
Published Online:24 March 2009

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