Neutron assay in mixed radiation fields with a 6Li-loaded plastic scintillator

Balmer, M.J.I., Gamage, K.A.A. and Taylor, G.C. (2015) Neutron assay in mixed radiation fields with a 6Li-loaded plastic scintillator. Journal of Instrumentation, 10(8), P08012. (doi: 10.1088/1748-0221/10/08/P08012)

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A novel technique for assay of thermal and fast neutrons in a 6Li-loaded plastic scintillator is presented. Existing capture-gated thermal neutron detection techniques were evaluated with the 6Li-loaded plastic scintillator studied in this work. Using simulations and experimental work, shortcomings in its performance were highlighted. As a result, it was proposed that by separating the combined fast and thermal neutron events from gamma events, using established pulse shape discrimination techniques, the thermal neutron events could then be assayed. Experiments were conducted at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, performing neutron assays with seven different neutron fields using the proposed technique. For each field, thermal and fast neutron content was estimated and were shown to corroborate with the seven synthesised fields.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gamage, Professor Kelum
Authors: Balmer, M.J.I., Gamage, K.A.A., and Taylor, G.C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Instrumentation
Publisher:Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1748-0221
Published Online:21 August 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Instrumentation 10(8):P08012
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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