Signal Noise Filtering Techniques in Radiation Detection Applications for Neutron Gamma Pulse Shape Discrimination

Gamage, K.A.A. , Ohren-Evans, L. and Cieslak, A. (2016) Signal Noise Filtering Techniques in Radiation Detection Applications for Neutron Gamma Pulse Shape Discrimination. In: 2016 European Nuclear Conference (ENC-2016), Warsaw, Poland, 9-13 Oct 2016,

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Neutron radiation often occurs as a result of radioactive decay and is accompanied by gamma radiation. This results in a mixed radiation environment comprising photons (gamma rays) and neutrons. Organic liquid scintillators are popularly used to detect both neutrons and gamma rays, where pulse shape analysis determines whether the event was caused by a neutron or a gamma-ray based on the decay characteristics of the pulse. Bespoke fast digitisers are currently widely used with organic liquid scintillators to record the pulse shape as digital samples. Pulse shape has high impact on pulse shape discrimination, especially in low energy region as it is generally difficult to discriminate a neutron event from a gamma-ray event. The quality of the discrimination of detected event is primarily determined by the quality of the pulse shape recreated using digital samples, as the discrimination is based on the characteristics of the pulse. The pulse signal is usually altered by signal noise and, the purpose of this paper is to select the best candidate for signal filtering technique to remove such high frequency noise components. It is important to ensure that the signal filtering technique is not consuming much of the processing power of the system and, it can be easily implemented in a real-time system.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gamage, Professor Kelum
Authors: Gamage, K.A.A., Ohren-Evans, L., and Cieslak, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors

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