TITLE

Evaluation of a digital data acquisition system and optimization of n-γ discrimination for a compact neutron spectrometer

AUTHOR(S)
Giacomelli, L.; Zimbal, A.; Reginatto, M.; Tittelmeier, K.
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Jan2011, Vol. 82 Issue 1, p013505
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A compact NE213 liquid scintillation neutron spectrometer with a new digital data acquisition (DAQ) system is now in operation at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). With the DAQ system, developed by ENEA Frascati, neutron spectrometry with high count rates in the order of 5×105 s-1 is possible, roughly an order of magnitude higher than with an analog acquisition system. To validate the DAQ system, a new data analysis code was developed and tests were done using measurements with 14-MeV neutrons made at the PTB accelerator. Additional analysis was carried out to optimize the two-gate method used for neutron and gamma (n-γ) discrimination. The best results were obtained with gates of 35 ns and 80 ns. This indicates that the fast and medium decay time components of the NE213 light emission are the ones that are relevant for n-γ discrimination with the digital acquisition system. This differs from what is normally implemented in the analog pulse shape discrimination modules, namely, the fast and long decay emissions of the scintillating light.
ACCESSION #
57679732

 

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