Upgrade of the compact neutron spectrometer for high flux environments

M. Osipenko, A. Bellucci, V. Ceriale, D. Corsini, G. Gariano, F. Gatti, M. Girolami, S. Minutoli, F. Panza, M. Pillon, M. Ripani, D.M. Trucchi

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Abstract

In this paper new version of the6Li-based neutron spectrometer for high flux environments is described. The new spectrometer was built with commercial single crystal Chemical Vapour Deposition diamonds of electronic grade. These crystals feature better charge collection as well as higher radiation hardness. New metal contacts approaching ohmic conditions were deposited on the diamonds suppressing build-up of space charge observed in the previous prototypes. New passive preamplification of the signal at detector side was implemented to improve its resolution. This preamplification is based on the RF transformer not sensitive to high neutron flux. The compact mechanical design allowed to reduce detector size to a tube of 1 cm diameter and 13 cm long. The spectrometer was tested in the thermal column of TRIGA reactor and at the DD neutron generator. The test results indicate an energy resolution of 300 keV (FWHM), reduced to 72 keV (RMS) excluding energy loss, and coincidence timing resolution of 160 ps (FWHM). The measured data are in agreement with Geant4 simulations except for larger energy loss tail presumably related to imperfections of metal contacts and glue expansion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14 - 19
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume883
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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Osipenko, M., Bellucci, A., Ceriale, V., Corsini, D., Gariano, G., Gatti, F., Girolami, M., Minutoli, S., Panza, F., Pillon, M., Ripani, M., & Trucchi, D. M. (2018). Upgrade of the compact neutron spectrometer for high flux environments. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 883, 14 - 19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2017.11.040