Boron-10 based neutron coincidence counter for safeguards

Richard T. Kouzes, James H. Ely, Azaree Lintereur, Edward R. Siciliano

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    Abstract

    The shortage of 3He has triggered the search for effective alternative neutron detection technologies for national security applications, including international nuclear safeguards. Any alternative neutron detection technology must meet a neutron detection efficiency requirement while being insensitive to gamma-ray interference at a prescribed level. For nuclear safeguards, a system must perform measurements in the field with a prescribed precision in a specified time. This paper describes an effort to design, model and test an alternatives-based neutron coincidence counter for nuclear safeguards applications. The technology chosen for use in an alternatives-based uranium neutron coincidence collar was boron-lined proportional counters. Extensive modeling was performed of various system configurations and comparisons were made to measurements on a commercial prototype boron-10 based uranium neutron coincidence collar.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number2353619
    Pages (from-to)2608-2618
    Number of pages11
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
    Volume61
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

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    Kouzes, Richard T. ; Ely, James H. ; Lintereur, Azaree ; Siciliano, Edward R. / Boron-10 based neutron coincidence counter for safeguards. In: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. 2014 ; Vol. 61, No. 5. pp. 2608-2618.
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    In: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Vol. 61, No. 5, 2353619, 01.10.2014, p. 2608-2618.

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