Calibration of the BC-523A capture-gated liquid scintillation detector

Marek Flaska, S. A. Pozzi, L. C. Mihailescu, P. Schillebeeckx

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Abstract

The BC-523 A detector is a boron-10-loaded liquid scintillation detector that is sensitive to not only fast neutrons and gamma rays, but also to thermal neutrons. This detector has recently attracted the attention of researchers because it has shown promise for neutron spectroscopy. Several efforts have been made to accurately characterize this detector for several neutron and gamma-ray energies. In this paper, we show that neutron capture pulses can be distinguished from neutron and gamma-ray scattering pulses by using an offline digital pulse shape discrimination method based on charge integration. In this work, the BC-523A is further being characterized to accurately determine its potential for neutron spectroscopy applications. This work has applications in fields such as nuclear safeguards, nuclear nonproliferation, and national security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Nuclear Society - International Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009
Pages964-971
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventInternational Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009 - Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Duration: May 3 2009May 7 2009

Publication series

NameAmerican Nuclear Society - International Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009
Volume2

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySaratoga Springs, NY
Period5/3/095/7/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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    Flaska, M., Pozzi, S. A., Mihailescu, L. C., & Schillebeeckx, P. (2009). Calibration of the BC-523A capture-gated liquid scintillation detector. In American Nuclear Society - International Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009 (pp. 964-971). (American Nuclear Society - International Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009; Vol. 2).