EJ-309 pulse shape discrimination performance with a high gamma-ray-to-neutron ratio and low threshold

A. C. Kaplan, Marek Flaska, A. Enqvist, J. L. Dolan, S. A. Pozzi

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Abstract

Measuring neutrons in the presence of high gamma-ray fluence is a challenge with multi-particle detectors. Organic liquid scintillators such as the EJ-309 are capable of accurate pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) but the chance for particle misclassification is not negligible for some applications. By varying the distance from an EJ-309 scintillator to a strong-gamma-ray source and keeping a weak-neutron source at a fixed position, various gamma-to-neutron ratios can be measured and PSD performance can be quantified. Comparing neutron pulse-height distributions allows for pulse-height specific PSD evaluation, and quantification and visualization of deviation from 252Cf alone. Even with the addition of the misclassified gamma-rays, the PSD is effective in separating particles so that neutron count rate can be predicted with less than 10% error up to a gamma-to-neutron ratio of almost 650. For applications which can afford a reduction in neutron detection efficiency, PSD can be sufficiently effective in discriminating particles to measure a weak neutron source in a high gamma-ray background.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-468
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume729
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2013

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Gamma rays
discrimination
Neutrons
gamma rays
neutrons
thresholds
pulses
Neutron sources
pulse amplitude
neutron sources
Phosphors
scintillation counters
Particle detectors
organic liquids
radiation counters
fluence
Visualization
deviation
evaluation
Liquids

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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