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Title: Low-energy neutron detector based upon lithium lanthanide borate scintillators

Abstract

An apparatus for detecting neutrons includes a cerium activated scintillation crystal containing .sup.10 B, with the scintillation crystal emitting light in response to .alpha. particles emitted from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction. The apparatus also includes a gamma scintillator positioned adjacent the crystal and which generates light in response to gamma rays emitted from the decay of Li*. The apparatus further includes a first and a second light-to-electronic signal converter each positioned to respectively receive light from the crystal and the gamma scintillator, and each respectively outputting first and second electronic signals representative of .alpha. particles from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction and gamma rays from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction. The apparatus includes a coincidence circuit connected to receive the first and second signals and which generates a coincidence signal when the first and second signals coincide. The apparatus also includes a data analyzer for receiving an additional signal from at least one of the first and second converters, and for operating in response to the coincidence signal.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Mapleton, UT)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Mission Support Incorporated (Salt Lake City, UT)
OSTI Identifier:
871450
Patent Number(s):
5734166
Assignee:
Mission Support Incorporated (Salt Lake City, UT) OAK
DOE Contract Number:  
FG03-95ER82032
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
low-energy; neutron; detector; based; lithium; lanthanide; borate; scintillators; apparatus; detecting; neutrons; cerium; activated; scintillation; crystal; containing; 10; emitting; light; response; alpha; particles; emitted; reaction; gamma; scintillator; positioned; adjacent; generates; rays; decay; light-to-electronic; signal; converter; respectively; receive; outputting; electronic; signals; representative; coincidence; circuit; connected; coincide; data; analyzer; receiving; additional; converters; operating; signals representative; detecting neutrons; circuit connected; gamma rays; gamma ray; neutron detector; positioned adjacent; receive light; electronic signal; rays emitted; scintillation crystal; particles emitted; electronic signals; emitting light; energy neutron; detecting neutron; detector based; crystal containing; /250/252/

Citation Formats

Czirr, John B. Low-energy neutron detector based upon lithium lanthanide borate scintillators. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Czirr, John B. Low-energy neutron detector based upon lithium lanthanide borate scintillators. United States.
Czirr, John B. Thu . "Low-energy neutron detector based upon lithium lanthanide borate scintillators". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871450.
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title = {Low-energy neutron detector based upon lithium lanthanide borate scintillators},
author = {Czirr, John B.},
abstractNote = {An apparatus for detecting neutrons includes a cerium activated scintillation crystal containing .sup.10 B, with the scintillation crystal emitting light in response to .alpha. particles emitted from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction. The apparatus also includes a gamma scintillator positioned adjacent the crystal and which generates light in response to gamma rays emitted from the decay of Li*. The apparatus further includes a first and a second light-to-electronic signal converter each positioned to respectively receive light from the crystal and the gamma scintillator, and each respectively outputting first and second electronic signals representative of .alpha. particles from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction and gamma rays from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction. The apparatus includes a coincidence circuit connected to receive the first and second signals and which generates a coincidence signal when the first and second signals coincide. The apparatus also includes a data analyzer for receiving an additional signal from at least one of the first and second converters, and for operating in response to the coincidence signal.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1998},
month = {1}
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