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Title: Gamma ray measurements at OMEGA with the newest gas Cherenkov Detector “GCD-3”

Abstract

Initial results from the newest Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) are reported demonstrating improved performance over previous GCD iterations. Increased shielding and lengthening of the Cherenkov photon optical path have resulted in a diminished precursor signal with increased temporal separation between the precursor and the primary DT Cherenkov signal. Design changes resulted in a measured GCD-3 sensitivity comparable to GCD-1 at identical 100 psia CO2 operation. All metal gasket seals and pressure vessel certification to 400 psia operation allow for a GCD-3 lower Cherenkov threshold of 1.8 MeV using the fluorinated gas C2F6 as compared to the 6.3 MeV lower limit of GCD-1 and GCD-2. Calibration data will be used to benchmark GEANT4 and ACCEPT detector models. Lastly, the GCD-3 acts as a prototype for the Super GCD being fielded at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) as part of the National Diagnostics Plan and will be installed at NIF in early 2016.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. National Security Technologies, Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Atomic Weapons Establishment, Reading (United Kingdom)
  4. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  5. MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Cambridge, MA (United States)
  6. Lab. for Laser Energetics, Rochester, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1258456
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-20096
Journal ID: ISSN 1742-6588
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. Conference Series
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 717; Journal ID: ISSN 1742-6588
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

McEvoy, A. M., Herrmann, H. W., Kim, Y., Zylstra, A. B., Young, C. S., Fatherley, V. E., Lopez, F. E., Oertel, J. A., Sedillo, T. J., Archuleta, T. N., Aragonez, R. J., Malone, R. M., Horsfield, C. J., Rubery, M., Gales, S., Leatherland, A., Stoeffl, W., Johnson, M. Gatu, Shmayda, W. T., and Batha, S. H. Gamma ray measurements at OMEGA with the newest gas Cherenkov Detector “GCD-3”. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/717/1/012109.
McEvoy, A. M., Herrmann, H. W., Kim, Y., Zylstra, A. B., Young, C. S., Fatherley, V. E., Lopez, F. E., Oertel, J. A., Sedillo, T. J., Archuleta, T. N., Aragonez, R. J., Malone, R. M., Horsfield, C. J., Rubery, M., Gales, S., Leatherland, A., Stoeffl, W., Johnson, M. Gatu, Shmayda, W. T., & Batha, S. H. Gamma ray measurements at OMEGA with the newest gas Cherenkov Detector “GCD-3”. United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/717/1/012109
McEvoy, A. M., Herrmann, H. W., Kim, Y., Zylstra, A. B., Young, C. S., Fatherley, V. E., Lopez, F. E., Oertel, J. A., Sedillo, T. J., Archuleta, T. N., Aragonez, R. J., Malone, R. M., Horsfield, C. J., Rubery, M., Gales, S., Leatherland, A., Stoeffl, W., Johnson, M. Gatu, Shmayda, W. T., and Batha, S. H. Thu . "Gamma ray measurements at OMEGA with the newest gas Cherenkov Detector “GCD-3”". United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/717/1/012109. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1258456.
@article{osti_1258456,
title = {Gamma ray measurements at OMEGA with the newest gas Cherenkov Detector “GCD-3”},
author = {McEvoy, A. M. and Herrmann, H. W. and Kim, Y. and Zylstra, A. B. and Young, C. S. and Fatherley, V. E. and Lopez, F. E. and Oertel, J. A. and Sedillo, T. J. and Archuleta, T. N. and Aragonez, R. J. and Malone, R. M. and Horsfield, C. J. and Rubery, M. and Gales, S. and Leatherland, A. and Stoeffl, W. and Johnson, M. Gatu and Shmayda, W. T. and Batha, S. H.},
abstractNote = {Initial results from the newest Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) are reported demonstrating improved performance over previous GCD iterations. Increased shielding and lengthening of the Cherenkov photon optical path have resulted in a diminished precursor signal with increased temporal separation between the precursor and the primary DT Cherenkov signal. Design changes resulted in a measured GCD-3 sensitivity comparable to GCD-1 at identical 100 psia CO2 operation. All metal gasket seals and pressure vessel certification to 400 psia operation allow for a GCD-3 lower Cherenkov threshold of 1.8 MeV using the fluorinated gas C2F6 as compared to the 6.3 MeV lower limit of GCD-1 and GCD-2. Calibration data will be used to benchmark GEANT4 and ACCEPT detector models. Lastly, the GCD-3 acts as a prototype for the Super GCD being fielded at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) as part of the National Diagnostics Plan and will be installed at NIF in early 2016.},
doi = {10.1088/1742-6596/717/1/012109},
journal = {Journal of Physics. Conference Series},
number = ,
volume = 717,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {5}
}

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