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Title: Development of a thin scintillation films fission-fragment detector and a novel neutron source

Here, investigation of prompt fission and neutron-capture Υ rays from fissile actinide samples at the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) requires use of a fission-fragment detector to provide a trigger or a veto signal. A fission-fragment detector based on thin scintillating films and silicon photomultipliers has been built to serve as a trigger/veto detector in neutron-induced fission measurements at DANCE. The fissile material is surrounded by scintillating films providing a 4π detection of the fission fragments. The scintillations were registered with silicon photomultipliers. A measurement of the 235U(n,f) reaction with this detector at DANCE revealed a correct time-of-flight spectrum and provided an estimate for the efficiency of the prototype detector of 11.6(7)%. Design and test measurements with the detector are described. A neutron source with fast timing has been built to help with detector-response measurements. The source is based on the neutron emission from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and the same type of scintillating films and silicon photomultipliers. Overall time resolution of the source is 0.3 ns. Design of the source and test measurements with it are described. An example application of the source for determining the neutron/gamma pulse-shape discrimination by a stilbene crystal is given.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0277-786X
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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9593; Conference: Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XVII, San Diego, CA (United States), 9-13 Aug 2015; Journal ID: ISSN 0277-786X
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
42 ENGINEERING; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; scintillation; sensors; silicon photomultipliers; actinides; crystals
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