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Title: Performance of the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE)

Abstract

The Versatile Array of Neuron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE) is a new, highly effcient plastic-scintillator array constructed for decay and transfer reaction experimental setups that require neutron detection. It is comprised of three different sized EJ-200 scintillating-plastic bars (3 x 3 x 60 cm3, 3 x 6 x 120 cm3, and 5 x 5 x 200 cm3). We determined the neutron energy and prompt-photon discrimination through the time of light technique. The versatile and modular design allows for customizable experimental setups including beta-delayed neutron spectroscopy and (d,n) transfer reactions in normal and inverse kinematics. Furthermore, by incorporating fully digital electronics for the data acquisition and triggering logic, the smaller VAN10 DLE modules can achieve an intrinsic efficiency over 70% for 300-keV neutrons. The hardware threshold for the light deposited in the bar is near 8 keVee. This is low enough to measure and characterize the light response curve from elastically scattered carbon nuclei inside the scintillating plastic from incident neutrons with kinetic energies below 2 MeV.

Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge Associated Univ., Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  4. Oak Ridge Associated Univ., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  5. Univ. of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  6. Ohio Univ., Athens, OH (United States)
  7. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  8. Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States)
  9. Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States)
  10. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States)
  11. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States); Univ. of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI (United States)
  12. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States); Univ. of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (United States)
  13. Oak Ridge Associated Univ., Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States)
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge Associated Univ., Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States); Univ. of Notre Dame, IN (United States); Ohio Univ., Athens, OH (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States); Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States); Univ. of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation; National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1338835
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1344245; OSTI ID: 1397738
Grant/Contract Number:  
FG52-08NA28552; FG52-09NA29455; NA0002132; FG02-96ER40955; AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 836; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; neutron detection; plastic scintillator array; carbon-nuclei light response; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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Peters, W. A., Ilyushkin, S., Madurga, M., Matei, C., Paulauskas, S. V., Grzywacz, R. K., Bardayan, D. W., Brune, C. R., Allen, J., Allen, J. M., Bergstrom, Z., Blackmon, J., Brewer, N. T., Cizewski, J. A., Copp, P., Howard, M. E., Ikeyama, R., Kozub, R. L., Manning, B., Massey, T. N., Matos, M., Merino, E., O'Malley, P. D., Raiola, F., Reingold, C. S., Sarazin, F., Spassova, I., Taylor, S., and Walter, D. Performance of the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE). United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2016.08.054.
Peters, W. A., Ilyushkin, S., Madurga, M., Matei, C., Paulauskas, S. V., Grzywacz, R. K., Bardayan, D. W., Brune, C. R., Allen, J., Allen, J. M., Bergstrom, Z., Blackmon, J., Brewer, N. T., Cizewski, J. A., Copp, P., Howard, M. E., Ikeyama, R., Kozub, R. L., Manning, B., Massey, T. N., Matos, M., Merino, E., O'Malley, P. D., Raiola, F., Reingold, C. S., Sarazin, F., Spassova, I., Taylor, S., & Walter, D. Performance of the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE). United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2016.08.054
Peters, W. A., Ilyushkin, S., Madurga, M., Matei, C., Paulauskas, S. V., Grzywacz, R. K., Bardayan, D. W., Brune, C. R., Allen, J., Allen, J. M., Bergstrom, Z., Blackmon, J., Brewer, N. T., Cizewski, J. A., Copp, P., Howard, M. E., Ikeyama, R., Kozub, R. L., Manning, B., Massey, T. N., Matos, M., Merino, E., O'Malley, P. D., Raiola, F., Reingold, C. S., Sarazin, F., Spassova, I., Taylor, S., and Walter, D. Fri . "Performance of the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE)". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2016.08.054. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1338835.
@article{osti_1338835,
title = {Performance of the Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE)},
author = {Peters, W. A. and Ilyushkin, S. and Madurga, M. and Matei, C. and Paulauskas, S. V. and Grzywacz, R. K. and Bardayan, D. W. and Brune, C. R. and Allen, J. and Allen, J. M. and Bergstrom, Z. and Blackmon, J. and Brewer, N. T. and Cizewski, J. A. and Copp, P. and Howard, M. E. and Ikeyama, R. and Kozub, R. L. and Manning, B. and Massey, T. N. and Matos, M. and Merino, E. and O'Malley, P. D. and Raiola, F. and Reingold, C. S. and Sarazin, F. and Spassova, I. and Taylor, S. and Walter, D.},
abstractNote = {The Versatile Array of Neuron Detectors at Low Energy (VANDLE) is a new, highly effcient plastic-scintillator array constructed for decay and transfer reaction experimental setups that require neutron detection. It is comprised of three different sized EJ-200 scintillating-plastic bars (3 x 3 x 60 cm3, 3 x 6 x 120 cm3, and 5 x 5 x 200 cm3). We determined the neutron energy and prompt-photon discrimination through the time of light technique. The versatile and modular design allows for customizable experimental setups including beta-delayed neutron spectroscopy and (d,n) transfer reactions in normal and inverse kinematics. Furthermore, by incorporating fully digital electronics for the data acquisition and triggering logic, the smaller VAN10 DLE modules can achieve an intrinsic efficiency over 70% for 300-keV neutrons. The hardware threshold for the light deposited in the bar is near 8 keVee. This is low enough to measure and characterize the light response curve from elastically scattered carbon nuclei inside the scintillating plastic from incident neutrons with kinetic energies below 2 MeV.},
doi = {10.1016/j.nima.2016.08.054},
journal = {Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment},
number = C,
volume = 836,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {8}
}

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