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Title: Position-sensitive detection of ultracold neutrons with an imaging camera and its implications to spectroscopy

Position-sensitive detection of ultracold neutrons (UCNs) is demonstrated using an imaging charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. A spatial resolution less than 15μm has been achieved, which is equivalent to a UCN energy resolution below 2 pico-electron-volts through the relation δE=m 0gδx. Here, the symbols δE, δx, m 0 and g are the energy resolution, the spatial resolution, the neutron rest mass and the gravitational acceleration, respectively. A multilayer surface convertor described previously is used to capture UCNs and then emits visible light for CCD imaging. Particle identification and noise rejection are discussed through the use of light intensity profile analysis. As a result, this method allows different types of UCN spectroscopy and other applications.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States)
  3. North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
  5. Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble (France)
  6. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
  7. Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States)
  8. Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russia)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-22875
Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
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: 830; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; atomic and nuclear physics; multilayer 10B surface detector; imaging detector; UCN spectroscopy
OSTI Identifier:
1340965
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1425698