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Title: Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy with lanthanum bromide detector for non-destructive assay of nuclear material

High-energy delayed γ-ray spectroscopy is a potential technique for directly assaying spent fuel assemblies and achieving the safeguards goal of quantifying nuclear material inventories for spent fuel handling, interim storage, reprocessing facilities, repository sites, and final disposal. Requirements for the γ-ray detection system, up to ~6 MeV, can be summarized as follows: high efficiency at high γ-ray energies, high energy resolution, good linearity between γ-ray energy and output signal amplitude, ability to operate at very high count rates, and ease of use in industrial environments such as nuclear facilities. High Purity Germanium Detectors (HPGe) are the state of the art and provide excellent energy resolution but are limited in their count rate capability. Lanthanum Bromide (LaBr 3) scintillation detectors offer significantly higher count rate capabilities at lower energy resolution. Thus, LaBr 3 detectors may be an effective alternative for nuclear spent-fuel applications, where count-rate capability is a requirement. This paper documents the measured performance of a 2” (length) × 2” (diameter) of LaBr3 scintillation detector system, coupled to a negatively biased PMT and a tapered active high voltage divider, with count-rates up to ~3 Mcps. An experimental methodology was developed that uses the average current from the PMT’s anode andmore » a dual source method to characterize the detector system at specific very high count rate values. Delayed γ-ray spectra were acquired with the LaBr 3 detector system at the Idaho Accelerator Center, Idaho State University, where samples of ~3g of 235U were irradiated with moderated neutrons from a photo-neutron source. Results of the spectroscopy characterization and analysis of the delayed γ-ray spectra acquired indicate the possible use of LaBr3 scintillation detectors when high count rate capability may outweigh the lower energy resolution.« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., Laurel, MD (United States)
  3. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002; TRN: US1703244
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 877; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; delayed gamma-ray; ultra-high count rate; gamma spectroscopy; LaBr3 detector; nondestructive assay of spent nuclear fuel.
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