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Title: Recoil-proton track imaging as a new way for neutron spectrometry measurements

Abstract

In this paper, recoil-proton track imaging (RPTI) is an attractive technique to optically record the tracks of recoil protons in scintillation gas by using realtime imaging devices. For the first time, its use as an online nuclear track detector for neutron spectrometry measurements (NSM) is explored. Based on the RPTI methodology for NSM, a very basic detector system is designed, consisting of the neutron-to-proton recoil system and proton track imaging system. Satisfactory performance of the RPTI neutron spectrometer has been examined with a series of Monte Carlo simulations. Moreover, using well-defined line-proton sources from a tandem accelerator, the capability of the detector for imaging proton tracks at the single-particle level in real time has been validated in preliminary experiments. From the clear single proton tracks in the images, the proton ranges were easily distinguished, and precise proton energy spectra were unfolded, laying a solid experimental foundation for the future implementation of NSM.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [2];  [4];  [2];  [5];  [3];  [1]
  1. Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (People's Republic of China); Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi'an (People's Republic of China)
  2. Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi'an (People's Republic of China)
  3. Xi'an Jiaotong Univ., Xi'an (People's Republic of China)
  4. Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi'an (People's Republic of China); Xi'an Jiaotong Univ., Xi'an (People's Republic of China)
  5. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1472056
Grant/Contract Number:  
[11505136; 11275150]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1]; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Hu, Jing, Liu, Jinliang, Zhang, Zhongbing, Chen, Liang, Guo, Yuhang, He, Shiyi, Xu, Mengxuan, Zhou, Leidang, Yao, Zhiming, Yuan, Xingqiu, Zhang, Qingmin, and Ouyang, Xiaoping. Recoil-proton track imaging as a new way for neutron spectrometry measurements. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-31711-z.
Hu, Jing, Liu, Jinliang, Zhang, Zhongbing, Chen, Liang, Guo, Yuhang, He, Shiyi, Xu, Mengxuan, Zhou, Leidang, Yao, Zhiming, Yuan, Xingqiu, Zhang, Qingmin, & Ouyang, Xiaoping. Recoil-proton track imaging as a new way for neutron spectrometry measurements. United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-31711-z.
Hu, Jing, Liu, Jinliang, Zhang, Zhongbing, Chen, Liang, Guo, Yuhang, He, Shiyi, Xu, Mengxuan, Zhou, Leidang, Yao, Zhiming, Yuan, Xingqiu, Zhang, Qingmin, and Ouyang, Xiaoping. Thu . "Recoil-proton track imaging as a new way for neutron spectrometry measurements". United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-31711-z. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1472056.
@article{osti_1472056,
title = {Recoil-proton track imaging as a new way for neutron spectrometry measurements},
author = {Hu, Jing and Liu, Jinliang and Zhang, Zhongbing and Chen, Liang and Guo, Yuhang and He, Shiyi and Xu, Mengxuan and Zhou, Leidang and Yao, Zhiming and Yuan, Xingqiu and Zhang, Qingmin and Ouyang, Xiaoping},
abstractNote = {In this paper, recoil-proton track imaging (RPTI) is an attractive technique to optically record the tracks of recoil protons in scintillation gas by using realtime imaging devices. For the first time, its use as an online nuclear track detector for neutron spectrometry measurements (NSM) is explored. Based on the RPTI methodology for NSM, a very basic detector system is designed, consisting of the neutron-to-proton recoil system and proton track imaging system. Satisfactory performance of the RPTI neutron spectrometer has been examined with a series of Monte Carlo simulations. Moreover, using well-defined line-proton sources from a tandem accelerator, the capability of the detector for imaging proton tracks at the single-particle level in real time has been validated in preliminary experiments. From the clear single proton tracks in the images, the proton ranges were easily distinguished, and precise proton energy spectra were unfolded, laying a solid experimental foundation for the future implementation of NSM.},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-018-31711-z},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = [1],
volume = [8],
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {9}
}

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