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Title: Design Considerations for Passive Gamma-Ray Spectrometers

Passive gamma-ray spectrometers composed of attenuation filters and integrating detection materials provide important advantages for measurements in high-radiation environments and for long-term monitoring. Each of these applications has requirements that constrain the design of the instrument, such as incident energy range of interest, sensor size and weight, readout method and cost. In addition, the multitude of variable parameters in passive spectrometer design (e.g. attenuation filter material and thickness, integrating sensor type, numbers of pixels, reconstructed energy bin structure) results in a large design space to analyze. The development of generalized design optimization tools to interrogate this space and identify promising spectrometer designs are discussed, particularly the methods used to rapidly calculate system transfer functions and the search for suitable design evaluation metrics. Finally, specific examples of candidate spectrometer designs are provided, and preliminary measurements to validate the design tools are described.
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Conference: 2004 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record 16-22 October 2004 Rome, Italy., 3(1571-1575
Seibert, J. Anthony; IEEE,Piscataway,,United States.
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
nuclear measurements; monitoring techniques