The use of a single neutron/gamma detector is an interesting solution to detect and identify gamma emitters and also special nuclear materials (SNM), being able to discriminate between the two kinds of particles and also to perform good-resolution gamma spectroscopy. In this framework, we present a comprehensive characterization of a medium sized (2" × 2") CLLB (Cs2LiLaBr6:Ce) scintillation detector, in order to give the necessary information to assess its deployment in applications regarding homeland security and radiation monitoring. In particular, the parameters studied are: energy resolution, full-energy peak gamma efficiency, time resolution, thermal neutron/gamma discrimination capability, decay time of the signals, high counting rate performance and minimum detectable activities (of 137Cs and 252Cf sources). We employed digital nuclear electronics combined with a pulse shape discrimination algorithm to acquire and analyze the data. We compared our results with reported data for smaller CLLB scintillators, finding good agreement. Experiments were combined with Monte Carlo simulations (using GEANT4 v10.6.0 and MCNP5 v1.60) in order to complement the characterization. The obtained results suggest that the 2" × 2" CLLB detector offers better performance with respect to other scintillators of the same size such as NaI(Tl), CsI, CeBr, etc. which are commonly used in a radiation monitoring systems.

Characterization of a medium-sized CLLB scintillator: single neutron/gamma detector for radiation monitoring / Pino, F.; Fontana, C. L.; Delgado, J.; Fabris, D.; Nebbia, G.; Turcato, M.; Brunelli, D.; Pancheri, L.; Quaranta, A.; Moretto, S.. - In: JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION. - ISSN 1748-0221. - ELETTRONICO. - 16:11(2021), pp. P11034.1-P11034.17. [10.1088/1748-0221/16/11/P11034]

Characterization of a medium-sized CLLB scintillator: single neutron/gamma detector for radiation monitoring

Brunelli, D.;Pancheri, L.;Quaranta, A.;
2021

Abstract

The use of a single neutron/gamma detector is an interesting solution to detect and identify gamma emitters and also special nuclear materials (SNM), being able to discriminate between the two kinds of particles and also to perform good-resolution gamma spectroscopy. In this framework, we present a comprehensive characterization of a medium sized (2" × 2") CLLB (Cs2LiLaBr6:Ce) scintillation detector, in order to give the necessary information to assess its deployment in applications regarding homeland security and radiation monitoring. In particular, the parameters studied are: energy resolution, full-energy peak gamma efficiency, time resolution, thermal neutron/gamma discrimination capability, decay time of the signals, high counting rate performance and minimum detectable activities (of 137Cs and 252Cf sources). We employed digital nuclear electronics combined with a pulse shape discrimination algorithm to acquire and analyze the data. We compared our results with reported data for smaller CLLB scintillators, finding good agreement. Experiments were combined with Monte Carlo simulations (using GEANT4 v10.6.0 and MCNP5 v1.60) in order to complement the characterization. The obtained results suggest that the 2" × 2" CLLB detector offers better performance with respect to other scintillators of the same size such as NaI(Tl), CsI, CeBr, etc. which are commonly used in a radiation monitoring systems.
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Pino, F.; Fontana, C. L.; Delgado, J.; Fabris, D.; Nebbia, G.; Turcato, M.; Brunelli, D.; Pancheri, L.; Quaranta, A.; Moretto, S.
Characterization of a medium-sized CLLB scintillator: single neutron/gamma detector for radiation monitoring / Pino, F.; Fontana, C. L.; Delgado, J.; Fabris, D.; Nebbia, G.; Turcato, M.; Brunelli, D.; Pancheri, L.; Quaranta, A.; Moretto, S.. - In: JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION. - ISSN 1748-0221. - ELETTRONICO. - 16:11(2021), pp. P11034.1-P11034.17. [10.1088/1748-0221/16/11/P11034]
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