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Neutron detection with LiInSe2
Author(s): Zane W. Bell; A. Burger; Liviu Matei; Michael Groza; Ashley Stowe; Joshua Tower; Alireza Kargar; Huicong Hong
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Paper Abstract

The detection of thermal neutrons has traditionally been accomplished with 3He-tubes, but with the recent shortage of 3He, much research has gone into finding suitable replacements. Both relatively inefficient 10B- and 6LiF-coated silicon diodes and HgI2 have been known for many years, and engineered structures in Si that have been filled with 10B and 6LiF have shown promise. These devices are intended to realize an optimal juxtaposition of neutron-sensitive material and semiconductor and thereby simulate a semiconductor containing B or Li. Such material has been realized for the first time in the form of 6LiInSe2 in which collectable charge from the 6Li(n,t) reaction indicates a neutron event. In this paper we report neutron and gamma responses of 6LiInSe2, we show pulse height spectra from pure gamma sources and from a thermal neutron source, and we derive the μτ product from the position of spectral features as a function of bias voltage. In addition, we demonstrate the observation of the beta decay of 116mIn in samples exposed to thermal neutrons. This feature of the response serves as an additional confirmation of exposure to neutrons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9593, Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XVII, 95930D (26 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189418
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Zane W. Bell, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
A. Burger, Fisk Univ. (United States)
Liviu Matei, Fisk Univ. (United States)
Michael Groza, Fisk Univ. (United States)
Ashley Stowe, Y-12 National Security Complex (United States)
Joshua Tower, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Alireza Kargar, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Huicong Hong, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9593:
Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XVII
Larry Franks; Ralph B. James; Michael Fiederle; Arnold Burger, Editor(s)

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