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Neutron detection with noble gas scintillation: a review of recent results
Author(s): C. M. Lavelle; Michael Coplan; Eric C. Miller; Alan K. Thompson; Alex Kowler; Rob Vest; Andrew Yue; Tim Koeth; Mohammad Al-Sheikhly; Charles Clark
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Paper Abstract

Thermal neutron detection is of vital importance to many disciplines, including neutron scattering, workplace monitoring, and homeland protection. We survey recent results from our collaboration which couple low-pressure noble gas scintillation with novel approaches to neutron absorbing materials and geometries to achieve potentially advantageous detector concepts. Noble gas scintillators were used for neutron detection as early as the late 1950's. Modern use of noble gas scintillation includes liquid and solid forms of argon and xenon in the dark matter and neutron physics experiments and commercially available high pressure applications have achieved high resolution gamma ray spectroscopy. Little attention has been paid to the overlap between low pressure noble gas scintillation and thermal neutron detection, for which there are many potential benefits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9593, Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XVII, 95930H (26 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2190753
Show Author Affiliations
C. M. Lavelle, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Michael Coplan, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Eric C. Miller, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Alan K. Thompson, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Alex Kowler, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Rob Vest, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Andrew Yue, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Tim Koeth, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Mohammad Al-Sheikhly, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Charles Clark, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Univ. of Maryland (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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