Digital pulse shape analysis for the capture-gated liquid scintillator BC-523A

Marek Flaska, Sara A. Pozzi

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The BC-523A detector is a boron-10-loaded liquid scintillation detector that is sensitive to not only fast neutrons and gamma rays, but also to thermal neutrons. This detector has recently attracted the attention of several researchers and has shown promise for neutron spectroscopy. Several efforts have been made to accurately characterize this detector for several neutron and gamma-ray energies. In this paper, we show, for the first time, that neutron capture pulses can be visually distinguished from neutron scattering pulses by using an offline digital pulse shape discrimination method based on charge integration. In addition, new Monte Carlo simulation and measurement results for time to capture are compared and reasonable agreement is achieved. This work has applications in fields such as nuclear safeguards, nuclear nonproliferation, and national security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 11 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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