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Boron-10 Loaded BC523A Liquid Scintillator for Neutron Detection in the Border Monitoring

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12 Author(s)
L. Swiderski ; Soltan Inst. for Nucl. Studies, Otwock-Swierk ; M. Moszynski ; D. Wolski ; T. Batsch
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A BC523A liquid scintillator loaded with boron-10 was tested as a detector for both fast and thermal neutrons. A pulse shape discrimination (PSD) method based on a zero-crossing principle was applied to distinguish between neutron and gamma radiation. High quantum efficiency Photonis XP5500B photomultiplier was used to enhance light detection from the scintillator. This allowed a good registration of the energy spectrum of neutron capture events on boron-10, corresponding to about 60 keV gamma-rays. The applied PSD method proved to be useful for n/gamma discrimination. A good resolving power of the method was achieved even without gating on neutron capture events. A comparison with a standard BC501A liquid scintillator was done to evaluate thermal neutrons detection efficiency in BC523A.

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 6 )