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Development of a thermal neutron detector system using large area silicon detectors

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4 Author(s)
Schulte, R.L. ; Res. & Dev. Center, Grumman Corp., Bethpage, NY, USA ; Kesselman, M. ; Swanson, F.R. ; Giangano, D.

A compact microprocessor controlled thermal neutron detector system has been developed for portable radiation monitoring. The system uses large area planar silicon detectors coupled to gadolinium convertor foils in a sandwich configuration. Analog hybrid electronics (8 channel shape amp and discriminator) has been developed to work with commercially available components to produce a low power, lightweight unit. Field programmable gate arrays have been configured with 8 channel counters and data latches which are controlled by a microcontroller unit. The microcontroller processes, stores and displays the data in real-time. A discussion of the detector system configuration is given and test results are presented

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Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, 1994., 1994 IEEE Conference Record  (Volume:1 )

Date of Conference:

30 Oct-5 Nov 1994