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Tomographic analysis of neutron and gamma pulse shape distributions from liquid scintillation detectors at Joint European Torus
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
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2014 (English)In: Review of Scientific Instruments, ISSN 0034-6748, E-ISSN 1089-7623, Vol. 85, no 2, 023505- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Joint European Torus (JET, Culham, UK) is the largest tokamak in the world devoted to nuclear fusion experiments of magnetic confined Deuterium (D)/Deuterium-Tritium (DT) plasmas. Neutrons produced in these plasmas are measured using various types of neutron detectors and spectrometers. Two of these instruments on JET make use of organic liquid scintillator detectors. The neutron emission profile monitor implements 19 liquid scintillation counters to detect the 2.45 MeV neutron emission from D plasmas. A new compact neutron spectrometer is operational at JET since 2010 to measure the neutron energy spectra from both D and DT plasmas. Liquid scintillation detectors are sensitive to both neutron and gamma radiation but give light responses of different decay time such that pulse shape discrimination techniques can be applied to identify the neutron contribution of interest from the data. The most common technique consists of integrating the radiation pulse shapes within different ranges of their rising and/or trailing edges. In this article, a step forward in this type of analysis is presented. The method applies a tomographic analysis of the 3-dimensional neutron and gamma pulse shape and pulse height distribution data obtained from liquid scintillation detectors such that n/gamma discrimination can be improved to lower energies and additional information can be gained on neutron contributions to the gamma events and vice versa.

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2014. Vol. 85, no 2, 023505- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227213DOI: 10.1063/1.4864122ISI: 000335919900258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227213DiVA: diva2:729578
Available from: 2014-06-26 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2014-06-26Bibliographically approved

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