The light-yield response of a NE-213 liquid-scintillator detector measured using 2–6 MeV tagged neutrons

J. Scherzinger, R. Al Jebali, J. R M Annand, K. G. Fissum, R. Hall-Wilton, K. Kanaki, M. Lundin, B. Nilsson, H. Perrey, A. Rosborg, H. Svensson

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The response of a NE-213 liquid-scintillator detector has been measured using tagged neutrons from 2 to 6 MeV originating from an Am/Be neutron source. The neutron energies were determined using the time-of-flight technique. Pulse-shape discrimination was employed to discern between gamma-rays and neutrons. The behavior of both the fast (35 ns) and the combined fast and slow (475 ns) components of the neutron scintillation-light pulses were studied. Three different prescriptions were used to relate the neutron maximum energy-transfer edges to the corresponding recoil-proton scintillation-light yields, and the results were compared to simulations. The overall normalizations of parametrizations which predict the fast or total light yield of the scintillation pulses were also tested. Our results agree with both existing data and existing parametrizations. We observe a clear sensitivity to the portion and length of the neutron scintillation-light pulse considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 21

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation

Free keywords

  • Fast-neutrons
  • Gamma-rays
  • NE-213
  • Pulse-shape discrimination
  • Scintillations


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