Detector rates for the Small Angle Neutron Scattering instruments at the European Spallation Source

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Building the European Spallation Source (ESS), the most powerful neutron source in the world, requires significant technological advances at most fronts of instrument component design. Detectors are not an exception. The existing implementations at current neutron scattering facilities are at their performance limits and sometimes barely cover the scientific needs. At full operation the ESS will yield unprecedented neutron brilliance. This means that one of the most challenging aspects for the new detector designs is the increased rate capability and in particular the peak instantaneous rate capability, i.e. the number of neutrons hitting the detector per channel, pixel or cm2 at the peak of the neutron pulse. This paper focuses on estimating the incident and detection rates that are anticipated for the Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments planned for ESS. Various approaches are applied and the results thereof are presented.


  • K. Kanaki
  • M. Klausz
  • T. Kittelmann
  • G. Albani
  • E. Perelli Cippo
  • A. Jackson
  • S. Jaksch
  • T. Nielsen
  • P. Zagyvai
  • R. Hall-Wilton
External organisations
  • European Spallation Source ESS AB
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Jülich Research Centre
  • Mid Sweden University
  • Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Energy Research
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • CNR Institute of Plasma Physics "Piero Caldirola" (IFP-CNR)
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


  • Detector design and construction technologies and materials, Detector modelling and simulations I (interaction of radiation with matter, interaction of photons with matter, interaction of hadrons with matter, etc), Neutron detectors (cold, thermal, fast neutrons), Simulation methods and programs
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP07016
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 20
Publication categoryResearch