The Multi-Blade: The 10B-based neutron detector for reflectometry at ESS

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The Multi-Blade detector has been designed to be used on the reflectometry instruments at the upcoming European Spallation Source. It is a 10B-based gaseous detector, built as a modular stack of multi-wire proportional chambers organised on a circle around the sample. The detector has been fully characterised. The gamma and fast-neutron sensitivity has been measured at the Source Testing Facility in Lund University, Sweden; the working capability in a reflectometry instrument has been demonstrated with measurements at CRISP in ISIS, UK; and the count-rate capability of the detector will be measured the summer of 2018 at the Budapest Neutron Centre, Hungary.


  • Francesco Messi
  • Giacomo Mauri
  • Francesco Piscitelli
  • The Multi-Blade collaboration
External organisations
  • European Spallation Source ESS AB
  • University of Perugia
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


  • Boron-10, Gaseous detectors, Neutron detectors (cold and thermal neutrons), Neutron reflectometry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-500
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Early online date2018 Oct 15
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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