The Multi-Blade Boron-10-based neutron detector for high intensity neutron reflectometry at ESS

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The Multi-Blade is a Boron-10-based gaseous detector introduced to face the challenge arising in neutron reflectometry at pulsed neutron sources. Neutron reflectometers are the most challenging instruments in terms of instantaneous counting rate and spatial resolution. This detector has been designed to cope with the requirements set for the reflectometers at the upcoming European Spallation Source (ESS) in Sweden. Based on previous results obtained at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in France, an improved demonstrator has been built at ESS and tested at the Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) in Hungary and at the Source Testing Facility (STF) at the Lund University in Sweden. A detailed description of the detector and the results of the tests are discussed in this manuscript.


  • F. Piscitelli
  • F. Messi
  • Michail Anastasopoulos
  • T. Bryś
  • F. Chicken
  • E. Dian
  • J. Fuzi
  • C. Höglund
  • G. Kiss
  • J. Orban
  • P. Pazmandi
  • E. L. Robinson
  • L. Rosta
  • S. Schmidt
  • D Varga
  • T. Zsiros
  • R. Hall-Wilton
External organisations
  • European Spallation Source ESS AB
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Linköping University
  • Mid Sweden University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


  • Gaseous detectors, Neutron detectors (cold, thermal, fast neutrons), Wire chambers (MWPC, Thin-gap chambers, drift chambers, drift tubes, proportional chambers etc)
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP03013
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 15
Publication categoryResearch

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