The Multi-Blade Boron-10-based neutron detector performance using a focusing reflectometer

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The Multi-Blade is a Boron-10-based neutron detector designed for neutron reflectometers and developed for the two instruments (Estia and FREIA) planned for the European Spallation Source in Sweden. A demonstrator has been installed at the AMOR reflectometer at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI - Switzerland). AMOR exploits the Selene guide concept and can be considered a scaled-down demonstrator of Estia. The results of these tests are discussed. It will be shown how the characteristics of the Multi-Blade detector are features that allow the focusing reflectometry operation mode. Additionally the performance of the Multi-Blade, in terms of rate capability, exceeds current state-of-the-art technology. The improvements with respect to the previous prototypes are also highlighted; from background considerations to the linear and angular uniformity response of the detector.


  • G. Mauri
  • I. Apostolidis
  • M. J. Christensen
  • A. Glavic
  • C. C. Lai
  • A. Laloni
  • F. Messi
  • A. Lindh Olsson
  • L. Robinson
  • J. Stahn
  • P. O. Svensson
  • R. Hall-Wilton
  • F. Piscitelli
External organisations
  • European Spallation Source ERIC
  • ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Linköping University
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Subatomic Physics


  • Detector design and construction technologies and materials, Neutron detectors (cold, thermal, fast neutrons), Wire chambers (MWPC, Thin-gap chambers, drift chambers, drift tubes, proportional chambers etc)
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP03010
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 1
Publication categoryResearch