Pulse shape discrimination performance of a pixelated plastic scintillator (EJ-299-34) for a coded-aperture based dual particle imaging system

Cieslak, Michal and Akurugoda Gamage, Kelum and Glover, Robert and Taylor, C. James (2019) Pulse shape discrimination performance of a pixelated plastic scintillator (EJ-299-34) for a coded-aperture based dual particle imaging system. Journal of Instrumentation, 14. ISSN 1748-0221

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Abstract

The pulse shape discrimination performance of a pixelated organic plastic scintillator has been investigated. The scintillator has been built using 169 plastic scintillator blocks (arranged into a 13 x 13 square array) of 2.8 x 2.8 x 15 mm each. The scintillator was coupled with a single-channel photomultiplier tube. The scintillator was exposed to a mixed-field environment provided by 252Cf and its pulse shape discrimination capabilities are presented in this paper. Initial results revealed that a 150 MS/s digitising system was insufficient to separate neutrons from gamma-ray photons. Therefore, the experiment was repeated with a 500 MS/s system, which provided improved pulse shape discrimination performance. In order to validate the performance of the pixelated plastic scintillator, it was compared to that of a cylindrical plastic sample. Tests were also carried out in moderated neutron and gamma-ray fields of 252Cf. The results indicate that acceptable levels of pulse shape discrimination are obtained for the case of a pixelated scintillator, when the higher sampling rate digitiser was used.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Instrumentation
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135412
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16 Jul 2019 09:30
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