Real-time capabilities of a digital analyzer for mixed-field assay using scintillation detectors

Aspinall, Michael and Joyce, Malcolm John and Lavietes, Anthony and Plenteda, Romano and Cave, Francis Dominic and Parker, Helen Maria and Jones, Ashley Richard and Astromskas, Vytautas (2017) Real-time capabilities of a digital analyzer for mixed-field assay using scintillation detectors. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 64 (3). pp. 945-950. ISSN 0018-9499

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Scintillation detectors offer a single-step detection method for fast neutrons and necessitate real-time acquisition, whereas this is redundant in two-stage thermal detection systems using helium-3 and lithium-6, where the fast neutrons need to be thermalized prior to detection. The relative affordability of scintillation detectors and the associated fast digital acquisition systems have enabled entirely new measurement setups that can consist of sizeable detector arrays. These detectors in most cases rely on photo-multiplier tubes which have significant tolerances and result in variations in detector response functions. The detector tolerances and other environmental instabilities must be accounted for in measurements that depend on matched detector performance. This paper presents recent advances made to a high-speed FPGA-based digitizer. The technology described offers a complete solution for fast-neutron scintillation detectors by integrating multichannel high-speed data acquisition technology with dedicated detector high-voltage supplies. This configuration has significant advantages for large detector arrays that require uniform detector responses. We report on bespoke control software and firmware techniques that exploit realtime functionality to reduce setup and acquisition time, increase repeatability and reduce statistical uncertainties.

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