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Characterisation of a pixelated plastic scintillator for a coded aperture neutron/gamma imaging system

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Publication date5/09/2019
Host publication2018 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Electronic)9781538684948
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper experimentally investigates, the suitability of an organic pixelated plastic scintillator for a coded aperture neutron/gamma imaging system. The scintillator used in this study has been designed as a small scaled detector with an individual pixel size of 2.8 mm × 2.8 mm × 15 mm. Individual blocks of the scintillator have been separated from one another with ESR TM reflector foil to provide over 70% of optical isolation between pixels. Individual scintillator cells are arranged into 13×13 array with overall dimension of 39.52 mm × 39.52 mm. In this study the scintillator was attached to a single channel photomultiplier tube to assess its pulse shape discrimination capabilities. Initially the scintillator was irradiated with 137Cs gamma-ray source, and gamma-ray pulses were benchmarked with respect to a mathematical model. The detector was then irradiated with a spontaneous fission source, 252 Cf, and preliminary results suggested good pulse shape discrimination potential of the scintillator. It is believed, that it is the first time a small scale pixelated organic plastic scintillator has been tested in context of PSD capabilities for a coded aperture neutron/gamma imaging system.

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