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Investigation into a suitable scintillator and coded-aperture material for a mixed-field radiation imaging system

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Article numberP12007
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>6/12/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Instrumentation
Issue number12
Volume12
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Monte-Carlo modelling (MCNPX) methods have been employed to conduct an investigation into a suitable scintillator and coded-aperture material for a scintillator based mixed-field radiation imaging system. Single stilbene crystal, pure and 6Li-loaded plastic scintillators were simulated and their neutron/gamma detection performance compared when exposed to the spontaneous
fission spectrum produced by 252Cf. The most suitable candidate was then incorporated into a scintillator based mixed-field coded-aperture imaging system. Coded-aperture models made of three W and 113Cd compositions were tested in different neutron/gamma environments with a square W collimator modelled around the aperture. Each simulation involved recording the interactions of neutron events in organic solid scintillator, whose neutron/gamma detection performance was assessed prior to the coded-aperture material investigation. Three coded-aperture material compositions have been tested with the simulated 252Cf spontaneous fission as well as 241AmBe neutron sources. Results generally claim very good detection sensitivity and spatial resolution for the radioactive sources located in the centre of the aperture.

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This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication/published in Journal of Instrumentation. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at doi: 10.1088/1748-0221/12/12/P12007