A position-sensitive twin ionization chamber for fission fragment and prompt neutron correlation experiments

A. Göök, W. Geerts, F.-J. Hambsch, S. Oberstedt, M. Vidali, Sh. Zeynalov
2016 Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A : Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment  
A twin position-sensitive Frisch grid ionization chamber, intended as a fission fragment detector in experiments to study prompt fission neutron correlations with fission fragment properties, is presented. Fission fragment mass and energies are determined by means of the double kinetic energy technique, based on conservation of mass and linear momentum. The position sensitivity is achieved by replacing each anode plate in the standard twin ionization chamber by a wire plane and a strip anode,
more » ... nd a strip anode, both readout by means of resistive charge division. This provides information about the fission axis orientation, which is necessary to reconstruct the neutron emission process in the fully accelerated fragment rest-frame. The energy resolution compared to the standard twin ionization chamber is found not to be affected by the modification. The angular resolution of the detector relative to an arbitrarily oriented axis is better than 7°FWHM. Results on prompt fission neutron angular distributions in 235 U(n,f) obtained with the detector in combination with an array of neutron scintillation detectors is presented as a proof of principle.
doi:10.1016/j.nima.2016.06.002 fatcat:p2443v57fvgn7j7gebvhhts5cm