CHARACTERIZATION AND COMPARSION OF NEUTRON GENERATORS OF IEC AND LINEAR D-T BY THE SPECTROMETRIC SYSTEM NGA-01

Zdenek Matej, Michal Kostal, Evzen Novak, Petr Alexa, Radim Uhlar, Filip Mravec, Ales Jancar, Frantisek Cvachovec, Vaclav Prenosil, Petr Jancar, M. Margulis, P. Blaise
2021 EPJ Web of Conferences  
This article focuses on description of two different neutron fields from linear and cylindrical Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) neutron generators. Both of these generators are well defined and commonly used. They use a deuterium-tritium reaction that produces neutrons with energies in the range 13 – 16 MeV, depending on the direction and the energy of the incoming deuterium nucleus. Two-parametric spectrometric system for neutron/gamma mixed fields NGA-01 was used to characterize
more » ... on spectra in the proximity of generators. The cylindrical 45x45 mm stilbene scintillator was connected to this device using an active voltage divider. This way, we were able to measure neutron energies in the range 1 - 15 MeV while filtering out gamma radiation, even when counts per second is high. For the neutron spectrum calculation recoil spectra using deconvolution through maximum likelihood estimation was used. Measured neutron spectra have been compared with simulations realized via MCNP6. According to the theoretical prediction, these two types of generators produce different neutron fields. In case of the linear generator the target is very close to point located tritium bombarded by deuterons. Thus the neutron spectrum varies depending on the angle between the detector axis and the axis of the generator. Both experimental results and simulation show a shift of the neutron energy peak in pulse height histogram. For IEC type generators the neutron spectrum is more complicated. The shape and the position of the neutron energy peak depend heavily on the position of the detector. The most prominent effect is in the position in the plane perpendicular to the generator axis. In this case, the peak splits into two peaks that can be measured and distinguished. These results were verified by the diamond detector which was also used for characterization of the IEC type generator.
doi:10.1051/epjconf/202124718004 fatcat:hdffksc5qrc73gpokw4vmhvfzi