EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 219, 2019International Workshop on Particle Physics at Neutron Sources (PPNS 2018)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Instrumentation and Techniques|
|Published online||12 December 2019|
Precision neutron flux measurement using the Alpha-Gamma device
1 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
2 National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, USA
3 Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, USA
4 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA
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Published online: 12 December 2019
The Alpha-Gamma device at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) utilizes neutron capture on a totally absorbing 10B deposit to measure the absolute neutron flux of a monochromatic cold neutron beam. Gammas produced by the boron capture are counted using high purity germanium detectors, which are calibrated using a well-measured 239Pu alpha source and the alpha-to-gamma ratio from neutron capture on a thin 10B target. This device has been successfully operated and used to calibrate the neutron flux monitor for the BL2 neutron lifetime experiment at NIST. It is also being used for a measurement of the 6Li(n,t)4He cross section. We shall present its principle of operation along with the current and planned projects involving the Alpha-Gamma device, including the recalibration of the U.S. national neutron standard NBS-1 and (n,f) cross section measurements of 235U.
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