Imaging Based Detector with Efficient Scintillators for Neutron Diffraction Measurements
Matt W. Seals, Stephen B. Puplampu, Dayakar Penumadu, Richard A. Riedel, Jeff R. Bunn, Christopher M. Fancherdownload PDF
Abstract. The Anger Camera developed by the detector group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was utilized for the present work for its unique advantage of employing multiple modules to obtain large active measurement area for detecting diffracted/scattered thermal neutrons. Considering the relatively small flux associated with diffracted/scattered neutrons, suitable efficiency with high spatial resolution is a requirement for utilizing two-dimensional imaging detectors. The potential to implement pulse shape (in addition to pulse height) discrimination-based scintillators further enhances the ability to detect diffracted neutrons with improved signal to noise ratio. In this paper, initial results associated with 6Li glass-based scintillator will be presented. The authors explored the feasibility of using this system to detect and quantify diffraction peaks and peak shifts at the Neutron Residual Stress Facility (NRSF2), High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Suitable camera mounting and shielding had to be developed. Reference measurements using polycrystalline powders with known atomic planar spacing will be discussed along with measurement settings associated with expected resolution for peak shift measurements. Initial results are promising and demonstrate that a suitable scintillation-based neutron detecting system is viable for residual stress-based diffraction measurements. Small area detectors are also feasible with suitable consideration to scattering volume and distance to detector.
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Citation: Matt W. Seals, Stephen B. Puplampu, Dayakar Penumadu, Richard A. Riedel, Jeff R. Bunn, Christopher M. Fancher, Imaging Based Detector with Efficient Scintillators for Neutron Diffraction Measurements, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 15, pp 80-85, 2020
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