Measurement of fast neutron spectrum using CR-39 detectors and a new image analysis program (autoTRAK_n)

Paul, Sabyasachi and Tripathy, S.P and Sahoo, G.S and Bandyopadhyay, T. and Sarkar, P.K (2013) Measurement of fast neutron spectrum using CR-39 detectors and a new image analysis program (autoTRAK_n). Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 729 (21). pp. 444-450. ISSN 0168-9002

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An attempt is made to estimate the neutron spectrum using the CR-39 (Solid state nuclear track) detector and a new image analyzing program. For this purpose the earlier developed program (autoTRAK) is modified by introducing the required features such as angular correction for the recoil particles, fluence-to-dose conversion coefficient, detection sensitivity of CR-39 detectors, etc. to make it applicable for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry. This upgraded program (autoTRAK_n) is tested with a mono-energetic source (D–T) and two other standard neutron sources, viz. 241Am–Be and 252Cf. The program is validated by reproducing these standard spectra, and comparing with the spectra reported by other investigators using different measuring techniques. The ratios of dose equivalent (H⁎(10)) to fluence (Φ) are also estimated from the spectra and are compared with the reference values for these neutron sources. An additional feature of this program is explored for counting high density overlapping tracks more precisely and effectively compared to other commonly used image analyzing softwares. This method is found to be simple and promising, which can always be used as a supplementary measuring technique. The details of the modified program, reproduction and comparison of the neutron spectra, reproducibility of the methodology and example of overlapping track counting are presented and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry; CR-39 detector; AutoTRAK_n; D–T; 241Am–Be; 252Cf neutron sources
Subjects: Departments at MU > Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences
Depositing User: MCNS Library
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2013 06:40
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 10:05

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