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  1. Determination BETA Dose In Ancient Pottery By Liquid Scintillation Counting

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    This paper presents a method for measuring the gross alpha/beta radioactivity of ancient pottery by using the liquid scintillation analyzer, Tri - carb2770TR/SL in the alpha/beta discrimination counting mode. The beta radioactivity is converted to the annual dose, which can be applied in dating of pottery by thermoluminescence technique. In comparison with the radiocarbon techniques, the preliminary results have shown the liquid scintillation counting technique to be an efficient solution and may be effectively applied for ancient object dating in Vietnam. (author)

  2. Gross alpha/beta measurements in water samples using liquid scintillation counter

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    Liquid scintillation techniques provide the detection and quantification of alpha and beta emitters in aqueous sample. Liquid Scintillation Counter (LSC) techniques using Pulse Decay Analysis (PDA) allow counting of alpha and beta radiation in the same sample simultaneously. PDA uses special pulse decay time discrimination electronics to differentiate alpha pulses from beta pulses in a liquid scintillator. In this experiment, Packard Tricarb 2770 TR-SL LSC has been used. Ultima Gold LLT produced by Packard Instrument Company was used as the liquid scintillator. The optimum counting parameters and Pulse Decay Discriminator (PDD) settings were provided for the best alpha and beta separation. PDD was verified by counting a pure alpha ''2''4''1Am and a pure beta ''3''6Cl. Spill of beta in alpha and alpha in beta was found around 0.1% at the optimum discriminator setting of 139. The counting efficiencies were 100% and 97% for alpha and beta counting respectively. Water samples were pre-concentrated to achieve the Turkish maximum permissible levels of 0.037 BqL''-''1 for gross alpha radioactivity and 0.37 BqL''-''1 for gross beta radioactivity in drinking water. After counting, the alpha and beta spill corrections were made and the gross alpha and beta radioactivities were calculated. LSC method results were compared with the gas flow proportional counters

  3. Alpha and beta particle induced scintillations in liquid and solid neon

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    Michniak, R A; McKinsey, D N; Doyle, J M

    2002-01-01

    Scintillations induced by alpha and beta particles in liquid and solid neon are studied and their light yield measured. Charged particle scintillation in neon is primarily in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV). We detect this EUV light by converting it to blue using a wavelength shifting fluor and detecting the blue light with a photomultiplier tube. It is observed that liquid neon is a somewhat less-efficient scintillator than liquid helium for both alpha and beta radiation while the light yield in solid neon is greater than in liquid helium. Based on our measurements of the relative light yields of liquid and solid neon to liquid helium whose absolute light yield has previously been determined, we find that an alpha source in liquid neon produces up to 5900 photons per MeV while a beta source produces up to 7400 photons per MeV. In solid neon, we find that an alpha particle produces up to 9300 photons per MeV while a beta particle produces up to 17,000 photons per MeV. We observe a significant dependence of the ...

  4. Rapid determination of gross alpha and beta activity in contaminated solutions by liquid scintillation spectrometry

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    The use of liquid scintillation counting (LSC) as a rapid detection method for emergency situations was studied. The application of the method to a rapid estimation of gross alpha and beta activities in spent decontamination solutions, urine and aerosol filters was tested. The applicable minimum detectable activities were derived by using the standard addition method. (orig.)

  5. Rapid determination of gross alpha/beta activity in milk using liquid scintilation counter technique

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    Sas Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapid determination of gross alpha and beta emitters in milk by liquid scintillation counter is discussed. This method is based on direct addition of different types of milk into scintillation cocktail and therefore it is very promising for fast determination of alpha/beta activity due to direct alpha and beta separation, measurement in close 4p geometry and without sample treatment. The selected group of radionuclides was chosen with the respect to military significance, radio-toxicity, and possibility of potential misuse. As model radionuclides 241Am, 239Pu, and 90Sr were selected. The Liquid Scintilation Counter Hidex 300 SL equipped with triple-double-coincidence-ratio technique was used for sample measurement. The aim of the work was focused on comparison of different cocktails produced by Hidex and Perkin Elmer, choosing the best cocktail based on our measurement results and adjustment of its appropriate volume. Furthermore, the optimization of ratio between the volume of scintillation cocktail and the volume of urine was investigated with the respect to the model radionuclides. According to the obtained results, the efficiency for alpha emitters was greater than 85% and for beta, greater than 95%. The obtained results allowed this method to be used for rapid determination of gross alpha/beta activity in cases where time is an essence, such as first responders or mass-scale samples, where ordinary means suffer from lack of capacity or simply collapse under the onslaught.

  6. Solar neutrino interactions with liquid scintillators used for double beta decay experiments

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    Ejiri, Hiroyasu

    2016-01-01

    Solar neutrinos interact with double beta decay detectors (DBD) and hence will contribute to backgrounds (BG) for DBD experiments. Background contributions due to solar neutrinos are evaluated for their interactions with atomic electrons and nuclei in liquid scintillation detectors used for DBD experiments. They are shown to be serious backgrounds for high sensitivity DBD experiments to search for the Majorana neutrino masses in the inverted and normal hierarchy regions.

  7. ZICOS - New project for neutrinoless double beta decay experiment using zirconium complex in liquid scintillator

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    Fukuda, Yoshiyuki

    2016-05-01

    A liquid scintillator containing a tetrakis (isopropyl acetoacetato) zirconium has been developed for new project of neutrinoless double beta decay experiment (ZICOS experiment). We have synthesized a tetrakis (isopropyl acetoacetato) zirconium, which have high solubility (over 31.2 wt.%) in anisole. We measured the performance of liquid scintillator containing 10 wt.% concentration of a tetrakis (isopropyl acetoacetato) zirconium, and obtained 48.7 ± 7.1% of the light yield of BC505 and the energy resolution of 4.1 ± 0.6% at 3.35 MeV assuming 40% photo coverage of the photomultiplier, respectively. We also estimated that ZICOS experiment should be sensitive to (mν) Zen using Cherenkov lights.

  8. Liquid scintillation alpha-beta-radiometer TIM-100

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    The basic purpose is direct analysis of strontium 90 specific activity in water samples without preliminary concentration. Radiometer can be applied also to the direct analysis of total specific activity of alpha-radiating nuclides in drinking water and for determination of radon specific activity in water. The measurements of specific beta-activity of drinking water don't demand of preliminary preparation of samples: it is not necessary to perform concentration or radiochemical separation of strontium 90 from water samples. Measurement time along with preparation of the device for work is no more than 2 hours. Volume of test of water is 2,5 litres. Minimal detected activity (MDA) for strontium 90 is of 0,37 Bq/l at 90 minutes measurement time, relative error is 50%, confidence level is 0,95. It is supposed that in tests of water strontium 90 is in radioactive equilibrium with their daughter isotope yttrium 90. In samples of water the presence of others isotopes interfering strontium-90 is possible, for example, cesium 137 and potassium 40. For strontium 90 MDA of 0,37 Bq/l is achieved in cases when values of specific activities of specified isotopes satisfy to the following conditions: cesium 137 < 20 Bq/l; potassium 40 < 1 Bq/l. Along with determination of strontium 90 concentration in water samples it is possible to measure the total specific activity of alpha-radiating isotopes: plutonium 239, americium 241 etc. MDA of alpha isotopes is 1,85 Bq/l (measurement time is 90 min., relative error is 50 %, confidence level is 0,95)

  9. Measurement of gross alpha and beta in air filter samples by using liquid scintillation counter

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    The determination of gross alpha and gross beta in particulate air filter samples was carried out by alpha, beta discrimination method using Liquid Scintillation Analyzer by setting the PSA value at 55 for 5 ml 0.1 HCl plus 15 ml of Ultima Gold AB cocktail by using 241Am and 90Sr/90Y sources. The standardized method was compared with the gross alpha and gross beta activity determined by conventional method of direct counting with end window G.M. counter and ZnS (Ag). The minimum detectable activity of LSA method was found to be 9.3 mBq and 17.7 mBq for gross alpha and gross beta respectively for 6000 sec compared to the conventional method of 9.8 mBq and 189 mBq respectively at the same counting time. The result of analysis by both method indicate that the alpha, beta discrimination set up of LSA method is highly effective in the determination of low level alpha, beta activity in air filter samples. (author)

  10. Gross alpha and gross beta determination in surface and groundwater water by liquid scintillation counting (LSC)

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    The present study has used 40 samples of groundwater and surface water collected at four different sites along the period of one year in Brumadinho and Nova Lima, two municipalities in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, as part of a more extensive study aiming at determination of the natural radioactivity in the water used for domestic use. These two sites are inside an Environmental Protection Area is located in a region of very intensive iron ore exploration. In addition of mineral resources, the region has a geological characteristic that includes quartzitic conglomerates associated with uranium. Radioactivity levels were determined via liquid scintillation counting (LSC), a fast and high counting efficiency method that can be advantageously employed to determine gross alpha and gross beta activity in liquid samples. Previously to gross alpha and gross beta counting the samples were acidified with concentrated HNO3 in the field. The technique involved a pre-concentration of the sample to obtain a low detection limit. Specific details of the employed methodology are commented. The results showed that concentrations of gross alpha natural activity and gross beta values ranged from less than the detection limit of the equipment (0.03 Bq.L-1) to 0.275 ± 0.05 Bq.L-1 for gross alpha. As regards gross beta, all samples were below the limit of detection. (author)

  11. Large scale Gd-beta-diketonate based organic liquid scintillator production for antineutrino detection

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    Aberle, C; Gramlich, B; Hartmann, F X; Lindner, M; Schönert, S; Schwan, U; Wagner, S; Watanabe, H

    2011-01-01

    Over the course of several decades organic liquid scintillators form the basis for successful neutrino detectors. For electron antineutrino detection at nuclear reactor plants, gadolinium loaded liquid scintillators provide efficient background suppression. In the Double Chooz reactor antineutrino experiment a newly developed gadolinium-loaded scintillator is utilized for the first time. Its large scale production and characterization as well as the creation of an additional metalfree scintillator are presented. Both organic liquids are used in the inner part of the Double Chooz detectors.

  12. Calibration of a liquid scintillation counter for alpha, beta and Cerenkov counting

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    Calibration data are presented for 25 radionuclides that were individually measured in a Packard Tri-Carb 2250CA liquid scintillation (LS) counter by both conventional and Cerenkov detection techniques. The relationships and regression data between the quench indicating parameters and the LS counting efficiencies were determined using microliter amounts of tracer added to low 40K borosilicate glass vials containing 15 mL of Insta-Gel XF scintillation cocktail. Using 40K, the detection efficiencies were linear over a three order of magnitude range (10 - 10,000 mBq) in beta activity for both LS and Cerenkov counting. The Cerenkov counting efficiency (CCE) increased linearly (42% per MeV) from 0.30 to 2.0 MeV, whereas the LS efficiency was >90% for betas with energy in excess of 0.30 MeV. The CCE was 20 - 50% less than the LS counting efficiency for beta particles with maximum energies in excess of 1 MeV. Based on replicate background measurements, the lower limit of detection (LLD) for a 1-h count at the 95% confidence level, using water as a solvent, was 0.024 counts sec--1 and 0.028 counts sec-1 for plastic and glass vials, respectively. The LLD for a 1-h-count ranged from 46 to 56 mBq (2.8 - 3.4 dpm) for both Cerenkov and conventional LS counting. This assumes: (1) a 100% counting efficiency, (2) a 50% yield of the nuclide of interest, (3) a 1-h measurement time using low background plastic vials, and (4) a 0-50 keV region of interest. The LLD is reduced an order of magnitude when the yield recovery exceeds 90% and a lower background region is used (i.e., 100 - 500 keV alpha region of interest). Examples and applications of both Cerenkov and LS counting techniques are given in the text and appendices

  13. Calibration of radionuclides with decay trough beta emission or electron capture by liquid scintillation technique

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    In this work is reported a methodology a methodology for pure beta and electron capture radionuclides standardization, suing liquid scintillation technique. In this sense the CIEMAT/NIST method, recently utilized by international laboratories, was implemented and the lack in the Laboratorio Nacional das Radiacoes Ionizantes - LNMRI, of the Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear - CNEN, for adequate methodology to standardize this kind if radionuclides was filled, fact that was not present with alpha and gamma radionuclides. The implementation procedure evaluation was provided by concentration activity determination of the following radionuclides: 14 C and 90 Sr, pure beta emitters; 55 Fe, electron capture decay; 204 Tl, electron capture and beta decay and 60 Co, beta-gamma emitter. In this way, a careful analysis of the implementation procedure with these radionuclides types, ranging on a broad energy spectral, was possible. To check the calibration results, intercomparisons among our measurements of these radionuclides and the reference values of the CIEMAT/Spain laboratory were provided. To check the calibration results, intercomparisons among our measurements of these radionuclides and the reference values of the CIEMAT/Spain laboratory were provided. Besides this intercomparisons, one was provided with a 204 Tl solution, utilized in the international comparison recently promoted by BIPM, and another one with a 60 C solution calibrated in LNMRI/CNEN previously by a relative calibration system, with a well type pressurized ionization chamber, and an absolute beta-gamma coincidence system, with a pill-box type proportional counter 4 π geometry, coupled with a scintillator system with a sodium iodide cristal of 4x4 inches. The comparisons among LNMRI/CNEN results and the reference values, showed a small deviation of 1,32% for 14 C, 0,40% for 60 Co, 1,12% for 55 Fe, 0,10% for 90 Sr and 0,73% for 204 Tl. For the BIPM solution the deviation was 0,46% and for 60 Co

  14. Optimization of the measurement of urinary beta transmitters by scintillation liquid with delay before burst

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    In a follow-up of radio-toxicological staff working with β-emitting sources through bioassays, liquid scintillation is the best method to achieve this type of analysis. As the elements are present in trace amounts in urine, it is important to optimize the methods to achieve the best sensitivity. In recent years, less polluting and less toxic scintillating liquids have become available and should eventually replace the current ones. Besides these new features, they take longer to dissipate the energy emitted by the fluorescence photon resulting from the interaction between the β-particle and the scintillators. This has a direct impact on the quality of the detection and requires setting optimal detection parameters; in particular, the Delay Before Burst must be carefully tuned. This study aims at showing the importance of tuning the Delay Before Burst parameter to optimize the detection limits in liquid scintillation. It covers the whole range of energies of β radiation measured (3H, 14C and 89Sr) and two types of scintillating liquid used in the laboratory: one current type, the Pico-Fluor 40, and a new one, the Ultima Gold LTT. (authors)

  15. Scintillator based beta batteries

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    Rensing, Noa M.; Tiernan, Timothy C.; Shirwadkar, Urmila; O'Dougherty, Patrick; Freed, Sara; Hawrami, Rastgo; Squillante, Michael R.

    2013-05-01

    Some long-term, remote applications do not have access to conventional harvestable energy in the form of solar radiation (or other ambient light), wind, environmental vibration, or wave motion. Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (RMD) is carrying out research to address the most challenging applications that need power for many months or years and which have undependable or no access to environmental energy. Radioisotopes are an attractive candidate for this energy source, as they can offer a very high energy density combined with a long lifetime. Both large scale nuclear power plants and radiothermal generators are based on converting nuclear energy to heat, but do not scale well to small sizes. Furthermore, thermo-mechanical power plants depend on moving parts, and RTG's suffer from low efficiency. To address the need for compact nuclear power devices, RMD is developing a novel beta battery, in which the beta emissions from a radioisotope are converted to visible light in a scintillator and then the visible light is converted to electrical power in a photodiode. By incorporating 90Sr into the scintillator SrI2 and coupling the material to a wavelength-matched solar cell, we will create a scalable, compact power source capable of supplying milliwatts to several watts of power over a period of up to 30 years. We will present the latest results of radiation damage studies and materials processing development efforts, and discuss how these factors interact to set the operating life and energy density of the device.

  16. Rapid and simultaneous detection of alpha/beta radioactivity in food by solid phase extraction liquid scintillation counting

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    The purpose of this study was to develop a practical radioanalytical method suitable for screening for beta- and alpha-emitting radioactive contamination in a large number and wide variety of foods in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency. Simple and rapid solid-phase extraction was used to overcome matrix and radiometric interferences that occurred during food analysis. Benefiting from discriminative liquid scintillation counting, simultaneous detection of alpha and beta radioactivity was achieved with negligible quench effects and ∼95 % counting efficiencies. Method limits of detection were ∼0.06 Bq/kg for alpha and ∼0.4 Bq/kg for beta radioactivity and the results were within ±20 % of the known values. (author)

  17. Some rules to improve the energy resolution in alpha liquid scintillation with beta rejection

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    Aupiais, J; Dacheux, N

    2003-01-01

    Two common scintillating mixtures dedicated to alpha measurements by means of alpha liquid scintillation with pulse shape discrimination were tested: the di-isopropylnaphthalene - based and the toluene-based solvents containing the commercial cocktails Ultima Gold AB trademark and Alphaex trademark. We show the possibility to enhance the resolution up to 200% by using no-water miscible cocktails and by reducing the optical path. Under these conditions, the resolution of about 200 keV can be obtained either by the Tri Carb sup T sup M or by the Perals sup T sup M spectrometers. The time responses, e.g., the time required for a complete energy transfer between the initial interaction alpha particle-solvent and the final fluorescence of the organic scintillator, have been compared. Both cocktails present similar behavior. According to the Foerster theory, about 6-10 ns are required to complete the energy transfer. For both apparatus, the detection limits were determined for alpha emitters. The sensitivity of the...

  18. The implications of particle energy and acidic media on gross alpha and gross beta determination using liquid scintillation

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    Zapata-Garcia, D. [Laboratori de Radiologia Ambiental (LRA), Departament de Quimica Analitica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1-11 Planta 3, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Llaurado, M., E-mail: montse.llaurado@ub.edu [Laboratori de Radiologia Ambiental (LRA), Departament de Quimica Analitica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1-11 Planta 3, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Rauret, G. [Laboratori de Radiologia Ambiental (LRA), Departament de Quimica Analitica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1-11 Planta 3, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2012-04-15

    The interaction of humans with radioactivity present in the environment from natural and artificial sources necessitates an evaluation of its risk on human health. Gross alpha and gross beta activities can provide a rapid evaluation of the radioactive content of a sample and can be simultaneously determined by using liquid scintillation counters. However, calibration of the liquid scintillation counter is required and is affected by many factors, such as particle energy and the acidity of the media. This study investigates what effect the particle energy used for calibration has on misclassification and how to account for this misclassification in routine measurements. The variability in measurement produced by the final pH, as well as any acids used in sample treatment, was also studied. These results showed that the most commonly used acid for these types of analyses, HNO{sub 3}, produced a high amount of misclassifications at very low pH. The results improved when HCl was used to adjust the sample to low pH. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We study the effect of alpha and beta energies on PSA optimisation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optimum PSA shifts to higher values as the alpha energy increases. Beta energies do not affect it. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We study the effect of pH on the simultaneous determination of gross alpha/beta activities. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HNO{sub 3} produces a high amount of misclassification at very low pH. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results improve when HCl is used to adjust the sample to low pH.

  19. Measurement of gross alpha, gross beta, radon and radium activity concentrations in aqueous samples using liquid scintillation technique

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    Recently, Malaysia has taken a positive step toward providing a better water quality by introducing more water quality parameters into its Water Quality Standard. With regard to the natural radionuclides that may present in the water, 3 parameters were introduced that is gross alpha, gross beta and radium which need to be measured and cannot exceed 0.1, 1.0 and 1.0 Bq/ L respectively. This study was conducted to develop a more practical method in measuring these parameters in aqueous environmental samples. Besides having a lot of former tin mining areas, some part of Malaysia is located on the granitic rock which also contributes to a certain extent the amount of natural radionuclides such as uranium and thorium. For all we know these two radionuclides are the origin of other radionuclides being produced from their decay series. The State of Kelantan was chosen as the study area, where the water samples were collected from various part of the Kelantan River. 25 liters of samples were collected, acidify to pH 2 and filtered before the analysis. Measurement of these parameters was done using liquid scintillation counter (LSC). The LSC was set up to the optimum discriminator level and counting was done using alpha-beta mode. The results show that gross alpha and beta can be measured using scintillation cocktail and radium and radon using extraction method. The results for gross alpha, gross beta, 222Ra and 226Ra are 0.39-6.42, 0.66-16.18, 0.40-4.65 and 0.05-0.56 Bq/ L. MDA for gross alpha, gross beta and radium is 0.03, 0.08 and 0.00035 Bq/ L respectively. (Author)

  20. The influence of chemical and color quenching on the shape of energy spectrum for Beta particles of 90Sr- 90Y by using liquid scintillation cocktail

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    The effect of chemical quenching on the pulse height spectrum and Emax of Strontium 90Sr were studied using the organic scintillation cocktail and observing change in florescent yield and spectral shape (energy spectrum) of beta particles of 90Sr isotope in determining a relationship between the magnitude of material that causes quenching and the position of energy spectrum and Emax, adding 3 M nitric acid (HNO3) as chemical quencher to the scintillation, and added aqueous soluble yellow food dye with different concentration as color quencher. The beta detection efficiency depends on energy, spectral shape and cocktail. Typically, beta particles with maximum energies (Emax > 0.250 MeV) are detected with > 90% counting efficiency in organic liquid scintillation, where 90Sr has maximum beta energy, Emax, of 0.546 MeV and half-life of 28.17 years. The results were compared with reference and literature values. (author)

  1. Simultaneous determination of gross alpha, gross beta and 226Ra in natural water by liquid scintillation counting

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    The determination of gross alpha, gross beta and 226Ra activity in natural waters is useful in a wide range of environmental studies. Furthermore, gross alpha and gross beta parameters are included in international legislation on the quality of drinking water [Council Directive 98/83/EC]. In this work, a low-background liquid scintillation counter (Wallac, Quantulus 1220) was used to simultaneously determine gross alpha, gross beta and 226Ra activity in natural water samples. Sample preparation involved evaporation to remove 222Rn and its short-lived decay daughters. The evaporation process concentrated the sample ten-fold. Afterwards, a sample aliquot of 8 mL was mixed with 12 mL of Ultima Gold AB scintillation cocktail in low-diffusion vials. In this study, a theoretical mathematical model based on secular equilibrium conditions between 226Ra and its short-lived decay daughters is presented. The proposed model makes it possible to determine 226Ra activity from two measurements. These measurements also allow determining gross alpha and gross beta simultaneously. To validate the proposed model, spiked samples with different activity levels for each parameter were analysed. Additionally, to evaluate the model's applicability in natural water, eight natural water samples from different parts of Spain were analysed. The eight natural water samples were also characterised by alpha spectrometry for the naturally occurring isotopes of uranium (234U, 235U and 238U), radium (224Ra and 226Ra), 210Po and 232Th. The results for gross alpha and 226Ra activity were compared with alpha spectrometry characterization, and an acceptable concordance was obtained

  2. Evaluation of different parameters affecting the liquid scintillation spectrometry measurement of gross alpha and beta index in water samples

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    Liquid scintillation spectrometry is a fast competitive technique for the simultaneous evaluation of gross alpha and beta indexes. However, the implementation of this technique should not be considered as straightforward, and the pre-concentration methods to decrease the detection limit together with quenching and alpha, and beta crossover corrections should be carefully chosen according to the needs of the laboratory. Both aspects are being approached in this work as to find an easy and robust method for alpha/beta measurement in water samples, taking into account the quenching and alpha/beta crossover interferences effects. Results showed that most of the pre-concentration methods increased the quenching in the measurement, although HNO3 0.05 M points to be the best solution for pre-concentration and re-dissolution of the sample as converges into low quenching and maximum recovery. Subsequently, in the measurement of water samples with different conductivities, the analysis of the raw counts to obtain gross alpha and beta indexes was carried out using different approaches to implement quenching and interference corrections. If quenching and salt content in the sample are relatively low, interference and quenching-efficiency corrections do not improve the accuracy of the results within the usual precision assumed for a result of gross alpha and beta index (25%). Special attention must be paid when corrections are applied to high quenched or saline samples and when alpha and beta activities values are different in several orders of magnitude. - Highlights: → Developed method for simultaneously quantifying gross alpha and gross beta indexes based on LSC was as accurate and precise as the results obtained from methods based on gas proportional counting and ZnS alpha counting. → Alpha/beta crossover and/or quenching corrections were applied and the results obtained did not improve accuracy within 25% dispersion, a widespread acceptance limit for gross alpha and

  3. Evaluation of different parameters affecting the liquid scintillation spectrometry measurement of gross alpha and beta index in water samples

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    Palomo, M. [Unitat de Radioquimica Ambiental i Sanitaria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain); Villa, M. [Centro de Investigacion, Tecnologia e Innovacion. Servicio Radioisotopos. Universidad de Sevilla (Spain); Casacuberta, N. [Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals-Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Spain (Spain); Penalver, A.; Borrull, F. [Unitat de Radioquimica Ambiental i Sanitaria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain); Aguilar, C., E-mail: carme.aguilar@urv.cat [Unitat de Radioquimica Ambiental i Sanitaria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain)

    2011-09-15

    Liquid scintillation spectrometry is a fast competitive technique for the simultaneous evaluation of gross alpha and beta indexes. However, the implementation of this technique should not be considered as straightforward, and the pre-concentration methods to decrease the detection limit together with quenching and alpha, and beta crossover corrections should be carefully chosen according to the needs of the laboratory. Both aspects are being approached in this work as to find an easy and robust method for alpha/beta measurement in water samples, taking into account the quenching and alpha/beta crossover interferences effects. Results showed that most of the pre-concentration methods increased the quenching in the measurement, although HNO{sub 3} 0.05 M points to be the best solution for pre-concentration and re-dissolution of the sample as converges into low quenching and maximum recovery. Subsequently, in the measurement of water samples with different conductivities, the analysis of the raw counts to obtain gross alpha and beta indexes was carried out using different approaches to implement quenching and interference corrections. If quenching and salt content in the sample are relatively low, interference and quenching-efficiency corrections do not improve the accuracy of the results within the usual precision assumed for a result of gross alpha and beta index (25%). Special attention must be paid when corrections are applied to high quenched or saline samples and when alpha and beta activities values are different in several orders of magnitude. - Highlights: > Developed method for simultaneously quantifying gross alpha and gross beta indexes based on LSC was as accurate and precise as the results obtained from methods based on gas proportional counting and ZnS alpha counting. > Alpha/beta crossover and/or quenching corrections were applied and the results obtained did not improve accuracy within 25% dispersion, a widespread acceptance limit for gross alpha and

  4. Determination of total alpha and beta activity in water for human consumption by LSC(Liquid Scintillation Counter)

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    The Ordinance Brazilian of Ministry of Health (MS 2914/2011) establishes the standards for quality of water intended for human consumption, being limits values of 5.0 Bq/L for gross alpha, and 1.0 Bq/L for gross beta radioactivity. The liquid scintillation spectrometry (LSC) technique has been presented as an alternative to conventional procedure using gas flow proportional counter. The present work shows a review of the methods for determination of gross alpha and gross beta in water by using LSC. Between the factors that influence the accuracy and repeatability of the analytical results we can highlight: thermal preconcentration, type of the acid and calibration standard. A procedure was established and carried out to samples of the National Program of Intercomparison of Radionuclides in Environmental Samples for evaluation of its performance. The gross alpha and gross beta analysis in samples of the public water supplies in the Metropolitan Region of Goiania, state of Goias was carried out. The results are consistent with the guideline values form the Ministry of Health concerning radioactivity. (author)

  5. Measuring radioactive carbon with a liquid scintillator

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    Petkov, T.

    1975-01-01

    Results are presented on the measurement of the soft beta emitter carbon-14 in a liquid scintillator by means of a single-channel scintillation spectrometer provided with a lucite light-guide. The scintillation solution had the composition: PPO-10 grams, POPOP-0.25 grams, naphthalene-100 grams, and dioxane-1 liter. The background count rate and counting efficiency were determined at a discrimination threshold of 2 V and an amplification of 54. Carbon-14 activities of 10 to 20 picocuries could be measured at 90% counting efficiency under the proper conditions. (SJR)

  6. A proportional-scintillation counter beta spectrometer

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    Using a proportional counter for coincidence gating of events in a plastic scintillator provides selective registration of beta interactions in the scintillator. This technique has been used to construct a field instrument that can selectively collect beta spectra (coincidence gating) or gamma spectra (anticoincidence gating). Associated dose rates are calculated from the spectra

  7. Purification of KamLAND-Zen liquid scintillator

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    Ikeda, Haruo

    2013-08-01

    KamLAND-Zen is neutrino-less double-beta decay search experiment using enriched 300 kg of 136Xe dissolved in pure liquid scintillator. This report is purification work of liquid scintillator for KamLAND-Zen experiment before installation in the inner-balloon and background rejection processes after installation.

  8. A multi-sample liquid scintillation counting system for weak beta-emitting samples with single phototube detectors

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    The relative merits of low-level liquid scintillation counters with one and two phototubes, respectively, are discussed and an analysis of their background components is presented. A simple and compact system with manual sample changing is described. It counts four samples simultaneously, and it is based on the single-phototube arrangement where conical vials sit on the top of 28 mm diameter phototubes. A PC computer collects and processes the pulses from a specially designed electronic unit. The system is operated in a small underground counting room, a closet in the wall of a road tunnel under a fjord. Its performance is described

  9. Measurement of isotopic uranium in water for compliance monitoring by liquid scintillation counting with alpha/beta discrimination

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    A simple and inexpensive method is described for analysis of uranium (U) activity and mass in water by liquid scintillation counting using α/β discrimination. This method appears to offer a solution to the need for an inexpensive protocol for monitoring U activity and mass simultaneously and an alternative to the potential inaccuracy involved when depending on the mass-to-activity conversion factor or activity screen. U is extracted virtually quantitatively into 20 ml extractive scintillator from a 1-ell aliquot of water acidified to less than pH 2. After phase separation, the sample is counted for a 20-minute screening count with a minimum detection level of 0.27 pCi ell -1. α-particle emissions from the extracted U are counted with close to 100% efficiency with a Beckman LS6000 LL liquid scintillation counter equipped with pulse-shape discrimination electronics. Samples with activities higher than 10 pCi ell -1 are recounted for 500-1000 minutes for isotopic analysis. Isotopic analysis uses events that are automatically stored in spectral files and transferred to a computer during assay. The data can be transferred to a commercially available spreadsheet and retrieved for examination or data manipulation. Values for three readily observable spectral features can be rapidly identified by data examination and substituted into a simple formula to obtain 234U/238U ratio for most samples. U mass is calculated by substituting the isotopic ratio value into a simple equation. The utility of this method for the proposed compliance monitoring of U in public drinking water supplies was field tested with a survey of drinking water from Texas supplies that had previously been known to contain elevated levels of gross α activity. U concentrations in 32 samples from 27 drinking water supplies ranged from 0.26 to 65.5 pCi ell -1, with seven samples exceeding the proposed Maximum Contaminant Level

  10. Double beta decay with large scale Yb-loaded scintillators

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    Zuber, K.

    2000-01-01

    The potential of large scale Yb-loaded liquid scintillators as proposed for solar neutrino spectroscopy are investigated with respect to double beta decay. The potential for beta-beta- - decay of 176Yb as well as the beta+/EC - decay for 168Yb is discussed. Not only getting for the first time an experimental half-life limit on 176Yb - decay, this will even be at least comparable or better than existing ones from other isotopes. Also for the first time a realistic chance to detect beta+/EC - d...

  11. Total alpha and beta determination by liquid scintillation counting in water samples from a Brazilian intercomparison exercise

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    This paper describes CNEN/LAPOC's participation in the Brazilian Intercomparison Exercise (PNI) for simultaneous determination of total radioactivity in water samples, which took place in August and December 2008. The Proficiency Test (PT) also involved a short description of the nuclear analytical technique employed, emphasizing sources of uncertainty. A Liquid Scintillation System (Packard TRICARB 2700) was used with appropriate corrections applied to final results, expressed as Bq L-1. Participation and PT data provide independent information on performance of a Laboratory and have an important role in method validation; especially because it allows the assessment of method performance over an entire range of concentrations and matrices. PT is also an important tool to demonstrate equivalence of measurements, if not their metrological comparability, and to promote education and improvement of Lab practices. (author)

  12. Characterizing Quantum-Dot-Doped Liquid Scintillator for Applications to Neutrino Detectors

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    Winslow, Lindley

    2012-01-01

    Liquid scintillator detectors are widely used in modern neutrino studies. The unique optical properties of semiconducting nanocrystals, known as quantum dots, offer intriguing possibilities for improving standard liquid scintillator, especially when combined with new photodetection technology. Quantum dots also provide a means to dope scintillator with candidate isotopes for neutrinoless double beta decay searches. In this work, the first studies of the scintillation properties of quantum-dot-doped liquid scintillator using both UV light and radioactive sources are presented.

  13. Radiation damage studies on new liquid scintillators and liquid-core scintillating fibers

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    The radiation resistant of some new liquid scintillation and capillaries filled with liquid scintillators has been presented. It was found that scintillation efficiency of the scintillator based on 1-methyl naphthalene with a new R39 only by 10% at the dose of 190 Mrad and the radiation resistance of thin liquid-core scintillating was decreased fibers exceeded 60 Mrad. 35 refs

  14. Nanophosphor composite scintillator with a liquid matrix

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    McKigney, Edward Allen; Burrell, Anthony Keiran; Bennett, Bryan L.; Cooke, David Wayne; Ott, Kevin Curtis; Bacrania, Minesh Kantilal; Del Sesto, Rico Emilio; Gilbertson, Robert David; Muenchausen, Ross Edward; McCleskey, Thomas Mark

    2010-03-16

    An improved nanophosphor scintillator liquid comprises nanophosphor particles in a liquid matrix. The nanophosphor particles are optionally surface modified with an organic ligand. The surface modified nanophosphor particle is essentially surface charge neutral, thereby preventing agglomeration of the nanophosphor particles during dispersion in a liquid scintillator matrix. The improved nanophosphor scintillator liquid may be used in any conventional liquid scintillator application, including in a radiation detector.

  15. Direct WIMP Detection Using Scintillation Time Discrimination in Liquid Argon

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    Boulay, M. G.; Hime, A.

    2004-01-01

    Discrimination between electron and nuclear recoil events in a liquid argon scintillation detector has been demonstrated with simulations by using the differences in the scintillation photon time distribution between these classes of events. A discrimination power greater than 10^{8} is predicted for a liquid argon experiment with a 10 keV threshold, which would mitigate electron and gamma-ray backgrounds, including beta decays of 39-Ar and 42-Ar in atmospheric argon. A dark matter search usi...

  16. Radiopure Metal-Loaded Liquid Scintillator

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    Rosero, Richard [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Chemistry Dept.; Yeh, Minfang [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Chemistry Dept.

    2015-03-18

    Metal-loaded liquid scintillator plays a key role in particle and nuclear physics experiments. The applications of metal ions in various neutrino experiments and the purification methods for different scintillator components are discussed in this paper.

  17. Radiopure metal-loaded liquid scintillator

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    Metal-loaded liquid scintillator plays a key role in particle and nuclear physics experiments. The applications of metal ions in various neutrino experiments and the purification methods for different scintillator components are discussed in this paper

  18. Synthesis of plastic scintillation microspheres: Alpha/beta discrimination

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    Plastic scintillation microspheres (PSm) have been developed as an alternative for liquid scintillation cocktails due to their ability to avoid the mixed waste, besides other strengths in which the possibility for alpha/beta discrimination is included. The aim of this work was to evaluate the capability of PSm containing two combinations of fluorescence solutes (PPO/POPOP and pT/Bis-MSB) and variable amounts of a second organic solvent (naphthalene) to enhance the alpha/beta discrimination. Two commercial detectors with different Pulse Shape Discrimination performances (Quantulus and Triathler) were used to evaluate the alpha/beta discrimination. An optimal discrimination of alpha/beta particles was reached, with very low misclassification values (2% for beta particles and 0.5% for alpha particles), when PSm containing PPO/POPOP and between 0.6 and 2.0 g of naphthalene were evaluated using Triathler and the appropriate programme for data processing. - Highlights: • Plastic scintillation microspheres for α/β discrimination have been synthesised. • The energy transfer process in PSm with different compositions has been investigated. • The α/β discrimination capabilities of two commercial detectors have been evaluated. • 2% and 0.5% of misclassifications for β and α radionuclides have been achieved respectively

  19. Detecting scintillations in liquid helium

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    Huffman, P. R.; McKinsey, D. N.

    2013-09-01

    We review our work in developing a tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB)-based detection system for a measurement of the neutron lifetime using magnetically confined ultracold neutrons (UCN). As part of the development of the detection system for this experiment, we studied the scintillation properties of liquid helium itself, characterized the fluorescent efficiencies of different fluors, and built and tested three detector geometries. We provide an overview of the results from these studies as well as references for additional information.

  20. Determination of total alpha and beta activity in water for human consumption by LSC(Liquid Scintillation Counter); Determinacao de atividades alfa e beta total em agua para consumo humano por LSC (Contador de Cintilacao Liquida))

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    2013-07-01

    The Ordinance Brazilian of Ministry of Health (MS 2914/2011) establishes the standards for quality of water intended for human consumption, being limits values of 5.0 Bq/L for gross alpha, and 1.0 Bq/L for gross beta radioactivity. The liquid scintillation spectrometry (LSC) technique has been presented as an alternative to conventional procedure using gas flow proportional counter. The present work shows a review of the methods for determination of gross alpha and gross beta in water by using LSC. Between the factors that influence the accuracy and repeatability of the analytical results we can highlight: thermal preconcentration, type of the acid and calibration standard. A procedure was established and carried out to samples of the National Program of Intercomparison of Radionuclides in Environmental Samples for evaluation of its performance. The gross alpha and gross beta analysis in samples of the public water supplies in the Metropolitan Region of Goiania, state of Goias was carried out. The results are consistent with the guideline values form the Ministry of Health concerning radioactivity. (author)

  1. Calibration of radionuclides with decay trough beta emission or electron capture by liquid scintillation technique; Calibracao de radionuclideos que decaem por emissao beta ou por captura eletronica pela tecnica de cintilacao liquida

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    Loureiro, Jamir dos Santos

    2000-02-01

    In this work is reported a methodology a methodology for pure beta and electron capture radionuclides standardization, suing liquid scintillation technique. In this sense the CIEMAT/NIST method, recently utilized by international laboratories, was implemented and the lack in the Laboratorio Nacional das Radiacoes Ionizantes - LNMRI, of the Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear - CNEN, for adequate methodology to standardize this kind if radionuclides was filled, fact that was not present with alpha and gamma radionuclides. The implementation procedure evaluation was provided by concentration activity determination of the following radionuclides: {sup 14} C and {sup 90} Sr, pure beta emitters; {sup 55} Fe, electron capture decay; {sup 204} Tl, electron capture and beta decay and {sup 60} Co, beta-gamma emitter. In this way, a careful analysis of the implementation procedure with these radionuclides types, ranging on a broad energy spectral, was possible. To check the calibration results, intercomparisons among our measurements of these radionuclides and the reference values of the CIEMAT/Spain laboratory were provided. To check the calibration results, intercomparisons among our measurements of these radionuclides and the reference values of the CIEMAT/Spain laboratory were provided. Besides this intercomparisons, one was provided with a {sup 204} Tl solution, utilized in the international comparison recently promoted by BIPM, and another one with a {sup 60} C solution calibrated in LNMRI/CNEN previously by a relative calibration system, with a well type pressurized ionization chamber, and an absolute beta-gamma coincidence system, with a pill-box type proportional counter 4 {pi} geometry, coupled with a scintillator system with a sodium iodide cristal of 4x4 inches. The comparisons among LNMRI/CNEN results and the reference values, showed a small deviation of 1,32% for {sup 14} C, 0,40% for {sup 60} Co, 1,12% for {sup 55} Fe, 0,10% for {sup 90} Sr and 0,73% for {sup

  2. Alpha/beta pulse shape discrimination in plastic scintillation using commercial scintillation detectors

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    Activity determination in different types of samples is a current need in many different fields. Simultaneously analysing alpha and beta emitters is now a routine option when using liquid scintillation (LS) and pulse shape discrimination. However, LS has an important drawback, the generation of mixed waste. Recently, several studies have shown the capability of plastic scintillation (PS) as an alternative to LS, but no research has been carried out to determine its capability for alpha/beta discrimination. The objective of this study was to evaluate the capability of PS to discriminate alpha/beta emitters on the basis of pulse shape analysis (PSA). The results obtained show that PS pulses had lower energy than LS pulses. As a consequence, a lower detection efficiency, a shift to lower energies and a better discrimination of beta and a worst discrimination of alpha disintegrations was observed for PS. Colour quenching also produced a decrease in the energy of the particles, as well as the effects described above. It is clear that in PS, the discrimination capability was correlated with the energy of the particles detected. Taking into account the discrimination capabilities of PS, a protocol for the measurement and the calculation of alpha and beta activities in mixtures using PS and commercial scintillation detectors has been proposed. The new protocol was applied to the quantification of spiked river water samples containing a pair of radionuclides (3H-241Am or 90Sr/90Y-241Am) in different activity proportions. The relative errors in all determinations were lower than 7%. These results demonstrate the capability of PS to discriminate alpha/beta emitters on the basis of pulse shape and to quantify mixtures without generating mixed waste.

  3. Liquid scintillator time projection chamber concept

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    Results are presented from a small-scale experiment to investigate the use of room temperature organic liquid scintillators as the active medium for a time projection chamber (TPC). The optical properties of liquid scintillators have long been known, but their ability to transport charge has remained, until now, largely untested. The idea of using room temperature liquids as an active medium for an ionisation chamber was first presented in [1]. Since then the range of liquid scintillators available has been greatly developed. We present successful transport of ionization charges in a selection of both, pure organic liquid solvents and liquid scintillator cocktails over 20 mm using a variety of electric drift field strengths. The target of this research is to offer a cost effective alternative to liquid noble gas detectors in neutrino physics

  4. Liquid scintillation counting as a calibration method for PAEC monitors

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    Measurements of potential alpha energy concentration (PAEC) of radon progeny are obligatory in Polish coal mines. Very important problem is a proper calibration of PAEC monitors for coal mining industry. It is very know fact, that is no possibility of producing of standard atmosphere of radon progeny. Therefore calibration is usually based on comparison of read-out of PAEC monitor with more counting of this filter immersed in a liquid scintillation counter (LSC) gives as a result an absolute method of PAEC measurements, because of very high efficiency for alpha and beta particles in liquid scintillator (almost 100%). (author). 30 refs, 2 figs

  5. Near-infrared scintillation of liquid argon

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    Alexander, T.; Escobar, C. O.; Lippincott, W. H.; Rubinov, P.

    2016-03-01

    Since the 1970s it has been known that noble gases scintillate in the near infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum (0.7 μm motivation for using the NIR scintillation in liquid argon detectors, then briefly review early as well as more recent efforts and finally show encouraging preliminary results of a test performed at Fermilab.

  6. Alpha liquid scintillation counting: past, present, and future

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    Beta liquid scintillation counting has been used for about 30 years, and its effectiveness for alpha particles has been known for almost that long; however, the technique has not been widely applied to alpha particle detection because of poor energy resolution, high background, and variable interference from beta and gamma radiation. Beginning with the work of Horrocks in the early 1960s, improvements in energy resolution and background rejection have been made. Further developments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory over the past 10 to 12 years have resulted in improved methods of sample preparation (using liquid-liquid extraction methods to isolate the sample and introduce it into the scintillator) and better instrumentation, including electronic rejection of beta and gamma pulses. Energy resolutions of 200- to 300-keV FWHM and background counts of 0.01 cpm are now routine. Alpha liquid scintillation spectrometry is now suitable for a wide range of applications, from the accurate quantitative determination of relatively large amounts of known nuclides in laboratory-generated samples to the detection and identification of very small, subpicocurie amounts of alpha emitters in environmental-type samples. Suitable nuclide separation procedures, sample preparation methods, and instrument configurations are outlined for a variety of analyses

  7. Cementation of radioactive liquid scintillator waste simulate

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    Liquid scintillation counting is an important analytical tool with extensive applications in medicine and basic applied research and used in quantification of □ -particles, weak □ and x-rays. The generated spent liquid scintillator radioactive waste should be limited and controlled to protect man and his environment. In this study, the radioactive spent liquid scintillator waste simulate (SLS) was immobilized in cement matrix using a surfactant in order to facilitate and increase the amount of SLS incorporated into the cementitious materials. Mechanical properties of the final cement waste form were acceptable for blocks containing up to 20% SLS in presence of surfactant. X-ray diffraction, IR analysis and scanning electron microscope proved that the hydration of cement materials is not significantly affected by organic scintillator waste. Therefore, the cement matrix could be recommended for solidification of SLS for the acceptable mechanical, physical and chemical characterizations reached.

  8. Measurement of radiation damage of water-based liquid scintillator and liquid scintillator

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    Liquid scintillating phantoms have been proposed as a means to perform real-time 3D dosimetry for proton therapy treatment plan verification. We have studied what effect radiation damage to the scintillator will have upon this application. We have performed measurements of the degradation of the light yield and optical attenuation length of liquid scintillator and water-based liquid scintillator after irradiation by 201 MeV proton beams that deposited doses of approximately 52 Gy, 300 Gy, and 800 Gy in the scintillator. Liquid scintillator and water-based liquid scintillator (composed of 5% scintillating phase) exhibit light yield reductions of 1.74 ± 0.55 % and 1.31 ± 0.59 % after 0≈ 80 Gy of proton dose, respectively. Whilst some increased optical attenuation was observed in the irradiated samples, the measured reduction to the light yield is also due to damage to the scintillation light production. Based on our results and conservative estimates of the expected dose in a clinical context, a scintillating phantom used for proton therapy treatment plan verification would exhibit a systematic light yield reduction of approximately 0.1% after a year of operation

  9. Characterization of positronium properties in doped liquid scintillators

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    Consolati, G; Hans, S; Jollet, C; Meregaglia, A; Perasso, S; Tonazzo, A; Yeh, M

    2013-01-01

    Ortho-positronium (o-Ps) formation and decay can replace the annihilation process, when positron interacts in liquid scintillator media. The delay induced by the positronium decay represents either a potential signature for anti-neutrino detection, via inverse beta decay, or to identify and suppress positron background, as recently demonstrated by the Borexino experiment. The formation probability and decay time of o-Ps depend strongly on the surrounding material. In this paper, we characterize the o-Ps properties in liquid scintillators as function of concentrations of gadolinium, lithium, neodymium, and tellurium, dopers used by present and future neutrino experiments. In particular, gadolinium and lithium are high neutron cross section isotopes, widely used in reactor anti-neutrino experiments, while neodymium and tellurium are double beta decay emitters, employed to investigates the Majorana neutrino nature. Future neutrino experiments may profit from the performed measurements to tune the preparation of ...

  10. Standardisation of sup 9 sup 0 Sr, sup 6 sup 3 Ni and sup 5 sup 5 Fe by the 4 pi beta liquid scintillation spectrometry method with sup 3 H-standard efficiency tracing

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    Ceccatelli, A

    1999-01-01

    The 4 pi beta efficiency tracing liquid scintillation spectrometry method was applied with success, at ENEA, to the activity measurement of pure beta-emitters ( sup 9 sup 0 Sr and sup 6 sup 3 Ni) and electron-capturing nuclides ( sup 5 sup 5 Fe), using sup 3 H as tracer nuclide. The agreement of these measurements in comparison to other national metrology institutes was checked by means of two comparisons, carried out in 1996-1997. Furthermore a study of the stability of the prepared sources was performed and the dependence of the measured activity concentration on the quenching level was analysed. The radionuclides were standardised to a combined standard uncertainty of 0.14% for sup 9 sup 0 Sr, 0.55% for sup 6 sup 3 Ni and 1.18% for sup 5 sup 5 Fe.

  11. The Standardization of a Liquid Scintillation System

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    An experimental evaluation is made of methods in current use for the routine standardization of liquid scintillation systems, with special reference to a single photomultiplier arrangement applied to the measurement of tritium in liquid samples. The investigation includes consideration of the problem of scintillator phosphorescence as well as those disadvantages usually associated with the internal standardization procedure, such as the necessity for very accurate dispensing of the small volumes involved. The complications due to phosphorescence, which also accompany the 57Co internal standard method, may be circumvented in the various ways discussed, but special attention has been given to the more satisfactory standardization procedure, the channel-ratio method. This method, which has the advantage of simultaneous measurement both of sample and quenching factor, has been studied in detail using a dioxane-based scintillator and an aqueous tritium standard. Pulse-height spectra were obtained for both quenched and unquenched samples (utilizing both chemical and colour quenching) and the variation of count-rate with pulse height was found to be exponential. The constant of the exponential was characteristic of the degree of quenching and bore a linear relationship to the relative efficiency over a wide range. Since colour quenching is usually accompanied with some chemical quenching, an attempt was made to separate the two effects. They were found to produce similar results down to an efficiency of 15% relative to the unquenched sample. Analysis of the experimental data suggests methods for selecting optimum settings for the two channels over this quenching range according to the requirements of the specific problem. An experimental relationship was also obtained for 57Co internal standardization. Finally the channel ratio, 57Co and internal standard methods were intercompared for various quenching agents. Although the results obtained were not widely different, the

  12. Construction and implementation of a liquid scintillation TDCR system

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    The triple-to-double coincidence ratio (TDCR) method is an absolute measurement method of radioactivity, and is a popular technique for the standardization of pure beta radionuclides. A triple-to-double coincidence ratio (TDCR) liquid scintillation counting system has been constructed in China. A description of the system and measured activities for sources such as 3H and 99Te are presented. (authors)

  13. Optical design considerations for efficient light collection from liquid scintillation counters.

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    Bernacki, Bruce E; Douglas, Matthew; Erchinger, Jennifer L; Fuller, Erin S; Keillor, Martin E; Morley, Shannon M; Mullen, Crystal A; Orrell, John L; Panisko, Mark E; Warren, Glen A; Wright, Michael E

    2015-03-20

    Liquid scintillation counters measure charged particle-emitting radioactive isotopes and are used for environmental studies, nuclear chemistry, and life science. Alpha and beta emissions arising from the material under study interact with the scintillation cocktail to produce light. The prototypical liquid scintillation counter employs low-level photon-counting detectors to measure the arrival of the scintillation. For reliable operation, the counting instrument must convey the scintillation light to the detectors efficiently and predictably. Current best practices employ the use of two or more detectors for coincidence processing to discriminate true scintillation events from background events due to instrumental effects such as photomultiplier tube dark rates, tube flashing, or other light emission not generated in the scintillation cocktail vial. In low-background liquid scintillation counters, additional attention is paid to shielding the scintillation cocktail from naturally occurring radioactive material present in the laboratory and within the instrument's construction materials. Low-background design is generally at odds with optimal light collection. This study presents the evolution of a light collection design for liquid scintillation counting (LSC) in a low-background shield. The basic approach to achieve both good light collection and a low-background measurement is described. The baseline signals arising from the scintillation vial are modeled and methods to efficiently collect scintillation light are presented as part of the development of a customized low-background, high-sensitivity LSC system. PMID:25968530

  14. Precision beta gauge using a plastic scintillator and photomultiplier detector

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    Jaklevic, J.M.; Madden, N.W.; Wiegand, C.E. (Lawrence Berkely Lab., CA (USA))

    1983-09-01

    We describe the use of a plastic scintillator photomultiplier detector combination in applications involving the precision beta-gauge measurements of small mass deposits of thin substrates. The requisite precision (+- 2 ..mu..g/cm/sup 2/) places stringent requirements on the beta-particle counter and associated electronics. The scintillator based system is shown to be equivalent if not superior to previously employed semiconductor detectors with respect to long-term counting stability.

  15. Measurement of Radiation Damage of Water-based Liquid Scintillator and Liquid Scintillator

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    Bignell, Lindsey J; Hans, Sunej; Jaffe, David E; Rosero, Richard; Vigdor, Steven; Viren, Brett; Worcester, Elizabeth; Yeh, Minfang; Zhang, Chao

    2015-01-01

    Liquid scintillating phantoms have been proposed as a means to perform real-time 3D dosimetry for proton therapy treatment plan verification. We have studied what effect radiation damage to the scintillator will have upon this application. We have performed measurements of the degradation of the light yield and optical attenuation length of liquid scintillator and water-based liquid scintillator after irradiation by 201 MeV proton beams that deposited doses of approximately 52 Gy, 300 Gy, and 800 Gy in the scintillator. Liquid scintillator and water-based liquid scintillator (composed of $5\\%$ scintillating phase) exhibit light yield reductions of $1.74 \\pm 0.55 \\%$ and $1.31 \\pm 0.59 \\%$ after $\\approx$ 800 Gy of proton dose, respectively. Whilst some increased optical attenuation was observed in the irradiated samples, the measured reduction to the light yield is also due to damage to the scintillation light production. Based on our results and conservative estimates of the expected dose in a clinical conte...

  16. Ultra-violet wavelength shift for undoped CaF2 scintillation detector by two phase of liquid scintillator system in CANDLES

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    CANDLES is a project to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 48Ca with CaF2 scintillators. An effective 4π active shield is achieved by placing the CaF2 crystals in a liquid scintillator. Energy resolution is improved by converting the ultra-violet light of the CaF2 scintillator into the visible region with a wavelength shifter dissolved in the liquid scintillator. The newly developed technique, 'two phase system of liquid scintillator', is presented. It will be used to exploit the unique features of the CANDLES system. Experiments to determine liquid scintillator composition will be described. Performance of CANDLES will be demonstrated with prototype detectors. Obtained results indicate that the proposed two phase technique is effective for CANDLES system which will utilize several tons of CaF2 scintillators.

  17. Liquid Scintillation High Resolution Spectral Analysis

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    Grau Carles, A.; Grau Malonda, A.

    2010-08-06

    The CIEMAT/NIST and the TDCR methods in liquid scintillation counting are based on the determination of the efficiency for total counting. This paper tries to expand these methods analysing the pulse-height spectrum of radionuclides. To reach this objective we have to generalize the equations used in the model and to analyse the influence of ionization and chemical quench in both spectra and counting efficiency. We present equations to study the influence of different photomultipliers response in systems with one, two or three photomultipliers. We study the effect of the electronic noise discriminator level in both spectra and counting efficiency. The described method permits one to study problems that up to now was not possible to approach, such as the high uncertainty in the standardization of pure beta-ray emitter with low energy when we apply the TDCR method, or the discrepancies in the standardization of some electron capture radionuclides, when the CIEMAT/NIST method is applied. (Author) 107 refs.

  18. Liquid Scintillation High Resolution Spectral Analysis

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    The CIEMAT/NIST and the TDCR methods in liquid scintillation counting are based on the determination of the efficiency for total counting. This paper tries to expand these methods analysing the pulse-height spectrum of radionuclides. To reach this objective we have to generalize the equations used in the model and to analyse the influence of ionization and chemical quench in both spectra and counting efficiency. We present equations to study the influence of different photomultipliers response in systems with one, two or three photomultipliers. We study the effect of the electronic noise discriminator level in both spectra and counting efficiency. The described method permits one to study problems that up to now was not possible to approach, such as the high uncertainty in the standardization of pure beta-ray emitter with low energy when we apply the TDCR method, or the discrepancies in the standardization of some electron capture radionuclides, when the CIEMAT/NIST method is applied. (Author) 107 refs.

  19. Method development for radon measurement and simultaneous determination of gross alpha and gross beta activities in water by liquid scintillation counting for compliance testing of samples to the Philippine National Standards for drinking water

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    The Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW) includes the determination of the radiological quality of drinking water to ensure that water is safe from contamination due to fallout, or suspected sources of radiological impurities. The standard limits are ; 0.1 Bq/L (Becquerel s per liter) for gross alpha counts and 1.0 Bq/L for gross beta counts. A liquid scintillation counting (LSC) based method that requires smaller sample quantities, less sample preparation time and operator intervention, and produces adequate minimum detection levels for local drinking water guidelines has been developed. It involves the enrichment of the sample 10 times by evaporation and counting for two hours, the alpha and beta emissions simultaneously by pulse shape analysis using the Guardian 1414 liquid scintillation counter. The method overcomes the self-attenuation problems typical of high dissolved solid waters and gas flow proportional counting that was previously used. Additionally, the need to evaporate large volumes of water, quantitatively transfer residues to counting planchets and developing operator skills in producing homogeneous and evenly distributed samples are eliminated. Operator intervention is also minimized during sample preparation and counting. This resulted in the reduction of analysis time to 1/5 and analysis cost to 1/3 from that using the former procedure. The detection limits: 0.03-0.06 Bq/L for alpha and 0.2-0.5 Bq/L for beta, are sufficiently low for the required regulatory limits. Detection limits of ≤0.05 Bq/L for gross alpha and ≤0.3 Bq/L for gross beta were achieved for a total of two hours counting per sample. The standard limit for radon in water has been set to 11.0 Bq/L. A similar procedure has been developed for the determination of radon 222 in water using LSC. The water samples are homogeneously mixed with the scintillation cocktail, the counting geometry is essentially 4□?, which provides high efficiencies and eliminates

  20. Applications of low level liquid scintillation counting

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    Low level liquid scintillation counting is reviewed in terms of its present use and capabilities for measuring low activity samples. New areas of application of the method are discussed with special interest directed to the food industry and environmental monitoring. Advantages offered in the use of a low background liquid scintillation counter for the nuclear power industry and nuclear navy are discussed. Attention is drawn to the need for commercial development of such instrumentation to enable wider use of the method. A user clientele is suggested as is the required technology to create such a counter

  1. Liquid scintillators for radiocarbon dating in archaeology

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    A simple scintillator counter with one photomultiplier and no cooling is used for determining the absolute age of archaeological specimens by means of radiocarbon. Background is reduced by using a steel- and lead-laminated shield and amplitude pulse-height selection, and by making the detector from selected 'clean' materials. Ethyl benzene is synthesized from the carbon contained in the archaeological specimen. From 18 to 72 ml of liquid scintillator was used in the measurements, corresponding to the introduction of 3 - 12 g of carbon from the specimen. With 40 ml of scintillator the background-count speed and the contemporaneous carbon speed (without background) were respectively 23.5 and 37 counts/min and with 70 ml, 28 and 57 counts/ min. The statistical error of 48-h measurements of specimens 5500 yr old is respectively 65 and 35 yr with 40 and 70 ml of the scintillator. Archaeological specimens from various regions of the Soviet Union were measured. (author)

  2. The liquid scintillation counting efficiency for 137mCs+137mBa and ''129 I

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    We compute the liquid scintillation counting efficiency for 137Cs+137mBa and ''129 I taking into account the scintillator chemical composition. We consider the beta transition shape factors for the for bidden beta transitions of these nuclides, and the effects of 137mBa and 129mXe half-lives on the total counting efficiency. (Author) 8 refs

  3. LArGe - A liquid argon scintillation veto for GERDA

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    Heisel, M.(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany)

    2011-01-01

    LArGe is a Gerda low-background test facility to study novel background suppression methods in a low-background environment, for possible applications in the Gerda experiment. Gerda searches for the neutrinoless double-beta decay in 76Ge, by operating naked germanium detectors submersed into 65 m3 of liquid argon. Similarly, LArGe runs Ge-detectors in 1 m3 (1.4 tons) of liquid argon, which in addition is instrumented with photomultipliers to detect argon scintillation light. The light is used...

  4. Liquid scintillation counting of novel radionuclides

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    The theoretical background of counting radionuclides in liquid scintillators is presented. The effects of quenching and finite scintillator size are briefly described and the theory is justified by an experimental comparison between 55Fe and 3H in which all facets of the theory are important. Counting efficiencies for other nuclides decaying by 100% electron capture are calculated and compared with efficiencies for the β emitters 3H, 14C and 36Cl. Also included are comments on the special problems associated with counting plutonium in biological materials. The essential conclusion is that in order to improve the technique and avoid unnecessary pitfalls it is necessary to have a sound understanding of the underlying theory of liquid scintillation counting

  5. Optical Properties of Quantum-Dot-Doped Liquid Scintillators

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    Aberle, C; Weiss, S; Winslow, L

    2013-01-01

    Semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots) were studied in the context of liquid scintillator development for upcoming neutrino experiments. The unique optical and chemical properties of quantum dots are particularly promising for the use in neutrinoless double beta decay experiments. Liquid scintillators for large scale neutrino detectors have to meet specific requirements which are reviewed, highlighting the peculiarities of quantum-dot-doping. In this paper, we report results on laboratory-scale measurements of the attenuation length and the fluorescence properties of three commercial quantum dot samples. The results include absorbance and emission stability measurements, improvement in transparency due to filtering of the quantum dot samples, precipitation tests to isolate the quantum dots from solution and energy transfer studies with quantum dots and the fluorophore PPO.

  6. Liquid scintillation counting system with automatic gain correction

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    An automatic liquid scintillation counting apparatus is described including a scintillating medium in the elevator ram of the sample changing apparatus. An appropriate source of radiation, which may be the external source for standardizing samples, produces reference scintillations in the scintillating medium which may be used for correction of the gain of the counting system

  7. Near-infrared scintillation of liquid argon

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    Alexander, T. [Fermilab; Escobar, C. O. [Campinas State U.; Lippincott, W. H. [Fermilab; Rubinov, P. [Fermilab

    2016-03-03

    Since the 1970s it has been known that noble gases scintillate in the near infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum (0.7 $\\mu$m < $\\lambda$; < 1.5$\\mu$m). More controversial has been the question of the NIR light yield for condensed noble gases. We first present the motivation for using the NIR scintillation in liquid argon detectors, then briefly review early as well as more recent efforts and finally show encouraging preliminary results of a test performed at Fermilab.

  8. Near-infrared scintillation of liquid argon

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    Alexander, T; Lippincott, W H; Rubinov, P

    2016-01-01

    Since the 1970s it has been known that noble gases scintillate in the near infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum (0.7 $\\mu$m < $\\lambda$; < 1.5$\\mu$m). More controversial has been the question of the NIR light yield for condensed noble gases. We first present the motivation for using the NIR scintillation in liquid argon detectors, then briefly review early as well as more recent efforts and finally show encouraging preliminary results of a test performed at Fermilab.

  9. Evaluation of the portable liquid scintillation counter Triathler™ for characterising small-scale nuclear incidents

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    The portable liquid scintillation counter Triathler™ was used under laboratory conditions to perform gross alpha and beta measurements as well as wipe tests. The results of these measurements were compared with results from certified methods that are routinely used at our laboratory. Background measurements with different scintillation cocktails using different counting modes were performed and the occurrence of luminescence after sample preparation in the lower energy regions was evaluated. An increased background was observed shortly after the mixing of the distilled water and the scintillation cocktail. The scintillation cocktail Hisafe 3 proved to be most suitable for on-site applications with the Triathler. (author)

  10. Decontamination and modification of liquid scintillators

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    A new technique for decontaminating and recyling used liquid scintillator (LS) is discussed. A modification of hydrophobic scintillator for use with aqueous samples is also described. Both aliphatic and aromatic based LS (Dioxane and Tritol) are effectively decontaminated by extraction with NaOH. A single extraction gives a decontamination factor (DF) of about 90%. Thus 3-4 such extractions decontaminate the LS to background level. Toluene scintillator is unsuitable for aqueous samples because it does not hold water. However, it can be solubilised by alcohol. This LS is decontaminated by separating two phases with excess of water. Recovered LS after proper dilutions gives about 96% efficiency with respect to fresh LS. In all the systems studied generation of active waste ranges from 12-47% depending upon the activity present in the sample. (H.K.)

  11. Radioactive waste disposal for liquid scintillators

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    Attempts are made to treat organic scintillation liquid wastes containing radioactive molecules (labelled with 3H, 14C, or 32P). The radioactive molecules in such fluids are difficult to catch on adsorbents, probably because they are dissolved or emulsified into organic solvents by complex means. By addition of saline to the scintillation fluid, a white creamy sol is formed. The emulsion thus made is destroyed by warming. After standing, two layers are clearly separated. The upper layer is mainly a nonpolar organic solvent holding hydrophobic molecules, and the lower layer is mainly water containing hydrophilic molecules. The two layers can then be treated separately with charcoal to adsorb radioactive molecules easily. Tritium water (HTO) can be transferred from the organic scintillation fluid (monophase) into the water layer. The latter can be used repeatedly for the treatment of fresh monophase. Thus the HTO in a large amount of monophase can be concentrated into a small volume of water layer. (auth.)

  12. Optics study of liquid scintillation counting systems

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    Optics is a key issue in the development of any liquid scintillation counting (LSC) system. Light emission in the scintillating solution, transmission through the vial and reflector design are some aspects that need to be considered in detail. This paper describes measurements and calculations carried out to optimise these factors for the design of a new family of LSC counters. Measurements of the light distribution emitted by a scintillation vial were done by autoradiographs of cylindrical vials made of various materials and results were compared to those obtained by direct measurements of the light distribution made by scanning the vial with a photomultiplier tube. Calculations were also carried out to study the light transmission in the vial and the optimal design of the reflector for a system with one photomultiplier tube. (Author)

  13. Liquid scintillation counting techniques for the determination of some alpha emitting actinides: a review

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    The present report is a review of the work on liquid scintillation counting techniques, for the determination of alpha emitting actinides like uranium, plutonium, americium etc; for the last three decades (1970-1999). It covers the progress that has taken place in conventional liquid scintillation counting employing various solvents, scintillators and extractants. There is gradual development in instrumentation from integral counting of alpha emitters to alpha liquid scintillation spectrometry to resolve and identify different alpha emitters. These advancements have led to Pulse Shape Analysis (PSA) and Photon Electron Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry (PERALS) techniques for the determination of the alpha emitters in the presence of beta and gamma activity. These techniques allow the determination of actinides at very low levels which has increased their applications to almost all the fields of chemistry; be it biomedical, environmental, geological or process chemistry of nuclear fuels. The development of biphasic technique using various extractants to separate different elements and counting in presence of one another has been made possible. Inorganic scintillators have been recently developed which have the advantage of eliminating effects of quenching and presence of beta/gamma emitting actinides. This review will serve as a reference to those who want to carry out work in the field of determination of actinides using liquid scintillation counting techniques. (author)

  14. Positronium signature in organic liquid scintillators for neutrino experiments

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    Franco, D; Trezzi, D

    2010-01-01

    Electron anti-neutrinos are commonly detected in liquid scintillator experiments via inverse beta decay, by looking at the coincidence between the reaction products, neutron and positron. Prior to positron annihilation, an electron-positron pair may form an orthopositronium (o-Ps) state, with a mean life of a few ns. Even if the o-Ps decay is speeded up by spin flip or pick off effects, it may introduce distortions in the photon emission time distribution, crucial for position reconstruction and pulse shape discrimination algorithms in anti-neutrino experiments. Reversing the problem, the o-Ps induced time distortion represents a new signature for tagging anti-neutrinos in liquid scintillator. In this paper, we report the results of measurements of the o-Ps formation probability and lifetime, for the most used solvents for organic liquid scintillators in neutrino physics (pseudocumene, linear alkyl benzene, phenylxylylethane, and dodecane). We characterize also a mixture of pseudocumene +1.5 g/l of 2,5-diphen...

  15. A Performance Comparison of Nine Selected Liquid Scintillation Cocktails

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    In the selection of a suitable liquid scintillation (LSC) cocktail, the primary aspects taken into consideration are overall cocktail performance and specific laboratory needs. Overall performance of 9 selected, commercially available LSC cocktails was assessed by studying parameters of importance for the requirements of the Laboratory for Low Level Radioactivity Measurements of SCK-CEN: sample load capacity, sample compatibility, influence of sample load on counting efficiency, background count rate, figure of merit, quench resistance, sample stability and alpha/beta separation characteristics. The cocktails tested were EcoscintA, Insta Gel Plus, OptiPhase Hisafe3, OptiPhase Trisafe, Ready Gel, SafeScint 1:1, Ultima Gold, Ultima Gold LLT, and Ultima Gold XR. For the data acquisition a Packard TriCarb Model 1900CA and a Quantulus 1220 liquid scintillation counter is used. All samples were prepared in either 20 mL low potassium, borosilicate glass vials or 20 mL high density, polyethylene vials. The aim of this study was to determine a single cocktail that best suits all measurement requirements of the liquid scintillation laboratory at SCK-CEN for the determination of low levels of radioactivity in biological and environmental samples. As a conclusion, Optiphase HiSafe 3 was confirmed to be the optimal cocktail for the laboratory.

  16. The scintillation of liquid argon

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    Heindl, T; Hofmann, M; Krücken, R; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Wieser, J; Ulrich, A

    2015-01-01

    A spectroscopic study of liquid argon from the vacuum ultraviolet at 110 nm to 1000 nm is presented. Excitation was performed using continuous and pulsed 12 keV electron beams. The emission is dominated by the analogue of the so called 2nd excimer continuum. Various additional emission features were found. The time structure of the light emission has been measured for a set of well defined wavelength positions. The results help to interpret literature data in the context of liquid rare gas detectors in which the wavelength information is lost due to the use of wavelength shifters.

  17. Measurements on scintillation light from liquid argon

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    It is shown that an argon calorimeter can operate as a scintillation detector, provided that xenon is added. With the addition of 170 ppm xenon a light yield of 70% has been obtained. In addition the light yield is determined under influence of an electric field, from differently ionising particles and by the use of aluminium mirrors acting as light guides. Finally first measurements with a photomultiplier working at liquid argon temperatures are reported. (orig.)

  18. Energy calibration for a plastic scintillator Beta-detector telescope

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    A plastic scintillator beta-detector telescope has been built and calibrated. The uncertainty of linear energy calibration in the range of endpoint energy between 0.7 and 6.1 MeV for both β- and β+-emitters has been tested to be 35 keV

  19. Methods of Fabricating Scintillators with Radioisotopes for Beta Battery Applications

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    Rensing, Noa M.; Squillante, Michael R.; Tieman, Timothy C.; Higgins, William; Shiriwadkar, Urmila

    2013-01-01

    Technology has been developed for a class of self-contained, long-duration power sources called beta batteries, which harvest the energy contained in the radioactive emissions from beta decay isotopes. The new battery is a significant improvement over the conventional phosphor/solar cell concept for converting this energy in three ways. First, the thin phosphor is replaced with a thick scintillator that is transparent to its own emissions. By using a scintillator sufficiently thick to completely stop all the beta particles, efficiency is greatly improved. Second, since the energy of the beta particles is absorbed in the scintillator, the semiconductor photodetector is shielded from radiation damage that presently limits the performance and lifetime of traditional phosphor converters. Finally, instead of a thin film of beta-emitting material, the isotopes are incorporated into the entire volume of the thick scintillator crystal allowing more activity to be included in the converter without self-absorption. There is no chemical difference between radioactive and stable strontium beta emitters such as Sr-90, so the beta emitter can be uniformly distributed throughout a strontium based scintillator crystal. When beta emitter material is applied as a foil or thin film to the surface of a solar cell or even to the surface of a scintillator, much of the radiation escapes due to the geometry, and some is absorbed within the layer itself, leading to inefficient harvesting of the energy. In contrast, if the emitting atoms are incorporated within the scintillator, the geometry allows for the capture and efficient conversion of the energy of particles emitted in any direction. Any gamma rays associated with secondary decays or Bremsstrahlung photons may also be absorbed within the scintillator, and converted to lower energy photons, which will in turn be captured by the photocell or photodiode. Some energy will be lost in this two-stage conversion process (high-energy particle

  20. Light propagation and fluorescence quantum yields in liquid scintillators

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    Buck, C; Wagner, S

    2015-01-01

    For the simulation of the scintillation and Cherenkov light propagation in large liquid scintillator detectors a detailed knowledge about the absorption and emission spectra of the scintillator molecules is mandatory. Furthermore reemission probabilities and quantum yields of the scintillator components influence the light propagation inside the liquid. Absorption and emission properties are presented for liquid scintillators using 2,5-Diphenyloxazole (PPO) and 4-bis-(2-Methylstyryl)benzene (bis-MSB) as primary and secondary wavelength shifter. New measurements of the quantum yields for various aromatic molecules are shown.

  1. Light propagation and fluorescence quantum yields in liquid scintillators

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    For the simulation of the scintillation and Cherenkov light propagation in large liquid scintillator detectors a detailed knowledge about the absorption and emission spectra of the scintillator molecules is mandatory. Furthermore reemission probabilities and quantum yields of the scintillator components influence the light propagation inside the liquid. Absorption and emission properties are presented for liquid scintillators using 2,5-Diphenyloxazole (PPO) and 4-bis-(2-Methylstyryl)benzene (bis-MSB) as primary and secondary wavelength shifter. New measurements of the quantum yields for various aromatic molecules are shown

  2. Monopole search and neutrino astrophysics with liquid scintillation detectors

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    This chapter describes the 140 ton Large Area Scintillation Detector (LASD) being constructed in the Homestake Mine and discusses plans for a one kiloton liquid scintillation solar neutrino detector. The LASD consists of a hollow box 8 m high X 8 m wide X 16 m long, constructed from 200 liquid scintillator modules. Topics considered include magnetic monopoles, neutrino bursts from collapsing stars, solar neutrinos (the status of the search for neutrinos from the Sun, solar neutrino detection with the Large Mass Scintillation Detector), detector electronics for the LASD, and the construction status. Twenty tons of liquid scintillator (out of a total requirement of 140) are currently being pumped into the modules

  3. LArGe. A liquid argon scintillation veto for GERDA

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    Heisel, Mark

    2011-04-13

    LArGe is a GERDA low-background test facility to study novel background suppression methods in a low-background environment, for possible applications in the GERDA experiment. GERDA searches for the neutrinoless double-beta decay in {sup 76}Ge, by operating naked germanium detectors submersed into 65 m{sup 3} of liquid argon. Similarly, LArGe runs Ge-detectors in 1 m{sup 3} (1.4 tons) of liquid argon, which in addition is instrumented with photomultipliers to detect argon scintillation light. The light is used in anti-coincidence with the germanium detectors, to effectively suppress background events that deposit energy in the liquid argon. This work adresses the design, construction, and commissioning of LArGe. The background suppression efficiency has been studied in combination with a pulse shape discrimination (PSD) technique for various sources, which represent characteristic backgrounds to GERDA. Suppression factors of a few times 10{sup 3} have been achieved. First background data of LArGe (without PSD) yield a background index of (0.12-4.6).10{sup -2} cts/(keV.kg.y) (90% c.l.), which is at the level of the Gerda phase I design goal. Furthermore, for the first time we measure the natural {sup 42}Ar abundance (in parallel to Gerda), and have indication for the 2{nu}{beta}{beta}-decay in natural germanium. (orig.)

  4. Development of a low background liquid scintillation counter for a shallow underground laboratory

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    Erchinger, J L; Bernacki, B E; Douglas, M; Fuller, E S; Keillor, M E; Morley, S M; Mullen, C A; Orrell, J L; Panisko, M E; Warren, G A; Williams, R O; Wright, M E

    2015-01-01

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has recently opened a shallow underground laboratory intended for measurement of low-concentration levels of radioactive isotopes in samples collected from the environment. The development of a low-background liquid scintillation counter is currently underway to further augment the measurement capabilities within this underground laboratory. Liquid scintillation counting is especially useful for measuring charged particle (e.g., $\\beta$, $\\alpha$) emitting isotopes with no (or very weak) gamma-ray yields. The combination of high-efficiency detection of charged particle emission in a liquid scintillation cocktail coupled with the low-background environment of an appropriately-designed shield located in a clean underground laboratory provides the opportunity for increased-sensitivity measurements of a range of isotopes. To take advantage of the 35 meters-water-equivalent overburden of the underground laboratory, a series of simulations have evaluated the scintillation count...

  5. Direct liquid scintillation measurement applied to environmental water sample

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    There are two standard recommendations [ISO-9698 and AWWA-APHA-WEF method] that specify a method for determining tritium concentration in water by liquid scintillation counting. Except for some slight differences, the principle of the two chemical treatments of water samples is basically the same. Distillation of the water sample and measurement by liquid scintillation counting are common procedures for both recommendations. The first step toward establishing the routine procedure for our laboratory was to select an appropriate method for assessing counting efficiency. The methods most widely used to check counting efficiency in the quench presence include the Spectral Quench Parameter of external standard method (SQP(E)) and Internal Standard Method. In our study, a low background liquid scintillation system detector, Quantulus 1220, was used to determine tritium activity concentration in seven heavy water samples with different concentration levels from 99.66 D/(H+D)% to 1.65 D/(D+H)%. A comparison between dilution factors, calculated for both D/(D+ H)% concentration and tritium activity and measured by the two methods, allowed us to conclude that the Internal Standard Method provided accurate results especially for lower D/(D+H)% concentration, which is the case of our environmental samples. Existing commercial standards don't meet the requirements for an accurate environmental tritium measurement. The Compton electrons produced by the external standard are energetic beta particles and do not have the same weak beta-particle behavior in the sample itself. Hence, a small amount of quenching may remain undetected in the tritium sample. Once the efficiency problem settled, we focused on the sample preparation. We studied the earlier mentioned standard methods to determine tritium concentrations in different types of water: drinking water, precipitation, surface water, and wastewater. We decided that for our laboratory conditions, i.e. equipment, practice, and

  6. Counting efficiency for liquid scintillator systems with a single multiplier phototube

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    In this paper counting efficiency as a function of a free parameter (the figure of merit) has been computed. The results are applicable to liquid scintillator systems with a single multiplier phototube. Tables of counting efficiency for 62 pure beta emitters are given for figures of merit in the range 0.25 to 50. (Author) 16 refs

  7. Scintillation yield of liquid xenon at room temperature

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    Ueshima, K; Iida, T; Ikeda, M; Kobayashi, K; Koshio, Y; Minamino, A; Miura, M; Moriyama, S; Nakahata, M; Nakajima, Y; Ogawa, H; Sekiya, H; Shiozawa, M; Suzuki, Y; Takeda, A; Takeuchi, Y; Yamashita, M; Kaneyuki, K; Doke, T; Ebizuka, Y; Kikuchi, J; Ota, A; Suzuki, S; Takahashi, T; Hagiwara, H; Kamei, T; Miyamoto, K; Nagase, T; Nakamura, S; Ozaki, Y; Sato, T; Fukuda, Y; Sato, T; Nishijima, K; Sakurai, M; Maruyama, T; Motoki, D; Itow, Y; Ohsumi, H; Tasaka, S; Kim, S B; Kim, Y D; Lee, J I; Moon, S H

    2008-01-01

    The intensity of scintillation light emission from liquid xenon at room temperature was measured. The scintillation light yield at 1 deg. was measured to be 0.64 +/- 0.02 (stat.) +/- 0.06 (sys.) of that at -100 deg. Using the reported light yield at -100 deg. (46 photons/keV), the measured light yield at 1 deg. corresponds to 29 photons/keV. This result shows that liquid xenon scintillator gives high light yield even at room temperature.

  8. A performance comparison of nine selected liquid scintillation cocktails

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    In the selection of an optimal liquid scintillation counting (LSC) cocktail, two important aspects are generally taken into consideration: overall cocktail performance and specific laboratory needs. Overall performance can be assessed by studying parameters like counting efficiency, intrinsic background contribution, quench resistance, sample stability over time, sample load capacity, sample compatibility and alpha/beta discrimination. These performance indicators then have to be balanced against the specific laboratory needs such as required detection limits, acceptable measurement uncertainty, sample volume used for routine measurements, chemical and/or physical properties of routinely measured samples, desired sample throughput and waste treatment regulations. The aim of this comparison study is to determine a single cocktail that best suits all measurement requirements of the liquid scintillation counting laboratory at SCK-CEN for the determination of low levels of radioactivity in biological and environmental samples. The results presented in this publication only intend to give information about some of the most important, overall performance indicators for 9 selected, commercially available LSC cocktails. The indicators presented here are sample load capacity, sample compatibility, counting efficiency, figure of merit (FOM), quench resistance and sample stability. The cocktails tested are Ecoscint A, Insta-Gel Plus, OptiPhase Hisafe 3, OptiPhase Trisafe, Ready Gel, SafeScint 1:1, Ultima Gold, Ultima Gold LLT and Ultima Gold XR. For the data acquisition a Packard TriCarb Model 1900CA and a Quantulus 1220 liquid scintillation counter are used. All samples are prepared in either 20 milliliter low potassium, borosilicate glass vials or 20 milliliter high density, polyethylene vials

  9. Liquid argon scintillation read-out with silicon devices

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    Silicon photosensors represent a viable alternative to standard photomultipliers in fields such as communications and medical imaging. We explored the interesting possibility of using these sensors in combination with liquid argon (LAr) for astroparticle physics applications such as neutrino, dark matter and double beta decay experiments. In fact, silicon photosensors have detection efficiencies comparable with those of the highest performance PMTs and can be manufactured with high level of radiopurity. In particular within the on-going R and D activity of the SILENT project (Low background and low noise techniques for double beta decay physics funded by ASPERA) a large area SiPM (Silicon PhotoMultiplier - Hamamatsu S11828-3344M - 1.7 cm2 area) has been installed in a LAr scintillation chamber of 0.5 liters volume together with a cryogenic photomultiplier tube (Hamamatsu R11065) used as a reference. The liquid argon chamber has been exposed to many gamma sources of different energies and single photoelectron response and light yield for the SiPM and PMT have been measured and compared. In this contribution the results of the tests, and the ongoing R and D to optimize the SiPM for cryogenic and for ultralow background applications, are reported, as well as the possible application in the GERDA experiment on Double Beta Decay Searches of 76Ge

  10. Liquid argon scintillation read-out with silicon devices

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    Canci, N.; Cattadori, C.; D'Incecco, M.; Lehnert, B.; Machado, A. A.; Riboldi, S.; Sablone, D.; Segreto, E.; Vignoli, C.

    2013-10-01

    Silicon photosensors represent a viable alternative to standard photomultipliers in fields such as communications and medical imaging. We explored the interesting possibility of using these sensors in combination with liquid argon (LAr) for astroparticle physics applications such as neutrino, dark matter and double beta decay experiments. In fact, silicon photosensors have detection efficiencies comparable with those of the highest performance PMTs and can be manufactured with high level of radiopurity. In particular within the on-going R&D activity of the SILENT project (Low background and low noise techniques for double beta decay physics funded by ASPERA) a large area SiPM (Silicon PhotoMultiplier - Hamamatsu S11828-3344M - 1.7 cm2 area) has been installed in a LAr scintillation chamber of 0.5 liters volume together with a cryogenic photomultiplier tube (Hamamatsu R11065) used as a reference. The liquid argon chamber has been exposed to many gamma sources of different energies and single photoelectron response and light yield for the SiPM and PMT have been measured and compared. In this contribution the results of the tests, and the ongoing R&D to optimize the SiPM for cryogenic and for ultralow background applications, are reported, as well as the possible application in the GERDA experiment on Double Beta Decay Searches of 76Ge.

  11. Liquid scintillator production for the NOvA experiment

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    Mufson, S; Bower, C; Coan, T; Cooper, J; Corwin, L; Karty, J; Mason, P; Pla-Dalmau, A; Proudfoot, M

    2015-01-01

    The NOvA collaboration blended and delivered 8.8 kt (2.72M gal) of liquid scintillator to its detectors as its active detector medium. The composition of the scintillator was developed to meet the requirements of the experiment. The scintillator was shipped to the NOvA near and far detectors using dedicated stainless steel tanker trailers. A rigorous set of quality control procedures were put in place to assure that the liquid scintillator was blended to satisfy the transparency, light yield, and conductivity requirements. The incoming components, the blended scintillator, and the scintillator in the transport tanker trailers were all qualified with these procedures, which ensured that the NOvA scintillator was high quality and met its performance requirements.

  12. Some history of liquid scintillator development at Los Alamos

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    The early developments in liquid scintillation counting made at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory are reviewed. Most of the work was under the direction of F.N. Hayes and included counter development and applications as well as synthesis and chemistry of liquid scintillators

  13. Improving performance of charge sensitive preamplifier in liquid scintillation counter using constant current technology

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    There are various charge constant current technologies for liquid scintillation circuit. The constant current technology, charge technology and their application to liquid scintillation counter are emphasized

  14. Pulse shape discrimination studies in a liquid Argon scintillation detector

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    2007-01-01

    Liquid rare gases have been gaining popularity as detector media in rare event searches, especially dark matter experiments, and one factor driving their adoption is the possibility to recognise different types of ionizing radiation by the pulse shapes they evoke. This work on pulse shape discrimination in a liquid argon scintillation detector was done in the framework of the GERDA experiment, where liquid argon scintillation signals may be used for background suppression purposes. Liquid arg...

  15. Liquid scintillator production for the NOvA experiment

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    Mufson, S.; Baugh, B.; Bower, C.; Coan, T. E.; Cooper, J.; Corwin, L.; Karty, J. A.; Mason, P.; Messier, M. D.; Pla-Dalmau, A.; Proudfoot, M.

    2015-11-01

    The NOvA collaboration blended and delivered 8.8 kt (2.72M gal) of liquid scintillator as the active detector medium to its near and far detectors. The composition of this scintillator was specifically developed to satisfy NOvA's performance requirements. A rigorous set of quality control procedures was put in place to verify that the incoming components and the blended scintillator met these requirements. The scintillator was blended commercially in Hammond, IN. The scintillator was shipped to the NOvA detectors using dedicated stainless steel tanker trailers cleaned to food grade.

  16. Liquid scintillator production for the NOvA experiment

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    Mufson, S., E-mail: mufson@indiana.edu [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States); Baugh, B.; Bower, C. [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States); Coan, T.E. [Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275 (United States); Cooper, J. [Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL 60510 (United States); Corwin, L. [South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States); Karty, J.A. [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States); Mason, P. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37916 (United States); Messier, M.D. [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States); Pla-Dalmau, A. [Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL 60510 (United States); Proudfoot, M. [Renkert Oil, Morgantown, PA 19543 (United States)

    2015-11-01

    The NOvA collaboration blended and delivered 8.8 kt (2.72M gal) of liquid scintillator as the active detector medium to its near and far detectors. The composition of this scintillator was specifically developed to satisfy NOvA's performance requirements. A rigorous set of quality control procedures was put in place to verify that the incoming components and the blended scintillator met these requirements. The scintillator was blended commercially in Hammond, IN. The scintillator was shipped to the NOvA detectors using dedicated stainless steel tanker trailers cleaned to food grade.

  17. Substoichiometric isotope dilution analysis of indium by liquid scintillation counting

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    A sensitive and selective substoichiometric isotope dilution method for the determination of trace amounts of indium is described. The method is based on the extraction of its ion-association complex with substoichiometric amount of Aliquat-336 into toluene from 0.7 M KBr and 4.0 M H2SO4. The beta activity of indium-114 is measured by liquid scintillation counting. The counting efficiency was found to be 92%. The ease with which indium can be quantitatively collected over ferric hydroxide is put to advantage in developing the above method. The collection method in conjunction with the substoichiometric method is used to determine indium in the flue dust and zinc ore. The detection limit was found to be 0.5 μg in 100 ml of aqueous volume. (orig.)

  18. Study Performance of Liquid Scintillation Fiber Detector

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    Zhang, Yongpeng; Lu, Haoqi; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Chengcai; Yang, Changgen

    2016-01-01

    Liquid scintillator (LS) with optical fiber detector (LSOF detector) is a new type of detector, which has been applied in large-scale particle physics experiments in recent years. We were proposing LSOF detector as one option of top veto detector in Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) experiment. The prototype detector was located in laboratory of the institute of high energy physics (IHEP). From prototype study, we found that the detector have a good performance and can satisfy JUNO requirement. The detection efficiency of cosmic ray muon is greater than 98% and can collect 58 photon electrons (p.e.) when muon is going through the detector. Further more, the relationship between p.e., material reflectivity and LS depth are studied. We also compared the data with Monte Carlo simulation, and they have a good agreement with each other.

  19. An alpha–gamma coincidence spectrometer based on the photon–electron rejecting alpha liquid scintillation (PERALS®) system

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    An alpha–gamma coincidence spectrometer has been developed for the measurement of selected actinide isotopes in the presence of high beta/gamma fields. The system is based on a PERALS® liquid scintillation counter for beta/alpha discrimination and was successfully tested with both high purity germanium and bismuth germanate, gamma-ray detectors using conventional analog electronics

  20. Operation of CdZnTe Semiconductor Detectors in Liquid Scintillator for the COBRA Experiment

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    Oldorf, Christian

    2015-08-15

    COBRA, the Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride O-neutrino double-Beta Research Apparatus, is an experiment aiming for the measurement of the neutrinoless double beta decay with several isotopes, in particular {sup 116}Cd, {sup 106}Cd and {sup 130}Te. A highly granular large scale experiment with about 400 kg of CdZnTe semiconductor detectors is currently under development. To provide evidence for the neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 116}Cd, a background rate in the order of 10{sup -3} counts/keV/kg/a is needed to achieve the required half-life sensitivity of at least 2 . 10{sup 26} years. To reach this target, the detectors have to be operated in a highly pure environment, shielded from external radiation. Liquid scintillator is a promising candidate as a circum fluent replacement for the currently used lacquer. Next to the function as highly pure passivation material, liquid scintillator also acts as a neutron shield and active veto for external gammas. Within this thesis, the design, construction and assembly of a test set-up is described. The operation of four CdZnTe detectors after several years of storage in liquid scintillator is demonstrated. Next to extensive material compatibility tests prior to the assembly, the commissioning of the set-up and the characterization of the detectors are shown. Finally, results concerning the background reduction capability of liquid scintillator and the detection of cosmic muons are presented and compared to a Monte Carlo simulation.

  1. Response of organic liquid scintillators to fast neutrons and gamma radiation

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    Hoertz, Paul G.; Mills, Karmann; Davis, Lynn; Baldasaro, Nicholas; Gupta, Vijay

    2013-03-01

    Liquid organic scintillators are cocktails of aromatic fluorophores in an aromatic solvent. They find widespread use in Liquid Scintillation Counters with applications in medical diagnostics as well as fundamental nuclear and particle physics. Ultima Gold™ XR, a commercially available organic liquid scintillator from Perkin Elmer, can be used in both aqueous and non-aqueous systems and is typically used for beta detection in medical diagnostics. Its performance under gamma radiation and neutron radiation is less well-characterized. Special and normal Ultima Gold™ XR liquid scintillators were exposed in separate experiments to fast neutrons and high energy photons from a nuclear reactor and to gamma rays from a Co-60 source. To perform the measurements in the radiation chamber, a custom light collection system consisting of a fiber optic cable, spectrometer and a diffuse reflecting optical cavity was fabricated. Advanced calibration procedures, traceable to NIST standards, were developed to determine photon fluxes and flux densities of the scintillators under ionizing radiation conditions. The scintillator emission spectra under gamma radiation from a Co-60 source and neutron radiation from a pool-type nuclear reactor were recorded and compared. Results on the spectrometer design and comparison of the spectra under different exposure are presented.

  2. The Assay of Alpha- and Beta-Emitters by Means of Scintillating Ion-Exchange Resins

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    The development of scintillating ion.exchange resins (SIER) has provided a unique system for the detection and counting of alpha- and beta-ray emitting nuclides. The property of ion exchange permits the concentration of ionic radionuclides from aqueous solutions of widely varying chemical conditions. The property of scintillation in response to the emitted particles allows for the detection of the adsorbed radionuclides. Both anionic and cationic SIER have been developed and possess the strongly basic, quaternary ammonium group and the strongly acidic, aryl sulphonic group respectively. Therefore, the voluminous literature on the uses of commercially available ion-exchange resins can be applied in many cases to SIER. The availability of both anionic and cationic resins presents the possibility of a method for the adsorption of almost all elements except the rare gases. The stability of SIER is such that it can be used in solution of strong sodium hydroxide, concentrated hydrochloric and sulphuric acids as well as 6N nitric acid at 25°C for short periods (3 - 4 h) of time. SIER is readily adapted for counting with the available scintillation counting apparatus. The activated resin can be counted in a plastic (or glass) cup coupled to a photomultiplier tube and an electronic pulse counter. It can also be transferred to a glass vial, immersed in aqueous alcohol or toluene, and counted in a liquid scintillation counter. SIER in the form of small spherical beads permits the use of counting vessels with many different geometric configurations. Both alpha- and beta-ray emitting nuclides have been efficiently adsorbed and counted using these methods. The low-energy beta-emitters, such as 63Ni and 14C, have been counted with 12 and 35%efficiencies respectively. The alpha-emitters of 239Pu and 237Np have been adsorbed and efficiently counted (70-90%) on both the anionic and cationic resins. 14C-tagged amino acids have also been counted at over 20% efficiency using a liquid

  3. Assessment of beta-emitter radionuclides in biological samples using liquid scintillation counting. Application to the study of internal doses in molecular and cellular biology techniques

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    The radioisotopic techniques used in Molecular and Cellular Biology involve external and internal irradiation risk. It is necessary to control the possible internal contamination associated to the development of these techniques. The internal contamination risk can be due to physical and chemical properties of the labelled compounds, aerosols generated during the performance technique. The aim of this work was to estimate the possible intake of specific beta emitters during the technique development and to propose the required criterions to perform Individual Monitoring. The most representative radioisotopic techniques were selected attending their potential risk of internal contamination. Techniques were analysed applying IAEA methodology according to the used activity in each technique. It was necessary to identify the worker groups that would require individual monitoring on the base of their specific risk. Different measurement procedures were applied to study the possible intake in group risk and more than 160 persons were measured by in vitro bioassay. (Author) 96 refs

  4. Rare-earth loaded liquid scintillator (for LENS experiment)

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    Barabanov, I R; Kornoukhov, V N; Yanovich, E A; Zatsepin, G T; Danilov, N A; Korpusov, G V; Kostukova, G V; Krylov, Y S; Yakshin, V V

    1999-01-01

    Rare-earth (Yb/Gd) complexes with neutral organophosphorus ligands are briefly discussed for their application in liquid scintillation technique. To evaluate the principal feasibility of rare-earth loaded scintillator, the ytterbium chloride complexes with tri-isoamylphosphine oxides were synthesized. Relative scintillation efficiency (RSE) for two Yb concentrations (78 and 88 g/L) was measured by means of the internal conversion exitation from Cs-137. The results obtained were 50 and 40% respectively.

  5. Development of tracking detectors based on capillaries with liquid scintillator

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    Capillaries with a liquid scintillator used for high resolution tracking detectors have been investigated. The highest scintillation efficiency, 1.5 times higher than that of a standard polystyrene scintillator, has been attained for the solution of 1-methylnaphtalene with pyrasoline type dye MDP. The time properties of this liquid scintillator and locality of light emission have been studied. Light attenuations in quartz capillaries of different diameters have been measured. For the optimal concentration of MDP the attenuation lengths for capillaries of 30 and 60 μm diameter were 41 cm and 53 cm, respectively. For high resolution tracking detectors capillaries with a liquid scintillator are quite competitive with plastic fibres. 26 refs.; 7 figs

  6. Measurement of ortho-Positronium Properties in Liquid Scintillators

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    Perasso, S; Franco, D; Hans, S; Jollet, C; Meregaglia, A; Tonazzo, A; Yeh, M

    2013-01-01

    Pulse shape discrimination in liquid scintillator detectors is a well-established technique for the discrimination of heavy particles from light particles. Nonetheless, it is not efficient in the separation of electrons and positrons, as they give rise to indistinguishable scintillator responses. This inefficiency can be overtaken through the exploitation of the formation of ortho-Positronium (o-Ps), which alters the time profile of light pulses induced by positrons. We characterized the o-Ps properties in the most commonly used liquid scintillators, i.e. PC, PXE, LAB, OIL and PC + PPO. In addition, we studied the effects of scintillator doping on the o-Ps properties for dopants currently used in neutrino experiments, Gd and Nd. Further measurements for Li-loaded and Tl-loaded liquid scintillators are foreseen. We found that the o-Ps properties are suitable for enhancing the electron-positron discrimination.

  7. Measurement of the liquid scintillator nonlinear energy response to electron

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    Zhang, Fei-Hong; Hu, Wei; Yang, Ma-Sheng; Cao, Guo-Fu; Cao, Jun; Zhou, Li

    2014-01-01

    Nonlinearity of the liquid scintillator energy response is a key to measuring the neutrino energy spectrum in reactor neutrino experiments such as Daya Bay and JUNO. We measured in laboratory the nonlinearity of the Linear Alkyl Benzene based liquid scintillator, which is used in Daya Bay and will be used in JUNO, via Compton scattering process. By tagging the scattered gamma from the liquid scintillator sample simultaneously at seven angles, the instability of the system was largely cancelled. The accurately measured nonlinearity will improve the precision of the $\\theta_{13}$, $\\Delta m^2$, and reactor neutrino spectrum measurements at Daya Bay.

  8. LUCIFER: scintillating bolometers for neutrinoless double-beta decay searches

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    Pattavina, Luca

    2014-09-01

    In the field of fundamental particle physics, the nature of the neutrino, if it is a Dirac or a Majorana particle, plays a crucial role not only in neutrino physics, but also in the overall framework of fundamental particle interactions and in cosmology. Neutrinoless double-beta decay (0vDBD) is the key tool for the investigation of this nature. Experimental techniques based on the calorimetric approach with cryogenic particle detectors have demonstrated suitability for the investigation of rare nuclear processes, profiting from excellent energy resolution and scalability to large masses. Unfortunately, the most relevant issue is related to background suppression. In fact, bolometers being fully-active detectors struggle to reach extremely low background level. The LUCIFER project aims to deploy the first array of enriched scintillating bolometers. Thanks to the double read-out - heat and scintillation light produced by scintillating bolometers - a highly efficient background identification and rejection is guaranteed, leading to a background-free experiment. We show the potential of such technology in ZnMoO4 and ZnSe prototypes. We describe the current status of the project, including results of the recent R&D activity.

  9. Plasmonic light yield enhancement of a liquid scintillator

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    Bignell, Lindsey J.; Mume, Eskender; Jackson, Timothy W.; Lee, George P.

    2013-05-01

    We demonstrate modifications to the light yield properties of an organic liquid scintillator due to the localization of the tertiary fluorophore component to the surface of Ag-core silica-shell nanoparticles. We attribute this enhancement to the near-field interaction of Ag nanoparticle plasmons with these fluor molecules. The scintillation light yield enhancement is shown to be equal to the fluorescence enhancement within measurement uncertainties. With a suitable choice of plasmon energy and scintillation fluor, this effect may be used to engineer scintillators with enhanced light yields for radiation detection applications.

  10. LArGe. A liquid argon scintillation veto for GERDA

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    LArGe is a GERDA low-background test facility to study novel background suppression methods in a low-background environment, for possible applications in the GERDA experiment. GERDA searches for the neutrinoless double-beta decay in 76Ge, by operating naked germanium detectors submersed into 65 m3 of liquid argon. Similarly, LArGe runs Ge-detectors in 1 m3 (1.4 tons) of liquid argon, which in addition is instrumented with photomultipliers to detect argon scintillation light. The light is used in anti-coincidence with the germanium detectors, to effectively suppress background events that deposit energy in the liquid argon. This work adresses the design, construction, and commissioning of LArGe. The background suppression efficiency has been studied in combination with a pulse shape discrimination (PSD) technique for various sources, which represent characteristic backgrounds to GERDA. Suppression factors of a few times 103 have been achieved. First background data of LArGe (without PSD) yield a background index of (0.12-4.6).10-2 cts/(keV.kg.y) (90% c.l.), which is at the level of the Gerda phase I design goal. Furthermore, for the first time we measure the natural 42Ar abundance (in parallel to Gerda), and have indication for the 2νββ-decay in natural germanium. (orig.)

  11. Reactor Neutrino Experiments with a Large Liquid Scintillator Detector

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    Kopp, J F; Merle, A; Rolinec, M

    2007-01-01

    We discuss several new ideas for reactor neutrino oscillation experiments with a Large Liquid Scintillator Detector. We consider two different scenarios for a measurement of the small mixing angle $\\theta_{13}$ with a mobile $\\bar{\

  12. Detection of scintillation light of liquid xenon with a LAAPD

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    First observation of liquid xenon scintillation due to α-particles and γ-rays with a large area avalanche photodiode immersed in the liquid is reported. An energy resolution of 10% (FWHM) and a coincidence time resolution of <1 ns (FWHM) were measured with 5.5 MeV α-particles and 511 keV γ-rays, respectively. The quantum efficiency of the photodiode for xenon scintillation light (λ=178 nm) is estimated to be ∼100%

  13. Oxygen quenching in LAB based liquid scintillator and nitrogen bubbling

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    Hua-Lin, Xiao

    2009-01-01

    Oxygen quenching effect in Linear Alkl Benzne (LAB) based liquid scintillator (LAB+3g/L POPOP+ 15 mg Bis--MSB) was studied by measuring the light yield as the function of nitrogen bubbling time. it shows that the light yield of fully purged liquid scintillator would increase of nearly 11% in room temperature and room atmosphere pressure. A simple model of nitrogen bubbling was built to describe the relationship between relative light yield (oxygen quenching factor) and bubbling time.

  14. Large liquid-scintillator trackers for neutrino experiments

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    Benussi, L; D'Ambrosio, N; Déclais, Y; Dupraz, J P; Fabre, Jean-Paul; Fanti, V; Forton, E; Frekers, D; Frenkel, A; Girerd, C; Golovkin, S V; Grégoire, G; Harrison, K; Jonkmans, G; Jonsson, P; Katsanevas, S; Kreslo, I; Marteau, J; Martellotti, G; Martínez, S; Medvedkov, A M; Moret, G; Niwa, K; Novikov, V; Van Beek, G; Penso, G; Vasilchenko, V G; Vuilleumier, J L; Wilquet, G; Zucchelli, P; Kreslo, I E

    2002-01-01

    Results are given on tests of large particle trackers for the detection of neutrino interactions in long-baseline experiments. Module prototypes have been assembled using TiO$_2$-doped polycarbonate panels. These were subdivided into cells of $\\sim 1$~cm$^2$ cross section and 6~m length, filled with liquid scintillator. A wavelength-shifting fibre inserted in each cell captured a part of the scintillation light emitted when a cell was traversed by an ionizing particle. Two different fibre-readout systems have been tested: an optoelectronic chain comprising an image intensifier and an Electron Bombarded CCD (EBCCD); and a hybrid photodiode~(HPD). New, low-cost liquid scintillators have been investigated for applications in large underground detectors. Testbeam studies have been performed using a commercially available liquid scintillator. The number of detected photoelectrons for minimum-ionizing particles crossing a module at different distances from the fibre readout end was 6 to 12 with the EBCCD chain and ...

  15. A liquid argon scintillation veto for the Gerda experiment

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    Wegmann, Anne [Max-Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Collaboration: GERDA-Collaboration

    2013-07-01

    Gerda is an experiment to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 76}Ge. Bare germanium detectors are operated in a cryostat with 65 m{sup 3} of liquid argon (LAr). To reach the aspired background index of ≤10{sup -3} cts/(keV.kg.yr) for Phase II active background-suppression techniques will be applied, including an active liquid argon veto (LAr veto). A light instrumentation of LAr installed in the LArGe test facility has demonstrated that the detection of argon scintillation light can be used to effectively suppress background events in the germanium, which simultaneously deposit energy in LAr. Based on these results, Gerda pursues several options for the light instrumentation, which have to be compatible with the stringent radiopurity requirements of the experiment and should provide a significant suppression of the background in the region of interest around Q{sub ββ} at 2039 keV. This talk gives an account of the competing design options under investigation in the Gerda collaboration. The design options using photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) are discussed, together with their expected performance from Monte Carlo simulations. In addition, the progress of development is reported, along with the design criteria for light instrumentation in Gerda.

  16. A liquid argon scintillation veto for the Gerda experiment

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    Gerda is an experiment to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. Bare germanium detectors are operated in a cryostat with 65 m3 of liquid argon (LAr). To reach the aspired background index of ≤10-3 cts/(keV.kg.yr) for Phase II active background-suppression techniques will be applied, including an active liquid argon veto (LAr veto). A light instrumentation of LAr installed in the LArGe test facility has demonstrated that the detection of argon scintillation light can be used to effectively suppress background events in the germanium, which simultaneously deposit energy in LAr. Based on these results, Gerda pursues several options for the light instrumentation, which have to be compatible with the stringent radiopurity requirements of the experiment and should provide a significant suppression of the background in the region of interest around Qββ at 2039 keV. This talk gives an account of the competing design options under investigation in the Gerda collaboration. The design options using photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) are discussed, together with their expected performance from Monte Carlo simulations. In addition, the progress of development is reported, along with the design criteria for light instrumentation in Gerda.

  17. Time profile of the scintillation from liquid and gaseous xenon

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    Murayama, Ikuko; Nakamura, Shogo

    2014-11-01

    The decay time profile of vacuum ultraviolet scintillation induced by electronic recoils has been studied for liquid and gaseous xenon. The scintillation light from xenon excited by a gamma source was measured by using two vacuum ultraviolet sensitive photomultipliers, one for detecting scintillation and the other for counting photons of weak monochromatic light. The analysis results based on the time-correlated single photon counting method show that the time profile in the 176 nm scintillation decay curve for liquid xenon is consistent with a single exponential component and the decay time constant is 31.5±1.3 ns. This constant does not change significantly for pressure ranges between 90 kPa and 130 kPa. There is no emission wavelength dependence of the decay constant. The result corresponds to an average on electronic recoil energies up to 1.3 MeV.

  18. The Effects of Dissolved Methane upon Liquid Argon Scintillation Light

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    Jones, B J P; Back, H O; Collin, G; Conrad, J M; Greene, A; Katori, T; Pordes, S; Toups, M

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we report on measurements of the effects of dissolved methane upon argon scintillation light. We monitor the light yield from an alpha source held 20 cm from a cryogenic photomultiplier tube (PMT) assembly as methane is injected into a high-purity liquid argon volume. We observe significant suppression of the scintillation light yield by dissolved methane at the 10 part per billion (ppb) level. By examining the late scintillation light time constant, we determine that this loss is caused by an absorption process and also see some evidence of methane-induced scintillation quenching at higher concentrations (50-100 ppb). Using a second PMT assembly we look for visible re-emission features from the dissolved methane which have been reported in gas-phase argon methane mixtures, and we find no evidence of visible re-emission from liquid-phase argon methane mixtures at concentrations between 10 ppb and 0.1%.

  19. On the scintillation efficiency of carborane-loaded liquid scintillators for thermal neutron detection

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    Chang, Zheng, E-mail: zchang@scsu.edu [The Applied Radiation Sciences Laboratory, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC 29117 (United States); Okoye, Nkemakonam C. [The Applied Radiation Sciences Laboratory, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC 29117 (United States); Urffer, Matthew J.; Green, Alexander D. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Childs, Kyle E. [The Applied Radiation Sciences Laboratory, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC 29117 (United States); Miller, Laurence F. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States)

    2015-01-01

    The scintillation efficiency in response to thermal neutrons was studied by loading different concentrations of carborane (0–8.5 wt%) and naphthalene (0 and 100 g/L) in five liquid organic scintillators. The sample was characterized in Pb and Cd shields under the irradiation of the thermal neutrons from a {sup 252}Cf source. A method was developed to extract the net neutron response from the pulse-height spectra. It was found that the order of scintillation efficiencies for both γ-rays and thermal neutrons is as follows: diisopropylnaphthalene>toluene (concentrated solutes)>toluene∼pseudocumene∼m-xylene. The quench constants, obtained by fitting the Stern–Volmer model to the plots of light output versus carborane concentration, are in the range of 0.35–1.4 M{sup −1} for all the scintillators. The Birks factors, estimated using the specific energy loss profiles of the incident particles, are in the range of 9.3–14 mg cm{sup −2} MeV{sup −1} for all the samples. The light outputs are in the range of 63–86 keV electron equivalents (keVee) in response to thermal neutrons. Loading naphthalene generally promotes the scintillation efficiency of the scintillator with a benzene derivative solvent. Among all the scintillators tested, the diisopropylnaphthalene-based scintillator shows the highest scintillation efficiency, lowest Birks factor, and smallest quench constants. These properties are primarily attributed to the double fused benzene-ring structure of the solvent, which is more efficient to populate to the excited singlet state under ionizing radiation and to transfer the excitation energy to the fluorescent solutes.

  20. On the scintillation efficiency of carborane-loaded liquid scintillators for thermal neutron detection

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    The scintillation efficiency in response to thermal neutrons was studied by loading different concentrations of carborane (0–8.5 wt%) and naphthalene (0 and 100 g/L) in five liquid organic scintillators. The sample was characterized in Pb and Cd shields under the irradiation of the thermal neutrons from a 252Cf source. A method was developed to extract the net neutron response from the pulse-height spectra. It was found that the order of scintillation efficiencies for both γ-rays and thermal neutrons is as follows: diisopropylnaphthalene>toluene (concentrated solutes)>toluene∼pseudocumene∼m-xylene. The quench constants, obtained by fitting the Stern–Volmer model to the plots of light output versus carborane concentration, are in the range of 0.35–1.4 M−1 for all the scintillators. The Birks factors, estimated using the specific energy loss profiles of the incident particles, are in the range of 9.3–14 mg cm−2 MeV−1 for all the samples. The light outputs are in the range of 63–86 keV electron equivalents (keVee) in response to thermal neutrons. Loading naphthalene generally promotes the scintillation efficiency of the scintillator with a benzene derivative solvent. Among all the scintillators tested, the diisopropylnaphthalene-based scintillator shows the highest scintillation efficiency, lowest Birks factor, and smallest quench constants. These properties are primarily attributed to the double fused benzene-ring structure of the solvent, which is more efficient to populate to the excited singlet state under ionizing radiation and to transfer the excitation energy to the fluorescent solutes

  1. Calibration of sample channel ratio (SCR) in liquid scintillation counting

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    In PHWR type nuclear power plants tritium is a major internal exposure hazard for the plant personnel. The dose due to tritium is measured by periodic analysis of urine samples by the liquid scintillation counting method. Due to the coloured and other impurity content in the urine, varying levels of quenching of the counts occur, thereby affecting the liquid scintillation counting efficiency. In using the sample channel ratio (SCR) method of quench correction it was observed that a single calibration curve does not hold good for all types of urine samples. The variations seem to result due to different quench characteristics applicable to the coloured and colourless samples. Hence the urine samples are segregated into coloured and colourless samples using a UV-spectrophotometer and separate calibration curves are drawn for these. The use of the appropriate calibration curves for the urine samples minimises the errors associated with quenching during tritium measurement by liquid scintillation counting. (author). 1 tab., 1 fig

  2. A liquid argon scintillation veto for the GERDA experiment

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    Gerda is an experiment to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. Results of Phase I have been published in summer 2013. Currently Gerda is being upgraded to a second phase. To reach the aspired background index of ≤ 10-3 cts/(keV . kg . yr) for Phase II active background-suppression techniques will be applied, including an active liquid argon veto (LAr veto). It has been demonstrated by the LArGe test facility that the detection of argon scintillation light can be used to effectively suppress background events in the germanium, which simultaneously deposit energy in LAr. This talk focusses on the light instrumentation which is being installed in GERDA. Photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and wavelength-shifting fibers connected to silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) are combined to maximize the photoelectron-yield with respect to various background sources. Monte Carlo simulations have been performed to optimize the design for background suppression and low self-induced background. First results of the prototypes and the progress of installation are reported.

  3. A liquid argon scintillation veto for the GERDA experiment

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    Wegmann, Anne [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Germany); Collaboration: GERDA-Collaboration

    2014-07-01

    Gerda is an experiment to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 76}Ge. Results of Phase I have been published in summer 2013. Currently Gerda is being upgraded to a second phase. To reach the aspired background index of ≤ 10{sup -3} cts/(keV . kg . yr) for Phase II active background-suppression techniques will be applied, including an active liquid argon veto (LAr veto). It has been demonstrated by the LArGe test facility that the detection of argon scintillation light can be used to effectively suppress background events in the germanium, which simultaneously deposit energy in LAr. This talk focusses on the light instrumentation which is being installed in GERDA. Photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and wavelength-shifting fibers connected to silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) are combined to maximize the photoelectron-yield with respect to various background sources. Monte Carlo simulations have been performed to optimize the design for background suppression and low self-induced background. First results of the prototypes and the progress of installation are reported.

  4. New scintillating media based on liquid crystals for particle detectors

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    Barnik, M I; Vasilchenko, V G; Golovkin, S V; Medvedkov, A M; Soloviev, A S

    2000-01-01

    The study results of optical, photoluminiscent and scintillation properties of a liquid crystal 4-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl are presented. The scintillation light output of this liquid crystal is about 35% of crystal anthracene, its main decay time constants are 4 and 14 ns, and the maximum of light emission spectrum is about 400 nm. The light output of a dissolution of green emitting light scintillation dopant R6 in the liquid crystal is about 120% of crystal anthracene. The light output of the frozen dissolution measured at -112 deg. C is about 2.5 times higher as observed at +20 deg. C. In the uniaxially oriented liquid crystal, the predominant intensity direction of emitted light is pointed perpendicular to the liquid crystal director and an appreciable part of the emitted light is elliptically polarized. The possibility to use scintillation properties of liquid crystals is considered both for the improvement of existing particle detector characteristics and for the creation of new gated particle detectors.

  5. A Novel Boron-Loaded Liquid Scintillator for Neutron Detection

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    Sur, B.; Li, L.; E. Pruszkowski; Dai, X.; G. Bentoumi

    2012-01-01

    A boron-loaded liquid scintillator (LS) has been optimized for neutron detection application in a high gamma field environment. It is composed of the solvent linear alkylbenzene (LAB), a boroncontaining material, o-carborane (C2B10H12); a fluor, 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO); and a wavelength shifter, 1,4-bis[2-methylstyryl] benzene (bis-MSB). Preparation of the liquid scintillator and optimization of its chemical composition are described. The boronloaded LS has been tested with a neutron beam a...

  6. Optimization of Plastic Scintillator Thicknesses for Online Beta Detection in Mixed Fields

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    For efficient beta detection in a mixed beta-gamma field, Monte Carlo simulation models have been developed to optimize the thickness of a plastic scintillator used in whole body monitor. The simulation has been performed using MCNP/X code and different thicknesses of plastic scintillators ranging from 150 to 600 μm have been used. The relationship between the thickness of the scintillator and the efficiency of the detector has been analysed. For 150 μm thickness, an experimental investigation has been conducted with different beta sources at different positions on the scintillator and the counting efficiency of the unit has been measured. Evaluated data along with experimental ones have been discussed. A thickness of 300 μm to 500 μm has been found to be an optimum thickness for better beta detection efficiency in the presence of low energy gamma ray. (author)

  7. Development of CaMoO4 crystal scintillators for double beta decay experiment with 100-Mo

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    Annenkov, A.N.; Buzanov, O. A.; Danevich, F. A.; Georgadze, A. Sh.; Kim, S K; Kim, H. J.; Kim, Y.D.(Center for Underground Physics, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Daejon, 305-811, Korea); Kobychev, V. V.; Kornoukhov, V.N.; Korzhik, M.; Lee, J. I.; Missevitch, O; Mokina, V. M.; S. S. Nagorny(INR Kiev); Nikolaiko, A. S.

    2007-01-01

    Energy resolution, alpha/beta ratio, pulse-shape discrimination for gamma rays and alpha particles, temperature dependence of scintillation properties, and radioactive contamination were studied with CaMoO4 crystal scintillators. A high sensitivity experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 100-Mo by using CaMoO4 scintillators is discussed.

  8. Recent Progress in Liquid Scintillation Counting System for Absolute Radioactivity Measurement

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    2011-01-01

    The triple to double coincidence ratio (TDCR) method is an absolute activity measurement method in liquid scintillation counting, especially developed for pure β- and EC-emitters activity standardization. Such a liquid scintillation counting system is now

  9. LUCIFER: Neutrinoless Double Beta decay search with scintillating bolometers

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    One of the fundamental open questions in elementary particle physics is the value of the neutrino mass and its nature of Dirac or Majorana particle. Neutrinoless double beta decay (DBD0ν) is a key tool for investigating these neutrino properties and for finding answers to the open questions concerning mass hierarchy and absolute scale. Experimental techniques based on the calorimetric approach with cryogenic particle detectors are proved to be suitable for the search of this rare decay, thanks to high energy resolution and large mass of the detectors. One of the main issues to access an increase of the experimental sensitivity is strictly related to background reduction, trying to perform possibly a zero background experiment. The LUCIFER (Low-background Underground Cryogenic Installation For Elusive Rates) project, funded by the European Research Council, aims at building a background-free DBD0ν experiment, with a discovery potential comparable with the present generation experiments. The idea of LUCIFER is to measure, simultaneously, heat and scintillation light with ZnSe bolometers. Detector features and operational procedures are reviewed. The expected performances and sensitivity are also discussed.

  10. Characterization of positronium properties in doped liquid scintillators

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    Consolati, G.; Franco, D.; Hans, S.; Jollet, C.; Meregaglia, A.; Perasso, S.; Tonazzo, A.; Yeh, M.

    2013-12-01

    Orthopositronium (o-Ps) formation and decay can replace the annihilation process, when a positron interacts in liquid scintillator media. The delay induced by the positronium decay represents either a potential signature for antineutrino detection, via inverse β decay, or to identify and suppress positron background, as recently demonstrated by the Borexino experiment. The formation probability and decay time of o-Ps depend strongly on the surrounding material. In this paper, we characterize the o-Ps properties in liquid scintillators as function of concentrations of gadolinium, lithium, neodymium, and tellurium dopers used by present and future neutrino experiments. In particular, gadolinium and lithium are high neutron cross section isotopes, widely used in reactor antineutrino experiments, while neodymium and tellurium are double β decay emitters, employed to investigates the Majorana neutrino nature. Future neutrino experiments may profit from the performed measurements to tune the preparation of the scintillator in order to maximize the o-Ps signature, and therefore the discrimination power.

  11. A novel boron-loaded liquid scintillator for neutron detection

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    Bentoumi, G.; Dai, X.; Pruszkowski, E.; Li, L.; Sur, B., E-mail: bentoumg@aecl.ca [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada)

    2012-06-15

    A boron-loaded liquid scintillator (LS) has been optimized for neutron detection application in a high gamma field environment. It is composed of the solvent linear alkylbenzene (LAB), a boron containing material, o-carborane (C{sub 2}B{sub 10}H{sub 12}); a fluor, 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO); and a wavelength shifter, 1,4-bis[2-methylstyryl] benzene (bis-MSB). Preparation of the liquid scintillator and optimization of its chemical composition are described. The boron-loaded LS has been tested with a neutron beam at the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor. A peak at an equivalent energy of 60 keV is observed in the energy spectrum and is attributed to neutrons. The results confirm the possibility of using B-10 loaded scintillator as a sensitive medium for neutron detection in a relatively large background of gamma rays. (author)

  12. Liquid scintillation analysis of commercial drinking water in India and subsequent age dependent ingestion dose

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    To assess the probable impact of natural radioactivity present in drinking water, preliminary investigations were carried out on commercially available drinking waters in India using liquid scintillation counting (LSC) technique. Various brands of packaged and natural mineral drinking water samples were collected from highly populated areas in Maharashtra and other parts of India. The present study is aimed to evaluate the radioactive content of these water samples and their contribution to public exposure. Gross activities deduced by liquid scintillation counting were ranged from < 0.0193E-3 Bq/L to maximum 0.0946 Bq/L for alpha and 0.0280 Bq/L to 0.28 Bq/L for beta. The associated age-dependent annual dose along with lifetime dose from water ingestion route of intake is estimated. (author)

  13. Some applications of Photon/Electron-Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation (PERALS) spectrometry to the assay of alpha emitters

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    McDowell, W.J.; Case, G.N.

    1988-01-01

    The combination of certain solvent extraction separations and a special kind of liquid scintillation detector and electronics designed for alpha spectrometry allows some highly accurate, yet simple determinations of alpha-emitting nuclides. Counting efficiency is 99.68% with backgrounds of <0.02 cpm. Energy resolution and peak position are sufficient for the identification of many nuclides. Rejection of interference from ..beta.. and ..gamma.. radiation is >99.95%. The Photon/Electron Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation (PERALS) equipment is described and procedures for the separation and determination of uranium, thorium, plutonium, polonium, radium, and trivalent actinides are outlined. 25 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Nuclear instrumentation. Liquid-scintillation systems. Performance verification

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    The standard is designed to serve as a tool for assessing the operability of typical liquid scintillation systems. The operability is assessed in terms of the detection efficiency of the system and reproducibility of the background and sample pulse frequencies. (P.A.)

  15. Interference phenomena in azeotropic distillation for liquid scintillation measurement

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    The Cryogenic Pilot is an experimental project in the national nuclear energy research program, which has the aim of developing technologies for tritium and deuterium separation by cryogenic distillation. The process used in this installation is based on a combined method for liquid-phase catalytic exchange (LPCE) and cryogenic distillation. There are two ways in which the Cryogenic Pilot can interact with the environment: by atmospheric release and through the sewage system. In order to establish the base level of tritium concentration in the environment around the nuclear facilities, we investigated the sample preparation treatment for different types of samples: spinach, spring wheat, onion, hay, grass, apple, garden lettuce, soil, milk, and meat. For the azeotropic distillation of all types of samples two solvents were used, toluene and cyclohexane, and all measurements for the determination of environmental tritium concentration was carried out using liquid scintillation counting (LSC), with ultra-low liquid scintillation spectrometer Quantulus 1220, specially designed for environmental samples and low radioactivity. Sample scintillation cocktail ratio was 8:12 ml and liquid scintillation cocktail was UltimaGold LLT. The background determined for the prepared blank samples was between 0.926 CPM and 1.002 CPM and the counting efficiency between 25.37% and 26.10%. The counting time was 1000 minutes (50 minutes/20 cycles) for each sample, and the minimum detectable activity according to ISO 9698 was 8.9 TU and 9.05 TU, respectively with a confidence factor of 3

  16. Interference phenomena in azeotropic distillation for liquid scintillation measurement

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    Full text: The Cryogenic Pilot is an experimental project within the National Nuclear Energy Research Program, which aims at developing technologies for tritium and deuterium separation by cryogenic distillation. The process used in this installation is based on a combined method for liquid-phase catalytic exchange (LPCE) and cryogenic distillation. There are two ways in which the Cryogenic Pilot can interact with the environment: by atmospheric release and through the sewage system. In order to establish the base concentration level of thr tritium released in the environment around the nuclear facilities, we investigated the sample preparation treatment for different types of samples: spinach, spring wheat, onion, hay, grass, apple, garden lettuce, soil, milk, and meat. For the azeotropic distillation of all types of samples were used two solvents, toluene and cyclohexane, and all measurements for the determination of environmental tritium concentration were carried out using liquid scintillation counting (LSC), with ultra-low liquid scintillation spectrometer Quantulus 1220 specially designed for environmental samples and low radioactivity. Sample scintillation cocktail ratio was 8:12 ml and liquid scintillation cocktail was UltimaGold LLT. The background determined for the prepared control samples was between 0.926 CPM and 1.002 CPM and the counting efficiency between 25.4% and 26.1%. The counting time was 1000 minutes (50 minutes/20 cycles) for each sample, and the minimum detectable activity according to ISO 9698 was 8.9 TU, and 9.05 TU, respectively, with a confidence factor of 3. (authors)

  17. Use of the liquid scintillation spectrometer in bioluminescence analysis

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    This review covers publications concerning analytical bioluminescence which in the main have appeared between mid-1973 and mid-1976. Outlines of some new assays and techniques are given together with modifications of existing procedures. Comments are presented on the use of the liquid scintillation spectrometer and other equipment for measuring bioluminescence. New applications are detailed and discussed

  18. Advanced Scintillator Detector Concept (ASDC): A Concept Paper on the Physics Potential of Water-Based Liquid Scintillator

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    Alonso, J R; Bergevin, M; Bernstein, A; Bignell, L; Blucher, E; Calaprice, F; Conrad, J M; Descamps, F B; Diwan, M V; Dwyer, D A; Dye, S T; Elagin, A; Feng, P; Grant, C; Grullon, S; Hans, S; Jaffe, D E; Kettell, S H; Klein, J R; Lande, K; Learned, J G; Luk, K B; Maricic, J; Marleau, P; Mastbaum, A; McDonough, W F; Oberauer, L; Gann, G D Orebi; Rosero, R; Rountree, S D; Sanchez, M C; Shaevitz, M H; Shokair, T M; Smy, M B; Strait, M; Svoboda, R; Tolich, N; Vagins, M R; van Bibber, K A; Viren, B; Vogelaar, R B; Wetstein, M J; Winslow, L; Wonsak, B; Worcester, E T; Wurm, M; Yeh, M; Zhang, C

    2014-01-01

    The recent development of Water-based Liquid Scintillator (WbLS), and the concurrent development of high-efficiency and high-precision-timing light sensors, has opened up the possibility for a new kind of large-scale detector capable of a very broad program of physics. The program would include determination of the neutrino mass hierarchy and observation of CP violation with long-baseline neutrinos, searches for proton decay, ultra-precise solar neutrino measurements, geo- and supernova neutrinos including diff?use supernova antineutrinos, and neutrinoless double beta decay. We outline here the basic requirements of the Advanced Scintillation Detector Concept (ASDC), which combines the use of WbLS, doping with a number of potential isotopes for a range of physics goals, high efficiency and ultra-fast timing photosensors, and a deep underground location. We are considering such a detector at the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) far site, where the ASDC could operate in conjunction with the liquid argon t...

  19. Performance of Water-Based Liquid Scintillator: An Independent Analysis

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The water-based liquid scintillator (WbLS is a new material currently under development. It is based on the idea of dissolving the organic scintillator in water using special surfactants. This material strives to achieve the novel detection techniques by combining the Cerenkov rings and scintillation light, as well as the total cost reduction compared to pure liquid scintillator (LS. The independent light yield measurement analysis for the light yield measurements using three different proton beam energies (210 MeV, 475 MeV, and 2000 MeV for water, two different WbLS formulations (0.4% and 0.99%, and pure LS conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, is presented. The results show that a goal of ~100 optical photons/MeV, indicated by the simulation to be an optimal light yield for observing both the Cerenkov ring and the scintillation light from the proton decay in a large water detector, has been achieved.

  20. Study of some aromatic scintillators, application for actinides trace analyses in environment using alpha liquid scintillation

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    A new method for actinides measurement by liquid scintillation has been tested for α emitters determination at very low concentration in environmental samples as part of the control of international treaties (Control Test Ban Treaty and Non-Proliferation Treaty). The α liquid scintillation with rejection of β/γ emissions is an attractive method because it links a 100 % counting efficiency and a fast sample preparation. Difficulties arise concerning energy resolution (around 250 keV for an α energy of 5 MeV) which hinder the measurement of some actinides like americium. To improve the resolution we have attempted to develop more efficient scintillating cocktails. After photo-physics review on fluorescence processes, we have analyzed light emission generated interactions of electrons or α particles in the scintillating mixture. The commercial cocktail Alphaex is chosen as reference to estimate energy resolution and temporal discrimination performances for several mixtures. We have studied several solvents, energy intermediary acceptors and solutes. The cocktail efficiency depends on the energy transfer. We have used the Forster theory and the Millar's equation to characterize energy transfer in homogeneous solution for S1 excited states. An interesting improvement is achieved for PERALS spectrometer with the p-xylene-naphthalene-PBBO cocktail (12 %). The energy resolution for Packard and Wallac spectrometers have been also improved taking into account the physical and chemical behaviors of aromatics molecules. (author)

  1. Calculations and measurements of the scintillator-to-water stopping power ratio of liquid scintillators for use in proton radiotherapy

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    Scott Ingram, W. [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Robertson, Daniel [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Beddar, Sam, E-mail: abeddar@mdanderson.org [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, Houston, TX 77030 (United States)

    2015-03-11

    Liquid scintillators are a promising detector for high-resolution three-dimensional proton therapy dosimetry. Because the scintillator comprises both the active volume of the detector and the phantom material, an ideal scintillator will exhibit water equivalence in its radiological properties. One of the most fundamental of these is the scintillator’s stopping power. The objective of this study was to compare calculations and measurements of scintillator-to-water stopping power ratios to evaluate the suitability of the liquid scintillators BC-531 and OptiPhase HiSafe 3 for proton dosimetry. We also measured the relative scintillation output of the two scintillators. Both calculations and measurements show that the linear stopping power of OptiPhase is significantly closer to water than that of BC-531. BC-531 has a somewhat higher scintillation output. OptiPhase can be mixed with water at high concentrations, which further improves its scintillator-to-water stopping power ratio. However, this causes the solution to become cloudy, which has a negative impact on the scintillation output and spatial resolution of the detector. OptiPhase is preferred over BC-531 for proton dosimetry because its density and scintillator-to-water stopping power ratio are more water equivalent.

  2. Production of a gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator for the Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment

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    We report on the production and characterization of liquid scintillators for the detection of electron antineutrinos by the Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment. A 185 tons of gadolinium-loaded (0.1% by mass) liquid scintillator (Gd-LS) and a 200 tons of unloaded liquid scintillator (LS) were successfully produced from a linear-alkylbenzene (LAB) solvent in 6 months. The scintillator properties, the production and purification systems, and the quality assurance and control (QA/QC) procedures are described

  3. Gamma Ray Spectroscopy with Scintillation Light in Liquid Xenon

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    Ni, K; Giboni, K L; Majewski, P; Yamashita, M

    2006-01-01

    Scintillation light from gamma ray irradiations in liquid xenon is detected by two Hamamatsu R9288 photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) immersed in the liquid. UV light reflector material, PTFE, is used to optimize the light collection efficiency. The detector gives a high light yield of 6 photoelectron per keV (pe/keV), which allows efficient detection of the 122 keV gamma-ray line from Co-57, with a good measured energy resolution at (8.8+/-0.6)% (sigma). The best achievable energy resolution from liquid xenon scintillation light is estimated to be around 6-8% (sigma) for gamma-ray with energy between 662 keV and 122 keV.

  4. Pulse-shape discrimination in NE213 liquid scintillator detectors

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    Cavallaro, M., E-mail: manuela.cavallaro@lns.infn.it [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); CSFNSM, Catania (Italy); Tropea, S. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania (Italy); Agodi, C. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Assié, M.; Azaiez, F. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Université Paris-Sud-11-CNRS/IN2P3, 91406 Orsay (France); Boiano, C. [INFN - Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Bondì, M.; Cappuzzello, F.; Carbone, D. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania (Italy); De Napoli, M. [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Catania (Italy); Séréville, N. de [Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Université Paris-Sud-11-CNRS/IN2P3, 91406 Orsay (France); Foti, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania (Italy); INFN - Sezione di Catania, Catania (Italy); Linares, R. [Instituto de Física da Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Nicolosi, D. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania (Italy); Scarpaci, J.A. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Université Paris-Sud-11-CNRS/IN2P3, 91406 Orsay (France)

    2013-02-01

    The 16-channel fast stretcher BaFPro module, originally developed for processing signals of Barium Fluoride scintillators, has been modified to make a high performing analog pulse-shape analysis of signals from the NE213 liquid scintillators of the EDEN neutron detector array. The module produces two Gaussian signals, whose amplitudes are proportional to the height of the fast component of the output light and to the total energy deposited into the scintillator, respectively. An in-beam test has been performed at INFN-LNS (Italy) demonstrating a low detection threshold, a good pulse-shape discrimination even at low energies and a wide dynamic range for the measurement of the neutrons energy.

  5. Liquid xenon/krypton scintillation calorimeter

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    A scintillating LXe/LKr electromagnetic calorimeter has been built at the ITEP and tested at the BATES (MIT) accelerator. The detector consists of PMT matrix and 45 light collecting cells made of aluminized 50 microns Mylar partially covered with p-terphenyl as a wavelength-shifter. Each pyramidal cell has (2.1 x 2.1) x 40 x (4.15 x 4.15) cm dimensions and is viewed by FEU-85 glass-window photomultiplier. The detector has been exposed at 106-348 MeV electron beam. The energy resolution σE/E ≅ 5% √ E at 100 - 350 MeV range in LXe, the coordinate resolution τx ≅ 0.7 cm, the time resolution for single cell ≅ 0.6 ns have been obtained. Possible ways to improve energy resolution are discussed. 8 refs., 15 figs

  6. Characterization of fluor concentration and geometry in organic scintillators for in situ beta imaging

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    Development of a small area (1--2 cm2) in situ beta imaging device includes optimization of the front end scintillation detector, which is fiber optically coupled to a remote photon detector. Thin plastic scintillation detectors, which are sensitive to charged particles, are the ideal detectors due to the low sensitivity to ambient gamma backgrounds. The light output of a new binary plastic scintillator was investigated with respect to increasing concentrations of the fluor (0.5--2.0% by weight) and varying thickness cylindrical configurations of the intended imaging detector. The fluor had an emission maximum increasing from 431 to 436 nm with increasing fluor concentration. The decay time(s) had two components (0.38 and 1.74 ns). There was an ∼20% increase in light output with increasing fluor concentration measured with both 204Tl betas and conversion electrons from 207Bi. The highest light output of this new scintillator was measured to be ∼30% lower than BC404. Simulations predicted the 1.5 mm scintillator thickness at which light output and energy absorption for ∼700 keV electrons (e.g., from 204Tl, 18F) were maximized, which corresponded with measurements. As beta continua are relatively featureless, energy calibration for the thin scintillators was investigated using Landau distributions, which appear as distinct peaks in the spectra. As the scintillators were made thinner, gamma backgrounds were shown to linearly decrease

  7. Study of the performance of Efficiency Tracing technique on a TriCarb 2100TR liquid scintillation analyzer

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    The liquid scintillation Efficiency Tracing (ET) technique is a practical method of quantifying radionuclides being analyzed in a liquid scintillation analyzer. This technique has several advantages over conventional liquid scintillation methods: no quench curve (quenched standard set) is required for each nuclide being analyzed; only a single unquenched 14C sample (same as that used to normalize the liquid scintillation analyzer) is required to calculate radionuclide activity (DPM) or concentration; the technique can be used effectively for almost all pure beta and beta-gamma emitters (minimum energy = 70 keV). A Tri-Carb 2100TR Liquid Scintillation Analyzer from Packard was used to perform a series of experimental works to assess performances of ET method. In this paper are presented the results obtained for activity determination of 14C samples with various quench and activity levels. The experimental tests were made using both the ET method implemented on the analyzer by the producer and our ET method, using the reference spectrum of the unquenched 14C standard, used to normalize the liquid scintillation analyzer. The results indicate that the measured values using implicit ET method are in good agreement (uncertainty ≤ 3,5 %) with the reference values only for samples with a quenching level not very high (quenching indicating parameter tSIE > 200 - 300). Otherwise, using our ET method, good results (percent recovery more than 96.5%) were obtained for any quenching level (tSIE > 100) even at a count rate level one order of magnitude lower than it is recommended for this method. (author)

  8. Comparing the response of PSD-capable plastic scintillator to standard liquid scintillator

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    This work discusses a test campaign to characterize the response of the recently developed plastic scintillator with pulse shape discrimination (PSD) capabilities (EJ-299-33). PSD is a property exhibited by certain types of scintillating material in which incident stimuli (fast neutrons or γ rays) can be separated by exploiting differences in the scintillation light pulse tail. Detector geometries used were: a 10 cm×10 cm×10 cm cube and a 10-cm diameter×10-cm long cylinder. EJ-301 and EJ-309 liquid scintillators with well-known responses were also tested. The work was conducted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Van De Graaff accelerator. The facility accelerated protons on a thin Li target to yield quasi-monoenergetic neutrons from the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction (Q-value: –1.644 MeV). Collimated fast neutrons were obtained by placing detectors behind a neutron spectrometer. Rotating the spectrometer, and thus changing the neutron energy, allowed us to achieve 0.5–3.2 MeV neutrons in 200–300 keV steps. Data were acquired through a flash analog-to-digital converter (ADC) capable of performing digital PSD measurements. By using the PSD technique to separate the neutron events from unwanted γ background, we constructed a pulse height spectrum at each energy. Obtaining a relationship of the relative light output versus energy allowed us to construct the response function for the EJ-299-33 and liquid scintillator. The EJ-299-33 response in terms of electron equivalent energy (Ee.e.) vs. proton equivalent energy (Ep.e.), how it compared with the standard xylene-based EJ-301 (or, NE-213/BC-501 A equivalent) and EJ-309 liquid scintillator response, and how the EJ-301 and EJ-309 compared, are presented. We find that the EJ-299-33 demonstrated a lower light output by up to 40% for <1.0 MeV neutrons; and ranging between a 5–35% reduction for 2.5–3.0 MeV neutrons compared to the EJ-301/309, depending on the scintillator and geometry. Monte Carlo modeling

  9. Comparing the response of PSD-capable plastic scintillator to standard liquid scintillator

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    Woolf, Richard S., E-mail: richard.woolf@nrl.navy.mil [High Energy Space Environment Branch, Space Science Division, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Hutcheson, Anthony L., E-mail: anthony.hutcheson@nrl.navy.mil [High Energy Space Environment Branch, Space Science Division, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Gwon, Chul, E-mail: chul.gwon@nrl.navy.mil [High Energy Space Environment Branch, Space Science Division, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Phlips, Bernard F., E-mail: bernard.phlips@nrl.navy.mil [High Energy Space Environment Branch, Space Science Division, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Wulf, Eric A., E-mail: eric.wulf@nrl.navy.mil [High Energy Space Environment Branch, Space Science Division, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)

    2015-06-01

    This work discusses a test campaign to characterize the response of the recently developed plastic scintillator with pulse shape discrimination (PSD) capabilities (EJ-299-33). PSD is a property exhibited by certain types of scintillating material in which incident stimuli (fast neutrons or γ rays) can be separated by exploiting differences in the scintillation light pulse tail. Detector geometries used were: a 10 cm×10 cm×10 cm cube and a 10-cm diameter×10-cm long cylinder. EJ-301 and EJ-309 liquid scintillators with well-known responses were also tested. The work was conducted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Van De Graaff accelerator. The facility accelerated protons on a thin Li target to yield quasi-monoenergetic neutrons from the {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be reaction (Q-value: –1.644 MeV). Collimated fast neutrons were obtained by placing detectors behind a neutron spectrometer. Rotating the spectrometer, and thus changing the neutron energy, allowed us to achieve 0.5–3.2 MeV neutrons in 200–300 keV steps. Data were acquired through a flash analog-to-digital converter (ADC) capable of performing digital PSD measurements. By using the PSD technique to separate the neutron events from unwanted γ background, we constructed a pulse height spectrum at each energy. Obtaining a relationship of the relative light output versus energy allowed us to construct the response function for the EJ-299-33 and liquid scintillator. The EJ-299-33 response in terms of electron equivalent energy (E{sub e.e.}) vs. proton equivalent energy (E{sub p.e.}), how it compared with the standard xylene-based EJ-301 (or, NE-213/BC-501 A equivalent) and EJ-309 liquid scintillator response, and how the EJ-301 and EJ-309 compared, are presented. We find that the EJ-299-33 demonstrated a lower light output by up to 40% for <1.0 MeV neutrons; and ranging between a 5–35% reduction for 2.5–3.0 MeV neutrons compared to the EJ-301/309, depending on the scintillator and geometry

  10. Scintillation response of liquid xenon to low energy nuclear recoils

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    Liquid Xenon (LXe) is expected to be an excellent target and detection medium to search for dark matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). We have measured the scintillation efficiency of nuclear recoils with kinetic energy between 10.4 and 56.5 keV relative to that of 122 keV gamma rays from 57Co. The scintillation yield of 56.5 keV recoils was also measured as a function of applied electric field, and compared to that of gamma rays and alpha particles. The Xe recoils were produced by elastic scattering of 2.4 MeV neutrons in liquid xenon at a variety of scattering angles. The relative scintillation efficiency is 0.130±0.024 and 0.227±0.016 for the lowest and highest energy recoils, respectively. This is about 15% less than the value predicted by Lindhard, based on nuclear quenching. Our results are in good agreement with more recent theoretical predictions that consider the additional reduction of scintillation yield due to biexcitonic collisions in LXe

  11. Positron discrimination in large-volume liquid scintillator detectors using 3D topological reconstruction

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    Over the last 20 years, large-volume liquid scintillator detectors have been very successful in measuring neutrinos with energies of a few MeV. One main feature responsible for this is the coincidence between a prompt positron signal and the delayed neutron signal coming from an inverse beta decay. This is used to identify electron anti-neutrinos with high efficiency. However, background mimicking this coincidence e.g. from cosmogenics can still be a limiting factor for this kind of experiments. Therefore, the possibility to individually identify positrons is highly desirable. In addition, this capability would enable the discrimination of beta+ decays and thus increase the potential to discover CNO-neutrinos from the Sun where the beta+ decay of C-11 is a major background source. In this talk, we present a new reconstruction method delivering 3D topological pictures of the energy deposition in large-volume liquid scintillator detectors with a resolution of better than 20 cm. This method was originally developed for high-energy particles of a few GeV. However, it turned out that even at low energies it can reveal some topological information containing hints on the presence of photons accompanying a positron annihilation.

  12. Measuring the 14C content in liquid scintillators

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    Enqvist, T.; Barabanov, I. R.; Bezrukov, L. B.; Gangapshev, A. M.; Gavrilyuk, Y. M.; Grishina, V. Yu; Gurentsov, V. I.; Hissa, J.; Joutsenvaara, J.; Kazalov, V. V.; Krokhaleva, S.; Kutuniva, J.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Kuzminov, V. V.; Kurlovich, A. S.; Loo, K.; Lubsandorzhiev, B. K.; Lubsandorzhiev, S.; Morgalyuk, V. P.; Novikova, G. Y.; Pshukov, A. M.; Sinev, V. V.; Słupecki, M.; Trzaska, W. H.; Umerov, Sh I.; Veresnikova, A. V.; Virkajärvi, A.; Yanovich, Y. A.; Zavarzina, V. P.

    2016-05-01

    We are going to perform a series of measurements where the 14C/12 C ratio will be measured from several liquid scintillator samples with a dedicated setup. The setup is designed with the aim of measuring ratios smaller than 10-18. Measurements take place in two underground laboratories: in the Baksan Neutrino Observatory, Russia and in the Pyhäsalmi mine, Finland. In Baksan the measurements started in 2015 and in Pyhäsalmi they start in the beginning of 2015. In order to fully understand the operation of the setup and its background contributions a development of simulation packages has also been started. Low-energy neutrino detection with a liquid scintillator requires that the intrinsic 14C content in the liquid is extremely low. In the Borexino CTF detector at Gran Sasso, Italy the 14C/12C ratio of 2 × 10-18 has been achieved being the lowest 14C concentration ever measured. In principle, the older the oil or gas source that the liquid scintillator is derived of and the deeper it situates, the smaller the 14C/12C ratio is supposed to be. This, however, is not generally the case, and the ratio is probably determined by the U and Th content of the local environment.

  13. Development of an Ultra-Low Background Liquid Scintillation Counter for Trace Level Analysis

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    Erchinger, Jennifer L.; Orrell, John L.; Aalseth, Craig E.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Douglas, Matthew; Finn, Erin C.; Fuller, Erin S.; Keillor, Martin E.; Morley, Shannon M.; Mullen, Crystal A.; Panisko, Mark E.; Shaff, Sarah M.; Warren, Glen A.; Wright, Michael E.

    2015-09-01

    Low-level liquid scintillation counting (LSC) has been established as one of the radiation detection techniques useful in elucidating environmental processes and environmental monitoring around nuclear facilities. The Ultra-Low Background Liquid Scintillation Counter (ULB-LSC) under construction in the Shallow Underground Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory aims to further reduce the MDAs and/or required sample processing. Through layers of passive shielding in conjunction with an active veto and 30 meters water equivalent overburden, the background reduction is expected to be 10 to 100 times below typical analytic low-background liquid scintillation systems. Simulations have shown an expected background of around 14 counts per day. A novel approach to the light collection will use a coated hollow light guide cut into the inner copper shielding. Demonstration LSC measurements will show low-energy detection, spectral deconvolution, and alpha/beta discrimination capabilities, from trials with standards of tritium, strontium-90, and actinium-227, respectively. An overview of the system design and expected demonstration measurements will emphasize the potential applications of the ULB-LSC in environmental monitoring for treaty verification, reach-back sample analysis, and facility inspections.

  14. Comparison of (14)C liquid scintillation counting at NIST and NRC Canada.

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    Bergeron, Denis E; Galea, Raphael; Laureano-Pérez, Lizbeth; Zimmerman, Brian E

    2016-03-01

    An informal bilateral comparison of (14)C liquid scintillation (LS) counting at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been completed. Two solutions, one containing (14)C-labeled sodium benzoate and one containing (14)C-labeled n-hexadecane, were measured at both laboratories. Despite observed LS cocktail instabilities, the two laboratories achieved accord in their standardizations of both solutions. At the conclusion of the comparison, the beta spectrum used for efficiency calculations was identified as inadequate and the data were reanalyzed with different inputs, improving accord. PMID:26585641

  15. Characterization of a ZnSe scintillating bolometer prototype for neutrinoless double beta decay search

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    Tenconi M.; Giuliani A.; Nones C.; Pessina G.; Plantevin O.; Rusconi C.

    2014-01-01

    As proposed in the LUCIFER project, ZnSe crystals are attractive materials to realize scintillating bolometers aiming at the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of the promising isotope 82Se. However, the optimization of the ZnSe-based detectors is rather complex and requires a wide-range investigation of the crystal features: optical properties, crystalline quality, scintillation yields and bolometric behaviour. Samples tested up to now show problems in the reproducibility of crucial a...

  16. Wavelength shifting reflector foils for liquid Ar scintillation light

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    Walter, Manuel [Physik Institut, Universitaet Zuerich (Switzerland); Collaboration: GERDA-Collaboration

    2013-07-01

    Liquid argon is used as a scintillator in several present and upcoming experiments. In Gerda it is used as a coolant, shielding and will be instrumented to become an active veto in Phase II. Its scintillation light has a wavelength of 128 nm, that gets absorbed by quartz. In order to measure the light using photo multiplier tubes (PMT) for cryogenic temperatures which have a quartz window, it is converted to longer wavelength by coated reflector foils. The conversion efficiency and stability of several such coatings was optimized using VM2000 and Tetratex separately as reflector foils. The efficiency has been measured in a liquid Ar set up build especially for this purpose. It employs a 3'' low radioactivity PMT of type R11065-10 from Hamamatsu, the favorite photo sensor candidate to be used in Gerda.

  17. Characterization and Modeling of a Water-based Liquid Scintillator

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    Bignell, Lindsey J; Diwan, Milind V; Hans, Sunej; Jaffe, David E; Kettell, Steven; Rosero, Richard; Themann, Harry W; Viren, Brett; Worcester, Elizabeth; Yeh, Minfang; Zhang, Chao

    2015-01-01

    We have characterised Water-based Liquid Scintillator (WbLS) using low energy protons, UV-VIS absorbance, and fluorescence spectroscopy. We have also developed and validated a simulation model that describes the behaviour of WbLS in our detector configurations for proton beam energies of 2 GeV, 475 MeV, and 210 MeV and for two WbLS compositions. Our results have enabled us to estimate the light yield and ionisation quenching of WbLS, as well as to understand the influence of the wavelength shifting of Cerenkov light on our measurements. These results are relevant to the suitability of water-based liquid scintillator materials for next generation intensity frontier experiments.

  18. Scintillation time dependence and pulse shape discrimination in liquid argon

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    Using a single-phase liquid argon detector with a signal yield of 4.85 photoelectrons per keV of electronic-equivalent recoil energy (keVee), we measure the scintillation time dependence of both electronic and nuclear recoils in liquid argon down to 5 keVee. We develop two methods of pulse shape discrimination to distinguish between electronic and nuclear recoils. Using one of these methods, we measure a background- and statistics-limited level of electronic recoil contamination to be 7.6x10-7 between 52 and 110 keV of nuclear recoil energy (keVr) for a nuclear recoil acceptance of 50% with no nuclear recoil-like events above 62 keVr. Finally, we develop a maximum likelihood method of pulse shape discrimination based on the measured scintillation time dependence

  19. Pulse shape analysis of liquid scintillators for neutron studies

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    Marrone, S; Colonna, N; Domingo, C; Gramegna, F; González, E M; Gunsing, F; Heil, M; Kaeppeler, F; Mastinu, P F; Milazzo, P M; Papaevangelou, T; Pavlopoulos, P; Plag, R; Reifarth, R; Tagliente, G; Taín, J L; Wisshak, K

    2002-01-01

    The acquisition of signals from liquid scintillators with Flash ADC of high sampling rate (1 GS/s) has been investigated. The possibility to record the signal waveform is of great advantage in studies with gamma's and neutrons in a high count-rate environment, as it allows to easily identify and separate pile-up events. The shapes of pulses produced by gamma-rays and neutrons have been studied for two different liquid scintillators, NE213 and C sub 6 D sub 6. A 1-parameter fitting procedure is proposed, which allows to extract information on the particle type and energy. The performance of this method in terms of energy resolution and n/gamma discrimination is analyzed, together with the capability to identify and resolve pile-up events.

  20. SBIR Final Report. Liquid Core Optical Scintillating Fibers

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    Beetz, C.P.; Steinbeck, J.; Buerstler, R.

    2000-05-16

    This Phase I SBIR project focused on developing flexible scintillating liquid core optical fibers, with potential uses in high-energy calorimetry, tracking, preradiators, active targets or other fast detectors. Progress on the six tasks of the project is summarized. The technical developments involve three technology components: (1) highly flexible capillaries or tubes of relatively low n (index of refraction) to serve as cladding and liquid core containment; (2) scintillator (and clear) fluids of relatively high n to serve as a core-- these fluids must have a high light transmission and, for some applications, radiation hardness; (3) optical end plugs, plug insertion, and plug-cladding tube sealing technology to contain the core fluids in the tubes, and to transmit the light.

  1. The next-generation liquid-scintillator neutrino observatory LENA

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    Wurm, Michael; Bezrukov, Leonid B; Bick, Daniel; Blümer, Johannes; Choubey, Sandhya; Ciemniak, Christian; D'Angelo, Davide; Dasgupta, Basudeb; Dighe, Amol; Domogatsky, Grigorij; Dye, Steve; Eliseev, Sergey; Enqvist, Timo; Erykalov, Alexey; von Feilitzsch, Franz; Fiorentini, Gianni; Fischer, Tobias; Göger-Neff, Marianne; Grabmayr, Peter; Hagner, Caren; Hellgartner, Dominikus; Hissa, Johannes; Horiuchi, Shunsaku; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Jaupart, Claude; Jochum, Josef; Kalliokoski, Tuomo; Kuusiniemi, Pasi; Lachenmaier, Tobias; Lazanu, Ionel; Learned, John G; Lewke, Timo; Lombardi, Paolo; Lorenz, Sebastian; Lubsandorzhiev, Bayarto; Ludhova, Livia; Loo, Kai; Maalampi, Jukka; Mantovani, Fabio; Marafini, Michela; Maricic, Jelena; Undagoitia, Teresa Marrodán; McDonough, William F; Miramonti, Lino; Mirizzi, Alessandro; Meindl, Quirin; Mena, Olga; Möllenberg, Randolph; Nahnhauer, Rolf; Nesterenko, Dmitry; Novikov, Yuri N; Nuijten, Guido; Oberauer, Lothar; Pakvasa, Sandip; Palomares-Ruiz, Sergio; Pallavicini, Marco; Pascoli, Silvia; Patzak, Thomas; Peltoniemi, Juha; Potzel, Walter; Räihä, Tomi; Raffelt, Georg G; Ranucci, Gioacchino; Razzaque, Soebur; Rummukainen, Kari; Sarkamo, Juho; Sinev, Valerij; Spiering, Christian; Stahl, Achim; Thorne, Felicitas; Tippmann, Marc; Tonazzo, Alessandra; Trzaska, Wladyslaw H; Vergados, John D; Wiebusch, Christopher; Winter, Jürgen

    2011-01-01

    We propose the liquid-scintillator detector LENA (Low Energy Neutrino Astronomy) as a next-generation neutrino observatory on the scale of 50 kt. The outstanding successes of the Borexino and KamLAND experiments demonstrate the large potential of liquid-scintillator detectors in low-energy neutrino physics. LENA's physics objectives comprise the observation of astrophysical and terrestrial neutrino sources as well as the investigation of neutrino oscillations. In the GeV energy range, the search for proton decay and long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments complement the low-energy program. Based on the considerable expertise present in European and international research groups, the technical design is sufficiently mature to allow for an early start of detector realization.

  2. Chemical and colour quenching in liquid scintillation counting

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    Chemical and colour quenching for H-3 and C-14 was studied. The method includes spectral analysis of colouring agents; methyl red, (4'-dimethylamine-azobenzene 2-carboxylic acid) dimethyl yellow (4'-dimethylamine-azobenzene) and malachite green (methane, bis .(4-dimethyl aminophenyl) - (phenyl)). External standard channels ratio was applied for the liquid scintillation counting of samples. The introduction of an isolated external standard seems to be a strong tool for the correction of chemical and colour quenching curves. (Author) 12 refs

  3. Standardization of 137 Cs+137m Ba by Liquid Scintillation

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    A procedure for the preparation of a stable, homogeneous solution of ''137 Cs+''137m Ba, for use in liquid scintillation measurements, is described. Its count rate stability and spectral time evolution has been followed for several weeks. The solution has been standardised by the CIEMAT/NIST method in both Ultima-Gold and Insta-Gel, to a combined uncertainty lower than 0,51% (k=1)

  4. Measurement of scintillation and ionization yield with high-pressure gaseous mixtures of Xe and TMA for improved neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter searches

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    Nakajima, Y; Matis, H S; Nygren, D; Oliveira, C; Renner, J

    2015-01-01

    Liquid Xe TPCs are among the most popular choices for double beta decay and WIMP dark matter searches. Gaseous Xe has intrinsic advantages when compared to Liquid Xe, specifically, tracking capability and better energy resolution for double beta decay searches. The performance of gaseous Xe can be further improved by molecular additives such as trimethylamine(TMA), which are expected to (1) cool down the ionization electrons, (2) convert Xe excitation energy to TMA ionizations through Penning transfer, and (3) produce scintillation and electroluminescence light in a more easily detectable wavelength (300 nm). These features may provide better tracking and energy resolution for double-beta decay searches. They are also expected to enhance columnar recombination for nuclear recoils, which can be used for searches for WIMP dark matter with directional sensitivity. We constructed a test ionization chamber and successfully measured scintillation and ionization yields at high precision with various Xe and TMA mixtu...

  5. Liquid Helium and Liquid Neon - Sensitive, Low Background Scintillation Media For the Detection of Low Energy Neutrinos

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    McKinsey, D. N.; Doyle, J. M.

    1999-01-01

    The use of liquid helium and neon as scintillators for neutrino detection is investigated. Several unique properties of these cryogens make them promising candidates for real-time solar neutrino spectroscopy: large ultraviolet scintillation yields from ionizing radiation, transparency to their own scintillation light, and low levels of radioactive impurities. When neutrinos scatter from electrons in liquid helium or neon, ultraviolet light is emitted. The ultraviolet scintillation light can b...

  6. Development of metal loaded liquid scintillators for future detectors to investigate neutrino properties

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    Buck, Christian

    2004-01-01

    Several future neutrino experiments call for metal loaded liquid scintillators for neutrino detection. The challenge in the development of such scintillators is how to dissolve large amounts of the metal in an organic liquid scintillator without degrading the optical properties. A promising new approach is the use of metal ß-diketonates. Different to earlier approaches which resulted in non-stable metal loaded scintillators, long term stability of optical and chemical properties is expected. ...

  7. The effect of low temperature on the scintillation efficiency of liquid scintillator NE 213

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    Ul-Haq, F.; Butt, M.Z.; Ali, W.; Jamil, S.; Durrani, S.A. (Government Coll., Lahore (Pakistan). Nuclear Research Lab.)

    1990-01-01

    The scintillation response of the liquid scintillator NE 213 has been studied as function of temperature in the range 225 to 300 K. It has been found that the light output under gamma excitation increases with decrease in temperature. The data are well represented by the relation: I{sub low} - I = I{sub 0} exp(- E/kT), where I is the count rate at temperature T, I{sub low} is a constant equal to 750 counts/minute, the pre-exponential factor I{sub 0} is 15 x 10{sup 5} counts/minute, k is the Boltzmann constant and E is the activation energy equal to 0.21 eV, which is typical for a diffusion controlled process in the temperature range studied. (author).

  8. The next-generation liquid-scintillator neutrino observatory LENA

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    Wurm, Michael; Beacom, John F.; Bezrukov, Leonid B.; Bick, Daniel; Blümer, Johannes; Choubey, Sandhya; Ciemniak, Christian; D'Angelo, Davide; Dasgupta, Basudeb; Derbin, Alexander; Dighe, Amol; Domogatsky, Grigorij; Dye, Steve; Eliseev, Sergey; Enqvist, Timo; Erykalov, Alexey; von Feilitzsch, Franz; Fiorentini, Gianni; Fischer, Tobias; Göger-Neff, Marianne; Grabmayr, Peter; Hagner, Caren; Hellgartner, Dominikus; Hissa, Johannes; Horiuchi, Shunsaku; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Jaupart, Claude; Jochum, Josef; Kalliokoski, Tuomo; Kayunov, Alexei; Kuusiniemi, Pasi; Lachenmaier, Tobias; Lazanu, Ionel; Learned, John G.; Lewke, Timo; Lombardi, Paolo; Lorenz, Sebastian; Lubsandorzhiev, Bayarto; Ludhova, Livia; Loo, Kai; Maalampi, Jukka; Mantovani, Fabio; Marafini, Michela; Maricic, Jelena; Marrodán Undagoitia, Teresa; McDonough, William F.; Miramonti, Lino; Mirizzi, Alessandro; Meindl, Quirin; Mena, Olga; Möllenberg, Randolph; Muratova, Valentina; Nahnhauer, Rolf; Nesterenko, Dmitry; Novikov, Yuri N.; Nuijten, Guido; Oberauer, Lothar; Pakvasa, Sandip; Palomares-Ruiz, Sergio; Pallavicini, Marco; Pascoli, Silvia; Patzak, Thomas; Peltoniemi, Juha; Potzel, Walter; Räihä, Tomi; Raffelt, Georg G.; Ranucci, Gioacchino; Razzaque, Soebur; Rummukainen, Kari; Sarkamo, Juho; Sinev, Valerij; Spiering, Christian; Stahl, Achim; Thorne, Felicitas; Tippmann, Marc; Tonazzo, Alessandra; Trzaska, Wladyslaw H.; Vergados, John D.; Wiebusch, Christopher; Winter, Jürgen

    2012-06-01

    As part of the European LAGUNA design study on a next-generation neutrino detector, we propose the liquid-scintillator detector LENA (Low Energy Neutrino Astronomy) as a multipurpose neutrino observatory. The outstanding successes of the Borexino and KamLAND experiments demonstrate the large potential of liquid-scintillator detectors in low-energy neutrino physics. Low energy threshold, good energy resolution and efficient background discrimination are inherent to the liquid-scintillator technique. A target mass of 50 kt will offer a substantial increase in detection sensitivity. At low energies, the variety of detection channels available in liquid scintillator will allow for an energy - and flavor-resolved analysis of the neutrino burst emitted by a galactic Supernova. Due to target mass and background conditions, LENA will also be sensitive to the faint signal of the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background. Solar metallicity, time-variation in the solar neutrino flux and deviations from MSW-LMA survival probabilities can be investigated based on unprecedented statistics. Low background conditions allow to search for dark matter by observing rare annihilation neutrinos. The large number of events expected for geoneutrinos will give valuable information on the abundances of Uranium and Thorium and their relative ratio in the Earth's crust and mantle. Reactor neutrinos enable a high-precision measurement of solar mixing parameters. A strong radioactive or pion decay-at-rest neutrino source can be placed close to the detector to investigate neutrino oscillations for short distances and sub-MeV to MeV energies. At high energies, LENA will provide a new lifetime limit for the SUSY-favored proton decay mode into kaon and antineutrino, surpassing current experimental limits by about one order of magnitude. Recent studies have demonstrated that a reconstruction of momentum and energy of GeV particles is well feasible in liquid scintillator. Monte Carlo studies on the

  9. Energy response of liquid scintillator using Compton tagged electrons

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    Liquid scintillation detectors have been widely used for the fast neutron spectroscopy. These detectors have very good time resolution (≲ns) comparable to the plastic scintillators. In addition, these detectors have pulse shape discrimination (PSD) property which enables unambiguous detection of the neutrons in the presence of gamma rays. The knowledge of absolute efficiency which is a function of incident neutron energy and threshold is essential for folding of the neutron spectra. Accurate determination of threshold for the analysis of the neutron spectra and neutron response function require very precise energy calibration. The position of pulse height associated with the maximum energy of recoil electrons is taken in between the maximum edge and the 'half maximum' of the spectrum and the arbitrary selection of the calibration point introduced the error in the energy calibration. A coincidence between Compton scattered gamma rays and the recoil electron is used for the energy calibration in the scale of electron energy equivalent. In this paper, the response of the liquid scintillator (EJ-301 equivalent to NE-213) to the electron is reported along with the neutron time of flight (TOF) and pulse shape discrimination

  10. High Energy Neutrino Physics with Liquid Scintillation Detectors

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    Learned, John G

    2009-01-01

    Large liquid scintillation detectors have been generally dedicated to low energy neutrino measurements, in the MeV energy region (as for example, KamLAND and Borexino). Herein we describe the potential employment of large detectors (>1 kiloton) for studies of higher energy neutrinos interactions, from the cosmic rays and as a long baseline neutrino detector. Generally when people have considered large new instruments such as Hanohano and LENA, they have abandoned the possibility of doing useful measurements with higher energy neutrino interactions since these produce enough light to illuminate every photomultiplier tube, and the scintillation light is isotropic. Here we take into account Fermat's principle, which tells us that indeed the first light to reach the PMTs will be on or near the lightcone, the "Fermat surface", and that directional track information is available. Moreover we have realized that particle type distinction is possible (quasi-elastic muons from electrons). In fact the resolution from a ...

  11. Detecting energy dependent neutron capture distributions in a liquid scintillator

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    Balmer, Matthew J.I., E-mail: m.balmer@lancaster.ac.uk [Department of Engineering, Lancaster University, LA1 4YR (United Kingdom); Gamage, Kelum A.A. [Department of Engineering, Lancaster University, LA1 4YR (United Kingdom); Taylor, Graeme C. [Neutron Metrology Group, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, TW11 0LW (United Kingdom)

    2015-03-11

    A novel technique is being developed to estimate the effective dose of a neutron field based on the distribution of neutron captures in a scintillator. Using Monte Carlo techniques, a number of monoenergetic neutron source energies and locations were modelled and their neutron capture response was recorded. Using back propagation Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) the energy and incident direction of the neutron field was predicted from the distribution of neutron captures within a {sup 6}Li-loaded liquid scintillator. Using this proposed technique, the effective dose of {sup 252}Cf, {sup 241}AmBe and {sup 241}AmLi neutron fields was estimated to within 30% for four perpendicular angles in the horizontal plane. Initial theoretical investigations show that this technique holds some promise for real-time estimation of the effective dose of a neutron field.

  12. Counting efficiencies by liquid scintillation counting. Single isomeric transitions

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    In this work we present liquid scintillation counting efficiency tables for several radionuclides with single isomeric transitions, in which electron conversion and gamma emission processes are competitive. We study the radionuclides: ''58m CO, ''77mSE, ''79mBR, ''87mSR,''89mY,''93mNB,''103mRh, ''107mAG, ''109mAG, ''113mIn, ''131mXe; ''133mXe,''135mBa, ''167mEr, for two different scintillators, Ultima-Gold and Insta-Gel. We consider volumes of 10 and 15 mL for Ultima gold, and 15 mL for Insta-Gel

  13. Organic liquid scintillation detector shape and volume impact on radiation portal monitors

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    Paff, Marc G.; Clarke, Shaun D.; Pozzi, Sara A.

    2016-07-01

    We have developed and tested a radiation portal monitor using organic liquid scintillation detectors. In order to optimize our system designs, neutron measurements were carried out with three organic liquid scintillation detectors of different shapes and sizes, along with a 3He radiation portal monitor (RPM) as a reference. The three liquids tested were a 7.62 cm diameter by 7.62 cm length cylindrical active volume organic liquid scintillation detector, a 12.7 cm diameter by 12.7 cm length cylindrical active volume organic liquid scintillation detector, and a 25 cm by 25 cm by 10 cm "paddle" shaped organic liquid scintillation detector. Background and Cf-252 neutron measurements were recorded to allow for a comparison of neutron intrinsic efficiencies as well as receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curves between detectors. The 12.7 cm diameter cylindrical active volume organic liquid scintillation detector exhibited the highest intrinsic neutron efficiency (54%) of all three liquid scintillators. An ROC curve analysis for a heavily moderated Cf-252 measurement showed that using the 12.7 cm diameter by 12.7 cm length cylindrical active volume Eljen EJ309 organic liquid scintillation detector would result in the fewest needed detector units in order to achieve a near 100% positive neutron alarm rate while maintaining a better than 1 in 10,000 false alarm rate on natural neutron background. A small number of organic liquid scintillation detectors could therefore be a valid alternative to 3He in some RPM applications.

  14. Simulation and Design of Multi-modulars Detector System of Gadolinium-Loaded Liquid Scintillator

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    HOU; Long; WANG; Zhao-hui; YU; Guo-liang; WANG; Qi; KANG; Guo-guo; SU; Xiao-bin; ZHANG; Xiao-peng; ZHANG; Kai

    2012-01-01

    <正>The gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator has the superiority of high detecting efficiency, and it can be used to measure many kinds of nucleus. We improved this technique and construct a 4π liquid scintillator detecting systems which is composed by many liquid scintillators. By coupling with fission chamber, we form a novel research platform which can be used to measure the (n, 2n) and (n, 3n) cross sections of many nuclei.

  15. Scintillation characteristics of phosphich-detector for detection of beta- and gamma-radiations

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    Ananenko, A A; Gavrilyuk, V

    2002-01-01

    The results of the study on the influence of individual peculiarities of the compound scintillation detector structure on the value and stability of the light yield by the gamma- and beta-radiation combined registration are presented. The phosphich detector is manufactured from the sodium iodide monocrystal, activated by thallium, and the scintillation plastic on the polystyrol basis. The comparison of the experimental results with the mathematical modeling data revealed certain regularities of the process of forming the phosphich detector light signal. The recommendations are worked out by means whereof the following characteristics of the scintillation unit: the light yield and its stability, amplitude resolution and the peak-to-valley ratio by the gamma- and beta-radiation registration were improved

  16. Simulation results of liquid and plastic scintillator detectors for reactor antineutrino detection - A comparison

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    Kashyap, V. K. S.; Pant, L. M.; Mohanty, A. K.; Datar, V. M.

    2016-03-01

    A simulation study of two kinds of scintillation detectors has been done using GEANT4. We compare plastic scintillator and liquid scintillator based designs for detecting electron antineutrinos emitted from the core of reactors. The motivation for this study is to set up an experiment at the research reactor facility at BARC for very short baseline neutrino oscillation study and remote reactor monitoring.

  17. Simulation results of liquid and plastic scintillator detectors for reactor antineutrino detection - A comparison

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    A simulation study of two kinds of scintillation detectors has been done using GEANT4. We compare plastic scintillator and liquid scintillator based designs for detecting electron antineutrinos emitted from the core of reactors. The motivation for this study is to set up an experiment at the research reactor facility at BARC for very short baseline neutrino oscillation study and remote reactor monitoring

  18. Measurement of (222)Rn by absorption in plastic scintillators and alpha/beta pulse shape discrimination.

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    Mitev, Krasimir K

    2016-04-01

    This work demonstrates that common plastic scintillators like BC-400, EJ-200 and SCSF-81 absorb radon and their scintillation pulse decay times are different for alpha- and beta-particles. This allows the application of pulse shape analysis for separation of the pulses of alpha- and beta-particles emitted by the absorbed radon and its progeny. It is shown that after pulse shape discrimination of beta-particles' pulses, the energy resolution of BC-400 and EJ-200 alpha spectra is sufficient to separate the peaks of (222)Rn, (218)Po and (214)Po and allows (222)Rn measurements that are unaffected by the presence of thoron ((220)Rn) in the environment. The alpha energy resolution of SCSF-81 in the experiments degrades due to imperfect collection of the light emitted inside the scintillating fibers. The experiments with plastic scintillation microspheres (PSM) confirm previous findings of other researchers that PSM have alpha-/beta-discrimination properties and show suitability for radon measurements. The diffusion length of radon in BC-400 and EJ-200 is determined. The pilot experiments show that the plastic scintillators are suitable for radon-in-soil-gas measurements. Overall, the results of this work suggest that it is possible to develop a new type of radon measurement instruments which employ absorption in plastic scintillators, pulse-shape discrimination and analysis of the alpha spectra. Such instruments can be very compact and can perform continuous, real-time radon measurements and thoron detection. They can find applications in various fields from radiation protection to earth sciences. PMID:26851823

  19. Energy calibration of a plastic scintillator beta telescope

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    A ΔE-E plastic scintillator β telescope had been built, and calibrated by using a group of β- and β+ emitters and a 207Bi source. Their end-point energies were determined via two different methods, i.e. weighted linear least-square fit to the Fermi-Kurie plots of the data after correcting for the finite energy resolution of the E scintillator and direct linear least-square fit to the square root of the raw data. It is shown that the latter can estimate the end-point energy rapidly, while the former can be used to determine the end-point energy with uncertainty about 35 keV for energy ranging 0.7 to 6.1 MeV

  20. Scintillation Light from Cosmic-Ray Muons in Liquid Argon

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    Whittington, Denver

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports the results of the first experiment to directly measure the properties of the scintillation light generated by minimum ionizing cosmic-ray muons in liquid argon. Scintillation light from these muons is of value to studies of weakly-interacting particles in neutrino experiments and dark matter searches, as well as for particle identification. The experiment was carried out at the TallBo facility at Fermilab using prototype light guides and electronics developed for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment. Analysis of the time-resolved structure of the scintillation light from cosmic-ray muons gives $\\langle \\tau_{\\text{T}}\\rangle = 1.43 \\pm 0.04~\\text{(stat.)} \\pm 0.007~\\text{(sys.)}~\\mu$s for the triplet light decay time constant. The ratio of singlet to triplet light measured using surface-coated light guides is $R = 0.39 \\pm 0.01~\\text{(stat.)} \\pm 0.008~\\text{(sys.)}$. There is some evidence that this value is not consistent with $R$ for minimum ionizing electrons. However, the value for $...

  1. Optical fiber read-out for liquid argon scintillation light

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    Csáthy, J Janicskó; Kratz, J; Schönert, S; Wiesinger, Ch

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we describe the performance of a light detector for Ar scintillation light made of wavelength-shifting (WLS) fibers connected to Silicon-Photomultipliers (SiPM). The setup was conceived to be used as anti-Compton veto for high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors operated directly in liquid Argon (LAr). Background suppression efficiencies for different radioactive sources were measured in a test cryostat with about 800 kg LAr. This work was part of the R\\&D effort for the GERDA experiment.

  2. The efficiency study of different purification methods for liquid scintillator

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    Hu, Wei; Yu, Boxiang; Zhang, Xuan; Zhou, Li; Cai, Xiao; Sun, Lijun

    2016-01-01

    JUNO is an experiment aimed at detecting neutrino mass hierarchy. The innermost part of the JUNO detector is formed by 20,000 tons of liquid scintillator which should have very low level of radioactive materials, such as 238U, 232Th, and 40K. Since the radioactive level of raw LAB(the solvent of LS)cannot reach so stringent requirements of JUNO, the purification for LAB plays an extremely important role in LS production. This article studies the efficiency of several different purification methods for LS, like distillation, water extraction and Al2O3 purification.

  3. Light propagation in a large volume liquid scintillator

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    Alimonti, G; Balata, M; Bellini, G; Benziger, J; Bonetti, S; Caccianiga, B; Cadonati, L; Calaprice, F P; Cecchet, G; Chen, M; Darnton, N; De Bari, A; Deutsch, M; Elisei, F; Feilitzsch, F V; Galbiati, C; Gatti, F; Giammarchi, M G; Giugni, D; Goldbrunner, T; Golubchikov, A; Goretti, A; Hagner, T; Hartmann, F X; Hentig, R V; Heusser, G; Ianni, A; Johnson, M; Laubenstein, M; Lombardi, P; Magni, S; Malvezzi, S; Maneira, J; Manno, I; Manuzio, G; Masetti, F; Mazzucato, U; Meroni, E; Neff, M; Oberauer, L; Perotti, A; Raghavan, R S; Ranucci, G; Resconi, E; Salvo, C; Scardaoni, R; Schönert, S; Smirnov, O; Tartaglia, R; Testera, G; Vogelaar, R B; Vitale, S; Zaimidoroga, O A

    2000-01-01

    The fluorescence light propagation in a large volume detector based on organic liquid scintillators is discussed. In particular, the effects of the fluor radiative transport and solvent Rayleigh scattering are emphasized. These processes have been modelled by a ray-tracing Monte Carlo method and have been experimentally investigated in the Borexino prototype which was a 4.3 ton, 4 pi sensitive detector. The comparison between the model prediction and the experimental data shows a satisfactory agreement indicating that the main aspects of these processes are well understood. Some features of the experimental time response of the detector are still under study.

  4. The feasibility of recycling glass liquid scintillation vials

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    Since acceptable disposal of liquid scintillation counting waste composed of cocktail and vials has become a difficult and expensive problem, the feasibility of washing and reusing glass vials and caps was investigated. The washing and recycling procedures for the vials together with the appropriate costing are given in detail. Of the 2000 vials washed, only 4 exhibited twice background cpm. As a result of the testing conducted, the research groups at the Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center have decided to implement the recycling program with an estimated saving of over $5000 the first year. (U.K.)

  5. Energy dependence of pulse shapes in liquid scintillators

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    Savran, D.; Glorius, J.; Loeher, B.; Pietralla, N.; Simon, V.; Sonnabend, K. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, (Germany); Miklavec, M.; Vencelj, M. [Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia)

    2009-07-01

    In ({gamma},n) experiments, e.g. at the NEPTUN photon tagger system at the S-DALINAC, the neutron spectroscopy has to be realized in an environment of high photon background and therefore an effective discrimination between photons and neutrons is mandatory. Liquid scintillators like BC501A allow a separation of neutrons and photons based on a pulse shape analysis of the subsequent photomultiplier pulses. However, the quality of this separation is not constant, but varies with the incident neutron energy. The energy dependence of the pulse shapes and the resulting separation is studied in detail using digital pulse shape analysis. First results are presented.

  6. A plastic scintillation counter prototype

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    A new prototype device for beta-ray measurement, a plastic scintillation counter, was assembled as an alternative device to liquid scintillation counters. This device uses plastic scintillation sheets (PS sheets) as a sample applicator without the use of a liquid scintillator. The performance was evaluated using tritium labeled compounds, and good linearity was observed between the activity and net count rate. The calculated detection limit of the device was 0.01 Bq mL−1 after 10 h measurement for 2 mL sample. - Highlights: • A new device of plastic scintillation counter was developed to measure beta emitters. • High sensitivity with low detection limit was performed for a tritium compound. • A detection limit of tritium was 0.01 Bq mL−1 for a 10 h measurement. • A plastic scintillation counter generated no radioactive organic waste fluid. • A plastic scintillation counter could analyze qualitatively and quantitatively

  7. Characterization and calibration of a large area beta scintillation detector for determination of Sr-90

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    A large area beta scintillation detector has been developed which is currently capable of determining Sr-90/Y-90 contamination in surficial soils. The detector system employs scintillating fiber optic arrays, with active dimensions approximately 15 cm wide by 100 cm long, both ends of which are coupled to multiple photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). Electronic processing includes coincidence requirements to optimize sensitivity and selectivity for the 2.28 MeV (maximum) beta particle from Y-90. Low energy beta particles and gamma rays are discriminated against using double ended and multi-layer coincidence requirements. The detector systems is personal-computer-software controlled and data restored in a format compatible with standard database software for ease of final data reduction. Experimental calibration studies have shown a linear response for Sr-90/Y-90 soil concentrations from 12 to over 500 pCi/g and a discrimination factor of 50 to 1 versus Cs-137. (author) 3 refs.; 4 figs

  8. Small-area fiber-coupled scintillation camera for imaging beta-ray distributions intraoperatively

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    MacDonald, L. R.; Tornai, Martin P.; Levin, C. S.; Park, J.; Atac, Muzaffer; Cline, David B.; Hoffman, Eric G.

    1995-09-01

    A small area, imaging, scintillation probe is being developed for locating small amounts of radio-labeled malignant tissue during surgery. Preliminary in brain surgery, avoiding the removal of excess tissue is a priority. It is possible to locate the main body of a brain tumor both before and during surgery, but once the bulk of the tumor is excised the identification of residual malignant tissue is difficult. A probe that covers an area of 1-2 cm(superscript 2) with an intrinsic resolution of 1-2 mm could locate small tumor masses that pose a threat of recurrence of the disease, and prevent removal of healthy tissue. A pre-operative injection of tumor seeking, beta emitting radiopharmaceutical (e.g. (superscript 18)fluorodeoxyuridine-FDUR-) will label the tumor. The limited range of beta-rays ensures proximity upon successful detection. Plastic scintillators are used for beta detection, and visible light photon counters (VLPCs) detect the scintillation light. For maneuverability in and around the surgical cavity, the scintillators are coupled to the VLPCs via 2 m of optical fiber. An imaging device can cover the tissue bed in a time compatible with surgery, as opposed to a single element detector on the order of 1-2 mm in size with comparable resolution. An imager also distinguishes high background rates (such as from annihilation gammas in FDUR) and concentrations of activity.

  9. Low-level tritium measurements in environmental water samples by liquid scintillation counting

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    D/(D+H)% concentration, which is the environmental samples case. Commercial standards set do not meet the exigency of an accurate environmental tritium measurement. It must consider the following problems: type of vial, type of scintillant, filled volume and counting geometry. Even if we make our own standard set for quenching calibration we must exceed another problem. The Compton electrons produced by external standard are energetic beta particles and do not have the same behavior of weak beta-particles in the sample itself. Hence a small amount quenching in tritium sample may remain undetected. Once efficiency settled we focussed on the sample preparation. We studied the above mentioned standard methods to determine tritium concentration in different types of water: drinking water, precipitation, surface water and wastewater. All samples were measured according to the two studied standards. Beside the Chemiluminescence phenomenon, there is some interference in the measurement process that leads to different results for the same water sample prepared by the two methods. Even if the differences are not large, they exceed the uncertainty of the method. We decided that for our laboratory conditions: equipment, practice and materials used routinely for monitoring program, ISO method would be appropriate. Our laboratory has participated in the Sixth IAEA Inter-comparison of Low-level Tritium Measurements in Water (TRIC2000). We obtained good results for the samples with tritium level between 0 TU and 26 TU, using ISO method and direct counting. The results obtained at Sixth IAEA Inter-comparison of Low-level Tritium Measurements in Water (TRIC2000) confirmed our routine procedure. The uncertainty of the method is high, and sometimes makes the measurement useless for hydrological study of single event, where high precision measurement is required, but liquid scintillation counting still offers an alternative method for rapid screening and lower price

  10. Production of Gadolinium-loaded Liquid Scintillator for the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment

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    Beriguete, Wanda; Ding, Yayun; Hans, Sunej; Heeger, Karsten M; Hu, Liangming; Huang, Aizhong; Luk, Kam-Biu; Nemchenok, Igor; Qi, Ming; Rosero, Richard; Sun, Hansheng; Wang, Ruiguang; Wang, Yifang; Wen, Liangjian; Yang, Yi; Yeh, Minfang; Zhang, Zhiyong; Zhou, Li

    2014-01-01

    We report on the production and characterization of liquid scintillators for the detection of electron antineutrinos by the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment. One hundred eighty-five tons of gadolinium-loaded (0.1% by mass) liquid scintillator (Gd-LS) and two hundred tons of unloaded liquid scintillator (LS) were successfully produced from a linear-alkylbenzene (LAB) solvent in six months. The scintillator properties, the production and purification systems, and the quality assurance and control (QA/QC) procedures are described.

  11. Counting efficiency for liquid scintillator systems with a single multiplier phototube; Eficiencia de recuento en espectrometros de centelleo con un solo fotomultiplicador

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    Grau Malonda, A.; Garcia-Torano, E.

    1984-07-01

    In this paper counting efficiency as a function of a free parameter (the figure of merit) has been computed. The results are applicable to liquid scintillator systems with a single multiplier phototube. Tables of counting efficiency for 62 pure beta emitters are given for figures of merit in the range 0.25 to 50. (Author) 16 refs.

  12. Low level liquid scintillation analysis for environmental and biomedical quantitation

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    Over the past five years low level liquid scintillation counting has become increasing popular because of the large number of applications which can be performed using this technique. These applications include environmental monitoring (3H, 90Sr/90Y, etc.), radiocarbon dating (for age determination to 50,000 years), food adulteration studies (alcohol and beverage industries), radon monitoring (air/water), nuclear power plant monitoring (low level 3H) and metabolism studies (pharmaceutical research). These applications can be performed with either a dedicated low level LSC or using a standard liquid scintillation counter in conjunction with the new technique of time-resolved LSC (TR-LSC). This technique when used on a standard LSC reduces the instrument background without substantially effecting the background, thus increasing the performance (E2/B) of the LSC. Data will be presented for each of the applications mentioned above, comparing the standard LSC and the new TR-LSC techniques. The optimization of the samples for each of these applications will be explored in detail with experimental results. In conclusion, by using the TR-LSC technique in conjunction with a standard LSC the performance of the standard LSC can be increased substantially without dedicating the LSC to doing only low level samples

  13. ARAPUCA a new device for liquid argon scintillation light detection

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    We present a totally innovative device for the detection of liquid argon scintillation light, that has been named ARAPUCA (Argon R and D Advanced Program at UniCAmp). It is composed of a passive light collector and of active devices. The latters are standard SiPMs that operate at liquid argon temperature, while the passive collector is based on a new technology, never explored in this field before. It is a photon trap, that allows to collect light with extremely high efficiency. The total detection efficiency of the device can be tuned by modifying the ratio between the area of the active devices (SiPM) and the area of the optical window. For example, it will allow to reach a detection efficiency at the level of 1% on a surface of 50 × 50 cm2 with an active coverage of 2 × 2 cm2 (two/three large area SiPM). It is also a cheap device, since the major part of its cost is represented by the active devices. For these reason this appears to be the ideal device for scintillation light detection in large Time Projection Chambers. With appropriate modifications it can be used also in next generation Dark Matter detectors

  14. ARAPUCA a new device for liquid argon scintillation light detection

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    Machado, A. A.; Segreto, E.

    2016-02-01

    We present a totally innovative device for the detection of liquid argon scintillation light, that has been named ARAPUCA (Argon R&D Advanced Program at UniCAmp). It is composed of a passive light collector and of active devices. The latters are standard SiPMs that operate at liquid argon temperature, while the passive collector is based on a new technology, never explored in this field before. It is a photon trap, that allows to collect light with extremely high efficiency. The total detection efficiency of the device can be tuned by modifying the ratio between the area of the active devices (SiPM) and the area of the optical window. For example, it will allow to reach a detection efficiency at the level of 1% on a surface of 50 × 50 cm2 with an active coverage of 2 × 2 cm2 (two/three large area SiPM). It is also a cheap device, since the major part of its cost is represented by the active devices. For these reason this appears to be the ideal device for scintillation light detection in large Time Projection Chambers. With appropriate modifications it can be used also in next generation Dark Matter detectors.

  15. Determination of 226Ra in mineral waters by liquid scintillation spectrometry

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    The aim of this work was the determination of volume activity of Ra-226 in mineral waters by liquid scintillation spectrometry on TRICARB 2900TR spectrometer and determination of Ra-226 in packed mineral and table waters and comparison of determination of Ra-226 after co-precipitation Ba(Ra)SO4 by two methods: by measurement with scintillation detector NA 6201 II; by liquid scintillation spectrometry on TRICARB 2900TR with the software QuantaSmart

  16. Preliminary study of light yield dependence on LAB liquid scintillator composition

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    Ye, Xing-Chen; Yu, Bo-Xiang; Zhou, Xiang; Zhao, Li; Ding, Ya-Yun; Jie, Quan-lin; Niu, Shun-li; Liu, Meng-Chao; Ding, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Xuan; Zhou, Li; Fang, Jian; Chen, Hai-Tao; Hu, Wei; Yan, Jia-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Liquid scintillator (LS) will be adopted as the detector material in JUNO (Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory). The energy resolution requirement of JUNO is 3%, which has never previously been reached. To achieve this energy resolution, the light yield of liquid scintillator is an important factor. PPO (the fluor) and bis-MSB (the wavelength shifter) are the two main materials dissolved in LAB. To study the influence of these two materials on the transmission of scintillation photons i...

  17. Economic analysis for incineration of liquid scintillation counting waste

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    Burial of Liquid Scintillation Counting Waste (LSCW) is no longer a viable disposal technique. The disposal site located in South Carolina will no longer accept such liquids, and sites in Nevada and Washington will discontinue acceptance in this decade. The object of this work was to develop a safe, economical alternative method for disposing of LSCW. A portable injection unit (PIU) was developed to inject LSCW directly into existing boiler oil feed lines. Further work on construction and testing can be found in work done by Salas. The project proved that there exists a safe, economical alternative to burial for disposing of LSCW. A large savings in disposal cost can be obtained because the PIU acts as a compactor by disposing of the hazardous waste only. Additional savings are obtained in fuel cost by taking advantage of the LSCW's fuel worth. A complete economic analysis will be discussed

  18. System of the incineration for the liquid scintillation garbage

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    In Japan from 1980 the incineration of the used scintillation liquid has been permitted according to the safety guide regulation of Japan Scientific Technology Agency. This incineration method would disperse the radioactivity in local site and destroy the chemicals at the same time. This system are consist of three parts. (1) Filtration and pH. adjustment of liquid garbage. (2) Bubbling vaporization in closed cycle. The temperature of the solution inside vessel is kept from 650C to 850C and the solution is bubbled with nealy 40C circulated air. After the end of distillation, water layer is separated from the organic chemical layer and put it down the drain according to the regulation. (3) The residue is mixed with only the distilled organic chemicals according to the next classification, thereafter incineration is carried out. (a) For under the radioactive concentration of 1 x 10-3μCi/ml, the mixed scintillation liquid are burned up in specially designed incinerator. (b) For over the level of 1 x 10-3μCi/ml, only the distilled organic chemicals are burned up and the residue will be sent to the Waste Disposal Site. (c) For under the water content of 5% these liquid garbage can be directly are burned up without distillation The residue seemed to be suitable for the combustion of the dried carcased animals as the auxiliary fuels. This incinerator will be able to use as room heater or water heater for the bath without radioactive contamination inside of install room. (author)

  19. Radionuclide, scintillation cocktail and chemical/color quench influence on discriminator setting in gross alpha/beta measurements by LSC

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    Gross alpha/beta measurements in drinking waters enable radiochemical composition analysis in environmental studies providing efficient screening method that can indicate whether water contains elevated levels of any radionuclide. Routine gross alpha/beta activity monitoring in drinking waters has been carried out for a few years in laboratory for low-level radioactivity measurements in Novi Sad according to ASTM method, performing measurements on liquid scintillation counter Quantulus 1220 which can simultaneously generate alpha/beta spectra of samples by Pulse Shape Analysis (PSA circuit). In this paper, PSA discriminator impact was investigated to ensure obtaining of accurate and reliable alpha/beta activities. One novelty of presented work is PSA parameter setup with two combinations of radionuclides (241Am, 226Ra and 90Sr/90Y) with varying activity concentrations. Performed experiments also make contribution to investigations on the manner in which chemical and color quench affect optimal PSA parameter setting and further on, their altogether influence on gross alpha/beta activity measurements. Nitromethane, 15.8 M nitric acid and water, as well as yellow and yellow-orange dye, were used as quenching agents in order to test PSA/interference factor behavior in the presence of quenchers with different quenching strengths. Variation of PSA setting in quenched samples with two different commercially available cocktails (Ultima Gold LLT and OptiPhase HiSafe 3) was also tested. Lastly, application i.e. assessment of obtained PSA-SQP(E) correlation on the obtained results of activity concentrations of few artesian well water samples and colored spiked samples, based on the measured SQP(E) value of samples, has been demonstrated. - Highlights: • Thorough study on influence of relevant factors on optimal PSA level in gross alpha/beta measurements in waters is presented. • Experiments were performed on liquid scintillation counter Quantulus 1220™ according to

  20. Spectrum library concept and pulse shape analysis in liquid scintillation counting

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    Kaihola, L. [Wallac Oy, Turku (Finland)

    1997-03-01

    Wallac introduced in 1990 a new absolute liquid scintillation counting (LSC) method, Digital Overlay Technique (DOT) to correct for quench. This method allows quantization of multilabel samples by referring to library spectra which are generated against chemical and color quench indices at the factory. The libraries can further be expanded to any beta emitter by user with a method called fine tuning, which can be carried out even with a single sample. Spectrum libraries are created over the whole spectrum range of the radionuclide and allow automatic identification of a single label beta emitting radionuclide, called Easy Count method. Another improvement in LSC is commercial introduction of Pulse Shape Analysis (PSA) in 1986 by Wallac. This method recognizes alpha particle decay by pulse shape and leads to excellent sensitivity in alpha counting because most of the background signal in LSC comprises of short or beta like pulses. PSA detects alpha events in the presence of high excess of beta activity over alphas, up to a ratio 100000 to 1. (orig.)

  1. Spectrum library concept and pulse shape analysis in liquid scintillation counting

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    Wallac introduced in 1990 a new absolute liquid scintillation counting (LSC) method, Digital Overlay Technique (DOT) to correct for quench. This method allows quantization of multilabel samples by referring to library spectra which are generated against chemical and color quench indices at the factory. The libraries can further be expanded to any beta emitter by user with a method called fine tuning, which can be carried out even with a single sample. Spectrum libraries are created over the whole spectrum range of the radionuclide and allow automatic identification of a single label beta emitting radionuclide, called Easy Count method. Another improvement in LSC is commercial introduction of Pulse Shape Analysis (PSA) in 1986 by Wallac. This method recognizes alpha particle decay by pulse shape and leads to excellent sensitivity in alpha counting because most of the background signal in LSC comprises of short or beta like pulses. PSA detects alpha events in the presence of high excess of beta activity over alphas, up to a ratio 100000 to 1. (orig.)

  2. Measurement of scintillation and ionization yield with high-pressure gaseous mixtures of Xe and TMA for improved neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter searches

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    Nakajima, Y.; Goldschmidt, A.; Matis, H. S.; Miller, T.; Nygren, D. R.; Oliveira, C. A. B.; Renner, J.

    2016-03-01

    The gaseous Xenon(Xe) time projection chamber (TPC) is an attractive detector technique for neutrinoless double beta decay and WIMP dark matter searches. While it is less dense compared to Liquid Xe detectors, it has intrinsic advantages in tracking capability and better energy resolution. The performance of gaseous Xe can be further improved by molecular additives such as trimethylamine(TMA), which is expected to (1) cool down the ionization electrons, (2) convert Xe excitation energy to TMA ionizations through Penning transfer, and (3) produce scintillation and electroluminescence light in a more easily detectable wavelength (300 nm). In order to test the feasibility of the performance improvements with TMA, we made the first direct measurement of Penning and fluorescence transfer efficiency with gaseous mixtures of Xe and TMA. While we observed a Penning transfer efficiency up to ~35%, we found strong suppression of primary scintillation light with TMA. We also found that the primary scintillation light with Xe and TMA mixture can be well characterized by ~3% fluorescence transfer from Xe to TMA, with further suppression due to TMA self-quenching. No evidence of the scintillation light produced by recombination of TMA ions was found. This strong suppression of scintillation light makes dark matter searches quite challenging, while the possibility of improved neutrinoless double beta decay searches remains open. This work has been carried out within the context of the NEXT collaboration.

  3. Scintillation light from cosmic-ray muons in liquid argon

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    Whittington, D.; Mufson, S.; Howard, B.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports the results of an experiment to directly measure the time-resolved scintillation signal from the passage of cosmic-ray muons through liquid argon. Scintillation light from these muons is of value to studies of weakly-interacting particles in neutrino experiments and dark matter searches. The experiment was carried out at the TallBo dewar facility at Fermilab using prototype light guide detectors and electronics developed for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Two models are presented for the time structure of the scintillation light, a phenomenological model and a composite model. Both models find τT = 1.52 μs for the decay time constant of the Ar2* triplet state. These models also show that the identification of the ``early'' light fraction in the phenomenological model, FE ≈ 25% of the signal, with the total light from singlet decays is an underestimate. The total fraction of singlet light is FS ≈ 36%, where the increase over FE is from singlet light emitted by the wavelength shifter through processes with long decay constants. The models were further used to compute the experimental particle identification parameter Fprompt, the fraction of light coming in a short time window after the trigger compared with the light in the total recorded waveform. The models reproduce quite well the typical experimental value ~0.3 found by dark matter and double β-decay experiments, which suggests this parameter provides a robust metric for discriminating electrons and muons from more heavily ionizing particles.

  4. Scintillation light from cosmic-ray muons in liquid argon

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    Whittington, Denver Wade [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Physics Dept.; Mufson, S. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Astronomy Dept.; Howard, B. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Physics Dept.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports the results of an experiment to directly measure the time-resolved scintillation signal from the passage of cosmic-ray muons through liquid argon. Scintillation light from these muons is of value to studies of weakly-interacting particles in neutrino experiments and dark matter searches. The experiment was carried out at the TallBo dewar facility at Fermilab using prototype light guide detectors and electronics developed for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Two models are presented for the time structure of the scintillation light, a phenomenological model and a physically-motivated model. Both models find tT = 1:52 ms for the decay time constant of the Ar 2 triplet state. These models also show that the identification of the “early” light fraction in the phenomenological model, FE 25% of the signal, with the total light from singlet decays is an underestimate. The total fraction of singlet light is FS 36%, where the increase over FE is from singlet light emitted by the wavelength shifter through processes with long decay constants. The models were further used to compute the experimental particle identification parameter Fprompt, the fraction of light coming in a short time window after the trigger compared with the light in the total recorded waveform. The models reproduce quite well the typical experimental value 0.3 found by dark matter and double b-decay experiments, which suggests this parameter provides a robust metric for discriminating electrons and muons from more heavily ionizing particles.

  5. Measurement of scintillation and ionization yield with high-pressure gaseous mixtures of Xe and TMA for improved neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter searches

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    Nakajima, Y; Matis, H S; Miller, T; Nygren, D R; Oliveira, C A B; Renner, J

    2015-01-01

    The gaseous Xenon(Xe) time projection chamber (TPC) is an attractive detector technique for neutrinoless double beta decay and WIMP dark matter searches. While it is less dense compared to Liquid Xe detectors, it has intrinsic advantages in tracking capability and better energy resolution. The performance of gaseous Xe can be further improved by molecular additives such as trimethylamine(TMA), which is expected to (1) cool down the ionization electrons, (2) convert Xe excitation energy to TMA ionizations through Penning transfer, and (3) produce scintillation and electroluminescence light in a more easily detectable wavelength (300 nm). In order to test the feasibility of the performance improvements with TMA, we made the first direct measurement of Penning and fluorescence transfer efficiency with gaseous mixtures of Xe and TMA. While we observed a Penning transfer efficiency up to ~35%, we found strong suppression of primary scintillation light with TMA. We also found that the primary scintillation light wi...

  6. Characterization of a ZnSe scintillating bolometer prototype for neutrinoless double beta decay search

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    Tenconi, M.; Giuliani, A.; Nones, C.; Pessina, G.; Plantevin, O.; Rusconi, C.

    2014-01-01

    As proposed in the LUCIFER project, ZnSe crystals are attractive materials to realize scintillating bolometers aiming at the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of the promising isotope 82Se. However, the optimization of the ZnSe-based detectors is rather complex and requires a wide-range investigation of the crystal features: optical properties, crystalline quality, scintillation yields and bolometric behaviour. Samples tested up to now show problems in the reproducibility of crucial aspects of the detector performance. In this work, we present the results obtained with a scintillating bolometer operated aboveground at about 25 mK. The detector energy absorber was a single 1 cm3 ZnSe crystal. The good energy resolution of the heat channel (about 14 keV at 1460 keV) and the excellent alpha/beta discrimination capability are very encouraging for a successful realization of the LUCIFER program. The bolometric measurements were completed by optical tests on the crystal (optical transmission and luminescence measurements down to 10 K) and investigation of the crystalline structure. The work here described provides a set of parameters and procedures useful for a complete pre-characterization of ZnSe crystals in view of the realization of highly performing scintillating bolometers.

  7. Characterization of a ZnSe scintillating bolometer prototype for neutrinoless double beta decay search

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As proposed in the LUCIFER project, ZnSe crystals are attractive materials to realize scintillating bolometers aiming at the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of the promising isotope 82Se. However, the optimization of the ZnSe-based detectors is rather complex and requires a wide-range investigation of the crystal features: optical properties, crystalline quality, scintillation yields and bolometric behaviour. Samples tested up to now show problems in the reproducibility of crucial aspects of the detector performance. In this work, we present the results obtained with a scintillating bolometer operated aboveground at about 25 mK. The detector energy absorber was a single 1 cm3 ZnSe crystal. The good energy resolution of the heat channel (about 14 keV at 1460 keV and the excellent alpha/beta discrimination capability are very encouraging for a successful realization of the LUCIFER program. The bolometric measurements were completed by optical tests on the crystal (optical transmission and luminescence measurements down to 10 K and investigation of the crystalline structure. The work here described provides a set of parameters and procedures useful for a complete pre-characterization of ZnSe crystals in view of the realization of highly performing scintillating bolometers.

  8. Polycrystalline para-terphenyl scintillator adopted in a $\\beta^-$ detecting probe for radio-guided surgery

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    Camillocci, Elena Solfaroli; Bocci, Valerio; Collamati, Francesco; De Lucia, Erika; Faccini, Riccardo; Marafini, Michela; Mattei, Ilaria; Morganti, Silvio; Paramatti, Riccardo; Patera, Vincenzo; Pinci, Davide; Recchia, Luigi; Russomando, Andrea; Sarti, Alessio; Sciubba, Adalberto; Senzacqua, Martina; Voena, Cecilia

    2015-01-01

    A radio-guided surgery technique exploiting $\\beta^-$ emitters is under development. It aims at a higher target-to-background activity ratio implying both a smaller radiopharmaceutical activity and the possibility of extending the technique to cases with a large uptake of surrounding healthy organs. Such technique requires a dedicated intraoperative probe detecting $\\beta^-$ radiation. A first prototype has been developed relying on the low density and high light yield of the diphenylbutadiene doped para-therphenyl organic scintillator. The scintillation light produced in a cylindrical crystal, 5 mm in diameter and 3 mm in height, is guided to a photo-multiplier tube by optical fibres. The custom readout electronics is designed to optimize its usage in terms of feedback to the surgeon, portability and remote monitoring of the signal. Tests show that with a radiotracer activity comparable to those administered for diagnostic purposes the developed probe can detect a 0.1 ml cancerous residual of meningioma in a...

  9. Optimization of screening for radioactivity in urine by liquid scintillation.

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    Shanks, Sonoya Toyoko; Reese, Robert P.; Preston, Rose T. (Technadyne Engineering Consultants, Inc., Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-08-01

    Numerous events have or could have resulted in the inadvertent uptake of radionuclides by fairly large populations. Should a population receive an uptake, valuable information could be obtained by using liquid scintillation counting (LSC) techniques to quickly screen urine from a sample of the affected population. This study investigates such LSC parameters as discrimination, quench, volume, and count time to yield guidelines for analyzing urine in an emergency situation. Through analyzing variations of the volume and their relationships to the minimum detectable activity (MDA), the optimum ratio of sample size to scintillating chemical cocktail was found to be 1:3. Using this optimum volume size, the alpha MDA varied from 2100 pCi/L for a 30-second count time to 35 pCi/L for a 1000-minute count time. The typical count time used by the Sandia National Laboratories Radiation Protection Sample Diagnostics program is 30 minutes, which yields an alpha MDA of 200 pCi/L. Because MDA is inversely proportional to the square root of the count time, count time can be reduced in an emergency situation to achieve the desired MDA or response time. Note that approximately 25% of the response time is used to prepare the samples and complete the associated paperwork. It was also found that if the nuclide of interest is an unknown, pregenerated discriminator settings and efficiency calibrations can be used to produce an activity value within a factor of two, which is acceptable for a screening method.

  10. NEST: A Comprehensive Model for Scintillation Yield in Liquid Xenon

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    Szydagis, M; Kazkaz, K; Mock, J; Stolp, D; Sweany, M; Tripathi, M; Uvarov, S; Walsh, N; Woods, M

    2011-01-01

    A comprehensive model for explaining scintillation yield in liquid xenon is introduced. We unify various definitions of work function which abound in the literature and incorporate all available data on electron recoil scintillation yield. This results in a better understanding of electron recoil, and facilitates an improved description of nuclear recoil. An incident gamma energy range of O(1 keV) to O(1 MeV) and electric fields between 0 and O(10 kV/cm) are incorporated into this heuristic model. We show results from a Geant4 implementation, but because the model has a few free parameters, implementation in any simulation package should be simple. We use a quasi-empirical approach, with an objective of improving detector calibrations and performance verification. The model will aid in the design and optimization of future detectors. This model is also easy to extend to other noble elements. In this paper we lay the foundation for an exhaustive simulation code which we call NEST (Noble Element Simulation Tech...

  11. Temperature dependence of a large liquid scintillation detector efficiency

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    Results of investigating the effect of temperature on the properties of a scintillation detector composed of 150-litre container filled with a white spirit liquid scintillator and a FEM-49 photomultiplier are presented. The investigation of the temperature variation effect on the FEM-49 photomultiplier show the amplification dependence on temperature to be about or less than 0.07% in the temperature range from 10 to 40 deg C. The temperature dependence of the detector efficiency has been measured by two independent methods: according to the anode current of the FEM-49 photomultiplier and the counting rate of cosmic M-mesons. The counting rate of one layer of the operating telescope with area of about 12.5 m2 has been assumed to be ''absolute'' value of muon intensity. The mean values of the efficiency temperature coefficient obtained as a result of measurements for three standard detectors are presented. From the obtained results one can draw the following conclusion: in facilities designed for measurements with a statistical accuracy of an order of the tenth part of percent, it is necessary to stabilize temperature (ΔT (<=) 1 deg C) or to introduce corrections accounting for the detector temperature dependence

  12. Influence of dissolved gas and temperature on the light yield of new liquid scintillators

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    Buontempo, S; Golovkin, S V; Martellotti, G; Medvedkov, A M; Penso, G; Soloviev, A S; Vasilchenko, V G

    1999-01-01

    Sixteen new liquid scintillators, emitting green light, were studied. They are based on four solvents combined with four dopants. The influence of different gas atmospheres was studied. In particular it was shown that by keeping these liquid scintillators in vacuum or in a neutral gas, the light yield increases up to 32~\\% at 20 $^{\\circ}$C and for the best solvent-dopant combinations. The dependance of the light yield on temperature was also studied for these scintillators. In the 20--60 $^{\\circ}$C interval, some exhibit a light yield variation of $\\sim$ 3 \\% which is smaller than that of the NE 102A plastic scintillator.

  13. Measurement of scintillation and ionization yield with high-pressure gaseous mixtures of Xe and TMA for improved neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter searches

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    Nakajima, Y.; Goldschmidt, A.; Matis, H. S.; Nygren, D.; Oliveira, C.; Renner, J.

    2015-11-01

    Liquid Xe TPCs are among the most popular choices for double beta decay and WIMP dark matter searches. Gaseous Xe has intrinsic advantages when compared to Liquid Xe, specifically, tracking capability and better energy resolution for double beta decay searches. The performance of gaseous Xe can be further improved by molecular additives such as trimethylamine(TMA), which are expected to (1) cool down the ionization electrons, (2) convert Xe excitation energy to TMA ionizations through Penning transfer, and (3) produce scintillation and electroluminescence light in a more easily detectable wavelength (300 nm). These features may provide better tracking and energy resolution for double-beta decay searches. They are also expected to enhance columnar recombination for nuclear recoils, which can be used for searches for WIMP dark matter with directional sensitivity. We constructed a test ionization chamber and successfully measured scintillation and ionization yields at high precision with various Xe and TMA mixtures and pressures. We observed the Penning effect and an increase in recombination with the addition of TMA. However, many undesired features for dark matter searches, such as strong suppression of the scintillation light and no sign of recombination light, were also found. This work has been carried out within the context of the NEXT collaboration.

  14. Cerenkov counting as a complement to liquid scintillation counting

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    A commercially available spectrometer was calibrated for liquid scintillation (LS) and Cerenkov counting efficiency (CCE) using National Institute of Standards and Technology traceable solutions. The CCE increased linearly over a 3 order of magnitude range in 40K β activity, and by 42% per MeV as β-energies increased from 0.300 to 3.54 MeV, achieving a maximum value of 80% for 106Ru/106Rh The CCE can be enhanced by 10-15% when a wavelength shifter is used. A comparison of the data showed that the CCE was typically 20-50% less than the LS counting efficiency for β-particles with maximum energies >1 MeV. Applications that utilize sequential CCE and LS counting to quantitate activity concentrations are discussed for samples containing two β-emitting nuclides of differing energies. (Author)

  15. Showering Cosmogenic Muons in A Large Liquid Scintillator

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    Grassi, Marco; Ciuffoli, Emilio; Zhang, Xinmin

    2014-01-01

    We present the results of FLUKA simulations of the propagation of cosmogenic muons in a 20 kton spherical liquid scintillator detector underneath 700 to 900 meters of rock. A showering muon is one which deposits at least 3 GeV in the detector in addition to ionization energy. We find that 19 percent of muons are showering and a further 15 percent of muon events are muon bundles, of which more than one muon enters the detector. In this range the showering and bundle fractions are robust against changes in the depth and topography, thus the total shower and bundle rate for a given experiment can be obtained by combining our results with an estimate for the total muon flux. One consequence is that a straightforward adaptation of the full detector showering muon cuts used by KamLAND to JUNO and RENO 50 would yield a nearly vanishing detector efficiency.

  16. Deuterated Liquid Scintillators: A New Tool for Neutron Measurements

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    Ojaruega, M.; Becchetti, F. D.; Torres-Isea, R. [Department of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Villano, A. N. [Department of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (United States); Roberts, A.; Kolata, J. J. [Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (United States); Lawrence, C. C.; Pozzi, S. A.; Flaska, M.; Clarke, S. D. [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States)

    2011-12-13

    The response of large (4x6) deuterated liquid scintillators (up to 10 cm diameter by 15 cm) to neutrons in the energy range from 0.5 MeV to 20 MeV has been studied using several nuclear reactions, including d(d,n), and {sup 12}C(d,n){sup 13}N, at the University of Notre Dame FN tandem accelerator. The latter two reactions utilized 9 MeV and 16 MeV deuteron beams, including a pulsed beam that also permitted time-of-flight (ToF) measurements. Combining pulse-shape discrimination and (ToF) allows gating on specific neutron energy groups to determine the detector response to specific neutron energies. Newly-obtained and optimized pulse shape discrimination using digitized pulse analysis from these detectors will be presented in this paper. These measurements confirmed the ability of these detectors to provide useful neutron spectra without ToF.

  17. Quality assurance manual plutonium liquid scintillation methods and procedures

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    Nose swipe analysis is a very important tool for Radiation Protection personnel. Nose swipe analysis is a very fast and accurate method for (1) determining if a worker has been exposed to airborne plutonium contamination and (2) Identifying the area where there has been a possible plutonium release. Liquid scintillation analysis techniques have been effectively applied to accurately determine the plutonium alpha activity on nose swipe media. Whatman-40 paper and Q-Tips are the only two media which have been evaluated and can be used for nose swipe analysis. Presently, only Q-Tips are used by Group HSE-1 Radiation Protection Personnel. However, both swipe media will be discussed in this report

  18. Scintillators

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    Scintillator bodies comprising phosphor materials and having high optical translucency with low light absorption, and methods of making the scintillator bodies, are described. Fabrication methods include (a) a hot-pressing process, (b) cold-pressing followed by sintering, (c) controlled cooling from a melt, and (d) hot-forging. The scintillator bodies that result are easily machined to desired shapes and sizes. Suitable phosphors include BaFCl:Eu, LaOBr:Tb, CsI:Tl, CaWO4 and CdWO4. (U.K.)

  19. Measurement of tritium in urine by oxidation distillation and liquid scintillation method

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    A method for determination of tritium in urine has been developed. The procedure includes oxidation of organic substances in urine by potassium persulfate, purification of the urine liquid by distillation, sampling preparation with the distillation by liquid, and the scintillation cook-tail then the tritium is measured by liquid scintillation counter. The minimum detection limit of the methods is about 7.6 Bq/L for the measuring period of 11 h

  20. Aging research of the LAB-based liquid scintillator in stainless steel container

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    Chen, Hai-tao; Shan, Qing; Ding, Ya-yun; Du, Bing; Liu, Shu-tong; Zhang, Xuan; Zhou, Li; Jia, Wen-bao; Fang, Jian; Ye, Xing-chen; Hu, Wei; Niu, Shun-li; Yan, Jia-qing; Zhao, Hang; Zhao, Dao-jin

    2014-01-01

    Stainless steel is the material used for the storage vessels and piping systems of LAB-based liquid scintillator in JUNO experiment. Aging is recognized as one of the main degradation mechanisms affecting the properties of liquid scintillator. LAB-based liquid scintillator aging experiments were carried out in different material of containers (type 316 and 304 stainless steel and glass) at two different temperature (40 and 25 degrees Celsius). For the continuous liquid scintillator properties tests, the light yield and the absorption spectrum are nearly the same as that of the unaged one. The attenuation length of the aged samples is 6%~12% shorter than that of the unaged one. But the concentration of element Fe in the LAB-based liquid scintillator does not show a clear change. So the self aging has small effect on liquid scintillator, as well as the stainless steel impurity quenching. Type 316 and 304 stainless steel can be used as LAB-based liquid scintillator vessel, transportation pipeline material.

  1. Scintillation-only Based Pulse Shape Discrimination for Nuclear and Electron Recoils in Liquid Xenon

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    Ueshima, K.; Abe, K; Hiraide, K.; Hirano, S; Kishimoto, Y.; Kobayashi, K.; Koshio, Y.; Liu, J; Martens, K.; Moriyama, S.; Nakahata, M.; Nishiie, H.; Ogawa, H.; Sekiya, H.; Shinozaki, A.

    2011-01-01

    In a dedicated test setup at the Kamioka Observatory we studied pulse shape discrimination (PSD) in liquid xenon (LXe) for dark matter searches. PSD in LXe was based on the observation that scintillation light from electron events was emitted over a longer period of time than that of nuclear recoil events, and our method used a simple ratio of early to total scintillation light emission in a single scintillation event. Requiring an efficiency of 50% for nuclear recoil retention we reduced the...

  2. Results from the Bo Liquid Argon Scintillation Test Stand at Fermilab

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    In these proceedings I discuss results from the Bo test stand at the Proton Assembly Building, Fermilab. This test stand has been used to characterize elements of the MicroBooNE optical system as well as to perform studies of processes affecting argon scintillation light such as scintillation quenching and optical absorption by impurities. I review in detail a recent measurement of the absorption of liquid argon scintillation light by dissolved nitrogen at the part-per-million level

  3. Method for calibration measurement in a liquid scintillation counter and carrier used in the method

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    The present invention relates to a method for use in liquid scintillation measurements to feed an accurately determined amount of radioactive substance to a fluid scintillation system for a calibration measurement. According to the invention an accurately determined amount of radioactive substance is adsorbed to a carrier, which is introduced into the fluid scintillation system. The invention also relates to a carrier for use in the method

  4. Radiopure ZnMoO{sub 4} scintillating bolometers for the LUMINEU double-beta experiment

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    Poda, D. V.; Chernyak, D. M. [CSNSM, Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Armengaud, E.; Boissière, T. de; Fourches, N.; Gerbier, G.; Gros, M.; Hervé, S.; Magnier, P.; Navick, X-F.; Nones, C.; Paul, B.; Penichot, Y. [CEA, Centre d’Etudes Saclay, IRFU, 91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Arnaud, Q.; Augier, C.; Benoît, A.; Cazes, A.; Censier, B.; Charlieux, F.; De Jesus, M. [IPNL, Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); and others

    2015-08-17

    The results of R&D of radiopure zinc molybdate (ZnMoO{sub 4}) based scintillating bolometers for the LUMINEU (Luminescent Underground Molybdenum Investigation for NEUtrino mass and nature) double-beta decay experiment are presented. A dedicated two-stage molybdenum purification technique (sublimation in vacuum and recrystallization from aqueous solutions) and an advanced directional solidification method (the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique) were utilized to produce high optical quality large mass (∼1 kg) ZnMoO{sub 4} crystal boules and first {sup 100}Mo (99.5%) enriched Zn{sup 100}MoO{sub 4} crystal scintillator (mass of ∼0.2 kg). Scintillating bolometers based on ZnMoO{sub 4} (≈ 0.33 kg) and Zn{sup 100}MoO{sub 4} (≈ 0.06 kg) scintillation elements and high purity Ge wafers were tested in the EDELWEISS set-up at the Modane Underground Laboratory (France). Long term low temperature tests demonstrate excellent detectors’ performance and effectiveness of the purification and solidification procedures for the achievement of high radiopurity of the material, in particular with a bulk activity of {sup 228}Th and {sup 226}Ra below 4 µBq/kg. The adopted protocol was used to produce for the first time a large volume Zn{sup 100}MoO{sub 4} crystal scintillator (mass of ∼1.4 kg, {sup 100}Mo enrichment is 99.5%) to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay of {sup 100}Mo in the framework of the LUMINEU project.

  5. Gas flow scintillation detector for weak beta emitters and its application to recoil tritium chemistry

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    The scintillation flow counter was employed in a radio gas chromatograph. The scintillation detector utilized anthracene crystals as a fluor. The scintillation flow counter did not quench with the chloroethylene system, gave better peak resolution, exhibited less tailing of the peaks, and returned to the initial background level much faster. A computer program was developed to find and determine the areas of the peaks from the radio gas chromatograph. An improved gas chromatographic separation of the products for the dichloroethylene system was developed utilizing two columns in series and temperature programming. The reaction of recoil tritium with unsaturated carbons of the cis- and trans-1,2-dichloroethylene was studied. The data support the fast, direct substitution mechanism with retention of configuration in the liquid phase. The small geometric isomerization of 1,2-dichloroethylene probably arises from rotation about the ethylenic double bond of the excited 1,2-dichloroethylene molecule produced from the tritium for hydrogen substitution reaction

  6. Scintillation response of CsI: Tl crystal under neutron, gamma, alpha particles and beta excitations

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    Among the converters of X and gamma radiation in light photons, known as scintillators, the one which is the most efficient emits photons with a wavelength near 400 nm. Particularly, among them, the cesium iodine doped with thallium (CsI:Tl) crystal is that which matches better between the light emission spectrum (peak at 540 nm) and the quantum sensitivity curve of the photodiodes and CCD (Charge Coupled Device). This explains the renewed interest in using this crystal as scintillator. Although the CsI:Tl crystal is commercially available, its local development would give the possibility to obtain it in different geometric configurations and coupling. Moreover, there is a special interest in studying new conditions that will alter the properties of this crystal in order to achieve a optimal level of its functional characteristics. Having an efficient national scintillator with low cost is a strategic opportunity to study the response of a detector applied to different types of radiation. The crystal of cesium iodide activated with thallium (CsI:Tl) has a high gamma detection efficiency per unit volume. In this paper, the CsI:Tl crystal, grown by the vertical Bridgman technique in evacuated silica ampoules and with the purpose of use as radiation detectors, is described. To evaluate the scintillator, measures of the thallium distribution in the crystal volume were taken, with overall efficiency score. The scintillator response was studied through gamma radiation from sources of 137Cs, 60Co, 22Na, 54Mn, 131I and 99mTc; the beta radiation from source of 90Sr/90Y, alpha particles from 241Am source and the scintillator response to neutrons from Am/Be source. The energetic resolution for 137Cs gamma rays (662 keV) was 10%. The results showed the validity of using the CsI:Tl crystal developed in our laboratory, in many applications in the area of radiation detectors. (author)

  7. Measuring Fast Neutrons with Large Liquid Scintillation Detector for Ultra-low Background Experiments

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    Zhang, C; Davis, P; Woltman, B; Gray, F

    2013-01-01

    We developed a 12-liter volume neutron detector filled with the liquid scintillator EJ301 that measures neutrons in an underground laboratory where dark matter and neutrino experiments are located. The detector target is a cylindrical volume coated on the inside with reflective paint (95% reflectivity) that significantly increases the detector's light collection. We demonstrate several calibration techniques using point sources and cosmic-ray muons for energies up to 20 MeV for this large liquid scintillation detector. Neutron-gamma separation using pulse shape discrimination with a few MeV neutrons to hundreds of MeV neutrons is shown for the first time using a large liquid scintillator.

  8. Application of scintillating properties of liquid xenon and silicon photomultiplier technology to medical imaging

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    Gomez-Cadenas, J. J.; Benlloch-Rodriguez, J. M.; Ferrario, Paola

    2016-04-01

    We describe a new positron emission time-of-flight apparatus using liquid xenon. The detector is based in a liquid xenon scintillating cell. The cell shape and dimensions can be optimized depending on the intended application. In its simplest form, the liquid xenon scintillating cell is a box in which two faces are covered by silicon photomultipliers and the others by a reflecting material such as Teflon. It is a compact, homogenous and highly efficient detector which shares many of the desirable properties of monolithic crystals, with the added advantage of high yield and fast scintillation offered by liquid xenon. Our initial studies suggest that good energy and spatial resolution comparable with that achieved by lutetium oxyorthosilicate crystals can be obtained with a detector based in liquid xenon scintillating cells. In addition, the system can potentially achieve an excellent coincidence resolving time of better than 100 ps.

  9. Optical, luminescence and thermal properties of radiopure ZnMoO{sub 4} crystals used in scintillating bolometers for double beta decay search

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    Chernyak, D.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Degoda, V.Ya.; Dmitruk, I.M. [Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Ferri, F. [Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Galashov, E.N. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Giuliani, A., E-mail: Andrea.Giuliani@csnsm.in2p3.fr [Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Sezione INFN di Milano-Bicocca, I-20126 Italy (Italy); Ivanov, I.M. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Mancuso, M.; Marnieros, S. [Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Mokina, V.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Nones, C.; Olivieri, E. [Service de Physique des Particules, CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Pessina, G. [Sezione INFN di Milano-Bicocca, I-20126 Italy (Italy); Rusconi, C. [Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Sezione INFN di Milano-Bicocca, I-20126 Italy (Italy); and others

    2013-11-21

    Zinc molybdate (ZnMoO{sub 4}) crystals are an excellent candidate material to fabricate scintillating bolometers for the study of neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 100}Mo, provided that the crystal quality meets strict optical, thermal and radiopurity requirements. This paper addresses the characterization of improved crystalline samples grown by the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique. Transmittance measurements confirm significant improvement of the material with respect to previously developed samples. Luminescence properties (emission spectra, dependence of intensity on temperature, thermally stimulated luminescence and phosphorescence) have been studied under X-ray excitation from liquid-helium to room temperature. The index of refraction was measured in the wavelength interval 406–655 nm. Samples of ZnMoO{sub 4} crystals with masses of 5.07 g and 23.8 g were operated as scintillating bolometers at temperatures below 30 mK, with simultaneous detection of scintillation and heat signals, confirming an excellent alpha/beta rejection power. Background measurements allowed encouraging radiopurity level estimations. The light collection from ZnMoO{sub 4} scintillators was Monte Carlo simulated, analysing different crystal size, shape and surface properties and different photodetector sizes.

  10. Investigation of light response of liquid scintillators comprising low-energy monoenergetic electrons

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    This research thesis deals with the improvement of the quality of models used in methods of activity measurement by liquid scintillation. It more particularly deals with the determination of the response of liquid scintillators with low-energy monoenergetic electrons in order to assess the value of parameters of semi-empirical expressions which describe this response. After a description of the principle of liquid scintillation (primary phenomena created within organic media by a ionizing radiation, nature, distribution and evolution of activated molecules), a recall of theoretical works by various authors, the authors presents an experimental installation which is used to study the average number of photons emitted by liquid scintillation with respect to the energy introduced by electrons. A sensor is used to determine the energy of the scattered photons, and a photomultiplier is used to determine the average number of emitted photons. Results are discussed by using Birks, Voltz and Wright formulations

  11. Discussion on the liquid scintillation method for radon in water and some examples of measurements

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    It is generally for measuring radon in water to use the liquid scintillator which has relatively large solubility for radon. The method which is so-called liquid scintillation method, has several weakness that radon gas escapes in a process of making the vial sample and/or with the elapsed time after making the vial sample. This affects to the precision and reproducibility. The authors compared three different process in the method; one is the extracted-by-solvent method (namely, extract method), two is the method that sample water is directly enclosed with toluene scintillator in a vial (two layer method), and three is the method that sample water is directly enclosed with ''picofluor'' scintillator in a vial (picofluor method). These methods were examined about the following term; the reasonable ratio between sample water and scintillator, the detection limit, the error dispersion, easiness, and quickness. The authors concluded that the picofluor method was the best method exclusive of detection limit. (author)

  12. Liquid scintillation counting standardization of Na129I by the CIEMAT/NIST method

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    We describe a sample preparation procedure for liquid scintillation measurements of stable solution of Na''129I. The counting stability and spectral evolution of this solution is studied in HiSafe''tmII, Ultima-Gold''tm and Insta-Gel''r. The liquid scintillation measurements have been carried efficiencies lower than 0.4%. the solution has been standardized in terms of activity concentration to an overall uncertainty of 0.46% (k=1 )

  13. Construction of paraffin scintillator-solid support system for liquid radiochromatography

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    In a liquid radiochromatography analysis, a continuous monitoring system for radioactive effluent has been developed, which uses a combination of a paraffin scintillator and a thin solid support tape. In sample preparation, the effluent obtained from a chromatography column is immediately solidified on a glass fiber support by adding small amount of a liquid-solid reversible paraffin scintillator. This technique overcomes many disadvantages of a flow-cell type monitor ever employed, and allows the samples to be measured repeatedly and stored. For activity measurements of the prepared samples, a scintillation continuous-counter has been constructed and its operation characteristics have been tested. (author)

  14. Determination of 90Sr by liquid scintillation counting

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    99mTc, the result of the radioactive decay of 99Mo, is one of the most applied radioisotopes in nuclear medicine and is used in nuclear medicine as a radiopharmaceutical product. It is important to ensure 99Mo quality in order to fit the 99mTc quality specifications. The main objective was to obtain a technique for 90Sr determination in 99Mo and environmental samples. The purification of 90Sr is performed by extraction chromatography where crown-ether resin (Sr-Spec, Eichrom) was used. The measurement of the 90Sr activity is performed by Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC) using the double windows method. This method permits the 90Sr determination without waiting until radiochemical equilibrium 90Sr /90Y has been reached. The recovery factor was determined by gamma spectrometry with 85Sr, and by gravimetry with stable strontium carrier solution. The minimum detectable activity was 0,05 Bq. The recovery factor was the major contribution in the total uncertainty. (author)

  15. Model DYS-92 low background liquid scintillation spectrometer

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    The model DYS-92 low background liquid scintillation spectrometer as an new innovation is developed. It is specially designed for measuring extra-low level tritium and 14C in the environment. Of course, other isotopes, such as 85Kr, 36Cl and trace isotopes in the environment can also be measured. DYS-92 is controlled by Z80 main plate in the main instrument box and a microcomputer. Nex electronics has been designed. The software includes: operation, data processing and spectrum analysis. The bismuth germanate (BGO) crystal is applied as an anticoincidence shielding with higher γ efficiency and is lighter and smaller than NaI (Tl) crystal. A lot of messages can be observed from the screen of the computer during measurement, such as counts of each channel, energy spectrum, time, parameters of the measuring process, etc. The statistical data-processing is made in the course of measurement. All of the counts and spectra for any sample can be displayed on the screen by pushing keys. The figure of merit can be calculated from the spectrum by the microcomputer. In particular, the selection of 3H, 14C measuring channel can be completed after or before the measurement. In either case, the 14C dating of the sample or the calculation of the concentration of tritium in water can be fulfilled automatically

  16. A portable liquid scintillation counter for general LSC and high sensitivity alpha-counting applications

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    Applicability of a new portable, single tube liquid scintillation (LS) spectrometer was demonstrated for general LS applications, such as wipe tests and low level alpha counting, especially radon (222Rn) measurements in water. Wipe tests were performed with was sticks. They were counted conventionally in a small volume in Eppendorf tubes with less than 200 μl of LS cocktail, thus minimizing costs and waste. Small volume is specially recommended because low background can be achieved without heavy lead shielding, thus maintaining portability. Typical NRC recommended LLD's were reached for 3H and other typical LS isotopes. For 222Rn in water a biphasic extraction system was adopted where radon is extracted from water into a water-immiscible LS cocktail. The method is sensitive because radon can be extracted from a large water volume. It was observed that common non-evaporating 'safe' cocktails with di-isopropyl naphtalene solvent are convenient to use and quite suitable for extraction. Also the isotope 226Ra can be reliably measured via production of its daughter 222Rn. The instrument includes pulse shape electronics to perform alpha/beta separation. This is based on the fact that in LS cocktails alphas generate pulses with longer duration than betas. The alpha/beta separation can be visualized with a two dimensional graph where the x-axis represents pulse amplitude (MCA channels) and the y-axis its length. The graphical operations are all done in standard Excel/Windows environment. Due to their longer pulses, alphas have greater y-coordinates than betas with the same x-coordinate (amplitude). With this graph, one can select a region occupied only by alphas and exclude betas. The above mentioned 'safe' cocktails posses good alpha/beta separation properties. Because natural background (cosmic-rays and environmental gammas) produces beta-like pulses, they can be stripped away giving low background for alpha counting, typically a few counts per hour for the extraction

  17. A scintillating bolometer array for double beta decay studies: The LUCIFER experiment

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    Gironi, L.

    2016-07-01

    The main goal of the LUCIFER experiment is to study the neutrinoless double beta decay, a rare process allowed if neutrinos are Majorana particles. Although aiming at a discovery, in the case of insufficient sensitivity the LUCIFER technique will be the demonstrator for a higher mass experiment able to probe the entire inverted hierarchy region of the neutrino mass. In order to achieve this challenging result, high resolution detectors with active background discrimination capability are required. This very interesting possibility can be largely fulfilled by scintillating bolometers thanks to the simultaneous read-out of heat and light emitted by the interactions in the detector or by pulse shape analysis.

  18. Liquid scintillation for NORM in the oil and gas industry

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    Natural radionuclides of Radium, Lead and Polonium are trapped along with crude oil and gas and accumulate as scale deposits on equipment in the oil industries. Problems arise by residues and sludge where such Norm often becomes concentrated during the process of extraction, transport, and storage of crude oil. Additionally, Radon is accumulated in natural gas or is co extracted into oil as organic phase where it equilibrates with its Progenies. Thus Norm creates a possible hazard to workers both by external radiation exposure and internal due to incorporation during intervention work, and to the environment due to waste disposal. The determination of 222Rn, 226,228Ra, 210Pb, and 210Po in the various production stages is a precondition for an efficient Radiation Protection Management. We have studied the applicability of Liquid Scintillation L S for the measurement of NORM in the oil and gas industry. Our investigations show that 226Ra may be quantified by L S in solid scale deposits as carbonate and sulphate after grinding and as carbonate additionally after dissolution. Then, an organic L S scintillation cocktail like Betaplate Scint is added and the sample stored for Rn equilibration. While 222Rn is quantitatively extracted from the solution, only 20 to 30% are emanated as free Rn from the powder into the organic phase. Emanation yield versus grain size and sample amount has been studied using synthetic Ra/Ca-carbonate powder and grinded Pitchblende ore samples. 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb in carbonate may be determined by α/β-discriminating L S after dissolution, mutual separation on Radium Rad Disk filters and final elution with DHC and EDTA. From these results the isotopic ratio of Radium isotopes in the different scale fractions may be determined. 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb in production and waste waters may be quantified accordingly. Radon in oil fractions has been measured as 0.1 to 2% solution in Betaplate Scint with sensitivity down to 5 Bq/l. From our findings

  19. A comparison between the measurements of Kr-85 in environmental samples by liquid scintillation and proportional counters; Comparacion de resultados de la medida radiactiva del Kr-85 ambiental por centelleo liquido y contadores proporcionales

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    Heras, M. C.; Perez, M. M.

    1983-07-01

    The most used methods for the measurement of Kr-81 beta-activity after their concentration and aisolation are the liquid scintillation counting and the proportional counter. In this work the beta activity of concentrated and aisolated Kr-85 samples measured in collaboration with the Max-Planck Institut fur Kernphyslk, Aussenstelle Freiburg. Samples taken both In Madrid and Frelburg are measured by proportional counters in the Max-Planck lnstitut, Freibury and by liquid scintillation counting in JEN, Madrid. The comparison of both measurements do not show appreciable discrepancy between the results obtained to both techniques. (Author)

  20. CdWO4 scintillating bolometer for Double Beta Decay: Light and Heat anticorrelation, light yield and quenching factors

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    Arnaboldi, C.; Beeman, J.W.; Cremonesi, O.; Gironi, L.; M. Pavan; Pessina, G.(Sezione INFN di Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy); Pirro, S.(INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi, 67010 , L’Aquila, Italy); Previtali, E.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract We report the performances of a 0.51 kg CdWO4 scintillating bolometer to be used for future Double Beta Decay Experiments. The simultaneous read-out of the heat and the scintillation light allows to discriminate between different interacting particles aiming at the disentanglement and the reduction of background contribution, key issue for next generation experiments. We will describe the observed anticorrelation between the heat and the light signal and we will show how t...

  1. Primary 4{pi}{beta}-{gamma} coincidence system for standardization of radionuclides by means of plastic scintillators; Sistema primario por coincidencias 4{pi}{beta}-{gamma} para a padronizacao de radionuclideos empregando cintiladores plasticos

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    Baccarelli, Aida Maria

    2003-07-01

    The present work describes a 4{pi}({alpha},{beta})-{gamma} coincidence system for absolute measurement of radionuclide activity using a plastic scintillator in 4{pi} geometry for charged particles detection and a Nal (Tl) crystal for gamma-ray detection. Several shapes and dimensions of the plastic scintillator have been tried in order to obtain the best system configuration. Radionuclides which decay by alpha emission, {beta}{sup -}, {beta}{sup +} and electron capture have been standardized. The results showed excellent agreement with other conventional primary system which makes use of a 4{pi} proportional counter for X-ray and charged particle detection. The system developed in the present work have some advantages when compared with the conventional systems, namely; it does not need metal coating on the films used as radioactive source holders. When compared to liquid scintillators, is showed the advantage of not needing to be kept in dark for more than 24 h to allow phosphorescence decay of ambient light. Therefore it can be set to count immediately after the sources are placed inside of it. (author)

  2. Measuring techniques for environmental 3H, 14C and 222Rn by liquid scintillation counter

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    Measuring techniques for environmental 3H, 14C and 222Rn with a liquid scintillation counter have been studied. 3H in environmental water was enriched by electrolysis and measured with a low background liquid scintillation counter. By this technique, 3H concentration of ground water, river water, sea water and rain water at Tokyo was founded to be 0.1 ∼ 2.5 Bq/1. 14C in taurine and ethyl-alcohol was measured directly liquid scintillation counter. By this 14C measuring, natural products, contain low level 14C, were distinguished from synthesised products contain no 14C. 222Rn in toluene extracted from environmental water or air was measured by scintillation pulse interval analysis method. By this technique, 222Rn was able to be measured under very low background counting rate, 0.03cpm, and high efficiency. (author)

  3. Determination of 222Rn concentrations in Lithuanian spa waters by liquid scintillation counting

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    Characterisation of 222Rn concentrations in Lithuanian spa waters and comparison of the measured radon concentrations in spa waters with those in ground waters with a small content of mineral salts and in waters from private wells were the objectives of this study. The measurements were performed in 34 spa water sources in four different places of Lithuania using the liquid scintillation method with a Packard Liquid Scintillation Analyser Tri-Carb 2770 TR/SL and the Packard BioScience cocktail. Techniques of 222Rn extraction from water samples with a high mineralization to toluene in order to exclude precipitation in a mixture with organic scintillation cocktail are discussed. Results of comparison of the two methods - liquid scintillation counting and that using E-PERMS(R) system electrets - are also presented. (author)

  4. Method for measuring multiple scattering corrections between liquid scintillators

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    Verbeke, J. M.; Glenn, A. M.; Keefer, G. J.; Wurtz, R. E.

    2016-07-01

    A time-of-flight method is proposed to experimentally quantify the fractions of neutrons scattering between scintillators. An array of scintillators is characterized in terms of crosstalk with this method by measuring a californium source, for different neutron energy thresholds. The spectral information recorded by the scintillators can be used to estimate the fractions of neutrons multiple scattering. With the help of a correction to Feynman's point model theory to account for multiple scattering, these fractions can in turn improve the mass reconstruction of fissile materials under investigation.

  5. Detection of high energy gamma radiations with liquid rare gases as scintillators

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    This research thesis reports the study of a sensor based on a liquid scintillator for the detection of high energy (10 to 30 MeV) gamma radiations. The scintillator is a liquefied argon or xenon rare gas. The author first studies the process of energy transfer from the particle to the sensing medium. He addresses the different involved elements and phenomena: electromagnetic radiations (Compton Effect, photoelectric effect, pair production, and total gamma absorption), charged particles (braking radiation, collisions) and application to gamma spectrometry. He describes and discusses the scintillation mechanisms (scintillation of organic and inorganic materials), the general characteristics of scintillators (impurities, converters), and then reports the practical realisation of the sensor. Results are presented and discussed

  6. Laboratory studies on the removal of radon-born lead from KamLAND's organic liquid scintillator

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    Keefer, G., E-mail: gregkeefer@llnl.gov [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Grant, C. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Piepke, A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8583 (Japan); Ebihara, T.; Ikeda, H. [Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Kishimoto, Y. [Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8583 (Japan); Kibe, Y.; Koseki, Y.; Ogawa, M.; Shirai, J.; Takeuchi, S. [Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Mauger, C.; Zhang, C. [W.K. Kellogg Radiation Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Schweitzer, G. [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Berger, B.E. [Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523 (United States); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8583 (Japan); Dazeley, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Decowski, M.P. [Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8583 (Japan); Detwiler, J.A. [Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Djurcic, Z. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); and others

    2015-01-01

    The removal of radioactivity from liquid scintillator has been studied in preparation of a low background phase of KamLAND. This paper describes the methods and techniques developed to measure and efficiently extract radon decay products from liquid scintillator. We report the radio-isotope reduction factors obtained when applying various extraction methods. During this study, distillation was identified as the most efficient method for removing radon-born lead from liquid scintillator.

  7. Laboratory studies on the removal of radon-born lead from KamLAND's organic liquid scintillator

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    The removal of radioactivity from liquid scintillator has been studied in preparation of a low background phase of KamLAND. This paper describes the methods and techniques developed to measure and efficiently extract radon decay products from liquid scintillator. We report the radio-isotope reduction factors obtained when applying various extraction methods. During this study, distillation was identified as the most efficient method for removing radon-born lead from liquid scintillator

  8. Structural design of a high energy particle detector using liquid scintillator

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    Berg, Timothy John; /Minnesota U.

    1997-02-01

    This thesis presents a design for a 10,000 ton liquid scintillator neutrino detector being considered for the MINOS project at Fermilab. Details of designing, manufacturing, and assembling the active detector components are presented. The detector consists of 1080 magnetized steel absorber planes alternating with 1080 active detector planes. Each active plane is made up of plastic extrusions divided into nearly 400 cells for positional resolution. Life tests on the plastic extrusions determine their feasibility for containing the scintillator. The extrusions are sealed at the bottom, filled with liquid scintillator, and have an optical fiber running the entire length of each cell. The fibers terminate at the top of each extrusion in a manifold. An optical-fiber-light-guide connects the fibers in each manifold to a photo-detector. The photo-detector converts the light signals from the scintillator and optical fibers into electrical impulses for computer analysis.

  9. Study of infrared scintillations in gaseous and liquid argon - Part I: methodology and time measurements

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    Bondar, A; Dolgov, A; Grebenuk, A; Shemyakina, E; Sokolov, A

    2012-01-01

    A methodology to measure Near Infrared (NIR) scintillations in gaseous and liquid Ar, using Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs) sensitive in the NIR and pulsed X-ray irradiation, is described. This study has been triggered by the development of Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) with optical readout in the NIR using combined THGEM/GAPD multiplier, which may come to be in demand in coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering and dark matter search experiments. A new approach to measure the NIR scintillation yield at cryogenic temperatures has been developed, namely using GAPDs in single photoelectron counting mode with time resolution. The time structure of NIR scintillations and their light yield were measured both for primary scintillations and that of secondary at moderate electric fields (electroluminescence), in gaseous and liquid Ar.

  10. How to observe 8B solar neutrinos in liquid scintillator detectors

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    Ianni, A; Villante, F L

    2016-01-01

    We show that liquid organic scintillator detectors (e.g., KamLAND and Borexino) can measure the 8B solar neutrino flux by means of the nu_e charged current interaction with the 13C nuclei naturally contained in the scintillators. The neutrino events can be identified by exploiting the time and space coincidence with the subsequent decay of the produced 13N nuclei. We perform a detailed analysis of the background in KamLAND, Borexino and in a possible liquid scintillator detector at SNOLab, showing that the 8B solar neutrino signal can be extracted with a reasonable uncertainty in a few years of data taking. KamLAND should be able to extract about 18 solar neutrino events from the already collected data. Prospects for gigantic scintillator detectors (such as LENA) are also studied.

  11. Purification of used scintillation liquids containing the alpha emitters americium and plutonium

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    In Sweden, alpha radioactive waste liquids with an activity over some kBq per waste container cannot be sent for final storage. Therefore, in this work, a method for a purification of alpha active scintillation cocktails was developed. Until today (March, 2013) more than 20 L of scintillation liquids have successfully been purified from americium and plutonium. The products of the process are a solid fraction that can be sent to final storage and a practically non-radioactive liquid fraction that can be sent to municipal incineration. (author)

  12. Analytical method of Kr-85 determination, using cryogenic concentration and separation and liquid scintillation counting

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    The method used in the Laboratory of the JEN for the determination of Kr-85 levels in gaseous effluents of nuclear power and in the atmosphere is described. Samples of air, collected in metallic cylinders, are introduced into a gas-solid chromatographic separation system which resolves Kr from the other air components. The separated Kr ia dissolved in a toluene based scintillation cocktail, and the Kr-85 content is determined by liquid scintillation counting. (Author)

  13. Development of a neutron detector featuring high position resolution imaging using a capillary plate liquid scintillator

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    In structural elucidation of the material, X rays and the neutron line are irradiated to the material, and the scattered X rays and the neutron line are measured with the imaging detector of two dimensions. When the structure of the living thing is analyzed, the neutron line is used well because the neutron is scattered well by a light element such as the hydrogen of the living thing, and the imaging detector of the neutron of high sensitivity is highly requested. Up to now, we have developed the gas proportional counters made a segment in detail by developing the device of capillary plate where the capillary of the glass was bundled, putting this on the gas chamber, and impressing the voltage the upper surface in the plate and downward for X-ray detection. The capillary plate was used as a liquid scintillation fiber detector for the neutron detection this time. It was attempted to manufacture the liquid scintillation fiber detector of length 800μm diameter 6μm level with one side of the capillary plate sucking up liquid scintillator by the capillary phenomenon, and the sealing of the edge side in the capillary plate to liquid scintillator. If the material for the neutron capture is doping to liquid scintillator, we want to give the position resolution of about 10μm and resolution of the time of several 100nsec with the neutron high sensitivity. (T.Tanaka)

  14. Search for double beta decay processes in 106Cd with the help of 106CdWO4 crystal scintillator

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    Belli, P; Boiko, R S; Brudanin, V B; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Galashov, E N; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Stenin, Yu G; Suhonen, J; Tretyak, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V

    2011-01-01

    A search for the double beta processes in 106Cd was realized at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy) with the help of a 106CdWO4 crystal scintillator (215 g) enriched in 106Cd up to 66%. After 6590 h of data taking, new improved half-life limits on the double beta processes in 106Cd were established at the level of 10^{19}-10^{21} yr; in particular, T_{1/2}(2\

  15. Secondary scintillation yield in high-pressure xenon gas for neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) search

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    Freitas, E. D. C.; Monteiro, C. M. B.; Ball, M.; Gómez-Cadenas, J. J.; Lopes, J. A. M.; Lux, T.; Sánchez, F.; dos Santos, J. M. F.

    2010-02-01

    The search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) is an important topic in contemporary physics with many active experiments. New projects are planning to use high-pressure xenon gas as both source and detection medium. The secondary scintillation processes available in noble gases permit large amplification with negligible statistical fluctuations, offering the prospect of energy resolution approaching the Fano factor limit. This Letter reports results for xenon secondary scintillation yield, at room temperature, as a function of electric field in the gas scintillation gap for pressures ranging from 2 to 10 bar. A Large Area Avalanche Photodiode (LAAPD) collected the VUV secondary scintillation produced in the gas. X-rays directly absorbed in the LAAPD are used as a reference for determining the number of charge carriers produced by the scintillation pulse and, hence, the number of photons impinging the LAAPD. The number of photons produced per drifting electron and per kilovolt, the so-called scintillation amplification parameter, displays a small increase with pressure, ranging from 141±6 at 2 bar to 170±10 at 8 bar. In our setup, this parameter does not increase above 8 bar due to non-negligible electron attachment. The results are in good agreement with those presented in the literature in the 1 to 3 bar range. The increase of the scintillation amplification parameter with pressure for high gas densities has been also observed in former work at cryogenic temperatures.

  16. Liquid scintillators and liquefied rare gases for particle detectors. Background-determination in Double Chooz and scintillation properties of liquid argon

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    Evidence for physics beyond the well-established standard model of particle physics is found in the sector of neutrino physics, in particular in neutrino oscillations, and in experimental hints requiring the presence of Dark Matter. Neutrino oscillations demand the neutrinos to be massive and at least four additional parameters, three mixing angles and one phase, are introduced. A non-vanishing value for the third mixing angle, θ13, has only recently been found, amongst others by the reactor antineutrino disappearance experiment Double Chooz. This experiment detects anti νe's by means of the Inverse Beta Decay (IBD), which has a clear signature that can very effectively be discriminated from most of the background. However, some background still survives the selection cuts applied to the data, partly induced by radioactivity. In order to determine the amount of radioimpurities in the detector, germanium spectroscopy measurements and neutron activation analyses have been carried out for various parts of the Double Chooz far detector. A dedicated Monte-Carlo simulation was performed to obtain the singles event rate induced by the identified radioimpurities in the fiducial volume of Double Chooz. In the present thesis, parts from the outer detector systems, as well as components of the inner detector liquids were measured. In sum, a singles rate of less than 0.35 Hz above the antineutrino detection threshold of 0.7 MeV has been found. This is by far below the design goal of Double Chooz of ∝ 20 Hz. The analysis of bismuth-polonium (BiPo) coincidences in the first Double Chooz data allows to directly determine the number of decays from the U- and the Th-decay chain in the active detector parts. Assuming radioactive equilibrium, concentrations of (1.71±0.08).10-14(g)/(g) for uranium and (8.16±0.49).10-14(g)/(g) for thorium have been found, which are also well below the design goal of Double Chooz (2.10-13(g)/(g)). Both gamma spectroscopy measurements and the Bi

  17. Liquid scintillators and liquefied rare gases for particle detectors. Background-determination in Double Chooz and scintillation properties of liquid argon

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    Hofmann, Martin Alexander

    2012-11-27

    Evidence for physics beyond the well-established standard model of particle physics is found in the sector of neutrino physics, in particular in neutrino oscillations, and in experimental hints requiring the presence of Dark Matter. Neutrino oscillations demand the neutrinos to be massive and at least four additional parameters, three mixing angles and one phase, are introduced. A non-vanishing value for the third mixing angle, {theta}{sub 13}, has only recently been found, amongst others by the reactor antineutrino disappearance experiment Double Chooz. This experiment detects anti {nu}{sub e}'s by means of the Inverse Beta Decay (IBD), which has a clear signature that can very effectively be discriminated from most of the background. However, some background still survives the selection cuts applied to the data, partly induced by radioactivity. In order to determine the amount of radioimpurities in the detector, germanium spectroscopy measurements and neutron activation analyses have been carried out for various parts of the Double Chooz far detector. A dedicated Monte-Carlo simulation was performed to obtain the singles event rate induced by the identified radioimpurities in the fiducial volume of Double Chooz. In the present thesis, parts from the outer detector systems, as well as components of the inner detector liquids were measured. In sum, a singles rate of less than 0.35 Hz above the antineutrino detection threshold of 0.7 MeV has been found. This is by far below the design goal of Double Chooz of {proportional_to} 20 Hz. The analysis of bismuth-polonium (BiPo) coincidences in the first Double Chooz data allows to directly determine the number of decays from the U- and the Th-decay chain in the active detector parts. Assuming radioactive equilibrium, concentrations of (1.71{+-}0.08).10{sup -14}(g)/(g) for uranium and (8.16{+-}0.49).10{sup -14}(g)/(g) for thorium have been found, which are also well below the design goal of Double Chooz (2.10{sup -13

  18. Development of a low background liquid scintillation counter for a shallow underground laboratory.

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    Erchinger, J L; Aalseth, C E; Bernacki, B E; Douglas, M; Fuller, E S; Keillor, M E; Morley, S M; Mullen, C A; Orrell, J L; Panisko, M E; Warren, G A; Williams, R O; Wright, M E

    2015-11-01

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has recently opened a shallow underground laboratory intended for measurement of low-concentration levels of radioactive isotopes in samples collected from the environment. The development of a low-background liquid scintillation counter is currently underway to further augment the measurement capabilities within this underground laboratory. Liquid scintillation counting is especially useful for measuring charged particle (e.g., β and α) emitting isotopes with no (or very weak) gamma-ray yields. The combination of high-efficiency detection of charged particle emission in a liquid scintillation cocktail coupled with the low-background environment of an appropriately designed shield located in a clean underground laboratory provides the opportunity for increased-sensitivity measurements of a range of isotopes. To take advantage of the 35m-water-equivalent overburden of the underground laboratory, a series of simulations have evaluated the scintillation counter's shield design requirements to assess the possible background rate achievable. This report presents the design and background evaluation for a shallow underground, low background liquid scintillation counter design for sample measurements. PMID:26334781

  19. A liquid argon scintillation veto for GERDA and LArGe

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    Gerda is an experiment to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. Bare germanium detectors are operated in a cryostat with 65 m3 of liquid argon (LAr). It has been demonstrated in the LArGe test facility, that the detection of argon scintillation light can be used to effectively suppress background events in the germanium, that simultaneously deposit energy in LAr (LAr veto). Suppression factors up to 103 have been achieved for individual sources. Based on these results, Gerda pursues several options for the light instrumentation of LAr, which have to be compatible with the stringent radiopurity requirements of the experiment and should provide a significant suppression of the background in the region of interest around Qββ at 2039 keV. This talk gives an account of the competing design options under investigation in the Gerda collaboration. Our main design options using photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) are discussed. Their expected performance and progress of development is reported. In addition, results of the LArGe test facility are presented, along with the design criteria that follow for light instrumentation in Gerda.

  20. Liquid Scintillation Counting of Environmental Radioisotopes: A Review of the Impact of Background Reduction

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    Douglas, Matthew; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Erchinger, Jennifer L.; Finn, Erin C.; Fuller, Erin S.; Hoppe, Eric W.; Keillor, Martin E.; Morley, Shannon M.; Mullen, Crystal A.; Orrell, John L.; Panisko, Mark E.; Warren, Glen A.; Wright, Michael E.

    2016-03-09

    Liquid scintillation counting (LSC) is a versatile and commonplace method for radiometric measurement of charged particle emitting radionuclides. The LSC method provides utility in a range of environmental science applications including hydrological studies of water transport, anthropogenic releases of radionuclides into the environment, and vertical mixing rates within oceans. Instrumental measurement background is one limiting factor of radiometric measurement sensitivity. As part of the development of a custom low background LSC system located in a shallow underground laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a number of measurement applications of LSC have been considered and are summarized here. The focus is on determining which aspects of such measurements would gain the greatest benefit from the reduction of LSC backgrounds by a factor of 10-100 relative to values reported in the literature. Examples of benefits include lowering the minimum detectable activity, reducing the sample size required, and shortening the elapsed timeline of the processing and analysis sequence. In particular tritium, strontium, and actinium isotopes are examined as these isotopes cover a range of requirements related to the LSC measurement method (e.g., 3H: low energy; Sr: spectral deconvolution; Ac: alpha/beta discrimination).

  1. The use of low-level liquid scintillation spectrometry for rapid measurement and decision making

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    Liquid scintillation spectrometry (LSC) has proved over the last fifteen years to be an excellent tool for low-level counting of beta- and alpha-particle emitters. Using low-level instruments the determination of, for instance 90Sr, could be considerably simplified in the laboratory, saving time and also money for chemicals and manpower. Furthermore, low-level instruments have been successfully used for measurements when fast analysis was required. The four instruments (Quantulus, Wallac Oy), that the author uses, have not only very low background, which cuts measurement time considerably; but from the pulse- height spectra much information about the nature of the radionuclides present and the absence of specific radionuclides can be extracted. From the absence of high-energy beta-particle activity in the pulse-height spectra of precipitation in the first days after the Chernobyl accident the author could draw the conclusion, that practically no 90Y was present and therefore only small amounts of 90Sr, if any, could be expected in precipitation and later in food. This enabled them to make the decision not to waste time with a large number of 90Sr analyses. Large numbers of drinking water samples could be screened for contamination much more sensitively and faster than by gamma-ray spectrometry. More examples will be presented of cases where rapid information was needed; how contamination and nuclear installations can be easily checked and how LSC helped to cut down the time required, the manpower and the costs for radon measurements and environmental surveillance

  2. Internal Dosimetry Of I-131 For Radiation Workers Based On Analysis Of The Human Urine And Liquid Scintillation Counting

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    Internal dosimetry of I-131 for radiation workers based on analysis of the human urine, measuring radioactivity by the liquid scintillation system, and dose calculation by the specialized code has been firstly studied at the Nuclear Research Institute. Urine samples from the subjects internally contaminated with I-131 through respiratory ways were collected, chemically processed, measured beta radioactivities of I-131 by the liquid scintillation system of ALOKA-LSC-6100, and then thyroid doses and effective ones for whole-body were calculated by using the specialized code of LUDEP 2.0. Based on chemically separation procedure for I-131 in urine samples and the low background HPGe gamma spectrometer of Canberra for measuring radioactivity, efficiency for chemical separation was determined to be (86.1 ± 5.0)%. The experimental results for 9 subjects with urine samples to be collected during 4 operating courses of Dalat nuclear reactor with production of I-131 (from June to September, 2010) were shown that thyroid doses and effective ones for whole-body for each course of I-131 production were in ranges of from 0.11 to 13.00 mSv and from 0.01 to 0.71 mSv, respectively. Therefore, totally average doses per year for thyroid and whole-body were less than the correlative levels of permissible doses. Besides, the liquid scintillation method was also compared experimentally with the gamma spectrometry (measuring directly urine samples by the gamma spectrometer to be carried out at the Institute before) was shown that errors on dosimetric results between them were less than 12%. This was proved the dosimetry has had a confidence, and it could be applied for internal dosimetry for radiation workers contacting with unsealed sources of I-131 in radiation installations as well as for diagnostic and therapeutic patients in health ones. (author)

  3. Performance of a large area avalanche photodiode in a liquid xenon ionization and scintillation chamber

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    Ni, K.; Aprile, E.; Day, D.; Giboni, K L; Lopes, J. A. M.; Majewski, P.; Yamashita, M

    2005-01-01

    Scintillation light produced in liquid xenon (LXe) by alpha particles, electrons and gamma-rays was detected with a large area avalanche photodiode (LAAPD) immersed in the liquid. The alpha scintillation yield was measured as a function of applied electric field. We estimate the quantum efficiency of the LAAPD to be 45%. The best energy resolution from the light measurement at zero electric field is 7.5%([sigma]) for 976 keV internal conversion electrons from 207Bi and 2.6%([sigma]) for 5.5 M...

  4. Attempt to determine the environmental 36Cl concentration in water by liquid scintillation counting

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    Florkowski, T.; Schuszler, Ch.

    1986-11-01

    A low-background liquid scintillation spectrometer (ALOKA SL-1) located in the IAEA Isotope Hydrology Laboratory in Vienna was used for 36Cl activity measurement in water samples. The procedure of sample preparation consists of synthesizing of silicon tetrachloride or sodium chloride followed by purification. In both cases the limiting factor in the analysis appeared to be the pure reproducibility of the sample preparation procedure. The conclusion from these experiments is that the liquid scintillation method could be feasible only for the identification of the "bomb chlorine" but is far from being suitable for the accurate determination of 36Cl in groundwater for dating purposes.

  5. Liquid scintillation counting of 3H-thymidine incorporated into rat lens DNA

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    DNA synthesis in the lens has previously been localized by autoradiography following incorporation of 3H-thymidine. For the quantification of DNA synthesis in the lens, pooling of lenses and extraction of the DNA for liquid scintillation counting, has formerly been adapted. In the present investigation a method has been developed for the extraction of the unincorporated tracer from whole lenses after short time incubation in a medium containing 3H-thymidine. The 3H-thymidine incorporated into individual lenses was then detected by liquid scintillation counting after dissolution of the lenses. The sources of the variation in the method are evaluated. (author)

  6. Liquid scintillation techniques-physical principles, instrumentation, methodology and practical applications

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    The measurement of low energy β emitting radioisotopes, in particular 3H and 14C, became the final step of almost all the analytical procedures envolving organic compounds or biological specimens which cannot be easily labeled using other radionuclides. The very low efficiency or even the absolute impossibility of measuring their radioactivity by the conventional methods (solid scintillators, gas counters, etc.) led to the development of liquid scintillation techniques. The possibility of obtaining counting geometries up to 4π for a certain radioactive source, has increased enourmously the performance of this type of counters that use scintillating solutions, providing total efficiencies of about 50% for 3H and 14C. The theoretical basis for the use of these solutions and of the whole electronic systems, the physical and chemical characteristics of the scintillators and solvent which are normally utilized, the criteria for chosing them and finally the cautions recommended in preparing the samples for counting are all presented in these notes. (Author)

  7. Pressure phase lines and enthalpies for the. cap alpha. -. beta. and. beta. -liquid transitions in beryllium

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    Abey, A.

    1984-10-31

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the ..cap alpha..-..beta.. and ..beta..-liquid transition temperatures in Be was measured in a gas pressure system. Differential thermal analysis was used in the pressure range from 0.1 MPa to 0.7 GPa. For the ..cap alpha..-..beta.. transition, dT/dP = 43 +- 7 K/GPa; for the ..beta..-liquid transition, dT/dP = 35 +- 7 K/GPa. Although it is possible that large systematic errors may arise from experimental procedures, our results are seriously at odds with those of other investigators. Transition enthalpies for the ..cap alpha..-..beta.. and ..beta..-liquid transitions were 1.9 +- 0.2 and 2.2 +- 0.2 kcal/g.m., respectively, at a pressure of 0.1 MPa.

  8. Assessment of drinking water radioactivity content by liquid scintillation counting: Set-up of high sensitivity and emergency procedures

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    Full text: Assessment of drinking water radioactivity content is a main topic both in normal and in emergency situations, as those arising from accidental and terroristic events. The evaluation of gross alpha/beta and individual radionuclides concentrations usually requires specific sample treatments, purification and measuring techniques. In our institute a step by step procedure has been developed to measure the radioactivity content of drinking water by a single radiometric technique, namely low level liquid scintillation counting (LSC). LSC was equipped with an alpha-beta discrimination device and has been coupled to quick radiochemical procedures. In emergency situations, a gross activity screening is carried out without any sample treatment by a single and quick liquid scintillation counting. A few becquerel per liter alpha and beta activity can be checked in 24 hours in more than one hundred samples. More sensitive gross alpha and beta measurement can be performed on water samples after preconcentration by evaporation under controlled conditions. This procedure allows the determination of the actual gross alpha and beta activity of most drinking waters. Total and isotopic uranium content is measured by selective extraction followed LSC. This procedure is less cumbersome than the traditional one (chemical separation followed by electrodeposition and alpha spectrometry) and allows evaluation of 234U/238U ratio. Then a quick check of depleted uranium contamination in a wide number of samples is also possible. 226Ra and 228Ra can be directly measured in a few mBq/l concentrations after specific concentration and purification steps. The procedure has proven to be quick and highly specific. Our emergency screening procedure has been adopted by all district laboratories of Lombardia Environmental Protection Agency to face both accidental and intentional drinking water contaminations. High sensitivity gross alpha and beta, uranium and radium analytical procedures

  9. Study of infrared scintillations in gaseous and liquid argon - Part II: light yield and possible applications

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    Bondar, A; Dolgov, A; Grebenuk, A; Peleganchuk, S; Shekhtman, V Porosev L; Shemyakina, E; Sokolov, A

    2012-01-01

    We present here a comprehensive study of the light yield of primary and secondary scintillations produced in gaseous and liquid Ar in the near infrared (NIR) and visible region, at cryogenic temperatures. The measurements were performed using Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (GAPDs) and pulsed X-ray irradiation. The primary scintillation yield of the fast emission component in gaseous Ar was found to be independent of temperature in the range of 87-160 K; it amounted to 17000+/-3000 photon/MeV in the NIR in the range of 690-1000 nm. In liquid Ar at 87 K, the primary scintillation yield of the fast component was considerably reduced, amounting to 510+/-90 photon/MeV, in the range of 400-1000 nm. Proportional NIR scintillations (electroluminescence) in gaseous Ar were also observed; their amplification parameter at 160 K was measured to be 13 photons per drifting electron per kV. No proportional scintillations were observed in liquid Ar up to the electric fields of 30 kV/cm. The applications of NIR scintillati...

  10. Proton energy quenching and pulse shape discrimination in organic liquid scintillator for LENA

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    LENA is a proposed 50 kt neutrino observatory based on liquid scintillator. Due to its low energy threshold, liquid scintillator allows measurements in the MeV range and below. The Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratorium in Garching provides excellent conditions for studying energy dependent quenching of protons and particle discrimination via pulse-shape analysis in liquid scintillator. The tandem-accelerator provides a source of mono-energetic neutrons to which a scintillator sample is exposed. To provide a good energy scale careful calibration with gamma-sources of the setup is required. For this, Monte-Carlo simulations have been performed to understand the physical processes inside the detector. The simulated data has then been compared to the real measurements and a good agreement has been found. Further understanding of the calibration is achieved by using a secondary HPGe-detector which measured the gammas backscattered within the scintillator. This work has been supported by the Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratorium and the cluster of excellence 'Origin and Structure of the Universe'.

  11. Temperature dependence of the light yield of the LAB-based and mesitylene-based liquid scintillators

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    DongMei, Xia; XiaoBo, Li; XiLei, Sun; YaYun, Ding; Li, Zhou; Jun, Cao; Wei, Hu; XingCheng, Ye; HaiTao, Chen; XueFeng, Ding; Bing, Du

    2014-01-01

    We studied the temperature dependence of the light yield of the linear alkyl benzene (LAB)-based and mesitylene-based liquid scintillators. The light yield increases by 23% for both liquid scintillators when the temperature is lowered from $26\\;^{\\circ}$C to $-40\\;^{\\circ }$C, correcting for the temperature response of the photomultiplier tube. The measurements help to understand the energy response of the liquid scintillator detectors. Especially, the next generation reactor neutrino experiments for neutrino mass hierarchy, such as the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), require very high energy resolution. As no apparent degradation on the liquid scintillator transparency was observed, lowering the operation temperature of the detector to $\\sim4\\;^\\circ$C will increase the photoelectron yield of the detector by 13%, combining the light yield increase of the liquid scintillator and the quantum efficiency increase of the photomultiplier tubes.

  12. Tritium activity in milk by liquid scintillation counting

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    This paper estimates the total tritium content of both the organic and aqueous fractions simultaneously. To fulfill these conditions, the chosen scintillator should be able to accept large sample loadings and display the same counting efficiency for the organic as well as aqueous fractions of the whole milk. In an attempt to establish this method, samples from four different brands of milk were analysed using the pseudocumence based Picofluor 30 (Canberra Packard) and the di-isopropyl naphthalene based Aquasafe 500 (Zinser Analytic) scintillator solution. Glass vials were used thus enabling visual observation to be made. The tritium activities of four different brands of milks were estimated to be very low and at, or near, the detection level of the system

  13. Aqueous liquid scintillation counting with fluor-containing nanosuspensions

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    A microemulsion comprised of water, Brij 78, pentanol and styrene into which PPO and bis-MSB had been dissolved was prepared. Polymerization of the styrene resulted in a suspension of fluor-containing polystyrene nanoparticles (14C with counting efficiencies over 50% of those of a commercially available scintillation cocktail. Monte Carlo calculations demonstrated that the size and concentration of the nanoparticles were appropriate for optimum detection efficiency

  14. LUCIFER: Scintillating bolometers for the search of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    Vignati, M. [Sapienza Universita di Roma and INFN Sezione di Roma, Roma, I-00185 (Italy)

    2012-08-15

    The nature of neutrino mass is one of the frontier problems of particle physics. Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0{nu}DBD) is a powerful tool to measure the neutrino mass and to test possible extensions of the Standard Model. Bolometers are excellent detectors to search for this rare decay, thanks to their good energy resolution and to the low background conditions in which they can operate. The current challenge consists in the reduction of the background, represented by environmental {gamma}'s and {alpha}'s, in view of a zero background experiment. We present the LUCIFER R and D, funded by an European grant, in which the background can be reduced by an order of magnitude with respect to the present generation experiments. The technique is based on the simultaneous bolometric measurement of the heat and of the scintillation light produced by a particle, that allows to discriminate between {beta} and {alpha} particles. The {gamma} background is reduced by choosing 0{nu}DBD candidate isotopes with transition energy above the environmental {gamma}'s spectrum. The prospect of this R and D are discussed.

  15. Neutron and solar neutrino spectroscopy with liquid scintillation detector Gd doped

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    A relative wide energy range of neutrons have been counted with high efficiency by the neutron, gamma reactions in liquid scintillator gadolinium-loaded. The gadolinium is a complexed-metalorganic acid and dissolved in a mixture of white spirit, PPO and POPOP scintillator wave length-shifter. A cylindrical prototype counter filled of liquid scintillator loaded with different percentage in weight of Gd, watching by two 5'' protomultipliers, gave a counting efficiency of 85% for neutrons in the energy range between 2 and 10 MeV. We determine the required calibration parameters and report the detailed procedures for the experimental data handling. A preliminary dedicated Monte Carlo simulation of the 500 liters spherical response and efficiency has been performed. The results from this calibration are necessary for a detailed study of the neutron spectrum of the Neutron Time of Flight Facility at CERN

  16. Discovery potential for supernova relic neutrinos with slow liquid scintillator detectors

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    Wei, Hanyu; Chen, Shaomin

    2016-01-01

    The detection of supernova relic neutrinos would provide a key support for our current understanding of stellar and cosmological evolution, and precise measurements of them would further give us an insight of the profound universe. In this paper we study the potential to detect supernova relic neutrinos using linear alkyl benzene, LAB, as a slow liquid scintillator, which features a good separation of Cherenkov and scintillation lights, thus providing a new ability in particle identification. We also address key issues of current experiments, including 1) the charged current background of atmospheric neutrinos in water Cherenkov detectors, and 2) the neutral current background of atmospheric neutrinos in typical liquid scintillator detectors. With LAB, a kiloton-scale detector, like the SNO, KamLAND, and the future Jinping neutrino detectors, with $\\mathcal{O}$(10) years of data, would have the sensitivity to discover supernova relic neutrinos, which is comparable to large-volume water Cherenkov, typical liqu...

  17. Method for determination of radium-226 in water by liquid scintillation counting

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    The chemical procedure involves the isolation or radium from the sample solution by co-precipitation with lead sulphate. The precipitate is dissolved in alkaline DTPA. The radium isotopes are separated from other radionuclides by co-precipitation with barium sulphate. The barium/radium precipitate is dissolved in alkaline EDTA, the solution is transfered to a liquid scintillation vial and the organic scintillant is added. After sealing, the sample is left until equilibrium between Ra-226 and Rn-222 is established or until a suitable ingrowth time has elapsed. The alpha activity of Rn-222 and its short-lived daughters, Po-218 and Po-214, are measured by the use of a commercial liquid scintillation counter. By using the following procedure and a low level LSC a lover limit of detection of 2 mBq/sample can be achieved

  18. Preliminary study of light yield dependence on LAB liquid scintillator composition

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    Ye, Xing-Chen; Zhou, Xiang; Zhao, Li; Ding, Ya-Yun; Jie, Quan-Lin; Niu, Shun-Li; Liu, Meng-Chao; Ding, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Xuan; Zhou, Li; Fang, Jian; Chen, Hai-Tao; Hu, Wei; Yan, Jia-Qing; Zhao, Hang; Hong, Dao-Jin

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    Liquid scintillator (LS) will be adopted as the detector material in JUNO (Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory). The energy resolution requirement of JUNO is 3%, which has never previously been reached. To achieve this energy resolution, the light yield of liquid scintillator is an important factor. PPO (the fluor) and bis-MSB (the wavelength shifter) are the two main materials dissolved in LAB. To study the influence of these two materials on the transmission of scintillation photons in LS, 25 and 12 cm-long quartz vessels were used in a light yield experiment. LS samples with different concentration of PPO and bis-MSB were tested. At these lengths, the light yield growth is not obvious when the concentration of PPO is higher than 4 g/L. The influence from bis-MSB becomes insignificant when its concentration is higher than 8 mg/L. This result could provide some useful suggestions for the JUNO LS.

  19. Isotope Fractionation in Methane Reactions Studied by Gas Chromatography and Liquid Scintillation

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    Andersen, Bertel Lohmann; Bidoglio, G.; Leip, A.;

    1997-01-01

    Determination of C-14-marked methane by gas chromatography and liquid scintillation counting is shown to be useful in studies of isotope effects. Data on the specific activity is used to separate the contributions of (CH4)-C-14, and (CH4)-C-12 to the gas-chromatographic peak area. As an application...

  20. Study of alternative methods for the management of liquid scintillation counting wastes

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    The Nuclear Engineering Waste Disposal Site in Richland, Washington, is the only radioactive waste disposal facility that will accept liquid scintillation counting wastes (LSCW) for disposal. That site is scheduled to discontinue receiving LSCW by the end of 1982. This document explores alternatives presently available for management of LSCW: evaporation, distillation, solidification, conversion, and combustion

  1. Measurement of radon 222 in drinking water and air by liquid scintillation

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    This is a brief description of the liquid scintillation measuring method for determining radon 222 in drinking water and air. Discussed are the advantages of this method and its reliability or accuracy, as well as some conclusions from the results. (orig.)

  2. Measurement of the refractive index and attenuation length of liquid xenon for its scintillation light

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    The attenuation length and refractive index of liquid xenon for its intrinsic scintillation light (λ=178 nm) have been measured in a single experiment. The value obtained for the attenuation length is 364±18 mm. The refractive index is found to be 1.69±0.02. Both values were measured at a temperature of 170±1 K

  3. Planktonic primary production evaluation by means of the 14C method with liquid scintillation counting

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    Preliminary results on the planktonic primary production obtained for the first time with the 14C method off the Romanian Black Sea coast (1977, 1978) and in the Sinoe, Mamaia and Bicaz lakes (1978) are presented, along with a review of this method with special reference to liquid scintillation counting. 140 Refs. (author)

  4. Development of a low background liquid scintillation counter for a shallow underground laboratory

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    Erchinger, Jennifer L.; Aalseth, Craig E.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Douglas, Matthew; Fuller, Erin S.; Keillor, Martin E.; Morley, Shannon M.; Mullen, Crystal A.; Orrell, John L.; Panisko, Mark E.; Warren, Glen A.; Williams, Russell O.; Wright, Michael E.

    2015-08-20

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has recently opened a shallow underground laboratory intended for measurement of lowconcentration levels of radioactive isotopes in samples collected from the environment. The development of a low-background liquid scintillation counter is currently underway to further augment the measurement capabilities within this underground laboratory. Liquid scintillation counting is especially useful for measuring charged particle (e.g., B, a) emitting isotopes with no (orvery weak) gamma-ray yields. The combination of high-efficiency detection of charged particle emission in a liquid scintillation cocktail coupled with the low-background environment of an appropriately-designed shield located in a clean underground laboratory provides the opportunity for increased-sensitivity measurements of a range of isotopes. To take advantage of the 35-meter water-equivalent overburden of the underground laboratory, a series of simulations have evaluated the instrumental shield design requirements to assess the possible background rate achievable. This report presents the design and background evaluation for a shallow underground, low background liquid scintillation counter design for sample measurements.

  5. The performance test and preliminary application of Tri-Carb 2250 CA liquid scintillation analyzer

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    The performance test of Tri-Carb 2250 CA Liquid Scintillation Analyzer (LSA) is presented during its one-year operation in CIPR, including SIS and tSIE quench correction, ET-DPM, low level tritium measurement and other application of the analyzer

  6. Application of avalanche photodiodes for the measurement of actinides by alpha liquid scintillation counting

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    Alpha emitters analysis using liquid scintillation spectroscopy is often used when sensitivity and fast samples preparation are the important points. A more extensive use of this technique is until now limited by its poor resolution compared to alpha particle spectroscopy with semiconductor detectors. To improve the resolution and thus promote this method for the measurement of actinides in environment, we have tested silicon avalanche photodiodes (APD) as new detectors for scintillation photons. The set-up consists of a large area avalanche photodiode (16 mm diameter) coupled to a thin vial containing alpha-emitters within a liquid scintillation cocktail. After optimization of several parameters like bias voltage, temperature, counting geometry and composition of the scintillating cocktail, energy resolutions have been found to be better than those obtained with standard photomultiplier tubes (PMT): 5% (200 keV FWHM) for 232Th and 4.2% (240 keV FWHM) for 236Pu. Our results show that the improvement is due to less fluctuations associated with light collection since the spatial response of APDs is more uniform than that of PMTs. The expected gain on quantum efficiency (80% for APDs instead of 25% for PMTs) is nullified by a corresponding increase on electronic noise and excess noise factor. Significant better results are foreseen by using green scintillators (450 - 550 nm wavelengths region) with larger Stokes-shift and blue-enhanced APDs which reach their maximum quantum efficiency in this region. (author)

  7. LArGe: Background suppression using liquid argon (LAr) scintillation for 0$\

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    Marco, M D; Schönert, S

    2007-01-01

    Measurements with a bare p-type high purity germanium diode (HPGe) submerged in a 19 kg liquid argon (LAr) scintillation detector at MPIK Heidelberg are reported. The liquid argon--germanium system (LArGe) is operated as a 4$\\pi$ anti-Compton spectrometer to suppress backgrounds in the HPGe. This R&D is carried out in the framework of the GERDA experiment which searches for 0$\

  8. Radon determination by activated charcoal adsorption and liquid scintillation measurement

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    A passive diffusion method for the determination of radon concentration has been optimised and calibrated. The device consists of a scintillation vial containing activated charcoal, a diffusion barrier and a desiccant agent. The response to diverse atmospheric humidity and variable exposure intervals was studied. The result is a detector, which is independent of atmospheric humidity for at least (up to) 7 days of exposure. The method was compared with electret detectors (US EPA) with very satisfactory results. The advantages of this method are its simplicity, low cost, low detection limit, the total automatization of the measurement and its total independence of humidity to measure in a wide range of radon concentrations. (author)

  9. Determination of 90Sr and 210Pb in sludge samples using a LOV-MSFIA system and liquid scintillation counting

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    There has been increasing interest recently in the capacity of water treatment plants to concentrate and eliminate radionuclides from raw water. As the normal operation in these plants generates high quantities of sludge, which can be considered a naturally occurring radioactive material, it is important to gather information about its radiological content. Therefore, in order to determine the activity values of two radioactive beta emitters with minimal sample manipulation, an automated lab-on-valve and multisyringe flow injection system has been developed to achieve the sequential preconcentration and separation of 90Sr and 210Pb using an extraction chromatographic resin (Sr-spec). Activities of both isotopes were measured by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). The developed method was validated by analyzing three samples from three different intercomparison exercises and good Z-score values (between 0.1 and 1) and trueness values (between 10% and 17%) were obtained. The method was then also satisfactorily applied to sludge samples taken from a Spanish drinking water treatment plant which treats water from the Ebro River. The proposed method offers advantages over existing methods as it allows the sequential separation of both isotopes, simply by changing the elution conditions and using a semi-automated approach. Therefore, the method is less time consuming and environmentally friendly. - Highlights: • Flow system methodologies have been developed for the sequential separation of 90Sr and 210Pb. • Two radioactive beta emitters are determined with minimum sample manipulation. • Sludge samples from DWTP which were considered to be NORM samples have been analyzed. • Activities of both isotopes have been measured by liquid scintillation counting

  10. Accuracy of low-level tritium measurements in water samples by liquid scintillation method

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    Quenching is always present in water samples and the degree of quenching can vary from one sample to another even within the same batch. This means that quench correction should be carried out for each sample in order to determine the activity so that comparisons can be made between samples and other batches. A comparative study of tritium measurements between two methods used to correct for quenching is presented in this paper. The methods used to determine counting efficiency in the presence of quenching are as follow: Spectral Quench Parameter of External standard method (SQP(E)) and Internal Standard Method (ISM). In this work, a low background liquid scintillation system detector (Quantulus 1220) is used to determine tritium activity concentration in heavy water with different concentrations from 99.66 D/H+D% to 1.65 D/D+H %. Standard calibration curve for the SQP(E) technique was carried out with 3 H low level quenched PACKARD standard set that had an assayed value of 29240 dpm/std ± 1.6%. Quench correction for Internal Standard Method was made for each sample of heavy water with Tritiated Water Internal Standard that had a tritium concentration of 2.51 x 106 dpm/g ± 3.0%. A comparison between dilution factors calculated for D/D + H% concentration and dilution factors calculated for tritium activity measured by the two methods, is presented in the paper. Internal Standard Method provides accuracy results especially for lower D/D+H% concentration, which are similar with environmental sample. Commercial standards set do not fulfill the requirements of an accurate environmental tritium measurement. One must take into account also the following circumstances: type of vial, type of scintillation cocktail, filled volume and counting geometry. Even if one can make its own standard set for quenching calibration one must cope also with another problem. The Compton electrons produced by external standard are beta energetic particles in the sample itself. Hence a

  11. Liquid scintillation counting efficiency for radionuclides decaying by E. C. and single gamma-ray emission

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    In this paper, liquid scintillation counting efficiency v.s. a free parameter for E.C. and gamma-ray emitters has been computed. It is assumed that the decay scheme has only a gamma transition coincident with the E.C. Internal-conversion electrons or gamma photons may be emitted. The evaluation has been carried out for three different volumes, 5, 10 and 15 ml, of two scintillators, a toluene and INSTAGEL, and thirteen radionuclides: 7Be, 51cr, 54Mn, 81Kr, 110Sn, 119Sb, 125I, 139Ce, 143Pm, 145Sm, 152Dy, 159Dy, 166Yb. (Author) 16 refs

  12. Novel determination of protein, fat, and lactose of milk by liquid scintillation counter

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    A method for routine determination of protein, fat, and lactose contents of milk is based on the ability of a scintillation counter to measure coloration or opalescence through attenuation of photons emitted from sealed miniature carbon-14 and hydrogen-3 radioactive standards. A series of simplified and accurate analytical procedures enable full advantage to be taken of the automatic facilities on the modern liquid scintillation counter. The methods provide several advantages over existing procedures. Accuracy of quantification was high as assessed by comparing the results with those derived by recommended Kjeldahl, Gerber, and colorimetric procedures for protein, fat, and lactose determinations, respectively

  13. Determination of 226Ra and 224Ra in drinking waters by liquid scintillation counting

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    A method for the determination of Ra-isotopes in water samples has been developed. Ra is coprecipitated with Ba as sulphate. The precipitate is then dissolved with EDTA and counted with a liquid scintillation system after mixing with a scintillation cocktail. The study of the temporal evolution of the separated activity gives the isotopic composition of the sample, i.e. the 224Ra and 226Ra contribution to the total activity. The method has been applied to some Spanish drinking waters. (author)

  14. Liquid scintillation counting efficiency in three photomultiplier systems. Pure electron capture

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    The tables of counting efficiency as a function of the figure of merit for a liquid scintillation counting system working with three phototubes are presented. The evaluation has been carried out for a Toluene-based scintillator with 5, 10 and 15 ml column, and 19 different radionuclides decaying by pure electron capture: 37Ar 41Ca, 49V, 53 Mn, 55Fe, 59Ni, 68Ge 7iGe, 82Sr, 97Tc, 118Te, 131CS, 137La, 140Ca, 157Tb, 165Er, 193Pt, 194Hg, 205Pb. (Author) 22 refs

  15. SCINFI, a program to calculate the standardization curve in liquid scintillation counting

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    A code, SCINFI, was developed, written in BASIC, to compute the efficiency- quench standardization curve for any radionuclide. The program requires the standardization curve for 3H and the polynomial relations between counting efficiency and figure of merit for both 3H and the problem (e.g. 14C). The program is applied to the computation of the efficiency-quench standardization curve for 14c. Five different liquid scintillation spectrometers and two scintillator solutions have bean checked. The computation results are compared with the experimental values obtained with a set of 14c standardized samples. (Author)

  16. Liquid argon as active shielding and coolant for bare germanium detectors. A novel background suppression method for the GERDA 0{nu}{beta}{beta} experiment

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    Peiffer, J.P.

    2007-07-25

    Two of the most important open questions in particle physics are whether neutrinos are their own anti-particles (Majorana particles) as required by most extensions of the StandardModel and the absolute values of the neutrino masses. The neutrinoless double beta (0{nu}{beta}{beta}) decay, which can be investigated using {sup 76}Ge (a double beta isotope), is the most sensitive probe for these properties. There is a claim for an evidence for the 0{nu}{beta}{beta} decay in the Heidelberg-Moscow (HdM) {sup 76}Ge experiment by a part of the HdM collaboration. The new {sup 76}Ge experiment Gerda aims to check this claim within one year with 15 kg.y of statistics in Phase I at a background level of {<=}10{sup -2} events/(kg.keV.y) and to go to higher sensitivity with 100 kg.y of statistics in Phase II at a background level of {<=}10{sup -3} events/(kg.keV.y). In Gerda bare germanium semiconductor detectors (enriched in {sup 76}Ge) will be operated in liquid argon (LAr). LAr serves as cryogenic coolant and as high purity shielding against external background. To reach the background level for Phase II, new methods are required to suppress the cosmogenic background of the diodes. The background from cosmogenically produced {sup 60}Co is expected to be {proportional_to}2.5.10{sup -3} events/(kg.keV.y). LAr scintillates in UV ({lambda}=128 nm) and a novel concept is to use this scintillation light as anti-coincidence signal for background suppression. In this work the efficiency of such a LAr scintillation veto was investigated for the first time. In a setup with 19 kg active LAr mass a suppression of a factor 3 has been achieved for {sup 60}Co and a factor 17 for {sup 232}Th around Q{sub {beta}}{sub {beta}} = 2039 keV. This suppression will further increase for a one ton active volume (factor O(100) for {sup 232}Th and {sup 60}Co). LAr scintillation can also be used as a powerful tool for background diagnostics. For this purpose a new, very stable and robust wavelength

  17. Search for 2{\\beta} decay of 116Cd with the help of enriched 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Poda, D V; Belli, P; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Castellano, S; Chernyak, D M; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Laubenstein, M; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V

    2014-01-01

    Cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82% ($^{116}$CdWO$_4$, total mass of $\\approx$1.2 kg) are used to search for 2$\\beta$ decay of $^{116}$Cd deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the INFN (Italy). The radioactive contamination of the $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystals has been studied carefully to reconstruct the background of the detector. The measured half-life of $^{116}$Cd relatively to 2$\

  18. Design of a liquid scintillator-based prototype neutron coincidence counter for Nuclear Safeguards

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    A liquid scintillator-based neutron coincidence counting system designed to address a number of safeguards applications is under development by the IAEA in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre-ITU and Hybrid Instruments LTD. Liquid scintillators are a promising technology due to their good fast-neutron detection capabilities. The characteristic fast response of scintillators is particularly beneficial for coincidence counting applications, for which a performance level higher than that associated with moderated thermal detectors might be expected. Fast neutron detection requires no thermalization process and therefore, does not incur the resulting neutron detection delays. These features reduce the length of the coincidence gate by three orders of magnitude, reducing practically to negligible values the accidental coincidence rate which dominates the uncertainty in thermal neutron detectors. Recent progress in fast electronic digitizers offers the possibility to perform on-line, real-time pulse shape discrimination (PSD) between gamma and neutron radiation detection, making this technology suitable for nuclear safeguards and security applications. This paper will describe the experiments and Monte Carlo modelling activities engaged to design a prototype liquid scintillator-based neutron coincidence collar for fresh fuel assembly verification. The characterization of the system response required accurate calibration measurements in order to determine the operational parameters of the liquid scintillator cell, including gain, pulse shape discrimination and energy thresholds. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations which are essential for the understanding and characterization of the system’s response were also carried out using the MCNPX-PoliMi Monte Carlo code to simulate the radiation transport within the system and to optimize the detector design. The evolution from the different detector configurations we investigated to the characteristic features of the

  19. Searching for dark matter annihilation to monoenergetic neutrinos with liquid scintillation detectors

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    We consider searches for dark matter annihilation to monoenergetic neutrinos in the core of the Sun. We find that liquid scintillation neutrino detectors have enhanced sensitivity to this class of dark matter models, due to the energy and angular resolution possible for electron neutrinos and antineutrinos that scatter via charged-current interactions. In particular we find that KamLAND, utilizing existing data, could provide better sensitivity to such models than any current direct detection experiment for mX≲15 Gev. KamLAND’s sensitivity is signal-limited, and future liquid scintillation or liquid argon detectors with similar energy and angular resolution, but with larger exposure, will provide significantly better sensitivity. These detectors may be particularly powerful probes of dark matter with mass O(10) GeV

  20. Evaluation of oxidation techniques for preparing bioassay and environmental samples for liquid scintillation counting

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    In environmental and biological monitoring for carbon-14 and tritium, the presence of color and chemical quenching agents in the samples can degrade the efficiency of liquid scintillation counting. A series of experiments was performed to evaluate the usefulness, under routine conditions, of first oxidizing the samples to improve the counting by removing the color and quenching agents. The scintillation counter was calibrated for the effects of quenching agents on its counting efficiency. Oxidizing apparatus was tested for its ability to accurately recover the 14C and 3H in the samples. Scintillation counting efficiences were compared for a variety of oxidized and unoxidized environmental and bioassay samples. The overall conclusion was that, for routine counting, oxidation of such samples is advantageous when they are highly quenched or in solid form

  1. Low-Afterglow, High-Refractive-Index Liquid Scintillators for Fast-Neutron Spectrometry and Imaging Applications

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    Lauck, Ronald; Brandis, Michal; Bromberger, Benjamin; Dangendorf, Volker; Goldberg, Mark B.; Mor, Ilan; Tittelmeier, Kai; Vartsky, David

    2009-06-01

    For ion and neutron spectrometry and imaging applications at a high intensity pulsed laser facility, fast liquid scintillators with very low afterglow are required. Furthermore, neutron imaging with fiber (or liquid-core) capillary arrays calls for scintillation materials with high refractive index. To this end, we have examined various combinations of established mixtures of fluors and solvents, that were enriched alternatively with nitrogen or oxygen. Dissolved molecular oxygen is known to be a highly effective quenching agent, that efficiently suppresses the population of the triplet states in the fluor, which are primarily responsible for the afterglow. For measuring the glow curves of scintillators, we have employed the time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) technique, characterized by high dynamic range of several orders of magnitude in light intensity. In this paper we outline the application for the fast scintillators, briefly present the scintillation mechanism in liquids, describe our specific TCSPC method and discuss the results.

  2. Low-Afterglow, High-Refractive-Index Liquid Scintillators for Fast-Neutron Spectrometry and Imaging Applications

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    Lauck, Ronald; Bromberger, Benjamin; Dangendorf, Volker; Goldberg, Mark B; Mor, Ilan; Tittelmeier, Kai; Vartsky, David

    2009-01-01

    For ion and neutron spectrometry and imaging applications at a high intensity pulsed laser facility, fast liquid scintillators with very low afterglow are required. Furthermore, neutron imaging with fiber (or liquid-core) capillary arrays calls for scintillation materials with high refractive index. To this end, we have examined various combinations of established mixtures of fluors and solvents, that were enriched alternatively with nitrogen or oxygen. Dissolved molecular oxygen is known to be a highly effective quenching agent, that efficiently suppresses the population of the triplet states in the fluor, which are primarily responsible for the afterglow. For measuring the glow curves of scintillators, we have employed the time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) technique, characterized by high dynamic range of several orders of magnitude in light intensity. In this paper we outline the application for the fast scintillators, briefly present the scintillation mechanism in liquids, describe our specif...

  3. LUCIFER: a scintillating bolometer array for the search of neutrinoless double beta decay

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    In spite of the high precision achieved in the field of neutrino oscillations, there are some fundamental questions that can not be addressed by a study of ths phenomenon. We do not know in fact the absolute mass of neutrino and weather it is a Dirac or a Majorana particle. The LUCIFER experiment, financed by the ERC-AdG, will play an important role in this field. This project aims to push beyond the actual technological limits the possibility of observation of the Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0νDBD). The detection of this extremely rare decay would indeed demonstrate that neutrino is a Majorana particle and, at the same time, would allow to set its absolute mass scale. LUCIFER will study the 0νDBD do 82Se through ZnSe scintillating bolometers. Thanks to the simultaneous red-out of the heat and light produced by an interaction in the crystal, the background rate in the region of interest will be lower than 10-3 counts/kg/keV/years. In the following, the expected performance of LUCIFER are discussed.

  4. LUCIFER: Scintillating bolometers for the search of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    The nature of neutrino mass is one of the frontier problems of particle physics. Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0νDBD) is a powerful tool to measure the neutrino mass and to test possible extensions of the Standard Model. Bolometers are excellent detectors to search for this rare decay, thanks to their good energy resolution and to the low background conditions in which they can operate. The current challenge consists in the reduction of the background, represented by environmental γ's and α's, in view of a zero background experiment. We present the LUCIFER R and D, funded by an European grant, in which the background can be reduced by an order of magnitude with respect to the present generation experiments. The technique is based on the simultaneous bolometric measurement of the heat and of the scintillation light produced by a particle, that allows to discriminate between β and α particles. The γ background is reduced by choosing 0νDBD candidate isotopes with transition energy above the environmental γ's spectrum. The prospect of this R and D are discussed.

  5. LUCIFER: Scintillating bolometers for the search of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    Vignati, M.

    2012-08-01

    The nature of neutrino mass is one of the frontier problems of particle physics. Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0νDBD) is a powerful tool to measure the neutrino mass and to test possible extensions of the Standard Model. Bolometers are excellent detectors to search for this rare decay, thanks to their good energy resolution and to the low background conditions in which they can operate. The current challenge consists in the reduction of the background, represented by environmental γ's and α's, in view of a zero background experiment. We present the LUCIFER R&D, funded by an European grant, in which the background can be reduced by an order of magnitude with respect to the present generation experiments. The technique is based on the simultaneous bolometric measurement of the heat and of the scintillation light produced by a particle, that allows to discriminate between β and α particles. The γ background is reduced by choosing 0νDBD candidate isotopes with transition energy above the environmental γ's spectrum. The prospect of this R&D are discussed.

  6. Comparison of analysis techniques by liquid scintillation and Cerenkov Effect for 40K quantification in aqueous samples

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    In this work the counting by liquid scintillation and Cerenkov Effect to quantify 40K in aqueous samples was used. The performance of both techniques was studied by comparing the response of three commercial liquid scintillation OptiPhase HiSafe 3, Ultima Gold Ab and OptiPhase TriSafe, the vial type and presentation conditions of the sample for counting. In liquid scintillation, the ability to form homogeneous mixtures depended on the ionic strength of the aqueous solutions. The scintillator OptiPhase HiSafe 3 showed a greater charge capacity for solutions with high ionic strength (<3.4), while the scintillator OptiSafe TriSafe no form homogeneous mixtures for solutions of ionic strength higher than 0.3. Counting efficiencies for different proportions of sample and scintillator near 100% for the scintillators OptiSafe HiSafe 3 and Ultima Gold Ab were obtained. In the counting by Cerenkov Effect, the efficiency and sensitivity depended of the vial type; polyethylene vials were more suitable for counting that the glass vials. The sample volume had not significant effect on counting efficiency, obtaining an average value of 44.8% for polyethylene vials and 37.3% for glass vials. Therefore, the liquid scintillation was more efficient and sensitive for the measurement of 40K in aqueous solutions. (Author)

  7. Intense Infrared Scintillation of Liquid Ar-Xe Mixtures

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    Neumeier, A; Heindl, T; Himpsl, A; Hagn, H; Hofmann, M; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Roth, S; Schönert, S; Wieser, J; Ulrich, A

    2015-01-01

    Intense infrared (IR) light emission from liquid Ar-Xe mixtures has been observed using 12 keV electron-beam excitation. The emission peaks at a wavelength of 1.18 $\\mu$m and the half-width of the emission band is 0.1 $\\mu$m. Maximum intensity has been found for a 10 ppm xenon admixture in liquid argon. The conversion efficiency of electron beam-power to IR-light is about 1% (10000 photons per MeV electron energy deposited). A possible application of this intense IR emission for a new particle discrimination concept in liquid noble gas detectors is discussed. No light emission was found for perfectly purified liquid argon in the wavelength range from 0.5 to 3.5 $\\mu$m on the current level of sensitivity.

  8. An easy method for Ra-226 determination in river waters by liquid-scintillation counting

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    226Ra activity concentration in river water was determined using a low background liquid scintillation counter. Radium was extracted from the samples as Ra-BaSO4 precipitate which, afterwards, was dissolved with EDTA in ammonia medium. Solution was transferred into a low potassium glass vial and then mixed with a scintillation cocktail. Two different scintillation cocktails were selected for comparison. Efficiency, recovery yield and α/β separation were studied with both liquid scintillation cocktails. One single measurement, made one month after radium separation, allows to calculate the 226Ra concentration as well as to assess the presence of alpha contamination of the sample. In the case of negligible interferences, 224Ra concentrations can be subsequently evaluated in the same sample by the measurement made just after chemical separation of radium. This method has been applied for the determination of 226Ra and 224Ra activity concentrations in river water collected from different locations along the Odiel river estuary area (south-west of Spain). The presence of chemical industry, the wastes of which are released into the river, could be connected with radium activity concentration enhancements in the water. (author)

  9. Efficiency of the liquid scintillators applied by for a measurement of the tritium concentration in a water probes

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    The optimum conditions for radiometry of low-active aqueous samples for three types of liquid scintillators, which are ZhS-8, ZhS-13n and ZhS-84, were determined. The traditional technique for scintillation tritium oxide radiometry in aqueous samples was used. The experimental was made at air temperature of 22-25 deg C. The curves providing for determination of optimum ratioes between aqueous samples and scintillators studied, were obtained. The ZhS-84 scintillator is recommended for tritium radiometry in aqueous samples with low activity

  10. Spatial response characterization of liquid scintillator detectors using collimated gamma-ray and neutron beams

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    Liquid scintillators are suitable for many applications because they can detect and characterize fast neutrons as well as gamma-rays. This paper presents the response of a 15-cm-in-length×15-cm-in-height×8.2-cm-in-width EJ-309 liquid scintillator with respect to the position of neutron and gamma-ray interactions. Liquid scintillator cells are typically filled with 97% of the scintillating cocktail to address thermal expansion of the liquid in varying temperature conditions. Measurements were taken with collimated 137Cs and 252Cf sources for gamma-ray and neutron mapping of the detector, respectively. MCNPX-PoliMi (ver. 2.0) simulations were also performed to demonstrate the spatial response of the detector. Results show that the detector response is greatest at the center and decreases when the collimated neutron and gamma-ray beam is moved toward the edge of the detector. The measured response in the voxels surrounding the detector center decreased by approximately 6% and 12% for gamma-ray and neutron scans, respectively, when compared to the center voxel. The measured decrease in the detector response was most pronounced at the corners of detector assembly. For the corner voxels located in the bottom row of the detector, the measured response decreased by approximately 39% for both gamma-ray and neutron scans. For the corner voxels located in the top row of the detector, the measured response decreased by approximately 66% and 48% for gamma-ray and neutron scans, respectively. Both measurements and simulations show the inefficient production of secondary charged particles in the voxels located in the top portion of the detector due to the presence of expansion volume. Furthermore, the presence of the expansion volume potentially affects the transport of the scintillation light through the coupling window between the liquid scintillator and the photocathode in the photomultiplier tube. -- Highlights: • EJ-309 response with respect to the particle interaction

  11. Performances and stability of a 2.4 ton Gd organic liquid scintillator target for antineutrino detection

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    Barabanov, I R; Cattadori, C; Danilov, N A; Di Vacri, A; Krilov, Yu S; Ioannucci, L; Yanovich, E A; Aglietta, M; Bonardi, A; Bruno, G; Fulgione, W; Kemp, E; Malguin, A S; Porta, A; Selvi, M

    2008-01-01

    In this work we report the performances and the chemical and physical properties of a (2 x 1.2) ton organic liquid scintillator target doped with Gd up to ~0.1%, and the results of a 2 year long stability survey. In particular we have monitored the amount of both Gd and primary fluor actually in solution, the optical and fluorescent properties of the Gd-doped liquid scintillator (GdLS) and its performances as a neutron detector, namely neutron capture efficiency and average capture time. The experimental survey is ongoing, the target being continuously monitored. After two years from the doping time the performances of the Gd-doped liquid scintillator do not show any hint of degradation and instability; this conclusion comes both from the laboratory measurements and from the "in-tank" measurements. This is the largest stable Gd-doped organic liquid scintillator target ever produced and continuously operated for a long period.

  12. Performance of a Large Area Avalanche Photodiode in a Liquid Xenon Ionization and Scintillation Chamber

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    Ni, K; Day, D; Giboni, K L; Lopes, J A M; Majewski, P; Yamashita, M

    2005-01-01

    Scintillation light produced in liquid xenon (LXe) by alpha particles, electrons and gamma-rays was detected with a large area avalanche photodiode (LAAPD) immersed in the liquid. The alpha scintillation yield was measured as a function of applied electric field. We estimate the quantum efficiency of the LAAPD to be 45%. The best energy resolution from the light measurement at zero electric field is 7.5%(sigma) for 976 keV internal conversion electrons from Bi-207 and 2.6%(sigma) for 5.5 MeV alpha particles from Am-241. The detector used for these measurements was also operated as a gridded ionization chamber to measure the charge yield. We confirm that using a LAAPD in LXe does not introduce impurities which inhibit the drifting of free electrons.

  13. Fitting of alpha-efficiency versus quenching parameter by exponential functions in liquid scintillation counting

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    The objective of this work is to propose an exponential fit for the low alpha-counting efficiency as a function of a sample quenching parameter using a Quantulus liquid scintillation counter. The sample quenching parameter in a Quantulus is the Spectral Quench Parameter of the External Standard (SQP(E)), which is defined as the number of channel under which lies the 99% of Compton spectrum generated by a gamma emitter (152Eu). Although in the literature one usually finds a polynomial fitting of the alpha counting efficiency, it is shown here that an exponential function is a better description. - Highlights: • We have studied the quenching in alpha measurement by liquid scintillation counting. • We have reviewed typical fitting of alpha counting efficiency versus quenching parameter. • Exponential fitting of data is proposed as better fitting. • We consider exponential fitting has a physical basis

  14. Fitting of alpha-efficiency versus quenching parameter by exponential functions in liquid scintillation counting

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    Sosa, M. [Departamento de Ingeniería Física, Campus León, Universidad de Guanajuato, 37150 León, Guanajuato (Mexico); Universidad de Sevilla, Departamento de Física Aplicada II, E.T.S. Arquitectura, Av. Reina Mercedes, 2, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Manjón, G., E-mail: manjon@us.es [Universidad de Sevilla, Departamento de Física Aplicada II, E.T.S. Arquitectura, Av. Reina Mercedes, 2, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Mantero, J.; García-Tenorio, R. [Universidad de Sevilla, Departamento de Física Aplicada II, E.T.S. Arquitectura, Av. Reina Mercedes, 2, 41012 Sevilla (Spain)

    2014-05-01

    The objective of this work is to propose an exponential fit for the low alpha-counting efficiency as a function of a sample quenching parameter using a Quantulus liquid scintillation counter. The sample quenching parameter in a Quantulus is the Spectral Quench Parameter of the External Standard (SQP(E)), which is defined as the number of channel under which lies the 99% of Compton spectrum generated by a gamma emitter ({sup 152}Eu). Although in the literature one usually finds a polynomial fitting of the alpha counting efficiency, it is shown here that an exponential function is a better description. - Highlights: • We have studied the quenching in alpha measurement by liquid scintillation counting. • We have reviewed typical fitting of alpha counting efficiency versus quenching parameter. • Exponential fitting of data is proposed as better fitting. • We consider exponential fitting has a physical basis.

  15. Coincidence system for the absolute measurement of radionuclides activity using a liquid scintillator

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    A system for the standartization of radioisotopes activity using liquid scintillator detector was developed. The system was set up at Nuclear Metrology Laboratory - L.M.N. (Nuclear Physics Division - IEA). The system performance was checked by absolute activity measurements for two radioisotopes, 60Co and 241Am. The activities were determined by the 4π(α, β-γ) coincidence method. An accuracy of the order of 99,8% was obtained. The results for 60Co were compared with those obtained by 4πβ-γ coincidence method using a proportional counter at L.M.N., while the results for 241Am were compared with those obtained through the linear extrapolation method using the same liquid scintillator. Compared to other systems, the advantages of this one are the simplicity and the short time spent in the sample preparation, and the negligible self-absorption. (Author)

  16. Determination of 129I by the distillation method and liquid scintillation spectrometry

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    A simple distillation method for the determination of 129I by liquid scintillation spectrometry was developed. HNO3 at 1-2 mol/l with 0.4 g of NaNO2 as the iodide oxidizing agent (I- → I2) constitutes the optimum environment. The concentration of the NaOH adsorption solution has no significant effect on the yields, whereas a volume of 100 ml of NaOH must be present in the adsorption flask to achieve the maximum iodine adsorption. PdI2.H2O should be allowed to precipitate for 24 hours while the distillation time is 20 min only. 129I in samples from Slovak NPPs were measured by liquid scintillation counting. (orig.)

  17. $\\beta$-NMR of copper isotopes in ionic liquids

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    We propose to test the feasibility of spin-polarization and $\\beta$-NMR studies on several short-lived copper isotopes, $^{58}$ Cu, $^{74}$Cu and $^{75}$Cu in crystals and liquids. The motivation is given by biological studies of Cu with $\\beta$-NMR in liquid samples, since Cu is present in a large number of enzymes involved in electron transfer and activation of oxygen. The technique is based on spin-polarization via optical pumping in the new VITO beamline. We will use the existing lasers, NMR magnet and NMR chambers and we will prepare a new optical pumping system. The studies will be devoted to tests of achieved $\\beta$-asymmetry in solid hosts, the behaviour of asymmetry when increasing vacuum, and finally NMR scans in ionic liquids. The achieved spin polarization will be also relevant for the plans to measure with high precision the magnetic moments of neutron-rich Cu isotopes.

  18. Use of sum signals of ionization and scintillation in liquid rare gases and the Fano factor for the sum signals

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    Scintillation signals and ionization signals produced in liquid rare gases by ionizing radiation can be simultaneously observed with high efficiencies. The fluctuation of the sum of scintillation and ionization signals is smaller than that of either of the individual signals. The present paper discusses the theoretical limit of energy resolution of the sum signals, compares it with the experimental results obtained in liquid rare gases, and presents comments recent papers treating related topics

  19. Some applications of Photon/Electron-Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation (PERALS) spectrometry to the assay of alpha emitters

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    The combination of certain solvent extraction separations and a special kind of liquid scintillation detector and electronics designed for alpha spectrometry allows some highly accurate, yet simple determinations of alpha-emitting nuclides. Counting efficiency is 99.68% with backgrounds of 99.95%. The Photon/Electron Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation (PERALS) equipment is described and procedures for the separation and determination of uranium, thorium, plutonium, polonium, radium, and trivalent actinides are outlined. 25 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab

  20. Preparation and standardization of a sample of P 32 by liquid scintillation

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    A procedure to standardize P 32 in liquid scintillation counting by labelling a tsributyl phosphate organic molecule is described. This method shows a high counting efficiency, over 99%, while keeping a good stability of samples in PCS or toluene, which vary less that 1% in two weed periods. The global uncertainty that results for calibrating the radioactive solution through this method has been less that 2.2%. (Author)

  1. American national standard performance verification of liquid-scintillation counting systems

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    The purpose of this standard is to provide the user with a means of verifying the performance of typical liquid-scintillation counting systems. Measures of performance considered in this standard are: (1) Counting system efficiency. (2) Reproducibility of sample and background count rates. This standard does not cover the calculation of sample activity for quenched unknown samples. Accordingly, this standard will not deal with sample preparation, efficiency correlation (quench correction) procedures, or the identification of unknown radionuclides

  2. Standardization of 137mCs+137mBa by Liquid Scintillation

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    A procedure for the preparation of a stable, homogeneous solution of 137Cs+''137mBa, for use in liquid scintillation measurements, is described. Its count rate stability and spectral time evolution has been followed for several weeks. The solution has been standardised by the CIEMAT/NIST method in both Ultima-Gold and Insta-Gel, to a combined uncertainty lower than 0,51 % (k=l). (Author) 5 refs

  3. Standardization of 40 K by liquid scintillation counting. Determination of the half-life

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    The relative abundance of the natural radioisotope ''40 K in environmental samples frequently generates interferences in low activity measurements. In the present study we propose the determination of ''40 K by the CIEMAT/NIST method. On this context, the verification of ''40 K half-life is required. We present a half-life value obtained by liquid scintillation counting in excellent agreement with those reported in the literature. (Author)

  4. Influence of atomic and nuclear constants on the counting efficiency for 55Fe in liquid scintillators

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    In this paper one considers the influence of the different parameters on the determination of the uncertainty of the detection efficiency for 55Fe when the counting technique of liquid scintillation is applied. The following parameters are considered: the relative probabilities of X and Auger emission so as their corresponding energies, the fluorescence yields WK and WL, and the non-interaction probabilities of the emitted X photons. (Author) 11 refs

  5. Remark on the studies of the muon-induced neutron background in the liquid scintillator detectors

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    2009-01-01

    This article gives a point of view on the studies of the muon-induced background for the underground experiments using a liquid scintillator detectors. The results obtained are in good agreement with the data, especially for the neutron yield production. This is the first time, when a study of this kind successes to get the same neutron yield as the one obtained from the experiment.

  6. A new type of photomultiplier tube GDB-48 for low background liquid scintillation counter

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    This article discribes a result of designing and manufacturing a new type of photomultiplier tube which is specially designed for low background L.S.C. (liquid scintillation counter). Some progresses have been made in both construction and technology that has promoted the performance of L.S.C. with these new tubes, such as counting efficienct, background counting; and thereby the merit for 3H has reached up to 2200

  7. Efficiency calibration of a liquid scintillation counter for 90Y Cherenkov counting

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    In this paper a complete and self-consistent method for 90Sr determination in environmental samples is presented. It is based on the Cherenkov counting of 90Y with a conventional liquid scintillation counter. The effects of color quenching on the counting efficiency and background are carefully studied. A working curve is presented which allows to quantify the correction in the counting efficiency depending on the color quenching strength. (orig.)

  8. The research program of the Liquid Scintillation Detector (LSD) in the Mont Blanc Laboratory

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    Malgin, A. S.; Talochkin, V. P.; Badino, G.; Dadykin, V. L.; Yakushev, V. F.; Korchagin, P. V.; Korchagin, V. B.; Ryassny, F. G.; Ryazhskaya, O. G.; Zatsepin, G. T.

    1985-01-01

    A massive (90 tons) liquid scintillation detector (LSD) has been running since October 1984 in the Mont Blanc Laboratory at a depth of 5,200 hg/sq cm of standard rock. The research program of the experiment covers a variety of topics in particle physics and astrophysics. The performance of the detector, the main fields of research are presented and the preliminary results are discussed.

  9. Research program of the liquid scintillation detector (LSD) in the Mont Blanc Laboratory

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    A massive (90 tons) liquid scintillation detector (LSD) has been running since October 1984 in the Mont Blanc Laboratory at a depth of 5,200 hg/sq cm of standard rock. The research program of the experiment covers a variety of topics in particle physics and astrophysics. The performance of the detector and the main fields of research are presented and the preliminary results are discussed

  10. Detection potential for the diffuse supernova neutrino background in the large liquid-scintillator detector LENA

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    Wurm, M.; F. von Feilitzsch; Goeger-Neff, M.; Hochmuth, K. A.; Undagoitia, T. Marrodan; Oberauer, L.; Potzel, W.

    2007-01-01

    The large-volume liquid-scintillator detector LENA (Low Energy Neutrino Astronomy) will provide high-grade background discrimination and enable the detection of diffuse supernova neutrinos (DSN) in an almost background-free energy window from ~10 to 25 MeV. Within ten years of exposure, it will be possible to derive significant constraints on both core-collapse supernova models and the supernova rate in the near universe up to redshifts z

  11. Determination of carbon-14 environmental samples by mixing 14CO2 with a liquid scintillator

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    A method for the determination of Carbon-14 (14CO2) in environmental samples has been developed. The method use the direct absorption of the carbon dioxide into Carbosorb, followed with incorporation of the mixture (Carbosorb-CO2) to the liquid scintillator. The results obtained to apply this method and the benzene synthesis, usual in our laboratory, are discused and compared. The method of collection of atmospheric samples is also described. (Author)

  12. Liquid scintillation counting of environmental radionuclides. A review of the impact of background reduction

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    Liquid scintillation counting (LSC) supports a range of environmental science measurements. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, we are constructing an LSC system with an expected background reduction of 10-100 relative to values reported in the literature. In this paper, a number of current measurement applications of LSC have been considered with an emphasis on determining which aspects of such measurements would gain the greatest benefit: improved minimum detectable activity (MDA), reduction in sample size, and reduction in total analysis time. (author)

  13. Liquid Scintillation counting Standardization of 22 NaCl by the CIEMAT/NIST method

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    We describe a procedure for preparing a stable solution of ''22 NaCl for liquid scintillation counting and its counting stability and spectral evolution in Insta-Gel''R is studied. The solution has been standardised in terms of activity concentration by the CIEMAT/NIST method with discrepancies between experimental and computed efficiencies lower than 0.4/% and an overall uncertainty of 0.35%

  14. Determination of Carbon-14 in environmental samples by mixing 14CO2 with a liquid scintillator

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    A method for the determination of Carbon-14 (14CO2) in environmental samples has been developed. The method use the direct absorption of the carbon dioxide into Carbosorb, followed with incorporation of the mixture (Carbosorb-CO2) to the liquid scintillator. The results obtained to apply this method and the benzene synthesis, usual in our laboratory, are discussed and compared. The method of collection of atmospheric samples is also described. (Author) 10 refs

  15. Search for double beta decay of $^{116}$Cd with enriched $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillators (Aurora experiment)

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    Danevich, F A; Belli, P; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I

    2016-01-01

    The Aurora experiment to investigate double beta decay of $^{116}$Cd with the help of 1.162 kg cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82\\% is in progress at the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory. The half-life of $^{116}$Cd relatively to the two neutrino double beta decay is measured with the highest up-to-date accuracy $T_{1/2}=(2.62\\pm0.14)\\times10^{19}$ yr. The sensitivity of the experiment to the neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{116}$Cd to the ground state of $^{116}$Sn is estimated as $T_{1/2} \\geq 1.9\\times10^{23}$ yr at 90\\% CL, which corresponds to the effective Majorana neutrino mass limit $\\langle m_{\

  16. Assessment of beta-emitter radionuclides in biological samples using liquid scintillation counting. Application to the study of internal doses in molecular and cellular biology techniques; Evaluacion en muestras biologicas de radionucleidos emisores beta mediante espectrometria de centelleo en fase liquida. Aplicaciones al estudio de dosis internas en tecnicas de investigacion de biologia molecular y celular

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    Sierra, I.; Delgado, A.; Navarro, T.; Macias, M. T.

    2007-07-01

    The radioisotopic techniques used in Molecular and Cellular Biology involve external and internal irradiation risk. It is necessary to control the possible internal contamination associated to the development of these techniques. The internal contamination risk can be due to physical and chemical properties of the labelled compounds, aerosols generated during the performance technique. The aim of this work was to estimate the possible intake of specific beta emitters during the technique development and to propose the required criterions to perform Individual Monitoring. The most representative radioisotopic techniques were selected attending their potential risk of internal contamination. Techniques were analysed applying IAEA methodology according to the used activity in each technique. It was necessary to identify the worker groups that would require individual monitoring on the base of their specific risk. Different measurement procedures were applied to study the possible intake in group risk and more than 160 persons were measured by in vitro bioassay. (Author) 96 refs.

  17. Simple algorithms for digital pulse-shape discrimination with liquid scintillation detectors

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    Alharbi, T.

    2015-01-01

    The development of compact, battery-powered digital liquid scintillation neutron detection systems for field applications requires digital pulse processing (DPP) algorithms with minimum computational overhead. To meet this demand, two DPP algorithms for the discrimination of neutron and γ-rays with liquid scintillation detectors were developed and examined by using a NE213 liquid scintillation detector in a mixed radiation field. The first algorithm is based on the relation between the amplitude of a current pulse at the output of a photomultiplier tube and the amount of charge contained in the pulse. A figure-of-merit (FOM) value of 0.98 with 450 keVee (electron equivalent energy) energy threshold was achieved with this method when pulses were sampled at 250 MSample/s and with 8-bit resolution. Compared to the similar method of charge-comparison this method requires only a single integration window, thereby reducing the amount of computations by approximately 40%. The second approach is a digital version of the trailing-edge constant-fraction discrimination method. A FOM value of 0.84 with an energy threshold of 450 keVee was achieved with this method. In comparison with the similar method of rise-time discrimination this method requires a single time pick-off, thereby reducing the amount of computations by approximately 50%. The algorithms described in this work are useful for developing portable detection systems for applications such as homeland security, radiation dosimetry and environmental monitoring.

  18. Measurements of optical properties of waveshifting optical fiber for liquid scintillator hadron calorimetry

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    Measurements have been made on optical properties of Bicron BCF-91 waveshifting optical fiber. This fiber is proposed as a means of converting UV and blue light emitted from liquid scintillator when exposed to ionizing radiation. The conversion is accomplished by coiling the fiber in a reservoir filled with liquid scintillator and coated internally with reflective paint. UV and blue light is absorbed by the waveshifting dyes in the fiber and reemitted light is channeled into the core of the fiber and output to photo detectors. It has been proposed to outfit the hadron calorimeter sub-system of the GEM detector to be built at the Superconducting Super Collider with 800,000 separate liquid scintillator/waveshifting fiber cells. The measurements described in this work deal with the optical performance of the fiber: spectral emission, response as a function of input wavelength, response as a function of irradiated length, propagation length and output numerical aperture. The theoretical response of an ideal calorimeter cell is studied based on the results of the measurements presented in this paper

  19. Measurement by liquid scintillation of 226 Ra coprecipitated in BaSO4

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    The 226 Ra is one of the more radio toxic nuclides since when entering to the organism it continues metabolically to the calcium, accumulating mainly in the bone tissue where it becomes in an internal radiation source. For the analysis of radium in water the methods of radon emanation are generally applied and coprecipitation with barium sulfate. This last is quick and efficient, and the radium in the precipitate can be measured by alpha or gamma spectrometry, or liquid scintillation dissolving the precipitate one with EDTA. In this work it is proposed a procedure for the radium measurement in water based on the coprecipitation with barium sulfate and in the detection by liquid scintillation. The precipitate of Ba(Ra)SO4 it is carried with water and blended with the liquid scintillator OptiPhase Hi Safe 3, avoiding the dissolution with EDTA. A 92± 1.4% of radium it was recovered and it was reached a minimum activity detectable of 4.2 ± 0.9 mBq-1. The procedure was essayed with natural mineral water with a knew activity in concentration of 226 Ra. The analytic result it coincided with the reported value with a relative error of 9%. (Author)

  20. Liquid xenon scintillation: photon yield and Fano factor measurements

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    This paper presents a new measurement of the photon yield and the first measurement of the Fano factor in liquid xenon with a photomultiplier as photodetector. The observed photoelectron yield is 3.2/MeV which, after correction for detector solid angle and efficiency, corresponds to 78 600 photons/MeV. The Fano factor observed, Fs=0.033±0.045, agrees with the value measured in the gaseous state by other authors. ((orig.))

  1. Scintillator Measurements for SNO+

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    Kaptanoglu, Tanner; SNO+ Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    SNO+ is a neutrino detector located 2km underground in the SNOLAB facility with the primary goal of searching for neutrinoless double beta decay. The detector will be filled with a liquid scintillator target primarily composed of linear alkyl benzene (LAB). As charged particles travel through the detector the LAB produces scintillation light which is detected by almost ten thousand PMTs. The LAB is loaded with Te130, an isotope known to undergo double beta decay. Additionally, the LAB is mixed with an additional fluor and wavelength shifter to improve the light output and shift the light to a wavelength regime in which the PMTs are maximally efficient. The precise scintillator optics drastically affect the ultimate sensitivity of SNO+. I will present work being done to measure the optical properties of the SNO+ scintillator cocktail. The measured properties are used as input to a scintillation model that allows us to extrapolate to the SNO+ scale and ultimately predict the sensitivity of the experiment. Additionally, I will present measurements done to characterize the R5912 PMT, a candidate PMT for the second phase of SNO+ that provides better light collection, improved charge resolution, and a narrower spread in timing.

  2. Improvement of Liquid Scintillation Counting Efficiencies by Optimization of Scintillator Composition. Relative Efficiencies for Three New Fluors

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    In the course of an evaluation of three new fluors for liquid scintillation counting, it became apparent that the usual formulations of liquid scintillator solutions are far from optimal for most counters and for most quenched samples. Primary solute concentrations several times as large as are usually used may be required for achievement of highest counting efficiency. The secondary solute, at the concentrations conventionally used to provide ''wavelength-shifting'', may contribute little or nothing to counting efficiency in many modern commercial counters. At much higher concentrations, however, the secondary solute may provide a striking increase in efficiency for quenched samples in counters in which it does not improve unquenched samples. This implies a different function for the secondary solute which has not been previously described. Excitation of such solutions by ultraviolet light provides insight into this behaviour. Two new secondary solutes were studied, bis(isopropylstyryl)benzene, or BPSB, and p-bis[2-(4-methyl- 5-phenyloxazolyl)] benzene, or dimethyl POPOP. The latter has been commercially available for some time, but reports as to its effectiveness have varied. The former is expected to be marketed soon, and no data on it have been published previously. These were compared with p-bis[2-(5-phenyloxazolyl)] benzene or POPOP as a standard. A new primary, 2.5-bis-[5'-tert.butylbenzoxazolyl(2')]-thiophen, or BBOT, having an extraordinarily long wavelength, was compared with PPO, 2,5-diphenyloxazole, and PBD, phenylbiphenyloxadiazole- 1, 3, 4. The way in which counting efficiency varies with fluorescent wavelength is a function of counter optics, and, to a lesser extent, of the individual (S-ll type) multiplier phototube. Three types of commercial counter were compared, in which the reflecting surfaces of the sample chamber were of (1) TiO2 paint, (2) formed Al, or (3) evaporated A1 on a plastic ''light guide'' surrounding, but not optically coupled to

  3. First test of an enriched $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ scintillating bolometer for neutrinoless double-beta-decay searches

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    Danevich, F A; Giuliani, A; Konovalov, S I; Mancuso, M; de Marcillac, P; Marnieros, S; Novati, V; Pessina, G; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Zolotarova, A S

    2016-01-01

    For the first time, a cadmium tungstate crystal scintillator enriched in $^{116}$Cd has been succesfully tested as a scintillating bolometer. The measurement was performed above ground at a temperature of 18 mK. The crystal mass was 34.5 g and the enrichment level ~82 %. Despite a substantial pile-up effect due to above-ground operation, the detector demonstrated a high energy resolution (2-7 keV FWHM in 0.2-2.6 MeV $\\gamma$ energy range), a powerful particle identification capability and a high level of internal radiopurity. These results prove that cadmium tungstate is an extremely promising detector material for a next-generation neutrinoless double-beta decay bolometric experiment, like that proposed in the CUPID project (CUORE Upgrade with Particle IDentification).

  4. Scintillation efficiency of liquid argon in low energy neutron-argon scattering

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    Experiments searching for weak interacting massive particles with noble gases such as liquid argon require very low detection thresholds for nuclear recoils. A determination of the scintillation efficiency is crucial to quantify the response of the detector at low energy. We report the results obtained with a small liquid argon cell using a monoenergetic neutron beam produced by a deuterium-deuterium fusion source. The light yield relative to electrons was measured for six argon recoil energies between 11 and 120 keV at zero electric drift field

  5. Nuclear recoil scintillation and ionisation yields in liquid xenon from ZEPLIN-III data

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    Horn, M; Akimov, D Yu; Araújo, H M; Barnes, E J; Burenkov, A A; Chepel, V; Currie, A; Edwards, B; Ghag, C; Hollingsworth, A; Kalmus, G E; Kobyakin, A S; Kovalenko, A G; Lebedenko, V N; Lindote, A; Lopes, M I; Lüscher, R; Majewski, P; Murphy, A StJ; Neves, F; Paling, S M; da Cunha, J Pinto; Preece, R; Quenby, J J; Reichhart, L; Scovell, P R; Silva, C; Solovov, V N; Smith, N J T; Smith, P F; Stekhanov, V N; Sumner, T J; Thorne, C; de Viveiros, L; Walker, R J

    2011-01-01

    Scintillation and ionisation yields for nuclear recoils in liquid xenon above 10 keVnr (nuclear recoil energy) are deduced from data acquired using broadband Am-Be neutron sources. The nuclear recoil data from several exposures to two sources were compared to detailed simulations. Energy-dependent scintillation and ionisation yields giving acceptable fits to the data were derived. Efficiency and resolution effects are treated using a light collection Monte Carlo, measured photomultiplier response profiles and hardware trigger studies. A gradual fall in scintillation yield below ~40 keVnr is found, together with a rising ionisation yield; both are in good agreement with the latest independent measurements. The analysis method is applied to both the most recent ZEPLIN-III data, acquired with a significantly upgraded detector and a precision-calibrated Am-Be source, as well as to the earlier data from the first run in 2008. A new method for deriving the recoil scintillation yield, which includes sub-threshold S1...

  6. Determination of light yield and pulse-shape-discrimination abilities of LAB-based liquid scintillators

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    Koegler, Toni; Schramm, Georg [Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Zuber, Kai [Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Junghans, Arnd; Beyer, Roland; Hannaske, Roland; Hartmann, Andreas; Wagner, Andreas [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Linear alkyl benzene (LAB, C{sub 6}H{sub 5}C{sub n}H{sub 2n+1},n=10-13) is the proposed solvent for the SNO+ experiment. In solution with the commonly used scintillator PPO it is a colourless, odourless and cheap liquid scintillator with a high flashpoint and low health hazard compared to toluene based ones. LAB does not react with the acrylic vessel of the SNO experiment and makes it an ideal solvent. The properties of LAB also makes this scintillator interesting for nELBE, the neutron time-of-flight facility at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. A new approach to measure the light yield in the low energy range using a combination of ''monoenergetic'' photon sources and a Compton-spectrometer is described. The latter one allows measuring the light yield down to 5 keVee (electron equivalent). The Birks-Parameter was determined for a homemade solution (LAB + 3g/l PPO) and for NE-213. The light yield (relative to this standard scintillator) was confirmed by fluorescence measurement using a fluorescence spectrometer. The ability of pulse-shape-discrimination in a mixed neutron-gamma field of a {sup 252}Cf source was tested using different digital and analogue techniques.

  7. Recent Developments In Fast Neutron Detection And Multiplicity Counting With Verification With Liquid Scintillator

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    Nakae, L; Chapline, G; Glenn, A; Kerr, P; Kim, K; Ouedraogo, S; Prasad, M; Sheets, S; Snyderman, N; Verbeke, J; Wurtz, R

    2011-09-30

    For many years at LLNL, we have been developing time-correlated neutron detection techniques and algorithms for applications such as Arms Control, Threat Detection and Nuclear Material Assay. Many of our techniques have been developed specifically for the relatively low efficiency (a few percent) attainable by detector systems limited to man-portability. Historically, we used thermal neutron detectors (mainly {sup 3}He), taking advantage of the high thermal neutron interaction cross-sections. More recently, we have been investigating the use of fast neutron detection with liquid scintillators, inorganic crystals, and in the near future, pulse-shape discriminating plastics which respond over 1000 times faster (nanoseconds versus tens of microseconds) than thermal neutron detectors. Fast neutron detection offers considerable advantages, since the inherent nanosecond production time-scales of spontaneous fission and neutron-induced fission are preserved and measured instead of being lost by thermalization required for thermal neutron detectors. We are now applying fast neutron technology to the safeguards regime in the form of fast portable digital electronics as well as faster and less hazardous scintillator formulations. Faster detector response times and sensitivity to neutron momentum show promise for measuring, differentiating, and assaying samples that have modest to very high count rates, as well as mixed fission sources like Cm and Pu. We report on measured results with our existing liquid scintillator array, and progress on the design of a nuclear material assay system that incorporates fast neutron detection, including the surprising result that fast liquid scintillator detectors become competitive and even surpass the precision of {sup 3}He-based counters measuring correlated pairs in modest (kg) samples of plutonium.

  8. Development of a Liquid Scintillator-Based Active Interrogation System for LEU Fuel Assemblies

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    The IAEA, in collaboration with the Joint Research Center (Ispra, IT) and Hybrid Instruments (Lancaster, UK), has developed a full scale, liquid scintillator-based active interrogation system to determine uranium (U) mass in fresh fuel assemblies. The system implements an array of moderate volume (∼1000 ml) liquid scintillator detectors, a multichannel pulse shape discrimination (PSD) system, and a high-speed data acquisition and signal processing system to assess the U content of fresh fuel assemblies. Extensive MCNPX-PoliMi modelling has been carried out to refine the system design and optimize the detector performance. These measurements, traditionally performed with 3He-based assay systems (e.g., Uranium Neutron Coincidence Collar [UNCL], Active Well Coincidence Collar [AWCC]), can now be performed with higher precision in a fraction of the acquisition time. The system uses a high-flash point, non-hazardous scintillating fluid (EJ309) enabling their use in commercial nuclear facilities and achieves significantly enhanced performance and capabilities through the combination of extremely short gate times, adjustable energy detection threshold, real-time PSD electronics, and high-speed, FPGA-based data acquisition. Given the possible applications, this technology is also an excellent candidate for the replacement of select 3He-based systems. Comparisons to existing 3He-based active interrogation systems are presented where possible to provide a baseline performance reference. This paper will describe the laboratory experiments and associated modelling activities undertaken to develop and initially test the prototype detection system. (authors)

  9. Measurements of proton- and electron-quenching in organic liquid scintillators

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    Understanding quenching effects in organic liquid scintillators is vital for various present and future neutrino experiments, like Double Chooz, Borexino, LENA and JUNO. Electron-quenching plays a crucial role for low energy electron events below about 500 keV, like electron recoil events from Compton-scattering and from ν-e-scattering - especially for solar pp-neutrino events. To measure this effect a coincidence experiment using a scintillation detector and a HPGe-detector has been set up and the analysis of first data shows promising results. The understanding of proton-quenching is important for both signal and background detection in neutrino experiments. This effect defines the energy scale of ν-p-scattering, which is a major detection channel for supernova-νs. Furthermore, recoil protons from cosmogenic neutrons pose a severe background for the detection of the diffuse supernova neutrino background (DSNB) and reactor neutrinos. A time-of-flight based experiment has been established at the MLL (Garching). Using a pulsed 11B-beam and a fixed H2-target neutrons with 6-11 MeV are produced to investigate the quenching effect by the resulting proton recoils in different liquid scintillator samples.

  10. Preliminary study of light yield dependence on LAB liquid scintillator composition

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    Ye, Xing-Chen; Yu, Bo-Xiang; Zhou, Xiang; Zhao, Li; Ding, Ya-Yun; Liu, Meng-Chao; Ding, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Xuan; Jie, Quan-Lin; Zhou, Li; Fang, Jian; Chen, Hai-Tao; Hu, Wei; Niu, Shun-Li; Yan, Jia-Qing; Zhao, Hang; Hong, Dao-Jin

    2015-09-01

    Liquid scintillator (LS) will be adopted as the detector material in JUNO (Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory). The energy resolution requirement of JUNO is 3%, which has never previously been reached. To achieve this energy resolution, the light yield of liquid scintillator is an important factor. PPO (the fluor) and bis-MSB (the wavelength shifter) are the two main materials dissolved in LAB. To study the influence of these two materials on the transmission of scintillation photons in LS, 25 and 12 cm-long quartz vessels were used in a light yield experiment. LS samples with different concentration of PPO and bis-MSB were tested. At these lengths, the light yield growth is not obvious when the concentration of PPO is higher than 4 g/L. The influence from bis-MSB becomes insignificant when its concentration is higher than 8 mg/L. This result could provide some useful suggestions for the JUNO LS. Supported by Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA10010500), National Natural Science Foundation of China (11390384) and CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics (CCEPP)

  11. Background characterization in a liquid scintillation spectrometer; Caracterizacion del fondo de un espectrometro de centelleo liquido

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    Rodriguez Barquero, L.; Los Arcos, J.M.; Jimenez de Mingo, A.

    1995-07-01

    An alternate procedure for background count rate estimation in a liquid scintillation spectrometer is presented, which does not require to measure a blank with similar composition, volume and quench, to the problem sample. The procedure is based on a double linear parameterization which was obtained from a systematic study of the background observed with glass vials, in three different windows, 0 - 20 KeV, 0 - 800 KeV and 0 - 2 MeV, for volume between 2 and 20 mi of three commercial scintillators, Hisafe II, Ultima-Gold and Instagel, and quenching degree in the interval equivalent to 50% - 3% tritium efficiency. This procedure was tested with standard samples of 3H, and led to average discrepancies less than 10% for activity {>=}0,6 Bq, against conventional methods for which the discrepancies are twice on average. (Author) 10 refs.

  12. Spectroscopic study of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene for liquid scintillator neutrino detectors

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    We have set up a light scattering spectrometer to study the depolarization of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene. The scattering spectra show that the depolarized part of light scattering is due to Rayleigh scattering. The additional depolarized Rayleigh scattering can make the effective transparency of linear alkylbenzene much better than expected. Therefore, sufficient scintillation photons can transmit through large liquid scintillator detector, such as that of the JUNO experiment. Our study is crucial to achieving an unprecedented energy resolution of 3 %/√(E(MeV)) required for the JUNO experiment to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy. The spectroscopic method can also be used to examine the depolarization of other organic solvents used in neutrino experiments. (orig.)

  13. Digital coincidence acquisition applied to portable β liquid scintillation counting device

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    A digital coincidence acquisition system applied to a portable liquid scintillation counting device is developed. The system which simplifies the device design consists of a digitizer card of Agilent U1066A DC438, a discriminator and a host computer. The anode analog pulses from two photomultiplier tubes are captured by the system, which adopts the sequence acquisition storage mode. By choosing proper threshold for each channel, coincidence time window of ±30 ns, and comparing the pulse amplitudes from two channels, the portable scintillation counting device can be used to detect β particles. For the unquenched standard 3H sample, the results show that the detection efficiency is (58.5±0.1)% and the background is (86.7±0.7) cpm. Meanwhile, 3H β spectrum is obtained. (authors)

  14. Spectroscopic study of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene for liquid scintillator neutrino detectors

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    Zhou, Xiang; Zhang, Zhenyu [Wuhan University, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan (China); Liu, Qian; Zheng, Yangheng [University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, School of Physics, Beijing (China); Han, Junbo [Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Wuhan (China); Zhang, Xuan; Ding, Yayun; Zhou, Li; Cao, Jun; Wang, Yifang [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing (China)

    2015-11-15

    We have set up a light scattering spectrometer to study the depolarization of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene. The scattering spectra show that the depolarized part of light scattering is due to Rayleigh scattering. The additional depolarized Rayleigh scattering can make the effective transparency of linear alkylbenzene much better than expected. Therefore, sufficient scintillation photons can transmit through large liquid scintillator detector, such as that of the JUNO experiment. Our study is crucial to achieving an unprecedented energy resolution of 3 %/√(E(MeV)) required for the JUNO experiment to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy. The spectroscopic method can also be used to examine the depolarization of other organic solvents used in neutrino experiments. (orig.)

  15. Spectroscopic study of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene for liquid scintillator neutrino detectors

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    We have set up a light scattering spectrometer to study the depolarization of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene. The scattering spectra show that the depolarized part of light scattering is due to Rayleigh scattering. The additional depolarized Rayleigh scattering can make the effective transparency of linear alkylbenzene much better than expected. Therefore, sufficient scintillation photons can transmit through large liquid scintillator detector, such as that of the JUNO experiment. Our study is crucial to achieving an unprecedented energy resolution of 3 %/√(E(MeV)) required for the JUNO experiment to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy. The spectroscopic method can also be used to examine the depolarization of other organic solvents used in neutrino experiments

  16. Spectroscopic study of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene for liquid scintillator neutrino detectors

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    Zhou, Xiang, E-mail: xiangzhou@whu.edu.cn [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, 430072, Wuhan (China); Liu, Qian, E-mail: liuqian@ucas.ac.cn [School of Physics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100049, Beijing (China); Han, Junbo [Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430074, Wuhan (China); Zhang, Zhenyu [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, 430072, Wuhan (China); Zhang, Xuan; Ding, Yayun [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100049, Beijing (China); Zheng, Yangheng [School of Physics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100049, Beijing (China); Zhou, Li; Cao, Jun; Wang, Yifang [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100049, Beijing (China)

    2015-11-21

    We have set up a light scattering spectrometer to study the depolarization of light scattering in linear alkylbenzene. The scattering spectra show that the depolarized part of light scattering is due to Rayleigh scattering. The additional depolarized Rayleigh scattering can make the effective transparency of linear alkylbenzene much better than expected. Therefore, sufficient scintillation photons can transmit through large liquid scintillator detector, such as that of the JUNO experiment. Our study is crucial to achieving an unprecedented energy resolution of 3 %/√(E(MeV)) required for the JUNO experiment to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy. The spectroscopic method can also be used to examine the depolarization of other organic solvents used in neutrino experiments.

  17. The possibilities of autoradiographic imaging of the distribution of beta-emitting substances in dynamic processes by means of a gamma scintillation camera

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    Possibilities of imaging the distribution of beta-emitting substances by means of a gamma scintillation camera are described. The sensitivity and the resolving power of the gamma scintillation camera was tested by means of a 140 KeV-high resolution collimator and a newly developed lead collimator with smaller hole diameter and hole distance. As an example for tests of imaging dynamic processes the transportation of 32P-labelled defoliant in a tomato plant is examined. (author)

  18. Optical readout tracking detector concept using secondary scintillation from liquid argon generated by a thick gas electron multiplier

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    Lightfoot, P. K.; Barker, G. J.; Mavrokoridis, K.; Ramachers, Y. A.; Spooner, N. J. C.

    2008-01-01

    For the first time secondary scintillation, generated within the holes of a thick gas electron multiplier (TGEM) immersed in liquid argon, has been observed and measured using a silicon photomultiplier device (SiPM). 250 electron-ion pairs, generated in liquid argon via the interaction of a 5.9KeV Fe-55 gamma source, were drifted under the influence of a 2.5KV/cm field towards a 1.5mm thickness TGEM, the local field sufficiently high to generate secondary scintillation light within the liquid...

  19. A large-scale low-background liquid scintillation detector: the counting test facility at Gran Sasso

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    A 4.8 m3 unsegmented liquid scintillation detector at the underground Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso has shown the feasibility of multi-ton low-background detectors operating to energies as low as 250 keV. Detector construction and the handling of large volumes of liquid scintillator to minimize the background are described. The scintillator, 1.5 g PPO/L-pseudocumene, is held in a flexible nylon vessel shielded by 1000 t of purified water. The active detector volume is viewed by 100 photomultipliers, which measure time and charge for each event, from which energy, position and pulse shape are deduced. On-line purification of the scintillator by water extraction, vacuum distillation and nitrogen stripping removed radioactive impurities. Upper limits were established of -7 Bq/kg-scintillator for events with energies 250 keV-9 Bq/kg-scintillator due to the decay products of uranium and thorium. The isotopic abundance of 14C/12C in the scintillator was shown to be approximately 10-18 by extending the energy window of the detector to 25-250 keV. The 14C abundance and uranium and thorium levels in the CTF are compatible with the Borexino Solar Neutrino Experiment. (orig.)

  20. Response resolution of large volume cylindrical NE213 liquid scintillators for 0.3-0.9 MeV electrons

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    This paper reports on the response resolution of large volume NE213 scintillator measured for electrons with energies from 0.3 to 0.9 MeV. Measurements are being reported for the first time for a 125 mm diameter NE213 detector, using Gamma-Gamma coincidence technique. The NE213 cell was directly mounted on a photomultiplier tube. The results show that response resolution of the liquid scintillator, directly mounted on the photomultiplier tube, does not improve if one include a light guide in the scintillator-photomultiplier coupling

  1. Triton X-100 as a complete liquid scintillation cocktail for counting aqueous solutions and ionic nutrient salts

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    Triton X-100, used alone, was found to act as a complete liquid scintillation cocktail. Triton X-100 acted as a scintillator and the effect was not due to Cerenkov radiation. A variety of other commercially available surfactants also acted as scintillators, but with different levels of efficiency. Triton X-100/water combinations were suitable for counting aqueous solutions of 33P and 86Rb and the count rate was stable over extended periods of time. Triton X-100/toluene combinations also yielded high counting efficiencies. Triton X-100 was more sensitive to quenching than standard cocktails containing fluors. (author)

  2. Liquid scintillation counting standardization of ''125 I in organic and inorganic samples by the CIEMAT/NIST method

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    The liquid scintillation counting standardization of organic and inorganic samples of ''125 I by the CIEMAT/NIST method using five different scintillators is described. The discrepancies between experimental and computed efficiencies are lower than 1.4% and 1.7%, for inorganic and organic samples, respectively, in the interval 421-226 of quenching parameter. Both organic and inorganic solutions have been standardized in terms of activity concentration to an overall uncertainty of 0.76%

  3. Neutron detection in a high gamma-ray background with EJ-301 and EJ-309 liquid scintillators

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    Using a fast digitizer, the neutron–gamma discrimination capability of the new liquid scintillator EJ-309 is compared with that obtained using standard EJ-301. Moreover the capability of both the scintillation detectors to identify a weak neutron source in a high gamma-ray background is demonstrated. The probability of neutron detection is PD=95% at 95% confidence level for a gamma-ray background corresponding to a dose rate of 100 μSv/h.

  4. A feasibility study of boron-loaded liquid scintillator for the detection of electron anti-neutrinos

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    Wang, S C; Leung, R W S; Wang, S L; Chang, C Y; Chen Chi Ping; Cheng, K C; Ho, T I; Lai, W P; Liu, H M; Mao, Z P; Shih, I C; Wong, H T; Yu, Z Q

    1999-01-01

    Boron-loaded liquid scintillator offers some potential advantages as a detector for electron anti-neutrinos. A research program was carried out with the objective of developing such scintillators. The crucial feature is the pulse shape discrimination properties following the neutron capture by sup 1 sup 0 B. Results of the R and D efforts are presented. The feasibility and the technical difficulties of carrying out a full-scale neutrino experiment based on this approach are discussed. (author)

  5. Simple algorithms for digital pulse-shape discrimination with liquid scintillation detectors

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    The development of compact, battery-powered digital liquid scintillation neutron detection systems for field applications requires digital pulse processing (DPP) algorithms with minimum computational overhead. To meet this demand, two DPP algorithms for the discrimination of neutron and γ-rays with liquid scintillation detectors were developed and examined by using a NE213 liquid scintillation detector in a mixed radiation field. The first algorithm is based on the relation between the amplitude of a current pulse at the output of a photomultiplier tube and the amount of charge contained in the pulse. A figure-of-merit (FOM) value of 0.98 with 450 keVee (electron equivalent energy) energy threshold was achieved with this method when pulses were sampled at 250 MSample/s and with 8-bit resolution. Compared to the similar method of charge-comparison this method requires only a single integration window, thereby reducing the amount of computations by approximately 40%. The second approach is a digital version of the trailing-edge constant-fraction discrimination method. A FOM value of 0.84 with an energy threshold of 450 keVee was achieved with this method. In comparison with the similar method of rise-time discrimination this method requires a single time pick-off, thereby reducing the amount of computations by approximately 50%. The algorithms described in this work are useful for developing portable detection systems for applications such as homeland security, radiation dosimetry and environmental monitoring. - Highlights: • Two new algorithms for pulse-shape discrimination were developed. • The performances of the algorithms were experimentally examined. • The suitability of the algorithms for use in field instruments is discussed

  6. The light output and the detection efficiency of the liquid scintillator EJ-309

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    The light output response and the neutron and gamma-ray detection efficiency are determined for liquid scintillator EJ-309. The light output function is compared to those of previous studies. Experimental efficiency results are compared to predictions from GEANT4, MCNPX and PENELOPE Monte Carlo simulations. The differences associated with the use of different light output functions are discussed. - Highlights: • New light output function for an EJ-309 detector and comparison with published data. • Experimental neutron and gamma ray detection efficiencies for an EJ-309 detector. • Comparison of measured efficiency with Monte Carlo calculations. • Role of the light output function in neutron efficiency calculations

  7. The influence of rejection of a fraction of the single photoelectron peak in liquid scintillation counting

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    Mo, L. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia) and Institute of Medical Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)]. E-mail: lmx@ansto.gov.au; Cassette, P. [CEA/BNM-Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel, CEA-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, F91191 (France); Baldock, C. [Institute of Medical Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)

    2006-03-15

    Zero discrimination level setting of liquid scintillation systems for counting of all single photoelectron pulses is required by both triple-to-double coincidence ratio (TDCR) and CIEMAT/NIST methods. However, this requirement may not be able to be met in some circumstances. The influence of rejection of a fraction of the single photoelectron peak has been studied both theoretically and experimentally on {sup 3}H, {sup 63}Ni, {sup 14}C and {sup 9}Sr/{sup 9}Y for both the TDCR and CIEMAT/NIST methods. A modified formula for calculation of efficiency is given in consideration of the rejected fraction of the single photoelectron peak.

  8. Accurate disintegration-rate measurement of 55Fe by liquid scintillation counting

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    A method involving liquid scintillation counting is described for the accurate measurement of disintegration rate of 55Fe. The method is based on the use of calculated efficiency functions together with either of the nuclides 54Mn and 51Cr as internal standards for measurement of counting efficiencies by coincidence counting. The method was used by the NAC during a recent international intercomparison of radioactivity measurements, and a summary of the results obtained by nine participating laboratories is presented. A spread in results of several percent is evident

  9. Standard test method for determination of technetium-99 in uranium hexafluoride by liquid scintillation counting

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    2008-01-01

    1.1 This test method is a quantitative method used to determine technetium-99 (99Tc) in uranium hexafluoride (UF6) by liquid scintillation counting. 1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  10. A rope-net support system for the liquid scintillator detector for the SNO+ experiment

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    Bialek, A.; Chen, M.; Cleveland, B.; Gorel, P.; Hallin, A.; Harvey, P. J.; Heise, J.; Kraus, C.; Krauss, C. B.; Lawson, I.; Ng, C. J.; Pinkney, B.; Rogowsky, D. M.; Sibley, L.; Soluk, R.; Soukup, J.; Vázquez-Jáuregui, E.

    2016-08-01

    The detector for the SNO+ experiment consists of 780 000 kg of liquid scintillator contained in an acrylic vessel that is surrounded by water. A mechanical system has been installed to counteract the 1.25 MN of buoyant force on the acrylic and prevent the vessel from moving. The system is a rope net, designed using a Finite Element Analysis to calculate the amount of stress on the acrylic induced by the ropes, hydrostatic pressures and gravity. A dedicated test was performed to measure strains in the acrylic arising from the complex geometry of the knots in the rope system. The ratio between measured and FEA calculated strains was 1.3.

  11. A versatile and economic whole-body counter based on liquid scintillation detector modules

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    A whole-body counter comprising rectangular liquid scintillator detector modules is described. Photomultipliers have been used economically and the use of local shielding has led to a further reduction in cost. In conjunction with a moving bed, the modular arrangement provided a versatile system which allowed high sensitivity static counting using all detectors, or scan counting using selected combinations of detectors. The total body potassium content of a standard man (140 g K) could be estimated with a statistical counting error of 2.2% in a counting time of 1000 seconds. Methods of using the counter for total body potassium and gastro-intestinal absorption measurements are presented. (author)

  12. Systematic study of particle quenching in organic scintillators

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    Among the different factors that affect measurements by organic scintillators, the majority of attention has been focused on those related to the scintillator (i.e., ionization, chemical, color and optical quenching), and less attention has been paid to the loss of energy before the particle (i.e., alpha or beta) arrives at the scintillator (i.e., particle quenching). This study evaluates the effect of particle quenching in different scintillation methods (i.e., using two plastic scintillation microspheres (PSm1 and PSm2), liquid scintillator and gel scintillator) by measuring solutions that contain increasing concentrations of NaCl, BaCl2 and glycerin. The results show the importance of particle quenching in PSm measurements because detection efficiency decreases with increasing concentrations of the quenching component, although the spectrum position and external standard parameter remain constant. The results have shown evidence of particle quenching, although at a lower magnitude, in the liquid scintillation or gel scintillation measurements. Moreover, the use of two PSm with different diameters and salty compound that alters the equilibrium of the liquid and gel emulsions also exemplified the importance of the transmission of optical photons through different scintillation media (i.e., optical quenching). Improvement and deterioration of the optical conditions on the scintillation media is manifested as a movement of the spectrum to higher and lower energies, respectively. The results obtained with PSm were confirmed by Monte Carlo simulation.

  13. Electro-removal of H-3 and C-14 contained in scintillation liquid absorbed in soils type Phaeozem

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    This paper presents the results of electro-removal, an electrochemical treatment in soils contaminated with H-3 and C-14 contained in scintillation liquids absorbed in soils. For this purpose the best electrochemical conditions were used, which are: scintillation liquid Ultima Gold Xr, water (1:1) and 1 m A in the passage of current. The media were characterized before and after of applying the different potentials by various analytical techniques, such as: liquids by gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector, solids and liquids by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (Ftir) and electrodes by scanning electron microscopy with elemental analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Later standard samples with H-3 and C-14 were prepared and the electrochemical treatment was applied to previously established conditions. After electrochemical treatment the scintillation liquid characterization was performed by gas chromatography and a scintillation counter to see the disintegrations per minute. According to results of Ftir, soils show no deterioration and in the liquid phase the amount of water increases as the applied potential, due to oxidation-reduction reactions where happen modification or mineralization of organic molecules (H2O and CO2 formation). In 4 h of treatment, removal percentages in the liquid phase, were: 53.6% of H-3 and 11.6% of C-14. (Author)

  14. Digital pulse processor based low background liquid scintillation counting system for tritium assay

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    A low background tritium counting system using digital coincidence technique is discussed. The conventional pulse processing electronics for nuclear radiation detectors lies in the analog domain spread out as a chain of modules. As compared to the traditional analog method, a less demanding digital approach towards the coincidence counting has been developed. A digital pulse processing module is adapted to generate time stamp and energy data of the pulses from a couple of scintillation detectors. Customized post analysis software has been developed using LabVIEW to examine the coincidence pulses among these time stamp data to account for the activity of the sample. The beta pulses that are in coincident are counted and are associated with its activity. The non coincident random noise pulses are rejected. Using this digital approach a coincidence counting efficiency of 36.58% for tritium beta emitter is achieved. Using the pulse height data a typical tritium beta energy spectrum is also plotted using a VI routine in LabVIEW. (author)

  15. Pulse shape discrimination capability of metal-loaded organic liquid scintillators for a short-baseline reactor neutrino experiment

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    Kim, B. R.; Han, B. Y.; Jeon, E. J.; Joo, K. K.; Kang, Jeongsoo; Khan, N.; Kim, H. J.; Kim, Hyunsoo; Kim, J. Y.; Siyeon, Kim; Kim, S. C.; Kim, Yeongduk; Ko, Y. J.; Lee, Jaison; Lee, Jeong-Yeon; Lee, J. Y.; Ma, K. J.; Park, Hyeonseo; Park, H. K.; Park, K. S.; Seo, K. M.; Seon, Gwang-Min; Yeo, I. S.; Yeo, K. M.

    2015-05-01

    A new short-baseline (SBL) reactor neutrino experiment is proposed to investigate a reactor anti-neutrino anomaly. A liquid scintillator (LS) is used to detect anti-neutrinos emitted from a Hanaro reactor, and the pulse shape discrimination (PSD) ability of the metal-loaded organic LSs is evaluated on small-scale laboratory samples. PSD can be affected by selecting different base solvents, and several of the LSs used two different organic base solvents, such as linear alkyl benzene and di-isopropylnaphthalene. For the metallic content, gadolinium (Gd) or lithium (6Li) was loaded into a home-made organic LS and into a commercially available liquid scintillation cocktail. A feasibility study was performed for the PSD using several different liquid scintillation cocktails. In this work, the preparation and the PSD characteristics of a promising candidate, which will be used in an above-ground environment, are summarized and presented.

  16. Radiocarbon measurements by liquid scintillation spectrometry at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory

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    Full text: Radiocarbon measurements by two QuantulusTM ultra low level liquid scintillation spectrometers were performed at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) and the Radiocarbon Laboratory of ENEA-Bologna to study the efficiency and background variations related to measurements sites. For the background, two sets of three Teflon vials with benzene volumes ranging form 1 ml to 5 ml filled with pure analytical benzene were used. For the modern standards two sets of three Teflon vials with the same benzene volumes filled with pure analytical benzene enriched with radiocarbon to give the same activity as the standard sucrose ANU (sucrose ANU/modern=1.0866) were used. The scintillation cocktail comprised 15 mg butyl-PBD/ml benzene [1]. For each of these standards, spectra were obtained for 40 one-hour periods [2]. Cylindrical Teflon-S vials designed by ISTA Ltd (Faenza, Italy) with Derlin cap sealed with epoxy resin have been used. The vials characteristics are: height of 50 mm, external diameter 27 mm, thickness of the bottom Teflon base 12 mm, capacity of 9 ml. Cosmic background and its variation have been removed in Gran Sasso National Laboratory by its 1400 m rock overburden. Stable high performance liquid scintillation counting conditions are obtained, when any remaining variable components of the environmental background, such as radon, are eliminated. Ultra low level liquid scintillation spectrometer QuantulusTM has an anti-Compton guard detector, which allows monitoring of gamma radiation in the background. Guard detector efficiency in 14C background reduction is 8% in Gran Sasso National Laboratory while 80% is observed on surface. The big difference in the guard detector efficiency between surface and Gran Sasso laboratories is related to the absence of cosmic and associated lower energy Compton radiation. Masked vials approach same zero volume background on surface as an unmasked vial in Gran Sasso National Laboratory

  17. Determination of radiostrontium released from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant through extraction chromatography and liquid scintillation counting

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    Two soil samples were collected on April 18-20, 2011 at Namie town and Tomioka town, which are located 26 km northwest and 11 km south of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, respectively. A 0-1 cm soil layer was used for analysis to determine the presence of radiostrontium. The soil was ashed, acid-digested, and strontium was separated from interference with use of an extraction chromatography resin (Sr resin, Eichrom Technologies). The isolation and purification of strontium from matrix components can be completed in 12 h. After 2 weeks for ingrowth of 90Y, measurements of a beta-ray of 90Y and 89+90Sr were conducted with a low-background liquid-scintillation counter for 1200 min. The concentration of 90Sr was determined to be 57.4 ± 1.0 and 10.1 ± 0.4 Bq kg-1 for Namie town and Tomioka town, respectively. 89Sr was not detected in either sample. The extraction chromatography method was successfully applied to determine the level of radiostrontium in the contaminated soil. When 2 g of soil is used, the detection limit of 90Sr is evaluated to be 2.7 Bq kg-1 under a chemical yield of strontium of 70%. (author)

  18. Development of movable detection system for efficiency measurement in 3-PM liquid scintillation counting

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    We developed an improved 3-PM liquid scintillation counting (3-PM LSC) method in which three detectors can be displaced to back and forth directions, and a data acquisition system being able to provide the values for all parameters required for the method. The detectors are entirely located in a 20-mm lead chamber of an inner diameter of 500 mm. A saw-toothed gear ties up all detectors so as to move them uniformly, up to 50 mm with unit of 1 mm. The data acquisition system was designed in an integrated circuit to perform the necessary works such as fast amplification, discrimination, coincidence and logic analysis. It generates values of nine parameters among twelve's generated in the 3-PM LSC method. The dead time of each counting channel is of extending type, varying from 10 to 100 μs. We measured the TDCR values with an unquenched liquid scintillation source 14C by displacing the detectors with a step of 2.5 mm away from counting vial. Their values were derived on the range from 0.9 to 0.6. The extent is three times wider than those regions observed by applying the defocalization technique

  19. Investigation of three-dimensional localisation of radioactive sources using a fast organic liquid scintillator detector

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    Gamage, K. A. A.; Joyce, M. J.; Taylor, G. C.

    2013-04-01

    In this paper we discuss the possibility of locating radioactive sources in space using a scanning-based method, relative to the three-dimensional location of the detector. The scanning system comprises an organic liquid scintillator detector, a tungsten collimator and an adjustable equatorial mount. The detector output is connected to a bespoke fast digitiser (Hybrid Instruments Ltd., UK) which streams digital samples to a personal computer. A radioactive source has been attached to a vertical wall and the data have been collected in two stages. In the first case, the scanning system was placed a couple of metres away from the wall and in the second case it moved few centimetres from the previous location, parallel to the wall. In each case data were collected from a grid of measurement points (set of azimuth angles for set of elevation angles) which covered the source on the wall. The discrimination of fast neutrons and gamma rays, detected by the organic liquid scintillator detector, is carried out on the basis of pulse gradient analysis. Images are then produced in terms of the angular distribution of events for total counts, gamma rays and neutrons for both cases. The three-dimensional location of the neutron source can be obtained by considering the relative separation of the centres of the corresponding images of angular distribution of events. The measurements have been made at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, UK.

  20. Measurement of Rn-222 in water by absorption in polycarbonates and liquid scintillation counting

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    Mitev, K., E-mail: kmitev@phys.uni-sofia.bg [Sofia University ' St. Kliment Ohridski' , Department of Atomic Physics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Dimitrova, I. [Sofia University ' St. Kliment Ohridski' , Department of Atomic Physics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Zhivkova, V. [Kozloduy NPP, PP-1, Department of Radiochemistry, 3320 Kozloduy (Bulgaria); Georgiev, S.; Gerganov, G.; Pressyanov, D.; Boshkova, T. [Sofia University ' St. Kliment Ohridski' , Department of Atomic Physics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2012-06-11

    This work presents a new technique for measurement of activity concentrations of Rn-222 in water which is based on liquid scintillation counting (LSC) of polycarbonates exposed in the water. The polycarbonate material has high absorption ability to radon and when exposed in a radon-containing environment (air or water), it absorbs and concentrates radon in its volume. This property of the polycarbonate material is used for sampling {sup 222}Rn from the water. The main new element in this work is that it proposes the LSC technique for measurement of the radiation, emitted from the polycarbonate material. This radiation is due to the decay of the absorbed {sup 222}Rn and its progeny. Experimental results of LSC of polycarbonate granules and thin foils exposed in water with different activity concentrations of Rn-222 are presented. In all cases a very good linear correlation between the LS counting rate and the activity concentration of the water is found. The LSC of polycarbonates shows similar or even higher sensitivity in comparison to that of LSC of water. The estimated radon-in-water minimal detectable activity concentrations of the proposed method are similar or lower than those of the LSC and lower than those obtained by gamma spectrometry. The proposed method is simple, robust, inexpensive and avoids the need of taking water samples for laboratory analysis. It facilitates studies of the spatial distribution of {sup 222}Rn in water basins by exposure of polycarbonate specimens at different spots or depths and subsequent liquid scintillation counting.

  1. Utilization of wavelength-shifting fibers coupled to ZnS(Ag) and plastic scintillator for simultaneous detection of alpha/beta particles

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    Low level radioactive surface contamination measurements require lightweight, large area and high efficiency detector. In most existing scintillation detectors there is a tradeoff between effective area and scintillation light collection. By using wavelength shifting (WLS) fibers the scintillation light may be collected efficiently also in a large area detector. In this study, WLS fibers were coupled to a beta sensitive plastic scintillator layer and to a alpha sensitive silver-activated zinc sulfide ZnS(Ag) layer for detecting both alpha and beta particles. The WLS fibers collect the scintillation light from the whole detector and transfer it to a single PMT. This first prototype unique configuration enables monitoring radioactive contaminated surfaces by both sides of the detector and provides high gamma rejection. In this paper, the detector structure, as well as the detector’s measured linear response, will be described. The measured detection efficiency of 238Pu alpha particles (5.5 MeV) is ~63%. The measured detection efficiency for beta particles is ~89% for 90Sr–90Y (average energy of 195.8 keV, 934.8 keV), ~50% for 36Cl (average energy of 251.3 keV), and 35% for 137Cs (average energy of 156.8 keV)

  2. Utilization of wavelength-shifting fibers coupled to ZnS(Ag) and plastic scintillator for simultaneous detection of alpha/beta particles

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    Ifergan, Y.; Dadon, S.; Israelashvili, I.; Osovizky, A.; Gonen, E.; Yehuda-Zada, Y.; Smadja, D.; Knafo, Y.; Ginzburg, D.; Kadmon, Y.; Cohen, Y.; Mazor, T.

    2015-06-01

    Low level radioactive surface contamination measurements require lightweight, large area and high efficiency detector. In most existing scintillation detectors there is a tradeoff between effective area and scintillation light collection. By using wavelength shifting (WLS) fibers the scintillation light may be collected efficiently also in a large area detector. In this study, WLS fibers were coupled to a beta sensitive plastic scintillator layer and to a alpha sensitive silver-activated zinc sulfide ZnS(Ag) layer for detecting both alpha and beta particles. The WLS fibers collect the scintillation light from the whole detector and transfer it to a single PMT. This first prototype unique configuration enables monitoring radioactive contaminated surfaces by both sides of the detector and provides high gamma rejection. In this paper, the detector structure, as well as the detector's measured linear response, will be described. The measured detection efficiency of 238Pu alpha particles (5.5 MeV) is ~63%. The measured detection efficiency for beta particles is ~89% for 90Sr-90Y (average energy of 195.8 keV, 934.8 keV), ~50% for 36Cl (average energy of 251.3 keV), and 35% for 137Cs (average energy of 156.8 keV).

  3. Utilization of wavelength-shifting fibers coupled to ZnS(Ag) and plastic scintillator for simultaneous detection of alpha/beta particles

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    Ifergan, Y., E-mail: Yairifergan@gmail.com [Electronics & Control Laboratories, Nuclear Research Center Negev, PO Box 9001, Beer Sheva (Israel); Dadon, S. [Electronics & Control Laboratories, Nuclear Research Center Negev, PO Box 9001, Beer Sheva (Israel); Israelashvili, I. [Physics Department, Nuclear Research Center of the Negev, PO Box 9001, Beer Sheva (Israel); Osovizky, A. [Radiation Detection Department, Rotem Industries Ltd, Beer Sheva (Israel); Gonen, E.; Yehuda-Zada, Y.; Smadja, D. [Electronics & Control Laboratories, Nuclear Research Center Negev, PO Box 9001, Beer Sheva (Israel); Knafo, Y.; Ginzburg, D. [Radiation Detection Department, Rotem Industries Ltd, Beer Sheva (Israel); Kadmon, Y.; Cohen, Y.; Mazor, T. [Electronics & Control Laboratories, Nuclear Research Center Negev, PO Box 9001, Beer Sheva (Israel)

    2015-06-01

    Low level radioactive surface contamination measurements require lightweight, large area and high efficiency detector. In most existing scintillation detectors there is a tradeoff between effective area and scintillation light collection. By using wavelength shifting (WLS) fibers the scintillation light may be collected efficiently also in a large area detector. In this study, WLS fibers were coupled to a beta sensitive plastic scintillator layer and to a alpha sensitive silver-activated zinc sulfide ZnS(Ag) layer for detecting both alpha and beta particles. The WLS fibers collect the scintillation light from the whole detector and transfer it to a single PMT. This first prototype unique configuration enables monitoring radioactive contaminated surfaces by both sides of the detector and provides high gamma rejection. In this paper, the detector structure, as well as the detector’s measured linear response, will be described. The measured detection efficiency of {sup 238}Pu alpha particles (5.5 MeV) is ~63%. The measured detection efficiency for beta particles is ~89% for {sup 90}Sr–{sup 90}Y (average energy of 195.8 keV, 934.8 keV), ~50% for {sup 36}Cl (average energy of 251.3 keV), and 35% for {sup 137}Cs (average energy of 156.8 keV)

  4. Determination of α nuclides in high level liquid waste by combining extraction, liquid scintillation counting, and α spectrometry

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    The approach combining solvent extraction, liquid scintillation counting (LSC), and α spectrometry has taken advantages of high counting efficiency (nearly 100%) of LSC for α radiation and high energy resolution of α spectrometry. Since the extraction processes are much shorter than those reported and no complicated procedures are required for preparation of α plate source, the new approach is easy to be used to determine α nuclides in mixed solution. Good agreements are achieved for real samples of high level liquid waste (HLLW) between accepted data and those obtained by this new approach. To deal with the interference with α/β discrimination from large amount of 90Y in HLLW, two ways were proposed to decrease the radioactivity of 90Y in sample, i. e. delaying measurement or diluting the sample, which can be used under different circumstances. (authors)

  5. Analysis of 241Pu radioactivity by isotope dilution-extraction liquid scintillation spectrometer

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    The radionuclide 241Pu decays predominantly by β emission with a half-life 14.29 a. The branching ratio of its α-emission is negligibly small. However, it is difficult to measure the radioactivity of 241Pu in a Pu containing complicated sample because of its low β energy. A method for determination of 241Pu in high level liquid waste (HLLW) was developed. It consists of the following steps. The first step is to separate and purify plutonium from HLLW. The chemical yield of plutonium is higher than 95%. Secondly, a determination method by using modern liquid scintillation spectrometry combined with isotope dilution, solvent extraction, and ion exchange chromatography was established to analyze the 241Pu content in HLLW. (authors)

  6. Hybrid multi micropattern gaseous photomultiplier for detection of liquid-xenon scintillation

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    Gaseous PhotoMultipliers (GPM) are a very promising alternative of vacuum PMTs especially for large-size noble-liquid detectors in the field of Functional Nuclear Medical Imaging and Direct Dark Matter Detection. We present recent characterization results of a Hybrid-GPM made of three Micropattern Gaseous Structures; a Thick Gaseous Electron Multiplier (THGEM), a Parallel Ionization Multiplier (PIM) and a MICROMesh GAseous Structure (MICROMEGAS), operating in Ne/CF4 (90:10). Gain values close to 107 were recorded in this mixture, with 5.9 keV x-rays at 1100 mbar, both at room temperature and at that of liquid xenon (T=171 K). The results are discussed in term of scintillation detection. While the present multiplier was investigated without photocathode, complementary results of photoextraction from CsI UV-photocathodes are presented in Ne/CH4 (95:5) and CH4 in cryogenic conditions.

  7. Performance of VUV-sensitive MPPC for Liquid Argon Scintillation Light

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    Igarashi, T; Tanaka, M; Washimi, T; Yorita, K

    2015-01-01

    A new type of the Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC), sensitive to Vacuum Ultra-Violet (VUV) light (wavelength {\\lambda} < 150 nm), is recently developed and produced by Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. The basic properties of the new MPPC are measured at cryogenic facility of Waseda university using liquid nitrogen. Temperature dependence of breakdown voltage, capacitance, and dark count rate of the MPPC are also evaluated. In addition, the absolute photon detection efficiency (PDE) for liquid argon (LAr) scintillation light ({\\lambda} = 128 nm) is estimated to be about 7% with uncertainty of 2% by using 241 Am {\\alpha}-ray source. Based on these basic measurements a possible application of the new MPPC to LAr detector for dark matter search is discussed.

  8. Computerized liquid scintillation counting data management. I. Time sequence for decay correction: a key for data storage and retrieval

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    A new system of computerized liquid scintillation counting data management has been developed that has greatly facilitated the precise correction for radioactive decay in low-level tracer experiments where samples count over long periods of time. The data acquisition function is performed with a Packard Tri-carb Model 3320 liquid scintillation spectrometer. Computing is done (time-sharing mode) on a DEC system 10 (DA10 processor) equipped with an RD10 swapping disk, 2RPO2 disk drives, and 64K words (36 bits) of main storage. (U.S.)

  9. Determination of low α activity levels applying a pulse discrimination system to a conventional liquid scintillation unit

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    The described system allows the measurement of α activity in the presence of β/γ activities in various types of samples. Pulse shape discrimination of the signal from a conventional liquid scintillation unit is used for assessing the α activity in samples obtained from several radiochemical processes as well as in samples from area and surface monitoring, without separating for the γ and β emitters present. Additionally, the considerable background reduction attained by this method makes possible the utilization of automatic liquid scintillation systems for measuring enviromental and occupational monitoring samples. (Author)

  10. Studies of neutron–γ pulse shape discrimination in EJ-309 liquid scintillator using charge integration method

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    Pulse shape discrimination capability based on the charge integration has been investigated for liquid scintillator EJ-309. The effectiveness of neutron–γ discrimination in 4-in. diameter and 3-in. thick EJ-309 cells coupled with 3-in. photomultiplier tubes has been carefully studied in the laboratory environment and compared to the commonly used EJ-301 liquid scintillator formulation. Influences of distortions in pulse shape caused by 13.7-m long cables necessary for some remote operations have been examined. The parameter space for an effective neutron–γ discrimination for these assays, such as position and width of a gate used for integration of the delayed light, has been explored

  11. Laboratory Studies of Lead Removal from Liquid Scintillator in Preparation for KamLAND's Low Background Phase

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    The removal of Radon induced Lead from liquid scintillator was extensively studied in preparation for KamLAND's low background phase. This work presents the results from laboratory experiments performed at the University of Alabama and their implications for KamLAND and future low background experiments using carbon based liquid scintillator. It was observed that distillation was the most effective purification procedure and that one must consider a non-polar and non-ionic component of Lead in order to reach the levels of radio-purity required for these new class of ultra-low background experiments.

  12. Low background detector with enriched 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators to search for double beta decay of 116Cd

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    Barabash, A S; Bernabei, R; Boiko, R S; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Chernyak, D M; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Di Vacri, M L; Dossovitskiy, A E; Galashov, E N; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Kovtun, G P; Kudovbenko, V M; Laubenstein, M; Mikhlin, A L; Nisi, S; Poda, D V; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shcherban, A P; Shlegel, V N; Solopikhin, D A; Stenin, Yu G; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V; Virich, V D

    2011-01-01

    A cadmium tungstate crystal boule enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82% with mass of 1868 g was grown by the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique. The isotopic composition of cadmium and the trace contamination of the crystal were estimated by High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass-Spectrometry. The crystal scintillators produced from the boule were subjected to characterization that included measurements of transmittance and energy resolution. A low background scintillation detector with two $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillators (586 g and 589 g) was developed. The detector was running over 1727 h deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy), which allowed to estimate the radioactive contamination of the enriched crystal scintillators. The radiopurity of a third $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ sample (326 g) was tested with the help of ultra-low background high purity germanium $\\gamma$ detector. Monte Carlo simulations of double $\\beta$ processes in $^{116}$Cd were used to estimate ...

  13. n/γ Pulse shape discrimination comparison of EJ301 and EJ339A liquid scintillation detectors

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    Highlights: • We model the optical process in liquid scintillator with Geant4 simulation toolkit. • We combine the optical process and the PMT response to simulate anode signal. • We performed experiments to benchmark the simulation results. • EJ301 and EJ339A are both good for PSD from simulation and experiment results. • EJ301 has a better PSD feature than EJ339A. - Abstract: In this work, we evaluated the neutron-gamma discrimination capability of EJ301 and EJ339A liquid scintillation detectors via the pulse shape discrimination (PSD) method. Both simulation and experimental results are reported. The Geant4 simulation toolkit was used to model the scintillation process inside the scintillator, for neutron and gamma events, respectively. For the experiments, a high-speed digitizer was used to acquire data, which was then processed in MATLAB. This work compared the PSD performance of two liquid scintillation detectors and demonstrated the capability of Geant4 with regard to simulation of pulse shape

  14. LUCIFER: A Scintillating Bolometer Array for the Search of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    Cardani, L.; Lucifer Collaboration

    2012-07-01

    One of the main limitations in the study of 0vDBD is the presence of a radioactive background in the energy region of interest. This limit can be overcome by the technological approach of the LUCIFER project, which is based the double read-out of the heat and scintillation light produced by ZnSe scintillating bolometers. This experiment aims at a background lower than 10-3counts/keV/kg/y in the energy region of the 0νDBD of 82Se. Such a low background level will provide a sensitivity on the effective neutrino mass of the order of 100 meV. In the following, the results of the recent R&D activity are discussed, the single module for the LUCIFER detector is described, and the process for the production of 82Se-enriched ZnSe crystals is presented.

  15. LUCIFER: A Scintillating Bolometer Array for the Search of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    One of the main limitations in the study of 0vDBD is the presence of a radioactive background in the energy region of interest. This limit can be overcome by the technological approach of the LUCIFER project, which is based the double read-out of the heat and scintillation light produced by ZnSe scintillating bolometers. This experiment aims at a background lower than 10−3counts/keV/kg/y in the energy region of the 0νDBD of 82Se. Such a low background level will provide a sensitivity on the effective neutrino mass of the order of 100 meV. In the following, the results of the recent R and D activity are discussed, the single module for the LUCIFER detector is described, and the process for the production of 82Se-enriched ZnSe crystals is presented.

  16. Ionic liquids as solvents for liquid scintillation technology. Čerenkov counting with 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride

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    We report the detection of the Čerenkov luminescence after the incorporation of a few droplets of a physiological solution of 2-deoxi-2(18F)fluorine-D-glucose into the ionic liquid 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride (BmimCl). The phenomenon is attributed to the β+ particles having energy above the threshold energy value for the Čerenkov radiation in this medium. The presence of another type of radiation that could eventually cause coincidences in the photodetectors was safely discarded. We show that this property serves to determine the activity of a 18F solution by means of the novel TDCR–Čerenkov technique. The results were compared with those obtained from the classic TDCR scintillation method using a commercial scintillation cocktail. The activity values obtained from both methods were found to be virtually identical within the experimental uncertainties. The fact that high energy β particles in BmimCl generates Čerenkov photons makes this ionic liquid a promising compound for future research in detection and quantification of ionizing radiation, and it provides a potential alternative for applications in nuclear technology. - Highlights: • Čerenkov luminescence was detected when 18F was dissolved in 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride (BmimCl) ionic liquid. • The presence of another type of radiation that could eventually cause coincidences in the photodetectors was safely discarded. • Čerenkov luminescence serves to determine the activity of a 18F solution by means of TDCR–Čerenkov technique. • Some advantages of the use of BmimCl as solvent for Čerenkov counting were listed

  17. Combustion water purification techniques influence on OBT analysing using liquid scintillation counting method

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    Varlam, C.; Vagner, I.; Faurescu, I.; Faurescu, D. [National Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies, Valcea (Romania)

    2015-03-15

    In order to determine organically bound tritium (OBT) from environmental samples, these must be converted into water, measurable by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). For this purpose we conducted some experiments to determine OBT level of a grass sample collected from an uncontaminated area. The studied grass sample was combusted in a Parr bomb. However usual interfering phenomena were identified: color or chemical quench, chemiluminescence, overlap over tritium spectrum because of other radionuclides presence as impurities ({sup 14}C from organically compounds, {sup 36}Cl as chloride and free chlorine, {sup 40}K as potassium cations) and emulsion separation. So the purification of the combustion water before scintillation counting appeared to be essential. 5 purification methods were tested: distillation with chemical treatment (Na{sub 2}O{sub 2} and KMnO{sub 4}), lyophilization, chemical treatment (Na{sub 2}O{sub 2} and KMnO{sub 4}) followed by lyophilization, azeotropic distillation with toluene and treatment with a volcanic tuff followed by lyophilization. After the purification step each sample was measured and the OBT measured concentration, together with physico-chemical analysis of the water analyzed, revealed that the most efficient method applied for purification of the combustion water was the method using chemical treatment followed by lyophilization.

  18. Combustion water purification techniques influence on OBT analysing using liquid scintillation counting method

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    In order to determine organically bound tritium (OBT) from environmental samples, these must be converted into water, measurable by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). For this purpose we conducted some experiments to determine OBT level of a grass sample collected from an uncontaminated area. The studied grass sample was combusted in a Parr bomb. However usual interfering phenomena were identified: color or chemical quench, chemiluminescence, overlap over tritium spectrum because of other radionuclides presence as impurities (14C from organically compounds, 36Cl as chloride and free chlorine, 40K as potassium cations) and emulsion separation. So the purification of the combustion water before scintillation counting appeared to be essential. 5 purification methods were tested: distillation with chemical treatment (Na2O2 and KMnO4), lyophilization, chemical treatment (Na2O2 and KMnO4) followed by lyophilization, azeotropic distillation with toluene and treatment with a volcanic tuff followed by lyophilization. After the purification step each sample was measured and the OBT measured concentration, together with physico-chemical analysis of the water analyzed, revealed that the most efficient method applied for purification of the combustion water was the method using chemical treatment followed by lyophilization

  19. Pulse-shape discrimination and energy resolution of a liquid-argon scintillator with xenon doping

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    Liquid-argon scintillation detectors are used in fundamental physics experiments and are being considered for security applications. Previous studies have suggested that the addition of small amounts of xenon dopant improves performance in light or signal yield, energy resolution, and particle discrimination. In this study, we investigate the detector response for xenon dopant concentrations from 9 ± 5 ppm to 1100 ± 500 ppm xenon (by weight) in 6 steps. The 3.14-liter detector uses tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) wavelength shifter with dual photomultiplier tubes and is operated in single-phase mode. Gamma-ray-interaction signal yield of 4.0 ± 0.1 photoelectrons/keV improved to 5.0 ± 0.1 photoelectrons/keV with dopant. Energy resolution at 662 keV improved from (4.4 ± 0.2)% (σ) to (3.5 ± 0.2)% (σ) with dopant. Pulse-shape discrimination performance degraded greatly at the first addition of dopant, slightly improved with additional additions, then rapidly improved near the end of our dopant range, with performance becoming slightly better than pure argon at the highest tested dopant concentration. Some evidence of reduced neutron scintillation efficiency with increasing dopant concentration was observed. Finally, the waveform shape outside the TPB region is discussed, suggesting that the contribution to the waveform from xenon-produced light is primarily in the last portion of the slow component

  20. Determination of 226Ra and 224Ra in sediments samples by liquid scintillation counting

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    An experimental procedure has been developed for a rapid determination of the activity concentration of 226Ra and 224Ra in sediments by liquid scintillation counting. The importance of the method lies in its application to the measurement of sediments where the Ra-isotopes activity concentration has been increased due to an anthropomorphic enhancement based on releases of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). A sample pre-treatment, including a digestion with aqua regia and a precipitation of hydroxides, was applied to samples before the radium extraction, which was made by co-precipitation with barium. Measurements were done in a low background scintillation spectrometer Quantulus 1220, which can separate and detect simultaneously α and β particles. Additionally, some improvements are suggested for a better α and β interference correction of the results. The obtaining of radiochemical yields is also improved using 133Ba as tracer, which decays by emission of conversion electrons and γ-rays; the wide range of radiochemical yields obtained confirms the need of this analyses. The procedure has been applied to the measurement of riverbed sediments from an estuary in the south-west of Spain, affected in the past by direct and indirect phosphogypsum discharges

  1. Pulse-shape discrimination and energy resolution of a liquid-argon scintillator with xenon doping

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    Wahl, C. G.; Bernard, E. P.; Lippincott, W. H.; Nikkel, J. A.; Shin, Y.; McKinsey, D. N.

    2014-06-01

    Liquid-argon scintillation detectors are used in fundamental physics experiments and are being considered for security applications. Previous studies have suggested that the addition of small amounts of xenon dopant improves performance in light or signal yield, energy resolution, and particle discrimination. In this study, we investigate the detector response for xenon dopant concentrations from 9 ± 5 ppm to 1100 ± 500 ppm xenon (by weight) in 6 steps. The 3.14-liter detector uses tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) wavelength shifter with dual photomultiplier tubes and is operated in single-phase mode. Gamma-ray-interaction signal yield of 4.0 ± 0.1 photoelectrons/keV improved to 5.0 ± 0.1 photoelectrons/keV with dopant. Energy resolution at 662 keV improved from (4.4 ± 0.2)% (σ) to (3.5 ± 0.2)% (σ) with dopant. Pulse-shape discrimination performance degraded greatly at the first addition of dopant, slightly improved with additional additions, then rapidly improved near the end of our dopant range, with performance becoming slightly better than pure argon at the highest tested dopant concentration. Some evidence of reduced neutron scintillation efficiency with increasing dopant concentration was observed. Finally, the waveform shape outside the TPB region is discussed, suggesting that the contribution to the waveform from xenon-produced light is primarily in the last portion of the slow component.

  2. A Simplified Apparatus for Collecting 14CO2 for Liquid Scintillation Counting

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    This report describes the use of an apparatus suitable for enzymatic or chemical reactions during which 14CO2 is liberated and has to be trapped for subsequent liquid scintillation counting. The apparatus consists of a screw-capped McCartney bottle in the inside of which is hung a small absorption vessel. After absorption of CO2 in Hyamine solution the vessel is transferred in toto into a counting vial containing scintillation solution for subsequent counting. Results from experiments in which 14CO2 was collected for different time periods and with the absorption vessel at different heights from the surface of the reaction mixture showed that quantitative absorption of CO2 was achieved within 30 min, regardless of the height at which the absorption vessel was hung. Besides being cheap and easy to construct the described apparatus has the advantages of the short time needed for quantitative absorption of CO2, and the possibility of hanging the absorption vessel at different heights so that contamination from frothing reaction procedures is avoided. The described apparatus has been successfully used in this laboratory for chemical and enzymatic decarboxylation of 14C-labelled long-chain fatty acids. (author)

  3. Online calibration of neutrino liquid scintillator detectors above 10 MeV

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    Chepurnov, A. S.; Gromov, M. B.; Shamarin, A. F.

    2016-02-01

    Online calibration of neutrino liquid scintillator detector at energies above 10 MeV is very important for study of such rare process as supernova and for correct calculation of backgrounds if spectral properties is the focus of researches. The traditional procedure implies the usage of radioactive sources with well-known spectral properties but such approach is limited by available radioactive sources, upper possible energies (∼10-11 MeV) and dangerous for ultra low background environment of modern detectors. The approach we propose is based on simulation of events with controllable UV double LED pulser. The LED's main wavelength fits the scintillator excitation wavelength. This technique allows to simulate physical events within the detector in very wide energy range from a few hundred keV to about 50 MeV. Additional studies like pile-up analysis can be performed due to double-LEDs scheme which generates two delayed signals with different adjustable amplitudes. The delay time is also adjustable parameter.

  4. Design Constraints for a WIMP Dark Matter and pp Solar Neutrino Liquid Neon Scintillation Detector

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    Boulay, M G; Lidgard, J

    2004-01-01

    Detailed Monte-Carlo simulations were used to evaluate the performance of a liquid neon scintillation detector for dark matter and low-energy solar neutrino interactions. A maximum-likelihood event vertex fitter including PMT time information was developed, which significantly improves position resolution over spatial-only algorithms, and substantially decreases the required detector size and achievable analysis energy threshold. The ultimate sensitivity to WIMP dark matter and the pp flux uncertainty are evaluated as a function of detector size. The dependence on the neon scintillation and PMT properties are evaluated. A 300 cm radius detector would allow a ~13 keV threshold, a pp flux uncertainty of ~1%, and limits on the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross-section of ~10^{-46} cm^2 for a 100 GeV WIMP, using commercially available PMTs. Detector response calibration and background requirements for a precision pp measurement are defined. Internal radioactivity requirements for uranium, thorium, and krypton a...

  5. Application of digital zero-crossing technique for neutron-gamma discrimination in liquid organic scintillation detectors

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    Nakhostin, M; Walker, PM

    2010-01-01

    An algorithm for digital implementation of the zero-crossing method for n/γ discrimination in liquid organic scintillators is described. The method exhibits good performance at low energies and requires little computational effort, which makes it suitable for compact real-time neutron detectors.

  6. Tomographic analysis of neutron and gamma pulse shape distributions from liquid scintillation detectors at Joint European Torus

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    The Joint European Torus (JET, Culham, UK) is the largest tokamak in the world devoted to nuclear fusion experiments of magnetic confined Deuterium (D)/Deuterium-Tritium (DT) plasmas. Neutrons produced in these plasmas are measured using various types of neutron detectors and spectrometers. Two of these instruments on JET make use of organic liquid scintillator detectors. The neutron emission profile monitor implements 19 liquid scintillation counters to detect the 2.45 MeV neutron emission from D plasmas. A new compact neutron spectrometer is operational at JET since 2010 to measure the neutron energy spectra from both D and DT plasmas. Liquid scintillation detectors are sensitive to both neutron and gamma radiation but give light responses of different decay time such that pulse shape discrimination techniques can be applied to identify the neutron contribution of interest from the data. The most common technique consists of integrating the radiation pulse shapes within different ranges of their rising and/or trailing edges. In this article, a step forward in this type of analysis is presented. The method applies a tomographic analysis of the 3-dimensional neutron and gamma pulse shape and pulse height distribution data obtained from liquid scintillation detectors such that n/γ discrimination can be improved to lower energies and additional information can be gained on neutron contributions to the gamma events and vice versa

  7. A Comparison Between Ion Chamber and Liquid Scintillation Methods for the Dynamic Study of 14CO2 Expiration

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    A growing number of investigations involve the administration of 14C-labelled compounds which are rapidly metabolized, measurements being made, over a period of a few hours, of the 14CO2 in expired breath. The methods of measurement have usually employed either ionization chambers or trapping of the CO2 and subsequent analysis by liquid scintillation counting. The present report deals with a comparison between the two methods. A 23-litre ion chamber with filters and an ion trap was connected to a hood placed over the patient’s head and air drawn through at a controlled rate by a pump. Carbon dioxide concentrations were measured with a diaferometer and the ionization current by a vibrating reed electrometer. For liquid scintillation counting the breath was allowed to pass over hyamine hydroxide. Saturation was demonstrated by an indicator, and specific activity determinations made by counting and titration. The two methods were compared for sensitivity, accuracy and simplicity, following the intravenous or oral administration to a number of patients of glucose 14C. Liquid scintillation samples were taken at intervals, but both continuous and intermittent recording were used with the ion chamber. The liquid scintillation method was found to be much more sensitive, but did not yield so much information. Consideration was given to methods of improving the sensitivity of each method to enable studies to be prolonged, or smaller doses to be given. (author)

  8. Simultaneous determination of 226Ra and 210Pb in groundwater and soil samples by using the liquid scintillation counter - suspension gel method

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    A method for the simultaneous determination of 226Ra and 210Pb in groundwater and soil samples by liquid scintillation counting was developed. Radium and lead were separated together from the samples as Ba(Ra)·PbSO4 co-precipitate, which was centrifuged and dissolved with 0.1 M EDTA solution (pH 9.0). Radium was separated as Ba(Ra)SO4 co-precipitate by adding ammonium sulfate and adjusting the pH of the solution to 4.2. Lead remaining in the solution was separated as PbSO4 precipitate by adding 9 M sulfuric acid. These Ba(Ra)SO4 and PbSO4 precipitates were purified with EDTA solution and used for measurement. To save time and to make counting samples simpler, direct counting of Ba(Ra)SO4 and PbSO4 precipitates instead of the phosphoric acid fusion method was attempted. Ba(Ra)SO4 and PbSO4 precipitates were suspended in the scintillation gel, and measured. Two liquid scintillation cocktails, Instagel[r] XF and UltimaGoldtm AB were used to prepare the counting samples. A mixture of water (40%), Instagel[r] XF (40%) and UltimaGoldtm AB (20%) formed a stable gel. Activities of 226Ra and 210Pb were calculated from the alpha spectrum of Ba(Ra)SO4 and beta spectrum of PbSO4, respectively. The long-term stability of the suspension gel was good. The analytical results of 226Ra and 210Pb in spiked groundwater samples were in good agreement with the known concentrations of 226Ra and 210Pb. The analytical values of 226Ra and 210Pb in the soil reference samples were within 11.5 and 1.6% of the relative error from the reference values, respectively

  9. A large-scale low-background liquid scintillation detector: the counting test facility at Gran Sasso

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    Alimonti, G.; Arpesella, C.; Bacchiocchi, G.; Balata, M.; Bellini, G.; Benziger, J.; Bonetti, S.; Brigatti, A.; Cadonati, L.; Calaprice, F. P.; Cavaletti, R.; Cecchet, G.; Chen, M.; Darnton, N.; Debari, A.; Deutsch, M.; Elisei, F.; von Feilitzsch, F.; Galbiati, C.; Garagiola, A.; Gatti, F.; Giammarchi, M. G.; Giugni, D.; Goldbrunner, T.; Golubchikov, A.; Goretti, A.; Grabar, S.; Hagner, T.; Hartmann, F.; von Hentig, R.; Heusser, G.; Ianni, A.; Jochum, J.; Johnson, M.; Laubenstein, M.; Loeser, F.; Lombardi, P.; Magni, S.; Malvezzi, S.; Manno, I.; Manuzio, G.; Masetti, F.; Mazzucato, U.; Meroni, E.; Neff, M.; Nisi, S.; Nostro, A.; Oberauer, L.; Perotti, A.; Preda, A.; Raghavan, P.; Raghavan, R. S.; Ranucci, G.; Resconi, E.; Ruscitti, P.; Scardaoni, R.; Schoenert, S.; Smirnov, O.; Tartaglia, R.; Testera, G.; Ullucci, P.; Vogelaar, R. B.; Vitale, S.; Zaimidoroga, O.

    1998-02-01

    A 4.8 m3 unsegmented liquid scintillation detector at the underground Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso has shown the feasibility of multi-ton low-background detectors operating to energies as low as 250 keV. Detector construction and the handling of large volumes of liquid scintillator to minimize the background are described. The scintillator, 1.5 g PPO/L-pseudocumene, is held in a flexible nylon vessel shielded by 1000 t of purified water. The active detector volume is viewed by 100 photomultipliers, which measure time and charge for each event, from which energy, position and pulse shape are deduced. On-line purification of the scintillator by water extraction, vacuum distillation and nitrogen stripping removed radioactive impurities. Upper limits were established of thorium. The isotopic abundance of 14C/12C in the scintillator was shown to be approximately 10-18 by extending the energy window of the detector to 25-250 keV. The 14C abundance and uranium and thorium levels in the CTF are compatible with the Borexino Solar Neutrino Experiment.

  10. Characterization of a 10B-doped liquid scintillator as a capture-gated neutron spectrometer

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    Hunt, S.; Iliadis, C.; Longland, R.

    2016-03-01

    We use a 250 MHz digitizer to characterize the pulse shape discrimination of a BC-523A 10B-doped liquid scintillator with capture-gating capabilities. Our results are compared to recent work claiming pulse shape discrimination between fast and thermal neutron signals. The capture event is identified, and we explain the origin of signals that are often misinterpreted. We use the time-of-flight method to measure the detector energy resolution for fast incident monoenergetic neutrons and the intrinsic neutron detection efficiency. Monte Carlo simulations are performed and we find agreement between measured and simulated results. These steps are important for understanding 10B-doped capture-gated spectroscopy in mixed radiation environments, as efficiencies using capture-gating are rarely reported in the literature.

  11. Sub-stoichiometric isotope dilution analysis for the determination of selenium by liquid scintillation counting

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    Ramesh, A.; Raghuraman, K.; Subramanian, M.S.; Ramakrishna, T.V. (Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India). Dept. of Chemistry)

    1994-09-01

    A sensitive and selective sub-stoichiometric isotope dilution method for the determination of trace amounts of selenium is described. The method is based on the extraction of the selenium-dithizone complex with a sub-stoichiometric amount of dithizone into toluene from 7 mol l[sup -1] hydrochloric acid. The activity of the extracted complex was measured by liquid scintillation counting and the counting efficiency was found to be 40%. The calibration graph was linear in the range 0-10 [mu]g of selenium in a final volume of 10 ml. As little as 0.01 [mu]g of selenium can be determined in a total volume of 10 ml. The interferences due to several ions were overcome by using an aluminium hydroxide collection procedure. (Author).

  12. Attenuation length measurements of liquid scintillator with LabVIEW and reliability evaluation of the device

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    Gao, L; Ding, YY; Zhou, L; Wen, LJ; Xie, YG; Wang, ZG; Cai, X; Sun, XL; Fang, J; Xue, Z; Zhang, AW; LÜ, QW; Sun, LJ; Ge, YS; Liu, YB; Niu, SL; Hu, T; Cao, J; LÜ, JG

    2013-01-01

    The attenuation length measuring device was constructed by using oscilloscope and LabVIEW for signal acquisition and processing. The performance of the device has been tested with a variety of ways, the test results show that the set-up has a good stability and high precision (sigma/mean reached 0.4 percent). Besides, the accuracy of the measurement system will decrease by about 17 percent if a filter is used. The attenuation length of gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator (Gd-LS) was measured as 15.10 plus or minus 0.35 m where Gd-LS was heavily used in Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment. In addition, one method based on the Beer-Lambert law was proposed to investigate the reliability of the measurement device, the R-square reached 0.9995. Moreover, three purification methods for Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) production were compared in the experiment.

  13. 13C(alpha,n)16O background in a liquid scintillator based neutrino experiment

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    Zhao, Jie; Liu, Jianglai; Li, Xiaobo; Zhang, Feihong; Xia, Dongmei

    2013-01-01

    Alpha from natural radioactivity may interact with a nucleus and emit a neutron. The reaction introduces background to the liquid scintillator (LS) based neutrino experiments. In the LS detector, alpha comes from 238U, 232Th and 210Po decay chains. For Gadolinium-doped LS (Gd-LS) detector, alpha also comes from 227Ac. The nucleus 13C is a natural component of Carbon which is rich in the LS. The background rate and spectrum should be subtracted carefully from the neutrino candidates. This paper describes the calculation of neutron yield and spectrum with uncertainty estimated. The results are relevant for many existing neutrino experiments and future LS or Gd-LS based experiments.

  14. Fast-neutron imaging spectrometer based on liquid scintillator loaded capillaries

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    Mor, I.; Vartsky, D.; Brandis, M.; Goldberg, M. B.; Bar, D.; Mardor, I.; Dangendorf, V.; Bromberger, B.

    2012-04-01

    A fast-neutron imaging detector based on micrometric glass capillaries loaded with high refractive index liquid scintillator has been developed Neutron energy spectrometry is based on event-by-event detection and reconstruction of neutron energy from the measurement of the knock-on proton track length and the amount of light produced in the track. In addition, the detector can provide fast-neutron imaging with position resolution of tens of microns. The detector principle of operation, simulations and experimental results obtained with a small detector prototype are described. We have demonstrated by simulation energy spectrum reconstruction for incident neutrons in the range of 4-20 MeV. The energy resolution in this energy range was 10-15%. Preliminary experimental results of detector spectroscopic capabilities are presented

  15. Radium 226 and uranium isotopes simultaneously determination in water samples using liquid scintillation counter

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    In this work a method has been developed to determine simultaneously Radium 226 and Uranium isotopes in water samples by low back ground Liquid Scintillation Counter. Radium 226 was determined by its progeny Polonium 214 after one month of sample storage in order to achieve the equilibrium between Radium 226 and Polonium 214. Uranium isotopes were determined by subtracting Radium 226 activity from total alpha activity. The method detection limits were 0.049 Bq/L and 0.176 Bq/L for Radium 226 and Uranium isotopes respectively. The repeatability limits were ± 0.32 Bq/L and ± 0.9 Bq/L for Radium 226 and Uranium isotopes respectively. While relative errors were % 9.5 and %18.2 for Radium 226 and Uranium isotopes respectively. On the other hand, the report presented the results of different standard and natural samples.(author)

  16. Measurement of the neutron spectrum of a Pu-C source with a liquid scintillator

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    WANG Song-Lin; HUANG Han-Xiong; RUAN Xi-Chao; LI Xia; BAO Jie; NIE Yang-So; ZHONG Qi-Ping; ZHOU Zu-Ying; KONG Xiang-Zhong

    2009-01-01

    The neutron response function for a BC501A liquid scintillator (LS) has been measured using a series of monoenergetic neutrons produced by the p-T reaction. The proton energies were chosen such as to produce neutrons in the energy range of 1 to 20 MeV. The principles of the technique of unfolding a neutron energy spectrum by using the measured neutron response function and the measured Pulse Height (PH) spectrum is briefly described. The PH spectrum of neutrons from the Pu-C source, which will be used for the calibration of the reactor antineutrino detectors for the Daya Bay neutrino experiment, was measured and analyzed to get the neutron energy spectrum. Simultaneously the neutron energy spectrum of an Am-Be source was measured and compared with other measurements as a check of the result for the Pu-C source. Finally, an error analysis and a discussion of the results are given.

  17. Full range determination of 222Rn at the watershed scale by liquid scintillation counting

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    222Rn has been increasingly used to identify groundwater contribution to surface water. Particular attention has been paid to analytical protocols and counting parameters used for liquid alpha scintillation measurements over a range of activities covering river and groundwater domains. Direct measurements and Rn-extraction protocols are optimized, and scintillometer efficiency is calibrated using international standards over the 0.5–35 Bq/L range. The interval of activities was performed in surface water and groundwater from a small Canadian watershed. - Highlights: ► Several analytical tests were developed to optimize protocols for 222Rn measurements in water. ► Two analytical procedures, direct and extraction methods were found in order to guarantee a 0.5–35 Bq/L range of measurement. ► A specific test has been conducted to evidence that both methods are well calibrated. ► Those protocols have been tested on water from a small Canadian watershed

  18. The effect of space charge in fast photomultipliers on the time resolution of liquid scintillators

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    This paper reports on the effect of space charge and the inter dynodes parasitic component in fast photomultipliers on the time resolution of liquid scintillators investigated using strongly time correlated Gamma rays from 60Co and 22Na sources. For 52 mm diameter THORN-EMI photomultiplier model No.9815B, coupled to a 50 mm diameter NE213 cell, an improvement of 14% and 21% in time resolution is achieved after minimizing the space charge effects. A further improvement of 13% is obtained in time resolution for 60 Co and 22Na sources if sixth dynode signal is used instead of anode signal for timing analysis. For the 130 mm diameter THORN-EMI photomultiplier model No. 9823B coupled to 125 mm diameter NE213 cell, the influence of space charge on the time resolution of the detector is insignificant. However and improvement of 4 - 10% is obtained using sixth dynode signal

  19. Determination of {sup 90}SR in food using extraction chromatography and LSC - Liquid Scintillation Counting

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    Temba, Eliane S.C.; Amaral, Angela M.; Reis Junior, Aluisio S.; Monteiro, Roberto P.G., E-mail: esct@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG/SERTA), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Servico de Reator e Tecnicas Analiticas

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    A methodology for the determination of {sup 90}Sr in food is described. The procedure involved a preliminary freeze-drying of the samples followed by dry-ashing and sample digestion. The separation procedure was carried out using extraction chromatography with Sr Resin, from Eichrom, and {sup 90}Sr was measured by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). A certified reference material, IAEA-375, was analyzed in order to evaluate the reliability of the method, and the results showed good agreement between the measured and certified values. The chemical yield was above 90% and the typical counting efficiency was 82%. The calculated limit of detection was 4.8 x 10{sup -3} Bq g{sup -1}. (author)

  20. Discrimination in Liquid Scintillator and Its Usage to Suppress $^{8}$He/$^{9}$Li Backgrounds

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    Cheng, Ya-Ping; Zhang, Peng; Cao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Reactor neutrino experiments build large-scale detector systems to trap ghost-like neutrinos. In liquid scintillator, a neutral bound state of a positron and an electron named positronium could be formed. The spin triplet state was called ortho-positronium (o-Ps). In this script, an experiment was designed to measure the lifetime of o-Ps, which turned out to be 3.1 ns. A PSD parameter based on photon emission time distribution (PETD) was constructed to discriminate e$^+$/e$^-$. Finally the application of e$^+$/e$^-$ discrimination in JUNO experiment was shown. It helps suppression of $^{8}$He/$^{9}$Li backgrounds and improves the sensitivity by 0.6 in $\\chi^2$ analysis with assumption of $\\sigma=1$ ns PMT Transit Time Spread, which will bring smearing effect to PETD.

  1. Characterization of liquid scintillation detector (BC-501A) and digital pulse shape discrimination (DPSD) system

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    A digital n/γ pulse shape discrimination (PSD) system is currently under development at Instrumentation and Automation Centre, Malaysian Nuclear Agency. This system aims at simultaneous detection of fast neutron and gamma ray in mixed radiations environment. This work reports the system characterization performed on the liquid scintillation detector (BC-501A) and digital pulse shape discrimination (DPSD) system. The characterization involves measurement of electron light output from the BC-501A detector and energy channels calibration of the pulse height spectra acquired with DPSD system using set of photon reference sources. The main goal of this experiment is to calibrate the ADC channel of our DPSD system, characterized the BC-501 detector and find the position of Compton edge which later could be used as threshold for the n/γ PSD experiment. The detector resolution however is worse as compared to other published data but it is expected as our detector has a smaller active volume

  2. Radiochemical determination of strontium-90 in environmental samples by liquid scintillation counting

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    The quantification of uncertainty in the determination of Sr-90 in environmental samples using liquid scintillation counting for the final radioactivity measurement is covered in this example. The determination of the chemical yield is done by adding a known quantity of strontium to the sample; corrections have to be made for the presence of the stable strontium in the original sample which contribute to the overall uncertainty. From measurements made in different energy windows, the Sr-90 activity is obtained and corrected for the interference caused by the Y-90 daughter isotope. The uncertainty introduced by this approach is discussed in detail. The procedure is applied to the determination of Sr-90 in three IAEA environmental reference materials. Comprehensive sets of tables, including all raw data, intermediate calculations and end results, provide guidance through the radioanalytical procedures. The quantification of uncertainty is extensively documented according to the error propagation method and according to the spreadsheet method. (author)

  3. High Resolution Tracking Devices Based on Capillaries Filled with Liquid Scintillator

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    Bonekamper, D; Vassiltchenko, V; Wolff, T

    2002-01-01

    %RD46 %title\\\\ \\\\The aim of the project is to develop high resolution tracking devices based on thin glass capillary arrays filled with liquid scintillator. This technique provides high hit densities and a position resolution better than 20 $\\mu$m. Further, their radiation hardness makes them superior to other types of tracking devices with comparable performance. Therefore, the technique is attractive for inner tracking in collider experiments, microvertex devices, or active targets for short-lived particle detection. High integration levels in the read-out based on the use of multi-pixel photon detectors and the possibility of optical multiplexing allow to reduce considerably the number of output channels, and, thus, the cost for the detector.\\\\ \\\\New optoelectronic devices have been developed and tested: the megapixel Electron Bombarded CCD (EBCCD), a high resolution image-detector having an outstanding capability of single photo-electron detection; the Vacuum Image Pipeline (VIP), a high-speed gateable pi...

  4. Characterization of liquid scintillation detector (BC-501A) and digital pulse shape discrimination (DPSD) system

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    Lombigit, L., E-mail: lojius@nm.gov.my; Yussup, N., E-mail: nolida@nm.gov.my; Ibrahim, Maslina Mohd; Rahman, Nur Aira Abd; Rawi, M. Z. M. [Instrumentation Group, Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-04-29

    A digital n/γ pulse shape discrimination (PSD) system is currently under development at Instrumentation and Automation Centre, Malaysian Nuclear Agency. This system aims at simultaneous detection of fast neutron and gamma ray in mixed radiations environment. This work reports the system characterization performed on the liquid scintillation detector (BC-501A) and digital pulse shape discrimination (DPSD) system. The characterization involves measurement of electron light output from the BC-501A detector and energy channels calibration of the pulse height spectra acquired with DPSD system using set of photon reference sources. The main goal of this experiment is to calibrate the ADC channel of our DPSD system, characterized the BC-501 detector and find the position of Compton edge which later could be used as threshold for the n/γ PSD experiment. The detector resolution however is worse as compared to other published data but it is expected as our detector has a smaller active volume.

  5. Usage of liquid scintillation counting for detecting the chemiluminescence of cells and its application in medicine

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    The liquid scintillator counting-chemiluminescence (LSC-CL) of mono-photon radiance is a sensitive, handy and high-autoanalytic technique. Through measuring basic CL, dependent CL and maximum phagocytic CL of polymorphonuclear (PMN), we studied best factor levels of the method with orthogonal design [L9 (34)]. The results showed the peak forms changed markedly (inter-group P-4 M). PMN-CL in blood was measured during acute attack of the old patients with chronic bronchitis and the children with pneumonia bronchial. It was suggested that PMN phagocytosis decreased. So the dynamic analysis of maximum phagocytic CL would help us with the deep going clinical researches of the mechanisms of anti-inflammation and injuring by the oxygen free radicals

  6. Standardization of 241Am by digital coincidence counting, liquid scintillation counting and defined solid angle counting

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    Balpardo, C; Rodrigues, D; Arenillas, P

    2010-01-01

    The nuclide 241Am decays by alpha emission to 237Np. Most of the decays (84.6 %) populate the excited level of 237Np with energy of 59.54 keV. Digital Coincidence Counting was applied to standardize a solution of 241Am by alpha-gamma coincidence counting with efficiency extrapolation. Electronic discrimination was implemented with a pressurized proportional counter and the results were compared with two other independent techniques: Liquid Scintillation Counting using the logical sum of double coincidences in a TDCR array and Defined Solid Angle Counting taking into account activity inhomogeneity in the active deposit. The results show consistency between the three methods within a limit of a 0.3%. An ampoule of this solution will be sent to the International Reference System (SIR) during 2009. Uncertainties were analysed and compared in detail for the three applied methods.

  7. Determination of 36Cl in biological shield concrete using pyrohydrolysis and liquid scintillation counting.

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    Itoh, Mitsuo; Watanabe, Kazuo; Hatakeyama, Mutsuo; Tachibana, Mitsuo

    2002-07-01

    A method for the determination of 36Cl in biological shield concrete of nuclear reactors was developed. Cl in the concrete sample was extracted quantitatively by pyrohydrolysis at 900 degrees C and recovered in Na2CO3 solution for subsequent measurement of 36Cl by liquid scintillation counting. WO3 was used as an accelerator in the pyrohydrolysis. The Cl extraction procedure was optimized by investigating experimental conditions with the use of ion chromatography and its recovery was evaluated by the analysis of the geochemical reference samples. The detection limit of 36Cl was 0.02 Bq g(-1) for a sample weight of 2 g. The relative standard deviation was 3-7% for the samples containing 0.5 Bq g(-1) levels of 36Cl. The method was applied to determine 36Cl in biological shield concrete of the Japan Power Demonstration Reactor. PMID:12173658

  8. Optimization of liquid scintillation measurements applied to smears and aqueous samples collected in industrial environments

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    Chapon, Arnaud; Pigrée, Gilbert; Putmans, Valérie; Rogel, Gwendal

    Search for low-energy β contaminations in industrial environments requires using Liquid Scintillation Counting. This indirect measurement method supposes a fine control from sampling to measurement itself. Thus, in this paper, we focus on the definition of a measurement method, as generic as possible, for both smears and aqueous samples' characterization. That includes choice of consumables, sampling methods, optimization of counting parameters and definition of energy windows, using the maximization of a Figure of Merit. Detection limits are then calculated considering these optimized parameters. For this purpose, we used PerkinElmer Tri-Carb counters. Nevertheless, except those relative to some parameters specific to PerkinElmer, most of the results presented here can be extended to other counters.

  9. Calibration of a liquid scintillation counter to assess tritium levels in various samples

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    Al-Haddad, M N; Abu-Jarad, F A

    1999-01-01

    An LKB-Wallac 1217 Liquid Scintillation Counter (LSC) was calibrated with a newly adopted cocktail. The LSC was then used to measure tritium levels in various samples to assess the compliance of tritium levels with the recommended international levels. The counter was calibrated to measure both biological and operational samples for personnel and for an accelerator facility at KFUPM. The biological samples include the bioassay (urine), saliva, and nasal tests. The operational samples of the light ion linear accelerator include target cooling water, organic oil, fomblin oil, and smear samples. Sets of standards, which simulate various samples, were fabricated using traceable certified tritium standards. The efficiency of the counter was obtained for each sample. The typical range of the efficiencies varied from 33% for smear samples down to 1.5% for organic oil samples. A quenching curve for each sample is presented. The minimum detectable activity for each sample was established. Typical tritium levels in bio...

  10. Study of a system for tritium analysis in water by electrolytic enrichment and liquid scintillation

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    A system for the measurement of the low-level tritium concentrations in water samples has been experimentally studied. The enrichment of the samples is performed through electrolysis in twenty cells connected in series, and the counting is made in a liquid scintillation counter. Several parameters that could affect the accuracy of the results are analysed and the optimization of the system is discussed. For a sample volume reduction from 1000 to 15ml, the recovery of tritium, during electrolysis is of 63% and the enrichment factor is about 40. The lowest detection limit of the system is 1.0+-0.5 U.T. Its analytical capacity is of 30 samples a month. The results obtained in the determination of 3H concentration in a series of samples from rain, surface and underground waters can be considered satisfactory. (Author)

  11. Ultra Low Level Tritium Analysis Method Using a Liquid Scintillation Counter

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    Noh, S. J.; Kim, H. J.; Kim, H.; Lim, H. J.; Lee, M. W.; Jeong, D. H.; Kim, J. K.; Kang, Y. R. [Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Nam, S. H. [Inje University, Gimhae, (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    To evaluate {sup 3}H concentration in the atmosphere more accurately compared to the conventional methods, the author of this paper intended to suggest more improved analytical methods and derived the elements which might occur during analysis or required improvements. The method suggested in this study is able to reduce the uncertainty and errors which may be existent in evaluating the {sup 3}H concentration of environmental sample s and thus will serve as the best solution in the technical and economic point of view. Liquid Scintillation Counter is the most widely used to analyze ultra-low level {sup 3}H by using CPM / DPM Counting Mode using external radiation source and Spectrum Plot Mode using internal radiation source. In CPM / DPM Counting Mode, multiple samples can be measured by single calibration despite its rather higher background whereas Spectrum Plot Mode requires more time and cost to analyze multiple samples despite its reliability to reduce the contribution of other radionuclides.

  12. Assessment of the Low-Level Liquid Scintillation Tritium Laboratory at Cedex, Madrid

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    Full text: The evaluation of groundwater dynamics based on the interpretation of environmental tritium contents is hampered in the Iberian Peninsula by the low tritium levels currently found in precipitation. Present-day tritium levels in precipitation over Spain and Portugal range from ∼3.0 TU (Tritium Units) measured in stations located in the Atlantic Coast to about 6.0 TU observed in some high altitude stations located in Eastern Spain. Therefore, the tritium measurement system providing the required accuracy for hydrogeological applications demands the highest sensitivity. This is achieved by concentrating tritium in water samples by electrolytical enrichment and by optimising the counting parameters of ultra-low background liquid scintillation counters. The tritium analytical system operating at CEDEX consists of an electrolytical enrichment unit using the Oestlund-type cells and a low-level liquid scintillation counter (Packard 2770TR/SL). Tritium activities for hydrological applications are reported in Tritium Units, using as reference material for calibration, tritiated water (NIST SRM 4927 F). The routine operation consists in a preliminary distillation of a batch of 8 samples, until reaching an EC value lower than 30 μS/cm. Each batch is completed with two control samples ('spiked samples') of known tritium activity. Each control sample is formed by mixing 490 ml of tritium-free water and 10 ml of a tritium standard. The enrichment cells are filled with 500 ml of distilled water and ca. 2 g of Na2O2. All cells are connected in a refrigerated unit to a power supply system, which provides a current between 0 and 20 A. The system is stopped after passing 1428±3 A.h through the enrichment cells. In routine operation, the remaining volume in the enrichment cells has been reduced to ca. 12 ml. A second distillation of the remaining water is carried out after completing each enrichment run. The remaining water in each electrolytical cell is distilled after

  13. Improvements in the liquid scintillation counting techniques for the measurement of NORM samples

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    LSC is an easy and fast method for the measurement of 226Ra and 210Pb, and it can compete, in time and effort, with other fast techniques, such as gamma-ray spectrometry, for 226Ra and 210Pb activity determination. Nevertheless, the evaluation of the radiochemical yield becomes extremely important when applying liquid scintillation counting to the measurement of 226Ra and 210Pb activities in sediments, soil and complex matrices. Due to the complexity of the matrices, it is necessary to use an internal tracer standard and/or carrier, and the accuracy of the results depends on the method followed to evaluate it. Methods based on the coprecipitation of 210Pb and 226Ra using lead and barium sulphates are widely used, and the addition of carrier and weighing the recovered amount is a widespread technique to evaluate radiochemical yield, although this evaluation of the recovery is sometimes questioned. Therefore, the techniques applied to evaluate the recovery of Ra and Pb in the co-precipitation method should be thoroughly studied. In our laboratory the sulphate precipitation method is used to measure both 226Ra and 210Pb, however, some problems have been encountered when applying the method of mass precipitate measurement to different kinds of NORM and TENORM; if the radiochemical yield is calculated from the final weight of the sulphate precipitate we find that it is not always as accurate as desired. The aim of this paper is double: on one hand, different methods for the evaluation of the radiochemical yield have been tried out in order to determine effectiveness and accuracy in relation to the phosphogypsum samples measurement. And on the other hand, different techniques of measurement, such as gamma-ray spectrometry or Cerenkov counting, have been applied to the measurement of NORM samples to confirm the accuracy of the liquid scintillation measurement methods employed in our laboratories. (author)

  14. LUMINEU: a search for neutrinoless double beta decay based on ZnMoO$_4$ scintillating bolometers

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    Armengaud, E; Augier, C; Benoit, A; Berge, L; Boiko, R S; Bergmann, T; Blumer, J; Broniatowski, A; Brudanin, V; Camus, P; Cazes, A; Chapellier, M; Charlieux, F; Chernyak, D M; Coron, N; Coulter, P; Danevich, F A; de Boissiere, T; Decourt, R; De Jesus, M; Devoyon, L; Drillien, A -A; Dumoulin, L; Eitel, K; Enss, C; Filosofov, D; Fleischmann, A; Foerster, N; Fourches, N; Gascon, J; Gastaldo, L; Gerbier, G; Giuliani, A; Gray, D; Gros, M; Hehn, L; Henry, S; Herve, S; Heuermann, G; Humbert, V; Ivanov, I M; Juillard, A; Kefelian, C; Kleifges, M; Kluck, H; Kobychev, V V; Koskas, F; Kozlov, V; Kraus, H; Kudryavtsev, V A; Sueur, H Le; Loidl, M; Magnier, P; Makarov, E P; Mancuso, M; de Marcillac, P; Marnieros, S; Marrache-Kikuchi, C; Menshikov, A; Nasonov, S G; Navick, X -F; Nones, C; Olivieri, E; Pari, P; Paul, B; Penichot, Y; Pessina, G; Piro, M C; Plantevin, O; Poda, D V; Redon, T; Robinson, M; Rodrigues, M; Rozov, S; Sanglard, V; Schmidt, B; Shlegel, S Scorza V N; Siebenborn, B; Strazzer, O; Tcherniakhovski, D; Tenconi, M; Torres, L; Tretyak, V I; Vagneron, L; Vasiliev, Ya V; Velazquez, M; Viraphong, O; Walker, R J; Weber, M; Yakushev, E; Zhang, X; Zhdankov, V N

    2016-01-01

    The LUMINEU is designed to investigate the possibility to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in $^{100}$Mo by means of a large array of scintillating bolometers based on ZnMoO$_4$ crystals enriched in $^{100}$Mo. High energy resolution and relatively fast detectors, which are able to measure both the light and the heat generated upon the interaction of a particle in a crystal, are very promising for the recognition and rejection of background events. We present the LUMINEU concepts and the experimental results achieved aboveground and underground with large-mass natural and enriched crystals. The measured energy resolution, the $\\alpha/\\beta$ discrimination power and the radioactive internal contamination are all within the specifications for the projected final LUMINEU sensitivity. Simulations and preliminary results confirm that the LUMINEU technology can reach zero background in the region of interest (around 3 MeV) with exposures of the order of hundreds kg$\\times$years, setting the bases for a nex...

  15. Development of a gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator for the Hanaro short baseline prototype detector

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    We propose a new experiment on the site of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) located at Daejeon, Korea. The Hanaro short baseline (SBL) nuclear reactor with a thermal power output 30 MW is used to investigate a reactor neutrino anomaly. A Hanaro SBL prototype detector having a 60-l volume has been constructed ∼6 m away from the reactor core. A gadolinium (Gd)-loaded liquid scintillator (LS) is used as an active material to trigger events. The selection of the LS is guided by physical and technical requirements, as well as safety considerations. A linear alkyl benzene (LAB) is used as a base solvent of the Hanaro SBL prototype detector. Three g/l of PPO and 30 mg/l of bis-MSB are dissolved to formulate the LAB-based LS. Then, a 0.5% gadolinium (Gd) complex with carboxylic acid is loaded into the LAB-based LS by using the liquid - liquid extraction method. In this paper, we will summarize all the characteristics of the Gd-loaded LAB-based LS for the Hanaro prototype detector.

  16. Development of a new neutron monitor using a boron-loaded organic liquid scintillation detector

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    Rasolonjatovo, A H D; Kim, E; Nakamura, T; Nunomiya, T; Endo, A; Yamaguchi, Y; Yoshizawa, M

    2002-01-01

    A new type of neutron dose monitor was developed by using a 12.7 cm diameterx12.7 cm long boron-loaded organic liquid scintillation detector BC523A. This detector aims to have a response in the wide energy range of thermal energy to 100 MeV by using the H and C reactions to the fast neutrons of organic liquid and the sup 1 sup 0 B(n, alpha) reaction to thermalized neutrons in the liquid. The response functions of this detector were determined by the Monte Carlo simulation in the energy region from thermal energy to 100 MeV. Using these response functions, the spectrum-weighted dose function, G-function, to get the neutron dose from the light output spectrum of the detector was also determined by the unfolding technique. The calculated G-function was applied to determine the neutron dose in real neutron fields having energies ranging from thermal energy to several tens of MeV, where the light output spectra were measured with the BC523A detector. The thus-obtained ambient doses and effective doses show rather ...

  17. Development of a gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator for the Hanaro short baseline prototype detector

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    Yeo, In Sung; Joo, Kyung Kwang; So, Sun Heang [Chonnam National University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); and others

    2014-02-15

    We propose a new experiment on the site of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) located at Daejeon, Korea. The Hanaro short baseline (SBL) nuclear reactor with a thermal power output 30 MW is used to investigate a reactor neutrino anomaly. A Hanaro SBL prototype detector having a 60-l volume has been constructed ∼6 m away from the reactor core. A gadolinium (Gd)-loaded liquid scintillator (LS) is used as an active material to trigger events. The selection of the LS is guided by physical and technical requirements, as well as safety considerations. A linear alkyl benzene (LAB) is used as a base solvent of the Hanaro SBL prototype detector. Three g/l of PPO and 30 mg/l of bis-MSB are dissolved to formulate the LAB-based LS. Then, a 0.5% gadolinium (Gd) complex with carboxylic acid is loaded into the LAB-based LS by using the liquid - liquid extraction method. In this paper, we will summarize all the characteristics of the Gd-loaded LAB-based LS for the Hanaro prototype detector.

  18. The determination of americium, curium and californium in biological samples by combined solvent extraction-liquid scintillation counting

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    A method has been developed to extract Am, Cm and Cf from ashed biological samples dissolved in 8 M LiN03-10-2 M HN03 into a liquid/scintillation cocktail. This new method reduces tissue and instrument background and allows use of a larger sample for analysis than when using a commercial gelling cocktail. The extractant cocktail is 20% N,N,N-trioctyl-N-methylammonium chloride dissolved in toluene containing the scintillators p-terphenyl and 1,4-bis-2-(5-phenyl-oxazolyl)-benzene. Several different types of biological samples were analyzed and radionuclide recoveries greater than 90% were obtained in all cases. (author)

  19. A gated liquid-scintillator-based neutron detector for fast-ignitor experiments and down-scattered neutron measurements

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    The detection of neutrons in fast-ignitor experiments or down-scattered neutrons in inertial fusion experiments is very challenging since it requires the neutron detection system to recover within 10-100 ns from a high background orders of magnitude stronger than the signal of interest. The background is either the hard x-ray emission from short-pulse laser target interactions for the fast-ignitor experiments or the primary neutron signal for the down-scattered neutrons. A liquid-scintillator detector has been developed using a gated photomultiplier that suppresses the background signal and eliminates the afterglow present in conventional plastic scintillators.

  20. Temperature dependence of gamma ray induced luminescence of ethanolamine based liquid scintillator between 212 and 273 K

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    The luminescence response of ethanolamine based liquid scintillator (Ethanolamine + 1g/l Butyle PBD + 0.1g/l BBOT) has been investigated as a function of temperature in the range 212-273 K. It has been observed that under gamma excitation the scintillation efficiency increases by a factor of 1.37 with decrease in temperature. The data obtained conforms to Arrhenius relation in which activation energy of rate process (.20 ev) is typical for thermal activated diffusion controlled process. (author)

  1. Preparation of ferric acetylacetonate, bonzonate and caprate labelled with Fe-55 and tests of application to liquid scintillation measurements

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    The methods of preparation of ferric acetylacetonate, benzoate and caprate labelled with 55Fe are described. The quenching effect, the spectral baehaviour and the count rate stability are studied by liquid scintillation measurements in toluene, INSTAGEL and HISAFE II, for two different values of the sample concentration. The ferric acetylaceton-ate is stable for all the three scintillators but shows a strong quench, while the ferric benzoate and caprate are stable only for INSTAGEL and HISAFE II showing no significant quench at the concentrat-ions of interest in habitual measurements. (Author)

  2. Liquid scintillation counting for measurement of tritiated uptake in lymphocyte transformation in vitro: a new direct-suspension procedure

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    Liquid scintillation counting of trichloracetic acid extracts of [3H]TdR-labelled lymphocytes has been studied by a direct suspension method without previous solubilization. In this method, mixing of the labelled powder in water suspension with Scintillator Emulsifying Mixture (SEM) results in a firm gel whose mechanical properties provide an heterogeneous sample ready for counting. Counting efficiency and stability of such samples are related to the amount of labelled cells. Comparative studies with standard hyamine procedure have shown that this simple and rapid method gives reliable results

  3. Evaluation of the ionization quenching correction for several liquid scintillators; Evaluacion de la extincion por ionizacion para diversos liquidos centelleadores

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    Los Arcos, J. M.; Borras, C.

    1990-07-01

    The most appropriate computational model for the ionization quenching function Q(E) is analyzed for electrons in liquid scintillators. A numerical evaluation of Q(E) from 0.1 keV to 3 MeV which the kB parameter varying between 0.005 and 0.010 cm/MeV is presented for seven scintillators; Toluene, Toluene-Alcohol, PCS, Toluene-CCl4, INSTAGEL, Dioxane-Naphtalene and HISAFE II. The numerical result are summarized as tables of Ieast squares fitting coefficient which make easy the computation of Q(E). (Author)

  4. Precise Proportional Counting of Beta-Ray Emitting Liquid

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    Samples of beta-ray emitting liquids are often assayed using an all-glass G-M counter where the liquid is placed between an outer cylinder and the counting tube (Veall-type counter). Besides the well-known disadvantages of G-M tubes, these jacketed counters are difficult to handle, fragile and apt to change their counting characteristics. A methane-flow proportional counter was developed in our Laboratory specifically for β-emitting liquid samples. The liquid is placed in a plastic cylinder with a bottom of aluminized mylar foil (1 mg/cm2). This vessel is screwed into the top of a circular proportional counter. In case of contamination, the vessel can be replaced. When the bottom foil is exchanged, a calibration curve, giving the efficiency as a function of the measured weight per unit area, may be used to obtain a new value for the efficiency. This counter was used successfully for the assay of 32P, 204Tl and 35S solutions giving results reproducible to ±0.2%. Compared with the jacketed counter, the counting efficiency of our counter is higher for low-energy β-emitters although somewhat lower for high-energy β-emitters. (author)

  5. A scintillator purification plant and fluid handling system for SNO+

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    Ford, Richard J., E-mail: ford@snolab.ca [SNOLAB, Creighton Mine #9, 1039 R.R.24, Lively, Ontario, Canada. (Canada)

    2015-08-17

    A large capacity purification plant and fluid handling system has been constructed for the SNO+ neutrino and double-beta decay experiment, located 6800 feet underground at SNOLAB, Canada. SNO+ is a refurbishment of the SNO detector to fill the acrylic vessel with liquid scintillator based on Linear Alkylbenzene (LAB) and 2 g/L PPO, and also has a phase to load natural tellurium into the scintillator for a double-beta decay experiment with {sup 130}Te. The plant includes processes multi-stage dual-stream distillation, column water extraction, steam stripping, and functionalized silica gel adsorption columns. The plant also includes systems for preparing the scintillator with PPO and metal-loading the scintillator for double-beta decay exposure. We review the basis of design, the purification principles, specifications for the plant, and the construction and installations. The construction and commissioning status is updated.

  6. A scintillator purification plant and fluid handling system for SNO+

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    A large capacity purification plant and fluid handling system has been constructed for the SNO+ neutrino and double-beta decay experiment, located 6800 feet underground at SNOLAB, Canada. SNO+ is a refurbishment of the SNO detector to fill the acrylic vessel with liquid scintillator based on Linear Alkylbenzene (LAB) and 2 g/L PPO, and also has a phase to load natural tellurium into the scintillator for a double-beta decay experiment with 130Te. The plant includes processes multi-stage dual-stream distillation, column water extraction, steam stripping, and functionalized silica gel adsorption columns. The plant also includes systems for preparing the scintillator with PPO and metal-loading the scintillator for double-beta decay exposure. We review the basis of design, the purification principles, specifications for the plant, and the construction and installations. The construction and commissioning status is updated

  7. A Scintillator Purification Plant and Fluid Handling System for SNO+

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    Ford, Richard J

    2015-01-01

    A large capacity purification plant and fluid handling system has been constructed for the SNO+ neutrino and double-beta decay experiment, located 6800 feet underground at SNOLAB, Canada. SNO+ is a refurbishment of the SNO detector to fill the acrylic vessel with liquid scintillator based on Linear Alkylbenzene (LAB) and 2 g/L PPO, and also has a phase to load natural tellurium into the scintillator for a double-beta decay experiment with 130Te. The plant includes processes multi-stage dual-stream distillation, column water extraction, steam stripping, and functionalized silica gel adsorption columns. The plant also includes systems for preparing the scintillator with PPO and metal-loading the scintillator for double-beta decay exposure. We review the basis of design, the purification principles, specifications for the plant, and the construction and installations. The construction and commissioning status is updated.

  8. Optics study of liquid scintillation counting systems; Estudio de la Optica en sistemas de medida por centelle liquido

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    Duran Ramiro, M. T.; Garcia-Torano, E.

    2005-07-01

    Optics is a key issue in the development of any liquid scintillation counting (LSC) system. Light emission in the scintillating solution, transmission through the vial and reflector design are some aspects that need to be considered in detail. This paper describes measurements and calculations carried out to optimise these factors for the design of a new family of LSC counters. Measurements of the light distribution emitted by a scintillation vial were done by autoradiographs of cylindrical vials made of various materials and results were compared to those obtained by direct measurements of the light distribution made by scanning the vial with a photomultiplier tube. Calculations were also carried out to study the light transmission in the vial and the optimal design of the reflector for a system with one photomultiplier tube. (Author)

  9. Simulation and design of a neutron detector based on Boron-Loaded linear alkyl benzene (LAB) liquid scintillator

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    A Boron-Loaded linear alkyl benzene (LAB) liquid scintillator (LS) neutron detector has been designed to detect neutrons in high gamma field environment. The detector is made robust by piping the light from a remotely located LS module by an optical fibre. Here we describe a GEANT4 based model to optimize the design of the LS detector. This model includes the physics of neutron interaction with Boron-10, light scintillation by the LAB and light transport in the optical fiber. All the detector components including the scintillator, light guides and an approximation of the photomultiplier tube response, are simulated. The results show that for unidirectional beam of thermal neutrons, a small detector with 70 % neutron detection efficiency can be achieved by loading the LAB with 4.5% Boron-10 and by using a 2 meter optical fibre. The simulated output results are compared to actual measurement. (author)

  10. Landau Energy Loss in Liquid Scintillator and the Search for Wifs with the LVD Experiment.

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    Tang, Jie

    The LVD experiment at Gran Sasso, Italy, is described, and data since the completion of the first tower (one fifth of the whole LVD) are analyzed. The dE/dx distribution of reconstructed high-energy muons in the scintillator counters is obtained. This distribution is compared with predictions by a GEANT3 Monte Carlo simulation of cosmic muons going through the LVD detector. Its shape is similar to the Landau approximation. In the data from a total running time of 245 days, 159286 clearly separable charged tracks going through the detector were reconstructed. No WIF (Weakly-Interacting Fractionally-charged particle) is observed. Since the early 1930's to the 1980's, theories on the dE/dx distribution of charged particles in matter have evolved from the fundamental work done by Bethe, Bloch, Landau, Symon, Vavilov and others with the inclusion of more precise corrections of the density effect and the shell effect. At the LVD experiment, through a procedure of gain-factor calibration at every period of 20 days, to compensate for instability and nonuniformity of the scintillator counters and their readout, the muon dE/dx distribution is measured; it conforms to the Landau approximation. The precision of the dE/dx measurement is 7.6% (one sigma).. WIF particles are speculated by modern theories. Because dE/dx is proportional to the square of the charge carried by the incident particle, any WIF going through the LVD liquid scintillator will reveal itself by its dE/dx being on the low side of the carefully calibrated muon dE/dx distribution. Calculation has shown that when the charge of a WIF is as low as {2over 3} e, it still generates enough ionization in the LVD limited streamer tubes and thus its track is as visible as a muon track in the detector. Such events are not found. Assuming a uniform flux distribution of WIF particles coming from the atmosphere, the upper limit of their flux at the LVD site is 4.4 times rm 10^{-14} cm^{-2}sterad ^{-1}sec^{-1}. (Copies

  11. Optimization of liquid scintillation counting techniques for the determination of carbon-14 in environmental samples

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    The goal of this work was to optimize the liquid scintillation counting techniques for the determination of 14C in stack effluent gases and in environmental samples such as biological and air samples. Carbon-14 activities in most environmental samples were measured with the direct CO2 absorption method. The highest figures of merit were found through the variation of Carbosorb E and Permafluor V ratio, and measurement windows. The best condition was an 1:1 volume ratio. Average 2.35 g of CO2 was reproducibly absorbed in the 20 ml mixture within 40 minutes. The counting efficiency determined by repeated analysis of NIST oxalic acid standard and the background count rate were measured to be 58.8±1.4% and 1.88±0.06 cpm, respectively, in case of saturated solution. The correction curves of counting efficiency for partially saturated solutions and for saturated solutions with quenching were prepared, respectively. The overall uncertainty of the sample specific activity for near background levels was estimated to be about 7% for 4 hours counting at 95% confidence level. Stack effluent gas samples were measured by a gel suspension counting method. After precipitation of CO2 in the form of BaCO3, 140 mg of which was mixed with 6 ml H2O and 12 ml of Instagel XF. The counting efficiency was measured to be 71.5±1.7% and the typical sensitivity of this technique was about 510 mBq/m3 for a 100 min count at a background count rate of 4.7 cpm. For the benzene counting method measurements were performed with a mixture of 3 ml benzene and 1 ml of scintillation cocktail (5 g of butyl-PBD in 100 ml of scintillation-grade toluene) in a low potassium 7 ml borosilicate glass vial. The counting efficiency and the background count rate were measured to be 64.3±1.0% and 0.51±0.05 cpm, respectively. The long-term stability of samples has been checked for all the counting techniques over a two week period, during which no apparent change in counting efficiency and background level was

  12. Methyl salicylate as a medium for radioassay of 36Cl using a liquid scintillation spectrometer

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    Methyl salicylate (MS), a high refractive index liquid with wave-shifting properties, has been used as a Cherenkov radiation generating medium for the radioassay of 36Cl by liquid scintillation (LS) spectrometer. Comparative experiments, using both a standard toluene-based LS fluor and toluene alone, for the measurement of 36Cl were undertaken. The methyl salicylate medium was found to perform at an intermediate counting efficiency, near that for the LS fluor. In the presence of moderate amounts of nitromethane, the MS was less susceptible to chemical quenching effects than either the fluor or toluene. Counting efficiencies for 36Cl in MS, toluene and toluene fluor respectively were 82.4, 28.4 and 100.3 percent with a Picker Liquimat 220 LS spectrometer, and 91.6, 54.9 and 100.0 percent with a Searle Mark III LS spectrometer. The addition of nitromethane (11.3 percent of final volume) reduced these efficiencies to 50.5, 10.0 and 15.4 percent, and to 58.8, 12.4 and 19.0 percent, respectively. The data are discussed in relation to observed changes in the pulse height spectra. Chemical quench correction by ESCR and by SCR methods is reported

  13. Development and evaluation of a technique for the determination of 226Ra and 228Ra by liquid scintillation in biological samples

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    Radium isotopes are dispersed in the environment according to their physicochemical characteristics. Considering their long half-lives and radiological effects, 226Ra and 228Ra are very important issues to radiological protection. In Brazil, radium isotopes represent an exposure problem both in the nuclear fuel cycle installations and in high natural radiation background areas. The experimental part of this work includes the development of a technique for the determination of 226Ra and 228Ra by liquid scintillation in biological samples. Radium was concentrated and then separated from the others constituents of the sample by coprecipitation/ precipitation with Ba(Ra)SO4. The precipitate was filtered and weighted to calculate the chemical yield. The filter containing the precipitate of Ba(Ra)SO4 was transferred to a scintillation vial. Two methods were used to prepare the sources. The first one consisted gel suspension and the second one, phases method. The solutions obtained were counted in a low background scintillation spectrometry system (Quantulus) suitable for the detection and identification of both alpha and beta particles for the determination of 226Ra and 228Ra. The activity values of 226Ra and 228Ra calculated by the two methods are in good agreement with the reference value indicating that both methods are suitable for the determination of 226Ra and 228Ra. The values of minimum detectable activity (MDA) for the gel suspension method were 2.5 mBq.L-1 for 226Ra and 53 mBq.L-1 for 228Ra and for the method of phases were 2.6 mBq.L-1 for 226Ra and 66 mBq.L-1 for 228Ra. (author)

  14. Development and evaluation of a technique for the determination of {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra by liquid scintillation in biological samples

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    Fernandes, Paulo Cesar P.; Sousa, Wanderson O.; Dantas, Bernardo M.; Juliao, Ligia M.Q.C. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], e-mail: pcesar@ird.gov.br

    2009-07-01

    Radium isotopes are dispersed in the environment according to their physicochemical characteristics. Considering their long half-lives and radiological effects, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra are very important issues to radiological protection. In Brazil, radium isotopes represent an exposure problem both in the nuclear fuel cycle installations and in high natural radiation background areas. The experimental part of this work includes the development of a technique for the determination of {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra by liquid scintillation in biological samples. Radium was concentrated and then separated from the others constituents of the sample by coprecipitation/ precipitation with Ba(Ra)SO{sub 4}. The precipitate was filtered and weighted to calculate the chemical yield. The filter containing the precipitate of Ba(Ra)SO{sub 4} was transferred to a scintillation vial. Two methods were used to prepare the sources. The first one consisted gel suspension and the second one, phases method. The solutions obtained were counted in a low background scintillation spectrometry system (Quantulus) suitable for the detection and identification of both alpha and beta particles for the determination of {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra. The activity values of {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra calculated by the two methods are in good agreement with the reference value indicating that both methods are suitable for the determination of {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra. The values of minimum detectable activity (MDA) for the gel suspension method were 2.5 mBq.L{sup -1} for {sup 226}Ra and 53 mBq.L{sup -1} for {sup 228}Ra and for the method of phases were 2.6 mBq.L{sup -1} for {sup 226}Ra and 66 mBq.L{sup -1} for {sup 228}Ra. (author)

  15. Performances of a large mass ZnMoO4 scintillating bolometer for a next generation neutrinoless double beta decay experiment

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    Beeman, Jeff W.; Bellini, Fabio; Brofferio, Chiara; Cardani, Laura; Casali, Nicola; Cremonesi, Oliviero; Dafinei, Ioan; Di Domizio, Sergio; Ferroni, Fernando; Gorello, Edoardo; Galashov, Evgeny N.; Gironi, Luca; Nagorny, Sergey S.; Orio, Filippo; Pavan, Maura

    2012-01-01

    We present the performances of a 330 g zinc molybdate (ZnMoO4) crystal working as scintillating bolometer as a possible candidate for a next generation experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 100Mo. The energy resolution, evaluated at the 2615 keV gamma-line of 208Tl, is 6.3 keV FWHM. The internal radioactive contaminations of the ZnMoO4 were evaluated as

  16. Comparison of the efficacy of biodegradable and non-biodegradable scintillation liquids on the counting of tritium- and [14C]- labeled compounds

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    The widespread use of 3H and 14C in research has generated a large volume of waste mixed with scintillation liquid, requiring an effective control and appropriate storage of liquid radioactive waste. In the present study, we compared the efficacy of three commercially available scintillation liquids, Optiphase Hi Safe 3, Ultima-GoldTM AB (biodegradable) and Insta-Gel-XF (non-biodegradable), in terms of [14 C]-glucose and [3 H]-thymidine counting efficiency. We also analyzed the effect of the relative amount of water (1.6 to 50%), radioisotope concentration (0.1 to 100 nCi/ml), pH (2 to 10) and color of the solutions (samples containing 0.1 to 1.0 mg/ml of Trypan blue) on the counting efficiency in the presence of these scintillation liquids. There were few significant differences in the efficiency of 14C and 3H counting obtained with biodegradable or non-biodegradable scintillation liquids. However, there was an 83 and 94% reduction in the efficiency of 14 C and 3 H counting, respectively, in samples colored with 1 mg/ml Trypan blue, but not with 0.1 mg/ml, independent of the scintillation liquid used. Considering the low cost of biodegradable scintillation cocktails and their efficacy, these results show that traditional hazardous scintillation fluids may be replaced with the new safe biodegradable fluids without impairment of 3 H and 14 C counting efficiency. The use of biodegradable scintillation cocktails minimizes both human and environmental exposure to hazardous solvents. In addition, some biodegradable scintillation liquids can be 40% less expensive than the traditional hazardous cocktails. (author)

  17. Comparison of the efficacy of biodegradable and non-biodegradable scintillation liquids on the counting of tritium- and [14C]-labeled compounds

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The widespread use of ³H and 14C in research has generated a large volume of waste mixed with scintillation liquid, requiring an effective control and appropriate storage of liquid radioactive waste. In the present study, we compared the efficacy of three commercially available scintillation liquids, Optiphase HiSafe 3, Ultima-Gold(TM AB (biodegradable and Insta-Gel-XF (non-biodegradable, in terms of [14C]-glucose and [³H]-thymidine counting efficiency. We also analyzed the effect of the relative amount of water (1.6 to 50%, radioisotope concentration (0.1 to 100 nCi/ml, pH (2 to 10 and color of the solutions (samples containing 0.1 to 1.0 mg/ml of Trypan blue on the counting efficiency in the presence of these scintillation liquids. There were few significant differences in the efficiency of 14C and ³H counting obtained with biodegradable or non-biodegradable scintillation liquids. However, there was an 83 and 94% reduction in the efficiency of 14C and ³H counting, respectively, in samples colored with 1 mg/ml Trypan blue, but not with 0.1 mg/ml, independent of the scintillation liquid used. Considering the low cost of biodegradable scintillation cocktails and their efficacy, these results show that traditional hazardous scintillation fluids may be replaced with the new safe biodegradable fluids without impairment of ³H and 14C counting efficiency. The use of biodegradable scintillation cocktails minimizes both human and environmental exposure to hazardous solvents. In addition, some biodegradable scintillation liquids can be 40% less expensive than the traditional hazardous cocktails.

  18. Search for $2\\beta$ decay of $^{106}$Cd with enriched $^{106}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillator in coincidence with four HPGe detectors

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    Belli, P; Brudanin, V B; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Di Marco, A; Incicchitti, A; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Tretyak, V I; Tupitsyna, I A

    2016-01-01

    A radiopure cadmium tungstate crystal scintillator, enriched in $^{106}$Cd to 66%, with mass of 216 g ($^{106}$CdWO$_4$), was used to search for double beta decay processes in $^{106}$Cd in coincidence with four ultra-low background high purity germanium detectors in a single cryostat. New improved limits on the double beta processes in $^{106}$Cd have been set on the level of $10^{20}- 10^{21}$ yr after 13085 h of data taking. In particular, the half-life limit on the two neutrino electron capture with positron emission, $T_{1/2}^{2\

  19. Digital liquid-scintillation counting and effective pulse-shape discrimination with artificial neural networks

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    Langrock, Gert; Wiehl, Norbert; Kling, Hans-Otto; Mendel, Matthias; Naehler, Andrea; Tharun, Udo; Eberhardt, Klaus; Trautmann, Norbert; Kratz, Jens Volker [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernchemie; Omtvedt, Jon-Petter [Oslo Univ. (Norway). Dept. of Chemistry; Skarnemark, Gunnar [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden)

    2015-05-01

    A typical problem in low-level liquid scintillation (LS) counting is the identification of α particles in the presence of a high background of β and γ particles. Especially the occurrence of β-β and β-γ pile-ups may prevent the unambiguous identification of an α signal by commonly used analog electronics. In this case, pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) and pile-up rejection (PUR) units show an insufficient performance. This problem was also observed in own earlier experiments on the chemical behaviour of transactinide elements using the liquid-liquid extraction system SISAK in combination with LS counting. α-particle signals from the decay of the transactinides could not be unambiguously assigned. However, the availability of instruments for the digital recording of LS pulses changes the situation and provides possibilities for new approaches in the treatment of LS pulse shapes. In a SISAK experiment performed at PSI, Villigen, a fast transient recorder, a PC card with oscilloscope characteristics and a sampling rate of 1 giga samples s{sup -1} (1 ns per point), was used for the first time to record LS signals. It turned out, that the recorded signals were predominantly α β-β and β-γ pile up, and fission events. This paper describes the subsequent development and use of artificial neural networks (ANN) based on the method of 'back-propagation of errors' to automatically distinguish between different pulse shapes. Such networks can 'learn' pulse shapes and classify hitherto unknown pulses correctly after a learning period. The results show that ANN in combination with fast digital recording of pulse shapes can be a powerful tool in LS spectrometry even at high background count rates.

  20. Digital liquid-scintillation counting and effective pulse-shape discrimination with artificial neural networks

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    A typical problem in low-level liquid scintillation (LS) counting is the identification of α particles in the presence of a high background of β and γ particles. Especially the occurrence of β-β and β-γ pile-ups may prevent the unambiguous identification of an α signal by commonly used analog electronics. In this case, pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) and pile-up rejection (PUR) units show an insufficient performance. This problem was also observed in own earlier experiments on the chemical behaviour of transactinide elements using the liquid-liquid extraction system SISAK in combination with LS counting. α-particle signals from the decay of the transactinides could not be unambiguously assigned. However, the availability of instruments for the digital recording of LS pulses changes the situation and provides possibilities for new approaches in the treatment of LS pulse shapes. In a SISAK experiment performed at PSI, Villigen, a fast transient recorder, a PC card with oscilloscope characteristics and a sampling rate of 1 giga samples s-1 (1 ns per point), was used for the first time to record LS signals. It turned out, that the recorded signals were predominantly α β-β and β-γ pile up, and fission events. This paper describes the subsequent development and use of artificial neural networks (ANN) based on the method of 'back-propagation of errors' to automatically distinguish between different pulse shapes. Such networks can 'learn' pulse shapes and classify hitherto unknown pulses correctly after a learning period. The results show that ANN in combination with fast digital recording of pulse shapes can be a powerful tool in LS spectrometry even at high background count rates.

  1. LUMINEU: a search for neutrinoless double beta decay based on ZnMoO4 scintillating bolometers

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    Armengaud, E.; Arnaud, Q.; Augier, C.; Benoît, A.; Benoît, A.; Boiko, L. Bergé S.; Bergmann, T.; Blümer, J.; Broniatowski, A.; Brudanin, V.; Camus, P.; Cazes, A.; Chapellier, M.; Charlieux, F.; Chernyak, D. M.; Coron, N.; Coulter, P.; Danevich, F. A.; de Boissiére, T.; Decourt, R.; De Jesus, M.; Devoyon, L.; Drillien, A.-A.; Dumoulin, L.; Eitel, K.; Enss, C.; Filosofov, D.; Fleischmann, A.; Foerster, N.; Fourches, N.; Gascon, J.; Gastaldo, L.; Gerbier, G.; Giuliani, A.; Gray, D.; Gros, M.; Hehn, L.; Henry, S.; Hervé, S.; Heuermann, G.; Humbert, V.; Ivanov, I. M.; Juillard, A.; Kéfélian, C.; Kleifges, M.; Kluck, H.; Kobychev, V. V.; Koskas, F.; Kozlov, V.; Kraus, H.; Kudryavtsev, V. A.; Le Sueur, H.; Loidl, M.; Magnier, P.; Makarov, E. P.; Mancuso, M.; de Marcillac, P.; Marnieros, S.; Marrache-Kikuchi, C.; Menshikov, A.; Nasonov, S. G.; Navick, X.-F.; Nones, C.; Olivieri, E.; Pari, P.; Paul, B.; Penichot, Y.; Pessina, G.; Piro, M. C.; Plantevin, O.; Poda, D. V.; Redon, T.; Robinson, M.; Rodrigues, M.; Rozov, S.; Sanglard, V.; Schmidt, B.; Scorza, S.; Shlegel, V. N.; Siebenborn, B.; Strazzer, O.; Tcherniakhovski, D.; Tenconi, M.; Torres, L.; Tretyak, V. I.; Vagneron, L.; Vasiliev, Ya V.; Velazquez, M.; Viraphong, O.; Walker, R. J.; Weber, M.; Yakushev, E.; Zhang, X.; Zhdankov, V. N.

    2016-05-01

    The LUMINEU is designed to investigate the possibility to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in 100 Mo by means of a large array of scintillating bolometers based on ZnMoO4 crystals enriched in 100 Mo. High energy resolution and relatively fast detectors, which are able to measure both the light and the heat generated upon the interaction of a particle in a crystal, are very promising for the recognition and rejection of background events. We present the LUMINEU concepts and the experimental results achieved aboveground and underground with large-mass natural and enriched crystals. The measured energy resolution, the α/β discrimination power and the radioactive internal contamination are all within the specifications for the projected final LUMINEU sensitivity. Simulations and preliminary results confirm that the LUMINEU technology can reach zero background in the region of interest (around 3 MeV) with exposures of the order of hundreds kgxyears, setting the bases for a next generation 0v2β decay experiment capable to explore the inverted hierarchy region of the neutrino mass pattern.

  2. Detectors on base of scintillation structures for registration of volumetric activities of gaseous and liquid media gamma radiation

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    Kadilin, V. V.; Yurov, V. N.; Ryabeva, E. V.; Samossadny, V. T.; Lupar, E. E.; Trofimov, Yu A.; Kolesnikov, S. V.; Chebishev, S. B.; Nebolsin, V. O.

    2016-02-01

    The main aim of this research is the development and prototyping of the ionizing radiation detectors for the diagnosis of the physical processes used for monitoring the radiation situation at the thermal or fast neutrons reactors. In this article we present the experimental verification of applicability of the scintillation detectors based on LaBr3(Ce) and YAlO3(Ce). The experimental studies of the gamma-ray detection with several designs of the crystal scintillation detectors in gas and liquid are considered. It was shown that the measurement range in the liquid medium at the duration of one measurement of 100 seconds for 137Cs equals from 3.79·102 Bq/l to 1.08·108 Bq/l for detector prototype based on YAlO3(Ce).

  3. The comparison between liquid scintillation quenching standard sets produced by Beckman Instruments Inc. and by Shanghai Institute of Nuclear Research

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    The activity correction percent difference and coefficient of variation have been compared between two commercial liquid scintillation quenching standard sets, which were produced by Shanghai Institute of Nuclear Research (INR) of China and Beckman Instruments Inc. of USA, respectively. The self-corrected and inter-corrected percent differences ± standard deviation for 3H standard sets are -1.26 ± 1.66% (INR-self), 1.08 ± 1.96% (Beckman-self), -2.63 ± 1.52% (Beckman by INR) and 2.74 ± 1.67% (INR by Beckman), respectively. The data as above for 14C standard sets are -0.13 ± 1.17%, 0.07 ± 0.55%, 0.25 ± 0.93% and -0.30 ± 2.09%, respectively. The two manufactures' quenching standard sets are fit for routine correction in liquid scintillation counter

  4. Low-level tritium assay in water samples by electrolytic enrichment and liquid-scintillation counting in the IAEA laboratory

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    Decreasing tritium concentration in the atmosphere and hydrosphere requires more sensitive methods for tritium assay in environmental water samples. In laboratories where large numbers of samples are processed these methods must be simple and less labour- and time-consuming. Progress in tritium assay during recent years has been achieved mainly through the availability of better liquid-scintillation spectrometers and optimization of the electrolytic enrichment procedure (the helium-3 in-growth method is not discussed in this paper). The paper describes procedures and methods used at present in the IAEA laboratory, including the new electrolysis system (higher enrichment factor) and the new liquid-scintillation spectrometer (large volume). Other factors influencing the tritium measurements such as the possibility of sample contamination, storage of samples, stability of electrolytic cells etc., are also discussed in the paper. (author)

  5. Establishment of a method for 222Rn determination in water by low-level liquid scintillation counter

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    A procedure for the determination of 222Rn in environmental water samples using liquid scintillation counting (LSC) was performed. The 226Ra content in the water was determined by gamma-ray spectroscopy. An application of this procedure to drinking water collected from a public drinking fountain in Vojvodina (Serbia) is presented, including calculations of the annual effective dose for ingestion and inhalation for adults. (authors)

  6. Alternating sample changer and an automatic sample changer for liquid scintillation counting of alpha-emitting materials

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    Two sample changers are described that were designed for liquid scintillation counting of alpha-emitting samples prepared using solvent-extraction chemistry. One operates manually but changes samples without exposing the photomultiplier tube to light, allowing the high voltage to remain on for improved stability. The other is capable of automatically counting up to 39 samples. An electronic control for the automatic sample changer is also described

  7. Plastic scintillators: a powerful tool to reduce mixed waste

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    Wastes containing radioactive and organic compounds (mixed wastes) are difficult to dispose because of the regulations established for nuclear and hazardous wastes. Mixed wastes originate mainly in the emulsions generated in beta emitter determinations by Liquid Scintillation techniques. The use of plastic scintillators instead of liquid cocktails may facilitate the segregation, after measurement, of sample and scintillator without introducing additional wastes in the measurement step. In this study, we compare the capability of Plastic Scintillation (PS) versus Liquid Scintillation (LS) and Cerenkov (C) techniques to determine beta emitters in routine measurements. Results obtained show that high and medium energy beta emitters (Sr-90/Y-90 and C-14) can be quantified in aqueous samples by using PS with similar relative errors (< 5%) as those obtained by LS or C, for any activity level considered. For low energy emitters (H-3), best results using PS are achieved for medium activity levels. Additionally, measurements performed in solutions including alpha (Pu-238) and beta-gamma (Cs-134) emitters confirm the capability of PS to extent the application of this technique to the determination of these types of isotopes. (authors)

  8. A new method of extracting tritium produced in neutron-irradiated lithium-containing pellets for liquid scintillation counting

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    A new method to incorporate inorganic radiochemicals into liquid scintillation cocktail has been developed for measurement of tritium in lithium-containing pellets of Li2CO3, LiOH·H2O and Li2O. This method has the following advantages: 1) high figure of merit, 2) simple chemical treatment and 3) short dissolving time. This was achieved by a systematic study for a relation of chemical treatment of irradiated pellets to the scintillation efficiency and sample compatibility. Experiments indicated that satisfactory solubility was obtained from a mixture of two acids, HNO3 and CH3COOH. Since HNO3 can dissolve a pellet of mass greater than CH3COOH, this method makes it possible to measure low level tritium activity in the pellet. However, HNO3 considerably quenches scintillations of liquid scintillator. In contrast, CH3COOH doesn't have such a strong quenching effect. Consequently, by using a mixture of two acids, the most part of pellet is dissolved in HNO3 and the rest is dissolved in CH3COOH. The tritium counting efficiency and sample compatibility with scintillation cocktail depends strongly on the volume ratio of the two acids. The optimum mixture of the acids was determined empirically for each type of lithium-containing pellet and for two kinds of cocktails. These experiments indicated that the mass of pellet to be dissolved in the solvent was two times as large as in the Dierckx's method. Compatibility of counting samples and stability of counting efficiency were excellent for a month. (author)

  9. Study on gamma response function of EJ301 organic liquid scintillator with GEANT4 and FLUKA

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    The gamma response function is required for energy calibration of EJ301 (5 cm in diameter and 20 cm in height) organic liquid scintillator detector by means of gamma sources. The GEANT4 and FLUKA Monte Carlo simulation packages were used to simulate the response function of the detector for standard 22Na, 60Co, 137Cs gamma sources. The simulated results showed a good agreement with experimental data by incorporating the energy resolution function to simulation codes. The energy resolution and the position of the maximum Compton electron energy were obtained by comparing measured light output distribution with simulated one. The energy resolution of the detector varied from 21.2% to 12.4% for electrons in the energy region from 0.341 MeV to 1.12 MeV. The accurate position of the maximum Compton electron energy was determined at the position 81% of maximum height of Compton edges distribution. In addition, the relation of the electron energy calibration and the effective neutron detection thresholds were described in detail. The present results indicated that both packages were suited for studying the gamma response function of EJ301 detector. (authors)

  10. Liquid scintillation counting of 14C for differentiation of synthetic ethanol from ethanol of fermentation

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    Samples containing ethanol are fractionated on a column so that the resultant ethanol content is > 93%. Determination of 14C by liquid scintillation counting on the ethanol fraction differentiates ethanol produced by fermentation from synthetic ethanol produced from fossil fuel sources. Twenty-seven samples were fractionated and analyzed for the 14C isotope. Six samples were synthetic ethanol derived from ethylene gas (direct and indirect process), and yielded a mean value for 14C isotope of 0.167 dpm/g carbon with a standard deviation (SD) of 0.066 dpm/g carbon (disintegrations per minute per gram of carbon). The remaining samples were ethanol derived from the fermentation of natural materials, such as corn, pear, sugar cane, grape, cherry, and blackberry, and yielded a mean value for 14C isotope of 16.11 dpm/g carbon with an SD of 1.27. The 14C values for specific mixtures of a synthetic and a natural ethanol compare favorably with the analytical values obtained by this procedure

  11. Quench correction in liquid scintillation counting by a combined internal standard-samples channels ratio technique

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    A well-known problem in liquid scintillation counting (LSC) is that radioactivity cannot be measured with 100% efficiency, e.g., due to ''quenching'', which thus needs be corrected for. Three methods (viz., those of internal standard (IS), samples channels ratio (SCR), and external standard channels ratio (ESCR) are in common use to accomplish quench correction. None of these methods is ideal. This paper shows that a combination of the IS and SCR methods (IS-SCR) ameliorates the major disadvantages of both techniques and the disadvantage of the SCR technique at low count rates have been eliminated in the IS-SCR method, which also has a low volume dependence compared to the IS and ESCR methods. The IS-SCR method is not affected by time-dependent diffusion of solutes and solvents into the walls of plastic counting vials, which is a major drawback of the ESCR technique. Used with a simple linear regression technique, the IS-SCR quench curves may be linearized over wide ranges of efficiencies. In view of the wide-spread application of LSC, the IS-SCR technique is therefore likely to be useful to many investigators. 2 figures, 2 tables

  12. Synthesis of tritium-free water for liquid-scintillation counting, 1

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    In order to carry out the measurement of low-level tritiated samples, such as environmental ones, liquid scintilation couting method is mainly used. In this method the back-ground water, tritium free water, plays a vital role. Generally, deep well water or deep sea water are adopted, but it is difficult to prove clearly that the waters do not contain any tritium . On this account, we developed an apparatus which synthesizes 'tritium free water' from natural gas. The gas and oxygen mixed with argon were circulated in a closed system, the gas was oxydized to water by means of paradium catalyst, and synthesized water was trapped by a column filled with molecular sieve. The examination results on the synthesized water, which was produced by using the commercial oxygen gas products, indicated an unexpected level of tritium, 6.8±1.6pCi/l, and it was clarified that the presence of tritiated methane in the oxygen caused it. By this reason, we concluded that using more purified oxygen and improving the system would bring us 'tritium free water' which was practically fit for use. (author)

  13. The measurement of 222Rn in drinking water by low-level liquid scintillation counting

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    Radon-222 (Rn) has universally been found in well water. Non-stagnant ground water is collected at the well head while the well is pumping. The water is adjusted to a slow, non-aerated, steady flow through a clear tube, and a 500 ml glass bottle is filled. The sample is tightly capped after a high meniscus has developed. In the laboratory, standard 22 ml glass vials are filled with 10 ml of a toluene based mineral oil LS cocktail. Then, two 5 ml sample aliquots are pipetted into the vial. Vials are capped tightly, shaken vigorously, and placed in the liquid scintillation (LS) counter. Secular equilibrium is established in approximately 4 hours, after which samples are counted for 100 minutes each. The counting efficiency for Rn and progeny ranges between 315 to 345 percent depending on the chosen spectral window. The average background is about 6 cpm. A total of 28 wells were tested for Rn in the Carefree-Cave Creek, Arizone, USA area. The area's geometric average Rn concentration was found to be 46.5 Bq*1-1. The associated estimated lung dose is 0.51 mSv*y-1. (author) 8 refs.; 1 fig.; 1 tab

  14. Biofuel contents in blue gasoline can be determined by liquid scintillation counting

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    Yunoki, Shunji; Saito, Masaaki; Nagakawa, Yoshiyasu [Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan); Nogawa, Norio [The Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

    2012-11-01

    In this study, we demonstrated the advantage of blue dye over red dye on the determination of bioethanol contents in gasoline by the direct measurement of liquid scintillation counting (LSC) The simulated gasoline containing biofuel was prepared from bioethanol (3, 10, and 25%), petroleum benzine, and Solvent Red 26 or Solvent Blue 35 (2.5, 25 and 250 ppm) as fuel dyes. The bioethanol contents in the simulated gasoline were determined from {sup 14}C disintegration rates in the samples measured by LSC. The bioethanol contents were precisely determined for the blue simulated gasoline containing the fuel dye below 25 ppm. On the other hand, the overestimation was observed for the red simulated gasoline when the concentration of the fuel dye was 25 ppm. The advantage of blue for determining bioethanol contents can be explained by lower color quenching of blue duel dye. In the UV-VIS spectra of the blue simulated gasoline, there was a window around 440 nm in which light absorption was little observed. The UV-VIS spectra of the red simulated gasoline showed broad light absorbance between 300 and 600 nm. A blue fuel dye is suitable for gasoline in case that biofuels in gasoline are detected by LSC.

  15. Direct measurement of radioactive carbon in Vietnamese vodkas by Liquid Scintillation Counter

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    From the view point of applying to laboratory exercise of radioactivity measurement by a Liquid Scintillation Counter (LSC), Vietnamese vodkas have specific features as measurement samples, for example, they are colorless, have high ethanol content, and only very few organic materials are included. Investigation was made to make sure that the Vietnamese vodkas are appropriate or not as a measurement sample for the LSC exercise. Direct measurements of 14C without any chemical pre-treatment were made on both radioactive concentrations and specific activities of three kinds of Vietnamese vodka and also pure ethanol reagent. The LSC measurements reveal that estimated 14C concentration is proportional to ethanol content in samples and that specific activity of 14C shows good agreement among the Vietnamese vodkas and pure ethanol, as well as the reference value of 0.25 Bq/g of Carbon. Thus the conclusion is derived that the Vietnamese vodkas can be applied with high accuracy to the LSC exercise as measurement samples. (author)

  16. Pulse-shape discrimination and energy resolution of a liquid-argon scintillator with xenon doping

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    Wahl, Christopher G; Lippincott, W Hugh; Nikkel, James A; Shin, Yunchang; McKinsey, Daniel N

    2014-01-01

    Liquid-argon scintillation detectors are used in fundamental physics experiments and are being considered for security applications. Previous studies have suggested that the addition of small amounts of xenon dopant improves performance in light or signal yield, energy resolution, and particle discrimination. In this study, we investigate the detector response for xenon dopant concentrations from 9 +/- 5 ppm to 1100 +/- 500 ppm xenon (by weight) in 6 steps. The 3.14-liter detector uses tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) wavelength shifter with dual photomultiplier tubes and is operated in single-phase mode. Gamma-ray-interaction signal yield of 4.0 +/- 0.1 photoelectrons/keV improved to 5.0 +/- 0.1 photoelectrons/keV with dopant. Energy resolution at 662 keV improved from (4.4 +/- 0.2)% ({\\sigma}) to (3.5 +/- 0.2)% ({\\sigma}) with dopant. Pulse-shape discrimination performance degraded greatly at the first addition of dopant, slightly improved with additional additions, then rapidly improved near the end of our dopa...

  17. ACID EVAPORATION OF ULTIMA GOLD TM AB LIQUID SCINTILLATION COCKTAIL RESIDUE

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    Kyser, E.; Fondeur, F.; Crump, S.

    2011-12-21

    Prior analyses of samples from the F/H Lab solutions showed the presence of diisopropylnapthalene (DIN), a major component of Ultima Gold{trademark} AB liquid scintillation cocktail (LSC). These solutions are processed through H-Canyon Tank 10.5 and ultimately through the 17.8E evaporator. Similar solutions originated in SRNL streams sent to the same H Canyon tanks. This study examined whether the presence of these organics poses a process-significant hazard for the evaporator. Evaporation and calorimetry testing of surrogate samples containing 2000 ppm of Ultima Gold{trademark} AB LSC in 8 M nitric acid have been completed. These experiments showed that although reactions between nitric acid and the organic components do occur, they do not appear to pose a significant hazard for runaway reactions or generation of energetic compounds in canyon evaporators. The amount of off-gas generated was relatively modest and appeared to be well within the venting capacity of the H-Canyon evaporators. A significant fraction of the organic components likely survives the evaporation process primarily as non-volatile components that are not expected to represent any new process concerns during downstream operations such as neutralization. Laboratory Waste solutions containing minor amounts of DIN can be safely received, stored, transferred, and processed through the canyon waste evaporator.

  18. Recent advances in low-level β-counting by liquid scintillation instrumentation

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    This work attempts to solve problems for measurement 3H and 32P activity. A measurement of tritium activity in materials is desired for neutron experiments such as a fusion reactor blanket experiment and a neutron flux monitor with 6Li(n,α)3H reaction. In such studies, lithium-containing pellets are usually irradiated by neutrons and the tritium produced in them is measured with a liquid scintillation counter. Tritium technique for Li2CO3 is the subject of interest in the present study because this compound is well soluble and easy to use it. The 32P is important nuclide in the in-system neutron spectrometry due to the following reactions: 31P(n,γ)32P, 32S(n,p)32P and 35Cl(n,α)32P. For the reasons of similarity with Li2CO3, NH4PH2O2, CH3SO2CH3 and NH4Cl were selected for measurement of 32P activity. (J.P.N.)

  19. Diffusivity measurements in polymers: II. Residual casting solvent measurement by liquid scintillation counting

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    Gardiner, Allen B.; Qin, Anwei; Henderson, Clifford L.; Pancholi, Sanju; Koros, William J.; Willson, C. Grant; Dammel, Ralph R.; Mack, Chris A.; Hinsberg, William D.

    1997-07-01

    Simulation of the microlithographic process plays an increasingly important role in the manufacturing of integrated circuitry. Unfortunately, most lithography simulations still lack fundamental relationships that link the resist chemistry and the final resist image. This study is directed towards generating the data necessary to quantify one of these relationships, the effect of residual casting solvent on the resist image. The amount of casting solvent was measured as a function of the post apply bake temperature and time for several casting solvents directly by using liquid scintillation counting. These measurements were carried out on four identical diazonaphthoquinone-novolac resist formulations cast with different radio-labeled casting solvents (ethyl cellosolve acetate, PGMEA, diglyme, and ethyl lactate). From these data we have estimated the diffusion coefficients for the solvents and the dependence of these coefficients on temperature. These data are then convolved with dissolution parameters and Dill parameters to isolate and establish the relationships between these parameters and the post apply bake process that controls the amount of residual casting solvent.

  20. Activity determination of 229Th by means of liquid scintillation counting

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    Liquid scintillation measurements of 229Th in radioactive equilibrium with its progenies were carried out. The counting efficiency was determined by means of a free parameter model. The measurements were made in a custom-built triple-to-double coincidence ratio (TDCR) system. In addition, a new portable mini-TDCR system with three channel photomultipliers and two commercial counters were tested. The decay of the short-lived 213Po requires great care, since it often occurs during the dead time of the counter systems. Also the rather short-lived 217At may decay during the dead time caused by 221Fr decay events. The overall counting efficiency of the TDCR system of PTB was found to be about 700% (depending on the degree of chemical quenching) and the relative standard uncertainty of the activity concentration was found to be about 0.23%. The determined activity concentration was compared with the outcome of alpha spectrometry under defined solid angle and excellent agreement was found. The TDCR efficiency calculations can be easily adapted to activity determinations of 225Ra or 225Ac in equilibrium with their progenies. - Highlights: • The activity of a 229Th solution was determined by means of TDCR measurements. • The relative standard uncertainty was found to be 0.23%. • A new portable mini-TDCR system was successfully tested. • Results are in good agreement with the outcome from alpha spectrometry

  1. Development of a gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator for the Hanaro short baseline prototype detector

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    Yeo, In Sung; Joo, Kyung Kwang; So, Sun Heang; Song, Sook Hyung; Kim, Hong Joo; So, Jung Ho; Park, Kang Soon; Ma, Kyung Ju; Jeon, Eun Ju; Kim, Jin Yu; Kim, Young Duk; Lee, Jason; Lee, Jeong-Yeon; Sun, Gwang-Min

    2014-02-01

    We propose a new experiment on the site of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) located at Daejeon, Korea. The Hanaro short baseline (SBL) nuclear reactor with a thermal power output 30 MW is used to investigate a reactor neutrino anomaly. A Hanaro SBL prototype detector having a 60- l volume has been constructed ˜6 m away from the reactor core. A gadolinium (Gd)-loaded liquid scintillator (LS) is used as an active material to trigger events. The selection of the LS is guided by physical and technical requirements, as well as safety considerations. A linear alkyl benzene (LAB) is used as a base solvent of the Hanaro SBL prototype detector. Three g/ l of PPO and 30 mg/ l of bis-MSB are dissolved to formulate the LAB-based LS. Then, a 0.5% gadolinium (Gd) complex with carboxylic acid is loaded into the LAB-based LS by using the liquidliquid extraction method. In this paper, we will summarize all the characteristics of the Gd-loaded LAB-based LS for the Hanaro prototype detector.

  2. Measurement of 90Sr in contaminated Fukushima soils using liquid scintillation counter

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    A method based on liquid scintillation counting system has been developed for the measurement of 90Sr in Fukushima soil samples due to contamination of 134Cs and 137Cs. Three soil samples were collected within 30 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP). Activity concentration of 134Cs and 137Cs were measured using a gamma spectroscopy system with high-purity germanium detector. 90Sr contamination is little elevated but comparable with the background contamination level that originated from atmospheric nuclear weapon tests, whereas radiocesium contamination has increased significantly. Activity concentration of 90Sr in the soil samples varied in the range of 10.4±0.6-22.0±1.2 Bq kg-1. Activity concentrations of 134Cs and 137Cs in the soil samples were in the range of 28.2±0.2-56.3±0.2 kBq kg-1 and 35.2±0.1-70.2±0.2 kBq kg-1, respectively (reference date for decay correction is 1 December 2011). (authors)

  3. Simulation study of the neutron-gamma discrimination capability of a liquid scintillator neutron detector

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    Xing, Haoyang; Yu, Xunzhen; Zhu, Jingjun; Wang, Li; Ma, Jinglu; Liu, Shukui; Li, Linwei; Chen, Liejian; Tang, Changjian; Yue, Qian

    2014-12-01

    The capability to discriminate between neutrons and gamma rays (n/γ) by means of their pulse shapes is important for many users of liquid scintillator (LS) neutron detectors. To simulate the n/γ discrimination capability of a neutron detector, we have developed a method to simulate the pulse signal generated by an incident n or γ in the LS. Light pulses caused by ionization and excitation from incident n or γ radiation are simulated by the Geant4 simulation package based on the geometry and materials of a prototype LS detector. The response to the incident light of the photomultiplier tube (PMT) and data acquisition (DAQ) circuit was obtained from a single photoelectron experiment. The final output signal from a detector was produced by convolving its light pulse with the response function of the PMT and DAQ. Two methods, the charge comparison method (CCM) and the pulse gradient method (PGM), were applied to discriminate the simulated signals. The simulation was validated by comparing its result to an experimental result from the prototype LS detector. Our method can be applied in the design of an LS detector, which has subsequently been optimized n/γ discrimination. The method can also be helpful to analyze experimental data and evaluate the performance of n/γ discrimination techniques.

  4. Simulation study of the neutron–gamma discrimination capability of a liquid scintillator neutron detector

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    The capability to discriminate between neutrons and gamma rays (n/γ) by means of their pulse shapes is important for many users of liquid scintillator (LS) neutron detectors. To simulate the n/γ discrimination capability of a neutron detector, we have developed a method to simulate the pulse signal generated by an incident n or γ in the LS. Light pulses caused by ionization and excitation from incident n or γ radiation are simulated by the Geant4 simulation package based on the geometry and materials of a prototype LS detector. The response to the incident light of the photomultiplier tube (PMT) and data acquisition (DAQ) circuit was obtained from a single photoelectron experiment. The final output signal from a detector was produced by convolving its light pulse with the response function of the PMT and DAQ. Two methods, the charge comparison method (CCM) and the pulse gradient method (PGM), were applied to discriminate the simulated signals. The simulation was validated by comparing its result to an experimental result from the prototype LS detector. Our method can be applied in the design of an LS detector, which has subsequently been optimized n/γ discrimination. The method can also be helpful to analyze experimental data and evaluate the performance of n/γ discrimination techniques

  5. Novel discrimination parameters for neutron-gamma discrimination with liquid scintillation detectors using wavelet transform

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    It has been observed that the discrimination performance of the wavelet transform method strongly depends on definition of discrimination parameters. These parameters are usually obtained from a combination of scaling functions at different scales, which represents the energy density of the wavelet coefficients. In this paper, the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) at minimum possible values of scale was investigated. Novel pulse shape discrimination parameters have been proposed for neutron and gamma discrimination in a mixed radiation field and tested with modeled pulses. The performance of these parameters was also validated in terms of quality of discrimination using experimental data of mixed events from an AmBe source collected with BC501 liquid scintillation detector. The quality of discrimination was evaluated by calculating a figure of merit (FOM) with all parameters under same experimental and simulation conditions. The FOM obtained with the proposed novel parameters was also compared with the charge comparison method. The proposed parameters exhibit better FOM as compared to the charge comparison method when high levels of noise are present in the data

  6. Sub-stoichiometric isotope dilution analysis for the determination of thallium by liquid scintillation counting

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    A sensitive and selective sub-stoichmetric isotope dilution method for the determination of trace amounts of thallium is described. The method is based on the extraction of the ion-association complex with a sub-stoichiometric amount of Victoria Blue B into toluene from 0.5 mol l-1 HCI. The β activity of thallium-204 was measured by liquid scintillation counting. The counting efficiency was found to be 95%. The calibration graph was linear in the range 0-4 μg of TlIII in a final volume of 30 ml. The method is sensitive down to 0.2 μg of TIIII in a final volume of 30 ml. The interferences of HgII, SbIII, AsIII and MoVI were overcome by collecting thallium on PbS. The method was found to be useful for the determination of thallium in flue dust, zinc ore, zinc base die castings, rock samples, cadmium turnings and cabbage leaf samples. (Author)

  7. Extractive separation and determination of thallium and indium by liquid scintillation counting

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    A simple and rapid method is proposed for the extractive separation of trace amounts of thallium and indium by extraction with trioctylamine from chloride and iodide medium at different concentrations of H2SO4. The β-activities of 204Tl and 114In were measured by liquid scintillation counting. The extracted thallium was stripped with 0.2 mol l-1 Na2SO3 and determined by substoichiometric isotope dilution analysis using Victoria Blue B as the reagent from 0.5 mol l-1 HCl. The method was found to be useful for determination of thallium in rock samples, cadmium oxide, city waste incineration ash, sewage sludge and high-purity indium metal. InIII was extracted from iodide medium and stripped with 0.2 mol l-1 ammonium acetate. The stripped indium was determined using a substoichiometric amount of Aliquat-336 as the reagent from 0.7 mol l-1 KBr and 4.0 mol l-1 H2SO4. The method was applied to determine indium in rock samples, cadmium oxide, zinc ore, silicon wafer, zinc metal and stream sediments. The co-extracted ions were removed by the use of appropriate masking agents. (Author)

  8. Synthesis of plastic scintillation microspheres: Evaluation of scintillators

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    The use of plastic scintillation microspheres (PSm) appear to be an alternative to liquid scintillation for the quantification of alpha and beta emitters because it does not generate mixed wastes after the measurement (organic and radioactive). In addition to routine radionuclide determinations, PSm can be used for further applications, e.g. for usage in a continuous monitoring equipment, for measurements of samples with a high salt concentration and for an extractive scintillation support which permits the separation, pre-concentration and measurement of the radionuclides without additional steps of elution and sample preparation. However, only a few manufacturers provide PSm, and the low number of regular suppliers reduces its availability and restricts the compositions and sizes available. In this article, a synthesis method based on the extraction/evaporation methodology has been developed and successfully used for the synthesis of plastic scintillation microspheres. Seven different compositions of plastic scintillation microspheres have been synthesised; PSm1 with polystyrene, PSm2 with 2,5-Diphenyloxazol(PPO), PSm3 with p-terphenyl (pT), PSm4 with PPO and 1,4-bis(5-phenyloxazol-2-yl) (POPOP), PSm5 pT and (1,4-bis [2-methylstyryl] benzene) (Bis-MSB), PSm6 with PPO, POPOP and naphthalene and PSm7 with pT, Bis-MSB and naphthalene. The synthesised plastic scintillation microspheres have been characterised in terms of their morphology, detection capabilities and alpha/beta separation capacity. The microspheres had a median diameter of approximately 130 μm. Maximum detection efficiency values were obtained for the PSm4 composition as follows 1.18% for 3H, 51.2% for 14C, 180.6% for 90Sr/90Y and 76.7% for 241Am. Values of the SQP(E) parameter were approximately 790 for PSm4 and PSm5. These values show that the synthesised PSm exhibit good scintillation properties and that the spectra are at channel numbers higher than in commercial PSm. Finally, the addition of

  9. Synthesis of plastic scintillation microspheres: Evaluation of scintillators

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    Santiago, L. M.; Bagán, H.; Tarancón, A.; Garcia, J. F.

    2013-01-01

    The use of plastic scintillation microspheres (PSm) appear to be an alternative to liquid scintillation for the quantification of alpha and beta emitters because it does not generate mixed wastes after the measurement (organic and radioactive). In addition to routine radionuclide determinations, PSm can be used for further applications, e.g. for usage in a continuous monitoring equipment, for measurements of samples with a high salt concentration and for an extractive scintillation support which permits the separation, pre-concentration and measurement of the radionuclides without additional steps of elution and sample preparation. However, only a few manufacturers provide PSm, and the low number of regular suppliers reduces its availability and restricts the compositions and sizes available. In this article, a synthesis method based on the extraction/evaporation methodology has been developed and successfully used for the synthesis of plastic scintillation microspheres. Seven different compositions of plastic scintillation microspheres have been synthesised; PSm1 with polystyrene, PSm2 with 2,5-Diphenyloxazol(PPO), PSm3 with p-terphenyl (pT), PSm4 with PPO and 1,4-bis(5-phenyloxazol-2-yl) (POPOP), PSm5 pT and (1,4-bis [2-methylstyryl] benzene) (Bis-MSB), PSm6 with PPO, POPOP and naphthalene and PSm7 with pT, Bis-MSB and naphthalene. The synthesised plastic scintillation microspheres have been characterised in terms of their morphology, detection capabilities and alpha/beta separation capacity. The microspheres had a median diameter of approximately 130 μm. Maximum detection efficiency values were obtained for the PSm4 composition as follows 1.18% for 3H, 51.2% for 14C, 180.6% for 90Sr/90Y and 76.7% for 241Am. Values of the SQP(E) parameter were approximately 790 for PSm4 and PSm5. These values show that the synthesised PSm exhibit good scintillation properties and that the spectra are at channel numbers higher than in commercial PSm. Finally, the addition of

  10. A comparative study of 19-iodocholesterol-''125I 3-acetate and Na''125I in liquid scintillation measurements

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    A comparative study of performance of 19-iodocholesterol-''125I 3-acetate and sodium iodine samples labelled with ''125 I is presented for liquid scintillation counting measurements. Quench effect, count rate stability and spectral evolution of samples have been followed for several weeks in Toluene, Hisafe II, Instagel, Dioxane-naphthalene and Toluene-alcohol scintillators. Organic samples have negligible quench effect in the interval of I''-concentration of 0-90 ug and inorganic samples only show a very small variation, lower than 12%, for Dioxane-naphthalene, in the same range of concentration. Satisfactory stability is obtained in general for both, organic and inorganic samples, but small counting losses, 0.03% for 19-iodocholesterol-''125I 3-acetate samples in Toluene-alcohol and 0.04% for Na''125I samples in Dioxane-naphthalene and Toluene-alcohol, have been reported. (Author) 8 refs

  11. Rapid radiometric detection of microbial contamination using 14C-glucose and standard liquid scintillation counting system

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    A simple and rapid method for detection of microbial contamination based on quantitation of 14CO2 released during metabolism of 14C-Glucose by microorganisms is reported. Liquid scintillation counting system (LSCS) with a modified sample preparation method was utilised. The scintillator was impregnated on Whatman-1 paper on which 14CO2 evolved during metabolism could be absorbed. The important parameters of counting such as efficiency, position sensitivity and geometry as well as effect of NaOH quantity and of microbial load on detection period were studied. The efficiency of radioactivity assay was 18±2.8 %. Contamination of the order of 5-10 organism/ml of product could be detected in about 24 hours. (author)

  12. A comparative study of 19-iodo cholesterol-125I 3-acetate and Na 125I in liquid scintillation measurements

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    A comparative study of performance of 19-iodo cholesterol 125I 3-acetate and sodium iodide samples labeled with 125I is presented for liquid scintillation counting measurements. Quench effect, count rate stability and spectral evolution of samples have been followed for several weeks in Toluene, Hisafe II, Instagel, Dioxane-naphthalene and Toluene-alcohol scintillators. Organic samples have negligible quench effect in the interval of I concentration of 0-90 μg and inorganic samples only show a very small variation, lower than 12%, for Dioxane-naphthalene, in the same range of concentration. Satisfactory stability is obtained in general for both, organic and inorganic samples, but small counting losses, 0.03% for 19-iodocholesterol 1 I 3-acetate samples in Tolue ne-alcohol and 0 .04% for Na 125I samples in Dioxane-naphthalene and Toluene-alcohol, have been reported. (Author) 8 refs

  13. Light yield and n–γ pulse-shape discrimination of liquid scintillators based on linear alkyl benzene

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    Kögler, T., E-mail: t.koegler@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510 119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Technical University Dresden, Postfach 100 920, 01076 Dresden (Germany); Beyer, R.; Birgersson, E. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510 119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Hannaske, R. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510 119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Technical University Dresden, Postfach 100 920, 01076 Dresden (Germany); Junghans, A.R., E-mail: a.junghans@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510 119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Massarczyk, R. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510 119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Technical University Dresden, Postfach 100 920, 01076 Dresden (Germany); Matic, A.; Wagner, A. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510 119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Zuber, K. [Technical University Dresden, Postfach 100 920, 01076 Dresden (Germany)

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    The relative light yields of NE-213 and linear alkyl benzene (LAB) based liquid scintillators from electrons were determined in the electron energy range 13–1600 keV using a combination of monoenergetic γ sources and a Compton spectrometer. The light yield was found to be proportional to energy for both types of scintillator and expected deviations below 100 keV were described successfully applying Birks’ law. A description of the Cherenkov light contribution to the total light yield was achieved for both detectors and is in agreement with the electromagnetic theory of fast particles in matter. Digital pulse-shape discrimination in a mixed n–γ field from a {sup 252}Cf source was investigated for LAB+PPO and LAB+PPO+bis-MSB and compared to NE-213. In combination with these two solutes, LAB shows poorer abilities to separate neutron-induced pulses from γ-induced ones.

  14. The SNO+ Scintillator Purification Plant and Projected Sensitivity to Solar Neutrinos in the Pure Scintillator Phase

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    Pershing, Teal; SNO+ Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    The SNO+ detector is a neutrino and neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment utilizing the renovated SNO detector. In the second phase of operation, the SNO+ detector will contain 780 tons of organic liquid scintillator composed of 2 g/L 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO) in linear alkylbenzene (LAB). In this phase, SNO+ will strive to detect solar neutrinos in the sub-MeV range, including CNO production neutrinos and pp production neutrinos. To achieve the necessary detector sensitivity, a four-part scintillator purification plant has been constructed in SNOLAB for the removal of ionic and radioactive impurities. We present an overview of the SNO+ scintillator purification plant stages, including distillation, water extraction, gas stripping, and metal scavenger columns. We also give the projected SNO+ sensitivities to various solar-produced neutrinos based on the scintillator plant's projected purification efficiency.

  15. Aboveground test of an advanced Li$_2$MoO$_4$ scintillating bolometer to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{100}$Mo

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    Bekker, T B; Danevich, F A; Degoda, V Ya; Giuliani, A; Grigorieva, V D; Ivannikova, N V; Mancuso, M; de Marcillac, P; Moroz, I M; Nones, C; Olivieri, E; Pessina, G; Poda, D V; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Velazquez, M

    2014-01-01

    Large lithium molybdate (Li$_2$MoO$_4$) crystal boules were produced by using the low thermal gradient Czochralski growth technique from deeply purified molybdenum. A small sample from one of the boules was preliminary characterized in terms of X-ray-induced and thermally-excited luminescence. A large cylindrical crystalline element (with a size of $\\oslash 40\\times40$ mm) was used to fabricate a scintillating bolometer, which was operated aboveground at $\\sim 15$ mK by using a pulse-tube cryostat housing a high-power dilution refrigerator. The excellent detector performance in terms of energy resolution and $\\alpha$ background suppression along with preliminary positive indications on the radiopurity of this material show the potentiality of Li$_2$MoO$_4$ scintillating bolometers for low-counting experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{100}$Mo.

  16. The measurement of Rn-222 in drinking water by low-level liquid scintillation counting

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    Radon-222 has consistently been found in well water. The research objectives are to establish a method to collect well water and to measure the Rn in ground water using liquid scintillation (LS) counting. Water is collected at the well head while the well is pumping. The water is adjusted to a slow, non-aerated, steady flow through a clear tube, and a 437 mL (16 oz) glass bottle is filled. The sample is tightly capped after a high meniscus has developed. In the laboratory, standard 22 mL LS glass vials are filled with 10 mL of a toluene based mineral oil LS cocktail. Then, two 5 mL sample aliquots are pipetted into the vial. Vials are capped tightly, shaken vigorously, and placed in the LS counter. Secular equilibrium is established in approximately 3.5 hours, after which samples are counted for 100 minutes each. Quality assurance and control is performed weekly on the LS counter's electronics, spectral window, counting efficiency, and background. The counting efficiency ranges between 315-345 percent depending on the chosen spectral window. The average background is about 6 cpm. A total of 28 wells were tested for Rn in the Carefree-Cave Creek, Arizona, USA area, and 12 wells were selected, each over 50 Bq/L (1,350 pCi/L), for an extended 6 month period. The area's average Rn concentration was found to be 46.5 Bq/L (1,255 pCi/L); it is a geometric mean. The associated estimated lung dose is 1.13 mSv/a

  17. The light-yield response of a NE-213 liquid-scintillator detector measured using 2 -- 6 MeV tagged neutrons

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    Scherzinger, J; Annand, J R M; Fissum, K G; Hall-Wilton, R; Kanaki, K; Lundin, M; Nilsson, B; Perrey, H; Rosborg, A; Svensson, H

    2016-01-01

    The response of a NE-213 liquid-scintillator detector has been measured using tagged neutrons from 2--6 MeV originating from an Am/Be neutron source. The neutron energies were determined using the time-of-flight technique. Pulse-shape discrimination was employed to discern between gamma-rays and neutrons. The behavior of both the fast (35 ns) and the combined fast and slow (475 ns) components of the neutron scintillation-light pulses were studied. Three different prescriptions were used to relate the neutron maximum energy-transfer edges to the corresponding recoil-proton scintillation-light yields, and the results were compared to simulations. Parametrizations which predict the fast or total light yield of the scintillation pulses were also tested. Our results agree with both existing data and existing parametrizations. We observe a clear sensitivity to the portion and length of the neutron scintillation-light pulse considered.

  18. Preparation of 45Ca(HDEHP)n and (CaH1502)2 samples for liquid scintillation counting, compared to 45caCl2 results

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    A procedure for preparation of liquid scintillation counting organic samples of the Di-2-ethylhexyl phosphate calcium complex and the 2-ethylhexanoate calcium salt, labelled with 45Ca, is described. The chemical quench, the counting stability and spectral evolution of both compounds is studied in six scintillators,Toluene-alcohol, Dioxane-naphtalene, Hi safe II, Ultimate-Gold and Instagel, and compared to results obtained from a commercial solution of 4 5CaCl2. (Author) 7 refs

  19. Simultaneous reconstruction of scintillation light and ionization charge produced by 511 keV photons in liquid xenon : potential application to PET

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    Amaudruz, P.; Bryman, D.; Kurchaninov, L.; P. Lu; Marshal, C.; Martin, J. P.; Muennich, A.; Retiere, F.; Sher, A

    2009-01-01

    In order to assess the performance of liquid xenon detectors for use in positron emission tomography we studied the scintillation light and ionization charge produced by 511 keV photons in a small prototype detector. Scintillation light was detected with large area avalanche photodiodes while ionization electrons were collected on an anode instrumented with low noise electronics after drifting up to 3 cm. Operational conditions were studied as a function of the electric field. Energy resoluti...

  20. The study on determination of trace α-nuclide contents in aqueous solution with TRPO solvent extraction-liquid scintillation count method

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    The solvent extraction-liquid scintillation count method has been studied, TRPO has been used as the extractant, dimethylbenzol as the diluent, 2,5-diphenyloxazole as the scintillator. The quenching effects caused by TRPO or other impurity elements have been studied. The results appear that this method can determine trace α-nuclide contents (233U, 239Pu, 241Am) with a large quantity of impurity elements and amino-polycarboxylic acid. The determination can be done simply, quickly and sensitively