Nuclear Techniques ›› 2015, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (6): 60203-060203.doi: 10.11889/j.0253-3219.2015.hjs.38.060203

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Decay time characteristics of plastic scintillator

HUANG Zhanchang YANG Jianlun   

  1. (Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900, China)
  • Received:2015-01-28 Revised:2015-03-29 Online:2015-06-10 Published:2015-06-05

Abstract: Background: The plastic scintillator is mostly used for the inertia confinement fusion determination systems. It is necessary to know the scintillator decay time. Purpose: The aim is to measure the decay time of the plastic scintillator and analyze the applicability of single photon method. Method: The plastic scintillator is excited by 137Cs, and the decay time of the plastic scintillator is measured by single photon method. The ST401 and EJ232 plastic scintillators are measured by this device. The theory of single photon method is analyzed via statistics and the measurement process is simulated by Monte Carlo method. Results: The results are 2.9 ns with 50 ns for ST401 and 1.6 ns with 30 ns for EJ232 via double exponential fitting. The device has a dynamic range of over 104 and an intrinsic time resolution under 0.8 ns. The experiment result agrees to the simulated one. Conclusion: The comparison between the experiment result and the simulation result indicates that with the mean counts of stop detector no more than 0.1, the result measured by single photon method can be approximated to the decay time of plastic scintillator.

Key words: Plastic scintillator, Flashing time characteristics, Single photon counting method, Monte Carlo method