Nuclear Techniques ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (7): 0-070401-5.doi: 10.11889/j.0253-3219.2019.hjs.42.070401


Study on the neutron detection efficiency and gamma discrimination of boron-coated straw detectors

Jun ZENG,Qingpei XIANG(),Yingzeng ZHANG,Rende ZE,Yongchun XIANG,Fanhua HAO   

  1. Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, China Academy of Physics, Mianyang 621900, China
  • Received:2019-03-18 Revised:2019-04-28 Online:2019-07-10 Published:2019-07-16
  • Contact: Qingpei XIANG
  • About author:ZENG Jun, male, born in 1988, graduated from Sichuan University with a master’s degree in 2013, focusing on radiation measurement and application
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the Defense Industrial Technology Development Program(No.JCKY2016212C012)

Abstract: Background

Boron-coated straw detector is a new type of 3He replacement neuron detector, which can be used for large-area low-energy neutron detection in the field of neutron scattering, arms control, and neutron interrogation.


This study aims to obtain the thermal neutron detection performance of boron-coated straw detector with strong γ radiation background.


The PTI-204 boron-coated straw detector was taken for study the influence of discrimination threshold to neutron counting against the gamma counting. Both the detection efficiency of γ-ray and thermal neutron were measured with standard radiation sources of 137Cs and 252Cf.


The results indicated that the gamma-ray resolution of the PTI-204 detector is up to ~10-8, and the thermal neutron detection efficiency is about 20%.


The performances of the boron-coated straw detector indicated that it was a good choice for replacing of the expensive 3He tube for neutron detection.

Key words: Boron-coated straw, Neutron detection efficiency, γ-ray discrimination

CLC Number: 

  • TL81