Nuclear Science and Techniques

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Nuclear Science and Techniques ›› 2020, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (4): 42 doi: 10.1007/s41365-020-0749-1


Calibration of CR-39 solid-state track detectors for study of laser-driven nuclear reactions

Yang-Fan He 1, 2 , Xiao-Feng Xi2 , Shi-Lun Guo2 , Bing Guo 2,  Chuang-Ye He2, Fu-Long Liu2, 3 , Di Wu2 , Ji-Hong Wei2, 3 , Wan-Sha Yang2, 3 , Luo-Huan Wang4 , Dong-Hai Zhang4 , Meng-Lin Qiu3, Guang-Fu Wang3, Chao-Yang Li1, Xiao-Fei Lan1   

  1. 1 School of Physics and Space Sciences, China West Normal University, Nanchong 637002, China
    2China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413, China
    3College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    4 School of Physics and Information Engineering, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen 041004, China
  • Received:2020-01-13 Revised:2020-02-21 Accepted:2020-02-22
  • Contact: Bing Guo E-mail:
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    This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Project under Grant No. 2016YFA0400502 and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11775312).
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Yang-Fan He, Xiao-Feng Xi, Shi-Lun Guo, Bing Guo, Chuang-Ye He, Fu-Long Liu, Di Wu, Ji-Hong Wei, Wan-Sha Yang, Luo-Huan Wang, Dong-Hai Zhang, Meng-Lin Qiu, Guang-Fu Wang, Chao-Yang Li, Xiao-Fei Lan. Calibration of CR-39 solid-state track detectors for study of laser-driven nuclear reactions.Nuclear Science and Techniques, 2020, 31(4): 42     doi: 10.1007/s41365-020-0749-1

Abstract: It is of particular interest to investigate nuclear fusion reactions generated by high-intensity lasers in plasma environments that are similar to real astrophysical conditions. We have experimentally investigated 2H(d, p)3H, one of the most crucial reactions in Big Bang nucleosynthesis models, at the Shenguang-II laser facility. In this work, we present a new calibration of CR-39 solid-state track detectors, which are widely employed as the main diagnostics in this type of fusion reaction experiment. We measure the dependence of the track diameter on the proton energy. It is found that the track diameters of protons with different energies are likely to be identical. We propose that in this case, the energy of the reaction products can be obtained by considering both the diameters and gray levels of these tracks. The present results would be very helpful for analyzing the 2H(d, p)3H reaction products recorded with the same batch of CR-39 solid-state track detectors.

Key words: Big Bang nucleosynthesis, Laser-driven nuclear reactions, CR-39 detectors, Gray levels