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Nuclear Science and Techniques ›› 2013, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (4): 040205 doi: 10.13538/j.1001-8042/nst.2013.04.010

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Efficiency-determined method for thermal neutron detection with inorganic scintillator

FU Zaiwei1,*  HENG Yuekun2,* GU Shenjie1  TIAN Lin1   

  1. 1Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research & Design Institute, Shanghai 200233, China
    2Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2012-10-25
  • Contact: FU Zaiwei, HENG Yuekun E-mail:,
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    Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No.10875140)

FU Zaiwei, HENG Yuekun, GU Shenjie, TIAN Lin. Efficiency-determined method for thermal neutron detection with inorganic scintillator.Nuclear Science and Techniques, 2013, 24(4): 040205     doi: 10.13538/j.1001-8042/nst.2013.04.010


Because of 3He shortage, sintillator is a promising alternative choice for neutron detection in the field of thermal neutron scattering and imaging. Also, the neutron detection efficiency is difficult to be determined. In this paper, the efficiency for thermal neutron detection is presented by inorganic scintillator using probability principles, supposed that the material of scintillator is uniform in element distribution, and that attenuation length of scintillation light is longer than that of its thickness in the scintillator. The efficiencies for two pieces of lithium glass are determined by this method, indicating the method is useful for determining efficiency of thermal neutron detections.

Key words: Detection efficiency, Inorganic scintillator, Thermal neutron, Lithium