Neutron spectrometry using CR-39 track etch detectors.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Track-size distributions were measured for chemically etched CR-39 foils exposed to monoenergetic neutrons with energies ranging from 0.144 to 19 MeV and to various broad-spectrum neutron sources including spontaneous fission neutrons from (238)Pu. These tracks are due to energetic charged particles resulting from interactions of the neutrons with the CR-39. The tracks are visible with an optical microscope after chemical etching and vary in size and configuration depending on the particle, energy and angle of incidence. The foils were analysed using an automatic analysis system that scans the foils, identifies valid tracks and records the track-size parameters. The track-size distributions vary with neutron energy for the monoenergetic sources and with the hardness of the broad-spectrum sources. The distribution from the (238)Pu fission source is readily distinguishable from the other sources measured and from distributions owing to the background.

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Cited Authors

  • Phillips, GW; Spann, JE; Bogard, JS; VoDinh, T; Emfietzoglou, D; Devine, RT; Moscovitch, M

Published Date

  • January 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 120 / 1-4

Start / End Page

  • 457 - 460

PubMed ID

  • 16735559

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1742-3406

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0144-8420

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/rpd/nci675


  • eng