Study of thermal neutron capture gamma rays using a lithium-drifted germanium spectrometer / [by] Victor John Orphan [and] Norman C. Rasmussen
Author(s)Orphan, V. J.; Rasmussen, Norman C.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Nuclear Engineering
United States. Air Force
Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (U.S.)
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A gamma-ray spectrometer, using a 30 cc coaxial Ge(Li) detector, which can be operated as a pair spectrometer at high energies and in the Compton suppression mode at low energies provides an effective means of obtaining thermal neutron capture gamma spectra over nearly the entire capture gamma energy range. The energy resolution (fwhm) of the spectrometer is approximately 0.5% at 1 MeV and 0.1% at 7 MeV. Capture gamma-ray energies can be determined to an accuracy of about 1 keV. The relatively high efficiency of this spectrometer allows the use of an external neutron beam geometry, which simplifies sample changing. Using a 4096 channel pulse height analyzer, the capture gamma spectrum of an element may be obtained in about one day. Low cross section (order of 0.1 b) elements with many weak intensity gammas may be studied. Over 100 gamma rays have been identified in the spectrum of one such element, Zr. The spectra of Be, Sc, Fe, Ge, and Zr are presented.
"January 1967.""AFCRL-67-0104."Also issued as an Sc. D. thesis by the first author and advised by the second author, MIT, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, 1967Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-203)Scientific report, interim; January 1967
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AFCRL-67-0104MITNE ; no. 80Scientific report (Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (U.S.)) ; no. 1