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A Position-sensitive tubular scintillator-based detector as an alternative to a $$^{3}$$He-gas-based detector for neutron-scattering instruments

Nakamura, Tatsuya; Katagiri, Masaki*; To, Kentaro; Honda, Katsunori; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Ebine, Masumi; Birumachi, Atsushi; Sakasai, Kaoru; Soyama, Kazuhiko

A position-sensitive tubular scintillator-based neutron detector is proposed as an alternative to a $$^{3}$$He-gas-based detector. The detector has a neutron-detecting element constructed from rolled ZnS/$$^{6}$$LiF scintillator screens that sandwich wavelength-shifting (WLS) fibre coils (SFC element). Multiple SFC elements are enclosed in an aluminium tube in a row to form a one-dimensional position-sensitive neutron detector. The design of the WLS fibre coil, which was determined by performing basic experiments, comprised two 0.75-mm-diameter WLS fibres wound in parallel at a pitch of 1.5 mm. A 64-element detector with a pixel size of 22 mm $$times$$ 20 mm (width $$times$$ length) successfully demonstrated the detection principle. The tubular shape of the new detector is similar to the usual 25-mm-diameter $$^{3}$$He tube, making this an alternative detector with the potential to be installed in a vacuum tank for inelastic-neutron-scattering instruments.

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