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Background issues encountered by cold-neutron chopper spectrometer AMATERAS

冷中性子ディスクチョッパー型分光器AMATERASの運用上経験したバックグラウンド問題について

菊地 龍弥*; 中島 健次 ; 河村 聖子; 稲村 泰弘; 中村 充孝; 若井 大介*; 青山 和弘*; 岩橋 孝明*; 神原 理*

Kikuchi, Tatsuya*; Nakajima, Kenji; Kawamura, Seiko; Inamura, Yasuhiro; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Wakai, Daisuke*; Aoyama, Kazuhiro*; Iwahashi, Takaaki*; Kambara, Wataru*

AMATERASはJ-PARC物質・生命科学実験施設に設置された冷中性子チョッパー型分光器である。この9年に亘る運用の中で得られたバッググラウンド(意図せずにデータ収集系に集積されるシグナル)についての知見をまとめた。それらは、ビームライン上にある物質から発生するガンマ線、ビームライン上にある機器から発生するブラッグ反射, 空気散乱, 電気ノイズ, 宇宙線などである。それらについてまとめると共に今後の可能な対策について述べる。これらは、同種の分光器にとっても役立つ情報となると期待する。

Details of the background, that is, unwanted signals accumulated by the data acquisition system of neutron instruments, observed by the cold-neutron chopper spectrometer AMATERAS installed at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility at J-PARC are reported. In the design phase of AMATERAS, we carefully considered the achievement of high signal-to-noise ratio, and possible countermeasures were implemented. Actually, recent scientific outputs from AMATERAS indicates that the spectrometer is one of excellent neutron instruments with low background. In spite of that, in nine years of AMATERAS operation, we have encountered unwanted signals due to various reasons, including gamma-rays emitted at materials on or near the beam line including the sample itself, scattered neutrons from the beam line devices, air scattering, electronic noise in data acquisition system, cosmic rays, T0 burst, and other unknown sources. In this report, we discuss the background observed by AMATERAS, especially in the conditions of without samples, comprehensively. The possible sources of these signals and the countermeasures considered against the above sources are discussed, which may be helpful to those who are engaged in other existing or planned neutron-scattering instruments.

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