Recent developments in deuterated scintillators for neutron measurements at low-energy accelerators

F. D. Becchetti, R. S. Raymond, R. O. Torres-Isea, A. Di Fulvio, S. D. Clarke, S. A. Pozzi, M. Febbraro

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Deuterated (2H-based) organic scintillators, unlike conventional 1H-based scintillators can generate pulse-shape gated neutron energy spectra 1 to 30 MeV without need for time-of-flight (ToF). They are especially appropriate for measurements at high-intensity, low-energy accelerators where a pulsed beam is not available. Even when the latter is available, the loss in effective beam intensity combined with the need for suitable long-path ToF measurements can be very inefficient. In contrast, as we demonstrate, arrays of d- benzene scintillators (NE230, BC537, EJ315) and recently xylene-d10 (EJ301D) together with related digital signal processing (DSP) can provide highly efficient neutron energy measurements w/o n-ToF. We also report the recent synthesis and initial testing of crystalline d-stilbene as a neutron detector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Deuterated scintillators
  • Neutron detection
  • Organic scintillators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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