2015 Article Detectors Dosimetry ICNCT16 Physics

PGNAA system preliminary design and measurement of In-Hospital Neutron Irradiator for boron concentration measurement

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2015

Authors:   Zizhu Zhang,Yizheng Chong,Xinru Chen,Congjun Jin,Lijun Yang,Tong Liu,
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: A prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) system has been recently developed at the 30-kW research reactor In-Hospital Neutron Irradiator (IHNI) in Beijing. Neutrons from the specially designed thermal neutron beam were used. The thermal flux of this beam is 3.08×106cm−2s−1 at a full reactor power of 30kW. The PGNAA system consists of an n-type high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector of 40% efficiency, a digital spectrometer, and a shielding part. For both the detector shielding part and the neutron beam shielding part, the inner layer is composed of 6Li2CO3 powder and the outer layer lead. The boron-10 sensitivity of the PGNAA system is approximately 2.5cps/ppm. Two calibration curves were produced for the 1–10ppm and 10–50 ppm samples. The measurement results of the control samples were in accordance with the inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) results.