Validation of Detailed Geant4 Model for Thermal Neutron Scattering using the Results of Multi-Grid Detector Prototype Test at CNCS at SNS

Eszter Dian, Kalliopi Kanaki, Xiao Xiao Cai, Georg Ehlers, Richard Hallnwilton, Anton Khaplanov, Thomas Kittelmann, Peter Zagyvai

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    Abstract

    The European Spallation Source (ESS) aspires to be the worlds leading neutron source of the upcoming decades, and sets the scope on replacing 3 He tube detectors where it is reasonably achievable. The Multi-Grid detector, an Ar/CO2-filled proportional chamber based on solid 10B4C converter, is the most potent replacement technology for chopper spectroscopy. This study reproduces in a detailed Geant4 geometry of a neutron scattering instrument the data from the Multi-Grid demonstrator detector, that has been tested for a 1 year period, installed side-by-side to the 3 He tubes at the CNCS instrument at SNS. For the further understanding of the background of the detector, Monte-Carlo simulations were performed, with the ESS Coding Framework, using a Geant4 version extended with NXSG4 and NCrystal. A detailed and realistic model of the prototype was built and was validated via comparison against measured data. With this model, different sources of neutron scattering were determined and studied separately, providing a better understanding of the scattered neutron background. Due to these capabilities the model will be used in the further optimization of the detector, especially for the background reduction via shielding, which will lead to instruments with better signal-to-background ratio by design.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2017 - Conference Proceedings
    Number of pages3
    PublisherIEEE
    Publication date2018
    Article number8532930
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538622827
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference - Atlanta, United States
    Duration: 21 Oct 201728 Oct 2017

    Conference

    Conference2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference
    CountryUnited States
    CityAtlanta
    Period21/10/201728/10/2017

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    Dian, E., Kanaki, K., Cai, X. X., Ehlers, G., Hallnwilton, R., Khaplanov, A., ... Zagyvai, P. (2018). Validation of Detailed Geant4 Model for Thermal Neutron Scattering using the Results of Multi-Grid Detector Prototype Test at CNCS at SNS. In 2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2017 - Conference Proceedings [8532930] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/NSSMIC.2017.8532930