Pulse-width analysis

Pulse-width analysis for neutron capture cross-section measurement
using an NaI(Tl) detector 

Tatsuya Katabuchi et al., Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology

 A fast data acquisition method based on pulse-width analysis was developed for measuring neutron capture cross-sections using an NaI(Tl) detector. The new method was tested by detecting γ-rays from standard γ-ray sources and neutron-induced reactions. Non-linear relation between the γ-ray energy and the pulse width of the detector output signal was studied. The neutron beam experiments were performed using a pulsed neutron beam from  a spallation neutron source at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex. Detector-deposited energy spectra were reconstructed from the pulse-width spectra using the parameterized relation between the pulse width and the γ-ray energy. Time response properties of the pulse-width analysis method were compared with the traditional pulse-height analysis method.

 Detailed analysis of the experimental results demonstrated that the present method was more resistive to intense γ-ray bursts from the spallation neutron source.

 Paper was accepted in the Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 764(2014) 369–377