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A comparison of the performance of compact neutrino detector designs for nuclear reactor safeguards and monitoring.

Description: There has been an increasing interest in the monitoring of nuclear fuel for power reactors by detecting the anti-neutrinos produced during operation. Small liquid scintillator detectors have already demonstrated sensitivity to operational power levels, but more sensitive monitoring requires improvements in the efficiency and uniformity of these detectors. In this work, we use a montecarlo simulation to investigate the detector performance of four different detector configurations. Based on the analysis of neutron detection efficiency and positron energy response, we find that the optimal detector design will depend on the goals and restrictions of the specific installation or application. We have attempted to present the relevant information so that future detector development can proceed in a profitable direction.
Date: October 27, 2006
Creator: Reyna, D. E.; McKeown, R. W.; Physics, High Energy & Univ., Drexel
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