Generalized method for the optimization of pulse shape discrimination parameters

J. Zhou, Abdullah Abdulaziz, Yoann Altmann, Angela Di Fulvio

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Organic scintillators exhibit fast timing, high detection efficiency for fast neu- trons and pulse shape discrimination (PSD) capability. PSD is essential in mixed radiation fields, where different types of radiation need to be detected and dis- criminated. In neutron measurements for nuclear security and non proliferation effective PSD is crucial, because a weak neutron signature needs to be detected in the presence of a strong gamma-ray background. The most commonly used deterministic PSD technique is charge integration (CI). This method requires the optimization of specific parameters to obtain the best gamma-neutron sepa- ration. These parameters depend on the scintillating material and light readout device and typically require a lengthy optimization process and a calibration reference measurement with a mixed source. In this paper, we propose a new method based on the scintillation fluorescence physics that enables to find the optimum PSD integration gates using only a gamma-ray emitter. We demon- strate our method using three organic scintillation detectors: deuterated trans- stilbene, small-molecule organic glass, and EJ-309. In all the investigated cases, our method allowed finding the optimum PSD CI parameters without the need of iterative optimization.
Original languageEnglish
Article number168184
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Early online date6 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • Exponential model
  • Fast neutron detection
  • PSD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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