Iterative Monte Carlo simulation with the Compton kinematics-based GEB in a plastic scintillation detector

Plastic scintillators have been used for gamma ray detection in the fields of dosimetry and homeland security because of their desired characteristics such as a fast decay time, a low production cost, availability in a large-scale, and a tissue-equivalence. Gaussian energy broadening (GEB) in MCNP simulation is an effective treatment for tallies to calculate the broadened response function or a detector similarly to measured spectra. The full width at half maximum (FVVHM) of a photopeak has been generally used to compute input parameters required for the GEB treatment. However, it is hard to rind the photopeak in measured gamma spectra with plastic scintillators so that computation of the input parameters for the GEB has to be taken with another way. In this study, an iterative method for the GEB treated MCNP simulation to calculate the response function of a plastic scintillator is suggested. Instead of the photopeak. Compton maximum and Compton edge were used to estimate energy broadening in the measured spectra and to determine the GEB parameters. In a demonstration with a CsI(TI) scintillator, the proposed iterative simulation showed the similar gamma spectra to the existing method using photopeaks. The proposed method was then applied to a polystyrene scintillator, and the simulation result were in agreement with the measured spectra with only a little iteration.
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Issue Date
2015-09
Language
ENG
Citation

NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, v.795, pp.298 - 304

ISSN
0168-9002
DOI
10.1010/j.nima.2015.06.007
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/200599
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NE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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