Wide Energy Range Gamma-Ray Calibration Source
JINST 6 (2011) T11002
Calibration source with monoenergetic gamma-ray lines in wide energy range designed for gamma-ray detector energetic calibration and testing has been built. Gamma-rays are obtained from thermal neutron capture, which is a suitable and cost efficient way how to provide discrete gamma-ray lines with energies above 3 MeV with reasonable intensity. With appropriate and interchangeable targets the source can generate different gamma-ray spectra with energy up to 10 MeV. We present the data obtained with neutron capture on chlorine, but other elements with high thermal neutron capture cross-section such as chrome, iron, nickel and titanium can be used as well. As neutron source we employ radionuclide source 241Am-Be with emission rate about 106 neutrons/s. The emitted fast neutrons are moderated by a moderator made of light materials such as graphite, standard water or heavy water. Performance of the source is demonstrated by calibration spectra measured by HPGe and scintillation detectors.
Cite article as:
M. Vobecký, "Wide Energy Range Gamma-Ray Calibration Source", JINST 6 (2011) T11002 (2011)