Comments on the stochastic characteristics of fission chamber signals
Journal article, 2014
This paper reports on theoretical investigations of the stochastic properties of the signal series of ionisation chambers, in particular fission chambers. First, a simple and transparent derivation is given of the higher order moments of the random detector signal for incoming pulses with a non homogeneous Poisson distribution and random pulse heights and arbitrary shape. Exact relationships are derived for the higher order moments of the detector signal, which constitute a generalisation of the so-called higher order Campbelling techniques. The probability distribution of the number of time points when the signal exceeds a certain level is also derived. Then, a few simple pulse shapes and amplitude distributions are selected as idealised models of the detector signals. Assuming that the incoming particles form a homogeneous Poisson process, explicit expressions are given for the higher order moments of the signal and the number of level crossings in a given time interval for the selected pulse shapes.
order campbell techniques