Theory of particle detection and multiplicity counting with dead time effects
Paper i proceeding, 2013

The subject of this paper is the investigation of the effect of the dead time on the statistics of the particle detection process. A theoretical treatment is provided with the application of the methods of renewal theory. The detector efficiency and various types of the dead time are accounted for. Exact analytical results are derived for the probability distribution functions, the expectations and the variances of the number of detected particles. Explicit solutions are given for a few representative cases. The results should serve for the evaluation of the measurements in view of the dead time correction effects for the higher moments of the detector counts.


Dead time

Multiplicity counting


L. Pal

Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia

Imre Pazsit

Chalmers, Teknisk fysik, Nukleär teknik

International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2013

Vol. 1 475-486
9781627486439 (ISBN)


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