Performance of timing resistive plate chambers with relativistic neutrons from 300 to 1500MeV
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015
A prototype composed of four resistive plate chamber layers has been exposed to quasi-monoenergetic neutrons produced from a deuteron beam of varying energy (300 to 1500 AMeV) in experiment S406 at GSI, Darmstad, Germany. Each layer, with an active area of about 2000x500mm(2), is made of modules containing the active gaps, all in multigap construction. Each gap is defined by 0.3mm nylon mono-filaments positioned between 2.85mm thick float glass electrodes. The modules are operated in avalanche mode with a non-flammable gas mixture composed of 90% C2H2F4 and 10% SF6. The signals are readout by a pick-up electrode formed by 15 copper strips (per layer), spaced at a pitch of 30mm, connected at both sides to timing front end electronics. Measurements of the time of flight jitter of neutrons, in the mentioned energy range, point to a contribution of the resistive plate chamber in the order of 150 ps, independent of the neutron energy.
Instrumentation and methods for time-of-flight (TOF) spectroscopy
Neutron detectors (cold