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A scintillation subtraction spectrometer for eliminating Compton continua from gamma-ray spectra

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dc.contributor.author Caughley, John Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-25T21:17:54Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-30T19:13:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-25T21:17:54Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-30T19:13:14Z
dc.date.copyright 1960
dc.date.issued 1960
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/25961
dc.description.abstract The gamma-ray scintillation counter, using a phosphor such as NaI(Tl) which contains a heavy element, shows a spectrum for each gamma-ray energy present consisting of: (i) a total-energy peak (or "photopeak"); (ii) a Compton continuum extending up to a cutoff just below the total-energy peak; (iii) a backscatter peak at a low energy; (iv) possibly two pair-production peaks with energies 511 and 1022 KeV below the total-energy peak. The overall spectrum of a source giving a wide variety of gamma-ray energies is complex and difficult to interpret (e.g. to determine the energies and intensities of the gamma-rays present). By using an organic (plastic) phosphor, which only shows the Compton continua, and subtracting its spectrum from that of the NaI, a considerably simpler spectrum results. The backscatter peaks do not extend above 250 KeV, and pair-production peaks are negligible for gamma-ray energies below 2000 KeV. Most of the sources with which this spectrometer is intended to be used, have their gamma-ray energies lying within this range, and will be represented only by a total energy peak for each gamma-ray energy. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title A scintillation subtraction spectrometer for eliminating Compton continua from gamma-ray spectra en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Physics en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ


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