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Calculation of the profile-dependent neutron backscatter matrix for the JET neutron camera system
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
2017 (English)In: Fusion engineering and design, ISSN 0920-3796, E-ISSN 1873-7196, Vol. 123, p. 865-868Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigated the dependence of the backscatter component of the neutron spectrum on the emissivity profile. We did so for the JET neutron camera system, by calculating a profile-dependent backscatter matrix for each of the 19 camera channels using a MCNP model of the JET tokamak. We found that, when using a low minimum energy for the summation of the counts in the neutron pulse height spectrum, the backscatter contribution can depend significantly on the emissivity profile. The maximum variation in the backscatter level was 24% (8.0% when compared to the total emission). This effect needs to be considered when a correction for the backscatter contribution is applied to the measured profile.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA , 2017. Vol. 123, p. 865-868
Keywords [en]
Neutron, Profile monitor, Backscatter, mcnp
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Subatomic Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341822DOI: 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2017.03.124ISI: 000418992000181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-341822DiVA, id: diva2:1183047
Conference
29th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT), SEP 05-09, 2016, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Liquid scintillators as neutron diagnostic tools for fusion plasmas: System characterization and data analysis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Liquid scintillators as neutron diagnostic tools for fusion plasmas: System characterization and data analysis
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The neutrons produced in fusion devices carry information about various properties of the ions that are reacting in the machine. Measurements of the neutron flux and energy distribution can therefore be used to study the behaviour of the plasma ions under different experimental conditions.

Several neutron detection techniques are available, each having advantages and disadvantages compared to the others. In this thesis we study neutron measurements performed with NE213 liquid scintillators. One advantage of NE213s compared to other neutron detection techniques is that they are simple to use, small and cheap. On the other hand, their response to neutrons makes the extraction of information about the neutron energy less precise.

In the thesis we present the development of methods for the characterization and the data analysis of NE213 detectors. The work was performed using two instruments installed at the Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak in the UK: the “Afterburner” detector, which is an NE213 installed on a tangential line of sight, and the neutron camera, which is a system composed of 19 NE213 detectors installed on different lines of sight (10 horizontal and 9 vertical).The analysis of data from the Afterburner detector was focused on resolving different features of the neutron energy spectra which are related to different properties of the ion velocity distribution.

The analysis of data from the neutron camera was directed towards the investigation of the spatial distribution of ions in the plasma. However, the individual characterization of the camera detectors allowed the inclusion of information about the energy distribution of the ions in the analysis.

The outcomes of the studies performed indicate that the methods developed give reliable results and can therefore be applied to extract information about the plasma ions. In particular, the possibility of performing neutron emission spectroscopy analysis in each line of sight of a neutron camera is of great value for future studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 87
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1646
National Category
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345983 (URN)978-91-513-0275-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-05-04, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-04-11 Created: 2018-03-13 Last updated: 2018-04-11

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