22-26 October 2018
Hotel Intourist Kolomenskoye 4*
Europe/Moscow timezone

Сompact neutron generators for the calibration of low background experiments

22 Oct 2018, 15:40
2h 30m
Petrovskiy hall (Hotel Intourist Kolomenskoye 4*)

Petrovskiy hall

Hotel Intourist Kolomenskoye 4*

Kashirskoye shosse, 39B, Moscow, Russia, 115409
Poster Facilities and advanced detector technologies Poster session and coffee-buffet


Maxim Gromov (SINP MSU)


In the coming years, the compact monoenergetic neutron generators producing up to $10^3$ n/s may become an alternative to the standard neutron sources based on radioactive isotopes for the calibrations of neutrino and dark matter detectors. Such neutron generators have a typical size of about several centimetres, they may be manufactured using low-background materials and require only low voltage power supply like a standard CR2032 battery for operation. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of two types of the compact neutron generators, namely a pyroelectric neutron source and a source based on the carbon nanotubes. Also the results of the technical analysis of the possibilities to apply such sources for the calibration of low-background experiments are given, the variants of the internal device design are shown and the data of the primary tests of a full-size compact neutron generator prototype are presented.

The research was supported by the grant from the Russian Science Foundation (project №16-19-10535).

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