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Pérez, M., J. J. Blostein, F. A. Bessia, A. Tartaglione, I. Sidelnik, M. S. Haro, S. Suárez, M. L. Gimenez, M. G. Berisso, and J. Lipovetzky. "Thermal neutron detector based on COTS CMOS imagers and a conversion layer containing Gadolinium." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 893 (2018): 157–163.
Abstract: In this work we will introduce a novel low cost position sensitive thermal neutron detection technique, based on a Commercial Off The Shelf CMOS image sensor covered with a Gadolinium containing conversion layer. The feasibility of the neutron detection technique implemented in this work has been experimentally demonstrated. A thermal neutron detection efficiency of 11.3% has been experimentally obtained with a conversion layer of 11.6 Î¼m. It was experimentally verified that the thermal neutron detection efficiency of this technique is independent on the intensity of the incident thermal neutron flux, which was confirmed for conversion layers of different thicknesses. Based on the experimental results, a spatial resolution better than 25 Î¼m is expected. This spatial resolution makes the proposed technique specially useful for neutron beam characterization, neutron beam dosimetry, high resolution neutron imaging, and several neutron scattering techniques.