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Evaluation of linac-based delayed gamma neutron activation technique for copper characterization in scrap metal by means of Monte Carlo modeling

Roberto de Stefano 1, * Aly Elayeb 1 Adrien Sari 1 Hamid Makil 1 Philippe Russo 2 Frédérick Carrel 1 
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1 LCAE - Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques
DM2I - Département Métrologie Instrumentation & Information : DRT/LIST/DM2I
Abstract : Delayed gamma rays following neutron activation, induced by a 6 MeV linear electron accelerator (linac) coupled to a deuterium oxide photo-neutron conversion target, are simulated with MCNP6.1. The 1039 keV copper activation gamma peak is detected with a 33 % relative efficiency hyper pure germanium detector. Two copper distributions were assessed for a 2-hour irradiation followed by a 2-hour counting configuration. Homogeneously distributed copper in a planar scrap metal matrix shows 65Cu detection limits of 10.01 g. A solid copper sample, modeled at five distinct positions in the planar scrap metal matrix, exhibits detection limits from 8.27 to 14.27 grams.
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Roberto de Stefano, Aly Elayeb, Adrien Sari, Hamid Makil, Philippe Russo, et al.. Evaluation of linac-based delayed gamma neutron activation technique for copper characterization in scrap metal by means of Monte Carlo modeling. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 2022, ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2022.167441⟩. ⟨cea-03813392⟩

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