"hERCULES": Design, instrumentation, and performance characteristics of a high-efficiency evaporation-residue counter under a lot of elastic scattering for spectroscopic studies with Gammasphere

W. Reviol, D. G. Sarantites, R. J. Charity, C. J. Chiara, J. Elson, M. Montero, O. L. Pechenaya, S. K. Ryu, L. G. Sobotka

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Abstract

A high-efficiency evaporation-residue counter (named HERCULES) has been designed and constructed. It consists of 64 thin fast-plastic scintillators arranged in four rings covering an angular range of 3.1-19.1° at 30.9 cm from the target. The device design has been optimized for use with GAMMASPHERE. Evaporation residues are well separated from elastic scattering, fission events, and other undesirable reaction debris by time-of-flight and pulse-height analysis. Each detector element can operate at rates up to 0.5 MHz with signal recovery in about 10 ns. The geometry, construction, light-output characteristics, stability of the measured quantities, associated electronics, and in-beam performance of the device are described. For energy-degraded fission fragments with kinetic energies of less than 45 MeV, it is found that (1) the Z dependence of the pulse height disappears and (2) the light output per unit energy increases with decreasing energy. For evaporation residues from two reactions, in which the evaporation channels dominate and in which the residue cross-section is about 100 times smaller than the fission cross-section, angular distributions and sample γ-ray spectra are shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-500
Number of pages23
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume541
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 11 2005

Keywords

  • Evaporation-residue detection
  • Fission background
  • Light-output quenching
  • γ-ray spectroscopy

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