The response of single crystal diamond detectors to 17–34 MeV neutrons

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  • Mitja Majerle
  • Maurizio Angelone
  • Antonin Krása
  • Jan R. Novák
  • R. Pilotti
  • Arjan Plompen
  • Eva Šimečková
  • Milan Stefanik

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  • Nuclear Physics Institute of the CAS
  • EC - JRC - European Commission - Joint Research Centre
  • UJF - Nuclear Physics Institute CAS - Public Research Institution
  • ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies

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The first measurements of the response of diamond detectors to neutrons in the energy range 17–34 MeV are presented. The diamond detectors were irradiated with quasi-monoenergetic neutrons generated through the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction. The measured pulse-height spectra show specific peaks associated to neutron induced reactions in carbon. The peak of the 12C(n,alpha0)9Be was clearly separated from the rest of the spectra. The 12C(n,d0)11B and 12C(n,p0)12B peaks were clearly identified on a continuum originating from the breakup 12C(n,3alpha) reaction, which dominates the low-energy part of the pulse-height spectra. The 12C(n,alpha0)9Be, 12C(n,d0)11B and 12C(n,p0)12B cross sections that have never been measured in this high-energy range before were determined. The measured data are compared with the European Activation File EAF-2010 library evaluated values.


Original languageEnglish
Article number163014
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2020


  • Diamond detectors, Neutron spectroscopy, Neutron detectors, fast neutron detection

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