Title: Neutron Counting and Gamma Spectrometry with MCA-527
Authors: BERNDT ReinhardBRUTSCHER JoergMORTREAU Patricia
Citation: Symposium on International Safeguards: Linking Strategy,Implementation and People (IAEA-CN-220)
Publisher: IAEA
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC92260
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC92260
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The digital MCA-527 [1] was developed by GBS Electronik as follower instrument of the MiniMCA-166, which cannot be produced any more due to missing electronic chips. The instrument was successfully tested for use by IAEA and EURATOM safeguards inspectors [2]. In the course of the tests it was understood that this same piece of hardware can be used for correlated and multiplicity counting as well. A dedicated firmware version and a user software, WinTimeStamps, were developed by the instrument provider. Test results for this application show that the instrument, operated in its basic mode (“EDGE” mode) fulfils the requirements for correlated neutron counting. Due to the fact that the MCA-527 is not a dedicated neutron counter but a multichannel analyzer, it is slower than established neutron counting devices; however this is of no real relevance for most of the safeguards inspection applications. Further study of the signal flow resulted in the development of a new signal evaluation method which integrates rather than counts TTL signals. The method is implemented as “Advanced High Count Rate” mode (“AHCR” mode). In this mode, the MCA-527 is faster than the other established neutron counters. The paper presents some relevant measurement results both for gamma spectrometry and neutron counting device.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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