A scintillating plastic fiber tracking detector for neutron and proton imaging and spectroscopy

James Ryan, University of New Hampshire
J R. Macri, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
M L. McConnell, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Richard A. Mesner, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Wenhui Li, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Hansford H. Cutlip, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Quihua Zheng, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Calos M. Casteneda, University of California - Davis
Juan L. Romero, University of California - Davis


We report the results of recent calibration data analysis of a prototype scintillating fiber tracking detectorsystem designed to perform imaging, spectroscopy and particle identification on 20 to 250 MeVneutrons and protons. We present the neutron imaging concept and briefly review the detection principle and the prototype description. The prototype detector system records ionization track data on an event-by-event basis allowing event selection criteria to be used in the off-line analysis. Images of acrylic phantoms from the analysis of recent proton beam calibrations (14 to 65 MeV range) are presented as demonstrations of the particle identification, imaging and energy measurement capabilities. The measured position resolution is <500 >μm. The measured energy resolution (ΔE/E, FWHM) is 14.2% at 35 MeV. An effective technique for track identification and data compression is presented. The detection techniques employed can be applied to measurements in a variety of disciplines including solar and atmospheric physics, radiation therapy and nuclear materials monitoring. These applications are discussed briefly as are alternative detector configurations and future development plans