Faculty Advisor

Medich, David Christopher

Abstract

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute received a neutron generator which needed to be characterized. This project was created with the intention of accommodating the Radiation Lab’s needs by optimizing and documenting the neutron generator’s capabilities. This research project utilizes the topics of neutron activation and gamma spectroscopy to determine and improve the flux of the beam. The analysis of radioactive gold foils plays a crucial role in providing the data needed to evaluate the beam. Also included is an analysis of the effects of moderation on the fast neutrons produced by the neutron generator. The success of this project resulted in an optimized beam prepared for future WPI research.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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