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Characterizing a Mini Gamma Detector

E. Márquez-Quintos, Sciprofile linkEduardo Moreno Barbosa, J. E. Espinosa, Benito De Celis Alonso, Margarita Amaro Aranda, R. Palomino Merino
Journal of Nuclear Physics, Material Sciences, Radiation and Applications , Volume 7, pp 159-163; doi:10.15415/jnp.2020.72020

Abstract: There are several types of gamma radiation detectors, which have different characteristics depending on its use. We designed and instrumented a gamma detector for low energies of a small and portable size to obtain spectrum from radioactive sources and from that analyze each spectrum. This instrument basically consists of a scintillator crystal coupled to a SiPM this in turn coupled to a PCB card designed with capacitors and resistors for a better signal, a voltage source of 29 volts. For signal acquisition the system must be connected to an oscilloscope this in turn is controlled by a script developed in Python. For the calibration radioactive isotopes with the same dimensions were used, caesium-137 (Cs-137), cobalto-60 (Co-60), sodium-22 (Na-22) and manganese-54 (Mn-54) as gamma ray emission.
Keywords: Sodium / Python / crystal / isotopes / gamma / detector / script / card / Resistors / volts

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