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How Accurately Can We Determine Spectra in High-Energy Neutron Fields with Bonner Spheres?

Marcel Reginatto, Eike Hohmann, Burkhard Wiegel

Nuclear Technology / Volume 168 / Number 2 / November 2009 / Pages 328-332

Neutron Measurements / Special Issue on the 11th International Conference on Radiation Shielding and the 15th Topical Meeting of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division (Part 2) / Radiation Protection /

Extended-range Bonner sphere spectrometers are well suited for spectrometry in neutron fields that extend from thermal energies to a few hundred mega-electron-volts. The data analysis, however, is not straightforward, and it is of interest to evaluate how well the main features of the spectrum can be determined by the measurements and to estimate the uncertainties of integral quantities of interest, e.g., fluence and dose. In this paper, we apply Bayesian parameter estimation to this problem. We use simulated data that model measurements made in neutron fields behind shielding at high-energy accelerators.

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