Multiple scattering Compton camera with neutron activation for material inspection

Taewoong Lee, Wonho Lee

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We designed a multiple scattering Compton camera (MSCC) based on a lanthanum bromide (LaBr3:Ce) scintillator to detect neutron-activated prompt gamma-rays for material inspection. The system parameters such as detector thickness and inter-detector distances were optimized on the basis of figure of merit (FOM). The FOM was maximized when the inter-detector distance and detector thickness were 18 cm and 1.5 cm, respectively. Under the optimized conditions, energy spectra and spatial images were obtained to identify various substances, and the results matched well with theoretical data. The probability of multiple Compton scattering was higher than that of conventional Compton scattering at high energies (~MeV), which proved the effectiveness of MSCC to detect prompt gamma-rays. Simulations with realistic conditions showed the feasibility of using the MSCC investigate of materials in field applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grants ( 2012-0006399 , 2013M2A2A4023359 ) and BK21 plus ( 21A20132212094 ) funded by the Korean government.


  • Lanthanum bromide (LaBr:Ce)
  • Multiple scattering Compton camera (MSCC)
  • Neutron-activated prompt gamma-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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