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Measurement of Scintillation and Ionization Yield and Scintillation Pulse Shape from Nuclear Recoils in Liquid Argon
H. Cao,T. Alexander,A. Aprahamian,R. Avetisyan,H. O. Back,A. G. Cocco,F. DeJongh,G. Fiorillo,C. Galbiati,L. Grandi,Y. Guardincerri,C. Kendziora,W. H. Lippincott,C. Love,S. Lyons,L. Manenti,C. J. Martoff,Y. Meng,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,D. Olvitt,S. Pordes,H. Qian,B. Rossi,R. Saldanha,S. Sangiorgio,K. Siegl,S. Y. Strauss,W. Tan,J. Tatarowicz,S. Walker,H. Wang,A. W. Watson,S. Westerdale,J. Yoo
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.092007
Abstract: We have measured the scintillation and ionization yield of recoiling nuclei in liquid argon as a function of applied electric field by exposing a dual-phase liquid argon time projection chamber (LAr-TPC) to a low energy pulsed narrow band neutron beam produced at the Notre Dame Institute for Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics. Liquid scintillation counters were arranged to detect and identify neutrons scattered in the TPC and to select the energy of the recoiling nuclei. We report measurements of the scintillation yields for nuclear recoils with energies from 10.3 to 57.3 keV and for median applied electric fields from 0 to 970 V/cm. For the ionization yields, we report measurements from 16.9 to 57.3 keV and for electric fields from 96.4 to 486 V/cm. We also report the observation of an anticorrelation between scintillation and ionization from nuclear recoils, which is similar to the anticorrelation between scintillation and ionization from electron recoils. Assuming that the energy loss partitions into excitons and ion pairs from $^{83m}$Kr internal conversion electrons is comparable to that from $^{207}$Bi conversion electrons, we obtained the numbers of excitons ($N_{ex}$) and ion pairs ($N_i$) and their ratio ($N_{ex}/N_i$) produced by nuclear recoils from 16.9 to 57.3 keV. Motivated by arguments suggesting direction sensitivity in LAr-TPC signals due to columnar recombination, a comparison of the light and charge yield of recoils parallel and perpendicular to the applied electric field is presented for the first time.
Production of high purity TeO2 single crystals for the study of neutrinoless double beta decay
C. Arnaboldi,C. Brofferio,A. Bryant,C. Bucci,L. Canonica,S. Capelli,M. Carrettoni,M. Clemenza,I. Dafinei,S. Di Domizio,F. Ferroni,E. Fiorini,Z. Ge,A. Giachero,L. Gironi,A. Giuliani,P. Gorla,E. Guardincerri,R. Kadel,K. Kazkaz,L. Kogler,Y. Kolomensky,J. Larsen,M. Laubenstein,Y. Li,C. Maiano,M. Martinez,R. Maruyama,S. Nisi,C. Nones,Eric B. Norman,A. Nucciotti,F. Orio,L. Pattavina,M. Pavan,G. Pessina,S. Pirro,E. Previtali,C. Rusconi,Nicholas D. Scielzo,M. Sisti,Alan R. Smith,W. Tian,M. Vignati,H. Wang,Y. Zhu
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2010.06.034
Abstract: High purity TeO2 crystals are produced to be used for the search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te. Dedicated production lines for raw material synthesis, crystal growth and surface processing were built compliant with radio-purity constraints specific to rare event physics experiments. High sensitivity measurements of radio-isotope concentrations in raw materials, reactants, consumables, ancillaries and intermediary products used for TeO2 crystals production are reported. Production and certification protocols are presented and resulting ready-to-use TeO2 crystals are described.
Tests of cosmic ray radiography for power industry applications
J. M. Durham,E. Guardincerri,C. L. Morris,J. Bacon,J. Fabritius,S. Fellows,K. Plaud-Ramos,D. Poulson,J. Renshaw
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: In this report, we assess muon multiple scattering tomography as a non-destructive inspection technique in several typical areas of interest to the nuclear power industry, including monitoring concrete degradation, gate valve conditions, and pipe wall thickness. This work is motivated by the need for radiographic methods that do not require the licensing, training, and safety controls of x-rays, and by the need to be able to penetrate considerable overburden to examine internal details of components that are otherwise inaccessible, with minimum impact on industrial operations. In some scenarios, we find that muon tomography may be an attractive alternative to more typical measurements.
A New Paradigm for Metallic Alloys in Materials Science  [PDF]
Y. Ustinovshikov
Advances in Materials Physics and Chemistry (AMPC) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ampc.2015.57025
Abstract: In the article, taking into account the phase transition “ordering-phase separation” discovered in alloys, new concepts about the diffusion phase transformations in alloys are formulated: chemical interaction between dissimilar atoms exists always in all alloys and at any temperature of heating; alloys offer a surprising and not previously known property of changing the sign of the chemical interaction between dissimilar atoms at a change of the temperature or composition of alloys; diffusion processes occurring in alloys at different temperatures depend on the sign and the absolute magnitude of the energy of the chemical interaction between dissimilar atoms. All these three concepts are analyzed in detail, by the example of Ni-based and Co-based binary alloys using experimental results obtained by transmission electron microscopy. It is shown, on these ideas, how to carry out heat treatment of alloys more rationally, what principles should underpinned in the base of the construction of phase diagrams, how the microstructures of ordering and phase separation affect some properties of alloys.
Detecting Special Nuclear Material Using Muon-Induced Neutron Emission
E. Guardincerri,J. D. Bacon,K. Borodzin,J. M. Durham,J. M. Fabritius II,A. Hecht,E. C. Milner,H. Miyadera,C. L. Morris,J. O. Perry,D. Poulson
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2015.03.070
Abstract: The penetrating ability of cosmic ray muons makes them an attractive probe for imaging dense materials. Here, we describe experimental results from a new technique that uses neutrons generated by cosmic-ray muons to identify the presence of special nuclear material (SNM). Neutrons emitted from SNM are used to tag muon-induced fission events in actinides and laminography is used to form images of the stopping material. This technique allows the imaging of SNM-bearing objects tagged using muon tracking detectors located above or to the side of the objects, and may have potential applications in warhead verification scenarios. During the experiment described here we did not attempt to distinguish the type or grade of the SNM.
Solar neutrino physics with Borexino I
L. Ludhova,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Nef,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,A. Kayunov,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolenksy,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,P. A. Romani,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schoenert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,F. Von Feilitzsch,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012,
Abstract: Borexino is a large-volume liquid scintillator detector installed in the underground halls of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. After several years of construction, data taking started in May 2007. The Borexino phase I ended after about three years of data taking. Borexino provided the first real time measurement of the $^{7}$Be solar neutrino interaction rate with accuracy better than 5% and confirmed the absence of its day-night asymmetry with 1.4% precision. This latter Borexino results alone rejects the LOW region of solar neutrino oscillation parameters at more than 8.5 $\sigma$ C.L. Combined with the other solar neutrino data, Borexino measurements isolate the MSW-LMA solution of neutrino oscillations without assuming CPT invariance in the neutrino sector. Borexino has also directly observed solar neutrinos in the 1.0-1.5 MeV energy range, leading to the first direct evidence of the $pep$ solar neutrino signal and the strongest constraint of the CNO solar neutrino flux up to date. Borexino provided the measurement of the solar $^{8}$B neutrino rate with 3 MeV energy threshold.
Cosmic-muon flux and annual modulation in Borexino at 3800 m water-equivalent depth
G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,C. Hagner,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Sch?nert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2012/05/015
Abstract: We have measured the muon flux at the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory (3800 m w.e.) to be (3.41 \pm 0.01) \times 10-4m-2s-1 using four years of Borexino data. A modulation of this signal is observed with a period of (366\pm3) days and a relative amplitude of (1.29 \pm 0.07)%. The measured phase is (179 \pm 6) days, corresponding to a maximum on the 28th of June. Using the most complete atmospheric data models available, muon rate fluctuations are shown to be positively correlated with atmospheric temperature, with an effective coefficient {\alpha}T = 0.93 \pm 0.04. This result represents the most precise study of the muon flux modulation for this site and is in good agreement with expectations.
Muon and Cosmogenic Neutron Detection in Borexino
Borexino Collaboration,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,S. Bonetti,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,M. Joyce,V. Kobychev,Y. Koshio,D. Korablev,G. Korga,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,C. Lendvai,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,D. Rountree,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Sch?nert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2011, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/6/05/P05005
Abstract: Borexino, a liquid scintillator detector at LNGS, is designed for the detection of neutrinos and antineutrinos from the Sun, supernovae, nuclear reactors, and the Earth. The feeble nature of these signals requires a strong suppression of backgrounds below a few MeV. Very low intrinsic radiogenic contamination of all detector components needs to be accompanied by the efficient identification of muons and of muon-induced backgrounds. Muons produce unstable nuclei by spallation processes along their trajectory through the detector whose decays can mimic the expected signals; for isotopes with half-lives longer than a few seconds, the dead time induced by a muon-related veto becomes unacceptably long, unless its application can be restricted to a sub-volume along the muon track. Consequently, not only the identification of muons with very high efficiency but also a precise reconstruction of their tracks is of primary importance for the physics program of the experiment. The Borexino inner detector is surrounded by an outer water-Cherenkov detector that plays a fundamental role in accomplishing this task. The detector design principles and their implementation are described. The strategies adopted to identify muons are reviewed and their efficiency is evaluated. The overall muon veto efficiency is found to be 99.992% or better. Ad-hoc track reconstruction algorithms developed are presented. Their performance is tested against muon events of known direction such as those from the CNGS neutrino beam, test tracks available from a dedicated External Muon Tracker and cosmic muons whose angular distribution reflects the local overburden profile. The achieved angular resolution is 3-5 deg and the lateral resolution is 35-50 cm, depending on the impact parameter of the crossing muon. The methods implemented to efficiently tag cosmogenic neutrons are also presented.
Borexino calibrations: Hardware, Methods, and Results
Borexino collaboration,H. Back,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,G. Fernandes,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,A. Kayunov,S. Kidner,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,N. Rossi,D. Rountree,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schonert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/7/10/P10018
Abstract: Borexino was the first experiment to detect solar neutrinos in real-time in the sub-MeV region. In order to achieve high precision in the determination of neutrino rates, the detector design includes an internal and an external calibration system. This paper describes both calibration systems and the calibration campaigns that were carried out in the period between 2008 and 2011. We discuss some of the results and show that the calibration procedures preserved the radiopurity of the scintillator. The calibrations provided a detailed understanding of the detector response and led to a significant reduction of the systematic uncertainties in the Borexino measurements.
Lifetime measurements of 214Po and 212Po with the CTF liquid scintillator detector at LNGS
Borexino Collaboration,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,V. Chubakov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. G?ger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,Marcello Lissia,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,F. Mantovani,V. Muratova,S. Nisi,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,N. Rossi,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Sch?nert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,R. B. Vogelaar,F. von Feilitzsch,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,G. Xhixha,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Statistics , 2012,
Abstract: We have studied the alpha decays of 214Po into 210Pb and of 212Po into 208Pb tagged by the coincidence with the preceding beta decays from 214Bi and 212Bi, respectively. The employed 222Rn, 232Th, and 220Rn sources were sealed inside quartz vials and inserted in the Counting Test Facility at the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. We find that the mean lifetime of 214Po is (236.00 +- 0.42(stat) +- 0.15(syst)) \mu s and that of 212Po is (425.1 +- 0.9(stat) +- 1.2(syst)) ns. Our results, obtained from data with signal-to-background ratio larger than 1000, reduce the overall uncertainties and are compatible with previous measurements.
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