Sep 6, 2016

Design and spectrum calculation of 4H-SiC thermal neutron detectors using FLUKA and TCAD

SiC is a promising material for neutron detection in a harsh environment due to its wide band gap, high displacement threshold energy and high thermal conductivity. To increase the detection efficiency of SiC, a converter such as 6LiF or 10B is introduced. In this paper, pulse-height spectra of a PIN diode with a 6LiF conversion layer exposed to thermal neutrons (0.026 eV) are calculated using TCAD and Monte Carlo simulations. First, the conversion efficiency of a thermal neutron with respect to the thickness of 6LiF was calculated by using a FLUKA code, and a maximal efficiency of approximately 5% was achieved. Next, the energy distributions of both 3H and α induced by the 6LiF reaction according to different ranges of emission angle are analyzed. Subsequently, transient pulses generated by the bombardment of single 3H or α-particles are calculated. Finally, pulse height spectra are obtained with a detector efficiency of 4.53%. Comparisons of the simulated result with the experimental data are also presented, and the calculated spectrum shows an acceptable similarity to the experimental data. This work would be useful for radiation-sensing applications, especially for SiC detector design.

Keywords:  4H-SiC;  Thermal neutron detector;  Simulation;  Pulse height spectra

Source: Sciencedirect

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