Antineutrino Detection Based on Heterogeneous Scintillation Lattice

Nuclear non-proliferation has become one of the prime objectives of US national and international security policy.  Antineutrino reactor monitoring has been experimentally demonstrated, but in order to become practical for safeguards applications, detectors, which can perform at the surface, near nuclear reactors are necessary.  We propose a novel detector concept which is based on combining the best features of two known techniques.  The resulting combination of good spatial resolution and clean neutron tagging allows one to effectively reject backgrounds and the high light-collection efficiency provides superior energy resolution in antineutrino events, both features are necessary prerequisites for monitoring of the plutonium content in nuclear reactors.

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