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Alen...akhin V.Y.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Research | Bystritsky V.M.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Research | Zamyatin N.I.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Research | Zubarev E.V.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Research | And 12 more authors.
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment | Year: 2015

Abstract A new technology for diamond detection in kimberlite based on the tagged neutron method is proposed. The results of experimental researches on irradiation of kimberlite samples with 14.1-MeV tagged neutrons are discussed. The source of the tagged neutron flux is a portable neutron generator with a built-in 64-pixel silicon alpha-detector with double-sided stripped readout. Characteristic gamma rays resulting from inelastic neutron scattering on nuclei of elements included in the composition of kimberlite are registered by six gamma-detectors based on BGO crystals. The criterion for diamond presence in kimberlite is an increased carbon concentration within a certain volume of the kimberlite sample. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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