Fiber-optic Multipoint Radiation Sensing System using Waveguide Scintillators
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Novel fiber-optic radiation sensors and a multipoint measurement method that takes advantage of them have been developed. The new sensor design, which we call a "waveguide scintillator", consists of a scintillating material and a wavelength-shifting fiber (WLSF). The WLSF is embedded in the scintillating material, and each end is connected to a transparent optical fiber. These waveguide scintillators can be connected in series along an optical fiber loop to form a radiation monitoring system, and each end of the fiber loop is terminated with a photodetector. <BR>This new radiation monitoring arrangement dispenses with the need for electronic apparatus at each measuring point and consequently improves resistance to noise. Furthermore, it offers the advantages of multipoint monitoring-meaning that radiation intensity can be measured at multiple sensors--using only two photodetectors. <BR>We have examined the light output characteristics and time resolution of a prototype arrangement of these new waveguide scintillators, thus confirming the feasibility of multipoint measurements using a system of multiple waveguide scintillators connected in series in an optical fiber loop.
- Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology 33(5), p.381-389, 1996-05-25
Atomic Energy Society of Japan