Master of Science in Health Physics
Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences
First Committee Member
Ralf Sudowe, Co-Chair
Second Committee Member
Phillip Patton, Co-Chair
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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The purpose of this research was to characterize the neutron energy distribution and flux emitted from the UNLV plutonium-beryllium source, serial number MRC-N-W PuBe 453. This was accomplished through the use of the MCNPX/5 Monte-Carlo particle transport code to simulate radiation interactions within the physical environment of the source and its surroundings. The moderating drum currently containing the source as well as all of the sampling ports were accurately modeled in MCNPX/5. This geometry was then used to simulate the neutron interactions taking place in these geometries. The results of the simulations were then verified by the use of specifically chosen activation detectors and threshold foils designed to accurately convey information on the energy distribution and flux of the neutrons present at multiple sampling locations.
Activation foil; Beryllium compounds; MCNPX; Monte Carlo method; Neutron activation analysis; Neutron flux; Nuclear activation analysis; Plutonium-beryllium (Pu-Be); Plutonium compounds
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nuclear
Harvey, Zachary R., "Neutron flux and energy characterization of a plutonium-beryllium isotopic neutron source by Monte Carlo simulation with verification by neutron activation analysis" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 900.