Optimization of analogue and digital measurement chains for a CLYC detector

SCK•CEN Mentor

Borella Alessandro, aborella@sckcen.be, +32 (0)14 33 28 44

Expert group

Nuclear Science and Technology Studies

SCK•CEN Co-mentor

Mihailescu Cristian, lmihaile@sckcen.be, +32 (0)14 33 23 89


The Cs2LiYCl6 (CLYC) detector has generated recent interest as a thermal neutron detector due to its excellent neutron vs gamma-ray pulse-shape discrimination and energy resolution. This detector is expected to be deployed in systems that can simultaneously perform gamma-ray spectroscopy, thermal-neutron detection, and fast-neutron spectroscopy. Fields such as border security, nuclear safeguards, dosimetry and experimental nuclear physics will benefit from the availability of systems with such capabilities.


The objective of the proposed work is to determine the optimal parameters both for a digital and analogue electronics combination with a CLYC detector. The target quantities for the optimization are the energy resolution and pulse shape discrimination.

The work will include measurements with gamma and neutron sources with an analogue and digital electronics. The student will have to develop own algorithms for the data analysis and therefore a familiarity with programming languages is required.

The minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be

Academic bachelor , Master of industrial sciences , Master of sciences , Master of sciences in engineering

The candidate needs to have a background in

Electronics , Informatics , Mathematics , Physics