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Plastic scintillators with 1-phenyl-3-(mesityl)-2-pyrazoline as unique fluorophore for efficient neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination

Abstract : The development of highly efficient plastic scintillators for neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination is a matter of current interest. This is generally achieved using two fluorophores, with one of them being added to the polymer formulation at a concentration higher than typically 15 weight percent (wt%). Here, we report our results concerning the development of highly performant poly(vinyltoluene)-based (PVT) plastic scintillators for efficient fast neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination, using 1-phenyl-3-(mesityl)-2-pyrazoline (1) as the only guest fluorophore. On our route during this study, the synthesis of the compound 1 has been revisited. Analysis and evaluation of the radioluminescence properties of these novel PVT-based plastic scintillators containing compound 1 are also described. In particular their light output and neutron/gamma discrimination ability were characterized. The sample doped with 15 wt% of compound 1 has a light output of 0.65 relative to EJ-200 and a neutron/gamma discrimination figure of merit of 0.84 in the range 450–500 keVee. •Efficient and inexpensive synthesis of 1-phenyl-3-(mesityl)-2-pyrazoline (PMP).•PMP as primary fluorophore of plastic scintillators for fast neutron/gamma PSD.•Polymer Characterization of highly doped PVT matrix with PMP.
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Fabrice Bisaro, Alya Inial, Jérémie Gatignol, Florent Allix, Aurélie Stallivieri, et al.. Plastic scintillators with 1-phenyl-3-(mesityl)-2-pyrazoline as unique fluorophore for efficient neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination. Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A, 2022, 1030, pp.166469. ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2022.166469⟩. ⟨hal-03596614⟩

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