Compton suppression and nuclear spectroscopy techniques
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The following document is a presentation of work undertaken while at The University of Texas at Austin in the Nuclear Engineering program. A literature review of pertaining to Compton suppression and the necessary components associated with it are presented. An overview of the work I have performed at The University of Texas at Austin is presented. The research focused on Compton suppression with emphasis on characterization of the detection system used as well as applications of Compton suppression for real world use. Characterization of the system was performed in such ways as measuring the optimal location for samples to be placed relative to the detector face, determining the ideal location of the detector within the NaI crystal to obtain the best peak to Compton ratio, understanding the relationship between detector dead time and the effectiveness of Compton suppression, and verifying the applicability of Poisson statistics to Compton suppressed detection systems. The applications of Compton suppression for real world use took the form of research carried out with irradiated samples to determine the effectiveness of using such techniques for fission product identification. Finally, an overview of the work performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory is given. The work at LANL focused on setting up electronic components used in nuclear spectroscopy experimentation as well as a complete analysis of the program SYNTH that is used for modeling spectra from radioactive isotopes.