A Monte Carlo simulation of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory proportional counters

Source: arXiv


The third phase of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment added an
array of 3He proportional counters to the detector. The purpose of this Neutral
Current Detection (NCD) array was to observe neutrons resulting from
neutral-current solar neutrino-deuteron interactions. We have developed a
detailed simulation of the current pulses from the NCD array proportional
counters, from the primary neutron capture on 3He through the NCD array
signal-processing electronics. This NCD array Monte Carlo simulation was used
to model the alpha-decay background in SNO's third-phase 8B solar-neutrino

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