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A Plastic scintillator

  1. Nov 7, 2016 #1
    . why plastic scintillator is more useful than other scintillator in beta decay experiment??
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2016 #2

    mfb

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    It depends on what you want to measure.
    Did you look up the advantages and disadvantages of plastic scintillators?
     
  4. Nov 8, 2016 #3
    I want to measure the end point energy of beta particles emitted from a radioactive source which is placed above the plastic scintillator ... yeah I am looking for the advantages of plastic scintillator in this particular case..
     
  5. Nov 8, 2016 #4
    One reason is that the heavy Z components of an inorganic scintillator creates more backscatter than an organic which causes spectral distortion.
     
  6. Nov 8, 2016 #5

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    Then you probably want a good energy resolution, while timing resolution is not that important. Every comparison of scintillator types should cover those two things.
     
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