A new fission-fragment detector to complement the CACTUS-SiRi setup at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory

T. G. Tornyi, A. Görgen, M. Guttormsen, A. C. Larsen, S. Siem, A. Krasznahorkay, L. Csige

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An array of Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC) for the detection of heavy ions has been developed. The new device, NIFF (Nuclear Instrument for Fission Fragments), consists of four individual detectors and covers 60% of 2π. It was designed to be used in conjunction with the SiRi array of ΔE-E silicon telescopes for light charged particles and fits into the CACTUS array of 28 large-volume NaI scintillation detectors at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory. The low-pressure gas-filled PPACs are sensitive for the detection of fission fragments, but are insensitive to scattered beam particles of light ions or light-ion ejectiles. The PPAC detectors of NIFF have good time resolution and can be used either to select or to veto fission events in in-beam experiments with light-ion beams and actinide targets. The powerful combination of SiRi, CACTUS, and NIFF provides new research opportunities for the study of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions in the actinide region. The new setup is particularly well suited to study the competition of fission and γ decay as a function of excitation energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - Feb 21 2014



  • Coincidence
  • Fission fragment detector
  • PPAC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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