Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada + Cs137 spectrum with odd peak

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Re: Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada + Cs137 spectrum with odd peak

Post by Steven Sesselmann » 02 May 2019, 17:56

Conor,

Yes that is strange, I am not familiar with the Theremino adapter circuit, so I can't comment.

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Re: Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada + Cs137 spectrum with odd peak

Post by Peter-1 » 02 May 2019, 19:54

hello Conor,
I'm a little surprised that immediately after the peak 661keV no more lines, no noise is visible. I also use theremino and made many attempts to find the right fit. I suspect that the sound card can not handle the signal. As a simple test, I suggest taking the salt KCl as a test. If the peak comes right everything is ok. See the example made with 150 gram KCl.
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Re: Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada + Cs137 spectrum with odd peak

Post by Conor Whyte » 03 May 2019, 03:11

The sound card is the default from Theremino MCA. You're right about the spectrum not showing beyond 800KeV. I haven't seen this unless I use PRA.
In PRA I have seen lines all the way to 3MeV. I think Theremino MCA 7.3 is having problems resolving some of the higher energies... not too sure why/

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Re: Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada + Cs137 spectrum with odd peak

Post by GEOelectronics » 09 May 2019, 04:54

Nice catch Conor.

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Well the problem seems to be solved now. I tried upping the voltage slightly to 845V and the parasitic peak dissipated quickly. So, it appears that the theremino PMT adapter has a stability problem at its lowest setting of 800V. Measuring the output at the lowest voltage drift about 10v over the course of ~30minutes.
upping the voltage helped stabilize the output and the drift was minimal, even after an hour.

Weird...


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Re: Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada + Cs137 spectrum with odd peak

Post by Conor Whyte » 29 May 2019, 10:29

So, I have concluded that the sound card that comes with the Theremino MCA is actually sampling far lower than advertised. The issue is pulse pile up which is why there was poor separation between Mn54 and Cs137. The chipset is unknown... looks like a copied ADC chip.

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