Treatment of background in γ-γ fast-timing measurements

E. R. Gamba, A. M. Bruce, M. Rudigier

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Background characterisation in γ-γ fast-timing measurements is of essential importance when lifetimes of the order of tens of picoseconds are being measured. In this work, the nature, composition and behaviour of the timing background is extensively discussed and an adaptation of the background subtraction method used in E γ -E γ -E γ cubes to the case of E γ -E γ -ΔT cubes, is presented. This is applied to 252 Cf fission data, showing very low peak-to-background ratios (less than 0.5), collected using a hybrid array made of 51 HPGe detectors from Gammasphere and 25 LaBr 3 (Ce) scintillators. Two different procedures are suggested: the “Interpolation” approach and the “Three Samples” approach. Both were used to measure the lifetime of the 2 + state in 110 Ru, and gave τ = 483(38) ps and τ = 445(34) ps, respectively, both within one standard deviation of the literature value of τ l = 462(29) ps. The 2 + state in 114 Pd was also measured using the three samples approach and the lifetime obtained was τ = 104(12) ps, consistent with the literature lifetime of τ l = 118(20) ps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2019


  • Background correction
  • Centroid shift method
  • Fast-timing
  • GCD method
  • Lifetime measurements
  • γ-γ coincidences


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