Neutron flux characterisation of the Pavia TRIGA Mark II research reactor for radiobiological and microdosimetric applications

Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2015 Sep;166(1-4):261-5. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncv291. Epub 2015 May 9.


Nowadays the Pavia TRIGA reactor is available for national and international collaboration in various research fields. The TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor of the Pavia University offers different in- and out-core neutron irradiation channels, each characterised by different neutron spectra. In the last two years a campaign of measurements and simulations has been performed in order to guarantee a better characterisation of these different fluxes and to meet the demands of irradiations that require precise information on these spectra in particular for radiobiological and microdosimetric studies. Experimental data on neutron fluxes have been collected analysing and measuring the gamma activity induced in thin target foils of different materials irradiated in different TRIGA experimental channels. The data on the induced gamma activities have been processed with the SAND II deconvolution code and finally compared with the spectra obtained with Monte Carlo simulations. The comparison between simulated and measured spectra showed a good agreement allowing a more precise characterisation of the neutron spectra and a validation of the adopted method.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Gamma Rays
  • Humans
  • Microtechnology / instrumentation*
  • Monte Carlo Method
  • Neutrons*
  • Nuclear Reactors / instrumentation*
  • Radiobiology / instrumentation*
  • Radiometry / instrumentation*