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Muon-induced production of radioactive isotopes in scintillation detectors

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Schönert,  S.
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Hagner, T., von Hentig, R., Heisinger, B., Oberauer, L., Schönert, S., von Feilitzsch, F., et al. (2000). Muon-induced production of radioactive isotopes in scintillation detectors. Astroparticle Physics, 14(1), 33-47. doi:10.1016/S0927-6505(00)00103-1.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-85EB-A
Abstract
The production of radioactive isotopes in scintillation detectors by muons and their secondary shower particles has been studied experimentally at the SPS muon beam at CERN. This paper shows the results obtained in cross-section measurements on liquid scintillator targets, especially on 12C which is the most relevant target in these organic materials. Their energy dependence has been deduced from the cross-sections determined at two muon energies 100 and 190 GeV. Based on the measured cross-sections the muon-induced background rates for the forthcoming solar neutrino experiments BOREXINO and KAMLAND have been calculated for different energy regions that are relevant for solar neutrino physics.