The high-efficiency γ-ray spectroscopy setup γ3 at HIγS

B. Loher, V. Derya, T. Aumann, J. Beller, N. Cooper, M. Duchene, J. Endres, E. Fiori, J. Isaak, J.H. Kelley, M. Knorzer, N. Pietralla, C. Romig, D. Savran, Marcus Scheck, H. Scheit, J. Silva, A. Tonchec, W. Tornow, H. WellerV. Werner, A. Zilges

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The existing Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence (NRF) setup at the HIγS facility at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory at Duke University has been extended in order to perform γ–γ coincidence experiments. The new setup combines large volume View the MathML source detectors and high resolution HPGe detectors in a very close geometry to offer high efficiency, high energy resolution as well as high count rate capabilities at the same time. The combination of a highly efficient γ-ray spectroscopy setup with the mono-energetic high-intensity photon beam of HIγS provides a worldwide unique experimental facility to investigate the γ-decay pattern of dipole excitations in atomic nuclei. The performance of the new setup has been assessed by studying the nucleus 32S at 8.125 MeV beam energy. The relative γ-decay branching ratio from the 1+ level at 8125.4 keV to the first excited 2+ state was determined to 15.7(3)%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • γ-ray spectroscopy
  • Lanthanum bromide
  • High-purity germanium
  • High efficiency
  • Coincidence measurement
  • Nuclear resonance fluorescence


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