Study of Cosmogenic Neutron Backgrounds at LNGS
Cosmic muon interactions are important contributors to backgrounds in underground detectors when searching for rare events. Typically neutrons dominate this background as they are particularly difficult to shield and detect in a veto system. Since actual background data is sparse and not well documented, simulation studies must be used to design shields and predict background rates. This means that validation of any simulation code is necessary to assure reliable results. This work studies the validation of the FLUKA simulation code, and reports the results of a simulation of cosmogenic background for a liquid argon two-phase detector embedded within a water tank and liquid scintillator shielding.
- Pub Date:
- October 2012
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
- Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors