Developments of In-Situ SEOP Polarized 3He Neutron Spin Filter in Japan

H. Kira, Y. Sakaguchi, T. Oku, J. Suzuki, M. Nakamura, M. Arai, Y. Endoh, L. J. Chang, K. Kakurai, Y. Arimoto, T. Ino, H. M. Shimizu, T. Kamiyama, K. Ohoyama, H. Hiraka, K. Tsutsumi, K. Yamada

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We launched the polarized 3He neutron spin filters (NSF) project in order to provide neutron polarization for the pulsed neutron beams in Japan. We adopted the in-situ spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP) technique to polarize the nuclear spin of 3He atoms because it has some advantages for our applications. The overall system size is compact and it avoids the problem of the time decay of nuclear spin of 3He thus suppressing the costs of maintenance and providing other advantages [1, 2] with respect to data analysis and quality. In this paper, we performed pulsed neutron beam tests of our compact in-situ SEOP NSF system at the BL10 beamline in the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). The polarization of the 3He gas reached was 73 % and a pump-up time constant of 9.5 h was observed. This paper is a status report about the development of in-situ SEOP NSF system for the pulsed beam at J-PARC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012014
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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