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  • 1 Delft University of Technology Interfaculty Reactor Institute Mekelweg 15 2629JB Delft The Netherlands
  • | 2 National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg Maryland USA
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Commercially available pulse generators for use in -ray spectroscopy to correct for dead-time and pile-up losses share the problem that the fall-time of the output pulses does not match the fall-time of the detector pulse. Upon pulse shaping in the main amplifier the pulser's signals result in a considerable undershoot of the amplifier's output signal, which cannot be restored by theP/Z network. As a result, peaks in the -ray spectrum are broadened. Moreover, amplitude stability of the generators is often poorer than the overall gain stability of the spectrometer. To overcome these problems a special pulse generator has been developed at the Interfaculty Reactor Institute, which simulates Ge-detector signals. It generates pulses with a constant frequency of 25 Hz using a crystal oscillator controlled mercury relay. The stability of the generator's amplitude and frequency is extremely high and the peak-shapes in the -ray spectrum are not distorted.