An Intelligent, Compact Single-Channel Analyser
Introducing a new member to our product line of digital Single Channel Analyzers, the bPAD-422: a compact, tube-based and digital bPAD model with RS422/485 communication interface. The bPAD-422, together with our microprocessor-based digital counters (DAS) in a easy-to-carry suitcase, becomes an essential measurement system for any application that involves the use of radiotracers in industrial processes.
The bPAD-422 is an intelligent, compact Single-Channel Analyzer. Unlike traditional designs, this device is fully digitally controlled via USB: no scope or messing with screwdrivers is necessary. A simple PC application allows all the parameters (High Voltage level, amplification factor, discriminator thresholds) to be quickly set. More than that, a pseudo-PHA mode is implemented, allowing to acquire a spectrum in order to set the discriminator window from the peak of interest. All the settings are stored in permanent memory, so the device can function in standalone mode every time the power is applied.
The device contains a Preamplifier-Amplifier-Discriminator with TTL and via RS422/485 digital output. The bPAD-422 also includes its own high voltage power supply for operating standard 14-pin photomultiplier tubes, which are commonly used with scintillator-type radiation detectors (e.g. Plastic, NaI(Tl), LaBr, CeBr, etc).
The bPAD-422 is a compact system used to monitor the count rate in an energy region of interest (ROI). The detected signal is output as a TTL pulse and via RS422/485 communication protocol, making it compatible with most industrial, environmental and laboratory counting systems. In contrast with traditional SCAs the bPAD is fully controlled by a microprocessor, providing easy setup and “smart” modes of operations.
Features at a glance
- RS422/485 communication interface
- Acquisition mode 1: Differential
- Acquisition mode 2: Integral
- Upper and Lower Level Discriminator resolution: 2048 steps
- Analogue amplification factor from 1 to 256
- TTL-compatible pulse output
- High-voltage supply of up to 1500V
- External power input of 6 to 36V
- Size: 56mm diameter by 60mm long (71mm counting the connector length)
The bPAD is an advanced, microprocessor-based, compact electronic device that integrates a charge-sensitive preamplifier, a variable-gain amplifier and a window discriminator; all in a 14pin photomultiplier tube base. This electronic device outputs a TTL pulse and via RS422/485 per photo-event detected by a scintillator detector in the energy range of interest. This type of device is also often referred to as a Single Channel Analyser (SCA).
bPAD also includes a miniature, programmable and efficient high-voltage supply to provide the power necessary to operate the most widespread range of photomultipliers used with scintillator detectors. The output voltage can be set in the range from 0 to 1500 Volts with a resolution of 4096 steps.
Since the bPAD is a microprocessor-controlled device, it benefits from being easy to setup. The device connects to a PC via its USB interface, and by using the provided software all the operational settings can be configured and fine-tuned for any kind of scintillator detector. Once the setup is complete, all the settings are saved into the device’s non-volatile memory.
The PC software also comes with a “pseudo-PHA” acquisition mode. In this mode, the software slides the single-channel window over the whole input range, constructing in such a way an energy spectrum. By using this spectrum, the user can visually identify the energy range of interest and immediately set the boundaries of the bPAD discriminator window. This represents a large improvement over the traditional “blind” method used with most other SCAs.
bPAD has two modes of operation:
- Integral, where counts are output for signals above a single energy threshold level
- Differential, where counts are output for signals within a defined energy window (SCA)
The output pulses correspond to counted events in the energy window of interest. They are 5-volt TTL signals with 2.5 μsec duration. The bPAD can be ordered to output pulses with a duration of 10 μsec instead.
The bPAD can be powered via the USB connection or by an external DC power supply of 6 to 36 volts. Three colour LEDs are used for status indications: Red for detector high voltage, Yellow for incoming count rate (ICR) and Green for power and communication status.
The bPAD is a compact device with a size of 65 mm diameter by 71 mm high (60 mm not counting the TTL output connector) . bPAD weights less than 80 grams. All the above-mentioned features make the bPAD a very attractive component for industrial and automated
Our standard acquisition and spectrometry software is bundled with and can be used to connect to any of our Multi-Channel Analysers for managing operations such as setup, control, data acquisition and visualisation.
A digital oscilloscope function allows the user to monitor the input and filtered pulses to aid in fine-tuning the MCA parameters. The program also includes a few spectrometry-related functions for processing the spectral data such as calibration, ROI analysis and peak search.
- Control of the operation of the MCA device
- Setup of acquisition parameters
- Data acquisition in Pulse Height Analysis (PHA) and Multi-Channel Scaling (MCS) modes
- Visualisation of the energy spectrum
- Peak search and energy calibration
- ROI-based spectrum analysis
- Saving of acquired spectra into files in ASCII format
- Generation of reports
- Creation and use of nuclide libraries
- Possibility of calling an external application for further spectrum processing at the click of a button
Modern Gamma Spectroscopy Software
The new bGamma spectroscopy Software is an all-inclusive, modern software package for gamma-ray spectrum analysis, radionuclide identification and quantification. The software can analyse any recorded gamma-ray spectrum independently of the detector type, geometry or sample.
bGamma provides all the necessary tools and functionality for performing a detailed analysis of complex gamma-ray spectra and the corresponding radionuclide identification for the given sample.
“The new bGamma software is a comprehensive software package designed from the outset to bring gamma spectrum analysis up to modern requirements…”
- Multi-document application
- Controls data acquisition via detector-MCA setups
- Implements several automatic peak search methods
- Provides different methods for peaks’ continuum correction
- Region of interest (ROI) calculations and automatic and/or manual marking
- Energy and shape calibrations using comprehensive data input with visual interaction
- Easy to perform and yet powerful efficiency calibration
- Includes several powerful spectrum analysis fitting methods, including Bayesian fitting. This wide choice of analysis methods warranties the success and/or suitability of spectrum analysis for any kind of gamma-ray spectrum and analysis needs
- Fitting and mathematical model parameters are at hand for their quick changes and optimisation
- Advanced and modern GUI for superb spectrum and analysis results visualization