# Fast neutron damage to HPGe Detector

An observable decrease in the energy resolution of large HPGe detectors was first seen after the irradiation of 5*10^7 n/cm^2<ref>P. H. Stelson, J. K. Dickens, S. Raman, and R. C. Trammell, “Deterioration of Large Ge(Li) Diodes Caused by Fast Neutrons,” Nuclear Instruments and Methods 98,481 (1972).</ref>. I choose a factor of 50 below that value to be the maximum allowable neutron irradiation.

The maximum neutron flux from a point source will occur exactly at the center of the detector face, where the expression for integral flux over a period

is simply: , where is the neutron rate of the source.The number of days it would take to reach an integral flux of 10^6 n/cm^2, as a function of the distance from source to HPGe face is shown below. The calculation uses a neutron rate of 19,066 here for discussion of source rates).

300 n/s, which was the neutron rate of the CF-252 source on 01/2017 (see- The formula used in the graph above is (black solid line),

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