A new scintillator, CLYC, has been investigated for possible use in neutron spectrometry. This sensor provides neutron detection for both thermal and fast neutrons from the reactions 6Li(n,α) and 35Cl(n,p), respectively. This work primarily focuses on the detection of fast neutrons since there is currently no sensor that can accurately and efficiently provide information about their incident neutron energy. Conventional methods of fast neutron detection have been based on utilizing materials that use the elastic scattering process of neutrons on 1H to create recoil protons or by thermalizing and capturing these neutrons at thermal energies. Both approaches have drawbacks and are complex in deriving the energy spectrum through the unfolding process. The CLYC scintillator uses a distinct proton peak, whereby the position on the spectrum is proportional to the energy of the incident neutron.
The response function of this detector has been simulated using Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended code (MCNPX) for gamma-rays and neutrons of different energies. The obtained data has been discussed and analyzed.