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  1. ZZ AMPX-2/123, 123-Group Neutron Cross-Section Library from ENDF/B-4 by AMPX-2. ZZ AMPX-2/219, 219-Group Neutron Cross-Section Library from ENDF/B-4 by AMPX-2

    1 - Description of problem or function: Format: 'data base' for subsequent collapsing into both fine and broad group data in various formats (working and/or weighted ANISN, CCCC, etc.). Number of groups: AMPX-2/123 → 123 group structure; AMPX-2/219 → 219 group structure. Nuclides: H, He, Li, Be, B, C, N, O, F, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Kr, Zirc, Mo, Tc, Rh, Ag, Cd, Xe, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Cu, Ta, W, Re, Pb, Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm. Origin: ENDF/B-IV. Weighting spectrum: Most data were generated using a standard flux over three energy ranges (fission - 1/E - Maxwellian) as point-to-fine-group cross sections weighing function. The AMPX-2 P3 123- and 219- Group Neutron Cross-Section Master Interface Libraries may be considered as 'data bases' for subsequent collapsing into both fine and broad group data in various formats (working and/or weighted ANISN, CCCC, etc.). The built-in 123 and 219 group structures have been used to process all available data of ENDF/B-IV. 2 - Method of solution: The program AMPX-2 has been used to generate the data. By various executions of the module XLACS-2 (XLACS for bound H-1 in some materials) a number of independent libraries were generated which then were combined using the AMPX-2 module AJAX. Most data were generated using a standard flux over three energy ranges (fission - 1/E - Maxwellian) as point-to-fine-group cross sections weighing function. For some structural materials (e.g. Fe, Cr,...) different master data sets were produced using a weighting function fission - 1/E sigma T(SS-304) - Maxwellian, and the three parts of the spectrum were joined at properly selected energies. For some nuclides (e.g. 238U and 240Pu) various master data sets have been produced which contain problem-dependent unresolved cross sections characterized by the associated potential scattering cross sections. Some data sets contain P3 thermal scattering matrices, for which ENDF/B File 7 S(alpha, beta) data were used, e

  2. [Fast neutron cross section measurements

    This paper discusses the following topics: 14 MeV pulsed neutron facility; detection and measurement system; 238U capture cross sections at 23 and 964 keV using photon neutron sources; capture cross sections of Au-197 at 23 and 964 keV; and yttrium nuclear cross section measurement

  3. [Fast neutron cross section measurements

    In this report, we outline the progress achieved in two distinct under the DOE-sponsored cross section project: the initial results obtained from the pulsed 14 MeV neutron facility, and a cooperative effort with Argonne National Laboratory in the measurement of fast neutron cross sections in yttrium. In the 14 MeV neutron laboratory, this year has seen the maturation of the project into one in which initial scattering measurements are now underway. We have improved the accelerator and ion source in several significant ways, so that neutron intensities have now been proven to be adequate for our series of elastic scattering angular distribution measurements outlined in our initial proposal of two years ago. We have successfully tested all components of the time-of-flight spectrometer and recorded initial neutron spectra from the ring targets that we have obtained for our first angular distribution measurements. Examples of the time-of-flight spectra that have been obtained are given later in this report. At the present time, the accelerator is operating with the highest degree of reliability that we have experienced since installing the pulsing system. Improvements made over the past year have not only increased the available neutron intensity, but also increased our capability to deal with inevitable component failures that require repair or replacement. The measurements carried out in conjunction with Argonne have contributed significantly to the available database on fast neutron interactions in yttrium. Results indicate that the cross section for the 89 Y(n,p)89Sr reaction is substantially higher than represented in ENDF/B-VI

  4. [Fast neutron cross section measurements

    In the 14 MeV Neutron Laboratory, we have continued the development of a facility that is now the only one of its kind in operation in the United States. We have refined the klystron bunching system described in last year's report to the point that 1.2 nanosecond pulses have been directly measured. We have tested the pulse shape discrimination capability of our primary NE 213 neutron detector. We have converted the RF sweeper section of the beamline to a frequency of 1 MHz to replace the function of the high voltage pulser described in last year's report which proved to be difficult to maintain and unreliable in its operation. We have also overcome several other significant experimental difficulties, including a major problem with a vacuum leak in the main accelerator column. We have completed additional testing to prove the remainder of the generation and measurement systems, but overcoming some of these experimental difficulties has delayed the start of actual data taking. We are now in a position to begin our first series of ring geometry elastic scattering measurements, and these will be underway before the end of the current contract year. As part of our longer term planning, we are continuing the conceptual analysis of several schemes to improve the intensity of our current pulsed beam. These include the provision of a duoplasmatron ion source and/or the provision of preacceleration bunching. Additional details are given later in this report. A series of measurements were carried out at the Tandem Dynamatron Facility involving the irradiation of a series of yttrium foils and the determination of activation cross sections using absolute counting techniques. The experimental work has been completed, and final analysis of the cross section data will be completed within several months

  5. [Fast neutron cross section measurements

    From its inception, the Nuclear Data Project at the University of Michigan has concentrated on two major objectives: (1) to carry out carefully controlled nuclear measurements of the highest possible reliability in support of the national nuclear data program, and (2) to provide an educational opportunity for students with interests in experimental nuclear science. The project has undergone a successful transition from a primary dependence on our photoneutron laboratory to one in which our current research is entirely based on a unique pulsed 14 MeV fast neutron facility. The new experimental facility is unique in its ability to provide nanosecond bursts of 14 MeV neutrons under conditions that are ''clean'' and as scatter-free as possible, and is the only one of its type currently in operation in the United States. It has been designed and put into operation primarily by graduate students, and has met or exceeded all of its important initial performance goals. We have reached the point of its routine operation, and most of the data are now in hand that will serve as the basis for the first two doctoral dissertations to be written by participating graduate students. Our initial results on double differential neutron cross sections will be presented at the May 1993 Fusion Reactor Technology Workshop. We are pleased to report that, after investing several years in equipment assembly and optimization, the project has now entered its ''data production'' phase

  6. Measurements of neutron capture cross sections

    A review of measurement techniques for the neutron capture cross sections is presented. Sell transmission method, activation method, and prompt gamma-ray detection method are described using examples of capture cross section measurements. The capture cross section of 238U measured by three different prompt gamma-ray detection methods (large liquid scintillator, Moxon-Rae detector, and pulse height weighting method) are compared and their discrepancies are resolved. A method how to derive the covariance is described. (author)

  7. Precise neutron inelastic cross section measurements

    Negret, Alexandru

    2012-11-01

    The design of a new generation of nuclear reactors requires the development of a very precise neutron cross section database. Ongoing experiments performed at dedicated facilities aim to the measurement of such cross sections with an unprecedented uncertainty of the order of 5% or even smaller. We give an overview of such a facility: the Gamma Array for Inelastic Neutron Scattering (GAINS) installed at the GELINA neutron source of IRMM, Belgium. Some of the most challenging difficulties of the experimental approach are emphasized and recent results are shown.

  8. Covariance Evaluation Methodology for Neutron Cross Sections

    Herman,M.; Arcilla, R.; Mattoon, C.M.; Mughabghab, S.F.; Oblozinsky, P.; Pigni, M.; Pritychenko, b.; Songzoni, A.A.

    2008-09-01

    We present the NNDC-BNL methodology for estimating neutron cross section covariances in thermal, resolved resonance, unresolved resonance and fast neutron regions. The three key elements of the methodology are Atlas of Neutron Resonances, nuclear reaction code EMPIRE, and the Bayesian code implementing Kalman filter concept. The covariance data processing, visualization and distribution capabilities are integral components of the NNDC methodology. We illustrate its application on examples including relatively detailed evaluation of covariances for two individual nuclei and massive production of simple covariance estimates for 307 materials. Certain peculiarities regarding evaluation of covariances for resolved resonances and the consistency between resonance parameter uncertainties and thermal cross section uncertainties are also discussed.

  9. Neutron cross section of methane hydrate

    Kiyanagi, Y.; Date, S.; Horikawa, T.; Takamine, J.; Iwasa, H.; Kamiyama, T. [Graduate School of Eng., Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan); Uchida, T.; Ebinuma, T.; Narrita, H. [National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science, Tsukisamu, Sapporo (Japan); Bennington, S.M. [ISIS Dept., Rutherford Appleton, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon (United Kingdom)

    2004-03-01

    To estimate the neutronic characteristics of methane hydrate and also to synthesize cross section data for simulation we need neutron scattering data ranging wide energy and momentum region. We performed inelastic neutron scattering experiments to get information about the neutron cross section on methane hydrate. It was found that at high momentum transfer region rotational mode as well as vibration mode showed recoil like behavior. On the other hand, at low momentum region, as well known, free rotation like energy levels were observed. The energy level of ice in methane hydrate was very similar to normal ice. The results suggest that the rough expression of the cross section of the methane hydrate is presented by linear combination of the methane and ice. (orig.)

  10. Neutron cross sections of importance to astrophysics

    Neutron reactions of importance to the various stellar burning cycles are discussed. The role of isomeric states in the branched s-process is considered for particular cases. Neutron cross section needs for the 187Re-187Os, 87Rb-87Sr clocks for nuclear cosmochronology are discussed. Other reactions of interest to astrophysical processes are presented. 35 references

  11. Neutron capture cross sections from Surrogate measurements

    Scielzo N.D.; Dietrich F.S.; Escher J.E.

    2010-01-01

    The prospects for determining cross sections for compound-nuclear neutron-capture reactions from Surrogate measurements are investigated. Calculations as well as experimental results are presented that test the Weisskopf-Ewing approximation, which is employed in most analyses of Surrogate data. It is concluded that, in general, one has to go beyond this approximation in order to obtain (n,γ) cross sections of sufficient accuracy for most astrophysical and nuclear-energy applications.

  12. Neutron capture cross sections from Surrogate measurements

    Scielzo N.D.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The prospects for determining cross sections for compound-nuclear neutron-capture reactions from Surrogate measurements are investigated. Calculations as well as experimental results are presented that test the Weisskopf-Ewing approximation, which is employed in most analyses of Surrogate data. It is concluded that, in general, one has to go beyond this approximation in order to obtain (n,γ cross sections of sufficient accuracy for most astrophysical and nuclear-energy applications.

  13. Evaluation methods for neutron cross section standards

    Methods used to evaluate the neutron cross section standards are reviewed and their relative merits, assessed. These include phase-shift analysis, R-matrix fit, and a number of other methods by Poenitz, Bhat, Kon'shin and the Bayesian or generalized least-squares procedures. The problems involved in adopting these methods for future cross section standards evaluations are considered, and the prospects for their use, discussed. 115 references, 5 figures, 3 tables

  14. Neutron Capture Cross Sections for Radioactive Nuclei

    Tonchev, Anton; Bedrossian, Peter; Escher, Jutta; Scielzo, Nicholas

    2015-10-01

    Accurate neutron-capture cross sections for radioactive nuclei near or far away from the line of beta stability are crucial for understanding the nucleosynthesis of heavy elements. However, neutron-capture cross sections for short-lived radionuclides are difficult to measure due to the fact that the measurements require both highly radioactive samples and intense neutron sources. Essential ingredients for describing the γ decays following neutron capture are the γ-ray strength function and level densities. We will compare different indirect approaches for obtaining observables that can constrain Hauser-Feshbach statistical model calculations of capture cross sections. Specifically, we will consider photon scattering, transfer reactions, and beta-delayed neutron emission. Challenges that exist on the path to obtaining neutron-capture cross sections for reactions on isotopes far from stability will be discussed. This work was performed under the auspices of US DOE by LLNL under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Funding was provided via the LDRD-ERD-069 project.

  15. Neutron capture cross section measurement techniques

    A review of currently-used techniques to measure neutron capture cross sections is presented. Measurements involving use of total absorption and Moxon-Rae detectors are based on low-resolution detection of the prompt γ-ray cascades following neutron captures. In certain energy ranges activation methods are convenient and useful. High resolution γ-ray measurements with germanium detectors can give information on the parameters of resonance capture states. The use of these techniques is described. (U.S.)

  16. Neutron capture cross sections from surrogate measurements

    The prospects for determining cross sections for compound-nuclear neutron-capture reactions from Surrogate measurements are investigated. Calculations as well as experimental results are presented that test the Weisskopf-Ewing approximation, which is employed in most analyses of Surrogate data. The method is applied to the 155Gd(n,γ) reaction. It is concluded that, in general, one has to go beyond this approximation in order to obtain (n,γ) cross sections of sufficient accuracy for most astrophysical and nuclear-energy applications. (authors)

  17. Atlas of neutron capture cross sections

    This report describes neutron capture cross sections in the range 10-5 eV - 20 MeV as evaluated and compiled in recent activation libraries. The selected subset comprise the (n,γ) cross sections for a total of 739 targets for the elements H (Z = 1, Z = 1) to Cm (Z = 96, A = 238) totaling 972 reactions. Plots of the point-wise data are shown and comparisons are made with the available experimental values at thermal energy, 30 keV and 14.5 MeV. 10 refs, 7 tabs

  18. Total neutron cross section for 181Ta

    Schilling K.-D.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The neutron time of flight facility nELBE, produces fast neutrons in the energy range from 0.1 MeV to 10 MeV by impinging a pulsed relativistic electron beam on a liquid lead circuit [1]. The short beam pulses (∼10 ps and a small radiator volume give an energy resolution better than 1% at 1 MeV using a short flight path of about 6 m, for neutron TOF measurements. The present neutron source provides 2 ⋅ 104  n/cm2s at the target position using an electron charge of 77 pC and 100 kHz pulse repetition rate. This neutron intensity enables to measure neutron total cross section with a 2%–5% statistical uncertainty within a few days. In February 2008, neutron radiator, plastic detector [2] and data acquisition system were tested by measurements of the neutron total cross section for 181Ta and 27Al. Measurement of 181Ta was chosen because lack of high quality data in an anergy region below 700 keV. The total neutron cross – section for 27Al was measured as a control target, since there exists data for 27Al with high resolution and low statistical error [3].

  19. Neutron cross section standards and instrumentation

    1992-09-01

    This report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology contains a summary of the accomplishments of the Neutron Cross Section Standards and Instrumentation Project during the second year of a three-year interagency agreement. This program includes a broad range of data measurements and evaluations. An emphasis has been focused on the (sup 10)B cross sections where serious discrepancies in the nuclear data base remain. In particular, there are important problems with the interpretation of the helium gas production associated with diagnostic measurements of interest in nuclear technology. The enhanced use of this isotope for medical treatment is also of significance. New measurements of neutron reaction cross sections for (sup 10)B are in progress in collaboration with scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. New experiments are in progress on the important dosimetry standards (sup 237)Np(n,f) and (sup 239)Pu(n,f) below 1 MeV neutron energy. In addition, new measurements of charged-particle production in basic biological elements for medical applications are underway. Further measurements are planned or in progress in collaborations which include fission fragment energy and angular distributions, and neutron energy spectra and angular distributions from neutron-induced fission. Also measurements of angular distributions of neutrons from scattering on protons, and determinations of capture cross section of gold are planned for a later time. Data evaluation will shift to include a unified international effort to motivate new measurements and evaluations. In response to the requests of the measurement community, NIST is beginning the formation of a national depository for fissionable isotope mass standards. This action will preserve for future measurements the valuable and irreplaceable critical samples whose masses and composition have been carefully determined and documented over the past 30 years of the nuclear program.

  20. Neutron cross section standards and instrumentation

    This report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology contains a summary of the accomplishments of the Neutron Cross Section Standards and Instrumentation Project during the second year of a three-year interagency agreement. This program includes a broad range of data measurements and evaluations. An emphasis has been focused on the 10B cross sections where serious discrepancies in the nuclear data base remain. In particular, there are important problems with the interpretation of the helium gas production associated with diagnostic measurements of interest in nuclear technology. The enhanced use of this isotope for medical treatment is also of significance. New measurements of neutron reaction cross sections for 10B are in progress in collaboration with scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. New experiments are in progress on the important dosimetry standards 237Np(n,f) and 239Pu(n,f) below 1 MeV neutron energy. In addition, new measurements of charged-particle production in basic biological elements for medical applications are underway. Further measurements are planned or in progress in collaborations which include fission fragment energy and angular distributions, and neutron energy spectra and angular distributions from neutron-induced fission. Also measurements of angular distributions of neutrons from scattering on protons, and determinations of capture cross section of gold are planned for a later time. Data evaluation will shift to include a unified international effort to motivate new measurements and evaluations. In response to the requests of the measurement community, NIST is beginning the formation of a national depository for fissionable isotope mass standards. This action will preserve for future measurements the valuable and irreplaceable critical samples whose masses and composition have been carefully determined and documented over the past 30 years of the nuclear program

  1. Neutron absorption cross section of uranium-236

    U-236 neutron absorption was measured as a function of neutron time-of-flight from 20 eV to 1 MeV. The neutron flux was monitored with a 6Li glass scintillator. Average cross sections from 3 keV to 1 MeV were derived. Estimated uncertainties were less than 5% below 600 keV and increased to 9.5% at 1 MeV. Resonance parametrization from 20 eV to a few keV remains to be done. 17 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs

  2. Measurements of neutron spallation cross section. 2

    Kim, E.; Nakamura, T. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center; Imamura, M.; Nakao, N.; Shibata, S.; Uwamino, Y.; Nakanishi, N.; Tanaka, Su.

    1997-03-01

    Neutron spallation cross section of {sup 59}Co(n,xn){sup 60-x}Co, {sup nat}Cu(n,sp){sup 56}Mn, {sup nat}Cu(n,sp){sup 58}Co, {sup nat}Cu(n,xn){sup 60}Cu, {sup nat}Cu(n,xn){sup 61}Cu and {sup nat}Cu(n,sp){sup 65}Ni was measured in the quasi-monoenergetic p-Li neutron fields in the energy range above 40 MeV which have been established at three AVF cyclotron facilities of (1) INS of Univ. of Tokyo, (2) TIARA of JAERI and (3) RIKEN. Our experimental data were compared with the ENDF/B-VI high energy file data by Fukahori and the calculated cross section data by Odano. (author)

  3. Total cross sections for neutron-nucleus scattering

    Suryanarayana, S. V.; H. Naik; Ganesan, S; Kailas, S; Choudhury, R. K.; Kim, Guinyum

    2010-01-01

    Systematics of neutron scattering cross sections on various materials for neutron energies up to several hundred MeV are important for ADSS applications. Ramsauer model is well known and widely applied to understand systematics of neutron nucleus total cross sections. In this work, we examined the role of nuclear effective radius parameter (r$_0$) on Ramsauer model fits of neutron total cross sections. We performed Ramsauer model global analysis of the experimental neutron total cross section...

  4. Thermal neutron capture cross-sections and neutron separation energies

    Thermal radiative neutron capture cross-sections have been re-evaluated as part of an ongoing project at the National Nuclear Data Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory at Upton, New York, to update the Neutron Cross-sections compendia, Vol. 1, Parts A and B, Neutron Resonance Parameters and Thermal Capture Cross-sections, published by Academic Press in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Neutron separation energies are evaluated as part of an ongoing project at the Atomic Mass Data Center in Orsay, France. The adopted data are compared with new results derived from this evaluation

  5. Neutron capture cross section of $^{93}$Zr

    We propose to measure the neutron capture cross section of the radioactive isotope $^{93}$Zr. This project aims at the substantial improvement of existing results for applications in nuclear astrophysics and emerging nuclear technologies. In particular, the superior quality of the data that can be obtained at n_TOF will allow on one side a better characterization of s-process nucleosynthesis and on the other side a more accurate material balance in systems for transmutation of nuclear waste, given that this radioactive isotope is widely present in fission products.

  6. Neutron removal cross section as a measure of neutron skin

    D. Q. Fang; Y. G. Ma; Cai, X. Z.(Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 201800, Shanghai, China); Tian, W.D.; Wang, H. W.

    2010-01-01

    We study the relation between neutron removal cross section ($\\sigma_{-N}$) and neutron skin thickness for finite neutron rich nuclei using the statistical abrasion ablation (SAA) model. Different sizes of neutron skin are obtained by adjusting the diffuseness parameter of neutrons in the Fermi distribution. It is demonstrated that there is a good linear correlation between $\\sigma_{-N}$ and the neutron skin thickness for neutron rich nuclei. Further analysis suggests that the relative increa...

  7. Theoretical estimates of cross sections for neutron-nucleus collisions

    Mukhopadhyay, Tapan; Lahiri, Joydev; Basu, D. N.

    2010-01-01

    We construct an analytical model derived from nuclear reaction theory and having a simple functional form to demonstrate the quantitative agreement with the measured cross sections for neutron induced reactions. The neutron-nucleus total, reaction and scattering cross sections, for energies ranging from 5 to 700 MeV and for several nuclei spanning a wide mass range are estimated. Systematics of neutron scattering cross sections on various materials for neutron energies upto several hundred Me...

  8. Neutron inelastic cross section measurements for 24Mg

    OLACEL A.; Borcea, C.; DESSAGNE Philippe; Kerveno, M.; NEGRET A.; PLOMPEN Arjan

    2014-01-01

    The gamma production cross sections from the neutron inelastic scattering on 24Mg were measured for neutron energies up to 18 MeV at GELINA (Geel Linear Accelerator), the neutron source operated by EC-JRC-IRMM, Belgium. The level cross section and the total inelastic cross section were determined. We used the GAINS (Gamma Array for Inelastic Neutron Scattering) spectrometer with 7 large volume HPGe detectors placed at 110◦ and 150◦ with respect to the beam direction. The neutron flux was dete...

  9. Macroscopic cross section measurements in materials by neutron radiography technique

    Macroscopic cross-section of materials play an important role in the study of material properties. Number of materials are used for shielding against penetrating radiation like X-rays, gamma rays and neutrons and exhibit different attenuation cross-sections. Neutron radiography technique is a multi discipline non-destructive technique with a large number of applications. The technique was applied to study and analyze the behavior of different shielding materials against thermal neutrons. Samples as step wedges of graphite, copper, brass and acrylic etc. were fabricated. The test samples were exposed to a beam of thermal neutrons at neutron radiography facility and the transmittance of neutrons through different materials was measured. Gamma-ray contribution and scattered radiation were subtracted from the observed neutron intensities to calculate the neutron macroscopic cross-section. Calculated values of the macroscopic cross-section were compared with the values given in the literature. (author)

  10. Radiative neutron capture cross sections on 176Lu at DANCE

    Roig, O.; Jandel, M.; Méot, V.; Bond, E. M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A. J.; Haight, R. C.; Keksis, A. L.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.

    2016-03-01

    The cross section of the neutron capture reaction 176Lu(n ,γ ) has been measured for a wide incident neutron energy range with the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. The thermal neutron capture cross section was determined to be (1912 ±132 ) b for one of the Lu natural isotopes, 176Lu. The resonance part was measured and compared to the Mughabghab's atlas using the R -matrix code, sammy. At higher neutron energies the measured cross sections are compared to ENDF/B-VII.1, JEFF-3.2, and BRC evaluated nuclear data. The Maxwellian averaged cross sections in a stellar plasma for thermal energies between 5 keV and 100 keV were extracted using these data.

  11. Neutron total scattering cross sections of elemental antimony

    Neutron total cross sections are measured from 0.8 to 4.5 MeV with broad resolutions. Differential-neutron-elastic-scattering cross sections are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of 50 to 200 keV and at scattering angles distributed between 20 and 160 degrees. Lumped-level neutron-inelastic-scattering cross sections are measured over the same angular and energy range. The exPerimental results are discussed in terms of an optical-statistical model and are compared with respective values given in ENDF/B-V

  12. Surrogate reaction methods for neutron induced cross-sections

    A brief discussion on surrogate reaction methods and some of the recent results on neutron induced fission cross-section measurements carried out by our group and the possibility of extending the measurements for determining (n,g), (n,2n) and (n,p) reaction cross-sections by surrogate reaction method are presented

  13. Studies of 54,56Fe Neutron Scattering Cross Sections

    Hicks S. F.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Elastic and inelastic neutron scattering differential cross sections and γ-ray production cross sections have been measured on 54,56Fe at several incident energies in the fast neutron region between 1.5 and 4.7 MeV. All measurements were completed at the University of Kentucky Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL using a 7-MV Model CN Van de Graaff accelerator, along with the neutron production and neutron and γ-ray detection systems located there. The facilities at UKAL allow the investigation of both elastic and inelastic scattering with nearly mono-energetic incident neutrons. Time-of-flight techniques were used to detect the scattered neutrons for the differential cross section measurements. The measured cross sections are important for fission reactor applications and also for testing global model calculations such as those found at ENDF, since describing both the elastic and inelastic scattering is important for determining the direct and compound components of the scattering mechanism. The γ-ray production cross sections are used to determine cross sections to unresolved levels in the neutron scattering experiments. Results from our measurements and comparisons to model calculations are presented.

  14. Thermal neutron capture cross sections of tellurium isotopes

    New values for thermal neutron capture cross sections of the tellurium isotopes 122Te, 124Te, 125Te, 126Te, 128Te, and 130Te are reported. These values are based on a combination of newly determined partial g-ray cross sections obtained from experiments on targets contained natural Te and gamma intensities per capture of individual Te isotopes. Isomeric ratios for the thermal neutron capture on the even tellurium isotopes are also given

  15. Thermal neutron capture cross sections of tellurium isotopes

    New values for thermal neutron capture cross sections of the tellurium isotopes 122Te,124Te,125Te,126Te,128Te, and 130Te are reported. These values are based on a combination of newly determined partial γ-ray cross sections obtained from experiments on targets contained natural Te and γ intensities per capture of individual Te isotopes. Isomeric ratios for the thermal neutron capture on the even tellurium isotopes are also given

  16. Thermal neutron capture cross sections of tellurium isotopes

    Tomandl, I.; Honzatko, J.; von Egidy, T.; Wirth, H.-F.; Belgya, T.; Lakatos, M.; Szentmiklosi, L.; Revay, Zs.; Molnar, G.L.; Firestone, R.B.; Bondarenko, V.

    2004-03-01

    New values for thermal neutron capture cross sections of the tellurium isotopes 122Te, 124Te, 125Te, 126Te, 128Te, and 130Te are reported. These values are based on a combination of newly determined partial g-ray cross sections obtained from experiments on targets contained natural Te and gamma intensities per capture of individual Te isotopes. Isomeric ratios for the thermal neutron capture on the even tellurium isotopes are also given.

  17. Modelling of reaction cross sections and prompt neutron emission

    Oberstedt S.; Tudora A.; Hambsch F.-J.

    2010-01-01

    Accurate nuclear data concerning reaction cross sections and the emission of prompt fission neutrons (i.e. multiplicity and spectra) as well as other fission fragment data are of great importance for reactor physics design, especially for the new Generation IV nuclear energy systems. During the past years for several actinides (238U(n, f) and 237Np(n, f)) both the reaction cross sections and prompt neutron multiplicities and spectra have been calculated within the frame of the EFNUDAT project.

  18. Measurement of distribution density of total neutron cross-sections

    Problems of energy resolutions together with difficulties of multilevel analysis make desirable the application of the statistical approach to the description of total cross-section irregularities for intermediate and fast neutrons. Total neutron cross-section probability distributions were found from the analysis of the transmission nonexponentiality. The results for intervals adopted in reactor calculations are compared with recommended values and with those found from high resolution measurements

  19. Anomalously large neutron capture cross sections: a random phenomenon?

    Carlson, B V; Kerman, A K

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the existence of huge thermal neutron capture cross sections in several nuclei. The values of the cross sections are several orders of magnitude bigger than expected at these very low energies. We lend support to the idea that this phenomenon is random in nature and is similar to what we have learned from the study of parity violation in the actinide region. The idea of statistical doorways is advanced as a unified concept in the delineation of large numbers in the nuclear world. The average number of maxima per unit mass, $$ in the capture cross section is calculated and related to the underlying cross section correlation function and found to be $ = \\frac{3}{\\pi \\sqrt{2}\\gamma_{A}}$, where $\\gamma_{A}$ is a characteristic mass correlation width which designates the degree of remnant coherence in the system. We trace this coherence to nucleosynthesis which produced the nuclei whose neutron capture cross sections are considered here.

  20. Neutron standard cross sections in reactor physics - Need and status

    The design and improvement of nuclear reactors require detailed neutronics calculations. These calculations depend on comprehensive libraries of evaluated nuclear cross sections. Most of the cross sections that form the data base for these evaluations have been measured relative to neutron cross-section standards. The use of these standards can often simplify the measurement process by eliminating the need for a direct measurement of the neutron fluence. The standards are not known perfectly, however; thus the accuracy of a cross-section measurement is limited by the uncertainty in the standard cross section relative to which it is measured. Improvements in a standard cause all cross sections measured relative to that standard to be improved. This is the reason for the emphasis on improving the neutron cross-section standards. The continual process of measurement and evaluation has led to improvements in the accuracy and range of applicability of the standards. Though these improvements have been substantial, this process must continue in order to obtain the high-quality standards needed by the user community

  1. Porosity effects in the neutron total cross section of graphite

    Graphite has been used in nuclear reactors since the birth of the nuclear industry due to its good performance as a neutron moderator material. Graphite is still an option as moderator for generation IV reactors due to its good mechanical and thermal properties at high operation temperatures. So, there has been renewed interest in a revision of the computer libraries used to describe the neutron cross section of graphite. For sub-thermal neutron energies, polycrystalline graphite shows a larger total cross section (between 4 and 8 barns) than predicted by existing theoretical models (0.2 barns). In order to investigate the origin of this discrepancy we measured the total cross section of graphite samples of three different origins, in the energy range from 0.001 eV to 10 eV. Different experimental arrangements and sample treatments were explored, to identify the effect of various experimental parameters on the total cross section measurement. The experiments showed that the increase in total cross section is due to neutrons scattered around the forward direction. We associate these small-angle scattered neutrons (SANS) to the porous structure of graphite, and formulate a very simple model to compute its contribution to the total cross section of the material. This results in an analytic expression that explicitly depends on the density and mean size of the pores, which can be easily incorporated in nuclear library codes.

  2. Neutron capture cross sections of 151,153Eu

    The neutron capture cross section of 151,153Eu nuclei was measured using the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). Neutrons were produced at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center and their energies were determined by the time-of-flight technique. The relative yield versus neutron incident energy from 0.1 eV to 2.0 keV for both 151Eu(n,) and 153Eu(n,) reactions was derived from events gated on the total energy and multiplicity measured by the DANCE array. The absolute cross section was determined by scaling the relative yield to the measured cross sections of well-known resonances. The shape of the yield curve agrees well with previous measurements in the resonance region for both 151Eu and 153Eu capture cross sections. New data are reported for neutron incident energies between 100 eV and 2.0 keV. The trend of data in the 0.3 keV to 2.0 keV region of neutron incident energy is consistent with the ENDF/BVI and the measurements of Macklin and Young. Crucial skills, acquired from these measurements in the early implementation of DANCE, are important to plan future experiments, which will yield results up to a few hundred keV neutron incident energy

  3. Ni elemental neutron induced reaction cross-section evaluation

    A completely new evaluation of the nickel neutron induced reaction cross sections was undertaken as a part of the ENDF/B-V effort. (n,xy) reactions and capture reaction time from threshold to 20 MeV were considered for 5860616264Ni isotopes to construct the corresponding reaction cross section for natural nickel. Both experimental and theoretical calculated results were used in evaluating different partial cross sections. Precompound effects were included in calculating (n,xy) reaction cross sections. Experimentally measured total section data extending from 0.7 MeV to 20 MeV were used to generate smooth cross section. Below 0.7 to MeV elastic and capture cross sections are represented by resonance parameters. Inelastic angular distributions to the discrete isotopic levels and elemental elastic angular distributions are included in the evaluated data file. Gamma production cross sections and energy distribution due to capture and the (n,xy) reactions were evaluated from experimental data. Finally, error files are constructed for all partial cross sections

  4. Evaluation of neutron induced reaction cross sections on Rh isotopes

    Evaluations of neutron nuclear data on 101,102,103,105Rh in the incident energies up to 20 MeV were performed, using theoretical nuclear reaction model code CCONE. The calculated cross sections of stable 103Rh are in good agreement with measured inelastic scattering, capture, (n, 2n), (n, p), (n, α) and (n, nα) reaction cross sections. The production cross section for the meta-state of 99Tc with half-life of 6.0 h was evaluated for the estimation of nuclear medicine use and resulted in 2.4 mb at a maximum. (author)

  5. Neutron-induced fission cross-section of 231Pa

    A first series of fission cross-section measurements for incident neutron energies between 0.6 and 3.4 MeV has confirmed a first chance threshold value around 1b. In contrast to our findings for the fission cross-section in 233Pa, both the direct and the surrogate cross-section data lead to the same result. This seems to support the assumption, that only in cases, where ingoing and outgoing particle are similar, particle-transfer reactions give results that are in agreement with those obtained from direct compound nuclear reactions

  6. Measurement of fusion cross section with neutron halo nuclei

    Fusion cross sections of 11Be, 10Be and 9Be have been measured on 209Bi target at 30-70MeV. Due to the neutron halo effect of 11Be, a large enhancement or suppression of the fusion cross section around the Coulomb barrier was theoretically predicted. Comparing the excitation function of 11Be with 10Be at near the Coulomb barrier region, no significant difference has been observed. ((orig.))

  7. Evaluation of neutron reaction cross sections for astrophysics

    We have developed a code system to evaluate nuclear reaction cross sections for the nucleosynthesis. The system includes an interface to Reference Input Parameter Library (RIPL), as well as some systematics to extrapolate the parameters into unstable regions. We are focusing on neutron capture processes important for s- and r-processes. The structure of the system is reviewed, and calculated capture cross sections in the fission product mass region are compared with experimental data available. (author)

  8. Neutron method and apparatus for determining total cross-section

    This invention relates to the determination of the macroscopic neutron absorption cross section of the geological formation surrounding a borehole. The method comprises passing a logging sonde through the borehole while continuously irradiating the formation with neutrons. The radiation emanating from the formation is monitored to generate a first signal indicative of thermal neutrons and a second signal indicative of epithermal neutrons. Output signals are generated indicative of the spatial distribution of thermal and epithermal neutrons, and are combined to generate a signal representative of the macroscopic neutron absorption cross section of the formation. The apparatus comprises a logging sonde adapted for movement through the borehole and carrying a neutron source; detector means on the sonde for monitoring radiation emanating from the formation to generate signals indicative of thermal and epithermal neutrons; means for generating output signals indicative of the spatial distribution of thermal and epithermal neutrons; and means for combining the two output signals to generate a signal indicative of the macroscopic neutron absorption cross section of the material

  9. Theory of neutron resonance cross sections for safety applications

    Neutron resonances exert a strong influence on the behaviour of nuclear reactors, especially on their response to the temperature changes accompanying power excursions, and also on the efficiency of shielding materials. The relevant theory of neutron resonance cross sections including the practically important approximations is reviewed, both for the resolved and the unresolved resonance region. Numerical techniques for Doppler broadening of resonances are presented, and the construction of group constants and especially of self-shielding factors for neutronics calculations is outlined. (orig.)

  10. Measurement of the 242Pu neutron capture cross section

    Buckner, M. Q.; Wu, C. Y.; Henderson, R. A.; Bucher, B.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Baramsai, B.; Couture, A.; Jandel, M.; Mosby, S.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Ullmann, J. L.; Chyzh, A.; Dance Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    Precision (n,f) and (n, γ) cross sections are important for the network calculations of the radiochemical diagnostic chain for the U.S. DOE's Stockpile Stewardship Program. 242Pu(n, γ) cross section is relevant to the network calculations of Pu and Am. Additionally, new reactor concepts have catalyzed considerable interest in the measurement of improved cross sections for neutron-induced reactions on key actinides. To date, little or no experimental data has been reported on 242Pu(n, γ) for incident neutron energy below 50 keV. A new measurement of the 242Pu(n, γ) reaction was performed with the DANCE together with an improved PPAC for fission-fragment detection at LANSCE during FY14. The relative scale of the 242Pu(n, γ) cross section spans four orders of magnitude for incident neutron energies from thermal to ~ 30 keV. The absolute scale of the 242Pu(n, γ) cross section is set according to the measured 239Pu(n,f) resonance at 7.8 eV; the target was spiked with 239Pu for this measurement. The absolute 242Pu(n, γ) neutron capture cross section is ~ 30% higher than the cross section reported in ENDF for the 2.7 eV resonance. Latest results to be reported. Funded by U.S. DOE Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 (LLNL) and DE-AC52-06NA25396 (LANL). U.S. DOE/NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development. Isotopes (ORNL).

  11. Modelling of reaction cross sections and prompt neutron emission

    Oberstedt S.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Accurate nuclear data concerning reaction cross sections and the emission of prompt fission neutrons (i.e. multiplicity and spectra as well as other fission fragment data are of great importance for reactor physics design, especially for the new Generation IV nuclear energy systems. During the past years for several actinides (238U(n, f and 237Np(n, f both the reaction cross sections and prompt neutron multiplicities and spectra have been calculated within the frame of the EFNUDAT project.

  12. Evaluation of the 238U neutron total cross section

    Experimental energy-averaged neutron total cross sections of 238U were evaluated from 0.044 to 20.0 MeV using regorous numerical methods. The evaluated results are presented together with the associated uncertainties and correlation matrix. They indicate that this energy-averaged neutron total cross section is known to better than 1% over wide energy regions. There are somwewhat larger uncertainties at low energies (e.g., less than or equal to 0.2 MeV), near 8 MeV and above 15 MeV. The present evaluation is compard with values given in ENDF/B-V

  13. Titanium-I: fast neutron cross section measurements

    Energy averaged total neutron cross sections are measured from approximately 1.0 to 4.5 MeV with few percent statistical accuracies. Differential elastic neutron scattering angular distributions are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at incident neutron energy intervals of less than or equal to 0.2 MeV. Differential cross sections for the inelastic neutron excitation of ''states'' at 158 +- 26, 891 +- 8, 984 +- 15, 1428 +- 39, 1541 +- 30, 1670 +- 80, 2007 +- 8, 2304 +- 22, 2424 +- 16, and 2615 +- 10 keV are measured for incident neutron energies from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV. Additional ''states'' are observed at approximately 2845 and 3009 keV. An energy-averaged optical-statistical model is deduced from the measured values and the implications of its use in the context of the strong fluctuating structure is discussed

  14. Phenomenological dirac optical potential for neutron cross sections

    Maruyama, Shin-ichi; Kitsuki, Hirohiko; Shigyo, Nobuhiro; Ishibashi, Kenji [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-03-01

    Because of limitation on neutron-incident data, it is difficult to obtain global optical model potential for neutrons. In contrast, there are some global optical model potentials for proton in detail. It is interesting to convert the proton-incident global optical potentials into neutron-incident ones. In this study we introduce (N-Z)/A dependent symmetry potential terms into the global proton-incident optical potentials, and then obtain neutron-incident ones. The neutron potentials reproduce total cross sections in an acceptable degree. However, a comparison with potentials proposed by other authors brings about a confused situation in the sign of the symmetry terms. (author)

  15. Neutron cross section covariances in the resolved resonance region.

    Herman,M.; Mughabghab, S.F.; Oblozinsky, P.; Pigni, M.T.; Rochman, D.

    2008-04-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the impact of resonance parameter uncertainties on covariances for neutron capture and fission cross sections in the resolved resonance region. Our analysis uses the uncertainties available in the recently published Atlas of Neutron Resonances employing the Multi-Level Breit-Wigner formalism. We consider uncertainties on resonance energies along with those on neutron-, radiative-, and fission-widths and examine their impact on cross section uncertainties and correlations. We also study the effect of the resonance parameter correlations deduced from capture and fission kernels and illustrate our approach on several practical examples. We show that uncertainties of neutron-, radiative- and fission-widths are important, while the uncertainties of resonance energies can be effectively neglected. We conclude that the correlations between neutron and radiative (fission) widths should be taken into account. The multi-group cross section uncertainties can be properly generated from both the resonance parameter covariance format MF32 and the cross section covariance format MF33, though the use of MF32 is more straightforward and hence preferable.

  16. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of niobium

    Neutron total cross sections of niobium were measured from approx. = 0.7 to 4.5 MeV at intervals of less than or equal to 50 keV with broad resolution. Differential-elastic-scattering cross sections were measured from approx. = 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of 0.1 to 0.2 MeV and at 10 to 20 scattering angles distributed between approx. = 20 and 160 degrees. Inelastically-scattered neutrons, corresponding to the excitation of levels at: 788 +- 23, 982 +- 17, 1088 +- 27, 1335 +- 35, 1504 +- 30, 1697 +- 19, 1971 +- 22, 2176 +- 28, 2456 +- (.), and 2581 +- (.) keV, were observed. An optical-statistical model, giving a good description of the observables, was deduced from the measured differential-elastic-scattering cross sections. The experimental-results were compared with the respective evaluated quantities given in ENDF/B-V

  17. Measured and evaluated neutron cross sections of elemental bismuth

    Neutron total cross sections of elemental bismuth are measured with broad resolution from 1.2 to 4.5 MeV to accuracies of approx. = 1%. Neutron-differential-elastic-scattering cross sections of bismuth are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at incident neutron energy intervals of approx.< 0.2 MeV over the scattered-neutron angular range approx. = 20 to 160 deg. Differential neutron cross sections for the excitation of observed states in bismuth at 895 +- 12, 1606 +- 14, 2590 +- 15, 2762 +- 29, 3022 +- 21, and 3144 +- 15 keV are determined at incident neutron energies up to 4.0 MeV. An optical-statistical model is deduced from the measured values. This model, the present experimental results, and information available elsewhere in the literature are used to construct a comprehensive evaluated nuclear data file for elemental bismuth in the ENDF format. The evaluated file is particularly suited to the neutronic needs of the fusion-fission hybrid designer. 87 references, 10 figures, 6 tables

  18. Neutron cross sections at 14 MeV

    Neutron activation cross sections on Nd isotopes at 14 MeV were measured using the Ge(Li) gamma-ray spectroscopy. The nonlinear least square method was used for resolving the gamma spectra. The results obtained are discussed in detail and compared with theoretical results on other isotopes

  19. Inelastic neutron scattering cross section in ferromagnetic nanowires

    This article presents the first theoretical study of the inelastic neutron cross section in arrays of cylindrical ferromagnetic nanowires. The recently developed dipolar-exchange theory of spin-wave excitations in such wires is used. Results are represented for the few lowest bulk quantized spin-wave modes of different forms

  20. Neutron Capture Cross Sections of 236U and 234U

    Accurate neutron capture cross sections of the actinide elements at neutron energies up to 1 MeV are needed to better interpret archived nuclear test data, for post-detonation nuclear attribution, and the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative. The Detector for Advance Neutron Capture Experiments, DANCE, has unique capabilities that allow the differentiation of capture gamma rays from fission gamma rays and background gamma rays from scattered neutrons captured by barium isotopes in the barium fluoride scintillators. The DANCE array has a high granularity, 160 scintillators, high efficiency, and nearly 4-π solid angle. Through the use of cuts in cluster multiplicity and calorimetric energy the capture gamma-rays are differentiated from other sources of gamma rays. The preliminary results for the capture cross sections of 236U are in agreement with the ENDF/B-VI evaluation. The preliminary results for 234U lower are than ENDF/B-VI evaluation and are closer to older evaluations

  1. Measurements of neutron cross sections of radioactive waste nuclides

    Katoh, Toshio [Gifu College of Medical Technology, Seki, Gifu (Japan); Harada, Hideo; Nakamura, Shoji; Tanase, Masakazu; Hatsukawa, Yuichi

    1998-01-01

    Accurate nuclear reaction cross sections of radioactive fission products and transuranic elements are required for research on nuclear transmutation methods in nuclear waste management. Important fission products in the nuclear waste management are {sup 137}Cs, {sup 135}Cs, {sup 90}Sr, {sup 99}Tc and {sup 129}I because of their large fission yields and long half-lives. The present authors have measured the neutron capture cross sections and resonance integrals of {sup 137}Cs, {sup 90}Sr and {sup 99}Tc. The purpose of this study is to measure the neutron capture cross sections and resonance integrals of nuclides, {sup 129}I and {sup 135}Cs accurately. Preliminary experiments were performed by using Rikkyo University Reactor and JRR-3 reactor at Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). Then, it was decided to measure the cross section and resonance integral of {sup 135}Cs by using the JRR-3 Reactor because this measurement required a high flux reactor. On the other hand, those of {sup 129}I were measured at the Rikkyo Reactor because the product nuclides, {sup 130}I and {sup 130m}I, have short half-lives and this reactor is suitable for the study of short lived nuclide. In this report, the measurements of the cross section and resonance integral of {sup 135}Cs are described. To obtain reliable values of the cross section and resonance integral of {sup 135}Cs(n, {gamma}){sup 136}Cs reaction, a quadrupole mass spectrometer was used for the mass analysis of nuclide in the sample. A progress report on the cross section of {sup 134}Cs, a neighbour of {sup 135}Cs, is included in this report. A report on {sup 129}I will be presented in the Report on the Joint-Use of Rikkyo University Reactor. (author)

  2. Nuclear Astrophysics and Neutron Cross Section Measurements Using the ORELA

    This is the final report for a research program which has been continuously supported by the AEC, ERDA, or USDOE since 1973. The neutron total and capture cross sections for n + 88Sr have been measured over the neutron energy range 100 eV to 1 MeV. The report briefly summaries our results and the importance of this work for nucleosynthesis and the optical model

  3. Neutron cross section measurements for graphites and polymers

    Total neutron cross sections at 0,05 eV were determined for national, american, japanese and french graphites with the neutron crystal spectrometer installed at the Argonaut reactor of the IEN-CNEN-RJ. It is defined a boron equivalent for each graphite sample. In order that the dynamics and structural properties of calcined Bakelites could be determined, neutron frequency spectra and scattering laws were measured with the neutron time-of-flight and beryllium arrangement at IEA-R1 reactor of the IPEN-CNEN-SP. (author)

  4. Evaluation of neutron resonance cross section data at GELINA

    BECKER BJÖRN; Capote, R; EMILIANI FEDERICA; Guber, K. H.; HEYSE JAN; KAUWENBERGHS KIM JOSEPHA; Kopecky, Stefan; LAMPOUDIS CHRISTOS; Massimi, C.; MONDELAERS Willy; Moxon, M.; Noguere, G.; Plompen, Arjan; PRONAYEV V.; SIEGLER Peter

    2013-01-01

    Over the last decade, the EC–JRC–IRMM, in collaboration with other institutes such as INRNE Sofia (BG), INFN Bologna (IT), ORNL (USA), CEA Cadarache (FR) and CEA Saclay (FR), has made an intense effort to improve the quality of neutron-induced cross section data in the resonance region. These improvements relate to both the infrastructure of the facility and the measurement setup, and the data reduction and analysis procedures. As a result total and reaction cross section data in the resonanc...

  5. Fast-neutron scattering cross sections of elemental zirconium

    Differential neturon-elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental zirconium are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of less than or equal to 200 keV. Inelastic-neutron-scattering cross sections corresponding to the excitation of levels at observed energies of: 914 +- 25, 1476 +- 37, 1787 +- 23, 2101 +- 26, 2221 +- 17, 2363 +- 14, 2791 +- 15 and 3101 +- 25 keV are determined. The experimental results are interpreted in terms of the optical-statistical model and are compared with corresponding quantities given in ENDF/B-V

  6. Improved Actinide Neutron Capture Cross Sections Using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    Bauder, W.; Pardo, R. C.; Kondev, F. G.; Kondrashev, S.; Nair, C.; Nusair, O.; Palchan, T.; Scott, R.; Seweryniak, D.; Vondrasek, R.; Collon, P.; Paul, M.; Youinou, G.; Salvatores, M.; Palmotti, G.; Berg, J.; Maddock, T.; Imel, G.

    2014-09-01

    The MANTRA (Measurement of Actinide Neutron TRAnsmutations) project will improve energy-integrated neutron capture cross section data across the actinide region. These data are incorporated into nuclear reactor models and are an important piece in understanding Generation IV reactor designs. We will infer the capture cross sections by measuring isotopic ratios from actinide samples, irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor at INL, with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) at ATLAS (ANL). The superior sensitivity of AMS allows us to extract multiple cross sections from a single sample. In order to analyze the large number of samples needed for MANTRA and to meet the goal of extracting multiple cross sections per sample, we have made a number of modifications to the AMS setup at ATLAS. In particular, we are developing a technique to inject solid material into the ECR with laser ablation. With laser ablation, we can better control material injection and potentially increase efficiency in the ECR, thus creating less contamination in the source and reducing cross talk. I will present work on the laser ablation system and preliminary results from our AMS measurements. The MANTRA (Measurement of Actinide Neutron TRAnsmutations) project will improve energy-integrated neutron capture cross section data across the actinide region. These data are incorporated into nuclear reactor models and are an important piece in understanding Generation IV reactor designs. We will infer the capture cross sections by measuring isotopic ratios from actinide samples, irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor at INL, with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) at ATLAS (ANL). The superior sensitivity of AMS allows us to extract multiple cross sections from a single sample. In order to analyze the large number of samples needed for MANTRA and to meet the goal of extracting multiple cross sections per sample, we have made a number of modifications to the AMS setup at ATLAS. In particular, we are

  7. Neutron cross section standards and instrumentation: Annual report

    This annual report from the National Bureau of Standards contains a summary of the results of the Neutron Cross Section Standards and Instrumentation Program. The technical measurements for the past year are given along with the proposed program and budget needs for the next three years. The neutron standards measurements have concentrated on the most important 235U(n,f) cross section in the thermal to 20 MeV energy range along with the development of neutron detectors required for these measurements. The NBS measurements have made a significant contribution to the improvement in the understanding of this reaction. Measurements were performed with numerous neutron detectors at overlapping energies and at different neutron sources in order to reduce the systematic errors to achieve the required accuracy in this important neutron standard. Significant progress was also made in the development of a detector to utilize the 3He(n,p) reaction as a standard in the eV to MeV energy region. Improvements in data acquisition systems as well as additional studies of advanced neutron sources were accomplished. Contacts with private industry were maintained and coordination of the neutron standards evaluation was continued. The report also includes biographical listings of the research staff along with copies of a few of our recent publications. 13 figs., 1 tab

  8. Nuclear fission and neutron-induced fission cross-sections

    James, G D; Michaudon, A; Michaudon, A; Cierjacks, S W; Chrien, R E

    2013-01-01

    Nuclear Fission and Neutron-Induced Fission Cross-Sections is the first volume in a series on Neutron Physics and Nuclear Data in Science and Technology. This volume serves the purpose of providing a thorough description of the many facets of neutron physics in different fields of nuclear applications. This book also attempts to bridge the communication gap between experts involved in the experimental and theoretical studies of nuclear properties and those involved in the technological applications of nuclear data. This publication will be invaluable to those interested in studying nuclear fis

  9. Evaluation and calculation of neutron transactinide cross-sections

    This paper reviews the state of the art of nuclear theory and its application to the evaluation and calculation of neutron reaction cross sections of transactinium isotopes. In particular, the paper describes the current evaluation of the total files of neutron reaction data for 240Pu and 241Pu in the energy range between 10-5 eV and 15 MeV based on a thorough analysis of available experimental data and on the use of modern theoretical concepts, and the work in progress on the evaluation of the total neutron reaction data file for 242Pu and 241Am. (author)

  10. Neutron Elastic Scattering Cross Sections Experimental Data and Optical Model Cross Section Calculations. A Compilation of Neutron Data from the Studsvik Neutron Physics Laboratory

    Neutron elastic scattering cross section measurements have been going on for a long period at the Studsvik Van de Graaff laboratory. The cross sections of a range of elements have been investigated in the energy interval 1.5 to 8 MeV. The experimental data have been compared with cross sections calculated with the optical model when using a local nuclear potential

  11. Neutron Capture Cross Sections for the Weak s Process

    Heil, M; Kaeppeler, F; Gallino, R; Pignatari, M; Uberseder, E

    2009-01-01

    In past decades a lot of progress has been made towards understanding the main s-process component that takes place in thermally pulsing Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars. During this process about half of the heavy elements, mainly between 90=8Msolar) and is much less understood. A better characterization of the weak s component would help disentangle the various contributions to element production in this region. For this purpose, a series of measurements of neutron-capture cross sections have been performed on medium-mass nuclei at the 3.7-MV Van de Graaff accelerator at FZK using the activation method. Also, neutron captures on abundant light elements with A<56 play an important role for s-process nucleosynthesis, since they act as neutron poisons and affect the stellar neutron balance. New results are presented for the (n,g) cross sections of 41K and 45Sc, and revisions are reported for a number of cross sections based on improved spectroscopic information.

  12. Neutron cross section calculations for fission-product nuclei

    To satisfy nuclear data requirements for fission-product nuclei, Hauser-Feshbach statistical calculations with preequilibrium corrections for neutron-induced reactions on isotopes of Se, Kr, Sr, Zr, Mo, Sn, Xe, and Ba between 0.001 and 20 MeV. Spherical neutron optical parameters were determined by simultaneous fits to resonance data and total cross sections. Isospin coefficients appearing in the optical potentials were determined through analysis of the behavior of s- and p-wave strengths as a function of mass for a given Z. Gamma-ray strength functions, determined through fits to stable-isotope capture data, were used in the calculation of capture cross sections and gamma-ray competition to particle emission. The resulting (n,γ), (n,n'), (n,2n), and (n,3n) cross sections, the secondary neutron emission spectra, and angular distributions calculated for 19 fission products will be averaged to provide a resulting ENDF-type fission-product neutronics file. 11 references

  13. Neutron capture cross section on Lu isotopes at DANCE

    The DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) array at the LANSCE spallation neutron source in Los Alamos has been used to measure neutron capture cross sections for 175Lu and 176Lu with neutron energies from thermal up to 100 keV. Both isotopes are of current interest for the s-process nucleosynthesis. 175Lu is an important waiting-point in the s-process and 176Lu is a sensitive s-process thermometer. Three targets were used to perform these measurements. One was a natural Lu foil of 31 mg/cm2 and the other two were isotopically enriched targets of 175Lu (99.8%, ∼1 mg/cm2 electro-deposited on Ti) and 176Lu (99.9%, ∼1 mg/cm2 mass separator deposited on aluminized mylar). The data analysis is in progress. Preliminary cross sections have been obtained by normalizing the data to the known thermal cross section. A comparison of these data with recent experimental data of K. Wisshak et al. and the evaluated data of ENDF B-VII will be presented.

  14. Measurement of neutron capture cross-sections for 164Dy

    The neutron capture cross sections of 164Dy were measured in the neutron energy region of 10 to 90 keV using the 3-MV Pelletron accelerator of the Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Pulsed keV neutrons were produced from the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction by bombarding a lithium target with the 1.5-ns bunched proton beam from the Pelletron accelerator. The incident neutron spectrum on a capture sample was measured by means of a TOF method with a 6Li-glass detector. Capture γ-rays were detected with a large anti-Compton NaI(Tl) spectrometer, employing a TOF method. A pulse-height weighting technique was applied to observed capture γ-ray pulse-height spectra to derive capture yields. The capture cross sections were obtained by using the standard capture cross sections of 197Au. The present results were compared with the previous measurements and the evaluated values of ENDF/B-VI

  15. Resonance averaged channel radiative neutron capture cross sections

    In order to apply Lane amd Lynn's channel capture model in calculations with a realistic optical model potential, we have derived an approximate wave function for the entrance channel in the neutron-nucleus reaction, based on the intermediate interaction model. It is valid in the exterior region as well as the region near the nuclear surface, ans is expressed in terms of the wave function and reactance matrix of the optical model and of the near-resonance parameters. With this formalism the averaged channel radiative neutron capture cross section in the resonance region is written as the sum of three terms. The first two terms correspond to contribution of the optical model real and imaginary parts respectively, and together can be regarded as the radiative capture of the shape elastic wave. The third term is a fluctuation term, corresponding to the radiative capture of the compound elastic wave in the exterior region. On applying this theory in the resonance region, we obtain an expression for the average valence radiative width similar to that of Lane and Mughabghab. We have investigated the magnitude and energy dependence of the three terms as a function of the neutron incident energy. Calculated results for 98Mo and 55Mn show that the averaged channel radiative capture cross section in the giant resonance region of the neutron strength function may account for a considerable fraction of the total (n, γ) cross section; at lower neutron energies a large part of this channel capture arises from the fluctuation term. We have also calculated the partial capture cross section in 98Mo and 55Mn at 2.4 keV and 24 keV, respectively, and compared the 98Mo results with the experimental data. (orig.)

  16. Accurate Development of Thermal Neutron Scattering Cross Section Libraries

    Hawari, Ayman; Dunn, Michael

    2014-06-10

    The objective of this project is to develop a holistic (fundamental and accurate) approach for generating thermal neutron scattering cross section libraries for a collection of important enutron moderators and reflectors. The primary components of this approach are the physcial accuracy and completeness of the generated data libraries. Consequently, for the first time, thermal neutron scattering cross section data libraries will be generated that are based on accurate theoretical models, that are carefully benchmarked against experimental and computational data, and that contain complete covariance information that can be used in propagating the data uncertainties through the various components of the nuclear design and execution process. To achieve this objective, computational and experimental investigations will be performed on a carefully selected subset of materials that play a key role in all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle.

  17. Fast-neutron scattering cross sections of elemental silver

    Differential neutron elastic- and inelastic-scattering cross sections of elemental silver are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of less than or equal to 200 keV and at 10 to 20 scattering angles distributed between 20 and 1600. Inelastically-scattered neutron groups are observed corresponding to the excitation of levels at; 328 +- 13, 419 +- 50, 748 +- 25, 908 +- 26, 1150 +- 38, 1286 +- 25, 1507 +- 20, 1623 +- 30, 1835 +- 20 and 1944 +- 26 keV. The experimental results are used to derive an optical-statistical model that provides a good description of the observed cross sections. The measured values are compared with corresponding quantities given in ENDF/B-V

  18. Overview of recent U235 neutron cross section evaluation work

    Lubitz, C. [Lockheed Martin Corp., Schenectady, NY (United States)

    1998-10-01

    This report is an overview (through 1997) of the U235 neutron cross section evaluation work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), AEA Technology (Harwell) and Lockheed Martin Corp.-Schenectady (LMS), which has influenced, or appeared in, ENDF/B-VI through Release 5. The discussion is restricted to the thermal and resolved resonance regions, apart from some questions about the unresolved region which still need investigation. The important role which benchmark testing has played will be touched on.

  19. Neutron Cross-Section Measurements on Structural Materials at ORELA

    Neutron capture experiments, using isotopically enriched and natural samples of chromium and titanium, were performed on flight paths 6 and 7 at the 40 m flight station of ORELA. The experimental data were acquired using a pair of deuterated benzene detectors employing the now well-established pulse-height-weighting technique. These data were complemented by new total cross-section measurements where no useful previous data were available.

  20. Neutron cross section standards and instrumentation. Annual report

    Wasson, O.A.

    1993-07-01

    The objective of this interagency program is to provide accurate neutron interaction measurements for the US Department of Energy nuclear programs which include waste disposal, fusion, safeguards, defense, fission, and personnel protection. These measurements are also useful to other energy programs which indirectly use the unique properties of the neutron for diagnostic and analytical purposes. The work includes the measurement of reference cross sections and related neutron data employing unique facilities and capabilities at NIST and other laboratories as required; leadership and participation in international intercomparisons and collaborations; the preservation of standard reference deposits and the development of improved neutron detectors and measurement methods. A related and essential element of the program is critical evaluation of neutron interaction data including international coordinations. Data testing of critical data for important applications is included. The program is jointly supported by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology contains a summary of the accomplishments of the Neutron Cross Section Standards and Instrumentation Project during the third year of this three-year interagency agreement. The proposed program and required budget for the following three years are also presented. The program continues the shifts in priority instituted in order to broaden the program base.

  1. Neutron cross section standards and instrumentation. Annual report

    The objective of this interagency program is to provide accurate neutron interaction measurements for the US Department of Energy nuclear programs which include waste disposal, fusion, safeguards, defense, fission, and personnel protection. These measurements are also useful to other energy programs which indirectly use the unique properties of the neutron for diagnostic and analytical purposes. The work includes the measurement of reference cross sections and related neutron data employing unique facilities and capabilities at NIST and other laboratories as required; leadership and participation in international intercomparisons and collaborations; the preservation of standard reference deposits and the development of improved neutron detectors and measurement methods. A related and essential element of the program is critical evaluation of neutron interaction data including international coordinations. Data testing of critical data for important applications is included. The program is jointly supported by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology contains a summary of the accomplishments of the Neutron Cross Section Standards and Instrumentation Project during the third year of this three-year interagency agreement. The proposed program and required budget for the following three years are also presented. The program continues the shifts in priority instituted in order to broaden the program base

  2. Recent progress in fast neutron activation cross section data

    A brief review is given of some significant investigations performed during the past few years in the area of fast neutron activation cross sections that may be relevant for the use of nuclear techniques in the exploration of mineral resources, in process and quality control in industry as well as for general analytical purposes. Differential capture cross sections are considered for the natural elements or isotopes of Fe, Cu, Se, Y, Nb, Cd, In, Gd, W, Os and Au. Some of the data are compared with statistical model calculations. Experimental and evaluated average cross sections for capture and threshold reactions in the spontaneous fission neutron field of 252Cf are reviewed taking into account the elements or isotopes of Mg, Al, Si, S, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Sr, Zr, Nb, Cd, In, Ba, Ta and Au. A summary of recent studies of differential cross sections for threshold reactions comprises data on Al, Si, S, Ti, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Zr, Nb, Ta, W and Au. Besides experimental investigations, evaluations and theoretical model calculations are considered. Cross sections at 14 MeV and in the region around this energy are reviewed for Na, Mg, Al, Cl, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, Sr, Zr, Nb, In, Er, Yb, Ta, W, Os, Ir, Au and Pb. Particular emphasis is laid on (n,p), (n,2n) and (n,α) reactions. (n,n') reactions are allowed for if the half-life of the metastable state excited permits elemental analyses by common experimental techniques. (orig.)

  3. Recent progress in fast neutron activation cross section data

    A brief review is given of some significant investigations performed during the past few years in the area of fast neutron activation cross sections that may be relevant for the use of nuclear techniques in the exploration of mineral resources, in process and quality control in industry as well as for general analytical purposes. Differential capture cross sections are considered for the natural elements or isotopes of Fe, Cu, Se, Y, Nb, Cd, In, Gd, W, Os and Au. Some of the data are compared with statistical model calculations. Experimental and evaluated average cross sections for capture and threshold reactions in the spontaneous fission neutron field of 252Cf are reviewed taking into account the elements or isotopes of Mg, Al, Si, S, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Sr, Zr, Nb, Cd, In, Ba, Ta and Au. A summary of recent studies of differential cross sections for threshold reactions comprises data on Al, Si, S, Ti, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Zr, Nb, Ta, W and Au. Besides experimental investigations, evaluations and theoretical model calculations are considered. Cross sections at 14 MeV and in the region around this energy are reviewed for Na, Mg, Al, Cl, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, Sr, Zr, Nb, In, Er, Yb, Ta, W, Os, Ir, Au and Pb. Particular emphasis is laid on (n,p), (n,2n) and (n,α) reactions. (n,n') reactions are allowed for if the half-life of the metastable state excited permits elemental analyses by common experimental techniques. (author)

  4. Thermal Neutron Capture Cross Sections of The Palladium Isotopes

    We have measured precise thermal neutron capture γ-ray cross sections σγ for all stable Palladium isotopes with the guided thermal neutron beam from the Budapest Reactor. The data were compared with other data from the literature and have been evaluated into the Evaluated Gamma-ray Activation File (EGAF)[1]. Total radiative neutron capture cross-sections σ0 can be deduced from the sum of transition cross sections feeding the ground state of each isotope if the decay scheme is complete. The Palladium isotope decay schemes are incomplete, although transitions deexciting low-lying levels are known for each isotope. We have performed Monte Carlo simulations of the Palladium thermal neutron capture de-excitation schemes using the computer code DICEBOX [2]. This program generates a level scheme where levels below a critical energy Ecrit are taken from experiment, and those above Ecrit are calculated by a random discretization of an a priori known level density formula ρ(E, Jπ). Level de-excitation branching intensities are taken from experiment for levels below Ecrit and the capture state, or calculated for levels above Ecrit assuming an a priori photon strength function and applying allowed selection rules and a Porter-Thomas distribution of widths. The calculated feeding to levels below Ecrit can then be normalized to the measured cross section deexciting those levels to determine the total radiative neutron cross-section σ0. In this paper we have measured σ0[102Pd(n,γ)] = 0.9 ± 0.3 b, σ0[104Pd(n,γ)] = 0.61 ± 0.11 b, σ0[105Pd(n,γ)] = 21.1 ± 1.5 b, σ0[106Pd(n,γ)] = 0.36 ± 0.05 b, σ0[108Pd(n,γ)(0)] = 7.6 ± 0.6 b, σ0[108Pd(n,γ)(189)] = 0.185 ± 0.011 b, and σ0[110Pd(n,γ)] = 0.10 ± 0.03 b. We have also determined from our statistical calculations that the neutron capture state in 107Pd is best described as 2+(60%)+3+(40%). Agreement with literature values was excellent in most cases. We found significant discrepancies between our results for 102

  5. Coupled neutron and photon cross sections for transport calculations

    A compact set of multigroup cross sections and transfer tables for use in neutron and photon transport calculations was prepared from ENDF/B-IV using the NJOY processing system. The library includes prompt and steady-state coupled sets for neutrons and photons in FIDO format, prompt and steady-state fission spectra (chi vectors) for the fissionable isotopes, and a table of useful response functions including heating and gas production. These multigroup constants should be useful for a wide variety of problems where self-shielding is not important. 15 references

  6. Summary report of technical meeting on neutron cross section covariances

    A summary is given of the Technical Meeting on Neutron Cross Section Covariances. The meeting goal was to assess covariance data needs and recommend appropriate methodologies to address those needs. Discussions on covariance data focused on three general topics: 1) Resonance and unresolved resonance regions; 2) Fast neutron region; and 3) Users' perspective: benchmarks' uncertainty and reactor dosimetry. A number of recommendations for further work were generated and the important work that remains to be done in the field of covariances was identified. (author)

  7. Absolute measurements of neutron cross sections. Progress report

    In the photoneutron laboratory, we have completed a major refurbishing of experimental facilities and begun work on measurements of the capture cross section in thorium and U-238. In the 14 MeV neutron experimental bay, work continues on the measurement of 14 MeV neutron induced reactions of interest as standards or because of their technological importance. First results have been obtained over the past year, and we are extending these measurements along the lines outlined in our proposal of a year ago

  8. Generation of neutron scattering cross sections for silicon dioxide

    A set of neutron scattering cross sections for silicon and oxygen bound in silicon dioxide were generated and validated. The cross sections were generated in the ACE format for MCNP using the nuclear data processing system NJOY, and the validation was done with published experimental data. This cross section library was applied to the calculation of five critical configurations published in the benchmark Critical Experiments with Heterogeneous Compositions of Highly Enriched Uranium, Silicon Dioxide and Polyethylene. The original calculations did not use the thermal scattering libraries generated in this work and presented significant differences with the experimental results. For this reason, the newly generated library was added to the input and the multiplication factor for each configuration was recomputed. The utilization of the thermal scattering libraries did not result in an improvement of the computational results. Based on this we conclude that integral experiments to validate this type of thermal cross sections need to be designed with a higher influence of thermal scattering in the measured result, and the experiments have to be performed under more controlled conditions.

  9. Calculation of 239Pu neutron inelastic cross sections

    We have calculated cross sections for neutron-induced reactions on 239Pu between 0.001 and 5 MeV, with particular emphasis on inelastic scattering. Coupled-channel and Hauser-Feshbach statistical models were used. Within the coupled-channel calculations we employed neutron optical parameters derived from simultaneous fits to total, elastic, inelastic, and resonance data. The resulting transmission coefficients were used in Hauser-Feshbach statistical calculations having a fission channel based on a double-humped barrier representation. Barrier parameters and transition state enhancements needed to reproduce well the (n,f) cross sections between 0.001 and 5 MeV were in general agreement with those from other published analyses. Calculated compound-nucleus and direct-reaction components for inelastic scattering were combined incoherently, and the resultant cross sections agreed well with the Bruyeres-le-Chatel measurements for scattering from levels occupying the ground state rotational band. Our results are in substantial disagreement with ENDF/B-V values for these levels. We are presently performing DWBA calculations to determine direct-reaction components for states occupying higher-lying vibrational bands

  10. Importance of neutron cross-sections for transmutation

    Accurate neutron cross-section data is fundamental to the reliable design of any transmutation device, and, in particular, of an accelerator-driven system (ADS). Calculations of the behaviour of the core depend strongly on the cross-section data: parameters such as the multiplication coefficient, power densities or reactivity may vary significantly depending on the nuclear-data (ND) library used. These potential discrepancies justify the need to improve the present data for several isotopes and reaction channels, for a wide range of neutron energies from thermal to high-energy. This paper follows on from work performed in the context of the nTOF-ND-ADS project of the EURATOM 5th framework program, where a preliminary analysis of the effects of different cross-section data was carried out using the Monte Carlo code package FLUKA-EAMC. That study was based on the Pb-Bi cooled 80 MWth energy-amplifier prototype, and included comparison of parameters such as source multiplication coefficient ksrc, neutron spectra, neutron balance and one-group cross-sections for different isotopes using different nuclear-data evaluations. The present work expands this analysis to other isotopes of interest such as 233U, 243Am, 244,245Cm and the long-lived fission fragments (LLFFs) 99Tc and 129I. A direct comparison of nuclear-data libraries to indicate the spread between values was performed. The paper also extends the sensitivity analysis of the parameters mentioned above to moderated systems, such as TRADE (triga accelerator-driven experiment): a 1 MW triga reactor coupled with a 110-140 MeV-2 mA proton cyclotron. Study of the discrepancies in the thermal and epithermal regions is essential for the design of systems for the transmutation of LLFF (transmutation by adiabatic resonance crossing, TARC) and also important for minor actinides (MAs) for which sub-threshold fission should not be neglected. These studies highlight the relative importance of different isotopes and assess the

  11. Evaluation of Neutron Resonance Cross Section Data at GELINA

    Schillebeeckx, P.; Becker, B.; Capote, R.; Emiliani, F.; Guber, K.; Heyse, J.; Kauwenberghs, K.; Kopecky, S.; Lampoudis, C.; Massimi, C.; Mondelaers, W.; Moxon, M.; Noguere, G.; Plompen, A. J. M.; Pronyaev, V.; Siegler, P.; Sirakov, I.; Trkov, A.; Volev, K.; Zerovnik, G.

    2014-05-01

    Over the last decade, the EC-JRC-IRMM, in collaboration with other institutes such as INRNE Sofia (BG), INFN Bologna (IT), ORNL (USA), CEA Cadarache (FR) and CEA Saclay (FR), has made an intense effort to improve the quality of neutron-induced cross section data in the resonance region. These improvements relate to both the infrastructure of the facility and the measurement setup, and the data reduction and analysis procedures. As a result total and reaction cross section data in the resonance region with uncertainties better than 0.5 % and 2 %, respectively, can be produced together with evaluated data files for both the resolved and unresolved resonance region. The methodology to produce full ENDF compatible files, including covariances, is illustrated by the production of resolved resonance parameter files for 241Am, Cd and W and an evaluation for 197Au in the unresolved resonance region.

  12. Influence of cross-section structure of unfolded neutron spectra

    The influence of cross-section structure on neutron spectra unfolded by multiple foil activation technique, SAND-II case, was studied. For three reactions with evident structure in neutron cross-section above threshold, 27Al(n,α)24Na, 31P(n,p)31Si, and 32S(n,p)32P, two remarkably different sets of evaluated data were selected from the available evaluations: one set of data was smooth, the structure having been averaged over by a smooth curve; while the other set was sharp, with structure given in detail. These data were used in unfolding procedure together with other reactions, the same in both cases (as well as input spectra and measured reaction rates). It was found that during unfolding calculations fewer iteration steps were needed to unfold the neutron flux spectrum with the set of sharp data. In case of smooth data it was difficult to obtain an agreement between measured and calculated activity values even by increasing the number of iteration steps. Contrary to expectations, considerable deformation of unfolded neutron flux spectrum was observed in the case of the smooth data set. 8 figures, 1 table

  13. Neutron Cross Section Libraries for Cryogenic Aromatic Moderator Materials

    The dynamics of a set of aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, mesitylene and a 3:2 mixture (by volume) of mesitylene and toluene, all of them in solid phase, was studied as potential moderator materials for cold neutron sources. Cross section libraries were generated for hydrogen bounded in those materials, at several temperatures in ACE format, and they were used in MCNP calculations to analyze their neutron production compared with traditional materials like solid methane and liquid hydrogen. In particular, cross section libraries were generated at 20 K, which is the operating temperature of the majority of the existing cold neutron sources. Although solid methane is the best moderator in terms of cold neutron production, it has very poor radiation resistance, causing spontaneous burping even at fairly low doses. Such effect is considerably reduced in the aromatic hydrocarbons. On the other hand, all of them show a similar and significant neutron production, with the exception of benzene. Even though those aromatic materials are very easy to handle, the solid phases that produce an enhanced flux of cold neutrons correspond to amorphous structures rich in low-energy excitations, and they can be created through lengthy cooling processes requiring in many cases additional annealing stages. The 3:2 mesitylene-toluene mixture, that forms in a simple and direct manner the appropriate disordered structure, constitutes an excellent cryogenic moderator material, as it is able to produce an intense flux of cold neutrons while presenting high resistance to radiation, thus conforming a new and advantageous alternative to traditional moderator materials. (authors)

  14. Re/Os cosmochronometer: measurement of neutron cross sections

    This experimental work is devoted to the improved assessment of the Re/Os cosmochronometer. The dating technique is based on the decay of 187Re (t1/2=41.2 Gyr) into 187Os and determines the age of the universe by the time of onset of nucleosynthesis. The nucleosynthesis mechanisms, which are responsible for the 187Re/187Os pair, provide the possibility to identify the radiogenic fraction of 187Os exclusively by nuclear physics considerations. Apart from its radiogenic component, 187Os can be synthesized otherwise only by the s process, which means that this missing fraction can be reliably determined and subtracted by proper s-process modeling. On the other hand, 187Re is almost completely produced by the r process. The only information needed for the interpretation as a cosmic clock is the production rate of 187Re as a function of time. The accuracy of the s-process calculations that are needed to determine the nucleosynthetic abundance of 187Os depends on the quality of the neutron capture cross sections averaged over the thermal neutron spectrum at the s-process sites. Laboratory measurements of these cross sections have to be corrected for the effect of nuclear levels, which can be significantly populated at the high stellar temperatures during the s process. The neutron capture cross sections of 186Os, 187Os and 188Os have been measured at the CERN n TOF facility in the range between 0.7 eV and 1 MeV. From these data, Maxwellian averaged cross sections have been determined for thermal energies from 5 to 100 keV with an accuracy around 4%, 3%, and 5% for 186Os, 187Os, and 188Os, respectively. Since, the first excited state in 187Os occurs at 9.75 keV, the cross section of this isotope requires a substantial correction for thermal population of low lying nuclear levels. This effect has been evaluated on the basis of resonance data derived in the (n, γ) experiments and by an improved measurements of the inelastic scattering cross section for the first excited

  15. Re/Os cosmochronometer: measurement of neutron cross sections

    Mosconi, M.

    2007-12-21

    This experimental work is devoted to the improved assessment of the Re/Os cosmochronometer. The dating technique is based on the decay of {sup 187}Re (t{sub 1/2}=41.2 Gyr) into {sup 187}Os and determines the age of the universe by the time of onset of nucleosynthesis. The nucleosynthesis mechanisms, which are responsible for the {sup 187}Re/{sup 187}Os pair, provide the possibility to identify the radiogenic fraction of {sup 187}Os exclusively by nuclear physics considerations. Apart from its radiogenic component, {sup 187}Os can be synthesized otherwise only by the s process, which means that this missing fraction can be reliably determined and subtracted by proper s-process modeling. On the other hand, {sup 187}Re is almost completely produced by the r process. The only information needed for the interpretation as a cosmic clock is the production rate of {sup 187}Re as a function of time. The accuracy of the s-process calculations that are needed to determine the nucleosynthetic abundance of {sup 187}Os depends on the quality of the neutron capture cross sections averaged over the thermal neutron spectrum at the s-process sites. Laboratory measurements of these cross sections have to be corrected for the effect of nuclear levels, which can be significantly populated at the high stellar temperatures during the s process. The neutron capture cross sections of {sup 186}Os, {sup 187}Os and {sup 188}Os have been measured at the CERN n TOF facility in the range between 0.7 eV and 1 MeV. From these data, Maxwellian averaged cross sections have been determined for thermal energies from 5 to 100 keV with an accuracy around 4%, 3%, and 5% for {sup 186}Os, {sup 187}Os, and {sup 188}Os, respectively. Since, the first excited state in {sup 187}Os occurs at 9.75 keV, the cross section of this isotope requires a substantial correction for thermal population of low lying nuclear levels. This effect has been evaluated on the basis of resonance data derived in the (n, {gamma

  16. Neutron-induced fission cross-section of 231 Pa

    Beside the importance of 231 Pa for basic fission studies it is also of interest in the field of future reactor design based on the thorium-uranium fuel cycle. The 232 Th/233 U breeder cycle, where the natural resources of the main fuel thorium are estimated to last for hundred thousands of years, is contemplated to provide 'clean' and almost inexhaustible nuclear energy. Among the first priority isotopes the IAEA had pointed out 231 Pa and 233 Pa. Both are of special interest being intermediate nuclei in the formation of the fissile 233 U from the fertile 232 Th. The latter has been investigated in the recent past in great detail. In particular, 231 Pa carry a similar risk as 239 Pu does in the standard uranium-plutonium cycle due to its comparable half-life and radio-toxicity. Despite the wealth of existing experimental data important discrepancies exist, a scenario, which holds for the existing evaluated data files ENDF/B-VI and JENDL-3.3, too. Presently, the neutron-induced fission cross-section of 231 Pa is under investigation at the VdG neutron source at IRMM for incident neutron energies up to 20 MeV. The obtained cross-sections, representing the 3rd and higher chance fission in 233 Pa(n,f) will serve as precise input for the validation of the reaction cross-section calculations performed on 233 Pa up to 20 MeV and the envisaged extension up to 50 MeV. (authors)

  17. Measurement of the neutron capture cross section of 236U

    In this paper we describe the 236U(n, γ) reaction cross section measurement at the GELINA white pulsed neutron source of the Inst. for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel. The sample was placed in the neutron beam at a flight station located at a nominal distance of 30 m from the neutron source. Neutron capture gamma rays were detected by two C6D6-based liquid scintillator gamma-ray detectors as a function of the neutron time-of-flight using the pulse height weighting technique. The pulse height weighting function has been derived from Monte Carlo simulations of the detector response to mono-energetic gamma rays. The shape of the neutron flux was measured with a 10B chamber, placed about 60 cm upstream in the neutron beam. The capture yield in the resolved resonance region up to 3 keV has been derived and will be presented here. The analysis of the capture yield in terms of R-matrix resonance parameters is planned for the near future. (authors)

  18. An International Evaluation of the Neutron Cross Section Standards

    BADIKOV S. A.; CHEN Zhenpeng; GAI E.; Hale, G. M.; HAMBSCH FRANZ-JOSEF; Hofmann, H. M.; Kawano, T.; LARSON N. M.; OH Soo-Youl; PRONYAEV V. G.; Smith, D L; TAGESEN S.; VONACH H.

    2006-01-01

    Work is reported here on the process and present results of an international evaluation of the neutron cross section standards. The evaluations include the Hn,n, 3Hen,p, 6Lin,t, 10Bn, 10Bn,1, 197Aun,235Un,f, and 238Un, f standard reactions as well as the 238Un, and 239Pun,f reactions. This evaluation was performed to include new experiments on the standards that have been made since the ENDF/B-VI evaluation was completed and to improve the evaluation process. Evaluations have been completed f...

  19. Neutron cross section standards evaluations for ENDF/B-VI

    The neutron cross section standards are now being evaluated as the initial phase in the development of the new ENDF/B-VI file. These standards evaluations are following a somewhat different process compared with that used for earlier versions of ENDF. The primary effort is concentrated on a simultaneous evaluation using a generalized least squares program, R-matrix evaluations, and a procedure for combining the results of these evaluations. The ENDF/B-VI standards evaluation procedure is outlined, and preliminary simultaneous evaluation and R-matrix results are presented. 16 refs., 7 figs

  20. Neutron cross-section determination in geological samples (U)

    The Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGAA) technique yields elemental composition data which can be used to calculate the macroscopic cross section for any sample. The Small Sample Reactivity Measurements (SSRM) technique yields the macroscopic thermal absorption directly. Experimentally, PGAA is somewhat more difficult because of the calibration and data handling than is SSRM. However, SSRM requires a mathematical model of the reactor which means a rather complicated analysis. Once the model and calibration are completed, data analysis is routine. The SSRM technique is production oriented. 9 figures

  1. Neutron-induced cross-sections via the surrogate method

    The surrogate reaction method is an indirect way of determining neutron-induced cross sections through transfer or inelastic scattering reactions. This method presents the advantage that in some cases the target material is stable or less radioactive than the material required for a neutron-induced measurement. The method is based on the hypothesis that the excited nucleus is a compound nucleus whose decay depends essentially on its excitation energy and on the spin and parity state of the populated compound state. Nevertheless, the spin and parity population differences between the compound-nuclei produced in the neutron and transfer-induced reactions may be different. This work reviews the surrogate method and its validity. Neutron-induced fission cross sections obtained with the surrogate method are in general good agreement. However, it is not yet clear to what extent the surrogate method can be applied to infer radiative capture cross sections. We performed an experiment to determine the gamma decay probabilities for 176Lu and 173Yb by using the surrogate reactions 174Yb(3He,pγ)176Lu* and 174Yb(3He,αγ)173Yb*, respectively, and compare them with the well-known corresponding probabilities obtained in the 175Lu(n,γ) and 172Yb(n,γ) reactions. This experiment provides answers to understand why, in the case of gamma-decay, the surrogate method gives significant deviations compared to the corresponding neutron-induced reaction. In this work, we have also assessed whether the surrogate method can be applied to extract capture probabilities in the actinide region. Previous experiments on fission have also been reinterpreted. Thus, this work provides new insights into the surrogate method. This work is organised in the following way: in chapter 1, the theoretical aspects related to the surrogate method will be introduced. The validity of the surrogate method will be investigated by means of statistical model calculations. In chapter 2, a review on experiments based

  2. Fast neutron cross section measurements: First year progress report

    Progress on the project has generally followed the schedule included in the three year grant proposal of a year ago. In the 14 MeV Neutron Laboratory, we have completed the last of our current set of activation cross section measurements, and have moved into the phase of rebuilding our accelerator to produce pulses of one nanosecond width. This renovation has required extensive changes in the laboratory, including the relocation of the 150 kV accelerator to a balcony overlooking the main part of the Neutron Bay. We have procured and installed a 900 bending magnet, and are currently fabricating the major components of the beam pulsing system. We expect that the fabrication work will be completed near the end of the current contract year, and intend to move into initial testing of the system shortly after the start of the second contract year. In the Photoneutron Laboratory, we have demonstrated the feasibility of a series of radiochemical separations that are an essential part of our effort to carry out measurements of the U-238 capture cross section. We have also demonstrated the accuracy of a new technique to calibrate our gamma detector efficiency using alpha particle spectrometry. We are now fabricating the uranium targets for this experiment and expect that first year irradiations will take place within the next several months

  3. Cross section measurements of fast neutrons with isotopes of mercury

    Cross section were measured for the reactions 196Hg(n,2n)195Hgmg, 198Hg(n,2n)197Hgmg, 204Hg(n,2n)203Hg, 198Hg(n,p)198Aug and 199Hg(n,p)199Au over the neutron energy range of 7.6 - 12.5 MeV. Quasi monoenergetic neutrons were produced via the 2H(d,n)3He reaction using a deuterium gas target at the Julich variable energy compact cyclotron CV 28. Use was made of the activation technique in combination with high-resolution HPGe-detector gamma ray spectroscopy. All the data were measured for the first time over the investigated energy range. The transition from the present low- energy data to the literature data around 14 MeV is generally good. Nuclear model calculations using the codes STAPRE and EMPIRE-2.19 which employ the statistical and precompound model formalisms were undertaken to describe the formation of both the isomeric and ground states of the products. The total reaction cross section of a particular channel is reproduced fairly well by the model calculations, with STAPRE giving slightly better results

  4. Fast neutron induced reaction cross sections and their systematics

    14.6 MeV Neutron induced cross-sections have been measured by the activation technique on twenty-nine nuclei. Sixty-two reactions have been studied using high resolution Ge(Li) spectroscopy and by a detailed accounting for flux variations during the irradiations. The cross-section for the 128Xe(n,p)-128I has been reported for the first time. The values determined in this work have been compared to those reported by other investigators as well as to values predicted by semi-empirical and theoretical methods. The influence of shell closure is difficult to discern, though some evidence is reported for such effects on (n,2n) reactions having threshold energies near the neutron energy. The nuclei studied in this work included: 14N, 19F, 23Na, 27Al, 31P, 45Sc, 46Ti, 50Cr, 54Fe, 28Ni, 63Cu, 65Cu, 64Zn, 66Zn, 68Zn, 69Ga, 75As, 90Zr, 92Mo, 124Xe, 126Xe, 128Xe, 130Xe, 131Xe, 132Xe, 134Xe, 136Xe, 141Pr and 144Sm. The temperature scale for the solar xenon thermometer is reexamined in terms of excitation functions for (n,γ) reactions on 127I and 133Cs. The revised scale suggests that an upper limit of approximately 1060K can be set on the temperature of the sun during the deuterium burning stage

  5. Modeling of High Precision Neutron Nonelastic Cross Sections

    Dietrich, F S; Anderson, J D; Bauer, R W; Grimes, S M; McNabb, D P

    2007-02-05

    A new method has been applied to the determination of neutron nonelastic cross sections for iron {sup 56}Fe and lead {sup 208}Pb for energies between 5 and 26 MeV. These data have estimated errors of only a few percent and do not suffer from the ambiguities encountered in earlier nonelastic data. We attempt to fit these high precision data using both a semiclassical single phase shift model (nuclear Ramsauer model) as well as a recent global optical model that well reproduces a wide body of neutron scattering observables. At the 5% uncertainty level, both models produce satisfactory fits. However, neither model gives satisfactory fits to these new precise data. We conclude that fitting precise data, i.e., data with errors of approximately 2% or less, may require a nuclear mass dependence of radii that reflects structure effects such as shell closures.

  6. Optimising neutron polarisers--measuring a single cross-section

    Goossens, D.J.; Cussen, L.D. E-mail: lcu@ansto.gov.au

    2002-09-01

    This article is part of a series of works exploring the optimisation of neutron polarisation analysis measurements. It deals with measurements of individual spin flip and non-spin flip neutron scattering cross-sections. An instrumental quality factor is presented. The optimum effective thickness for gaseous spin polarised {sup 3}He transmission filters is derived and presented. Cu{sub 2}MnAl Heusler alloy polarising monochromators and supermirror devices are considered using the quality factor. Absolute comparisons are made between these different types of polarisers. The effect of instrumental background is calculated for a wide range of experimental situations. Even very small backgrounds can have a very large effect on the quality of measurements achievable indicating that great attention must be paid to background reduction on polarisation analysis instruments.

  7. Optimising neutron polarisers--measuring a single cross-section

    Goossens, D J

    2002-01-01

    This article is part of a series of works exploring the optimisation of neutron polarisation analysis measurements. It deals with measurements of individual spin flip and non-spin flip neutron scattering cross-sections. An instrumental quality factor is presented. The optimum effective thickness for gaseous spin polarised sup 3 He transmission filters is derived and presented. Cu sub 2 MnAl Heusler alloy polarising monochromators and supermirror devices are considered using the quality factor. Absolute comparisons are made between these different types of polarisers. The effect of instrumental background is calculated for a wide range of experimental situations. Even very small backgrounds can have a very large effect on the quality of measurements achievable indicating that great attention must be paid to background reduction on polarisation analysis instruments.

  8. AFCI-2.0 Library of Neutron Cross Section Covariances

    Herman, M.; Herman,M.; Oblozinsky,P.; Mattoon,C.; Pigni,M.; Hoblit,S.; Mughabghab,S.F.; Sonzogni,A.; Talou,P.; Chadwick,M.B.; Hale.G.M.; Kahler,A.C.; Kawano,T.; Little,R.C.; Young,P.G.

    2011-06-26

    Neutron cross section covariance library has been under development by BNL-LANL collaborative effort over the last three years. The primary purpose of the library is to provide covariances for the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) data adjustment project, which is focusing on the needs of fast advanced burner reactors. The covariances refer to central values given in the 2006 release of the U.S. neutron evaluated library ENDF/B-VII. The preliminary version (AFCI-2.0beta) has been completed in October 2010 and made available to the users for comments. In the final 2.0 release, covariances for a few materials were updated, in particular new LANL evaluations for {sup 238,240}Pu and {sup 241}Am were adopted. BNL was responsible for covariances for structural materials and fission products, management of the library and coordination of the work, while LANL was in charge of covariances for light nuclei and for actinides.

  9. Curves and tables of neutron cross sections in JENDL-3.3

    Neutron cross sections of 337 nuclides in JENDL-3.3 are presented in figures and tables. In the tables, shown are cross sections at 0.0253 eV and 14 MeV, Maxwellian average cross sections (kT = 0.0253 eV), resonance integrals and fission spectrum average cross sections. The average cross sections calculated with typical reactor spectra are also tabulated. The numbers of delayed and total neutrons per fission are given in figures. (author)

  10. Neutron cross section standards for energies above 20 MeV at KRI

    Neutron cross sections above 20 MeV are compared to proton cross sections for the same reactions, mainly for uranium-235 and uranium-238 fission. It is noted that between 100 and 1000 MeV these cross sections differ strongly. Other neutron reactions used as standards in KRI for neutron dosimetry are discussed

  11. Neutron reaction cross section data for advanced nuclear applications

    Full text of publication follows: Worldwide major research efforts are currently being carried out in order to develop a new concept of nuclear power generation, so-called accelerator driven systems (ADS) for energy production and transmutation of radioactive nuclear waste. A suggested approach is the energy amplifier (EA), which is a sub-critical reactor using a powerful proton accelerator and a spallation reaction as neutron source. Since the EA is based on the thorium-uranium fuel cycle, where the natural resources of the main fuel thorium are estimated to last for hundred thousands of years, it is considered to provide clean and almost inexhaustible nuclear energy. Apart from necessary new technical developments, the realization of these concepts depends strongly on the availability of accurate nuclear reaction data. In particular, precise knowledge about cross sections for fission, neutron capture and scattering is required for the nuclides involved in the Th-U fuel cycle. Among the first priority isotopes the IAEA had pointed out 231Pa and 233Pa. The latter one, 233Pa, is of specific interest, since it plays an important role as an intermediate nucleus in the formation of the fissile 233U from the fertile 232Th. With its half life of 27.0 days for β-decay, 233Pa is not a 'long-lived' nucleus, but it still requires careful attention in the design and operation of thorium-fueled reactors. When a thorium-fueled reactor is stopped, the present amount of 233Pa will continue to decay into 233U, leading to an increase in reactivity, which may even cause criticality. This mechanism is known as 'protactinium effect' and is proportional to the power level of the reactor. Also the precise knowledge of the fission cross section of 231Pa (above 1 b for fast neutrons) is essential for simulations of the balance of nuclei in and, thus, the reactivity behavior of the reactor. We present recent cross section data from direct, energy resolved measurements of the neutron

  12. Towards improved evaluation of neutron-induced fission cross section

    Mean-field calculations can nowadays provide all the nuclear ingredients required to describe the fission path from the equilibrium deformation up to the nuclear scission point. The information obtained from microscopic mean-field models has been included in reaction codes to improve the predictions of neutron-induced fission cross section. The nuclear inputs concern not only the details of the energy surface along the fission path, but also the coherent estimate of the nuclear level density derived within the combinatorial approach on the basis of the same single-particle properties, in particular at the fission saddle points. The predictive power of such a microscopic approach is tested. It is also shown that the various inputs can be tuned to reproduce at best experimental data in one unique coherent framework, so that it is now possible to make reliable and accurate fission cross-section calculations on the basis of microscopic models, but also to use such approaches to estimate the corresponding modeling uncertainties for nuclei, energy ranges or reaction channels for which no data exist. (authors)

  13. Neutron Cross Section Uncertainties in the Thermal and Resonance Regions

    Mughabghab,S.F.; Oblozinsky, P.

    2008-06-24

    In the 'Atlas of Neutron Resonances', special care was expended to ensure that the resonance parameter information reproduces the various measured thermal cross sections, as well as the infinite dilute resonance integrals for Z = 1-100. In contrast, the uncertainties of the recommended quantities do not match those generated from the uncertainties of the resonance parameters. To address this problem, the present study was initiated to achieve consistency for 15 actinides and 21 structural and coolant moderator materials. This is realized by assigning uncertainties to the parameters of the negative-energy resonances and changing, if necessary, significantly the uncertainties of the low-lying positive-energy resonances. The influence of correlations between parameters on the derived uncertainties is examined and discussed.

  14. Intermediate structure in the 238U neutron capture cross section

    Recent measurements of the 238U neutron capture cross section show large fluctuations in the unresolved resonance region. To test whether or not the observed long-range fluctuation of the neutron capture represent departures from the compound nuclear model, the Wald-Wolfowitz runs and correlation tests were applied to the 238U neutron capture data obtained at ORELA. The Wald-Wolfowitz runs test deals with the statistic, R, which is the number of unbroken sequences of data points above or below a given reference line. This statistic is to be compared with the expected value of runs E(R) +- sigma(R) arising from randomly distributed data. In the correlation test we have computed the first serial correlation coefficient of the data as well as its expected value and variance for a set of random data. In both tests one computes the probability, P, for the given statistical entity to depart from its expected value by more than epsilon standard deviations. Both tests confirm the presence of intermediate structure between 5 and 100 keV. The range of the structure far exceeds the width of the experimental resolution and level widths. 3 tables, 2 figures

  15. Neutron Thermal Cross Sections, Westcott Factors, Resonance Integrals, Maxwellian Averaged Cross Sections and Astrophysical Reaction Rates Calculated from Major Evaluated Data Libraries

    Pritychenko, B.; Mughabghab, S.F.

    2012-01-01

    We present calculations of neutron thermal cross sections, Westcott factors, resonance integrals, Maxwellian-averaged cross sections and astrophysical reaction rates for 843 ENDF materials using data from the major evaluated nuclear libraries and European activation file. Extensive analysis of newly-evaluated neutron reaction cross sections, neutron covariances, and improvements in data processing techniques motivated us to calculate nuclear industry and neutron physics quantities, produce s-...

  16. Measurements of neutron capture cross section of 237Np for fast neutrons

    The neutron capture cross section of 237Np has been measured for fast neutrons supplied at the center of the core in the Yayoi reactor. The activation method was used for the measurement, in which the amount of the product 238Np was determined by γ-ray spectroscopy using a Ge detector. The neutron flux at the center of the core calculated by the Monte Carlo simulation code MCNP was renormalized by using the activity of a gold activation foil irradiated simultaneously. The new convention is proposed in this paper to make possible a definite comparison of the integral measurement by the activation method using fast reactor neutrons with differential measurements using accelerator-based neutrons. 'Representative neutron energy' is defined in the convention at which the cross section deduced by the activation measurement has a high sensitivity. The capture cross section of 237Np corresponding to the representative neutron energy was deduced as 0.80±0.04 b at 214±9 keV from the measured reaction rate and the energy dependence of the cross section in the nuclear data library ENDF/B-VII.0. The deduced cross section of 237Np at the representative neutron energy agrees with the evaluated data of ENDF/B-VII.0, but is 15% higher than that of JENDL-3.3 and 13% higher than that of JENDL/AC-2008. (author)

  17. Neutron-capture Cross Sections from Indirect Measurements

    Escher, J E; Burke, J T; Dietrich, F S; Ressler, J J; Scielzo, N D; Thompson, I J

    2011-10-18

    Cross sections for compound-nuclear reactions play an important role in models of astrophysical environments and simulations of the nuclear fuel cycle. Providing reliable cross section data remains a formidable task, and direct measurements have to be complemented by theoretical predictions and indirect methods. The surrogate nuclear reactions method provides an indirect approach for determining cross sections for reactions on unstable isotopes, which are difficult or impossible to measure otherwise. Current implementations of the method provide useful cross sections for (n,f) reactions, but need to be improved upon for applications to capture reactions.

  18. Neutron cross-section library for SAND-2 and its service program

    The logical structure of the neutron cross-section library used in the SAND-2 program complex is considered. The organization of the DSIG01 program creating and servicing the neutron cross section library is described. The DSIG 01 program is written on FORTRAN and permits to create the neutron cross section library on the ES computer magnetic discs operating under the control of the ES operating system and to perform certain manipulations therewith

  19. Comment on "Giant absorption cross section of ultracold neutrons in Gadolinium"

    Felber, J.; Gaehler, R.; Golub, R.

    2000-01-01

    Rauch et al (PRL 83, 4955, 1999) have compared their measurements of the Gd cross section for Ultra-cold neutrons with an exptrapolation of the cross section for thermal neutrons and interpreted the discrepancy in terms of coherence properties of the neutron. We show the extrapolation used is based on a misunderstanding and that coherence properties play no role in absorption.

  20. The Ramsauer model for the total cross sections of neutron nucleus scattering

    Gowda, R. S.; Suryanarayana, S. S. V.; Ganesan, S

    2005-01-01

    Theoretical study of systematics of neutron scattering cross sections on various materials for neutron energies up to several hundred MeV are of practical importance. In this paper, we analysed the experimental neutron scattering total cross sections from 20MeV to 550MeV using Ramsauer model for nuclei ranging from Be to Pb.

  1. Neutron activation cross section measurements and evaluations in CIAE

    The cross sections of 28 reactions have been measured by the activation method since 1995 in CIAE. At the same time the cross sections of 40 reactions which we have measured since 1989 have been compiled and evaluated. A brief description of experimental measurement of activation cross sections is given. The data measured after 1995 by ourselves are listed in Table 4 and our evaluations for 40 reactions are listed in Table 5, respectively. A graphical intercomparison with available experimental data isi given in appendix. (author)

  2. The neutron cross-sections of Xe135

    Measurements of the total and absorption cross-sections of Xe135 reviewed briefly. The low-energy cross-section is very large and dominated by a single resonance at 0.084 eV; the spin state for this level is not known, this being one of the major uncertainties in the data. The resonance parameters given in the literature were found to give a good fit to the total cross-section but failed to reproduce the preferred 2200 m/sec. value of σγ. A new set of parameters was therefore deduced, by a least-squares analysis, which gave this preferred value of σγ and fitted the shape of the total cross section curve. To obtain this fit it was necessary to re-normalise the curve of σT by 4%. The new parameters are listed, and a discussion of the probable accuracy of the data is included. (author)

  3. On the accuracy of techniques for determining neutron compound-nucleus formation cross sections

    Dietrich F.S.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available We consider three methods for determining neutron nonelastic cross sections: direct measurement by transmission of neutrons through a spherical shell; subtraction of the angle-integrated elastic cross section from the total cross section; and a modification of the subtraction technique using Wick’s limit that in favorable cases can significantly reduce the errors in the subtraction method. We show new results using the modified subtraction technique for nonelastic cross sections at 21.6 MeV neutron energy over a wide mass range, and discuss criteria that should be satisfied in order for the modified subtraction technique to be reliable.

  4. Calculation of neutron cross-sections in the unresolved resonance region by the Monte Carlo method

    The Monte-Carlo method is used to produce neutron cross-sections and functions of the cross-section probabilities in the unresolved energy region and a corresponding Fortran programme (ONERS) is described. Using average resonance parameters, the code generates statistical distribution of level widths and spacing between resonance for S and P waves. Some neutron cross-sections for U238 and U235 are shown as examples

  5. Neutron-induced fission cross sections of short-lived actinides via the surrogate reaction method

    A brief discussion of surrogate reaction methods has been made and some of the recent results on neutron induced fission cross section measurements have been presented. The validation of the EMPIRE-3.1. predictions on neutron induced cross sections corresponding to fission barriers used from Barrier Formula (BF) and RIPL-1 libraries have been discussed

  6. The Status of Cross Section Measurements for Neutron-induced Reactions Needed for Cosmic Ray Studies

    Sisterson, J. M.

    2003-01-01

    Cosmic ray interactions with lunar rocks and meteorites produce small amounts of radionuclides and stable isotopes. Advances in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) allow production rates to be measured routinely in well-documented lunar rocks and meteorites. These measurements are analyzed using theoretical models to learn about the object itself and the history of the cosmic rays that fell on it. Good cross section measurements are essential input to the theoretical calculations. Most primary cosmic ray particles are protons so reliable cross sections for proton-induced reactions are essential. A cross section is deemed accurate if measurements made by different experimenters using different techniques result in consistent values. Most cross sections for proton induced reactions are now well measured. However, good cross section measurements for neutron-induced reactions are still needed. These cross sections are required to fully account for all galactic cosmic ray interactions at depth in an extraterrestrial object. When primary galactic cosmic ray (GCR) particles interact with an object many secondary neutrons are produced, which also initiate spallation reactions. Thus, the total GCR contribution to the overall cosmogenic nuclide archive has to include the contribution from the secondary neutron interactions. Few relevant cross section measurements have been reported for neutron-induced reactions at neutron energies greater than approximately 20 MeV. The status of the cross section measurements using quasi-monoenergetic neutron energies at iThemba LABS, South Africa and white neutron beams at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), Los Alamos are reported here.

  7. On the requirements for the accuracy of reproduction of energetic structures in neutron cross-sections

    Attention is paid to the importance of taking into account some interference peculiarities in neutron cross sections while analysing resonance self-shielding effects for fast reactors. Some theoretical models for different structures in neutron cross sections are suggested. Requirements for these models from the point of view of group constant calculations are under discussion

  8. Systematic effects on cross-section data derived from reaction rates at a cold neutron beam

    Žerovnik, Gašper, E-mail: gasper.zerovnik@ijs.si [Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Becker, Björn [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Belgya, Tamás, E-mail: belgya.tamas@energia.mta.hu [Institute for Energy Security and Environmental Safety, Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 29-33 Konkoly-Thege Miklós Street, H-1121 Budapest (Hungary); Genreith, Christoph, E-mail: christoph.genreith@frm2.tum.de [Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Harada, Hideo, E-mail: harada.hideo@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, 319-1195 Ibaraki (Japan); Kopecky, Stefan, E-mail: stefan.kopecky@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Radulović, Vladimir, E-mail: vladimir.radulovic@ijs.si [Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); CEA, DEN, DER, Instrumentation, Sensors and Dosimetry Laboratory, Cadarache, F-13108 St-Paul-Lez-Durance (France); Sano, Tadafumi, E-mail: t-sano@rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, 590-0494 Osaka (Japan); Schillebeeckx, Peter, E-mail: peter.schillebeeckx@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); and others

    2015-11-01

    The methodology to derive cross-section data from measurements in a cold neutron beam was studied. Mostly, capture cross-sections at thermal energy are derived relative to a standard cross-section, e.g. the cross-section of the {sup 1}H(n,γ), {sup 14}N(n,γ), or {sup 197}Au(n,γ) reaction, and proportionality between the standard and the measured cross-section, evaluated at different energies in the sub-thermal region, is often assumed. Due to this assumption the derived capture cross-section at thermal energy can be biased by more than 10%. Evidently the bias depends on how much the energy dependence of the cross-section deviates from a direct proportionality with the inverse of the neutron speed. The effect is reduced in case the cross-section is not derived at thermal energy but at an energy close to the average energy of the cold neutron beam. Nevertheless, it is demonstrated that the bias can only be avoided in case the energy dependence of the cross-section is known and proper correction factors are applied. In some cases the results are also biased when the attenuation of the neutron beam within the sample is neglected in the analysis. Some of the cross-section data reported in the literature suffer from such bias effects. Hence, the results have to be corrected using the correction factors presented in this paper.

  9. 7Li neutron-induced elastic scattering cross section measurement using a slowing-down spectrometer

    Heusch M.; Ghetta V.; Chabod S.; Brissot R.; Billebaud A.; Méplan O.; Kessedjian G.; Liatard E.

    2010-01-01

    A new integral measurement of the 7Li neutron induced elastic scattering cross section was determined in a wide neutron energy range. The measurement was performed on the LPSC-PEREN experimental facility using a heterogeneous graphite-LiF slowing-down time spectrometer coupled with an intense pulsed neutron generator (GENEPI-2). This method allows the measurement of the integral elastic scattering cross section in a slowing-down neutron spectrum. A Bayesian approach coupled to Monte Carlo cal...

  10. Evaluation of the neutron cross sections for Pu-240

    The present evaluation is proposed to supersede the ENDF/B-V, Revision 2 file for 240Pu. In this work, resonance parameters, cross sections, energy distributions, and angular distributions have been modified. These changes are outlined in detail and appropriate references included. 37 refs., 21 figs., 2 tabs

  11. Microscopic approach for the description of neutron cross section fluctuations

    In the frame of the shell model approach to nuclear reactions, the elastic, inelastic and total cross section fluctuations are analyzed taking into account the structure of the nucleus under investigation (compound nucleus, doorway states, collective states). For the case of overlapping compound nucleus resonances a modified Hauser-Feshbach formula, which is assymetric relative to the inelastic and elastic channels, is obtained. (author)

  12. Neutron scattering cross sections of liquid hydrogen and deuterium for cold neutron production

    The double-differential and total cross sections for neutron scattering from liquid hydrogen and deuterium at temperatures between the melting and boiling points are calculated. It is based on a generalized cross-section model describing properly the molecular motions in the liquids in terms of individual translations and intermolecular correlations. Intramolecular motions such as the nuclear spin correlations, free rotations and harmonic vibrations are also included similarly to the Young-Koppel model. The results of numerical calculations agree very well with a variety of the experimental cross-section results, both double-differential and total, at different temperatures and in different ortho-para contents over a wide range of incident neutron energies. Furthermore it is shown that the velocity autocorrelation functions inherent in the liquids are determined successfully. (author)

  13. Possibility of neutron transport cross section measurement in a sphere surrounded by moderation

    The possibility of an estimation of the neutron macroscopic transport cross section for a medium with known adsorption cross section is presented. A two-region spherical system is used with the sample of interest as the inner sphere. The fundamental decay constant of the thermal neutron flux is calculated on the basis of diffusion theory for such a system as a function of the dimensions of the external sphere and/or the macroscopic absorption cross section of the inner medium. The influence of the diffusion cooling coefficient and the hydrogen content in the inner sphere on the transport cross section estimation is discussed. (author)

  14. Measurements of Neutron Induced Cross Sections at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator

    Guber, K.H.; Harvey, J.A.; Hill, N.W.; Koehler, P.E.; Leal, L.C.; Sayer, R.O.; Spencer, R.R.

    1999-09-20

    We have used the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) to measure neutron total and the fission cross sections of 233U in the energy range from 0.36 eV to ~700 keV. We report average fission and total cross sections. Also, we measured the neutron total cross sections of 27Al and Natural chlorine as well as the capture cross section of Al over an energy range from 100 eV up to about 400 keV.

  15. Justification of a simple Ramsauer model for neutron total cross sections

    The simple nuclear Ramsauer model has been used successfully to fit neutron total cross sections for more than four decades but has not been widely used because the foundations of the model seem so unrealistic. A diffraction model calculation with the inclusion of refraction and optical model calculations are shown to validate the use of this simple nuclear Ramsauer model for neutron total cross sections in the neutron energy region of 6 to 60 MeV. This model yields a simple formula for parameterizing the energy dependence of the neutron total cross section

  16. Estimation of neutron energy for first resonance from absorption cross section for thermal neutrons

    Bogart, Donald

    1951-01-01

    Examination of published data for some 52 isotopes indicates that the neutron energy for which the first resonance occurs is related to the magnitude of the thermal absorption cross section. The empirical relation obtained is in qualitative agreement with the results of a simplified version of the resonance theory of the nucleus of Breit-Wigner.

  17. Advanced Neutron Source Cross Section Libraries (ANSL-V): ENDF/B-V based multigroup cross-section libraries for advanced neutron source (ANS) reactor studies

    Pseudo-problem-independent, multigroup cross-section libraries were generated to support Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) Reactor design studies. The ANS is a proposed reactor which would be fueled with highly enriched uranium and cooled with heavy water. The libraries, designated ANSL-V (Advanced Neutron Source Cross Section Libraries based on ENDF/B-V), are data bases in AMPX master format for subsequent generation of problem-dependent cross-sections for use with codes such as KENO, ANISN, XSDRNPM, VENTURE, DOT, DORT, TORT, and MORSE. Included in ANSL-V are 99-group and 39-group neutron, 39-neutron-group 44-gamma-ray-group secondary gamma-ray production (SGRP), 44-group gamma-ray interaction (GRI), and coupled, 39-neutron group 44-gamma-ray group (CNG) cross-section libraries. The neutron and SGRP libraries were generated primarily from ENDF/B-V data; the GRI library was generated from DLC-99/HUGO data, which is recognized as the ENDF/B-V photon interaction data. Modules from the AMPX and NJOY systems were used to process the multigroup data. Validity of selected data from the fine- and broad-group neutron libraries was satisfactorily tested in performance parameter calculations

  18. Neutron-induced capture cross sections via the surrogate reaction method

    The surrogate reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for nuclear reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. This technique enables neutron-induced cross sections to be extracted for nuclear reactions on short-lived unstable nuclei that otherwise can not be measured. This technique has been successfully applied to determine the neutron-induced fission cross sections of several short-lived nuclei. In this work, we investigate whether this powerful technique can also be used to determine of neutron-induced capture cross sections. For this purpose we use the surrogate reaction 174Yb(3He, pγ)176Lu to infer the well known 175Lu(n, γ) cross section and compare the results with the directly measured neutron-induced data. This surrogate experiment has been performed in March 2010. The experimental technique used and the first preliminary results will be presented. (authors)

  19. Integral test on activation cross section of tag gas nuclides using fast neutron spectrum fields

    Activation cross sections of xenon and krypton isotopes were evaluated as tag gases to identify capsule rupture in liquid metal cooled fast reactors. The accuracy of the activation cross sections was investigated with several tag gas samples irradiated in the standard neutron field of JOYO and YAYOI reactors. Comparing the measured radioactivities and calculated values using YAYOI neutron fluence and activation cross section processed from the JENDL(Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library)-3.2 cross section library, yielded C/E values of approximately 0.86 to 2.6 for tag gas nuclides. The discrepancy between calculation and measurement appears due to the cross section uncertainty. This study confirmed the present accuracy of tag gas activation cross sections. (author)

  20. Expanded and applied sixteen-neutron-energy-group cross-section library

    The purpose of the work reported in this paper was five-fold: (1) Develop an expanded neutron cross-section library containing ∼1,200 cross-section sets with the Hansen-Roach (H-R) 16-neutron-energy-group structure. (2) Provide an enhanced computational tool on a personal computer for criticality calculations. (3) Provide consistent values of the effective scattering cross sections (σs) for each set of the expanded H-R library for use in the selection of the resonance self-shielded cross sections (σp). (4) Develop a consistent technique for calculating σp in order to select and apply specific self-shielded cross-section sets. (5) Apply the cross sections and the selection technique to a wide variety of criticality calculational benchmarks

  1. Evaluation of Cm-247 neutron cross sections in the resonance region

    The neutron cross sections of Cm-247 are evaluated in the resonance (resolved and unresolved) region up to 10 keV. Average resonance parameters (i.e. spacing D, fission and radiative widths, neutron strength functions) are determined for unresolved region calculations. Moreover for a better comparison with the experimental data, fission cross section is calculated up to 10 MeV. In addition, the average number of neutrons emitted per fission as a function of energy is estimated

  2. Measurement of fast-neutron capture cross sections for 75As

    2001-01-01

    The cross sections of the 75As(n,γ)76As reaction were measured in the neutron energy range from 0.50 to 1.50 MeV by using the activation technique. Neutrons were produced via the T(p,n)3He reaction and the cross sections of the 197Au(n,γ)198Au reaction were used to determine the absolute neutron flux. Present results are compared with existing measurements and evaluations.

  3. Modeled Neutron Induced Nuclear Reaction Cross Sections for Radiochemistry in the region of Iriduim and Gold

    Hoffman, R D; Dietrich, F S; Kelley, K; Escher, J; Bauer, R; Mustafa, M

    2008-02-26

    We have developed a set of modeled nuclear reaction cross sections for use in radiochemical diagnostics. Systematics for the input parameters required by the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model were developed and used to calculate neutron induced nuclear reaction cross sections for targets ranging from osmium (Z = 76) to gold (Z = 79). Of particular interest are the cross sections on Ir and Au including reactions on isomeric targets.

  4. Measurement of reaction cross sections of fission products induced by DT neutrons

    Nakano, Daisuke; Murata, Isao; Takahashi, Akito [Osaka Univ., Suita (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    With the view of future application of fusion reactor to incineration of fission products, we have measured the {sup 129}I(n,2n){sup 128}I reaction cross section by DT neutrons with the activation method. The measured cross section was compared with the evaluated nuclear data of JENDL-3.2. From the result, it was confirmed that the evaluation overestimated the cross section by about 20-40%. (author)

  5. Neutron total cross section measurements of gold and tantalum at the nELBE photoneutron source

    Hannaske, Roland; Beyer, Roland; Junghans, Arnd; Bemmerer, Daniel; Birgersson, Evert; Ferrari, Anna; Grosse, Eckart; Kempe, Mathias; Kögler, Toni; Marta, Michele; Massarczyk, Ralph; Matic, Andrija; Schramm, Georg; Schwengner, Ronald; Wagner, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    Neutron total cross sections of $^{197}$Au and $^\\text{nat}$Ta have been measured at the nELBE photoneutron source in the energy range from 0.1 - 10 MeV with a statistical uncertainty of up to 2 % and a total systematic uncertainty of 1 %. This facility is optimized for the fast neutron energy range and combines an excellent time structure of the neutron pulses (electron bunch width 5 ps) with a short flight path of 7 m. Because of the low instantaneous neutron flux transmission measurements of neutron total cross sections are possible, that exhibit very different beam and background conditions than found at other neutron sources.

  6. Neutron total cross section measurements of gold and tantalum at the nELBE photoneutron source

    Hannaske, Roland; Beyer, Roland; Junghans, Arnd; Bemmerer, Daniel; Birgersson, Evert; Ferrari, Anna; Grosse, Eckart; Kempe, Mathias; Kögler, Toni; Marta, Michele; Massarczyk, Ralph; Matic, Andrija; Schramm, Georg; Schwengner, Ronald; Wagner, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Neutron total cross sections of 197 Au and nat Ta have been measured at the nELBE photoneutron source in the energy range from 0.1 - 10 MeV with a statistical uncertainty of up to 2 % and a total systematic uncertainty of 1 %. This facility is optimized for the fast neutron energy range and combines an excellent t ime structure of the neutron pulses (electron bunch width 5 ps) with a short flight path of 7 m. Because of the low instantaneous neutron flux transmission measurements of neutron total cross sections are possible, that exhibit very different beam and back ground conditions than found at other neutron sources.

  7. Neutron capture and total cross-section measurements on fast reactor structural materials

    The neutron capture and total cross-sections of a series of nuclides in the mass range 46 to 62 have been measured at Harwell by the time-of-flight method. The capture cross-sections were measured for incident neutron energies from a few eV to 800 keV using the neutron booster target of the 45 MeV electron linac. High resolution total cross-section measurements were made with the transmission facility on the 160 MeV proton synchrocyclotron. The results of preliminary analyses of the data are presented on the capture cross-sections of Fe, 47Ti, and 49Ti and the total cross-sections of 56Fe, 58Ni and 60Ni. (author)

  8. Neutron cross section standards for the energy region above 20 MeV

    These proceedings of a specialists' meeting on Neutron cross section standards for the energy region above 20 MeV are divided into 6 sessions bearing on: - session 1: status of the date base for (n-p) scattering (2 conferences) - session 2: status of nucleon-nucleon phase shift calculations (1 conference) - session 3: recent and planned experimental work on n-p cross section measurements and facilities (7 conferences) - session 4: Instruments for utilizing the H (n.n) standard for neutron fluence measurement (4 conferences) - session 5: proposal for other neutron cross-section standards (4 conferences) - session 6: monitor reactions for radiation dosimetry (3 conferences)

  9. An empirical fit to estimated neutron emission cross sections from proton induced reactions

    Moumita Maiti; Maitreyee Nandy; S N Roy; P K Sarkar

    2003-01-01

    Neutron emission cross section for various elements from 9Be to 209Bi have been calculated using the hybrid model code ALICE-91 for proton induced reactions in the energy range 25 MeV to 105 MeV. An empirical expression relating neutron emission cross section to target mass number and incident proton energy has been obtained. The simple expression reduces the computation time significantly. The trend in the variation of neutron emission cross sections with respect to the target mass number and incident proton energy has been discussed within the framework of the model used.

  10. Neutron-induced fission cross sections of short-lived actinides with the surrogate reaction method

    Neutron-induced fission cross sections for 242,243Cm and 241Am have been obtained with the surrogate reaction method. Recent results for the neutron-induced cross section of 243Cm are questioned by the present data. For the first time, the 242Cm cross section has been determined up to the onset of second-chance fission. The good agreement at the lowest excitation energies between the present results and the existing neutron-induced data indicates that the distributions in spin and parity of states populated with both techniques are similar.

  11. Resonance analysis and evaluation of the 235U neutron induced cross sections

    Neutron cross sections of fissile nuclei are of considerable interest for the understanding of parameters such as resonance absorption, resonance escape probability, resonance self-shielding,and the dependence of the reactivity on temperature. In the present study, new techniques for the evaluation of the 235U neutron cross sections are described. The Reich-Moore formalism of the Bayesian computer code SAMMY was used to perform consistent R-matrix multilevel analyses of the selected neutron cross-section data. The Δ3-statistics of Dyson and Mehta, along with high-resolution data and the spin-separated fission cross-section data, have provided the possibility of developing a new methodology for the analysis and evaluation of neutron-nucleus cross sections. The results of the analysis consists of a set of resonance parameters which describe the 235U neutron cross sections up to 500 eV. The set of resonance parameters obtained through a R-matrix analysis are expected to satisfy statistical properties which lead to information on the nuclear structure. The resonance parameters were tested and showed good agreement with the theory. It is expected that the parametrization of the 235U neutron cross sections obtained in this dissertation represents the current state of art in data as well as in theory and, therefore, can be of direct use in reactor calculations. 44 refs., 21 figs., 8 tabs

  12. Partial neutron capture cross sections of actinides using cold neutron prompt gamma activation analysis

    Nuclear waste needs to be characterized for its safe handling and storage. In particular long-lived actinides render the waste characterization challenging. The results described in this thesis demonstrate that Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGAA) with cold neutrons is a reliable tool for the non-destructive analysis of actinides. Nuclear data required for an accurate identification and quantification of actinides was acquired. Therefore, a sample design suitable for accurate and precise measurements of prompt γ-ray energies and partial cross sections of long-lived actinides at existing PGAA facilities was presented. Using the developed sample design the fundamental prompt γ-ray data on 237Np, 241Am and 242Pu were measured. The data were validated by repetitive analysis of different samples at two individual irradiation and counting facilities - the BRR in Budapest and the FRM II in Garching near Munich. Employing cold neutrons, resonance neutron capture by low energetic resonances was avoided during the experiments. This is an improvement over older neutron activation based works at thermal reactor neutron energies. 152 prompt γ-rays of 237Np were identified, as well as 19 of 241Am, and 127 prompt γ-rays of 242Pu. In all cases, both high and lower energetic prompt γ-rays were identified. The most intense line of 237Np was observed at an energy of Eγ=182.82(10) keV associated with a partial capture cross section of σγ=22.06(39) b. The most intense prompt γ-ray lines of 241Am and of 242Pu were observed at Eγ=154.72(7) keV with σγ=72.80(252) b and Eγ=287.69(8) keV with σγ=7.07(12) b, respectively. The measurements described in this thesis provide the first reported quantifications on partial radiative capture cross sections for 237Np, 241Am and 242Pu measured simultaneously over the large energy range from 45 keV to 12 MeV. Detailed uncertainty assessments were performed and the validity of the given uncertainties was demonstrated. Compared

  13. Determination of neutron induced fission cross sections by surrogate reaction methods for nuclear energy applications

    In this talk, surrogate reaction methods are briefly discussed and presented. Some of the recent results on neutron induced fission cross section measurements carried out and the possibility of extending the measurements for determining (n,γ), (n,2n) and (n,p) reaction cross-sections by surrogate reaction method are also discussed

  14. Absolute cross-section normalization of magnetic neutron scattering data

    Xu, Guangyong; Xu, Zhijun; Tranquada, J. M.

    2013-01-01

    We discuss various methods to obtain the resolution volume for neutron scattering experiments, in order to perform absolute normalization on inelastic magnetic neutron scattering data. Examples from previous experiments are given. We also try to provide clear definitions of a number of physical quantities which are commonly used to describe neutron magnetic scattering results, including the dynamic spin correlation function and the imaginary part of the dynamic susceptibility. Formulas that c...

  15. FENDL/E-2.0. Evaluated nuclear data library of neutron-nucleus interaction cross sections and photon production cross sections and photon-atom interaction cross sections for fusion applications. Version 1, March 1997. Summary documentation

    This document presents the description of a physical tape containing the basic evaluated nuclear data library of neutron-nucleus interaction cross sections, photon production cross sections and photon-atom interaction cross sections for fusion applications. It is part of the evaluated nuclear data library for fusion applications FENDL-2. The data are available cost-free from the Nuclear Data Section upon request. The data can also be retrieved by the user via online access through international computer networks. (author)

  16. Resonance parameters for measured keV neutron capture cross sections

    All available neutron capture cross sections in the keV region (∼ to 100 keV) have been fitted with resonance parameters. Capture cross sections for nuclides with reasonably well known average s-wave parameters, but no measured cross section, have been calculated and tabulated using p-and d- wave strength functions interpolated between fitted values. Several of these nuclides are of interest in the theory of slow nucleosynthesis of heavy elements in stars, and the product of cosmic abundance (due to the s-process) and capture cross section at 30 keV has been plotted versus mass number. (author)

  17. Measurement of neutron captured cross-sections in 1-2 MeV

    Kim, Gi Dong; Kim, Young Sek; Kim, Jun Kon; Yang, Tae Keun [Korea Institutes of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Taejeon (Korea)

    2001-04-01

    The measurement of neutron captured reaction cross sections was performed to build the infra system for the production of nuclear data. MeV neutrons were produced with TiT target and {sup 3}T(p,n){sup 3}He reaction. The characteristics of TiT thin film was analyzed with ERD-TOF and RBS. The results was published at Journal of the Korea Physical Society (SCI registration). The energy, the energy spread and the flux of the produced neutron were measured. The neutron excitation functions of {sup 12}C and {sup 16}O were obtained to confirm the neutron energy and neutron energy spread. The neutron energy spread found to be 1.3 % at the neutron energy of 2.077 MeV. The {sup 197}Au(n,{gamma}) reaction was performed to obtain the nerutron flux. The maximum neutron flux found to be 1 x 10{sup 8} neutrons/sec at the neutron energy of 2 MeV. The absolute efficiency of liquid scintillation detector was obtained in the neutron energy of 1 - 2 MeV. The fast neutron total reaction cross sections of Cu, Fe, and Au were measured with sample in-out method. Also the neutron captured reaction cross sections of {sup 63}Cu were measured with fast neutron activation method. The measurement of neutron total reaction cross sections and the neutron captured reaction cross sections with fast neutrons were first tried in Korea. The beam pulsing system was investigated and the code of calculating the deposition spectrums for primary gamma rays was made to have little errors at nuclear data. 25 refs., 28 figs., 14 tabs. (Author)

  18. Measurements of integral cross section ratios in two dosimetry benchmark neutron fields

    In the frame of a current interlaboratory effort devoted to the standardization of fuels and materials neutron dosimetry, the 103Rh(n,n')103mRh and 58Ni(n,p)58Co integral cross sections have been accurately measured relatively to the 115In(n,n')115m In cross section in the 235U thermal fission neutron spectrum and in the MOL-ΣΣ intermediate-energy standard neutron field. In this last neutron field, the data are related also to the 235U(n,f) cross section. The measurements are extensively documented and the results briefly compared to literature. Most noticeably, decisive support is provided for the selection of a specific 103Rh(n,n')103mRh differential-energy cross section among the existing, conflicting data. (author)

  19. Proceedings of a specialists' meeting on neutron activation cross sections for fission and fusion energy applications

    These proceedings of a specialists' meeting on neutron activation cross sections for fission and fusion energy applications are divided into 4 sessions bearing on: - data needs: 4 conferences - experimental work: 11 conferences - theoretical work: 4 conferences - evaluation work: 5 conferences

  20. Removal cross sections and total mass attenuation coefficients of fast neutrons and gamma rays for steel

    Elsayed, A A

    2003-01-01

    The present work deals with the study of the attenuation properties and determination of the cross sections of fast neutrons and gamma rays for structure steel used in different applications in nuclear power plants, particle accelerators, research reactors and different radiation attenuation fields. Investigation has been performed by measuring the transmitted fast neutron and gamma ray spectra behind cylindrical samples of steel (rho=7.87 gem sup - sup 3) of different thicknesses. A reactor collimated beam and neutron - gamma spectrometer with stiblbene scintillator were used for measurements. The pluse shape disriminate technique based on zero cross over method was used to discriminate between neutron and gamma ray pulses. Effective removal cross-section (sigma sub R) and total mass attenuation coefficient (mu) of neureons and gamma rays have been achieved using the attenuation relations. Microscopic removal cross sections sigma sup 9 sup 8 and mass removal cross sections sigma sub R sub / subrho of fast ne...

  1. Evaluation and Compilation of Neutron Activation Cross Sections for Medical Isotope Production

    Calculational assessment and experimental verification of certain neutron cross sections that are related to widely needed new medical isotopes. Experiments were performed at the Oregon State University TRIGA Reactor and the High Flux Irradiation Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  2. Analysis of the 239Pu neutron cross sections from 300 to 2000 eV

    A recent high-resolution measurement of the neutron fission cross section of 239Pu has allowed the extension from 1 to 2 keV of a previously reported resonance analysis of the neutron cross sections, and an improvement of the previous analysis in the range 0.3 to 1 keV. This report analyzes this region. 8 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs

  3. ERRORJ: A code to process neutron-nuclide reaction cross section covariance, version 2.3

    For the evaluation of the uncertainties of nuclear parameters which are induced by uncertainties in neutron-nuclide reaction cross sections with deterministic procedures, covariance data for energy-averaged cross sections are necessary. ERRORJ is a processing code to transform cross section covariance given in the ENDF format into energy-averaged cross section covariance. ERRORJ can process the covariance data of cross sections including resonance parameters, angular and energy distributions of secondary neutrons. Since the release of the previous version, ERRORJ has been modified in order to reduce calculation time and to make it easy to incorporate ERRORJ into the NJOY code system. The version 2.3 is developed with these modifications. (author)

  4. Numerical estimates of multiple reaction corrections in neutron cross-section measurements

    A method to evaluate the effect of secondary neutrons in 14-15 MeV neutron cross-section measurements is presented. The emission spectra of secondary neutrons are calculated by means of the preequilibrium and statistical models. An expression for the collision probability in a homogenous body has been utilized in the calculations. (author)

  5. Total cross section of neutron-proton scattering at low energies in quark-gluon model

    Abramovsky, V. A.; Radchenko, N. V.

    2011-01-01

    We show that analysis of nonrelativistic neutron-proton scattering in a framework of relativistic QCD based quark model can give important information about QCD vacuum structure. In this model we describe total cross section of neutron-proton scattering at kinetic energies of projectile neutron from 1 eV up to 1 MeV.

  6. Calculation of the neutron-induced fission cross section of 233Pa

    Since very recently, experimental data for the energy dependence of the 233Pa(n,f) cross section are finally available. This has stimulated a new, self-consistent cross section evaluation for the system n+233Pa in the incident neutron energy range 0.01-6 MeV. The results are quite different compared to earlier evaluation attempts. Since 233Pa is an important intermediary in the thorium based fuel cycle, its neutron reaction cross sections are key parameters in the modeling of future advanced reactor concepts

  7. Comparative analysis of the neutron cross-sections of iron from various evaluated data libraries

    The comparative analysis of neutron cross-sections of iron from evaluated nuclear data libraries SOKRATOR, KEDAK, ENDL is done in energy interval from 0.025 eV to 20 MeV. Some of iron cross-sections from SOKRATOR library are revised and new data, which are obtained by using new experimental data and more comprehensive theoretical methods, are recommended. As a result the new version of the iron neutron cross-section file (BNF-2012) is produced for SOKRATOR library. (author)

  8. Extrapolation of neutron-rich isotope cross-sections from projectile fragmentation

    Mocko, M.; Tsang, M. B.; Z.Y. Sun; Andronenko, L.; Andronenko, M.; Delaunay, F.; Famiano, M.; Friedman, W. A.; Henzl, V.; Henzlova, D.; Hui, H.; Liu, X. D.; Lukyanov, S.; Lynch, W.G.; Rogers, A. M.

    2007-01-01

    Using the measured fragmentation cross sections produced from the 48Ca and 64Ni beams at 140 MeV per nucleon on 9Be and 181Ta targets, we find that the cross sections of unmeasured neutron rich nuclei can be extrapolated using a systematic trend involving the average binding energy. The extrapolated cross-sections will be very useful in planning experiments with neutron rich isotopes produced from projectile fragmentation. The proposed method is general and could be applied to other fragmenta...

  9. Results of coupled channels calculations for the neutrons cross sections of a set of actinide nuclei

    This report gathers recents results of neutrons interactions with the following actinide nuclei: 230Th, 232Th, 234U, 238U, 242Pu, 246Cm and 252Cf from the use of the coupled channels optical model. Tabulations of the following quantities are given in Annexe: total, direct elastic and inelastic scattering (integrated and differential), and compound nucleus formation cross sections; ground state generalized transmission coefficients needed to calculate the cross sections of partial compound nucleus processes. This work was carried out within the framework of the IAEA-NDS Coordinated Research Programme on the Intercomparison of Actinide Neutron Cross Section Evaluations

  10. Neutron total and scattering cross sections of 6Li in the few MeV region

    Neutron total cross sections of 6Li are measured from approx. 0.5 to approx. 4.8 MeV at intervals of approx. 10 scattering angles and at incident-neutron intervals of approx.< 100 keV. Neutron differential inelastic-scattering cross sections are measured in the incident-energy range 3.5 to 4.0 MeV. The experimental results are extended to lower energies using measured neutron total cross sections recently reported elsewhere by the authors. The composite experimental data (total cross sections from 0.1 to 4.8 MeV and scattering cross sections from 0.22 to 4.0 MeV) are interpreted in terms of a simple two-level R-matrix model which describes the observed cross sections and implies the reaction cross section in unobserved channels; notably the (n;α)t reaction (Q = 4.783 MeV). The experimental and calculational results are compared with previously reported results as summarized in the ENDF/B-V evaluated nuclear data file

  11. Self-shielding in large cross-section neutron absorbers

    This study is dealing with finding the effects on neutron regime in several cases, among them a fuel bundle comprised of 16 fuel rods, made of sintered UO2 pellets clad in zircaloy-4 and irradiated in the neutron trap. The variations of the average neutron flux and the effect of self-shielding were studied. Similar calculations were carried out, both theoretically and experimentally for samples of europium oxide. Self-shielding effects were studied, and the variation of the effective multiplication factor was found as function of mass. The isotope generation and depletion code origin was used to compute the radioactivity of fission products from irradiating uranium different enrichments in IRT-5000. The effect of self-shielding on the flux and on the activities were found also. 14 tabs.; 34 figs.; 27 refs

  12. Measurements of fission cross-sections and of neutron production rates

    a) Measurements of neutron induced fission cross-sections in the low energy region. The variation of the fission cross sections of several fissile isotopes has been measured and analysed, for neutron energies below 0,025 eV. The monochromator was a crystal spectrometer used in conjunction with a mechanical velocity selector removing higher order Bragg reflections. The fissile material was laid down on the plates of a fission chamber by painting technic. An ionization chamber, having its plates coated with thin 10B layers, was used as the neutron flux monitor. b) Measurement of the fission cross section of 235U. We intend to measure the variation of the neutron induced fission cross section of 235U over the neutron energy range from 1 keV by the time of flight method. The neutron source is the uranium target of a pulsed 28 MeV electron linear accelerator. The detector is a large fission chamber, with parallel plates, containing about 10 g of 235U (20 deposits of 25 cm diameter). The relative fission data were corrected for the neutron spectrum measured with a set of BF3 proportional counters. c) Mean number ν of neutrons emitted in neutron induced fission. We measured the value of ν for several fissile isotopes in the case of fission induced by 14 MeV neutrons. The 14 MeV neutrons were produced by D (t, n) α reaction by means of a 300 kV Cockcroft Walton generator. (author)

  13. Semiclassical model of cross section for fast neutrons

    A study for main aspects of fast neutron scattering is presented and, a semiclassical approximation applying to several pratic cases is described. The obtained results are compared with experimental data for deformed nuclei, and, with theoretical data based on optical model without treatment of deformations. (M.C.K.)

  14. Molecular dynamical and structural studies for the bakelite by neutron cross section measurements

    Neutron reaction cross sections were determined by transmission and scattering measurements, to study the dynamics and molecular structure of calcined bakelites. Total cross sections were determined, with a deviation smaller than 5%, from the literature values, by neutron transmission method and a specially devised approximation. These cross sections were then correlated with data obtained with infra-red spectroscopy, elemental analysis and other techniques to get the probable molecular formulae of bakelite. Double differential scattering cross sections, scattering law values and frequency distributions were determined with 15% error using the neutron inelastic scattering method. The frequency distributions as well as the overall results from all experimental techniques used in this work allowed to suggest a structural model like polycyclic hydrocarbons, for calcined bakelite at 8000 C. (author)

  15. Observation of Large Enhancement of Charge Exchange Cross Sections with Neutron-Rich Carbon Isotopes

    Tanihata, I; Kanungo, R; Ameil, F; Atkinson, J; Ayyad, Y; Cortina-Gil, D; Dillmann, I; Estradé, A; Evdokimov, A; Farinon, F; Geissel, H; Guastalla, G; Janik, R; Knoebel, R; Kurcewicz, J; Litvinov, Yu A; Marta, M; Mostazo, M; Mukha, I; Nociforo, C; Ong, H J; Pietri, S; Prochazka, A; Scheidenberger, C; Sitar, B; Strmen, P; Takechi, M; Tanaka, J; Toki, H; Vargas, J; Winfield, J S; Weick, H

    2015-01-01

    Production cross sections of nitrogen isotopes from high-energy carbon isotopes on hydrogen and carbon targets have been measured for the first time for a wide range of isotopes. The fragment separator FRS at GSI was used to deliver C isotope beams. The cross sections of the production of N isotopes were determined by charge measurements of forward going fragments. The cross sections show a rapid increase with the number of neutrons in the projectile. Since the production of nitrogen is mostly due to charge exchange reactions below the proton separation energies, the present data suggests a concentration of Gamow-Teller and Fermi transition strength at low excitation energies for neutron-rich isotopes. It was also observed that the cross sections were enhanced much more strongly for neutron rich isotopes in the C-target data.

  16. Neutron inelastic scattering cross sections from 159Tb (n, n'γ)

    Scattering cross sections for fast neutrons were investigated for low-lying levels of 159Tb by a Ge detector with a NaI(Tl) Compton suppression annulus in conjunction with the pulsed-beam time-of-flight technique. Thirty-eight transitions from 27 levels were observed and differential gamma-ray production cross sections for the 159Tb (n, n'γ) reaction were measured at 125deg for incident neutron energies from 400 to 1000 keV. Level cross sections were also inferred. Neutron scattering cross sections for the states at 241, 348, 363.5, 535 and 580.7 keV are compared to the ENDF/B-VI, JEF-2, and JENDL-3 evaluations. (author)

  17. Neutron-induced capture cross sections via the surrogate reaction method

    The surrogate reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for nuclear reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. In this method, the compound nucleus is produced via an alternative (surrogate) reaction and its decay (by fission, gamma or neutron emission) is measured in coincidence with the outgoing appropriate charged particle. This technique has enabled neutron-induced cross sections to be extracted for nuclear reactions on short-lived nuclei that otherwise could not be measured. The CENBG collaboration has successfully applied this technique to determine the neutron-induced fission cross sections of several short-lived nuclei such as 233Pa, 242,243Cm and 241Am. These data are very important for the development of the Th/U cycle and for minor actinide transmutation. We currently investigate whether this powerful technique can also be used to determine the neutron-induced capture cross sections. For this purpose we will use the surrogate reaction 174Yb(3He,pγ)176Lu to infer the well known 175Lu(n,γ) cross section and compare the results with the directly measured neutron-induced data. The experimental set-up and the first results will be presented. We will also discuss our future plans to use the surrogate method for extracting actinides (n,γ) cross sections. (authors)

  18. RAON neutron science facility design for measuring neutron-induced cross-section

    Kim Jae Cheon

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available A heavy-ion accelerator complex called RAON is currently under development in Korea. The neutron science facility (NSF is a part of RAON to produce white and mono-energetic neutrons covering the 10-90 MeV energy range with high-intensity. Deuterons and protons with ≤ 53 MeV and ≤ 88 MeV, respectively, accelerated by superconducting linac are delivered to the neutron target to produce fast neutrons. Pulsed beam intense is up to more than ∼ 20μA enough for measurements of neutron-induced reactions at the neutron time-of-flight (n-TOF facility. Be and C target are used to produce white neutrons and Li target is used for mono-energetic neutrons. Basically, two neutron beam lines at 0 ° and 30 ° will be constructed by using neutron collimator. In NSF, the time projection counter (TPC is employed to measure fission cross-section with ∼few % uncertainty.

  19. Neutron-induced fission cross sections of short-lived actinides with the surrogate reaction method

    We present a review of the fission cross section measurements made by the CENBG collaboration over the last years using the surrogate reaction method. For example the neutron-induced fission cross sections of 233Pa (T1/2=27 d), 242Cm (T1/2=162.8 d) and 243Cm (T1/2=29.1 y) have been obtained by our group with this technique. The advantages and the difficulties of the surrogate method are discussed. Special attention is paid to the comparison between cross sections measured with the surrogate method and those obtained directly with neutrons at low energies. This comparison provides information on possible differences between the spin-parity distributions achieved in the two methods. We measured for the first time the fission cross section of 233Pa. Our results for 231Pa(n,f) revealed that the existing neutron-induced data overestimated the fission cross section above 1.5 MeV. The deduced 241Am(n,f) and 242Cm(n,f) cross sections agree with the available data obtained via neutron-induced reactions. The good agreement observed at the lowest neutron energies between the present results and the neutron-induced data for 242Cm(n,f) and 243Cm(n,f) indicates that the population of excited states generated by the transfer reactions used in this work is similar to the distribution fed in neutron induced reactions. This agreement illustrates the potential of the surrogate reaction method to provide neutron-induced fission cross sections for short-lived nuclei

  20. Investigation of the influence of the neutron spectrum in determinations of integral cross-section ratios

    Ratio measurements are routinely employed in studies of neutron interaction processes in order to generate new differential cross-section data or to test existing differential cross-section information through examination of the corresponding response in integral neutron spectra. Interpretation of such data requires that careful attention be given to details of the neutron spectra involved in these measurements. Two specific tasks are undertaken in the present investigation: (1) Using perturbation theory, a formula is derived which permits one to relate the ratio measured in a realistic quasimonoenergetic spectrum to the desired pure monoenergetic ratio. This expression involves only the lowest-order moments of the neutron energy distribution and corresponding parameters which serve to characterize the energy dependence of the differential cross sections, quantities which can generally be estimated with reasonable precision from the uncorrected data or from auxiliary information. (2) Using covariance methods, a general formalism is developed for calculating the uncertainty of a measured integral cross-section ratio which involves an arbitrary neutron spectrum. This formalism is employed to further examine the conditions which influence the sensitivity of such measured ratios to details of the neutron spectra and to their uncertainties. Several numerical examples are presented in this report in order to illustrate these principles, and some general conclusion are drawn concerning the development and testing of neutron cross-section data by means of ratio experiments. 16 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs

  1. Studies of neutron cross-sections important for spallation experiments using the activation method

    A series of experiments devoted to studies of neutron cross-sections by activation method was carried out. The cross-sections of various threshold reactions were studied by means of different quasi-monoenergetic neutron sources with energies from 14 MeV up to 100 MeV. Threshold reactions in various materials are among other used to measure fast neutron fields produced during accelerator driven system studies. For this reason our measurements of neutron cross-sections are crucial. At present, neither experimental nor evaluated data above 30 MeV are available for neutron threshold reactions in Au, I and In published in this proceedings. We studied materials in the form of thin foils and compared our data with the calculations preformed using the deterministic code TALYS 1.4.

  2. Evaluation of cross sections for neutron-induced reactions in sodium

    An evaluation of the neutron-induced cross sections of 23Na has been done for the energy range from 10-5 eV to 20 MeV. All significant cross sections are given, including differential cross sections for production of gamma rays. The recommended values are based on experimental data where available, and use results of a consistent model code analysis of available data to predict cross sections where there are no experimental data. This report describes the evaluation that was submitted to the Cross Section Evaluation Working Group (CSEWG) for consideration as a part of the Evaluated Nuclear Data File, Version V, and subsequently issued as MAT 1311. 126 references, 130 figures, 14 tables

  3. Neutron total and scattering cross sections of some even isotopes of molybdenum and the optical model

    Neutron total and elastic and inelastic scattering cross sections of 92Mo, 96Mo, 98Mo and 100Mo were measured. Neutron total cross sections were determined at intervals of less than or equal to 10 keV from 1.6 to 5.5 MeV with resolutions of approximately 10 keV. Neutron elastic and inelastic scattering cross sections were measured from 1.8 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of 0.2 MeV. Neutron groups corresponding to the excitation of forty states were identified. The experimental results were examined in the context of optical- and statistical-nuclear models. It was concluded that the real part of the optical potential includes a term proportional to [(N - Z)/A] and suggested that the imaginary part is shell dependent with decreasing magnitude as N = 50 is approached. Comparison of measured and calculated inelastic neutron excitation cross sections suggested a number of J/sup π/ assignments extending previous knowledge. The experimental and calculational results were used, together with previously reported values, to generate an evaluated neutron total and scattering cross section file in the ENDF format extending over the energy range 0.1 to 8.0 MeV

  4. Neutron source investigations in support of the cross section program at the Argonne Fast-Neutron Generator

    Experimental methods related to the production of neutrons for cross section studies at the Argonne Fast-Neutron Generator are reviewed. Target assemblies commonly employed in these measurements are described, and some of the relevant physical properties of the neutron source reactions are discussed. Various measurements have been performed to ascertain knowledge about these source reaction that is required for cross section data analysis purposes. Some results from these studies are presented, and a few specific examples of neutron-source-related corrections to cross section data are provided. 16 figures, 3 tables

  5. Neutron cross-sections database for amino acids and proteins analysis

    Biological materials may be studied using neutrons as an unconventional tool of analysis. Dynamics and structures data can be obtained for amino acids, protein and others cellular components by neutron cross sections determinations especially for applications in nuclear purity and conformation analysis. The instrument used for this is the crystal spectrometer of the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN-CNEN-RJ), the only one in Latin America that uses neutrons for this type of analyzes and it is installed in one of the reactor Argonauta irradiation channels. The experimentally values obtained are compared with calculated values using literature data with a rigorous analysis of the chemical composition, conformation and molecular structure analysis of the materials. A neutron cross-section database was constructed to assist in determining molecular dynamic, structure and formulae of biological materials. The database contains neutron cross-sections values of all amino acids, chemical elements, molecular groups, auxiliary radicals, as well as values of constants and parameters necessary for the analysis. An unprecedented analytical procedure was developed using the neutron cross section parceling and grouping method for data manipulation. This database is a result of measurements obtained from twenty amino acids that were provided by different manufactories and are used in oral administration in hospital individuals for nutritional applications. It was also constructed a small data file of compounds with different molecular groups including carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen, all linked to hydrogen atoms. A review of global and national scene in the acquisition of neutron cross sections data, the formation of libraries and the application of neutrons for analyzing biological materials is presented. This database has further application in protein analysis and the neutron cross-section from the insulin was estimated. (author)

  6. Neutron cross-sections database for amino acids and proteins analysis

    Voi, Dante L.; Ferreira, Francisco de O.; Nunes, Rogerio Chaffin, E-mail: dante@ien.gov.br, E-mail: fferreira@ien.gov.br, E-mail: Chaffin@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Rocha, Helio F. da, E-mail: hrocha@gbl.com.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IPPMG/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Pediatria

    2015-07-01

    Biological materials may be studied using neutrons as an unconventional tool of analysis. Dynamics and structures data can be obtained for amino acids, protein and others cellular components by neutron cross sections determinations especially for applications in nuclear purity and conformation analysis. The instrument used for this is the crystal spectrometer of the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN-CNEN-RJ), the only one in Latin America that uses neutrons for this type of analyzes and it is installed in one of the reactor Argonauta irradiation channels. The experimentally values obtained are compared with calculated values using literature data with a rigorous analysis of the chemical composition, conformation and molecular structure analysis of the materials. A neutron cross-section database was constructed to assist in determining molecular dynamic, structure and formulae of biological materials. The database contains neutron cross-sections values of all amino acids, chemical elements, molecular groups, auxiliary radicals, as well as values of constants and parameters necessary for the analysis. An unprecedented analytical procedure was developed using the neutron cross section parceling and grouping method for data manipulation. This database is a result of measurements obtained from twenty amino acids that were provided by different manufactories and are used in oral administration in hospital individuals for nutritional applications. It was also constructed a small data file of compounds with different molecular groups including carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen, all linked to hydrogen atoms. A review of global and national scene in the acquisition of neutron cross sections data, the formation of libraries and the application of neutrons for analyzing biological materials is presented. This database has further application in protein analysis and the neutron cross-section from the insulin was estimated. (author)

  7. Measurements of the effective thermal neutron absorption cross-section in multi-grain models

    The effective macroscopic absorption cross-section Σaeff of thermal neutrons in a grained medium differs from the corresponding cross-section Σahom in the homogeneous medium consisting of the same components, contributing in the same amounts. The ratio of these cross-sections defines the grain parameter, G, which is a measure of heterogeneity of the system for neutron absorption. Heterogeneous models have been built as two- or three-component systems (Ag, Cu and Co3O4 grains distributed in a regular grid in Plexiglas, in various proportions between them). The effective absorption cross-section has been measured and the experimental grain parameter has been found for each model. The obtained values are in the interval 0.34 < G < 0.58, while G = 1 means the homogeneous material. (author)

  8. Evaluation of the 232Th neutron capture cross section above 3 keV

    This memo describes an evaluation of the 232Th neutron capture cross section in the neutron energy range from 3 keV to 20 MeV. Most existing differential measurements are reviewed, and some data are renormalized to current values of the standards. Several experimentally determined sets of average resonance parameters are also discussed. From 3 to 50 keV the evaluated cross section is described by a set of average statistical resonance parameters. Above 50 keV the evaluated capture cross section is a smooth curve which follows the trend of the most recent measurements. The evaluated capture cross section is compared with many measurements and uncertainty estimates are given

  9. The fast neutron induced (n, p) reaction cross sections. Compound reaction mechanism

    In the framework of the compound mechanism the general formula for fast neutron induced and particle emission reaction cross section was deduced. The evaporation model, constant nuclear temperature approximation, semi-classical approach to an inverse reaction cross section and Weizsaecker formula for nuclear binding energy were used. For the systematic analysis of known experimental (n, p) cross sections the obtained formula was used in the energy range from 6 to 16 MeV. It was found that discrepancy between the theoretical and experimental (n, p) cross sections increases with growth of the neutron relative excess parameter (N - Z + 1)/A. Levkovsky's conclusions were considered and revised for a wide energy range from 6 to 16 MeV

  10. Absolute measurement of $sup 235$U fission cross-section for 2200 m/sec neutrons

    Borcea, C.; Borza, A.; Buta, A.

    1973-12-31

    The results of an absolute fission cross-section measurement of /sup 235/ U are presented; the thermal neutrons were selected by the time-of-flight method. The principle of the method and the experimental apparatus are described. The method had the advantage of avoiding the use of an intermediate cross section in the neutron flux determination by choice of a B target thick enough to absorb all thermal neutrons. Target preparation, efficiency determination, corrections, etc., are reported. The value determined was 581.7 plus or minus 7.8 barns. (6 figures, 4 tables) (RWR)

  11. Use of Neutron Benchmark Fields for the Validation of Dosimetry Cross Sections

    Griffin, Patrick

    2016-02-01

    The evolution of validation metrics for dosimetry cross sections in neutron benchmark fields is explored. The strength of some of the metrics in providing validation evidence is examined by applying them to the 252Cf spontaneous fission standard neutron benchmark field, the 235U thermal neutron fission reference benchmark field, the ACRR pool-type reactor central cavity reference benchmark fields, and the SPR-III fast burst reactor central cavity. The IRDFF dosimetry cross section library is used in the validation study and observations are made on the amount of coverage provided to the library contents by validation data available in these benchmark fields.

  12. Amino acids analysis using grouping and parceling of neutrons cross sections techniques

    Amino acids used in parenteral administration in hospital patients with special importance in nutritional applications were analyzed to compare with the manufactory data. Individual amino acid samples of phenylalanine, cysteine, methionine, tyrosine and threonine were measured with the neutron crystal spectrometer installed at the J-9 irradiation channel of the 1 kW Argonaut Reactor of the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN). Gold and D2O high purity samples were used for the experimental system calibration. Neutron cross section values were calculated from chemical composition, conformation and molecular structure analysis of the materials. Literature data were manipulated by parceling and grouping neutron cross sections. (author)

  13. High-energy neutron-induced fission cross sections of natural lead and bismuth-209

    Calviño Tavares, Francisco; Cortés Rossell, Guillem Pere; Poch Parés, Agustí; Pretel Sánchez, Carme

    2011-01-01

    The CERN Neutron Time-Of-Flight (n TOF) facility is well suited to measure small neutron- induced ssion cross sections, as those of subactinides. The cross section ratios of natPb and 209Bi relative to 235U and 238U were measured using PPAC detectors. The fragment coincidence method allows to unambiguously identify the ssion events. The present experiment provides the rst results for neutron-induced ssion up to 1 GeV for natPb and 209Bi. A good agreement with previous exper...

  14. Expected anomalies of the neutron cross section near the liquid-glass transition

    In the frameworks of a microscopic theory the anomalies of the neutron cross section near the liquid-glass transition are discussed. The central concept of the theory is the correlation function for density fluctuations of wave vector q and frequency ω. Its absorptive part is proportional to the dynamical structure factor S(q, ω), this is the scattering law for coherent neutron scattering. Tagged particle motion is evaluated as well and it yields the incoherent neutron scattering cross section Si(q, ω) in. The predictions of the theory for S(q, ω) and Si (q, ω) a q-ω domain are given

  15. Extrapolated neutron activation cross sections for dosimetry to 44 MeV

    Thirty-one neutron activation cross sections have been extrapolated to 44 MeV for dosimetry applications at high-energy, accelerator-based neutron sources. All cross sections have undergone integral testing in Be(d,n) fields at E/sub d/ = 14, 16, and 40 MeV. The integral activities for most of the reactions agree within 10% with calculations based on time-of-flight measurements of the flux spectra. Tests show that at least 25 of the cross sections can be used with the SAND II code to unfold neutron spectra with differential errors of 10 to 30% in the neutron energy range from 2 to 30 MeV

  16. Neutron cross section library production code system for continuous energy Monte Carlo code MVP. LICEM

    A code system has been developed to produce neutron cross section libraries for the MVP continuous energy Monte Carlo code from an evaluated nuclear data library in the ENDF format. The code system consists of 9 computer codes, and can process nuclear data in the latest ENDF-6 format. By using the present system, MVP neutron cross section libraries for important nuclides in reactor core analyses, shielding and fusion neutronics calculations have been prepared from JENDL-3.1, JENDL-3.2, JENDL-FUSION file and ENDF/B-VI data bases. This report describes the format of MVP neutron cross section library, the details of each code in the code system and how to use them. (author)

  17. High-energy Neutron-induced Fission Cross Sections of Natural Lead and Bismuth-209

    Tarrio, D; Carrapico, C; Eleftheriadis, C; Leeb, H; Calvino, F; Herrera-Martinez, A; Savvidis, I; Vlachoudis, V; Haas, B; Koehler, P; Vannini, G; Oshima, M; Le Naour, C; Gramegna, F; Wiescher, M; Pigni, M T; Audouin, L; Mengoni, A; Quesada, J; Becvar, F; Plag, R; Cennini, P; Mosconi, M; Rauscher, T; Couture, A; Capote, R; Sarchiapone, L; Vlastou, R; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dillmann, I; Pavlopoulos, P; Karamanis, D; Krticka, M; Jericha, E; Ferrari, A; Martinez, T; Trubert, D; Oberhummer, H; Karadimos, D; Plompen, A; Isaev, S; Terlizzi, R; Cortes, G; Cox, J; Cano-Ott, D; Pretel, C; Colonna, N; Berthoumieux, E; Vaz, P; Heil, M; Lopes, I; Lampoudis, C; Walter, S; Calviani, M; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Embid-Segura, M; Stephan, C; Igashira, M; Papachristodoulou, C; Aerts, G; Tavora, L; Berthier, B; Rudolf, G; Andrzejewski, J; Villamarin, D; Ferreira-Marques, R; Tain, J L; O'Brien, S; Reifarth, R; Kadi, Y; Neves, F; Poch, A; Kerveno, M; Rubbia, C; Lazano, M; Dahlfors, M; Wisshak, K; Salgado, J; Dridi, W; Ventura, A; Andriamonje, S; Assimakopoulos, P; Santos, C; Voss, F; Ferrant, L; Patronis, N; Chiaveri, E; Guerrero, C; Perrot, L; Vicente, M C; Lindote, A; Praena, J; Baumann, P; Kappeler, F; Rullhusen, P; Furman, W; David, S; Marrone, S; Tassan-Got, L; Gunsig, F; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Pancin, J; Papadopoulos, C; Tagliente, G; Haight, R; Chepel, V; Kossionides, E; Badurek, G; Marganiec, J; Lukic, S; Pavlik, A; Goncalves, I; Duran, I; Alvarez, H; Abbondanno, U; Fujii, K; Milazzo, P M; Moreau, C

    2011-01-01

    The CERN Neutron Time-Of-Flight (n\\_TOF) facility is well suited to measure small neutron-induced fission cross sections, as those of subactinides. The cross section ratios of (nat)Pb and (209)Bi relative to (235)U and (238)U were measured using PPAC detectors. The fragment coincidence method allows to unambiguously identify the fission events. The present experiment provides the first results for neutron-induced fission up to 1 GeV for (nat)Pb and (209)Bi. A good agreement with previous experimental data below 200 MeV is shown. The comparison with proton-induced fission indicates that the limiting regime where neutron-induced and proton-induced fission reach equal cross section is close to 1 GeV.

  18. Neutron capture on (94)Zr: Resonance parameters and Maxwellian-averaged cross sections

    Tagliente, G; Fujii, K; Abbondanno, U; Aerts, G; Alvarez, H; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Andriamonje, S; Andrzejewski, J; Audouin, L; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Becvar, F; Belloni, F; Berthoumieux, E; Bisterzo, S; Calvino, F; Calviani, M; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Carrapico, C; Cennini, P; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, E; Colonna, N; Cortes, G; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M; David, S; Dillmann, I; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dridi, W; Duran, I; Eleftheriadis, C; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrari, A; Ferreira-Marques, R; Furman, W; Gallino, R; Goncalves, I; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Gramegna, F; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martinez, A; Jericha, E; Kappeler, F; Kadi, Y; Karadimos, D; Karamanis, D; Kerveno, M; Kossionides, E; Krticka, M; Lamboudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marrone, S; Martinez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Moreau, C; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, H; O'Brien, S; Pancin, J; Papachristodoulou, C; Papadopoulos, C; Paradela, C; Patronis, N; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P; Perrot, L; Pigni, M.T; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Praena, J; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Rosetti, M; Rubbia, C; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Santos, C; Sarchiapone, L; Savvidis, I; Stephan, C; Tain, J.L; Tassan-Got, L; Tavora, L; Terlizzi, R; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Villamarin, D; Vincente, M.C; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Voss, F; Walter, S; Wiescher, M; Wisshak, K

    2011-01-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of the Zr isotopes play an important role in nucleosynthesis studies. The s-process reaction flow between the Fe seed and the heavier isotopes passes through the neutron magic nucleus (90)Zr and through (91,92,93,94)Zr, but only part of the flow extends to (96)Zr because of the branching point at (95)Zr. Apart from their effect on the s-process flow, the comparably small isotopic (n, gamma) cross sections make Zr also an interesting structural material for nuclear reactors. The (94)Zr (n, gamma) cross section has been measured with high resolution at the spallation neutron source n_TOF at CERN and resonance parameters are reported up to 60 keV neutron energy.

  19. Cross-section studies of important neutron and relativistic deuteron reactions

    The cross-sections of relativistic deuteron reactions on natural copper were studied by the means of activation method. The deuteron beams produced by JINR Nuclotron (Russia) with energies from 1 GeV up to 8 GeV were used. Lack of such cross-sections prevents the usage of copper foils for beam integral monitoring. The copper monitors will help us to improve the beam integral determination during ADS studies. The yttrium samples are very suitable activation detectors for monitoring of neutron fields not only in the ADS studies. But experimental cross-section data for higher energy threshold neutron reactions are still missing. This situation is the reason why we have started to study neutron reactions on yttrium by the means of quasi mono-energetic neutron source based on NPI Řež cyclotron (Czech Republic).

  20. Cross-section studies of important neutron and relativistic deuteron reactions

    Wagner, Vladimír; Suchopár, Martin; Vrzalová, Jitka; Chudoba, Petr; Herman, Tomáš; Svoboda, Ondřej; Geier, B.; Krása, Antonín; Majerle, Mitja; Kugler, Andrej; Adam, J.; Baldine, A.; Furman, W.; Kadykov, M. G.; Khushvaktov, J.; Solnyshkin, A. A.; Tsoupko-Sitnikov, V. V.; Tyutyunikov, S.; Zavorka, L.; Vladimirova, N.; Bielewicz, M.; Kilim, S.; Szuta, M.; Strugalska-Gola, E.

    Vol. 533. Bristol: IOP Publishing Ltd, 2014, 012052. ISSN 1742-6588. [20th International School on Nuclear Physics, Neutron Physics and Applications. Varna (BG), 16.09.2013-22.09.2013] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LG14004 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : cross-sections * copper * neutron source Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders

  1. Studies of neutron cross-sections important for spallation experiments using the activation method

    Vrzalová, Jitka; Chudoba, Petr; Krása, Antonín; Majerle, Mitja; Suchopár, Martin; Svoboda, Ondřej; Wagner, Vladimír

    Vol. 533. Bristol: IOP Publishing Ltd, 2014, 012051. ISSN 1742-6588. [20th International School on Nuclear Physics, Neutron Physics and Applications. Varna (BG), 16.09.2013-22.09.2013] Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : neutron cross-section * activation method * TALYS Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders

  2. Graphs of neutron cross sections in JSD1000 for radiation shielding safety analysis

    Graphs of neutron cross sections and self-shielding factors in the JSD1000 library are presented for radiation shielding safety analysis. The compilation contains various reaction cross sections for 42 nuclides from 1H to 241Am in the energy range from 3.51 x 10-4 eV to 16.5 MeV. The Bondarenko-type self-shielding factors of each reaction are given by the background cross sections from σ0 = 0 to σ0 = 10000. (author)

  3. Cross-section evaluation utilizing integral reaction-rate measurements in fast neutron fields

    The role of integral reaction-rate data for cross-section evaluation is reviewed. The subset of integral data considered comprises integral reaction rates measured for dosimeter, fission-product, and actinide-type materials irradiated in reactor dosimetry fast neutron benchmark fields and in the EBR-II. Utilization of these integral data for integral testing, multigroup cross-section adjustment and pointwise cross section adjustment is treated in some detail. Examples are given that illustrate the importance of considering a priori uncertainty and correlation information for these analyses. 3 figures, 3 tables

  4. Covariance of Neutron Cross Sections for {sup 16}O through R-matrix Analysis

    Kunieda, S., E-mail: kunieda.satoshi@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Kawano, T.; Paris, M.; Hale, G.M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shibata, K.; Fukahori, T. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    Through the R-matrix analysis, neutron cross sections as well as the covariance are estimated for {sup 16}O in the resolved resonance range. Although we consider the current results are still preliminary, we present the summary of the cross section analysis and the results of data uncertainty/covariance, including those for the differential cross sections. It is found that the values obtained highlight consequences of nature in the theory as well as knowledge from measurements, which gives a realistic quantification of evaluated nuclear data covariances.

  5. On the unresolved resonance region representation of neutron induced cross sections

    The accurate representation of neutron cross sections in the unresolved resonance region is of interest for the calculation of the Doppler coefficient of reactivity and self-shielded group cross -section sets for fast reactors. Customarily, the cross sections in the unresolved resonance region are described on the basis of the statistical theory of nuclear reactions, by specifying average values and distribution functions for the resonance parameters. Resonance self-shielding factors can then be calculated by the appropriate statistical techniques. In this work we review the unresolved resonance region formalism in the light of the availability of new high-energy resolution measurements. 8 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

  6. R-matrix analysis of the 239Pu neutron cross sections

    239Pu neutron cross-section data in the resolved resonance region were analyzed with the R-Matrix Bayesian Program SAMMY. Below 30 eV the cross sections computed with the multilevel parameters are consistent with recent fission and transmission measurements as well as with older capture and alpha measurements. Above 30 eV no suitable transmission data were available and only fission cross-section measurements were analyzed. However, since the analysis conserves the complete covariance matrix, the analysis can be updated by the Bayes method as transmission measurements become available. To date, the analysis of the fission measurements has been completed up to 300 eV. (author)

  7. Study of the molecular structure and dynamics of bakelite with neutron cross section measurements

    The molecular structure and dynamics of calcined bakelite were studied with neutron transmission and scattering cross section measurements. The total cross sections determined were correlated with data obtained with infra-red spectroscopy, elemental analysis and other techniques to get the probable molecular formulae of bakelite. The total cross section determined showed a deviation smaller than 5% from the literature values. The frequency distribution as well as overall experimental results allowed to suggest a structural model like polycyclic hydrocarbons for bakelite calcined at 8000 C. (F.E.). 65 refs, 31 figs, 5 tabs

  8. Integral test on activation cross section of tag gas nuclides using fast neutron spectrum fields

    Aoyama, Takafumi; Suzuki, Soju [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    1997-03-01

    Activation cross sections of tag gas nuclides, which will be used for the failed fuel detection and location in FBR plants, were evaluated by the irradiation tests in the fast neutron spectrum fields in JOYO and YAYOI. The comparison of their measured radioactivities and the calculated values using the JENDL-3.2 cross section set showed that the C/E values ranged from 0.8 to 2.8 for the calibration tests in YAYOI and that the present accuracies of these cross sections were confirmed. (author)

  9. Theoretical challenges of determining low-energy neutron-capture cross sections via the Surrogate Technique

    Cross sections for radiative neutron capture on unstable nuclei at low energies are difficult to calculate with high precision, and can be impossible to measure directly. It is therefore important to explore alternative methods. The prospects of one such method, the Surrogate Nuclear Reaction Technique, is currently being investigated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The purpose of this paper is to outline the strategy for combining the results from a surrogate experiment with theoretical calculations in order to extract the desired cross section

  10. Neutron Capture Cross Section Measurement on 238Pu at DANCE

    The proposed neutron capture measurement for 238Pu was carried out in Nov-Dec, 2010, using the DANCE array at LANSCE, LANL. The total beam-on-target time is about 14 days plus additional 5 days for the background measurement. The target was prepared at LLNL with the new electrplating cell capable of plating the 238Pu isotope simultaneously on both sides of the 3-(micro)m thick Ti backing foil. A total mass of 395 (micro)g with an activity of 6.8 mCi was deposited onto the area of 7 mm in diameter. The 238Pu sample was enriched to 99.35%. The target was covered by 1.4 (micro)m double-side aluminized mylar and then inserted into a specially designed vacuum-tight container, shown in Fig. 1, for the 238Pu containment. The container was tested for leaks in the vacuum chamber at LLNL. An identical container without 238Pu was made as well and used as a blank for the background measurement.

  11. Neutron Capture Cross Section Measurement on $^{238}$Pu at DANCE

    Chyzh, A; Wu, C Y

    2011-02-14

    The proposed neutron capture measurement for {sup 238}Pu was carried out in Nov-Dec, 2010, using the DANCE array at LANSCE, LANL. The total beam-on-target time is about 14 days plus additional 5 days for the background measurement. The target was prepared at LLNL with the new electrplating cell capable of plating the {sup 238}Pu isotope simultaneously on both sides of the 3-{micro}m thick Ti backing foil. A total mass of 395 {micro}g with an activity of 6.8 mCi was deposited onto the area of 7 mm in diameter. The {sup 238}Pu sample was enriched to 99.35%. The target was covered by 1.4 {micro}m double-side aluminized mylar and then inserted into a specially designed vacuum-tight container, shown in Fig. 1, for the {sup 238}Pu containment. The container was tested for leaks in the vacuum chamber at LLNL. An identical container without {sup 238}Pu was made as well and used as a blank for the background measurement.

  12. Absolute measurement of the 242Pu neutron-capture cross section

    Buckner, M. Q.; Wu, C. Y.; Henderson, R. A.; Bucher, B.; Chyzh, A.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Baramsai, B.; Couture, A.; Jandel, M.; Mosby, S.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Ullmann, J. L.; Dance Collaboration

    2016-04-01

    The absolute neutron-capture cross section of 242Pu was measured at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center using the Detector for Advanced Neutron-Capture Experiments array along with a compact parallel-plate avalanche counter for fission-fragment detection. The first direct measurement of the 242Pu(n ,γ ) cross section was made over the incident neutron energy range from thermal to ≈6 keV, and the absolute scale of the (n ,γ ) cross section was set according to the known 239Pu(n ,f ) resonance at En ,R=7.83 eV. This was accomplished by adding a small quantity of 239Pu to the 242Pu sample. The relative scale of the cross section, with a range of four orders of magnitude, was determined for incident neutron energies from thermal to ≈40 keV. Our data, in general, are in agreement with previous measurements and those reported in ENDF/B-VII.1; the 242Pu(n ,γ ) cross section at the En ,R=2.68 eV resonance is within 2.4 % of the evaluated value. However, discrepancies exist at higher energies; our data are ≈30 % lower than the evaluated data at En≈1 keV and are approximately 2 σ away from the previous measurement at En≈20 keV.

  13. Secondary neutron-production cross sections from heavy-ioninteractions in composite targets.

    Heilbronn, L.; Iwata, Y.; Iwase,H.; Murakami, T.; Sato, H.; Nakamura, T.; Ronningen, R.M.; Ieki, K.; Gudowska, I.; Sobolevsky, N.

    2005-12-19

    Secondary neutron-production cross-sections have been measured from interactions of 290 MeV/nucleon C and 600 MeV/nucleon Ne in a target composed of simulated Martian regolith and polyethylene, and from 400 MeV/nucleon Ne interactions in wall material from the International Space Station. The data were measured between 5 and 80 deg in the laboratory. We report the double-differential cross sections, angular distributions, and total neutron-production cross sections from all three systems. The spectra from all three systems exhibit behavior previously reported in other heavy-ion, neutron production experiments; namely, a peak at forward angles near the energy corresponding to the beam velocity, with the remaining spectra generated by pre-equilibrium and equilibrium processes. The double differential cross sections are fitted with a moving-source parameterization. Also reported are the data without corrections for neutron flux attenuation in the target and other intervening materials, and for neutron production in non-target materials near the target position. These uncorrected spectra are compared with SHIELD-HIT and PHITS transport model calculations. The transport model calculations reproduce the spectral shapes well, but, on average, underestimate the magnitudes of the cross sections.

  14. Photoneutron cross sections measurements in {sup 13}C with thermal neutron capture gamma-rays

    Semmler, Renato; Carbonari, Artur W.; Terremoto, Luis A.A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mails: rsemmler@ipen.br; carbonar@ipen.br; laaterre@ipen.br; Goncalez, Odair L. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA-IEAv), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Estudos Avancados]. E-mail: odairl@ieav.cta.br

    2007-07-01

    Photoneutrons cross sections measurements of {sup 13}C have been obtained in energy interval between 5,3 and 10,8 MeV, using neutron capture gamma-rays with high resolution in energy (3 - 21 eV), produced by 21 target materials, placed inside a tangential beam port, near the core of the IPEN/CNEN-SP IEA-R1 (2MW) research reactor. The sample have been irradiated inside a 4p geometry neutron detector system 'Long Counter', 520,5 cm away from the capture target. The capture gamma-ray flux was determined by means of the analysis of the gamma spectrum obtained by using a Ge(Li) solid-state detector (EG and G ORTEC, 25 cm{sup 3}, 5%), previously calibrated with capture gamma-rays from a standard target of Nitrogen (Melamine). The neutron photoproduction cross section has been measured for each target capture gamma-ray spectrum (compound cross section). A methodology for unfolding the set of experimental compound cross sections, have been used in order to obtain the cross sections at specific excitation energy values (principal gamma lines energies of the capture targets). The cross sections were compared with experimental data, reported by other authors, using different gamma-ray sources. A good agreement was observed between in this work and reported in the literature. (author)

  15. Photoneutron cross sections measurements in 13C with thermal neutron capture gamma-rays

    Photoneutrons cross sections measurements of 13C have been obtained in energy interval between 5,3 and 10,8 MeV, using neutron capture gamma-rays with high resolution in energy (3 - 21 eV), produced by 21 target materials, placed inside a tangential beam port, near the core of the IPEN/CNEN-SP IEA-R1 (2MW) research reactor. The sample have been irradiated inside a 4p geometry neutron detector system 'Long Counter', 520,5 cm away from the capture target. The capture gamma-ray flux was determined by means of the analysis of the gamma spectrum obtained by using a Ge(Li) solid-state detector (EG and G ORTEC, 25 cm3, 5%), previously calibrated with capture gamma-rays from a standard target of Nitrogen (Melamine). The neutron photoproduction cross section has been measured for each target capture gamma-ray spectrum (compound cross section). A methodology for unfolding the set of experimental compound cross sections, have been used in order to obtain the cross sections at specific excitation energy values (principal gamma lines energies of the capture targets). The cross sections were compared with experimental data, reported by other authors, using different gamma-ray sources. A good agreement was observed between in this work and reported in the literature. (author)

  16. Influence of The Iron Multigroup Neutron Cross Section Libraries on the WWER Vessel Neutron Flux Evaluation

    Comparative calculations of the experimental benchmark of iron sphere with Cf source have been performed in order to assess the sensibility of the calculations of neutron transmission through iron media to different multigroup libraries generated on the base of ENDF/B-6 and ENDF/B-4. Similar calculations and comparison of the neutron flux passed through media typical as geometry and material compositions for the WWER-1000 and WWER-440 vessels have been carried out. Except the already well-known problem dependent libraries, the new libraries BGL-440 and BGL-1000 generated on the base of ENDF/B-6 for the WWER-440 and WWER-1000 RPV neutron fluence calculations have been applied. The solving of neutron transport through iron media using ENDF/B-6 data gives better consistency with the experiment than using ENDF/B-4. The latter underestimate the experimental fluxes more substantially in the energy range above 2 MeV and the evaluations of the neutron flux responses for the WWER vessel surveillance is preferably to be carried out by the appropriate BGL library. Key words: neutron transport, multigroup neutron cross section libraries

  17. Neutron-induced capture cross sections of short-lived actinides with the surrogate reaction method

    Gunsing F.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Determination of neutron-capture cross sections of short-lived nuclei is opening the way to understand and clarify the properties of many nuclei of interest for nuclear structure physics, nuclear astrophysics and particularly for transmutation of nuclear wastes. The surrogate approach is well-recognized as a potentially very useful method to extract neutron cross sections for low-energy compound-nuclear reactions and to overcome the difficulties related to the target radioactivity. In this work we will assess where we stand on these neutron-capture cross section measurements and how we can achieve the short-lived Minor Actinides nuclei involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. The CENBG collaboration applied the surrogate method to determine the neutron-capture cross section of 233Pa (T1/2 = 27 d. The 233Pa (n,γ cross section is then deduced from the measured gamma decay probability of 234Pa compound nucleus formed via the surrogate 232Th(3He,p reaction channel. The obtained cross section data, covering the neutron energy range 0.1 to 1 MeV, have been compared with the predictions of the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model. The importance of establishing benchmarks is stressed for the minor actinides region. However, the lack of desired targets led us to propose recently the 174Yb (3He,pγ reaction as a surrogate reaction for the (n,γ predetermined benchmark cross section of 175Lu. An overview of the experimental setup combining gamma ray detectors such as Ge and C6D6 in coincidence with light charged particles ΔE-E Telescopes will be presented and preliminary results will be discussed.

  18. Neutron-induced capture cross sections of short-lived actinides with the surrogate reaction method

    The determination of neutron-capture cross sections of short-lived nuclei is opening the way to understand and clarify the properties of many nuclei of interest for nuclear structure physics, nuclear astrophysics and particularly for transmutation of nuclear wastes. The surrogate approach is well-recognized as a potentially very useful method to extract neutron cross sections for low-energy compound-nuclear reactions and to overcome the difficulties related to the target radioactivity. In this work we will assess where we stand on these neutron-capture cross section measurements and how we can achieve the short-lived Minor Actinides nuclei involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. The CENBG collaboration applied the surrogate method to determine the neutron-capture cross section of 233Pa (T1/2=27 d). The 233Pa(n,γ) cross section is then deduced from the measured gamma decay probability of 234Pa compound nucleus formed via the surrogate 232Th(3He,p) reaction channel. The obtained cross section data, covering the neutron energy range 0.1 to 1 MeV, have been compared with the predictions of the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model. The importance of establishing benchmarks is stressed for the minor actinides region. However, the lack of desired targets led us to propose recently the 174Yb (3He,pγ) reaction as a surrogate reaction for the (n,γ) predetermined benchmark cross section of 175Lu. An overview of the experimental setup combining gamma ray detectors such as Ge and C6D6 in coincidence with light charged particles ΔE-E Telescopes will be presented and preliminary results will be discussed. (authors)

  19. Total Cross Sections as a Surrogate for Neutron Capture: An Opportunity to Accurately Constrain (n,γ) Cross Sections for Nuclides Beyond the Reach of Direct Measurements

    Koehler, Paul E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2014-03-05

    There are many (n,γ) cross sections of great interest to radiochemical diagnostics and to nuclear astrophysics which are beyond the reach of current measurement techniques, and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. In contrast, total neutron cross sections currently are feasible for many of these nuclides and provide almost all the information needed to accurately calculate the (n,γ) cross sections via the nuclear statistical model (NSM). I demonstrate this for the case of 151Sm; NSM calculations constrained using average resonance parameters obtained from total cross section measurements made in 1975, are in excellent agreement with recent 151Sm (n,γ) measurements across a wide range of energy. Furthermore, I demonstrate through simulations that total cross section measurements can be made at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center for samples as small as 10μg. Samples of this size should be attainable for many nuclides of interest. Finally, I estimate that over half of the radionuclides identified ∼20 years ago as having (n,γ) cross sections of importance to s-process nucleosynthesis studies (24/43) and radiochemical diagnostics (11/19), almost none of which have been measured, can be constrained using this technique.

  20. Measurement of reaction cross sections of {sup 129}I induced by DT neutrons

    Nakano, Daisuke; Murata, Isao; Takahashi, Akito [Osaka Univ., Suita (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-03-01

    The cross sections were measured for the {sup 129}I(n,2n){sup 128}I and {sup 129}I(n,{gamma}){sup 130}I reactions by DT neutrons, at OKTAVIAN facility of Osaka University, Japan. The foil activation method was used in the measurement. The sample was a sealed source of {sup 129}I, which was covered with a Cd foil. The irradiations were performed for 75 minutes to obtain the cross section of reaction producing {sup 128}I (T{sub 1/2}=24.99m) and 22 hours for the {sup 130}I (T{sub 1/2}=12.36h), respectively. The gamma-rays emitted from the irradiated sample were measured with a high purity Ge detector. The measured cross sections of {sup 129}I(n,2n){sup 128}I and {sup 129}I(n,{gamma}){sup 130}I reactions were 0.92{+-}0.11 barn and 0.013{+-}0.002 barn, respectively. For the {sup 129}I(n,2n){sup 128}I reaction, the evaluation of JENDL-3.2 overestimates cross section about 60% to the experimental result. However, especially for the {sup 129}I(n,{gamma}) reaction, the measured cross section may include the contribution from the neutrons in MeV region as well as epithermal ones. Also, the obtained cross section of the {sup 129}I(n,{gamma}){sup 130}I reaction was evaluated as an effective production cross section of {sup 130}I including {sup 129}I(n,{gamma}){sup 130m}I reaction. In order to remove the contribution from the epithermal and MeV region neutrons. A new method was proposed for the measurement of (n,{gamma}) reaction cross section. (author)

  1. Neutron-induced cross section of actinides via the surrogate-reaction method

    The surrogate-reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. It consists of using a transfer reaction to produce the same decaying nucleus as the one formed in the desired neutron-induced reaction. This technique may enable neutron-induced cross sections to be extracted for short-lived nuclei that otherwise cannot be measured. However, the validity of the surrogate method for extracting capture cross sections has to be investigated. In this work we study the reactions 238U(d,p)239U, 238U(3He,t)238Np, 238U(3He,4He)237U as surrogates for neutron-induced reactions on 238U, 237Np and 236U, respectively, for which good quality data exist. The experimental set-up enabled the measurement of fission and gamma-decay probabilities. First results are presented and discussed. (authors)

  2. Talys calculations for evaluation of neutron-induced single-event upset cross sections

    The computer code TALYS has been used to calculate interactions between cosmic-ray neutrons and silicon nuclei with the goal to describe single-event upset (SEU) cross sections in microelectronics devices. Calculations for the Si(n,X) reaction extend over an energy range of 2 to 200 MeV. The obtained energy spectra of the resulting residuals and light-ions have been integrated using several different critical charges as SEU threshold. It is found that the SEU cross section seems largely to be dominated by 28Si recoils from elastic scattering. Furthermore, the shape of the SEU cross section as a function of the energy of the incoming neutron changes drastically with decreasing critical charge. The results presented in this report stress the importance of performing studies at mono-energetic neutron beams to advance the understanding of the underlying mechanisms causing SEUs

  3. Amino acids analysis by total neutron cross-sections determinations: part V

    Total neutron cross-sections of twenty essential and non-essential amino acids to human were determined using crystal spectrometer installed on the Argonauta reactor of IEN (Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (CNEN-RJ) and compared with data generated by parceling and grouping methodologies developed at this institution. For each amino acid was calculated the respective neutron cross-section by molecular structure, conformation and chemistry analysis. The results obtained for eighteen of twenty amino acids confirm the specifications and product formulations indicated by manufactures. These initial results allow to build a neutron cross-sections database as part of quality control of the amino supplied to hospitals for production of nutriments for parenteral or enteral formulations used in critical patients dependent on artificial feed, and for application in future studies of structure and dynamics for more complex molecules, including proteins, enzymes, fatty acids, membranes, organelles and other cell components. (author)

  4. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of 58Ni and nuclear models

    The neutron total cross sections of 58Ni were measured from ∼ 1 to > 10 MeV using white-source techniques. Differential neutron elastic-scattering cross sections were measured from ∼ 4.5 to 10 MeV at ∼ 0.5 MeV intervals with ≥ 75 differential values per distribution. Differential neutron inelastic-scattering cross sections were measured, corresponding to fourteen levels with excitations up to 4.8 MeV. The measured results, combined with relevant values available in the literature, were interpreted in terms of optical-statistical and coupled-channels model using both vibrational and rotational coupling schemes. The physical implications of the experimental results nd their interpretation are discussed in the contexts of optical-statistical, dispersive-optical, and coupled-channels models. 61 refs

  5. Preparation of rock samples for measurement of the thermal neutron macroscopic absorption cross-section

    Preparation of rock samples for the measurement of the thermal neutron macroscopic absorption cross-section in small cylindrical two-region systems by a pulsed technique is presented. Requirements which should be fulfilled during the preparation of the samples due to physical assumptions of the method are given. A cylindrical vessel is filled with crushed rock and saturated with a medium strongly absorbing thermal neutrons. Water solutions of boric acid of well-known macroscopic absorption cross-section are used. Mass contributions of the components in the sample are specified. This is necessary for the calculation of the thermal neutron macroscopic absorption cross-section of the rock matrix. The conditions necessary for assuring the required accuracy of the measurement are given and the detailed procedure of preparation of the rock sample is described. (author)

  6. Amino acids analysis by total neutron cross-sections determinations: part V

    Voi, Dante L.; Ferreira, Francisco de O., E-mail: dante@ien.gov.br, E-mail: fferreira@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Rocha, Helio F. da, E-mail: helionutro@hotmail.com [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IPPMG/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Pediatria

    2013-07-01

    Total neutron cross-sections of twenty essential and non-essential amino acids to human were determined using crystal spectrometer installed on the Argonauta reactor of IEN (Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (CNEN-RJ) and compared with data generated by parceling and grouping methodologies developed at this institution. For each amino acid was calculated the respective neutron cross-section by molecular structure, conformation and chemistry analysis. The results obtained for eighteen of twenty amino acids confirm the specifications and product formulations indicated by manufactures. These initial results allow to build a neutron cross-sections database as part of quality control of the amino supplied to hospitals for production of nutriments for parenteral or enteral formulations used in critical patients dependent on artificial feed, and for application in future studies of structure and dynamics for more complex molecules, including proteins, enzymes, fatty acids, membranes, organelles and other cell components. (author)

  7. Study of elastic and inelastic neutron cross-sections using time of flight technique

    High precision neutron scattering data has become increasingly important in the development of nuclear reactors and accelerator systems, astrophysics and space system design, radiation therapy and isotope production, and for shielding considerations. Previous evaluations of the neutron cross-section standards were completed in 1987 and disseminated as NEANDC/INDC and other databases. R-matrix model fits for the light elements and non-model least-squares fits for the heavy elements were the basis of the combined fits for all of the data. Some important reactions and constants are not considered standards, but assist greatly in the determination of the standard cross-sections and reduce their uncertainties. The focus of the present work is to measure elastic and inelastic neutron differential scattering cross-sections for 23Na using Time of Flight Technique for a range of energies with a high accuracy level

  8. Program POD. A computer code to calculate cross sections for neutron-induced nuclear reactions

    A computer code, POD, was developed for neutron-induced nuclear data evaluations. This program is based on four theoretical models, (1) the optical model to calculate shape-elastic scattering and reaction cross sections, (2) the distorted wave Born approximation to calculate neutron inelastic scattering cross sections, (3) the preequilibrium model, and (4) the multi-step statistical model. With this program, cross sections can be calculated for reactions (n, γ), (n, n'), (n, p), (n, α), (n, d), (n, t), (n, 3He), (n, 2n), (n, np), (n, nα), (n, nd), and (n, 3n) in the neutron energy range above the resonance region to 20 MeV. The computational methods and input parameters are explained in this report, with sample inputs and outputs. (author)

  9. Absolute measurements of the fast neutron capture cross section of 115In

    The 115In(n,#betta#)/sup 116m1/In cross section has been absolutely determined at neutron energies of 23, 265 and 964 keV. These energies are the median neutron energies of the three photo-neutron sources. Sb-Be, Na-CD2 and Na-Be, utilized in this work. The measurements are independent of other cross section data except for corrections amounting to less than 10%. Independent determinations of the reaction rate, detector efficiency, neutron source strength, scalar flux and target masses were performed. Reaction rates were determined by beta counting of the /sup 116ml/In decay activity using a 4π gas flow proportional counter. Detector efficiency was measured using 4π#betta#-#betta# coincidence counting techniques and the foil absorber method of efficiency extrapolation for correction of complex decay scheme effects. Photoneutron source emission rates were determined by intercomparison with the NBS-II calibrated 252Cf spontaneous fission neutron source in the University of Michigan Manganese Bath. The normalized scalar flux was calculated from the neutron emission angular distribution results of the Monte Carlo computer program used to model neutron and gamma transport in the source. Target mass determinations were made with a microbalance. Correction factors were applied for competing reaction activities, neutron scattering from experiment components, room-return induced activities, spectral effects in the manganese bath and the neutron energy spectra of the photoneutron sources. Experimental cross section results were normalized to the source median energy using energy spectra d cross section shape data. The absolute cross sections obtained for the 115In(n,#betta#)/sup 116ml/In reaction were 588 +- 12, 196 +- 4 and 200 +- 3 millibarns at 23, 265 and 964 keV, respectively

  10. Study on target spallation reaction cross sections induced by high energy neutrons and heavy ions

    Nakamura, Takashi [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center

    1996-03-01

    The target spallation reaction cross sections of neutrons and heavy ions which have not been observed are determined in this paper. The object of this work is to make clear the differences between the spallation reaction cross section of neutron and that of proton by comparing the obtained value of neutron with the known value of proton. To this end, the quasi monochromatic neutron field of 20{approx}50 MeV was developed in 4 cyclotrons, INS, CYRIC, TIARA and RIKEN. The nuclear spallation reaction cross sections of C, Al and Bi were measured in the above field and the distribution of nuclear spallation reaction products in Cu determined by C ion beam of HIMAC. {sup 12}C(n,2n){sup 11}C reaction cross section shows the maximum value of about 20 mb at near 40{approx}50 MeV and then the value gradually decreased to 10 mb. The cross sections of {sup 209}Bi(n,Xn) are shown. The distribution of {sup 61}Cu is lower at the entrance and higher in the depth. (S.Y.)

  11. Undergraduate experiment to find nuclear sizes by measuring total cross sections for fast neutrons

    Minor, T C; Montgomery, H E; Okun, L M; Fowler, J L

    1969-01-01

    Pu- alpha -Be neutron sources, now available in many college laboratories, used with stilbene crystal detectors and proper circuits for neutron-gamma discrimination, permit students to measure fast-neutron total cross sections for a number of easily obtained samples. From these measurements they may calculate the size of nuclei and, using elements covering a wide range of the periodic table, demonstrate the constant density of nuclear matter.

  12. Neutron-induced cross sections of short-lived nuclei via the surrogate reaction method

    The measurement of neutron-induced cross sections of short-lived nuclei is extremely difficult due to the radioactivity of the samples. The surrogate reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for nuclear reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. This method presents the advantage that the target material can be stable or less radioactive than the material required for a neutron-induced measurement. In this work, we investigate whether this technique can be used to determine neutron-induced capture cross sections in the rare-earth region. We have performed an experiment to study the validity of the surrogate method for extracting neutron-induced capture cross sections. We have used the well known 175Lu(n,γ) and 172Yb(n,γ) cross sections to study the 174Yb(3He,p)176Lu and 174Yb (3He,4He)173Yb surrogate reactions. Our experimental results indicate that the angular momentum populated in the transfer reactions used is significantly higher than the one populated in neutron-induced reactions. These differences explain the big discrepancies observed between the surrogate capture measurements and the neutron-induced data. At low excitation energy, the compound elastic (n,n) decay channel is predominant and has the particularity to be extremely sensitive to the spin and the parity of the decaying nucleus. Our experimental data clearly reflect that this decay channel is not accessible in the transfer reactions we have considered. This study is extremely important in view of the application of the surrogate method to infer capture cross sections of actinides

  13. Cross section model and scattering law of liquid water for design of a cold neutron source

    A cross section model for cold neutron scattering in light water is developed, which describes various molecular motions inherent to hydrogen-bonded water molecules especially in terms of jump- and rotational-diffusion processes. Inter- and intra-molecular vibrations are also included. A systematic analysis is performed of a velocity autocorrelation function, a generalized frequency distribution and double-differential and total cross sections. Good agreement with the results of computer molecular dynamics and neutron scattering experiments is found. A wide range of cross section evaluation for neutron energies from 0.1 μeV to 10 eV and liquid temperatures between the melting and boiling points is performed. This permits us to generate such low-energy neutron cross section libraries as group constants set and scattering law for ultra-cold, very-cold, cold and thermal neutrons. Together with the libraries for liquid 4He, H2, D2 and solid and liquid CH4, a powerful tool for design of an advanced low-energy neutron source is now ready for use. (author)

  14. Measurement of neutron-induced charged-particle-emission reaction cross section using gridded ionization chamber

    A gridded ionization chamber (GIC) having large geometrical efficiency, ∼2π, has been developed for measurements of neutron-induced charged-particle emission cross sections. Test experiments proved the proper operation of GIC with complete charge collection even if the gas pressure was over 10 atm.. GIC was applied successfully to proton and α emission cross section measurements for nickel at the several MeV and 15 MeV incident neutron energies with the results in good agreement with the previous data and evaluations. The construction of GIC and the experimental technique are presented in this paper. (author)

  15. Measurements of neutron-induced fission cross sections of Pb and Bi at intermediate energies

    Neutron-induced fission cross sections of natPb and 209Bi have been measured relative to the 238U(n.f) cross section at energies 96 MeV for lead and 133 MeV for bismuth. The measurements were performed at the quasi-mono-energetic neutron beam facility of The Svedberg Laboratory in Uppsala using Frisch-gridded ionization chamber. The results obtained are compared with other experimental data. The present state of the Bi standard recommended by IAEA is discussed. (author)

  16. Analysis of the 235U neutron cross sections in the resolved resonance range

    Using recent high-resolution measurements of the neutron transmission of 235U and the spin-separated fission cross-section data of Moore et al., a multilevel analysis of the 235U neutron cross sections was performed up to 300 eV. The Dyson Metha Δ3 statistics were used to help locate small levels above 100 eV where resonances are not clearly resolved even in the best resolution measurements available. The statistical properties of the resonance parameters are discussed

  17. Representation of the neutron cross sections of several fertile and fissile nuclei in the resonance regions

    Some problems associated with the measurement and representation of the neutron cross sections of the fertile and fissile nuclei in the resolved and unresolved resonance regions are briefly discussed. Attention is restricted to the heavy nuclei most important for nuclear reactor applications: the resonance structure of the light- and medium-weight nuclei (moderators and structural materials) has different characteristics and requires a different approach. Some of the experimental problems in neutron cross-section measurements and some of the ambiguities in the resonance analysis resulting from the use of different resonance formalisms and different treatments of the effect of far-away levels are discussed

  18. Analysis of the 235U neutron cross sections in the resolved resonance range

    Using recent high-resolution measurements of the neutron transmission of 235U and the spin-separated fission cross-section data of Moore et al., a multilevel analysis of the 235U neutron cross sections was performed up to 300 eV. The Dyson Metha Δ3 statistics were used to help locate small levels above 100 eV where resonances are not clearly resolved even in the best resolution measurements available. The statistical properties of the resonance parameters are discussed. 13 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab

  19. PEGASUS: a preequilibrium and multi-step evaporation code for neutron cross section calculation

    The computer code PEGASUS was developed to calculate neutron-induced reaction cross sections on the basis of the closed form exciton model preequilibrium theory and the multi-step evaporation theory. The cross sections and emitted particle spectra are calculated for the compound elastic scattering, (n,γ), (n,n'), (n,p), (n,α), (n,d), (n,t), (n,3He), (n,2n), (n,n'p), (n,n'α), (n,n'd), (n,n't), (n,2p) and (n,3n) reactions. The double differential cross sections of emitted particles are also calculated. The calculated results are written on a magnetic disk in the ENDF format. Parameter files and/or systematics formulas are provided for level densities, mass excess, radiation widths and inverse cross sections so that the input data to the code are made minimum. (author)

  20. Error Assessment of Homogenized Cross Sections Generation for Whole Core Neutronic Calculation

    The objective of the work here was to assess the errors introduced by using 2D, few group homogenized cross sections to perform neutronic analysis of BWR problems with significant axial heterogeneities. The 3D method of characteristics code DeCART is used to generate 2-group assembly homogenized cross sections first using a conventional 2D lattice model and then using a full 3D solution of the assembly. A single BWR fuel assembly model based on an advanced BWR lattice design is used with a typical void distribution applied to the fuel channel coolant. This model is validated against an MCNP model. A comparison of the cross sections is performed for the assembly homogenized planar cross sections from the DeCART 3D and DeCART 2D solutions

  1. Uncertainty files for neutron cross sections and elastic angular scattering distributions on 56Fe

    Based on a consistent theory calculation by means of UNF code, a evaluation of neutron induced reaction data on 56Fe, including cross section, angular distribution, double differential cross section and gamma ray production data, has been completed. The evaluations on covariance files for the data above are going on and some of the evaluation methods and results are reported. Five methods are used to evaluate the uncertainty files for cross sections and angular distributions. The comparisons between these results and other evaluations for uncertainty files are carried out. The agreements is good in the case of plenty measured data available as a basis of the evaluation. 56Fe(n,p) cross section is a typical example

  2. Average Neutron Total Cross Sections in the Unresolved Energy Range From ORELA High Resolutio Transmission Measurements

    Derrien, H

    2004-05-27

    Average values of the neutron total cross sections of {sup 233}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, and {sup 239}Pu have been obtained in the unresolved resonance energy range from high-resolution transmission measurements performed at ORELA in the past two decades. The cross sections were generated by correcting the effective total cross sections for the self-shielding effects due to the resonance structure of the data. The self-shielding factors were found by calculating the effective and true cross sections with the computer code SAMMY for the same Doppler and resolution conditions as for the transmission measurements, using an appropriate set of resonance parameters. Our results are compared to results of previous measurements and to the current ENDF/B-VI data.

  3. Measurement of the effective cross section of a 1/v absorber for diffracted polychromatic neutron beam

    The effective velocity and temperature for the neutron beam of the SNU-KAERI PGAA facility are determined by measuring the prompt γ-ray spectra for thin and thick 10B samples. Both the neutron flux and the γ-ray detection efficiency were set at minimum due to high neutron capture rate for the thick sample. The effective absorption cross section of 10B is obtained from the ratio of 10B peak count rates in both the spectra. The effective velocity and temperature of the neutron beam determined from the effective cross section are 2117 ± 21 m/s and 269 ± 5 K, respectively. These results are consistent with the values calculated from the neutron spectrum in 4%

  4. Progress in determining keV neutron cross sections with AMS

    This status report deals with the progress in the measurements of keV-neutron cross sections with a combination of the activation technique and accelerator mass spectrometry. The neutron activations were done at the Karlsruhe 3.7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator using the 7Li(p,n)7Be neutron source, and the subsequent AMS measurements performed at the VERA facility in Vienna and the Maier-Leibnitz laboratory in Munich. The (n,γ) cross sections of 9Be, 13C, 235U, and the 14N(n,p) reaction were activated with a quasi-stellar neutron distribution of kT=25 keV and with monoenergetic neutron beams of 140, 220, and 500 keV. Further (n,γ) measurements on 35Cl, 40Ca, 54Fe, 58,62Ni, and 78Se were performed at kT=25 keV and are compared to previous TOF measurements

  5. Calculation of neutron cross sections on isotopes of yttrium and zirconium

    Multistep Hauser-Feshbach calculations with preequilibrium corrections were made for neutron-induced reactions on yttrium and zirconium isotopes between 0.001 and 20 MeV. Recently new neutron cross-section data have been measured for unstable isotopes of these elements. These data, along with results from charged-particle simulation of neutron reactions, provide unique opportunities under which to test nuclear-model techniques and parameters in this mass region. A complete and consistent analysis of varied neutron reaction types using input parameters determined independently from additional neutron and charged-particle data. The overall agreement between calculations and a wide variety of experimental results available for these nuclei leads to increased confidence in calculated cross sections made where data are incomplete or lacking. 75 references

  6. Thermal neutron capture cross sections for 16,171,18O and 2H

    Firestone, R. B.; Revay, Zs.

    2016-04-01

    Thermal neutron capture γ -ray spectra for 16,17,18O and 2H have been measured with guided cold neutron beams from the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) reactor and the Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) on natural and O,1817 enriched D2O targets. Complete neutron capture γ -ray decay schemes for the 16,17,18O(n ,γ ) reactions were measured. Absolute transition probabilities were determined for each reaction by a least-squares fit of the γ -ray intensities to the decay schemes after accounting for the contribution from internal conversion. The transition probability for the 870.76-keV γ ray from 16O(n ,γ ) was measured as Pγ(871 )=96.6 ±0.5 % and the thermal neutron cross section for this γ ray was determined as 0.164 ±0.003 mb by internal standardization with multiple targets containing oxygen and stoichiometric quantities of hydrogen, nitrogen, and carbon whose γ -ray cross sections were previously standardized. The γ -ray cross sections for the O,1817(n ,γ ) and 2H(n ,γ ) reactions were then determined relative to the 870.76-keV γ -ray cross section after accounting for the isotopic abundances in the targets. We determined the following total radiative thermal neutron cross sections for each isotope from the γ -ray cross sections and transition probabilities; σ0(16O )=0.170 ±0.003 mb; σ0(17O )=0.67 ±0.07 mb; σ0(18O )=0.141 ±0.006 mb; and σ0(2H )=0.489 ±0.006 mb.

  7. Building neutron cross-section dependencies for few-group reactor calculations using stepwise regression

    Approximation of few-group neutron cross-sections by functions of burnup and thermal-hydraulics parameters of a fuel cell is considered. The cross-section is written as a sum of two terms: the base cross-section, which depends only on burnup and is computed under the nominal reactor core conditions, and the deviation, which depends on burnup and thermal-hydraulics variables of the cell. A one-dimensional dependence of the base cross-section is interpolated by a cubic spline. Multi-dimensional dependencies of the deviation are approximated by a polynomial. Construction of the polynomial is performed by a best-fitting selection of the polynomial terms using the stepwise regression algorithm. The number of terms to satisfy a user-given accuracy of approximation is minimized. As an example, approximation of a set of two-group macro and micro cross-sections as functions of burnup, coolant and fuel temperature, coolant density and boron concentration is considered for a fuel pin cell of a VVER reactor. The constructed five-dimensional polynomial approximating cross-sections within 0.05% tolerance has about 20 terms for fast group cross-sections and 50 terms for thermal group cross-sections. The error of approximation is verified on the two data sets: the initial data used for approximation and the test data being computed on randomly selected points. Mean square and maximum errors are comparable for all the cross-sections for both sets of data. These results show that the initial data can be applied to control the approximation error

  8. Energy-averaged neutron cross sections of fast-reactor structural materials

    The status of energy-averaged cross sections of fast-reactor structural materials is outlined with emphasis on U.S. data programs in the neutron-energy range 1-10 MeV. Areas of outstanding accomplishment and significant uncertainty are noted with recommendations for future efforts. Attention is primarily given to the main constituents of stainless steel (e.g., Fe, Ni, and Cr) and, secondarily, to alternate structural materials (e.g., V, Ti, Nb, Mo, Zr). Generally, the mass regions of interest are A approximately 50 to 60 and A approximately 90 to 100. Neutron total and elastic-scattering cross sections are discussed with the implication on the non-elastic-cross sections. Cross sections governing discrete-inelastic-neutron-energy transfers are examined in detail. Cross sections for the reactions (n;p), (n;n',p), (n;α), (n;n',α) and (n;2n') are reviewed in the context of fast-reactor performance and/or diagnostics. The primary orientation of the discussion is experimental with some additional attention to the applications of theory, the problems of evaluation and the data sensitivity of representative fast-reactor systems

  9. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of Cr, Fe and 60Ni

    Neutron total cross sections are measured with broad resolutions (50 to 100 keV) from approx. = 1.0 to 4.5 MeV at intervals of less than or equal to 50 keV and to accuracies of approx. = 1% using a variety of sample thicknesses. Differential elastic-scattering cross sections are measured at greater than or equal to 10 scattering angles distributed between 20 to 160 deg. from approx. = 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of less than or equal to 50 keV. Angle-integrated elastic scattering cross sections are deduced from the measured values to accuracies greater than or equal to 5%. Inelastic-neutron-scattering cross sections are determined up to incident neutron energies of 4.0 MeV, at scattering angles distributed between 20 to 160 deg., and for 5 observed excitations in Cr, for 7 in Fe and for 6 in 60Ni. The experimental results are discussed in terms of conventional optical-statistical models with attention to cross section fluctuations and in the context of direct-scattering processes. The experimental and calculational results are compared with the corresponding evaluated quantities given in the ENDF/B file with attention to regions of agreement and inconsistency. 14 references

  10. Study for determining the correction parameters in neutron capture cross section measurement

    The aim of this study was to determine correction parameters to improve the accuracy in measurements of the neutron capture cross-section on filtered neutron beams at Dalat nuclear research reactor. Computer codes to calculate these factors for effect of resonance capture at low energy background, multi scattering, and shelf shielding have been developed based on the methods of Monte - Carlo, Neutron transmission and Unfolding. The calculated and experimental results of neutron background spectra for 53.9 keV and 148.3 keV filtered neutron beams and the correction factors for nuclei of 197Au, 139La, 191Ir, 193Ir, and 152Sm are reported. (author)

  11. Neutron capture cross section of $^{90}$Zr Bottleneck in the s-process reaction flow

    Tagliente, G; Milazzo, P M; Moreau, C; Aerts, G; Abbondanno, U; Alvarez, H; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Andrzejewski, J; Assimakopoulos, Panayiotis; Audouin, L; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Bečvář, F; Berthoumieux, E; Bisterzo, S; Calviño, F; Calviani, M; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Carrapiço, C; Cennini, P; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, Enrico; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M; David, S; Dillman, I; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dridi, W; Durán, I; Eleftheriadis, C; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrant, L; Ferrari, A; Ferreira-Marques, R; Furman, W; Gallino, R; Gonçalves, I; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Gramegna, F; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martínez, A; Igashira, M; Jericha, E; Käppeler, F; Kadi, Y; Karadimos, D; Karamanis, D; Kerveno, M; Köhler, P; Kossionides, E; Krtička, M; Lamboudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marrone, S; Martínez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, Heinz; O'Brien, S; Pancin, J; Papachristodoulou, C; Papadopoulos, C; Paradela, C; Patronis, N; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P; Perrot, L; Pigni, M T; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Praena, J; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Rubbia, Carlo; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Santos, J; Sarchiapone, L; Savvidis, I; Stéphan, C; Taín, J L; Tassan-Got, L; Tavora, L; Terlizzi, R; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Villamarín, D; Vincente, M, C; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Voss, F; Walter, S; Wendler, H; Wiescher, M; Wisshak, K

    2008-01-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of the Zr isotopes have important implications in nuclear astrophysics and for reactor design. The small cross section of the neutron magic nucleus 90Zr, which accounts for more than 50% of natural zirconium represents one of the key isotopes for the stellar s-process, because it acts as a bottleneck in the neutron capture chain between the Fe seed and the heavier isotopes. The same element, Zr, also is an important component of the structural materials used in traditional and advanced nuclear reactors. The (n,γ) cross section has been measured at CERN, using the n_TOF spallation neutron source. In total, 45 resonances could be resolved in the neutron energy range below 70 keV, 10 being observed for the first time thanks to the high resolution and low backgrounds at n_TOF. On average, the Γγ widths obtained in resonance analyses with the R-matrix code SAMMY were 15% smaller than reported previously. By these results, the accuracy of the Maxwellian averaged cross section f...

  12. Removal cross sections and total mass attenuation coefficients of fast neutrons and gamma rays for steel

    The present work deals with the study of the attenuation properties and determination of the cross sections of fast neutrons and gamma rays for structure steel used in different applications in nuclear power plants, particle accelerators, research reactors and different radiation attenuation fields. Investigation has been performed by measuring the transmitted fast neutron and gamma ray spectra behind cylindrical samples of steel (ρ=7.87 gem-3) of different thicknesses. A reactor collimated beam and neutron - gamma spectrometer with stiblbene scintillator were used for measurements. The pluse shape disriminate technique based on zero cross over method was used to discriminate between neutron and gamma ray pulses. Effective removal cross-section (σR) and total mass attenuation coefficient (μ) of neureons and gamma rays have been achieved using the attenuation relations. Microscopic removal cross sections σ98 and mass removal cross sections σR/ρ of fast neutrons have been evaluated based on measured results and definite energies. Also, total mass attenuation coefficients (μ/σ) of gamma rays have been evalusted and calculated using measured results and XCOM code respectively. Comparison between measured and calculated results shows a resonable agreement between the two

  13. Measurement of the neutron-induced fission cross-section of 240,242Pu

    Fast spectrum neutron-induced fission cross-section data for transuranic isotopes are in high demand in the nuclear data community. In particular, highly accurate data are needed for the new Generation-IV nuclear applications. The aim is to obtain precise neutron-induced fission cross-sections for 240Pu and 242Pu. In this context accurate data on spontaneous fission half-lives have also been measured. To minimise the total uncertainty on the fission cross-sections the detector efficiency has been studied in detail. Both isotopes have been measured using a twin Frisch-grid ionisation chamber (TFGIC) due to its superiority compared to other detector systems in view of radiation hardness, 2 x 2π solid angle coverage and very good energy resolution. (authors)

  14. Systematics of intermediate energy proton nonelastic and neutron total cross section

    In order to examine the Letaw intermediate energy proton nonelastic cross section systematic formula, we chose the following 12 nuclei: 12C, 16O, 27Al, 40Ca, 56Fe, 63Cu, 90Zr, 107Ag, 118Su, 181Ta, 208Pb, and 238U, which have more experimental data. In order to examine the Pearlstein intermediate energy neutron total cross section systematic formula, we chose the following 10 nuclei: 12C, 16O, 27Al, 56Fe, 63Cu, 107Ag, 181Ta, 208Pb, 209Bi, and 238U, which have more experimental data. New systematic formulas for intermediate energy proton nonelastic and neutron total cross sections are obtained. 11 refs, 22 figs

  15. Neutron Cross Sections Measurements for Light Elements at ORELA and their Application in Nuclear Criticality

    The Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) was used to measure neutron total and capture cross sections of aluminium, natural chlorine and silicon in the energy range from 100 eV to ∼600 keV. ORELA is the only high power white neutron source with excellent time resolution and ideally suited for these experiments still operating in the USA. These measurements were carried out to support the Nuclear Criticality Predictability Program. Concerns about the use of existing cross section data in the nuclear criticality calculations using Monte Carlo codes and benchmarks have been a prime motivator for the new cross section measurements. More accurate nuclear data are not only needed for these calculations but also serve as input parameters for s-process stellar models

  16. Amino acids analysis by neutron cross-section techniques - Part III

    Voi, Dante L.; Ferreira, Francisco de O. [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)]. E-mail: dante@ien.gov.br; Rocha, Helio F. da [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Puericultura e Pediatria Martagao Gesteira (IPPMG)]. E-mail: hrocha@gbl.com.br

    2007-07-01

    To continue the work initiated some time ago, about neutron cross section determinations of amino acids, which are directly encoded for protein synthesis by the standard genetic code, we are now measuring six more amino acids samples, with more complex structures to complete the project. All these amino acids are used in enteral and parenteral administration in hospital patients for nutritional applications. The present calculations are a little more difficult because of a new proceeding introduced in the method to explain its molecular structures and obtain its molecular formulae. These amino acids present different radical and elements related to the compounds available in the previous works. Each one, present different structure and freedom grade of movement related to the types of radicals linked in the repetitive structure. In that way, neutron cross section values change with the chemical binding intensities. These details obligate us to search new compounds with new molecular structures to obtain neutron cross sections for posterior comparison , meanly compounds including nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen groups linked to hydrogen atoms. At this time, individual amino acid samples of proline, glutamine, lysine, arginine, histidine, and glutamic acid were measured. It was used the neutron crystal spectrometer installed at the J-9 irradiation channel of the 1 kW Argonauta Reactor of the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN). Gold and D{sub 2}O high purity samples were used for the experimental system calibration. Neutron cross section values were calculated from chemical composition, conformation and molecular structure analysis of the materials. Literature data were manipulated by parceling and grouping neutron cross-sections. (author)

  17. Estimation of 242Cm neutron cross sections for total file creation

    Description of evaluation of 242Cm neutron cross sections in 10-5 eV-20 MeV energy range is given. Due to the lack of experimental data the evaluation is largely based on the application of theoretical models and systematics. The data obtained are compared to evaluations by other authors. 10 refs.; 2 figs.; 2 tabs

  18. Evaluation of gamma ray production cross sections and spectra for neutron induced reactions on Chromium

    An evaluation of photon production cross sections and relevant spectra is described, referring to neutron induced reactions on *H5*H0CR, *H5*H2CR, *H5*H4CR and sup(nat)CR in the energy range 100 KEV-8MEV

  19. Library of neutron reaction cross-sections in the ABBN-93 constant system

    The library of neutron reaction group cross-sections in the ABBN-93 constant set is described. The format used for data representation, the content and purpose of the sub-libraries and their practical application in the SCALE criticality safety estimation system are discussed. (author)

  20. Contribution to the study of the unresolved resonance range of the neutrons cross sections

    This document presents the statistical description of neutron cross sections in the unresolved resonance range. The modeling of the total cross section and of the 'shape - elastic' cross section is based on the 'average R-Matrix' formalism. The partial cross sections describing the radiative capture, elastic scattering, inelastic scattering and fission process are calculated using the Hauser-Feshbach formalism with width fluctuation corrections. In the unresolved resonance range, these models depend on the average resonance parameters (neutron strength function Sc, mean level spacing Dc, average partial reaction widths Γc, channel radius ac, effective radius R' and distant level parameter R-barc∞). The codes (NJOY, CALENDF...) dedicated to the processing of nuclear data libraries (JEFF, ENDF/B, JENDL, CENDL, BROND... ) use the average parameters to take into account the self-shielding phenomenon for the simulation of the neutron transport in Monte-Carlo (MCNP, TRIPOLI... ) and deterministic (APOLLO, ERANOS...) codes. The evaluation work consists in establishing a consistent set of average parameters as a function of the total angular momentum J of the system and of the orbital moment of the incident neutron l. The work presented in this paper aims to describe the links between the S-Matrix and the 'average R-Matrix' formalism for the calculation of Sc, R-barc∞, ac and R'. (author)

  1. HADES. A computer code for fast neutron cross section from the Optical Model

    A FORTRAN V computer code for UNIVAC 1108/6 using a local Optical Model with spin-orbit interaction is described. The code calculates fast neutron cross sections, angular distribution, and Legendre moments for heavy and intermediate spherical nuclei. It allows for the possibility of automatic variation of potential parameters for experimental data fitting. (Author) 55 refs

  2. Motivation for the determination of the 244Cm effective neutron capture cross-section

    Measurement of the effective neutron capture cross-section of 244Cm was tried, and the irradiation test of the 244Cm sample was performed for 1 cycle. Gamma- and alpha-rays measurements were performed to analyze the productions from the 244Cm(n,γ) and fission reactions. (author)

  3. Double-differential cross-sections of slow neutron scattering by water at high temperatures

    The absolute double-differential scattering cross-sections for light water are measured for two incident neutron energies of 25 meV and 256 meV in the temperature range from 300 to 600 K. The experimental curves are compared with calculations based on two models for frequency distribution functions of water

  4. Determining neutron-capture cross sections via the surrogate reaction technique

    Forssén, C; Escher, J; Hoffman, R D; Kelley, K

    2007-01-01

    Indirect methods play an important role in the determination of nuclear reaction cross sections that are hard to measure directly. In this paper we investigate the feasibility of using the so-called surrogate method to extract neutron-capture cross sections for low energy compound-nuclear reactions in spherical and near-spherical nuclei. We present the surrogate method and develop a statistical nuclear-reaction simulation to explore different approaches to utilize surrogate reaction data. We assess the success of each approach by comparing the extracted cross sections with a predetermined benchmark. In particular, we employ regional systematics of nuclear properties in the 34 <= Z <= 46 region to calculate (n,gamma) cross sections for a series of Zr isotopes, and to simulate a surrogate experiment and the extraction of the desired cross section. We identify one particular approach that may provide very useful estimates of the cross section, and we discuss some of the limitations of the method. General r...

  5. Measurement of dijet cross sections for events with a leading neutron in photoproduction at HERA

    Breitweg, J; Derrick, Malcolm; Krakauer, D A; Magill, S; Musgrave, B; Pellegrino, A; Repond, J; Stanek, R; Yoshida, R; Antonioli, P; Bari, G; Basile, M; Bellagamba, L; Boscherini, D; Bruni, A; Bruni, G; Cara Romeo, G; Cifarelli, Luisa; Cindolo, F; Contin, A; Corradi, M; De Pasquale, S; Giusti, P; Iacobucci, G; Levi, G; Margotti, A; Massam, Thomas; Nania, R; Palmonari, F; Pesci, A; Bornheim, A; Brock, I; Coboken, K; Crittenden, James Arthur; Deffner, R; Heinloth, K; Hilger, E; Irrgang, P; Jakob, H P; Kappes, A; Katz, U F; Kerger, R; Paul, E; Rautenberg, J; Schnurbusch, H; Stifutkin, A; Tandler, J; Voss, K C; Weber, A; Wieber, H; Bailey, D S; Barret, O; Brook, N H; Foster, B; Heath, G P; Heath, H F; Rodrigues, E; Scott, J; Tapper, R J; Capua, M; Mastroberardino, A; Schioppa, M; Susinno, G; Jeoung, H Y; Kim, J Y; Lee, J H; Lim, I T; Ma, K J; Pac, M Y; Caldwell, A; Liu, W; Liu, X; Mellado, B; Paganis, S; Sampson, S; Schmidke, W B; Chwastowski, J; Eskreys, Andrzej; Figiel, J; Klimek, K H; Olkiewicz, K; Piotrzkowski, K; Stopa, P; Zawiejski, L; Bednarek, B; Jelen, K; Kisielewska, D; Kowal, A M; Kowalski, T; Przybycien, M B; Suszycki, L; Szuba, D; Bauerdick, L A T; Behrens, U; Bienlein, J K; Borras, K; Chiochia, V; Dannheim, D; Desler, K; Drews, G; Fox-Murphy, A; Fricke, U; Göbel, F; Goers, S; Göttlicher, P; Graciani, R; Haas, T; Hain, W; Hartner, G F; Hebbel, K; Hillert, S; Koch, W; Kötz, U; Kowalski, H; Labes, H; Löhr, B; Mankel, R; Martens, J; Martínez, M; Milite, M; Moritz, M; Notz, D; Petrucci, M C; Polini, A; Rohde, M; Savin, A A; Schneekloth, U; Selonke, F; Sievers, M; Stonjek, S; Wolf, G; Wollmer, U; Youngman, C; Zeuner, W; Coldewey, C; López-Duran-Viani, A; Meyer, A; Schlenstedt, S; Straub, P B; Barbagli, G; Gallo, E; Parenti, A; Pelfer, P G; Bamberger, Andreas; Benen, A; Coppola, N; Eisenhardt, S; Markun, P; Raach, H; Wölfle, S; Bussey, Peter J; Bell, M; Doyle, A T; Glasman, C; Lee, S W; Lupi, A; MacDonald, N; McCance, G J; Saxon, D H; Sinclair, L E; Skillicorn, Ian O; Waugh, R; Bohnet, I; Gendner, N; Holm, U; Meyer-Larsen, A; Salehi, H; Wick, K; Carli, T; Garfagnini, A; Gialas, I; Gladilin, L K; Kcira, D; Klanner, Robert; Lohrmann, E; Goncalo, R; Long, K R; Miller, D B; Tapper, A D; Walker, R; Cloth, P; Filges, D; Ishii, T; Kuze, M; Nagano, K; Tokushuku, K; Yamada, S; Yamazaki, Y; Ahn, S H; Lee, S B; Park, S K; Lim, H; Son, D; Barreiro, F; García, G; González, O; Labarga, L; Del Peso, J; Redondo, I; Terron, J; Vázquez, M E; Barbi, M S; Corriveau, F; Hanna, D S; Ochs, A; Padhi, S; Stairs, D G; Wing, M; Tsurugai, T; Antonov, A; Bashkirov, V; Danilov, M V; Dolgoshein, B A; Gladkov, D; Sosnovtsev, V V; Suchkov, S; Dementev, R K; Ermolov, P F; Golubkov, Yu A; Katkov, I I; Khein, L A; Korotkova, N A; Korzhavina, I A; Kuzmin, V A; Lukina, O Yu; Proskuryakov, A S; Shcheglova, L M; Solomin, A N; Vlasov, N N; Zotkin, S A; Bokel, C; Botje, M; Brümmer, N; Engelen, J; Grijpink, S; Koffeman, E; Kooijman, P M; Schagen, S; Van Sighem, A; Tassi, E; Tiecke, H G; Tuning, N; Velthuis, J J; Vossebeld, Joost Herman; Wiggers, L; De Wolf, E; Bylsma, B; Durkin, L S; Gilmore, J; Ginsburg, C M; Kim, C L; Ling, T Y; Boogert, S; Cooper-Sarkar, A M; Devenish, R C E; Grosse-Knetter, J; Matsushita, T; Ruske, O; Sutton, M R; Walczak, R; Bertolin, A; Brugnera, R; Carlin, R; Dal Corso, F; Dusini, S; Limentani, S; Longhin, A; Posocco, M; Stanco, L; Turcato, M; Adamczyk, L; Iannotti, L; Oh, B Y; Okrasinski, J R; Saull, P R B; Toothacker, W S; Whitmore, J J; Iga, Y; D'Agostini, Giulio; Marini, G; Nigro, A; Cormack, C; Hart, J C; McCubbin, N A; Shah, T P; Epperson, D E; Heusch, C A; Sadrozinski, H F W; Seiden, A; Wichmann, R; Williams, D C

    2000-01-01

    Differential cross sections for dijet photoproduction in association with a leading neutron using the reaction e^+ + p --> e^+ + n + jet + jet + X_r have been measured with the ZEUS detector at HERA using an integrated luminosity of 6.4 pb^{-1}. The fraction of dijet events with a leading neutron in the final state was studied as a function of the jet kinematic variables. The cross sections were measured for jet transverse energies E^{jet}_T > 6 GeV, neutron energy E_n > 400 GeV, and neutron production angle theta_n < 0.8 mrad. The data are broadly consistent with factorization of the lepton and hadron vertices and with a simple one-pion-exchange model.

  6. Measurement of dijet cross sections for events with a leading neutron in photoproduction at HERA

    Differential cross sections for dijet photoproduction in association with a leading neutron using the reaction e++p→e++n+jet+jet+Xr have been measured with the ZEUS detector at HERA using an integrated luminosity of 6.4 pb-1. The fraction of dijet events with a leading neutron in the final state was studied as a function of the jet kinematic variables. The cross sections were measured for jet transverse energies ETjet>6 GeV, neutron energy En>400 GeV, and neutron production angle θn<0.8 mrad. The data are broadly consistent with factorization of the lepton and hadron vertices and with a simple one-pion-exchange model

  7. MC2-2: a code to calculate fast neutron spectra and multigroup cross sections

    MC2-2 is a program to solve the neutron slowing down problem using basic neutron data derived from the ENDF/B data files. The spectrum calculated by MC2-2 is used to collapse the basic data to multigroup cross sections for use in standard reactor neutronics codes. Four different slowing down formulations are used by MC2-2: multigroup, continuous slowing down using the Goertzel-Greuling or Improved Goertzel-Greuling moderating parameters, and a hyper-fine-group integral transport calculation. Resolved and unresolved resonance cross sections are calculated accounting for self-shielding, broadening and overlap effects. This document provides a description of the MC2-2 program. The physics and mathematics of the neutron slowing down problem are derived and detailed information is provided to aid the MC2-2 user in preparing input for the program and implementation of the program on IBM 370 or CDC 7600 computers

  8. Neutron secondary-particle production cross sections and their incorporation into Monte-Carlo transport codes

    Realistic simulations of the passage of fast neutrons through tissue require a large quantity of cross-sectional data. What are needed are differential (in particle type, energy and angle) cross sections. A computer code is described which produces such spectra for neutrons above ∼14 MeV incident on light nuclei such as carbon and oxygen. Comparisons have been made with experimental measurements of double-differential secondary charged-particle production on carbon and oxygen at energies from 27 to 60 MeV; they indicate that the model is adequate in this energy range. In order to utilize fully the results of these calculations, they should be incorporated into a neutron transport code. This requires defining a generalized format for describing charged-particle production, putting the calculated results in this format, interfacing the neutron transport code with these data, and charged-particle transport. The design and development of such a program is described. 13 refs., 3 figs

  9. FY07 LDRD Final Report Neutron Capture Cross-Section Measurements at DANCE

    We have measured neutron capture cross sections intended to address defense science problems including mix and the Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties (QMU), and provide details about statistical decay of excited nuclei. A major part of this project included developing the ability to produce radioactive targets. The cross-section measurements were made using the white neutron source at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the detector array called DANCE (The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) and targets important for astrophysics and stockpile stewardship. DANCE is at the leading edge of neutron capture physics and represents a major leap forward in capability. The detector array was recently built with LDRD money. Our measurements are a significant part of the early results from the new experimental DANCE facility. Neutron capture reactions are important for basic nuclear science, including astrophysics and the statistics of the γ-ray cascades, and for applied science, including stockpile science and technology. We were most interested in neutron capture with neutron energies in the range between 1 eV and a few hundred keV, with targets important to basic science, and the s-process in particular. Of particular interest were neutron capture cross-section measurements of rare isotopes, especially radioactive isotopes. A strong collaboration between universities and Los Alamos due to the Academic Alliance was in place at the start of our project. Our project gave Livermore leverage in focusing on Livermore interests. The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory did not have a resident expert in cross-section measurements; this project allowed us to develop this expertise. For many radionuclides, the cross sections for destruction, especially (n,γ), are not well known, and there is no adequate model that describes neutron capture. The modeling problem is significant because, at low energies where capture reactions are important, the neutron reaction

  10. FY07 LDRD Final Report Neutron Capture Cross-Section Measurements at DANCE

    Parker, W; Agvaanluvsan, U; Wilk, P; Becker, J; Wang, T

    2008-02-08

    We have measured neutron capture cross sections intended to address defense science problems including mix and the Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties (QMU), and provide details about statistical decay of excited nuclei. A major part of this project included developing the ability to produce radioactive targets. The cross-section measurements were made using the white neutron source at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the detector array called DANCE (The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) and targets important for astrophysics and stockpile stewardship. DANCE is at the leading edge of neutron capture physics and represents a major leap forward in capability. The detector array was recently built with LDRD money. Our measurements are a significant part of the early results from the new experimental DANCE facility. Neutron capture reactions are important for basic nuclear science, including astrophysics and the statistics of the {gamma}-ray cascades, and for applied science, including stockpile science and technology. We were most interested in neutron capture with neutron energies in the range between 1 eV and a few hundred keV, with targets important to basic science, and the s-process in particular. Of particular interest were neutron capture cross-section measurements of rare isotopes, especially radioactive isotopes. A strong collaboration between universities and Los Alamos due to the Academic Alliance was in place at the start of our project. Our project gave Livermore leverage in focusing on Livermore interests. The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory did not have a resident expert in cross-section measurements; this project allowed us to develop this expertise. For many radionuclides, the cross sections for destruction, especially (n,{gamma}), are not well known, and there is no adequate model that describes neutron capture. The modeling problem is significant because, at low energies where capture reactions are important, the neutron

  11. Neutron cross sections of 187Os and their analysis with accounting of possible correlation of elastic and inelastic scattering channels

    Averaged total cross sections in the 1.9-144 keV energy region and neutron elastic and inelastic scattering cross sections at 24.4 keV neutron energy have been measured for 187Os. Experimental data analysis for 187Os neutron cross sections in the E 187 averaged resonance parameters have been determined. The best experimental data approximation was obtained for the correlation coeffient ρ = 0.65 for elastic and inelastic amplitudes

  12. Evaluation of thermal neutron cross-sections and resonance integrals of protactinium, americium, curium, and berkelium isotopes

    Data on the thermal neutron fission and capture cross-sections as well as their corresponding resonance integrals are reviewed and analysed. The data are classified according to the form of neutron spectra under investigation. The weighted mean values of the cross-sections and resonance integrals for every type of neutron spectra were adopted as evaluated data. (author). 87 refs, 2 tabs

  13. Production of a 44 Ti target and its cross section of thermal neutron capture

    A study of the production of a 44 Ti target was carried out aiming the determination of its thermal neutron capture cross-section. With this purpose, the cross-section of the reaction 45 Sc(p,2 n) 44 Ti was determined in the energies 16-, 18-, 20-22- and 45 MeV. The cross-section of the reactions (p,n) 45 Ti, (p,pn) 44m Sc, (p,pn) 44g Sc and (p,p2n)43 Sc were also measured. The results in the low energy region are in good agreement with a previous work by McGee et al. On the other hand, the cross-section at 45 MeV is different from McGee's result and indicates the existence of an abnormal behavior of the excitation function at higher energies. Furthermore, a radiochemical separation method was developed in order to eliminate Sc from the 44 Ti target which was irradiated with neutrons. It was possible to determine an upper limit for the cross-section of the reaction 44 Ti (n, γ) of 4 x 103 b. At last, it is presented a discussion of the results obtained and their possible astrophysical implications. (author)

  14. Measurement of fast neutron induced fission cross section of minor-actinide

    In fuel cycles with recycled actinide, core characteristics are largely influenced by minor actinide (MA: Np, Am, Cm). Accurate nuclear data of MA such as fission cross section are required to estimate the effect of MA with high accuracy. In this study, fast neutron induced fission cross section of MA is measured using Dynamitron Accelerator in Tohoku University. The experimental method and the samples, which were developed or introduced during the last year, were improved in this fiscal year: (1) Development of a sealed fission chamber, (2) Intensification of Li neutron target, (3) Improvement of time-resolution of Time-of-Flight (TOF) electronic circuit, (4) Introduction of Np237 samples with large sample mass and (5) Introduction of a U235 sample with high purity. Using these improved tools and samples, the fission cross section ratio of Np237 relative to U235 was measured between 5 to 100 keV, and the fission cross section of Np237 was deduced. On the other hand, samples of Am241 and Am243 were obtained from Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) after investigating fission cross section of two americium isotopes (Am241 and Am 243) which are important for core physics calculation of fast reactors. (author)

  15. Evaluation of neutron cross sections for the Pd isotopes (RCN-3 data library)

    The evaluation procedure to obtain neutron cross sections of 102Pd, 104Pd, 105Pd, 106Pd, 107Pd, 108Pd and 110Pd for inclusion in the RCN-3 data library of fission-product cross sections is described. The new evaluation takes into account the results of recent differential and integral data. Most of the adopted resolved resonance parameters have been taken from the new CBNM measurements; for 107Pd the recent RPI data have been used. These resolved resonance parameters have been extensively analysed to obtain average values for the level spacing, capture width and neutron s- and p-wave strength functions. The systematics of the single-particle level-density parameter α and the capture width show significant odd-even effects. Optical-model and statistical-model calculations have been performed to obtain cross sections of reactions at energies from 1 meV to 15 MeV. The results for the capture cross sections based upon the analysed average resonance parameters turned out to be systematically lower than the ORELA average capture data and also lower than indicated by the most integral STEK data (except for 105Pd). As a compromise we have performed adjustments to increase the calculated fast capture cross sections for 104Pd, 106Pd and 108Pd

  16. Neutron cross section measurements of water, heavy water, urine and blood for nutrition application

    The present work describes the application of a method developed at the reactor physics laboratory of IEN-CNEN-RJ for the determination of body water in subjects. The method is based on neutron cross section determinations of molecular compounds. It was used the crystal neutron spectrometer installed in J-9 channel irradiation of the Argonauta reactor. Hydrogenous and deuterated samples were measured to demonstrate the viability of the method. (author). 3 refs., 1 tab

  17. γ-ray production cross sections of inelastic neutron scattering on natural molybdenum

    Nyman M.; Plompen A.J.M.; Rouki C.

    2015-01-01

    γ-ray production cross sections of inelastic neutron scattering have been measured for molybdenum using the (n,n’γ)-technique. The experiment was performed at the GELINA facility at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) with the Gamma Array for Inelastic Neutron Scattering (GAINS) setup. GAINS consisted of eight high purity germanium detectors at the time of this experiment. The sample was made of natural molybdenum, which includes seven isotopes (A = 92, 94, 95, 96, 9...

  18. Measurement of neutron capture cross section of 232Th by activation method

    Measurement of the neutron-capture cross section by activation method of Esub(n)=350, 460 and 680 keV has been described. The measured values are 143 +- 12, 119 +- 9 and 128 +- 11 mb respectively. Neutrons were produced with the Trombay Van-de-Graaff accelerator using a liquid nitrogen cooled lithium metal target. A high-resolution Ge(Li) was employed for counting the 233Th activity. (auth.)

  19. Determination of total cross sections of ultracold neutrons interaction with met.al atoms

    The transmission, tau, of ultracold neutrons through metal samples has been measured. The transmission is shown to depend on the sample preparation technique. The transmissions are described by an exponent within the limits of the accuracy attained. The total cross sections of the ultracold neutrons interaction determined as a function of tau are in a qualitative agreement with the values extrapolated for Al, Mo, Nb and Mg

  20. Testing of the IRDF-90 cross-section library in benchmark neutron spectra

    The new version of the International Reactor Dosimetry File IRDF-90 (called ''Version April 1993'') has been tested by calculation of average cross-sections and their uncertainties in a coarse three energy group structure and by neutron spectrum adjustments in reference neutron spectra. This paper presents the results obtained and compares them with the corresponding ones of the old IRDF-85 and with the data of the Nuclear Data Guide for Reactor Neutron Metrology. The applicability of the new library in the field of neutron metrology is discussed. (orig.)

  1. The CERN n_TOF Facility: Neutron Beams Performances for Cross Section Measurements

    Chiaveri, E; Andrzejewski, J; Audouin, L; Barbagallo, M; Bécares, V; Bečvář, F; Belloni, F; Berthoumieux, E; Billowes, J; Boccone, V; Bosnar, D; Brugger, M; Calviani, M; Calviño, F; Cano-Ott, D; Carrapiço, C; Cerutti, F; Chin, M; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Cortés-Giraldo, M A; Diakaki, M; Domingo-Pardo, C; Duran, I; Dressler, R; Dzysiuk, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Ferrari, A; Fraval, K; Ganesan, S; García, A R; Giubrone, G; Gómez-Hornillos, M B; Gonçalves, I F; González-Romero, E; Griesmayer, E; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Gurusamy, P; Hernández-Prieto, A; Jenkins, D G; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Käppeler, F; Karadimos, D; Kivel, N; Koehler, P; Kokkoris, M; Krtička, M; Kroll, J; Lampoudis, C; Langer, C; Leal-Cidoncha, E; Lederer, C; Leeb, H; Leong, L S; Losito, R; Mallick, A; Manousos, A; Marganiec, J; Martínez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P F; Mastromarco, M; Meaze, M; Mendoza, E; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondalaers, W; Paradela, C; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Robles, M S; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sabaté-Gilarte, M; Sarmento, R; Saxena, A; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Schumann, D; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tarrío, D; Tassan-Got, L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiss, C; Wright, T; Žugec, P

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the characteristics of the existing CERN n\\_TOF neutron beam facility (n\\_TOF-EAR1 with a flight path of 185 meters) and the future one (n\\_TOF EAR-2 with a flight path of 19 meters), which will operate in parallel from Summer 2014. The new neutron beam will provide a 25 times higher neutron flux delivered in 10 times shorter neutron pulses, thus offering more powerful capabilities for measuring small mass, low cross section and/or high activity samples.

  2. Cross-section of single-crystal materials used as thermal neutron filters

    Transmission properties of several single crystal materials important for neutron scattering instrumentation are presented. A computer codes are developed which permit the calculation of thermal diffuse and Bragg-scattering cross-sections of silicon., and sapphire as a function of material's constants, temperature and neutron energy, E, in the range 0.1 MeV .A discussion of the use of their single-crystal as a thermal neutron filter in terms of the optimum crystal thickness, mosaic spread, temperature, cutting plane and tuning for efficient transmission of thermal-reactor neutrons is given

  3. Continuous energy Monte Carlo analysis of neutron shielding benchmark experiments with cross sections in JENDL-3

    Ueki, Kohtaro; Ohashi, Atsuto (Ship Research Inst., Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan)); Kawai, Masayoshi

    1993-04-01

    The iron, carbon and beryllium cross sections in JENDL-3 have been tested by the continuous energy Monte Carlo analysis of the neutron shielding benchmark experiments. The iron cross sections have been tested with analysis of the ORNL and the Winfrith experiments using the fission neutron sources, and also the LLNL iron experiment using the D-T neutron source. The carbon and beryllium cross sections have been tested with the JAERI-FNS TOF experiments using the D-T neutron source. Revision of the subroutine TALLYD and an appropriate weight-window-parameter assignment have been accomplished in the MCNP code. In consequence, the FSD for each energy bin is reduced so small that the Monte Carlo results for neutron energy spectra could be recognized to be reliable. The Monte Carlo calculations with JENDL-3 indicate a good agreement with the benchmark experiments in a wide energy range, as a whole. Particularly, for the Winfrith iron experiment, the results with JENDL-3 give better agreement, just below the iron 24keV window, than that with ENDF/B-IV. For the JAERI-FNS TOF graphite experiment, the calculated angular fluxes with JENDL-3 give closer agreement than that with ENDF/B-IV at several peaks and dips caused by the inelastic scattering. However, distinct underestimation is observed in the calculated energy spectrum with JENDL-3 between 0.8 and 3.0 MeV for the two iron experiments using fission neutron sources. (author).

  4. Neutron Capture Cross Sections of Zr and La: Probing Neutron Exposure and Neutron Flux in Red Giant Stars

    Kitis, G; Wiescher, M; Dahlfors, M; Soares, J

    2002-01-01

    We propose to measure the neutron capture cross sections of $^{139}$La, of $^{93}$Zr (t$_{1/2}$)=1.5 10$^{6}$ yr), and of all the stable Zr isotopes at n_TOF. The aim of these measurements is to improve the accuracy of existing results by at least a factor of three in order to meet the quality required for using the s-process nucleosynthesis as a diagnostic tool for neutron exposure and neutron flux during the He burning stages of stellar evolution. Combining these results with a wealth of recent information coming from high-resolution stellar spectroscopy and from the detailed analysis of presolar dust grains will shed new light on the chemical history of the universe. The investigated cross sections are also needed for technological applications, in particular since $^{93}$Zr is one of the major long-lived fission products.

  5. Neutron-induced fission cross section of 240,242Pu

    Salvador Castiñeira, Paula

    2014-01-01

    A recent sensitivity analysis done for the new generation of fast reactors [1] has shown the importance of improved cross section data for several actinides. Among them, the neutron-induced fission cross section of 240,242Pu requires a level of accuracy of 1-3% and 3-5%, respectively, from the current status of 6% and 20%. Moreover, nearly all the measurements in the literature have been done relative to 235U(n,f). Therefore, using other references samples such as 237Np or 238U will provide t...

  6. Fast-neutron total and elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental indium

    Broad-resolution neutron total cross sections of elemental indium were measured from 0.8 to 4.5 MeV. Differential-elastic-scattering cross sections were measured from approx. = 1.5 to 3.8 MeV at intervals of approx. = 50 to 200 keV and at scattering angles in the range 20 to 160 degrees. The experimental results are interpreted in terms of the optical-statistical model and are compared with respective values given in ENDF/B-V

  7. Absorption cross section measurements for 252Cf spontaneous fission neutrons (LWBR development program)

    Absolute absorption cross sections have been measured for 232Th and 197Au for 252Cf spontaneous fission neutrons. Irradiations were performed in an exceptionally low mass source-foil arrangement, providing a ''pure'' spectrum with few corrections. Calibration of the activation detector was achieved by irradiating identical foils in the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) Standard Thermal Flux. A simple ratio technique was also used to obtain an independent estimate of the relative 232Th to 197Au integral cross sections, yielding a value in good agreement with that above. This technique was extended to 181Ta, 98Mo, and 63Cu. (5 tables, 3 figures) (U.S.)

  8. Evaluated neutron-induced cross sections for 40Ca from 20 to 40 MeV

    Nuclear model codes were used to compute cross sections for neutron-induced reactions on 40Ca for incident energies from 20 to 40 MeV. The input parameters for the model codes were determined through analysis of experimental data in this energy region. Computed cross sections along with emission spectra for each product were combined into an Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF) using the proposed format for charged-particle reactions. Discussion of the models used, the resulting calculations, and the final evaluated data file are presented

  9. Neutron capture cross section of $^{25}$Mg and its astrophysical implications

    We propose to measure the neutron capture cross section of the stable $^{25}$Mg isotope. This experiment aims at the improvement of existing results for nuclear astrophysics.The measurement will be carried out under similar conditions as for the Mgexperiment that was completed at n_TOF during 2003. A metal $^{25}$Mg-enriched sample will be used in the proposed experiment instead of a MgO powder sample, which was used in the previous measurement and prevented us to minimize the uncertainty of the measured cross section. This experiment will be part of an ongoing study for a comprehensive discussion of the s-process abundances in massive stars.

  10. Measurement of resonance self-shielding factors of neutron capture cross section by 238U

    Resonance self-shielding factors fsub(c) of neutron capture cross section by 238U in the 20-100 keV energy range are measured. The method for determining the fsub(c) factor consists in measuring partial transmission and transmission in the total cross section at different 238U filter thickness. The fsub(c) factor values in the 46.5-100 and 21.5-46.5 keV energy ranges are equal to 0.89+-0.03 and 0.81+-0.04, respectively

  11. Thermal neutron capture and resonance integral cross sections of 45Sc

    Van Do, Nguyen; Duc Khue, Pham; Tien Thanh, Kim; Thi Hien, Nguyen; Kim, Guinyun; Kim, Kwangsoo; Shin, Sung-Gyun; Cho, Moo-Hyun; Lee, Manwoo

    2015-11-01

    The thermal neutron cross section (σ0) and resonance integral (I0) of the 45Sc(n,γ)46Sc reaction have been measured relative to that of the 197Au(n,γ)198Au reaction by means of the activation method. High-purity natural scandium and gold foils without and with a cadmium cover of 0.5 mm thickness were irradiated with moderated pulsed neutrons produced from the Pohang Neutron Facility (PNF). The induced activities in the activated foils were measured with a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. In order to improve the accuracy of the experimental results the counting losses caused by the thermal (Gth) and resonance (Gepi) neutron self-shielding, the γ-ray attenuation (Fg) and the true γ-ray coincidence summing effects were made. In addition, the effect of non-ideal epithermal spectrum was also taken into account by determining the neutron spectrum shape factor (α). The thermal neutron cross-section and resonance integral of the 45Sc(n,γ)46Sc reaction have been determined relative to the reference values of the 197Au(n,γ)198Au reaction, with σo,Au = 98.65 ± 0.09 barn and Io,Au = 1550 ± 28 barn. The present thermal neutron cross section has been determined to be σo,Sc = 27.5 ± 0.8 barn. According to the definition of cadmium cut-off energy at 0.55 eV, the present resonance integral cross section has been determined to be Io,Sc = 12.4 ± 0.7 barn. The present results are compared with literature values and discussed.

  12. High resolution neutron total and capture cross-sections in separated isotopes of copper (6365Cu)

    High resolution neutron total and capture cross section measurements have been performed on separated isotopes of copper (6365Cu). Measurements for capture cross section were made from about 1 keV to a few hundreds of keV. The total cross section measurements were made in the energy interval of approximately 10 keV to 150 keV. The resulting capture data have been analyzed by a generalized least square peak fitting computer code in the energy interval of 2.5 keV to 50 keV. Photon strengths are determined using the data up to approximately 250 keV. The resulting total cross section data have been analyzed by area-analysis on the transmission values and by R-matrix multilevel code on cross section values. Average s- and p-wave level spacing and s- and p-wave strength function values are determined. From the resonance parameters thus obtained, by the analysis, statistical distribution is studied for s- and p-wave level spacings and reduced neutron widths. A comparison has been made for adjacent level spacings with the theoretical predictions of level repulsion (of same J/sup π/) by Wigner considering levels with various spin states separately for s-wave resonances where confident spin assignment has been possible. Reduced neutron widths are compared with the Porter-Thomas distribution. Optical model formulated by Feshbach, Porter and Weiskopf describes the neutron-nucleus interaction. A comparison has been made between experimentally determined values of the s- and p-wave strength functions and that obtainable from optical model calculations, thereby determining the appropriate optical model parameters. The experimental arrangement, pertinent theoretical discussion, and the processes of data reduction and the analyses along with the comparison of the previously reported results with the present work are presented in detail

  13. Neutron, Proton, and Photonuclear Cross Sections for Radiation Therapy and Radiation Protection

    The authors review recent work at Los Alamos to evaluate neutron, proton, and photonuclear cross section up to 150 MeV (to 250 MeV for protons), based on experimental data and nuclear model calculations. These data are represented in the ENDF format and can be used in computer codes to simulate radiation transport. They permit calculations of absorbed dose in the body from therapy beams, and through use of kerma coefficients allow absorbed dose to be estimated for a given neutron energy distribution. For radiation protection, these data can be used to determine shielding requirements in accelerator environments, and to calculate neutron, proton, gamma-ray, and radionuclide production. Illustrative comparisons of the evaluated cross section and kerma coefficient data with measurements are given

  14. Measurement of Dijet Cross Sections in ep Interactions with a Leading Neutron at HERA

    Andreev, V; Aplin, S; Asmone, A; Babaev, A; Backovic, S; Bähr, J; Baghdasaryan, A; Baranov, P; Barrelet, E; Bartel, Wulfrin; Baudrand, S; Baumgartner, S; Becker, J; Beckingham, M; Behnke, O; Behrendt, O; Belousov, A; Berger, C; Berger, N; Bizot, J C; Boenig, M O; Boudry, V; Bracinik, J; Brandt, G; Brisson, V; Brown, D P; Bruncko, Dusan; Büsser, F W; Bunyatyan, A; Buschhorn, G; Bystritskaya, L; Campbell, A J; Caron, S; Cassol-Brunner, F; Cerny, K; Chekelian, V; Contreras, J G; Coughlan, J A; Cox, B E; Cozzika, G; Cvach, J; Dainton, J B; Dau, W D; Daum, K; Delcourt, B; Demirchyan, R; de Roeck, A; Desch, Klaus; De Wolf, E A; Diaconu, C; Dodonov, V; Dubak, A; Eckerlin, G; Efremenko, V; Egli, S; Eichler, R; Eisele, F; Ellerbrock, M; Elsen, E; Erdmann, W; Essenov, S; Faulkner, P J W; Favart, L; Fedotov, A; Felst, R; Ferencei, J; Finke, L; Fleischer, M; Fleischmann, P; Fleming, Y H; Flucke, G; Fomenko, A; Foresti, I; Formánek, J; Franke, G; Frising, G; Frisson, T; Gabathuler, Erwin; Garutti, E; Gayler, J; Gerhards, R; Gerlich, C; Ghazaryan, S; Ginzburgskaya, S; Glazov, A; Glushkov, I; Görlich, L; Göttlich, M; Gogitidze, N; Gorbounov, S; Goyon, C; Grab, C; Greenshaw, T; Gregori, M; Grindhammer, G; Gwilliam, C; Haidt, D; Hajduk, L; Haller, J; Hansson, M; Heinzelmann, G; Henderson, R C W; Henschel, H; Henshaw, O; Herrera-Corral, G; Herynek, I; Heuer, R D; Hildebrandt, M; Hiller, K H; Hoffmann, D; Horisberger, R P; Hovhannisyan, A; Ibbotson, M; Ismail, M; Jacquet, M; Janauschek, L; Janssen, X; Jemanov, V; Jönsson, L B; Johnson, D P; Jung, H; Kapichine, M; Karlsson, M; Katzy, J; Keller, N; Kenyon, I R; Kiesling, C; Klein, M; Kleinwort, C; Klimkovich, T; Kluge, T; Knies, G; Knutsson, A; Korbel, V; Kostka, P; Koutouev, R; Krastev, K; Kretzschmar, J; Kropivnitskaya, A; Krüger, K; Kuckens, J; Landon, M P J; Lange, W; Lastoviicka, T; Laycock, P; Lebedev, A; Leiner, B; Lendermann, V; Levonian, S; Lindfeld, L; Lipka, K; List, B; Lobodzinska, E; Loktionova, N; López-Fernandez, R; Lubimov, V; Lucaci-Timoce, A I; Lüders, H; Lüke, D; Lux, T; Lytkin, L; Makankine, A; Malden, N; Malinovskii, E I; Mangano, S; Marage, P; Marshall, R; Martisikova, M; Martyn, H U; Maxfield, S J; Meer, D; Mehta, A; Meier, K; Meyer, A B; Meyer, H; Meyer, J; Mikocki, S; Milcewicz-Mika, I; Milstead, D; Mohamed, A; Moreau, F; Morozov, A; Morris, J V; Mozer, M U; Müller, K; Murn, P; Nankov, K; Naroska, Beate; Naumann, J; Naumann, T; Newman, P R; Niebuhr, C B; Nikiforov, A; Nikitin, D K; Nowak, G; Nozicka, M; Oganezov, R; Olivier, B; Olsson, J E; Osman, S; Ozerov, D; Pascaud, C; Patel, G D; Peez, M; Pérez, E; Perez-Astudillo, D; Perieanu, A; Petrukhin, A; Pitzl, D; Placakyte, R; Pöschl, R; Portheault, B; Povh, B; Prideaux, P; Raicevic, N; Reimer, P; Rimmer, A; Risler, C; Rizvi, E; Robmann, P; Roland, B; Roosen, R; Rostovtsev, A; Rurikova, Z; Rusakov, S V; Salvaire, F; Sankey, D P C; Sauvan, E; Schatzel, S; Scheins, J; Schilling, F P; Schmidt, S; Schmitt, S; Schmitz, C; Schoeffel, L; Schöning, A; Schröder, V; Schultz-Coulon, H C; Schwanenberger, C; Sedlak, K; Sefkow, F; Shevyakov, I; Shtarkov, L N; Sirois, Y; Sloan, T; Smirnov, P; Soloviev, Yu; South, D; Spaskov, V; Specka, A; Stella, B; Stiewe, J; Strauch, I; Straumann, U; Tchoulakov, V; Thompson, G; Thompson, P D; Tomasz, F; Traynor, D; Truöl, P; Tsakov, I; Tsipolitis, G; Tsurin, I; Turnau, J; Tzamariudaki, E; Urban, M; Usik, A; Utkin, D; Valkár, S; Valkárová, A; Vallée, C; Van Mechelen, P; Van Remortel, N; Vargas-Trevino, A; Vazdik, Ya A; Veelken, C; Vest, A; Vinokurova, S; Volchinski, V; Vujicic, B; Wacker, K; Wagner, J; Weber, G; Weber, R; Wegener, D; Werner, C; Werner, N; Wessels, M; Wessling, B; Wigmore, C; Winter, G G; Wissing, C; Wolf, R; Wünsch, E; Xella, S M; Yan, W; Yeganov, V; Zaicek, J; Zaleisak, J; Zhang, Z; Zhelezov, A; Zhokin, A; Zimmermann, J; Zohrabyan, H G; Zomer, F

    2005-01-01

    Measurements are reported of the production of dijet events with a leading neutron in ep interactions at HERA. Differential cross sections for photoproduction and deep inelastic scattering are presented as a function of several kinematic variables. Leading order QCD simulation programs are compared with the measurements. Models in which the real or virtual photon interacts with a parton of an exchanged pion are able to describe the data. Next-to-leading order perturbative QCD calculations based on pion exchange are found to be in good agreement with the measured cross sections. The fraction of leading neutron dijet events with respect to all dijet events is also determined. The dijet events with a leading neutron have a lower fraction of resolved photon processes than do the inclusive dijet data.

  15. Neutron Capture Cross Section Measurements in the KeV Energy Region at the Tokyo Institute of Technology

    Measurement of neutron capture cross sections in the keV energy region by the time-of-flight method has been continued for 20 years at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The neutron capture cross sections of more than 70 nuclides have been determined. Neutrons are generated via the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction using a proton beam from a Pelletron accelerator. Gamma rays from the neutron capture reaction are detected with an NaI(Tl) spectrometer. A pulse height weighting technique is used to deduce neutron capture cross sections from the pulse height spectra. The neutron capture experiment system is explained. (author)

  16. New upper bound on the scattering cross section of slow neutrons on liquid parahydrogen from neutron transmission

    Grammer, K B; Barrón-Palos, L; Blyth, D; Bowman, J D; Calarco, J; Crawford, C; Craycraft, K; Evans, D; Fomin, N; Fry, J; Gericke, M; Gillis, R C; Greene, G L; Hamblen, J; Hayes, C; Kucuker, S; Mahurin, R; Maldonado-Velázquez, M; Martin, E; McCrea, M; Mueller, P E; Musgrave, M; Nann, H; Penttilä, S I; Snow, W M; Tang, Z; Wilburn, W S

    2014-01-01

    The scattering of slow neutron beams provides unique, non-destructive, quantitative information on the structure and dynamics of materials of interest in physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, geology, and other fields. Liquid hydrogen is a widely-used neutron moderator medium, and an accurate knowledge of its slow neutron cross section is essential for the design and optimization of intense slow neutron sources. In particular the rapid drop of the slow neutron scattering cross section of liquid parahydrogen below 15 meV, which renders the moderator volume transparent to the neutron energies of most interest for scattering studies, is therefore especially interesting and important. We have placed an upper bound on the total cross section and the scattering cross section for slow neutrons with energies between 0.43 meV and 16.1 meV on liquid hydrogen at 15.6 K using neutron transmission measurements on the hydrogen target of the NPDGamma collaboration at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge Nati...

  17. Neutron capture cross-sections of krypton isotopes and their astrophysical implications

    For the measurement of neutron capture cross sections of noble gases a new experimental technique was developed using high pressure gas targets. By this technique, measurements on five krypton samples with different isotopic composition were performed by which the capture and the total cross sections between 5 and 200 keV were determined in the same experiment with good statistical accuracy. Values of Maxwellian averaged capture cross sections at 30 keV could be derived for the stable isotopes of krypton, as they are required for a quantitative understanding of the s-process of nucleosynthesis. From the systematics of this s-process it was possible to determine the original abundance of krypton in the solar system. The branching of the s-process at Se-79 allowed to determine the temperature of the s-process. A value of kT = 35 keV is adopted by this calculation. (orig.) 891 KBE/orig. 892 HIS

  18. Neutron-induced cross sections of actinides via the surrogate-reaction method

    Tveten G. M.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The surrogate-reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. This technique may enable neutron-induced cross sections to be extracted for short-lived nuclei that otherwise cannot be measured. However, the validity of the surrogate method for extracting capture cross sections has to be investigated. In this work we study the reactions 238U(d,p239U, 238U(3He,t238Np, 238U(3He,4He237U as surrogates for neutroninduced reactions on 238U, 237Np and 236U, respectively, for which good quality data exist. The experimental set-up enabled the measurement of fission and gamma-decay probabilities. First results are presented and discussed.

  19. A new resonance-region evaluation of neutron cross sections for 235U

    This paper describes a new evaluation of the resolved resonance range for the neutron cross sections of 235U. Up to 110 eV the evaluation is based on an R-matrix analysis of several fission, capture and transmission measurements. Above 110 eV levels are not resolved anymore so that many resonances are missed; from 110 to 500 eV most of the important resonances can be identified and analyzed so that the cross section and transmission data are well represented by the proposed parameters. From 500 to 2,250 eV fictitious parameters are provided which describe fairly well the results of thick sample transmission measurements and recent fission cross-section data. We believe that such a parameterization is likely to yield a better approximation of resonance self-shielding than the current ENDF/B-V unresolved resonance treatment

  20. A technique to measure the neutron capture cross-sections of krypton isotopes

    For the measurement of the neutron capture cross-sections of noble gases an experimental technique was developed, where the probe material is irradiated in its liquid phase. To detect the capture gamma-rays a C6D6 liquid scintillator was constructed providing a defined sensitivity for capture events by applying an appropriate weighting function to the spectra. The capture cross-sections of natural Kr and 84Kr were measured relative to Au in the energy region between 5 keV and 240 keV. Values of Maxwellian averaged capture cross-sections at 5 keV <= kT <= 50 keV were derived, as they are needed for a quantitative understanding of the s-process of nucleosynthesis. By normalizing literature values of the isotopic cross-sections with the derived cross sections it was possible to determine the isotopic abundances produced in the s-process as well as the solar abundance of natural Kr. (orig.) 891 HSI/orig. 892 KN

  1. Neutron-induced Fission Cross Section of 240,242Pu

    Salvador-Castiñeira, P.; Bryś, T.; Eykens, R.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Göök, A.; Oberstedt, S.; Pretel, C.; Sibbens, G.; Vanleeuw, D.; Vidali, M.

    A sensitivity analysis for the new generation of fast reactors [Salvatores (2008)] has shown the importance of improved cross section data for several actinides. Among them, the 240,242Pu(n,f) cross sections require an accuracy improvement to 1-3% and 3-5%, respectively, from the current level of 6% and 20%. At the Van de Graaff facility of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM) the fission cross section of the two isotopes was measured relative to two secondary standard reactions, 237Np(n,f) and 238U(n,f), using a twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber. The secondary standard reactions were benchmarked through measurements against the primary standard reaction 235U(n,f) in the same geometry. Sample masses were determined by means of low-geometry alpha counting or/and a 2π Frisch-grid ionization chamber, with an uncertainty lower than 2%. The neutron flux and the impact of scattering from material between source and target was examined, the largest effect having been found in cross section ratio measurements between a fissile and a fertile isotope. Our 240,242Pu(n,f) cross sections are in agreement with previous experimental results and slightly lower than present evaluations. In case of the 242Pu(n,f) reaction no evidence for a resonance at En=1.1 MeV was found.

  2. Neutron capture cross section measurement of $^{151}Sm$ at the CERN neutron Time of Flight Facility (nTOF)

    Abbondanno, U; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Alvarez-Pol, H; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Andrzejewski, J; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Becvar, F; Benlliure, J; Berthoumieux, E; Calviño, F; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Cennini, P; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, Enrico; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Cortina-Gil, D; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dababneh, S; Dahlfors, M; David, S; Dolfini, R; Domingo-Pardo, C; Durán, I; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrant, L; Ferrari, A; Ferreira-Marques, R; Frais-Kölbl, H; Furman, W; Gonçalves, I; Gallino, R; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Goverdovski, A; Gramegna, F; Griesmayer, E; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martínez, A; Isaev, S; Jericha, E; Kappeler, F; Kadi, Y; Karadimos, D; Kerveno, M; Ketlerov, V; Köhler, P; Konovalov, V; Krticka, M; Lamboudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marrone, S; Martinez-Val, J; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Molina-Coballes, A; Moreau, C; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, Heinz; O'Brien, S; Pancin, J; Papaevangelou, T; Paradela, C; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P; Perlado, J M; Perrot, L; Pignatari, M; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Policarpo, Armando; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Raman, S; Rapp, W; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Rosetti, M; Rubbia, Carlo; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Soares, J C; Stéphan, C; Tagliente, G; Taín, J L; Tassan-Got, L; Tavora, L; Terlizzi, R; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Villamarín, D; Vincente, M C; Vlachoudis, V; Voss, F; Wendler, H; Wiescher, M; Wissha, K

    2004-01-01

    The measurement of **1**5**1Sm(n, gamma)**1**5**2Sm (samarium) cross section showed improved performance of the new spallation neutron facility. It covered a wide energy range with good resolution, high neutron flux, low backgrounds and a favourable duty factor. The samarium cross section was found to be of great importance for characterizing neutron capture nucleosynthesis in asymptotic giant stars. The combination of these features provided a promising basis for a broad experimental program directed towards application in astrophysics and advanced nuclear technologies. (Edited abstract)

  3. Measurements of integral cross sections in the californium-252 fission neutron spectrum

    In a low-scattering arrangement cross sections averaged over the californium-252 spontaneous fission neutron spectrum were measured. The reactions 27Al(n,α)46Ti, 47Ti, 48Ti(n,p), 54Fe,56Fe(n,p), 58Ni(n,p), 64Zn(n,p), 115In(n,n') were studied in order to obtain a consistent set of threshold detectors used in fast neutron flux density measurements. Overall uncertainties between 2 and 2.5% could be achieved; corrections due to neutron scattering in source and samples are discussed

  4. NEUTRON CROSS SECTION COVARIANCES FROM THERMAL ENERGY TO 20 MeV.

    ROCHMAN,D.; HERMAN, M.; OBLOZINSKY, P.; MUGHABGHAB, S.F.; PIGNI, M.; KAWANO, T.

    2007-04-27

    We describe new method for energy-energy covariance calculation from the thermal energy up to 20 MeV. It is based on three powerful basic components: (i) Atlas of Neutron Resonances in the resonance region; (ii) the nuclear reaction model code EMPIRE in the unresolved resonance and fast neutron regions, and (iii) the Bayesian code KALMAN for correlations and error propagation. Examples for cross section uncertainties and correlations on {sup 90}Zr and {sup 193}Ir illustrate this approach in the resonance and fast neutron regions.

  5. Validation of multigroup neutron cross sections for the Advanced Neutron Source against the FOEHN critical experimental measurements

    The FOEHN critical experiments were analyzed to validate the use of multigroup cross sections in the design of the Advanced Neutron Source. Eleven critical configurations were evaluated using the KENO, DORT, and VENTURE neutronics codes. Eigenvalue and power density profiles were computed and show very good agreement with measured values

  6. Proton capture cross sections on neutron-magic 144Sm at astrophysically relevant energies

    Kinoshita, N.; Hayashi, K.; Ueno, S.; Yatsu, Y.; Yokoyama, A.; Takahashi, N.

    2016-02-01

    Background: The p nuclei, which are not produced by neutron capture processes, are present with a typical isotopic abundance of 0.01%-0.3%. Abundance decreases with an increase in atomic number. However, the neutron-magic isotopes of 92Mo and 144Sm exhibit unusually large abundances in comparison. A combination of proton and α -particle capture reactions and neutron emission reactions are key to understanding this issue. Currently, complex network calculations do not have access to much experimental data, and hence require theoretically predicted reaction rates in order to estimate final abundances produced in nucleosynthesis. Purpose: Few experimental cross sections of (p ,γ) reactions on heavy nuclides with mass numbers of 130-150 have been reported. The 144Sm(p ,γ )145Eu reaction is the main destruction pathway for the nucleosynthesis of the 144Sm nuclide. In the present paper, experimental cross sections of the 144Sm(p ,γ )145Eu reaction at a range including astrophysically relevant energies for the p process were determined to compare with theoretical predictions using the Hauser-Feshback statistical model. Methods: The 144Sm was deposited on a high-purity Al foil with the molecular plating method. Stacks consisting of Ta degrader foils, 144Sm targets, and Cu foils used as flux monitors were irradiated with 14.0-MeV proton beams. The 144Sm(p ,γ )145Eu cross sections were determined from the 145Eu activities and the proton fluence estimated from the 65Zn activity in the Cu monitor foil. The proton energies bombarded on each 144Sm target were estimated using srim2013. Results: We determined the 144Sm(p ,γ )145Eu cross sections at proton energies between 2.8 and 7.6 MeV. These energies encompass nucleosynthesis temperatures between 3 and 5 GK. The cross sections at energies higher than 3.8 MeV agreed well with theoretically predicted cross sections using talys using the generalized superfluid (GS) model for level densities. However, calculations using non

  7. Gamma-ray production cross sections for MeV neutrons

    Gamma-ray production cross section and spectra for 1- to 20-MeV neutrons were theoretically obtained, which were requested for heating calculations, for shielding design calculations, and for material damage estimates. Calculations were carried out for Al, Si, Ca, Fe, Ni, Cu, Nb, Ta, Au, and Pb, using a spin-dependent evaporation model without the parity conservation and including the dipole and quardupole gamma-ray transitions. The results were compared with the experimental data measured in ORNL to confirm the availability of this model in applications. In addition, the effects on the gamma-ray production cross section of the optical potential, level density, yrast level, and radiation width were investigated in detail. The conclusions are: 1) the use of the optical potential which gives the correct total reaction cross section is essential to gamma-ray production calculations, 2) the gamma-ray production cross section is not so sensitive to the choice of level density parameters, 3) the inclusion of yrast levels is necessary in dealing with the competition of the neutron and gamma-ray emissions from highly excited states, and 4) the Brink-Axel type's radiation width is unsuitable to be applied to radiative capture processes. (author)

  8. Measurement of fast neutron induced fission cross section of minor-actinide

    In fuel cycles with recycled actinide, core characteristics are largely influenced by minor actinide (MA: Np, Am). Accurate nuclear data of MA such as fission cross section are required to estimate the effect of MA with high accuracy. In this study, fast neutron induced fission cross section of MA was measured using Dynamitron Accelerator in Tohoku University. New or improved techniques and tools with high precision and fast timing capability were developed for this study. Those are as follows: (1) Development of a sealed fission chamber, (2) Intensification of Li neutron target, (3) Improvement of time-resolution of Time-of-Flight (TOF) electronic circuit, (4) Introduction of MA (Np237, Am241 and Am243) samples with large sample mass and (5) Introduction of a U235 sample with high purity. Using these improved tools and samples, fission cross section of Np237 was measured between 10 to 100 keV. On the other hand, averaged fission cross section for Maxwell distribution spectrum with kt = 25.3 keV was measured for Am241 and Am243. (author)

  9. Neutron cross sections for defect production by high-energy displacement cascades in copper

    Defect production cross sections for copper have been devised, based on computer simulations of displacement cascades. One thousand cascades ranging in energy from 200 eV to 200 keV were generated with the MARLOWE computer code. The cascades were subjected to a semi-empirical cascade quenching procedure and to short-term annealing with the ALSOME computer code. Functions were fitted to the numbers of defects produced as a function of primary knock-on atom (PKA) damage energy for the following defect types: 1) the total number of point defects after quenching and after short-term annealing, 2) the numbers of free interstitials and free vacancies after shortterm annealing, and 3) the numbers and sizes of vacancy and interstitial clusters after shortterm annealing. In addition, a function describing the number of distinct damage regions (lobes) per cascade was fitted to results of a graphical analysis of the cascade configurations. The defect production functions have been folded into PKA spectra using the NJOY nuclear data processing code system with ENDF/B-V nuclear data to yield neutron cross sections for defect production in copper. The free vacancy cross section displays much less variation with neutron energy than the cross sections for damage energy or total point defects

  10. Neutron capture cross-section studies of Tellurium isotopes for neutrinoless double beta decay applications

    Bhike, Megha; Tornow, Werner

    2014-09-01

    The CUORE detector at Gran Sasso, aimed at searching for neutrinoless double-beta decay of 130Te, employs an array of TeO2 bolometer modules. To understand and identify the contribution of muon and (α,n) induced neutrons to the CUORE background, fast neutron cature cross-section data of the tellurium isotopes 126Te, 128Te and 130Te have been measured with the activation method at eight different energies in the neutron energy range 0.5-7.5 MeV. Plastic pill boxes of diameter 1.6 cm and width 1 cm containing Te were irradiated with mono-energetic neutrons produced via the 3H(p,n)3He and 2H(d,n)3He reactions. The cross-sections were determined relative to the 197Au(n, γ)198Au and 115In(n,n')115m In standard cross sections. The activities of the products were measured using 60% lead-shielded HPGe detectors at TUNL's low background counting facility. The present results are compared with the evaluated data from TENDL-2012, ENDF/B-VII.1, JEFF-3.2 and JENDL-4.0, as well as with literature data.

  11. NEUTRON CROSS SECTION EVALUATIONS OF FISSION PRODUCTS BELOW THE FAST ENERGY REGION

    OH,S.Y.; CHANG,J.; MUGHABGHAB,S.

    2000-05-11

    Neutron cross section evaluations of the fission-product isotopes, {sup 95}Mo, {sup 99}Tc, {sup 101}Ru, {sup 103}Rh, {sup 105}Pd, {sup 109}Ag, {sup 131}Xe, {sup 133}Cs, {sup 141}Pr, {sup 141}Nd, {sup 147}Sm, {sup 149}Sm, {sup 150}Sm, {sup 151}Sm, {sup 152}Sm, {sup 153}Eu, {sup 155}Gd, and {sup 157}Gd were carried out below the fast neutron energy region within the framework of the BNL-KAERI international collaboration. In the thermal energy region, the energy dependence of the various cross-sections was calculated by applying the multi-level Breit-Wigner formalism. In particular, the strong energy dependence of the coherent scattering lengths of {sup 155}Gd and {sup 157}Gd were determined and were compared with recent calculations of Lynn and Seeger. In the resonance region, the recommended resonance parameters, reported in the BNL compilation, were updated by considering resonance parameter information published in the literature since 1981. The s-wave and, if available, p-wave reduced neutron widths were analyzed in terms of the Porter-Thomas distribution to determine the average level spacings and the neutron strength functions. Average radiative widths were also calculated from measured values of resolved energy resonances. The average resonance parameters determined in this study were compared with those in the BNL and other compilations, as well as the ENDF/B-VI, JEF-2.2, and JENDL-3.2 data libraries. The unresolved capture cross sections of these isotopes, computed with the determined average resonance parameters, were compared with measurements, as well as the ENDF/B-VI evaluations. To achieve agreement with the measurements, in a few cases minor adjustments in the average resonance parameters were made. Because of astrophysical interest, the Maxwellian capture cross sections of these nuclides at a neutron temperature of 30 keV were computed and were compared with other compilations and evaluations.

  12. Model for neutron total cross-section at low energies for nuclear grade graphite

    Galván Josa, V. M.; Dawidowski, J.; Santisteban, J. R.; Malamud, F.; Oliveira, R. G.

    2015-04-01

    At subthermal neutron energies, polycrystalline graphite shows a large total cross-section due to small angle scattering processes. In this work, a new methodology to determine pore size distributions through the neutron transmission technique at subthermal energies is proposed and its sensitivity is compared with standard techniques. A simple model based on the form factor for spherical particles, normally used in the Small Angle Neutron Scattering technique, is employed to calculate the contribution of small angle effect to the total scattering cross-section, with the width and center of the radii distributions as free parameters in the model. Small Angle X-ray Scattering experiments were performed to compare results as a means to validate the method. The good agreement reached reveals that the neutron transmission technique is a useful tool to explore small angle scattering effects. This fact can be exploited in situations where large samples must be scanned and it is difficult to investigate them with conventional methods. It also opens the possibility to apply this method in energy-resolved neutron imaging. Also, since subthermal neutron transmission experiments are perfectly feasible in small neutron sources, the present findings open new possibilities to the work done in such kind of facilities.

  13. Filtered thermal neutron captured cross-sections measurements and decay heat calculations

    Recently, a pure thermal neutron beam has been developed for neutron capture measurements based on the horizontal channel No.2 of the research reactor at the Nuclear Research Institute, Dalat. The original reactor neutron spectrum is transmitted through an optimal composition of Bi and Si single crystals for delivering a thermal neutron beam with Cadmium ratio (Rcd) of 420 and neutron flux (Φth) of 1.6x106 n/cm2.s. This thermal neutron beam has been applied for measurements of capture cross-sections for nuclide of 51V, 55Mn, 180Hf and 186W by the activation method relative to the standard reaction 197Au(n,g)198Au. In addition to the activities of neutron capture cross-sections measurements, the study on nuclear decay heat calculations has been also considered to be developed at the Institute. Some results on calculation procedure and decay heat values calculated with update nuclear database for 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 232Th are introduced in this report. (author)

  14. Measurement of the fission cross-section ratio for 237Np/235U around 14 MeV neutron energies

    Fission cross-section ratio was determined for 237Np/235U around 14 MeV neutron energies with a back-to-back ionization chamber. Neutrons were produced by a 180 KV accelerator using T(d,n)4He reaction. No significant energy dependence was found in the cross section ratio

  15. Neutron-cross-section measurement in medium- and low-energy regions for studies on nuclear incineration

    Examples of recent neutron-cross-section measurements are presented in medium- and low-energy regions, and the validity of intense neutron source is discussed. It is shown that the cross-section measurement in the energy regions is still important for studies on nuclear incineration, nuclear physics, and nucleosynthesis in the universe. (author)

  16. 252Cf-based thermal-neutron cross-section gauge for interpretation of neutron logs for oil exploration

    A newly developed neutron absorption cell measures the thermal-neutron absorption cross sections (Σ/sub w/) of formation brines encountered in logging operations. Thermal-neutron decay time logs with pulsed neutron logging systems are important tools of modern oil exploration technology. These logs yield information about oil saturation characteristics of the formation and oil-water contact location, provided the thermal-neutron cross-section behavior of the host formation is known. This cross section is determined to an important degree by that of the formation brine (Σ/sub w/). Presently, Σ/sub w/ is in most cases estimated from the chemically determined salinity of the brine, since actual measurements with a pulsed neutron logging tool are impractical, requiring several hundred gallons of the brine in a large tank. The chemical analyses are typically performed in a laboratory which is remote from the exploration site. With the portable neutron absorption cell, this measurement is made on site on a sample as small as four liters, with a precision of 0.1% in less than 5 minutes. The results of cell analyses on seventeen brine samples from oil fields in the United States and Canada are discussed. The cross sections measured have been compared with cross sections calculated from chemical and atomic absorption analyses. The agreement is within the experimental errors of the chemical analyses in all cases. Importantly, in all cases boron contributed a noticeable amount to the total absorption cross section. This boron contribution is ignored by conventional brine analyses precluding an accurate estimate of oil saturation, especially in the case of expensive log-inject-log measurements of residual oil preceding secondary or tertiary recovery

  17. The total neutron cross section of protons in the zirconium metal lattice at nitrogen temperature

    The total neutron cross section of protons in the zirconium metal lattice can roughly be described by Fermi's well-known theory using a harmonic oscillator potential. It predicts cuspidal minima at the energy levels, reaching down to the value of the free proton cross section, whereas experiments at room temperature yield rounded minima. A ZrHsub(x) powder sample with hydrogen concentration of 192 +- 1 At% was continuously cooled down to 77.4 K and the neutron transmission was determined. The results are in rather good agreement with the theory, when Doppler broadening effects are eliminated by cooling. These measurements complete a set of earlier measurements on ZrHsub(x) at different temperatures. (orig.)

  18. Total inclusive neutron cross sections and multiplicities in nucleus-nucleus collisions at intermediate energies

    The total integrated inclusive cross section, sigma(T>T0), for the emission of neutrons above an energy T0 by neon ions with an average energy of 337 MeV per nucleon reacting in targets of uranium, copper, aluminum, and carbon is described by sigma-bar/sub NN/(R-bar/sub G//r/sub o/)/sup( alphaT/o). Here sigma-bar/sub NN/ is the isospin-averaged nucleon-nucleon cross section evaluated at an energy equal to the bombarding energy per nucleon, and R-bar/sub G/ is the arithmetic mean value of the radii of the projectile and the target measured in units of the radius parameter r0 ( = 1.2 fm). In the limit T0 = 0, the exponent α(T0) = 5. A useful formula is derived for calculating mean neutron multiplicities in nucleus-nucleus collisions

  19. γ-ray production cross sections of inelastic neutron scattering on natural molybdenum

    Nyman M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available γ-ray production cross sections of inelastic neutron scattering have been measured for molybdenum using the (n,n’γ-technique. The experiment was performed at the GELINA facility at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM with the Gamma Array for Inelastic Neutron Scattering (GAINS setup. GAINS consisted of eight high purity germanium detectors at the time of this experiment. The sample was made of natural molybdenum, which includes seven isotopes (A = 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100. The presence of so many isotopes in the sample leads to overlapping peaks in the spectra, which limits the amount of data that can be extracted from the analysis. Nevertheless, a total of 31 γ rays from the seven isotopes were analysed and γ-ray production cross sections were determined. Comparisons to other experimental results were made when such data was available. Also comparisons with model calculations were made with the Talys 1.6 code.

  20. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of elemental palladium

    Neutron total cross sections of palladium are measured from approx. = 0.6 to 4.5 MeV with resolutions of approx. = 30 to 70 keV at intervals of less than or equal to 50 keV. Differential neutron elastic- and inelastic-scattering cross sections are measured from 1.4 to 3.85 MeV at intervals of 50 to 100 keV and at 10 to 20 scattering angles distributed between approx. = 20 and 1600. The experimental results are compared with respective quantities given in ENDF/B-V and used to deduce an optical potential that provides a good description of the measured values

  1. Neutron-induced cross sections of actinides via the surrogate-reaction method

    Ducasse Q.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The surrogate-reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. This technique may enable neutron-induced cross sections to be extracted for short-lived nuclei that otherwise cannot be measured. However, the validity of the surrogate method has to be investigated. In particular, the absence of a compound nucleus formation and the Jπ dependence of the decay probabilities may question the method. In this work we study the reactions 238U(d,p239U, 238U(3He,t238Np, 238U(3He,4He237U as surrogates for neutron-induced reactions on 238U, 237Np and 236U, respectively, for which good quality data exist. The experimental set-up enabled the measurement of fission and gamma-decay probabilities. The first results are hereby presented.

  2. Recent measurements of neutron capture cross sections in the fission product mass region

    The radiative capture cross sections for the separated isotopes of Sr, Y, Zr, Mo, Pd, Cd, Ba, La, Ce, Pr and Nd in the energy range 3 to 200 keV were measured with high energy resolution at the 40 m station of the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator. Maxwellian averaged 30 keV cross sections and average resonance parameters derived from the analysis are tabulated. A strong dependence of the average radiative widths on neutron binding energy is noted. This leads to a pronounced even-odd disparity. Neutron strength functions reduce with decreasing binding energy along an isotopic chain owing to the decreasing density of doorway states at the binding energy. 16 references

  3. Calculated neutron-induced cross sections for 53Cr from 1 to 20 MeV

    Neutron-induced cross sections of 53Cr have been calculated in the energy regions from 1 to 20 MeV. The quantities obtained are the cross sections for the reactions (n,n'γ), (n,2n), (n,np), (n,nα), (n,pγ), (n,pn), (n,αγ), (n,αn), (n,d), (n,t), (n,3He), and (n,γ), as well as the spectra of emitted neutrons, protons, alpha particles, and gamma rays. The precompound process was included above 5 MeV in addition to the compound process. For the inelastic scattering, the contribution of the direct interaction was calculated with DWBA. 36 refs., 23 figs., 11 tabs

  4. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of 103Rh

    Fast-neutron total cross sections of 103Rh are measured with 30 to 50 keV resolutions from 0.7 to 4.5 MeV. Differential elastic- and inelastic-scattering cross sections are measured from 1.45 to 3.85 MeV. Scattered-neutron groups corresponding to excited levels at 334 +- 13, 536 +- 7, 648 +- 25, 796 +- 20, 864 +- 22, 1120 +- 22, 1279 +- 50, 1481 +- 27, 1683 +- 39, 1840 +- 79, 1991 +- 71 and 2050 (tentative) keV are observed. An optical-statistical model is derived from the elastic-scattering results. The experimental values are compared with comparable quantities given in the ENDF/B-V evaluation

  5. Determination of neutron-induced fission cross-sections of unstable nuclei via surrogate reaction method

    B K Nayak

    2014-11-01

    Heavy ion reaction studies around Coulomb barrier energies have been generally used to investigate the effect of the structure of projectile/target on reaction dynamics. Other than providing an understanding of basic physics of the reaction dynamics, some of these reactions have been used as tools to serve as surrogates of neutron-induced compound nuclear fission cross-sections involving unstable targets. In this paper, we report some of the recent results on the determination of neutron-induced fission cross-sections of unstable actinides present in Th–U and U–Pu fuel cycles by surrogate reaction method by employing transfer-induced fission studies with 6,7Li beams.

  6. Measurements of Neutron Captured Cross Sections in 1 Mev ∼ 2 MeV

    To obtain nuclear reaction data with fast neutron, the optimum condition of KIGAM bunching system, characteristics of KIGAM prompt gamma-ray detecting system and that of two dimensional data taking system such as gamma-ray time of flight and pulse height were investigated by Institute of Korea Geoscience and Mineral Resource (KIGAM). The pulse beam with the repetition rate of 125 ns and the width of 2 ns less than was obtained by the optimum bunching conditions. Also response and weighting function of prompt gamma-ray detector were obtained by the compton suppressed detector. Gamma time of flight spectrum and pulse height spectrum were measured by the two parameter data taking system. Neutron total cross sections and capture cross sections on 197Au have been measured and are being analyzed

  7. Neutron-induced cross sections of actinides via the surrogate-reaction method

    The surrogate-reaction method is an indirect way of determining cross sections for reactions that proceed through a compound nucleus. This technique may enable neutron-induced cross sections to be extracted for short-lived nuclei that otherwise cannot be measured. However, the validity of the surrogate method has to be investigated. In particular, the absence of a compound nucleus formation and the Jπ dependence of the decay probabilities may question the method. In this work we study the reactions 238U(d,p) 239U, 238U(3He,t)238Np, 238U(3He,4He)237U as surrogates for neutron-induced reactions on 238U, 237Np and 236U, respectively, for which good quality data exist. The experimental set-up enabled the measurement of fission and gamma-decay probabilities. The first results are hereby presented. (authors)

  8. Slow neutron total cross-section of Al6061 at low temperatures

    Granada, J R

    2000-01-01

    This work presents evaluations of the total cross-section and its components, corresponding to the aluminum based alloy Al6061 at a few temperatures of interest, over the neutron energy range from 10 sup - sup 5 to 10 eV. A practical procedure for subtraction of the cold source's vessel contribution to the measured emerging spectra is discussed, and data given for the specific cases where Al6061 is used as the vessel material.

  9. Above-threshold structure in {sup 244}Cm neutron-induced fission cross section

    Maslov, V.M. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus)

    1997-03-01

    The quasi-resonance structure appearing above the fission threshold in neutron-induced fission cross section of {sup 244}Cm(n,f) is interpreted. It is shown to be due to excitation of few-quasiparticle states in fissioning {sup 245}Cm and residual {sup 244}Cm nuclides. The estimate of quasiparticle excitation thresholds in fissioning nuclide {sup 245}Cm is consistent with pairing gap and fission barrier parameters. (author)

  10. A unified Monte Carlo approach to fast neutron cross section data evaluation.

    Smith, D.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2008-03-03

    A unified Monte Carlo (UMC) approach to fast neutron cross section data evaluation that incorporates both model-calculated and experimental information is described. The method is based on applications of Bayes Theorem and the Principle of Maximum Entropy as well as on fundamental definitions from probability theory. This report describes the formalism, discusses various practical considerations, and examines a few numerical examples in some detail.

  11. Neutron total cross sections of 204Pb, 206Pb, 207Pb and 208Pb and the neutron electric polarizability

    The neutron total cross sections have been measured for lead isotopes 208Pb, 206Pb and 207Pb in the range from 1 eV to 20 keV and for 204Pb in the range from 1 eV to 100 eV using the time-of-flight facility GNEIS in Gatchina. An accuracy of the measured neutron total cross section (Δσ/σ) is about 10-3 for 208Pb, 10-2 for 206Pb and 207Pb, 5·10-2 for 204Pb. An estimated value of the neutron electric polarizability from analysis of total cross section of 208Pb is αn=(2.4 ± 1.1)·10-3fm3. (author)

  12. Assessment of the neutron cross section database for mercury for the ORNL spallation source

    Leal, L.C.; Spencer, R.R.; Ingersoll, D.T.; Gabriel, T.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-06-01

    Neutron source generation based on a high energy particle accelerator has been considered as an alternative to the canceled Advanced Neutron Source project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The proposed technique consists of a spallation neutron source in which neutrons are produced via the interaction of high-energy charged particles in a heavy metal target. Preliminary studies indicate that liquid mercury bombarded with GeV protons provides an excellent neutron source. Accordingly, a survey has been made of the available neutron cross-section data. Since it is expected that spectral modifiers, specifically moderators, will also be incorporated into the source design, the survey included thermal energy, resonance region, and high energy data. It was found that data of individual isotopes were almost non-existent and that the only evaluation found for the natural element had regions of missing data or discrepant data. Therefore, it appears that to achieve the desired degree of accuracy in the spallation source design it is necessary to re-evaluate the mercury database including making new measurements. During the presentation the currently available data will be presented and experiments proposed which can lead to design quality cross sections.

  13. Fast neutron spectrum unfolding of a TRIGA Mark II reactor and measurement of spectrum-averaged cross sections. Integral tests of differential cross sections of neutron threshold reactions

    Uddin, M.S.; Hossain, S.M.; Khan, R. [Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Dhaka (Bangladesh). Inst. of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST); Sudar, S. [Debrecen Univ. (Hungary). Inst. of Experimental Physics; Zulquarnain, M.A. [Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka (Bangladesh); Qaim, S.M. [Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany). Inst. fuer Neurowissenschaften und Medizin (INM-5)

    2013-07-01

    The spectrum of fast neutrons having energies from 0.5 to 20 MeV in the core of the 3MW TRIGA Mark II reactor at Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, was unfolded by activating several metal foils to induce threshold nuclear reactions covering the whole spectrum, and then doing necessary iterative calculations utilizing the activation results and the code SULSA. The analysed shape of the spectrum in the TRIGA core was found to be similar to that of the pure {sup 235}U-fission spectrum, except for the energies between 0.5 and 1.5 MeV, where it was slightly higher than the fission spectrum. Spectrum-averaged cross sections were determined by integral measurements. The integral values measured in this work were compared with the recommended values for a pure fission spectrum as well as with the integrated data deduced from measured and evaluated excitation functions of a few reactions given in some data files. The good agreement between integral measurements and integrated data in case of well-investigated reactions shows that the fast neutron field at the TRIGA Mark II reactor can be used for validation of evaluated data of neutron threshold reactions. (orig.)

  14. Fast neutron spectrum unfolding of a TRIGA Mark II reactor and measurement of spectrum-averaged cross sections. Integral tests of differential cross sections of neutron threshold reactions

    The spectrum of fast neutrons having energies from 0.5 to 20 MeV in the core of the 3MW TRIGA Mark II reactor at Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, was unfolded by activating several metal foils to induce threshold nuclear reactions covering the whole spectrum, and then doing necessary iterative calculations utilizing the activation results and the code SULSA. The analysed shape of the spectrum in the TRIGA core was found to be similar to that of the pure 235U-fission spectrum, except for the energies between 0.5 and 1.5 MeV, where it was slightly higher than the fission spectrum. Spectrum-averaged cross sections were determined by integral measurements. The integral values measured in this work were compared with the recommended values for a pure fission spectrum as well as with the integrated data deduced from measured and evaluated excitation functions of a few reactions given in some data files. The good agreement between integral measurements and integrated data in case of well-investigated reactions shows that the fast neutron field at the TRIGA Mark II reactor can be used for validation of evaluated data of neutron threshold reactions. (orig.)

  15. Curium-245 and curium-247 neutron cross sections between 10 keV and 10 MeV

    The optical model code 2PLUS and the statistical model codes COMNUC and CASCADE were used to compute neutron cross sections for Cm-245 and Cm-247 between 10 keV and 10 MeV. Cross sections for elastic and inelastic scattering, radiative capture, fission, and the (n,2n) reactions were computed. The parameters for the fission model were selected to yield agreement with the cross sections from the Physics-8 bomb shot. Pu-239 cross sections were calculated and compared with existing cross section evaluations to demonstrate the validity of the calculational methods

  16. Neutron Induced Capture Cross Sections for Ir-191 and Ir-193

    Lee, Yong Deok; Lee, Young Ouk [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-07-01

    The neutron induced cross sections are calculated on Ir- 191 and Ir-193 from 10 keV up to 20 MeV, on (n, tot), (n, n), (n, n'), (n, {gamma}), (n, p), (n, {alpha}), (n, 2n), (n, 3n), (n, np) and (n, n{alpha}) reactions. Iridium emits intense gamma rays. Specially, Ir-192 is the major gamma ray source material and widely used in the several areas: material assay, nondestructive testing and medical treatment. For the purpose of the above utilization, Ir-192 is mainly produced in the isotopic production nuclear reactor by the neutron capture process from Ir-191. Using threshold reaction with high energy of neutron, Ir-192 can be produced from Ir-194 by the process of the neutron capture and decay as well. Ir- 191 and Ir-193 have 37.3 % and 62.7 % respectively in the natural abundance. Ir-191 and 193 are stable isotopes. Ir-192 has 73.8 days half-life at ground state and 1.45 months at 56.7 keV meta stable state. Ir-192 has the beta decay to produce Pt-192 and the electron capture to produce Os-192. The major emitted gamma rays are 604 keV, 316 keV and 468 keV from the ground state decay. ENDF/B-VI has fairly recent evaluation on Ir-191 and Ir-193, evaluated in 1995 and distributed in 1997 (by R.Q.Wright, ORNL). From 2 to 20 MeV, the capture data was obtained by renormalizing the natural iridium capture to the Macklin data of Ir-191 at 2 MeV energy. ENDF/B-VI has the (n, 2n), (n, 3n), (n, p) and (n, a) cross section data unchanged from the BROND natural iridium evaluation. The evaluations consisted of an optical model potential search followed by a complete nuclear reaction model calculation and a validation for the experimental data. Nuclear reaction cross sections were calculated using the recently released Empire-II code. The direct capture model enhances the capture cross section in the preequilibrium energy region, and the width fluctuation correction influences on the capture and inelastic scattering cross sections in the equilibrium energy region. The

  17. Neutron cross-sections for advanced nuclear systems: the n_TOF project at CERN

    Barbagallo M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study of neutron-induced reactions is of high relevance in a wide variety of fields, ranging from stellar nucleosynthesis and fundamental nuclear physics to applications of nuclear technology. In nuclear energy, high accuracy neutron data are needed for the development of Generation IV fast reactors and accelerator driven systems, these last aimed specifically at nuclear waste incineration, as well as for research on innovative fuel cycles. In this context, a high luminosity Neutron Time Of Flight facility, n_TOF, is operating at CERN since more than a decade, with the aim of providing new, high accuracy and high resolution neutron cross-sections. Thanks to the features of the neutron beam, a rich experimental program relevant to nuclear technology has been carried out so far. The program will be further expanded in the near future, thanks in particular to a new high-flux experimental area, now under construction.

  18. A measurement of actinide neutron transmutations with accelerator mass spectrometry in order to infer neutron capture cross sections

    Bauder, William K.

    Improved neutron capture cross section data for transuranic and minor actinides are essential for assessing possibilities for next generation reactors and advanced fuel cycles. The Measurement of Actinide Neutron TRAnsmutation (MANTRA) project aims to make a comprehensive set of energy integrated neutron capture cross section measurements for all relevant isotopes from Th to Cf. The ability to extract these cross sections relies on the use of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) to analyze isotopic concentrations in samples irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The AMS measurements were performed at the Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System (ATLAS) and required a number of key technical developments to the ion source, accelerator, and detector setup. In particular, a laser ablation material injection system was developed at the electron cyclotron resonance ion source. This system provides a more effective method to produce ion beams from samples containing only 1% actinide material and offers some benefits for reducing cross talk in the source. A series of four actinide measurements are described in this dissertation. These measurements represent the most substantial AMS work attempted at ATLAS and the first results of the MANTRA project. Isotopic ratios for one and two neutron captures were measured in each sample with total uncertainties around 10%. These results can be combined with a MCNP model for the neutron fluence to infer actinide neutron capture cross sections.

  19. Commentary: exciting new developments in fast neutron cross sections and dosimetry

    Bielajew, A. F.; Chadwick, M. B.

    1998-12-01

    The field of fast neutron therapy, and to some extent the practice of radiation protection in the vicinity of medical linear accelerators, requires accurate physical data. The paucity of physical data for neutron cross sections above about 15 MeV in low- Z materials is best exemplified (and somewhat exaggerated!) in the late Herb Attix's standard textbook Introduction to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry (Attix 1986). On page 464, the contributions to kerma in tissue from neutrons stops abruptly shortly above about 15 MeV. Photon and electron dosimetry has benefited from a well established and highly cohesive relationship between measurement and theory due to the enormous success of quantum electrodynamics. In contrast, measurements in the field of neutron radiotherapy have benefited less from theory because of the complexity of the quantum mechanics of nuclear structure, especially for light elements. This is because the nuclear levels are widely spaced at low excitation energies unlike for heavy elements where the energy level spacing is more dense and statistical assumptions can be applied with success. This means that accurate measurements are crucial for guiding and testing theoretical development. Measurements contributing to the field of fast neutron dosimetry are few and far between. Amazingly, in this issue of Physics in Medicine and Biology there are two such contributions! The paper by Benck, Slypen, Meulders and Corcalciuc (1998) entitled `Experimental double differential cross sections and derived kerma factors for oxygen at incident neutron energies from reaction thresholds to 65 MeV' reports on a set of measurements of the doubly-differential cross sections (energy and angle) for fast neutrons on for 9 energies between 25 and 65 MeV. The reaction channels measured were (n, px), (n, dx), (n, tx) and (n, x). These cross sections were then integrated to produce partial and total kerma factors. There are several features of this paper that are

  20. CHC program for calculation of the adjoint neutron cross sections on the basis of evaluated neutron data of the ENDF/B

    The features and the algorithm of the program to calculate adjoint neutron cross sections on the basis of the continuous energy neutron cross sections as well as energy and angular distributions are described. The calculated adjoint cross sections are intended for Monte Carlo investigation of the nonuniform adjoint Boltzmann equation. 16 refs

  1. Neutron cross-section libraries in the AMPX master interface format for thermal and fast reactors

    Neutron cross-section libraries in the AMPX master interface format have been created for three reactor types. Included are an 84-group library for use with light-water reactors, a 27-group library for use with heavy-water CANDU reactors and a 126-group library for use with liquid metal fast breeder reactors. In general, ENDF/B data were used in the creation of these libraries, and the nuclides included in each library should be sufficient for most neutronic analyses of reactors of that type. Each library has been used successfully in fuel depletion calculations

  2. Prompt gamma-ray detectors for the measurement of neutron capture cross-sections

    A review is given of current techniques for detecting prompt gamma-radiation as a means of measuring total capture cross-sections. The discussion is generally restricted to systems with low or moderate gamma-ray energy resolution. Three classes of detector are considered: (1) the total absorption type; (2) detectors with efficiency proportional to gamma-ray energy; and (3) detectors of low efficiency and known gamma-ray response. Particular attention is given to the problems of background from reactions which compete with neutron capture, and the sensitivity of capture detectors to scattered neutrons. The extraction of capture yields from observed data is briefly considered

  3. Average neutron cross section measurements in U-235 fission spectrum for some threshold reactions

    Fission neutron spectrum averaged cross sections have been measured for the threshold reactions 58Ni(n, 2n)57Ni, 127I(n, 2n)126I, 55Mn(n, 2n)54Mn, 63Cu(n, α)60Co and 31P(n, p)31Si, by the activation technique using high-resolution γ-ray spectrscopy. The fast neutron spectrum at the irradiation position has been characterized by using an additional set of activation foils. The results are presented with a complete uncertainty covariance matrix and are compared with evaluated values and previous measurements. (orig.)

  4. FENDL/A-2.0. Neutron activation cross section data library for fusion applications

    This document describes the contents of a comprehensive neutron cross section data library for 13,006 neutron activation reactions with 739 target nuclides from H (A=1,Z=1) to Cm (A=248,Z=96), in the incident energy range up to 20 MeV. FENDL/A-2 is a sublibrary of FENDL-2, the second revision of the evaluated nuclear data library for fusion applications. It is supplemented by a decay data library FENDL/D-2 in ENDF-6 format for 1867 nuclides. The data are available from the IAEA Nuclear Data Section online via INTERNET by FTP command, or on magnetic tape upon request. (author)

  5. Measurements of neutron cross sections for advanced nuclear energy systems at n_TOF (CERN

    Barbagallo M.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The n_TOF facility operates at CERN with the aim of addressing the request of high accuracy nuclear data for advanced nuclear energy systems as well as for nuclear astrophysics. Thanks to the features of the neutron beam, important results have been obtained on neutron induced fission and capture cross sections of U, Pu and minor actinides. Recently the construction of another beam line has started; the new line will be complementary to the first one, allowing to further extend the experimental program foreseen for next measurement campaigns.

  6. Cross section measurement for (n,n{alpha}) reactions by 14 MeV neutrons

    Kasugai, Y.; Ikeda, Y.; Uno, Y. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Naka, Ibaraki (Japan). Naka Fusion Research Establishment; Yamamoto, H.; Kawade, K.

    1997-03-01

    Nine (n,n{alpha}) cross sections for (n,n{alpha}) reactions induced by 13.5-14.9 MeV neutrons were measured for {sup 51}V, {sup 65}Cu, {sup 71}Ga, {sup 76}Ge, {sup 87}Rb, {sup 91}Zr, {sup 93}Nb, {sup 96}Zr and {sup 109}Ag isotopes by using Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) at JAERI. The reactions for 91Zr and 96Zr were measured for the first time. The evaluated data of JENDL-3 and ENDF/B-VI were compared with the present data. Some of the evaluated values are much different from our data by a factor more than ten. (author)

  7. ZZ MONTAGE-400, Neutron Activation 100-Group Cross-Section Library of Fusion Reactor Materials

    1 - Description of problem or function: Format: GAM-II group structure and ANISN; Number of groups: 100-group cross sections. Nuclides: H, He, Li, Be, B, N, O, F, Na, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Ag, Sn, Cs, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Au, Pb. Origin: derived from ENDF/B, or calculated at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Weighting spectrum: 1/E except near 14 MeV where a thermally broadened fusion peak, assuming a temperature of 20 MeV, is employed. This data library contains 100- group cross sections, with GAM-II group structure, for 421 neutron activation reactions with fusion reactor structural and coolant materials. The weighting function is 1/E except near 14 MeV where a thermally broadened fusion peak, assuming a temperature of 20 MeV, is employed. The library also contains half life information for the activated nuclei. 2 - Method of solution: The thermal group cross sections were calculated from the 2200 m/s value, when available, otherwise from the group 99 value. The majority of the non-thermal cross sections were derived from pointwise data derived from ENDF/B, or calculated at Brookhaven National Laboratory using the nuclear systematics code THRESH. These were converted to multigroup from using the codes ETOG and NJOY

  8. Surrogate ratio methodology for the indirect determination of neutron capture cross sections

    The relative γ-decay probabilities of the 162Dy to 161Dy and 162Dy to 164Dy residual nuclei, produced using light-ion-induced direct reactions, were measured as a function of excitation energy using the CACTUS array at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory. The external surrogate ratio method (SRM) was used to convert these relative γ-decay probabilities into the 161Dy(n,γ) cross section in an equivalent neutron energy range of 130-560 keV. The directly measured 161Dy(n,γ) cross section, obtained from the Evaluated Nuclear Data Files (ENDF/B-VII.0), was compared to the experimentally determined surrogate 161Dy(n,γ) cross section obtained using compound-nucleus pairs with both similar (162Dy to 164Dy) and dissimilar (162Dy to 161Dy) nuclear structures. A γ-ray energy threshold was identified, based upon pairing gap parameters, that provides a first-order correction to the statistical γ-ray tagging approach and improves the agreement between the surrogate cross-section data and the evaluated result.

  9. TRANSX-2.15, Neutron Gamma Particle Transport Tables from MATXS Format Cross-Sections

    1 - Description of program or function: TRANSX is a computer code that reads nuclear data from a library in MATXS format and produces transport tables compatible with many discrete-ordinates (SN) and diffusion codes. Tables can be produced for neutron, photon, charged-particle, or coupled transport. Options include adjoint tables, mixtures, homogeneous or heterogeneous self-shielding, group collapse, homogenization, thermal up-scatter, prompt or steady-state fission, transport corrections, elastic removal corrections, and flexible response function edits. 2 - Method of solution: TRANSX reads through the materials in a MATXS library and accumulates the cross sections into a transport table using the user's mix instructions. At the same time, response function edit cross sections are accumulated using the user's edit instructions. They can thus be any linear combination of the cross sections available in the library. When the table is complete, it is written out in the desired format. Output options include DTF-style card images, FIDO, ISOTXS, and the binary group-ordered GOXS format. Self-shielding is handled using the background cross section method. Heterogeneity options include homogeneous mixtures, escape using mean chord, lattices of cylinders by the Bell or Sauer approximations, and reflected or periodic slab cell by the bell or E3 approximations. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Only narrow- resonance self-shielding is available in this version. This may affect accuracy for thermal problems

  10. Theoretical neutron-capture cross sections for r-process nucleosynthesis in the $^{48}$Ca region

    Rauscher, T; Kratz, K -L; Balogh, W; Oberhummer, H

    2015-01-01

    We calculate neutron capture cross sections for r-process nucleosynthesis in the $^{48}$Ca region, namely for the isotopes $^{40-44}$S, $^{46-50}$Ar, $^{56-66}$Ti, $^{62-68}$Cr, and $^{72-76}$Fe. While previously only cross sections resulting from the compound nucleus reaction mechanism (Hauser-Feshbach) have been considered, we recalculate not only that contribution to the cross section but also include direct capture on even-even nuclei. The level schemes, which are of utmost importance in the direct capture calculations, are taken from quasi-particle states obtained with a folded-Yukawa potential and Lipkin-Nogami pairing. Most recent deformation values derived from experimental data on $\\beta$-decay half lives are used where available. Due to the consideration of direct capture, the capture rates are enhanced and the "turning points" in the r-process path are shifted to slightly higher mass numbers. We also discuss the sensitivity of the direct capture cross sections on the assumed deformation.

  11. Measurements of neutron-induced proton and α-particle production cross sections using gridded ionization chamber

    A gridded ionization chamber for measurements of the neutron induced charged-particle production cross sections has been developed and applied to the measurements of (n,p) and (n,α) cross sections for Ni and Cu at incident neutron energies of 4.3 ∼ 6.5 MeV and 14.1 MeV. This technique is very effective owing to its large geometrical efficiency. The energy- and angular-differential cross sections and reaction cross sections were deduced and compared with previous experimental and evaluated data. (author)

  12. Fission, total and neutron capture cross section measurements at ORELA for {sup 233}U, {sup 27}Al and natural chlorine

    Guber, K.H.; Spencer, R.R.; Leal, L.C.; Larson, D.C.; Santos, G. Dos; Harvey, J.A.; Hill, N.W.

    1998-08-01

    The authors have made use of the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) to measure the fission cross section of {sup 233}U in the neutron energy range of 0.36 eV to {approximately} 700 keV. This paper reports integral data and average cross sections. In addition they measured the total neutron cross section of {sup 27}Al and natural chlorine, as well as the capture cross section of Al over an energy range from 100 eV up to about 400 keV.

  13. Neutron capture cross section measurements for 238U in the resonance region at GELINA

    Kim, H. I.; Paradela, C.; Sirakov, I.; Becker, B.; Capote, R.; Gunsing, F.; Kim, G. N.; Kopecky, S.; Lampoudis, C.; Lee, Y.-O.; Massarczyk, R.; Moens, A.; Moxon, M.; Pronyaev, V. G.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Wynants, R.

    2016-06-01

    Measurements were performed at the time-of-flight facility GELINA to determine the 238U(n, γ) cross section in the resonance region. Experiments were carried out at a 12.5 and 60m measurement station. The total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique was applied using C6D6 liquid scintillators as prompt γ-ray detectors. The energy dependence of the neutron flux was measured with ionisation chambers based on the 10B(n, α) reaction. The data were normalised to the isolated and saturated 238U resonance at 6.67 eV. Special procedures were applied to reduce bias effects due to the weighting function, normalization, dead time and background corrections, and corrections related to the sample properties. The total uncertainty due to the weighting function, normalization, neutron flux and sample characteristics is about 1.5%. Resonance parameters were derived from a simultaneous resonance shape analysis of the GELINA capture data and transmission data obtained previously at a 42m and 150m station of ORELA. The parameters of resonances below 500 eV are in good agreement with those resulting from an evaluation that was adopted in the main data libraries. Between 500 eV and 1200 eV a systematic difference in the neutron width is observed. Average capture cross section data were derived from the experimental capture yield in the energy region between 3.5 keV and 90 keV. The results are in good agreement with an evaluated cross section resulting from a least squares fit to experimental data available in the literature prior to this work. The average cross section data derived in this work were parameterised in terms of average resonance parameters and included in a least squares analysis together with other experimental data reported in the literature.

  14. Theoretical and experimental cross sections for neutron reactions on 64Zinc

    Accurate measurements of the 64Zn (n,2n) 64Cu and 64Zn (n,p) 63Zn cross sections at 14.8 MeV have been made using a Texas Nuclear Neutron Generator and the activation technique. A NaI(T1) spectrometer (using two 6'' x 6'' NaI detectors/crystals) was used to measure the gamma radiation emitted in coincidence from the positron-emitting decay products. The measurements were made relative to 65Cu (n,2n) /64/Cu and 63Cu (n,2n) 62Cu cross sections, which have similar half-lives, radiation emission, and were previously measured to high accuracy (2 percent). The value obtained for the (n,2n) measurement was 199 /+-/ 6 millibarns, and a value of 176 /+-/ 4.5 millibarns was obtained for the (n,p) measurement. In concert, a theoretical analysis of neutron induced reactions on /64/Zn was performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory using the Hauser-Feshbach statistical theory in the GNASH code over an energy range of 100 keV to 20 MeV. Calculations included width fluctuation corrections, direct reaction contributions, and preequilibrium corrections above 6 MeV. Neutron optical model potentials were determined for zinc. The theoretical values agree with the new 14.8 MeV measurements approximately within experimental error, with calculations of 201 millibarns for the (n,2n) cross section and 170 millibarns for the (n,p) cross section. Results from the analysis will be made available in National Evaluated Nuclear Data Format (ENDF/B) for fusion energy applications. 50 refs., 34 figs., 10 tabs

  15. Theoretical and experimental cross sections for neutron reactions on /sup 64/Zinc

    Rutherford, D.A.

    1988-03-01

    Accurate measurements of the /sup 64/Zn (n,2n)/sup 63/Zn and /sup 64/Zn (n,p)/sup 64/Cu cross sections at 14.8 MeV have been made using a Texas Nuclear Neutron Generator and the activation technique. A NaI(Tl) spectrometer (using two 6'' x 6'' NaI detectors/crystals) was ued to measure the gamma radiation emitted in coincidence from the positron-emitting decay products. The measurements were made relative to /sup 65/Cu (n,2n)/sup 64/Cu and /sup 63/Cu (n,2n)/sup 62/Cu cross sections, which have similar half-lives, radiation emission, and were previously measured to high accuracy (2%). The value obtained for the (n,2n) measurement was 199 +- 6 millibarns, and a value of 176 +- 4.5 millibarns was obtained for the (n,p) measurement. In concert, a theoretical analysis of neutron induced reactions on /sup 64/Zn was performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory using the Hauser-Feshbach statistical theory in the GNASH code over an energy range of 100 keV to 20 MeV. Calculations included width fluctuation corrections, direct reaction contributions, and preequilibrium corrections above 6 MeV. Neutron optical model potentials were determined for zinc. The theoretical values agree with the new 14.8 MeV measurements approximately within experimental error, with calculations of 201 millibarns for the (n,2n) cross section and 170 millibarns for the (n,p) cross section. Results from the analysis will be made available in National Evaluated Nuclear Data Format (ENDF/B) for fusion energy applications. 50 refs., 34 figs., 10 tabs.

  16. Status report and measurement of total cross-sections at the Pohang Neutron Facility

    We report the status of the Pohang Neutron Facility which consists of an electron linear accelerator, a water-cooled Ta target, and an 11-m time-of-flight path. It has been equipped with a four-position sample changer controlled remotely by a CAMAC data acquisition system, which allows simultaneous accumulation of the neutron time of flight spectra from 4 different detectors. It is possible to measure the neutron total cross-sections in the neutron energy range from 0.1 eV to 100 eV by using the neutron time of flight method. A 6LiZnS(Ag) glass scintillator was used as a neutron detector. The neutron flight path from the water-cooled Ta target to the neutron detector was 10.81±0.02 m. The background level was determined by using notch-filters of Co, In, Ta, and Cd sheets. In order to reduce the gamma rays from Bremsstrahlung and those from neutron capture, we employed a neutron-gamma separation system based on their different pulse shapes. The present measurements are in general agreement with the evaluated data in ENDF/B-VI. The resonance parameters were extracted from the transmission data from the SAMMY fitting and compared with the previous ones. (author)

  17. Neutron Capture Cross Section Measurement on 91Zr at J-PARC/MLF/ANNRI

    Hori Jun-ichi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The neutron capture cross section measurement on 91Zr was performed at neutron TOF beam line ANNRI installed at J-PARC/MLF. Prompt capture gamma rays from the sample were detected with an array of large Ge detectors at a distance of 21.5 m from the spallation neutron source by the time-of-fligh (TOF method. The neutron capture gamma-ray pulse-height spectra from the 182-eV p-wave resonance and the 292-eV s-wave resonance were obtained by gating on the TOF regions, respectively. Though the decay patterns of primary transitions from the capture state were quite different between resonances, the prominent characteristics common to both resonances was the very strong ground-state transition from the 935-keV state. Therefore, a ground-state transition method was applied to obtain the capture yield, so that the background components due to impurities were successfully eliminated. The preliminary result of the neutron capture cross section for 91Zr up to 5 keV is presented.

  18. Validation of multigroup neutron cross sections and calculational methods for the advanced neutron source against the FOEHN critical experiments measurements

    Smith, L.A.; Gallmeier, F.X. [Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Energy, TN (United States); Gehin, J.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    The FOEHN critical experiment was analyzed to validate the use of multigroup cross sections and Oak Ridge National Laboratory neutronics computer codes in the design of the Advanced Neutron Source. The ANSL-V 99-group master cross section library was used for all the calculations. Three different critical configurations were evaluated using the multigroup KENO Monte Carlo transport code, the multigroup DORT discrete ordinates transport code, and the multigroup diffusion theory code VENTURE. The simple configuration consists of only the fuel and control elements with the heavy water reflector. The intermediate configuration includes boron endplates at the upper and lower edges of the fuel element. The complex configuration includes both the boron endplates and components in the reflector. Cross sections were processed using modules from the AMPX system. Both 99-group and 20-group cross sections were created and used in two-dimensional models of the FOEHN experiment. KENO calculations were performed using both 99-group and 20-group cross sections. The DORT and VENTURE calculations were performed using 20-group cross sections. Because the simple and intermediate configurations are azimuthally symmetric, these configurations can be explicitly modeled in R-Z geometry. Since the reflector components cannot be modeled explicitly using the current versions of these codes, three reflector component homogenization schemes were developed and evaluated for the complex configuration. Power density distributions were calculated with KENO using 99-group cross sections and with DORT and VENTURE using 20-group cross sections. The average differences between the measured values and the values calculated with the different computer codes range from 2.45 to 5.74%. The maximum differences between the measured and calculated thermal flux values for the simple and intermediate configurations are {approx} 13%, while the average differences are < 8%.

  19. ZZ BP-3, 104-Group Neutron Cross-Section Library for Transport Calculation. ZZ BP-6, 104 Group Neutron and Gamma-Ray Multigroup Cross-Section Library for Transport Calculation

    1 - Description of program or function: specified on ORNL-RSIC-25, shielding benchmark problems. - BP-3 (Neutron cross sections): Format: ANISN, DOT and MORSE; Number of groups: 22 neutron / 18 gamma-ray; Nuclides: air; Origin: ENDF/B; Weighting spectrum: 1/E; - BP-6 (neutron and gamma-ray cross sections): Format: ANISN, DOT and MORSE; Number of groups: 22 neutron / 18 gamma-ray; Nuclides: Borated Polyethylene (C-12, H, and B-10); Origin: ENDF/B-II. The cross section data can be used to repeat the Shielding Benchmark Problems 3.0 and 6.0 for testing against the results published in ORNL-RSIC-25. 2 - Method of solution: ZZ-BP-3 neutron cross sections from the CCC-17/05R library were processed into 104 neutron groups using the PSR-9/CSP code. The fine-group neutron cross sections were collapsed to 22 broad groups using CCC-254/ANISN with an equilibrium fission spectrum source. The resulting multigroup cross sections are P5 coefficients punched on cards in format suitable for input to ANISN, DOT, and MORSE. ZZ-BP-6 neutron and gamma-ray cross sections for 12C, H, and 10B were from ENDF/B-II data. The neutron multigroup cross sections were generated into 104 neutron groups using the PSR-13/SUPERTOG code. The fine-group neutron cross sections were collapsed to 22 broad groups using CCC-254/ANISN with an equilibrium fission spectrum source. The gamma-ray multigroup cross sections were generated using PSR-7/MUG. The neutron-gamma-ray coupling utilized yield data from the DLC-12/POPOP4 library (data sets 010101, 060101, 060301, and 05100201). The neutron-gamma-ray coupled multigroup cross-section set was generated using the SAMPLE COUPLING CODE (ASCC). The multigroup cross sections are in a 22-18 group structure with P3 coefficients punched on cards in format suitable for input to ANISN, DOT, and MORSE

  20. Principle and Uncertainty Quantification of an Experiment Designed to Infer Actinide Neutron Capture Cross-Sections

    G. Youinou; G. Palmiotti; M. Salvatorre; G. Imel; R. Pardo; F. Kondev; M. Paul

    2010-01-01

    An integral reactor physics experiment devoted to infer higher actinide (Am, Cm, Bk, Cf) neutron cross sections will take place in the US. This report presents the principle of the planned experiment as well as a first exercise aiming at quantifying the uncertainties related to the inferred quantities. It has been funded in part by the DOE Office of Science in the framework of the Recovery Act and has been given the name MANTRA for Measurement of Actinides Neutron TRAnsmutation. The principle is to irradiate different pure actinide samples in a test reactor like INL’s Advanced Test Reactor, and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The precise characterization of the nuclide densities before and after neutron irradiation allows the energy integrated neutron cross-sections to be inferred since the relation between the two are the well-known neutron-induced transmutation equations. This approach has been used in the past and the principal novelty of this experiment is that the atom densities of the different transmutation products will be determined with the Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy (AMS) facility located at ANL. While AMS facilities traditionally have been limited to the assay of low-to-medium atomic mass materials, i.e., A < 100, there has been recent progress in extending AMS to heavier isotopes – even to A > 200. The detection limit of AMS being orders of magnitude lower than that of standard mass spectroscopy techniques, more transmutation products could be measured and, potentially, more cross-sections could be inferred from the irradiation of a single sample. Furthermore, measurements will be carried out at the INL using more standard methods in order to have another set of totally uncorrelated information.

  1. Principle and Uncertainty Quantification of an Experiment Designed to Infer Actinide Neutron Capture Cross-Sections

    An integral reactor physics experiment devoted to infer higher actinide (Am, Cm, Bk, Cf) neutron cross sections will take place in the US. This report presents the principle of the planned experiment as well as a first exercise aiming at quantifying the uncertainties related to the inferred quantities. It has been funded in part by the DOE Office of Science in the framework of the Recovery Act and has been given the name MANTRA for Measurement of Actinides Neutron TRAnsmutation. The principle is to irradiate different pure actinide samples in a test reactor like INL's Advanced Test Reactor, and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The precise characterization of the nuclide densities before and after neutron irradiation allows the energy integrated neutron cross-sections to be inferred since the relation between the two are the well-known neutron-induced transmutation equations. This approach has been used in the past and the principal novelty of this experiment is that the atom densities of the different transmutation products will be determined with the Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy (AMS) facility located at ANL. While AMS facilities traditionally have been limited to the assay of low-to-medium atomic mass materials, i.e., A 200. The detection limit of AMS being orders of magnitude lower than that of standard mass spectroscopy techniques, more transmutation products could be measured and, potentially, more cross-sections could be inferred from the irradiation of a single sample. Furthermore, measurements will be carried out at the INL using more standard methods in order to have another set of totally uncorrelated information.

  2. Neutron Resonance Parameters of 55Mn from Reich-Moore Analysis of Recent Experimental Neutron Transmission and Capture Cross Sections

    Derrien, Herve [ORNL; Leal, Luiz C [ORNL; Larson, Nancy M [ORNL; Guber, Klaus H [ORNL; Wiarda, Dorothea [ORNL; Arbanas, Goran [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    High-resolution neutron capture cross section measurements of 55Mn were recently performed at GELINA by Schillebeeckx et al. (2005) and at ORELA by Guber et al. (2007). The analysis of the experimental data was performed with the computer code SAMMY using the Bayesian approach in the resonance parameters representation of the cross sections. The neutron transmission data taken in 1988 by Harvey et al. (2007) and not analyzed before were added to the SAMMY experimental data base. More than 95% of the s-wave resonances and more than 85% of the p-wave resonances were identified in the energy range up to 125 keV, leading to the neutron strength functions S0 = (3.90 0.78) x 10-4 and S1 = (0.45 0.08) x 10-4. About 25% of the d-wave resonances were identified with a possible strength function of S2 = 1.0 x 10-4. The capture cross section calculated at 0.0253 eV is 13.27 b, and the capture resonance integral is 13.52 0.30 b. In the energy range 15 to 120 keV, the average capture cross section is 12% lower than Lerigoleur value and 25% smaller than Macklin value. GELINA and ORELA experimental capture cross sections show a background cross section not described by the Reich-Moore resonance parameters. Part of this background could be due to a direct capture component and/or to the missing d-wave resonances. The uncertainty of 10% on the average capture cross section above 20 keV is mainly due to the inaccuracy in the calculation of the background components.

  3. Measurement of neutron production cross sections by high energy heavy ions

    The double-differential cross section (DDX) of neutron production from thin C, Al, Cu, and Pb targets bombarded by 135 MeV/nucleon He, C, and Ne ions and by 95 MeV/nucleon Ar ion were measured using the RIKEN Ring Cyclotron of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Japan. The neutron energy spectra were obtained by using the time-of-flight method. The NE213 liquid scintillator was used for neutron detector (E counter), and the ΔE counter of the NE102A plastic scintillator was used to discriminate charged particles from non-charged particles, neutrons and photons. The experimental spectra were compared with the calculation using the HIC and the QMD codes. (author)

  4. Neutron cross sections of cryogenic materials: a synthetic kernel for molecular solids

    A new synthetic scattering function aimed at the description of the interaction of thermal neutrons with molecular solids has been developed. At low incident neutron energies, both lattice modes and molecular rotations are specifically accounted for, through an expansion of the scattering law in few phonon terms. Simple representations of the molecular dynamical modes are used, in order to produce a fairly accurate description of neutron scattering kernels and cross sections with a minimum set of input data. As the neutron energies become much larger than that corresponding to the characteristic Debye temperature and to the rotational energies of the molecular solid, the 'phonon formulation' transforms into the traditional description for molecular gases. (orig.)

  5. NEW ENDF/B-VII.0 EVALUATIONS OF NEUTRON CROSS SECTIONS FOR 32 FISSION PRODUCTS.

    KIM,H.; LEE, Y.-O.; HERMAN, M.; MUGHABGHAB, S.F.; OBLOZINSKY, P.; ROCHMAN, D.

    2007-04-22

    Neutron cross sections for fission products play important role not only in the design of extended burnup core and fast reactors, but also in the study of the backend fuel cycle and the criticality analysis of spent fuel. New evaluations in both the resonance and fast neutron regions were performed by the KAERI-BNL collaboration for 32 fission products. These were {sup 95}Mo, {sup 101}Ru, {sup 103}Rh, {sup 105}Pd, {sup 109}Ag, {sup 131}Xe, {sup 133}Cs, {sup 141}Pr, and complete isotope chains of {sup 142-148,150}Nd, {sup 144,147,148-154}Sm, and {sup 156,158,160-164}Dy. The evaluations cover a large amount of reaction channels, including all those needed for neutronics calculations. Also, they cover the entire energy range, from 10{sup -5} eV to 20 MeV, including the thermal, resolved, and unresolved resonance regions, and the fast neutron region.

  6. Double differential neutron emission cross sections, numerical tables and figures (1983)

    Numerical data tables for experimental double differential neutron emission cross sections with a 14 MeV neutron source are given. The experimental method is explained in Ref. 1. The data on Li, Be, C, O, Al, Cr, Fe, Ni, Mo, Cu, Nb and Pb correspond to the presentation by the authors at the 1982 Antwerp Conference (Ref. 1). Additional data for D (Ref. 2), F and Si (Ref. 3) are given. The figures showing the experimental data in comparison with the calculated double differential cross sections using ENDF/B-4 data are attached. In the comparison on carbon, the ENDF/B-5 data were used. In the figures, the corrected experimental data with a multiple scattering code are given together with the raw data. The multiple scattering correction (Ref. 4) was performed by using the calculated double differential cross sections from the ENDF/B-4 data. In the data tables, the experimental data without the multiple scattering correction are given. The numerical data tables were made by using the EXFOR format of the NEA Data Bank. (Kako, I.)

  7. MANTRA: Measuring Neutron Capture Cross Sections in Actinides with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    Bauder, W.; Pardo, R. C.; Collon, P.; Palchan, T.; Scott, R.; Vondrasek, R.; Nusair, O.; Nair, C.; Paul, M.; Kondev, F.; Chen, J.; Youinou, G.; Salvatores, M.; Palmotti, G.; Berg, J.; Maddock, T.; Imel, G.

    2013-10-01

    With rising global energy needs, there is substantial interest in nuclear energy research. To explore possibilities for advanced fuel cycles, better neutron cross section data are needed for the minor actinides. The MANTRA (Measurement of Actinide Neutron TRAsmutation) project will improve these data by measuring integral (n, γ) cross sections. The cross sections will be extracted by measuring isotopic ratios in pure actinide samples, irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Lab, using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry(AMS) at the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS). MANTRA presents a unique AMS challenge because of the goal to measure multiple isotopic ratios on a large number of samples. To meet these challenges, we have modified the AMS setup at ATLAS to include a laser ablation system for solid material injection into our ECR ion source. I will present work on the laser ablation system and modified source geometry, as well as preliminary measurements of unirradiated actinide samples at ATLAS. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  8. Measurement of macroscopic neutron absorption cross sections and other macroparameters of rocks

    The present state of the art in experimental techniques for determination of neutron parameters of rocks is presented. For thermal neutrons the methods of determination of absorption cross section of the rock matrix samples are reviewed in three main groups: when the nuclear reactors are used, when the pulsed neutron generators are applied, and for the steady state neutron source technique. The experimental results obtained for different rocks are given for all the above mentioned methods together with the discussion of the standard deviations involved in each method. Among other neutron parameters experimental methods and results obtained for the slowing down and diffusion length measurements are given. Lack of experimental techniques which could be applied for determination of other rock neutron parameters is evident from this short review. The importance of the experimental determination of rock neutron parameters is discussed. Prospects for future development required in the field of rock neutron parameters are presented from the point of view of the very deep borehole projects under way, where the experimental data for rock neutron parameters compatible with the high temperature existing in deep boreholes should be studied. 29 refs., 2 figs., 14 tabs. (author)

  9. Measurement of the fast neutron capture cross section of 238U relative to 235U(n,f)

    The capture cross section of 238U was measured using the activation technique and 235U(n,f) as a reference cross section. Capture events were measured by detection of two prominent γ-transitions in the decay of the 239U daughter nuclide, 239Np, employing a high resolution Ge(Li) detector. The system was calibrated with samples activated in a thermal neutron flux relative to the capture cross section of gold, and with an absolutely calibrated α-emitter, 243Am, which decays to 239Np. Cross section measurements were carried out in the neutron energy range from 30 keV to 3 MeV. Emphasis was on absolute values between 150 keV and 1 MeV where the 238U(n,γ) cross section and its cross section is small. Background from fission products was found to restrict the accuracy of the measured data at energies > 1.5 MeV

  10. Measurement of the 240,242Pu Neutron-induced Fission Cross Sections

    Salvador-Castiñeira, P.; Bevilacqua, R.; Bryś, T.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.; Pretel, C.; Vidali, M.

    The neutron-induced fission cross section of 240,242Pu has been measured at the Van de Graaff facility of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM). A Twin-Frisch Grid Ionization Chamber (TFGIC) has been used in a back-to-back geometry with the secondary standards 237Np and 238U to normalize the cross section. The energy range measured is from 0.2 keV up to 3 MeV. Preliminary results show some discrepancies around 1 MeV for the 242Pu with the ENDF/B-VII.1 evaluation. The spontaneous fission half-life has been measured for both isotopes, too. Preliminary results show reasonable agreement with the recommended values.

  11. Measurement of the thermal neutron capture cross section and the resonance integral of radioactive Hf182

    Vockenhuber, C.; Bichler, M.; Wallner, A.; Kutschera, W.; Dillmann, I.; Käppeler, F.

    2008-04-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of the radioactive isotope Hf182 (t1/2=8.9×106 yr) in the thermal and epithermal energy regions have been measured by activation at the TRIGA Mark-II reactor of the Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities in Vienna, Austria, and subsequent γ-ray spectroscopy of Hf183. High values for the thermal (kT=25 meV) cross section σ0=133±10 b and for the resonance integral I0=5850±660 b were found. Additionally, the absolute intensities of the main γ-ray transitions in the decay of Hf182 have been considerably improved.

  12. Study of the ratios of neutrino inclusive cross sections on neutron and proton

    Here is a study of two bubble chamber experiments done at the CERN neutrino beams. The first, using 1 to 10 GeV neutrinos interacting in Gargamelle filled with propane, yields, after an original separation of neutron and proton interactions, to a cross section ratio of 2.07+-0.15 for charged current and 0.74+-0.15 for inelastic neutral current. The secondly using 15 to 200 GeV neutrinos reacting in BEBC filled with neon and implemented with a liquid hydrogen target, yields, by a comparison of both medium, to a cross section ratio of 1.98+-0.19 and to an indication of it increase as a function of the Bjorken x

  13. Estimated 55Mn and 90Zr cross section covariances in the fast neutron energy region

    Pigni,M.T.; Herman, M.; Oblozinsky, P.

    2008-06-24

    We completed estimates of neutron cross section covariances for {sup 55}Mn and {sup 90}Zr, from keV range to 25 MeV, considering the most important reaction channels, total, elastic, inelastic, capture, and (n,2n). The nuclear reaction model code EMPIRE was used to calculate sensitivity to model parameters by perturbation of parameters that define the optical model potential, nuclear level densities and strength of the pre-equilibrium emission. The sensitivity analysis was performed with the set of parameters which reproduces the ENDF/B-VII.0 cross sections. The experimental data were analyzed and both statistical and systematic uncertainties were extracted from almost 30 selected experiments. Then, the Bayesian code KALMAN was used to combine the sensitivity analysis and the experiments to obtain the evaluated covariance matrices.

  14. Representation of the neutron cross sections of several fertile and fissile nuclei in the resonance regions

    Several problems related to the measurement, analysis and evaluation of the neutron cross sections of the main fertile and fissile nuclides in the resonance region are reviewed. In particular, the ENDF/B-V representation of these cross sections are discussed. In recent years little progress has been made in improving knowledge of the resolved resonance parameters of the fertile nuclei. It is suggested that this absence of progress is due to a lack of adequate methodologies to deal with the systematic errors arising from uncertainties in the analysis of the measurements. The ENDF/B treatment of the unresolved resonance region is discussed, and the validation of the unresolved resonance range evaluations with appropriate transmission and selfindication measurements is recommended. 105 references

  15. Representation of the neutron cross sections of several fertile and fissile nuclei in the resonance regions

    Several problems related to the measurement, analysis and evaluation of the neutron cross sections of the main fertile and fissile nuclides in the resonance region are reviewed. In particular the ENDF/B-V representation of these cross sections is discussed. In recent years little progress has been made in improving our knowledge of the resolved resonance parameters of the fertile nuclei. It is suggested that this absence of progress is due to a lack of adequate methodologies to deal with the systematic errors arising from uncertainties in the analysis of the measurements. The ENDF/B treatment of the unresolved resonance region is commented on and the authors recommend the validation of the unresolved resonance range evaluations with appropriate transmission and self-indication measurements. (author)

  16. On the direct measurement method of the capture neutron cross section by radioactive nuclei

    Application possibility of multiplicity spectrometry for the measurement of direct capture neutron cross section by radioactive samples is considered. For the gamma-rays cascade registration on their space distribution in the multisection 4π-detector condition is introduced. It can be seen from calculation results of this condition with combination conditions of coincidence gamma-rays cascade in definite time interval and determined energy release in the detector sections which will lead to significant radiation background decrease from research sample radioactive radiation and it influence on registration system. Expected sensitivity for sample minimum quantity under cross section measurement on level 50 b consists approx 0,2 mg and sample specific activity approx 2 centre dot 1010Bk centre dot g-1

  17. The Pöschl Teller model for total cross section of neutron scattering from 240Pu

    Neutron scattering cross-section of 240Pu have been investigated using an attractive potential. On applying the modified Pöschl-Teller model, the total cross-section of the n+240Pu in the energy range of 5-20 MeV have been calculated. It was compared with the available experimental data and evaluated data of JENDL-4.0, ENDF/B-VII.0 and CENDL-3.1 as well as with the theoretical values from TALYS-1.2 Nuclear Reaction Program, EMPIRE: 2.19 Nuclear Reaction Model Code and are found to be in reasonably good agreement. This supports the validity of the present calculation. (author)

  18. The thermal neutron capture cross section of the radioactive isotope $^{60}$Fe

    Heftrich, T; Dressler, R; Eberhardt, K; Endres, A; Glorius, J; Göbel, K; Hampel, G; Heftrich, M; Käppeler, F; Lederer, C; Mikorski, M; Plag, R; Reifarth, R; Stieghorst, C; Schmidt, S; Schumann, D; Slavkovská, Z; Sonnabend, K; Wallner, A; Weigand, M; Wiehl, N; Zauner, S

    2015-01-01

    50% of the heavy element abundances are produced via slow neutron capture reactions in different stellar scenarios. The underlying nucleosynthesis models need the input of neutron capture cross sections. One of the fundamental signatures for active nucleosynthesis in our galaxy is the observation of long-lived radioactive isotopes, such as $^{60}$Fe with a half-life of $2.60\\times10^6$ yr. To reproduce this $\\gamma$-activity in the universe, the nucleosynthesis of $^{60}$Fe has to be understood reliably. A $^{60}$Fe sample produced at the Paul-Scherrer-Institut was activated with thermal and epithermal neutrons at the research reactor at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universit\\"at Mainz. The thermal neutron capture cross section has been measured for the first time to $\\sigma_{\\text{th}}=0.226 \\ (^{+0.044}_{-0.049})$ b. An upper limit of $\\sigma_{\\text{RI}} < 0.50$ b could be determined for the resonance integral. An extrapolation towards the astrophysicaly interesting energy regime between $kT$=10 keV and 100 ke...

  19. Measurement of neutron capture and fission cross sections of 233U in the resonance region

    Tsekhanovich I.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In the framework of studies concerning new fuel cycles and nuclear wastes incineration experimental data of the α ratio between capture and fission cross sections of 233U reactions play an important role in the Th/U cycle. The safety evaluation and the detailed performance assessment for the generation IV nuclear-energy system based on 232Th cycle strongly depend on this ratio. Since the current data are scarce and sometimes contradictory, new experimental studies are required. The measurement will take place at the neutron time-of-flight facility GELINA at Geel, designed to perform neutron cross section measurements with high incident neutron-energy resolution. A dedicated high efficiency fission ionization chamber (IC as fission fragment detector and six C6D6 liquid scintilators sensitive to γ-rays and neutrons will be used. The method, based on the IC energy response study, allowing to distinguish between gammas originating from fission and capture, in the resonance region, will be presented.

  20. Measurement of the inelastic neutron scattering cross section of 56Fe

    Nolte R.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available At the superconducting electron linear accelerator ELBE at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf the neutron time-of-flight facility nELBE has become operational. Fast neutrons in the energy range from 200 keV to 10 MeV are produced by the pulsed electron beam from ELBE impinging on a liquid lead circuit as a radiator. The short beam pulses of 10 ps provide the basis for an excellent time resolution for neutron time-of-flight experiments, giving an energy resolution of about <1% at 1 MeV with a short flight path of 5 m. By means of a “double-time-of-flight” setup the (n,nâγ cross section to the first excited state of 56Fe has been measured over the whole energy range without knowledge about cross sections of higher-lying levels. Plastic scintillators were used to detect the inelastically scattered neutron and BaF2 detectors to detect the correlated γ-ray.

  1. Averaged U238 fission cross section measurement in Cf-252 neutron spectrum

    With regard to the standardization of Cf-252 neutron spectrum, the averaged U-238 fission cross section was measured over the Cf-252 neutron spectrum using foil activation technique. The gamma spectra of the fission products were obtained on a pure germanium detector at different decay times in order to identify the gamma rays of short, medium and long half-life radioisotopes. Analyzing the gamma spectra of the irradiated uranium foils several distinct photopeaks of several fission products were identified. The pure activity of Te-132 was determined from the net area under 228.2 kev photopeak after correcting it for neighbouring photopeaks of Np-239 and Pa-234. The averaged U238 fission cross section was calculated from the corrected counts of Te-132 photopeak to be 329±10 mb. The main sources of errors in the measurements are mainly due to inaccuracy of location of foils, neutron flux, counting statistics, weight of foils, impurity of foils and interference from neighbouring photopeaks. The contribution of fission neutrons from spontaneous fission of Cm-248, daughter of Cf-252, to the total flux density was estimated at 0.13%. (orig.)

  2. Measurements of fast neutron capture and fission cross sections of minor actinide isotopes

    The neutron capture cross sections of 240Pu, 242Pu and 241Am were measured in the energy range from 10 to 250 keV, with 197Au and 238U as standards. The subthreshold fission cross sections of 240Pu and 241Am were determined relative to 235U in the energy range from 10 to 250 keV and 10 keV to 1 MeV, respectively. Continuous neutron spectra and in one case monoenergetic neutrons were produced by means of the Li(p,n) and T(p,n) reactions with the Karlsruhe 3-MV pulsed Van de Graaff accelerator. Capture events were detected by a Moxon Rae detector, and fission events, observed with a NE213 liquid scintillator. The high neutron flux available at flight paths as short as 50 to 135 mm allowed a statistical accuracy of 1 to 3% for most of the measured data together with a moderate energy resolution of 10 to 30 ns/m. An overall uncertainty between 5 and 10% was obtained in most of the measurements. A comparison is made to recent data of other authors and to evaluated files. 8 figures, 1 table

  3. Neutron transmission and capture cross section measurements for 241Am at the GELINA facility

    Resonance parameters for neutron-induced reactions on 241Am below 110 eV have been determined. The parameters result from a resonance shape analysis of transmission and capture data measured at the time-of-flight facility GELINA, with the accelerator operating at a 50 Hz repetition rate. The transmission experiments were carried out at a 25 m station using a Li glass scintillator. The capture experiments were performed at a 12.5 m station by applying the total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique using a pair of C6D6 detectors. The normalization of the capture data was determined by a combined least squares adjustment of the transmission and capture data. From the adjusted resonance parameters a capture cross section of 749 ± 35 b for a neutron energy of 0.0253 eV and an average radiation width of Γγ = 42.0 meV for s-wave resonances were obtained. A missing-level analysis for s-wave neutron resonances within the statistical model results in compatible values with previous estimates. The neutron widths obtained in this work are approximately 22% larger compared to other experimental data and evaluated data libraries. Also the thermal capture cross section is larger than most of the recommended values. However, the resonance parameter file presented in this work is consistent with results of both integral experiments and of the experimentally determined resonance integrals. (authors)

  4. Transitions, cross sections and neutron binding energy in 186Re by Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis

    Lerch, A. G.; Hurst, A. M.; Firestone, R. B.; Revay, Zs.; Szentmiklosi, L.; McHale, S. R.; McClory, J. W.; Detwiler, B.; Carroll, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    The nuclide 186Re possesses an isomer with 200,000 year half-life while its ground state has a half-life of 3.718 days. It is also odd-odd and well-deformed nucleus, so should exhibit a variety of other interesting nuclear-structure phenomena. However, the available nuclear data is rather sparse; for example, the energy of the isomer is only known to within + 7 keV and, with the exception of the J?=1- ground state, every proposed level is tentative in the ENSDF. Previously, Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA) was utilized to study natRe with 186,188Re being produced via thermal neutron capture. Recently, an enriched 185Re target was irradiated by thermal neutrons at the Budapest Research Reactor to build on those results. Prompt (primary and secondary) and delayed gamma-ray transitions were measured with a large-volume, Compton-suppressed HPGe detector. Absolute cross sections for each gamma transition were deduced and corrected for self attenuation within the sample. Fifty-two primary gamma-ray transitions were newly identified and used to determine a revised value of the neutron binding energy. DICEBOX was used to simulate the decay scheme and the total radiative thermal neutron capture cross section was found to be 97+/-3 b Supported by DTRA (Detwiler) through HDTRA1-08-1-0014.

  5. Measurement of the neutron capture cross section of 234U in n-TOF at CERN

    Accurate and reliable neutron capture cross sections are needed in many research areas, including stellar nucleosynthesis, advanced nuclear fuel cycles, waste transmutation, and other applied programs. In particular, the accurate knowledge of 234U(n, γ) reaction cross section is required for the design and realization of nuclear power stations based on the thorium fuel cycle. We have measured the neutron capture cross section of 234U at the recently constructed neutron time-of-flight facility n-TOF at CERN [2] in the energy range from 0.03 eV to 1 MeV with high accuracy due to a combination of features unique in the world: A high instantaneous neutron fluence and excellent energy resolution of the n-TOF facility, an innovative Data Acquisition System based on flash ADCs [3] and the use of a high performance 4Π BaF2 Total Absorption Calorimeter (TAC) as a detection device [4, 5], In this paper, we will describe the experimental apparatus including the various TAC components and its performance. We also will present results from the 234U(n, γ) measurement. A sample of 38.7 mg of 234U3O8 was pressed into a pellet and doubly encapsulated between Al and Ti foils which were 0.15 mm and 0.2 mm thick, respectively. Monte-Carlo simulations with GEANT4 [6] of the detector response have been performed. After the background subtraction and correction with dead time and pile-up, the capture yield from 0.03 eV up to 1.5 keV was derived. Preliminary analysis of the capture yield in terms of R-matrix resonance parameters is discussed. (authors)

  6. Cross-sections of 14 MeV neutron reactions on phosphorus and calcium

    Cross-section values for 14.7 MeV neutrons are measured for the following reactions: 31P(n, α)28Al, (132+-10) mb; 42Ca(n, p)42K, (173+-19) mb; 43Ca(n, p)43K, (111+-9) mb; 44Ca(n, p)44K, (42+-2) mb; 44Ca(n, α)41Ar, (27+-2) mb; 48Ca(n, 2n)47Ca, (616+-54) mb. The preferred mean values for each reaction are given. The 27Al(n, p)27Mg reaction is used as a reference reaction the cross-section of which is taken as σsub(r)=75 mb, while the half-life of 27Mg is T=9.45 m. This reaction is suitable for short-lived activities arising in the different reactions. For long-lived activities the 27Al(n, α)24Na (T=15 h) reaction is used as a standard. The cross-section for this reaction was selected using the good agreement of mean values given in earlier reports. The samples were irradiated in the SAMES neutron generator which produces 14 MeV neutrons by the 3H(d, n)4He reaction. A rotating target assembly was used to provide stable neutron yields, which were monitored and registered so that it was possible to deduce PHIsub(corr)-terms when necessary. Measurements of the spectra were performed with a 110 cm3 Ge(Li) detector on line with a PDP-9 computer. The peak analyses of the spectra were performed with the aid of the VIPUNEN program on a Burroughs 6700 computer. (T.G.)

  7. Thermal neutron radiative cross sections for Li,76,9Be,B,1110,C,1312, and N,1514

    Firestone, R. B.; Revay, Zs.

    2016-05-01

    Total thermal radiative neutron cross sections have been measured on natural and enriched isotopic targets containing Li,76,9Be,B,1110,C,1312, and N,1514 with neutron beams from the Budapest Reactor. Complete neutron capture γ -ray decay schemes were measured for each isotope. Absolute transition probabilities have been determined by a least-squares fit of the transition intensities, corrected for internal conversion, to the (n ,γ ) decay schemes. The γ -ray cross sections were standardized using stoichiometric compounds containing both the isotope of interest and another element whose γ -ray cross sections are well known. Total cross sections σ0 were then determined for each isotope from the γ -ray cross sections and transition probabilities. For the 11B(n ,γ )12B reaction decay transition probabilities were determined for the γ rays from 12B (t1 /2=20.20 ms) β- decay.

  8. Neutron capture cross section and capture gamma-ray spectra of 138Ba in the keV-neutron energy region

    Katabuchi T.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The neutron capture cross sections and the capture γ-ray spectra of 138Ba were measured in the astrophysically important energy region. Measurements were made at neutron energies from 15 to 80 keV. The neutron energy was determined by the time-of-flight method. The γ-ray spectra showed that the primary transition pattern strongly depended on the incident neutron energy. The neutron capture cross sections were derived by the pulse height weighting technique. The present cross section values were compared with evaluated cross section data and previous measurements.

  9. Neutron capture cross sections of $^{70,72,73,74,76}$ Ge at n_TOF EAR-1

    We propose to measure the (n;$\\gamma$ ) cross sections of the isotopes $^{70;72;73;74;76}$Ge. Neutron induced reactions on Ge are of importance for the astrophysical slow neutron capture process, which is responsible for forming about half of the overall elemental abundances heavier than Fe. The neutron capture cross section on Ge affects the abundances produced in this process for a number of heavier isotopes up to a mass number of A = 90. Additionally, neutron capture on Ge is of interest for low background experiments involving Ge detectors. Experimental cross section data presently available for Ge (n;$\\gamma$ ) are scarce and cover only a fraction of the neutron energy range of interest. (n;$\\gamma$ ) cross sections will be measured in the full energy range from 25 meV to about 200 keV at n TOF EAR-1.

  10. Determination of cross sections for the production of low-energy monoenergetic neutron fields

    The response of a neutron detector, defined as the reading of the device per unit of incident fluence or dose, varies with neutron energy. The experimental determination of this variation, i.e. of the response function of this instrument, has to be performed by facilities producing monoenergetic neutron fields. These neutrons are commonly produced by interaction between accelerated ions (proton or deuteron) onto a thin target composed of a reactive layer deposited on a metallic backing. Using the 7Li(p, n), 3H(p, n), 2H(d, n) and 3H(d, n) reactions, monoenergetic neutrons are obtained between 120 keV and 20 MeV in the ion beam direction (0 deg.). To reach lower neutron energies, the angle of the measuring point with respect to the ion beam direction can be increased. However, this method presents several problems of neutron energy and fluence homogeneities over the detector surface, as well as an important increase of the scattered neutron contribution. Another solution is to investigate other nuclear reactions, as 45Sc(p, n) allowing to extend the neutron energy range down to 8 keV at 0 deg.. A complete study of this reaction and its cross section has been undertaken within the framework of a scientific cooperation between the laboratory of neutron metrology and dosimetry (IRSN, France), two European national metrological institutes, the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Germany), and IRMM, the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (EC). In parallel, other possible reactions have been investigated: 65Cu(p, n), 51V(p, n), 57Fe(p, n), 49Ti(p, n), 53Cr(p, n) and 37Cl(p, n). They were compared in terms of neutron fluence and minimum energy of the produced neutrons. (author)

  11. The 234U neutron capture cross section measurement at the n TOF facility

    The neutron capture cross-section of 234U has been measured for energies from thermal up to the keV region in the neutron time-of-flight facility n-TOF, based on a spallation source located at CERN. A 4π BaF2 array composed of 40 crystals, placed at a distance of 184.9 m from the neutron source, was employed as a total absorption calorimeter (TAC) for detection of the prompt γ-ray cascade from capture events in the sample. This text describes the experimental setup, all necessary steps followed during the data analysis procedure. Results are presented in the form of R-matrix resonance parameters from fits with the SAMMY code and compared to the evaluated data of Endf in the relevant energy region, indicating the good performance of the n-TOF facility and the TAC. (authors)

  12. The {sup 234}U neutron capture cross section measurement at the n TOF facility

    Lampoudis, C.; Abbondanno, U.; Aerts, G.; A lvarez, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Assimakopoulos, P.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, O.; Baumann, P.; Becvar, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calvino, F.; Calviani, M.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrapico, C.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Cox, J.; Dahlfors, M.; David, S.; Dillmann, I.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrant, L.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fujii, K.; Furman, W.; Goncalves, I.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Gramegna, F.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M.; Jericha, E.; Kappeler, F.; Kadi, Y.; Karadimos, D.; Karamanis, D.; Kerveno, M.; Koehler, P.; Kossionides, E.; Krticka, M.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lozano, M.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marrone, S.; Martinez, T.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P.M.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; O' Brien, S.; Pancin, J.; Papachristodoulou, C.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Pigni, M.T.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Praena, J.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Santos, C.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Stephan, C.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J.L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M.C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K

    2008-07-01

    The neutron capture cross-section of {sup 234}U has been measured for energies from thermal up to the keV region in the neutron time-of-flight facility n-TOF, based on a spallation source located at CERN. A 4{pi} BaF{sub 2} array composed of 40 crystals, placed at a distance of 184.9 m from the neutron source, was employed as a total absorption calorimeter (TAC) for detection of the prompt {gamma}-ray cascade from capture events in the sample. This text describes the experimental setup, all necessary steps followed during the data analysis procedure. Results are presented in the form of R-matrix resonance parameters from fits with the SAMMY code and compared to the evaluated data of Endf in the relevant energy region, indicating the good performance of the n-TOF facility and the TAC. (authors)

  13. Neutron cross-sections for next generation reactors: New data from n_TOF

    Colonna, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Leeb, H; Tain, J L; Calvino, F; Herrera-Martinez, A; Savvidis, I; Vlachoudis, V; Haas, B; Abbondanno, U; Vannini, G; Konovalov, V; Marques, L; Wiescher, M; de Albornoz, A Carrillo; Audouin, L; Mengoni, A; Quesada, J; Becvar, F; Plag, R; Cennini, P; Mosconi, M; Duran, I; Rauscher, T; Ketlerov, V; Couture, A; Capote, R; Sarchiapone, L; Pigni, M T; Vlastou, R; Domingo-Pardo, C; Pavlopoulos, P; Karamanis, D; Krticka, M; Jericha, E; Ferrari, A; Martinez, T; Oberhummer, H; Karadimos, D; Plompen, A; Isaev, S; Terlizzi, R; Kaeppeler, F; Cortes, G; Cox, J; Voss, F; Pretel, C; Berthoumieux, E; Dolfini, R; Vaz, P; Griesmayer, E; Heil, M; Lopes, I; Lampoudis, C; Walter, S; Calviani, M; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Stephan, C; Igashira, M; Papachristodoulou, C; Aerts, G; Tavora, L; Wendler, H; Milazzo, P M; Rudolf, G; Andrzejewski, J; Villamarin, D; Ferreira-Marques, R; O'Brien, S; Gunsing, F; Reifarth, R; Perrot, L; Lindote, A; Neves, F; Poch, A; Gramegna, F; Kerveno, M; Rubbia, C; Koehler, P; Dahlfors, M; Wisshak, K; Fujii, K; Salgado, J; Dridi, W; Ventura, A; Andriamonje, S; Dillman, I; Assimakopoulos, P; Ferrant, L; Lozano, M; Patronis, N; Chiaveri, E; Guerrero, C; Kadi, Y; Baumann, P; Moreau, C; Oshima, M; Rullhusen, P; Furman, W; David, S; Marrone, S; Paradela, C; Vicente, M C; Tassan-Got, L; Cano-Ott, D; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Pancin, J; Papadopoulos, C; Tagliente, G; Alvarez, H; Haight, R; Goverdovski, A; Chepel, V; Rosetti, M; Kossionides, E; Badurek, G; Marganiec, J; Lukic, S; Frais-Koelbl, H; Pavlik, A; Goncalves, I

    2010-01-01

    In 2002, an innovative neutron time-of-flight facility started operation at CERN: n\\_TOF. The main characteristics that make the new facility unique are the high instantaneous neutron flux, high resolution and wide energy range. Combined with state-of-the-art detectors and data acquisition system, these features have allowed to collect high accuracy neutron cross-section data on a variety of isotopes, many of which radioactive, of interest for Nuclear Astrophysics and for applications to advanced reactor technologies. A review of the most important results on capture and fission reactions obtained so far at n\\_TOF is presented, together with plans for new measurements related to nuclear industry. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Neutron-induced fission cross sections simulated from (t,pf) results

    Neutron-induced fission cross sections on 235U and 235Um targets in the incident neutron energy range En=0.1-2.5 MeV have been deduced from surrogate 234U(t,pf) measurements. The surrogate (t,pf) reaction is used to populate the same compound system as the (n,f) reaction before fission, and modeling is used to compensate for the difference in population mechanisms. The calculations presented in this paper improve on previous results by incorporating realistic angular momentum and parity distributions for the (t,p) channel, and by updating transmission-coefficient values used in the neutron-capture and emission contributions that compete with the fission process. The results are generally reliable within the 10% systematic uncertainties of the (t,pf) data

  15. Neutron and Charged-Particle Induced Cross Sections for Radiochemistry in the Region of Samarium, Europium, and Gadolinium

    Hoffman, R D; Kelley, K; Dietrich, F S; Bauer, R; Mustafa, M

    2004-11-30

    We have developed a set of modeled nuclear reaction cross sections for use in radiochemical diagnostics. Systematics for the input parameters required by the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model were developed and used to calculate neutron and proton induced nuclear reaction cross sections in the mass region of samarium, europium and gadolinium (62 {le} Z {le} 64, 82 {le} N {le} 96).

  16. Program PEGASUS, a precompound and multi-step evaporation theory code for neutron threshold cross section calculation

    PEGASUS, a preequilibrium and evaporation theory code, was developed which calculates 17 neutron reaction cross sections, the particle spectra and the double differential cross sections. The code is suited to a rapid and scoping calculation. Theoretical model and the some results of calculation are presented. (author)

  17. Preliminary cross sections for gamma rays produced by interaction of 1 to 40 MeV neutrons with 59Co

    Data for 46 distinct gamma rays previously obtained at the 20-meter station of the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) were studied to determine cross sections for 1.0-40.0 MeV neutron interactions with 59Co. Data reduction methods and preliminary cross sections are given in this report. 5 refs., 12 figs., 8 tabs

  18. Generation of the library of neutron cross sections for the Record code of the Fuel Management System (FMS)

    On the basis of the library structure of the RECORD code a method to generate the neutron cross sections by means of the ENDF-B/IV database and the NJOY code has been developed. The obtained cross sections are compared with those of the current library which was processed using the ENDF-B/III version. (Author)

  19. A new hybrid surrogate ratio method for neutron-induced fission cross section measurements of short-lived actinides

    We will present a brief review of various surrogate methods employed for compound nuclear cross-section measurements along with our recent results using the hybrid surrogate ratio approach for determination of neutron induced fission cross sections of 233Pa and 234Pa isotopes

  20. An evaluation of the neutron-induced reaction cross sections on carbon from 10 to 20 MeV

    Available data on the neutron-induced reactions on carbon are reviewed for the energy range from 10 to 20 MeV. Evaluated cross sections obtained at Bruyeres-le-Chatel are discussed. Comparisons with coupled-channel calculations are presented for the total, elastic and inelastic (to the 2+ level) cross sections of 12C

  1. Evaluation of sodium-23 neutron capture cross section data for the ENDF/B V-III file

    The evaluation of neutron cross sections of 23Na, material number 1156, for the ENDF/B File is described. Cross sections were evaluated between 10-5 eV and 15 MeV. Experimental data available up to March 1971 were included in the evaluation

  2. Helicity dependent cross sections in meson photoproduction off quasi-free protons and neutrons

    Single and double polarization experiments of photoproduction reactions are a crucial step towards the complete experiment in order to reveal quantum numbers of the contributing nucleon resonances. Whereas there is much progress on the free proton the situation on the neutron is more complicated. The longitudinally polarized deuterated butanol target and the high quality circularly polarized tagged photon beam at the electron accelerator facility MAMI in Mainz give the opportunity to measure helicity dependent photoproduction cross sections off quasi-free protons and neutrons. The combined detector setup of Crystal Ball and TAPS together with the charged particle identification detectors allows the registration of different mesons as η, 2π0, ηπ0 and even charged pions. We will present helicity dependent cross sections σ1/2 (photon and target spin anti-parallel) and σ3/2 (photon and target spin parallel) and results for the double polarisation observable E off quasi-free protons and neutrons from a new experiment carried out at MAMI in Mainz.

  3. Neutron cross-sections for advanced nuclear systems. The nTOF project at CERN

    In 2012, nuclear energy continued to play an important role in global electricity production. Despite a small reduction of the total generating nuclear power capacity after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a significant growth, between 35% and 100% by 2030, is foreseen in the use of nuclear energy worldwide. The knowledge of a wide variety of nuclear processes is a fundamental prerequisite in nuclear technology, as well as in other field of fundamental and applied Nuclear Physics. In particular, neutron-induced reactions play a key role in the operation of present nuclear reactors as well as in the design of future ones aiming at minimizing nuclear waste, such as Generation-IV reactors, ADS or reactors based on Th/U fuel cycle. The cross sections of a large number of neutron-induced reactions are requested with high accuracy to improve safety and efficiency of current reactors, and for the design of future generation systems. Since 2001 nTOF, an innovative neutron Time-Of-Flight facility, has been operating at CERN with the aim of addressing the needs of nuclear data for basic and applied nuclear Physics. An extensive program on both neutron induced fission and capture reactions has been carried out so far. Thanks to the well suited features of the nTOF neutron beam, such as the high instantaneous neutron flux, the high resolution and the wide energy range covered, from thermal to a few GeV, coupled with state-of-the-art detectors and data acquisition system, it has been possible to collect high accuracy and high resolution neutron cross-section data on a variety of isotopes, many of which radioactive. In particular, important results for nuclear technologies have been obtained on isotopes of U, Pu and minor actinides with long half life. Recently the construction of a new, high-flux measuring station has started. A 25 times higher fluence relative to the existing experimental area will allow to measure isotopes with short half life, as

  4. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of 58Ni

    Neutron total cross sections of 58Ni were measured at 25 keV intervals from 0.9 to 4.5 MeV with 50 to 100 keV resolutions. Attention was given to self-shielding corrections to the observed total cross sections. Differential elastic- and inelastic-scattering cross sections were measured at 50 keV intervals from 1.35 to 4.0 MeV with 50 to 100 keV resolutions. Inelastic excitation of levels at 1.458 +- 0.009, 2.462 +- 0.010, 2.791 +- 0.015, 2.927 +- 0.012 and 3.059 +- 0.025 MeV was observed. The experimental results were interpreted in terms of optical-statistical and coupled-channels models. A spherical optical-statistical model was found generally descriptive of an energy-average of the experimental results. However, detailed considerations suggested significant contributions from direct-vibrational interactions, particularly associated with the excitation of the first 2+ level

  5. Energy Dependent Removal Cross-Sections in Fast Neutron Shielding Theory

    The analytical approximations behind the energy dependent removal cross-section concept of Spinney is investigated and its predictions compared with exact values calculated by Case's singular integral method. The exact values are obtained in plane infinite geometry for the two absorption ratios Σa/Σt = 0. 1 and Σa/Σt = 0.7 over a range of 20 mfp and for varying degrees of forward anisotrophy in the elastic scattering. The latter is characterized by choosing a suitable general scattering function. It is shown that Spinney's original definition follows if Grosjean's formalism, i. e. the matching of moments, is applied. The prediction of the neutron flux is remarkably accurate, and mostly within 50 % for the spatial range and cases investigated. A definition of the removal cross-sections based on matching the exact asymptotic solution to the exponential part of the approximate solution is found to give less accurate flux values than Spinney's model. A third way to define a removal cross-section independent of the spatial coordinates is the variational method. The possible uses of this technique is briefly commented upon

  6. Neutron cross sections of 28 fission product nuclides adopted in JENDL-1

    This is the final report concerning the evaluated neutron cross sections of 28 fission product nuclides adopted in the first version of Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library (JENDL-1). These 28 nuclides were selected as being most important for fast reactor calculations, and are 90Sr, 93Zr, 95Mo, 97Mo, 99Tc, 101Ru, 102Ru, 103Rh, 104Ru, 105Pd, 106Ru, 107Pd, 109Ag, 129I, 131Xe, 133Cs, 135Cs, 137Cs, 143Nd, 144Ce, 144Nd, 145Nd, 147Pm, 147Sm, 149Sm, 151Sm, 153Eu and 155Eu. The status of the experimental data was reviewed over the whole energy range. The present evaluation was performed on the basis of the measured data with the aid of theoretical calculations. The optical and statical models were used for evaluation of the smooth cross sections. An improved method was developed in treating the multilevel Breit-Wigner formula for the resonance region. Various physical parameters and the level schemes, adopted in the present work are discussed by comparing with those used in the other evaluations such as ENDF/B-IV, CEA, CNEN-2 and RCN-2. Furthermore, the evaluation method and results are described in detail for each nuclide. The evaluated total, capture and inelastic scattering cross sections are compared with the other evaluated data and some recent measured data. Some problems of the present work are pointed out and ways of their improvement are suggested. (author)

  7. Neutron capture cross section measurement of I-129 with lead slowing-down spectrometer

    Kobayashi, K

    2002-01-01

    Making use of the neutron time-of-flight (TOF) method with an electron linear accelerator (linac) and of a lead slowing-down spectrometer (KULS), we have measured nuclear data of minor actinides (MAs) and/or long-lived fission products (LLFPs). In the present study, we have carried out the capture cross section measurement of sup 1 sup 2 sup 9 I by the linac TOE method as a part of experimental series for LLFP. At first, the experimental data and the evaluated data (ENDF/B-VI, JENDL-3.2, and JEF-2.2) of sup 1 sup 2 sup 9 I have been reviewed. As a result, it has been found that the present status of the sup 1 sup 2 sup 9 I data is not enough in quality and quantity. Secondly, by using the NaI-129 sample, the sup 1 sup 2 sup 9 I(n,gamma) sup 1 sup 3 sup 0 I cross section has been measured from 0.004 eV to 10 keV relative to the sup 1 sup 0 B(n,alpha) reaction with a pair of C sub 6 D sub 6 scintillation detectors. After the background subtraction and the self-shielding correction, the cross section has been no...

  8. Fast-neutron elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental tin

    Broad-resolution neutron-elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental tin are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV. Incident-energy intervals are approx. 50 keV below 3.0 MeV and approx. 200 keV at higher energies. Ten to twenty scattering angles are used, distributed between approx. 20 and 1600. The experimental results are used to deduce the parameters of a spherical optical-statistical model and they are also compared with corresponding values given in ENDF/B-V

  9. Neutron-induced fission cross sections of uraniums up to 40 MeV

    Maslov, V.M. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus); Hasegawa, A.

    1998-11-01

    Statistical theory of nuclear reactions, well-proved below 20 MeV, is applied for {sup 235}U and {sup 238}U fission data analysis up to {approx}40 MeV. It is shown that measured data could be reproduced. Chance structure of measured fission cross section is provided, it`s validity is supported by description of data for competing (n,xn)-reactions. Role of fissility of target nucleus is addressed. It seems that gap in incident neutron energy interval of 20 MeV - 50 MeV, below which evaluation approaches are well-developed, and above which simplified statistical approaches are valid, could be covered. (author)

  10. Aquelarre. A computer code for fast neutron cross sections from the statistical model

    A Fortran V computer code for Univac 1108/6 using the partial statistical (or compound nucleus) model is described. The code calculates fast neutron cross sections for the (n, n'), (n, p), (n, d) and (n, α reactions and the angular distributions and Legendre moments.for the (n, n) and (n, n') processes in heavy and intermediate spherical nuclei. A local Optical Model with spin-orbit interaction for each level is employed, allowing for the width fluctuation and Moldauer corrections, as well as the inclusion of discrete and continuous levels. (Author) 67 refs

  11. Scattering cross sections of liquid deuterium for ultracold neutrons: Experimental results and a calculation model

    Döge, Stefan; Müller, Stefan; Morkel, Christoph; Gutsmiedl, Erwin; Geltenbort, Peter; Lauer, Thorsten; Fierlinger, Peter; Petry, Winfried; Böni, Peter

    2015-01-01

    We present scattering cross sections $\\sigma_\\text{scatt}$ of ultracold neutrons (UCN) in liquid deuterium at T = 20.6 K, as recently measured by means of a transmission experiment. The indispensable thorough raw data treatment procedure is explained. A calculation model for coherent and incoherent scattering in liquid deuterium in the hydrodynamic limit based on appropriate physical concepts is provided and shown to ?t the data well. The applicability of the incoherent approximation for UCN scattering in liquid deuterium was tested and found to deliver acceptable results.

  12. Measurement of the absolute values of cross-sections in neutron photoproduction (1962)

    The absolute values of photoneutrons production cross-sections for the case of intermediate and heavy nuclei (lanthanium, cerium, tantalum, gold, lead and bismuth) are determined with an error of 15 per cent. The results obtained agree with theories in which the giant resonance is explained by the collective motion of the protons against the neutrons. The effect of the nuclear deformation on the shape of the giant resonance is seen in the case of Ta181, it will be possible to determine the quadrupole momenta of deformed nuclei with a good accuracy when we shall increase the statistics of measurements. (author)

  13. Measurement of the Thermal Neutron Capture Cross section of 237Np for the Study of Nuclear Transmutation

    Full text of publication follows: Accurate nuclear data of minor actinides are required for the study of nuclear transmutation of radioactive wastes. The 237Np is one of the most important minor actinides for this study because of its relatively large abundance in irradiated fuels. However, there are apparent discrepancies between the reported neutron capture cross sections of the 237Np for thermal neutrons. History on the measurements of the neutron capture cross section of 237Np for thermal neutrons is briefly presented first. Recent three data measured by a γ ray spectroscopic method are much smaller than those measured by other methods. To deduce the neutron capture cross section by an activation method with γ ray spectroscopy, the relevant γ-ray emission probabilities are used. These decay data could be an origin of the discrepancies on the neutron capture cross section of 237Np. To examine the hypothesis, we measured the relevant γ-ray emission probabilities of 233Pa and 238Np from the ratio of the emission rate to the activity. The obtained emission probabilities are used to correct the thermal neutron capture cross section of 237Np reported previously. The cross section is also independently determined by irradiating 237Np sample in the research reactor of Kyoto University and counting α rays emitted from 237Np and 238Pu with a Si detector. The measured emission probabilities of 233Pa and 238Np, and the neutron capture cross section of 237Np are compared with others from references. The results of the precise decay data explain the discrepancy on the neutron capture cross section of 237Np. Details of the experiments and results will be presented. (authors)

  14. On the total cross-section reconstruction of neutron-nucleus interactions as neutron energy function by experimental data

    Measurements of the transparency of samples for neutron beams of different energies are discussed. The total cross section for the neutron-nucleus interaction cannot always be derived from this data, but only if there is some information on energy solution of the beam. It is shown that this information is not yet available due to the limitations of technical and theoretical possibilities. Due to this lack of information the problem of finding the exact total cross sections for neutron-nucleus interactions cannot be solved. One certainly has to improve the theory of nuclear interactions and to look for better energy resolution. For preactical uses one must be content with a palliative, the form of which has to be determined by the concrete circumstances. A method is proposed to study experimentally fhe functional phi, which allows some conclusions on the form of the energy resolution function

  15. EJ2-MCNPlib. Contents of the JEF-2.2 based neutron cross-section library for MCNP4A

    In this report a description is given of the EJ2-MCNPlib library. The EJ2-MCNPlib library is to be used for reactivity/critically calculations and general neutron/photon transport calculations with the Monte Carlo code MCNP4A. The library is based on the European JEF-2.2 nuclear data evaluation and contains data for all (i.e. 313) nuclides available on this evaluation.The cross-section data were generated using the NJOY cross-section processing code system, version 91.118. For easy reference cross-section plots are given in this report for the total, elastic and absorption cross sections for all nuclides on the EJ2-MCNPlib library. Furthermore, for verification purposes a graphical intercomparison is given of the results of standard benchmark calculations performed with JEF-2.2 cross-section data and with ENDF/B-V cross-section data (whenever available). 6 refs

  16. Measurements of neutron cross section of the {sup 243}Am(n,{gamma}){sup 244}Am reaction

    Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Shinohara, Nobuo; Hata, Kentaro [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-03-01

    The effective thermal neutron cross section of {sup 243}Am(n,{gamma}){sup 244}Am reaction was measured by the activation method. Highly-purified {sup 243}Am target was irradiated in an aluminum capsule by using a research reactor JRR-3M. The tentative effective thermal neutron cross sections are 3.92 b, and 84.44 b for the production of {sup 244g}Am and {sup 244m}Am, respectively. (author)

  17. Medium modifications of the nucleon-nucleon elastic cross section in neutron-rich intermediate energy HICs

    Li, Qingfeng; Li, Zhuxia; Soff, Sven; Bleicher, Marcus; Stöcker, Horst

    2006-01-01

    Several observables of unbound nucleons which are to some extent sensitive to the medium modifications of nucleon-nucleon elastic cross sections in neutron-rich intermediate energy heavy ion collisions are investigated. The splitting effect of neutron and proton effective masses on cross sections is discussed. It is found that the transverse flow as a function of rapidity, the $Q_{zz}$ as a function of momentum, and the ratio of halfwidths of the transverse to that of longitudinal rapidity di...

  18. A new empirical formula for 14-15 MeV neutron induced (N,P) reaction cross-section

    In this study we have introduced a new empirical formula by modifying the Levkovskiis formula with the new coefficients for the calculation of (n,p) reaction cross-sections at 14-15 MeV neutron incident energy. The cross sections have been calculated using asymmetry parameter depended on empirical formulas for the incoming energies 14-15 MeV neutron. Levkovskiis formulas have been determined by least-squares method that fit to the experimental cross sections. The measured experimental cross-sections values of the (n, p) reactions are taken from literature. The resulting modified formulas yielded cross sections, representing smaller χ2 deviations from experimental values, and values much closer to unity as compared with the calculation using Levskovskiis original formulas. The results obtained have been discussed and compared with the existing formulas, and found to be well in agreement, when used to correlate the available experimental σ(n,p) data of different nuclei

  19. Statistical Model Analysis of (n, α) Cross Sections for 4.0-6.5 MeV Neutrons

    Khuukhenkhuu, G.; Odsuren, M.; Gledenov, Y. M.; Zhang, G. H.; Sedysheva, M. V.; Munkhsaikhan, J.; Sansarbayar, E.

    2016-02-01

    The statistical model based on the Weisskopf-Ewing theory and constant nuclear temperature approximation is used for systematical analysis of the 4.0-6.5 MeV neutron induced (n, α) reaction cross sections. The α-clusterization effect was considered in the (n, α) cross sections. A certain dependence of the (n, α) cross sections on the relative neutron excess parameter of the target nuclei was observed. The systematic regularity of the (n, α) cross sections behaviour is useful to estimate the same reaction cross sections for unstable isotopes. The results of our analysis can be used for nuclear astrophysical calculations such as helium burning and possible branching in the s-process.

  20. Statistical Model Analysis of (n, α Cross Sections for 4.0-6.5 MeV Neutrons

    Khuukhenkhuu G.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The statistical model based on the Weisskopf-Ewing theory and constant nuclear temperature approximation is used for systematical analysis of the 4.0-6.5 MeV neutron induced (n, α reaction cross sections. The α-clusterization effect was considered in the (n, α cross sections. A certain dependence of the (n, α cross sections on the relative neutron excess parameter of the target nuclei was observed. The systematic regularity of the (n, α cross sections behaviour is useful to estimate the same reaction cross sections for unstable isotopes. The results of our analysis can be used for nuclear astrophysical calculations such as helium burning and possible branching in the s-process.

  1. Neutron Capture and Total Cross Section Measurements and Resonance Parameters of Gadolinium

    Neutron capture and transmission measurements were performed by the time-of-flight technique at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) linac facility using metallic and liquid Gd samples. The liquid samples were isotopically-enriched in either 155Gd or 157Gd. The capture measurements were made at the 25-m flight station with a multiplicity-type capture detector, and the transmission measurements were performed at 15- and 25-m flight stations with 6Li glass scintillation detectors. The multilevel R-matrix Bayesian code SAMMY was used to extract resonance parameters. Among the significant findings are the following. The neutron width of the largest resonance in Gd, at 0.032 eV in 157Gd, has been measured to be (9 ± 1)% smaller than that given in ENDF/B-VI updated through release 8. The thermal (2200 m/s) capture cross section of 157Gd has been measured to be 11% smaller than that calculated from ENDF. The other major thermal resonance, at 0.025 eV in 155Gd, did not display a significant deviation from the thermal capture cross section given by ENDF. In the epithermal region, the analysis provided here represents the most extensive to date. Twenty eight new resonances are proposed and other resonances previously identified in the literature have been revisited. The assignment of resonances within regions of complicated structure incorporated the observations of other researchers, particularly on the six occasions where ENDF resonances are recommended to be removed. The poor match of the ENDF parameters to the current data is significant, and substantial improvement to the understanding of gadolinium cross sections is presented, particularly above 180 eV where the ENDF resolved region for 155Gd ends

  2. Performance assessment of new neutron cross section libraries using MCNP code and some critical benchmarks

    Full text: New releases of nuclear data files made available during the few recent years. The reference MCNP5 code (1) for Monte Carlo calculations is usually distributed with only one standard nuclear data library for neutron interactions based on ENDF/B-VI. The main goal of this work is to process new neutron cross sections libraries in ACE continuous format for MCNP code based on the most recent data files recently made available for the scientific community : ENDF/B-VII.b2, ENDF/B-VI (release 8), JEFF3.0, JEFF-3.1, JENDL-3.3 and JEF2.2. In our data treatment, we used the modular NJOY system (release 99.9) (2) in conjunction with its most recent upadates. Assessment of the processed point wise cross sections libraries performances was made by means of some criticality prediction and analysis of other integral parameters for a set of reactor benchmarks. Almost all the analyzed benchmarks were taken from the international handbook of Evaluated criticality safety benchmarks experiments from OECD (3). Some revised benchmarks were taken from references (4,5). These benchmarks use Pu-239 or U-235 as the main fissionable materiel in different forms, different enrichments and cover various geometries. Monte Carlo calculations were performed in 3D with maximum details of benchmark description and the S(α,β) cross section treatment was adopted in all thermal cases. The resulting one standard deviation confidence interval for the eigenvalue is typically +/-13% to +/-20 pcm

  3. ZZ VITAMIN-E, 174-Group Neutron, 38-Group Gamma Cross-Section in AMPX Format

    1 - Description of program or function: - Format: AMPX; - Number of groups: 174 neutron and 38 gamma-ray groups Nuclides: H, He, Li, Be, B, C, N, O, F, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, Ar, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ga, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Cd, Sn, I, Cs, Ba, Gd, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Pt, Au, Pb, Bi, Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm. - Origin: ENDF/B-V; - Weighting spectrum: From 10-5 eV to 0.414 eV → Maxwellian Thermal Spectrum; From 0.414 eV to 2.12 MeV → '1/E' Slowing-Down Spectrum; From 2.12 MeV to 10.0 MeV → Fission Spectrum; From 10.0 MeV to 12.52 MeV → '1/E' Spectrum; From 12.52 MeV to 15.68 MeV → Velocity Exponential Fusion Peak; From 15.68 MeV to 19.64 MeV → '1/E' Spectrum; Photon interaction cross sections → constant in energy. The early phases of this new cross-section library were focused on materials for fast reactor applications and were applied to benchmark testing of ENDF/B-V. More recently, requests have been made for additional materials to be added to the basic library for fusion and weapons radiation transport applications. The library is expected to perform well for radiation transport problems where thermal up-scatter is not important. The energy structure of VITAMIN-E contains 174 neutron and 38 gamma-ray groups and includes the 171 neutron and 36 photon groups of VITAMIN-C as a subset. The group structure has fine detail in the energy region where cross section minima occur for important shielding materials. 2 - Method of solution: The 174 neutron group data were processed with MINXI5; the 174 neutron, 38 photon group data were processed with LAPHNGAS (AMPX III); and the 38 gamma-ray group data with SMUG (AMPX III) from DLC-99/HUGO. The ENDF/B-V special purpose dosimetry, activation, and gas production files have also been processed into the VITAMIN-E group structure using XLACS2, NITAWL, and WORM

  4. The neutron capture cross section of the ${s}$-process branch point isotope $^{63}$Ni

    Neutron capture nucleosynthesis in massive stars plays an important role in Galactic chemical evolution as well as for the analysis of abundance patterns in very old metal-poor halo stars. The so-called weak ${s}$-process component, which is responsible for most of the ${s}$ abundances between Fe and Sr, turned out to be very sensitive to the stellar neutron capture cross sections in this mass region and, in particular, of isotopes near the seed distribution around Fe. In this context, the unstable isotope $^{63}$Ni is of particular interest because it represents the first branching point in the reaction path of the ${s}$-process. We propose to measure this cross section at n_TOF from thermal energies up to 500 keV, covering the entire range of astrophysical interest. These data are needed to replace uncertain theoretical predicitons by first experimental information to understand the consequences of the $^{63}$Ni branching for the abundance pattern of the subsequent isotopes, especially for $^{63}$Cu and $^{...

  5. 232Th, 233Pa, and 234U capture cross-section measurements in moderated neutron flux

    The Th-U cycle was studied through the evolution of a 100 μg 232Th sample irradiated in a moderated neutron flux of 8.01014 n/cm2/s, intensity close to that of a thermal molten salt reactor. After 43 days of irradiation and 6 months of cooling, a precise mass spectrometric analysis, using both TIMS and MC-ICP-MS techniques, was performed, according to a rigorous methodology. The measured thorium and uranium isotopic ratios in the final irradiated sample were then compared with integral simulations based on evaluated data; an overall good agreement was seen. Four important thermal neutron-capture cross-sections were also extracted from the measurements, 232Th (7.34±0.21 b), 233Pa (38.34±1.78 b), 234U (106.12±3.34 b), and 235U (98.15±11.24 b). Our 232Th and 235U results confirmed existing values whereas the cross-sections of 233Pa and 234U (both key parameters) have been redefined

  6. Determining neutron capture cross sections with the Surrogate Reaction Technique: Measuring decay probabilities with STARS

    Neutron-induced reaction cross sections are sometimes difficult to measure due to target or beam limitations. For two-step reactions proceeding through an equilibrated intermediate state, an alternate 'surrogate reaction' technique [J.D. Cramer and H.C. Britt, Nucl. Sci. Eng. 41, 177 (1970), H.C. Britt and J.B. Wilhelmy, Nucl. Sci. Eng. 72, 222 (1979), W.Younes and H.C. Britt, Phys. Rev. C 67, 024610 (2003)] can be applicable, and is currently undergoing investigation at LLNL. Measured decay probabilities for the intermediate nucleus formed in a light-ion reaction can be combined with optical-model calculations for the formation of the same intermediate nucleus via the neutron-induced reaction. The result is an estimation for overall (n,γ/n/2n) cross sections. As a bench-mark, the reaction 92Zr(α, α'), surrogate for n+91Zr, was studied at the A.W. Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory at Yale. Particles were detected in the silicon telescope STARS (Silicon Telescope Array for Reaction Studies) and γ-ray energies measured with germanium clover detectors from the YRAST (Yale Rochester Array for SpecTroscopy) ball. The experiment and preliminary observations will be discussed

  7. Neutron-induced Fission Cross Section of 240242Pu up to En = 3 MeV

    Salvador-Castiñeira, P.; Bryś, T.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.; Pretel, C.; Vidali, M.

    2014-05-01

    The neutron-induced fission cross sections of 240,242Pu have been measured at JRC-IRMM with incident neutron energy from 0.2 MeV up to 3 MeV. A Twin-Frisch Grid Ionization Chamber (TFGIC) has been used in a back-to-back geometry. The measurements have been performed using the secondary standards 237Np and 238U as a reference. The purity of the plutonium samples was 99.89% for 240Pu and 99.97% for 242Pu. The results obtained follow the ENDF/B-VII.1 evaluation for 240Pu, but some discrepancies are visible around E/n = 1 MeV for 242Pu. In addition, the spontaneous fission half-life has been measured for both isotopes.

  8. The neutron capture cross section for 99Tc with Feshbach and Weisskopf model

    The transmutation is one of the famous modes for the nuclear wastes management. It is based on the transformation of the radiotoxic element to the stable one by nuclear reaction.The most important fission product is technetium-99. The 99Tc were confirmed to have highest transmutation priorities in terms of transmutability and long-term radiological risk reduction Its transmutation under a neutron flux in an installation (transmuter) is the process of it artificial transformation into stable nuclides. The neutronic cross sections of the 99Tc (n,γ) 100Tc reaction are calculated with the Feshbach and Weisskopf model outside the resonance region. These values are compared to those evaluated from the nuclear data library ENDF/E IV. The introduction of the normalization factor is necessary to have closer values

  9. The neutron capture cross sections for 99Tc with Feshbach and Weisskopf model

    Full text: The transmutation is one of the famous modes for the nuclear wastes management. It is based on the transformation of the radio-toxic element to the stable one by nuclear reaction. The most important fission products are technetium-99. The 99Tc were confirmed to have highest transmutation priorities in terms of transmutability and long-term radiological risk reduction. Its transmutation under a neutron flux in an installation (trans-muter) is the process of its artificial transformation into stable nuclides. The neutronic cross sections of the 99Tc(n,γ)100Tc reactions are calculated with the Feshbach and Weisskopf model outside the resonance region. These values are compared to those evaluated from the nuclear data library ENDF/B-IV. The introduction of normalization factor is necessary to have closer values

  10. Monoenergetic time-dependent neutron transport in an infinite medium with time-varying cross sections

    For almost 20 yr, the main thrust of the author's research has been the generation of as many benchmark solutions to the time-dependent monoenergetic neutron transport equation as possible. The major motivation behind this effort has been to provide code developers with highly accurate numerical solutions to serve as standards in the assessment of numerical transport algorithms. In addition, these solutions provide excellent educational tools since the important physical features of neutron transport are still present even though the problems solved are idealized. A secondary motivation, though of equal importance, is the intellectual stimulation and understanding provided by the combination of the analytical, numerical, and computational techniques required to obtain these solutions. Therefore, to further the benchmark development, the added complication of time-dependent cross sections in the one-group transport equation is considered here

  11. Fast-neutron total and scattering cross sections of 107Ag in the MeV region

    Neutron total cross sections are measured from 0.25 to 4.5 MeV at intervals of less than or approx. = to 10 keV. Neutron differential elastic- and inelastic-scattering cross sections are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of less than or equal to 0.2 MeV. Cross sections for scattering into more than 20 energy groups are determined. Cross sections calculated from an optical-statistical model are in quantitative agreement with measured neutron total and elastic-scattering cross sections and in qualitative agreement with measured neutron inelastic-scattering cross sections. In the context of this model, significant dependence of the inelastic-scattering process on parity and/or deformation is not in evidence. The interpretation of the observed neutron inelastic-neutron-scattering results is consistent with previous reported J/sup π/ assignments and the systematics of nuclear-level-densities. 29 references

  12. The 41Ca(n,α)38Ar cross section up to 100 keV neutron energy

    Wagemans, Cyrillus; Vermote, Sofie; van Gils, J.

    2010-01-01

    The 41Ca(n,alpha)38Ar reaction cross section has been studied with resonance neutrons at the GELINA neutron facility of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements in Geel (Belgium) from a few eV up to 100 keV. A Frisch-gridded ionization chamber with methane as detector gas was installed at a 30 meter long flight path. About 20 resonances have been identified. From the cross section data obtained, the Maxwellian averaged cross section (MACS) as a function of stellar temperature ha...

  13. Semi-empirical systematics of (n, He-3) cross sections for 14.6 MeV neutrons

    A new semi-empirical formula for the calculation of the (n, He-3) cross section at 14.6 MeV neutron energy is obtained. It is based on the evaporation model. The new formula with three parameters is found to give a better fit to the data than the previous comparable formulae. - Highlights: • We develop a new semi empirical formula, and calculate the (n, He-3) cross section. • The (n, He-3) reaction cross section is calculated for 14.6 MeV neutrons. • This formula is based on Weisskopf and Ewing evaporation statistical model. • The analytical expression is obtained with three free parameters

  14. Neutron-induced fission cross section of 233Pa between 1.0 and 3.0 MeV.

    Tovesson, F; Hambsch, F J; Oberstedt, A; Fogelberg, B; Ramström, E; Oberstedt, S

    2002-02-11

    The energy dependent neutron-induced fission cross section of 233Pa has for the first time been measured directly with monoenergetic neutrons. This nuclide is an important intermediary in a thorium based fuel cycle, and its fission cross section is a key parameter in the modeling of future advanced fuel and reactor concepts. A first experiment resulted in four cross section values between 1.0 and 3.0 MeV, establishing a fission threshold in excess of 1 MeV. Significant discrepancies were found with a previous indirect experimental determination and with model estimates. PMID:11863801

  15. Total neutron cross-sections for rare isotopes using a digital-signal-processing technique: Case study {sup 48}Ca

    Shane, R. [Department of Physics, Washington University, Campus Box 1134, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States); Charity, R.J.; Elson, J.M. [Department of Chemistry, Washington University, Campus Box 1134, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States); Sobotka, L.G., E-mail: lgs@wustl.ed [Department of Physics, Washington University, Campus Box 1134, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Washington University, Campus Box 1134, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States); Devlin, M.; Fotiades, N.; O' Donnell, J.M. [LANSCE Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2010-03-11

    A digital-signal-processing method was developed and used to measure the total neutron cross-sections of {sup 48}Ca from 15 to 300 MeV. This technique allows for cross-sections to be obtained with high statistical accuracy even for samples that are an order of magnitude smaller than those used with conventional (non-digital) techniques. The isotopic and energy dependence of rare-isotope total neutron cross-sections are of considerable value for extracting the n/p asymmetry dependence of optical-model potentials.

  16. Neutron-induced fission cross section of 233Pa between 1.0 and 3.0 MeV

    The energy dependent neutron-induced fission cross section of P233a has for the first time been measured directly with monoenergetic neutrons. This nuclide is an important intermediary in a thorium based fuel cycle, and its fission cross section is a key parameter in the modeling of future advanced fuel and reactor concepts. A first experiment resulted in four cross section values between 1.0 and 3.0 MeV, establishing a fission threshold in excess of 1 MeV. Significant discrepancies were found with a previous indirect experimental determination and with model estimates

  17. AMPX-77, Modular System for Coupled Neutron-Gamma Multigroup Cross-Sections from ENDF/B-5

    1 - Description of program or function: The AMPX system is a system of computer programs (modules) capable of producing coupled multigroup neutron-gamma-ray cross section sets. The system is one of the standards for producing multigroup neutron, gamma-ray production, gamma-ray interaction, and coupled neutron-gamma cross-section sets from ENDF data. AMPX-produced cross sections can be used directly with a variety of diffusion theory, discrete ordinates, and Monte Carlo radiation transport computer codes. A one-dimensional Sn calculation capability is provided for general use and for cross section collapsing. Treatments are included for resonance self-shielding effects. 2 - Method of solution: The system includes a full range of features needed to: (1) produce multigroup neutron, gamma-ray production, and/or gamma-ray interaction cross-section data, (2) resonance self-shield, (3) spectrally collapse, (4) convert cross-section libraries from one format to another format, (5) execute a one- dimensional (1-D) discrete-ordinates calculation, and (6) perform miscellaneous cross section-operations. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The principal restriction is the availability of adequate core storage. All large modules are variably dimensioned. Certain modules will automatically use external storage (disk,tape), if in-core storage is inadequate. While these procedures are of little consequence on today's large computers with 'virtual memory' capabilities, they can be important when small-core PC's or workstations are used

  18. Neutron total cross section of sulfur: Single level to multilevel to optical model

    This paper is a further analysis of the high resolution total cross section of sulfur for 25--1100 keV neutrons that previously were measured by Halperin, Johnson, Winters, and Macklin and evaluated by single-level analysis. The usual procedure in reporting the results of high resolution neutron cross sections has been to present the data and resonance parameters with corresponding neutron strength functions resulting from some type of R-matrix analysis. Often the important nonresonant phase shifts are not reported. In this paper, making use of both strength functions and phase shifts, we extend the analysis to include an average nuclear potential (a spherical optical model). An optical model analysis not only facilitates comparison with a broad spectrum of other nucleon-nucleus experiments, but also may provide an incentive for microstructure calculations. Six average empirical functions, two each for s/sub 1/2/, p/sub 1/2/, and p/sub 3/2/ partial waves, are derived from the R-matrix analysis. From these we deduce optical model parameters, the real and imaginary well depths for s- and p-wave neutrons, and the spin-orbit well depth for p waves. The resulting real well is deeper for p waves than for s waves and for averages over partial waves at higher energies. The depth of the imaginary wells are about half those deduced at higher energies. An interesting feature of the analysis is that the multilevel curve including interference effects is produced from single-level parameters including the phase shifts

  19. Measurements of fusion neutron yields by neutron activation technique: Uncertainty due to the uncertainty on activation cross-sections

    The neutron activation technique is routinely used in fusion experiments to measure the neutron yields. This paper investigates the uncertainty on these measurements as due to the uncertainties on dosimetry and activation reactions. For this purpose, activation cross-sections were taken from the International Reactor Dosimetry and Fusion File (IRDFF-v1.05) in 640 groups ENDF-6 format for several reactions of interest for both 2.5 and 14 MeV neutrons. Activation coefficients (reaction rates) have been calculated using the neutron flux spectra at JET vacuum vessel, both for DD and DT plasmas, calculated by MCNP in the required 640-energy group format. The related uncertainties for the JET neutron spectra are evaluated as well using the covariance data available in the library. These uncertainties are in general small, but not negligible when high accuracy is required in the determination of the fusion neutron yields

  20. Neutron Cross Section Processing Methods for Improved Integral Benchmarking of Unresolved Resonance Region Evaluations

    Walsh, Jonathan A.; Forget, Benoit; Smith, Kord S.; Brown, Forrest B.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we describe the development and application of computational methods for processing neutron cross section data in the unresolved resonance region (URR). These methods are integrated with a continuous-energy Monte Carlo neutron transport code, thereby enabling their use in high-fidelity analyses. Enhanced understanding of the effects of URR evaluation representations on calculated results is then obtained through utilization of the methods in Monte Carlo integral benchmark simulations of fast spectrum critical assemblies. First, we present a so-called on-the-fly (OTF) method for calculating and Doppler broadening URR cross sections. This method proceeds directly from ENDF-6 average unresolved resonance parameters and, thus, eliminates any need for a probability table generation pre-processing step in which tables are constructed at several energies for all desired temperatures. Significant memory reduction may be realized with the OTF method relative to a probability table treatment if many temperatures are needed. Next, we examine the effects of using a multi-level resonance formalism for resonance reconstruction in the URR. A comparison of results obtained by using the same stochastically-generated realization of resonance parameters in both the single-level Breit-Wigner (SLBW) and multi-level Breit-Wigner (MLBW) formalisms allows for the quantification of level-level interference effects on integrated tallies such as keff and energy group reaction rates. Though, as is well-known, cross section values at any given incident energy may differ significantly between single-level and multi-level formulations, the observed effects on integral results are minimal in this investigation. Finally, we demonstrate the calculation of true expected values, and the statistical spread of those values, through independent Monte Carlo simulations, each using an independent realization of URR cross section structure throughout. It is observed that both probability table

  1. Neutron Cross Section Processing Methods for Improved Integral Benchmarking of Unresolved Resonance Region Evaluations

    Walsh Jonathan A.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work we describe the development and application of computational methods for processing neutron cross section data in the unresolved resonance region (URR. These methods are integrated with a continuous-energy Monte Carlo neutron transport code, thereby enabling their use in high-fidelity analyses. Enhanced understanding of the effects of URR evaluation representations on calculated results is then obtained through utilization of the methods in Monte Carlo integral benchmark simulations of fast spectrum critical assemblies. First, we present a so-called on-the-fly (OTF method for calculating and Doppler broadening URR cross sections. This method proceeds directly from ENDF-6 average unresolved resonance parameters and, thus, eliminates any need for a probability table generation pre-processing step in which tables are constructed at several energies for all desired temperatures. Significant memory reduction may be realized with the OTF method relative to a probability table treatment if many temperatures are needed. Next, we examine the effects of using a multi-level resonance formalism for resonance reconstruction in the URR. A comparison of results obtained by using the same stochastically-generated realization of resonance parameters in both the single-level Breit-Wigner (SLBW and multi-level Breit-Wigner (MLBW formalisms allows for the quantification of level-level interference effects on integrated tallies such as keff and energy group reaction rates. Though, as is well-known, cross section values at any given incident energy may differ significantly between single-level and multi-level formulations, the observed effects on integral results are minimal in this investigation. Finally, we demonstrate the calculation of true expected values, and the statistical spread of those values, through independent Monte Carlo simulations, each using an independent realization of URR cross section structure throughout. It is observed that both

  2. A correlated study between effective total macroscopic cross sections and effective energies for neutron beams with continuous spectra

    Kobayashi, H

    1999-01-01

    Two practically useful quantities have been introduced to characterize a continuous-energy-spectrum neutron beam and to describe transmission phenomena of the beam in the field of quantitative neutron radiography. These quantities are the effective energy instead of a peak energy or a mean energy of the spectrum and an effective total macroscopic (ETM) cross section instead of a total macroscopic (TM) cross section as defined for a monochromatic energy. Four neutron beams have been used to measure ETM cross sections at effective energies of 29.8, 17.2, 9.8 meV, and at the In resonance energy of 1.46 eV. Results are studied as a function of estimated effective energy, where the effective energy was estimated by a beam quality indicator (BQI) which has been proposed recently. Validity of ETM cross sections as a function of the effective energy is discussed and correlated with recent nuclear data.

  3. RCPL1: a program to prepare neutron and photon cross-section libraries for RCP01 (LWBR Development Program)

    RCPL1 is a FORTRAN digital computer program designed and developed to prepare neutron and photon cross section libraries for the RCP01 Monte Carlo computer program for solving neutron and photon transport problems in three-dimensional geometry with detailed energy description. The neutron libraries prepared by RCPL1 contain detailed Doppler-broadened resonance cross sections from unresolved and either single-level or multilevel resonance parameters, for any number of nuclides, within an arbitrary energy structure, and the photon libraries contain tabulations of the interaction cross sections and gamma emission spectra. This report describes the various RCPL1 program options, calculational details, and input requirements. All data used for library construction are extracted from a multigroup cross section library system XAP, described in an appendix to the report, which contains Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF) data. 5 figures, 6 tables

  4. Influence of projectile neutron number on cross section in cold fusion reactions

    Elements 107-112 [1,2] have been discovered in reactions between 208Pb or 209Bi targets and projectiles ranging from 54Cr through 70Zn. In such reactions, the compound nucleus can be formed at excitation energies as low as ∼12 MeV, thus this type of reaction has been referred to as 'cold fusion'. The study of cold fusion reactions is an indispensable approach to gaining a better understanding of heavy element formation and decay. A theoretical model that successfully predicts not only the magnitudes of cold fusion cross sections, but also the shapes of excitation functions and the cross section ratios between various reaction pairs was recently developed by Swiatecki, Siwek-Wilczynska, and Wilczynski [3,4]. This theoretical model, also referred to as Fusion by Diffusion, has been the guide in all of our cold fusion studies. One particularly interesting aspect of this model is the large predicted difference in cross sections between projectiles differing by two neutrons. The projectile pair where this difference is predicted to be largest is 48Ti and 50Ti. To test and extend this model, 208Pb(48Ti,n)255Rf and 208Pb(50Ti,n)257Rf excitation functions were recently measured at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) 88-Inch Cyclotron utilizing the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator (BGS). The 50Ti reaction was carried out with thin lead targets (∼100 (micro)g/cm2), and the 48Ti reaction with both thin and thick targets (∼470 (micro)g/cm2). In addition to this reaction pair, reactions with projectile pairs 52Cr and 54Cr [5], 56Fe and 58Fe [6], and 62Ni [7] and 64Ni [8] will be discussed and compared to the Fusion by Diffusion predictions. The model predictions show a very good agreement with the data

  5. EVALUATION OF NEUTRON CROSS SECTIONS FOR A COMPLETE SET OF Nd ISOTOPES.

    KIM,H.; HERMAN, M.; MUGHABGHAB, S.F.; OBLOZINSKY, P.; ROCHMAN, D.; LEE. Y.-O.

    2007-10-29

    Neutron cross sections for a complete set of Nd isotopes, {sup 142,143,144,145,146,147,148,150}Nd, were evaluated in the incident energy range from 10{sup -5} eV to 20 MeV. In the low energy region, including thermal and resolved resonances, our evaluations are based on the latest data published in the Atlas of Neutron Resonances. In the unresolved resonance region we performed additional evaluation by using the averages of the resolved resonances and adjusting them to the experimental data. In the fast neutron region, we used the nuclear reaction model code EMPIRE-2.19 validated against the experimental data. The results are compared to the existing nuclear data libraries, including ENDF/B-VI.8, JENDL-3.3 and JEFF-3.1, and to the available experimental data. The new evaluations are suitable for neutron transport calculations and they were adopted by the new evaluated nuclear data file of the United States, ENDF/B-VII.0, released in December 2006.

  6. Application of pulsed neutron technique for integral neutron cross-section tests in the MeV range

    The spectra of neutrons scattered by several elements and compounds for an incident beam of 14 MeV neutrons have been studied by the time of flight method at Livermore in the so called 'Livermore Pulsed Sphere Program'. The measurements have been compared with results of Monte Carlo and neutron transport codes to provide checks on the input cross-sections. Similar measurements have been carried out at Oak ridge for incident neutron energies between 1 MeV to 20 MeV with a view to obtain information useful for neutron shielding calculations. The salient features of these measurements and proposals for an experimental program for obtaining data of interest are reviewed. (author)

  7. Table of cross-sections (absorption and diffusion) of elements for thermal neutrons (3. edition) and table of other constants related to fissile elements and moderators

    This document first proposes a table of absorption and diffusion cross-sections for thermal neutrons. The table contains several indications (atomic mass, specific mass, and absorption cross-section, fission cross-section and activation cross-section in different units). Another table indicates measurement conditions, methods, references and results for moderators (light water, heavy water, beryllium, beryllium oxide, carbon)

  8. Measurement of the radiative neutron capture cross section of 206Pb and its astrophysical implications

    Domingo-Pardo, C; Aerts, G; Alvarez, H; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Andrzejewski, J; Assimakopoulos, Panayiotis; Audouin, L; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Becvar, F; Berthoumieux, E; Bisterzo, S; Calviño, F; Calviani, M; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Carrapico, C; Cennini, P; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, Enrico; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M; David, S; Dillman, I; Dolfini, R; Dridi, W; Durán, I; Eleftheriadis, C; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrant, L; Ferrari, A; Ferreira-Marques, R; Fitzpatrick, L; Frais-Kölbl, H; Fujii, K; Furman, W; Gallino, R; Gonçalves, I; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Goverdovski, A; Gramegna, F; Griesmayer, E; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martínez, A; Igashira, M; Isaev, M; Jericha, E; Kappeler, F; Kadi, Y; Karadimos, D; Karamanis, D; Kerveno, M; Ketlerov, V; Köhler, P; Konovalov, V; Kossionides, E; Krticka, M; Lamboudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marrone, S; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Moreau, C; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, Heinz; Oshima, M; O'Brien, S; Pancin, J; Papachristodoulou, C; Papadopoulos, C; Paradela, C; Patronis, N; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P; Perrot, L; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Rosetti, M; Rubbia, Carlo; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Sarchiapone, L; Savvidis, I; Stéphan, C; Tagliente, G; Taín, J L; Tassan-Got, L; Tavora, L; Terlizzi, R; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Villamarín, D; Vincente, M C; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Voss, F; Walter, S; Wendler, H; Wiescher, M; Wisshak, K

    2007-01-01

    The (n, gamma) cross section of 206Pb has been measured at the CERN n_TOF facility with high resolution in the energy range from 1 eV to 600 keV by using two optimized C6D6 detectors. In the investigated energy interval about 130 resonances could be observed, from which 61 had enough statistics to be reliably analyzed via the R-matrix analysis code SAMMY. Experimental uncertainties were minimized, in particular with respect to (i) angular distribution effects of the prompt capture gamma-rays, and to (ii) the TOF-dependent background due to sample-scattered neutrons. Other background components were addressed by background measurements with an enriched 208Pb sample. The effect of the lower energy cutoff in the pulse height spectra of the C6D6 detectors was carefully corrected via Monte Carlo simulations. Compared to previous 206Pb values, the Maxwellian averaged capture cross sections derived from these data are about 20% and 9% lower at thermal energies of 5 keV and 30 keV, respectively. These new results hav...

  9. R-matrix analysis of the 235U neutron cross sections

    The ENDFB-V representation of the 235U neutron cross sections in the resolved resonance region is unsatisfactory: below 1 eV the cross sections are given by ''smooth files'' (file 3) rather than by resonance parameters; above 1 eV the single-level formalism used by ENDFB-V necessitates a structured file 3 contribution consisting of more than 1300 energy points; furthermore, information on level-spins has not been included. Indeed the ENDFB-V 235U resonance region is based on an analysis done in 1970 for ENDFB-III and therefore does not include the results of high quality measurements done in the past 18 years. The present paper presents the result of an R-matrix multilevel analysis of recent measurements as well as older data. The analysis also extends the resolved resonance region from its ENDFB-V upper limit of 81 eV to 110 eV. 13 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  10. Calculated cross sections for neutron induced reactions on 19F and uncertainties of parameters

    Nuclear model codes were used to calculate cross sections for neutron-induced reactions on 19F for incident energies from 2 to 20 MeV. The model parameters in the codes were adjusted to best reproduce experimental data and are given in this report. The calculated results are compared to measured data and the evaluated values of ENDF/B-V. The covariance matrix for several of the most sensitive model parameters is given based on the scatter of measured data around the theoretical curves and the long-range correlation error of measured data. The results of these calculations form the basis for the new ENDF/B-VI fluorine evaluation. 44 refs., 64 figs., 14 tabs

  11. Measurement of capture cross sections of 238U on the filtered keV-neutron beams

    Capture cross sections for the 238U(n,γ) reaction were measured related to that of the 197Au(n,γ) reaction on the filtered keV-neutron beams at the Dalat reactor using the activation method. Radioactivities of samples after irradiation were measured with HPGe detectors (50 mm2 sensitive area, FWHM = 150 eV for 55Fe and 70 cc volume, FWHM = 2.5 keV at 1332 keV γ-transition of 60Co). The data obtained by the authors were compared with the evaluations in ENDF/B-VI and JEF-2 and also with the results from recent experimental works. (author). 12 refs, 1 fig., 4 tabs

  12. Neutron total cross-sections and resonance parameters of Mo and Ta

    A K M Moinul Haque Meaze; K Devan; Y S Lee; Y D Oh; G N Kim; D Son

    2007-02-01

    Experimental results of transmissions for the samples of natural molybdenum with thickness 0.0192 atoms/barn and for the four samples of natural tantalum with thickness 0.0222, 0.0111, 0.0055 and 0.0025 atoms/barn are presented in this work. Measurements were carried out at the Pohang Neutron Facility which consists of a 100 MeV Linac, water-cooled tantalum target, and 12 m flight path length. Effective total cross-sections were extracted from the transmission data, and resonance parameters were obtained by using the code SAMMY. The present measurements were compared with other measurements and with the evaluated nuclear data file ENDF/B-VI.8.

  13. Angular distribution effect on the integrated cross section for radiative capture of 14 MeV neutrons

    Cvelbar, F; Vidmar, T

    1999-01-01

    In the past, many reported integrated cross sections for the 14 MeV neutron radiative capture were measured at 90 deg. relative to the neutron beam direction and multiplied by 4 pi, so as to obtain a measure of the angle-integrated cross sections. In such a procedure, an isotropic angular distribution of gamma-rays is assumed. We calculated this distribution using the consistent direct-semi-direct model, in which the need for the model-free parameters has been eliminated. The result is that the a sub 1 Legendre polynomial, averaged over the bound state transitions, is practically zero (distribution is forward-backward symmetric) and that the a sub 2 coefficient is a smooth function of the mass number with the values between -0.4 and -0.6, indicating anisotropy of the distribution. Reported integrated cross sections are therefore for about 20% to 30% too high relative to the properly angle integrated cross sections.

  14. Analysis of inelastic neutron scattering cross-sections to 2+ states in even mass palladium nuclides. Final report. Pt. 1

    Starting from experimental γ-ray emission cross sections, measured recently at IRMM Geel, the (n, n') cross sections for the isolated states are derived. The neutron energy range is extended from the reaction threshold up to 1.3 MeV, when cascade γ-ray emissions complicate the analysis. In the case of Pd-110 it was possible to deduce the (n, n') excitation function from the experimental data up to a neutron energy of 3.3 MeV. The experimental cross sections are corrected for anisotropy of γ-ray emission. The analysis of the cross sections is carried out by compound nucleus reaction theory and vibrational excitations. The coupled channels code ECIS88 is used. The theoretical description of the experimental data for the first and second 2+ states is accurate; without doing any special adjustments of parameters. (orig.)

  15. Calculation of the neutron induced fission cross-section of 233Pa up to 20 MeV

    Since very recently, direct measurements of the 233Pa(n,f) cross-section are available in the energy range from 1.0 to 8.5 MeV. This has stimulated a new, self-consistent, neutron cross-section evaluation for the n+233Pa system, in the incident neutron energy range 0.01-20 MeV. Since higher fission chances are involved also the lighter Pa-isotopes had to be re-evaluated in a consistent manner. The results are quite different compared to earlier evaluation attempts. Since 233Pa is a key isotope in the thorium based fuel cycle the quality of its reaction cross-sections is important for the modeling of future advanced fuel and reactor concepts. The present status of the evaluated libraries is that they differ by a factor of two in the absolute fission cross-section and also in the threshold energy value

  16. Study of the surrogate-reaction method applied to neutron-induced capture cross sections

    Boutoux, G. [CNRS, IN2P3, CENBG, UMR 5797, F-33175 Gradignan (France); Univ. Bordeaux, CENBG, UMR 5797, F-33175 Gradignan (France); Jurado, B., E-mail: jurado@cenbg.in2p3.fr [CNRS, IN2P3, CENBG, UMR 5797, F-33175 Gradignan (France); Univ. Bordeaux, CENBG, UMR 5797, F-33175 Gradignan (France); Meot, V.; Roig, O. [CEA DAM DIF, F-91297 Arpajon (France); Mathieu, L.; Aieche, M.; Barreau, G.; Capellan, N.; Companis, I.; Czajkowski, S.; Schmidt, K.-H. [CNRS, IN2P3, CENBG, UMR 5797, F-33175 Gradignan (France); Univ. Bordeaux, CENBG, UMR 5797, F-33175 Gradignan (France); Burke, J.T. [LLNL, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States); Bail, A.; Daugas, J.M.; Faul, T.; Morel, P.; Pillet, N.; Theroine, C. [CEA DAM DIF, F-91297 Arpajon (France); Derkx, X. [GANIL, 14076 Caen (France); Serot, O. [CEA-Cadarache, DEN/DER/SPRC/LEPh, 13108 Saint Paul lez Durance (France); and others

    2012-06-12

    Gamma-decay probabilities of {sup 173}Yb and {sup 176}Lu have been measured using the surrogate reactions {sup 174}Yb({sup 3}He,{alpha}{gamma}){sup 173}Yb* and {sup 174}Yb({sup 3}He,p{gamma}){sup 176}Lu*, respectively. For the first time, the gamma-decay probabilities have been obtained with two independent experimental methods based on the use of C{sub 6}D{sub 6} scintillators and Germanium detectors. Our results for the radiative-capture cross sections are several times higher than the corresponding neutron-induced data. To explain these differences, we have used our gamma-decay probabilities to extract rather direct information on the spin distributions populated in the transfer reactions used. They are about two times wider and the mean values are 3 to 4 Planck-Constant-Over-Two-Pi higher than the ones populated in the neutron-induced reactions. As a consequence, in the transfer reactions neutron emission to the ground and first excited states of the residual nucleus is strongly suppressed and gamma-decay is considerably enhanced.

  17. Study of the surrogate-reaction method applied to neutron-induced capture cross sections

    Gamma-decay probabilities of 173Yb and 176Lu have been measured using the surrogate reactions 174Yb(3He,αγ)173Yb* and 174Yb(3He,pγ)176Lu*, respectively. For the first time, the gamma-decay probabilities have been obtained with two independent experimental methods based on the use of C6D6 scintillators and Germanium detectors. Our results for the radiative-capture cross sections are several times higher than the corresponding neutron-induced data. To explain these differences, we have used our gamma-decay probabilities to extract rather direct information on the spin distributions populated in the transfer reactions used. They are about two times wider and the mean values are 3 to 4 ℏ higher than the ones populated in the neutron-induced reactions. As a consequence, in the transfer reactions neutron emission to the ground and first excited states of the residual nucleus is strongly suppressed and gamma-decay is considerably enhanced.

  18. The capture cross sections of the neon isotopes and the s-process neutron balance

    The neutron capture cross sections of the three stable neon isotopes have been measured by the time-of-flight method in the energy range from 5 to 200 keV, using hydrogen free fast liquid scintillator detectors and the Maier-Leibnitz pulse height weighting technique. As a result it was found that neutron absorption by the light elements, from 20Ne to 56Fe, is dominated not by 22Ne but by 25Mg. The condition that as many neutrons should be produced as are absorbed has led to the conclusion that at least 80% of the 22Ne must undergo the (α,n) reaction, which implies that less than 20% can undergo the (α,γ) reaction. Therefore the (α,n) reaction rate must be at least 4 times faster than the (α,γ) rate. An inspection of these reaction rates as a function of temperature shows that this condition can be satisfied only for T > 3.2 108 K, or kT > 28 keV. (orig./HSI)

  19. 232Th and 238U neutron emission cross section calculations and analysis of experimental data

    In this study, pre-equilibrium neutron-emission spectra produced by (n,xn) reactions on nuclei 232Th and 238U have been calculated. Angle-integrated cross sections in neutron induced reactions on targets 232Th and 238U have been calculated at the bombarding energies up to 18 MeV. We have investigated multiple pre-equilibrium matrix element constant from internal transition for 232Th (n,xn) neutron emission spectra. In the calculations, the geometry dependent hybrid model and the cascade exciton model including the effects of pre-equilibrium have been used. In addition, we have described how multiple pre-equilibrium emissions can be included in the Feshbach-Kerman-Koonin (FKK) fully quantum-mechanical theory. By analyzing (n,xn) reaction on 232Th and 238U, with the incident energy from 2 Me V to 18 Me V, the importance of multiple pre-equilibrium emission can be seen cleady. All calculated results have been compared with experimental data. The obtained results have been discussed and compared with the available experimental data and found agreement with each other

  20. Measurement of thermal neutron cross section for {sup 241}Am(n,f) reaction

    Kobayashi, Katsuhei; Yamamoto, Shuji; Fujita, Yoshiaki [Kyoto Univ., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan). Research Reactor Inst.; Miyoshi, Mitsuharu; Kimura, Itsuro; Kanno, Ikuo; Shinohara, Nobuo

    1997-03-01

    Making use of a standard neutron spectrum field with a pure Maxwellian distribution, the thermal neutron cross section for the {sup 241}Am(n,f) reaction has been measured relative to the reference value of 586.2b for the {sup 235U}(n,f) reaction. For the present measurement, electrodeposited layers of {sup 241}Am and {sup 235}U have been employed as back-to-back type double fission chambers. The present result at neutron energy of 0.0253 eV is 3.15 {+-} 0.097b. The ENDF/B-VI data is in good agreement with the present value, while the JENDL-3.2 data is lower by 4.2%. The evaluated data in JEF-2.2 and by Mughabghab are higher by 0.9% and 1.6%, respectively than the present result. The ratios of the earlier experimental data to the present value are distributed between 0.89 and 1.02. (author)

  1. New Standard Evaluated Neutron Cross Section Libraries for the GEANT4 Code and First Verification

    Mendoza, Emilio; Koi, Tatsumi; Guerrero, Carlos

    2014-01-01

    The Monte Carlo simulation of the interaction of neutrons with matter relies on evaluated nuclear data libraries and models. The evaluated libraries are compilations of measured physical parameters (such as cross sections) combined with predictions of nuclear model calculations which have been adjusted to reproduce the experimental data. The results obtained from the simulations depend largely on the accuracy of the underlying nuclear data used, and thus it is important to have access to the nuclear data libraries available, either of general use or compiled for specific applications, and to perform exhaustive validations which cover the wide scope of application of the simulation code. In this paper we describe the work performed in order to extend the capabilities of the GEANT4 toolkit for the simulation of the interaction of neutrons with matter at neutron energies up to 20 MeV and a first verification of the results obtained. Such a work is of relevance for applications as diverse as the simulation of a n...

  2. Cross section measurements of 92Mo(n,p)92Nbm reaction and influence deduction of low energy neutrons

    The cross sections of 92Mo(n,p)92Nbm reaction are measured relatively to standard reactions using activation method, in neutron energy range from 5 to 19 MeV. The influence of low energy neutrons is considered very carefully in the whole measurement, and effective methods are used to deduct their interference. Especially in 17∼19 MeV range, the empty tritium target is irradiated to subtract the influence of D-d neutrons from self-building D target, and a reasonable cross section tendency is obtained. A comparison is made between the present results and the published data

  3. BARC 75 - A 75 group neutron-photon coupled cross-section library with P5- anisotropic scattering matrices

    A 75 group neutron-photon coupled cross-section library has been developed for 42 reactor nuclides utilizing the basic cross-section files - ENDF/B-IV for neutrons and DLC-7F for photons. 50 neutron energy groups and gamma energy groups are included in this library which should be well suited to carry out safety, shielding and core physics studies of nuclear reactors based on fission or fusion processes. This library is also adequate for oil logging and mineral exploration investigations. (author). 11 refs., 3 tabs

  4. Representation of the neutron cross sections in the unresolved resonance region

    Some limitations of the statistical approach to the representation of cross sections in the unresolved region are discussed and it is suggested that the actual Doppler-broadened cross sections should be used instead. 5 figures

  5. Investigations of neutron characteristics for salt blanket models; integral fission cross section measurements of neptunium, plutonium, americium and curium isotopes

    Neutron characteristics of salt blanket micromodels containing eutectic mixtures of sodium, zirconium, and uranium fluorides were measured on FKBN-2M, BIGR and MAKET facilities. The effective fission cross sections of neptunium, plutonium, americium, and curium isotopes were measured on the neutron spectra formed by micromodels. (author)

  6. Theoretical Analysis of Neutron Double-Differential Cross Section of n+11B at 14.2 MeV

    ZHANG Jing-Shang

    2003-01-01

    A new reaction model for light nuclei is proposed to analyze the measured data, especially for the doubledifferential cross sections. In this paper the calculation with this model is employed to analyze measurements of the total outgoing neutron double-differential cross sections for n+11B reactions at En = 14.2 MeV. The representation of the double-differential cross sections of the second emitted particles is given in detail. The calculation results indicate that the recoil effect in light nuclear reaction is essentially important. The reaction channels are discussed in detail.

  7. Neutron inelastic-scattering cross sections of 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu

    Differential-neutron-emission cross sections of 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu are measured between approx. = 1.0 and 3.5 MeV with the angle and magnitude detail needed to provide angle-integrated emission cross sections to approx. 232Th, 233U, 235U and 238U inelastic-scattering values, poor agreement is observed for 240Pu, and a serious discrepancy exists in the case of 239Pu

  8. Fission spectrum averaged cross section measurements of some neutron threshold reactions of relevance to medical radionuclide production

    A resume is given of radiochemical measurements of nuclear reaction cross sections relevant to the production of some medically important radionuclides carried out at PINSTECH during the last decade. Systematic studies on fission neutron spectrum averaged cross sections of several threshold reactions, like (n, 2n), (n, p) and (n, α) on titanium, ruthenium, europium and dysprosium for the production of 45Ti, 96Tc, 153Sm and 153Gd are described. (orig.)

  9. Integral test of neutron cross section data for future reactor materials through measurement and analysis of neutron spectra

    In order to assess the cross section data for future reactor materials, such as molybdenum, niobium, titanium, lithium and fluorine, the angular neutron spectra in test piles of these materials or their chemical compounds have been measured in the energy range from a few keV to a few MeV by the linac time-of-flight method. The results have been compared with those theoretically calculated from the evaluated cross section data in such as JENDL-2 (or JENDL-1, JENDL-3PR1) and ENDF/B-IV. For both of molybdenum and niobium, it has been found that the energy distribution of inelastically scattered neutrons plays an important role in the analysis, and the JENDL library gives better predictions of spectrum shapes than ENDF/B-IV for both cases. In the case of niobium, however, it appears that the values of inelastic scattering cross section in JENDL-2 are too small around 2 MeV. It has been also found for niobium that the cross section data below 100 keV in ENDF/B-IV are inadequate. In a titanium pile, a discrepancy between the measured spectrum and the calculated one from ENDF/B-IV has been found in the energy range from about 60 keV to a few 100 keV. In order to investigate the cause of this discrepancy, the total cross sections for titanium have been measured by the transmission method. In the case of lithium, the discrepancy between the measured and calculated spectra is considerably reduced by adopting the angular distribution for 7Li from ENDF/B-IV above about 500 keV. In the case of fluorine, spatial distributions of neutrons and X-rays have been also measured in both piles by the activation method to estimate the influence of photoneutrons generated in the sample material on the neutron distribution, and it has been found that their influence below 1 MeV is not so large as is necessary to be taken into account for the present assessment. (J.P.N)

  10. ZZ DLC-16 COBB, 123 Neutron-Group Cross-Section Library from ENDF/B for XSDRN Calculation

    1 - Nature of physical problem solved: Format: XSDRN; Number of groups: 123; Nuclides: H, D, He, Be-9, B-10, C-12, O-16, Na-23, Mg, Al-27, Ti, Cr, Mn-55, Fe, Ni, Cu, Cu-63, Cu-65, Nb-93, Mo, Xe-135, Sm-149, Eu-151, Eu-153, Gd, Dy-164, Lu-175, Lu-176, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Au-197, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-243, and Cm-244. Origin: Mainly ENDF/B; Weighting spectrum: Fast cross sections → 1/E (14 MeV to .414 eV) Thermal cross sections → 1/E (1.86 eV to 0.125 eV) → Maxwell-Boltzmann (0.125 eV to 0.0047 eV). The library is intended to be a source of evaluated data for the cross section preparation code XSDRN. It supplements, rather than replaces, the existing XSDRN master library which is distributed with the code package. The library contains data for H, D, He, 9-Be, 10-B, 12-C, 16-O, 23-Na, Mg, 27-Al, Ti, Cr, 55-Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, 63-Cu, 65-Cu, 93-Nb, Mo, 135-Xe, 149-Sm, 151-Eu, 153-Eu, Gd, 164-Dy, 175-Lu, 176-Lu, 182-W, 183-W, 184-W, 186-W, 185-Re, 187-Re, 197-Au, 233-U, 234-U, 235-U, 236-U, 238-U, 237-Np, 238-Pu, 239-Pu, 240-Pu, 241-Pu, 242-Pu, 241-Am, 243-Am, and 244-Cm. 2 - Method of solution: The library contains ENDF/B version 2 cross sections processed through several steps (primarily by SUPERTOG) into the standard XSDRN 123-group energy structure. These steps are - (a) process fast cross sections with SUPERTOG into standard GAM-2 energy structure (14 MeV to 0.414 eV), using a 1/E weighting function, and produce a GAM-2 tape. (This step was performed by R. Q. Wright, Math Div., ORNL). (b) Process thermal cross sections with SUPERTOG into standard 30-group THERMOS energy group structure (1.86 eV to 0.0047 eV), using a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution with temperature 293 deg.K as a weighting function for E < 0.125 eV coupled to a 1/E weighting function for E from 0.125 eV to 1.86 eV. (c) Compute room temperature free-gas kernels, using THERMOS tape-making program, and

  11. Photoneutron cross sections measurements in 9Be, 13C e 17O with thermal neutron capture gamma-rays

    Photoneutron cross sections measurements of 9Be, 13C and 17O have been obtained in the energy interval between 1,6 and 10,8 MeV, using neutron capture gamma-rays with high resolution in energy (3 a 21 eV), produced by 21 target materials, placed inside a tangential beam port, near the core of the IPEN/CNEN-SP IEA-R1 (5 MW) research reactor. The samples have been irradiated inside a 4π geometry neutron detector system 'Long Counter', 520,5 cm away from the capture target. The capture gamma-ray flux was determined by means of the analysis of the gamma spectrum obtained by using a Ge(Li) solid-state detector (EG and G ORTEC, 25 cm3, 5%), previously calibrated with capture gamma-rays from a standard target of Nitrogen (Melamine). The neutron photoproduction cross section has been measured for each target capture gamma-ray spectrum (compound cross section). A inversion matrix methodology to solve inversion problems for unfolding the set of experimental compound cross sections, was used in order to obtain the cross sections at specific excitation energy values (principal gamma line energies of the capture targets). The cross sections obtained at the energy values of the principal gamma lines were compared with experimental data reported by other authors, with have employed different gamma-ray sources. A good agreement was observed among the experimental data in this work with reported in the literature. (author)

  12. Fast neutron cross section measurements. Final technical report, March 1, 1987--September 30, 1995

    Knoll, G.F.

    1997-06-01

    The time-of-flight technique was used with the ring scattering geometry in a laboratory with low neutron scattering background to measure the angular distributions of the cross sections for elastic and inelastic scattering of 14 MeV neutrons in natural chromium, iron, nickel, and niobium. Specifically for inelastic scattering included were: the 1.43 MeV and 4.56 MeV levels of {sup 52}Cr, the 0.85 MeV level, and (2.94-3.12) MeV and (4.46-4.51) MeV level groups of {sup 56}Fe, the 1.33 MeV level of {sup 60}Ni combined with the 1.45 MeV level of {sup 58}Ni, and the 4.48 MeV level of {sup 58}Ni. Pulses of neutrons with time width of 0.9-1.1 ns were produced via the {sup 3}H(d,n){sup 4}He reaction in a 150 keV Cockcroft-Walton linear accelerator, with average intensities of 9x10{sup 8} n/s. The energy of the incident neutrons was between 14.75 MeV (at 16{degree}) and 13.48 MeV (at 160{degree}). High purity scattering ring samples were used. The scattering angles ranged from {approx}16{degree} to {approx}150{degree}, for iron, chromium, and nickel, and from {approx}16{degree} to {approx}160{degree} for niobium, with a typical step of {approx}10{degree}. High purity ring samples were used.

  13. Review of magnetic fusion energy neutron cross section needs: neutronics viewpoint

    In the overall context of fusion nucleonic analysis, most cross section deficiencies lie in the energy range 14 MeV and below. This review deals not only with new data requirements generated by current interest in d-Li sources but also with the needs of conventional nucleonic studies (i.e., 14-MeV source calculations). The many compilations of requirements are referenced, and the current assessment of high-priority needs is succinctly summarized. Then typical methodology and results (sensitivity and uncertainty analysis) are given for quantitative data assessments of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor and a fusion Experimental Power Reactor. Finally, a summary is presented of some probings into data above 14 MeV, which have potential applications for d-Li irradiation facilities, d-Be medical therapy sources, and electronuclear fuel production facilities. 2 figures, 9 tables

  14. Calculation of prompt fission product average cross sections for neutron-induced fission of 235U and 239Pu

    Yield-weighted average cross sections of neutron radiative capture, (n,2n), and (n,3n) reactions over prompt fission products (FPs) from 235U and 239Pu are calculated. The prompt fission production yields are taken from the ENDF/B-VII.0 library. The FPs for each fissile material exist over a range of approximately 1000 neutron-rich nuclides. Several nuclear reaction codes are utilized for calculating the cross sections on each individual fission product - EMPIRE-2.19, TALYS-1.0, GNASH, and CoH. The influence of the FP isomers on the average cross sections is examined with TALYS. We investigate the dependence of the average cross sections on the number of FPs taken for averaging. It is shown that the average capture cross section is much more sensitive to the number of FPs included, compared with the (n,2n) and (n,3n) reactions. An intercomparison of the calculated cross sections with the different reaction codes is carried out. In the capture reaction, EMPIRE predicted lower cross section than TALYS and CoH owing to different default assumptions used in the γ-ray strength function modeling. Moreover, the pre-equilibrium models implemented in each code give different predictions for the neutron-emission reactions, although the differences are relatively small. We also discuss a difference between the macroscopic and microscopic calculation options in TALYS for the pre-equilibrium model, optical potential model, and γ-ray strength function. The predictive capability of the reaction codes for the capture reaction is examined by comparing their calculations with the ENDF data, which are based on measurements. Compared with the historic Foster and Arthur's evaluation, our new (n,2n) predictions are similar, although our capture predictions are almost an order of magnitude higher. Recommended cross sections for use in applications have been tabulated in ENDF-formatted files. (author)

  15. Review and Assessment of Neutron Cross Section and Nubar Covariances for Advanced Reactor Systems

    Maslov,V.M.; Oblozinsky, P.; Herman, M.

    2008-12-01

    In January 2007, the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) produced a set of preliminary neutron covariance data for the international project 'Nuclear Data Needs for Advanced Reactor Systems'. The project was sponsored by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Paris, under the Subgroup 26 of the International Working Party on Evaluation Cooperation (WPEC). These preliminary covariances are described in two recent BNL reports. The NNDC used a simplified version of the method developed by BNL and LANL that combines the recent Atlas of Neutron Resonances, the nuclear reaction model code EMPIRE and the Bayesian code KALMAN with the experimental data used as guidance. There are numerous issues involved in these estimates of covariances and it was decided to perform an independent review and assessment of these results so that better covariances can be produced for the revised version in future. Reviewed and assessed are uncertainties for fission, capture, elastic scattering, inelastic scattering and (n,2n) cross sections as well as prompt nubars for 15 minor actinides ({sup 233,234,236}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238,240,241,242}Pu, {sup 241,242m,243}Am and {sup 242,243,244,245}Cm) and 4 major actinides ({sup 232}Th, {sup 235,238}U and {sup 239}Pu). We examined available evaluations, performed comparison with experimental data, taken into account uncertainties in model parameterization and made use state-of-the-art nuclear reaction theory to produce the uncertainty assessment.

  16. Integral cross section measurements of a few threshold reactions induced by Am/Be neutrons

    Uddin, Md. Shuza; Hossain, Syed Mohammad; Rumman-Uz-Zaman, Md. [Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Dhaka (Bangladesh). Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST); Spahn, Ingo; Qaim, Syed M. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Neurowissenschaften und Medizin (INM), Nuklearchemie (INM-5); Rakib-Uz-Zaman, Md. [Rajshahi Univ. (Bangladesh). Dept. of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

    2015-07-01

    Integral cross sections of the reactions {sup 46}Ti(n,p){sup 46}Sc, {sup 47}Ti(n,p){sup 47}Sc, {sup 48}Ti(n,p){sup 48}Sc, {sup 60}Ni(n,p){sup 60}Co and {sup 64}Zn(n,p){sup 64}Cu were measured with fast neutrons (E{sub n} > 1.5 MeV) from an Am/Be source. The results were compared with data calculated using the neutron spectral distribution and the excitation function of each reaction given in the data libraries ENDF/B-VII.0, IRDF-2002, JEFF-3.2 and JENDL-4.0. In general, the integral measurement and the integrated value agreed within ±4%, except for the {sup 46}Ti(n,p){sup 46}Sc reaction where JEFF-3.2 shows a deviation of 7% and the {sup 60}Ni(n,p){sup 60}Co reaction where ENDF/B-VII.0 and IRDF-2002 exhibit deviations upto 8%.

  17. Isomeric cross-section ratios for some nuclides using 14.5 MeV neutrons

    Habbani, F I

    1999-01-01

    The activation technique has been used for measurements of isomeric cross-section ratios for the following neutron-induced reactions using 14.5 MeV neutrons: sup 8 sup 1 Br(n, 2n) sup 8 sup 0 sup m sup , sup g Br, sup 1 sup 1 sup 3 In(n, 2n) sup 1 sup 1 sup 2 sup m sup , sup g In, sup 1 sup 9 sup 7 Au(n, 2n) sup 1 sup 9 sup 6 sup m sup , sup g Au, sup 9 sup 0 Zr(n, 2n) sup 8 sup 9 sup m sup , sup g Zr, sup 1 sup 9 sup 8 Pt(n, 2n) sup 1 sup 9 sup 7 sup m sup , sup g Pt, sup 9 sup 2 Mo(n, 2n) sup 9 sup 1 sup m sup , sup g Mo and sup 8 sup 2 Se(n, 2n) sup 8 sup 1 sup m sup , sup g Se. The results obtained have been discussed and compared with some corresponding values found in the literature.

  18. Survey on effect of crystal texture of beryllium on total cross-section to improve neutronic evaluation in JMTR

    Neutronic evaluations in JMTR have been performed for irradiation tests by Monte Carlo method with thermal neutron scattering law, S(α, β), data for beryllium metal, etc, and the calculation accuracy of fast and thermal neutron fluxes are ± 10% and ± 30%, respectively. Analytical and experimental investigations to achieve higher calculation accuracy, especially for the thermal neutron flux up to the fast neutron flux level, have been performed to offer higher value data technically to the JMTR users. In order to investigate an effect of fabrication method of beryllium material on the calculation accuracy, total cross-sections of beryllium specimens were measured using KURRI-LINAC, and it was found that the total cross-section was different from the evaluated one, and depended on the crystal texture, etc. The S(α, β) data for beryllium metal was adjusted based on the measured data, and the applicability to the neutronic evaluation in the JMTR was verified. (author)

  19. Influence of projectile neutron number on cross section in cold fusion reactions

    Dragojevic, Irena; Dragojevic, I.; Gregorich, K.E.; Dullmann, Ch.E.; Folden III, C.M.; Garcia, M.A.; Gates, J.M.; Nelson, S.L.; Sudowe, R.; Nitsche, H.

    2007-09-01

    Elements 107-112 [1,2] have been discovered in reactions between {sup 208}Pb or {sup 209}Bi targets and projectiles ranging from {sup 54}Cr through {sup 70}Zn. In such reactions, the compound nucleus can be formed at excitation energies as low as {approx}12 MeV, thus this type of reaction has been referred to as 'cold fusion'. The study of cold fusion reactions is an indispensable approach to gaining a better understanding of heavy element formation and decay. A theoretical model that successfully predicts not only the magnitudes of cold fusion cross sections, but also the shapes of excitation functions and the cross section ratios between various reaction pairs was recently developed by Swiatecki, Siwek-Wilczynska, and Wilczynski [3,4]. This theoretical model, also referred to as Fusion by Diffusion, has been the guide in all of our cold fusion studies. One particularly interesting aspect of this model is the large predicted difference in cross sections between projectiles differing by two neutrons. The projectile pair where this difference is predicted to be largest is {sup 48}Ti and {sup 50}Ti. To test and extend this model, {sup 208}Pb({sup 48}Ti,n){sup 255}Rf and {sup 208}Pb({sup 50}Ti,n){sup 257}Rf excitation functions were recently measured at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) 88-Inch Cyclotron utilizing the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator (BGS). The {sup 50}Ti reaction was carried out with thin lead targets ({approx}100 {micro}g/cm{sup 2}), and the {sup 48}Ti reaction with both thin and thick targets ({approx}470 {micro}g/cm{sup 2}). In addition to this reaction pair, reactions with projectile pairs {sup 52}Cr and {sup 54}Cr [5], {sup 56}Fe and {sup 58}Fe [6], and {sup 62}Ni [7] and {sup 64}Ni [8] will be discussed and compared to the Fusion by Diffusion predictions. The model predictions show a very good agreement with the data.

  20. Correction for neutron self-shielding in large-sample prompt-gamma neutron activation analysis. Determination of macroscopic neutron cross sections

    When a sample is analysed with neutron activation analysis (NAA) neutron self-shielding and gamma self-absorption affect the accuracy. Both effects become even more important when the mass of a sample analysed is changed from small (say, 1 g) to large (say 30 kg). Therefore, corrections have to be carried out. Correction method for neutron self-shielding is considered for a thermal neutron beam irradiating large homogeneous samples for prompt-gamma NAA (PGNAA). The correction method depends on the macroscopic scattering and absorption cross sections of the sample. To avoid doing experiments with samples with different macroscopic scattering and absorption cross sections, the Monte Carlo model MCNP is applied in the development of the correction method. The computational development of the method to determine these cross sections through flux monitoring outside the sample is described. (author)

  1. Stellar (n ,γ ) cross sections of neutron-rich nuclei: Completing the isotope chains of Yb, Os, Pt, and Hg

    Marganiec, J.; Dillmann, I.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Käppeler, F.

    2014-12-01

    The (n ,γ ) cross sections of the most neutron-rich stable isotopes of Yb, Os, Pt, and Hg have been determined in a series of activation measurements at the Karlsruhe 3.7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator, using the quasistellar neutron spectrum for k T =25 keV that can be produced with the 7Li(p ,n ) 7Be reaction. In this way, Maxwellian averaged cross sections could be directly obtained with only minor corrections. After irradiation the induced activities were counted with a HPGe detector via the strongest γ -ray lines. The stellar neutron capture cross sections of Yb,176174, Os,192190, Pt,198196, and Hg,204202, extrapolated to k T =30 keV, were found to be 157 ±6 mb, 114 ±8 mb, 278 ±11 mb, 160 ±7 mb, 171 ±19 mb, 94 ±4 mb, 62 ±2 mb, and 32 ±15 mb, respectively. In the case of 196Pt the partial cross section to the isomeric state at 399.5 keV could be determined as well. With these results the cross section data for long isotopic chains could be completed for a discussion of the predictive power of statistical model calculations towards the neutron-rich and proton-rich sides of the stability valley.

  2. Measurement of the neutron total cross section of sodium from 32 keV to 37 MeV

    The neutron transmission through a 8.1-cm sample of pure sodium has been measured for neutron energies between 32.5 keV and 37.4 MeV. The Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) was used to provide the neutrons, which were detected at the 200-m flight path by a NE-110 proton recoil detector. The experimental results are tabulated and compared with the total cross section in the ENDF/B-IV file for sodium

  3. Measurement of the neutron total cross section of sodium from 32 keV to 37 MeV

    Larson, D.C.; Harvey, J.A.; Hill, N.W.

    1976-10-01

    The neutron transmission through a 8.1-cm sample of pure sodium has been measured for neutron energies between 32.5 keV and 37.4 MeV. The Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) was used to provide the neutrons, which were detected at the 200-m flight path by a NE-110 proton recoil detector. The experimental results are tabulated and compared with the total cross section in the ENDF/B-IV file for sodium.

  4. A 39 neutron group self-shielded cross section library for the Lotus fusion-fission test facility

    A 39 neutron group cross section library for fusion fission blanket calculations and especially for the analysis of the LOTUS experiment has been processed using the NJOY system. The library has been generated mostly using the ENDF/B-IV basic files at 296 K. All cross sections were self-shielded using the Bondarenko method. 5 background cross sections, namely 1010, 104, 102, 10 and 1 barns respectively were considered. The tabulated dilution dependent cross sections have been interpolated with the code TRANSX-CTR which is adequate for fusion applications. The fission spectrum of the fissionable material thorium has been collapsed from the fission matrices using the Bondarenko weighting scheme. The correct geometry of the LOTUS blanket and the cell specifications were correctly considered in the interpolation scheme. Some reaction cross sections for dosimetry applications have been included into the library. These base on the more recent ENDF/B-V evaluation. Transport and response edit cross sections have been coupled in the usual way to form P0 - P3 card image tables. Furthermore they have been converted into a binary file suitable to our RSYST computational system. Moreover the cross section card image tables have been reformatted and fitted into a BXSLIB binary library for the LANL-ONEDANT transport module. (Auth.)

  5. Measurement of the fast neutron capture cross section of /sup 238/U relative to /sup 235/U(n,f)

    Fawcett, L.R. Jr.; Poenitz, W.P.; Smith, D.L.

    1979-01-01

    The capture cross section of /sup 238/U was measured using the activation technique and /sup 235/U(n,f) as a reference cross section. Capture events were measured by detection of two prominent ..gamma..-transitions in the decay of the /sup 239/U daughter nuclide, /sup 239/Np, employing a high resolution Ge(Li) detector. The system was calibrated with samples activated in a thermal neutron flux relative to the capture cross section of gold, and with an absolutely calibrated ..cap alpha..-emitter, /sup 243/Am, which decays to /sup 239/Np. Cross section measurements were carried out in the neutron energy range from 30 keV to 3 MeV. Emphasis was on absolute values between 150 keV and 1 MeV where the /sup 238/U(n,..gamma..) cross section and its cross section is small. Background from fission products was found to restrict the accuracy of the measured data at energies > 1.5 MeV.

  6. Neutron capture cross section measurements for 197Au from 3.5 to 84 keV at GELINA

    Massimi, C.; BECKER BJÖRN; Dupont, E.; Kopecky, Stefan; LAMPOUDIS CHRISTOS; Massarczyk, R.; Moxon, M.; PRONYAEV V. G; Schillebeeckx, Peter; Sirakov, I.; WYNANTS Ruud

    2014-01-01

    Cross section measurements have been performed at the time-of-flight facility GELINA to determine the average capture cross section for 197Au in the energy region between 3.5 keV and 84 keV. Prompt gamma-rays, originating from neutron induced capture events, were detected by two C6D6 liquid scintillators. The sample was placed at about 13 m distance from the neutron source. The total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique was applied. The energy de...

  7. Testing neutron cross-section files from the BROND-2 and ENDF/B-6 libraries in benchmark experiments on neutron transmission through spherical layers

    The effect of angular anisotropy in inelastic secondary neutron scattering on neutron leakage spectra from the surface of spherical specimens is investigated. It is shown how inadequate representation of the cross-section structure in the neutron energy resonance region can affect the neutron leakage spectrum. (author). 19 refs, 5 figs, 6 tabs

  8. Neutron inelastic scattering studies for lead-204. [Threshold energy to 10 MeV, transitions, cross sections, angular distributions

    Smith, D.L.; Meadows, J.W.

    1977-12-01

    A 9.57-g sample of lead metal, enriched to 99.7 percent /sup 204/Pb, was used in an investigation of neutron inelastic scattering from this rare isotope at the Argonne National Laboratory Fast-Neutron Generator Facility. Neutron excitation of the 66.9-m isomeric state at 2.186 MeV in /sup 204/Pb was measured from near threshold to approximately 10 MeV using activation techniques. Cross sections and a value for the isomeric half life were derived from these data. Time-of-flight techniques were employed to measure spectra of promptly-emitted gamma rays from the /sup 204/Pb(n;n',..gamma..)/sup 204/Pb reaction at neutron energies less than or equal to 3 MeV. Cross sections and angular distributions were derived from these data for several of the stronger transitions. Other available fast-neutron data for this isotope are reviewed briefly.

  9. Analysis of Neutron Double-Differential Cross Sections for n + 12C Reaction Below 30 MeV

    2007-01-01

    Based on the light nucleus reaction model (Nucl. Sci. Eng. l33 (1999) 218), four aspects (neutron incident energy region, reaction channel analysis, the renewed level schemes and the optical model parameters) of n+12 C reaction are improved to calculate total outgoing neutron double-differential cross sections with modified LUNF code below 30 MeV. The calculated results agree fairly well with the experimental data at En = 14.1 MeV and 18 MeV. The analysis shows that the pre-equilibrium mechanism, which is exactly considered the conservation of energy, momentum and parity, dominates the whole reaction process. The contribution of the neutron emission from 5He to total energyangular spectra is also considered properly. This modified LUNF code will be a useful tool to set up the file of neutron double-differential cross sections below 30 MeV in the neutron evaluation nuclear data library.

  10. Sensitivity coefficients for the 238U neutron-capture shielded-group cross sections

    In the unresolved resonance region cross sections are represented with statistical resonance parameters. The average values of these parameters are chosen in order to fit evaluated infinitely dilute group cross sections. The sensitivity of the shielded group cross sections to the choice of mean resonance data has recently been investigated for the case of 235U and 239Pu by Ganesan and by Antsipov et al; similar sensitivity studies for 238U are reported

  11. Neutron capture cross section measurements for {sup 197}Au from 3.5 to 84 keV at GELINA

    Massimi, C. [University of Bologna, Department of Physics, Bologna (Italy); Joint Research Centre - IRMM, European Commission, Geel (Belgium); INFN, Bologna (Italy); Becker, B.; Kopecky, S.; Lampoudis, C.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Wynants, R. [Joint Research Centre - IRMM, European Commission, Geel (Belgium); Dupont, E. [OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France); Massarczyk, R. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden (Germany); Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden (Germany); Pronyaev, V. [Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation); Sirakov, I. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia (Bulgaria); Moxon, M.

    2014-08-15

    Cross section measurements have been performed at the time-of-flight facility GELINA to determine the average capture cross section for {sup 197}Au in the energy region between 3.5 keV and 84 keV. Prompt γ-rays, originating from neutron-induced capture events, were detected by two C{sub 6} D{sub 6} liquid scintillators. The sample was placed at about 13m distance from the neutron source. The total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique was applied. The energy dependence of the neutron flux was measured with a double Frisch-gridded ionization chamber based on the {sup 10}B(n,α) reaction. The data have been normalized to the well-isolated and saturated {sup 197}Au resonance at 4.9 eV. Special care was taken to reduce bias effects due to the weighting function, normalization, dead time and background corrections. The total uncertainty due to normalization, neutron flux and weighting function is 1.0%. An additional uncertainty of 0.5% results from the correction for self-shielding and multiple interaction events. Fluctuations due to resonance structures have been studied by complementary measurements at a 30m flight path station. The results reported in this work deviate systematically by more than 5% from the cross section that is recommended as a reference for astrophysical applications. They are about 2% lower compared to an evaluation of the {sup 197}Au(n, γ) cross section, which was based on a least squares fit of experimental data available in the literature prior to this work. The average capture cross section as a function of neutron energy has been parameterized in terms of average resonance parameters. Maxwellian average cross sections at different temperatures have been calculated. (orig.)

  12. Neutron capture cross section measurements for 197Au from 3.5 to 84 keV at GELINA

    Massimi, C.; Becker, B.; Dupont, E.; Kopecky, S.; Lampoudis, C.; Massarczyk, R.; Moxon, M.; Pronyaev, V.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Sirakov, I.; Wynants, R.

    2014-08-01

    Cross section measurements have been performed at the time-of-flight facility GELINA to determine the average capture cross section for 197Au in the energy region between 3.5 keV and 84 keV. Prompt γ-rays, originating from neutron-induced capture events, were detected by two C6 D6 liquid scintillators. The sample was placed at about 13m distance from the neutron source. The total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique was applied. The energy dependence of the neutron flux was measured with a double Frisch-gridded ionization chamber based on the 10B(n,α) reaction. The data have been normalized to the well-isolated and saturated 197Au resonance at 4.9 eV. Special care was taken to reduce bias effects due to the weighting function, normalization, dead time and background corrections. The total uncertainty due to normalization, neutron flux and weighting function is 1.0%. An additional uncertainty of 0.5% results from the correction for self-shielding and multiple interaction events. Fluctuations due to resonance structures have been studied by complementary measurements at a 30m flight path station. The results reported in this work deviate systematically by more than 5% from the cross section that is recommended as a reference for astrophysical applications. They are about 2% lower compared to an evaluation of the 197Au(n, γ) cross section, which was based on a least squares fit of experimental data available in the literature prior to this work. The average capture cross section as a function of neutron energy has been parameterized in terms of average resonance parameters. Maxwellian average cross sections at different temperatures have been calculated.

  13. Measurement of (n,xn) reaction cross-sections using prompt γ spectroscopy at neutron beams with high instantaneous flux

    The work presented in this thesis is situated in the context of the GEDEON program of neutron cross-section measurements. This program is motivated by the perspectives recently opened by projects of nuclear waste treatment and energy production. There is an obvious lack of experimental data on (n,xn) reactions in the databases, especially in the case of very radioactive isotopes. An important technique to measure cross-sections of these reactions is the prompt γ-ray spectroscopy at white pulsed neutron beams with very high instantaneous flux. In this work, inelastic scattering and (n,xn) reactions cross-section measurements were performed on a lead sample from threshold to 20 MeV by prompt γ-ray spectroscopy at the white neutron beam generated by GELINA facility in Geel, Belgium. Digital methods were developed to treat HPGe CLOVER detector signals and separate γ-rays induced by the fastest neutrons from those belonging to the flash. Partial cross-sections for the production of several transitions in natural lead were measured and analyzed using theoretical calculations in order to separate the contributions of different reactions leading to the same residual isotope. Total cross-sections of the reactions in question were estimated. The results were compared to the TALYSS code theoretical calculations, as well as to other experimental results. This experiment has served to validate the method and it opens the way to measure (n,xn) reactions cross-sections with high instantaneous neutron flux on actinides, particularly the U233(n,2n) reaction which is important for the thorium cycle. (author)

  14. Measurement of secondary neutron emission double-differential cross sections for 9Be induced by 21.65 ± 0.07 MeV neutrons

    Lan, Changlin; Ruan, Xichao; Chen, Guochang; Nie, Yangbo; Huang, Hanxiong; Bao, Jie; Zhou, Zuying; Tang, Hongqing; Kong, Xiangzhong; Peng, Meng

    2016-05-01

    The neutron emission double-differential cross sections (DDX) of 9Be was measured at an incident neutron energy of 21.65 MeV, using the multi-detector fast neutron time-of-flight (TOF) spectrometer on HI-13 Tandem Accelerator at the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE). The data were deduced by comparing the measured TOF spectra with the calculated ones using a realistic Monte-Carlo simulation. The DDX were normalized to n-p scattering cross sections which are a neutron scattering standard. The results of the elastic scattering angular distributions (DX) and the secondary neutron emission DDX at 25 different angles from 15 deg to 145 deg were presented. Meanwhile, a theoretical model based on the unified Hauser-Feshbach and exciton model for light nuclei was used to describe the double-differential cross sections of n+9Be, and the theoretical calculation results were compared with the measured cross sections.

  15. Ottawa Sand, Royer Dolomite and Dunite Sand as reference samples for the thermal neutron absorption cross-section

    Thermal neutron absorption cross-section measurements on three samples supplied by the International Atomic Energy Agency are reported. The absorption cross-section was measured using a method developed at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Krakow, Poland. The method consists of irradiation by a pulsed fast neutron beam of the system containing the investigated sample surrounded by an outer moderator. The decay constant of the thermal neutron flux in the system is measured as a function of the thickness of the moderator. The absorption cross-section of the sample is obtained by combining the experimental results with a theoretical calculation. Several independent assays were performed for each sample. The average values of the mass absorption cross-section (in units 10-3 cm2/g) are 2.45 + - 0.23 for Ottawa Sand, 2.71 + - 0.42 and 1.93 + - 0.28 for Royer Dolomite, and 3.72 + - 0.22 for Dunite Sand (at the 95% confidence level). The paper contains individual results of the mass and linear absorption cross-sections and the densities of the rocks for each assay. (author)

  16. Group neutron fission and radiative-capture cross-sections for transactinides

    A comparison is made between evaluations of radiative-capture and fission cross-sections for the isotopes 236U, 237Np, 238Pu, 241Am, 243Am, 242Cm and 244Cm, and group cross-sections for use in fast-reactor calculations are recommended. Group cross-sections obtained from the HEDL graphical data (evaluation for ENDF/B-V) are shown for 234U, 236Pu, 237Pu, 242Pu, 244Pu, sup(242m)Am, 241Cm, 243Cm and 248Cm. Group cross-sections for 32 isotopes from the ENDL-76 library files are also given. In choosing recommended cross-sections, account was taken of the extent of agreement with experimental data where these are available, the extent to which the cross-sections are documented and the extent to which they have been calculated from a theoretical model. The reliability of evaluations is discussed. An attempt is made to evaluate the error in single-group cross-sections averaged over a typical fast-reactor spectrum. Conclusions are drawn from a study of the literature on the current status of experimental and theoretical research on transactinide cross-sections, and from the spread of the different evaluation data. Finally, the situation with respect to the integral experiments which can be used for correcting transactinide cross-sections is discussed. (author)

  17. The thermal neutron absorption cross-sections, resonance integrals and resonance parameters of silicon and its stable isotopes

    The data available up to the end of November 1968 on the thermal neutron absorption cross-sections, resonance absorption integrals, and resonance parameters of silicon and its stable isotopes are collected and discussed. Estimates are given of the mean spacing of the energy levels of the compound nuclei near the neutron binding energy. It is concluded that the thermal neutron absorption cross-section and resonance absorption integral of natural silicon are not well established. The data on these two parameters are somewhat correlated, and three different assessments of the resonance integral are presented which differ over-all by a factor of 230. Many resonances have been detected by charged particle reactions which have not yet been observed in neutron cross-section measurements. One of these resonances of Si28, at En = 4 ± 5 keV might account for the large resonance integral which is derived, very uncertainly, from integral data. The principal source of the measured resonance integral of Si30 has not yet been located. The thermal neutron absorption cross-section of Si28 appears to result mainly from a negative energy resonance, possibly the resonance at En = - 59 ± 5 keV detected by the Si28 (d,p) reaction. (author)

  18. ZZ UKCTR-1, Cross-Section Library for Neutron Flux and Neutron Reaction Rates in CTR Calculation

    1 - Description of problem or function: Format: ANISN, DOT, MORSE, SWANLAKE; Number of Groups: 46 energy group structure from 14.2 MeV to 1 MeV; Nuclides: Li-6, Li-7, O, Be, Pb, Nb, Fe, Ni, Cr, Zr, V, Ti, H, D, T, C, Al, B-10, B-11, Cu-63, Cu-65, F, Na, K, Mo. Origin: UKNDL; Weighting Spectrum: 1/(Sigma t (E).E) weighting is used for groups 1 to 44 with Maxwellian weighting for the two thermal groups. UKCTR1 is a data library of neutron cross sections for 25 materials in a 46 energy group structure from 14.2 MeV to 1 MeV. It is designed for calculation of neutron fluxes and reaction rates in controlled thermonuclear reactors. The energy group structure is fine at 14 MeV and there are two thermal groups; the lethargy interval width per energy group for decreasing energy is as follows: 0.014, 0.036, 2 x 0.15, 15 x 0.3, 25 x 0.5, 2.935 and 3.091. Reaction cross sections including partial inelastic data are provided for the following materials: Li-6, Li-7, O, Be, Pb, Nb, Fe, Ni, Cr, Zr, V, Ti, H, D, T, C, Al, B-10, B-11, Cu-63, Cu-65, F, Na, K, Mo. 1/(Sigma t (E).E) weighting is used for groups 1 to 44 with Maxwellian weighting for the two thermal groups. Anisotropy of scattering is represented by a P order up to 4 (usually 0 to 4). Data for hydrogen and deuterium both in water and heavy water and in the gaseous state is available. As a supplement, neutron kerma factors are included for each of the nuclides in the library as well as 98 activation cross sections of importance in fusion reactor work. (These 98 activation cross sections have been extracted from the bulk of the UKCTR-I library to be in a more convenient form for programs such as ANISN.) The kerma factors were computed using the code ENBAL2, a revised version of ENBAL, which calculates multigroup kerma factors directly from multigroup cross sections together with reaction Q-values. This approach allows neutron heating calculations to be performed consistently with the flux calculation. 2 - Method of

  19. Differences between cross-section libraries for neutron dosimetry; Diferencas entre bibliotecas de secoes de choque para dosimetria de neutrons

    Tardelli, T.C.; Stecher, L.C.; Coelho, T.S.; Castro, V.A. De; Cavalieri, T.A.; Menzel, F.; Giarola, R.S.; Domingos, D.B.; Yoriyaz, H., E-mail: tiago.tardelli@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Engenharia Nuclear

    2013-08-15

    Absorbed dose calculations depend on a consistent set of nuclear data used in simulations in computer codes. Nuclear data are stored in libraries, however, the information available about the differences in dose caused by different libraries are rare. The libraries are processed by a computer system to be able to be used by a radiation transport code. One of the systems capable of processing nuclear data is the NJOY system. The objective of this study is to evaluate the nuclear data libraries for neutrons available in the literature, and to quantify the differences in absorbed dose obtained using the libraries JENDL 4.0, JEFF 3.3.1 and ENDF/B.VII. The absorbed dose calculation was performed on a simple geometric model, as spheres, and in anthropomorphic model of the human body based on the ICRP-110 for neutron transport simulation using the MCNP5 code. The results were compared with literature data. The results obtained with cross sections from the libraries JEFF and ENDF/B.VII have shown to be identical in most cases, except for one case where the difference has exceeded 10%. The results obtained with JENDL library has shown to be considerably different in most cases comparing to other two libraries. Some differences were over 200%. The dose calculations showed differences between the libraries, which is justified by differences in the cross sections. It has been observed that the cross sections values of certain nuclides assume quite different values in different libraries. These differences in turn cause considerable differences in dose calculations. (author)

  20. MENDF71x. Multigroup Neutron Cross Section Data Tables Based upon ENDF/B-VII.1

    A new multi-group neutron cross section library has been released along with the release of NDI version 2.0.20. The library is named MENDF71x and is based upon the evaluations released in ENDF/B-VII.1 which was made publicly available in December 2011. ENDF/B-VII.1 consists of 423 evaluations of which ten are excited states evaluations and 413 are ground state evaluations. MENDF71x was created by processing the 423 evaluations into 618-group, downscatter only NDI data tables. The ENDF/B evaluation files were processed using NJOY version 99.393 with the exception of 35Cl and 233U. Those two isotopes had unique properties that required that we process the evaluation using NJOY version 2012. The MENDF71x library was only processed to room temperature, i.e., 293.6 K. In the future, we plan on producing a multi-temperature library based on ENDF/B-VII.1 and compatible with MENDF71x.