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  1. Chromatographic isolation of 144Ce and 144Pr from the wastes of irradiated uranium treatment

    A two-step chromatographic technique was elaborated to isolate 144Ce, 144Pr from a solution of uranium fission products in 6M HNO3. The oxidation to Ce(III) by bromate and selective adsorption of 144Ce(IV) on anion exchange column were used to concentrate and purify 144Ce. Some impurities of uranium, 95Zr, 95Nb, 106Ru remain in 144Ce solution after the first step of its isolation. The final purification is achieved by passing the 6M HNO3 solution of 144Ce(IV) through the HDEHP-coated teflon column. The decontamination factors of 144Ce from main fission products are given. 7.2 mCi of (144Ce+144Pr) are recovered from each gram of irradiated uranium trioxide with the yield greater than 99%. An improvement of known generator was carried out to elute a purer 144Pr from maternal 144Ce(IV) adsorbed on the anion exchange column. (author)

  2. Fission fragment rocket concept

    A new propulsion scheme is outlined which may permit interstellar missions for spacecraft. This scheme is based on the idea of allowing fission fragments to escape from the core of a nuclear reactor. (orig.)

  3. Fission Fragments Discriminator

    Nuclear fission reaction between Uranium-235 nucleus and thermal neutron caused the high energy fission fragments with uncertainly direction. The particle direction discrimination was determined. The 2.5 x 3.0 mm2 polyethylene gratings with 1-6 mm thickness were used. The grating was placed between uranium screen that fabricated from ammonium-diurinate compound and polycarbonate nuclear track film recorder irradiated by neutron from Thai Research Reactor (TRR-1/M1) facility. The nuclear track density was inversely with grating thickness. It's only fission fragments normal to uranium screen pass through film recorder when grating thickness was 4-6 mm

  4. Fission fragment angular distributions

    Recently a Letter appeared (Phys. Rev. Lett., 522, 414(1984)) claiming that the usual expression for describing the angula distribution of fission fragments from compound nuclear decay is not a necessarily valid limit of a more general expression. In this comment we wish to point out that the two expressions arise from distinctly different models, and that the new expression as used in the cited reference is internally inconsistent

  5. The spectroscopy of fission fragments

    High-resolution measurements on γ rays from fission fragments have provided a rich source of information, unobtainable at the moment in any other way, on the spectroscopy of neutron-rich nuclei. In recent years important data have been obtained on the yrast- and near yrast-structure of neutron-rich fission fragments. We discuss the scope of measurements which can be made on prompt gamma rays from secondary fission fragments, the techniques used in the experiments and some results recently obtained. (author)

  6. The spectroscopy of fission fragments

    Phillips, W.R. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Collaboration: La Direction des Sciences de la Matiere du CEA (FR); Le Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique de Belgique (BE)

    1998-12-31

    High-resolution measurements on {gamma} rays from fission fragments have provided a rich source of information, unobtainable at the moment in any other way, on the spectroscopy of neutron-rich nuclei. In recent years important data have been obtained on the yrast- and near yrast-structure of neutron-rich fission fragments. We discuss the scope of measurements which can be made on prompt gamma rays from secondary fission fragments, the techniques used in the experiments and some results recently obtained. (author) 24 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Chemical Production using Fission Fragments

    Some reactor design considerations of the use of fission recoil fragment energy for the production of chemicals of industrial importance have been discussed previously in a paper given at the Second United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy [A/Conf. 15/P.76]. The present paper summarizes more recent progress made on this topic at AERE, Harwell. The range-energy relationship for fission fragments is discussed in the context of the choice of fuel system for a chemical production reactor, and the experimental observation of a variation of chemical effect along the length of a fission fragment track is described for the irradiation of nitrogen-oxygen mixtures. Recent results are given on the effect of fission fragments on carbon monoxide-hydrogen gas mixtures and on water vapour. No system investigated to date shows any outstanding promise for large-scale chemical production. (author)

  8. Fission fragment driven neutron source

    Miller, Lowell G.; Young, Robert C.; Brugger, Robert M.

    1976-01-01

    Fissionable uranium formed into a foil is bombarded with thermal neutrons in the presence of deuterium-tritium gas. The resulting fission fragments impart energy to accelerate deuterium and tritium particles which in turn provide approximately 14 MeV neutrons by the reactions t(d,n).sup.4 He and d(t,n).sup.4 He.

  9. Velocity fluctuations of fission fragment.

    Llanes Estrada, Felipe José; Martínez Carmona, Belén; Muñoz Martínez, José L.

    2016-01-01

    We propose event by event velocity fluctuations of nuclear fission fragments as an additional interesting observable that gives access to the nuclear temperature in an independent way from spectral measurements and relates the diffusion and friction coefficients for the relative fragment coordinate in Kramers-like models (in which some aspects of fission can be understood as the diffusion of a collective variable through a potential barrier). We point out that neutron emission by the heavy fr...

  10. Laser spectroscopy of fission fragments

    The study of the nuclear structure of fission fragments is discussed. They are neutron-rich nuclei the structure of which possesses some peculiarities. Two regions of fission fragments are discussed: near the shell closures N = 50 and N = 82 and at the boundary of the deformation. A view on the optical properties of these elements is presented and different laser spectroscopic methods for their investigation are proposed. (author)

  11. Velocity fluctuations of fission fragments

    Llanes-Estrada, Felipe J; Martinez, Jose L Muñoz

    2015-01-01

    We propose event by event velocity fluctuations of nuclear fission fragments as an additional interesting observable that gives access to the nuclear temperature in an independent way from spectral measurements and relates the diffusion and friction coefficients for the relative fragment coordinate in Kramer-like models (in which some aspects of fission can be understood as the diffusion of a collective variable through a potential barrier). We point out that neutron emission by the heavy fragments can be treated in effective theory if corrections to the velocity distribution are needed.

  12. Velocity fluctuations of fission fragments

    Llanes-Estrada, Felipe J.; Carmona, Belén Martínez; Martínez, Jose L. Muñoz

    2016-02-01

    We propose event by event velocity fluctuations of nuclear fission fragments as an additional interesting observable that gives access to the nuclear temperature in an independent way from spectral measurements and relates the diffusion and friction coefficients for the relative fragment coordinate in Kramers-like models (in which some aspects of fission can be understood as the diffusion of a collective variable through a potential barrier). We point out that neutron emission by the heavy fragments can be treated in effective theory if corrections to the velocity distribution are needed.

  13. Ternary fission of nuclei into comparable fragments

    Karpeshin, F. F., E-mail: fkarpeshin@gmail.com [D.I. Mendeleev Institute forMetrology (VNIIM) (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-15

    The problem of nuclear fission into three comparable fragments is considered. A mechanism of true ternary fission is proposed. In contrast to sequential fission, where the three fragments arise upon two sequential events of binary fission, the mechanism in question relies on a scenario that originally involves fission into three fragments. This mechanism is driven by a hexadecapole deformation of the fissioning nucleus, in contrast to binary fission associated with quadrupole vibrations of the nuclear surface. The fragment-mass ratios are estimated. The dynamics of formation of collinear fragments and their subsequent motion in opposite directions is traced. The calculated probability of true ternary fission complies with observed values.

  14. Ternary fission of nuclei into comparable fragments

    The problem of nuclear fission into three comparable fragments is considered. A mechanism of true ternary fission is proposed. In contrast to sequential fission, where the three fragments arise upon two sequential events of binary fission, the mechanism in question relies on a scenario that originally involves fission into three fragments. This mechanism is driven by a hexadecapole deformation of the fissioning nucleus, in contrast to binary fission associated with quadrupole vibrations of the nuclear surface. The fragment-mass ratios are estimated. The dynamics of formation of collinear fragments and their subsequent motion in opposite directions is traced. The calculated probability of true ternary fission complies with observed values

  15. The VERDI fission fragment spectrometer

    Frégeau M.O.; Bryś T.; Gamboni Th.; Geerts W.; Oberstedt S.; Oberstedt A.; Borcea R.

    2013-01-01

    The VERDI time-of-flight spectrometer is dedicated to measurements of fission product yields and of prompt neutron emission data. Pre-neutron fission-fragment masses will be determined by the double time-of-flight (TOF) technique. For this purpose an excellent time resolution is required. The time of flight of the fragments will be measured by electrostatic mirrors located near the target and the time signal coming from silicon detectors located at 50 cm on both sides of the target. This conf...

  16. Energy production using fission fragment rockets

    Chapline, G.; Matsuda, Y.

    1991-08-01

    Fission fragment rockets are nuclear reactors with a core consisting of thin fibers in a vacuum, and which use magnetic fields to extract the fission fragments from the reactor core. As an alternative to ordinary nuclear reactors, fission fragment rockets would have the following advantages: approximately twice the efficiency if the fission fragment energy can be directly converted into electricity; reduction of the buildup of a fission fragment inventory in the reactor could avoid a Chernobyl type disaster; and collection of the fission fragments outside the reactor could simplify the waste disposal problem.

  17. Energy production using fission fragment rockets

    Fission fragment rockets are nuclear reactors with a core consisting of thin fibers in a vacuum, and which use magnetic fields to extract the fission fragments from the reactor core. As an alternative to ordinary nuclear reactors, fission fragment rockets would have the following advantages: Approximately twice as efficient if one can directly convert the fission fragment energy into electricity; by reducing the buildup of a fission fragment inventory in the reactor one could avoid a Chernobyl type disaster; and collecting the fission fragments outside the reactor could simplify the waste disposal problem. 6 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  18. The VERDI fission fragment spectrometer

    The VERDI time-of-flight spectrometer is dedicated to measurements of fission product yields and of prompt neutron emission data. Pre-neutron fission-fragment masses will be determined by the double time-of-flight (TOF) technique. For this purpose an excellent time resolution is required. The time of flight of the fragments will be measured by electrostatic mirrors located near the target and the time signal coming from silicon detectors located at 50 cm on both sides of the target. This configuration, where the stop detector will provide us simultaneously with the kinetic energy of the fragment and timing information, significantly limits energy straggling in comparison to legacy experimental setup where a thin foil was usually used as a stop detector. In order to improve timing resolution, neutron transmutation doped silicon will be used. The high resistivity homogeneity of this material should significantly improve resolution in comparison to standard silicon detectors. Post-neutron fission fragment masses are obtained form the time-of-flight and the energy signal in the silicon detector. As an intermediary step a diamond detector will also be used as start detector located very close to the target. Previous tests have shown that poly-crystalline chemical vapour deposition (pCVD) diamonds provides a coincidence time resolution of 150 ps not allowing complete separation between very low-energy fission fragments, alpha particles and noise. New results from using artificial single-crystal diamonds (sCVD) show similar time resolution as from pCVD diamonds but also sufficiently good energy resolution. (authors)

  19. The VERDI fission fragment spectrometer

    Frégeau M.O.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The VERDI time-of-flight spectrometer is dedicated to measurements of fission product yields and of prompt neutron emission data. Pre-neutron fission-fragment masses will be determined by the double time-of-flight (TOF technique. For this purpose an excellent time resolution is required. The time of flight of the fragments will be measured by electrostatic mirrors located near the target and the time signal coming from silicon detectors located at 50 cm on both sides of the target. This configuration, where the stop detector will provide us simultaneously with the kinetic energy of the fragment and timing information, significantly limits energy straggling in comparison to legacy experimental setup where a thin foil was usually used as a stop detector. In order to improve timing resolution, neutron transmutation doped silicon will be used. The high resistivity homogeneity of this material should significantly improve resolution in comparison to standard silicon detectors. Post-neutron fission fragment masses are obtained form the time-of-flight and the energy signal in the silicon detector. As an intermediary step a diamond detector will also be used as start detector located very close to the target. Previous tests have shown that poly-crystalline chemical vapour deposition (pCVD diamonds provides a coincidence time resolution of 150 ps not allowing complete separation between very low-energy fission fragments, alpha particles and noise. New results from using artificial single-crystal diamonds (sCVD show similar time resolution as from pCVD diamonds but also sufficiently good energy resolution.

  20. Fission fragment excited laser system

    McArthur, David A.; Tollefsrud, Philip B.

    1976-01-01

    A laser system and method for exciting lasing action in a molecular gas lasing medium which includes cooling the lasing medium to a temperature below about 150 K and injecting fission fragments through the lasing medium so as to preferentially excite low lying vibrational levels of the medium and to cause population inversions therein. The cooled gas lasing medium should have a mass areal density of about 5 .times. 10.sup.-.sup.3 grams/square centimeter, relaxation times of greater than 50 microseconds, and a broad range of excitable vibrational levels which are excitable by molecular collisions.

  1. Correlation measurements of fission-fragment properties

    Oberstedt A.; Martinez T.; Kis Z.; Karlsson J.; Hambsch F.-J.; Cano-Ott D.; Göök A.; Borcea R.; Billnert R.; Belgya T.; Oberstedt S.; Szentmiklosi L.; Takác K.

    2010-01-01

    For the development of future nuclear fission applications and for a responsible handling of nuclear waste the a-priori assessment of the fission-fragments’ heat production and toxicity is a fundamental necessity. The success of an indispensable modelling of the fission process strongly depends on a good understanding of the particular mechanism of scission, the mass fragmentation and partition of excitation energy. Experimental observables are fission-fragment properties like mass- and energ...

  2. Shell effects and fission fragments angular anisotropy

    The impact of the shell corrections attenuation effect with growth of the fissionable nuclei temperature on the angular anisotropy of the fission fragments is considered. The experimental data on the anisotropy of the fission fragments angular distributions of the compound nucleus, formed in the 4He + 238U reactions, are analyzed within the frames of the transition states model in the fission barriers saddle point and statistic theory of nuclear reactions. The obvious kind of the shell corrections attenuation function is obtained

  3. Detection of fission fragments by secondary emission

    This fission fragment detecting apparatus is based on the principle that fragments traversing a thin foil will cause emission of secondary electrons. These electrons are then accelerated (10 kV) and directly detected by means of a plastic scintillator and associated photomultiplier. Some of the advantages of such a detector are, its rapidity, its discriminating power between alpha particles and fission fragments, its small energy loss in detecting the fragments and the relatively great amount of fissionable material which it can contain. This paper is subdivided as follows: a) theoretical considerations b) constructional details of apparatus and some experimental details and c) a study of the secondary emission effect itself. (author)

  4. A new 144Ce/144Pr radioisotope generator system

    A miniaturized generator system was developed containing manganese dioxide-coated alumina on which 144Ce is deposited and from which 144Pr is eluted with an aqueous solution of 1% KIO3 in 1 N nitric acid. More than 60% of the 144Pr was recovered with a 99.9% radionuclide purity even after 2000 ml eluant and 1000 1 or air had been passed through the column. (author)

  5. Fission fragment angular distribution in heavy ion induced fission

    S. Soheyli

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available   We have calculated the fission fragment angular anisotropy for 16O + 232Th,12C + 236U , 11B + 237 Np , 14 N + 232 Th , 11B + 235U , 12C + 232Th systems with the saddle point statistical model and compared the fission fragment angular anisotropy for these systems. This comparison was done with two methods a without neutron correction and b with neutron correction. Also we studied normal and anomalous behavior of the fission fragment angular anisotropy. Finally, we have predicted the average emitted neutron from compound nuclei considering the best fit for each system.

  6. Fission fragment angular distribution in heavy ion induced fission

    S. Soheyli; I. Ziaeian

    2006-01-01

      We have calculated the fission fragment angular anisotropy for 16O + 232Th,12C + 236U , 11B + 237 Np , 14 N + 232 Th , 11B + 235U , 12C + 232Th systems with the saddle point statistical model and compared the fission fragment angular anisotropy for these systems. This comparison was done with two methods a) without neutron correction and b) with neutron correction. Also we studied normal and anomalous behavior of the fission fragment angular anisotropy. Finally, we have predicted the averag...

  7. Correlation measurements of fission-fragment properties

    Oberstedt A.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available For the development of future nuclear fission applications and for a responsible handling of nuclear waste the a-priori assessment of the fission-fragments’ heat production and toxicity is a fundamental necessity. The success of an indispensable modelling of the fission process strongly depends on a good understanding of the particular mechanism of scission, the mass fragmentation and partition of excitation energy. Experimental observables are fission-fragment properties like mass- and energy-distributions, and the prompt neutron as well as γ-ray multiplicities and emission spectra. The latter quantities should preferably be known as a function of fragment mass and excitation energy. Those data are highly demanded as published by the OECD-NEA in its high priority data request list. With the construction of the double (v, E spectrometer VERDI we aim at measuring pre- and post-neutron masses directly and simultaneously to avoid prompt neutron corrections. From the simultaneous measurement of pre- and post-neutron fission-fragment data the prompt neutron multiplicity may then be inferred fully correlated with fragment mass yield and total kinetic energy. Using an ultra-fast fission event trigger spectral prompt fission γ-ray measurements may be performed. For that purpose recently developed lanthanum-halide detectors, with excellent timing characteristics, were coupled to the VERDI spectrometer allowing for a very good discrimination of fission γ-rays and prompt neutrons due to their different time-of-flight.

  8. Antiproton Induced Fission and Fragmentation of Nuclei

    2002-01-01

    The annihilation of slow antiprotons with nuclei results in a large highly localized energy deposition primarily on the nuclear surface. \\\\ \\\\ The study of antiproton induced fission and fragmentation processes is expected to yield new information on special nuclear matter states, unexplored fission modes, multifragmentation of nuclei, and intranuclear cascades.\\\\ \\\\ In order to investigate the antiproton-nucleus interaction and the processes following the antiproton annihilation at the nucleus, we propose the following experiments: \\item A)~Measurement of several fragments from fission and from multifragmentation in coincidence with particle spectra, especially neutrons and kaons. \\item B)~Precise spectra of $\\pi$, K, n, p, d and t with time-of-flight techniques. \\item C)~Installation of the Berlin 4$\\pi$ neutron detector with a 4$\\pi$ Si detector placed inside for fragments and charged particles. This yields neutron multiplicity distributions and consequently distributions of thermal excitation energies and...

  9. Brownian shape motion: Fission fragment mass distributions

    Sierk Arnold J.; Randrup Jørgen; Möller Peter

    2012-01-01

    It was recently shown that remarkably accurate fission-fragment mass distributions can be obtained by treating the nuclear shape evolution as a Brownian walk on previously calculated five-dimensional potential-energy surfaces; the current status of this novel method is described here.

  10. Fission fragment rockets - A new frontier

    A new reactor concept is described which would enable fission fragments to be continuously extracted from the reactor. Such a reactor has the potential of enabling extremely energetic and ambitious deep space missions. In this talk the basic physics issues involved in the operation of this type of reactor are outlined, and some possible applications to space exploration are described

  11. Brownian shape motion: Fission fragment mass distributions

    Sierk Arnold J.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available It was recently shown that remarkably accurate fission-fragment mass distributions can be obtained by treating the nuclear shape evolution as a Brownian walk on previously calculated five-dimensional potential-energy surfaces; the current status of this novel method is described here.

  12. Isoscaling of the Fission Fragments with Langevin Equation

    WANG Kun; TIAN Wen-Dong; ZHONG Chen; ZHOU Xing-Fei; MA Yu-Gang; WEI Yi-Bin; CAI Xiang-Zhou; CHEN Jin-Gen; FANG De-Qing; GUO Wei; MA Guo-Liang; SHEN Wen-Qing

    2005-01-01

    @@ The Langevin equation is used to simulate the fission process of 112Sn + 112Sn and 116Sn + 116Sn. The mass distribution of the fission fragments are given by assuming the process of symmetric fission or asymmetric fission with the Gaussian probability sampling. The isoscaling behaviour has been observed from the analysis of fission fragments of both the reactions, and the isoscaling parameter α seems to be sensitive to the width of fission probability and the beam energy.

  13. Isoscaling of the Fission Fragments with Langevin Equation

    Wang, K.; Ma, Y. G.; Wei, Y. B.; Cai, X. Z.; Chen, J. G.; Fang, D Q; Guo, W; Ma, G. L.; Shen, W.Q.(Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Shanghai, 201800, China); Tian, W.D.; Zhong, C.; Zhou, X. F.

    2004-01-01

    Langevin equation is used to simulate the fission process of $^{112}$Sn + $^{112}$Sn and $^{116}$Sn + $^{116}$Sn. The mass distribution of the fission fragments are given by assuming the process of symmetric fission or asymmetric fission with the Gaussian probability sampling. Isoscaling behavior has been observed from the analysis of fission fragments of both reactions and the isoscaling parameter $\\alpha$ seems to be sensitive to the width of fission probability and the beam energy.

  14. Influence of spin on fission fragments anisotropy

    Ghodsi Omid N.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis of selected fission fragment angular distribution when at least one of the spins of the projectile or target is appreciable in induced fission was made by using the statistical scission model. The results of this model predicate that the spins of the projectile or target are affected on the nuclear level density of the compound nucleus. The experimental data was analyzed by means of the couple channel spin effect formalism. This formalism suggests that the projectile spin is more effective on angular anisotropies within the limits of energy near the fusion barrier.

  15. Fission fragment angular distributions and fission cross section validation

    The present knowledge of angular distributions of neutron-induced fission is limited to a maximal energy of 15 MeV, with large discrepancies around 14 MeV. Only 238U and 232Th have been investigated up to 100 MeV in a single experiment. The n-TOF Collaboration performed the fission cross section measurement of several actinides (232Th, 235U, 238U, 234U, 237Np) at the n-TOF facility using an experimental set-up made of Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC), extending the energy domain of the incident neutron above hundreds of MeV. The method based on the detection of the 2 fragments in coincidence allowed to clearly disentangle the fission reactions among other types of reactions occurring in the spallation domain. I will show the methods we used to reconstruct the full angular resolution by the tracking of fission fragments. Below 10 MeV our results are consistent with existing data. For example in the case of 232Th, below 10 MeV the results show clearly the variation occurring at the first (1 MeV) and second (7 MeV) chance fission, corresponding to transition states of given J and K (total spin and its projection on the fission axis), and a much more accurate energy dependence at the 3. chance threshold (14 MeV) has been obtained. In the spallation domain, above 30 MeV we confirm the high anisotropy revealed in 232Th by the single existing data set. I'll discuss the implications of this finding, related to the low anisotropy exhibited in proton-induced fission. I also explore the critical experiments which is valuable checks of nuclear data. The 237Np neutron-induced fission cross section has recently been measured in a large energy range (from eV to GeV) at the n-TOF facility at CERN. When compared to previous measurements, the n-TOF fission cross section appears to be higher by 5-7 % beyond the fission threshold. To check the relevance of n-TOF data, we simulate a criticality experiment performed at Los Alamos with a 6 kg sphere of 237Np. This sphere was

  16. Understanding of fission dynamics from fragment mass distribution studies

    Nuclear fission is a complex process involving large scale collective rearrangement of nuclear matter. The shape of the fissioning nucleus evolves in the multidimensional space of relative separation, neck opening, mass asymmetry and deformation of the fragments. Various types of nuclear shape deformation have been observed from the fission fragment spectroscopy studies, which provide crucial information in the understanding of the dynamics of the fission process. The fission fragment mass and charge distributions are decided during saddle to scission transition and are directly related to the scission configuration. Several nuclear models have been put forward to describe the fission fragment mass distribution as well as shape deformation of the fragments. The width of the fission fragment mass distribution is related to the fission process and provides information on the type of fission reactions

  17. Fission Fragment characterization with FALSTAFF at NFS

    Pancin J.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The Neutrons for Science (NFS facility will be one of the first installations of the SPIRAL2 facility. NFS will be composed of a time-of-flight baseline and irradiation stations and will allow studying neutron-induced reactions for energies going from some hundreds of keV up to 40 MeV. Continuous and quasi-monoenergetic energy neutron beams will be available. Taking advantage of this new installation, the development of an experimental setup for a full characterization of actinide fission fragments in this energy domain has been undertaken. To achieve this goal a new detection system called FALSTAFF (Four Arm cLover for the STudy of Actinide Fission Fragments in under development. In this paper, the characteristics of the NFS facility will be exposed and the motivations for the FALSTAFF experiment will be presented. The experimental setup will be described and the expected resolutions based on realistic GEANT4 simulations will be discussed.

  18. Fission fragment rockets -- a potential breakthrough

    A new reactor concept which has the potential of enabling extremely energetic and ambitious space propulsion missions is described. Fission fragments are directly utilized as the propellant by guiding them out of a very low density core using magnetic fields. The very high fission fragment exhaust velocities yield specific impulses of approximately a million seconds while maintaining respectable thrust levels. Specific impulses of this magnitude allow acceleration of significant payload masses to several percent of the velocity of light and enable a variety of interesting missions, e.g., payloads to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, in about a hundred years or very rapid solar system transport. The parameters reported in this paper are based on a very preliminary analysis. Considerable trade-off studies will be required to find the optimum system

  19. Fission Fragment characterization with FALSTAFF at NFS

    Doré, D.; Farget, F.; Lecolley, F.-R.; Ledoux, X.; Lehaut, G.; Materna, T.; Pancin, J.; Panebianco, S.

    2013-03-01

    The Neutrons for Science (NFS) facility will be one of the first installations of the SPIRAL2 facility. NFS will be composed of a time-of-flight baseline and irradiation stations and will allow studying neutron-induced reactions for energies going from some hundreds of keV up to 40 MeV. Continuous and quasi-monoenergetic energy neutron beams will be available. Taking advantage of this new installation, the development of an experimental setup for a full characterization of actinide fission fragments in this energy domain has been undertaken. To achieve this goal a new detection system called FALSTAFF (Four Arm cLover for the STudy of Actinide Fission Fragments) in under development. In this paper, the characteristics of the NFS facility will be exposed and the motivations for the FALSTAFF experiment will be presented. The experimental setup will be described and the expected resolutions based on realistic GEANT4 simulations will be discussed.

  20. Measurement of fission fragments energy loss

    Benetti, P; Calligarich, E; Cesana, A; Dolfini, R; Ioppolo, T; Raselli, G L; Terrani, M

    2002-01-01

    The mean energy of sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf fission fragments emerging from an absorber and the determination of the capture rate in the absorber itself have been measured using two independent and complementary nuclear techniques. The results can be applied to the measurement of the energy self-absorption in a non-zero thickness source and can be used to validate simulation programs.

  1. MAFF - the Munich accelerator for fission fragments

    At the new high flux reactor FRM-II in Munich the accelerator MAFF (Munich Accelerator for Fission Fragments) is under design. In the high neutron flux of 1014 n/cm2 s up to 1014 neutron-rich fission fragments per second are produced in the 1 g 235 U target. Ions with an energy of 30 keV are extracted from the ion source. In the mass separator two isotopes can be selected. One of the beams is used for low energy experiments, the other one is injected into an ECRIS (or EBIS) for charge breeding to a q/A ≥ 0.16. A gas filled RFQ cooler is used for emittance improvement. The subsequent LINAC delivers beams with an energy ranging from 3.7 MeV/u to 5.9 MeV/u. New IH structures are being developed at the Munich tandem laboratory. A small storage ring is planned in a further stage to recycle the fission fragments. A thin target foil can be placed into this ring, e.g., for synthesis of super-heavy elements. The through-going beam tube has been installed in the heavy water tank of the reactor. Tests of the target ion source in a special oven to test long term stability and safety tests were in progress. (author)

  2. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by immature beagle dogs. VI

    Immature Beagle dogs (approximately equal to 3 months of age at exposure) have been exposed by inhalation to a relatively insoluble form of 144Ce (in fused aluminosilicate particles) to compare the resulting patterns of metabolism, dosimetry and biological effects with those seen in dogs exposed at 12 and 14 months of age and at 8 to 10.5 years of age. Five blocks of longevity animals, each consisting of 10 exposed dogs and one control, are currently on experiment. The initial lung burdens of the 144Ce-exposed dogs range from 0.004 to 140 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight. Three dogs with initial lung burdens of 73 to 120 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 66 to 121 days after exposure with pulmonary injury and congestive heart failure. One dog with an initial lung burden of 140 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 91 days after exposure with severe radiation pneumonitis and minimal pulmonary fibrosis and another dog whose initial lung burden was 70 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 511 days after exposure with pulmonary injury that was mainly fibrotic in nature. Two dogs with initial lung burdens of 52 and 64 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight had primary pulmonary hemangiosarcomas and died at 618 and 689 days, respectively, with cumulative average absorbed beta doses to lung of 23,000 and 29,000 rads. One dog with an initial lung burden of 28 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight was euthanized at 1227 days after exposure with a hemangiosarcoma of the mediastinum, and another dog with an initial lung burden of 12 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 1520 days after exposure from epilepsy. Serial observations are continuing on the surviving 40 exposed and five control dogs

  3. Revisiting the even-odd staggering in fission fragment yields

    Caamano, M.; Rejmund, F.; Schmidt, K. -H.

    2009-01-01

    The even-odd staggering observed in the experimental fission-fragment nuclear-charge yields is investigated over a wide systematics of fission fragments measured at Lohengrin in direct kinematics and at GSI in inverse kinematics. The general increase of the even-odd staggering in the fission-fragment charge yields towards asymmetric charge splits is explained by the absorption of the unpaired nucleons by the heavy fragment. As a consequence, the well established trend of evenodd staggering in...

  4. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by immature Beagle dogs. XVII

    Immature Beagle dogs (3-mo old) received a single, brief inhalation exposure to 144Ce in fused aluminosilicate particles as part of a series of studies designed to study the effects of age on dose response relationships for inhaled radionuclides. Forty-nine dogs inhaled graded levels of 144Ce that resulted in initial lung burdens ranging from 0.004-140 μCi/kg 0.15-5200 kBq/kg) body weight. Five control dogs inhaled nonradioactive fused aluminosilicate particles. Forty-one of the 144Ce-exposed dogs have died: 11 with lung tumors 4 with tumors of the tracheobronchial lymph nodes, with a nasal cavity tumor, and 9 with non neoplastic diseases of the respiratory tract. Observations are continuing on the 8 144Ce-exposed dogs that are surviving at this time. (author)

  5. DSP Algorithms for Fission Fragment and Prompt Fission Neutron Spectroscopy

    Zeynalova, O.; Zeynalov, Sh.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.; Fabry, I.

    2009-10-01

    Digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms are in high demand for modern nuclear fission investigation due to importance of increase the accuracy of fissile nuclear data for new generation of nuclear power stations. DSP algorithms for fission fragment (FF) and prompt fission neutron (PFN) spectroscopy are described in the present work. The twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber (GTIC) is used to measure the kinetic energy-, mass- and angular distributions of the FF in the 252Cf(SF) reaction. Along with the neutron time-of-flight (TOF) measurement the correlation between neutron emission and FF mass and energy is investigated. The TOF is measured between common cathode of the GTIC and the neutron detector (ND) pulses. Waveform digitizers (WFD) having 12 bit amplitude resolution and 100 MHz sampling frequency are used for the detector pulse sampling. DSP algorithms are developed as recursive procedures to perform the signal processing, similar to those available in various nuclear electronics modules, such as constant fraction discriminator (CFD), pulse shape discriminator (PSD), peak-sensitive analogue-to-digital converter (pADC) and pulse shaping amplifier (PSA). To measure the angle between FF and the cathode plane normal to the GTIC a new algorithm is developed having advantage over the traditional analogue pulse processing schemes. Algorithms are tested by comparing the numerical simulation of the data analysis of the 252Cf(SF) reaction with data available from literature.

  6. Fission fragment characterization with FALSTAFF at NFS

    The Neutrons for Science (NFS) facility will be one of the first installations of the SPIRAL2 facility. NFS will be composed of a time-of-flight baseline and irradiation stations and will allow studying neutron-induced reactions for energies going from some hundreds of keV up to 40 MeV. Continuous and quasi-monoenergetic energy neutron beams will be available. Taking advantage of this new installation, the development of an experimental setup for a full characterization of actinide fission fragments in this energy domain has been undertaken. To achieve this goal a new detection system called FALSTAFF (Four Arm clover for the Study of Actinide Fission Fragments) in under development. Charge and mass distribution measurements in FALSTAFF are based on residual energy and velocity measurements. The 2V and EV methods are used to determine the fragment mass before and after neutron evaporation. In this paper, the characteristics of the NFS facility will be exposed and the motivations for the FALSTAFF experiment will be presented. The experimental setup will be described and the expected resolutions based on realistic GEANT4 simulations will be discussed. Simulations show that the foreseen experimental setup is able to provide the required precision. The building construction is almost finished and the beginning of the commissioning is planned for mid-2014

  7. Toxicity of inhaled 144CeCl3 in beagle dogs. VIII

    Studies on the metabolism, dosimetry, and effects of inhaled 144CeCl3 in the Beagle dog are continuing to provide information that will aid in assessing the biological consequences of inhaling 144Ce such as might be released in certain nuclear accidents. Studies on the tissue distribution of inhaled 144CeCl3 have shown that the 144Ce deposited in lung is translocated at a moderately rapid rate to liver and skeleton and that significant radiation doses are accumulated by all three organs. Fifty-five dogs that inhaled 144CeCl3 and 15 control dogs were placed in a longevity study and are being observed for their lifespan. The 144Ce dogs had long-term retained burdens with values ranging from 20 to 2900 μCi. Thirty-one of the dogs exposed to 144CeCl3 have died; 8 at 21 to 44 days after inhalation with signs attributed to severe bone marrow damage and associated pancytopenia; 2 at 138 and 144 days with radiation pneumonitis; 3 at 309 to 874 days with hepatic necrosis; 1 at 510 days with marrow aplasia; 1 at 375 days with pulmonary fibrosis; and 16 at 799 to 3081 days, most with neoplasms or myeloproliferative disorders. In this last group, 1 dog had an osteosarcoma, 3 had squamous cell carcinomas of the maxilla, 2 of the latter also having primary pulmonary neoplasms, 5 had hemangiosarcomas of the liver, 1 had a hemangiosarcoma of the nasal cavity, 2 had myelogenous leukemia, 1 had myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia, 1 had spinal cord ependymomas, and 2 did not have neoplasms. One of these had severe myelomalacia and the other diffuse hepatic lipidosis with severe degeneration. Two controls died; 1 with a thyroid carcinoma and 1 with aspiration pneumonia. Serial observations are continuing on the 24 surviving 144CeCl3 dogs and 13 control dogs. (U.S.)

  8. Fusion – fission dynamics: fragment mass distribution studies

    Bhattacharya S; Chaudhuri A.; Ghosh T. K.; Banerjee K; Bhattacharya C.; Kundu S.; Mukherjee G; Rana T. K.; Roy P; Pandey R; Bhattacharya P

    2015-01-01

    Using the major accelerator facilities available in India, detailed experimental studies have been made to understand the mechanism of quasi-fission and role of nuclear shell effect in heavy nuclei. Fission fragment mass distribution has been used as the probe to explore the role of entrance channel effects on fusion-fission and quasifission dynamics. Fission fragment mass distribution has also been demonstrated to be useful to identify the phenomenon of ‘washing out’ of nuclear shell effect ...

  9. About total kinetic energy distribution between fragments of binary fission

    At the investigation of binary fission reactions one of the main characteristic of process is total kinetic energy (TKE) of fission fragments and it distribution between them. From the values of these characteristics it is possible to extract the information about structure of fission fragments in the break up point of initial fissionable nuclear system. In our work TKE dependence from the deformation parameters of shape and density distribution of charge in the fission fragments are investigated. In the end of paper some generalizations of obtaining results are carried out and presented in the form of tables and figures

  10. Alkaline glass as induced fission fragment detectors

    The slide glass, registered trade marks INLAB, INVICT and PERFECTA were compared. For the three kinds of glasses the following studies were done: chemical composition; general dissolution rate for hydrofluoric acid solutions of concentrations between 1 and 10M, at 300C and ultrasound shaking; relative efficiency for recording fission fragment tracks from 252Cf. The INLAB glass was selected due to the better quality of its surface after chemical etching. The HF concentration 2.5M was determined for chemical etching of INLAB glass, and the optimum etching time was chosen between 8 and 10 minutes. The thermal attenuation of latent tracks in the environmental temperature was observed for intervals uo to 31 days between the detector exposure to the fission fragment source and etching of tracks. Several methods were used for determining the detector parameters, such as: critical angle, angle of the cone and efficiency of etching. The effects of gamma irradiation from 60Co and reactor neutrons in material properties as track detector were studied. Attenuation of latent tracks and saturation of color centers were observed for doses over 100M Rad. Since this kind of material contains uranium as impurity, uniformely distributed, slide glass were calibrated to be applied as a monitor of thermal neutron flux in nuclear reactor. (Author)

  11. Fission fragment detector by thin film capacitors. Pt. 2

    Fission fragments produce current pulses in thin film capacitors at applied electric fields lower than those required for the induction of breakdowns by such charged particles. This paper describes the use of silicon dioxide capacitors for the detection of fission fragments by these current pulses. With capacitor areas of 2 x 10-2 cm2, the pulses are not detectable when the oxide is relatively thin, but with 3,800 A thick oxide, fission fragments produce pulses of about 10-15C. The mechanisms producing the current pulses by fission fragments are finally discussed. (orig.)

  12. The multi-step prompt particle emission from fission fragments

    The purpose of this work is the study of non-equilibrium high-energy gamma emission from 252 Cf. In the framework of the formalism of statistical multi-step compound processes in nuclear reactions. A relation was found between the shape of the high-energy part of the gamma spectrum and different mechanisms of excitation of the fission fragments. Agreement with experimental data for different groups of fission fragments was obtained. The analysis of the experimental high-energy part of gamma spectra yields information about the mechanism of excitation of fission fragments. The influence of dissipation of the deformation excess on intrinsic excitation of fission fragments was studied. (authors)

  13. Conservation of Isospin in Neutron-rich Fission Fragments

    On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the fission phenomenon, we present a surprisingly simple result which highlights the important role of isospin and its conservation in neutron rich fission fragments. We have analysed the fission fragment mass distribution from two recent heavyion reactions 238U(18O,f) and 208Pb(18O,f) as well as a thermal neutron fission reaction 245Cm(nth,f). We find that the conservation of the total isospin explains the overall trend in the observed relative yields of fragment masses in each fission pair partition. The isospin values involved are very large making the effect dramatic. The findings open the way for more precise calculations of fission fragment distributions in heavy nuclei and may have far reaching consequences for the drip line nuclei, HI fusion reactions, and calculation of decay heat in the fission phenomenon

  14. Conservation of Isospin in Neutron-rich Fission Fragments

    Jain, A. K.; Choudhury, D.; Maheshwari, B.

    2014-06-01

    On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the fission phenomenon, we present a surprisingly simple result which highlights the important role of isospin and its conservation in neutron rich fission fragments. We have analysed the fission fragment mass distribution from two recent heavyion reactions 238U(18O,f) and 208Pb(18O,f) as well as a thermal neutron fission reaction 245Cm(nth,f). We find that the conservation of the total isospin explains the overall trend in the observed relative yields of fragment masses in each fission pair partition. The isospin values involved are very large making the effect dramatic. The findings open the way for more precise calculations of fission fragment distributions in heavy nuclei and may have far reaching consequences for the drip line nuclei, HI fusion reactions, and calculation of decay heat in the fission phenomenon.

  15. Conservation of Isospin in Neutron-Rich Fission Fragments

    Jain, Ashok Kumar; Maheshwari, Bhoomika

    2014-01-01

    On the occasion of the $75^{th}$ anniversary of the fission phenomenon, we present a surprisingly simple result which highlights the important role of isospin and its conservation in neutron rich fission fragments. We have analysed the fission fragment mass distribution from two recent heavy-ion reactions $^{238}$U($^{18}$O,f) and $^{208}$Pb($^{18}$O,f) as well as a thermal neutron fission reaction $^{245}$Cm(n$^{th}$,f). We find that the conservation of the total isospin explains the overall trend in the observed relative yields of fragment masses in each fission pair partition. The isospin values involved are very large making the effect dramatic. The findings open the way for more precise calculations of fission fragment distributions in heavy nuclei and may have far reaching consequences for the drip line nuclei, HI fusion reactions, and calculation of decay heat in the fission phenomenon.

  16. Toxicity of inhaled 144CeCl3 in beagle dogs. XI

    Studies on the metabolism, dosimetry and effects of inhaled 144CeCl3 in Beagle dogs are being conducted to assess the biological consequences of inhaling 144Ce such as might be released in certain nuclear accidents. Studies on the organ distribution of inhaled 144CeCl3 have shown that the 144Ce deposited in the lung is translocated at a moderately rapid rate to liver and skeleton and that significant radiation doses are accumulated by all three organs. Fifty-five dogs that inhaled 144CeCl3 and 15 control dogs are being observed for their life span. The 144Ce dogs have long-term retained burdens with values ranging from 20 to 2900 μCi. Forty-five of the dogs exposed to 144CeCl3 have died; eight from 21 to 44 days after inhalation with severe bone marrow damage and associated pancytopenia; two at 138 and 144 days with radiation pneumonitis; three from 309 to 874 days with hepatic necrosis; one at 510 days with marrow aplasia; one at 375 days with pulmonary fibrosis; and 30 from 799 to 4085 days, most with neoplasms or myeloproliferative disorders. In this last group, one dog had an osteosarcoma, five had squamous cell carcinomas of the nasal cavity (two also having primary pulmonary neoplasms), six had hemangiosarcomas of the liver, one had a hemangiosarcoma of the nasal cavity, two had myelogenous leukemia, one had myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia, one had spinal cord ependymomas, one had a malignant melanoma (also an ependymoma) and two had mammary adenocarcinomas. Three dogs had primary pulmonary neoplasms including two with bronchogenic adenocarcinomas and one with an adenoma. Seven did not have malignant neoplasms. Two of these had severe myelomalacia, one had pulmonary edema, three had congestive heart failure and one had diffuse hepatic lipidosis with severe hepatic degeneration

  17. Fission fragments transport by gaseous flow with aerosols

    Paper describes a pilot facility for fission fragment transport by gaseous flow with aerosols. This facility designed for fragment transport consists of a reaction chamber with irradiated target, receipt chamber to collect fragments, aerosol generator, roughing pump to pump put gas and a capillary connecting these units of facility. Paper presents the results of facility testing with fragments of 238U photofission by microtron Bremsstrahlung. The obtained parameters of facility (up to 70% efficiency of transport, up to 0.1 s time of transport at 1 m distance) enable to use it efficiently in experiments dealing with heavy nuclei fission and with investigation in properties of fission fragments

  18. Fission fragment orientation and gamma ray emission anisotropy

    Barabanov, A. L.

    1994-01-01

    Experimental data on angular distributions of gamma rays emitted from binary and ternary spontaneous fission of $^{252}{\\rm Cf}$ are analyzed. Their difference indicates that the alignment of fragments is higher in ternary fission than in binary one. The consequences of possible relation between the mechanism of ternary fission and the excitation of collective modes during the saddle-to-scission stage are discussed.

  19. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by aged Beagle dogs. XII

    The toxicity of relatively insoluble 144Ce inhaled by 8- to 10.5-year-old Beagle dogs is being investigated to determine possible age-related differences in long-term biological responses. Forty-two dogs were exposed to aerosols of 144Ce in fused aluminosilicate particles to yield initial lung burdens of 2.2 to 75 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight, and 12 control dogs were exposed to non-radioactive fused aluminosilicate particles. All 144Ce-exposed and control dogs have died or were euthanized between 197 and 2726 days after the inhalation exposure. Prominent findings in the 144Ce-exposed dogs were radiation pneumonitis in 19 of the 23 dogs that died during the first 943 days after exposure, and neoplastic disease in 13 of the 20 dogs that died beyond 904 days after exposure. Pulmonary tumors were found in five of these dogs. In contrast to the study with young adult dogs, in which pulmonary hemangiosarcomas were one of the prominent findings, all of these tumors were carcinomas

  20. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by immature Beagle dogs. XII

    Immature Beagle dogs (3 months old) were exposed once by inhalation to an aerosol of 144Ce incorporated in fused aluminosilicate particles. The influence of this age on the dose-response relationships is being compared to that of 13-mo-old and 8 to 10.5-yr-old dogs. This study involves 49 dogs that received graded initial lung burdens from 0.004 to 140 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight and five control dogs. To date, 19 of the 144Ce-exposed dogs and one of the controls have died. Dogs with the highest initial lung burdens of 144Ce died during the first 4 months with radiation pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, and congestive heart failure. Pulmonary hemangiosarcoma was the primary finding in dogs that died at 1.5 to 2 years after exposure. Deaths beyond that time have been due primarily to extrapulmonary hemangiosarcomas. Observations are continued on the surviving 30 144Ce-exposed and four control dogs at 7.0 to 11.2 years after exposure

  1. New fission-fragment detector for experiments at DANCE

    Rusev, G.; Roman, A. R.; Daum, J. K.; Springs, R. K.; Bond, E. M.; Jandel, M.; Baramsai, B.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A.; Favalli, A.; Ianakiev, K. D.; Iliev, M. L.; Mosby, S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Walker, C. L.

    2015-10-01

    A fission-fragment detector based on thin scintillating films has been built to serve as a veto/trigger detector in neutron-induced fission measurements at DANCE. The fissile material is surrounded by scintillating films providing a 4 π detection of the fission fragments. The scintillation events caused by the fission fragment interactions in the films are registered with silicon photomultipliers. Design of the detector and test measurements are described. Work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through the LANL/LDRD Program and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Nuclear Physics under the Early Career Award No. LANL20135009.

  2. The fission fragment yields at the photofission of actinide nuclei

    The fission fragment yields of isotopes 101Mo, 135I, 135mCs were measured at the photo-fission of actinide nuclei 232Th, 238U, 237Np. These fission fragments have some peculiarities in nuclear structure or in practical using. The measurements were performed on the microtron bremsstrahlung at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, JINR, at the electron energy 22 MeV. The activation method with an HPGe detector was used in these measurements of the yields

  3. Characterization of the scission point from fission-fragment velocities

    Caamaño, M; Delaune, O; Schmidt, K -H; Schmitt, C; Audouin, L; Bacri, C -O; Benlliure, J; Casarejos, E; Derkx, X; Fernández-Domínguez, B; Gaudefroy, L; Golabek, C; Jurado, B; Lemasson, A; Ramos, D; Rodríguez-Tajes, C; Roger, T; Shrivastava, A

    2015-01-01

    The isotopic-yield distributions and kinematic properties of fragments produced in transfer-induced fission of 240Pu and fusion-induced fission of 250Cf, with 9 MeV and 45 MeV of excitation energy respectively, were measured in inverse kinematics with the spectrometer VAMOS. The kinematic properties of identified fission fragments allow to derive properties of the scission configuration such as the distance between fragments, the total kinetic energy, the neutron multiplicity, the total excitation energy, and, for the first time, the proton- and neutron-number sharing during the emergence of the fragments. These properties of the scission point are studied as functions of the fragment atomic number. The correlation between these observables, gathered in one single experiment and for two different fissioning systems at different excitation energies, give valuable information for the understanding and modeling of the fission process.

  4. Fission fragment mass distributions via prompt -ray spectroscopy

    L S Danu; D C Biswas; B K Nayak; R K Choudhury

    2015-09-01

    The distribution of fragment masses formed in nuclear fission is one of the most striking features of the process. Such measurements are very important to understand the shape evolution of the nucleus from ground state to scission through intermediate saddle points. The fission fragment mass distributions, generally obtained via conventional methods (i.e., by measuring the energy and/or the velocity of the correlated fission fragments) are limited to a mass resolution of 4–5 units. On the other hand, by employing the -ray spectroscopy, it is possible to estimate the yield of individual fission fragments. In this work, determination of the fission fragment mass distribution by employing prompt -ray spectroscopy is described along with the recent results on 238U(18O, f) and 238U(32S, f) systems.

  5. Toxicity of inhaled 144Ce in fused aluminosilicate particles in aged beagle dogs. V

    The toxicity of 144Ce in fused aluminosilicate particles inhaled by 8- to 10.5-yr-old dogs is being investigated to provide information on age-related differences in the response of older members of the human population to accidental inhalation of radioactive aerosols. These data on aged dogs will be compared to the results of similar studies of dogs exposed at approximately 3 mo or 12 to 14 mo of age. Six blocks of five female dogs each have been divided into four exposure levels with mean initial lung burdens of 7.2, 14, 28 and 57 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight. Six blocks of four male dogs have been divided into three exposure levels with mean initial lung burdens of 7.2, 14 and 28 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight. Controls in each block were exposed to fused aluminosilicate particles containing stable cerium. Fifteen dogs with initial lung burdens ranging from 20 to 75 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight and cumulative doses to lung of from 22,000 to 74,000 rads have died or were euthanized 197 to 1207 days after exposure with clinicopathologic findings of radiation pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis.Pulmonary retention of the inhaled 144Ce was similar to that observed previously in dogs exposed at 18 to 22 mo of age in a radiation dose pattern study. Serial observations are continuing on the 19 surviving 144Ce-exposed and eight control dogs

  6. Toxicity of 144Ce fused clay particles inhaled by aged dogs. III

    The toxicity of 144Ce fused clay particles inhaled by 8- to 10.5-year-old dogs is being investigated to provide information on age-related differences in the response of older members of the human population to accidental inhalation of radioactive aerosols. These data on aged dogs will be compared to the results of similar studies using dogs exposed at approximately 3 months or 12 to 14 months of age. To date, 7 blocks of 5 dogs each, divided into 4 exposure levels with mean initial lung burdens of 7.5, 14, 24, and 57 μCi/kg body weight and control dogs exposed to non-labeled fused clay particles have been entered into a longevity study. Twelve dogs with initial lung burdens ranging from 20 to 75 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight and cumulative doses to lung of from 22,000 to 74,000 rads have died at 197 to 943 days post-inhalation with clinico-pathologic findings of radiation pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis. Two of these also had congestive heart failure. In addition, 4 dogs with ILBs of 8 to 14 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight have died of mammary neoplasms or congestive heart failure but without radiation pneumonitis. One dog with an ILB of 9 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died with a chronic interstitial foreign body pneumonia. Two control dogs have died, one with a mammary carcinoma and one with pyometra. Pulmonary retention of the inhaled 144Ce was similar to that observed previously in dogs exposed at 18 to 22 months of age in a radiation dose pattern study. Serial observations are continuing on the 11 surviving 144Ce-exposed dogs and 5 controls. (U.S.)

  7. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by immature Beagle dogs. VIII

    The influence of age at exposure on the resulting patterns of deposition, retention, dosimetry and biological effects from a single inhalation exposure to a relatively insoluble form of a beta-emitting radionuclide with a relatively long physical half-life is being investigated. Immature Beagle dogs (3 months of age) have been exposed once, by inhalation, to an aerosol of 144Ce incorporated in fused aluminosilicate particles. Eighteen of these dogs were serially sacrificed to study the patterns of deposition, retention and dosimetry and the remaining 49 dogs received graded initial lung burdens that ranged from 0.004 to 140 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight and are being observed over their life span for study of the resulting long-term biological effects. Five control dogs are also included in this study. To date, 13 of the 144Ce-exposed dogs in the longevity study and none of the controls have died. Dogs with the highest initial lung burdens of 144Ce died first (during the first 4 months) with radiation pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure. Pulmonary hemangiosarcoma was the primary finding in dogs that died at 1.5 to 2 years after exposure. Deaths beyond that time have primarily involved extrapulmonary hemangiosarcomas. One dog, 627B, with an initial lung burden of 24 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died during the past year at 2341 days after exposure with a widely disseminated hemangiosarcoma showing heavy involvement of the liver and skin. Observations are continuing on the surviving 36 144Ce-exposed and five control dogs

  8. Conservation of Isospin in Neutron-Rich Fission Fragments

    Jain, Ashok Kumar; Choudhury, Deepika; Maheshwari, Bhoomika

    2014-01-01

    On the occasion of the $75^{th}$ anniversary of the fission phenomenon, we present a surprisingly simple result which highlights the important role of isospin and its conservation in neutron rich fission fragments. We have analysed the fission fragment mass distribution from two recent heavy-ion reactions $^{238}$U($^{18}$O,f) and $^{208}$Pb($^{18}$O,f) as well as a thermal neutron fission reaction $^{245}$Cm(n$^{th}$,f). We find that the conservation of the total isospin explains the overall...

  9. Fusion – fission dynamics: fragment mass distribution studies

    Bhattacharya S.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Using the major accelerator facilities available in India, detailed experimental studies have been made to understand the mechanism of quasi-fission and role of nuclear shell effect in heavy nuclei. Fission fragment mass distribution has been used as the probe to explore the role of entrance channel effects on fusion-fission and quasifission dynamics. Fission fragment mass distribution has also been demonstrated to be useful to identify the phenomenon of ‘washing out’ of nuclear shell effect with excitation energy.

  10. Study of the fission fragments angular momenta

    The work represents the results of angular distribution measurements performed for prompt gamma-rays in the range of 1.1. ... 1.2. MeV due to the 233U (n,f) and 239Pu (n,f) reactions. The measurements yielded anisotropy values found to be consistent with values previously measured and using the same technique at different gamma energy bands. Such consistency, also found to exist between anisotropy values previously measured for the 235U (n,f) reaction, is a strong evidence about the energy independence of the anisotropy and indicates that the gamma spectra (at 180deg and 90deg to the fission direction) are essentially the same. The average values of the fragment angular momentum were calculated according to Strutinsky and Nix-Swiatecki theories. It was found that the values of the average angular momentum calculated for 234U, 236U and 240Pu according to Strutinsky's formula (at different gamma energy bands) are consistent and yield average values which are in good agreement with those obtained from direct measurements. (orig.)

  11. Thermal annealing of fission fragment radiation damage in CR-39

    The annealing behavior of fission fragment tracks in CR-39 has been studied at different temperatures for various time intervals. Experimental data, obtained in isothermal and isochronal annealing experiments carried out on CR-39 irradiated with fission fragments of 252Cf, has been analyzed on the basis of different annealing models. It has been attempted to find out the validity of these models, developed on the basis of annealing data in minerals and other detectors, to the annealing data of fission fragment tracks in CR-39

  12. Spectroscopy of fission fragments using prompt-delayed coincidence technique

    R Palit; S Biswas

    2015-09-01

    The time-stamp structure of the digital data acquisition system of the Indian National Gamma Array (INGA) has been utilized to carry out prompt-delayed coincidence technique for the spectroscopic study of fission fragments. This technique was found to be useful to determine the states above the long-lived isomer (with half-life up to ∼5 s), present in the fission fragments. The angular correlation of -rays, emitted by the fission fragments, has also been used in the present INGA geometry to determine the spins of the de-exciting states.

  13. A new method to identify nuclear charges of fission fragments

    For a mass and velocity selected beam of fission fragments, the elemental components of the beam have been determined by measuring the difference between the time the fragments enter an axial ionization chamber (with the electrical field lines parallel to the particle trajectory) and the time the anode pulse crosses a given level. The nuclear charge resolution achieved for typical fission fragments out of the light mass group in thermal neutron induced fission of 235U is Z/δZ = 43 for a nuclear charge Z = 39. (orig.)

  14. Evolution of isotopic fission-fragment yields with excitation energy

    Two fission experiments have been performed at GANIL using 238U beams at different energies and light targets. Different fissioning systems were produced with excitation energies from 10 to 230 MeV and their decay by fission was investigated with GANIL spectrometers. Preliminary fission-fragment isotopic distributions have been obtained. The evolution with impinging energy of their properties, the neutron excess and the width of the neutron-number distributions, gives important insights into the dynamics of fusion-fission mechanism. (authors)

  15. Evolution of isotopic fission-fragment yields with excitation energy

    Bazin D.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Two fission experiments have been performed at GANIL using 238U beams at different energies and light targets. Different fissioning systems were produced with excitation energies from 10 to 230 MeV and their decay by fission was investigated with GANIL spectrometers. Preliminary fission-fragment isotopic distributions have been obtained. The evolution with impinging energy of their properties, the neutron excess and the width of the neutron-number distributions, gives important insights into the dynamics of fusion-fission mechanism.

  16. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by aged beagle dogs. VI

    The toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in fused aluminosilicate particles by 8 to 10.5-year-old dogs is being investigated to provide information on age-related differences in the response of older members of the human population to accidental inhalation of radioactive aerosols. These data on aged dogs will be compared to the results of similar studies of dogs exposed at approximately 3 months or 12 to 14 months of age. Six blocks of five female dogs each have been divided into four exposure levels with mean initial lung burdens of 7.2, 14, 28 and 57 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight. Six blocks of four male dogs each have been divided into three exposure levels with mean initial lung burdens of 7.2, 14 and 28 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight. Controls in each block were exposed to fused aluminosilicate particles containing stable cerium. Eighteen dogs with initial lung burdens ranging from 14 to 75 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight and cumulative doses to lung of from 22,000 to 74,000 rads have died or were euthanized 197 to 1207 days after exposure with clinicopathologic findings of radiation pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis

  17. The SPIDER fission fragment spectrometer for fission product yield measurements

    The SPectrometer for Ion DEtermination in fission Research (SPIDER) has been developed for measuring mass yield distributions of fission products from spontaneous and neutron-induced fission. The 2E–2v method of measuring the kinetic energy (E) and velocity (v) of both outgoing fission products has been utilized, with the goal of measuring the mass of the fission products with an average resolution of 1 atomic mass unit (amu). The SPIDER instrument, consisting of detector components for time-of-flight, trajectory, and energy measurements, has been assembled and tested using 229Th and 252Cf radioactive decay sources. For commissioning, the fully assembled system measured fission products from spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Individual measurement resolutions were met for time-of-flight (250 ps FWHM), spacial resolution (2 mm FHWM), and energy (92 keV FWHM for 8.376 MeV). Mass yield results measured from 252Cf spontaneous fission products are reported from an E–v measurement

  18. The SPIDER fission fragment spectrometer for fission product yield measurements

    Meierbachtol, K.; Tovesson, F. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shields, D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Arnold, C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Blakeley, R. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Bredeweg, T.; Devlin, M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Hecht, A.A.; Heffern, L.E. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Jorgenson, J.; Laptev, A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Mader, D. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); O' Donnell, J.M.; Sierk, A.; White, M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2015-07-11

    The SPectrometer for Ion DEtermination in fission Research (SPIDER) has been developed for measuring mass yield distributions of fission products from spontaneous and neutron-induced fission. The 2E–2v method of measuring the kinetic energy (E) and velocity (v) of both outgoing fission products has been utilized, with the goal of measuring the mass of the fission products with an average resolution of 1 atomic mass unit (amu). The SPIDER instrument, consisting of detector components for time-of-flight, trajectory, and energy measurements, has been assembled and tested using {sup 229}Th and {sup 252}Cf radioactive decay sources. For commissioning, the fully assembled system measured fission products from spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. Individual measurement resolutions were met for time-of-flight (250 ps FWHM), spacial resolution (2 mm FHWM), and energy (92 keV FWHM for 8.376 MeV). Mass yield results measured from {sup 252}Cf spontaneous fission products are reported from an E–v measurement.

  19. Effect of 144Ce inhaled in fused clay particles on the tracheobronchial lymph nodes

    Tracheobronchial lymph node changes and lymphopenia are sequelae to inhalation of relatively insoluble radioactive aerosols by Beagle dogs. To assess the development of these lesions, tracheobronchial lymph nodes from dogs that inhaled 144Ce in fused clay particles were examined at intervals from 2 to 730 days after exposure. Initial lung burdens in the dogs studied ranged from 33 to 63 μCi/kg body weight. The concentration of radioisotope in the tracheobronchial lymph nodes increased during the first year after exposure and exceeded that in the lung about 100 days after exposure. Autoradiographs of the lymph nodes showed that 144Ce particles were present in macrophages in the paracortical zone two days after exposure and that concentrations continued to increase in the paracortical zone and medullary cords. Histologic changes in the nodes included atrophy of the germinal centers and lymphocytic follicles, loss of lymphocytes and accumulation of macrophages in the paracortical zone, accumulation of pigment and isotope-laden macrophages in the medullary cords, occasional infiltrates of neutrophils in the medullary cords and, at later time periods, focal fibrosis of the medullary cords. Tracheobronchial lymph node weights of the dogs exposed to 144Ce in fused clay were not decreased until 512 days after exposure. These findings indicate that tracheobronchial lymph nodes accumulate relatively high burdens of 144Ce after inhalation of 144Ce in a relatively insoluble form and that the pathologic changes resulting from these burdens are basically atrophic in nature. Primary neoplasms in lymph nodes have not been observed in dogs with initial lung burdens from 0.0024 to over 30 μCi/kg body weight followed for up to 2000 days post-exposure. At the higher levels, however, a high incidence of primary pulmonary neoplasia has been observed. (U.S.)

  20. Fission fragment mass distributions in reactions populating 200Pb

    Chaudhuri, A; Ghosh, T K; Banerjee, K; Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Bhattacharya, S; Roy, P; Roy, T; Bhattacharya, C; Asgar, Md A; Dey, A; Kundu, S; Manna, S; Meena, J K; Mukherjee, G; Pandey, R; Rana, T K; Srivastava, V; Dubey, R; Kaur, Gurpreet; Saneesh, N; Sugathan, P; Bhattacharya, P

    2016-01-01

    The fission fragment mass distributions have been measured in the reactions 16O + 184W and 19F+ 181Ta populating the same compound nucleus 200Pb? at similar excitation energies. It is found that the widths of the mass distribution increases monotonically with excitation energy, indicating the absence of quasi-fission for both reactions. This is contrary to two recent claims of the presence of quasi-fission in the above mentioned reactions.

  1. Feasibility of an antiproton catalyzed fission fragment rocket

    Hidinger, David S.

    1992-03-01

    The purpose of this project was to investigate the feasibility of an antiproton catalyzed fission fragment rocket (FFR). The FFR is characterized by the extraction of fission fragments from the fuel, and the utilization of their kinetic energy for thrust generation. A significant drawback to previous FFR designs was the required critical nuclear pile as the fission fragment source. The author examined the possibility of replacing the critical pile with a sub-critical pile driven by antiprotons. Recent experiments have revealed that antiprotons stimulate highly energetic fissions in 238U, with a neutron multiplicity of 13.7 neutrons per fissions. This interaction was used as a throttled neutron source. The pile consisted of layers of fissile coated fibers which are designed to allow fission fragments to escape them, where the fragments collide with a fluid. The heated fluid is then ejected from the rocket to provide thrust. The calculations performed indicate that each antiproton injected into the pile can stimulate 8 or more fissions while maintaining a neutron multiplication of less than 0.4. Based on the results, the specific design presented was inadequate. Despite this, the concept of using the antiproton-U interaction as a source of thrust warrants further study.

  2. Investigation on 252Cf Fission Fragment Tracks in Polycarbonate Detectors

    A. Bhattacharyya

    1992-10-01

    Full Text Available Registration and development of fission fragments emitted from /sup 252/Cf source have been carried out in three different polycarbonate detectors. The detectors have been characterised in terms of bulk etch rate and its behaviour. Maximum etchable cone lengths have been compared with the theoretically computed values. Identification of the fission fragments in terms of their mass and charge has been done with the help of the computer programme 'FFR'.

  3. Prompt-Neutron Emission from U235 Fission Fragments

    A gadolinium-loaded large liquid scintillation counter is being used in conjunction with a neutron beam from the HERALD reactor at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, to study neutron emission in the fission process. In particular, the neutron emission from individual fission fragments is observed. A fission-fragment detector comprising two gold-silicon suríace barrier counters operating in coincidence is situated at the edge of a 1-m-diam. spherical scintillation tank. The solid-state counters are placed on opposite sides of an evaporated fissile deposit on a thin nickel backing. A system of collimators selects for measurement only those fission events that have fragments travelling in the direction along the incident neutron beam and along the axis of the scintillator. Numbers of neutrons detected within 10 ps of a fission event are recorded. The angular correlation of neutron emission with fragment direction is used to associate the neutrons with the particular fission fragment that emitted them. Energies of both fragments are available from the solid-state counters, and identification of fragment mass and of the total kinetic energy of the fragment pair is made. The number of neutrons emitted by each fragment of the pair has been measured as a function of both the fragment mass and the total kinetic energy of the pair for thermal neutrons incident on U2'35. The usual asymmetry in the distribution of excitation energy between the heavy and light fragments is observed. The variation of the number of neutrons from the pair as a function of mass ratio is also determined. (author)

  4. Collection and collimation of fission fragments using electromagnetic fields

    Use of electromagnetic fields to collect and collimate energetic fission fragments into a charged particle beam has been proposed to either direct conversion to electrical power or, after neutralization, as a source of thrust for rocket propulsion systems. Highest efficiency for collection of the fragments produced in a fuel matrix is a very important requirement in this proposal. As Chapline and Matsuda of LLNL noted, the extraction of fission fragment power above way permits isotopic separation of fission fragments, leading to a convenient separation of more active radioisotopes from less active ones. However, it is also noted that there is no such thing as a quick trip to these high goals as this area of work is facing several inadequate methods and technologies. One of the major concerns is the stopping or energy degradation of fragments within the fuel matrix before they are collected

  5. Fission fragment mass distribution employing prompt γ-ray spectroscopy

    The present results provide important new insight into the understanding of the dynamical behavior fragment formation in the fission process. More systematic experimental data are required to clearly understand these experimental observations. The study of mass distribution as a function of ZPZT will be interesting where the fission dynamics is expected to affect the mass distribution. With this motivation, the fission fragment mass distribution studies have been carried out for 238U(32S,f) and 238U(12C,f) systems. Details of the measurement and result of the study are presented along with the review of the some of the work in the literature

  6. Toxicity of 144Ce inhaled in a relatively insoluble form by immature Beagle dogs. VII

    Immature Beagle dogs (approx. = 3 months of age at exposure) have been exposed by inhalation to a relatively insoluble form of 144Ce (in fused aluminosilicate particles) to compare the resulting patterns of metabolism, dosimetry and biological effects with those seen in dogs exposed at 12 and 14 months of age and at 8 to 10.5 years of age. Five blocks of longevity animals, each consisting of 10 exposed dogs and one control, are currently being studied. The initial lung burdens of the 144Ce-exposed dogs range from 0.004 to 140 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight. Three dogs with initial lung burdens of 73 to 120 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 66 to 121 days after exposure with pulmonary injury and congestive heart failure. One dog with an initial lung burden of 140 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 91 days after exposure with severe radiation pneumonitis and minimal pulmonary fibrosis and another dog whose initial lung burden was 70 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight died at 511 days after exposure with pulmonary injury that was mainly fibrotic in nature. Four dogs with initial lung burdens of 52 to 79 μCi/kg body weight had primary pulmonary hemangiosarcomas and died between 618 and 738 days, with cumulative average absorbed beta doses to lung of 23,000 to 31,000 rads. Two of these dogs, 1027S and 1024D, died within the past year. One dog with an initial lung burden of 28 μCi/kg body weight was euthanized at 1227 days after exposure with an hemangiosarcoma of the mediastinum. Within the past year, Dog 627S, with an initial lung burden of 48 μCi/kg body weight, died 1732 days after exposure with hemangiosarcoma primary in the liver or spleen. A dog with an initial lung burden of 12 μCi/kg body weight died from epilepsy at 1520 days after exposure. Serial observations are continuing on the surviving 37 exposed and five control dogs

  7. Toxicity of inhaled 144Ce fused clay particles in beagle dogs. VII

    The metabolism, dosimetry, and effects of inhaled 144Ce in fused clay particles are being investigated in the Beagle dog to aid in assessing the biological consequences of release of 144Ce in a relatively insoluble form such as might occur in certain types of nuclear accidents. The toxicity of inhaled 144Ce fused clay is also of general interest since it is representative of intermediate-lived beta-emitting radionuclides. Two major studies with young adult dogs (12 to 14 months of age at exposure) are involved: (1) a metabolism and dosimetry study in which 24 dogs were serially sacrificed over an extended period of time, and (2) a longevity study with 2 series of dogs; Series I with 15 dogs exposed to aerosols of 144Ce in fused clay particles to yield initial lung burdens of 11 to 210 μCi/kg body weight and 3 control dogs exposed to nonradioactive fused clay particles and Series II with 96 dogs exposed to aerosols of 144Ce in fused clay particles to yield initial lung burdens of 0.0024 to 66 μCi/kg body weight and 12 control dogs exposed to nonradioactive fused clay particles. Twenty-eight dogs died or were euthanized at 143 to 2396 days after inhalation of 144Ce. The prominent findings were radiation pneumonitis in 17 dogs that died or were euthanized at early time periods and neoplastic disease in 10 of the 11 dogs that died or were euthanized at 750 days or later; 5 with hemangiosarcoma of the lung, 1 with both a hemangiosarcoma and a fibrosarcoma of the lung, 1 with both a bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma and a hemangiosarcoma of lung, 1 with a hemangiosarcoma of lung, bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma, and a bronchiogenic adenocarcinoma, and 1 each with a hemangiosarcoma of the mediastinum and of the spleen. The cumulative radiation dose to the lung at time of death has ranged from 22,000 to 140,000 rads. Serial observations are continuing on the 83 survivors and 15 controls. (U.S.)

  8. Double treeing phenomenon of fission fragment tracks in plastic detectors

    Several possible theories that explain the formation of double tree observed while detecting 235U fission fragments in plastic detectors have been presented. Two likely explanations have been given: First, 235U fission and the emission of long range alpha 8Be particles, and the second is the spontaneous emission of 4.4 MeV alpha particles from 235U. The assumption backed with appropriate range calculations in Lexan. three less likely causes of the double tree phenomenon are : the recoil of the detector atoms as a result of the collision with fission fragments, the fission fragments themselves being reflected off the stainless-steel sample holder, and some mechanical and physical defects in the detectors at the production or utilization stage. We have made some suggestions related to experimental design that might prove these theories. (Author)

  9. Angular Anisotropy and Mass Asymmetry of Thorium-232 Fission Fragments

    A large number of experimental and theoretical papers on the angular distribution of the fission fragments of nuclei indicate that it is satisfactorily described by the parameters of the fissioning nucleus at the saddle point. The problem of the effect of these parameters on the distribution of the fragments according to mass has as yet found no generally accepted solution. It remains unclear to what extent the 'good' quantum numbers characteristic of the nucleus at the saddle point remain equally ''good'' when the nucleus passes from the saddle point to the moment of breakdown. If at the saddle point the nucleus has a set of different configurations, this must be apparent in some way in the distribution of the fragments by mass and in their angular distribution (via the moment of inertia of the nucleus). The paper investigates the angular anisotropy of fragments with different masses in the fission of thorium-232 by fast neutrons. The masses of the fragments were determined by simultaneous recording of the kinetic energy of paired fragments in a double ionization chamber with grids. The direction of flight of the fragments was determined using a mechanical collimator. The neutrons causing fission had an extended spectrum, but the contribution of fissions via the (n, n'f) reaction did not exceed a few per cent. The fragments were sorted out according to energy by a two-dimensional 128 x 128 channel analyser with a memory on ferrite. The dependence of angular anisotropy on the mass of the fragments and on their kinetic energy with fixed mass is discussed. The first dependence makes it possible to judge the degree to which the saddle point affects the distribution of the fragments according to mass, while the second gives information about the degree to which the configuration of the nucleus at the moment of breakdown affects the angular anisotropy of the fragments. (author)

  10. Fine structure in the fission fragment yields

    Discussed are the most interesting experiments on the fine structure of fission product yields of U, Pu, Th, Cf, Es, Cm, Fr, Np isotopes. Modern comprehension of the fine structure nature in connection with other problems of fission dynamics is considered. It is noted, that the fine structure results from pairing correlations in a nucleus. The conclusion is drawn, that the available set of experimental data is not sufficient to elucidate the fine structure nature

  11. Angular momenta of near-spherical fission fragments

    Angular momenta of fission fragments are sometimes exceeding 10 ℏ for thermal neutron induced and spontaneous fission. This is surprising since in the latter case the mother nucleus may have zero spin (e.g. 252Cf). In theory fragment spins are explained as a quantum mechanical effect. It is argued that they are due to zero-point oscillations of fragments being deformed at scission. In contrast to current theory it is shown that, for the specific case of near-magic 132Te, a large spin is generated by thermal excitation of single-particle states. (author)

  12. Extraction of carrier-free 144Ce with acetylacetone and 8-hydroxyquinoline

    The extraction of carrier-free 144Ce with 3.25 to 0.65 M solutions of acetylacetone in carbon tetrachloride and with 1.0 to 0.01 M solutions of 8-hydroxyquinoline in chloroform at a constant as well as variable pH was investigated. On the basis of the analysis of distribution curves it may be presumed that in both extraction systems the oxidation of cerium(III) to cerium(IV) microamounts takes place. The distribution curves of extraction and reextraction in the systems with 8-hydroxyquinoline show a considerable complexity. In the extraction system with acetylacetone constants were found which satisfactorily express the distribution of 144Ce in this system. (author)

  13. Distribution of Prompt Neutron Emission Probability for Fission Fragments in Spontaneous Fission of 252Cf and 244,248Cm

    Vorobyev, A. S.; Dushin, V. N.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Jakovlev, V. A.; Kalinin, V. A.; Laptev, A. B.; Petrov, B. F.; Shcherbakov, O. A.

    2005-05-01

    Neutrons emitted in fission events were measured separately for each complementary fragment in correlation with fission fragment energies. Two high-efficiency Gd-loaded liquid scintillator tanks were used for neutron registration. Fission fragment energies were measured using a twin Frisch gridded ionization chamber with a pinhole collimator. The neutron multiplicity distributions were obtained for each value of the fission fragment mass and energy and corrected for neutron registration efficiency, background, and pile-up. The dependency of these distributions on fragment mass and energy for different energy and mass bins as well as mass and energy distribution of fission fragments are presented and discussed.

  14. Biological effects of repeated exposure of beagle dogs to relatively insoluble aerosols of 144Ce. IV

    This experiment is being conducted to study the behavior and long-term biological effects in Beagle dogs of 144Ce inhaled in fused aluminosilicate particles in repeated inhalation exposures for comparison with similar data from dogs that were exposed only once to a similar aerosol. Four groups of nine dogs each were exposed once every eight weeks for two years (13 exposures) to achieve specified exposure goals. The 144Ce-exposed dogs received increasing or relatively constant beta radiation dose rates in contrast to the steadily decreasing dose rate seen after a single inhalation exposure. Exposures in the first and second groups were planned to yield a cumulative absorbed dose to lung of approximately equal to 35,000 rads and those in the third group approximately equal to 17,000 rads within two years after the first exposure. Singly exposed dogs that had died with pulmonary tumors when this experiment was initiated had cumulative doses to death of 29,000 to 61,000 rads. All 13 exposures have been completed. One dog in the 4.5-μCi 144Ce/kg body weight group died at 771 days after first exposure with emaciation, adrenal cortical degeneration and bone marrow aplasia. One control dog died accidentally during anesthesia. During the past year, two additional dogs have died. One dog in the repeated 2.5-μCi 144Ce/kg body weight group died at 1256 days after the first exposure with radiation pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis and a control dog died at 1052 days with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The remaining 32 dogs appear to be in good physical condition except for a persistent lymphopenia at approximately equal to 4 years after the first exposure. They are being maintained for life span observations

  15. Simultaneous Measurements of Flight Times and Energies of Fission Fragments

    In a companion paper the results of measuring the prompt neutron emission from individual fission fragments arising in thermal fission are reported. In that experiment a large volume liquid scintillation counter was .used to. record the fission neutrons, and fragment mass was identified by a gold silicon surface barrier counter.- arrangement. An alternative Way of measuring the prompt neutron emission is described here. Fragment time-of- flight apparatus is mounted in an evacuated tube that passes laterally through the thermal column of the 5-MW research reactor HERALD. A centrally positioned thin source produces 3 x 105 fissions s-1. Fragments travel distances of 180 cm and 300 cm respectively to the terminal detectors, and in passing through a VYNS film, positioned 180 cm from the source along the longer flight path, eject electrons that are used to form a reference time-signal. Essentially the times of flight of both fission fragments are measured simultaneously with the kinetic energy of one of the pair. This is achieved by using a surface barrier counter for the 300-cm detector. The difficulty of maintaining good timing and energy resolutions simultaneously is overcome by routing the pulse to the charge sensitive preamplifier through a delay line amplifier from which a fast timing pulse is derived. The collected data enables the fragment mass to be determined both before and after prompt neutrons have been emitted. Hence the experiment provides a means for studying the behaviour of neutron emission from individual fragments. The experimental uncertainties are those associated with the measurement of small differences, and an appraisal is made of the errors and calibrations that enter into the measurements. Of particular importance, the response of the surface barrier counter to fission fragments is obtained directly, from the collected data from events in which the neutron emission is low. These calibrations are used in the measurements of postneutron mass

  16. Entrance channel dependence of fission fragment anisotropies - a direct experimental signature of fission before equilibration

    In several cases of heavy ion induced fusion-fission reactions, the fission fragment angular distributions exhibit much larger anisotropies than predicted by the standard Halpern-Strutinsky theory. Several explanations have been put forward to interpret these anomalous angular distributions. One of them is that a characteristic signature of fission before full K-equilibration will be an entrance channel dependence of the fragment anisotropies for target-projectile combinations across the Businaro-Gallone ridge in the mass/charge asymmetry degree of freedom. To look for any such entrance channel dependence of fragment anisotropies, we have carried out measurements of fragment angular distributions in fission induced by boron, carbon, oxygen ions on thorium and neptunium targets and by fluorine ions on neptunium target at above barrier energies. (author). 7 refs., 1 fig

  17. Isotopic fission fragment distributions as a deep probe to fusion-fission dynamics

    Farget, F.; Caamano, M.; Delaune, O.; Tarasov, O.B.; Derkx, X.; Schmidt, K. -H.; Amthor, A.M.; Audouin, L.; Bacri, C.-O.; Barreau, G.; Bastin, B.; Bazin, D.; Blank, B.; Benlliure, J.; Caceres, L.

    2012-01-01

    During the fission process, the nucleus deforms and elongates up to the two fragments inception and their final separation at scission deformation. The evolution of the nucleus energy with deformation is determined by the macroscopic properties of the nucleus, and is also strongly influenced by the single-particle structure of the nucleus. The fission fragment distribution is a direct consequence of the deformation path the nucleus has encountered, and therefore is the most genuine experiment...

  18. Calculation of fission fragment angular anisotropy in heavy-ion induced fission

    Fission fragment angular anisotropies from 16O + 232Th, 12C + 236U, 11B + 237Np, 14N + 232Th, 11B + 235U and 12C + 232Th systems were calculated by means of the standard saddle point statistical model (SSPSM). The results were obtained with and without neutron emission correction in the reactions, and comparisons were made with the corresponding experimental data. The normal and anomalous behaviors of fission fragment anisotropies are extensively discussed. (author)

  19. A fission fragment detector for correlated fission output studies

    Mosby, S., E-mail: smosby@lanl.gov [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Tovesson, F.; Couture, A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Duke, D.L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Kleinrath, V. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83201 (United States); Meharchand, R.; Meierbachtol, K.; O' Donnell, J.M.; Perdue, B.; Richman, D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shields, D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States)

    2014-09-01

    A digital data acquisition system has been combined with a double Frisch gridded ionization chamber for use at both moderated and unmoderated neutron sources at the Los Alamos Neutron Science (LANSCE) facility. The high efficiency of the instrument combined with intense LANSCE beams and new acquisition system permits fission output measurements across 11 orders of magnitude incident neutron energy. The acquisition and analysis system is presented along with the first in-beam performance tests of the setup.

  20. A fission fragment detector for correlated fission output studies

    A digital data acquisition system has been combined with a double Frisch gridded ionization chamber for use at both moderated and unmoderated neutron sources at the Los Alamos Neutron Science (LANSCE) facility. The high efficiency of the instrument combined with intense LANSCE beams and new acquisition system permits fission output measurements across 11 orders of magnitude incident neutron energy. The acquisition and analysis system is presented along with the first in-beam performance tests of the setup

  1. A fission-fragment-sensitive target for X-ray spectroscopy in neutron-induced fission

    A fission-fragment-sensitive detector built for low-energy photon spectroscopy applications at the WNR 'white' neutron source at Los Alamos is described. The detector consists of eight layers of thin photovoltaic cells, onto which 1 mg/cm2 of pure 238U is deposited. The detector serves as an active target to select fission events from background and other reaction channels. The fairly small thickness of the detector with respect to transmission of 20-50 keV photons permits the measurement of prompt fission-fragment X-rays. Results with the GEANIE photon spectrometer are presented

  2. A fission-fragment-sensitive target for X-ray spectroscopy in neutron-induced fission

    Ethvignot, T; Giot, L; Casoli, P; Nelson, R O

    2002-01-01

    A fission-fragment-sensitive detector built for low-energy photon spectroscopy applications at the WNR 'white' neutron source at Los Alamos is described. The detector consists of eight layers of thin photovoltaic cells, onto which 1 mg/cm sup 2 of pure sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U is deposited. The detector serves as an active target to select fission events from background and other reaction channels. The fairly small thickness of the detector with respect to transmission of 20-50 keV photons permits the measurement of prompt fission-fragment X-rays. Results with the GEANIE photon spectrometer are presented.

  3. Study of fission fragment trapping detector used in neutron detection

    To detect the absolute neutron flux in a weak neutron field and restricted space, the fission fragment trapping detector was fabricated and the properties of the detector were studied. In this paper, the detector and shielding chamber used in neutron detection were described and the experimental measurements of the fission rate in specific condition were performed with the detection system and the result has been compared with that obtained by fission chamber. The influence of the shielding chamber on the measured results was analyzed. (authors)

  4. Multi-Parameter Investigations of Fast Fission Fragments

    A number of investigators have noted the peculiar dependence of kinetic energy on the mass of the fragments. This dependence differs considerably for the fission of nuclei by thermal neutrons, neutrons with an energy of 14 MeV and a-particles. It may be that this is a result of the difference not only in excitation energy, but also in the moment introduced by the particle causing fission. It is obviously difficult to deny the part played by nuclear shells in the formation of fragments according to mass, and in this connection the study of the kinetic energy of fragments as a function of their mass is of great interest, as are the corresponding investigations of the widths of distribution of the kinetic energy. Particular attention is given to the characteristics of symmetrical fission of U235 , and it is found that when tails appear in the apparatus spectra of the fission fragments, there occur in the symmetrical mass-region pulses with a most probable total energy of ∼ 120 MeV. Actual symmetrical fission events correspond to a total mean energy of ∼ 155 MeV. The kinetic energy of paired fragments was measured using two surface-barrier silicon counters. The impulses are analysed for amplitude by a two-dimensional 128 x 128 channel ánalyser with a memory on ferrite. The neutron source used was the BR-5 fast neutron reactor, the mean energy of the fast neutron spectrum being ∼250 keV. Layers ofjfissile isotopes with a thickness of 20-30 μg/cm2 were used. The fission of Ù235 by thermal neutrons gave an experimental curve for the mass yield with a 250:1 ratio between peak and vailey. Comparison of the characteristics of the fragments (kinetic energy and mass distribution) showed no noticeable difference in the fission of U235 by thermal and fast neutrons. The total kinetic energy of the fragments in the symmetrical fission of U235 by thermal and fast neutrons proved to be identical, equalling ∼155 MeV, which agrees, within the limits of experimental error

  5. Hard error generation by neutron-induced fission fragments

    The authors observed that neutron-induced fission of uranium contaminants present in alumina ceramic package lids results in the release of fission fragments that can cause hard errors in metal-nitride-oxide nonvolatile RAMs (MNOS NVRAMs). Hard error generation requires the simultaneous presence of (1) a fission fragment with a linear energy transfer (LET) greater than 20 MeV/mg/cm/sup **2/ moving at an angle of 30 degrees or less from the electric field in the high-field, gate region of the memory transistor, and (2) a WRITE or ERASE voltage on the oxide-nitride transistor gate. In reactor experiments, they observe these hard errors when a ceramic lid is used on both MNOS NVRAMs and polysilicon-nitride-oxide (SNOS) capacitors, but hard errors are not observed when a gold-plated kovar lid is used on the package containing these die. They mapped the tracks of the fission fragments released from the ceramic lids with a mica track detector and used a Monte Carlo model of fission fragment transport through the ceramic lid to measure the concentration of uranium present in the lids. The authors' concentration measurements are in excellent agreement with other's measurement of uranium concentration in ceramic lids. The authors' Monte Carlo analyses also agree closely with their measurements of hard error probability in MNOS NVRAMs

  6. Fission fragments spectrometer based on ionization chamber and waveform digitizer

    The method for fission process investigation which allows to get full information on fission fragments properties is suggested. The method is based on using the fission fragment spectrometer with the twin ionization chamber having the Frisch grid and the waveform digitizer. The new design of the twin ionization chamber is described in details. The main and very important difference is the distances between the cathode and the grid and the anode. These values are 40 and 2 mm correspondingly, so the ratio is equal to 20 instead of 3 - 5 as usual. The diameter of the electrodes is 120 mm. The working gas is the mixture of argon plus 10% of methane under the pressure of 0.65 atm. High voltage of 3.5 kV is applied to the cathode. The scheme of the spectrometer electronic circuit is given. The method of simultaneous measurements of the signal amplitudes from the ionization chamber electrodes is applied, but the shape of the signals is processed by means of the waveform digitizer which gives an opportunity to obtain much more information on the fission fragments properties. It is shown that the described spectrometer can be successfully used for fission fragment energy, mass and charge distribution measurements

  7. The uptake of 90Sr, 137Cs and 144Ce by leaves of spring wheat and rape

    The distribution and accumulation of 90Sr, 137Cs, 144Ce through the leaf surface into the plant have been studied. The results show that the uptake rate of 137Cs by crop plant is about 53%, while the uptake rate for 90Sr and 144Ce is about 0.4%. However 90Sr is absorbed in significant amount from soil whereas 137Cs is absorbed in negligible amount

  8. Effects of fissioning nuclei distributions on fragment mass distributions for high energy fission

    Rossi P C R

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available We study the effects of fissioning nuclei mass- and energy-distributions on the formation of fragments for fission induced by high energy probes. A Monte Carlo code called CRISP was used for obtaining mass distributions and spectra of the fissioning nuclei for reactions induced by 660 MeV protons on 241Am and on 239Np, by 500 MeV protons on 208Pb, and by Bremsstrahlung photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV on 238U. The results show that even at high excitation energies, asymmetric fission may still contribute significantly to the fission cross section of actinide nuclei, while it is the dominante mode in the case of lead. However, more precise data for high energy fission on actinide are necessary in order to allow definite conclusions.

  9. Sensitivity studies of spin cut-off models on fission fragment observables

    Thulliez L.; Litaize O.; Serot O.

    2016-01-01

    A fission fragment de-excitation code, FIFRELIN, is being developed at CEA Cadarache. It allows probing the characteristics of the prompt emitted particles, neutrons and gammas, during the de-excitation process of fully accelerated fission fragments. The knowledge of the initial states of the fragments is important to accurately reproduce the fission fragment observables. In this paper a sensitivity study of various spin cut-off models, completely defining the initial fission fragment angular...

  10. Coincident measurements of prompt fission γ rays and fission fragments at DANCE

    Walker, C. L.; Baramsai, B.; Jandel, M.; Rusev, G.; Couture, A.; Mosby, S.; Ullmann, J.; Kawano, T.; Stetcu, I.; Talou, P.

    2015-10-01

    Modern statistical approaches to modeling fission involve the calculation of not only average quantities but also fully correlated distributions of all fission products. Applications such as those involving the detection of special nuclear materials also rely on fully correlated data of fission products. Experimental measurements of correlated data are thus critical to the validation of theory and the development of important applications. The goal of this experiment was to measure properties of prompt fission gamma-ray emission as a function of fission fragments' total kinetic energy in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. The measurement was carried out at the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE), a 4 π γ-ray calorimeter. A prototype design consisting of two silicon detectors was installed in the center of DANCE, allowing simultaneous measurement of fission fragments and γ rays. Effort has been taken to simulate fragment kinetic energy losses as well as γ-ray attenuation in DANCE using such tools as GEANT4 and SRIM. Theoretical predictions generated by the code CGMF were also incorporated as input for these simulations. Results from the experiment and simulations will be presented, along with plans for future measurements.

  11. Effectiveness in detecting fission fragments with ionization chambers

    Detection of fission fragments is important in nuclear measurements. When a high detection accuracy is required it is necessary to take in account the detection losses due to the absorption of fragments in the fissionable material. The losses corrections might change the final results in 2-3%. The traditional expression used in the calculation of the detection efficiency does not consider neither the density variation of the fissionable substance with its width, because it depends on the target material. That's why actually in many labs it is being searched new methods that allow to find the efficiency for each target. In this work a new method for determination of absorption efficiency is presented. The obtained results are analyzed

  12. Fragment Deexcitation of Fission Induced by High Energy Nucleons

    Yavshits S.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The KRIF library of the neutron-, proton- and gamma-spectra emitted by the nuclei excited up to 500 MeV is presented. The KRIF contains information for about 2000 emitters which are the fragments of the ten targets fission induced by the nucleons with the energies up to 3 GeV.

  13. Fragment Deexcitation of Fission Induced by High Energy Nucleons

    Yavshits S.; Grudzevich O.

    2010-01-01

    The KRIF library of the neutron-, proton- and gamma-spectra emitted by the nuclei excited up to 500 MeV is presented. The KRIF contains information for about 2000 emitters which are the fragments of the ten targets fission induced by the nucleons with the energies up to 3 GeV.

  14. Liver tumors in Beagle dogs exposed by inhalation to 144CeCl3

    Primary malignant hepatic neoplasms developed in 9 of 55 Beagle dogs (16 percent) exposed to 144CeCl3 in CsCl aerosol (seven primary hepatic hemangiosarcomas, one hepatocellular carcinoma and one intrahepatic bile duct carcinoma). Cerium-144 was rapidly translocated from the lung to the liver and skeleton; the liver received the highest cumulative beta dose. The latent periods of hepatic hemangiosarcomas appeared to be dose-related; death from hepatic hemangiosarcoma occurred earlier in dogs which received higher beta doses

  15. Fission fragment formation and fission yields in the model of octupole neutron-proton oscillations

    Yavshits S.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The fission fragment formation is considered as a result of neck instability in the process of octupole oscillations of neutrons and protons near the scission point. To describe such a phenomenon the potential surface of fissionning nucleus with neck radius about 1 fm was calculated with shell correction approach. The new version of smooth liquid drop part of deformation energy is proposed. The liquid drop part is formulated in a double folding model with n-n, p-p, and n-p Yukawa interaction potential. Fission fragment mass and charge distributions correspond approximately to isoscalar and isovector modes of vibrations and are defined by wave functions of oscillations. The preliminary calculation results have shown a rather good description of main integral fission yield observables.

  16. Fission fragment angular momentum in the neutron induced fission of 232Th and 232U

    High spin fractions (HSF) of 130,132Sb and 131,133Te have been determined in the neutron induced fission of 232Th and 232U using off-line gamma ray spectrometric technique. From the HSF, fragment angular momenta (Jrms) were deduced using statistical model analysis. From the Jrms values, deformation parameter (β) were deduced and compared with the same in the even-even and odd-even fissioning systems to examine the effect of nuclear structure and the role of odd neutron spin. In all the fissioning systems the effect of shell closure proximity and odd-even effect on Jrms was clearly observed. However, the role of odd neutron spin was not seen in even-odd fissioning systems like the odd-proton spin effect in odd-odd fissioning systems. (author)

  17. The SOFIA experiment: Measurement of 236U fission fragment yields in inverse kinematics

    Grente L.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The SOFIA (Studies On FIssion with Aladin experiment aims at measuring fission-fragments isotopic yields with high accuracy using inverse kinematics at relativistic energies. This experimental technique allows to fully identify the fission fragments in nuclear charge and mass number, thus providing very accurate isotopic yields for low energy fission of a large variety of fissioning systems. This report focuses on the latest results obtained with this set-up concerning electromagnetic-induced fission of 236U.

  18. Ejection of Uranium Atoms from UO2 by Fission Fragments

    The numbers of uranium atoms ejected from the surface of sintered plates of UO2 by fission fragments have been measured over the fission density range 5x1015 to 7x1016 fissions/cm3. The number of uranium atoms ejected per escaping fragment was about 9. The measurements were performed by irradiating the plates in vacuum and collecting a fraction of the uranium atoms ejected on catcher foils. The amount collected was determined by fission counting. Saturation of the amount collected, as reported by Rogers and Adam, was not observed. The numbers of uranium atoms ejected as knock-ons under the same experimental conditions have been calculated. The reasonably close agreement between the experimental and theoretical values indicates that, under the prevailing experimental conditions, mainly knock-ons are ejected. Other ejection mechanisms, e. g. evaporation of material in thermal spikes, are probably insignificant; this is in contrast to the usual interpretation of the ejection process. The mean range in UO2, of fission products of mass number 140 was found to be 7.37 ± 0. 05 mg/cm2 by direct gamma spectrometric, determination of the fraction of 140La escaping from the surface of the plates

  19. Prompt Neutron Emission from Fragments in Spontaneous Fission of 244, 248Cm and 252Cf

    Vorobyev, A. S.; Dushin, V. N.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Jakovlev, V. A.; Kalinin, V. A.; Laptev, A. B.; Petrov, B. F.; Shcherbakov, O. A.

    2005-11-01

    Neutrons emitted in fission were measured separately for each complementary fragment in correlation with fission fragment energies. Two high efficient Gd-loaded liquid scintillator tanks were used for neutron registration. Fission fragment energies were measured using a twin Frisch gridded ionization chamber with a pin-hole collimator. The neutron multiplicity distributions were obtained for each value of the fission fragment mass and energy and corrected for neutron registration efficiency, background and pile-up. The dependencies of these distributions on fragment mass and energy for different energy and mass bins, as well as the mass and energy distribution of the fission fragments are presented and discussed.

  20. Electron distribution function in a plasma generated by fission fragments

    Hassan, H. A.; Deese, J. E.

    1976-01-01

    A Boltzmann equation formulation is presented for the determination of the electron distribution function in a plasma generated by fission fragments. The formulation takes into consideration ambipolar diffusion, elastic and inelastic collisions, recombination and ionization, and allows for the fact that the primary electrons are not monoenergetic. Calculations for He in a tube coated with fissionable material shows that, over a wide pressure and neutron flux range, the distribution function is non-Maxwellian, but the electrons are essentially thermal. Moreover, about a third of the energy of the primary electrons is transferred into the inelastic levels of He. This fraction of energy transfer is almost independent of pressure and neutron flux.

  1. Study of the production of fission fragments from neutron induced fission on uranium 238

    This work is devoted to the study of the mass and charge distributions of fission fragments from the fission induced on uranium 238 by neutrons from 1 to 150 MeV. An experimental program allowed us to gather and analyse new data. The obtained results were interpreted by an original model, based on a microscopic description of the reaction. Data were taken at the LANSCE laboratory of Los Alamos (USA) where we used the neutron source WNR and the germanium array GEANIE. The aim was to measure secondary fission fragment production yields from a spectroscopic analysis of the prompt gamma and x-rays. A device with photovoltaic cells used as fission fragment detectors was developed. The trigger created with this device allowed us to reduce the background from the other neutron induced reactions. Close to one hundred fragments were identified and excitation functions were extracted for about thirty of them. Mass and charge distributions at different incident energies were extracted from these measurements. These results were then compared to evaluated reference data (Wahl systematics). It showed that the calculations are consistent with the measurements at low energies (below 20 MeV) but partially fail to reproduce the data at higher energy. To go into more detail about the obtained results, the reaction was studied using an original model. It provided a dynamic and totally microscopic description of the fission from constrained self-consistent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov calculations. This work was completed in two parts. First, a potential energy surface of the fissioning system was calculated in a deformation plane defined by the elongation and asymmetry variables. The second part was to use the resolution of the dynamic Schroedinger equation on this surface giving us a fragment mass distribution which we then compared to the low energy data. (author)

  2. FALSTAFF: a novel apparatus for fission fragment characterization

    Panebianco Stefano

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The study of nuclear fission and in particular the correlation between the produced fragments and the associated neutrons is encountering renewed interest since new models are available on the market and a large set of applications show a rather stringent demand on high quality nuclear data. The future Neutrons For Science installation, being presently built at GANIL (Caen, France in the framework of the SPIRAL2 project, will produce high intensity neutron beams from hundreds of keV up to 40 MeV. In view of this opportunity, the development of an experimental setup called FALSTAFF (Four Arm cLover for the Study of Actinide Fission Fragments has been undertaken since 2011. This novel apparatus is meant to provide a full characterization of fission fragments in terms of mass, nuclear charge and kinetic energy. Moreover, it will provide a measurement of the mass before and after neutron evaporation, leading to the determination of the neutron multiplicity as a function of the fragmentation. The FALSTAFF setup is presently in its R&D phase in order to achieve the required specifications, especially in terms of time, space and energy resolution of the different detectors.

  3. FALSTAFF: a novel apparatus for fission fragment characterization

    The study of nuclear fission and in particular the correlation between the produced fragments and the associated neutrons is encountering renewed interest since new models are available on the market and a large set of applications show a rather stringent demand on high quality nuclear data. The future Neutrons For Science installation, being presently built at GANIL (Caen, France) in the framework of the SPIRAL2 project, will produce high intensity neutron beams from hundreds of keV up to 40 MeV. In view of this opportunity, the development of an experimental setup called FALSTAFF (Four Arm cLover for the Study of Actinide Fission Fragments) has been undertaken since 2011. This novel apparatus is meant to provide a full characterization of fission fragments in terms of mass, nuclear charge and kinetic energy. Moreover, it will provide a measurement of the mass before and after neutron evaporation, leading to the determination of the neutron multiplicity as a function of the fragmentation. The FALSTAFF setup is presently in its R and D phase in order to achieve the required specifications, especially in terms of time, space and energy resolution of the different detectors. (author)

  4. A hybrid detector telescope for fission fragments and charged particles

    Measurement of light charged particle (LCP) multiplicities in coincidence with fission fragments (FFs) during the fusion-fission process is a very useful probe to understand the fission dynamics. In this type of measurement, the LCP's are indented to be measured in a wide range of relative angles (θrel) from 0° to 180° with respect to the FF direction. The conventional method of using two separate detectors one for the FF's and another for the LCPs does not allow to direct the LCPs along the direction of FF (in particular, θrel gas and Egas) and two CsI(Tl)-Si(PIN) detectors mounted at the end of the gas-section. In this paper, the results of in-beam usage of the HDT are presented

  5. Fission-fragment nuclear lasing of Ar/He/-Xe

    De Young, R. J.; Shiu, Y. J.; Williams, M. D.

    1980-01-01

    Nuclear-pumped lasing of Ar-Xe and He-Xe has been demonstrated using (U-235)F6 fission-fragment excitation. Fission fragments were created by absorption of thermal neutrons in a combination of gaseous (U-235)F6 and laser-tube wall coatings formed from UF6 chemical reaction products. At a pressure of 600 torr Ar-(3%)Xe, lasing occurred at 2.65 microns in Xe. Up to 3 torr of gaseous (U-235)F6 was added to 600 torr Ar-Xe before serious laser quenching occurred. With 3 torr of (U-235)F6 added, 38% of the energy deposition came from gaseous UF6 and the remainder from the uranium wall coating. The neutron flux at lasing threshold was found to be 4 x 10 to the 15th n/sq cm sec.

  6. Fission fragment detector by thin film capacitors. Pt. 1

    Heavy ion detection by solid dielectrics has been so far obtained by chemical etching. In this paper the detection of fission fragments is based on the counting of breakdowns in thin films of solid dielectries. These films are used as dielectric materials in capacitors with one electrode usually less than 1000 A thick. Breakdowns in such capacitors are non-shorting and can be sometimes repeated up to millions of times per cm2 of the capacitor area. The property that makes these capacitors suited for detection is that fission fragments induce breakdowns at fields distinctly lower than those due to the application of field only. The characteristics of these new detecting systems are described and compared with those of the damage track detectors. (orig.)

  7. Fission fragment mass distribution from combined dynamical and statistical model of fission including evaporation

    An appropriate theoretical model for fission fragment mass distribution (FFMD) of a highly excited heavy nucleus involves multidimensional Langevin dynamical calculations. Though a full Langevin simulation provides a more accurate description of fission dynamics, it is often replaced by a combined dynamical and statistical model (CDSM). This is essentially done because the demand on computer time for a full Langevin calculation is very large. In CDSM, the Langevin dynamical computation is pursued for a time interval during which the initial transients are settled and the fission width has reached a stationary value. The decay of the compound nucleus in subsequent times is followed treating fission at par with other decay channels, such as particle and γ emission channels which are already included in the calculation from the beginning, and using statistical methods. Evidently, CDSM takes less computer time than full dynamical model simulation

  8. Fission fragment passage in a small-size single crystal

    Using a method of mathematical simulation the passage of a 100 MeV fission fragment with the mass 140 amu and charge 20 through an insulated solid hydrogen single crystal is investigated. The problem is reduced to the consideration of multiple scattering in a Coulomb field in terms of classical mechanics. It was found that for the time of the fragment flight through the microcrystallite 17% of electrons left the latter. Among the remaining electrons only 40 % of them have the energy lower than 10 eV (the work function for the given microcrystallite). Thus, the concept of the ''ion burst'' is confirmed with a greater probability

  9. Detection efficiencies of solid state nuclear track detectors for fission fragments

    Detection efficiencies of solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs) for fission fragments have been calibrated with the help of Au-Si surface barrier detector and fission chamber. The results obtained for thin fission source are given for muscovite mica; polycarbonate foil; polyester; phosphate glass; silicate glass; and quartz. Corrections have been made for the effect of backscattering of fission fragments by Au-Si surface barrier detector on the detection efficiencies with a special designed arrangement using SSNTD. The effects of backscattering of fission fragments on detection efficiencies range from 0 for silicate glass to 2.6% for polycarbonate foil (Chaoyan) for using Au-Si as backing material. A discussion was given to the effect of critical angles of SSNTDs on the correction for self absorption of fission fragments in thick fission sources. A formula is given to calculate the detection efficiency of SSNTDs for fission fragments from fission sources of various thickness. (author)

  10. Biological effects of repeated inhalation exposure of Beagle dogs to relatively insoluble aerosols of 144Ce. V

    The behavior and long-term biological effects in Beagle dogs of 144Ce inhaled in fused aluminosilicate particles in repeated inhalation exposures are being studied for comparison with data from dogs that were exposed only once to a similar aerosol. Four groups of nine dogs each were exposed once every 8 weeks for 2 years (13 exposures) to achieve specified exposure goals. These goals were: to increase the lung burden by 2.5 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight with each exposure in the first group; to reestablish lung burdens of 9 or 4.5 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight in the second and third groups, respectively; and to expose controls (fourth group) to fused aluminosilicate particles containing stable cerium. With these exposure sequences, the 144Ce-exposed dogs received increasing or relatively constant beta radiation dose rates in contrast to the steadily decreasing dose rate seen after a single inhalation exposure. Exposures in the first and second groups were planned to yield a cumulative absorbed dose to lung of approx. = 35,000 rads and those in the third group approx. = 17,000 rads within two years after the first exposure. All 13 exposures have been completed. During the past year, one dog in the 9.0 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight group died at 1558 days after the first exposure with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The remaining 24 144Ce-exposed and seven control dogs generally appear to be in good physical condition with exception of a persistent lymphopenia at approx. = 5 years after the first exposure. They are continuing to be maintained for life span observations

  11. Dependence of Fission-Fragment Properties On Excitation Energy For Neutron-Rich Actinides

    Ramos D; Rodríguez-Tajes C.; Caamaño M.; Farget F.; Audouin L.; Benlliure J.; Casarejos E.; Clement E.; Cortina D.; Delaune O.; Derkx X.; Dijon A.; Doré D.; Fernández-Domínguez B.; France G. de

    2015-01-01

    Experimental access to full isotopic fragment distributions is very important to determine the features of the fission process. However, the isotopic identification of fission fragments has been, in the past, partial and scarce. A solution based on the use of inverse kinematics to study transfer-induced fission of exotic actinides was carried out at GANIL, resulting in the first experiment accessing the full identification of a collection of fissioning systems and their corresponding fission ...

  12. Effects of inhaled 144Ce on cardiopulmonary function and histopathology of the dog

    Twelve dogs inhaled single doses of relatively insoluble particles containing 144Ce and six dogs inhaled particles containing stable cerium as controls. Pulmonary function, clinical, and radiographic evaluations were performed serially. The dogs developed progressive radiation pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis similar to that previously reported for whole-lung irradiation from internal or external sources. Focal histologic changes in bronchioles and alveoli were detected functionally during treadmill and tube-breathing stresses at a time when the dogs' clinical and radiographic appearances were normal. Moderate functional impairment was associated with more severe inflammatory and proliferative changes in airways and alveoli. Severe impairment resulted from progressive fibrosis and scarring. These were several strong correlations between functional indices and histological scores. There was a nonlinear relationship between cumulative radiation dose and effects, and once the functional alterations became clinically evident, the disease progressed with little further increase in dose

  13. Simultaneous Velocity and Energy Measurement of Fission Fragments

    Semi-conductor detectors have been used in a double-velocity apparatus for a simultaneous measurement of fragment velocities and detector pulse heights. The purposes of this measurement were (1) to obtain the pulse-height-to-energy calibration of these detectors for fission fragments and (2) to evaluate a technique for the simultaneous determination of pre- and post neutron emission parameters of the fission process from a coincident measurement of fragment velocities and energies. Fast and slow output signals were obtained from the detectors for use in the time-of-flight and pulse-height measurements respectively. The recorded data were the flight times of both fragments and the pulse height from one of the detectors for a total of 46 000 Cf252 fission events. Fragment velocities, initial masses and initial energies were obtained in the usual manner from the time-of- flight data. The detector calibration function was determined from the correlation between the recorded pulse heights and the final parameters of the corresponding fragments. The latter values were obtained from the initial mass, initial energy and the published values of v(m, EK) for californium fragments. Finally, the calibration function was corrected for instrumental dispersions and the dependence of the average energy on fragment mass. The post-neutron-emission parameters were obtained from the recorded data and available detector calibration procedures including the one given above. The average number of neutrons emitted as.a function of fragment mass was obtained from the event-by-event differences of the initial and final masses. This result provided a sensitive test of the validity of this proposed technique and the various calibration procedures. Agreement with published data was found for the calibration procedure based on these data and one derived from the response of semi-conductor detectors to accelerated bromine and iodine ions. In each case the root mean square deviation from the

  14. Fission fragment mass and angular distributions: probes to study non-equilibrium fission

    It is found that the experimental observables in non-equilibrium fission are found to crucially depend on the interaction time (sticking time) of the di-nuclear complex with respect to the characteristic relaxation time of various degrees of freedom, before it decays into binary fission like fragments. This interaction time in turn depends on the entrance channel parameters of the colliding nuclei. Recent results on mass-angle correlations and mass distributions in fissile and less fissile systems will be presented. The importance of the sticking time of the dinuclear complex with respect to the equilibration times of various degrees of freedom is emphasized

  15. Fission fragment formation and fission yields in the model of octupole neutron-proton oscillations

    Yavshits S.

    2010-01-01

    The fission fragment formation is considered as a result of neck instability in the process of octupole oscillations of neutrons and protons near the scission point. To describe such a phenomenon the potential surface of fissionning nucleus with neck radius about 1 fm was calculated with shell correction approach. The new version of smooth liquid drop part of deformation energy is proposed. The liquid drop part is formulated in a double folding model with n-n, p-p, and n-p Yukawa interac...

  16. Apoptosis in immune cells induced by fission fragment 147Pm

    ZhuShou-Peng; ZhangLan-Sheng; 等

    1997-01-01

    Apoptosis in human acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell line Molt-4 cell and macrophage cell line Ana-1 cell could be induced by fission fragment 147Pm,The cumulative absorption dose of 147Pm in cultural cells through different periods were estimated.By using fluorescence microscopy and microautoradiographic tracing it can be found that Molt-4 and Anal-1 cells internally irradiated by 147Pm,displayed an obvious nuclear fragmentation and a marked phknosis in immune cell nucei,as well as DNA chain fragmentation and apoptotic bodies formation.The microautoradiographic study showed that 147Pm could infiltrate thourgh cell membrane and displayed membrane-seeking condensation in cells.At the same time.the membrane-bounded apoptotic bodies were observed.Experimental results in recent study provide evidence that Molt-4 and Ano-1 immune cells undergo apoptosis while internally irradiated with 147Pm.

  17. Methodology of a study of correlations between neutron multiplicity, mass and kinetic energy of fission fragments

    The description of an experimental set-up for the study of the excitation energy distribution of fission fragments by means of coincident measurement of fission neutrons is presented. For every fission event the kinetic energy and mass of both fragments are registered simultaneously with the number of prompt neutrons emitted by each of the complementary fission fragments. With this set-up, the fission fragments are detected by a twin ionization chamber and the neutrons - by two large Gd-loaded liquid scintillator tanks. (author)

  18. Langevin description of fission fragment charge distribution from excited nuclei

    Karpov, A V

    2002-01-01

    A stochastic approach to fission dynamics based on a set of three-dimensional Langevin equations was applied to calculate fission-fragment charge distribution of compound nucleus sup 2 sup 3 sup 6 U. The following collective coordinates have been chosen - elongation coordinate, neck-thickness coordinate, and charge-asymmetry coordinate. The friction coefficient of charge mode has been calculated in the framework of one-body and two-body dissipation mechanisms. Analysis of the results has shown that Langevin approach is appropriate for investigation of isobaric distribution. Moreover, the dependences of the variance of the charge distribution on excitation energy and on the two-body viscosity coefficient has been studied

  19. Biological effects of repeated inhalation exposure of beagle dogs to aerosols of 144Ce in fused clay particles I

    This experiment was initiated to study the biological behavior and long-term effects of repeated inhalation exposures to 144Ce in fused clay particles compared with those seen in Beagle dogs that received a single exposure as young adults. The 36 dogs, divided into four equal groups, are exposed every 8 weeks to achieve the following: to maintain lung burdens of 9 and 4.5 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight in the first and second groups, respectively; to increase the lung burden by 2.5 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight in the third group with each exposure and to expose controls (fourth group) to fused clay containing stable cerium. With these exposure sequences, the 144Ce-exposed dogs will receive increasing or maintained β dose rates in contrast to the steadily decreasing dose rate seen after a single inhalation exposure. Exposures to the first and third groups will produce a cumulative absorbed dose to lung of approximately equal to 35,000 rads and those to the second group will yield approximately equal to 17,000 rads within 2 yr after the first exposure. Single exposure dogs that had died with pulmonary neoplasia when this experiment was initiated had cumulative doses to death of 29,000 to 61,000 rads. Six of the planned 13 exposures have been completed to date. All exposed dogs are surviving and will be maintained for lifespan observation. (U.S.)

  20. Sensitivity studies of spin cut-off models on fission fragment observables

    Thulliez L.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A fission fragment de-excitation code, FIFRELIN, is being developed at CEA Cadarache. It allows probing the characteristics of the prompt emitted particles, neutrons and gammas, during the de-excitation process of fully accelerated fission fragments. The knowledge of the initial states of the fragments is important to accurately reproduce the fission fragment observables. In this paper a sensitivity study of various spin cut-off models, completely defining the initial fission fragment angular momentum distribution has been performed. This study shows that the choice of the model has a significant impact on gamma observables such as spectrum and multiplicity and almost none on the neutron observables.

  1. Sensitivity studies of spin cut-off models on fission fragment observables

    Thulliez, L.; Litaize, O.; Serot, O.

    2016-03-01

    A fission fragment de-excitation code, FIFRELIN, is being developed at CEA Cadarache. It allows probing the characteristics of the prompt emitted particles, neutrons and gammas, during the de-excitation process of fully accelerated fission fragments. The knowledge of the initial states of the fragments is important to accurately reproduce the fission fragment observables. In this paper a sensitivity study of various spin cut-off models, completely defining the initial fission fragment angular momentum distribution has been performed. This study shows that the choice of the model has a significant impact on gamma observables such as spectrum and multiplicity and almost none on the neutron observables.

  2. Direct nuclear pumping by a volume source of fission fragments

    Deese, J. E.; Hassan, H. A.

    1978-01-01

    A detailed kinetic model is presented for the analysis of nuclear pumped lasers when the pumping is a result of a volume source of fission fragments. The results of the model are employed to study a He-3 - Xe laser. For the range of pressures, neutron fluxes and mixtures considered, the gain and power calculations are in good agreement with experiment. Moreover, based on these calculations, it appears that the collisional recombination is the dominant pumping mechanism for 7p-7s transitions while direct excitation is the dominant pumping mechanism for the 5d-6p transitions.

  3. Fission fragment mass reconstruction from Si surface barrier detector measurement

    Velkovska, J.; McGrath, R. L.

    1998-01-01

    A method for plasma delay and pulse-height defect corrections for Si surface barrier detectors (SBD) is presented. Based on known empirical formulae, simple approximations involving the measured time-of-flight (TOF) and energy of the ions were found and a mass reconstruction procedure was developed. The procedure was applied for obtaining the fission fragment mass and angular distributions from the $^{64}$ Ni+$^{197}$Au reaction at 418 MeV and 383 MeV incident energy using an array of eight S...

  4. Measurement techniques for analysis of fission fragment excited gases

    Schneider, R. T.; Carroll, E. E.; Davis, J. F.; Davie, R. N.; Maguire, T. C.; Shipman, R. G.

    1976-01-01

    Spectroscopic analysis of fission fragment excited He, Ar, Xe, N2, Ne, Ar-N2, and Ne-N2 have been conducted. Boltzmann plot analysis of He, Ar and Xe have indicated a nonequilibrium, recombining plasma, and population inversions have been found in these gases. The observed radiating species in helium have been adequately described by a simple kinetic model. A more extensive model for argon, nitrogen and Ar-N2 mixtures was developed which adequately describes the energy flow in the system and compares favorably with experimental measurements. The kinetic processes involved in these systems are discussed.

  5. Nuclear model calculation on neutron induced fission fragment mass yields of 238U

    The fission fragment mass yield is one of the most important characteristics of the fission process in both applications and basic nuclear physics. In nuclear energy applications, the configuration of fission products must be known because they are accumulated during the operation of a nuclear reactor. In theoretical physics, the ability to describe and predict fission yields is required for an effective nuclear fission model. Since the nuclear fission process is described by a great number of parameters, and the existing theoretical models fail to describe the fission process completely, the fission yields are amongst the most important consequences to benchmark the validity of fission models. In the present study, two different approaches to predict the neutron-induced fission fragment mass distribution of 238U has been applied. The first approach is temperature dependent Brosa model, and the other based on GEF model. The model-based predicted results are in good agreement with the experimental data

  6. Measurement of energy dependence of fission fragment angular anisotropy for resonance neutron induced fission of 235U aligned target

    The results of the experiment on measuring the energy dependence of fission fragment angular anisotropy in resonance neutron induced fission of 235U aligned target in energy region up to 42 eV are presented. The agreement with the data of Pattenden and Postma in resonances is good enough, while the theoretical curve, calculated using the R-matrix multilevel two fission channel approach, does not seem to describe the energy dependence of fission fragment angular anisotropy property. The necessity of taking into account the interference between levels with different spins is discussed. 11 refs., 2 figs

  7. Application of pulse shape discrimination in Si detector for fission fragment angular distribution measurements

    B K Nayak; E T Mirgule; R K Choudhury

    2005-12-01

    Pulse shape discrimination (PSD) with totally depleted transmission type Si surface barrier detector in reverse mount has been investigated to identify fission fragments in the presence of elastic background in heavy ion-induced fission reactions by both numerical simulation and experimental studies. The PSD method is compared with the other conventional methods adopted to identify fission fragments with solid-state detectors such as - telescope and single thin detector and the data for the 10B + 232Th fission reaction are presented. Results demonstrate the usefulness of a single transmission-type surface barrier detector for the identification of fission fragments and projectiles like heavy ions.

  8. Target conception for the Munich fission fragment accelerator

    For the new high-flux reactor FRM II, the fission fragment accelerator MAFF is under design. MAFF will supply intense mass-separated radioactive ion beams of very neutron-rich nuclei with energies around the Coulomb barrier. A central part of this accelerator is the ion source with the fission target, which is operated at a neutron flux of 1.5x1014 cm-2 s-1. The target consists of typically 1 g of 235U dispersed in a cylindrical graphite matrix, which is encapsulated in a Re container. To enable diffusion and extraction of the fission products, the target has to be maintained at a temperature of up to 2400 deg. C during operation. It has to stand this temperature for at least one reactor cycle of 1250 h. Comprehensive tests are required to study the long-term behaviour of the involved materials at these conditions prior to operation in the reactor. The present paper gives details of the target conception and the projected tests

  9. Studies of Fission Fragment Rocket Engine Propelled Spacecraft

    Werka, Robert O.; Clark, Rodney; Sheldon, Rob; Percy, Thomas K.

    2014-01-01

    The NASA Office of Chief Technologist has funded from FY11 through FY14 successive studies of the physics, design, and spacecraft integration of a Fission Fragment Rocket Engine (FFRE) that directly converts the momentum of fission fragments continuously into spacecraft momentum at a theoretical specific impulse above one million seconds. While others have promised future propulsion advances if only you have the patience, the FFRE requires no waiting, no advances in physics and no advances in manufacturing processes. Such an engine unequivocally can create a new era of space exploration that can change spacecraft operation. The NIAC (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts) Program Phase 1 study of FY11 first investigated how the revolutionary FFRE technology could be integrated into an advanced spacecraft. The FFRE combines existent technologies of low density fissioning dust trapped electrostatically and high field strength superconducting magnets for beam management. By organizing the nuclear core material to permit sufficient mean free path for escape of the fission fragments and by collimating the beam, this study showed the FFRE could convert nuclear power to thrust directly and efficiently at a delivered specific impulse of 527,000 seconds. The FY13 study showed that, without increasing the reactor power, adding a neutral gas to the fission fragment beam significantly increased the FFRE thrust through in a manner analogous to a jet engine afterburner. This frictional interaction of gas and beam resulted in an engine that continuously produced 1000 pound force of thrust at a delivered impulse of 32,000 seconds, thereby reducing the currently studied DRM 5 round trip mission to Mars from 3 years to 260 days. By decreasing the gas addition, this same engine can be tailored for much lower thrust at much higher impulse to match missions to more distant destinations. These studies created host spacecraft concepts configured for manned round trip journeys. While the

  10. Scope of isomer spectroscopy of fission fragments using INGA

    Large array of Compton suppressed high purity germanium detectors continues to provide new insights on the novel quantal rotations of atomic nuclei. The Indian National Gamma Detector Array (INGA) is set up at TIFR-BARC accelerator facility at Mumbai, as a part of a collaboration between BARC, IUAC, SINP, TIFR, UGC-CSR-KC, VECC and different Universities. The array is designed for 24 Compton suppressed clover detectors providing around 5% photopeak efficiency. Recently, a digital data acquisition system with 96 channels (based on Pixie-16 modules developed by XIA LLC) has been implemented for this Compton suppressed clover array. The timing properties of fast scintillator detectors with the existing DDAQ have also been investigated. This facilitates the lifetime measurements of isomeric states from 1 nsec to few microsec during the usual gamma-gamma coincidence measurement. The scope of isomer spectroscopy of fission fragments using INGA will be discussed. In one of the in-beam experiments, 7Li + 232Th reaction at 38 MeV has been used to populate the fission fragments in mass 130 region. The prompt-delayed coincidence analysis was carried to establish the isomers in Te and Xe isotopes. A typical spectrum showing the delayed gamma rays with 197, 381, and 1313 keV energies emitted from the 6+ isomeric state of 136Xe with T1/2 = 2.95 micro sec is shown. The spectrum is generated with gate on 370 keV transition present above the isomer

  11. Fission fragment assisted reactor concept for space propulsion: Foil reactor

    Wright, Steven A.

    1991-01-01

    The concept is to fabricate a reactor using thin films or foils of uranium, uranium oxide and then to coat them on substrates. These coatings would be made so thin as to allow the escaping fission fragments to directly heat a hydrogen propellant. The idea was studied of direct gas heating and direct gas pumping in a nuclear pumped laser program. Fission fragments were used to pump lasers. In this concept two substrates are placed opposite each other. The internal faces are coated with thin foil of uranium oxide. A few of the advantages of this technology are listed. In general, however, it is felt that if one look at all solid core nuclear thermal rockets or nuclear thermal propulsion methods, one is going to find that they all pretty much look the same. It is felt that this reactor has higher potential reliability. It has low structural operating temperatures, very short burn times, with graceful failure modes, and it has reduced potential for energetic accidents. Going to a design like this would take the NTP community part way to some of the very advanced engine designs, such as the gas core reactor, but with reduced risk because of the much lower temperatures.

  12. Fission fragment assisted reactor concept for space propulsion: Foil reactor

    The concept is to fabricate a reactor using thin films or foils of uranium, uranium oxide and then to coat them on substrates. These coatings would be made so thin as to allow the escaping fission fragments to directly heat a hydrogen propellant. The idea was studied of direct gas heating and direct gas pumping in a nuclear pumped laser program. Fission fragments were used to pump lasers. In this concept two substrates are placed opposite each other. The internal faces are coated with thin foil of uranium oxide. A few of the advantages of this technology are listed. In general, however, it is felt that if one look at all solid core nuclear thermal rockets or nuclear thermal propulsion methods, one is going to find that they all pretty much look the same. It is felt that this reactor has higher potential reliability. It has low structural operating temperatures, very short burn times, with graceful failure modes, and it has reduced potential for energetic accidents. Going to a design like this would take the NTP community part way to some of the very advanced engine designs, such as the gas core reactor, but with reduced risk because of the much lower temperatures

  13. Effect on canine lymphocyte function of 144Ce inhaled in fused clay particles

    Beagle dogs exposed by inhalation to 144Ce in fused clay particles develop a persistent lymphopenia and the remaining peripheral lymphocytes in these dogs show a depressed in vitro response to plant mitogens. These studies were designed to evaluate the cellular basis for this defect. The survival and growth of lymphocytes from irradiated and control dogs were evaluated through 96 hours of culture. Many irradiated lymphocytes that were viable in vivo died within 24 hours in vitro. The remaining lymphocytes appeared to grow normally indicating that the early in vitro death was responsible for at least a portion of the difference between irradiated and control lymphocyte cultures. A second experiment was designed to determine if any humoral factors in plasma of irradiated dogs were responsible for the poor response of the lymphocytes. Lymphocytes from irradiated and control dogs were grown with plasma from both types of animals. Heterologous plasma had no apparent effect on lymphocyte growth, indicating that humoral factors were not involved. (U.S.)

  14. Effect of fasting on the transit time of 144Ce in the mouse gut

    Our work with G.I. absorption of actinide elements indicates greater absorption by fasted animals than by animals on regular diets (Weiss and Walburg, undated). Residence time of a metallic compound in the gut may be an important factor influencing G.I. absorption. Cerium-144 (III) chloride was administered by gavage to fasted mice and to mice on regular feed. The G.I. tract was excised, cut into sections, and the activity of each section determined as a function of time after dosing. Our results indicate rapid transit of 144CeCl3 along the empty mouse gut. One hour after dosing, about half the Ce is in the cecal contents; about 40% remains in stomach contents. Twelve hours after dosing, only about 2% remains in the cecum; by 16 hours, almost the entire dose has been cleared from the intestine. Transit times in mice with stomach and intestines containing food were 12 hours longer than in fasted mice. These results lead to the conclusion that factors other than G.I. residence time determine G.I. absorption of actinides in mice

  15. Compact multiwire proportional counters for the detection of fission fragments

    Two large area multistep position sensitive (two dimensional) multiwire proportional counters have been developed for experiments involving study of fission dynamics using general purpose scattering chamber facility at IUAC. Both detectors have an active area of 20x10 cm2 and provide position signals in horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) planes, timing signal for time of flight measurements and energy signal giving the differential energy loss in the active volume. The design features are optimized for the detection of low energy heavy ions at very low gas pressures. Special care was taken in setting up the readout electronics, constant fraction discriminators for position signals in particular, to get optimum position and timing resolutions along with high count rate handling capability of low energy heavy ions. A custom made charge sensitive preamplifier, having lower gain and shorter decay time, has been developed for extracting the differential energy loss signal. The position and time resolutions of the detectors were determined to be 1.1 mm full width at half maximum (FWHM) and 1.7 ns FWHM, respectively. The detector could handle heavy ion count rates exceeding 20 kHz without any breakdown. Time of flight signal in combination with differential energy loss signal gives a clean separation of fission fragments from projectile and target like particles. The timing and position signals of the detectors are used for fission coincidence measurements and subsequent extraction of their mass, angular, and total kinetic energy distributions. This article describes systematic study of these fission counters in terms of efficiency, time resolution, count rate handling capability, position resolution, and the readout electronics. The detector has been operated with both five electrode geometry and four electrode geometry, and a comparison has been made in their performances.

  16. Nuclear isomerism in fission fragments produced by the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    This thesis is devoted to the study of the nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei, via the search of isomeric nuclear states. Neutron-rich nuclei were produced in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. The experimental study of isomeric states in these nuclei was performed with the γ-array EUROGAM II, coupled to an additional and original fission fragment detector composed by photovoltaic cells, SAPhIR. The photovoltaic cells are well adapted to detect low energy heavy ions and have good energy and time resolutions to obtain a good fission fragment detection. This experiment led to the discovery of new isomeric states in 135Xe, 104Mo, 146,147,148Ce and 152,154,156Nd, with lifetimes between 60 ns and 2 μs. Level schemes of these nuclei have been completed. An interpretation of the isomeric states in the nuclei 154,156Nd and 156,158Sm was performed by Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov calculations using the DIS Gogny force with two quasi-particles excitations. The confrontation with the experimental results led to an interpretation of these isomeric states as K-isomers. (author)

  17. Description of Induced Nuclear Fission with Skyrme Energy Functionals: I. Static Potential Energy Surfaces and Fission Fragment Properties

    Schunck, N.; Duke, DJ; Carr, H.; Knoll, A

    2013-01-01

    Eighty years after its experimental discovery, a description of induced nuclear fission based solely on the interactions between neutrons and protons and quantum many-body methods still poses formidable challenges. The goal of this paper is to contribute to the development of a predictive microscopic framework for the accurate calculation of static properties of fission fragments for hot fission and thermal or slow neutrons. To this end, we focus on the Pu239(n,f) reaction and employ nuclear ...

  18. Fission-fragment and neutron data traced back to the macroscopic and microscopic properties of the fissioning systems

    Schmidt K.-H; Jurado B.

    2010-01-01

    A new model description of fission-fragment yields and prompt neutron emission is developed. The yields of the different fission channels and their properties are attributed to the number of relevant states above the potential-energy landscape on the fission path at the moment of dynamical freeze-out, which is specific to the collective coordinate considered. The model combines well established ideas with novel concepts. The separability principle of macroscopic properties of the compound nuc...

  19. Dependence of Fission-Fragment Primary Charge on Nuclear Structure

    Assuming a quasi-static scission configuration the potential energy of this configuration has been calculated. The energy release between saddle point and scission point has been maximized using the liquid drop model and taking into account the mass dependence of the deform ability of the fission fragments. The leading terms that determine the charge distribution depend on the Coulomb and the asymmetry energy of the scission configuration. The deformability of the fragments shows dependence from nuclear structure. A term proportional to the difference of the deformation energies of the two fragments gives rise to a strong influence from this nuclear structure effect. In the region of closed shells the difference in the deformation energies is much the same as the total deformation energy. A term comparable to the Coulomb energy term has to be taken into account in these mass regions. The calculated Zp-values have been compared to experimental results for U235. Calculated Zp-values for Cf252 are given. (author)

  20. The temperature of fission fragments from spontaneous fission of 252Cf measured by time-of-flight spectrometer

    The detection system MONA (Modular Neutron Array) consisting of eight large BC-501A liquid scintillators, was applied to determine the temperature of fission fragments emitted in spontaneous fission of 252Cf. The determination of the temperature was based on the measurement of the neutron spectra

  1. Dependence of Fission-Fragment Properties On Excitation Energy For Neutron-Rich Actinides

    Ramos, D.; Rodríguez-Tajes, C.; Caamaño, M.; Farget, F.; Audouin, L.; Benlliure, J.; Casarejos, E.; Clement, E.; Cortina, D.; Delaune, O.; Derkx, X.; Dijon, A.; Doré, D.; Fernández-Domínguez, B.; de France, G.; Heinz, A.; Jacquot, B.; Navin, A.; Paradela, C.; Rejmund, M.; Roger, T.; Salsac, M. D.; Schmitt, C.

    2016-03-01

    Experimental access to full isotopic fragment distributions is very important to determine the features of the fission process. However, the isotopic identification of fission fragments has been, in the past, partial and scarce. A solution based on the use of inverse kinematics to study transfer-induced fission of exotic actinides was carried out at GANIL, resulting in the first experiment accessing the full identification of a collection of fissioning systems and their corresponding fission fragment distribution. In these experiments, a 238U beam at 6.14 AMeV impinged on a carbon target to produce fissioning systems from U to Am by transfer reactions, and Cf by fusion reactions. Isotopic fission yields of 250Cf, 244Cm, 240Pu, 239Np and 238U are presented in this work. With this information, the average number of neutrons as a function of the atomic number of the fragments is calculated, which reflects the impact of nuclear structure around Z=50, N=80 on the production of fission fragments. The characteristics of the Super Long, Standard I, Standard II, and Standard III fission channels were extracted from fits of the fragment yields for different ranges of excitation energy. The position and contribution of the fission channels as function of excitation energy are presented.

  2. Kinetic study of the deposition of 144Ce, 143Pr and 147Nd on a platinum anode

    Investigation of the electrodeposition of radioactive rare earth metal isotopes confirm that, depending on the conditions of electrolysis, they can be deposited on the platinum either cathodically or anodically. The anodic deposition of these isotopes can take place with electrochemical oxidation or electrosorption without electron-transfer, depending on the lanthanide(III-IV) oxidation potentials. The present paper reports the results of the investigation connected with the anodic deposition of 144Ce, 143Pr and 147Nd. (author)

  3. Biological effects of repeated inhalation exposure of Beagle dogs to relatively insoluble aerosols of 144Ce. VI

    Beagle dogs were exposed repeatedly to a relatively insoluble form of 144Ce (in fused aluminosilicate particles) to study the deposition, retention and long-term biological effects for comparison with data from dogs that were exposed only once to a similar aerosol. Four groups of nine dogs each were exposed once every 8 weeks for 2 years (13 exposures) to achieve specified exposure goals. These goals were: to increase the lung burden by 2.5 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight with each exposure; to reestablish lung burdens of 9 or 4.5 μCi 144Ce/kg body weight and to expose controls to fused aluminosilicate particles containing nonradioactive cerium. With these exposure sequences, the 144Ce-exposed dogs received increasing or relatively constant beta radiation dose rates in contrast to the steadily decreasing dose rate seen after a single inhalation exposure. Following completion of the exposure series, the dogs are being observed for the development of long-term biological effects. To date, 11 dogs have died or were euthanized, nine exposed dogs and two controls. Although pulmonary hemangiosarcomas were a prominent finding in dogs exposed once to the same aerosol at a level that led to cumulative doses to lung similar to these repeatedly exposed dogs, only one has been observed in the repeatedly exposed dogs. Other effects of note to date include three pulmonary carcinomas, two hemangiosarcomas of the tracheobronchial lymph nodes and one splenic hemangiosarcoma. Observations are continuing on the surviving 18 exposed and seven control dogs

  4. Revealing of the structure peculiarities of the fission fragments two-dimensional distributions

    Methods and results of the structure peculiarities revealing of different scales in two-dimensional distributions of experimental observables are discussed. The mass-energy distributions of fission fragments in the 252Cf and 234U nuclei are considered as an example. The approach elaborated opens up new possibilities for investigating the mechanism of nuclear fission and, in particular, the manifestation of fission modes

  5. A fission fragment reactor concept for nuclear space propulsion

    Suo-Anttila, A. J.; Parma, E. J.; Wright, S. A.; Vernon, M. E.; Pickard, P. S.

    1991-10-01

    Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) has proposed a new nuclear thermal propulsion concept that uses fission fragments to directly heat the propellant up to 1000 K or higher above the material temperatures. The concept offers significant advantages over traditional solid core nuclear rocket concepts because of higher propellant exit temperatures while at the same time providing for more reliable operation due to lower structure temperatures and lower power densities. The concept can be operated in either steady state or pulsed modes. The engine consists of tubular modules, each with its own pressure boundary and rocket nozzle. The steady state mode requires a large engine with a reflector for criticality, provides high thrust and high ISP. The pulse mode utilizes a driver reactor for criticality and can be considerably smaller with lower but scaleable thrust. The pulse mode does require an external heat radiator for reactor cooling, which limits its duty cycle.

  6. Dependence of Fission-Fragment Properties On Excitation Energy For Neutron-Rich Actinides

    Ramos D.

    2016-01-01

    Isotopic fission yields of 250Cf, 244Cm, 240Pu, 239Np and 238U are presented in this work. With this information, the average number of neutrons as a function of the atomic number of the fragments is calculated, which reflects the impact of nuclear structure around Z=50, N=80 on the production of fission fragments. The characteristics of the Super Long, Standard I, Standard II, and Standard III fission channels were extracted from fits of the fragment yields for different ranges of excitation energy. The position and contribution of the fission channels as function of excitation energy are presented.

  7. Orientations of fragments emitted in binary cold fission of 252Cf

    The dependence of the driving potential on the orientation of fragments at scission is investigated for the case of cold fission of 252Cf. It is shown that in the case of cold fission the fragments exclusively emerge at scission in the pole-pole configuration. However, quantum fluctuations enable small deviations from this configuration during the tunnelling process. The mass yields of fission fragment pairs in the cold fission of 252Cf are computed for pole-pole and equator-equator orientations and are compared to the experimental data

  8. Isotopic resolution of fission fragments from 238U + 12C transfer and fusion reactions

    Recent results from an experiment at GANIL, performed to investigate the main properties of fission-fragment yields and energy distributions in different fissioning nuclei as a function of the excitation energy, in a neutron-rich region of actinides, are presented. Transfer reactions in inverse kinematics between a 238U beam and a 12C target produced different actinides, within a range of excitation energy below 30 MeV. These fissioning nuclei are identified by detecting the target-like recoil, and their kinetic and excitation energy are determined from the reconstruction of the transfer reaction. The large-acceptance spectrometer VAMOS was used to identify the mass, atomic number and charge state of the fission fragments in flight. As a result, the characteristics of the fission-fragment isotopic distributions of a variety of neutron-rich actinides are observed for the first time over the complete range of fission fragments. (authors)

  9. Kinetic and experimental study of argon and argon--nitrogen mixtures excited by fission fragments

    Optical emission from argon and argon-nitrogen mixtures excited by fission fragments are studied in an effort to better understand the fission fragment energy deposition into the gas. A model of the energy flow in the gas is developed and compared with the experimental results

  10. Fission fragment angular distribution measurements in 18O+194Pt reaction

    Fission fragment angular distributions were measured for 18O + 194Pt in energy range 78.2 - 87.3 MeV. The normal nature of angular anisotropy suggests that the reaction proceeded through true CN formation. The present results are consistent with result obtained from fission fragment mass distribution measurements carried out for reaction using other isotopes of platinum

  11. Fission fragment mass yield deduced from density distribution in the pre-scission configuration

    Warda, M.; Zdeb, A.

    2015-01-01

    Static self-consistent methods usually allow to determine the most probable fission fragments mass asymmetry. We have applied random neck rupture mechanism to the nuclei in the configuration at the end of fission paths. Fission fragment mass distributions have been deduced from the pre-scission nuclear density distribution obtained from the self-consistent calculations. Potential energy surfaces as well as nuclear shapes have been calculated in the fully microscopic theory, namely the constra...

  12. Development Of A Digital Technique For The Determination Of Fission Fragments And Emitted Prompt Neutron Characteristics

    Varapai, N.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.; Serot, O.; Barreau, G.; Kornilov, N.; Zeinalov, Sh.

    2005-11-01

    The present work demonstrates the application of the digital technique for nuclear measurements. This method has been implemented for measurements of promptly emitted fission neutrons in coincidence with fission fragments from 252Cf(sf). A double Frisch-grid ionization chamber is used as fission fragment detector. The promptly emitted neutrons are detected by a NE213 liquid scintillation detector. The experimental set-up is installed at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements. Preliminary results are presented.

  13. Prompt neutron multiplicity in correlation with fragments from spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    GÖÖK Alf; Hambsch, Franz-Josef; Vidali, Marzio

    2014-01-01

    The spontaneous fission of 252Cf serves as an excellent benchmark of prompt emission in fission since experimental data can be obtained without the need of an incident beam. With the purpose of providing experimental data on the prompt fission neutron properties in correlation with fission fragment characteristics an experiment on 252Cf(SF) has been performed. In addition, the experiment serves as benchmark of setup and analysis procedures for measurements of fluctuations in the prompt neutro...

  14. SPIDER: A new instrument for fission fragment research at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center

    Tovesson Fredrik; Arnold Charles; Blakeley Rick; Hecht Adam; Laptev Alexander; Mader Drew; Meierbachtol Krista; Snyder Lucas; White Morgan

    2013-01-01

    The study of fission fragment yields and how they behave as a function of excitation energy provides insight into the process in which they are formed. Fission yields are also important for nuclear applications, as they can be used as a diagnostic tool. A new instrument, SPIDER (Spectrometer for Ion DEtermination in fission Research), is being developed for measuring fission yields as a function of incident neutron energy at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. The instrument employs a time...

  15. A multiple parallel-plate avalanche counter for fission-fragment detection

    Wu, C.Y., E-mail: wu24@llnl.gov [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 9455 (United States); Henderson, R.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 9455 (United States); Haight, R.C.; Lee, H.Y.; Taddeucci, T.N. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, MN 87545 (United States); Bucher, B.; Chyzh, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 9455 (United States); Devlin, M.; Fotiades, N. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, MN 87545 (United States); Kwan, E. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 9455 (United States); National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States); O’Donnell, J.M.; Perdue, B.A.; Ullmann, J.L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, MN 87545 (United States)

    2015-09-11

    A new low-mass multiple gas-filled parallel-plate avalanche counter for the fission-fragment detection has been developed to mark the fission occurrence in measurements of the prompt fission neutron energy spectrum as a function of incident neutron energy. It was used successfully for the neutron-induced fission of {sup 235}U and {sup 239}Pu with a total mass near 100 mg each and the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. Both the incident neutron energy and the prompt fission neutron energy are measured by using the time-of-flight method. The design and performance of this avalanche counter are described.

  16. A multiple parallel-plate avalanche counter for fission-fragment detection

    A new low-mass multiple gas-filled parallel-plate avalanche counter for the fission-fragment detection has been developed to mark the fission occurrence in measurements of the prompt fission neutron energy spectrum as a function of incident neutron energy. It was used successfully for the neutron-induced fission of 235U and 239Pu with a total mass near 100 mg each and the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Both the incident neutron energy and the prompt fission neutron energy are measured by using the time-of-flight method. The design and performance of this avalanche counter are described

  17. Yield-Energy Dependence for 147Nd and 144Ce Under Strong Neutron Field

    QIAN; Jing; LIU; Ting-jin; SUN; Zheng-jun; SHU; Neng-chuan

    2012-01-01

    <正>The data of the fission product yield play an important role in the nuclear science technology and nuclear engineering because they are the key data in the calculation of the decay heat, shield design, nuclear verification, radiochemistry reprocessing and nuclear safety, etc. Especially, it is the essential data in fission power estimation for a fission device. It is well known that there exists a consecutive neutron spectrum with the energy from 1 keV to 15 MeV for a fission-fusion device. So in order to estimate the

  18. Neutron and fragment yields in proton-induced fission of 238U at intermediate energies

    The primary fission fragment mass and kinetic energy distributions, and neutron multiplicities as function of fragment mass have been measured in the proton-induced fission of 238U at energies Ep=20, 35, 50 and 60 MeV using time-of-flight technique. Pre-scission and post-scission neutron multiplicities have been extracted from double differential distributions. The fragment mass dependence of the post-scission neutron multiplicities reveals the gross nuclear shell structure effect even at the higher proton energies we measured. The yields of neutron-rich fission products in the fission of 238U by 25 MeV protons were measured using an ion guide-based isotope separator technique. The results indicate enhancement for superasymmetric mass division at intermediate excitation energy of the fissioning nucleus. The experimental results have been analysed in the framework of a time-dependent statistical model with inclusion of nuclear friction effects in the fission process

  19. Properties of fission fragments for Z =112 -116 superheavy nuclei

    Kaur, Gurjit; Sandhu, Kirandeep; Sharma, Manoj K.

    2016-07-01

    The dynamical cluster decay model (DCM) is applied to understand the dynamics of 48Ca+238U,244Pu,248Cm reactions at comparable excitation energies across the barrier. To understand the capture stage of *286112 ,*292114 , and *296116 nuclei, the compound nucleus formation probability is calculated. The indication of PC Nprocess such as quasifission may occur at the capture stage of the 48Ca induced reactions. To understand this further, the comparative decay analysis of *286112 ,*292114 and *296116 , nuclei is carried out using β2 i deformations within hot optimum orientation criteria, and the calculated fission cross sections find nice agreement with available data. The fission mass distribution shows a double humped structure where a symmetric peak observed around the Sn region appears to find its genesis in a symmetric quasifission component. On the other hand, the emergence of peaks around Pb in the decay of Z =112 , 114, and 116 nuclei signify the possible presence of asymmetric quasifission. Higher and broader asymmetric quasifission peaks are observed for *296116 and *292114 nuclei as compared to *286112 nucleus. Beside this, the total kinetic energy (TKE) distribution of the decay fragments is also explored by using different proximity potentials, such as Prox-77, Prox-88, and Prox-00. Prox-88 seems to perform better and the calculated TKE values find relatively better comparison at lower angular momentum states. The possible role of different radii of the decaying nuclei is also exercised to understand the TKE ¯ dynamics of 48Ca+238U,244Pu,248Cm reactions.

  20. Decontamination of 60Co and 144Ce. low-activity liquid wastes with the Fe3+ /OH- /Ca2+ /PO-4-3- system

    The influence of reaction time, concentrations of Fe3+ and PO-4-3+, temperature and agitation velocity in the efficiency of decontamination of 60Co and 144Ce low-activity liquid wastes using the Fe3+ /OH-/Ca2+ /PO-4-3+ precipitator system was stud ied in this paper. The mathematical models of this process were obtained for 60Co and 144Ce. The best conditions for the decontamination we re calculated using the optimization program

  1. Fragment-mass distributions in fission of heavy nuclei by intermediate and high-energy probes

    Deppman, Airton; Andrade-II, E. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Menezes, J.C.M.; Garcia, F. [Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilheus, BA (Brazil); Duarte, S.B.; Tavares, O.A.P. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Rossi, P.C.R. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Full text: Recent experiments have shown that the multimode approach for describing the fission process leads to some compatibility with the observed results. A systematic analysis of the parameters obtained by fitting the fission-fragment mass distribution to the spontaneous and low-energy data has shown that the values for those parameters present a smooth dependence upon the nuclear mass number. In the present work it is shown that the same parameter-values obtained for low- energy fission can be used to describe high-energy fission results of fragment-mass distributions if one takes into account the appropriate distribution of the fissioning system. To calculate the fission-fragment mass distributions, Monte Carlo simulations are used. This simulation considers a two-step reaction mechanism, namely, an intranuclear cascade providing the compound nucleus followed by a mechanism of competition between particle evaporation and fission. The fission-fragment masses are obtained according to the multimode approach following the Statistical Scission Model. Simulations for fission induced by 660 MeV protons on 241Am and 237Np, and for fission of 238U induced by photons from Bremsstrahlung with end-point energies of 50 MeV and 3500 MeV have been performed, and the results have been compared with recent experimental data. (author)

  2. SPY: A new scission point model based on microscopic ingredients to predict fission fragments properties

    Lemaître J.-F.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Our purpose is to determine fission fragments characteristics in a framework of a scission point model named SPY for Scission Point Yields. This approach can be considered as a theoretical laboratory to study fission mechanism since it gives access to the correlation between the fragments properties and their nuclear structure, such as shell correction, pairing, collective degrees of freedom, odd-even effects. Which ones are dominant in final state? What is the impact of compound nucleus structure? The SPY model consists in a statistical description of the fission process at the scission point where fragments are completely formed and well separated with fixed properties. The most important property of the model relies on the nuclear structure of the fragments which is derived from full quantum microscopic calculations. This approach allows computing the fission final state of extremely exotic nuclei which are inaccessible by most of the fission model available on the market.

  3. SPY: A new scission point model based on microscopic ingredients to predict fission fragments properties

    Our purpose is to determine fission fragments characteristics in a framework of a scission point model named SPY for Scission Point Yields. This approach can be considered as a theoretical laboratory to study fission mechanism since it gives access to the correlation between the fragments properties and their nuclear structure, such as shell correction, pairing, collective degrees of freedom, odd-even effects. Which ones are dominant in final state? What is the impact of compound nucleus structure? The SPY model consists in a statistical description of the fission process at the scission point where fragments are completely formed and well separated with fixed properties. The most important property of the model relies on the nuclear structure of the fragments which is derived from full quantum microscopic calculations. This approach allows computing the fission final state of extremely exotic nuclei which are inaccessible by most of the fission model available on the market. (authors)

  4. Measurement of fission cross sections and fragment angular distributions using solid state track detectors

    Fission cross sections and angular distributions of fission fragments from fissions induced by 14.1 and 15.8 MeV neutrons, respectively, in 232Th, 231Pa, 233U, 235U, 238U, 237Np, 239Pu and 241Am have been studied using Lexan plastic track detectors. A novel experimental set-up evolved from considerations of neutron economy allows simultaneous measurement of angular distribution of fission fragments from five independently fissioning nuclides at a time. The data on angular anistropy were analysed in the perspective of different chances of fissions taking place simultaneously in this energy region. Third-chance fission thresholds for 231Pa and 241Am were estimated from the measured anisotropy values to be 13.2 and 11.1 MeV, respectively. (author)

  5. Thermal annealing effect on fission fragment track recording properties of polycarbonate

    Polycarbonate Track Detector is a commonly used Solid State Nuclear Track Detector (SSNTD) to identify the fission fragment. The phenomenon of spontaneous fission was discussed in papers. The most useful polycarbonate track detector Makrofol-N for recording fission tracks was used. This detector is insensitive to detect the light particles background such as alpha particle, proton etc. The present paper deals with the study of thermal annealing and the mass distribution of 252Cf fission fragments using unannealed and annealed Makrofol-N detectors

  6. Revisiting the even-odd staggering in fission-fragment yields

    The even-odd staggering observed in the experimental fission-fragment nuclear-charge yields is investigated over a wide systematics of fission fragments measured at Lohengrin in direct kinematics and at GSI in inverse kinematics. The general increase of the even-odd staggering in the fission-fragment charge yields towards asymmetric charge splits is explained by the absorption of the unpaired nucleons by the heavy fragment. As a consequence, the well established trend of even-odd staggering in the fission fragment charge yields to decrease with the fissility is attributed in part to the asymmetry evolution of the charge distribution. This interpretation is strongly supported by the data measured at GSI, which cover the complete charge distribution and include precise yields at symmetry. They reveal that the even-odd effect around symmetry remains constant over a large range of fissility. (authors)

  7. A fission fragment reactor concept for nuclear thermal propulsion

    Suo-Anttila, Ahti J.; Parma, Edward J.; Pickard, Paul S.; Wright, Steven A.; Vernon, Milton E.

    1992-01-01

    The Space Exploration Initiative requires the development of nuclear thermal and nuclear electric technologies for space propulsion for future Luna and Mars missions. Sandia National Laboratories has proposed a new nuclear thermal propulsion concept that uses fission fragments to directly heat the propellant up to 1000 K or higher above the material temperatures. The concept offers significant advantages over traditional solid-core nuclear rocket concepts because of higher propellent exit temperatures, while at the same time providing for more reliable operation due to lower structure temperatures and lower power densities. The reactor can be operated in either a steady-state or pulsed mode. The steady-state mode provides a high thrust and relatively high specific impulse, as compared to other nuclear thermal concepts. The pulsed mode requires an auxillary radiator for cooling, but has the possibility of achieving very high specific impulses and thrust scaleable to the radiator size. The propellant temperatures are limited only by thermal radiation and transient heat conduction back to the substrate walls.

  8. Systematic study of anomalous fragment anisotropies in near- and sub-barrier fusion-fission reactions

    The fusion cross sections and fragment angular distributions for the complete fusion-fission reactions of 11B+238U, 237Np, 12C+237Np, 16O+232Th, 238U, and 19F+23Th at near- and sub-barrier energies have been measured by the fragment folding angle technique. It is revealed that the anomalous anisotropies of fission fragments in latter three systems are existence. Based on the experimental observations and Dressing and Randrup's theory, a new version model of preequilibrium fission is put forward to explain the anomaly. (author)

  9. Varying Track Etch Rates along the Fission Fragments' Trajectories in CR-39 Detectors

    We determine the behavior of track etch rate VT along the tracks in CR-39 detectors exposed to fission fragments from 252Cf source. CR-39 detectors are etched at 70°C in different concentrations of Na2CO3-mixed 6M NaOH solutions for different etching time intervals of 5–10 min starting from 15 min up to 210 min. Two values of track etch rate are determined along the fission fragment trajectories. The variation in VT is correlated with the energy loss rate of the fission fragment in the detector material

  10. Angular Anisotropy of the Fission Fragments in the Dinuclear System Mo del

    T. M. Shneidman; A. V. Andreev; C. Massimi; M. T. Pigni; G. Vannini; A. Ventura; S. G. Zhou

    2015-01-01

    A theoretical evaluation of the collective excitation spectra of nucleus at large deformations is possible within the framework of the dinuclear system (DNS) model, which treats the wave function of the fissioning nucleus as a superposition of a mononucleus configuration and two-cluster configurations in a dynamical way, permitting exchange of nucleons between clusters. In this work the method of calculation of the potential energy and the collective spectrum of fissioning nucleus at scission point is presented. Combining the DNS model calculations and the statistical model of fission we calculate the angular distribution of fission fragments for the neutron–induced fission of 239Pu.

  11. Prompt Gamma Radiation from Fragments in the Thermal Fission of 235U

    Measurements were made on the gamma radiation emitted from fission fragments in slow neutron induced fission of 235U. The fragments were detected with solid state detectors of the surface barrier type and the gamma radiation with a Nal(Tl) scintillator. Mass selection was used so that the gamma radiation could be measured as a function of fragment mass. Time discrimination between the fission gammas and the prompt neutrons released in the fission process was employed to reduce the background. The gamma radiation emitted during different time intervals after the fission event was studied with the help of a collimator, the position of which was changed along the path of the fission fragments. In this way a decay curve was obtained from which the life-time of one of the gamma-emitting states could be estimated. The relative yield of the gamma-rays was determined as a function of mass for different gamma-ray energy portions and two specific time intervals after the fission events. Comparisons were made with data obtained from 252 Cf-fission. Attention is drawn to some features which seem to be the same in 235U and 252 Cf-fission

  12. Simultaneous measurement of fission fragments and prompt neutrons for thermal neutron-induced fission of U-235

    Nishio, Katsuhisa; Yamamoto, Hideki; Kimura, Itsuro; Nakagome, Yoshihiro [Kyoto Univ. (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    Simultaneous measurement of fission fragments and prompt neutrons following the thermal neutron induced fission of U-235 has been performed in order to obtain the neutron multiplicity (v) and its emission energy ({eta}) against the specified mass (m{sup *}) and the total kinetic energy (TKE). The obtained value of -dv/dTKE(m{sup *}) showed a saw-tooth distribution. The average neutron energy <{eta}>(m{sup *}) had a distribution with a reflection symmetry around the half mass division. The measurement also gave the level density parameters of the specified fragment, a(m{sup *}), and this parameters showed a saw-tooth trend too. The analysis by a phenomenological description of this parameters including the shell and collective effects suggested the existence of a collective motion of the fission fragments. (author)

  13. Odd–even effect in fragment angular momentum in low-energy fission of actinides

    B S Tomar; R Tripathi; A Goswami

    2007-01-01

    Quantitative explanation for the odd–even effect on fragment angular momenta in the low-energy fission of actinides have been provided by taking into account the single particle spin of the odd proton at the fragment's scission point deformation in the case of odd- fragments along with the contribution from the population of angular momentum bearing collective vibrations of the fissioning nucleus at scission point. The calculated fragment angular momenta have been found to be in very good agreement with the experimental data for fragments in the mass number region of 130–140. The odd–even effect observed in the fragment angular momenta in the low-energy fission of actinides has been explained quantitatively for the first time.

  14. Library of prompt neutron and γ-emission spectra from fission fragments

    The statistical model of nuclear reactions is applied to describe the fission fragment neutron and gamma emission characteristics for spontaneous fission of 252Cf and for fission of 233,235U, 239Pu by thermal neutrons. The calculations of neutron and gamma-spectra are carried out for the fragments with A=70-160, excited up to 100 MeV. After testing of the model and input data library, calculations of neutron and γ-emission spectra for nuclei with A=70-170 excited up to 100 MeV were done to produce the Fission Fragments Emission Spectra Library (FFESL). FFESL contains the data of 1000 nuclei and will be used in calculations of neutron and γ-spectra for fission of heavy nuclei by intermediate energy nucleons. (author)

  15. Absolute Energy Calibration of Solid-State Detectors for Fission Fragments and Heavy Ions

    Detailed measurements of the pulse-height response of silicon solid-state detectors to energetic heavy ions and fission fragments have been made. These studies have now led to a reliable method of absolute energy calibration of solid-state detectors for fission fragments, as well as to a better understanding of the somewhat peculiar response characteristics of the detectors to fission fragments and heavy ions. The use of silicon solid-state detectors in fragment kinetic energy measurements in recent years has been widespread; at the same time, questions have been raised about the detailed interpretation of such measurements because of the increasing evidence for anomalous behaviour in charge production, charge collection and charge multiplication in the case of densely ionizing particles. The present report discusses systematics and possible origins of these effects. Application of the absolute energy calibration method, which takes into account the mass and energy dependence of the response, is based simply on a Cf252 or U235 fragment pulse- height spectrum. Our studies were carried out with mono-energetic Br71, Br81 and I127 ions of energies from 30 to 120 MeV, and with fission fragments from spontaneous fission of Cf252 and neutron-induced fission of U235 and Pu239. It is shown that for a given fragment mass, over a wide energy range, the fragment energy versus pulse-height relationship is of the form E = ax + b, where E is the fragment energy and x is the measured pulse height. A dependence of pulse height on fragment mass has also been established, which leads to an energy versus pulse-height relationship, for the range of fission-fragment masses and energies, of the form E = (a + a'm)x + b + b'M, where M is the fragment mass. The effect of detector window and of detector type, resistivity and electric field have been studied. Guides to the selection of detectors and to their use with fission fragments are given. The effect of the more exact calibration

  16. Fission fragment mass distribution in the 13C+182W and 176Yb reactions

    Ramachandran K.; Hinde D.J.; Dasgupta M.; Williams E.; Wakhle A.; Luong D. H.; Evers M.; Carter I. P.; Das S.

    2013-01-01

    Shell effects can play a prominent role in fission fragment mass distributions. For lighter systems in the region of A~180-200, mass distributions were generally expected to be symmetric. However, a recent experiment showed that fission of 180Hg following electron capture of 180Tl leads to an asymmetric mass split. Recent calculations by various groups indicate that the mechanism of asymmetric fission could be very different in this mass region compared to the actinide region. To investigate ...

  17. Development of gridded ionization chamber for measuring atomic number of fission fragments

    In order to investigate the mechanism of asymmetric mass division in low energy fission of actinides, the detector for measuring an atomic number (Z) for fission fragments has been developed. Because the atomic number is closely related to energy losses of fragments, the gridded ionization chamber with divided anode is useful for this purpose. The detector was designed and optical conditions such as the distance and electric potential between electrodes were searched using alpha particles from 252Cf. The total energy and energy losses of fission fragments from 252Cf were measured under the obtained conditions. It was found that fission fragments lost most of the kinetic energy in the beginning of their range. This behavior agrees qualitatively with results of simulation by TRIM code. In the presentation, the results of energy measurements under various conditions will be shown and discussed. (author)

  18. Super-heavy nuclei with Z = 118 and their mass and charge spectrum of fission fragments

    Maslyuk, V. T.; Smolyanyuk, A. V.

    2015-12-01

    The first results of the calculation of the mass and charge yields of fission fragments for over 60 isotopes which have Z = 118 are presented. The results were obtained from the condition of thermodynamic ordering of the ensemble of fission fragments. The role of neutrons shells with N = 82 or N = 126 and protons shells with Z = 50 in the realization of symmetric (or one-humped) and asymmetric (2- or 3-humped) shapes of the fission-fragment yields with the transition from neutron-proficient to neutron-deficient isotopes was investigated. The data of fragments yields had been analyzed under the conditions of a “cold” and “hot” fission. The calculations show the possibility to identify super-heavy nuclei with Z ≥ 118 produced synthetically by heavy-ion reaction on their mass/charge spectrum division.

  19. Proposal for a Concept Assessment of a Fission Fragment Rocket Engine (FFRE) Propelled Spacecraft Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A new technology, the Fission Fragment Rocket Engine (FFRE), requires small amounts of readily available, energy dense, long lasting fuel, significant thrust at...

  20. Impact of prompt-neutron corrections on final fission-fragment distributions

    Al-Adili, A.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Pomp, S.; Oberstedt, S.

    2012-11-01

    Background: One important quantity in nuclear fission is the average number of prompt neutrons emitted from the fission fragments, the prompt neutron multiplicity, ν¯. The total number of prompt fission neutrons, ν¯tot, increases with increasing incident neutron energy. The prompt-neutron multiplicity is also a function of the fragment mass and the total kinetic energy of the fragmentation. Those data are only known in sufficient detail for a few thermal-neutron-induced fission reactions on, for example, 233,235U and 239Pu. The enthralling question has always been asked how the additional excitation energy is shared between the fission fragments. The answer to this question is important in the analysis of fission-fragment data taken with the double-energy technique. Although in the traditional approach the excess neutrons are distributed equally across the mass distribution, a few experiments showed that those neutrons are predominantly emitted by the heavy fragments.Purpose: We investigated the consequences of the ν(A,TKE,En) distribution on the fission fragment observables.Methods: Experimental data obtained for the 234U(n,f) reaction with a Twin Frisch Grid Ionization Chamber, were analyzed assuming two different methods for the neutron evaporation correction. The effect of the two different methods on the resulting fragment mass and energy distributions is studied.Results: We found that the preneutron mass distributions obtained via the double-energy technique become slightly more symmetric, and that the impact is larger for postneutron fission-fragment distributions. In the most severe cases, a relative yield change up to 20-30% was observed.Conclusions: We conclude that the choice of the prompt-neutron correction method has strong implications on the understanding and modeling of the fission process and encourages new experiments to measure fission fragments in coincidence with prompt fission neutrons. Even more, the correct determination of postneutron

  1. New data on the fragment angular momentum in spontaneous fission of 252 Cf

    Though a considerable progress has been made in understanding the process of low-energy fission still only a little is known about the energy balance occurring at the scission point. Regarding the value of the energy that is released at the descent of the nucleus from saddle to scission only theory estimates exist. For the case of 252 Cf spontaneous fission a value of 30 MeV could be assumed for this energy release. However, the partition of this free energy remains so far the least-understood aspect of nuclear fission. Evidently, the fragment pre-scission collective motion and internal excitation degrees of freedom share a part of this energy release resulting in the pre-scission kinetic energy and pre-scission excitation of fragments. It is generally recognized that the angular momentum that fission fragments acquire in the low-energy fission is a probe for the states of excitation for some of the orthogonal angular-momentum bearing modes at the scission point. In this work the average angular momentum for primary fission fragments as a function of neutron multiplicity and neutron-to-proton ratio of the primary fission fragments was extracted for the first time for the Mo-Ba and Zr-Ce charge splits of 252 Cf. The data are discussed in terms of the energy balance occurring at the scission point. (authors)

  2. Discrimination between roles of fissioning nucleus and asymmetry degree of freedom on the even-odd structure in fission-fragment yields

    Caamano, M.; Rejmund, F.; Schmidt, K. -H.

    2009-01-01

    Based on a wide systematics of fission-fragment distributions measured in low-energy fission, the even-odd staggering in the fission-fragment element yields is investigated. The well-established evolution of the global even-odd effect with the fissioning system is found to be only a partial aspect of the even-odd structure. Indeed, it is shown that the global even-odd effect is varying systematically with the mean asymmetry of the fission-fragment distribution, and that the general increase o...

  3. SOFIA: An innovative setup to measure complete isotopic yield of fission fragments

    Pellereau E.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available We performed an experiment dedicated to the accurate isotopic yield measurement of fission fragments over the whole range. SOFIA exploits the inverse kinematics technique: using heavy ion beams at relativistic energies, fission is induced by Coulomb excitation in a high-Z target. The fragments are emitted forward and both of them are identified in charge and mass. The setup will be presented, as well as preliminary spectra.

  4. First use of single-crystal diamonds as fission-fragment detector

    FREGEAU MARC OLIVIER; Oberstedt, Stephan; BRYS TOMASZ; GAMBONI Thierry; GEERTS Wouter; Hambsch, Franz-Josef; Oberstedt, A.; Vidali, Marzio

    2015-01-01

    Single-crystal chemical vapor-deposited diamond (sCVD) was investigated for its ability to act as fission-fragment detector. In particular we investigated timing and energy resolution for application in a simultaneous time-of-flight and energy measurement to determe the mass of the detected fission fragment. Previous tests have shown that poly-crystalline chemical vapor deposited (pCVD) diamonds provide sufficient timing resolution, but their poor energy resolution did not allow complete sepa...

  5. Research on fission fragment excitation of gases and nuclear pumping of lasers

    Schneider, R. T.; Davie, R. N.; Davis, J. F.; Fuller, J. L.; Paternoster, R. R.; Shipman, G. R.; Sterritt, D. E.; Helmick, H. H.

    1974-01-01

    Experimental investigations of fission fragment excited gases are reported along with a theoretical analysis of population inversions in fission fragment excited helium. Other studies reported include: nuclear augmentation of gas lasers, direct nuclear pumping of a helium-xenon laser, measurements of a repetitively pulsed high-power CO2 laser, thermodynamic properties of UF6 and UF6/He mixtures, and nuclear waste disposal utilizing a gaseous core reactor.

  6. SOFIA: An innovative setup to measure complete isotopic yield of fission fragments

    We performed an experiment dedicated to the accurate isotopic yield measurement of fission fragments over the whole range. SOFIA exploits the inverse kinematics technique: using heavy ion beams at relativistic energies, fission is induced by Coulomb excitation in a high-Z target. The fragments are emitted forward and both of them are identified in charge and mass. The setup will be presented, as well as preliminary spectra. (authors)

  7. On the use of Makrofol KG to study fission fragment angular distributions

    Makrofol KG nuclear track detector processing and analysis is carefully regulated and assessed to reveal fission fragments' tracks and their angular distributions. For this purpose, foils of this detector are irradiated by a thin 252Cf source and are subjected to chemical etching followed by a two-step sparking process. The detector efficiency as a function of fission fragment incidence angle and different etching parameters is carried out with a good reproducibility

  8. Ionization chamber with fast timing properties and good energy resolution for fission fragment detection

    A twin ionization chamber for fission fragment detection is described. The chamber allows to extract both, fast timing- and energy proportional signals. A time resolution of 1.62 ns FWHM was obtained between two fission fragments detected in the two halves of the chamber. For 241Am α-particles the chamber gave an energy resolution of 1.3 percent. As counting gas methane NTP was used

  9. The hole overlap correction and fission fragment detection efficiency in Makrofol

    Efficiency measurements for an SSNTD fission fragment detector have been analysed using the hole overlap correction of James et al. It is found that the measured efficiencies can be corrected, as required, to constant values which are independent of the fragment density. In the analysis the hole overlap probability is treated as a free parameter. Its dependence on fragment angle is established and examined in terms of increasing hole area with decreasing angle between the fragment and the foil. (author)

  10. Neutrons and Kinetic Energy of Fragments in Fission of Heavy Nuclei

    The distribution of excitation energy and kinetic energy depending on the mass of the fragment formed in heavy- isotope fission by thermal neutrons is experimentally investigated. The excitation energy is shown to have a low minimum in the region of the double-magic fragment (M ∼132), to increase in the symmetrical fission area and to be at its maximum for fragments complementary to magic. The kinetic energy of the fragments measured for U235 correlates with the excitation energy. The total energy release according to the experimental data is in good agreement with calculations according to Milton's mass tables in every case except that of strongly asymmetric fission. In the measurements conducted, the ratio of the maximum of the fragment yield curve to the minimum (after neutron escape) was 500 : 1. (author)

  11. Fission-fragment and neutron data traced back to the macroscopic and microscopic properties of the fissioning systems

    Schmidt K.-H.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A new model description of fission-fragment yields and prompt neutron emission is developed. The yields of the different fission channels and their properties are attributed to the number of relevant states above the potential-energy landscape on the fission path at the moment of dynamical freeze-out, which is specific to the collective coordinate considered. The model combines well established ideas with novel concepts. The separability principle of macroscopic properties of the compound nucleus and microscopic properties of the fragments strongly reduces the number of model parameters and assures a high predictive power. The recently discovered energy-sorting mechanism in superfluid nuclear dynamics determines the sharing of intrinsic excitation energy at scission and the enhancement of even-odd structure in asymmetric splits.

  12. Distribution functions in plasmas generated by a volume source of fission fragments. [in nuclear pumped lasers

    Deese, J. E.; Hassan, H. A.

    1979-01-01

    The role played by fission fragments and electron distribution functions in nuclear pumped lasers is considered and procedures for their calculations are outlined. The calculations are illustrated for a He-3/Xe mixture where fission is provided by the He-3(n,p)H-3 reaction. Because the dominant ion in the system depends on the Xe fraction, the distribution functions cannot be determined without the simultaneous consideration of a detailed kinetic model. As is the case for wall sources of fission fragments, the resulting plasmas are essentially thermal but the electron distribution functions are non-Maxwellian.

  13. Fission fragment properties and the problem of the pulse height defect

    The pulse height defect (PHD) has been investigated for three different counting gases commonly used in ionization chambers. The PHD introduces an underestimation of the kinetic energy of a charged particle detected with an ionization chamber. Thus, in some cases it is of crucial importance to correct for this effect, e.g. when studying fission fragment properties. A new method was used, applying a waveform digitizer, to study the PHD. The fission fragment properties from spontaneous fission of 252Cf where determined using different counting gases and different ways of correcting for the PHD were evaluated. (author)

  14. Influence of asymmetry and fissility on even-odd effect in fission-fragment yields

    Rejmund F.; Caamaño M.; Schmidt K.-H

    2010-01-01

    Based on a wide systematics of fragment distributions measured in thermal-neutron induced fission, the even-odd staggering in the fission-fragment element yields is investigated. The asymmetry evolution of the element yield distribution with the fissility of the fissioning nucleus is shown to be for an important part responsible for the decrease of the even-odd staggering with the fissility. The even-odd staggering close to symmetry is shown to be a small contribution to the global even-odd e...

  15. Fission-fragment detector for DANCE based on thin scintillating films

    Rusev, G.; Roman, A. R.; Daum, J. K.; Springs, R. K.; Bond, E. M.; Jandel, M.; Baramsai, B.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A.; Favalli, A.; Ianakiev, K. D.; Iliev, M. L.; Mosby, S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Walker, C. L.

    2015-12-01

    A fission-fragment detector based on thin scintillating films has been built to serve as a trigger/veto detector in neutron-induced fission measurements at DANCE. The fissile material is surrounded by scintillating films providing 4 π detection of the fission fragments. The scintillation photons were registered with silicon photomultipliers. A measurement of the 235U (n , f) reaction with this detector at DANCE revealed a correct time-of-flight spectrum and provided an estimate for the efficiency of the prototype detector of 11.6(7)%. Design and test measurements with the detector are described.

  16. Neutron emission as a function of fragment energy in the spontaneous fission of 260Md

    The authors have made the first measurement of the number of neutrons emitted in the spontaneous fission of a nuclide in which very high fragment energies dominate the fission process. In bombardments of 254Es, they produced 28-d 260Md, which was neutron-counted in a 1-m-diam spherical tank containing a Gd-doped scintillator solution. The average number of neutrons emitted per fission is only 2.58 ± 0.11, substantially less than for other actinides. A direct correlation of neutron multiplicity with fragment excitation energy is clearly demonstrated

  17. Asymmetry of fission fragment mass distribution for Po and Ir isotopes

    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2016-03-01

    Using the improved scission-point model, the mass distributions are calculated for induced fission of several Po and Ir isotopes. The calculated mass distributions and mean total kinetic energies of fission fragments are compared with the existing experimental data. The revealed coexistence of both symmetric and asymmetric modes in the β -delayed fission of At,196194 is in agreement with the experimental observations. The change of the shape of mass distribution with increasing A of fissioning AIr nucleus from asymmetric for 185Ir to symmetric for 193Ir is found.

  18. Evolution of fission-fragment mass distributions in the neutron-deficient lead region

    Ghys, Lars; Andreyev, A.N.; Huyse, Mark; Van Duppen, Piet; Sels, Simon; Andel, B.; Antalic, S; Barzakh, A; Capponi, L.; Cocolios, Thomas Elias; Derkx, X.; De Witte, Hilde; J. Elseviers; Fedorov, D. V.; Fedosseev, V. N.

    2014-01-01

    Low-energy β-delayed fission of 194,196At and 200,202Fr was studied in detail at the mass separator ISOLDE at CERN. The fission-fragment mass distributions of daughter nuclei 194,196Po and 202Rn indicate a triple-humped structure, marking the transition between asymmetric fission of 178,180Hg and symmetric fission in the light Ra-Rn nuclei. Comparison with the macroscopic-microscopic finite-range liquid-drop model and the self-consistent approach employing the Gogny D1S energy den...

  19. Fission of heavy nuclei: microscopic study of fission barriers and fragments angular momentum; Fission des noyaux lourds: etude microscopique des barrieres de fission et du moment angulaire des fragments

    Bonneau, L

    2003-11-01

    A lot of experimental data on nuclear fission has been being collected for the last 65 years, allowing theoreticians to confront their models with reality. The first part of this work is dedicated to the computation of fission barriers. We have extended the HF + BCS (Hartree Fock + Bandeen-Cooper-Schrieffer) method in order to include a new set of polynomials on which wave functions can be broken to, more accurately than on Hermite's polynomials in the 2 fragment configuration. The fission barriers of 26 heavy nuclei from Thorium-230 to Nobelium-256 have been assessed and compared to experimental data, it appears that differences are no greater than 1 MeV. We have discovered a neat correlation between the variation of the experimental fission lifetimes of even Fermium isotopes and the computed heights of second barriers. Moreover our model reproduces the hyper-deformed well of Thorium-230 with a good agreement on the well depth. The second part deals with the scission region. We have performed Hartree-Fock calculations in order to explore different ways of fragmentation. We have shown that the harmonic oscillator gives a valid description of such ways. In order to compute the mean value of J{sup 2} in the fragments we have been driven to propose an adequate definition of that quantity consistent with the non-locality property of the J{sup 2} operator. (A.C.)

  20. Primary fragment mass-yield distributions for asymmetric fission path of heavy nuclei

    The primary fragment mass-yield distribution for the asymmetric fission path in heavy nuclei, 233Pa, 239Np, 245Am and 249Bk at the excitation energy of ∼20 MeV are experimentally constructed based on the intensities of total kinetic energies for individual mass splits. The results revealed an interesting phenomenon: in all the studied fissioning systems, the inner wings of the mass-yield distributions in the asymmetric fission path appear along the same mass-wall of A = 130 fragment mass. The asymmetric mass-yield distribution indicates the strong effect of structural shells in fragments on the final mass division process of the asymmetric fission path. (author)

  1. Dynamical approach to isotopic-distribution of fission fragments from actinide nuclei

    Ishizuka, Chikako; Chiba, Satoshi; Karpov, Alexander V.; Aritomo, Yoshihiro

    2016-06-01

    Measurements of the isotope distribution of fission fragments, often denoted as the primary fission yield (pre-neutron yield) or independent fission yield (post-neutron yield) are still challenging at low excitation energies, so that it is important to investigate it within a theory. Such quantities are vital for applications as well. In this study, fragment distributions from the fission of U isotopes at low excitation energies are studied using a dynamical model. The potential energy surface is derived from the two center shell model including the shell and pairing corrections. In order to calculate the charge distribution of fission fragments, we introduce a new parameter ηZ as the charge asymmetry, in addition to three parameters describing a nuclear shape, z as the distance between two centers of mass, δ as fragment deformation, and ηA as the mass asymmetry. Using this model, we calculated the isotopic distribution of 236U for the n-induced process 235U + n → 236U at low excitation energies. As a result, we found that the current model can well reproduce isotopic fission-fragment distribution which can be compared favorably with major libraries.

  2. Total kinetic energy distribution of fission fragments in 6,7Li + 238U reactions

    The shape and width of fission-fragment (FF) mass and kinetic energy distribution provides a lot of information on the fission reaction mechanism and the structure of the compound nucleus (CN), the fragments as well as the interacting nuclei. The shape of the mass distribution of the fission fragments for the actinides induced by the proton or neutron is known to change with the incident energy. At low energies, it shows a double humped distribution which changes slowly to a single humped distribution as energy increases. However, for a reaction involving a weakly bound projectile (i.e., 6Li + 232Th), a sharp change in the shape of the mass distribution with energy was observed. The sharp increase in the peak to valley ratio (P:V) in the fission-fragment mass distribution in 6Li + 232Th reaction by Itkis et al. and in 6,7Li + 238U reactions by Santra et al. was concluded to be due to the reduced energy transfer to the composite system caused by incomplete fusion (ICF) of alpha or deuteron/triton followed by fissions. Total Kinetic Energy (TKE) distribution of fission fragments is another important observable on which the effect of projectile breakup is not explored yet. In this contribution, the study of breakup/transfer effect on average TKE distribution for 6,7Li + 238U reactions is presented

  3. Study of heavy ion induced fission fragment angular and mass distribution at near and sub-coulomb barrier energies

    Ghosh, T.K.

    2005-01-01

    The thesis presents investigations on the angular and mass distribution of fission fragments on heavy ion induced fission reactions. The present investigations address current issues in heavy ion induced fission reactions like finding the optimum entrance channel for the synthesis of super heavy elements (SHE). A double arm time of flight spectrometer over long flight path was used to measure the precise masses of complementary fission fragments. Necessary large area position sensitive gas de...

  4. Fission fragment charge and mass distributions in 239Pu(n,f) in the adiabatic nuclear energy density functional theory

    Regnier, D.; Dubray, N.; Schunck, N.; Verriere, M.

    2016-01-01

    Accurate knowledge of fission fragment yields is an essential ingredient of numerous applications ranging from the formation of elements in the r-process to fuel cycle optimization for nuclear energy. The need for a predictive theory applicable where no data is available is an incentive to develop a fully microscopic approach to fission dynamics. In this work, we calculate the pre-neutron emission charge and mass distributions of the fission fragments formed in the neutron-induced fission of ...

  5. Influence of complete energy sorting on the characteristics of the odd-even effect in fission-fragment element distributions

    Jurado, Beatriz; Schmidt, Karl-Heinz

    2014-01-01

    The characteristics of the odd-even effect in fission-fragment Z distributions are compared to a model based on statistical mechanics. Special care is taken for using a consistent description for the influence of pairing correlations on the nuclear level density. The variation of the odd-even effect with the mass of the fissioning nucleus and with fission asymmetry is explained by the important statistical weight of configurations where the light nascent fission fragment populates the lowest ...

  6. Fission fragment mass and angular distributions: Probes to study non-equilibrium fission

    R G Thomas

    2015-08-01

    Synthesis of heavy and superheavy elements is severely hindered by fission and fission-like processes. The probability of these fission-like, non-equilibrium processes strongly depends on the entrance channel parameters. This article attempts to summarize the recent experimental findings and classify the signatures of these non-equilibrium processes based on macroscopic variables. The importance of the sticking time of the dinuclear complex with respect to the equilibration times of various degrees of freedom is emphasized.

  7. A position-sensitive twin ionization chamber for fission fragment and prompt neutron correlation experiments

    Göök, A.; Geerts, W.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.; Vidali, M.; Zeynalov, Sh.

    2016-09-01

    A twin position-sensitive Frisch grid ionization chamber, intended as a fission fragment detector in experiments to study prompt fission neutron correlations with fission fragment properties, is presented. Fission fragment mass and energies are determined by means of the double kinetic energy technique, based on conservation of mass and linear momentum. The position sensitivity is achieved by replacing each anode plate in the standard twin ionization chamber by a wire plane and a strip anode, both readout by means of resistive charge division. This provides information about the fission axis orientation, which is necessary to reconstruct the neutron emission process in the fully accelerated fragment rest-frame. The energy resolution compared to the standard twin ionization chamber is found not to be affected by the modification. The angular resolution of the detector relative to an arbitrarily oriented axis is better than 7° FWHM. Results on prompt fission neutron angular distributions in 235U(n,f) obtained with the detector in combination with an array of neutron scintillation detectors is presented as a proof of principle.

  8. Kinetic energies of cluster fragments in ternary fission of 252 Cf

    Vijayaraghavan, K. R.; von Oertzen, W.; Balasubramaniam, M.

    2012-03-01

    The kinetic energy distribution and potential energies of fragments from the collinear cluster tripartition (CCT), the "true" ternary fission of 252Cf, have been calculated. It is assumed that the breakup of the nucleus into three fragments happens sequentially in two steps from a hyper-deformed shape. In the first step a first neck rupture occurs of the parent radioactive nucleus, forming two fragments (one of them is usually 132Sn) and, in the second step, one of the two fragments breaks into two other fragments, resulting finally in three fragments (the experiment is based on a binary coincidence where a missing mass is determined). We show the result for the principal combination of the three spherical fragments (semi-magic isotopes of Sn, Ca, Ni) observed recently experimentally. These isotopes are clusters with high Q -values, which produce the highest yields in the ternary fission bump. It is shown that the kinetic energies of the middle fragments have very low values, making their experimental detection quite difficult. This fact explains why the direct detection of true ternary fission with three fragments heavier than A > 40 has escaped experimental observation.

  9. Evidence for the predominant influence of the asymmetry degree of freedom on the evenodd structure in fission-fragment yields

    Caamaño, Manuel; Rejmund, Fanny; Schmidt, Karl-Heinz

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Based on a comprehensive set of fission-fragment distributions measured in low-energy fission, the even-odd staggering in the fission-fragment element yields is investigated. The well-established evolution of the global even-odd effect with the fissioning system is found to be only a partial aspect of the even-odd structure. Indeed, it is shown that the global even-odd effect varies systematically with the mean asymmetry of the fission-fragment distribution, and that the general i...

  10. Prompt neutron multiplicity in correlation with fragments from spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    Göök, A.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Vidali, M.

    2014-12-01

    The spontaneous fission of 252Cf serves as an excellent benchmark of prompt emission in fission since experimental data can be obtained without the need of an incident beam. With the purpose of providing experimental data on the prompt fission neutron properties in correlation with fission-fragment characteristics, an experiment on 252Cf(SF) has been performed. In addition, the experiment serves as a benchmark of setup and analysis procedures for measurements of fluctuations in the prompt-neutron properties as a function of incident neutron energy in fission of the major actinides 235U and 239Pu. The experiment employs a twin Frisch grid ionization chamber as fission-fragment detector while neutrons were counted by using a liquid scintillator placed along the symmetry axis of the ionization chamber. Average neutron multiplicity has been obtained as a function of fission-fragment mass and total kinetic energy (TKE). The average multiplicity as a function of mass agrees well with available data in the literature in the mass range from 80 to 170 u. The existence of additional sawtooth structures in the far asymmetric mass region could not be confirmed, although the statistical accuracy of the present experiment is as good as the previous study where such structures have been reported [Nucl. Phys. A 490, 307 (1988)., 10.1016/0375-9474(88)90508-8]. The available data in the literature on the TKE dependence of the multiplicity show strong deviations. Therefore, effort was focused on investigating experimental factors in low-efficiency neutron-counting experiments that may lead to faulty determination of this dependence. Taking these factors into account, a result that agrees well with data from high-efficiency neutron-counting experiments is obtained. The experimental arrangement allows determination of the angle between the detected neutron and the fission axis, which permits the neutron properties to be transformed into the fission-fragment rest frame. Fission neutron

  11. A Brief Review of Past INL Work Assessing Radionuclide Content in TMI-2 Melted Fuel Debris: The Use of 144Ce as a Surrogate for Pu Accountancy

    D. L. Chichester; S. J. Thompson

    2013-09-01

    This report serves as a literature review of prior work performed at Idaho National Laboratory, and its predecessor organizations Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), studying radionuclide partitioning within the melted fuel debris of the reactor of the Three Mile Island 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant. The purpose of this review is to document prior published work that provides supporting evidence of the utility of using 144Ce as a surrogate for plutonium within melted fuel debris. When the TMI-2 accident occurred no quantitative nondestructive analysis (NDA) techniques existed that could assay plutonium in the unconventional wastes from the reactor. However, unpublished work performed at INL by D. W. Akers in the late 1980s through the 1990s demonstrated that passive gamma-ray spectrometry of 144Ce could potentially be used to develop a semi-quantitative correlation for estimating plutonium content in these materials. The fate and transport of radioisotopes in fuel from different regions of the core, including uranium, fission products, and actinides, appear to be well characterized based on the maximum temperature reached by fuel in different parts of the core and the melting point, boiling point, and volatility of those radioisotopes. Also, the chemical interactions between fuel, fuel cladding, control elements, and core structural components appears to have played a large role in determining when and how fuel relocation occurred in the core; perhaps the most important of these reaction appears to be related to the formation of mixed-material alloys, eutectics, in the fuel cladding. Because of its high melting point, low volatility, and similar chemical behavior to plutonium, the element cerium appears to have behaved similarly to plutonium during the evolution of the TMI-2 accident. Anecdotal evidence extrapolated from open-source literature strengthens this logical feasibility for

  12. Dynamic approach to description of entrance channel effects in angular distributions of fission fragments

    Eremenko, D. O.; Drozdov, V. A.; Fotina, O. V.; Platonov, S. Yu.; Yuminov, O. A.

    2016-07-01

    Background: It is well known that the anomalous behavior of angular anisotropies of fission fragments at sub- and near-barrier energies is associated with a memory of conditions in the entrance channel of the heavy-ion reactions, particularly, deformations and spins of colliding nuclei that determine the initial distributions for the components of the total angular momentum over the symmetry axis of the fissioning system and the beam axis. Purpose: We develop a new dynamic approach, which allows the description of the memory effects in the fission fragment angular distributions and provides new information on fusion and fission dynamics. Methods: The approach is based on the dynamic model of the fission fragment angular distributions which takes into account stochastic aspects of nuclear fission and thermal fluctuations for the tilting mode that is characterized by the projection of the total angular momentum onto the symmetry axis of the fissioning system. Another base of our approach is the quantum mechanical method to calculate the initial distributions over the components of the total angular momentum of the nuclear system immediately following complete fusion. Results: A method is suggested for calculating the initial distributions of the total angular momentum projection onto the symmetry axis for the nuclear systems formed in the reactions of complete fusion of deformed nuclei with spins. The angular distributions of fission fragments for the 16O+232Th,12C+235,236,238, and 13C+235U reactions have been analyzed within the dynamic approach over a range of sub- and above-barrier energies. The analysis allowed us to determine the relaxation time for the tilting mode and the fraction of fission events occurring in times not larger than the relaxation time for the tilting mode. Conclusions: It is shown that the memory effects play an important role in the formation of the angular distributions of fission fragments for the reactions induced by heavy ions. The

  13. Fission and nuclear fragmentation of silver and bromine nuclei by photons of 1-6 GeV

    The studies of fission and fragmentation of silver and bromine nuclei by Bremsstrahlung photons of 1.6 GeV energy range are presented. The Il ford-KO nuclear emulsion submitted to Bremsstrahlung beams in Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) with total doses of 10'' equivalent photons, was used for nuclear fragment detection. The discrimination of fission and fragmentation events was done analysing angular distribution, range and angles between fragments. The results of fragment range distributions, angular distributions, distributions of angles between fragments, distributions of ratio between range, velocity distributions forward/backward ratio, cross sections of fission and fragmentation, nuclear fissionability and ternary fission frequency are presented and discussed. (M.C.K.)

  14. Fission fragment mass yield deduced from density distribution in the pre-scission configuration

    Warda, M

    2015-01-01

    Static self-consistent methods usually allow to determine the most probable fission fragments mass asymmetry. We have applied random neck rupture mechanism to the nuclei in the configuration at the end of fission paths. Fission fragment mass distributions have been deduced from the pre-scission nuclear density distribution obtained from the self-consistent calculations. Potential energy surfaces as well as nuclear shapes have been calculated in the fully microscopic theory, namely the constrained Hartree-Fock-Bogolubov model with the effective Gogny D1S density-dependent interaction. The method has been applied for analysis of fission of Fm-256,258, Cf-252 and Hg-180 and compared with the experimental data.

  15. Fission fragment mass yield deduced from density distribution in the pre-scission configuration

    Warda, M.; Zdeb, A.

    2015-11-01

    Static self-consistent methods usually allow one to determine the most probable fission fragments mass asymmetry. We have applied random neck rupture mechanism to the nuclei in the configuration at the end of fission paths. Fission fragment mass distributions have been deduced from the pre-scission nuclear density distribution obtained from the self-consistent calculations. Potential energy surfaces as well as nuclear shapes have been calculated in the fully microscopic theory, namely the constrained Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov model with the effective Gogny D1S density-dependent interaction. The method has been applied for analysis of fission of {}{256,258}Fm, 252Cf and 180Hg and compared with the experimental data.

  16. Fission fragment mass distribution in the 13C+182W and 176Yb reactions

    Fission fragment mass distributions have been measured for many systems and found to be asymmetric in the fission of nuclei with nucleon number A in the range 228-258 and proton number Z in the range 90-100. For lighter systems, it has been observed that fission fragment mass distributions are usually symmetric. At high excitation energies the shell effects are expected to vanish and the nuclei are expected to behave like a charged liquid drop; hence, only symmetric fission is expected for all the nuclei. Even after much experimental and theoretical work in this field, the rate of damping of shell effects with excitation energy is not well known. This abstract reports our measurements with 13C beams on 182W and 176Yb targets

  17. New Fission Fragment Distributions and r-Process Origin of the Rare-Earth Elements

    Goriely, Stéphane; Sida, Jean-Luc; Lemaitre, Jean-François; Panebianco, Stefano; Dubray, Noel; Hilaire, Stéphane; Bauswein, Andreas; Janka, Hans-Thomas

    2013-01-01

    International audience Neutron star (NS) merger ejecta offer a viable site for the production of heavy r-process elements with nuclear mass numbers A * 140. The crucial role of fission recycling is responsible for the robustness of this site against many astrophysical uncertainties, but calculations sensitively depend on nuclear physics. In particular, the fission fragment yields determine the creation of 110 & A & 170 nuclei. Here, we apply a new scission-point model, called SPY, to deriv...

  18. A Monte Carlo Simulation of Prompt Gamma Emission from Fission Fragments

    Litaize O.; Regnier D.; Serot O.

    2013-01-01

    The prompt fission gamma spectra and multiplicities are investigated through the Monte Carlo code FIFRELIN which is developed at the Cadarache CEA research center. Knowing the fully accelerated fragment properties, their de-excitation is simulated through a cascade of neutron, gamma and/or electron emissions. This paper presents the recent developments in the FIFRELIN code and the results obtained on the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Concerning the decay cascades simulation, a fully Hauser-Fe...

  19. Experimental evidence for the separability of compound-nucleus and fragment properties in fission

    Schmidt, Karl-Heinz; Kelic, Aleksandra; Ricciardi, Maria Valentina

    2007-01-01

    The large body of experimental data on nuclear fission is analyzed with a semi-empirical ordering scheme based on the macro-microscopic approach and the separability of compound-nucleus and fragment properties on the fission path. We apply the statistical model to the non-equilibrium descent from saddle to scission, taking the influence of dynamics into account by an early freeze out. The present approach reveals a large portion of common features behind the variety of the complex observation...

  20. Observed mass distribution of spontaneous fission fragments from samples of lime - an SSNTD study

    SSNTD is one of the most commonly used detectors in the studies involving nuclear phenomena. The ease of registration of the presence of alpha particles and fission fragments has made it particularly suitable in studies where stable long exposures are needed to extract reliable information. Studies on the presence of alpha emitting nuclides in the environment assume importance since they are found to be carcinogenic. Lime samples from Silchar in Assam of Eastern India have shown the presence of spontaneous fission fragments besides alphas. In the present study we look at the ratio of the average mass distribution of these fission fragments, that gives us an indication of the presence of the traces of transuranic elements

  1. Performance of the low pressure MWPCs for fission fragments under a high background

    Two couples of low pressure multi-wire proportional chambers (MWPC) were located in the target chamber to detect fission fragments in a hypernuclei producing experiment at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (Jlab). In the experiment, a continuous wave (CW) electron beam was applied to form hypernuclei by electromagnetic interaction. In the target chamber, the high energy (1.853 GeV) and high intensity (500 nA) primary electron beam caused a high particle background, which influenced the detection of the fission fragments. This report described the design of the MWPCs and studied the fission-fragment detecting performance of them under such a high background. The efficiency of the MWPCs was given with the help of a high resolution kaon spectrometer. At the same time, the background particles were discussed with a Monte Carlo code based on GEANT4. (authors)

  2. Isotopic yield distribution of neutron-rich fragment nuclei produced in thermal neutron induced fission

    Nuclear fission allows us to produce and study the properties of the nuclei with a higher neutron to proton ratio. Spectroscopic studies of such neutron-rich fragment nuclei provide direct information on the nuclear excited states. Such studies help to explore the new regions of nuclear deformations, and to extend the theoretical model(s) to regions which have hitherto been inaccessible. A lot of work has already been done on these set of nuclei by means of spontaneous fission of 252Cf and 248Cm sources, heavy-ion induced fusion-fission reactions, and also using deep-inelastic reactions. More recently, spectroscopic studies were performed using thermal neutron induced fission of 235U using CIRUS reactor facility. Here we report the yield distribution of the isotopes, produced in thermal neutron induced fission of 235U, using prompt γ-γ coincidence measurement technique

  3. Effect of Fission Fragments on the Properties of UO2 Fuel of Pressurized Water Reactors

    The effect of Xenon (Xe) and (Sr) Strontium fission fragments on the properties of UO2 fuel of pressurized water reactors has been evaluated us ing SRIM-2010 program. The released fission products being highly energetic with different masses, different phase states, and carry different charges cause ionization of the fuel from the surface up to the maximum range with the formation of electron-hole pairs. When the kinetic energy falls below the displacement energy of U and O atoms phonon production takes place. The collision of energetic fission products with the fuel results in the creation of recoil-vacancy pairs. The uranium and oxygen recoils re leased during the collision process changes the oxygen to uranium ratio of the UO2 matrix. The fission fragments as well as the recoils reside in interstitial positions in the structure of UO2 fuel with the result in increasing the internal stresses. The magnitude of damage introduced in the fuel is calculated on the bases of the fission rate of 4% enriched UO2. The released fission fragments and recoils as well as the increase in the fuel temperatures cause swelling of the fuel, increase fuel-clad interaction

  4. Development of a thin scintillation films fission-fragment detector and a novel neutron source

    Rusev, G.; Jandel, M.; Baramsai, B.; Bond, E. M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A.; Daum, J. K.; Favalli, A.; Ianakiev, K. D.; Iliev, M. L.; Mosby, S.; Roman, A. R.; Springs, R. K.; Ullmann, J. L.; Walker, C. L.

    2015-08-01

    Investigation of prompt fission and neutron-capture Υ rays from fissile actinide samples at the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) requires use of a fission-fragment detector to provide a trigger or a veto signal. A fission-fragment detector based on thin scintillating films and silicon photomultipliers has been built to serve as a trigger/veto detector in neutron-induced fission measurements at DANCE. The fissile material is surrounded by scintillating films providing a 4π detection of the fission fragments. The scintillations were registered with silicon photomultipliers. A measurement of the 235U(n,f) reaction with this detector at DANCE revealed a correct time-of-flight spectrum and provided an estimate for the efficiency of the prototype detector of 11.6(7)%. Design and test measurements with the detector are described. A neutron source with fast timing has been built to help with detector-response measurements. The source is based on the neutron emission from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and the same type of scintillating films and silicon photomultipliers. Overall time resolution of the source is 0.3 ns. Design of the source and test measurements with it are described. An example application of the source for determining the neutron/gamma pulse-shape discrimination by a stilbene crystal is given.

  5. Prompt Gamma Rays Emitted from Individual Fragments in Neutron-Induced Fission

    Prompt gamma rays associated with moving fission fragments of specific masses have been observed in thermal neutron-induced fission of 235U. The geometrical layout of the apparatus prevents detection of photons emitted from stopped fragments and determines the effective time resolution to about 1 ns after fission. Spectra are measured by means of a high-resolution Ge(Li) detector with 3.5% photopeak efficiency for 60Co. An 8'' ∅ x 9'' Nal(Tl) anti-Compton shield suppresses the Compton distribution in the spectra and the recording of events produced by fast fission neutrons. The coincident fission-fragment masses are deduced from their correlated kinetic energies as measured by two Si solid-state detectors. The observed Doppler shift in gamma ray energy allows the assignment of lines to single members of fragment pairs. Data are processed in a 256 x 256 x 2048 channel matrix. The main objective of these experiments is a study of the properties of individual neutron-rich nuclei far off the stability line. (author)

  6. Development of position-sensitive time-of-flight spectrometer for fission fragment research

    A position-sensitive, high-resolution time-of-flight detector for fission fragments has been developed. The SPectrometer for Ion DEtermination in fission Research (SPIDER) is a 2E–2v spectrometer designed to measure the mass of light fission fragments to a single mass unit. The time pick-off detector pairs to be used in SPIDER have been tested with α-particles from 229Th and its decay chain and α-particles and spontaneous fission fragments from 252Cf. Each detector module is comprised of thin electron conversion foil, electrostatic mirror, microchannel plates, and delay-line anodes. Particle trajectories on the order of 700 mm are determined accurately to within 0.7 mm. Flight times were measured with 250 ps resolution FWHM. Computed particle velocities are accurate to within 0.06 mm/ns corresponding to a precision of 0.5%. An ionization chamber capable of 400 keV energy resolution coupled with the velocity measurements described here will pave the way for modestly efficient measurements of light fission fragments with unit mass resolution

  7. Measurements of fission fragment properties using RPI's lead slowing down spectrometer

    A double sided Frisch-gridded fission chamber for use in the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) lead slowing-down neutron spectrometer (LSDS) is being developed at RPI. Placing this fission chamber in the high neutron flux of the LSDS allows the measurement of the energy dependent, neutron induced fission cross sections, as well as the mass and kinetic energy of the fission fragments of various small samples. The fission chamber consists of two anodes shielded by Frisch grids on either side of a single cathode. The sample is located in the center of the cathode and is made by depositing small amounts of actinides dissolved in solution on very thin films. The chamber was successfully tested and calibrated using 0.4 ng of 252Cf and mass distributions were compared to previous work. As a proof of concept, the chamber was then placed in the LSDS to measure, simultaneously, the neutron induced fission cross section and fragment mass and energy distributions of 24.9 μg of 235U. The mass distribution as a function of neutron energy was examined and it may be possible to see changes in the mass distribution as a function of neutron energy. This process will enable the measurement of isotopes that are not available in large enough quantities (sub-micrograms) or with small fission cross sections (μbarns). (authors)

  8. Heavy neutron-deficient radioactive beams: fission studies and fragment distributions

    The secondary-beam facility of GSI Darmstadt was used to study the fission process of short-lived radioactive nuclei. Relativistic secondary projectiles were produced by fragmentation of a 1 A GeV 238U primary beam and identified in nuclear charge and mass number. Their production cross sections were determined, and the fission competition in the statistical deexcitation was deduced for long isotopical chains. New results on the enhancement of the nuclear level density in spherical and deformed nuclei due to collective rotational and vibrational excitations were obtained. Using these reaction products as secondary beams, the dipole giant resonance was excited by electromagnetic interactions in a secondary lead target, and fission from excitation energies around 11 MeV was induced. The fission fragments were identified in nuclear charge, and their velocity vectors were determined. Elemental yields and total kinetic energies have been determined for a number of neutron-deficient actinides and preactinides which were not accessible with conventional techniques. The characteristics of multimodal fission of nuclei around 226Th were systematically investigated and related to the influence of shell effects on the potential energy and on the level density between fission barrier and scission. A systematic view on the large number of elemental yields measured gave rise to a new interpretation of the enhanced production of even elements in nuclear fission and allowed for a new understanding of pair breaking in large-scale collective motion. (orig.)

  9. Biological alterations resulting from chronic lung irradiation. I. The pulmonary lipid composition, physiology, and pathology after inhalation by beagle dogs of 144Ce-labeled fused clay aerosols

    Three groups of four beagle dogs inhaled a 144Ce-labeled fused clay aerosol; two additional dogs per group, exposed to a stable cerium-labeled fused clay aerosol, were used as controls. At monthly intervals, one diaphragmatic lobe of each of two dogs exposed to 144Ce and one control animal from each group was lavaged with isotonic saline. The recovered lavage solutions were centrifuged to isolate lung cells (mostly macrophages) and surfactant for lipid analyses. The groups were sacrificed at 2, 4, and 6 mo after exposure, when the lungs of the dogs exposed to 144Ce had average cumulative radiation doses of 23, 36, and 59 krad, respectively. Chronic irradiation of the lung resulted in a progressive radiation pneumonitis which was assessed clinically and pathologically at various intervals. At sacrifice, the lungs were analyzed for 144Ce and the right apical and diaphragmatic lobes were minced and lyophilized and the lipids were extracted. Total lipids from all lung samples were determined gravimetrically and individual compounds were identified, isolated, and quantitated. The quantities of lipid in lung tissue, in pulmonary cells, and in surfactant increased as a function of time and radiation dose. Neutral lipids (sterol esters and triglycerides) accounted for most of the increase. (U.S.)

  10. Preliminary Remarks on Some Correlations of Prompt-Neutron Multiplicities with Properties of the Fission Fragments

    The differential behaviour of prompt-neutron multiplicities in the system 235U(nth,f) as a function of the total kinetic energy of the fission fragments and as a function of the emission angle relative to the direction of the light fragment are calculated with the GEF code. The results deviate from previous calculations by Nikolay Kornilov and are closer to the experimental data. The possible role of approximations and the neglect of correlations in the multi-dimensional coordinate space that characterizes the fission process are discussed. (author)