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  1. Binary and ternary spontaneous fission of 252 Cf

    The high selectivity and sensitivity offered by large detector arrays such as GAMMASPHERE and EUROGAM enable one to identify several gamma-rays related to the binary and ternary spontaneous fission. The yields for Mo-Ba binary spontaneous fission were extracted again from the data with better statistics. A new experiment with the 252 Cf source has been done by using a Delta telescope and GAMMASPHERE arrays at Argonne National Laboratory. From these data and our older data, new relative alpha ternary spontaneous fission yields were extracted. These results and the emission of 10 Be in spontaneous fission and the existence of long lived nuclear molecule also will be discussed. (author)

  2. Evaluation of mass distribution data from 252Cf spontaneous fission

    The mass distribution data of 252Cf spontaneous fission were evaluated based on 7 sets of available experimental data. The measured data were corrected for the standards and γ intensity used by using the new evaluated ones. The errors were made necessary adjusting. The evaluated experimental data were fitted with spline function without any restriction and with symmetric restriction. These two sets of fit data were recommended as reference data of the mass distribution of 252Cf spontaneous fission. The errors of the recommended data were considerably reduced comparing with the measured ones. The light and heavy peaks are not completely symmetric. Also there are fine structures on the right side of the light peak at A=109-111 and left side of the heavy peak at A=137-139. These should be paid attention and studied further. (author)

  3. Prompt Neutron Emission in 252CF Spontaneous Fission

    Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.; Zeynalov, Sh.

    2011-10-01

    The prompt neutron emission in spontaneous fission of 252Cf has been investigated applying digital signal electronics. The goal was to compare the results from digital data acquisition and digital signal processing analysis with results of the pioneering work of Budtz-Jørgensen and Knitter. Using a twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber for fission fragment (FF) detection and a NE213-equivalent neutron detector in total about 107 fission fragment-neutron coincidences have been registered. Fission fragment kinetic energy, mass and angular distribution, neutron time-of-flight and pulse shape have been investigated using a 12 bit waveform digitizer. The signal waveforms have been analyzed using digital signal processing algorithms. The results are in very good agreement with literature. For the first time the dependence of the number of emitted neutrons as a function of total kinetic energy (TKE) of the fragments is in very good agreement with theoretical calculations in the range of TKE from 140-220 MeV.

  4. 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...

  5. Nuclear charge distribution in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    Wang, Taofeng; Wang, Liming; Men, Qinghua; Han, Hongyin; Xia, Haihong

    2015-01-01

    The measurement for charge distributions of fragments in 252Cf has been performed by using a unique style of detector setup consisting of a typical grid ionization chamber and a dE-E particle telescope. We found that the fragment mass dependency of the average width of the charge distribution shows a systematic decreased trend with the obvious odd-even effect. The variation of widths of charge distribution with kinetic energies shows an approximate V-shape curve due to the large number of neutron emission for the high excitation energies and cold fragmentation with low excitation energies. As for the behavior of the average nuclear charge with respect to its deviation {\\Delta}Z from the unchanged charge distribution (UCD) as a function of the mass number of primary fragments A*, for asymmetric fission products {\\Delta}Z is negative value, while upon approaching mass symmetry {\\Delta}Z turns positive. Concerning the energy dependence of the most probable charge for given primary mass number A*, the obvious inc...

  6. M-C simulation of 252Cf spontaneous fission n/γ TOF and TCC spectra

    Time correlation coincidence (TCC) is an effective method to measure characteristics of fission materials. In this paper, MCNP code is used to simulate n/γ time-of-flight spectra (TOF) of a 252Cf spontaneous fission source detected by a BC-501A liquid scintillator. The results are in good agreement with the measured spectra. Therefore, n/γ TCC spectra of the 252Cf source are simulated. The results indicate that the n/γ TCC spectra are composed of the n-n, γ-γ, n-γ and γ-n coincidence. (authors)

  7. Nuclear charge distribution in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    Wang, Taofeng; Zhu, Liping; WANG, LIMING; Men, Qinghua; Han, Hongyin; Xia, Haihong

    2015-01-01

    The measurement for charge distributions of fragments in 252Cf has been performed by using a unique style of detector setup consisting of a typical grid ionization chamber and a dE-E particle telescope. We found that the fragment mass dependency of the average width of the charge distribution shows a systematic decreased trend with the obvious odd-even effect. The variation of widths of charge distribution with kinetic energies shows an approximate V-shape curve due to the large number of neu...

  8. Structure of spontaneous fission spectrum of 252Cf and its impact on neutron albedo experiments' simulation

    Aimed at the problem of the energy spectrum of spontaneous fission source, which was used in neutron albedo experiments, we selected two sets of 252Cf fission spectra, which were fitted by formulae and were universally accepted. And they were applied in neutron albedo experiments independently. Neutron fluence and fission rate on each detecting point were compared and analyzed. The results show that Watt spectrum agrees the experiment data better than that of Maxwell spectrum. (authors)

  9. 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

  10. A new spontaneous fission mode for 252Cf: Hyperdeformation, cluster radioactivity, new levels

    Direct measurements of yields and neutron multiplicities were made for Sr-Nd, Zr-Ce, Mo-Ba, Ru-Xe, and Pd-Te from γ-ray coincidence studies in spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Strong enhancement of the 7-10 ν emission channels is seen in the Mo-Ba data. Unfolding the Mo-Ba data revealed a new fission mode associated with the enhanced ν yields with much lower total kinetic energy going by 108Mo-144Ba, 107Mo- 145Ba, and/or 106Mo-146Ba. Analysis indicates one or more of 144,145,146Ba are hyperdeformed with 3:1 axis ratio. Theoretical calculations predict a third minimum in the PES for 252Cf with β2 ∼ 0.9 and β3 ∼ 0.7. Zero neutron emission channels, a new form of cluster radioactivity, are seen in 8 and 7 correlated pairs in SF of 252Cf and 242Pu, respectively, with the odd-odd zero neutron channel yields strongly enhanced as predicted for cluster radioactivity. New level structures and isotopes include new octupole deformations, identical bands and other structures

  11. Improved calculation of the prompt fission neutron spectrum from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    An improved calculation is presented for the prompt fission neutron spectrum N(E) from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. In this calculation the fission-spectrum model of Madland and Nix is used, but with several improvements leading to a physically more accurate representation of the spectrum. Specifically, the contributions to N(E) from the entire fission-fragment mass and charge distributions will be calculated instead of calculating on the basis of a seven-point approximation to the peaks of these distributions as has been done in the past. Therefore, values of the energy release in fission, fission-fragment kinetic energy, nuclear level density, and compound nucleus cross section for the inverse process will be considered on a point-by-point basis over the fragment yield distributions instead of considering averages of these quantities over the peaks of the distributions. Particular attention will be given to the energy-dependent compound nucleus cross sections and to the nuclear level density model. Other refinements to the calculation of N(E) will also be discussed. Results will be presented and compared with earlier calculations of the spectrum and with recent experimental measurements of the spectrum. 9 figs

  12. 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)

  13. Search for scission neutrons in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    In the spontaneous fission of 252Cf, we observed that the population of spin 2+ in 136Te is closely correlated with the population of spin 4+ of its partner 114Pd. We attribute our results to the emission of two neutrons at scission carrying away two units of angular momentum and the yield is 0.06(2) per 100 spontaneous fission (SF) events whereas the two neutron normal fission yield is 0.12(3) per 100 SF for the 136Te and 114Pd pair. The yield for fission with four scission neutrons for 136Te and 112Pd is observed to be ∼0 whereas the four neutron hot fission yield is 0.28(4) per 100 SF events. copyright 1999 The American Physical Society

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

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

  15. 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)

  16. High energy {gamma} emission in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf; Emission {gamma} de grande energie dans la fission spontanee de {sup 252}Cf

    Badimon, C.; Barreau, G.; Doan, T.P.; Pedemay, G. [Centre d`Etudes Nucleaires, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 Gradignan (France); Gautherin, C.; Houry, M.; Korten, W.; Le Coz, Y.; Lucas, R.; Thiesen, Ch. [Dept. d`Astrophysique, de la Physique des Particules, de la Physique Nucleaire et de l`Instrumentation Associee, CEA Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Belier, G.; Meot, M.V. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France); Astier, A.; Ducroux, L.; Meyer, M.; Redon, N. [Inst.de Physique Nucleaire, Lyon-1 Univ., 69 - Villeurbanne (France)

    1997-06-01

    The prompt {gamma} emission in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf is characterized by an energy spectrum which extends up to 20 MeV. It was established that the spectrum presents in the neighbourhood of symmetric fission an intensity bump in the 3-8 MeV {gamma} energy interval. The origin of this phenomenon is still not well understood, so that it was found interesting to carry out new measurements. The spectrum of the {gamma} rays emitted in spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf has been measurement in the EUROGAM II multidetector using photovoltaic cells to detect fragments. The aim of the experiment was to investigate the {gamma} yield enhancement which appears for mass fragment ratio near 132/120. This enhancement was found to be composed of two peaks located at 4 MeV and 5.5 MeV respectively. The results obtained confirm the intensity bound in the 3-8 MeV region but this augmentation reaches the maximum when the heavy fragment is near the mass 132. Beyond mass 140 the phenomenon diminish and the {gamma} spectrum regains the behaviour expected for a statistic emission. The additional structure at 5.5 MeV does not vary with excitation energy while the excitation function of the 4 MeV structure is more structured and presents a maximum when the excitation energy is near 8 MeV. It is likely that all or part of this observed phenomenon is due to a particular excitation mode of this isotope associated for instance with a low energy dipole resonance. A theoretical study of this collective effect is under way 3 refs.

  17. The chemical states of tellurium produced by spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    The distribution of the chemical states of tellurium isotopes produced by 252Cf spontaneous fission, collected separately in the matrixes of NaCl, Kl, NaF, CH3COONa x 3H2O, Na2SO4 and NaNO3 crystals was investigated. Two chemical states of tellurium isotopes maintained in these matrixes are Te(IV) and Te(VI). The relationships between the distribution of the chemical states of tellurium isotopes and the produced mode of tellurium, the chemical properties of collection matrixes, the time for collecting fission fragments are studied and the possible mechanism of the interactions of the fission products and the matrixes is discussed. The results show that the distribution of chemical states of tellurium isotopes depends primarily on the chemical properties of the collection matrixes. (author) 18 refs.; 2 figs.; 10 tabs

  18. Relative Yields of 149-153Pr in Spontaneous Fission of 252Cf

    Eldridge, Jonathan; Wang, Enhong; Hwang, J. K.; Hamilton, Joe; Ramayya, A. V.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Zhu, S. J.; Liu, S. H.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.

    2013-10-01

    The relative yields of the fission partners of 149-153Pr, resulting from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf, were studied. This study was done by means of γ - γ - γ , and γ - γ - γ - γ coincidence data taken in 2000 by the multi-HPGe, Compton-suppressed, gamma detector array, Gammasphere, at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The coincidence data were analyzed by double- and triple-gating on transitions in 149-153Pr and obtaining the intensities of the 93-101Y transitions. For 150 , 151 , 152 , 153Pr the 3n channel was found to be the strongest. The 149Pr, however, was found to peak at the 4n channel. These results were used to verify the assignments of the level schemes of 151 , 152 , 153Pr. The data are found to be in agreement with Wahl's independent yield tables.

  19. High energy γ emission in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    The prompt γ emission in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf is characterized by an energy spectrum which extends up to 20 MeV. It was established that the spectrum presents in the neighbourhood of symmetric fission an intensity bump in the 3-8 MeV γ energy interval. The origin of this phenomenon is still not well understood, so that it was found interesting to carry out new measurements. The spectrum of the γ rays emitted in spontaneous fission of 252Cf has been measurement in the EUROGAM II multidetector using photovoltaic cells to detect fragments. The aim of the experiment was to investigate the γ yield enhancement which appears for mass fragment ratio near 132/120. This enhancement was found to be composed of two peaks located at 4 MeV and 5.5 MeV respectively. The results obtained confirm the intensity bound in the 3-8 MeV region but this augmentation reaches the maximum when the heavy fragment is near the mass 132. Beyond mass 140 the phenomenon diminish and the γ spectrum regains the behaviour expected for a statistic emission. The additional structure at 5.5 MeV does not vary with excitation energy while the excitation function of the 4 MeV structure is more structured and presents a maximum when the excitation energy is near 8 MeV. It is likely that all or part of this observed phenomenon is due to a particular excitation mode of this isotope associated for instance with a low energy dipole resonance. A theoretical study of this collective effect is under way

  20. 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

  1. 252Cf spontaneous prompt fission neutron spectrum measured at 0 degree and 180 degree relative to the fragment motion

    The 252Cf spontaneous prompt fission neutron spectrum at 0 degree and 180 degree relative to the motion direction of corresponding fission fragments was measured. High angular resolution for fragment measurements and high energy resolution for neutron measurements were obtained using multi-parameter TOF spectrometer. The results showed that there is a symmetric distribution of 'forward' and 'backward' for low energy in C.M.S. neutrons, which was an evidence of nonequilibrium neutrons existed in fission process

  2. Study of the isomer nuclei produced in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf; Etude des noyaux isomeriques produits dans la fission spontanee de {sup 252}Cf

    Gautherin, C.; Houry, M.; Korten, W.; Le Coz, Y.; Lucas, R.; Thiesen, Ch. [Dept. d`Astrophysique, de la Physique des Particules, de la Physique Nucleaire et de l`Instrumentation Associee, CEA Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Badimon, C.; Barreau, G.; Doan, T.P.; Pedemay, G. [Centre d`Etudes Nucleaires, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 Gradignan (France); Belier, G.; Girod, M.; Meot, M.V. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France); Astier, G.; Meot, V.; Peru, S. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France); Astier, A.; Ducroux, L.; Meyer, M.; Redon, N. [Inst.de Physique Nucleaire, Lyon-1 Univ., 69 - Villeurbanne (France)

    1997-06-01

    Isomeric states have been studied in fission fragments produced by spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. 34 isomeric nuclei have been identified by using coincidences between {gamma}-rays detected in EUROGAM II and fission fragments detected in photovoltaic cells. Lifetimes from 20 ns up to 2 {mu}s have been measured. Microscopic interpretation of the isomeric levels discovered has been tried by means of the Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov procedure using Gogny force. It was found that the {sup 152,154,156}Nd nuclei have prolate deformation in their ground state; the rotational band built on this ground state is well reproduced by the calculation. For these nuclei the 2 quasi-particle excited states energies are above 1 MeV in agreement with the experiment. The computation confirms the similitude of the {sup 156}Nd and {sup 158}Sm isomeric states associated to neutron 2 quasi-particles of J{sup {pi}} K{sup {pi}} = 5{sup -} ({nu} 5/2 (642) x {nu} 5/2 (523)) while such similitude does not occur for the isotone nuclei {sup 154}Nd and {sup 156}Sm. The computation predicts a proton 2 quasi-particle excited states of J{sup {pi}} = 5{sup -}, near the isomeric level measured in {sup 156}Sm but not for that of {sup 154}Nd. Concerning the {sup 152}Nd the calculated level density is very near that of the states measured in the 1.6 to 2.3 MeV interval. However, the lack of precise information on spins and parities of the measured levels does make not possible a confrontation with the calculations. An up-graded equipment implying 32 photovoltaic cells instead of 2 cells is to be developed and installed by the EUROGAM 3 refs.

  3. Applicability of parallel plate avalanche counters to spontaneous fission from 252Cf

    The construction and performance of the parallel plate avalanche counters (PPACs) using a spontaneous fission source 252Cf is described in this paper. The parallel plate circular electrodes are made of aluminum foils having a thickness less than ten microns. After fabrication, the detectors and the source are mounted inside a reaction chamber, the source between the two detectors. A low pressure is created inside the chamber using isobutane (C4H10) and a high voltage is applied to the electrodes. The detectors are first operated at different pressures and voltages to find the optimum values of the pressure and the voltage. This is necessary to avoid the sparking threshold, to achieve a good time resolution and to keep the gain of the detectors high and constant. The PPACs are operated in 2π- and 4π-geometries. In 4π-geometry the detectors are allowed to function in coincidence and noncoincidence mode. The resulting pulse height and the time spectra are studied using the computer code ROOT and some conclusions are drawn from these analyses. The pulse height spectrum shows a clear separation between the fission fragments and the alpha particles and the time spectrum indicates a good intrinsic time resolution, 0.76 ns. (author)

  4. Pre-scission configuration of the tri-nuclear system at spontaneous ternary fission of 252Cf

    Nasirov, A. K.; Tashkhodjaev, R. B.; von Oertzen, W.

    2016-05-01

    The potential energy surface for the pre-scission configurations of tri-nuclear systems formed in the spontaneous ternary fission of 252Cf is calculated. The fission channel 70Ni + 50Ca + 132Sn is chosen as one of the more probable channels of true ternary fission of 252Cf . A study of the collinear arrangement of the reaction products for true ternary fission is the aim of this work. The results are presented as a function of the relative distance R12 between the centres of mass of 70Ni and 132Sn and the distance from the centre of mass of 50Ca , which is perpendicular to R12. The results show that only for a particular range of the R12 values the collinear tripartion of the fissioning nucleus occurs.

  5. Nuclear Structure Studies of Some Neutron Rich Nuclei Produced in 252Cf Spontaneous Fission

    High spin states of neutron-rich nuclei such as 133,134Te, 93Sr, 105Nb have been studied by measuring γ- γ- γ coincidences (cube), γ- γ- γ- γ coincidences (hypercube) and angular correlations from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf with the LBNL Gammasphere detector array. Four types of particle-hole bands built on the known 334.3 keV isomer in 133Te were identified. The level structure of 93Sr is interpreted, in part, as arising from the weak coupling of the 1d5/2 neutron hole to the yrast states of the 94Sr core. The g-factor of the 4+ state in 134Te was measured, for the first time, by using a new technique developed for measuring angular correlations with Gammasphere. A new level scheme of 105Nb was established. Three new collective bands were identified with a total of 14 new levels and 36 new γ transitions. In 117-122Cd, a shift to more slightly deformed structures was found where the excited levels do not fit the long held picture of one, two and three phonon bands

  6. Study of the isomer nuclei produced in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    Isomeric states have been studied in fission fragments produced by spontaneous fission of 252Cf. 34 isomeric nuclei have been identified by using coincidences between γ-rays detected in EUROGAM II and fission fragments detected in photovoltaic cells. Lifetimes from 20 ns up to 2 μs have been measured. Microscopic interpretation of the isomeric levels discovered has been tried by means of the Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov procedure using Gogny force. It was found that the 152,154,156Nd nuclei have prolate deformation in their ground state; the rotational band built on this ground state is well reproduced by the calculation. For these nuclei the 2 quasi-particle excited states energies are above 1 MeV in agreement with the experiment. The computation confirms the similitude of the 156Nd and 158Sm isomeric states associated to neutron 2 quasi-particles of Jπ Kπ = 5- (ν 5/2 (642) x ν 5/2 (523)) while such similitude does not occur for the isotone nuclei 154Nd and 156Sm. The computation predicts a proton 2 quasi-particle excited states of Jπ = 5-, near the isomeric level measured in 156Sm but not for that of 154Nd. Concerning the 152Nd the calculated level density is very near that of the states measured in the 1.6 to 2.3 MeV interval. However, the lack of precise information on spins and parities of the measured levels does make not possible a confrontation with the calculations. An up-graded equipment implying 32 photovoltaic cells instead of 2 cells is to be developed and installed by the EUROGAM

  7. Fragment angular momenta and descent dynamics in 252 Cf spontaneous fission

    Average angular momentum values of primary fission fragments as a function of neutron multiplicity and neutron-to-proton ratio were extracted for the first time for the Mo-Ba and Zr-Ce charge splittings of 252 Cf. The results are discussed in terms of the energy balance occurring at the scission point. For the first time we show that for large fragment elongation associated with larger numbers of evaporated neutrons (vtot ≥6), essentially only zero point bending oscillation takes places, i.e. T = 0 for this degree of freedom. For the major part of the fission events, with vtot = 2-5, the banding oscillation is excited to a temperature of 2-3 MeV. Such a high bending temperature implies that the coupling between the collective and internal degrees of freedom is weak at the descent of the even-even nucleus of 252 Cf to the scission point. The dipole oscillations occurring at the descent take away some 2.5 - 3.0 MeV from the release energy. A correlation between the fragment angular momentum and the mass asymmetry dependent yields of primary fragment pairs is reported. This correlation shows that the subtraction of 2.5 - 3.0 MeV from the total energy balance results in a remarkable reduction of the bending temperature. (authors)

  8. Investigation of the prompt-neutron spectrum for spontaneously-fissioning 252Cf

    The prompt-fission-neutron spectrum of 252Cf was investigated. The spectrum was measured with Black Neutron Detectors which have a well known efficiency. Considerations of various issues in such measurements lead to an experiment in which a time-calibration pulser, a random pulser, the neutron detector time-of-flight spectrum, the pulse-shape-discriminator gamma time-of-flight spectrum, and the detector-response spectra were simultaneously recorded for the prompt-fission neutrons, transmission through carbon, and shadowbars in a total-cross-section-type measurement. Corrections and associated uncertainties were applied for a large variety of effects which may have been overlooked in many of the previously reported measurements. Preliminary results indicate deviations from a Maxwellian shape toward a Watt-spectrum shape. Agreement is good with the shape differences relative to a Maxwellian from the recent theoretical calculation by Madland and Nix, however, a lower average energy was found

  9. Investigation of the prompt-neutron spectrum for spontaneously-fissioning /sup 252/Cf

    Poenitz, W.P.; Tamura, T.

    1982-01-01

    The prompt-fission-neutron spectrum of /sup 252/Cf was investigated. The spectrum was measured with Black Neutron Detectors which have a well known efficiency. Considerations of various issues in such measurements lead to an experiment in which a time-calibration pulser, a random pulser, the neutron detector time-of-flight spectrum, the pulse-shape-discriminator gamma time-of-flight spectrum, and the detector-response spectra were simultaneously recorded for the prompt-fission neutrons, transmission through carbon, and shadowbars in a total-cross-section-type measurement. Corrections and associated uncertainties were applied for a large variety of effects which may have been overlooked in many of the previously reported measurements. Preliminary results indicate deviations from a Maxwellian shape toward a Watt-spectrum shape. Agreement is good with the shape differences relative to a Maxwellian from the recent theoretical calculation by Madland and Nix, however, a lower average energy was found.

  10. Improved calculation of the prompt fission neutron spectrum from the spontaneous fission of /sup 252/Cf: Preliminary results

    An improved calculation is presented for the prompt fission neutron spectrum N(E) from the spontaneous fission of /sup 252/Cf. In this calculation the fission-spectrum model of Madland and Nix is used, but with several improvements leading to a physically more accurate representation of the spectrum. Specifically, the contributions to N(E) from the entire fission-fragment mass and charge distributions will be calculated instead of calculating on the basis of a seven- point approximation to the peaks of these distributions as has been done in the past. Therefore, values of the energy release in fission, fission-fragment kinetic energy, and compound nucleus cross section for the inverse process will be considered on a point-by-point basis over the fragment yield distributions instead of considering averages of these quantities over the peaks of the distributions. Preliminary results will be presented and compared with a measurement, an earlier calculation, and a recent evaluation of the spectrum. 14 refs., 4 figs

  11. Measurement of the neutron activity of a 252Cf source relative to the average number of prompt neutrons emitted per fission for the spontaneous fission

    A method was developed for measuring the absolute neutron activity of a large 252Cf source. The neutron counting assembly is composed of eight BF3 counters mounted in a large tank filled with water which is used as a moderator. The detection efficiency is determined using a low activity 252Cf source. The method is based on the identification of every fission event, followed by the counting of the fission neutrons detected by the BF3 counters during a time interval equal to the maximum neutron lifetime in the moderator. The efficiency is thus obtained relative to the average number of prompt neutrons emitted per 252Cf spontaneous fission which is commonly used as a standard. The measurement accuracy is estimated to be of the order of 1%

  12. Identification of new neutron-rich rare-earth nuclei produced in /sup 252/Cf spontaneous fission

    Greenwood, R C; Gehrke, R J; Meikrantz, D H

    1981-01-01

    A program of systematic study of the decay properties of neutron-rich rare-earth nuclei with 30 s252/Cf spontaneous fission, is currently underway using the Idaho ESOL (Elemental Separation On Line) Facility. The chemistry system used for the rare-earth elemental separations consists of two high-performance chromatography columns connected in series and coupled to the /sup 252 /Cf fission source via a helium gas-jet transport arrangement. The time delay for separation and initiation of gamma -ray counting with results which have been obtained to date with this system include the identification of a number of new neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes including /sup 155/Pm (t/sub 1/2/=48+or-4 s) and /sup 163/Gd (t/sub 1 /2/=68+or-3 s), in addition to 5.51 min /sup 158/Sm which was identified in an earlier series of experiments. (11 refs).

  13. Determination of 114Pd cumulative yield and investigation of the fine-structure at light peak in mass distribution of 252Cf spontaneous fission

    A rapid radiochemical procedure for Pd separation was developed. It was the first time to use radiochemical techniques to determine 114Pd cumulative yield (2.50 ± 0.14)% in 252Cf spontaneous fission. The cumulative yields of (3.50 ± 0.13)% and (3.70 ± 0.11)% for 112Pd and 113gAg were also obtained. These are in agreement with Skovorodkin's results. The cumulative yields determined show that there is a fine-structure at light peak of mass number A = 113 in the mass distribution of 252Cf spontaneous fission

  14. Nuclear isomerism in fission fragments produced by the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf; Isomerisme nucleaire dans les fragments de fission produits dans la fission spontanee du {sup 252}Cf

    Gautherin, C

    1997-09-01

    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 {sup 252}Cf. The experimental study of isomeric states in these nuclei was performed with the {gamma}-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 {sup 135}Xe, {sup 104}Mo, {sup 146,147,148}Ce and {sup 152,154,156}Nd, with lifetimes between 60 ns and 2 {mu}s. Level schemes of these nuclei have been completed. An interpretation of the isomeric states in the nuclei {sup 154,156}Nd and {sup 156,158}Sm 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)

  15. Fragment angular momentum and descent dynamics in 252Cf spontaneous fission

    Fragment angular momenta as a function of neutron multiplicity were extracted for the first time for the Mo-Ba and Zr-Ce charge splits of 252Cf by studying prompt coincident γ-rays. The obtained primary fragment angular momenta do not continuously rise with the increase in the number of neutrons evaporated. In frame of the scission point bending oscillation model such regularity is explained due the decrease of the bending temperature. Adiabatic bending oscillations (T=0) are obtained at large (νtot>5) and small (νtot=0) scission point elongation. These oscillations are excited to the temperature of 2-3 MeV for the most probable scission configurations indicating a weak coupling between collective and internal degrees of freedom. A strong coupling between the collective bending and dipole oscillations was found

  16. Fragment angular momentum and descent dynamics in 252Cf spontaneous fission

    Fragment angular momenta as a function of neutron multiplicity were extracted for the first time for the Mo-Ba and Zr-Ce charge splits of 252Cf by studying prompt coincident γ-rays. The obtained primary fragment angular momenta do not continuously rise with the increase in the number of neutrons evaporated. In frame of the scission point bending oscillation model such regularity is explained due the decrease of the bending temperature. Adiabatic bending oscillations (T=0) are obtained at large (νtot>5) and small (νtot=0) scission point elongation. These oscillations are excited to the temperature of 2 - 3 MeV for the most probable scission configurations indicating a weak coupling between collective and internal degrees of freedom. A strong coupling between the collective bending and dipole oscillations was found. copyright 1998 American Institute of Physics

  17. 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.

  18. Isolation and purification of the xenon fraction of 252Cf spontaneous fission products for the production of radioactive xenon calibration standards

    Idaho National Laboratory (INL) produces 135Xe, 133mXe, 133Xe, and 131mXe standards for the calibration and testing of the collection equipment and analytical techniques used to monitor radioactive xenon emissions. At INL, xenon is produced and collected as one of several spontaneous fission products from a 252Cf source in a stagnant volume of pressurized helium. Solids are separated from gases by sintered steel filtration. Further chromatographic purification of the fission gases separates the xenon fraction for selective collection. An explanation of gas system, separation, and purification is presented. 135Xe and 133Xe activity ratio adjustments are explained. (author)

  19. True ternary fission of 252Cf

    Splitting of heavy radioactive nucleus into three fragments is known as ternary fission. If the size of the fragments are almost equal it is referred to as true ternary fission. Recently, Yu. V. Pyatkov et al observed/reported the experimental observation of true ternary fission in 252Cf. In this work, the possibilities of different true ternary fission modes of 252Cf through potential energy surface (PES) calculations based on three cluster model (TCM) are discussed. In TCM a condition on the mass numbers of the fission fragments is implied as A1 ≥ A2 ≥ A3 in order to avoid repetition of combinations. Due to this condition, the values of Z3 vary from 0 to 36 and Z2 vary from 16 to 51. Of the different pairs having similar (Z2, Z3) with different potential energy, a pair possessing minimum potential energy is chosen. Thus identified favourable combinations are plotted. For the PES calculations the arrangement of the fragments is considered in the order of A1+A2+A3. i.e. the heavy and the lightest fragments are kept at the ends. It is seen that the deepest minimum in the PES occurs for Z3=2 labelled as (Z2; 2) indicating He accompanied breakup as the most favourable one. Of which, the breakup with Z2 around 46 to 48 is the least (shown by dashed (Z1 = 50) and dotted (Z1 = 52) lines indicating a constant Z1 value). The other notable minima in the PES are labelled and they correspond to the (Z2, Z3) pairs viz., (20, 20), (28, 20), (28, 28) and (32, 32). Of these four minima, the first three are associated with the magic numbers 20 and 28. For Z3=20, there are two minimums at (20,20) and (28,20) among them (28,20) is the lowest minimum through which the minimum-path passes, and it is the ternary decay observed by Yu. V. Pyatkov et al. The fourth minima is the most interesting due to the fact that it corresponds to true ternary fission mode with Z2=32, Z3=32 and Z1=34. The minimum potential energy path also goes through this true ternary mode. The PES calculation

  20. Measurements of prompt neutron multiplicity distributions in correlation with mass-energy distribution of fission fragments in spontaneous fission of 252Cf, 244Cm and 248Cm

    The number of prompt neutrons emitted in the fission event have been measured separately for each complementary fragment in coincidence with fragment mass and kinetic energies in spontaneous fission of 252Cf, 244Cm and 248Cm. Two high efficient Gd-loaded liquid scintillator tanks were used for the neutron registration. Approximately 3x106 fission events coincident with prompt neutron emission have been accumulated for each isotope. The mean neutron multiplicity, the dispersion and the covariance of the multiplicity distributions have been obtained as a function of fission fragment mass and kinetic energy. The neutron multiplicity data have been corrected for neutron registration efficiency, background and pile-up. Dependencies of the moments of the multiplicity distributions on the fragment mass and total kinetic energy for different mass bins, as well as mass and total kinetic energy distributions of the fission fragments are presented, discussed and compared for the different isotopes investigated. The results showed a different behavior of the moments of the multiplicity distribution depending on the fragment mass asymmetry that reflects changes in the dynamical effects for different fission modes. (author)

  1. 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.

  2. Analysis of linear energy transfers and quality factors of charged particles produced by spontaneous fission neutrons from 252Cf and 244Pu in the human body

    Absorbed doses, linear energy transfers (LETs) and quality factors of secondary charged particles in organs and tissues, generated via the interactions of the spontaneous fission neutrons from. 252Cf and. 244Pu within the human body, were studied using the Particle and Heavy Ion Transport Code System (PHITS) coupled with the ICRP Reference Phantom. Both the absorbed doses and the quality factors in target organs generally decrease with increasing distance from the source organ. The analysis of LET distributions of secondary charged particles led to the identification of the relationship between LET spectra and target-source organ locations. A comparison between human body-averaged mean quality factors and fluence-averaged radiation weighting factors showed that the current numerical conventions for the radiation weighting factors of neutrons, updated in ICRP103, and the quality factors for internal exposure are valid. (authors)

  3. Isotopic yield in alpha accompanied ternary fission of 252Cf

    The cold ternary fission of 252Cf with 4He as light charged particle (LCP) is studied with fragments in the equatorial and collinear configuration, taking the interacting barrier as the sum of the Coulomb and proximity potential. The favorable fragment combinations are obtained from the cold valley plot and by calculating the yield for charge-minimized fragments. In both equatorial and collinear configurations, the highest yield is obtained for the fragment combination 116Pd + 4He + 132Sn, which possess doubly magic nuclei 132Sn(N = 82, Z = 50). The presence of doubly or near doubly magic nuclei (132Sn, 130Sn etc.) and higher Q value plays an important role in the alpha accompanied cold ternary fission of 252Cf. The comparison of the relative yield for equatorial configuration with that of collinear configuration, points to the fact that equatorial configuration is the preferred configuration for the LCP (4He) accompanied ternary fission in 252Cf isotope. The yields obtained for the alpha accompanied cold ternary fission of 252Cf in equatorial and collinear configuration are compared with the experimental data. The emission probability of long range alpha (LRA) particle from 252Cf isotope is predicted using our formalism and is found to be in agreement with experimental value. (author)

  4. Neutron emission in fission of 252Cf(sf)

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

    2009-10-01

    The prompt neutron emission in spontaneous fission of 252Cf has been investigated applying digital signal electronics. The goal was to compare the results of this digital data acquisition and digital signal processing analysis to the results of the pioneering work of Budtz-Jo/rgensen and Knitter. Using a twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber for fission fragment (FF) detection and a NE213 equivalent neutron detector in total about 10 neutron coincidences have been registered. Fission fragment kinetic energy, mass and angular distribution have been investigated using a 10 bit waveform digitizer. Neutron time- of- flight and pulse shape have been measured using analogue CAMAC modules, a 1 ns TDC and a pair of 12 bit charge-to-digital-converters. The fission fragment signals have been analyzed using digital signal processing algorithms. The results are in very good agreement with literature. For the first time the dependence of the number of neutrons as a function of total kinetic energy (TKE) of the fragments does not drop at low TKE.

  5. Correlations of neutron multiplicity and γ -ray multiplicity with fragment mass and total kinetic energy in spontaneous fission of 252Cf

    Wang, Taofeng; Li, Guangwu; Zhu, Liping; Meng, Qinghua; Wang, Liming; Han, Hongyin; Zhang, Wenhui; Xia, Haihong; Hou, Long; Vogt, Ramona; Randrup, Jørgen

    2016-01-01

    The dependence of correlations of neutron multiplicity ν and γ -ray multiplicity Mγ in spontaneous fission of 252Cf on fragment mass A* and total kinetic energy (TKE) have been investigated by employing the ratio of Mγ/ν and the form of Mγ(ν ) . We show for the first time that Mγ and ν have a complex correlation for heavy fragment masses, while there is a positive dependence of Mγ for light fragment masses and for near-symmetric mass splits. The ratio Mγ/ν exhibits strong shell effects for neutron magic number N =50 and near doubly magic number shell closure at Z =50 and N =82 . The γ -ray multiplicity Mγ has a maximum for TKE=165 -170 MeV. Above 170 MeV Mγ(TKE) is approximately linear, while it deviates significantly from a linear dependence at lower TKE. The correlation between the average neutron and γ -ray multiplicities can be partly reproduced by model calculations.

  6. 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'.

  7. Study of the spontaneous fission of 252Cf at the Darmstadt-Heidelberg Crystal-Ball Spectrometer

    This work was performed at the Darmstadt-Heidelberg Crystal-Ball Spectrometer, a 4π detector with good efficiency for gamma quanta and neutrons consisting of 162 NaI single counters. By means of a semiconductor counter and a 2π parallel-plate heavy-ion detector the mass of the fission fragments could be determined with a mean mass resolution of 3 mass units. It was the aim of the thesis to contribute by a large number of single quantities and correlations between these parameters to a better understanding of the fission process. A comparison of the results with reliable literature data resulted a very sufficient agreement. Interesting results were shown above all in the correlations between the gamma respectively neutron emission and the fragment mass respectively the total kinetic energy (TKE): The saw-tooth shaped slope of the gamma multiplicity with the mass known from literature was disproved by means of the Doppler-shift method. The single energy spectrum of the gamma quanta shows for different energy ranges a very different mass dependence. In the region of symmetric fragmentation a new high-energetic gamma component was found. The dependence of the neutron multiplicity on the TKE is for fixed mass partition within the error limits linear. The changes of the gradiation of this straight line with the mass allows far reaching predictions about the shape of the nucleus immediately before the fission. The neutron saw-tooth exists also for high internal excitation energies. (orig.)

  8. Investigation of forming mechanism of instantaneous neutron spectrum of 235U, 239Pu, 252Cf nuclei fission

    Formation mechanism of prompt neutrons spectrum during the fission of the 235U, 239Pu nuclei by thermal and fast neutrons and spontaneous fission of 252Cf is investigated. The formation procedure for prompt neutrons spectrum during the fission of nuclei as superposition of three partial evaporation Weisskopf spectra with the mean energy of neutrons 0.4, 2.06 and 2.8 MeV is proposed. Formation mechanism of the spectrum just as during the fission of the 235U, 239Pu nuclei by thermal and fast neutrons, so spontaneous fission of the 252Cf nuclei is identical

  9. Clusters in true ternary fission in the 252Cf (Sf) reaction

    In the paper effect of the formation of clusters on production of the true ternary fission at simultaneous fission of 2'52Cf is investigated. Unlike conventional ternary fission with the emission of the alpha particle and binary fission, in true ternary fission reaction products are observed with the comparable masses and charges. By studying the potential energy surface calculated for the ternary system before splitting, charge and mass distributions of the nascent products at the spontaneous fission of 252Cf are estimated. Probabilities of the true ternary fission products will be greater where the potential energy surface has minima deeper. Results showed that the products of true ternary fission with magical numbers 20, 28, 50 and 82 for protons and neutrons are formed with a high probability. (authors)

  10. 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

  11. SSNTD study of the probable influence of alpha activity on the mass distribution of 252Cf fission fragments

    The SSNTD has come a long way in its application for the study of nuclear phenomena. Spontaneous fission of transuranic elements is one such phenomena wherein use of SSNTD offers easy registration of the signature of the fission fragments. The object of the present study is to explore whether any one of the track parameters such as the diameter can be used to estimate the atomic mass ratios of the spontaneous fission fragments. The spontaneous fission data from 252Cf recorded almost at the end of one and four half-life periods for alpha decay are analysed, taking a plot of the number of tracks versus the track diameter. From these plots it is seen that initially, when significant alpha activity of 252Cf persists, the fission fragments appear to cluster into two predominant groups as indicated by two peaks. The ratio of the diameters at these peak positions appear to be related to the ratio of average mass numbers of the light and heavy groups of fission fragments. However, absence of two peaks for similar plots at the end of about four half-life periods for alpha decay suggests that presumably the presence of alphas influence the mass distribution of the fission fragments

  12. Remark on the prompt-fission-neutron spectrum of 252Cf

    Good resolution time-of-flight measurements show small structure in the prompt fission neutron spectrum of 252Cf that is identified with air-scattering effects. The observed high energy portion of the neutron spectrum is consistent with a Maxwellian distribution having a temperature of 1.42 MeV

  13. Scission-point configurations in ternary fission of 252Cf from trajectory calculations

    Trajectory calculations have been carried out in a three-point- charge model for the case of spontaneous ternary fission of 252Cf with a view to obtain the initial parameters characterizing the scission configuration. Without any a priori assumptions regarding the distribution of the points of emission of the α particle and the fragment velocity at the time of scission, the values of the initial parameters were obtained by fitting the observed energy distributions by making use of the method of multivariate analysis. It was found that there exist two points of α particle emission, nearer to either of the two fragments and off the axis joining the fragment centers, which reproduce the experijmental distributions equally well. This result does not support the often made assumption that the point of α particle emission coincides with the potential energy minimum on the line joining the fragment centers. With the initial parameters thus obtained, an inverse Monte Carlo calculation was carried out to obtain various correlations between the final values of the energy and the angle of emission of the α particle and the fission fragment kinetic energy. The calculated results agree well with the experiments. The implication of present results on the emission mechanism of the α particle in ternary fission is discussed

  14. Energy dissipation in the cold fission of 252Cf

    The conversion of energy of collective nuclear motion into internal single particle excitation energy is one of the modes of nuclear energy dissipation. Dissipation and its relation to pair breaking is one of the challenges in nuclear field. A characteristic of low energy fission is odd-even effect. Odd-even staggering in the mass or charge yields and in the total kinetic energies will be of useful to analyze dissipation energy. The odd even effects in the charge distribution of cold fission fragments can be analysed to extract information on the energy dissipation during the passage from the first potential well towards the scission point through the fission barrier. The Q value during a fission process is decomposed into the total kinetic and excitation energies (TKE and TXE)

  15. Detection of ternary fission fragments from 252Cf with a position-sensitive ΔE-E telescope

    Using a thin silicon diode detector with thickness of 12 μm coupled with a Timepix detector (equipped with a 300 μm silicon sensor), a position-sensitive ΔE-E telescope has been constructed. The telescope provides information about position, energy, time and type of registered particles. The emission probabilities and the energy distribution of ternary particles (He, Li, Be) from 252Cf spontaneous fission source were determined using a pair of these telescopes operated in coincidence and with synchronized readout. The response of Timepix detector to different particle species was tested by ternary particles

  16. Role of energy cost in the yield of cold ternary fission of 252Cf

    P V Kunhikrishnan; K P Santhosh

    2013-01-01

    The energy costs in the cold ternary fission of 252Cf for various light charged particle emission are calculated by includingWong's correction for Coulomb potential. Energy cost is found to be higher in cold fission than in normal fission. It is found that energy cost always increases with decrease in experimental yield in all the light charged particle emissions. The higher ground state deformation of the fragments, the odd–even effect and the enhanced yield in the octupole region observed in cold fission are found to be consistent with the concept of energy cost.

  17. Burnout and gate rupture of power MOS transistors with fission fragments of 252Cf

    A study to determine the single event burnout (SEB) and single event gate rupture (SEGR) sensitivities of power MOSFET devices is carried out by exposure to fission fragments from 252Cf source. The test method, test results, a description of observed burnout current waveforms and a discussion of a possible failure mechanism are presented. The test results include the observed dependence upon applied drain or gate to source bias and effect of external capacitors and limited resistors

  18. Measurement of reflect neutron for 252Cf in cement cylinder by method of 235U fission

    The experiment theory of Research of neutron reflected coefficient for 252Cf in cement reflector was introduced. The fission rate of 235U with reflector, without reflector and with background was measured. The neutron reflected coefficient with cement reflector was concluded from fission rate and the reflected coefficient for different neutron source in the same experiment model was compared. The relation of reflected coefficient with angle was analyzed. The technology of solid track was researched and the best etch condition was explored. The trend of discharge count with coders thickness and etch thickness was gained. Efficiency for spark auto counters was measured and the technology of solid track was developed. (authors)

  19. Multi-modal fission in collinear ternary cluster decay of 252Cf(sf, fff

    W. von Oertzen

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We discuss the multiple decay modes of collinear fission in 252Cf(sf, fff, with three fragments as suggested by the potential energy surface (PES. Fission as a statistical decay is governed by the phase space of the different decay channels, which are suggested in the PES-landscape. The population of the fission modes is determined by the minima in the PES at the scission points and on the internal potential barriers. The ternary collinear decay proceeds as a sequential process, in two steps. The originally observed ternary decay of 252Cf(sf into three different masses (e.g. 132–140Sn, 52–48Ca, 68–72Ni, observed by the FOBOS group in the FLNR (Flerov Laboratory for Nuclear Reactions of the JINR (Dubna the collinear cluster tripartition (CCT, is one of the ternary fission modes. This kind of “true ternary fission” of heavy nuclei has often been predicted in theoretical works during the last decades. In the present note we discuss different ternary fission modes in the same system. The PES shows pronounced minima, which correspond to several modes of ternary fragmentations. These decays have very similar dynamical features as the previously observed CCT-decays. The data obtained in the experiments on CCT allow us to extract the yields for different decay modes using specific gates on the measured parameters, and to establish multiple modes of the ternary fission decay.

  20. Multi-modal fission in collinear ternary cluster decay of 252Cf(sf, fff)

    We discuss the multiple decay modes of collinear fission in 252Cf(sf, fff), with three fragments as suggested by the potential energy surface (PES). Fission as a statistical decay is governed by the phase space of the different decay channels, which are suggested in the PES-landscape. The population of the fission modes is determined by the minima in the PES at the scission points and on the internal potential barriers. The ternary collinear decay proceeds as a sequential process, in two steps. The originally observed ternary decay of 252Cf(sf) into three different masses (e.g. 132–140Sn, 52–48Ca, 68–72Ni), observed by the FOBOS group in the FLNR (Flerov Laboratory for Nuclear Reactions) of the JINR (Dubna) the collinear cluster tripartition (CCT), is one of the ternary fission modes. This kind of “true ternary fission” of heavy nuclei has often been predicted in theoretical works during the last decades. In the present note we discuss different ternary fission modes in the same system. The PES shows pronounced minima, which correspond to several modes of ternary fragmentations. These decays have very similar dynamical features as the previously observed CCT-decays. The data obtained in the experiments on CCT allow us to extract the yields for different decay modes using specific gates on the measured parameters, and to establish multiple modes of the ternary fission decay

  1. True ternary fission of 252Cf(sf), the collinear decay into fragments of similar size

    The ternary decay in 252Cf(sf, fff), with three cluster fragments of different masses (e.g.132Sn,52-48Ca,68-72Ni), has been observed by the FOBOS group in JINR. This work has established a new decay mode of heavy nuclei, the collinear cluster tripartition, (CCT). This ''true ternary fission'' of heavy nuclei has been predicted many times in theoretical works during the last decades. In the present report we discuss true ternary fission (FFF) into three nuclei of almost equal size (e.g. Z=98 → Zi = 32, 34, 32) and other fission modes in the same system. The possible fission channels for 252 Cf(sf) are predicted from potential-energy (PES) calculations. These PES's show pronounced minima for several ternary fragmentation decays, suggesting a variety of collinear ternary fission modes. The FFF-decays have very similar dynamical features as the previously observed collinear CCT-decays, the central fragment has very small kinetic energy. The data of the cited experiment allow the extraction of the yield for some FFF-decays, by using specific gates on the measured parameters

  2. Molecular vibrational states in the binary cold fission of $^{252}$Cf

    Misicu, S.; Sandulescu, A.; Greiner, W.

    1998-01-01

    We predict a molecular vibrational state in the cold binary fission of $^{252}$Cf using a simple decay cluster model. The Hamiltonian of two even-even fragments in the pole-pole configuration is built in the same fashion as that for the dinuclear molecule formed in heavy-ions collisions. The interaction between the two fragments is described by the double-folding M3Y potential. The spectrum of the butterfly vibrations is derived and its dependence on fragments deformation and mass-assymetry i...

  3. Response measurement of three scintillation detector to instantaneous rays from 252Cf fission

    By TOF, the responses of LaCl3 (Ce), BC400, ST401 scintillation detectors to instantaneous rays from 252Cf fission are measured. The output waveform parameters, timing precision, counts above different neutron energy thresholds are obtained. The response of LaCl3 (Ce) detector shielded by HDPE is measured. The γ-ray timing precision of BC400 detector can reach 1.3 ns, and ST401 can reach 1.5 ns. Matching fast PMT, LaCl3 (Ce) detector could measure γ-ray pulse time sequence effectively. (authors)

  4. Prompt Fission Neutron Experiments on 235U(n,f) and 252Cf(SF)

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

    For nuclear modeling and improved evaluation of nuclear data knowledge about fluctuations of the prompt neutron multiplicity as a function of incident neutron energy is requested for the major actinides 235U and 239Pu. Experimental investigations of the prompt fission neutron emission in resonance neutron induced fission on 235U are taking place at the GELINA facility of the IRMM. The experiment employs an array of neutron scintillation-detectors (SCINTIA) in conjunction with a newly designed 3D position sensitive twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber. A preparatory experiment on prompt fission neutron emission in 252Cf(SF) was undertaken to verify analysis procedures relevant for the implementation of the SCINTIA neutron detector array. The available literature data 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 agree well with data from high efficiency neutron counting experiments is obtained.

  5. 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.

  6. Study of micronucleus induction in the root-tip cells of onion seedlings after irradiation as dry dormant seeds by 252Cf fission neutrons

    The work is for a better understanding of relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of 252Cf fission neutrons. The frequency of micronuclei induced in the root-tip cells of onion seedlings after irradiation as dry dormant seeds by unit dose of 252Cf neutron-γ mixed irradiation is different from that by 60Co γ-ray irradiation. The frequency of micronuclei induced by unit dose of 252Cf neutron-γ mixed irradiation and 60Co γ-ray irradiation are 1.84 ± 0.10 and 0.022 ± 0.002 (%Gy-1), respectively; and the frequency of micronuclei induced by unit dose of 252Cf fission neutrons is 2.74 ± 0.15 (%Gy-1). The RBE values for 252Cf neutron-γ mixed irradiation and 252Cf fission neutrons are 84 ± 9 and 124 ± 13, respectively. The frequency of micronuclei induced in the root-tip cells of Allium cepa onion seedlings irradiated as dry dormant seeds by unit dose of 252Cf neutron-γ mixed irradiation is about 84 times as that by 60Co γ-ray irradiation. The findings suggested that repair efficiency of DNA damage induced by neutrons might be different from that by γ-ray. (authors)

  7. Radioactive Beams from 252CF Fission Using a Gas Catcher and an ECR Charge Breeder at ATLAS

    Pardo, Richard C; Hecht, Adam; Moore, Eugene F; Savard, Guy

    2005-01-01

    An upgrade to the radioactive beam capability of the ATLAS facility has been proposed using 252Cf fission fragments thermalized and collected into a low-energy particle beam using a helium gas catcher. In order to reaccelerate these beams an existing ATLAS ECR ion source will be reconfigured as a charge breeder source. A 1Ci 252Cf source is expected to provide sufficient yield to deliver beams of up to ~106 far from stability ions per second on target. A facility description, the expected performance and the expected performance will be presented in this paper. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics, under contract W-31-109-ENG-38.

  8. Multi-modal fission in collinear ternary cluster decay of {sup 252}Cf(sf, fff)

    Oertzen, W. von, E-mail: oertzen@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, FLNR, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Nasirov, A.K. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, FLNR, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Institute of Nuclear Physics, 100214, Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Kyungpook National University, 702-701, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Tashkhodjaev, R.B. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, 100214, Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Inha University in Tashkent, 100170, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

    2015-06-30

    We discuss the multiple decay modes of collinear fission in {sup 252}Cf(sf, fff), with three fragments as suggested by the potential energy surface (PES). Fission as a statistical decay is governed by the phase space of the different decay channels, which are suggested in the PES-landscape. The population of the fission modes is determined by the minima in the PES at the scission points and on the internal potential barriers. The ternary collinear decay proceeds as a sequential process, in two steps. The originally observed ternary decay of {sup 252}Cf(sf) into three different masses (e.g. {sup 132–140}Sn, {sup 52–48}Ca, {sup 68–72}Ni), observed by the FOBOS group in the FLNR (Flerov Laboratory for Nuclear Reactions) of the JINR (Dubna) the collinear cluster tripartition (CCT), is one of the ternary fission modes. This kind of “true ternary fission” of heavy nuclei has often been predicted in theoretical works during the last decades. In the present note we discuss different ternary fission modes in the same system. The PES shows pronounced minima, which correspond to several modes of ternary fragmentations. These decays have very similar dynamical features as the previously observed CCT-decays. The data obtained in the experiments on CCT allow us to extract the yields for different decay modes using specific gates on the measured parameters, and to establish multiple modes of the ternary fission decay.

  9. Determination of nuclear charge resolution of a thin film detector using a 252Cf fission fragment source

    Little quantitative information is available regarding the ability of a thin film detector (TFD) to determine the nuclear charge of a low energy heavy mass ion. To compare the nuclear charge resolving power Z/ΔZ of the TFD to other heavy ion detectors, an experiment was performed where the TFD luminescence response to 252Cf fission fragments was recorded in coincidence with the gamma de-excitation of the fragments. With this technique, the TFD nuclear charge resolving power Z/ΔZ was determined to be 25.2 for the light mass fragment group. (orig.)

  10. Determination of nuclear charge resolution of a thin film detector using a [sup 252]Cf fission fragment source

    Milosevich, Z.; Muga, M.L. (Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Chemistry); Coldwell, R.L. (Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Physics)

    1992-09-15

    Little quantitative information is available regarding the ability of a thin film detector (TFD) to determine the nuclear charge of a low energy heavy mass ion. To compare the nuclear charge resolving power Z/[Delta]Z of the TFD to other heavy ion detectors, an experiment was performed where the TFD luminescence response to [sup 252]Cf fission fragments was recorded in coincidence with the gamma de-excitation of the fragments. With this technique, the TFD nuclear charge resolving power Z/[Delta]Z was determined to be 25.2 for the light mass fragment group. (orig.).

  11. INAA using 252Cf neutron source at University of Pune

    The review presents the work done over last two decades on Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) by our research group at University of Pune using 252Cf spontaneous fission neutron source. The technique has been applied in different fields viz. numismatics, industry, agriculture, ayurveda, environmental and health sciences and diffusion studies. A brief discussion of the work is presented in this article. (author)

  12. Description of peculiarities of prompt fission neutron spectrum in spontaneous fission of 252Cr

    Full text : 252Cf is the model object in theoretical and experimental studying of prompt fission neutron spectrum in the both spontaneous and induced fission of heavy nuclei. However, the form of spectrum observed has not been clearly understood especially in the region of lower and higher energies. The last compiled data are frequently used as a standart for the test of theoretical prescriptions of the neutron spectrum in spontaneous fission of 252Cf

  13. Quantitative determination of 252Cf

    Sealed 252Cf sources in the microCurie to milliCurie range are routinely used in industry and research. At present, no reliable analytical method is available for precise determination of the activity. Very strong sources can be analyzed by neutron counting but the error is large. The authors propose to use gamma-ray spectroscopy for such analysis. In particular, high-energy gamma rays (above 1 MeV) of fission fragments in equilibrium with the source are very convenient because they have little absorption in materials surrounding the source. They have measured the gamma/alpha ratio for 252Cf with an uncertainty of better than 5%. The experiment involved the preparation of several thin 252Cf sources, alpha pulse height analysis, determination of alpha decay rate, and the measurement of gamma singles spectrum with a well shielded germanium spectrometer. The measured ratio and the gamma ray spectroscopy of unknown samples can provide the activity of 252Cf in these samples

  14. Quantitative determination of 252Cf

    Sealed 252Cf sources in the microCurie to milliCurie range are routinely used in industry and research. At present, no reliable analytical method is available for precise determination of the activity. Very strong sources can be analyzed by neutron counting but the error is large. We propose to use γ-ray spectroscopy for such analysis. In particular, high-energy γ rays (above 1 MeV) of fission fragments in equilibrium with the source are very convenient because they have little absorption in materials surrounding the source. It is found that the 1435.8-keV γ-ray of 138Cs and the 1596.5-keV γ-ray of 140La are well isolated and sufficiently above the background under these peaks. We have measured the γ/α ratio for the 252Cf with an uncertainty of better than 5%. The experiment involved the preparation of several thin 252Cf sources, alpha pulse height analysis, determination of α decay rate, and the measurement of γ singles spectrum with a well-shielded germanium spectrometer. The measured ratio and the γ-ray spectroscopy of unknown samples can provide the activity of 252Cf in these samples

  15. True ternary fission, the collinear decay into fragments of similar size in the 252Cf(sf) and 235U(nth, f) reactions

    The collinear cluster decay in 252Cf(sf, fff), with three cluster fragments of different masses (e.g. 132Sn, 52–48Ca, 68–72Ni), which has been observed by the FOBOS group in JINR, has established a new decay mode of heavy nuclei, the collinear cluster tripartition (CCT). The same type of ternary fission decay has been observed in the reaction 235U(nth, fff). This kind of “true ternary fission” of heavy nuclei has been predicted many times in theoretical works during the last decades. In the present note we discuss true ternary fission (TFFF) into three nuclei of almost equal size (e.g. Z=98→Zi=32, 34, 32) in the same systems. The possible fission channels are predicted from potential-energy (PES) calculations. These PES's show pronounced minima for several ternary fragmentation decays, e.g. for 252Cf(sf) and for 235U(nth, f). They suggest the existence of a variety of collinear ternary fission modes. The TFFF-decays chosen in this letter have very similar dynamical features as the previously observed collinear CCT-decays. The data obtained in the above mentioned experiments allow us to extract the yield for these TFFF-decays in both systems by using specific gates on the measured parameters. These yields are a few 1.0⋅10−6/(binary fission)

  16. Results with the electron cyclotron resonance charge breeder for the 252Cf fission source project (Californium Rare Ion Breeder Upgrade) at Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System

    The construction of the Californium Rare Ion Breeder Upgrade, a new radioactive beam facility for the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS), is nearing completion. The facility will use fission fragments from a 1 Ci 252Cf source; thermalized and collected into a low-energy particle beam by a helium gas catcher. In order to reaccelerate these beams, an existing ATLAS electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source was redesigned to function as an ECR charge breeder. Thus far, the charge breeder has been tested with stable beams of rubidium and cesium achieving charge breeding efficiencies of 9.7% into 85Rb17+ and 2.9% into 133Cs20+.

  17. The U.S. Department of Energy 252Cf program

    Soon after the discovery of the 252Cf radioisotope in 1952, researchers realized its potential as a spontaneous source of neutrons. Under the guidance of the Atomic Energy Commission, the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) undertook an ambitious market evaluation and source fabrication program in the 1960s. Routine production of 252Cf was initiated at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), initially from plutonium oxide target rods and ultimately from more productive recycle curium oxide target rods. The 252Cf radioisotope was then shipped to SRL for incorporation into a variety of SRL-designed sources for industrial, medical, and research applications. ORNL independently developed another line of sources, primarily for research applications. Industrial source fabrication operations were consolidated at ORNL in 1986. In 1992, SRL fabricated its last 252Cf sources. Today, most of the world's supply of 252Cf is processed, purified, and encapsulated for shipment at the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) of ORNL

  18. Prompt neutron spectrum of the spontaneous fission of californium-252

    The californium-252 spontaneous fission neutron spectrum was measured in the energy range of 0.01 to 10 MeV by the time-of-flight technique using various neutron detectors. The measurements of 252Cf neutron spectrum at energies of 0.01 to 5 MeV were performed as a function of fission fragment kinetic energy. The mean neutron spectrum energy in the range of 0.7 to 10 MeV was found from the results of measurements. The irregularity in the 252Cf neutron spectrum in the neutron energy range of less than 0.7 MeV compared to theoretical values is discussed. The mechanism of 252Cf neutron emission is also discussed on the basis of neutron yield angle measurements. 12 references

  19. Personnel exposure experience related to use of 252Cf sources

    Studies are presented of personnel exposures to 252Cf neutrons and gamma radiation during dosimetry experiments in mouse phantoms, fission foil detectors, and small tissue equivalent ionization chambers. Sensitivity of film badge emulsions to observed levels of 252Cf neutrons is discussed. Long-term personnel exposure histories are presented. Comparisons are made between neutron dose calculated from observed neutron-gamma ratios and the dose observed in neutron emulsions. Shielding used during experiments is described

  20. Spontaneous fission

    Recent experimental results for spontaneous fission half-lives and fission fragment mass and kinetic-energy distributions and other properties of the fragments are reviewed and compared with recent theoretical models. The experimental data lend support to the existence of the predicted deformed shells near Z = 108 and N = 162. Prospects for extending detailed studies of spontaneous fission properties to elements beyond hahnium (element 105) are considered. (orig.)

  1. Spontaneous Fission

    Segre, Emilio

    1950-11-22

    The first attempt to discover spontaneous fission in uranium was made by [Willard] Libby, who, however, failed to detect it on account of the smallness of effect. In 1940, [K. A.] Petrzhak and [G. N.] Flerov, using more sensitive methods, discovered spontaneous fission in uranium and gave some rough estimates of the spontaneous fission decay constant of this substance. Subsequently, extensive experimental work on the subject has been performed by several investigators and will be quoted in the various sections. [N.] Bohr and [A.] Wheeler have given a theory of the effect based on the usual ideas of penetration of potential barriers. On this project spontaneous fission has been studied for the past several years in an effort to obtain a complete picture of the phenomenon. For this purpose the spontaneous fission decay constants {lambda} have been measured for separated isotopes of the heavy elements wherever possible. Moreover, the number {nu} of neutrons emitted per fission has been measured wherever feasible, and other characteristics of the spontaneous fission process have been studied. This report summarizes the spontaneous fission work done at Los Alamos up to January 1, 1945. A chronological record of the work is contained in the Los Alamos monthly reports.

  2. On the potential of active coincidence counting using a spontaneous fission source to induce fission

    Using the one-group point-model equations as a guide, we compare the active neutron Doubles rate from a multiplying item interrogated with a spontaneous fission neutron source with that of a random neutron source of equal emission rate. We find that, especially for highly multiplying items, 252Cf is likely to provide a viable alternative to the commonly used Am/Li interrogation source. We conclude that detailed design studies and experiments are warranted to develop this concept into practical assay tools. Keywords: coincidence counting; active interrogation; 252Cf active driver; point-model; collar detector

  3. Validation of IRDFF in 252Cf Standard and IRDF-2002 Reference Neutron Fields

    Simakov Stanislav

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of validation of the latest release of International Reactor Dosimetry and Fusion File, IRDFF-1.03, in the standard 252Cf(s.f. and reference 235U(nth,f neutron benchmark fields are presented. The spectrum-averaged cross sections were shown to confirm IRDFF-1.03 in the 252Cf standard spontaneous fission spectrum; that was not the case for the current recommended spectra for 235U(nth,f. IRDFF was also validated in the spectra of the research reactor facilities ISNF, Sigma-Sigma and YAYOI, which are available in the IRDF-2002 collection. The ISNF facility was re-simulated to remove unphysical oscillations in the spectrum. IRDFF-1.03 was shown to reproduce reasonably well the spectrum-averaged data measured in these fields except for the case of YAYOI.

  4. Validation of IRDFF in 252Cf Standard and IRDF-2002 Reference Neutron Fields

    Simakov, Stanislav; Capote, Roberto; Greenwood, Lawrence; Griffin, Patrick; Kahler, Albert; Pronyaev, Vladimir; Trkov, Andrej; Zolotarev, Konstantin

    2016-02-01

    The results of validation of the latest release of International Reactor Dosimetry and Fusion File, IRDFF-1.03, in the standard 252Cf(s.f.) and reference 235U(nth,f) neutron benchmark fields are presented. The spectrum-averaged cross sections were shown to confirm IRDFF-1.03 in the 252Cf standard spontaneous fission spectrum; that was not the case for the current recommended spectra for 235U(nth,f). IRDFF was also validated in the spectra of the research reactor facilities ISNF, Sigma-Sigma and YAYOI, which are available in the IRDF-2002 collection. The ISNF facility was re-simulated to remove unphysical oscillations in the spectrum. IRDFF-1.03 was shown to reproduce reasonably well the spectrum-averaged data measured in these fields except for the case of YAYOI.

  5. Graphite moderated (252)Cf source.

    Sajo-Bohus, Laszlo; Barros, Haydn; Greaves, Eduardo D; Vega-Carrillo, Hector Rene

    2015-06-01

    The Thorium molten-salt reactor is an attractive and affordable nuclear power option for developing countries with insufficient infrastructure and limited technological capability. In the aim of personnel training and experience gathering at the Universidad Simon Bolivar there is in progress a project of developing a subcritical thorium liquid-fuel reactor. The neutron source to run this subcritical reactor is a (252)Cf source and the reactor will use high-purity graphite as moderator. Using the MCNP5 code the neutron spectra of the (252)Cf in the center of the graphite moderator has been estimated along the channel where the liquid thorium salt will be inserted; also the ambient dose equivalent due to the source has been determined around the moderator. PMID:25770393

  6. Graphite moderated 252Cf source

    The thorium molten salt reactor is an attractive and affordable nuclear power option for developing countries with insufficient infrastructure and limited technological capability. In the aim of personnel training and experience gathering at the Universidad Simon Bolivar there is in progress a project of developing a subcritical thorium liquid fuel reactor. The neutron source to run this subcritical reactor is a 252Cf source and the reactor will use high-purity graphite as moderator. Using the MCNP5 code the neutron spectra of the 252Cf in the center of the graphite moderator has been estimated along the channel where the liquid thorium salt will be inserted; also the ambient dose equivalent due to the source has been determined around the moderator. (Author)

  7. Radionuclide 252Cf neutron source

    Characteristics of radionuclide neutron sourses of 252Cf base with the activity from 106 to 109 n/s have been investigated. Energetic distributions of neutrons and gamma-radiation have been presented. The results obtained have been compared with other data available. The hardness parameter of the neutron spectrum for the energy range from 3 to 15 MeV is 1.4 +- 0.02 MeV

  8. True ternary fission, the collinear decay into fragments of similar size in the {sup 252}Cf(sf) and {sup 235}U(n{sub th}, f) reactions

    Oertzen, W. von, E-mail: oertzen@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Nasirov, A.K., E-mail: nasirov@jinr.ru [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Institute of Nuclear Physics, 100214, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

    2014-06-27

    The collinear cluster decay in {sup 252}Cf(sf, fff), with three cluster fragments of different masses (e.g. {sup 132}Sn, {sup 52–48}Ca, {sup 68–72}Ni), which has been observed by the FOBOS group in JINR, has established a new decay mode of heavy nuclei, the collinear cluster tripartition (CCT). The same type of ternary fission decay has been observed in the reaction {sup 235}U(n{sub th}, fff). This kind of “true ternary fission” of heavy nuclei has been predicted many times in theoretical works during the last decades. In the present note we discuss true ternary fission (TFFF) into three nuclei of almost equal size (e.g. Z=98→Z{sub i}=32, 34, 32) in the same systems. The possible fission channels are predicted from potential-energy (PES) calculations. These PES's show pronounced minima for several ternary fragmentation decays, e.g. for {sup 252}Cf(sf) and for {sup 235}U(n{sub th}, f). They suggest the existence of a variety of collinear ternary fission modes. The TFFF-decays chosen in this letter have very similar dynamical features as the previously observed collinear CCT-decays. The data obtained in the above mentioned experiments allow us to extract the yield for these TFFF-decays in both systems by using specific gates on the measured parameters. These yields are a few 1.0⋅10{sup −6}/(binary fission)

  9. Coulomb effects in isobaric cold fission from reactions 233U(nth,f), 235U(nth,f), 239Pu(nth,f) and 252Cf(sf)

    Montoya, Modesto

    2014-01-01

    The Coulomb effect hypothesis, formerly used to interpret fluctuations in the curve of maximal total kinetic energy as a function of light fragment mass in reactions 233U(nth,f), 235U(nth,f) and 239Pu(nth,f), is confirmed in high kinetic energy as well as in low excitation energy windows, respectively. Data from reactions 233U(nth,f), 235U(nth,f), 239Pu(nth,f) and 252Cf(sf) show that, between two isobaric fragmentations with similar Q-values, the more asymmetric charge split reaches the higher value of total kinetic energy. Moreover, in isobaric charge splits with different Q-values, similar preference for asymmetrical fragmentations is observed in low excitation energy windows.

  10. Absolute measurement of anti ν/sub p/ for 252Cf using the ORNL large liquid scintillator neutron detector

    The ORNL large liquid scintillator detector was used in a precise determination of anti ν/sub p/, the number of neutrons emitted promptly, for spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Measurements of the detector efficiency over a broad energy region were made by means of a proton-recoil technique employing the ORELA white neutron source. Monte Carlo calculation of the detector efficiency for a spectrum representative of 252Cf fission neutrons was calibrated with these elaborate measurements. The unusually flat response of the neutron detector resulted in elimination of several known sources of error. Experimental measurement was coupled with calculational methods to correct for other known errors. These measurements lead to an unusually small estimated uncertainty of 0.2% in the value obtained, anti ν/sub p/ = 3.773 +- 0.007

  11. Subroutines to Simulate Fission Neutrons for Monte Carlo Transport Codes

    Lestone, J. P.

    2014-01-01

    Fortran subroutines have been written to simulate the production of fission neutrons from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and 240Pu, and from the thermal neutron induced fission of 239Pu and 235U. The names of these four subroutines are getnv252, getnv240, getnv239, and getnv235, respectively. These subroutines reproduce measured first, second, and third moments of the neutron multiplicity distributions, measured neutron-fission correlation data for the spontaneous fission of 252Cf, and meas...

  12. Experimental Dating of 252Cf Sources

    The gamma spectrum of a 252Cf neutron source holds a large number of peaks from the FP, their products and other Cf isotopes present in the spectrum. The differences between a new and an old 252Cf neutron source gamma spectrum are mainly in the size of 661, 388 and 177 keV peaks from 137Cs, 249Cf and 251Cf, respectively

  13. Investigation of the prompt neutron emission mechanism in low energy fission of 235,233U(nth, f) and 252Cf(sf)

    Val’ski G.V.; Gagarski A.M.; Shcherbakov O.A.; Vorobyev A.S.; Petrov G.A.

    2010-01-01

    A series of experiments has been performed to measure prompt neutron angular and energy distributions from thermal neutron-induced fission of 235,233U in correlation with the fission fragments. These distributions have been analyzed with the assumption of neutron isotropic emission from accelerated fission fragments. The performed analysis demonstrates that all obtained results can be described within 5% accuracy using this assumption. This discrepancy is approximately constant and doesn’t de...

  14. Investigation of the prompt neutron emission mechanism in low energy fission of 235,233U(nth, f and 252Cf(sf

    Val’ski G.V.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A series of experiments has been performed to measure prompt neutron angular and energy distributions from thermal neutron-induced fission of 235,233U in correlation with the fission fragments. These distributions have been analyzed with the assumption of neutron isotropic emission from accelerated fission fragments. The performed analysis demonstrates that all obtained results can be described within 5% accuracy using this assumption. This discrepancy is approximately constant and doesn’t depend on fragment mass and the total kinetic energy (TKE. Some minor peculiarities of angular distribution may be interpreted as a result of anisotropy of the fission neutron angular distribution in the fragment center-of-mass system.

  15. Neutron sources of palladium-252Cf oxide cermet wire

    Palladium-252Cf oxide cermet has been developed as a versatile, safe source form for 252Cf with low contamination potential. Developmental wire containing 1.85 mg of 252Cf has been sold in three orders to U. S. commercial encapsulators. Bare palladium-252Cf oxide cermet wire containing 252Cf concentrations of 5, 50, or 500 μg/in. is expected to be offered for general sale in the near future. (U.S.)

  16. The measurement of prompt neutron spectrum in spontaneous fission of {sup 244}Cm

    Batenkov, O.I.; Boykov, G.S.; Drapchinsky, L.V.; Majorov, M.Ju.; Trenkin, V.A. [V.G. Khlopin Radium Inst., Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    Under the Program of Measurements of Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Minor Actinides for Transmutation Purposes the integral neutron spectrum in spontaneous fission of {sup 244}Cm has been measured by the time-of-flight method in the energy range of 0.1-15 MeV relative to the standard neutron spectrum in {sup 252}Cf spontaneous fission. Essential attention was paid to revealing of possible systematic errors. It is shown, that the {sup 244}Cm spectrum shape may be well described by using Mannhart evaluation with appropriate parameter of Maxwell temperature T{sub M} = 1.37 MeV. (author)

  17. Covariances of fission-integral measurements at the NBS 252Cf and ISNF facilities and at the ORNL-PCA facility

    Integral measurements together with accompanying uncertainty estimates have been used for the past fifteen years in cross section adjustments. As the field of cross section adjustment came of age, the crude uncertainty estimates were replaced - only in principle, initially - by a quantitative cross section uncertainty covariance description and by uncertainty correlations of integral experiments. There is current interest in the fission reaction rate ratio measurements in the NBS standard neutron fields by people involved in fast reactor cross sections. Also those in the LWR pressure vessel surveillance dosimetry program are interested in these measurements and in similar measurements performed in the Oak Ridge Pool Critical Assembly (PCA). A careful re-examination of uncertainty analysis is presented

  18. 252Cf encapsulation and shipping at SRL

    Techniques were developed at the Savannah River Laboratory to encapsulate 252Cf sources for research and for medical and industrial applications. The sources are for sale or loan under the USAEC market evaluation program. A new facility is described which limits radiation exposure rates to less than mrem/h in normally occupied areas, except for short periods when maximum amounts of up to 100 mg of 252Cf may be handled. Sources as large as 10 mg have been made in this facility. The entire complex is surrounded by up to 48 in. of gamma and neutron shielding. Equipment was designed for remote handling, assembly, and examination of microliter quantities of solutions and capsule components as small as 1/8-in. cylinders. Special equipment, procedures, and carriers are described for safe, practical handling, storage, and shipment of encapsulated 252Cf. Brief descriptions and photographs of six casks most commonly used for transporting quantities ranging from 100 μg to 50 mg of 252Cf are included. (U.S.)

  19. Induction of a germline mutation at a hypervariable mouse minisatellite locus by 252Cf radiation

    Male C3H/HeN mice were exposed to 252Cf radiation and mated with unirradiated C57BL/6N females F1 mice were analyzed for germline mutation at the paternally derived C3H/HeN allele of a hypervariable minisatellite locus, Ms6hm. This locus exhibited a high frequency of length change mutation spontaneously, and the mutation frequency of the paternally derived C3H/He allele in F1 mice born to unirradiated males was 8.4%. Exposure of male mice to 252Cf radiation resulted in even higher frequency of germline mutation. The spermatid stage germ cells were most sensitive to neutrons, and the mutation frequencies of the paternal allele were elevated to 18%, 26% and 24% for 0.35, 0.7 and 1.02 Gy of 252Cf radiation, respectively. Spermatozoa and spermatogonia stages were less sensitive and the mutation frequencies for 1.02 Gy of 252Cf radiation were 16% and 19%, respectively. The 252Cf radiation consisted of 35% gamma-rays and 65% neutrons. Assuming that these two radiations act additively, RBE of 252Cf neutrons for the induction of minisatellite mutation was calculated to be 5.9 for spermatozoa stage irradiation, 2.6 for spermatid stage irradiation and 6.5 for spermatogonia irradiation. (author)

  20. Beta decay of 252Cf on the way to scission from the exit point

    Pomorski, K; Quentin, P

    2015-01-01

    Upon increasing significantly the nuclear elongation, the beta-decay energy grows. This paper investigates within a simple yet partly microscopic approach, the transition rate of the beta decay of the 252Cf nucleus on the way to scission from the exit point for a spontaneous fission process. A rather crude classical approximation is made for the corresponding damped collective motion assumed to be one dimensional. Given these assumptions, we only aim in this paper at providing the order of magnitudes of such a phenomenon. At each deformation the energy available for beta decay, is determined from such a dynamical treatment. Then, for a given elongation, transition rates for the allowed (Fermi) beta decay are calculated from pair correlated wave functions obtained within a macroscopic-microscopic approach and then integrated over the time corresponding to the whole descent from exit to scission. The results are presented as a function of the damping factor (inverse of the characteristic damping time) in use in...

  1. 252Cf spectrum-averaged cross section for the 63Cu(n, p)63Ni reaction

    Imamura, M.; Shibata, T.; Shibata, S.; Ohkubo, T.; Satoh, S.; Nogawa, N.

    1999-01-01

    The 63Ni produced by the 63Cu(n, p)63Ni reaction provides a unique measure to estimate the fast-neutron fluence of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the similarity of the fission neutron spectrum of 252Cf to that of 235U, we have measured activation cross sections of the 63Cu(n, p)63Ni reaction averaged for the 252Cf fission spectrum.

  2. Project 252Cf-D2O. The multisphere system of neutron dosimetry and spectrometry (M.S.-N.D.S.). Studies of applications to health physics

    The project 252Cf-D2O is articulated upon the utilization of a 200μg nominal 252Cf spontaneous neutron fission source, used bare and under D2O spherical moderators, giving leakage neutron spectra experimentally known and/or calculated. This project has for objective the applications of those sources to Health Physics, in dosimetry (calibration of ''rad'' and ''rem-meters'') and in spectrometry, associated with the experimental system of measurements made by the generalization of the BONNER Spheres, known as ''the Multisphere System''. This communication describes the normalization method used and the results obtained leading to the adoption of a reference matrix called ''the Log-Normal Multisphere Matrix'' (LN-MM) giving the energies response functions of the generalized system for all the spheres diameters between 40 and 400 millimeters and for all the energies between 0.4eV and 15MeV

  3. Graphite moderated {sup 252}Cf source

    Sajo B, L.; Barros, H.; Greaves, E. D. [Universidad Simon Bolivar, Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Apdo. 89000, 1080A Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Vega C, H. R., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2014-08-15

    The thorium molten salt reactor is an attractive and affordable nuclear power option for developing countries with insufficient infrastructure and limited technological capability. In the aim of personnel training and experience gathering at the Universidad Simon Bolivar there is in progress a project of developing a subcritical thorium liquid fuel reactor. The neutron source to run this subcritical reactor is a {sup 252}Cf source and the reactor will use high-purity graphite as moderator. Using the MCNP5 code the neutron spectra of the {sup 252}Cf in the center of the graphite moderator has been estimated along the channel where the liquid thorium salt will be inserted; also the ambient dose equivalent due to the source has been determined around the moderator. (Author)

  4. Material recognition with a 252Cf source

    Fabris, Daniela; Lunardon, Marcello; Moretto, Sandra; Nebbia, Giancarlo; Pesente, Silvia; Stevanato , Luca; Viesti, Giuseppe; Sajo-Bohusb, Laszlo

    2010-01-01

    Material recognition is studied by measuring simultaneously the transmission of neutron and gamma rays produced by a time-tagged 252Cf source. Light elements (C,N,O) are identified by using the measured transmission versus neutron time of flight. The yield of the transmitted gamma ray as a function of energy provides high precision identification of the atomic number of the sample up to Z=83 . A tomography system, currently under construction, is described.

  5. Neutron shielding for a 252 Cf source

    To determine the neutron shielding features of water-extended polyester a Monte Carlo study was carried out. Materials with low atomic number are predominantly used for neutron shielding because these materials effectively attenuate neutrons, mainly through inelastic collisions and absorption reactions. During the selection of materials to design a neutron shield, prompt gamma production as well as radionuclide production induced by neutron activation must be considered. In this investigation the Monte Carlo method was used to evaluate the performance of a water-extended polyester shield designed for the transportation, storage, and use of a 252Cf isotopic neutron source. During calculations a detailed model for the 252Cf and the shield was utilized. To compare the shielding features of water extended polyester, the calculations were also made for the bare 252Cf in vacuum, air and the shield filled with water. For all cases the calculated neutron spectra was utilized to determine the ambient equivalent neutron dose at four sites around the shielding. In the case of water extended polyester and water shielding the calculations were extended to include the prompt gamma rays produced during neutron interactions, with this information the Kerma in air was calculated at the same locations where the ambient equivalent neutron dose was determined. (Author)

  6. Subroutines to Simulate Fission Neutrons for Monte Carlo Transport Codes

    Lestone, J P

    2014-01-01

    Fortran subroutines have been written to simulate the production of fission neutrons from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and 240Pu, and from the thermal neutron induced fission of 239Pu and 235U. The names of these four subroutines are getnv252, getnv240, getnv239, and getnv235, respectively. These subroutines reproduce measured first, second, and third moments of the neutron multiplicity distributions, measured neutron-fission correlation data for the spontaneous fission of 252Cf, and measured neutron-neutron correlation data for both the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and the thermal neutron induced fission of 235U. The codes presented here can be used to study the possible uses of neutron-neutron correlations in the area of transparency measurements and the uses of neutron-neutron correlations in coincidence neutron imaging.

  7. System control for the modulated 252Cf source ''Shuffler''

    The design and theory of operation of the control chassis for a 252Cf nondestructive assay system are described. This system repetitively transfers a 252Cf source from the irradiation region to a shielded position before measuring the delayed neutrons. The design criteria for the system were: rapid movement and precise positioning of the 252Cf source, precise positioning of the sample, and very accurate timing of the irradiate and count cycles. To achieve these results crystal oscillators were used for timing, and stepping motors were used to position the sample and the source. (U.S.)

  8. Cold fission studies using a double-ionization chamber

    An investigation on spontaneous fission of 252Cf is described. Both fission fragments are detected coincidentally with a double ionization chamber as a 4 π detector. Special techniques are demonstrated which allow the determination of nuclear masses and charges for cold fission fragments. Detector properties such as systematic errors and their correction are studied with the help of α particles. (orig.)

  9. Neutron multiplicities in spontaneous fission and nuclear structure studies

    New insights into the fission process can be gained by better quantitative knowledge of how the energy released in fission is distributed between the kinetic energy of the two fragments, the excitation energy of the two fragments and the number of neutrons emitted. Studies of prompt gamma-rays emitted in spontaneous fission (SF) with large arrays of Compton suppressed Ge detector arrays are providing new quantitative answers to longstanding questions concerning fission as well as new insights into the structure of neutron-rich nuclei. For the first time the triple gamma coincidence technique was employed in spontaneous fission studies. Studies of SF of 252Cf and 242Pu have been carried out. These γ-γ-γ data provide powerful ways to identify uniquely gamma rays from a particular nucleus in the very complex gamma-ray spectra given off by the over 100 different nuclei produced. The emphasis of this paper is on the first quantitative measurements of the multiplicities of the neutrons emitted in SF and the energy levels populated in the fragments. Indeed, in the break up into Mo-Ba pairs, we have identified for the first time fragments associated with from zero up to ten neutrons emitted and observed the excited energy states populated in these nuclei. The zero neutron emission pairs like 104Mo- 148Ba, 106Mo- 146Ba and 104Zr- 148Ce observed in this work are particularly interesting because they represent a type of cold fission or a new mode of cluster radioactivity as proposed by Greiner, Sandulescu and co-workers. These data provide new insights into the processes of cluster radioactivity and cold fission

  10. A new type-B cask design for transporting 252Cf

    A project to design, certify, and build a new US Department of Energy (DOE) Type B container for transporting >5 mg of 252Cf is more than halfway to completion. This project was necessitated by the fact that the existing Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Type B containers were designed and built many years ago and thus do not have the records and supporting data that current regulations require. Once the new cask is available, it will replace the existing Type B containers. The cask design is driven by the unique properties of 252Cf, which is a very intense spontaneous fission neutron source and necessitates a large amount of neutron shielding. The cask is designed to contain up to 60 mg of 252Cf in the form of californium oxide or californium oxysulfate, in pellet, wire, or sintered material forms that are sealed inside small special-form capsules. The new cask will be capable of all modes of transport (land, sea, and air). The ORNL team, composed of technical and purchasing personnel and using rigorous selection criteria, chose NAC, International (NAC), as the subcontractor for the project. In January 1997, NAC started work on developing the conceptual design and performing the analyses. The original design concept was for a tungsten alloy gamma shield surrounded by two concentric shells of NS-4-FR neutron shield material. A visit to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulators in November 1997 to present the conceptual design for their comments resulted in a design modification when the question of potential straight-line cracking in the NS-4-FR neutron shield material arose. NAC's modified design includes offset, wedgelike segments of the neutron shield material. The new geometry eliminates concerns about straight-line cracking but increases the weight of the packaging and makes the fabrication more complex. NAC has now completed the cask design and performed the analyses (shielding, structural, thermal, etc.) necessary to certify the cask. The cask

  11. Gamma-ray studies of the spontaneous fission of 242Pu and 252Cr using gammasphere

    The authors report on the new results on 242Pu and 252Cf spontaneous fission gamma-rays with emphasis on the dependence of spin distributions on numbers of neutrons emitted. The analysis has concentrated first on extracting relative intensities of ground rotational transitions as a function of number of neutrons emitted. open-quotes Cold fissionclose quotes, or zero-neutron fission, is observed in a number of fissioning systems. Some isotopic series show a trend of decreasing fragment average spin with increasing numbers of neutrons emitted, contrary to the initial expectations of a simple quantal model based on neck thickness expected at scission. A simple open-quotes atomic orbitalclose quotes model plus Coulomb excitation is compared with the data. Preliminary results from an April 1994 run using 36 Ge detectors in Early Implementation of Gammasphere coupled with 4 neutron detectors and 1 X-ray detector are shown

  12. On the 252Cf primary and secondary gamma rays and epithermal neutron flux for BNCT

    Ghassoun, J.; Merzouki, A.; El Morabiti, A.; Jehouani, A.

    2007-10-01

    Monte Carlo simulation has been used to calculate the different components of neutrons and secondary gamma rays originated by 252Cf fission and also the primary gamma rays emitted directly by the 252Cf source at the exit face of a compact system designed for the BNCT. The system consists of a 252Cf source and a moderator/reflector/filter assembly. To study the material properties and configuration possibilities, the MCNP code has been used. The moderator/reflector/filter arrangement is optimised to moderate neutrons to epithermal energy and, as far as possible, to get rid of fast and thermal neutrons and photons from the therapeutic beam. To reduce the total gamma contamination and to have a sufficiently high epithermal neutron flux we have used different photon filters of different thickness. Our analysis showed that the use of an appropriate filter leads to a gamma ray flux reduction without affecting the epithermal neutron beam quality at the exit face of the system.

  13. On the {sup 252}Cf primary and secondary gamma rays and epithermal neutron flux for BNCT

    Ghassoun, J. [LPTN, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, BP 2390, 40000 Marrakech (Morocco)], E-mail: ghassoun@ucam.ac.ma; Merzouki, A. [LPTN, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, BP 2390, 40000 Marrakech (Morocco); Remote Sensing and Geomatics of the Environnement Laboratory, Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Marion Hall-140Louis Pasteur Ottawa, ON, KIN 6N5 (Canada); El Morabiti, A.; Jehouani, A. [LPTN, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, BP 2390, 40000 Marrakech (Morocco)

    2007-10-15

    Monte Carlo simulation has been used to calculate the different components of neutrons and secondary gamma rays originated by {sup 252}Cf fission and also the primary gamma rays emitted directly by the {sup 252}Cf source at the exit face of a compact system designed for the BNCT. The system consists of a {sup 252}Cf source and a moderator/reflector/filter assembly. To study the material properties and configuration possibilities, the MCNP code has been used. The moderator/reflector/filter arrangement is optimised to moderate neutrons to epithermal energy and, as far as possible, to get rid of fast and thermal neutrons and photons from the therapeutic beam. To reduce the total gamma contamination and to have a sufficiently high epithermal neutron flux we have used different photon filters of different thickness. Our analysis showed that the use of an appropriate filter leads to a gamma ray flux reduction without affecting the epithermal neutron beam quality at the exit face of the system.

  14. On the 252Cf primary and secondary gamma rays and epithermal neutron flux for BNCT

    Monte Carlo simulation has been used to calculate the different components of neutrons and secondary gamma rays originated by 252Cf fission and also the primary gamma rays emitted directly by the 252Cf source at the exit face of a compact system designed for the BNCT. The system consists of a 252Cf source and a moderator/reflector/filter assembly. To study the material properties and configuration possibilities, the MCNP code has been used. The moderator/reflector/filter arrangement is optimised to moderate neutrons to epithermal energy and, as far as possible, to get rid of fast and thermal neutrons and photons from the therapeutic beam. To reduce the total gamma contamination and to have a sufficiently high epithermal neutron flux we have used different photon filters of different thickness. Our analysis showed that the use of an appropriate filter leads to a gamma ray flux reduction without affecting the epithermal neutron beam quality at the exit face of the system

  15. Level structures of 110,111,112,113Rh from measurements on 252Cf

    Level schemes of 111Rh and 113Rh are proposed from the analysis of γ-γ-γ coincidence data from a 252Cf spontaneous fission source with Gammasphere. These schemes have the highest excitation energies and spins yet established in these nuclei, as well as weakly populated bands not reported in earlier fission- γ work. From these data, information on shapes is inferred. By analogy with lighter Z=45 odd-even isotopes, tentative spins and parities are assigned to members of several rotational bands. In this region triaxial nuclear shapes are known to occur, and we carried out calculations for 111Rh and 113Rh with the triaxial-rotor-plus-particle model. The 7/2+πg9/2 bands of both nuclei, as well as lighter isotopes studied by others, show similar signature splitting. Our model calculations give a reasonable fit to the signature splitting, collective sidebands, and transition probabilities at near-maximum triaxiality with γ≅28 deg. For the K=1/2+[431] band, experiment and model calculations do not fit well, which is accounted for by greater prolate deformation of the K=1/2+ band, a case of shape coexistence. Our data on 110,112Rh show no backbending and thus support the idea of the band crossing in the ground band of the odd-A neighbors being due to alignment of an h11/2 neutron pair. In 111,113Rh above the band crossing (spins ≅21/2(ℎ/2π)) the ground band appears to split, with two similar branches. We consider the possibility that chiral doubling may be involved, but there are not enough levels to determine that

  16. Feasibility of fissile mass assay of spent nuclear fuel using 252Cf-source-driven frequency-analysis

    The feasibility was evaluated using MCNP-DSP, an analog Monte Carlo transport cod to simulate source-driven measurements. Models of an isolated Westinghouse 17x17 PWR fuel assembly in a 1500-ppM borated water storage pool were used. In the models, the fuel burnup profile was represented using seven axial burnup zones, each with isotopics estimated by the PDQ code. Four different fuel assemblies with average burnups from fresh to 32 GWd/MTU were modeled and analyzed. Analysis of the fuel assemblies was simulated by inducing fission in the fuel using a 252Cf source adjacent to the assembly and correlating source fissions with the response of a bank of 3He detectors adjacent to the assembly opposite the source. This analysis was performed at 7 different axial positions on each of the 4 assemblies, and the source-detector cross-spectrum signature was calculated for each of these 28 simulated measurements. The magnitude of the cross-spectrum signature follows a smooth upward trend with increasing fissile material (235U and 239Pu) content, and the signature is independent of the concentration of spontaneously fissioning isotopes (e.g., 244Cm) and (α,n) sources. Furthermore, the cross-spectrum signature is highly sensitive to changes in fissile material content. This feasibility study indicated that the signature would increase ∼100% in response to an increase of only 0.1 g/cm3 of fissile material

  17. Attributes and templates from active measurements with 252Cf

    Active neutron interrogation is useful for the detection of shielded HEU and could also be used for Pu. In an active technique, fissile material is stimulated by an external neutron source to produce fission with the emanation of neutrons and gamma rays. The time distribution of particles leaving the fissile material is measured with respect to the source emission in a variety of ways. A variety of accelerator and radioactive sources can be used. Active interrogation of nuclear weapons/components can be used in two ways: template matching or attribute estimation. Template matching compares radiation signatures with known reference signatures and for treaty applications has the problem of authentication of the reference signatures along with storage and retrieval of templates. Attribute estimation determines, for example, the fissile mass from various features of the radiation signatures and does not require storage of radiation signatures but does require calibration, which can be repeated as necessary. A nuclear materials identification system (NMIS) has been in use at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant for verification of weapons components being received and in storage by template matching and has been used with calibrations for attribute (fissile mass) estimation for HEU metal. NMIS employs a 252Cf source of low intensity (6 n/sec) such that the dose at 1 m is approximately twice that on a commercial airline at altitude. The use of such a source presents no significant safety concerns either for personnel or nuclear explosive safety, and has been approved for use at the Pantex Plant on fully assembled weapons systems

  18. Observation of Light Shape Isomers in the Multi-Body Decay of 252Cf (sf)

    Pyatkov, Yu. V.; Kamanin, D. V.; Alexandrov, A. A.; Alexandrova, I. A.; Kondratyev, N. A.; Kuznetsova, E. A.; Strekalovsky, A. O.; Strekalovsky, O. V.; Zhuchko, V. E.; Mkaza, N.; Malaza, V.

    2015-11-01

    We observe an essential mass deficit in the total mass of the fission fragments detected in coincidence with Ti ions knocked out from the foil placed near a 252Cf source. This could be expected if the scattered fragment looks like a di-nuclear system breaking up due to inelastic scattering on the Ti nucleus. The mean flight time between the Cf source and the foil does not exceed 0.1 ns. This can be regarded as a lower limit for the life-time of the di-nuclear system (shape-isomer).

  19. Investigation of the far asymmetric region in 252Cf(sf)

    Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.

    1997-02-01

    A twin Frisch-gridded ionization chamber has been used to measure the fission fragment mass, kinetic-energy and angular correlations for 252Cf(sf). In total 2.5 × 10 8 events were collected. The focus was in the far asymmetric mass region, where enhancements in the yield had been found earlier. It could be shown, that these findings are due to false events, coming from either close geometries not properly taking into account the angular-dependent energy loss in the sample and backing, from a too large angular cone selected in case of studies employing ionization chambers, or even from poor target qualities.

  20. Investigation of the far asymmetric region in 252Cf(sf)

    A twin Frisch-gridded ionization chamber has been used to measure the fission fragment mass, kinetic-energy and angular correlations for 252Cf(sf). In total 2.5 x 108 events were collected. The focus was in the far asymmetric mass region, where enhancements in the yield had been found earlier. It could be shown, that these findings are due to false events, coming from either close geometries not properly taking into account the angular-dependent energy loss in the sample and backing, from a too large angular cone selected in case of studies employing ionization chambers, or even from poor target qualities. (orig.)

  1. Two-Phase Flow Measurements with 252Cf: Design Aspects and Considerations

    For many years 252Cf has been used for measuring moisture content, particularly in the ground's soil, by detecting the amount of slowing down (thermalization) of the source's fission neutrons by the hydrogen nuclei in water. The same concept has been employed for measuring the phase volume fraction in two-phase flows. Although the principle of using neutron slowing down to measure hydrogen content is basic and straightforward, its application in a confined and evolving medium such as two-phase flow can be challenging. This paper identifies some of these challenges and presents some approaches for dealing with them

  2. The 252Cf neutron spectrum in ISO Standard 8529

    The provenance of the 252Cf neutron spectrum tabulated in ISO Standard 8529 Part 1 is discussed in the light of queries raised in an earlier ESARDA article. It is shown that neither the ISO spectrum nor a Maxwellian representation is compatible with the most recent evaluation of this important standard spectrum.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Determination of some elements using 252Cf source

    A description of determination of Al and Si in mountain rocks is given based on measurement of intensity of gamma-rays of 28Al (half-decay period 2.3 min) which is formed in reactions: 27Al(n,γ)28Al with thermal neutrons and 28Si(n,p)28Al (with fast neutrons). To activate samples, a 252Cf source has been used with a flux of (1.0+-0.1)x109 neutrons/sec. Induced gamma-radioactivity has been registered by an AI-128 analyser and NaI(Tl) sensor (40x40 mm) with a FEU-13 photo-electron multiplier and a cathode follower. The relative error of the method is 13% for Al and 18% for Si. The efficiency is 70 samples per day. Calculations have indicated that while using 252Cf it is possible to determine Na in rocks when its content is 10-4 g

  6. Regeneration in cervix cancer after 252Cf neutron brachytherapy

    Regeneration of clonogens in human cervical cancer was assessed by the pathological evaluation of the hysterectomy specimen after intracavitary 252Cf neutron brachytherapy implants separated by varying time intervals followed by extrafascial hysterectomy. In this study, patients with bulky/barrel shaped Stage IB cervical cancers received 252Cf implants plus approximately 45 Gy of whole pelvis linear accelerator radiotherapy in approximately 25 fractions in 5 weeks followed by hysterectomy 4-6 weeks after radiotherapy. The specimens were studied grossly and microscopically for residual tumor. It was found that the fraction of positive specimens increased with elapsed time interval between implants. These findings support the hypothesis that there is repopulation of surviving clonogens with increased time interval between the implants. The observation also supports current concerns that rapid depopulation of tumor can lead to rapid repopulation, that is, rapid shrinkage of tumor can alter the physiological environment such that clonogens can rapidly regenerate

  7. A pneumatic transfer system for special form 252Cf

    A pneumatic transfer system has been developed for use with series 100 Special Form 252Cf. It was developed to reduce the exposure to personnel handling sources of 252Cf with masses up to 150 microg by permitting remotely activated two-way transfer between the storage container and the irradiation position. The pneumatic transfer system also permits transfers for reproducible repetitive irradiation periods. In addition to the storage container equipped with quick-release fittings, the transfer system consists of an irradiation station, a control box with momentary contact switches to activate the air-pressure control valves and indicators to identify the location of the source, and connecting air hose and electrical wire. A source of 20 psig air and 110 volt electrical power are required for operation of the transfer system which can be easily moved and set up by one individual in 5 to 10 minutes. Tests have shown that rarely does a source become lodged in the transfer tubing, but two methods have been developed to handle incomplete transfers of the 252Cf source. The first method consists of closing one air vent to allow a pressure impulse to propel the source to the opposite side. The second method applies to those 252Cf capsules with a threaded or tapped end to which a small ferromagnetic piece can be attached; an incompletely transferred source in the transfer tube can then be guided to a position of safety by surrounding the transfer tubing containing the capsule with a horseshoe magnet attached to the end of a long pole

  8. Cure of cervical cancer using 252Cf neutron brachytherapy

    252Cf neutron brachytherapy was tested in a feasibility trial for efficacy for cervix cancer therapy vs. high stage radioresistant and subsequently for all stages of disease. Actuarial survival curves were analyzed for 218 patients treated between 1976 and 1983 and followed five to 14 years to the present time. A variety of doses, schedules and methods for brachytherapy was tested during this period, and a dose-response relationship for tumor eradication studied. All treatments were combined with whole-pelvis photon radiotherapy to approximately 45 to 60 Gy. This combination was found effective, particularly if an early implant schedule was used for the Cf implant, followed by whole-pelvis photon radiotherapy. For bulk/barrel shaped low-stage disease in medically fit patients, 252Cf implants were combined with surgery, i.e., extrafascial hysterectomy and was readily usable for treatment without complications and with high cure rates (92% five-year survival). All survivals and outcomes to 13 years match the best results of conventional photon radiotherapy. For all stages better results were observed for bulky, barrel, and advanced-stage tumors, especially for local tumor control, if optimal schedules, doses and implant numbers were used. Knowledge about neutron dose, dose per implant, number of implants and combination with photon beam therapy evolved during the trials. 252Cf represents a new quickacting effective radioisotope for human cancer therapy especially for treatment of radioresistant, bulky and high stage cancers. (orig.)

  9. A method to measure prompt fission neutron spectrum using gamma multiplicity tagging

    Blain, E.; Daskalakis, A.; Block, R. C.; Barry, D.; Danon, Y.

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve on current prompt fission neutron spectrum measurements, a gamma multiplicity tagging method was developed at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Gearttner Linear Accelerator Center. This method involves using a coincidence requirement on an array of BaF2 gamma detectors to determine the timing of a fission event. This allows for much larger fission samples to be used due to the higher penetrability of gammas compared to fission fragments. Additionally, since the method relies on gammas as opposed to fission fragments, the effects of the low level discriminator, used in fission chambers to eliminate alpha events, are not seen. A 252Cf fission chamber was constructed in order to determine the viability of this method as well as the efficiency when compared to a fission chamber. The implemented multiple gamma tagging method was found to accurately reproduce the prompt fission neutron spectrum for the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and to detect 30% of fission events.

  10. Neutrons flux distribution in a 252Cf irradiation cell for neutron activation analysis

    A 100 microgram Californium-252 (252Cf) neutron source was embedded in a pure paraffin moderator surrounded by neutron and gamma ray shields to be used as an irradiation cell facility for NAA experiments. The cell is provided with a direct horizontal channel and a Vertical Tangential Irradiation Channel (VTIC) that are parallel to the source axis. The cadmium difference method was used in determining the thermal and epithermal neutron flux distributions along the axis of the (VTIC). For this purpose, 10 pairs of bare and cadmium covered pure gold foils were irradiated at the same positions along the axis of the (VTIC) in two separate runs. The absolute efficiency of the HPGe detector at the gamma ray energy 411.8 keV of 198 Au, was found to be 0.0318 ± 0.0025.The obtained distributions of thermal and epithermal neutron fluxes were tabulated and graphically presented. An evidence for contributions from 252Cf fission by epithermal neutrons was noticed. As an application on this facility the concentration of gold in an ore sample from gold - bearing ivory vein of wady Allaqui (at south west of eastern desert) was determined. It was found to be 612 ± 6 ppm

  11. Feasibility of subcriticality and NDA measurements for spent fuel by frequency analysis techniques with 252Cf

    The 252Cf-source-driven frequency analysis method can be used for measuring the subcritical neutron multiplication factor of arrays of LWR fuel and as little as a single PWR fuel assembly. These measurements can be used to verify the criticality safety margins of spent LWR fuel configurations and thus could be a means of obtaining the information to justify burnup credit for spent LWR transportation/storage casks. In addition, the data can be used to validate calculational methods for criticality safety. These measurements provide parameters that have a higher sensitivity to changes in fissile mass than neutron multiplication factor and thus serve as a better test of calculational methods. The analysis have also shown that measurement of the cross power spectral density (CPSD) between detectors on one side of a single fuel assembly and an internal or external 252Cf source driving the fission chain multiplication process can be used for nondestructive assay of fissile mass along the length of the assembly. This CPSD is a smooth function of fissile mass and does not depend on the varying inherent source in the fuel assembly and thus is ideal for fissile mass assay

  12. Neutron dose rate for {sup 252} Cf AT source in medical applications

    Paredes, L.; Balcazar, M. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Azorin, J. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Francois, J.L. [FI-UNAM, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    The AAPM TG-43 modified protocol was used for the calculation of the neutron dose rate of {sup 252}Cf sources for two tissue substitute materials, five normal tissues and six tumours. The {sup 252}Cf AT source model was simulated using the Monte Carlo MCNPX code in spherical geometry for the following factors: a) neutron air kerma strength conversion factor, b) dose rate constant, c) radial dose function, d) geometry factor, e) anisotropy function and f) neutron dose rate. The calculated dose rate in water at 1 cm and 90 degrees from the source long axis, using the Watt fission spectrum, was D{sub n}(r{sub 0}, {theta}{sub 0})= 1.9160 cGy/h-{mu}g. When this value is compared with Rivard et al. calculation using MCNP4B code, 1.8730 cGy/h-{mu}g, a difference of 2.30% is obtained. The results for the reference neutron dose rate in other media show how small variations in the elemental composition between the tissues and malignant tumours, produce variations in the neutron dose rate up to 12.25%. (Author)

  13. GEANT4 and PHITS simulations of the shielding of neutrons from $^{252}$Cf source

    Shin, Jae Won

    2014-01-01

    Neutron shielding simulations by using GEANT4 and PHITS code are performed. As a neutron source, $^{252}$Cf is considered and the energy distribution of the neutrons emitted from $^{252}$Cf is assumed the Watt fission spectrum. The neutron dose equivalent rates with and without the shield are estimated for shielding materials such as graphite, iron, polyethylene, NS-4-FR and KRAFTON-HB. For the neutron shielding simulations by using GEANT4, high precision (G4HP) model with G4NDL 4.2 based on ENDF-VII data are used. And for PHITS simulations, JENDL-4.0 library are used for the same purpose. It is found that differences between the shielding calculations by using GEANT4 with G4NDL 4.2 and PHITS with JENDL-4.0 library are not significant for all cases considered in this work. We investigate the accuracy of the neutron dose equivalent rates obtained from GEANT4 and PHITS by comparing our simulation results with experimental data and other values calculated earlier. Calculated neutron dose equivalent rates agree w...

  14. How spontaneous fission was discovered

    The 70th anniversary of the discovery of spontaneous fission by the young Russian physicists Konstantin A. Petrzhak and Georgii N. Flerov is commemorated. The situation in the 1940s is described and the activities of the 2 scientists, including their involvement in the development of the A-bomb, is outlined. (P.A.)

  15. Spontaneous fission of superheavy nuclei

    R A Gherghescu; D N Poenaru

    2015-09-01

    The macroscopic–microscopic method is extended to calculate the deformation energy and penetrability for binary nuclear configurations typical for fission processes. The deformed two-centre shell model is used to obtain single-particle energy levels for the transition region of two partially overlapped daughter and emitted fragment nuclei. The macroscopic part is obtained using the Yukawa-plus-exponential potential. The microscopic shell and pairing corrections are obtained using the Strutinsky and BCS approaches and the cranking formulae yield the inertia tensor. Finally, the WKB method is used to calculate penetrabilities and spontaneous fission half-lives. Calculations are performed for the decay of 282,292120 nuclei.

  16. Contribution to the prompt fission neutron spectrum modeling. Uncertainty propagation on a vessel fluence calculation

    Berge, Léonie

    2015-01-01

    The prompt fission neutron spectrum (PFNS) is very important for various nuclear physics applications. Yet, except for the 252Cf spontaneous fission spectrum which is an international standard and is used for metrology purposes, the PFNS is still poorly known for most of the fissionning nuclides. In particular, few measurements exist for the fast fission spectrum (induced by a neutron whose energy exceeds about 100 keV), and the international evaluations show strong discrepancies. There are a...

  17. A 252Cf based nondestructive assay system for fissile material

    A modulated 252Cf source assay system 'Shuffler' based on fast-or-thermal-neutron interrogation combined with delayed-neutron counting has been developed for the assay of fissile material. The 252Cf neutron source is repetitively transferred from the interrogation position to a shielded position while the delayed neutrons are counted in a high efficiency 3He neutron well-counter. For samples containing plutonium, this well-counter is also used in the passive coincidence mode to assay the effective 240Pu content. The design of an optimized neutron tailoring assembly for fast-neutron interrogation using a Monte Carlo Neutron Computer Code is described. The Shuffler system has been applied to the assay of fuel pellets, inventory samples, irradiated fuel and plutonium mixed-oxide fuel. The system can assay samples with fissile contents from a few milligrams up to several kilograms using thermal-neutron interrogation for the low mass samples and fast-neutron interrogation for the high mass samples. Samples containing 235U-238U, or 233U-Th, or UO2-PuO2 fuel mixtures have been assayed with the Shuffler system. (Auth.)

  18. TYPE A PACKAGE LIMITS OF SPONTANEOUS FISSION RADIONUCLIDES

    The maxima value of the depth dose coefficient for fission neutrons in ICRP Publication 21 was a reasonable estimator of the effective dose coefficient recently tabulated in ICRP Publication 74. Thus the inflation of the coefficient in the 1996 Q-System analysis (IAEA 2000b) for the purpose of being consistent with respect to ICRP guidance on the neutron weighting factor was unnecessary from the standpoint of the effective dose. The consequence resulted in an unnecessarily restrictive value of A1 for 248Cm, 252Cf, and 254Cf. The calculations presented here support a relaxation of the A1 limits for these radionuclides

  19. Prompt Fission Gamma-ray Studies at DANCE

    Jandel, M.; Rusev, G.; Bond, E. M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Chadwick, M. B.; Couture, A.; Fowler, M. M.; Haight, R. C.; Kawano, T.; Keksis, A. L.; Mosby, S. M.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Rundberg, R. S.; Stetcu, I.; Talou, P.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Stoyer, M. A.; Haslett, R. J.; Henderson, R. A.; Becker, J. A.; Wu, C. Y.

    Measurements of correlated data on prompt-fission γ-rays (PFG) have been carried out for various actinide isotopes in recent years using the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). We have developed a model that conveniently parametrizes the correlated data of γ-ray multiplicity and energy. New results on two- dimensional prompt-fission γ-ray multiplicity versus energy distributions from spontaneous fission on 252Cf and neutron-induced fission on 242mAm are presented together with previously obtained results on 233,235U and 239Pu. Correlated PFG data from 252Cf are also compared to results of the detailed theoretical model developed at LANL, for different thresholds of PFG energies. Future plans to measure correlated data on fission fragments, prompt fission neutrons and γ-rays at DANCE are presented.

  20. Brachytherapy of carcinoma of vulva with 252Cf

    Thirty patients with carcinoma of vulva were treated with interstitial neutron radiotherapy with 252Cf. Age of patients was from 32 to 83 years. Stage I was in I patient, stage II - in 12, stage III was in 10 patients. The diagnosis of vulvar cancer was made for the first time in 11 cases, 19 patients had recurrences after the initial treatment. Most of these patients also received external irradiation for cancer of vulva and bilateral inguinal sites with a single fraction dose of 2 Gy to a total dose 30-50 Gy. Enlarged inguinal lymph nodes were irradiated additionally to 60 Gy with reduced field of irradiation. When radiotherapy was used repeatedly interstitial brachytherapy comprised the major part of irradiation dose or the therapy was used alone delivering 35-55 iGy. We used 252Cf sources with increased activity at the ends 20-30 mm long. A number of inserted sources varied from 2 to 10, irradiation dose rate from 20.3 to 236.7 cGy/h, time of irradiation from 10.2 to 12. hours, RBE from 4.6 to 6.33. Special template device made it possible to implant sources in strictly pre-set geometry. Analysis of survival of patients showed that 2 years survival was 66%, 3 years - 60%, and 5 years survival was 49%. In two cases necrotic epithelitis developed with following radiation ulcer which were cured in 3-4 months. Clinical data showed great effectiveness of interstitial neutron therapy having in mind that 19 patients were treated for recurrences of vulvar cancer after previuos treatment

  1. Absolute calibration technique for spontaneous fission sources

    An absolute calibration technique for a spontaneously fissioning nuclide (which involves no arbitrary parameters) allows unique determination of the detector efficiency for that nuclide, hence of the fission source strength

  2. On the possibilities and accuracy of fission fragment characteristics measuring by the method of semiconductor gamma spectrometry

    A method for determining the semiconductor detector absolute efficiency, based on the application radioactive nuclide γ radiation in the decay chains of spontaneous fissionable 252Cf fragments is proposed. Proceeding from the values of half-lives of the nuclides used and choosing the irradiation regimes according to gamma spectrum measurement data, the absolute efficiency is calculated. 8 refs.; 1 fig.; 1 tab

  3. Standard test method for nondestructive assay of nuclear material in scrap and waste by passive-Active neutron counting using 252Cf shuffler

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2008-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the nondestructive assay of scrap and waste items for U, Pu, or both, using a 252Cf shuffler. Shuffler measurements have been applied to a variety of matrix materials in containers of up to several 100 L. Corrections are made for the effects of matrix material. Applications of this test method include measurements for safeguards, accountability, TRU, and U waste segregation, disposal, and process control purposes (1, 2, 3). 1.1.1 This test method uses passive neutron coincidence counting (4) to measure the 240Pu-effective mass. It has been used to assay items with total Pu contents between 0.03 g and 1000 g. It could be used to measure other spontaneously fissioning isotopes such as Cm and Cf. It specifically describes the approach used with shift register electronics; however, it can be adapted to other electronics. 1.1.2 This test method uses neutron irradiation with a moveable Cf source and counting of the delayed neutrons from the induced fissions to measure the 235U equiva...

  4. Replacing a 252Cf source with a neutron generator in a shuffler - a conceptual design performed with MCNPX

    Schear, Melissa A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Tobin, Stephen J [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The {sup 252}Cf shuffler has been widely used in nuclear safeguards and radioactive waste management to assay fissile isotopes, such as {sup 235}U or {sup 239}Pu, present in a variety of samples, ranging from small cans of uranium waste to metal samples weighing several kilograms. Like other non-destructive assay instruments, the shuffler uses an interrogating neutron source to induce fissions in the sample. Although shufflers with {sup 252}Cf sources have been reliably used for several decades, replacing this isotopic source with a neutron generator presents some distinct advantages. Neutron generators can be run in a continuous or pulsed mode, and may be turned off, eliminating the need for shielding and a shuffling mechanism in the shuffler. There is also essentially no dose to personnel during installation, and no reliance on the availability of {sup 252}Cf. Despite these advantages, the more energetic neutrons emitted from the neutron generator (141 MeV for D-T generators) present some challenges for certain material types. For example when the enrichment of a uranium sample is unknown, the fission of {sup 238}U is generally undesirable. Since measuring uranium is one of the main uses of a shuffler, reducing the delayed neutron contribution from {sup 238}U is desirable. Hence, the shuffler hardware must be modified to accommodate a moderator configuration near the source to tailor the interrogating spectrum in a manner which promotes sub-threshold fissions (below 1 MeV) but avoids the over-moderation of the interrogating neutrons so as to avoid self-shielding. In this study, where there are many material and geometry combinations, the Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended (MCNPX) transport code was used to model, design, and optimize the moderator configuration within the shuffler geometry. The code is then used to evaluate and compare the assay performances of both the modified shuffler and the current {sup 252}Cf shuffler designs for different test samples. The

  5. Investigation of the characteristics of {sup 252}Cf-detectors

    Karlsson, Erik

    2004-12-01

    In the first chapter the characteristic behaviors of two Cf detectors have been investigated by performing pilot measurements. The detector with the stronger source gives an unstable signal with a low signal/noise ratio. Therefore this detector has not been further investigated. The ionization chamber reacts on both fission products and alpha decay. An energy experiment showed that there were large difficulties to separate those decays. A plastic scintillator, which reacts on both photons and neutrons, was used for neutron detection. Energy spectrums were performed and the result showed that it is difficult to set an energy threshold to separate the neutrons and the photons. The discrimination will rather be achieved by time of flight methods which is discussed under the second chapter in this thesis; Experimental results. An other experiment was done in order to investigate whether it is possible to detect any delayed components from the spontaneous fission of Cf. The result showed that delayed components existed. Either they are delayed neutrons from exited fission products, or it is some delay related to the charge collection in the Cf detector. Correlation measurements showed that few events are coincident. Only 50% of the signals from the plastic scintillator are correlated with the Cf source.

  6. Investigation of the characteristics of 252Cf-detectors

    In the first chapter the characteristic behaviors of two Cf detectors have been investigated by performing pilot measurements. The detector with the stronger source gives an unstable signal with a low signal/noise ratio. Therefore this detector has not been further investigated. The ionization chamber reacts on both fission products and alpha decay. An energy experiment showed that there were large difficulties to separate those decays. A plastic scintillator, which reacts on both photons and neutrons, was used for neutron detection. Energy spectrums were performed and the result showed that it is difficult to set an energy threshold to separate the neutrons and the photons. The discrimination will rather be achieved by time of flight methods which is discussed under the second chapter in this thesis; Experimental results. An other experiment was done in order to investigate whether it is possible to detect any delayed components from the spontaneous fission of Cf. The result showed that delayed components existed. Either they are delayed neutrons from exited fission products, or it is some delay related to the charge collection in the Cf detector. Correlation measurements showed that few events are coincident. Only 50% of the signals from the plastic scintillator are correlated with the Cf source

  7. Spontaneous fission properties and lifetime systematics

    Half-lives for spontaneous fission of nuclides with even and odd numbers of particles are compared with recent theoretical calculations. A summary of odd particle hindrance factors is given. The most recent measurements of kinetic-energy and mass distributions and neutron emission for spontaneous fission of the heaviest nuclides are summarized and discussed. 51 refs., 9 figs

  8. Neutron and photon dosimetry at an installed high emission 252Cf source

    The irradiation hazard was studied in work with the 252Cf fission spectrum neutron source (with a total amount of 1 mg) with a total neutron emission of 2.3x109 s-1. Gamma radiation and neutrons were measured using film dosemeters and track detectors in association with fissionable material (U enriched to 6.5% of 235U and an alloy of Th + 0.5% of natural U). Radiation doses and dose equivalents were assessed by methods developed at the UVVVR Personnel Dosimetry Laboratory. Relations were determined of fast and slow neutrons, this with shielding the staircase with moulded NEUTROSTOP 3B bricks and with the staircase unshielded. It was found that in the control room the dose equivalent did not exceed 1.5x105 Sv.h-1, i.e., 1.5 mrem/h. With the staircase shielded the dose equivalent decreased by about 1/3. Delayed neutron fluence only increased near the shielding; their low biological efficiency, however, does not affect the total dose and dose equivalent values. Also studied were changes in spectra and the respective spectral part proportions. It was found that the slow neutron contribution increased with distance and the presence of a moderating medium up to the equilibrium state when only an even decrease started of the dosimetric values of all spectral components. (B.S.)

  9. Development of high-activity 252Cf sources for neutron brachytherapy

    The Gershenson Radiation Oncology Center of Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit, Michigan, is using 252Cf medical sources for neutron brachytherapy. These sources are based on a 20-year-old design containing ≤ 30 microg 252Cf in the form of a cermet wire of Cf2O3 in a palladium matrix. The Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been asked to develop tiny high-activity 252Cf neutron sources for use with remote afterloading equipment to reduce treatment times and dose to clinical personnel and to expedite treatment of brain and other tumors. To date, the REDC has demonstrated that 252Cf loadings can be greatly increased in cermet wires much smaller than before. Equipment designed for hot cell fabrication of these wires is being tested. A parallel program is under way to relicense the existing source design for fabrication at the REDC

  10. 252Cf-source-correlated transmission measurements for uranyl fluoride deposit in a 24-in-OD process pipe

    Characterization of a hydrated uranyl fluoride (UO2F2·nH2O) deposit in a 17 ft long, 24 in OD process pipe at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant was successfully performed using 252Cf-source-correlated time-of-flight (TOF) transmission measurements. These measurements of neutrons and gamma rays through the pipe from an external 252Cf fission source were used to measure the deposit profile and its distribution along the pipe, the hydration (or H/U), and the total uranium mass. The measurements were performed with a source in an ionization chamber on one side of the pipe and detectors on the other. Scanning the pipe vertically and horizontally produced a spatial and time-dependent radiograph of the deposit in which transmitted gamma rays and neutrons were separated in time. The cross-correlation function between the source and the detector was measured with the Nuclear Weapons Identification System. After correcting for pipe effects, the deposit thickness was determined from the transmitted neutrons and H/U from the gamma rays. Results were consistent with a later intrusive observation of the shape and the color of the deposit; i.e., the deposit was annular and was on the top of the pipe at some locations, demonstrating the usefulness of this method for deposit characterization

  11. 252Cf-source-correlated transmission measurements for uranyl fluoride deposit in a 24-in-OD process pipe

    Uckan, T.; Wyatt, M. S.; Mihalczo, J. T.; Valentine, T. E.; Mullens, J. A.; Hannon, T. F.

    1999-02-01

    Characterization of a hydrated uranyl fluoride (UO 2F 2· nH 2O) deposit in a 17 ft long, 24 in OD process pipe at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant was successfully performed using 252Cf-source-correlated time-of-flight (TOF) transmission measurements. These measurements of neutrons and gamma rays through the pipe from an external 252Cf fission source were used to measure the deposit profile and its distribution along the pipe, the hydration (or H/U), and the total uranium mass. The measurements were performed with a source in an ionization chamber on one side of the pipe and detectors on the other. Scanning the pipe vertically and horizontally produced a spatial and time-dependent radiograph of the deposit in which transmitted gamma rays and neutrons were separated in time. The cross-correlation function between the source and the detector was measured with the Nuclear Weapons Identification System. After correcting for pipe effects, the deposit thickness was determined from the transmitted neutrons and H/U from the gamma rays. Results were consistent with a later intrusive observation of the shape and the color of the deposit; i.e., the deposit was annular and was on the top of the pipe at some locations, demonstrating the usefulness of this method for deposit characterization.

  12. Comparison of {sup 235}U fission cross sections in JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-VI

    Kawano, Toshihiko [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan); Carlson, Allan D. [National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States); Matsunobu, Hiroyuki [Data Engineering, Inc., Fujisawa, Kanagawa (Japan); Nakagawa, Tsuneo; Shibata, Keiichi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Talou, Patrick; Young, Philip G.; Chadwick, Mark B. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2002-01-01

    Comparisons of evaluated fission cross sections for {sup 235}U in JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-VI are carried out. The comparisons are made for both the differential and integral data. The fission cross sections as well as the fission ratios are compared with the experimental data in detail. Spectrum averaged cross sections are calculated and compared with the measurements. The employed spectra are the {sup 235}U prompt fission neutron spectrum, the {sup 252}Cf spontaneous fission neutron spectrum, and the neutron spectrum produced by a {sup 9}Be(d, xn) reaction. For {sup 235}U prompt fission neutron spectrum, the ENDF/B-VI evaluation reproduces experimental averaged cross sections. For {sup 252}Cf and {sup 9}Be(d, xn) neutron spectra, the JENDL-3.3 evaluation gives better results than ENDF/B-VI. (author)

  13. Two-phase flow measurements with 252Cf: Design aspects and considerations

    For many years 252Cf has been used for measuring moisture content, particularly in the ground's soil, by detecting the amount of slowing down (thermalization) of the source's fission neutrons by the hydrogen nuclei in water. The same concept has been employed for measuring the phase volume fraction in two-phase flows. Although two-phase boiling water measurements are in principle similar to those relating to moisture content, they present different challenges. Unlike the extended, stable, and reasonably uniform medium of the ground, two-phase flow measurements are conducted for a limited amount of fluid enclosed within a duct with metallic or polymer walls, and the phenomenon evolves with time, often rapidly, as phase transformation occurs in a heterogeneous fashion. These aspects demand special attention to design details. Although the principle of using neutron slowing down to measure hydrogen content is basic and straightforward, its application in a confined and evolving medium such as two-phase flow can be challenging. This paper identifies some of these challenges and presents some approaches for dealing with them

  14. 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...

  15. Spontaneous fission of 256Rf, new data

    Svirikhin, A. I.; Yeremin, A. V.; Izosimov, I. N.; Isaev, A. V.; Kuznetsov, A. N.; Malyshev, O. N.; Popeko, A. G.; Popov, Yu. A.; Sokol, E. A.; Chelnokov, M. L.; Chepigin, V. I.; Andel, B.; Asfari, M. Z.; Gall, B.; Yoshihiro, N.; Kalaninova, Z.; Mullins, S.; Piot, J.; Stefanova, E.; Tonev, D.

    2016-07-01

    Spontaneous fission properties of the short-lived neutron-deficient 256Rf nucleus produced in the complete fusion reaction with a beam of multiply charged heavy 50Ti ions from the U-400 cyclotron (FLNR, JINR) are experimentally investigated. Its half-life and decay branching ratio are measured. The average number of neutrons per spontaneous fission of 256Rf (bar v = 4.47 ± 0.09) is determined for the first time.

  16. Observation of cold fission in 242Pu spontaneous fission

    Coincidence γ-ray data from the spontaneous fission of 242Pu were collected at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory high purity Ge (HPGe) array, GAMMASPHERE. Data from several cold-fission (0 neutron emission) isotopic pairs were observed and are presented. An interesting trend in the fractional population of cold-fission events was observed and is discussed. Relative yields of Zr-Xe, Sr-Ba, and Mo-Te pairs were measured. The Zr-Xe system has the most complete data set. Some speculations on the trend in the number of neutrons emitted as a function of the mass of the Xe isotope populated are presented. Comparisons between the yields from the spontaneous fission of 242Pu and the yields from thermal-neutron-induced fission of 241Pu are also presented. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Relative biological efficiency of powerful 252Cf mixed α-neutron radiation

    Comprehensive radiobiological studies of the relative biological and genetic efficacy (RBE and RGE) of powerful 252Cf radiation (the ANET-B unit) were conducted using research tools of various radiosensitivity (bacteria, Drosophila, Chinese hamster cells, murine thymocytes, human and murine bone marrow stem cells, human peripheral blood lymphocytes, Lewis lung carcinoma cells). It was shown in the tests of reproductive or interphase death and chromosome aberrations that the RBE and the RGE values of a sup(252)Cf new source varied within the same limits from 1.3 to 3.0 whereas in the tests of gene mutations the RGE of the source did not exceed the efficacy of 60Co γ-radiation and in some cases it was much lower. Thus the RBE of the new source in induced lethal and chromosome demages was 2-4 times lower than the efficacy of a low-activity sup(252)Cf source used now in radiotherapy

  20. Water-extended polyester neutron shield for a 252Cf neutron source

    A Monte Carlo study to determine the shielding features to neutrons of water-extended polyester was carried out. During calculations, 252Cf and shielding were modelled and the neutron spectra as well as the H*(10) were calculated in four sites. The calculation was extended to include a water shielding, the source in vacuum and in air. Besides neutron shielding characteristics, the Kerma in air due to gammas emitted by 252Cf and due to capture γ rays in the shielding were included. (authors)

  1. Response of CR-39 plastic track detector to 239Pu and 252Cf sources

    CR-39 plastic track detectors have been irradiated with 239Pu and 252Cf sources separately at nuclear physics laboratory B.H.U., Varanasi to investigate track recording properties of detector material. All detectors etched in 6.25N NaOH solution at different temperatures for different hours. The bulk and track etch rates are calculated for both detectors (irradiated by 239Pu and 252Cf sources separately). The diameter and sensitivity along the trajectory of the track have been determined at different temperatures. (author)

  2. Safety analysis of doubly encapsulated 252Cf medical sources, Model TALC-PC

    This document describes the doubly encapsulated 252Cf neutron sources prepared for use in remote afterloading cancer brachytherapy. These neutron sources are classed as special form radioactive material and as such must meet certain Regulations prescribed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This document describes the tests that have been performed and shows that this group of medical sources does meet the applicable DOT Regulations. The doubly encapsulated neutron sources are fabricated by the Savannah River Laboratory and are loaned by the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration under contract agreement to medical organizations for evaluation of 252Cf in the treatment of cancer

  3. Beam-Port Design of a Radiobiological Dosimetry Experiment for 10B-Enhanced 252Cf Brachytherapy

    It has been previously suggested that the incorporation of 10B-labeled drugs into tumor cells might significantly increase the dose to the peripheral tumor cells in 252Cf brachytherapy. The dose enhancement comes from the thermal neutron capture reactions of 10B(n, α)7Li. As a new cancer treatment modality, this so-called 10und B-und Enhanced 252und Cf und Brachyund therapy (BECBT) is currently being commercialized by Isotron. One of the challenges for implementing BECBT has been to determine the maximum tolerable dose (MTD) to the normal tissue surrounding a tumor. Because the relative biological effectiveness for the 10B(n, α)7Li reaction products is greater than that for fission neutrons, the MTD should decrease as 10B concentration increases for BECBT. To more precisely determine the MTD for BECBT, we intend to conduct both in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo (rat) experiments with a 50-mg 252Cf source. We will use cell survival fraction and normal brain necrosis as the biological end points for the cell-culture experiments and rat experiments, respectively. To carry out these experiments, the neutron field to which the samples are exposed must contain a significant portion of thermal neutrons. The rat experiments further require the use of a very small and well-collimated neutron beam to effectively irradiate the rat brain while minimizing the dose to its whole body. This paper discusses the design criteria for the experimental neutron beam port and the computational work leading to its optimal configuration

  4. Combination of HPLC and 252-Cf plasma desorption mass spectrometry for identifying composition of ginseng tinctures.

    Elkin, Y N; Makhankov, V V; Uvarova, N L; Bondarenko, P V; Zubarev, R A; Knysh, A N

    1993-03-01

    The 252-Cf plasma desorption mass spectrometry (252-Cf PDMS) determination or confirmation of the ginsenoside saponins has been proposed to investigate the composition of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) peaks of ginseng tinctures and galenic preparations. That ionization technique is well suitable for the analysis of natural mixtures of these saponins. The 252-Cf PD mass spectra of standard ginsenosides Rb1, Rb2, Rc, Re, Rg1, Rd, NG-R2, Z-R1 contain the peaks of two types of ions, namely, molecular adduct ions (MAI) and aglycone ions. By mass the latter may be referred to either protopanaxadiol or protopanaxatriol. The masses of MAI and aglycone ions are determined by the carbohydrate chains. The collected HPLC fractions of P ginseng tincture can be tested for content of ginsenosides. After studying two MAI peaks from the 252-Cf PD mass spectra of the basic ginsenosides, an example of distinction between two galenic preparations from different Panax has been shown. PMID:8352021

  5. Is the Double Giant Dipole Resonance Process Responsible for Alpha Emission in Ternary Fission?

    HAN Hong-Yin(韩洪银); WAND Yi-Hua(王屹华); G.Mouze

    2001-01-01

    The Monte Carlo program built on the double giant dipole resonance model proposed by Mouze et al. [Nuovo Cimento A 110(1997)1097] was employed to calculate the energy spectrum of alpha particles emitted in the spontaneous ternary fission of 252Cf. It has been found that in the case of the zero orbital angular momentum of alpha particles in the alpha decay of the fragments, the measured alpha spectrum can be reproduced approximately by the model without any adjustable parameter.

  6. 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

  7. Shielding of radiation fields generated by 252Cf in a concrete maze. Part 1: Experiment

    A concrete room with a single-legged maze was constructed in order to simulate a medical accelerator room. Gamma and neutron measurements were performed along the maze with (a) a 252Cf source and (b) a tungsten-moderated 252Cf source placed inside the room. The measurements were repeated after placing an inner borated polyethylene door of varying thickness (2.54--10.16 cm) at 2 different locations. Measurements were also performed after lining the inside of the maze with different neutron moderating materials. The following results are reported: (1) the variation and contributions of individual components of the radiation fields as a function of distance along the maze, (2) the attenuation of neutron dose equivalent and reduction of capture gamma rays as a function of borated polyethylene (BPE) inner door thickness and location of the inner door; and (3) the effect of lining the maze corner with different neutron moderating materials

  8. Effects of 252Cf neutrons, transmitted through an iron block on human lymphocyte chromosome

    Chromosome aberration of human peripheral blood lymphocytes exposed to californium-252 (252Cf) neutrons transmitted through a 15 cm thick iron block was analysed. The spectrum of the filtered neutrons ranged from 0.1 to 2MeV with a peak at 0.7 MeV, simulating the Hiroshima atomic bomb neutron spectrum as shown in the Dosimetry System 1986 (DS86). Chromosome aberration frequencies after exposure to filtered and unfiltered 252Cf radiation were compared. Acentric ring chromosomes were significantly increased (p 0.1). The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of the neutrons with respect to the formation of dicentrics and centric rings was 10.9 and 12.3 in the filtered and unfiltered conditions respectively, but the difference was not statistically significant. These results provide useful information for the re-evaluation of the biological effect of the Hiroshima atomic bomb radiations. (Author)

  9. Frequency spectrum analysis of 252Cf neutron source based on LabVIEW

    The frequency spectrum analysis of 252Cf Neutron source is an extremely important method in nuclear stochastic signal processing. Focused on the special '0' and '1' structure of neutron pulse series, this paper proposes a fast-correlation algorithm to improve the computational rate of the spectrum analysis system. And the multi-core processor technology is employed as well as multi-threaded programming techniques of LabVIEW to construct frequency spectrum analysis system of 252Cf neutron source based on LabVIEW. It not only obtains the auto-correlation and cross correlation results, but also auto-power spectrum,cross-power spectrum and ratio of spectral density. The results show that: analysis tools based on LabVIEW improve the fast auto-correlation and cross correlation code operating efficiency about by 25% to 35%, also verify the feasibility of using LabVIEW for spectrum analysis. (authors)

  10. Test and evaluation results of the 252Cf shuffler at the Savannah River Plant

    The 252Cf Shuffler, a nondestructive assay instrument employing californium neutron source irradiation and delayed-neutron counting, was developed for measuring 235U content of scrap and waste items generated at the Savannah River Plant (SRP) reactor fuel fabrication facility. The scrap and waste items include high-purity uranium-aluminum alloy ingots as well as pieces of castings, saw and lathe chips from machining operations, low-purity items such as oxides of uranium or uranium intermixed with flux materials found in recovery operations, and materials not recoverable at SRP such as floor sweepings or residues from the uranium scrap recovery operation. The uranium contains about 60% 235U with the remaining isotopes being 236U, 238U, and 234U in descending order. The test and evaluation at SRP concluded that the accuracy, safety, reliability, and ease of use made the 252Cf Shuffler a suitable instrument for routine use in an industrial, production-oriented plant

  11. A new approach to prompt fission neutron TOF data treatment

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

    The prompt neutron emission in spontaneous fission of 252Cf has been investigated applying digital signal electronics along with associated digital signal processing algorithms. A new mathematical approach, applicable to single events, was developed for prompt fission neutron (PFN) time-offlight distribution unfolding. The main goal was to understand the reasons of the long existing discrepancy between theoretical calculations and the measurements of prompt fission neutron (PFN) emission dependence on the total kinetic energy (TKE) of the fission fragments (FF). Since the 252Cf (sf) reaction is one of the main references for nuclear data the understanding of the PFN emission mechanism is very important both for nuclear fission theory and nuclear data. The experimental data were taken with a twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber and a NE213-equivalent neutron detector in an experimental setup similar to the well known work of C. Budtz-Jorgensen and H.-H. Knitter. About 2.5 × 105 coincidences between fission fragment (FF) and neutron detector response to prompt fission neutron detection have been registered (∼ 1.6 × 107 of total recorded fission events). Fission fragment kinetic energy, mass and angular distribution, neutron time-of-flight and pulse shape have been investigated using a 12-bit waveform digitizer. The signal waveforms have been analyzed using digital signal processing algorithms. The main goal of this work was a detailed description of the prompt fission neutron treatment.

  12. Neutron radiography research using 252Cf at General Dynamics' Convair Aerospace Division

    Neutron radiography research using 10 milligrams of 252Cf consisting of 4 sources in a water-moderated tank facility is described. Conventional direct-exposure techniques were employed with thermal neutrons from a 6-in. dia beam port. Typical examples with components representative of aerospace products are presented. Neutron radiography is compared with x-ray radiography for the cited examples, which include pyrotechnics and polyurethane insulation. (U.S.)

  13. 252Cf-based borehole logging system for in-situ assaying of uranium ore

    A 252Cf based borehole logging system for in-situ assaying of uranium ore has been designed and constructed, and preliminary tests of system operation have been performed. The system employs a delayed neutron activation analysis (DNAA) technique for which the downhole feasibility was demonstrated by Kerr--McGee. DNAA measures uranium directly, thereby circumventing the disequilibrium problems which are inherent to natural gamma ray logging. An improved DNAA technique has been implemented which utilizes a smaller 252Cf source and is more sensitive than the Kerr--McGee system. In particular, the size of the 252Cf source has been reduced by more than a factor of 10 with respect to the source employed by Kerr--McGee. Shielding for the 252Cf source has been designed for ease of operation while meeting occupational radiological safety requirements. The present system is vehicle mounted and includes the downhole sonde, logging winch with 1,000 meters of 4HO cable, data handling electronics, data recording and display equipment, and source shielding. The design of the system includes the following features: logging speeds from stationary to 8 meters/min with the capacity for determining 0.01% U3O8 concentration at 1.5 meters/min; uranium concentration readout independent of source intensity; auxiliary neutron measurement for accurate correlation of DNAA signal to actual U3O8 present; natural gamma ray detector for gauging disequilibrium; and short normal resistivity for lithology. The present system is a fully operational prototype. An extensive field calibration and evaluation program will begin shortly to uncover design problems and to allow simplification of the system for production logging. Commercially available units will reflect the operational experience gained from the testing program

  14. Experiment research on single event burnout of power MOSFET devices with 252Cf source

    The method in simulation of radiation effect test by 252Cf source was introduced, and the single event burnout experiment was carried out. The research result indicates that power MOSFET devices should be operated at the lowest voltage range un- der the radiation environment in the space, and adding a resister to confine the current in the circuit is an effective reinforce to avoid single event burnout. (authors)

  15. Test of the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer Response Matrix in the 252Cf Neutron Field

    Full text: Since its development in 1960, a Bonner sphere spectrometer (BSS) has been the only instrument, which enables the spectral neutron fluence to be measured in a wide range of energies from thermal up to 20 MeV. Its resolution is poor but sufficient for dosimetric specification of neutron fields at workplaces. Experimentally determined BSS count rates depends mainly on the accuracy of the response matrix characterising certain type of BSS. At presemt the BSS response matrices are calculate by neutron transport Monte Carlo codes which allow detailed description of the BSS setup. The best verification of calculated response matrix is a calibration of the BSS in fields of monoenergetic neutrons. As so as these fields are not simply achievable a simple method how to test quality of BSS response matrix in the neutron field of 252Cf source is described. Applying distance variation method we get count rates of the BSS in the 252Cf field from which contributions of scattered neutrons and influence of finite detector and source dimensions were removed. These count rates are compared with the integrals of pure 252Cf spectrum and responses for individual spheres of the BSS. Disagreement indicates for which sphere the response is not properly determined. (author)

  16. Spontaneous fission of superheavy nucleus $^{286}$Fl

    Poenaru, Dorin N

    2016-01-01

    The decimal logarithm of spontaneous fission half-life of the superheavy nucleus $^{286}$Fl experimentally determined is $\\log_{10} T_f^{exp} (s) = -0.632$. We present a method to calculate the half-life based on the cranking inertia and the deformation energy, functions of two independent surface coordinates, using the best asymmetric two center shell model. In the first stage we study the statics. At a given mass asymmetry up to about $\\eta=0.5$ the potential barrier has a two hump shape, but for larger $\\eta$ it has only one hump. The touching point deformation energy versus mass asymmetry shows the three minima, produced by shell effects, corresponding to three decay modes: spontaneous fission, cluster decay and $\\alpha$~decay. The least action trajectory is determined in the plane $(R,\\eta)$ where $R$ is the separation distance of the fission fragments and $\\eta$ is the mass asymmetry. We may find a sequence of several trajectories one of which gives the least action. The parametrization with two deforma...

  17. Separation of 248Cm (III) from 252Cf (III) and its use in time resolved fluorescence spectroscopic (TRFS) studies

    The present report gives a description of the methodology for the separation of 248Cm(III) from decayed 252Cf (III) waste solution. The waste solution was first assayed for 252Cf content by neutron counting using a neutron well coincidence counter. The sample was subjected to the chemical separation of 248Cm (III) from 252Cf (III) following anion and cation exchange chromatography. The alpha spectrum of the separated curium fraction showed peaks due to 246Cm and 248Cm while the corresponding alpha spectrum of californium fraction showed 249,250,251,252Cf. The gamma ray abundances of 249Cf were determined with respect to its gamma rays of 387 keV and the data agreed well with that in literature. Separated Cm(III) was further characterized by recording its time resolved fluorescence spectrum (TRFS) in aqueous medium. (author)

  18. Calculations of the cross sections for synthesis of new {293-296}118 isotopes in {249-252}Cf(48Ca,xn) reactions

    Cap, T; Kowal, M; Wilczynski, J

    2013-01-01

    A project of using a target consisting of the mixture of (249-252)Cf isotopes to be bombarded with the 48Ca beam, aimed to synthesize new isotopes of the heaviest known element Z = 118, is under way at the FLNR in Dubna. In the present work excitation functions for all the reactions: 249Cf(48Ca,xn)(297-x)118, 250Cf(48Ca,xn)(298-x)118, 251Cf(48Ca,xn)(299-x)118 and 252Cf(48Ca,xn)(300-x)118 have been calculated in the framework of the fusion-by-diffusion model, assuming fission barriers, ground-state masses and shell effects of the superheavy nuclei predicted by Kowal et al. Energy dependence of the effective cross sections for the synthesis of selected new isotopes: (293)118, (294)118, (295)118 and (296)118 is predicted for the particular isotopic composition of the Cf target prepared for the Dubna experiment.

  19. Preliminary study on biological effects of pea seeds (Pisum sativum L.) induced by 252Cf neutron source

    Background: The doses and biological effects of irradiated plants have been studied and reported widely. In the research, Co-60 gamma-ray source was more often used than the neutron source. However, fast neutron source is promising in such irradiation studies as it has many advantages, such as strong biological effect, high mutation rate, wide variation spectrum and stable mutant. Purpose: We aim to explore the method of dose calculation in pea samples. The biological effects of pea seeds (Pisum sativum L.) induced by different radioactive doses are to be investigated. Methods: The Needle Leaf Pea seeds were irradiated using 252Cf fission neutron source. The Monte Carlo simulation MCNP4C code was used to calculate the neutron absorbed doses and γ-rays (photons) absorbed doses in the samples. The biological effects of pea seeds induced by different radioactive doses were investigated. Results: The results showed that the flowering time of Ml generation peas was delayed with lower neutron absorbed doses (0.239-4.330 Gy), and the germination rate was promoted with micro-absorbed doses. The seedling branch rate of Ml generation peas was elevated by neutron radiation. The harvest of Ml generation was increased with appropriate neutron doses (0.619 Gy) irradiating peas. Conclusion: After being irradiated by low neutron doses (0.239-4.330 Gy), M1 generation peas show obvious biological effects. The research results have positive significance for the agricultural production and breeding. (authors)

  20. 252Cf-source-correlated transmission measurements for uranyl fluoride deposit in a 24-in.-OD process pipe

    Characterization of a hydrated uranyl fluoride (UO2F2·nH2O) deposit in a 17-ft-long, 24-in.-OD process pipe at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant was successfully performed by using 252Cf-source-correlated time-of-flight (TOF) transmission measurements. These measurements of neutrons and gamma rays through the pipe from an external 2521Cf fission source were used to measure the deposit profile and its distribution along the pipe, the hydration (or H/U), and the total uranium mass. The measurements were performed with a source in an ionization chamber on one side of the pipe and detectors on the other. Scanning the pipe vertically and horizontally produced a spatial and time-dependent radiograph of the deposit in which transmitted gamma rays and neutrons were separated in time. The cross-correlation function between the source and the detector was measured with the Nuclear Weapons Identification System. After correcting for pipe effects, the deposit thickness was determined from the transmitted neutrons and H/U from the gamma rays. Results were consistent with a later intrusive observation of the shape and the color of the deposit; i.e., the deposit was annular and was on the top of the pipe at some locations, demonstrating the usefulness of this method for deposit characterization

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. Fission Research at IRMM

    Al-Adili A.; Fabry I.; Borcea R.; Zeynalov S.; Kornilov N.; Hambsch F.-J.; Oberstedt S.

    2010-01-01

    Fission Research at JRC-IRMM has a longstanding tradition. The present paper is discussing recent investigations of fission fragment properties of 238 U(n,f), 234 U(n,f), prompt neutron emission in fission of 252 Cf(SF) as well as the prompt fission neutron spectrum of 235 U(n,f) and is presenting the most important results.

  4. Dosimetric analysis of BNCT - Boron Neutron Capture Therapy - coupled to 252Cf brachytherapy

    The incidence of brain tumors is increasing in world population; however, the treatments employed in this type of tumor have a high rate of failure and in some cases have been considered palliative, depending on histology and staging of tumor. Its necessary to achieve the control tumor dose without the spread irradiation cause damage in the brain, affecting patient neurological function. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a technique that achieves this; nevertheless, other techniques that can be used on the brain tumor control must be developed, in order to guarantee lower dose on health surroundings tissues other techniques must be developing. The 252Cf brachytherapy applied to brain tumors has already been suggested, showing promising results in comparison to photon source, since the active source is placed into the tumor, providing greater dose deposition, while more distant regions are spared. BNCT - Boron Neutron Capture Therapy - is another technique that is in developing to brain tumors control, showing theoretical superiority on the rules of conventional treatments, due to a selective irradiation of neoplasics cells, after the patient receives a borate compound infusion and be subjected to a epithermal neutrons beam. This work presents dosimetric studies of the coupling techniques: BNCT with 252Cf brachytherapy, conducted through computer simulation in MCNP5 code, using a precise and well discretized voxel model of human head, which was incorporated a representative Glioblastoma Multiform tumor. The dosimetric results from MCNP5 code were exported to SISCODES program, which generated isodose curves representing absorbed dose rate in the brain. Isodose curves, neutron fluency, and dose components from BNCT and 252Cf brachytherapy are presented in this paper. (author)

  5. Spontaneous fission half-lives and their systematics

    Spontaneous fission is a phenomenon exhibited by heavy nuclei, which can be a major mode of decay of nuclei of elements heavier than thorium and can be a determining factor in their stability. For purposes of this paper, spontaneous fission will be considered a process in which a nucleus breaks up into two approximately equal parts. The emission of light nuclei or heavy ions such as 12C, 16O, or 32S will not be considered. This radioactive decay mode is often much smaller than the spontaneous fission decay mode, although this is not true in all cases. Barwick noted that this might indicate that the assumed half-life for spontaneous fission of some older experiments might be partially due to heavy fragment radioactivity. Other than taking note of this potential correction to spontaneous fission half-lives, this decay mode of heavy fragment radioactivity will be ignored. Excited states of some heavy nuclei may decay via spontaneous fission. These so-called fission isomers will not be discussed here. Electron capture (EC) or beta-delayed fission is a process in which prompt fission of a sufficiently excited daughter state occurs following population by EC or beta decay. The fission activity will appear to decay with the half-life of the parent and was earlier confused in some cases with SF. This process has been discussed in detail in a review and will not be considered in this paper

  6. Analysis of molasses samples from various sugar industries in Maharashtra using 252Cf neutron source

    The molasses samples from various sugar industries in Maharashtra State have been analysed for their physico-chemical characteristics as well as elemental contents. The elements sodium, potassium, chlorine and manganese were determined using 252Cf neutron source by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Other parameters such as ash, moisture, total dissolved solids, pH as well as element Ca were estimated by usual conventional chemical methods. The percentage of various parameters varies from industry to industry and the concentration of elements is found in the order K > Ca > Cl > Na> Mn. (author). 3 refs., 2 tabs

  7. A New Method of Prompt Fission Neutron Energy Spectrum Unfolding

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

    2010-11-01

    The prompt neutron emission in spontaneous fission of 252Cf has been investigated applying digital signal electronics along with associated digital signal processing algorithms. The goal was to find out the reasons of a long time existing discrepancy between theoretical calculations and the measurements of prompt fission neutron (PFN) emission dependence on the total kinetic energy (TKE) of fission fragments (FF). On the one hand the 252Cf (sf) reaction is one of the main references for nuclear data, on the other hand the understanding of PFN emission mechanism is very important for nuclear fission theory. Using a twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber for fission fragment (FF) detection and a NE213-equivalent neutron detector in total about 107 fission fragment-neutron coincidences have been registered. Fission fragment kinetic energy, mass and angular distribution, neutron time-of-flight and pulse shape have been investigated using a 12 bit waveform digitizer. The signal waveforms have been analyzed using digital signal processing algorithms. For the first time the dependence of the number of emitted neutrons as a function of total kinetic energy (TKE) of the fragments is in very good agreement with theoretical calculations in the range of TKE from 140-220 MeV.

  8. [Radiation safety during work on the ANET-V therapeutic apparatus with 252Cf sources].

    Chekhonadskiĭ, V N; Drygin, V N; Vaĭnberg, M Sh; Komar, V Ia; Elisiutin, G P

    1985-03-01

    The Soviet ANET-W intracavitary neutron therapy apparatus is charged with 252Cf sources, the total mass of the radionuclide being 2100 micrograms. The radiation exposure of the staff has been studied and the results presented. Possible emergency situations have been analysed, methods of their prevention and liquidation worked out. Induced radioactivity in the patient's body has been estimated. Radiation dose levels for the medical staff are 10-15 times lower for the ANET-W apparatus than those for 252Cf sources administered by the manual series system but 10 times higher than those for the AGAT-W gamma-apparatus. The design, blocking system and emergency reset of the sources provide for safe work on the ANET-W apparatus. During liquidation of an emergency situation irradiation of the staff does not exceed 0.3 of the annual maximum tolerance dose. The level of induced activity in the patient's body is insignificant as in 10.5 min it does not exceed background values. PMID:3982256

  9. Competition between cluster decay and spontaneous fission in superheavy nuclei

    Within the new concept of cluster radioactivity (CR) to allow emitted particles with ζ ≥28 we systematically investigate the CR and spontaneous fission for super-heavy elements whit atomic number ζ ≥118. The CR hal-lives are obtained taking Coulomb and proximity potential to the overlap zone and exponential law for the effective inertia. The spontaneous fission half-lives are calculated with a phenomenological formula. The competition between CR and spontaneous fission is analyzed in detail and the branching ratios of these two decays modes are predicted. (Author)

  10. Depth dose distribution for sup 252 Cf source using solid state detectors

    Moustafa, H.R.; Mohamed, R.L. (Al Azhar Univ. of Girls, Cairo (Egypt). Physics Dept.); Abdel-Wahab, M.S.; El Fiki, S.; El Enany, N. (Ain Shams Univ., Cairo (Egypt). Dept. of Physics); Eissa, H.M.; El Feky, M.A. (National Inst. for Standards, Cairo (Egypt). Academy of Scientific Research and Technology)

    1991-01-01

    LiF (600 and 700) and solid state nuclear track detectors were used for measuring fast and thermal neutrons and {gamma}-ray doses from {sup 252}Cf source in tissue equivalent phantom. Conversion factors as well as related quality factors were used for absorbed and equivalent dose calculations. Two exposure positions were used: Source at 30 cm and in contact with phantom surface. The contribution of thermal and fast neutrons in both absorbed dose and equivalent dose reaches a maximum value at 3.5 cm while the maximum for {gamma}-ray is at 8.5 cm. The build up and attenuation in tissue and the corresponding relaxation length were evaluated. (orig.).

  11. Shielding of radiation fields generated by 252Cf in a concrete maze. Part 2 -- Simulation

    A streaming experiment performed in a concrete maze of shape and size typical of a radiotherapy room was simulated with the Monte Carlo program FLUKA. The purpose of the calculation was to test the performance of the code in the low energy neutron range, and at the same time to provide additional information which could help in optimizing shielding of medical facilities. Instrument responses were calculated at different maze locations for several experimental configurations and were compared with measurements. In addition, neutron and gamma fluence, ambient dose equivalent and effective dose were calculated at the same positions. Both sources used in the experiment, namely a bare 252Cf source and one shielded by a tungsten shell 5 cm thick, were considered in the simulation

  12. Characteristics of the simulated workplace neutron fields using a 252Cf source surrounded with cylindrical moderators

    The authors established the simulated workplace neutron fields using a 252Cf source surrounded with cylindrical moderators at the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst. (JNC), Tokai Works. The moderators are annular cylinders made of polymethyl methacrylate and steel. The neutron energy spectrum at the reference calibration point was evaluated from the calculations by MCNP-4B and the measurements by the Bonner multisphere spectrometer and the hydrogen-filled proportional counters. The calculated neutron spectra were in good agreements with the measured ones. These fields can provide the realistic neutron spectra similar to those encountered around the glove-boxes of the fabrication process of MOX (PuO2-UO2 mixed oxide) fuel. (authors)

  13. Accurate plutonium waste measurements using the 252Cf add-a- source technique for matrix corrections

    We have developed a new measurement technique to improve the accuracy and sensitivity of the nondestructive assay (NDA) of plutonium scrap and waste. The 200-ell drum assay system uses the classical NDA method of counting passive-neutron coincidences from plutonium but has added the new features of ''add-a-source'' to improve the accuracy for matrix corrections and statistical techniques to improve the low-level detectability limits. The add-a-source technique introduces a small source of 252Cf (10-8 g) near the external surface of the sample drum. The drum perturbs the rate at which coincident neutrons from the 252Cf are counted. The perturbation provides the data to correct for the matrix and plutonium inside the drum. The errors introduced from matrix materials in 200-ell drums have been reduced by an order of magnitude using the add-a-source technique. In addition, the add-a-source method can detect unexpected neutron-shielding material inside the drum that might hide the presence of special nuclear materials. The detectability limit of the new waste-drum assay system for plutonium is better than prior systems for actual waste materials. For the in-plant installation at a mixed-oxide fabrication facility, the detectability limit is 0.73 mg of 24OPu (or 2.3 mg of high-burnup plutonium) for a 15-min. measurement. For a drum containing 100 kg of waste, this translates to about 7 nCi/g. This excellent sensitivity was achieved using a special low-background detector design, good overhead shielding, and statistical techniques in the software to selectively reduce the cosmic-ray neutron background

  14. PIXE, 252Cf-PDMS and radiochemistry applied for soil and vegetable analysis

    The aim of this work is to identify the elements present in vegetables and soils using PIXE (particle induced X-rays emission) and 252Cf-PDMS (252Cf plasma desorption mass spectrometry) techniques in order to estimate the possible influence of soil and agricultural techniques in the metal absorption by the vegetables. In this work, metal concentrations were evaluated in soil and vegetable samples from several regions, where different agricultural techniques were employed. Si, Zr, Ce, Th, Sc and Pb identified in the soil samples were not biologically available. Ga, Ge, As and Br identified in the tubercles indicate that spray pesticide used on the vegetable leaves was absorbed by them. 232Th and 238U present in the soil were not absorbed by the vegetables. The airborne particles from anthropogenic sources (as CFn, VCn) were absorbed by the vegetables. Compounds from mineral sources present in soil as V+, VCO3, HPO4, Cr+, CrOH+, Mn+, FeH+, Fe(OH)n and in the bioorganic compounds as N+, Ca(China)n+ and CnH+ were identified in vegetables. The metal absorption by the vegetables is not dependent of the metal concentration in soil. Different tubercles cultivated in the same soil show similar metal absorption. The exogenous contributions such as the elements present in water irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers and airborne particles deposited on leaves can be absorbed by vegetables. The absorption by the roots depends on the chemical compound of the elements. The use of pesticide sprays and air pollution can cause more contamination in the vegetables than in soil. The use of this methodology allows the identification of possible sources of metals in soils and in vegetables and the metal speciation

  15. Spontaneous fission. A many-body approach

    Iwamoto, Akira; Bonasera, A. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1997-03-01

    We propose new model to calculate the fission phenomena in tunnel region. By the Vlasov equation and the imaginary time method, we could calculate actinides nuclear fission. This method makes possible to describe unified the motion of fission inside and outside of potential wall. The potential energy and mass parameters can be calculated by no means of the special model. The freedom of internal motion are calculated automatically both collective and a particle motion. Accordingly, particle released during fission process can be calculated. The kinetic energy of fragment after fission was very agreeable with the calculation results. (S.Y.)

  16. On the use of a ({sup 252}Cf-{sup 3}He) assembly for landmine detection by the neutron back-scattering method

    Elsheikh, N., E-mail: nassreldeen.elsheikh@yahoo.com [College of Applied and Industrial Science, Department of Physics, University of Juba, Khartoum, P.O. Box 12327/1 (Sudan); Viesti, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia dell' Universita di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova (Italy); ElAgib, I. [College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455 (Saudi Arabia); Habbani, F. [Faculty of Science, Physics Department, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, P.O. Box 321 (Sudan)

    2012-04-15

    Experiments were carried out to optimize the performance of the neutron back-scattering (NBS) technique in landmine detection using an assembly consisting of three different layers placed above a {sup 252}Cf neuron source, producing about 10{sup 4} s{sup -1}, in conjunction with a {sup 3}He detector. The assembly was optimized experimentally. The selected assembly configuration was then examined against different {sup 252}Cf stand-off distances and mine burial depths using dummy landmines. Furthermore, Monte Carlo simulations were performed to study the effect of the shield when a {sup 252}Cf source in the range 10{sup 4}-10{sup 7} s{sup -1} was employed, and to optimize the geometry for future prototypes. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A suitable shielded ({sup 252}Cf-{sup 3}He) assembly for landmine detection was developed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental tests and MCNP simulations were performed for a {sup 252}Cf of (10{sup 4}-10{sup 7})s{sup -1}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental and MCNP results for {sup 252}Cf of 10{sup 4}s{sup -1} supports the use of the shield. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MCNP Results recommends {sup 252}Cf of 10{sup 6}s{sup -1} for hand-held detection system. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MCNP Results recommends {sup 252}Cf of 10{sup 7}s{sup -1} for a robotic detection system.

  17. Applications of Event-by-Event Fission Modeling with FREYA

    Vogt R.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The recently developed code FREYA (Fission Reaction Event Yield Algorithm generates large samples of complete fission events, consisting of two receding product nuclei as well as a number of neutrons and photons, all with complete kinematic information. Thus it is possible to calculate arbitrary correlation observables whose behavior may provide unique insight into the fission process. We first discuss the present status of FREYA, which has now been extended to include spontaneous fission. Concentrating on 239Pu(nth,f, 240Pu(sf and 252Cf(sf, we discuss the neutron multiplicity correlations, the dependence of the neutron energy spectrum on the neutron multiplicity, and the relationship between the fragment kinetic energy and the number of neutrons and their energies. We also suggest novel fission observables that could be measured with modern detectors.

  18. Cross correlation method application to prompt fission neutron investigation

    Zeynalova, O. V.; Zeynalov, Sh.; Nazarenko, M. A.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Oberstedt, S.

    2012-10-01

    Do The prompt neutron emission in spontaneous fission of 252Cf has been investigated applying cross correlation method and digital signal processing algorithms. A new mathematical approach for neutron/gamma pulse shape separation was developed and implemented for prompt fission neutron (PFN) time-of-flight measurement. The main goal was development of automated data analysis algorithms and procedures for data analysis with minimum human intervention. Experimental data was taken with a twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber and a NE213-equivalent neutron detector in an experimental setup similar to well work of C. Budtz-Jorgensen and H.-H. Knitter [1]. About 2*107 fission events were registered with 2*105 neutron/gamma detection in coincidence with fission fragments. Fission fragment kinetic energy, mass and angular distribution, neutron time-of-flight and pulse shape have been investigated using a 12 bit waveform digitizer.

  19. Even-odd effects and Coulomb effects on minimal excitation energy of fragments from low energy fission

    Montoya, Modesto

    2014-01-01

    This work is focused on even-odd effects on the minimal total fragment excitation energy in thermal neutron induced fission of 233U and 235U as well as in spontaneous fission of 252Cf. In a scission model, taking into account the fragment deformation properties and Coulomb interaction between fragments, the expression of the difference between Q-values referred to even/even and odd/odd charge splits, respectively, on the corresponding difference between the minimal total fragment excitation e...

  20. Even-odd effects and Coulomb effects on minimal excitation energy of fragments from low energy fission

    Montoya, Modesto

    2014-01-01

    This work is focused on even-odd effects on the minimal total fragment excitation energy in thermal neutron induced fission of 233U and 235U as well as in spontaneous fission of 252Cf. In a scission model, taking into account the fragment deformation properties and Coulomb interaction between fragments, the expression of the difference between Q-values referred to even/even and odd/odd charge splits, respectively, on the corresponding difference between the minimal total fragment excitation energy is studied.

  1. Spontaneous 238U fission half-life measurements based on fission-track techniques

    In the last recommendation of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (I.U.P.A.C.) on spontaneous fission half-lives for ground-state nuclides, a number of measurements of 238U based on fission-track techniques were discarded. The arguments given by the authors are not clear. A more detailed discussion of these determinations is given, considering the possible systematical errors inherent in fission-track approaches. (author)

  2. Calibration of a Manganese Bath Relative to 252Cf Nu-Bar

    Gilliam, David M.; Yue, Andrew T.; Scott Dewey, M.

    2009-08-01

    A large manganese sulfate bath is employed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to calibrate isotopic neutron sources relative to the national standard neutron source NBS-I. In the past few years many low-emission Cf-252 neutron sources have been calibrated for testing of neutron detectors for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The low-emission DHS sources are about a factor of 100 lower in emission rate than NBS-I, so that background fluctuations become more significant in making accurate calibrations. To verify and improve the calibrations relative to NBS-I, a new calibration for sealed Cf-252 neutron sources has been made by measuring the fission rate of a bare Cf-252 deposit and inferring its neutron emission rate from Cf-252 nu-bar, the well-established neutron multiplicity of spontaneous fission in Cf-252. The fission rate of the bare deposit was measured by counting fission fragments in vacuum with a surface barrier detector behind an aperture and spacer, which provided a well-defined solid angle for detection. A thin polyimide film was placed just above the Cf deposit to prevent contamination of the detector by self-sputtering of the Cf material in vacuum. Tests with additional layers of polyimide were performed to observe any perturbation in the detection efficiency due to scattering or absorption of alpha particles or fission fragments in the polyimide film. The increase in the background count rate due to accumulation of Cf on the polyimide film was less than 0.02% of the fission fragment count rate from the sample, at the end of all runs. It is estimated that this increase in background would have been about 150 times higher without the polyimide film. The sealed Cf source NIST-DHSA was compared to the bare source by relative neutron counting in an assembly of polyethylene moderator and He-3 detectors. The calibration via Cf-252 nu-bar gave a result that was 1.7% higher than the previous calibration relative to NBS

  3. Neutron-induced fission: properties of prompt neutron and γ rays as a function of incident energy

    Stetcu, I.; Talou, P.; Kawano, T.

    2016-06-01

    We have applied the Hauser-Feshbach statistical theory, in a Monte-Carlo implementation, to the de-excitation of fission fragments, obtaining a reasonable description of the characteristics of neutrons and gamma rays emitted before beta decays toward stability. Originally implemented for the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and the neutroninduced fission of 235U and 239Pu at thermal neutron energy, in this contribution we discuss the extension of the formalism to incident neutron energies up to 20 MeV. For the emission of pre-fission neutrons, at incident energies beyond second-chance fission, we take into account both the pre-equilibrium and statistical pre-fission components. Phenomenological parameterizations of mass, charge and TKE yields are used to obtain the initial conditions for the fission fragments that subsequently decay via neutron and emissions. We illustrate this approach for 239Pu(n,f).

  4. Dicentric yields induced in rabbit blood lymphocytes by low doses of 252Cf neutrons

    Little dose-response data for dicentrics induced in blood lymphocytes exposed in the low dose-range to fast neutrons in vitro has been reported. This experiment was carried out to obtain the dose-response equation for dicentrics, in the dose range below 20 mGy, (needed in the event of an accidental exposure to neutrons). Rabbit blood lymphocytes were exposed in vitro to 252Cf neutron of mean energy 2.35 MeV. The dose range was 2-20 mGy delivered at dose-rate of 0.145-0.31 mGy/min. The dose-response equation for dicentrics was calculated by the linear regression analysis. The present experimental data was compared with the data, in the low dose range below 50 mGy, reported by other authors. Maximum value of RBE with respect to 150 kVp X-rays was 40, and it was founded in this experiment that the RBE values were dose dependent, the lower or the higher than about 13 mGy the doses, the smaller RBE values, with the maximum value occurring at about 13 mGy. (author)

  5. Design and construction of an explosive detection system by Tna methods, using 252Cf radioisotope source

    Bombs concealed in luggage have threatened human life and property throughout the world's traffic. The plastic explosives could not checked by the X-ray detecting device. Thermal Neutron Activation method has been tested in the present work for non-destructive detection of explosives. A radioisotope neutron source 252Cf and two gamma spectroscopy systems have been used as a tool to find explosives, regardless of the bomb's shape and the packing materials. The MCNP code has been used to design the neutronic section of the system. The measured thermal neutron fluxes by the gold foils in some location of the system were in good agreement with those data obtained by the MCNP code. Also, detection limits for nitrogen in various counting times were measured. The measurements show that the system is capable to detect 417 gr of HMX explosive material (158 gr nitrogen) by 10 minutes of counting time. To modify the system and to decrease the detection limits some opinions are given

  6. Measurements of gamma-ray dose from a moderated 252Cf source

    The gamma-ray dose fraction from a moderated 252Cf source was determined by using three types of dosimetry systems. Measurements were carried out in air at a distance of 35 cm from the surface of the moderating sphere (50 cm from the source which is at the center of the sphere) to the geometrical center of each detector. The moderating sphere is 0.8-mm-thick stainless steel shell filled with D2O and covered with 0.5 mm of cadmium. Measurements were also carried out with instruments and dosimeters positioned at the surface of a 40 cm x 40 cm x 15 cm plexiglass irradiation phantom whose front surface was also 35 cm from the surface of the moderating sphere. A-150 tissue-equivalent (TE) plastic ionization chambers and a TE proportional counter (TEPC) were used to measure tissue dose, from which the neutron dose equivalent was computed. The ratio of gamma-ray dose to the neutron dose equivalent was determined by using a relatively neutron-insensitive Geiger-Mueller (GM) counter and thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). In addition, the event-size spectrum measured by the TEPC was also used to compute the gamma-ray dose fraction. The average value for the ratio of gamma-ray dose to neutron dose equivalent was found to be 0.18 with an uncertainty of about +-18%

  7. Decoupling of uranium metal with borated plaster using 252Cf nose analysis methods

    The use of borated plaster to isolate uranium (93.2 wt % 235U) metal was studied in a series of subcritical experiments with uranium metal cylinders (7.0 in. diam, 2.0 in. thick) and slabs (approx.1.4 x approx.5.4 x approx.10.1 in. dimensions). In the cylindrical experiments, the thickness of borated plaster was varied up to 10 in. and the subcriticality measured using the 252Cf-source-driven neutron noise analysis method. In the experiments with the uranium slabs, an array of slabs 3 wide and 8 high was assembled in steps to demonstrate the subcriticality of this array with 3.75-in.-thick borated plaster as an isolating material between all uranium slabs. In the slab experiments, both noise analysis and source neutron multiplication measurements were performed. Before assembly of the slab array the presence of boron in the plaster was verified by neutron transmission and gamma-ray spectrometry measurements

  8. Pairing-induced speedup of nuclear spontaneous fission

    Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Nazarewicz, W; Sheikh, J A; Baran, A

    2014-01-01

    Collective inertia is strongly influenced at the level crossing at which quantum system changes diabatically its microscopic configuration. Pairing correlations tend to make the large-amplitude nuclear collective motion more adiabatic by reducing the effect of those configuration changes. Competition between pairing and level crossing is thus expected to have a profound impact on spontaneous fission lifetimes. To elucidate the role of nucleonic pairing on spontaneous fission, we study the dynamic fission trajectories of $^{264}$Fm and $^{240}$Pu using the state-of-the-art self-consistent framework. We employ the superfluid nuclear density functional theory with the Skyrme energy density functional SkM$^*$ and a density-dependent pairing interaction. Along with shape variables, proton and neutron pairing correlations are taken as collective coordinates. The collective inertia tensor is calculated within the nonperturbative cranking approximation. The fission paths are obtained by using the least action princip...

  9. Search for spontaneous fission emitters in Atlantis II. Pt. 2

    In this paper we describe an attempt to isolate superheavy elements from Atlantis II hot brine deposits. Volatile, sulfidic elements (Cd,Pb) were isolated and investigated for spontaneous fission events with a mica-plastic solid state track detector sandwich. During nearly two years exposure time no spontaneous fission activity was observed. The upper limit for the concentration of superheavy elements (following this chemistry) in the Atlantis II-material is found to be 1.4 x 10-14 g/g. This limit is more than one order of magnitude lower than the concentration of a spontaneous fission activity in material from the Cheleken hot brine, as observed by Flerov and coworkers. (orig.)

  10. A Monte Carlo simulation and setup optimization of output efficiency to PGNAA thermal neutron using 252Cf neutrons

    Zhang, Jin-Zhao; Tuo, Xian-Guo

    2014-07-01

    We present the design and optimization of a prompt γ-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) thermal neutron output setup based on Monte Carlo simulations using MCNP5 computer code. In these simulations, the moderator materials, reflective materials, and structure of the PGNAA 252Cf neutrons of thermal neutron output setup are optimized. The simulation results reveal that the thin layer paraffin and the thick layer of heavy water moderating effect work best for the 252Cf neutron spectrum. Our new design shows a significantly improved performance of the thermal neutron flux and flux rate, that are increased by 3.02 times and 3.27 times, respectively, compared with the conventional neutron source design.

  11. Measurement of the neutron spectrum and ambient neutron dose rate equivalent from the small 252Cf source at 1 meter

    NASA Langley Research Center requested a measurement of the neutron spectral distribution and fluence from the 252Cf source (model NS-120, LLNL serial # 7001677, referred as the SMALL Cf source) and determination of the ambient neutron dose rate equivalent and kerma at 100 cm for the Radiation Budget Instrument Experiment (Rad-X). The dosimetric quantities should be based on the neutron spectrum and the current neutron-to-dose conversion coefficients.

  12. New source moderator geometry to improve performance of 252Cf and 241Am Be source-based PGNAA setups

    Naqvi, A. A.; Abdelmonem, M. S.; Al-Misned, Ghada; Al-Ghamdi, Hanan

    2006-06-01

    The gamma ray yield from a 252Cf and a 241Am-Be source-based Prompt Gamma Ray Activation Analysis (PGNAA) setup has been observed to increase with enclosing their neutrons sources in a high-density polyethylene moderator. The prompt gamma rays yield from both setups depends upon the moderator length and the source position in it. For both setups, the optimum moderator length is found to be 7 cm. The optimum position of the neutron source inside moderator of the 252Cf and the 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups was found to be at a distance of 0.5 and 0.75 cm from the moderator-end facing the sample, respectively. Due to enclosure of the source in the moderator, about three-fold increase has been observed in the yield of prompt gamma rays from a Portland cement sample of a 252Cf and a 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups.

  13. Population of rotational states in the ground-band of fission fragments

    Misicu, Serban

    2013-01-01

    The population of rotational states in the ground-state band of neutron-rich fragments emitted in the spontaneous fission of $^{252}$Cf is described within a time-dependent quantum model similar to the one used for Coulomb excitation. The initial population probability of the states included in the selected basis is calculated according to the bending model at scission. Subsequently these initial amplitudes are feeding the coupled dynamical equations describing the population of rotational states in both fragments during the tunneling and post-barrier (pure Coulomb) motion. As application we consider the high yield Mo-Ba pair for different number of emitted neutrons.

  14. Fission Research at IRMM

    Al-Adili A.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Fission Research at JRC-IRMM has a longstanding tradition. The present paper is discussing recent investigations of fission fragment properties of 238 U(n,f, 234 U(n,f, prompt neutron emission in fission of 252 Cf(SF as well as the prompt fission neutron spectrum of 235 U(n,f and is presenting the most important results.

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. Study of spontaneous fission lifetimes using nuclear density functional theory

    Sadhukhan Jhilam

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The spontaneous fission lifetimes have been studied microscopically by minimizing the collective action integral in a two-dimensional collective space of quadrupole moments (Q20, Q22 representing elongation and triaxiality. The microscopic collective potential and inertia tensor are obtained by solving the self-consistent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB equations with the Skyrme energy density functional and mixed pairing interaction. The mass tensor is computed within the perturbative Adiabatic Time-Dependent HFB (ATDHFB approach in the cranking approximation. The dynamic fission trajectories have been obtained by minimizing the collective action using two different numerical techniques. The values of spontaneous fission lifetimes obtained in this way are compared with the static results.

  18. Study of spontaneous fission lifetimes using nuclear density functional theory

    The spontaneous fission lifetimes have been studied microscopically by minimizing the collective action integral in a two-dimensional collective space of quadrupole moments (Q20, Q22) representing elongation and triaxiality. The microscopic collective potential and inertia tensor are obtained by solving the self-consistent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) equations with the Skyrme energy density functional and mixed pairing interaction. The mass tensor is computed within the perturbative Adiabatic Time-Dependent HFB (ATDHFB) approach in the cranking approximation. The dynamic fission trajectories have been obtained by minimizing the collective action using two different numerical techniques. The values of spontaneous fission lifetimes obtained in this way are compared with the static results. (authors)

  19. Search for instantaneous radiation near the instant of break momentum of various fissioning nuclear systems at low excitation energies

    The main results of studying the properties of “instantaneous” neutrons and γ photons during the fission of 233,235U(nth, f) and 239Pu(nth, f) nuclei and spontaneous fission of 252Cf, which were performed on the WWR-M reactor at the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, are presented. Along with obtaining the main characteristics of the instantaneous radiation from fission fragments, these studies were also aimed at gaining deeper insight into such exotic processes as the emission of break neutrons and γ photons from a fissioning nucleus near the break point. These investigations were performed on different experimental setups using different analytical methods. This approach allowed us not only to find but also to reduce to minimum possible systematic effects. The yields of break neutrons were found to be about (5–7) × 10−2 of the total number of neutrons per 233,235U(n, f) fission event and approximately twice as much for 239Pu(n, f) and 252Cf. The coefficient of T-odd asymmetry for γ photons is in agreement with the estimate obtained on the assumption that the observed effect is mainly related to the γ photons emitted by excited fragments with highly oriented angular momenta. This fact gave grounds to conclude that the desired break γ photons cannot be reliably selected (within the obtained experimental accuracy) against the much larger background of γ photons from fission fragments.

  20. Fission neutron statistical emission

    The statistical model approach FINESSE (FIssion NEutronS' Statistical Emission) for the description of fission neutron multiplicities, energy spectra and angular distributions is described. Based on an extended Weisskopf ansatz and on a realistic temperature distribution it provides a fragment mass number dependent description of fission neutron data. Model parameters (optical potential, n/γ competition) were fixed on the basis of the 252Cf(sf) (nuclear data standard). Combined with a phenomenological fission model for predicting relevant fragment data as function of asymmetry. FINESSE can be applied to any fission reaction of actinides in the Th-Cf region without further parameter adjustment. Results are presented for 252Cf(sf) and neutron induced fission of 235U, 239Pu, 232Th. Effects of multiple-chance fission are discussed for 232Th(n,xnf) reacation. (author). 46 refs, 11 figs

  1. Event-by-event study of neutron observables in spontaneous and thermal fission

    R. Vogt; Randrup, J.

    2011-01-01

    The event-by-event fission model FREYA is extended to spontaneous fission of actinides and a variety of neutron observables are studied for spontaneous fission and fission induced by thermal neutrons with a view towards possible applications for detection of special nuclear materials.

  2. Fission investigations and evaluation activities at IRMM

    The IRMM has a longstanding tradition in the field of neutron induced fission physics studies. It is especially well equipped with world-class facilities as the high resolution neutron time-of-flight spectrometer GELINA and the 7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator for the quasi-monoenergetic neutron production. During the past decade several neutron induced fission reactions have been studied in the energy range from eV up to 6 MeV and spontaneous fission. The isotopes under investigation were 235,238 U(n,f), 239 Pu(n,f), 237 Np(n,f), 252 Cf(SF) and 233 Pa(n,f). For all isotopes but 233 Pa, the fission fragment mass-yield and total kinetic energy distributions were measured. 233 Pa was only investigated for the fission cross-section. The results have been described within the multi-modal fission model. The three most dominant fission modes, the two asymmetric standard I (S1) and standard II (S2) as well as the the symmetric superlong mode were used for all the isotopes but 252 Cf. For this isotope at least one other fission mode had to be taken into account, the so--called standard III (S3) mode. Since the theoretical interpretation of experimental results was rather successful also an attempt was made to improve the evaluation of the respective fission cross-section as well as their neutron multiplicities and spectra. Here, the statistical model for fission cross-section evaluation was extended by including the multi-modality concept for fission. Based on the underlying model, separate outer fission barriers have been considered for each mode, while the inner barriers and isomeric wells are assumed to be the same. The self-consistent calculations of the fission cross-section as well as total, capture, elastic and inelastic cross-sections were in good agreement with the experimental data and evaluated nuclear data libraries. As a side product, also fission fragment mass yield distributions have been deduced at incident neutron energies hitherto unaccessible. Very

  3. Spontaneous Fission Barriers Based on a Generalized Liquid Drop Model

    Guo, Shu-Qing; Bao, Xiao-Jun; Li, Jun-Qing; Zhang, Hong-Fei

    2014-05-01

    The barrier against the spontaneous fission has been determined within the Generalized Liquid Drop Model (GLDM) including the mass and charge asymmetry, and the proximity energy. The shell correction of the spherical parent nucleus is calculated by using the Strutinsky method, and the empirical shape-dependent shell correction is employed during the deformation process. A quasi-molecular shape sequence has been defined to describe the whole process from one-body shape to two-body shape system, and a two-touching-ellipsoid is adopted when the superdeformed one-body system reaches the rupture point. On these bases the spontaneous fission barriers are systematically studied for nuclei from 230Th to 249Cm for different possible exiting channels with the different mass and charge asymmetries. The double, and triple bumps are found in the fission potential energy in this region, which roughly agree with the experimental results. It is found that at around Sn-like fragment the outer fission barriers are lower, while the partner of the Sn-like fragment is in the range near 108Ru where the ground-state mass is lowered by allowing axially symmetric shapes. The preferable fission channels are distinctly pronounced, which should be corresponding to the fragment mass distributions.

  4. Neutron monitor calibration with 241AmBe(α, n), 252Cf , 252Cf+D2O and 238PuBe(α, n) used in dose evaluation near Linac

    The use of linear accelerators in Radiotherapy is becoming increasingly more common. From the Radiation Protection point of view, these instruments represent an advance relative to cobalt and caesium irradiators, mainly due to the absence of radioactive material. On the other hand, accelerators with energies over 10 MeV contaminate with neutrons the therapeutic beam. These neutrons are generated when high-energy photons interact with high-atomic-number materials such as tungsten and lead present in the accelerator itself. Photo-neutrons can also interact with other materials, present in the treatment room, consequently modifying the initial spectrum and causing other types of interactions which privilege the gamma capture. In this way, the measurement of the photo-neutron spectrum can be necessary in a radiometric survey. The present work carries through measurements in a linear accelerator of 15 MeV using three neutron area monitors calibrated using four radioactive sources: three ISO reference sources, 241AmBe (α, n), 252Cf (f, n) and 252Cf+D2O, and a 238PuBe(α, n) source. As the three first sources, this last one was standardized in the LMNRI/IRD manganese bath system. Comparison and evaluation of the response of these instruments were thereby made, analyzing whether the reading of the detectors using standard sources is adequate. In conclusion, the analysis of the response of neutron area calibrated detectors enable the use of them in an environment containing medical linear accelerator. (author)

  5. A comparison of {sup 252}Cf and 14-MeV neutron excitation to identify chemical warfare agents by PGNAA

    Caffrey, A.J.; Harlow, B.D.; Edwards, A.J.; Krebs, K.M.; Jones, J.L.; Yoon, W.; Zabriskie, J.M.; Dougan, A.D.

    2000-07-01

    Since 1992, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory's portable isotopic neutron spectrometry (PINS) system has been widely used for the nondestructive assessment of munitions suspected to contain chemical warfare agents, such as the nerve agent sarin. PINS is a {sup 252}Cf-based prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) system. The standard PINS system employs a partially moderated 5-{micro}g {sup 252}Cf source emitting 10{sup 7} n/s to excite the atomic nuclei inside the item under test. The chemical elements inside the item are revealed by their characteristic gamma-ray spectrum, measured by a high-resolution high-purity germanium gamma-ray spectrometer. The system computer then infers the fill compound or mixture from the elemental data extracted from the gamma-ray spectrum. Reliable PINS assessments can be completed in as little as 100 s for favorable cases such as white phosphorus smoke munitions, but normally, a 1000 to 3000 live-second counting interval is required. To improve PINS throughput when hundreds or more munitions must be assessed, they are evaluating the possible advantages of 14-MeV neutron excitation over their current radioisotopic source.

  6. Study the Possibility of measuring Heavy Metals Arising from Gold Mining Sample using 252Cf Neutron Source

    Mining activities contribute immensely to trace element pollution .The present work studied the possibility of measuring heavy metals arising from gold mining areas Eastern Desert in Egypt using the isotopic 252Cf neutron source. 38.5 g of the sample is irradiated in a neutron field of 252Cf for 36.75 days and 0.3 mg of the sample is irradiated at the Pneumatic Irradiation Rabbit System (PIRS) built in the vertical thermal column of the ET-RR-2 reactor . The induced activities in the samples are measured using two high resolution fray spectrometry systems (including two calibrated HPGe detectors). The kο standardization neutron activation analysis (kο-NAA) method was used to analyze the sample under investigation. Thermal to epithermal flux ratio fat the two irradiation positions are measured. The obtained results indicated that the values of the suspected heavy metals such as sodium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, arsenic, ruthenium and tantalum were higher than the background values, signifying accumulation of these heavy metals due to gold mining activities .The accuracy and precision of the method has been evaluated

  7. Spontaneous fission of the superheavy nucleus 286Fl

    Poenaru, D. N.; Gherghescu, R. A.

    2016-07-01

    The decimal logarithm of spontaneous fission half-life of the superheavy nucleus 286Fl experimentally determined is log10Tfexp(s ) =-0.632 . We present a method to calculate the half-life based on the cranking inertia and the deformation energy, functions of two independent surface coordinates, using the best asymmetric two center shell model. Spherical shapes are assumed. In the first stage we study the statics. At a given mass asymmetry up to about η =0.5 the potential barrier has a two hump shape, but for larger η it has only one hump. The touching point deformation energy versus mass asymmetry shows the three minima, produced by shell effects, corresponding to three decay modes: spontaneous fission, cluster decay, and α decay. The least action trajectory is determined in the plane (R ,η ) , where R is the separation distance of the fission fragments and η is the mass asymmetry. We may find a sequence of several trajectories one of which gives the least action. The parametrization with two deformation coordinates (R ,η ) and the radius of the light fragment, R2, exponentially or linearly decreasing with R is compared with the simpler one, in which R2=constant and with a linearly decreasing or linearly increasing R2. The latter is closer to the reality and reminds us about the α or cluster preformation at the nuclear surface.

  8. Fission-neutrons source with fast neutron-emission timing

    Rusev, G.; Baramsai, B.; Bond, E. M.; Jandel, M.

    2016-05-01

    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. The time is provided by registering the fission fragments in a layer of a thin scintillation film with a signal rise time of 1 ns. The scintillation light output is measured by two silicon photomultipliers with rise time of 0.5 ns. Overall time resolution of the source is 0.3 ns. Design of the source and test measurements using it are described. An example application of the source for determining the neutron/gamma pulse-shape discrimination by a stilbene crystal is given.

  9. Time-zero fission-fragment detector based on low-pressure multiwire proportional chambers

    A time-zero fission fragment (FF) detector, based on the technique of low-pressure multiwire proportional chambers (LPMWPC), has been designed and constructed for the heavy hypernuclear lifetime experiment (E95-002) at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Its characteristics and the method of time-zero reconstruction were investigated using fission fragments from a 252Cf spontaneous fission source. The influence of the ionization energy loss was also studied. It is shown that Heptane, Hexane, and Isobutane gases at a pressure of 1-2 Torr are all suitable for such a FF detector. As desired by experiment, a timing resolution of about 200 ps (FWHM) for a chamber size of 21x21 cm2 was achieved

  10. Monte Carlo simulation optimisation of zinc sulphide based fast-neutron detector for radiography using a 252Cf source

    Meshkian, Mohsen

    2016-02-01

    Neutron radiography is rapidly extending as one of the methods for non-destructive screening of materials. There are various parameters to be studied for optimising imaging screens and image quality for different fast-neutron radiography systems. Herein, a Geant4 Monte Carlo simulation is employed to evaluate the response of a fast-neutron radiography system using a 252Cf neutron source. The neutron radiography system is comprised of a moderator as the neutron-to-proton converter with suspended silver-activated zinc sulphide (ZnS(Ag)) as the phosphor material. The neutron-induced protons deposit energy in the phosphor which consequently emits scintillation light. Further, radiographs are obtained by simulating the overall radiography system including source and sample. Two different standard samples are used to evaluate the quality of the radiographs.

  11. Design of a system for the undersea exploration of manganese nodules by 252Cf neutron induced gamma ray analysis

    A system for in-situ-analysis of manganese nodules has been designed. It permits the investigation of the concentrations of Ni, Cu and Co in concretions on the deep sea bottom. The surface sediments are collected by a suction system and conveyed into a tank where they are irradiated by neutrons emitted from a 252Cf source. The neutron-capture gamma rays are analyzed by a cooled Ge(Li) detector system. At the same time the bulk density of the nodules is measured by 60Co irradiation and a NaI(Tl) detector. The total device has an analysis cycle of about 15 minutes. It is towed by a ship over the sea bottom. (U.S.)

  12. Experimental research on specific activity of 24Na using Chinese reference man phantom irradiated by 252Cf neutrons source

    Objective: To investigate the specific activity of '24Na per unit neutron fluence, AB/Φ,in blood produced for Chinese reference man irradiated by 252Cf neutron source,and to analyze the effects of scattering neutrons from ground,wall,and ceiling in irradiation site on it.Methods: A 252Cf neutron source of 3×108 n/s and the anthropomorphic phantom were used for experiments. The phantom was made from 4 mm thick of outer covering by perspex and the liquid tissue-equivalent substitute in it. The data of phantom dimensions fit into Chinese reference man.The weight ratios of H, N, O and C in substitute equal from source to long axis of phantom were 1.1, 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1 m, respectively. Both the neutron source and the position of xiphisternum of the phantom were 1.6 m above the floor. Results: The average specific activity of 24Na per unit neutron fluence was related to the irradiation-distances, d, and its maximum value, AB/ΦM, deduced by experimental data was about 1.85×10-7 Bq·cm2·g-1. Conclusions: The AB/ΦM corresponds to that of phantom irradiated by plane-parallel beams, and the value is about more 3% than that by BOMAB phantom reported in literature. It has shown that floor-(wall-)scattered neutrons in irradiation site have significant contribution to the specific activity of 24Na, but they contributed relatively little to the induced neutron doses. Consequently,using the specific activity of 24Na for assessing accidental neutron doses received by an individual, the contribution of scattered neutrons in accident site will lead dose to be overestimated, and need to be correct. (authors)

  13. 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.

  14. Absolute measurements of anti ν (252Cf) using the manganese bath method

    By the manganese bath method and defined solid angle counting the fission rate anti ν (Cf-252) was measured. The corrections for neutrons losses due to leakage and absorption in the source itself and its surroundings were measured experimentally. The corrections for absorption fast neutrons on S and O was calculated by Monte-Carlo method. The obtained value of anti ν (Cf- 252) is 3.758+-0.015

  15. Measuring neutron energy spectra of 252Cf and Am-Be source with neutron time-of-flight spectrometer with double scintillators

    We established a neutron time-of-flight spectrometer with double scintillators. It can be used to measure the energy spectra of neutron sources. It is capable of working at above several hundred keV. We measured the energy spectra of 252Cf and Am-Be neutron sources by using this spectrometer. The results obtained were compared to those in other works

  16. Towards high accurate neutron-induced fission cross sections of 240,242Pu: Spontaneous fission half-lives

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

    2013-01-01

    Fast spectrum neutron-induced fission cross sections of transuranic isotopes are being of special demand in order to provide accurate data for the new GEN-IV nuclear power plants. To minimize the uncertainties on these measurements accurate data on spontaneous fission half-lives and detector efficiencies are a key point. High α-active actinides need special attention since the misinterpretation of detector signals can lead to low efficiency values or underestimation in fission fragment detect...

  17. Microscopic description of Cf-252 cold fission yields

    Mirea, M.; Delion, D. S.; Sandulescu, A.

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the cold fission of 252Cf within the two center shell model to compute the potential energy surface. The fission yields are estimated by using the semiclassical penetration approach. It turns out that the inner cold valley of the total potential energy is strongly connected with Z=50 magic number. The agreement with experimental values is very much improved only by considering mass and charge asymmetry degrees of freedom. Thus, indeed cold fission of 252Cf is a Sn-like radioact...

  18. Future research program on prompt γ-ray emission in nuclear fission

    Oberstedt, S.; Hambsch, F.J. [Joint Research Centre IRMM, European Commission, Geel (Belgium); Billnert, R. [Joint Research Centre IRMM, European Commission, Geel (Belgium); Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola, Fundamental Fysik, Goeteborg (Sweden); Lebois, M.; Wilson, J.N. [Institut de Physique Nucleaire Orsay, Orsay (France); Oberstedt, A. [Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola, Fundamental Fysik, Goeteborg (Sweden); Ossolution Consulting, Oerebro (Sweden)

    2015-12-15

    In recent years the measurement of prompt fission γ-ray spectra (PFGS) has gained renewed interest, after about forty years since the first comprehensive studies of the reactions {sup 235}U(n{sub th}, f), {sup 239}Pu(n{sub th},f) and {sup 252}Cf(sf). The renaissance was initiated by requests for new values especially for γ-ray multiplicity and average total energy release per fission in neutron-induced fission of {sup 235}U and {sup 239}Pu. Both isotopes are considered the most important ones with respect to the modeling of innovative cores required for the Generation-IV reactors, the majority working with fast neutrons. During the last 5 years we have conducted a systematic study of spectral data for thermal-neutron-induced fission on {sup 235}U and {sup 241}Pu as well as for the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf with unprecedented accuracy. From the new data we conclude that those reactions do not considerably contribute to the observed heat excess and suspect other reactions playing a significant role. Possible contributions may originate from fast-neutron-induced reactions on {sup 238}U, which is largely present in the fuel, or from γ-induced fission from neutron capture in the construction material. A first experiment campaign on prompt γ-ray emission from fast-neutron-induced fission on {sup 235,238}U was successfully performed in order to test our assumptions. In the following we attempt to summarize, what has been done in the field to date, and to motivate future measurement campaigns exploiting dedicated neutron and photon beams as well as upcoming highly efficient detector assemblies. (orig.)

  19. Future research program on prompt γ-ray emission in nuclear fission

    In recent years the measurement of prompt fission γ-ray spectra (PFGS) has gained renewed interest, after about forty years since the first comprehensive studies of the reactions 235U(nth, f), 239Pu(nth,f) and 252Cf(sf). The renaissance was initiated by requests for new values especially for γ-ray multiplicity and average total energy release per fission in neutron-induced fission of 235U and 239Pu. Both isotopes are considered the most important ones with respect to the modeling of innovative cores required for the Generation-IV reactors, the majority working with fast neutrons. During the last 5 years we have conducted a systematic study of spectral data for thermal-neutron-induced fission on 235U and 241Pu as well as for the spontaneous fission of 252Cf with unprecedented accuracy. From the new data we conclude that those reactions do not considerably contribute to the observed heat excess and suspect other reactions playing a significant role. Possible contributions may originate from fast-neutron-induced reactions on 238U, which is largely present in the fuel, or from γ-induced fission from neutron capture in the construction material. A first experiment campaign on prompt γ-ray emission from fast-neutron-induced fission on 235,238U was successfully performed in order to test our assumptions. In the following we attempt to summarize, what has been done in the field to date, and to motivate future measurement campaigns exploiting dedicated neutron and photon beams as well as upcoming highly efficient detector assemblies. (orig.)

  20. Microscopic modeling of mass and charge distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu

    Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Nazarewicz, Witold; Schunck, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    We propose a methodology to calculate microscopically the mass and charge distributions of spontaneous fission yields. We combine the multidimensional minimization of collective action for fission with stochastic Langevin dynamics to track the relevant fission paths from the ground-state configuration up to scission. The nuclear potential energy and collective inertia governing the tunneling motion are obtained with nuclear density functional theory in the collective space of shape deformations and pairing. We obtain a quantitative agreement with experimental data and find that both the charge and mass distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu are sensitive both to the dissipation in collective motion and to adiabatic fission characteristics.

  1. Late Time Emission of Prompt Fission Gamma Rays

    Talou, P; Stetcu, I; Lestone, J P; McKigney, E; Chadwick, M B

    2016-01-01

    The emission of prompt fission $\\gamma$ rays within a few nanoseconds to a few microseconds following the scission point is studied in the Hauser-Feshbach formalism applied to the deexcitation of primary excited fission fragments. Neutron and $\\gamma$-ray evaporations from fully accelerated fission fragments are calculated in competition at each stage of the decay, and the role of isomers in the fission products, before $\\beta$-decay, is analyzed. The time evolution of the average total $\\gamma$-ray energy, average total $\\gamma$-ray multiplicity, and fragment-specific $\\gamma$-ray spectra, is presented in the case of neutron-induced fission reactions of $^{235}$U and $^{239}$Pu, as well as spontaneous fission of $^{252}$Cf. The production of specific isomeric states is calculated and compared to available experimental data. About 7% of all prompt fission $\\gamma$ rays are predicted to be emitted between 10 nsec and 5 $\\mu$sec following fission, in the case of $^{235}$U and $^{239}$Pu $(n_{\\rm th},f)$ reactio...

  2. Towards high accurate neutron-induced fission cross sections of 240,242Pu: Spontaneous fission half-lives

    Salvador-Castiñeira P.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Fast spectrum neutron-induced fission cross sections of transuranic isotopes are being of special demand in order to provide accurate data for the new GEN-IV nuclear power plants. To minimize the uncertainties on these measurements accurate data on spontaneous fission half-lives and detector efficiencies are a key point. High α-active actinides need special attention since the misinterpretation of detector signals can lead to low efficiency values or underestimation in fission fragment detection. In that context, 240,242Pu isotopes have been studied by means of a Twin Frisch-Grid Ionization Chamber (TFGIC for measurements of their neutron-induced fission cross section. Gases with different drift velocities have been used, namely P10 and CH4. The detector efficiencies for both samples have been determined and improved spontaneous fission half-life values were obtained.

  3. Towards high accurate neutron-induced fission cross sections of 240,242Pu: Spontaneous fission half-lives

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

    2013-12-01

    Fast spectrum neutron-induced fission cross sections of transuranic isotopes are being of special demand in order to provide accurate data for the new GEN-IV nuclear power plants. To minimize the uncertainties on these measurements accurate data on spontaneous fission half-lives and detector efficiencies are a key point. High α-active actinides need special attention since the misinterpretation of detector signals can lead to low efficiency values or underestimation in fission fragment detection. In that context, 240,242Pu isotopes have been studied by means of a Twin Frisch-Grid Ionization Chamber (TFGIC) for measurements of their neutron-induced fission cross section. Gases with different drift velocities have been used, namely P10 and CH4. The detector efficiencies for both samples have been determined and improved spontaneous fission half-life values were obtained.

  4. Determining the neutron spectrum of 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources using bonner sphere spectrometer

    M.A Varshabi

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Bonner spheres system is one of the ways of measuring neutron energy distribution which is often applied in spectrometry and neutron dosimetry. This system includes a thermal neutron detector, being located in the center of several polyethylene spheres, and it is still workable due to the isotropic response of the system which in turn is derived from the spherical symmetry of moderators and the broad measurable range of the energy. In order to practically use this spectrometer, it is necessary to calibrate this system using standard neutron sources. This research aimed to determine the calibration factor of Bonner spheres spectrometry system and energy spectrum of two standard 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources in the atomic energy organization. Calibration and experimental measurement were done via the two standard sources. The response vector of each detector was derived by using MCNPX simulation code, based on the Monte Carlo method. The spectra unfolding of this system was performed through iterative method using the SPUNIT code done in software NSDUAZ6LiI and BUMS. 

  5. A comparative study on experimental and simulation responses of CR-39 to neutron spectra from a 252Cf source

    Ghergherehchi Mitra

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A simulation of the interaction of neutrons emitted from a 252Cf source with a CR-39 detector is presented in this paper. Elastic and inelastic neutron interactions occur with the constituent materials of the CR-39 detector. Inelastic scatterings only consider (n, a and (n, p reactions. Fast neutrons tracks are, mainly, produced by recoil particle tracks in the plastic nuclear track detector as a result of the elastic scattering reaction of neutrons with the constituent materials of the solid-state nuclear track detectors, especially hydrogen nuclei. The energy of the neutron, incident position, direction, and type of interaction were sampled by the Monte Carlo method. The energy threshold, critical angle and scattering angle to the detector surface normal were the most important factors considered in our calculations. The energy deposited per neutron mass unit was calculated. The angular response was determined by both Monte Carlo simulation and experimental results. The number of visible proton tracks and energy deposited per neutron per visible track were calculated and simulated. The threshold energy of the recoil proton as a function of the thickness and incident proton angles was measured by the etchable range of protons at scattering angles, along with the shape and diameter of the track. Experimental and simulations result were in good agreement.

  6. Prompt fission neutron spectra and average prompt neutron multiplicities

    We present a new method for calculating the prompt fission neutron spectrum N(E) and average prompt neutron multiplicity anti nu/sub p/ as functions of the fissioning nucleus and its excitation energy. The method is based on standard nuclear evaporation theory and takes into account (1) the motion of the fission fragments, (2) the distribution of fission-fragment residual nuclear temperature, (3) the energy dependence of the cross section sigma/sub c/ for the inverse process of compound-nucleus formation, and (4) the possibility of multiple-chance fission. We use a triangular distribution in residual nuclear temperature based on the Fermi-gas model. This leads to closed expressions for N(E) and anti nu/sub p/ when sigma/sub c/ is assumed constant and readily computed quadratures when the energy dependence of sigma/sub c/ is determined from an optical model. Neutron spectra and average multiplicities calculated with an energy-dependent cross section agree well with experimental data for the neutron-induced fission of 235U and the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. For the latter case, there are some significant inconsistencies between the experimental spectra that need to be resolved. 29 references

  7. Microscopic modeling of mass and charge distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu

    Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Schunck, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    In this letter, we outline a methodology to calculate microscopically mass and charge distributions of spontaneous fission yields. We combine the multi-dimensional minimization of collective action for fission with stochastic Langevin dynamics to track the relevant fission paths from the ground-state configuration up to scission. The nuclear potential energy and collective inertia governing the tunneling motion are obtained with nuclear density functional theory in the collective space of shape deformations and pairing. We obtain a quantitative agreement with experimental data and find that both the charge and mass distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu are sensitive both to the dissipation in collective motion and to adiabatic characteristics.

  8. 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

  9. The measurement of tritium produced in a 6LiD sphere irradiated by neutrons from D-D and 252Cf

    In a 6LiD sphere irradiated by neutrons from D-D and 252Cf, tritium production rate and tritium production distribution were measured with 6LiI(Eu) scintillation detector. The measurement shows that the tritium production rate is 0.98 +- 0.05 with 252Cf neutrons and the average tritium production rate is 0.96 +- 0.07 with D-D neutrons. Moreover, the two dimensional measurement particle identification technique was used. The result shows that the measured value of tritium production rate is in accord with the theoretical calculating one within the experimental error range while in the areas of various radius, the tritium production distributions are different from each other. The experimental results can be used for correcting the group constant of neutron production tritium and checking relevant theoretical calculating method. (2 tabs., 7 figs.)

  10. Survival of clonogenic cells of Lewis lung carcinoma forming colonies in agar cultures in diffusion chambers after γ- and γ-neutron (252Cf)-irradiation

    Clonogenic cells forming colonies in agar cultures in diffusion chambers and those isolated from subcutaneously transplanted Lewis lung carcinoma do not differ in their sensitivity to 60Co γ-rays with respect to tumor growth stages. The dose-survival curves for all studied cells are S-shaped with a small shoulder. A cumulative dose-survival curve for malignant clonogenic cells is characterized by the average value of mean lethal dose D0=2.24 Gy and extrapolation number n=2.0. When exposed to γ-neutron-radiation (252Cf) malignant clonogenic cells exhibit a nearly exponential dose-survival curve with D0=0.56 Gy (with respect to a neutron component). The RBE of γ-neutron radiation (252Cf) is 2.5