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

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

  2. Interplay of fission modes in mass distribution of light actinide nuclei 225,227Pa

    R. Dubey

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Fission-fragment mass distributions were measured for 225,227Pa nuclei formed in fusion reactions of 19F+206,208Pb around fusion barrier energies. Mass-angle correlations do not indicate any quasi-fission like events in this bombarding energy range. Mass distributions were fitted by Gaussian distribution and mass variance extracted. At below-barrier energies, the mass variance was found to increase with decrease in energy for both nuclei. Results from present work were compared with existing data for induced fission of 224,226Th and 228U around barrier energies. Enhancement in mass variance of 225,227Pa nuclei at below-barrier energies shows evidence for presence of asymmetric fission events mixed with symmetric fission events. This is in agreement with the results of mass distributions of nearby nuclei 224,226Th and 228U where two-mode fission process was observed. Two-mode feature of fission arises due to the shell effects changing the landscape of the potential-energy surfaces at low excitation energies. The excitation-energy dependence of the mass variance gives strong evidence for survival of microscopic shell effects in fission of light actinide nuclei 225,227Pa with initial excitation energy ∼30–50 MeV.

  3. Interplay of fission modes in mass distribution of light actinide nuclei 225,227Pa

    Dubey, R.; Sugathan, P.; Jhingan, A.; Kaur, Gurpreet; Mukul, Ish; Mohanto, G.; Siwal, D.; Saneesh, N.; Banerjee, T.; Thakur, Meenu; Mahajan, Ruchi; Kumar, N.; Chatterjee, M. B.

    2016-01-01

    Fission-fragment mass distributions were measured for 225,227Pa nuclei formed in fusion reactions of 19F + 206,208Pb around fusion barrier energies. Mass-angle correlations do not indicate any quasi-fission like events in this bombarding energy range. Mass distributions were fitted by Gaussian distribution and mass variance extracted. At below-barrier energies, the mass variance was found to increase with decrease in energy for both nuclei. Results from present work were compared with existing data for induced fission of 224,226Th and 228U around barrier energies. Enhancement in mass variance of 225,227Pa nuclei at below-barrier energies shows evidence for presence of asymmetric fission events mixed with symmetric fission events. This is in agreement with the results of mass distributions of nearby nuclei 224,226Th and 228U where two-mode fission process was observed. Two-mode feature of fission arises due to the shell effects changing the landscape of the potential-energy surfaces at low excitation energies. The excitation-energy dependence of the mass variance gives strong evidence for survival of microscopic shell effects in fission of light actinide nuclei 225,227Pa with initial excitation energy ∼30-50 MeV.

  4. Spectroscopy of neutron rich nuclei using cold neutron induced fission of actinide targets at the ILL: The EXILL campaign

    Blanc A.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available One way to explore exotic nuclei is to study their structure by performing γ-ray spectroscopy. At the ILL, we exploit a high neutron flux reactor to induce the cold fission of actinide targets. In this process, fission products that cannot be accessed using standard spontaneous fission sources are produced with a yield allowing their detailed study using high resolution γ-ray spectroscopy. This is what was pursued at the ILL with the EXILL (for EXOGAM at the ILL campaign. In the present work, the EXILL setup and performance will be presented.

  5. Fragment properties from fission of actinide nuclei induced by 6-10 MeV bremsstrahlungI

    Gook, A.; Eckardt, C.; Enders, J.; Freudenberger, M.; von Neumann-Cosel, P.; Oberstedt, A.; Oberstedt, S.; Richter, A.

    Experiments to investigate the photon-induced fission of actinide nuclei at excitation energies in the vicinity of the fission barrier are carried out at the superconducting Darmstadt linear electron accelerator S-DALINAC. A twin-Frisch-grid ionization chamber is used to deduce mass, total kinetic energy, and angular distributions of the fission fragments. First experiments on 238U and 234U have shown that the experimental setup provides excellent conditions for investigating low-energy bremsstrahlung induced fission. Further experiments on 234U and 232Th are currently in progress. In this contribution results from the first experiment on fission fragment mass and total kinetic energy distributions from 234,238U are presented along with preliminary data from an on-going investigation of angular distributions from 234U(γ, f)

  6. Interplay of fission modes in mass distribution of light actinide nuclei 225,227Pa

    Dubey, R; Jhingan, A; Kaur, Gurpreet; Mukul, Ish; Mohanto, G; Siwal, D; Saneesh, N; Banerjee, T; Thakur, Meenu; Mahajan, Ruchi; Kumar, N; Chatterjee, M B

    2015-01-01

    Fission-fragment mass distributions were measured for 225,227Pa nuclei formed in fusion reactions of 19F + 206, 208Pb around fusion barrier energies. Mass-angle correlations do not indicate any quasi-fission like events in this bombarding energy range. Mass distributions were fitted by Gaussian distribution and mass variance extracted. At below-barrier energies, the mass variance was found to increase with decrease in energy for both nuclei. Results from present work were compared with existing data for induced fission of 224, 226Th and 228U around barrier energies. Enhancement in mass variance of 225, 227Pa nuclei at below-barrier energies shows evidence for presence of asymmetric fission events mixed with symmetric fission events. This is in agreement with the results of mass distributions of nearby nuclei 224, 226Th and 228U where two-mode fission process was observed. Two-mode feature of fission arises due to the shell effects changing the landscape of the potential energy surfaces at low excitation energ...

  7. Interplay of fission modes in mass distribution of light actinide nuclei 225,227Pa

    R Dubey; Sugathan, P; Jhingan, A.; Gurpreet Kaur; Ish Mukul; G. Mohanto; Siwal, D.; Saneesh, N.; T Banerjee; Meenu Thakur; Ruchi Mahajan; Kumar, N; Chatterjee, M. B.

    2016-01-01

    Fission-fragment mass distributions were measured for 225,227 Pa nuclei formed in fusion reactions of 19 F + 206,208 Pb around fusion barrier energies. Mass-angle correlations do not indicate any quasi-fission like events in this bombarding energy range. Mass distributions were fitted by Gaussian distribution and mass variance extracted. At below-barrier energies, the mass variance was found to increase with decrease in energy for both nuclei. Results from present work were compared with exis...

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  9. Spectroscopy of heavy fissionable nuclei

    S K Tandel

    2015-09-01

    Structural studies of heavy nuclei are quite challenging due to increased competition from fission, particularly at high spins. Nuclei in the actinide region exhibit a variety of interesting phenomena. Recent advances in instrumentation and analysis techniques have made feasible sensitive measurements of nuclei populated with quite low cross-sections. These include isomers and rotational band structures in isotopes of Pu ( = 94) to Rf ( = 104), and octupole correlations in the Th ( = 90) region. The obtained experimental data have provided insights on various aspects like moments of inertia and nucleon alignments at high spins, quasiparticle energies and evolution of quadrupole and octupole collectivity, among others. An overview of some of these results is presented.

  10. Prediction of some fission properties of actinides

    The 2 Z-N correlations are indications for the deuteron-triton clusters structure to most of the nuclei. For N=Z nuclei this approach indicates deuteron clusters only. The space dependence Schroedinger equation for neutron and proton in the same shell for N=Z nuclei shows that part of the time these particles behave like single particles and part of the time as deuteron clusters. The 2 Z-N correlations are used to predict some fission properties of some actinides. (author). 13 refs., 6 Tabs

  11. Spectroscopy of neutron rich nuclei using cold neutron induced fission of actinide targets at the ILL: the EXILL campaign

    de France G.; Blanc A.; Drouet F.; Jentschel M.; Köster U.; Mutti P.; Régis J.M.; Simpson G.; Soldner T.; Stezowski O.; Ur C.A.; Urban W.; Vancrayenest A.

    2014-01-01

    A combination of germanium detectors has been installed at the PF1B neutron guide of the ILL to perform the prompt spectroscopy of neutron-rich nuclei produced in the neutron-capture induced-fission of 235U and 241Pu. In addition LaBr3 detectors from the FATIMA collaboration have been installed in complement with the EXOGAM clovers to measure lifetimes of low-lying excited states. The measured characteristics and online spectra indicate very good performances of the overall setup.

  12. Spectroscopy of neutron rich nuclei using cold neutron induced fission of actinide targets at the ILL: the EXILL campaign

    de France G.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available A combination of germanium detectors has been installed at the PF1B neutron guide of the ILL to perform the prompt spectroscopy of neutron-rich nuclei produced in the neutron-capture induced-fission of 235U and 241Pu. In addition LaBr3 detectors from the FATIMA collaboration have been installed in complement with the EXOGAM clovers to measure lifetimes of low-lying excited states. The measured characteristics and online spectra indicate very good performances of the overall setup.

  13. True ternary fission of superheavy nuclei

    Zagrebaev, V.I.; A. V. Karpov; Greiner, Walter

    2010-01-01

    We found that a true ternary fission with formation of a heavy third fragment (a new type of radioactivity) is quite possible for superheavy nuclei due to the strong shell effects leading to a three-body clusterization with the two doubly magic tin-like cores. The simplest way to discover this phenomenon in the decay of excited superheavy nuclei is a detection of two tin-like clusters with appropriate kinematics in low-energy collisions of medium mass nuclei with actinide targets. The three-b...

  14. Evaluation of prompt neutron spectra for minor actinide nuclei

    Ohsawa, Takaaki [Kinki Univ., Higashi-Osaka, Osaka (Japan). Atomic Energy Research Inst.

    1997-03-01

    Measurement data on fission prompt neutron spectra of minor actinide (MA) is much little, and its accuracy is also unsufficient. Therefore, conventional evaluation value of fission spectra of MA was assumed for its nuclear temperature by using a method of determining from its systemicity owing to assumption of the Maxwell type distribution, but it can be said that this method consider fully to features of MA isotopes. In this paper, some evaluation calculation results are shown by adopting an evaluation method developed by authors and based on modified Madland Nix model and are conducted by concept of physical properties on target nuclei. As a result, by adopting the level density parameter of fission fragments, the inverse process cross section, the fission product yield distribution and the total release energy, effect of inverse process cross section, mass distribution of fission product, calculation results of Cm isotope and systemicity of fission spectra of actinide isotope were investigated. (G.K.)

  15. RIPL starter file parameter validation for actinide nuclei

    Nuclear reaction theory calculations are of particular importance for actinide nuclei data evaluation. Measured data base for 238-U provides a unique possibility to compare calculated data with measured total, elastic, inelastic, fission, capture, (n,2n), (n,3n) and (n,4n) cross section data up to 40 MeV

  16. The contrasting fission potential-energy structure of actinides and mercury isotopes

    Ichikawa, Takatoshi; Iwamoto, Akira; Möller, Peter; Sierk, Arnold J.

    2012-01-01

    Fission-fragment mass distributions are asymmetric in fission of typical actinide nuclei for nucleon number $A$ in the range $228 \\lnsim A \\lnsim 258$ and proton number $Z$ in the range $90\\lnsim Z \\lnsim 100$. For somewhat lighter systems it has been observed that fission mass distributions are usually symmetric. However, a recent experiment showed that fission of $^{180}$Hg following electron capture on $^{180}$Tl is asymmetric. We calculate potential-energy surfaces for a typical actinide ...

  17. Chemistry of actinides and fission products

    This task is concerned primarily with the fundamental chemistry of the actinide and fission product elements. Special efforts are made to develop research programs in collaboration with researchers at universities and in industry who have need of national laboratory facilities. Specific areas currently under investigation include: (1) spectroscopy and photochemistry of actinides in low-temperature matrices; (2) small-angle scattering studies of hydrous actinide and fission product polymers in aqueous and nonaqueous solvents; (3) kinetic and thermodynamic studies of complexation reactions in aqueous and nonaqueous solutions; and (4) the development of inorganic ion exchange materials for actinide and lanthanide separations. Recent results from work in these areas are summarized here

  18. Fission barrier heights and lifetimes for heavy and superheavy nuclei

    Ground-state masses, fission barrier heights and α lifetimes for actinide and trans-actinide nuclei are determined in the framework of the macroscopic-microscopic model with the Lublin-Strasbourg Drop, the Strutinsky shell-correction method and the Modified Funny-Hills shape parametrization accounting for elongation, neck formation, left-right asymmetry and non-axiality together with the Yukawa folding procedure. Fission barrier height are nicely reproduced in our approach which contains no adjustable parameter. (authors)

  19. Fission dynamics of hot nuclei

    Santanu Pal; Jhilam Sadhukhan

    2014-04-01

    Experimental evidence accumulated during the last two decades indicates that the fission of excited heavy nuclei involves a dissipative dynamical process. We shall briefly review the relevant dynamical model, namely the Langevin equations for fission. Statistical model predictions using the Kramers’ fission width will also be discussed.

  20. Fission properties of actinide nuclei from proton-induced fission at 26.5 and 62.9 MeV incident proton energies

    Demetriou, P.; Keutgen, Thomas; Prieels, René; El Masri, Youssef

    2010-01-01

    Fission properties of proton-induced fission on Th232, Np237, U238, Pu239, and Am241 targets, measured at the Louvain-la-Neuve cyclotron facility at proton energies of 26.5 and 62.9 MeV, are compared with the predictions of the state-of-the-art nuclear reaction code talys. The code couples the multimodal random neck-rupture model with the pre-equilibrium exciton and statistical models to predict fission fragment mass yields, pre- and post-scission neutron multiplicities, and total fission cro...

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

    Rossi P C R

    2012-02-01

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

  2. Status of measurements of fission neutron spectra of Minor Actinides

    Drapchinsky, L.; Shiryaev, B. [V.G. Khlopin Radium Inst., Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    The report considers experimental and theoretical works on studying the energy spectra of prompt neutrons emitted in spontaneous fission and neutron induced fission of Minor Actinides. It is noted that neutron spectra investigations were done for only a small number of such nuclei, most measurements, except those of Cf-252, having been carried out long ago by obsolete methods and imperfectapparatus. The works have no detailed description of experiments, analysis of errors, detailed numerical information about results of experiments. A conclusion is made that the available data do not come up to modern requirements. It is necessary to make new measurements of fission prompt neutron spectra of transuranium nuclides important for the objectives of working out a conception of minor actinides transmutation by means of special reactors. (author)

  3. Fission Dynamics of Compound Nuclei

    Iwata, Yoritaka; Heinz, Sophia

    2012-01-01

    Collisions between $^{248}$Cm and $^{48}$Ca are systematically investigated by time-dependent density functional calculations with evaporation prescription. Depending on the incident energy and impact parameter, fusion, deep-inelastic and quasi-fission events are expected to appear. In this paper, possible fission dynamics of compound nuclei is presented.

  4. Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Actinides

    Capote, R; Chen, Y J; Hambsch, F J; Kornilov, N V; Lestone, J P; Litaize, O; Morillon, B; Neudecker, D; Oberstedt, S; Ohsawa, T; Smith, D. L.

    2016-01-01

    The energy spectrum of prompt neutrons emitted in fission (PFNS) plays a very important role in nuclear science and technology. A Coordinated Research Project (CRP) “Evaluation of Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Actinides”was established by the IAEA Nuclear Data Section in 2009, with the major goal to produce new PFNS evaluations with uncertainties for actinide nuclei. The following technical areas were addressed: (i) experiments and uncertainty quantification (UQ): New data for neutron-induced fission of 233U, 235U, 238U, and 239Pu have been measured, and older data have been compiled and reassessed. There is evidence from the experimental work of this CRP that a very small percentage of neutrons emitted in fission are actually scission neutrons; (ii) modeling: The Los Alamos model (LAM) continues to be the workhorse for PFNS evaluations. Monte Carlo models have been developed that describe the fission phenomena microscopically, but further development is needed to produce PFNS evaluations meeting the uncertainty targets; (iii) evaluation methodologies: PFNS evaluations rely on the use of the least-squares techniques for merging experimental and model data. Considerable insight was achieved on how to deal with the problem of too small uncertainties in PFNS evaluations. The importance of considering that all experimental PFNS data are “shape” data was stressed; (iv) PFNS evaluations: New evaluations, including covariance data, were generated for major actinides including 1) non-model GMA evaluations of the 235U(nth,f), 239Pu(nth,f), and 233U(nth,f) PFNS based exclusively on experimental data (0.02 ≤ E ≤ 10 MeV), which resulted in PFNS average energies E of 2.00±0.01, 2.073±0.010, and 2.030±0.013 MeV, respectively; 2) LAM evaluations of neutron-induced fission spectra on uranium and plutonium targets with improved UQ for incident energies from thermal up to 30 MeV; and 3) Point-by-Point calculations for 232Th, 234U and 237Np targets; and (v) data

  5. Fast neutron scattering on actinide nuclei

    More and more sophisticated neutron experiments have been carried out with better samples in several laboratories and it was necessary to intercompare them. In this respect, let us quote for example (n,n'e) and (n,n'#betta#) measurements. Moreover, high precision (p,p), (p,p') and (p,n) measurements have been made, thus supplementing neutron experiments in the determination of the parameters of the optical model, still widely used to describe the neutron-nucleus interaction. The optical model plays a major role and it is therefore essential to know it well. The spherical optical model is still very useful, especially because of its simplicity and of the relatively short calculation times, but is obviously insufficient to treat deformed nuclei such as actinides. For accurate calculations about these nuclei, it is necessary to use a deformed potential well and solve a set of coupled equations, hence long computational times. The importance of compound nucleus formation at low energy requires also a good knowledge of the statistical model together with that of all the reaction mechanisms which are involved, including fission for which an accurate barrier is necessary and, of course, well-adjusted level densities. The considerations form the background of the Scientific Programme set up by a Programme Committee whose composition is given further on in this book

  6. Actinide and fission product separation and transmutation

    NONE

    1993-07-01

    The second international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product separation and transmutation, took place in Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois United States, on 11-13 November 1992. The proceedings are presented in four sessions: Current strategic system of actinide and fission product separation and transmutation, progress in R and D on partitioning processes wet and dry, progress in R and D on transmutation and refinements of neutronic and other data, development of the fuel cycle processes fuel types and targets. (A.L.B.)

  7. Actinide and fission product separation and transmutation

    The second international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product separation and transmutation, took place in Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois United States, on 11-13 November 1992. The proceedings are presented in four sessions: Current strategic system of actinide and fission product separation and transmutation, progress in R and D on partitioning processes wet and dry, progress in R and D on transmutation and refinements of neutronic and other data, development of the fuel cycle processes fuel types and targets. (A.L.B.)

  8. Actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation

    The third international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation, took place in Cadarache France, on 12-14 December 1994. The proceedings are presented in six sessions : an introduction session, the major programmes and international cooperation, the systems studies, the reactors fuels and targets, the chemistry and a last discussions session. (A.L.B.)

  9. Actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation

    NONE

    1995-07-01

    The third international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation, took place in Cadarache France, on 12-14 December 1994. The proceedings are presented in six sessions : an introduction session, the major programmes and international cooperation, the systems studies, the reactors fuels and targets, the chemistry and a last discussions session. (A.L.B.)

  10. Fission cross section measurements for minor actinides

    Fursov, B. [IPPE, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    The main task of this work is the measurement of fast neutron induced fission cross section for minor actinides of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 242m}Am, {sup 243,244,245,246,247,248}Cm. The task of the work is to increase the accuracy of data in MeV energy region. Basic experimental method, fissile samples, fission detectors and electronics, track detectors, alpha counting, neutron generation, fission rate measurement, corrections to the data and error analysis are presented in this paper. (author)

  11. Superheavy nuclei and fission barriers

    Lu, Bing-Nan; Zhao, Jie; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    In this chapter, we will present relativistic mean field (RMF) description of heavy and superheavy nuclei (SHN). We will discuss the shell structure and magic numbers in the mass region of SHN, binding energies and α decay Q values, shapes of ground states and potential energy surfaces and fission barriers. We particularly focus on the multidimensionally-constrained covariant density functional theories (CDFT) and the applications of CDFT to the study of exotic nuclear shapes and fission barriers.

  12. 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.

  13. Strength of Coriolis alignment in actinide nuclei

    Analysis of aligned angular momenta i/sub α/(ω) in different rotational bands extracted from experimental data with a linear spin term approx.BI in the formulas for E/sub rot/(I) reveal that, in actinide nuclei in the levels with modest spin I< or =23, i/sub α/(ω) usually is very small (< or approx. =0.7), i.e., is much smaller than in rare earth nuclei

  14. Actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation

    NONE

    1997-07-01

    The fourth international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation, took place in Mito City in Japan, on 111-13 September 1996. The proceedings are presented in six sessions: the major programmes and international cooperation, the partitioning and transmutation programs, feasibility studies, particular separation processes, the accelerator driven transmutation, and the chemistry of the fuel cycle. (A.L.B.)

  15. Actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation

    The fourth international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation, took place in Mito City in Japan, on 111-13 September 1996. The proceedings are presented in six sessions: the major programmes and international cooperation, the partitioning and transmutation programs, feasibility studies, particular separation processes, the accelerator driven transmutation, and the chemistry of the fuel cycle. (A.L.B.)

  16. Actinide and fission product separation and transmutation

    NONE

    1991-07-01

    The first international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product separation and transmutation, took place in Mito in Japan, on 6-8 November 1990. It starts with a number of general overview papers to give us some broad perspectives. Following that it takes a look at some basic facts about physics and about the quantities of materials it is talking about. Then it proceeds to some specific aspects of partitioning, starting with evolution from today commercially applied processes and going on to other possibilities. At the end of the third session it takes a look at the significance of partitioning and transmutation of actinides before it embarks on two sessions on transmutation, first in reactors and second in accelerators. The last session is designed to throw back into the discussion the main points which need to be looked at when considering future work in this area. (A.L.B.)

  17. Actinide and fission product separation and transmutation

    The first international information exchange meeting on actinide and fission product separation and transmutation, took place in Mito in Japan, on 6-8 November 1990. It starts with a number of general overview papers to give us some broad perspectives. Following that it takes a look at some basic facts about physics and about the quantities of materials it is talking about. Then it proceeds to some specific aspects of partitioning, starting with evolution from today commercially applied processes and going on to other possibilities. At the end of the third session it takes a look at the significance of partitioning and transmutation of actinides before it embarks on two sessions on transmutation, first in reactors and second in accelerators. The last session is designed to throw back into the discussion the main points which need to be looked at when considering future work in this area. (A.L.B.)

  18. Photofission of actinide and pre-actinide nuclei in the quasideuteron and delta energy regions

    Berman, B L; Cole, P L; Dodge, W R; Feldman, G; Sanabria, J C; Kolb, N; Pywell, R E; Vogt, J; Nedorezov, V; Sudov, A; Kezerashvili, G Ya

    1999-01-01

    The photofission cross sections for the actinide nuclei sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th, sup 2 sup 3 sup 3 sup , sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 sup , sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U, and sup 2 sup 3 sup 7 Np have been measured from 68 to 264 MeV and those for the pre-actinide nuclei sup 1 sup 9 sup 7 Au and sup N sup A sup T Pb from 122 to 222 MeV at the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory, using monoenergetic tagged photons and novel parallel-plate avalanche detectors for the fission fragments. The aim of the experiment was to obtain a comprehensive and self-consistent data set and to investigate previous anomalous results in this energy region. The fission probability for transuranic nuclei is expected to be close to unity here. However, important discrepancies have been confirmed for sup 2 sup 3 sup 7 Np and sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th, compared with sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U, which have serious implications for the inferred total photoabsorption strengths, and hence call into question the 'Universal Curve' for photon absorption at these energies. High-s...

  19. The contrasting fission potential-energy structure of actinides and mercury isotopes

    Ichikawa, Takatoshi; Möller, Peter; Sierk, Arnold J

    2012-01-01

    Fission-fragment mass distributions are asymmetric in fission of typical actinide nuclei for nucleon number $A$ in the range $228 \\lnsim A \\lnsim 258$ and proton number $Z$ in the range $90\\lnsim Z \\lnsim 100$. For somewhat lighter systems it has been observed that fission mass distributions are usually symmetric. However, a recent experiment showed that fission of $^{180}$Hg following electron capture on $^{180}$Tl is asymmetric. An earlier experiment has shown fission of $^{198}$Hg and nearby nuclei is symmetric, but with hints of asymmetric yield distributions up to about 10 MeV above the saddle-point energy. We calculate potential-energy surfaces for a typical actinide nucleus and for 12 even isotopes in the range $^{178}$Hg--$^{200}$Hg, demonstrating the radical differences between actinide and mercury potential surfaces. We discuss these differences and how the changing potential-energy structure along the mercury isotope chain affects the observed (a)symmetry of the fission fragments. We show that the ...

  20. Status report on actinide and fission product transmutation studies

    The management of radioactive waste is one of the key issues in today's political and public discussions on nuclear energy. One of the fields that looks into the future possibilities of nuclear technology is the neutronic transmutation of actinides and of some most important fission products. Studies on transmutation of actinides are carried out in various countries and at an international level. This status report which gives an up-to-date general overview of current and planned research on transmutation of actinides and fission products in non-OECD countries, has been prepared by a Technical Committee meeting organized by the IAEA in September 1995. 168 refs, 16 figs, 34 tabs

  1. Fission of nuclei far from stability

    The secondary-beam facility of GSI provided the technical equipment for a new kind of fission experiment. Fission properties of short-lived neutron-deficient nuclei have been investigated in inverse kinematics. The measured element distributions reveal new kinds of systematics on shell structure and even-odd effects and lead to an improved understanding of structure effects in nuclear fission. Prospects for further experimental studies are discussed. (orig.)

  2. Study of actinides fission induced by multi-nucleon transfer reactions in inverse kinematics

    The study of actinide fission encounters two major issues. On one hand, measurements of the fission fragment distributions and the fission probabilities allow a better understanding of the fission process itself and the discrimination among the models of nuclear structure and dynamics. On the other hand, new measurements are required to improve nuclear data bases, which are a key component for the design of new generation reactors and radio-toxic waste incinerators. This thesis is in line with different French and American experimental projects using the surrogate method, i.e. transfer reactions leading to the same compound nuclei as in neutron irradiation, allowing the study of fission of actinides which are inaccessible by conventional techniques, whereas they are important for applications. The experiment is based on multi-nucleon transfer reactions between a 238U beam and a 12C target, using the inverse kinematics technique to measure, for each transfer channel, the complete isotopic distributions of the fission fragments with the VAMOS spectrometer. The work presented in this dissertation is focused on the identification of the transfer channels and their properties, as their angular distributions and the distributions of the associated excitation energy, using the SPIDER telescope to identify the target recoil nuclei. This work of an exploratory nature aims to generalize the surrogate method to heavy transfers and to measure, for the first time, the fission probabilities in inverse kinematics. The obtained results are compared with available direct kinematics and neutron irradiation measurements. (author)

  3. Fission properties for r-process nuclei

    Erler, J.; Langanke, K; Loens, H. P.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Reinhard, P.-G.

    2011-01-01

    We present a systematics of fission barriers and fission lifetimes for the whole landscape of super-heavy elements (SHE), i.e. nuclei with Z>100. The fission lifetimes are also compared with the alpha-decay half-lives. The survey is based on a self-consistent description in terms of the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock (SHF) approach. Results for various different SHF parameterizations are compared to explore the robustness of the predictions. The fission path is computed by quadrupole constrained SHF. Th...

  4. Fission in Rapidly Rotating Nuclei

    A. K. Rhine Kumar

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available We study the effect of rotation in fission of the atomic nucleus 256Fm using an independent-particle shell model with the mean field represented by a deformed Woods-Saxon potential and the shapes defined through the Cassinian oval parametrization. The variations of barrier height with increasing angular momentum, appearance of double hump in fission path are analysed. Our calculations explain the appearance of double hump in fission path of 256Fm nucleus. The second minimum vanishes with increase in angular momentum which hints that the fission barrier disappears at large spin.

  5. Fission of actinides through quasimolecular shapes

    Royer, Guy; Zhang, Hongfei; Eudes, Philippe; Moustabchir, Rachid; Moreau, Damien; Jaffré, Muriel; Morabit, Youssef; Particelli, Benjamin

    2013-12-01

    The potential energy of heavy nuclei has been calculated in the quasimolecular shape path from a generalized liquid drop model including the proximity energy, the charge and mass asymmetries and the microscopic corrections. The potential barriers are multiple-humped. The second maximum is the saddle-point. It corresponds to the transition from compact one-body shapes with a deep neck to two touching ellipsoids. The scission point lies at the end of an energy plateau well below the saddle-point and where the effects of the nuclear attractive forces between two separated fragments vanish. The energy on this plateau is the sum of the kinetic and excitation energies of the fragments. The shell and pairing corrections play an essential role to select the most probable fission path. The potential barrier heights agree with the experimental data and the theoretical half-lives follow the trend of the experimental values. A third peak and a shallow third minimum appear in asymmetric decay paths when one fragment is close to a double magic quasi-spherical nucleus, while the smaller one changes from oblate to prolate shapes.

  6. Fission of actinides through quasimolecular shapes

    Royer Guy

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The potential energy of heavy nuclei has been calculated in the quasimolecular shape path from a generalized liquid drop model including the proximity energy, the charge and mass asymmetries and the microscopic corrections. The potential barriers are multiple-humped. The second maximum is the saddle-point. It corresponds to the transition from compact one-body shapes with a deep neck to two touching ellipsoids. The scission point lies at the end of an energy plateau well below the saddle-point and where the effects of the nuclear attractive forces between two separated fragments vanish. The energy on this plateau is the sum of the kinetic and excitation energies of the fragments. The shell and pairing corrections play an essential role to select the most probable fission path. The potential barrier heights agree with the experimental data and the theoretical half-lives follow the trend of the experimental values. A third peak and a shallow third minimum appear in asymmetric decay paths when one fragment is close to a double magic quasi-spherical nucleus, while the smaller one changes from oblate to prolate shapes.

  7. Systematic study of neutron induced reactions of the actinide nuclei

    Maslov, V.M. [Akadehmiya Navuk Belarusi, Minsk (Belarus). Inst. Radyyatsyjnykh Fizika-Khimichnykh Prablem; Kikuchi, Yasuyuki

    1996-06-01

    A statistical theory is used for the calculation of the neutron-induced reaction cross sections of actinide nuclides from 10 keV up to 20 MeV. Available experimental data bases for major actinides were extensively used to develop theoretical tools for consistent evaluation of neutron data of minor actinides. The approach employed up to the second chance fission threshold is based on the full-scale Hauser-Feshbach theory, a phenomenological modelling of level densities, the giant dipole resonance model for gamma-ray emission, the double-humped fission barrier model and the coupled channel optical model calculations. The pairing, collective and shell effects are introduced into the level density model for equilibrium and saddle point deformations. Step-like structures observed in fission cross section of {sup 235}U around 1 MeV incident neutron energies are interpreted as due to pairing effects. Pairing correlation parameters are adjusted to fit the fission cross section slope in the first plateau region. The level density collective effect inclusion influences drastically the extracted experimental fission barrier parameters due to the inner saddle point asymmetry. The shell effects dumping is manifested as a consistent fit of fission data above the second chance fission threshold. In case of minor actinides, fission data fits are used as a constraint for capture and inelastic scattering cross section predictions. The capture cross sections were analyzed with the allowance for (n,{gamma}n`) and (n,{gamma}f) reactions. To fit the high-energy tails in the (n,2n) reaction, the pre-equilibrium processes in the neutron channel were included. All these effects were modelled, and the model parameters were obtained using major actinides neutron data. The resulted parameter systematics were applied for analysis of available data and prediction of capture, inelastic scattering, (n,2n), (n,3n) reaction and fission cross sections. (J.P.N.). 87 refs.

  8. Systematic study of actinide and pre-actinide fission modes

    Andrade-II, E; Deppman, A; Bernal-Castillo, J L; Balabekyan, A R; Demekhina, N A; Adam, J; Garcia, F; Guzmán, F

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we present new experimental data on mass distribution of fission fragments from $^{241}$Am proton-induced fission at $660$ MeV measured at the LNR Phasotron (JINR). The systematic analysis of several measured fragment mass distributions from different fission reactions available in the literature is also presented. The proton-induced fission of $^{241}$Am, $^{237}$Np and $^{238}$U at 26.5, 62.9 and 660 MeV was studied. The proton-induced fission of $^{232}$Th was studied at 26.5, 62.9 and 190 MeV. The fission of $^{208}$Pb also by a proton was investigated at 190, 500 and 1000 MeV. The fission of $^{197}$Au was studied for 190 and 800 MeV protons. Bremsstrahlung reactions with maximum photon energies of 50 and 3500 MeV were studied for $^{232}$Th and $^{238}$U. The framework of the Random Neck Rupture Model was applied in the analysis. The roles of the neutron excess and of the so called fissility parameter were also investigated.

  9. Non-compound nucleus fission in actinide and pre-actinide regions

    R Tripathi; S Sodaye; K Sudarshan

    2015-08-01

    In this article, some of our recent results on fission fragment/product angular distributions are discussed in the context of non-compound nucleus fission. Measurement of fission fragment angular distribution in 28Si+176Yb reaction did not show a large contribution from the non-compound nucleus fission. Data on the evaporation residue cross-sections, in addition to those on mass and angular distributions, are necessary for better understanding of the contribution from non-compound nucleus fission in the pre-actinide region. Measurement of mass-resolved angular distribution of fission products in 20Ne+232Th reaction showed an increase in angular anisotropy with decreasing asymmetry of mass division. This observation can be explained based on the contribution from pre-equilibrium fission. Results of these studies showed that the mass dependence of anisotropy may possibly be used to distinguish pre-equilibrium fission and quasifission.

  10. Fission Barriers of Compound Superheavy Nuclei

    Pei, J C; Nazarewicz, W.; Sheikh, J. A.; Kerman, A. K.

    2009-01-01

    The dependence of fission barriers on the excitation energy of the compound nucleus impacts the survival probability of superheavy nuclei synthesized in heavy-ion fusion reactions. In this work, we investigate the isentropic fission barriers by means of the self-consistent nuclear density functional theory. The relationship between isothermal and isentropic descriptions is demonstrated. Calculations have been carried out for $^{264}$Fm, $^{272}$Ds, $^{278}$112, $^{292}$114, and $^{312}$124. F...

  11. Comparison of Yields of neutron rich nuclei in Proton and Photon induced $^{238}$U fission

    Khan, F A; Basu, D N; Farooq, M; Chakrabarti, Alok

    2016-01-01

    A comparative study of fission of actinides specially $^{238}$U, by proton and bremsstrahlung photon is performed. Relative mass distribution of $^{238}$U fission fragments have been explored theoretically for both proton and photon induced fission. The integrated yield along with charge distribution of the products are calculated to find out the neutron richness in comparison to the nuclei produced by r-process in nucleosynthesis. Some r-process nuclei in intermediate mass range for symmetric fission mode are found to be produced almost two order of magnitude more for proton induced fission than photofission, although rest of the neutron rich nuclei in the asymmetric mode are produced in comparable proportion for both the processes.

  12. Measurements of Fission Cross Sections of Actinides

    Wiescher, M; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M

    2002-01-01

    A measurement of the neutron induced fission cross sections of $^{237}$Np, $^{241},{243}$Am and of $^{245}$Cm is proposed for the n_TOF neutron beam. Two sets of fission detectors will be used: one based on PPAC counters and another based on a fast ionization chamber (FIC). A total of 5x10$^{18}$ protons are requested for the entire fission measurement campaign.

  13. Microscopic Description of Nuclear Fission: Fission Barrier Heights of Even-Even Actinides

    McDonnell, J; Schunck, N; Nazarewicz, W.

    2013-01-01

    We evaluate the performance of modern nuclear energy density functionals for predicting inner and outer fission barrier heights and energies of fission isomers of even-even actinides. For isomer energies and outer barrier heights, we find that the self-consistent theory at the HFB level is capable of providing quantitative agreement with empirical data.

  14. Antiproton Induced Fission and Fragmentation of Nuclei

    2002-01-01

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

  15. Fission of actinides using a table-top laser

    Schwoerer, H; Sauerbrey, R; Galy, J; Magill, J; Rondinella, V; Schenkel, R; Butz, T

    2003-01-01

    Powerful table-top lasers are now available in the laboratory and can be used to induce nuclear reactions. We report the first demonstration of nuclear fission using a high repetition rate table-top laser with intensities of 10 sup 2 sup 0 W/cm sup 2. Actinide photo-fission has been achieved in both sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U and sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th from the high-energy Bremsstrahlung radiation produced by laser acceleration of electrons. The fission products were identified by time-resolved gamma-spectroscopy. (authors)

  16. Fission and Properties of Neutron-Rich Nuclei

    Hamilton, Joseph H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Carter, H. K.

    2008-08-01

    . Fission-fragment spectroscopy with STEFF / A. G. Smith ... [et al.]. Gamma ray multiplicity of [symbol]Cf spontaneous fission using LiBerACE / D. L. Bleuel ... [et al.]. Excitation energy dependence of fragment mass and total kinetic energy distributions in proton-induced fission of light actinides / I. Nishinaka ... [et al.]. A dynamical calculation of multi-modal nuclear fission / T. Wada and T. Asano. Structure of fission potential energy surfaces in ten-dimensional spaces / V. V. Pashkevich, Y. K Pyatkov and A. V. Unzhakova. A possible enhancement of nuclear fission in scattering with low energy charged particles / V. Gudkov. Dynamical multi-break processes in the [symbol]Sn + [symbol]Ni system at 35 MeV/Nucleon / M. Papa and ISOSPIN-RE VERSE collaboration -- New experimental techniques. MTOF - a high resolution isobar separator for studies of exotic decays / A. Piechaczek ... [et al.]. Development of ORRUBA: a silicon array for the measurement of transfer reactions in inverse kinematics / S. D. Pain ... [et al.]. Indian national gamma array: present & future / R. K. Bhowmik. Absolute intensities of [symbol] rays emitted in the decay of [symbol]U / H. C. Griffin -- Superheavy elements theory and experiments / M. G. Itkis ... [et al.]. Study of superheavy elements at SHIP / S. Hofinann. Heaviest nuclei from [symbol]Ca-induced reactions / Yu. Ts. Oaanessian. Superheavy nuclei and giant nuclear systems / W. Greiner and V. Zagrebaev. Fission approach to alpha-decay of superheavy nuclei / D.N. Poenaru and W. Greiner. Superheavy elements in the Magic Islands / C. Samanta. Relativistic mean field studies of superheavy nuclei / A. V. Afanas jev. Understanding the synthesis of the heaviest nuclei / W. Loveland -- Mass measurements and g-factors. G factor measurements in neutron-rich [symbol]Cf fission fragments, measured using the gammasphere array / R. Orlandi ... [et al.]. Technique for measuring angular correlations and g-factors in neutron rich nuclei produced by the

  17. On the strength of coriolis coupling in actinide nuclei

    Coriolis Coupling Vsub(cor) plays an important role in deformed nuclei. Vsub(cor) is proportional to h/2π2/J[j(j + 1) -Ω(Ω + 1)]sup(1/2) and therefore is particularly significant in the nuclei with large j and low Ω Nilsson levels close to Fermi surface: n(isub(13/2)) in A = 150 - 170 rare-earth nuclei and p(isub(13/2)) and n(jsub(15/2)) in A>224 actinide nuclei. Because of larger j (n(jsub(15/2)) versus n(isub(13/2)) ) and smaller deformations (β asymptotically equals 0.22 versus β asymptotically equals 0.28) it was reasonable to expect that in actinide nuclei ''Coriolis'' effects are stronger than in the rare earth nuclei. Recently it was realized that the strength of observed ''Coriolis'' effects depends not only on the genuine Coriolis Coupling but also on the interplay between Coriolis and pairing forces which leads to an interference between the wave functions of two mixing rotational bands. As a consequence the effective interaction Vsub(eff) of both bands is an oscillating function of the degree of shell filling (or chemical potential lambda sub(F)). It was shown that in the rare earth nuclei this interference strongly influenced conclusions about the trends in the Coriolis coupling strength and explained many of the observed band-mixing features (the sharpness of back-banding curves, details of the blocking effect etc.). From theoretical analysis it was concluded that in the majority of actinide nuclei the effective interaction Vsub(eff), is strong and therefore the Coriolis band-mixing have to be very strong. In this paper we would like to demonstrate that contrary to these predictions experimental data suggest that Coriolis band-mixing in studied actinide nuclei is relatively weak and possibly significantly weaker than in rare earth nuclei. (J.P.N.)

  18. Non-axial deformation in the fission of heavy and superheavy nuclei

    The potential energy during the fission is calculated for 16 even-even nuclei in the range of the actinides, for 20 fragment mass ratios at the fission point of the compound nucleus U236 and for eight hypothetic, superheavy, β-stabile even-even nuclei in the surroundings of the magic proton number Z = 14 and the magic neutron number N = 126. There were no use of the acception of rotational symmetric shape. The shell effects were investigated with a semi-empirical method whose results reach for rotational-symmetric shape the results of the Strutinsky-method. (orig./WL)

  19. Adiabatic fission barriers in superheavy nuclei

    Jachimowicz, P.; Kowal, M; Skalski, J.

    2016-01-01

    Using the microscopic-macroscopic model based on the deformed Woods-Saxon single-particle potential and the Yukawa-plus-exponential macroscopic energy we calculated static fission barriers $B_{f}$ for 1305 heavy and superheavy nuclei $98\\leq Z \\leq 126$, including even - even, odd - even, even - odd and odd - odd systems. For odd and odd-odd nuclei, adiabatic potential energy surfaces were calculated by a minimization over configurations with one blocked neutron or/and proton on a level from ...

  20. Superabsorbing gel for actinide, lanthanide, and fission product decontamination

    Kaminski, Michael D.; Mertz, Carol J.

    2016-06-07

    The present invention provides an aqueous gel composition for removing actinide ions, lanthanide ions, fission product ions, or a combination thereof from a porous surface contaminated therewith. The composition comprises a polymer mixture comprising a gel forming cross-linked polymer and a linear polymer. The linear polymer is present at a concentration that is less than the concentration of the cross-linked polymer. The polymer mixture is at least about 95% hydrated with an aqueous solution comprising about 0.1 to about 3 percent by weight (wt %) of a multi-dentate organic acid chelating agent, and about 0.02 to about 0.6 molar (M) carbonate salt, to form a gel. When applied to a porous surface contaminated with actinide ions, lanthanide ions, and/or other fission product ions, the aqueous gel absorbs contaminating ions from the surface.

  1. Fusion-Fission Burner for Transuranic Actinides

    Choi, Chan

    2013-10-01

    The 14-MeV DT fusion neutron spectrum from mirror confinement fusion can provide a unique capability to transmute the transuranic isotopes from light water reactors (LWR). The transuranic (TRU) actinides, high-level radioactive wastes, from spent LWR fuel pose serious worldwide problem with long-term decay heat and radiotoxicity. However, ``transmuted'' TRU actinides can not only reduce the inventory of the TRU in the spent fuel repository but also generate additional energy. Typical commercial LWR fuel assemblies for BWR (boiling water reactor) and PWR (pressurized water reactor) measure its assembly lengths with 4.470 m and 4.059 m, respectively, while its corresponding fuel rod lengths are 4.064 m and 3.851 m. Mirror-based fusion reactor has inherently simple geometry for transmutation blanket with steady-state reactor operation. Recent development of gas-dynamic mirror configuration has additional attractive feature with reduced size in central plasma chamber, thus providing a unique capability for incorporating the spent fuel assemblies into transmutation blanket designs. The system parameters for the gas-dynamic mirror-based hybrid burner will be discussed.

  2. Study of actinides fission induced by multi-nucleon transfer reactions in inverse kinematics; Etude de la fission d'actinides produits par reactions de transfert multinucleon en cinematique inverse

    Derkx, X.

    2010-10-15

    The study of actinide fission encounters two major issues. On one hand, measurements of the fission fragment distributions and the fission probabilities allow a better understanding of the fission process itself and the discrimination among the models of nuclear structure and dynamics. On the other hand, new measurements are required to improve nuclear data bases, which are a key component for the design of new generation reactors and radio-toxic waste incinerators. This thesis is in line with different French and American experimental projects using the surrogate method, i.e. transfer reactions leading to the same compound nuclei as in neutron irradiation, allowing the study of fission of actinides which are inaccessible by conventional techniques, whereas they are important for applications. The experiment is based on multi-nucleon transfer reactions between a {sup 238}U beam and a {sup 12}C target, using the inverse kinematics technique to measure, for each transfer channel, the complete isotopic distributions of the fission fragments with the VAMOS spectrometer. The work presented in this dissertation is focused on the identification of the transfer channels and their properties, as their angular distributions and the distributions of the associated excitation energy, using the SPIDER telescope to identify the target recoil nuclei. This work of an exploratory nature aims to generalize the surrogate method to heavy transfers and to measure, for the first time, the fission probabilities in inverse kinematics. The obtained results are compared with available direct kinematics and neutron irradiation measurements. (author)

  3. Actinides and fission products partitioning from high level liquid waste

    The presence of small amount of mixed actinides and long-lived heat generators fission products as 137Cs and 90Sr are the major problems for safety handling and disposal of high level nuclear wastes. In this work, actinides and fission products partitioning process, as an alternative process for waste treatment is proposed. First of all, ammonium phosphotungstate (PWA), a selective inorganic exchanger for cesium separation was chosen and a new procedure for synthesizing PWA into the organic resin was developed. An strong anionic resin loaded with tungstate or phosphotungstate anion enables the precipitation of PWA directly in the resinous structure by adding the ammonium nitrate in acid medium (R-PWA). Parameters as W/P ratio, pH, reactants, temperature and aging were studied. The R-PWA obtained by using phosphotungstate solution prepared with W/P=9.6, 9 hours digestion time at 94-106 deg C and 4 to 5 months aging time showed the best capacity for cesium retention. On the other hand, Sr separation was performed by technique of extraction chromatography, using DH18C6 impregnated on XAD7 resin as stationary phase. Sr is selectively extracted from acid solution and >99% was recovered from loaded column using distilled water as eluent. Concerning to actinides separations, two extraction chromatographic columns were used. In the first one, TBP(XAD7) column, U and Pu were extracted and its separations were carried-out using HNO3 and hydroxylamine nitrate + HNO3 as eluent. In the second one, CMP0-TBP(XAD7) column, the actinides were retained on the column and the separations were done by using (NH4)2C2O4 , DTPA, HNO3 and HCl as eluent. The behavior of some fission products were also verified in both columns. Based on the obtained data, actinides and fission products Cs and Sr partitioning process, using TBP(XAD7) and CMP0-TBP(XAD7) columns for actinides separation, R-PWA column for cesium retention and DH18C6(XAD7) column for Sr isolation was performed. (author)

  4. High flux transmutation of fission products and actinides

    Long-lived fission products and minor actinides accumulated in spent nuclear fuel of power reactors comprise the major part of high level radwaste. Their incineration is important from the point of view of radwaste management. Transmutation of these nuclides by means of neutron irradiation can be performed either in conventional nuclear reactors, or in specialized transmutation reactors, or in ADS facilities with subcritical reactor and neutron source with application of proton accelerator. Different types of transmutation nuclear facilities can be used in order to insure optimal incineration conditions for radwaste. The choice of facility type for optimal transmutation should be based on the fundamental data in the physics of nuclide transformations. Transmutation of minor actinides leads to the increase of radiotoxicity during irradiation. It takes significant time compared to the lifetime of reactor facility to achieve equilibrium without effective transmutation. High flux nuclear facilities allow to minimize these draw-backs of conventional facilities with both thermal and fast neutron spectrum. They provide fast approach to equilibrium and low level of equilibrium mass and radiotoxicity of transmuted actinides. High flux facilities are advantageous also for transmutation of long-lived fission products as they provide short incineration time

  5. Comparative studies of actinide and sub-actinide fission cross section calculation from MCNP6 and TALYS

    Perkasa, Y. S. [Department of Physics, Sunan Gunung Djati State Islamic University Bandung, Jl. A.H Nasution No. 105 Cibiru, Bandung (Indonesia); Waris, A., E-mail: awaris@fi.itb.ac.id; Kurniadi, R., E-mail: awaris@fi.itb.ac.id; Su' ud, Z., E-mail: awaris@fi.itb.ac.id [Nuclear Physics and Biophysics Research Division, Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesa No. 10 Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)

    2014-09-30

    Comparative studies of actinide and sub-actinide fission cross section calculation from MCNP6 and TALYS have been conducted. In this work, fission cross section resulted from MCNP6 prediction will be compared with result from TALYS calculation. MCNP6 with its event generator CEM03.03 and LAQGSM03.03 have been validated and verified for several intermediate and heavy nuclides fission reaction data and also has a good agreement with experimental data for fission reaction that induced by photons, pions, and nucleons at energy from several ten of MeV to about 1 TeV. The calculation that induced within TALYS will be focused mainly to several hundred MeV for actinide and sub-actinide nuclides and will be compared with MCNP6 code and several experimental data from other evaluator.

  6. Multi-dimensional constraint relativistic mean field model and applications in actinide and transfermium nuclei

    Lu, Bing-Nan; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2013-01-01

    In this contribution we present some results of potential energy surfaces of actinide and transfermium nuclei from multi-dimensional constrained relativistic mean field (MDC-RMF) models. Recently we developed multi-dimensional constrained covariant density functional theories (MDC-CDFT) in which all shape degrees of freedom $\\beta_{\\lambda\\mu}$ with even $\\mu$ are allowed and the functional can be one of the following four forms: the meson exchange or point-coupling nucleon interactions combined with the non-linear or density-dependent couplings. In MDC-RMF models, the pairing correlations are treated with the BCS method. With MDC-RMF models, the potential energy surfaces of even-even actinide nuclei were investigated and the effect of triaxiality on the fission barriers in these nuclei was discussed. The non-axial reflection-asymmetric $\\beta_{32}$ shape in some transfermium nuclei with $N=150$, namely $^{246}$Cm, $^{248}$Cf, $^{250}$Fm, and $^{252}$No were also studied.

  7. Chromatographic separation of actinides and fission products from nuclear wastes

    Although a number of partitioning processes have been proposed and studied to separate the minor actinides (MA: Am, Cm, Np) and some fission product elements (FPs) from nuclear wastes, most of these processes essentially utilize liquid-liquid extraction technology by using a mixture of organic extractants hydrocarbon diluents. A large amount of the secondary waste, which is difficult for treatment and disposal will be generated by the extraction process. Compared to U and Pu, the MA and FPs are significantly abundant in the spent fuel, so that the scale of an efficient partitioning process for nuclear wastes reasonably small and result in less waste amount

  8. Extraction chromatographic studies of actinides and fission products using CMPO

    The uptake behaviour of U(VI), Pu(IV), Am(III), Eu(III), Zr(IV), Fe(III), Ru(III) and Tc from nitric acid medium by octyl (phenyl)-N,N-diisobutyl carbomylmethylphosphine oxide (CMPO) adsorbed on chromosorb has been studied. Actinide metal ions along with rare earths are taken up to a greater extent as compared to the other fission products. The loading experiments have shown that at lower concentrations of the rare earths or U(VI), the uptake of Pu(IV), U(VI) and Am(III) are reasonably high. (author). 3 refs., 1 fig

  9. Comparison of fission and capture cross sections of minor actinides

    Nakagawa, T

    2003-01-01

    The fission and capture cross sections of minor actinides given in JENDL-3.3 are compared with other evaluated data and experimental data. The comparison was made for 32 nuclides of Th-227, 228, 229, 230, 233, 234, Pa-231, 232, 233, U-232, 234, 236, 237, Np-236, 237, 238, Pu-236, 237, 238, 242, 244, Am-241, 242, 242m, 243, Cm-242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247 and 248. Given in the present report are figures of these cross sections and tables of cross sections at 0.0253 eV and resonance integrals.

  10. Comparison of fission and capture cross sections of minor actinides

    The fission and capture cross sections of minor actinides given in JENDL-3.3 are compared with other evaluated data and experimental data. The comparison was made for 32 nuclides of Th-227, 228, 229, 230, 233, 234, Pa-231, 232, 233, U-232, 234, 236, 237, Np-236, 237, 238, Pu-236, 237, 238, 242, 244, Am-241, 242, 242m, 243, Cm-242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247 and 248. Given in the present report are figures of these cross sections and tables of cross sections at 0.0253 eV and resonance integrals. (author)

  11. Geochemistry of actinides and fission products in natural aquifer systems

    The progress in the research area of the community project MIRAGE: 'Geochemistry of actinides and fission products in natural aquatic systems' has been reviewed. This programme belongs to a specific research and technical development programme for the European Atomic Energy Community in the field of management and storage of radioactive waste. The review summarizes research progresses in subject areas: complexation with organics, colloid generation in groundwater and basic retention mechanisms in the framework of the migration of radionuclides in the geosphere. The subject areas are being investigated by 23 laboratories under interlaboratory collaborations or independent studies. (orig.)

  12. Angular distributions in the neutron-induced fission of actinides

    In 2003 the n_TOF Collaboration performed the fission cross section measurement of several actinides ($^{232}$Th, $^{233}$U, $^{234}$U, $^{237}$Np) at the n_TOF facility using an experImental setup made of Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC). The method based on the detection of the 2 fragments in coincidence allowed to clearly disentangle the fission reactions among other types of reactions occurring in the spallation domain. We have been therefore able to cover the very broad neutron energy range 1eV-1GeV, taking full benefit of the unique characteristics of the n_TOF facility. Figure 1 shows an example obtained in the case of $^{237}$Np where the n_ TOF measurement showed that the cross section was underestimated by a large factor in the resonance region.

  13. $\\beta$-delayed fission in proton-rich nuclei in the lead region

    AUTHOR|(CDS)2085005; Huyse, Mark; Popescu, Lucia

    Nuclear fission is the breakup of an atomic nucleus into two (sometimes three) fragments, thereby releasing a large amount of energy. Soon after its discovery in the late 1930’s, the gross properties of the fission phenomenon were explained by macroscopic nuclear models. Certain features however, such as asymmetric fission-fragment mass distributions in the actinide region, require the inclusion of microscopic effects. This interplay of the microscopic motion of individual nucleons on this macroscopic process is, until today, not yet fully understood. The phenomenon of fission has therefore been of recurring interest for both theoretical and experimental studies. This thesis work focuses on the $\\beta$-delayed fission ($\\beta$DF) process, an excellent tool to study low-energy fission of exotic nuclei, which was discovered in 1966 in the actinide region. In this two-step process, a precursor nucleus first undergoes $\\beta$-decay to an excited level in the daughter nucleus, which may subsequently fission. Rec...

  14. Adiabatic fission barriers in superheavy nuclei

    Jachimowicz, P; Skalski, J

    2016-01-01

    Using the microscopic-macroscopic model based on the deformed Woods-Saxon single-particle potential and the Yukawa-plus-exponential macroscopic energy we calculated static fission barriers $B_{f}$ for 1305 heavy and superheavy nuclei $98\\leq Z \\leq 126$, including even - even, odd - even, even - odd and odd - odd systems. For odd and odd-odd nuclei, adiabatic potential energy surfaces were calculated by a minimization over configurations with one blocked neutron or/and proton on a level from the 10-th below to the 10-th above the Fermi level. The parameters of the model that have been fixed previously by a fit to masses of even-even heavy nuclei were kept unchanged. A search for saddle points has been performed by the "Imaginary Water Flow" method on a basic five-dimensional deformation grid, including triaxiality. Two auxiliary grids were used for checking the effects of the mass asymmetry and hexadecapole non-axiallity. The ground states were found by energy minimization over configurations and deformations...

  15. Testing actinide fission yield treatment in CINDER90 for use in MCNP6 burnup calculations

    Most of the development of the MCNPX/6 burnup capability focused on features that were applied to the Boltzman transport or used to prepare coefficients for use in CINDER90, with little change to CINDER90 or the CINDER90 data. Though a scheme exists for best solving the coupled Boltzman and Bateman equations, the most significant approximation is that the employed nuclear data are correct and complete. Thus, the CINDER90 library file contains 60 different actinide fission yields encompassing 36 fissionable actinides (thermal, fast, high energy and spontaneous fission). Fission reaction data exists for more than 60 actinides and as a result, fission yield data must be approximated for actinides that do not possess fission yield information. Several types of approximations are used for estimating fission yields for actinides which do not possess explicit fission yield data. The objective of this study is to test whether or not certain approximations of fission yield selection have any impact on predictability of major actinides and fission products. Further we assess which other fission products, available in MCNP6 Tier 3, result in the largest difference in production. Because the CINDER90 library file is in ASCII format and therefore easily amendable, we assess reasons for choosing, as well as compare actinide and major fission product prediction for the H. B. Robinson benchmark for, three separate fission yield selection methods: (1) the current CINDER90 library file method (Base); (2) the element method (Element); and (3) the isobar method (Isobar). Results show that the three methods tested result in similar prediction of major actinides, Tc-99 and Cs-137; however, certain fission products resulted in significantly different production depending on the method of choice

  16. Yields of neutron-rich nuclei by actinide photofission in giant dipole resonance region

    Bhowmick, Debasis; Basu, D N; Chakrabarti, Alok

    2015-01-01

    Photofission of actinides is studied in the region of nuclear excitation energies that covers the entire giant dipole resonance (GDR) region. A comparative analysis of the behavior of the symmetric and asymmetric modes of photon induced fission as a function of the average excitation energy of the fissioning nucleus is performed. The mass distributions of $^{238}$U photofission fragments are obtained at the endpoint bremsstrahlung energy of 29.1 MeV which corresponds to mean photon energy of 13.7$\\pm$0.3 MeV that coincides with GDR peak for $^{238}$U photofission. The integrated yield of $^{238}$U photofission as well as charge distribution of photofission products are calculated and its role in the production of neutron-rich nuclei and their exoticity is explored.

  17. Fission Characteristics of Heavy Nuclei: Statics and Dynamics

    Back, Birger B.

    1999-01-01

    This paper presents a selective historical perspective of fission research over the last thirty-five years while Ray Nix has made central contributions to the field. The emphasis is placed on early studies of the shell stabilized secondary minimum in the static fission barrier and on the dynamic properties of fission of hot nuclei, which have recently been the focus of intense study.

  18. Decay analysis of pre-actinide and trans-actinide nuclei formed using various projectiles on a 197Au target at ECN*=60 MeV

    Grover, Neha; Kaur, Gurvinder; Sharma, Manoj K.

    2016-01-01

    The collective clusterization approach of the dynamical cluster decay model (DCM) has been applied to study the decay of odd mass nuclei 223Pa*, 215Fr*, 227Np*, and 233Am*, which are formed in heavy-ion-induced reactions. The aim of this study is to investigate the decay pattern and related behavior of these heavy mass nuclei formed in four distinct reactions involving different projectiles (with mass A =18 -36 ) induced on 197Au target nucleus. Further, in order to analyze the role of deformations, the calculations have been done by considering spherical choice of fragmentation as well as with inclusion of quadrupole (β2) deformation. For the heavy mass region, with fission being the dominant decay mode, an attempt has been made to investigate the effect of projectile mass in reference to fission decay patterns of the pre-actinide 215Fr* nucleus and the trans-actinide nuclei 227Np* 223Pa*, 223Am* and formed at common excitation energy, ECN*=60 MeV . Besides this, the shell closure effects and the role of orientation have been explored, which suggest the presence of a noncompound nucleus process such as quasifission (QF) for the odd mass nuclei under consideration. For both the compound nucleus and the noncompound nucleus processes, the results obtained using DCM are found to have nice agreement with experimental observations. The isotopic and isobaric analysis is also worked out so as to have a comprehensive idea about the dynamics involved.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  20. Ternary fission of nuclei into comparable fragments

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

    2015-07-15

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

  1. Ternary fission of nuclei into comparable fragments

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

  2. Collective band properties in actinide nuclei well deformed

    In actinides, proton i13/2 orbitals and neutron j15/2 orbitals are both near Fermi surface. At a great rotation speed, driving and Coriolis forces change the surface forces, in particular, they lower pairing forces inside the nucleus. The use of Coulomb excitation with the help of heavy and very heavy projectiles such as 32S, 84Kr, 142Nd, 208Pb at 232Th together with the most recent techniques of spectroscopy allowed to populate yrast bands of 230Th, 232Th, 235U and 237Np nuclei up to high spin states and together the even-even nuclei states in different collective bands. Experimental results have been analyzed in the frame of the different current models. The low spin states of rotational bands have been reproduced in a previous calculation using the nucleon-nucleon effective interaction of Skyrme III

  3. Separation of actinides and fission products from carbonate containing streams

    The capacities of the anion exchange resins AG 1-X8, AG 2-X8 and Bio-Rex 5 were determined for the carbonato complexes of UO22+, NpO22+, PuO22+, Pu4+, AmO22+ and Am3+ in batch and dynamic experiments. The Bio-Rex 5 resin, used for the first time in such experiments, shows a clear superiority over the strong basic resins which have been used in the treatment of uranium ores. The influence of the ratio U : CO32-, the pH-value, the temperature, the equilibration of the resin, the contact time and the concentration of uranium to the column parameters distribution coefficient, hold back- and break through capacities have been investigated for batch and dynamic experiments. The best results were obtained for a medium with pH 6-8 and low concentrations of actinides and carbonate ions, 0.04 M and 0.12 M respectively. In order to obtain informaiton on the behaviour of the fission products occuring in the recovery of the organic phase of the Purex-process, these expected fission products were added to the uranium solution, fixed and eluted together with the uranium and Bio-Rex 5. (orig./HK)

  4. Global calculations of fission barriers and beta-decay properties of neutron-rich nuclei

    Moller, P. (Peter); Sierk, A. J. (Arnold J.); Ichikawa, Takatoshi; Iwamoto, A. (Akira)

    2004-01-01

    Recently we have performed large-scale calculations of fission barriers in the actinide region based on five-dimensional deformation spaces with more than 3,000,000 deformation points for each potential-energy surface. We have determined new model constants. We have also extended our model to axially asymmetric shapes. We apply these techniques to the calculations of fission barriers of heavy nuclei from the line of beta stability to the r-process line. The aim is to study fission near the end of the r-process. We have also extended our model of {beta}-decay so that allowed Gamow-Teller transitions are treated in a quasi-particle random-phase approximation as earlier, but we now also consider first-forbidden transitions in the statistical gross theory. We discuss the properties of this enhanced model and present results of global calculations.

  5. Review of the fission decay of the giant resonances in the actinide region

    The fission decay of giant resonances in the actinide region is reviewed. Results from various experiments which are invariably conflicting are discussed. These include inclusive electron and positron-induced fission, as well as experiments in which fission fragments were detected in coincidence with inelastically scattered electrons or hadrons. Attention is focussed on a recent (α,α'f) experiment in which the fission decay of the giant monopole inelastically scattered α-particles at and around 00. 49 references

  6. Fission product and actinide data evaluations for ENDF/B--V

    Schenter, R.E.

    1978-05-01

    The planned content and performance of fission product and actinide nuclide evaluations for the ENDF/B-V collection of data are reviewed. Representative values of parameters for a few nuclides are shown. 10 figures, 5 tables. (RWR)

  7. Minor actinide fission induced by multi-nucleon transfer reaction in inverse kinematics

    Taieb J.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In the framework of nuclear waste incineration and design of new generation nuclear reactors, experimental data on fission probabilities and on fission fragment yields of minor actinides are crucial to design prototypes. Transfer-induced fission has proven to be an efficient method to study fission probabilities of actinides which cannot be investigated with standard techniques due to their high radioactivity. We report on the preliminary results of an experiment performed at GANIL that investigates fission probabilities with multi-nucleon transfer reactions in inverse kinematics between a 238U beam on a 12C target. Actinides from U to Cm were produced with an excitation energy range from 0 to 30 MeV. In addition, inverse kinematics allowed to characterize the fission fragments in mass and charge. A key point of the analysis resides in the identification of the actinides produced in the different transfer channels. The new annular telescope SPIDER was used to tag the target-like recoil nucleus of the transfer reaction and to determine the excitation energy of the actinide. The fission probability for each transfer channel is accessible and the preliminary results for 238U are promising.

  8. Summary Report of Second Research Coordination Meeting on Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Major Actinides

    A summary is given of the Second Research Coordination Meeting on Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Actinides. Experimental data and modelling methods on prompt fission neutron spectra were reviewed. Extensive technical discussions held on theoretical methods to calculate prompt fission spectra. Detailed coordinated research proposals have been agreed. Summary reports of selected technical presentations at the meeting are given. The resulting work plan of the Coordinated Research Programme is summarized, along with actions and deadlines. (author)

  9. Atomic masses of fission product nuclei far from stability

    The techniques for measuring fission product masses far from stability are discussed and recent progress in experimental measurements is reviewed. A comparison of new mass values with predictions of 10 mass equations suggests that most theories predict far-from-stability fission product nuclei to be more bound than is found experimentally. A closer look at several isotopic chains is used to identify regions of structural change where mass equations encounter difficulty. 31 references

  10. Study on decay of rare earth nuclei produced by fission

    Kawade, Kiyoshi; Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Shibata, Michihiro; Asai, Masato [Nagoya Univ. (Japan); Tsukada, Kazuaki; Osa, Akihiko; Shinohara, Nobuo; Iimura, Hideki

    1996-01-01

    JAERI-ISOL utilizes charge particle induced fission by proton and heavy proton produced by the tandem type accelerator (JAERI). To study the decay mechanism and nuclei structure of neutron and excess nuclei produced by actinoid fission, JAERI-ISOL was improved by developing the multilayer target tank. So that, the intensity of mass separated ion beam increased enough to use. New 76.6 KeV {gamma}-ray with about 10s of half life was found in the preliminary experiment. (S.Y.)

  11. Multi-dimensional constraint relativistic mean field models and potential energy surfaces of actinide nuclei

    Lu, Bing-Nan; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2014-01-01

    By breaking the reflection and the axial symmetries simultaneously, we developed multi-dimensional constraint relativistic mean field (MDC-RMF) models. In these models, the nuclear shape is assumed to be invariant under the reversion of x and y axes, i.e., the intrinsic symmetry group is V_4 and all shape degrees of freedom \\beta_{\\lambda\\mu} with even \\mu (\\beta_{20}, \\beta_{22}, \\beta_{30}, \\beta_{32}, \\beta_{40}, ...) are included self-consistently. The RMF functional can be one of the following four forms: the meson exchange or point-coupling nucleon interactions combined with the non-linear or density-dependent couplings. The pairing effects are taken into account with the BCS approach. In this paper the formalism for MDC-RMF models is presented in details. Potential energy surface of 240Pu is illustrated for numerical checks and for the study of the effects of triaxiality on the fission barriers. Potential energy curves of actinide nuclei around the first and second fission barriers are studied systemat...

  12. Evaluation of Nuclear Fission Barrier Parameters for 17 Nuclei

    2001-01-01

    As well know that modern nuclear installations and applications have reached a high degree of sophistication. The effective safe and economical design of these technologies require detailed and reliable design calculations. The accuracy of these calculations is largely determined by the accuracy of the basic nuclear and atomic input parameters. In order to meet the needs on high energy fission cross section, fission spectra in waste disposal, transmutation, radioactive beams physics and so on, 17 nuclei fission barrier parameters were collected from the literature based on different experiments and

  13. Recycling of actinides and fission products, the Dutch RAS research programme

    An ECN, a research programme has been started to contribute to current international research efforts in the field of P and T. The name of this programme is RAS, which is the dutch acronym for recycling of actinides and fission products. This multidisciplinary programme consists of the following components: - Nuclear data ('cross-section libraries') - Reactor physics and scenario studies - Chemical studies ('actinide chemistry') - Technological studies and irradiations. (orig./HP)

  14. New insights into neutron rich nuclei from fission

    Neutron-rich nuclei populated in spontaneous fission are providing new tests for microscopic models. The neutron-rich 104-108Mo, 108-114Ru and 112-116Pd exhibit a variety of rapidly changing collective band structures to high spins. The first evidence for chiral band doublets in any even-even nucleus are reported

  15. Proton-induced fission of heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    Deppman, A; Guimaraes, V; Karapetyan, G S; Balabekyan, A R; Demekhina, N A

    2013-01-01

    The intermediate energy proton-induced fission of 241Am, 238$U and 237$Np is studied. The inelastic interactions of protons and heavy nuclei are described by a CRISP model, in which the reaction proceeds in two steps. The first one corresponds fast cascade, where a series of individual particle-particle collisions occurs within the nucleus. It leaves a highly excited cascade residual nucleus, assumed to be in thermal equilibrium. Subsequently, in the second step the excited nucleus releases its energy by evaporation of neutrons and light charged particles as well. Both the symmetric and asymmetric fission are regarded, and the fission probabilities are obtained from CRISP code calculations, by means of statistical weighting factors. The fission cross sections, the fissility of the fissioning nuclei, and the number of nucleons lost by the target - before and after fission - are calculated and compared to experiments for 660 MeV protons incident on 241Am, 238$U and 237$Np. Some of the model predictions are in f...

  16. The behaviour of selected fission products and actinides on UTEVA® resin

    The behaviour of selected fission product elements and actinides on UTEVA® resin in HCl and HNO3 media was determined by loading a mixed solution of Sr, Y, Zr, Mo, Ag, Cd, Cs, Ba, Ce, Eu, Tb, U, Np and Pu on to UTEVA® resin. The columns were eluted with decreasing concentrations of each acid. This investigation used stable elemental standards for the fission product elements and radioactive tracers for the actinide elements. The eluted fractions were analysed using ICP-OES and ICP-MS to determine the recovery of the elements across the fractions. A comparison using valency adjustment for the separation of Pu and Np is also reported. (author)

  17. Remarks on the fission barriers of super-heavy nuclei

    Hofmann, S.; Heinz, S.; Mann, R.; Maurer, J.; Münzenberg, G.; Antalic, S.; Barth, W.; Dahl, L.; Eberhardt, K.; Grzywacz, R.; Hamilton, J. H.; Henderson, R. A.; Kenneally, J. M.; Kindler, B.; Kojouharov, I.; Lang, R.; Lommel, B.; Miernik, K.; Miller, D.; Moody, K. J.; Morita, K.; Nishio, K.; Popeko, A. G.; Roberto, J. B.; Runke, J.; Rykaczewski, K. P.; Scheidenberger, C.; Shaughnessy, D. A.; Stoyer, M. A.; Thörle-Pospiech, P.; Tinschert, K.; Trautmann, N.; Uusitalo, J.; Yeremin, A. V.

    2016-04-01

    Shell-correction energies of super-heavy nuclei are approximated by using Q_{α} values of measured decay chains. Five decay chains were analyzed, which start at the isotopes 285Fl, 294118, 291Lv, 292Lv and 293Lv. The data are compared with predictions of macroscopic-microscopic models. Fission barriers are estimated that can be used to eliminate uncertainties in partial fission half-lives and in calculations of evaporation-residue cross-sections. In that calculations, fission probability of the compound nucleus is a major factor contributing to the total cross-section. The data also provide constraints on the cross-sections of capture and quasi-fission in the entrance channel of the fusion reaction. Arguments are presented that fusion reactions for synthesis of isotopes of elements 118 and 120 may have higher cross-sections than assumed so far.

  18. Consultants' meeting on prompt fission neutron spectra of major actinides. Summary report

    A Consultants' Meeting on 'Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Major Actinides' was held at IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria, to discuss the adequacy and quality of the recommended prompt fission neutron spectra to be found in existing nuclear data applications libraries. These prompt fission neutron spectra were judged to be inadequate, and this problem has proved difficult to resolve by means of theoretical modelling. Major adjustments may be required to ensure the validity of such important data. There is a strong requirement for an international effort to explore and resolve these difficulties and recommend prompt fission neutron spectra and uncertainty covariance matrices for the actinides over the neutron energy range from thermal to 20 MeV. Participants also stressed that there would be a strong need for validation of the resulting data against integral critical assembly and dosimetry data. (author)

  19. Experimental level-structure determination in odd-odd actinide nuclei

    The status of experimental determination of level structure in odd-odd actinide nuclei is reviewed. A technique for modeling quasiparticle excitation energies and rotational parameters in odd-odd deformed nuclei is applied to actinide species where new experimental data have been obtained by use of neutron-capture gamma-ray spectroscopy. The input parameters required for the calculation are derived from empirical data on single-particle excitations in neighboring odd-mass nuclei. Calculated configuration-specific values for the Gallagher-Moszkowski splittings are used. Calculated and experimental level structures for 238Np, 244Am, and 250Bk are compared, as well as those for several nuclei in the rare-earth region. The agreement for the actinide species is excellent, with bandhead energies deviating 22 keV and rotational parameters 5%, on the average. Applications of this modeling technique are discussed

  20. New fission valley for 258Fm and nuclei beyond

    Experimental results on the fission properties of nuclei close to 264Fm show sudden and large changes with a change of only one or two neutrons or protons. The nucleus 258Fm, for instance, undergoes symmetric fission with a half-life of about 0.4 ms and a kinetic energy peaked at about 235 MeV whereas 256Fm undergoes asymmetric fission with a half-life of about 3 h and a kinetic energy peaked at about 200 MeV. Qualitatively, these sudden changes hve been postulated to be due to the emergence of fragment shells in symmetric fission products close to 132Sn. A quantitative calculation that shows where high-kinetic-energy symmetric fission occurs and why it is associated with a sudden and large decrease in fission half-lives. The study is based on calculations of potential-energy surfaces in the macroscopic-microscopic model and a semi-empirical model for the nuclear inertia. The implications of the new fission valley on the stability of the heaviest elements is discussed. 33 refs., 12 figs

  1. Temperature-Dependent Fission Barriers of Superheavy Nuclei

    Pei, J C; Sheikh-Javid, A; Kerman, A K

    2009-01-01

    The dependence of fission barriers on the excitation energy of the compound nucleus impacts the survival probability of superheavy nuclei synthesized in heavy-ion fusion reactions. We study the temperature-dependent fission barriers by means of the self-consistent nuclear density functional theory. The equivalence of isothermal and isentropic descriptions is demonstrated. The effect of the particle gas is found to be negligible in the range of temperatures studied. Calculations have been carried out for $^{264}$Fm, $^{272}$Ds, $^{278}$112, $^{292}$114, and $^{312}$124. For nuclei around $^{278}$112 produced in "cold fusion" reactions, we predict a more rapid decrease of fission barriers with temperature as compared to the nuclei around $^{292}$114 synthesized in "hot fusion" experiments. This is explained in terms of the difference between the ground-state and fission-barrier temperatures. Our calculations are consistent with the long survival probabilities of the superheavy elements produced in Dubna with th...

  2. Fission barriers in covariant density functional theory: extrapolation to superheavy nuclei

    Abusara, H.; Afanasjev, A. V.; Ring, P.

    2012-01-01

    Systematic calculations of fission barriers allowing for triaxial deformation are performed for even-even superheavy nuclei with charge number $Z=112-120$ using three classes of covariant density functional models. The softness of nuclei in the triaxial plane leads to an emergence of several competing fission pathes in the region of the inner fission barrier in some of these nuclei. The outer fission barriers are considerably affected by triaxiality and octupole deformation. General trends of...

  3. Fission of Oriented Nuclei by Low Energy Neutrons. RCN Report

    This report describes the study of the angular distribution of α-particles and of fission fragments originating from neutron capture in heavy nuclei, which are aligned at low temperatures by the method of hyperfine interaction. The results of the measurements with the target nucleus 233U with neutrons in the energy range from 0 to 2000 eV can be interpreted with the Bohr-theory of transition states at the deformation barrier for nuclear fission. The relatively invariant behaviour of the anisotropy in the angular distribution of fission fragments as a function of neutron energy indicates that the available fission channels are strongly mixed. For neutron resonances with spin and parity 2+ 2 to 3 channels are open and for 3+ resonances 1 to 2. The group structure in the subthreshold fission cross section of 237Np has been explained by the double-humped deformation barrier proposed by Strutinsky. The implication of this interpretation is that all the resonances in one group have the same spin. The resonances in the first group at 40 eV agree consistently with the fission channel (2+,2). The groups at higher neutron energies up to 2000 eV correspond mainly with the channels (2+,2) and (3+,2). (author)

  4. Searches for superheavy elements in nature: Cosmic-ray nuclei; spontaneous fission

    Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Dmitriev, S. N.

    2015-12-01

    There is little chance that superheavy nuclei with lifetimes of no less than 100 million years are present on the stability island discovered at present. Also, pessimistic are the results of estimates made about their nucleosynthesis in r-process. Nevertheless, the search for these nuclei in nature is justified in view of the fundamental importance of this topic. The first statistically significant data set was obtained by the LDEF Ultra-Heavy Cosmic-Ray Experiment, consisting of 35 tracks of actinide nuclei in galactic cosmic rays. Because of their exceptionally long exposure time in Galaxy, olivine crystals extracted from meteorites generate interest as detectors providing unique data regarding the nuclear composition of ancient cosmic rays. The contemporary searches for superheavy elements in the earth matter rely on knowledge obtained from chemical studies of artificially synthesized superheavy nuclei. New results finding out the chemical behavior of superheavy elements should be employed to obtain samples enriched in their homologues. The detection of rare spontaneous fission events and the technique of accelerator mass spectrometry are employed in these experiments.

  5. Summary Report of First Research Coordination Meeting on Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Major Actinides

    A summary is given of the First Research Coordination Meeting on Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Actinides. Experimental data and modelling methods on prompt fission neutron spectra were reviewed. The programme to compile and evaluate prompt fission spectra including uncertainty information over the neutron energy range from thermal to 20 MeV was proposed. Validation of the resulting data against integral critical assembly and dosimetry data is foreseen. Detailed coordinated research proposals have been agreed. Summary reports of technical presentations at the meeting are given. The resulting work plan of the Coordinated Research Programme is summarized, along with actions and deadlines. (author)

  6. Improved Fission Neutron Data Base for Active Interrogation of Actinides

    Pozzi, Sara; Czirr, J. Bart; Haight, Robert; Kovash, Michael; Tsvetkov, Pavel

    2013-11-06

    This project will develop an innovative neutron detection system for active interrogation measurements. Many active interrogation methods to detect fissionable material are based on the detection of neutrons from fission induced by fast neutrons or high-energy gamma rays. The energy spectrum of the fission neutrons provides data to identify the fissionable isotopes and materials such as shielding between the fissionable material and the detector. The proposed path for the project is as follows. First, the team will develop new neutron detection systems and algorithms by Monte Carlo simulations and bench-top experiments. Next, They will characterize and calibrate detection systems both with monoenergetic and white neutron sources. Finally, high-fidelity measurements of neutron emission from fissions induced by fast neutrons will be performed. Several existing fission chambers containing U-235, Pu-239, U-238, or Th-232 will be used to measure the neutron-induced fission neutron emission spectra. The challenge for making confident measurements is the detection of neutrons in the energy ranges of 0.01 – 1 MeV and above 8 MeV, regions where the basic data on the neutron energy spectrum emitted from fission is least well known. In addition, improvements in the specificity of neutron detectors are required throughout the complete energy range: they must be able to clearly distinguish neutrons from other radiations, in particular gamma rays and cosmic rays. The team believes that all of these challenges can be addressed successfully with emerging technologies under development by this collaboration. In particular, the collaboration will address the area of fission neutron emission spectra for isotopes of interest in the advanced fuel cycle initiative (AFCI).

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

    B S Tomar; R Tripathi; A Goswami

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  9. Angular distribution in the neutron-induced fission of actinides

    Leong L.S.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Above 1 MeV of incident neutron energy the fission fragment angular distribution (FFAD has generally a strong anisotropic behavior due to the combination of the incident orbital momentum and the intrinsic spin of the fissioning nucleus. This effect has to be taken into account for the efficiency estimation of devices used for fission cross section measurements. In addition it bears information on the spin deposition mechanism and on the structure of transitional states. We designed and constructed a detection device, based on Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC, for measuring the fission fragment angular distributions of several isotopes, in particular 232Th. The measurement has been performed at n_TOF at CERN taking advantage of the very broad energy spectrum of the neutron beam. Fission events were recognized by back to back detection in coincidence in two position-sensitive detectors surrounding the targets. The detection efficiency, depending mostly on the stopping of fission fragments in backings and electrodes, has been computed with a Geant4 simulation and validated by the comparison to the measured case of 235U below 3 keV where the emission is isotropic. In the case of 232Th, the result is in good agreement with previous data below 10 MeV, with a good reproduction of the structures associated to vibrational states and the opening of second chance fission. In the 14 MeV region our data are much more accurate than previous ones which are broadly scattered.

  10. Nuclear-fission studies with relativistic secondary beams: analysis of fission channels

    Boeckstiegel, C.; Steinhaeuser, S.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Clerc, H. -G.; Grewe, A.; Heinz, A.; de Jong, M; JUNGHANS A. R.; Mueller, J.; Voss, B.

    2007-01-01

    Nuclear fission of several neutron-deficient actinides and pre-actinides from excitation energies around 11 MeV was studied at GSI Darmstadt by use of relativistic secondary beams. The characteristics of multimodal fission of nuclei around 226Th are systematically investigated and interpreted as the superposition of three fission channels. Properties of these fission channels have been determined for 15 systems. A global view on the properties of fission channels including previous results is...

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

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

  12. Electrochemical separation of actinides and fission products in molten salt electrolyte

    Gay, R. L.; Grantham, L. F.; Fusselman, S. P.; Grimmett, D. L.; Roy, J. J.

    1995-09-01

    Molten salt electrochemical separation may be applied to accelerator-based conversion (ABC) and transmutation systems by dissolving the fluoride transport salt in LiCl-KCl eutectic solvent. The resulting fluoride-chloride mixture will contain small concentrations of fission product rare earths (La, Nd, Gd, Pr, Ce, Eu, Sm, and Y) and actinides (U, Np, Pu, Am, and Cm). The Gibbs free energies of formation of the metal chlorides are grouped advantageously such that the actinides can be deposited on a solid cathode with the majority of the rare earths remaining in the electrolyte. Thus, the actinides are recycled for further transmutation. Rockwell and its partners have measured the thermodynamic properties of the metal chlorides of interest (rare earths and actinides) and demonstrated separation of actinides from rare earths in laboratory studies. A model is being developed to predict the performance of a commercial electrochemical cell for separations starting with PUREX compositions. This model predicts excellent separation of plutonium and other actinides from the rare earths in metal-salt systems.

  13. Calculation characterization of spent fuel hazard related to partitioning and transmutation of minor actinides and fission products

    Radiotoxicity is one of important characteristics of radwaste hazard. Radiotoxicity of actinides and fission products from spent fuel of VVER-1000 reactor for processes of burnup, long-term storage, and transmutation is discussed. (author)

  14. Fission barrier in even-even superheavy nuclei

    In this work, the ground state properties of even-even superheavy nuclei (Z=112-120) are studied. The work has given emphasis on the role of deformation on the structure of superheavy nuclei. The problem of superdeformed ground state, their deformation energy curves and the potential energy surface of these nuclei is addressed. Both the nonrelativistic Skyrme-Hartree-Fock SHF and the deformed Relativistic Mean Field RMF models have been used in a constrained calculation. The systematic investigations of fission barriers in even-even superheavy nuclei with charge number Z=112-120 within relativistic mean field theory including the triaxial shapes and octupole shapes with axial symmetry. The improved version of NL3 parameter set (NL3), standard NL3, SkI4 and SLy4 parameter sets are used for the calculations. The pairing correlations are treated using the BCS approximation using the seniority pairing forces adjusted to empirical values of the gap parameters. The investigations for potential energy surface (PES), and the deformation energy curves for several isotopes with charge number Z=112, 114, 116, 118 and 120 nuclei obtained with the NL3 parameterization of the RMF Lagrangian is presented. The results will be for the case of axial solution with reflection symmetry, triaxial solutions with reflection symmetry, and octupole deformation solutions with axial symmetry

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  16. Fission-evaporation competition in excited uranium and fermium nuclei

    The production cross sections and excitation functions for the 223-226U neutron deficient isotopes have been measured in the 20Ne+208Pb and 22Ne+208Pb reactions for (4,5)n and (4-7)n evaporation channels of the de-excitation of the compound nuclei 228U* and 230U*, respectively. The present study considers in addition the de-excitation via the (5,6)n evaporation channels of the 224U* compound nucleus formed in the 27Al+197Au reaction. The production cross sections of 247g,246Fm formed after evaporation of (5,6)n and (7,8)n from the 252Fm* and 254Fm* compound nuclei produced in the 20Ne+232Th and 22Ne+232Th reactions were also measured respectively. The evaporation residues emerging from the target were separated in-flight from the projectiles and background reaction products by the electrostatic recoil separator VASSILISSA [1]. The investigation regards the U and Fm compound nuclei in the 40-80 MeV excitation energy range. For the analysis of the (Hl, xn) evaporation cross sections the advanced statistical model [2] calculations were used. The angular momentum dependence of the shell correction to the fission barrier, and the effects of the nuclear viscosity and dynamical deformation for these fissile excited nuclei are considered. The n/Γt> values at the initial steps of the de-excitation cascade for the U and Fm compound nuclei were derived from the measured excitation functions and discussed from the point of view of the consequences for the fission process dynamics

  17. Comparison of actinides and fission products recycling scheme with the normal plutonium recycling scheme in fast reactors

    Salahuddin Asif; Iqbal Masood

    2013-01-01

    Multiple recycling of actinides and non-volatile fission products in fast reactors through the dry re-fabrication/reprocessing atomics international reduction oxidation process has been studied as a possible way to reduce the long-term potential hazard of nuclear waste compared to that resulting from reprocessing in a wet PUREX process. Calculations have been made to compare the actinides and fission products recycling scheme with the normal plutonium recycling scheme in a fast reactor....

  18. Phosphonates as alternative to tributyl phosphate for the separation of actinides from fission products

    The present work investigates the role of increase in the basicity of organophosphorus extractant (dialkylalkyl phosphonates) on the uptake of actinides and fission products vis-a-vis tributyl phosphate (TBP), currently employed as a universal extractant. Two dialkylalkyl phosphonates viz. dibutylpropyl phosphonate (DBPrP) and dibutylpentyl phosphonate (DBPeP) were synthesized, characterized and evaluated for their solvent extraction behavior towards U(VI), Th(IV), Eu(III) and Tc(VII) in nitric acid medium ranging from 0.01-6 M. It was observed that increasing the basicity of the phosphoryl oxygen enhanced the uptake of the actinides and the distribution coefficient values were significantly larger as compared to TBP. The limiting organic concentration (LOC) value was estimated for Th(IV) for these extractants and compared with the TBP system. The separation factors of actinides with phosphonates over Tc(VII) are distinctly better than that with TBP.

  19. Phosphonates as alternative to tributyl phosphate for the separation of actinides from fission products

    Vyas, Chirag K.; Joshirao, Pranav M.; Manchanda, Vijay K. [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Energy Science; Rao, C.V.S. Brahmmananda; Jayalakshmi, S. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Fuel Chemistry Div.

    2015-06-01

    The present work investigates the role of increase in the basicity of organophosphorus extractant (dialkylalkyl phosphonates) on the uptake of actinides and fission products vis-a-vis tributyl phosphate (TBP), currently employed as a universal extractant. Two dialkylalkyl phosphonates viz. dibutylpropyl phosphonate (DBPrP) and dibutylpentyl phosphonate (DBPeP) were synthesized, characterized and evaluated for their solvent extraction behavior towards U(VI), Th(IV), Eu(III) and Tc(VII) in nitric acid medium ranging from 0.01-6 M. It was observed that increasing the basicity of the phosphoryl oxygen enhanced the uptake of the actinides and the distribution coefficient values were significantly larger as compared to TBP. The limiting organic concentration (LOC) value was estimated for Th(IV) for these extractants and compared with the TBP system. The separation factors of actinides with phosphonates over Tc(VII) are distinctly better than that with TBP.

  20. Determination of minor actinides fission cross sections by means of transfer reactions

    We present an original method that allows to determine neutron-induced cross sections of very short-lived minor actinides. This indirect method, based on the use of transfer reactions, has already been applied with success for the determination of the neutron-induced fission and capture cross section of 233Pa, a key nucleus in the 232Th - 233U fuel cycle. A recent experiment using this technique has been performed to determine the neutron-induced fission cross sections of 242,243,244Cm and 241Am which are present in the nuclear waste of the current U-Pu fuel cycle. These cross sections are highly relevant for the design of reactors capable to incinerate minor actinides. The first results will be illustrated. (authors)

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

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

  2. Comparison of actinides and fission products recycling scheme with the normal plutonium recycling scheme in fast reactors

    Salahuddin Asif

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiple recycling of actinides and non-volatile fission products in fast reactors through the dry re-fabrication/reprocessing atomics international reduction oxidation process has been studied as a possible way to reduce the long-term potential hazard of nuclear waste compared to that resulting from reprocessing in a wet PUREX process. Calculations have been made to compare the actinides and fission products recycling scheme with the normal plutonium recycling scheme in a fast reactor. For this purpose, the Karlsruhe version of isotope generation and depletion code, KORIGEN, has been modified accordingly. An entirely novel fission product yields library for fast reactors has been created which has replaced the old KORIGEN fission products library. For the purposes of this study, the standard 26 groups data set, KFKINR, developed at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany, has been extended by the addition of the cross-sections of 13 important actinides and 68 most important fission products. It has been confirmed that these 68 fission products constitute about 95% of the total fission products yield and about 99.5% of the total absorption due to fission products in fast reactors. The amount of fissile material required to guarantee the criticality of the reactor during recycling schemes has also been investigated. Cumulative high active waste per ton of initial heavy metal is also calculated. Results show that the recycling of actinides and fission products in fast reactors through the atomics international reduction oxidation process results in a reduction of the potential hazard of radioactive waste.

  3. Partitioning of actinides and fission products using molten salt electrorefining process

    Electrorefining is the key step of pyrometallurgical processing for separating actinides from fission products. In this work, the electrorefining process is carried out in a electrorefining cell that contains molten salts (49% LiCl- 51% KCL) floating on a liquid cadmium. The cell is operated under an inert atmosphere at 500 degree C. In this work we describe in detail the construction of the cell and the way of operation

  4. Actinides separation and long-lived fission products from the high activity effluent

    The aim of this document is to study the decontamination of a high activity effluent in minor actinides-α transmitters (241Am, 243Am, 243Cm, 245Cm, 237Np, 238Pu, 242Pu, 235U, 238U) and long-life fissions products (133Cs, 137Cs) and then the separation of Am, Cm, Np, Cs and Pu, U traces. (TEC). 16 figs., 1 tab

  5. Status of the French research programme for actinides and fission products partitioning and transmutation

    The paper focus on separation and transmutation research and development programme and main results over these ten last years. The massive research programme on enhanced separation, conducted by CEA and supported by broad international cooperation, has recently achieved some vital progress. Based on real solutions derived from the La Hague process, the CEA demonstrated the lab-scale feasibility of extracting minor actinides and some fission products (I, Cs and Tc) using an hydrometallurgical process that can be extrapolated on the industrial scale. The CEA also conducted programmes proving the technical feasibility of the elimination of minor actinides and fission products by transmutation: fabrication of specific targets and fuels for transmutation tests in the HFR and Phenix reactors, neutronics and technology studies for ADS developments in order to support the MEGAPIE, TRADE and MYRRHA experiments and the future 100 MW international ADS demonstrator. Scenarios studies aimed at stabilizing the inventory with long-lived radionuclides, plutonium, minor actinides and certain long-lived fission products in different nuclear power plant parks and to verify the feasibility at the level of the cycle facilities and fuels involved in those scenarios. Three French Research Groups CEA-CNRS carry out partitioning (PRACTIS) and transmutation (NOMADE and GEDEON) more basic studies. (author)

  6. Facilities for preparing actinide or fission product-based targets

    Sors, M

    1999-01-01

    Research and development work is currently in progress in France on the feasibility of transmutation of very long-lived radionuclides such as americium, blended with an inert medium such as magnesium oxide and pelletized for irradiation in a fast neutron reactor. The process is primarily designed to produce ceramics for nuclear reactors, but could also be used to produce targets for accelerators. The Actinide Development Laboratory is part of the ATALANTE complex at Marcoule, where the CEA investigates reprocessing, liquid and solid waste treatment and vitrification processes. The laboratory produces radioactive sources; after use, their constituents are recycled, notably through R and D programs requiring such materials. Recovered americium is purified, characterized and transformed for an experiment known as ECRIX, designed to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating americium-based ceramics and to determine the reactor transmutation coefficients.

  7. Immobilization of actinides and fission products in Synroc

    Synroc containing simulated JW-A waste decreased in density as it sustained radiation damage due to doping with 0.69 wt% of 244Cm. The rate of change in density with increasing α-fluence showed an increase beyond ∼9.5 x 1017 αg-1, and the increase may reflect the onset of intergranular cracking. This may also explain the increases in leach rates of many elements above about the same α-fluence. Additional leach rate increases were deduced to occur in the perovskite phase as a result of intragranular radiation damage. Leach rates of Np, Pu, Am, and Cm were found to be much lower than the matrix elements. Nd3+ and U4+ incorporation in the very durable zirconolite phase is extensive suggesting that it is suitable for actinide encapsulation. (author)

  8. Masses and fission barriers of nuclei in the LSD model

    Recently developed Lublin-Strasbourg Drop (LSD) model together with the microscopic corrections taken r is very successful in describing many features of nuclei. In addition to the classical liquid drop model the LSD contains the curvature term proportional to the A1/3. The r.m.s. deviation of the LSD binding energies of 2766 isotopes with Z,N>7 from the experimental ones is 0.698 MeV only. It turns out that the LSD model gives also a satisfactory prediction of the fission barrier heights. In addition, it was found in that taking into account the deformation dependence of the congruence energy proposed by Myers and Swiatecki significantly approaches the LSD-model barrier-heights to the experimental data in the case of light isotopes while the fission barriers for heavy nuclei remain nearly unchanged and agree well with experiment. It was also shown in that the saddle point masses of transactinides from 232Th to 250Cf evaluated using the LSD differ by less than 0.67 MeV from the experimental data.

  9. Role of dynamical effects in the formation of T-Odd asymmetries for products of polarized-neutron-induced ternary fission of nuclei

    Basic dynamical effects that accompany the cold-polarized-neutron-induced binary and ternary fission of actinide nuclei and which determine the properties of T -odd asymmetries in angular distributions of various prescission and evaporated light third particles emitted in true and delayed ternary fission are analyzed on the basis of quantum-mechanical fission theory. It is emphasized that effects associated with the conservation of axial symmetry of the fissioning system under study at all stages of its evolution from the formation of neutron resonance states of the fissile compound nucleus to the separation of its fission fragments, including the appearance of zero wriggling vibrations of the cold compound nucleus in the vicinity of its scission point, are of particular importance, the influence of quantum collective rotation of the polarized fissile system on the asymmetry of the angular distribution of both fission fragments and third particles being taken into account. It is shown that the difference in the behavior of the coefficients characterizing the T -odd asymmetries under analysis for the target nuclei being studied can be explained, upon taking into account the interference between the fission amplitudes for the neutron resonance states of fissile compound nuclei, by the difference in the contributions of even and odd components of the amplitudes of angular distributions of third particles to the coefficients in question

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

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

  11. A comparison of radioactive waste from first generation fusion reactors and fast fission reactors with actinide recycling

    Limitations of the fission fuel resources will presumably mandate the replacement of thermal fission reactors by fast fission reactors that operate on a self-sufficient closed fuel cycle. This replacement might take place within the next one hundred years, so the direct competitors of fusion reactors will be fission reactors of the latter rather than the former type. Also, fast fission reactors, in contrast to thermal fission reactors, have the potential for transmuting long-lived actinides into short-lived fission products. The associated reduction of the long-term activation of radioactive waste due to actinides makes the comparison of radioactive waste from fast fission reactors to that from fusion reactors more rewarding than the comparison of radioactive waste from thermal fission reactors to that from fusion reactors. Radioactive waste from an experimental and a commercial fast fission reactor and an experimental and a commercial fusion reactor has been characterized. The fast fission reactors chosen for this study were the Experimental Breeder Reactor 2 and the Integral Fast Reactor. The fusion reactors chosen for this study were the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor and a Reduced Activation Ferrite Helium Tokamak. The comparison of radioactive waste parameters shows that radioactive waste from the experimental fast fission reactor may be less hazardous than that from the experimental fusion reactor. Inclusion of the actinides would reverse this conclusion only in the long-term. Radioactive waste from the commercial fusion reactor may always be less hazardous than that from the commercial fast fission reactor, irrespective of the inclusion or exclusion of the actinides. The fusion waste would even be far less hazardous, if advanced structural materials, like silicon carbide or vanadium alloy, were employed

  12. Neutron cross section calculations for fission-product nuclei

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

  13. Fission valleys of double-magic superheavy nuclei

    An alternative Z = 120 proton shell closure is analysed for the superheavy region. The proton magic numbers 114 and 120 are obtained for two different sets of the spin-orbit and l2 strength parameters, κ and μ. The possible double-magic superheavy nuclei 304 120 and 298 114 are compared within a four-dimensional space of deformation which includes mass-asymmetry and three geometrical degrees of freedom. The potential energy is calculated with the macroscopic-microscopic method. A well suited single-particle model for such a study is the two-center shell model. This model is used to obtain the energy levels. The shell corrections are computed using the Strutinsky method and are added to the Yukawa-plus-exponential macroscopic energy. One considers axially symmetric shapes. Spherical ground states are assumed for the initial and final fragments. Different pairs of fragments are obtained by changing the mass asymmetry parameter η. Two energy valleys play a major role in this static study: one leading to the double magic light fragment 132 Sn corresponding to almost symmetric splitting, the other belonging to the double magic heavy fragment 208 Pb at larger mass asymmetry.The lead valley explains the cluster radioactivity for the lighter nuclei. Fission-like barriers are obtained by two intersected spheres with zero neck radius in-between. The fission barriers have been calculated by minimization of the energy within the three dimensional deformation space. At least one magic number and another one close to magic is needed within the fragment pair to shape a valley on the potential energy surfaces. The static barriers are more likely to favour the two fission modes leading to the above mentioned double-magic fragments due to the combined effect of two shell closures on the total energy value. (authors)

  14. Neutron Capture and Fission Measurements on Actinides at Dance

    Chyzh, A.; Wu, C. Y.; Kwan, E.; Henderson, R. A.; Gostic, J. M.; Ullmann, J. L.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Jandel, M.; Couture, A. J.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Haight, R. C.; Lee, H. Y.

    2013-03-01

    The prompt γ-ray energy and multiplicity distributions in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf have been measured using a highly granular 4π γ-ray calorimeter. Corrections were made for both energy and multiplicity distributions according to the detector response, which is simulated numerically using a model validated with the γ-ray calibration sources. A comparison of the total γray energy distribution was made between the measurement and a simulation by random sampling of the corrected γ-ray energy and multiplicity distributions through the detector response. A reasonable agreement is achieved between the measurement and simulation, indicating weak correlations between γ-ray energy and multiplicity. Moreover, the increasing agreement with increasing multiplicity manifests the stochastic aspect of the prompt γ decay in spontaneous fission. This calorimeter was designed for the study of neutron capture reactions and an example is given, where the238Pu(n, γ) measurement was carried out in the laboratory environment for the first time.

  15. Short term fission product and actinide decay heat for a PWR

    This note gives the results of best estimate calculations of the decay heat following reactor trip for the UK PWR using UK recommended methods. It is intended that these values, together with the uncertainties identified, should be used for the analysis of reactor transients following shutdown. This requires the use of the computer code FISPIN (or a similar code FISP) together with the First UK Library of Fission Product Decay Data (UKPFDD-1), the Crouch 2 fission yields and group averaged fission product capture cross sections recommended individually for each reactor type. The calculations reported here conform to this standard. Decay heat from heavy elements (identified as actinides in this report) is also calculated in FISPIN. (U.K.)

  16. A Lane consistent optical model potential for nucleon scattering on actinide nuclei with extended coupling

    Quesada, José Manuel; Capote, Roberto; Soukhovitski, Efrem S.; Chiba, Satoshi

    2016-03-01

    An extension for odd-A actinides of a previously derived dispersive coupledchannel optical model potential (OMP) for 238U and 232Th nuclei is presented. It is used to fit simultaneously all the available experimental databases including neutron strength functions for nucleon scattering on 232Th, 233,235,238U and 239Pu nuclei. Quasi-elastic (p,n) scattering data on 232Th and 238U to the isobaric analogue states of the target nucleus are also used to constrain the isovector part of the optical potential. For even-even (odd) actinides almost all low-lying collective levels below 1 MeV (0.5 MeV) of excitation energy are coupled. OMP parameters show a smooth energy dependence and energy independent geometry.

  17. A Lane consistent optical model potential for nucleon scattering on actinide nuclei with extended coupling

    Quesada José Manuel

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available An extension for odd-A actinides of a previously derived dispersive coupledchannel optical model potential (OMP for 238U and 232Th nuclei is presented. It is used to fit simultaneously all the available experimental databases including neutron strength functions for nucleon scattering on 232Th, 233,235,238U and 239Pu nuclei. Quasi-elastic (p,n scattering data on 232Th and 238U to the isobaric analogue states of the target nucleus are also used to constrain the isovector part of the optical potential. For even-even (odd actinides almost all low-lying collective levels below 1 MeV (0.5 MeV of excitation energy are coupled. OMP parameters show a smooth energy dependence and energy independent geometry.

  18. Production of actinide nuclei by multi-nucleon transfer

    Lauritsen, T.; Ahmad, I.; Carpenter, M.P. [and others

    1995-08-01

    Multi-nucleon transfers have increasingly allowed us to reach parts of the nuclear chart where regular compound nuclear reactions are prohibited. The interesting region of Ra and Rn, where a rich tapestry of nuclear structure manifests itself, is now accessible using this technique of deep inelastic scattering. In particular, these nuclei are predicted to lie at the onset of octupole deformation and the region is rich in examples of shape coexistence. There are several theoretical predictions of nuclear structure of these nuclei that have not been experimentally tested. Moreover, there is serious disagreement among these theories. We used a beam of {sup 136}Xe at 720 MeV from ATLAS on a target of {sup 232}Th to produce a range of Rn isotopes, with a mass from 220 to 224, and Ra isotopes with masses greater than 222. The beam energy, target and beam were selected carefully to enhance the cross-section for production of these nuclei and reduce the Doppler broadening of the gamma rays that were observed in the Argonne Notre Dame gamma-ray facility. The 12 germanium detectors of this array allowed the observation of gamma-gamma coincidences. The inner ball of 50 BGO detectors allowed us to record the multiplicity and sum-energy information for each event. The latter should permit us to determine the entry region in the products of the transfer reaction. We had four successful days of beam-time, when we collected in excess of 8 x 10{sup 7} events. Data analysis is in progress at the University of Liverpool. A complete set of spectroscopic information on the yrast structure of the many nuclei produced in this reaction is being extracted.

  19. Structure Shape Evolution in Lanthanide and Actinide Nuclei

    Khalaf A. M.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available To give the characteristics of the evolution of the collectivity in even-even nuclei, we studied the behavior of the energy ratios R(4 / 2 and R(6 / 4. All chains of lanthanides begins as vibrational with R(4 / 2 near 2.0 and move towards rotational (R(4 / 2 3.33 as neutron number increases. A rabid jump in R(4 / 2 near N = 90 was seen. The plot of R(4 / 2 against Z shows not only the existence of a shape transitions but also the change in curvature in the data for N = 88 and 90, concave to convex. For intermedi- ate structure the slopes in E-GOS ( E over spin plots range between the vibrator and rotor extremes. The abnormal behavior of the two-neutron separation energies of our lanthanide nuclei as a function of neutron number around neutron number 90 is cal- culated. Nonlinear behavior is observed which indicate that shape phase transition is occurred in this region. The calculated reduced B(E2 transition probabilities of the low states of the ground state band in the nuclei 150 Nd / 152 Sm / 154 Gd / 156 Dy are analyzed and compared to the prediction of vibrational U(5 and rotational SU(3 limits of interacting boson model calculations.

  20. Properties of true quaternary fission of nuclei with allowance for its multistep and sequential character

    An analysis of basicmechanisms of binary and ternary fission of nuclei led to the conclusion that true ternary and quaternary fission of nuclei has a sequential two-step (three-step) character, where, at the first step, a fissile nucleus emits a third light particle (third and fourth light particles) under shakeup effects associated with a nonadiabatic character of its collective deformation motion, whereupon the residual nucleus undergoes fission to two fission fragments. Owing to this, the formulas derived earlier for the widths with respect to sequential two- and three-step decays of nuclei in constructing the theory of two-step twoproton decays and multistep decays in chains of genetically related nuclei could be used to describe the relative yields and angular and energy distributions of third and fourth light particles emitted in (α, α), (t, t), and (α, t) pairs upon the true quaternary spontaneous fission of 252Cf and thermal-neutron-induced fission of 235U and 233U target nuclei. Mechanisms that explain a sharp decrease in the yield of particles appearing second in time and entering into the composition of light-particle pairs that originate from true quaternary fission of nuclei in relation to the yields of analogous particles in true ternary fission of nuclei are proposed

  1. Experimental study of delayed neutron emission from photo-fission of actinides

    Recently there has been a strong interest in a number of applications using the detection of delayed neutrons. Some ongoing projects, as non-destructive characterization of nuclear waste, have shown an urgent need of associated nuclear data. In this context, an experimental program has been launched to measure the delayed neutron yields and their time spectra from photo-fission of actinides. The very first measurements had been performed earlier in our laboratory with the uranium-238 and thorium-232 targets. In this thesis work the follow-up experiments, data analysis and results are reported for uranium-235 and neptunium-237. The high efficiency delayed neutron detector was designed, optimised, constructed and employed for these experiments with the endpoint Bremsstrahlung photons from 15 to 18 MeV. The photo-fission delayed neutron group parameters (ai, λi) were obtained and compared both with earlier work found in the literature and our own modelling results. The energy dependence of the total delayed neutron yield (νd) was also experimentally studied with the endpoint Bremsstrahlung photons in the energy range from 12 to 18 MeV for the uranium-235, 238, thorium-232, and neptunium-237 targets. Finally, some feasibility experiments were successfully performed with mixed samples in order to quantify the different actinide presence in the target. In parallel, the energy dependence of the total delayed neutron yield (νd) was also experimentally studied for thorium-232 but from neutron induced fission. (author)

  2. Actinide Capture and Fission Cross Section Measurements Within the Mini-Inca Project

    Full text of publication follows: The Mini-INCA project is devoted to precise description of the transmutation chain of Actinides within high thermal neutron fluxes. It uses the High Flux Reactor of ILL (Laue Langevin Institute) as an intense thermal neutron source to measure capture and fission cross sections. Two irradiation channels are dedicated for those measurements offering a diversity of fluxes ranging from pure thermal neutrons to 15% epithermal neutrons with intensities as high as 1*1015 n/cm2/s. Standard nuclear techniques for measurements, such as α and γ-spectroscopy of irradiated samples, have been extended in order to stand all constraints due to the irradiation in high fluxes. In particular new types of fission micro-chambers have been developed to follow online the evolution of one actinide and to measure its fission cross section in reference to 235U(n,F) standard reaction. This type of neutron detector will be used within the MEGAPIE target to on-line characterise the neutron flux and to study the potentiality of such target in terms of incineration. (author)

  3. Fission barriers in a macroscopic-microscopic model

    In the framework of the macroscopic-microscopic model, this study investigates fission barriers in the region of actinide nuclei. A very effective four-dimensional shape parametrization for fissioning nuclei is proposed. Taking, in particular, the left-right mass asymmetric and nonaxial shapes into account is demonstrated to have a substantial effect on fission barrier heights. The influence of proton versus neutron deformation differences on the potential energy landscape of fissioning nuclei is also discussed

  4. Even-odd effects in the prompt fission emission of even Z actinides

    Tudora Anabella

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The investigation of even-odd effects in the prompt emission of even Z actinides showed a sawtooth shape of ν(Z with staggering in the asymmetric fission region. Average prompt emission quantities as a function of A, e.g. ν(A, of even Z fragmentations are higher than those of odd Z fragmentations and they exhibit oscillations with a periodicity of about 5 mass units in the asymmetric fission region. This periodicity is not due to the Z even-odd effect in fragment distributions. The even-odd effect in (TKE is increasing with increasing TKE and it decreases with increasing mass of the fissioning nucleus. The global even-odd effect in total average prompt emission quantities is decreasing with increasing mass of the fissioning nucleus. In the case of an even-odd fissioning nucleus, 234U(n,f, the global even-odd effect in prompt emission quantities exhibits a very slow variation with the incident neutron energy.

  5. Even-odd effects in the prompt fission emission of even Z actinides

    Tudora, Anabella; Hambsch, Franz-Josef; Giubega, Georgiana; Visan, Iuliana

    2016-03-01

    The investigation of even-odd effects in the prompt emission of even Z actinides showed a sawtooth shape of ν(Z) with staggering in the asymmetric fission region. Average prompt emission quantities as a function of A, e.g. ν(A), of even Z fragmentations are higher than those of odd Z fragmentations and they exhibit oscillations with a periodicity of about 5 mass units in the asymmetric fission region. This periodicity is not due to the Z even-odd effect in fragment distributions. The even-odd effect in (TKE) is increasing with increasing TKE and it decreases with increasing mass of the fissioning nucleus. The global even-odd effect in total average prompt emission quantities is decreasing with increasing mass of the fissioning nucleus. In the case of an even-odd fissioning nucleus, 234U(n,f), the global even-odd effect in prompt emission quantities exhibits a very slow variation with the incident neutron energy.

  6. Measurement of cross-sections of fission reactions induced by neutrons on actinides from the thorium cycle at n-TOF facility

    In the frame of innovating energy source system studies, thorium fuel cycle reactors are considered. Neutron induced fission cross section on such cycle involved actinides play a role in scenario studies. To feed them, data bases are built with experimental results and nuclear models. For some nuclei, they are not complete or in disagreement. In order to complete these data bases, we have built an original set up, consisting in an alternation of PPACs (Parallel Plate Avalanche Chamber) and ultra - thin targets, which we installed on n-TOF facility. We describe detectors, set up, and the particular care brought to target making and characterization. Fission products in coincidence are detected with precise time measurement and localization with delay line read out method. We contributed, within the n-TOF collaboration, to the CERN brand new intense spallation neutron source characterization, based on time of flight measurement, and we describe its characteristics and performances. We were able to measure such actinide fission cross sections as 232Th, 234U, 233U, 237Np, 209Bi, and natPb relative to 235U et 238U standards, using an innovative acquisition system. We took advantage of the lame accessible energy field, from 0.7 eV to 1 GeV, combined with the excellent energy resolution in this field. Data treatment and analysis advancement are described to enlighten performance and limits of the obtained results. (author)

  7. Beta-delayed fission probabilities of transfermium nuclei, involved in the r-process

    Panov, I.; Lutostansky, Yu; Thielemann, F.-K.

    2016-01-01

    For the nucleosynthesis of heavy and superheavy nuclei fission becomes very important when the r-process runs in a very high neutron density environment. In part, fission is responsible for the formation of heavy nuclei due to the inclusion of fission products as new seed nuclei (fission cycling). More than that, beta-delayed fission, along with spontaneous fission, is responsible in the late stages of the r-process for the suppression of superheavy element yields. For beta-delayed fission probability calculations a model description of the beta-strength- functions is required. Extended theoretical predictions for astro-physical applications were provided long ago, and new predictions also for superheavy nuclei with uptodate nuclear input are needed. For the further extension of data to heavier transactinides the models of strength- functions should be modified, taking into account more complicated level schemes. In our present calculations the strength-function model is based on the quasi-particle approximation of Finite Fermi Systems Theory. The probabilities of beta-delayed fission and beta-delayed neutron emission are calculated for some transfermium neutron-rich nuclei, and the influence of beta-delayed fission upon superheavy element formation is discussed.

  8. Actinide, lanthanide and fission product speciation and electrochemistry in high and low temperature ionic melts

    There is currently a great deal of research interest in the development of molten salt technology, both classical high temperature melts and low temperature ionic liquids, for the electrochemical separation of the actinides from spent nuclear fuel. We are interested in gaining a better understanding of actinide and key fission product speciation and electrochemical properties in a range of melts. Our studies in high temperature alkali metal melts (including LiCl and LiCl-KCl and CsCl-NaCl eutectics) have focussed on in-situ species of U, Th, Tc and Ru using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS, both EXAFS and XANES) and electronic absorption spectroscopy (EAS). We report unusual actinide speciation in high temperature melts and an evaluation of the likelihood of Ru or Tc volatilization during plant operation. Our studies in lower temperature melts (ionic liquids) have focussed on salts containing tertiary alkyl group 15 cations and the bis(tri-fluor-methyl)sulfonyl)imide anion, melts which we have shown to have exceptionally wide electrochemical windows. We report Ln, Th, U and Np speciation (XAS, EAS and vibrational spectroscopy) and electrochemistry in these melts and relate the solution studies to crystallographic characterised benchmark species. (authors)

  9. IAEA activity on partitioning and transmutation of actinides and fission products

    In 1990, the IAEA received a request from Member States to review the status of research and development on partitioning and transmutation of actinides and fission products. In response to this request the Advisory Group Meeting (AG) was held in the fall of 1991. AG advised the Agency to play an active role in coordinating international activities in this area. A series of meetings that followed identified considerable interest among many Member States and international organizations in the P and T options as a potential complement to the reference concepts of the back-end of nuclear fuel cycle. Inherent difficulties for the Agency to actively explore this programme were identified including non-proliferation concerns from some Member States about partitioning technology and possible duplication of effort in other international organizations, especially OECD/NEA. But, there remain fundamental questions to be addressed on the objectives of and motivations for P and T and it is clear that some common international understanding would be necessary. In order to contribute to the solution of this problem, and considering the existence of programmes being implemented by OECD/NEA, the Agency has initiated a new CRP entitled 'Safety, environmental and non-proliferation aspects of partitioning and transmutation of actinides and fission products' (1994-1998). This presentation will explain about this Agency's new CRP and how the Agency's work is co-ordinated with other international activities. (author)

  10. Alloy waste forms for metal fission products and actinides isolated by spent nuclear fuel treatment

    Waste form alloys are being developed at Argonne National Laboratory for the disposal of remnant metallic wastes from an electrometallurgical process developed to treat spent nuclear fuel. This metal waste form consists of the fuel cladding (stainless steel or Zircaloy), noble metal fission products (e.g., Ru, Pd, Mo and Tc), and other metallic wastes. The main constituents of the metal waste stream are the cladding hulls (85 to 90 wt%); using the hulls as the dominant alloying component minimizes the overall waste volume as compared to vitrification or metal encapsulation. Two nominal compositions for the waste form are being developed: (1) stainless steel-15 wt% zirconium for stainless steel-clad fuels and (2) zirconium-8 wt% stainless steel for Zircaloy-clad fuels. The noble metal fission products are the primary source of radiation in the metal waste form. However, inclusion of actinides in the metal waste form is being investigated as an option for interim or ultimate storage. Simulated waste form alloys were prepared and analyzed to determine the baseline alloy microstructures and the microstructural distribution of noble metals and actinides. Corrosion tests of the metal waste form alloys indicate that they are highly resistant to corrosion

  11. Neutron nuclear data evaluation of actinide nuclei for CENDL-3.1

    CHEN Guo-Chang; CAO Wen-Tian; YU Bao-Sheng; TANG Guo-You; SHI Zhao-Min; TAO Xi

    2012-01-01

    New evaluations for several actinide nuclei of the third version of Chinese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library for Neutron Reaction Data (CENDL-3.1) have been completed and released.The evaluation is for all neutron induced reactions with uranium,neptunium,plutonium and americium in the mass range A=232-241,236-239,236-246 and 240-244,respectively,and cover the incident neutron energy up to 20 MeV.In the present evaluation,much more effort was devoted to improving the reliability of the evaluated nuclear data for available new measured data,especially scarce or absent experimental data.A general description for the evaluation of several actinides' data is presented.

  12. 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

  13. Fission of heavy nuclei by linearly polarized photons

    Khvastunov, V M; Kasyan, S V; Likhachev, V P; Paschuk, S A

    2002-01-01

    Analysing power SIGMA data from photofission of sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th, sup 2 sup 3 sup 3 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 6 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U at the region of giant resonance have been measured using linearly polarized photons. The polarized photons were obtained by plane channelling of electrons in a silicon single crystal. The analysing power SIGMA dependence of the mass number of even-even nucleus has been discovered. Comparison of the analysing power SIGMA values with the data from other experiments with both polarized and unpolarized photon beams was made. It is shown that the analysing power SIGMA values agree with the modern knowledge of E1 transitions but cannot be explain by domination any one of them. It is supposed that analysing power SIGMA is very sensitive to different relative inner and outer fission barrier heights and this affects on SIGMA values for even-even nuclei with the same Z.

  14. Study of dissipative dynamics in fission of hot nuclei using Langevin equation

    Chaudhuri, Gargi

    2004-01-01

    The fission of highly excited compound nuclei formed in heavy ion induced fusion reactions has emerged as a topic of considerable interest in the recent years. Dissipative dynamical models based on the Langevin equation were developed and were applied successfully for fission dynamics of highly excited heavy nuclei. However, Wall Friction(WF), the standard version of nuclear friction when incorporated in the Langevin dynamical model was not able to reproduce simultaneously experimental data f...

  15. Theoretical Description of the Fission Process

    Witold Nazarewicz

    2003-07-01

    The main goals of the project can be summarized as follows: Development of effective energy functionals that are appropriate for the description of heavy nuclei. Our goal is to improve the existing energy density (Skyrme) functionals to develop a force that will be used in calculations of fission dynamics. Systematic self-consistent calculations of binding energies and fission barriers of actinide and trans-actinide nuclei using modern density functionals. This will be followed by calculations of spontaneous fission lifetimes and mass and charge divisions using dynamic adiabatic approaches based on the WKB approximation. Investigate novel microscopic (non-adiabatic) methods to study the fission process.

  16. Theoretical Description of the Fission Process

    The main goals of the project can be summarized as follows: Development of effective energy functionals that are appropriate for the description of heavy nuclei. Our goal is to improve the existing energy density (Skyrme) functionals to develop a force that will be used in calculations of fission dynamics. Systematic self-consistent calculations of binding energies and fission barriers of actinide and trans-actinide nuclei using modern density functionals. This will be followed by calculations of spontaneous fission lifetimes and mass and charge divisions using dynamic adiabatic approaches based on the WKB approximation. Investigate novel microscopic (non-adiabatic) methods to study the fission process

  17. High-spin states in boson models with applications to actinide nuclei

    Kuyucak, S

    1995-01-01

    We use the 1/N expansion formalism in a systematic study of high-spin states in the sd and sdg boson models with emphasis on spin dependence of moment of inertia and E2 transitions. The results are applied to the high-spin states in the actinide nuclei ^{232}Th, ^{234-238}U, where the need for g bosons is especially acute but until now, no realistic calculation existed. We find that the d-boson energy plays a crucial role in description of the high-spin data.

  18. Basic actinide and fission products chemistry in the CEC-coordinated project: Migration of radionuclides in the geosphere (MIRAGE)

    The paper reviews the research works performed on the basic actinide (Am, Pu, Np) and fission product (Tc, Sr) chemistry by four CEC member laboratories under the project named 'MIRAGE' for the years 1983 and 1984. Research subjects dealt with are solubility, carbonate complexation, hydrolysis reaction, colloid generation, speciation methods and sorption phenomena. Important achievements are summarized and discussed for each subject separately. (orig.)

  19. 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

  20. Measurement of fission cross-section of actinides at n_TOF for advanced nuclear reactors

    Calviani, Marco; Montagnoli, G; Mastinu, P

    2009-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is the determination of high accuracy neutron-induced fission cross-sections of various isotopes - all of which radioactive - of interest for emerging nuclear technologies. The measurements had been performed at the CERN neutron time-of-flight facility n TOF. In particular, in this work, fission cross-sections on 233U, the main fissile isotope of the Th/U fuel cycle, and on the minor actinides 241Am, 243Am and 245Cm have been analyzed. Data on these isotopes are requested for the feasibility study of innovative nuclear systems (ADS and Generation IV reactors) currently being considered for energy production and radioactive waste transmutation. The measurements have been performed with a high performance Fast Ionization Chamber (FIC), in conjunction with an innovative data acquisition system based on Flash-ADCs. The first step in the analysis has been the reconstruction of the digitized signals, in order to extract the information required for the discrimination between fission fragm...

  1. Radioactive Ion Beam Production by Fast-Neutron-Induced Fission in Actinide Targets at EURISOL

    Herrera-Martínez, Adonai

    The European Isotope Separation On-Line Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (EURISOL) is set to be the 'next-generation' European Isotope Separation On-Line (ISOL) Radioactive Ion Beam (RIB) facility. It will extend and amplify current research on nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics and fundamental interactions beyond the year 2010. In EURISOL, the production of high-intensity RIBs of specific neutron-rich isotopes is obtained by inducing fission in large-mass actinide targets. In our contribution, the use of uranium targets is shown to be advantageous to other materials, such as thorium. Therefore, in order to produce fissions in U-238 and reduce the plutonium inventory, a fast neutron energy spectrum is necessary. The large beam power required to achieve these RIB levels requires the use of a liquid proton-to-neutron converter. This article details the design parameters of the converter, with special attention to the coupled neutronics of the liquid converter and fission target. Calculations performed with the ...

  2. Fission barriers in neutron-proton isospin plane for heavy neutron-rich nuclei

    Minato, F.; Hagino, K.

    2008-01-01

    We discuss the sensitivity of fission barrier for heavy neutron-rich nuclei to fission paths in the two dimensional neutron-proton quadrupole plane. To this end, we use the constrained Skyrme-Hartree-Fock + BCS method, and examine the difference of fission barriers obtained with three constraining operators, that is, the neutron, proton, and mass quadrupole operators. We investigate $^{220}$U, $^{236}$U, and $^{266}$U, %from proton-rich to neutron-rich uranium isotopes, that is relevant to r-...

  3. Measurement of cross-sections of fission reactions induced by neutrons on actinides from the thorium cycle at n-TOF facility; Mesures de sections efficaces de fission induite par neutrons sur des actinides du cycle du thorium a n-TOF

    Ferrant, L

    2005-09-01

    In the frame of innovating energy source system studies, thorium fuel cycle reactors are considered. Neutron induced fission cross section on such cycle involved actinides play a role in scenario studies. To feed them, data bases are built with experimental results and nuclear models. For some nuclei, they are not complete or in disagreement. In order to complete these data bases, we have built an original set up, consisting in an alternation of PPACs (Parallel Plate Avalanche Chamber) and ultra - thin targets, which we installed on n-TOF facility. We describe detectors, set up, and the particular care brought to target making and characterization. Fission products in coincidence are detected with precise time measurement and localization with delay line read out method. We contributed, within the n-TOF collaboration, to the CERN brand new intense spallation neutron source characterization, based on time of flight measurement, and we describe its characteristics and performances. We were able to measure such actinide fission cross sections as {sup 232}Th, {sup 234}U, {sup 233}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 209}Bi, and {sup nat}Pb relative to {sup 235}U et {sup 238}U standards, using an innovative acquisition system. We took advantage of the lame accessible energy field, from 0.7 eV to 1 GeV, combined with the excellent energy resolution in this field. Data treatment and analysis advancement are described to enlighten performance and limits of the obtained results. (author)

  4. Photon and proton induced fission on heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    Andrade-II, E.; Karapetyan, G.S.; Deppman, A.; Guimaraes, V. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica; Balabekyan, A.R. [Yerevan State University, Alex Manoogian 1, Yerevan (Armenia); Demekhina, N.A. [Yerevan Physics Institute, Alikhanyan Brothers 2, Yerevan (Armenia); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (LNR), Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    We present an analysis of fission induced by intermediate energy protons or photons on actinides. The 660 MeV proton induced reactions are on {sup 241}Am, {sup 238}U, and {sup 237}Np targets and the Bremsstrahlung-photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV are on {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U targets. The study was performed by means of the Monte Carlo simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission extension was added to the code within an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission. This procedure allowed the investigation of fission cross sections, fissility, number of evaporated nucleons and fission-fragment charge distributions. The comparison with experimental data show a good agreement between calculations and experiments. (author)

  5. Photon and proton induced fission on heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    Andrade-II E.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We present an analysis of fission induced by intermediate energy protons or photons on actinides. The 660 MeV proton induced reactions are on 241Am, 238U, and 237Np targets and the Bremmstrahlung-photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV are on 232Th and 238U targets. The study was performed by means of the Monte Carlo simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission extension was added to the code within an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission. This procedure allowed the investigation of fission cross sections, fissility, number of evaporated nucleons and fission-fragment charge distributions. The comparison with experimental data show a good agreement between calculations and experiments.

  6. Photon and proton induced fission on heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    We present an analysis of fission induced by intermediate energy protons or photons on actinides. The 660 MeV proton induced reactions are on 241Am, 238U, and 237Np targets and the Bremsstrahlung-photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV are on 232Th and 238U targets. The study was performed by means of the Monte Carlo simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission extension was added to the code within an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission. This procedure allowed the investigation of fission cross sections, fissility, number of evaporated nucleons and fission-fragment charge distributions. The comparison with experimental data show a good agreement between calculations and experiments. (author)

  7. Fission barriers of super-heavy nuclei produced in cold-fusion reactions

    Peter, J. [LPC Caen, ENSICAEN, Caen cedex (France)

    2004-11-01

    Excitation functions of super-heavy evaporation residues formed in cold-fusion reactions were analyzed with the aim of getting information on the fission barrier height of these nuclei. The method uses the location of the maximum of 1n and 2n excitation functions. The results obtained on nuclei from Z=104 to 112 are compared to three theoretical predictions. (orig.)

  8. The decay heat of fission products and actinides of the SNR-300

    The report describes the computer code RASPA, which calculates the build-up and decay of fission products and actinides. The verification of the code and its library has been performed by comparison with theoretical and experimental results of other authors, whereby a good agreement has been achieved. Furthermore, an error analysis has shown, that the error of the calculated decay heat, which is induced by uncertainties of nuclear data, is less than 10 % up to decay times of one month. The results of calculations of the time dependent decay heat and the gamma source strength in various zones of the cores Mark-Ia and Mark-II of the SNR-300 are documented and discussed in detail

  9. Alpha decay favoured isotopes of some superheavy nuclei: Spontaneous fission versus alpha decay

    Kiren, O V; Bubbly, S G

    2013-01-01

    Spontaneous fission and alpha decay are the main decay modes for superheavy nuclei. The superheavy nuclei which have small alpha decay half-life compared to spontaneous fission half-life will survive fission and can be detected in the laboratory through alpha decay. We have studied the alpha decay half-life and spontaneous half-life of some superheavy elements in the atomic range Z = 100-130. Spontaneous fission half-lives of superheavy nuclei have been calculated using the phenomenological formula and the alpha decay half-lives using Viola-Seaborg-Sobiczewski formula (Sobiczewski et al. 1989), semi empirical relation of Brown (1992) and formula based on generalized liquid drop model proposed by Dasgupta-Schubert and Reyes (2007). The results are reported here.

  10. Cold events in thermal-neutron-induced fission of heavy nuclei

    An interpretation of the cold fission events in thermal-neutron-induced fission of heavy nuclei is given. The descent from the saddle point is considered as a dynamical process with reversible coupling between collective and intrinsic degrees of freedom. The distribution function for the collective variables is expressed as a product of two terms: the adiabatical and the dynamical factors. A simple model for symmetric fission to study the mass distribution is presented. As example, the calculations are performed for the nucleus 264Fm. Gross features of the cold fission are discussed as well as the dependence of the theoretical mass distribution on the parameters of the model. (orig.)

  11. Selective extraction of actinides and long lived fission products by functionalized calixarenes

    Selective extraction can be used for the removal of minor actinides or long lived fission products (93Zr, 99Tc,135Cs....) from Purex raffinate in order to enable their destruction by incineration or their disposal in very specific matrices. On the other hand, the selective removal of 90Sr, 137Cs and actinides allows waste to be de-categorized and to send the greatest part of the waste to the existing subsurface disposal. To achieve this aim, calix[4]arenes, macrocycles made up of phenolic units linked by methylene bridges, are used as building blocks for functionalized and pre-organized assemblies able to remove cations with a high efficiency and an important selectivity from acidic or high sodium content liquid waste. Calix[4]arene-crown-6, consisting of a calixarene frame maintained in a special conformation (1-3 alternate) by one or two polyethylene glycol bridges containing six oxygen atoms, display an exceptional efficiency for the extraction of cesium from acidic, neutral or alkaline media even in presence of large amounts of sodium. Various calix[4]arene tetra-alkyl ethers, substituted at the upper rim by CMPO-like functional group -NH-C(O)-CH2-P(O)Ph2, have been synthesized for the extraction of lanthanides and actinides. All these compounds are tremendously strong extractants compared with the commonly used CMPO. Complementary studies demonstrated the role of the pre-organization of these calixarenes: While CMPO displays a low discrimination of lanthanides, the extraction of lanthanides by calixarenes-like-CMPO strongly decreases as the atomic number of lanthanides increases. So this class of extractants makes possible a partial separation of minor actinides from lanthanides, it has to be noticed that this separation can be carried out from very acidic media. These examples demonstrate the interest of the calixarene frame for the synthesis of very specific extractants. We have to point out the promising role of the molecular modeling, that enables us, in

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

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

  13. Influence of orientation degree of freedom on fission dynamics of higly excited nuclei

    Nadtochy P.N.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Four-dimensional dynamical model was developed and employed for study fission characteristics in a wide range of fissility parameter. The three collective shape coordinates plus the K coordinate, which is the spin of the nucleus with respect to the symmetry (fission axis, were considered dynamically from the ground state deformation till the scission into fission fragments. A modified one-body mechanism for nuclear dissipation with a reduction coefficient ks of the contribution from a “wall” formula have been used in the study. The four-dimensional calculations for heavy nuclei could describe the fission fragment mass-energy distribution (MED parameters and prescission neutron multiplicity with almost single ks value, in contrast with 3D dynamical calculations, where a consistent description of all observables with the same ks is not possible for heavy nuclei. The estimation of a dissipation coefficient for the orientation degree of freedom γK = 0.077(MeV zs−1/2 is good for heavy nuclei and lower value of γK = 0.05(MeV zs−1/2 is needed for nuclei with mass A ≃ 200. The results of 4D and 3D Langevin dynamical calculations for light nuclei near the Businaro-Gallone point predict close results for the fission fragment MED parameters and prescission particles multiplicities.

  14. Influence of orientation degree of freedom on fission dynamics of highly excited nuclei

    Four-dimensional dynamical model was developed and employed for study fission characteristics in a wide range of fissility parameter. The three collective shape coordinates plus the K coordinate, which is the spin of the nucleus with respect to the symmetry (fission) axis, were considered dynamically from the ground state deformation till the scission into fission fragments. A modified one-body mechanism for nuclear dissipation with a reduction coefficient ks of the contribution from a 'wall' formula have been used in the study. The four-dimensional calculations for heavy nuclei could describe the fission fragment mass-energy distribution (MED) parameters and pre-scission neutron multiplicity with almost single ks value, in contrast with 3D dynamical calculations, where a consistent description of all observables with the same ks is not possible for heavy nuclei. The estimation of a dissipation coefficient for the orientation degree of freedom γK = 0.077(MeV zs)-1/2 is good for heavy nuclei and lower value of γK = 0.05(MeV zs)-1/2 is needed for nuclei with mass A ∼ 200. The results of 4D and 3D Langevin dynamical calculations for light nuclei near the Businaro-Gallone point predict close results for the fission fragment MED parameters and pre-scission particles multiplicities. (authors)

  15. Production, disposal, and relative toxicity of long-lived fission products and actinides in the radioactive wastes from nuclear fuel cycles

    Chapters are devoted to the following topics: predicted future development of nuclear energy in the German Federal Republic and in Western Europe, fuel cycle variations and production of fission products and actinides in the radioactive waste from reprocessed nuclear fuels, long-lived fission products and actinides in the waste streams from the reprocessing of nuclear fuels, relative toxicity index, presently preferred waste management concepts, and alternative concepts for the elimination of high-level wastes

  16. 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)

  17. Stainless steel-zirconium alloy waste forms for metallic fission products and actinides during treatment of spent nuclear fuel

    Stainless steel-zirconium waste form alloys are being developed for the disposal of metallic wastes recovered from spent nuclear fuel using an electrometallurgical process developed by Argonne National Laboratory. The metal waste form comprises the fuel cladding, noble metal fission products and other metallic constituents. Two nominal waste form compositions are being developed: (1) stainless steel-15 wt% zirconium for stainless steel-clad fuels. The noble metal fission products are the primary source of radiation and their contribution to the waste form radioactivity has been calculated. The disposition of actinide metals in the waste alloys is also being explored. Simulated waste form alloys were prepared to study the baseline alloy microstructures and the microstructural distribution of noble metals and actinides, and to evaluate corrosion performance

  18. Status of the French research program for actinides and fission products partitioning and transmutation

    currently presented to French Ministries of Research and Industry and to the National Parliament which plans to pass a new waste management law in 2006 asking for new prospects for P and T further implementation. The massive research programme on enhanced separation, conducted by CEA and supported by broad international cooperation, has recently achieved some vital progress. Based on real solutions derived from the La Hague process, the CEA demonstrated in 2001 the lab-scale feasibility of extracting minor actinides and some fission products (I, Cs and Tc) using an hydrometallurgical process. Then, the 2002-2005 program has encompassed technological demonstration of the selected liquid-liquid process, with representative equipment which have been set up for this purpose in new shielded cells inside the Atalante facility. CEA also conducted programmes proving the feasibility of the elimination of minor actinides and fission products by transmutation: fabrication of specific targets and fuels for transmutation test in the HFR and Phenix reactors, neutronics and technology studies for critical reactors and ADS developments. The scenario studies aimed at examining the possibilities of reducing significantly the final waste inventory and at quantifying the inventories of plutonium, minor actinides and certain long-lived fission products in various nuclear-power-plant geometries; they also allowed to verify the feasibility at the level of the cycle facilities and fuels involved in those scenarios. (author)

  19. Excitation effect on a fission process of nuclei of the heaviest elements

    Calculations have been carried out of the fission barriers of excited nuclei for elements with Z=102-108. The effect of nuclear heating is taken into account according to the conventional quantum-statistical formulae. The realistic Woods-Saxon potential is employed to calculate single-particle states. The degree of deviation of the fissioning nucleus shape from axial symmetry and changes in the depth of the intermediate minimum are discussed

  20. Fission lifetimes of heavy nuclei as probe of the shell effects

    The crystal blocking technique has been used to measure delay times in the fission channel for excited nuclei produced in the 28Si + natPt reaction. Experimental results range from 10-17 to 10-18 s at bombarding energies from 140 to 170 MeV. It is shown that fission barriers keep their double-humped structure in the range of excitation energies here considered (40-70 MeV), and that the lifetimes of excited states in the second potential well contribute essentially to the observed delay times in the fission channel

  1. Oscillation of Hot Fissioning Nuclei around a Saddle Point

    BAO Jing-Dong; L(U) Kun; LIU Ling; JIA Ying

    2005-01-01

    @@ Three time scales of a fissioning nucleus starting from the ground state to the scission point are defined and calculated by the Monte Carlo method. The result shows that the time of oscillating around the saddle point is longer than both the mean first passage time from the ground state to the saddle point and the time of descent from the saddle to scission points. Thus it is suggested that more neutrons could be emitted from a hot heavy fissioning nucleus during the period of the stretching and contracting of the deformation process.

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

    B K Nayak

    2014-11-01

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

  3. Electrochemical dissolution of actinides and fission products in aqueous solutions: case of Mo2C

    UC and (U-Pu) mixed carbide are potential fuels for the new High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGR) under study. The fuel reprocessing is to be reconsidered to provide simple actinide/fission products separation. To develop the methodological aspects, we have first studied the electrochemical dissolution of molybdenum carbide (MO2C) in basic media. The corrosion tests have shown no passivation in NaOH and carbonate buffer solution except in 4 M NaOH solution. The electrochemical dissolution is efficient in both media. Nevertheless, as predicted by voltametry, the dissolution rate calculated by weight loss of the MO2C pellet is function of the electrolysis potential: the rate increases with NaOH concentration, pH or electrolysis potential and the dissolution is more efficient in NaOH than in carbonate buffer solution. Finally, the oxidation potentials of MO2C in basic media were also determined with cavity micro-electrode and compared with those obtained with pellet. (authors)

  4. Electrolytic extraction of fission noble metals for waste minimizing in advanced actinide separation system

    Electrochemistry for recovering fission platinum group elements (Pd. Ru) and Re (simulator of Te) from HNO3 solutions, Electrolytic Extraction (EE) method was applied as a basic technology in the new actinides separation process. The deposition yields of these elements increased by the decrease of the initial HNO3, concentration. Co-existence of Pd2+ ion accelerates the deposition of RuNO3- and ReO4- ions, and especially Ru deposition yield was over 99% when Pd2+ ion was added during the electrolysis in 2.SN HNO3 solution. Addition of reducing reagents (hydrazine nitrate and HAN) increased Pd2+ deposition rate, however, these and the other complexing reagents (e.g., oxalic acid and EDTA) decreased the Ru deposition because of preferential Pd2+ deposition as well as those complexation with RuNO3-, respectively. On the electrolytic extraction from the simulated HLLW, the elements which had nobler standard redox potential (E0) tended to show higher deposition yields; the elements which had E0 over 0.7 V (Ru, Te, Se, Rh, Pd) can be quantitatively recovered by 3 hr. electrolysis without dilution of HLLW. (author)

  5. Structural study and properties of peraluminous formulations for the fission products and minor actinides confinement

    In this work, peraluminous glasses (lack of alkaline and alkaline earth ions regarding aluminum) are under study to assess the potentiality of these matrices to confine fission products and minor actinides (FPA) at higher rate than current R7T7 glass (18,5 wt % FPA). The first part of this work aims at studying the physical and chemical properties of complex peraluminous glasses containing increasing FPA rate (18.5 to 32 wt %) to compare them with the specifications. The very low crystallization tendency of complex glasses containing up to 22.5 wt % as well as the very good chemical durability observed are major assets. The other part focuses on the lanthanides incorporation in simplified glass compositions in the SiO2-B2O3-Al2O3-Na2O-CaO-Ln2O3 system (Ln = Nd or La). The glass homogeneity and devitrification tendency are investigated at different scales by XRD, SEM, TEM and structural techniques such as NMR (MAS, MQMAS, REDOR, HMQC, DHMQC) and neodymium optical spectroscopy that appear very powerful to determine the lanthanides structural role regarding aluminum and describe more precisely the structural organization of peraluminous network, as still unknown in such systems. The glass homogeneity was demonstrated in a large composition domain and new structural data were put in evidence at high lanthanides content. (author)

  6. Fission cross-section measurements on 233U and minor actinides at the CERN n-TOF facility

    Neutron-induced fission cross-sections of minor actinides have been measured at the white neutron source n-TOF at CERN, Geneva. The studied isotopes include 233U, interesting for Th/U based nuclear fuel cycles, 241,243Am and 245Cm, relevant for transmutation and waste reduction studies in new generation fast reactors (Gen-IV) or Accelerator Driven Systems. The measurements take advantage of the unique features of the n-TOF facility, namely the wide energy range, the high instantaneous neutron flux and the low background. Results for the involved isotopes are reported from ∼30 meV to around 1 MeV neutron energy. The measurements have been performed with a dedicated Fission Ionization Chamber (FIC), relative to the standard cross-section of the 235U fission reaction, measured simultaneously with the same detector. Results are here reported. (authors)

  7. Formation of Heavy Compound Nuclei, Their Survival and Correlation with Longtime-Scale Fission

    Karamian, S A

    2007-01-01

    Fusion of two massive nuclei with formation of super-heavy compound nucleus (CN) is driven by the potential energy gradient, as follows from the analysis of nuclear reaction cross-sections. The conservative energy of the system is deduced in simple approximation using regularized nuclear mass and interaction barrier values. Different reactions for the synthesis of $Z_c =110 {-} 118$ nuclei are compared and the favourable conditions are found for fusion of the stable (W-Pt) isotopes with radioactive fission fragment projectiles, like $^{94}$Kr or $^{100}$Sr. Thus, the cold fusion method can be extended for a synthesis of elements with $Z > 113$. Survival of the evaporation residue is defined by the neutron-to-fission probability ratio and by the successful emission of gammas at the final step of the reaction. Numerical estimates are presented. Fixation of evaporation residue products must correlate with longtime-scale fission and available experimental results are discussed.

  8. Fifth International Conference on Fission and Properties of Neutron-Rich Nuclei

    Ramayya, A V; ICFN5

    2014-01-01

    These proceedings are the fifth in the series of International Conferences covering fission and properties of neutron-rich nuclei, which are at the forefront of nuclear research. The time interval of 5 years between each conference allows for significant new results to be achieved. Recently, world leaders in theory and experiments in research and the development of new facilities for research presented their latest results in areas such as synthesis of superheavy elements, new facilities for and recent results with radioactive ion beams, structure of neutron-rich nuclei, nuclear fission process, fission yields and nuclear astrophysics. This book is a major source of the latest research in these areas and plans for the future. The conference brought together a unique group of over 100 speakers including leaders from the major nuclear laboratories in Canada, China, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switerzland and the US along with leading research scientists from around the world.

  9. Formation of heavy compound nuclei, their survival and correlation with longtime-scale fission

    Fusion of two massive nuclei with formation of super-heavy compound nucleus (CN) is driven by the potential energy gradient, as follows from the analysis of nuclear reaction cross-sections. The conservative energy of the system is deduced in simple approximation using regularized nuclear mass and interaction barrier values. Different reactions for the synthesis of Zc 110-118 nuclei are compared and the favourable conditions are found for fusion of the stable (W-Pt) isotopes with radioactive fission fragment projectiles, like 94Kr or 100Sr. Thus, the cold fusion method can be extended for a synthesis of elements with Z > 113. Survival of the evaporation residue is defined by the neutron-to-fission probability ratio and by the successful emission of gammas at the final step of the reaction. Numerical estimates are presented. Fixation of evaporation residue products must correlate with longtime-scale fission and available experimental results are discussed

  10. Study of dissipative dynamics in fission of hot nuclei using Langevin equation

    Chaudhuri, G

    2004-01-01

    The fission of highly excited compound nuclei formed in heavy ion induced fusion reactions has emerged as a topic of considerable interest in the recent years. Dissipative dynamical models based on the Langevin equation were developed and were applied successfully for fission dynamics of highly excited heavy nuclei. However, Wall Friction(WF), the standard version of nuclear friction when incorporated in the Langevin dynamical model was not able to reproduce simultaneously experimental data for both prescission neutron multiplicity and fission probability. Consequently, an empirical reduction in the strength of the wall friction was found necessary to reproduce the experimental numbers by many workers. Interestingly, a modification of the wall friction was proposed recently where the reduction was achieved microscopically. This modified version is known as the chaos weighted wall friction(CWWF) which takes into account non-integrability of single particle motion. The work in my thesis aims at using this stron...

  11. Fission barriers and half-lives of actinides in the quasimolecular shape valley

    Royer, G.; Jaffré, M.; Moreau, D.

    2012-10-01

    The energy of actinide nuclei in the fusionlike deformation valley has been determined from a liquid-drop model, taking into account the proximity energy, the mass and charge asymmetries, and the shell and pairing energies. Double-humped potential barriers appear. The saddle point corresponds to the second maximum and to the transition from compact one-body shapes with a deep neck to two touching ellipsoids. The scission point, where the effects of the nuclear attractive forces between the fragments vanish, lies at the end of an energy plateau below the saddle point and corresponds to two well-separated fragments. The kinetic and excitation energies of the fragments come from the energy on this plateau. The shell and pairing effects play a main role to decide the most probable decay path. The heights of the potential barriers roughly agree with the experimental data and the calculated half-lives follow the trend of the experimental values. A shallow third minimum and a third peak appear in specific asymmetric exit channels where one fragment is close to a double magic quasispherical nucleus, while the other one evolves from oblate to prolate shapes.

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

    Karpov, A V

    2002-01-01

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

  13. Technological research on Recycling of Actinides and fission products (RAS). Irradiations in the High Flux Reactor (HFR), Petten, Netherlands

    The purpose of the title irradiations is to study the efficiency and technical feasibility of possible transmutation processes for those long-lived actinides and fission products, that contribute to long-term radiotoxicity and leaking risks of geological storage. A cooperative research program (EFFTRA or Experimental Feasibility of Targets for TRAnsmutation) has been set up for irradiations of technetium, iodine and americium in the thermal reactor HFR and the fast reactor Phenix. A radiation program for fission products is in progress in the HFR. An inert matrix concept is developed, in which the actinide is mixed with a ceramic material, which hardly reacts with neutrons and actinides and containment materials. Irradiation experiments with candidate inert matrices will be carried out in the HFR. Also, the feasibility of transmutation of americium in a thermal spectrum will be demonstrated by means of a long-range experiment in the HFR. Plans are elaborated for the irradiation of plutonium in inert matrices in the HFR to realize an efficient transmutation of existing supplies, both military and civil, of plutonium. 8 figs., 4 tabs., 18 refs

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

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  16. Effect of shell structure on neutron multiplicity of fissioning systems 220,222,224Th nuclei

    Goyal Savi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The pre- and post-scission neutron multiplicities have been extracted for the 220,222,224Th nuclei for the excitation energy range of 40 MeV to 64 MeV using the National Array of Neutron Detectors (NAND. The Th isotopes are populated from the fusion reaction of 16O+204,206,208Pb systems in order to investigate the dynamics of fusion-fission reactions using the neutron multiplicity as a probe. The theoretical calculations were performed using the Bohr-Wheeler fission width as well as the dissipative dynamical fission width from Kramers prescription. It is observed that the Bohr-Wheeler fission width underestimates the pre-scission yields to a large extent. A large amount of dissipation is required in the Kramers width to fit the observed pre-scission neutron multiplicities.

  17. Search of heavy neutron clusters in nuclei fission

    Activation method for heavy neutron clusters search from 235U triple fission by neutrons have been proposed. In the capacity of the activated sample the high-enriched 122Te isotope has been applied. Reactions of 122Te(xn, (x-k)n)122+kTe→(β-)→122+kI, with minimal transition to activated 122Te isotope of 10 neutrons have been offered. The experiment was fulfilled at IRT-T research reactor (Research Inst. of Nuclear Physics, Tomsk, Russian Federation)

  18. Chromatographic separation of actinides and lanthanides from fission products on CMPO/SiO2-P extraction resin

    Since several years, IRI is developing an alternative for the PUREX process, based on chromatographic separations. Next to other advantages, this process shall allow partitioning of the minor actinides. At SCK x CEN, previous chromatographic experiments using LWR fuel dissolved in concentrated nitric acid, showed that Am and Cm do not adsorb onto the proposed AR-01 anion exchanger and elute simultaneously with the fission products, while U, Pu, and Np are retained quantitatively and can then be further separated and purified. After such a test, the fractions containing Am, Cm and fission products were pooled and loaded onto a CMPO/SiO2-P column. IRI had prepared this silica-based extraction resin by impregnating CMPO into a styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer, which was immobilized in porous silica particles. Earlier experiments with simulated HL W solutions in nitric acid had revealed that it allows separating the trivalent actinides (Am, Cm) and lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu,..) from fission products such as Cs, Sr and Ru. The present hot cell experiment using real LWR fuel confirms these results. (orig.)

  19. Transmutation of nuclear waste. Status report RAS programme 1994: Recycling and transmutation of actinides and fission products

    This report describes the status and progress of the Dutch RAS programme on 'Recycling and Transmutation of Actinides and Fission Products' over the year 1994, which is the first year of the second 4-year programme. This programme is outlined and a short progress report is given over 1994, including a listing of 23 reports and publications over the year 1994. Highlights of 1994 were: The completion of long-lived fission-product transmutation studies, the initiation of small-scale demonstration experiments in the HFR on Tc and I, the issue of reports on the potential of the ALMR (Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor) for transmutation adn the participation and international cooperation on irradiation experiments with actinides in inert matrices. The remaining chapters contain more extended contributions on recent developments and selected topics, under the headings: Benefits and risks of partitioning and transmutation, Perspective of chemical partitioning, Inert matrices, Evolutionary options (MOX), Perspective of heavy water reactors, Perspective of fast burners, Perspective of accelerator-based systems, Thorium cycle, Fission-product transmutation, End scenarios, and Executive summary and recommendations. (orig.)

  20. Theoretical fission times for U and Pb nuclei excited up to 250 MeV

    Full text: Recent experiments in GANIL (France) revealed that the average fission times ff> of uranium-like nuclei excited up to 250 MeV are much longer than the time scales usually inferred from either neutron or γ-ray pre-scission multiplicities (pre> and pre> respectively). In order to solve this puzzle, calculations have been done by means of the computer code CDSM2. The code simulates the fission process dynamically in the space of two collective degrees of freedom corresponding to the elongation- and mass-asymmetry modes. Light particle emission from the excited nuclei is considered statistically. Calculations performed with reduced value of the one-body dissipation are in agreement with measured f> of uranium isotopes, as well as with pre> and pre> from the 16O+208Pb fusion-fission reaction. This is encouraging us to make some predictions about the excitation energy dependence of f> and pre> for the isotopes of lead excited up to 250 MeV. In contrast to the uranium case, for these nuclei the calculated f> of the fission events accompanied by light charged particle emission are found to be shorter than the times of the events where only neutrons are emitted prior to scission

  1. Transmutations of nuclear waste. Progress report RAS programme 1995: Recycling and transmutation of actinides and fission products

    This report describes the progress of the Dutch RAS programme on 'Recycling and Transmutation of Actinides and Fission Products' over the year 1995, which is the second year of the 4-year programme 1994-1997. An extensive listing of reports and publications from 1991 to 1995 is given. Highlights in 1995 were: -The completion of the European Strategy Study on Nuclear Waste Transmutation as a result of which the understanding of transmutation of plutonium, minor actinides and long-lived fission products in thermal and fast reactors has been increased significantly. Important ECN contributions were given on Am, 99Tc and 129I transmutation options. Follow-up contracts have been obtained for the study of 100% MOX cores and accelerator-based transmutation. - Important progress in the evaluation of CANDU reactors for burning very large amounts of transuranium mixtures in inert matrices. - The first RAS irradiation experiment in the HFR, in which the transmutation of technetium and iodine was examined, has been completed and post-irradiation examination has been started. - A joint proposal of the EFTTRA cooperation for the 4th Framework Programme of the EU, to demonstrate the feasibility of the transmutation of americium in an inert matrix by an irradiation in the HFR, has been granted. - A bilateral contract with CEA has been signed to participate in the CAPRA programme, and the work in this field has been started. - The thesis work on Actinide Transmutation in Nuclear Reactor Systems was succesfully defended. New PhD studies on Pu burning in HTGR, on nuclear data for accelerator-based systems, and on the SLM-technique for separation of actinides were started. - A review study of the use of the thorium cycle as a means for nuclear waste reduction, has been completed. A follow-up of this work is embedded in an international project for the 4th Framework Programme of the EU. (orig./DG)

  2. Putting in evidence the asymmetric fission in the desexcitation process of 47V nuclei

    The fusion-fission, which reflects the instability of the nuclei against the deformation and leads to a binary break up into nearly equal mass nuclei, have been considered as a general feature of the heavy ions (A>80). For lighter systems the fission decay of the compound nucleus is predicted by the rotating liquid drop model to be minor process and the fully-damped products observed in reactions between light heavy ions (A35 Cl+12 C, 31 P+16 O and 23 Na+24 Mg reactions used in order to populate the 47 V system at two excitation energies E = 59 and 64 MeV. This study shows that these fragments are the result of the emission from a source and their elemental distributions are asymmetric independently to the entrance channel asymmetry. The absence of entrance channel effect is a signature of the asymmetric fission process of the 47 V nucleus. The comparison of the experimental observations to the statistical model shows that the fission barriers in this mass region are lower than those predicted by the rotating liquid drop model and the need of introducing their angular momentum and mass asymmetry dependence is clearly shown. In conclusion, it is well established that the evidence of the asymmetric fission break up into the desexcitation process of the 47 V nucleus should be taken into account in the statistical calculations describing the complete fusion of light heavy ions

  3. Simulation of neutron rich nuclei production through 239U fission at intermediates energies

    The theoretical part and some results obtained from a model realised for fission processes in wide range of mass-asymmetries are presented. The fission barriers are computed in a tridimensional configuration space using the Yukawa - plus - exponential macroscopic energies corrected within the Strutinsky procedure. It is assumed that channel probabilities are proportional with Gamow penetrabilities. The model is applied for the disintegration of the 239U in order to determine the relative yields for the production of neutron rich nuclei at diverse intermediate energies. (author)

  4. Fission barriers for r-process nuclei and implications for astrophysics

    The authors present calculations of fission-barrier heights, beta decay energies, and neutron separation energies for nuclei with 76 ≤ Z ≤ 100 and 140 ≤ N ≤ 184. For these nuclear-structure calculations they use the macroscopic-microscopic method with a Yukawa-plus-exponential macroscopic model and a folded-Yukawa microscopic model. The barrier-heights they finda re higher than those calculated in previous studies using the droplet macroscopic model. They discuss the implications of the new results on fission-barrier heights for astrophysics

  5. Basic physics of the fission process. Chapter 2

    A general description of the fission process is given with special emphasis on those aspects which are necessary for the understanding of the measurements and calculations of neutron-induced fission cross-sections. Having considered the various phases of the process, some typical properties of the low-energy fission of actinide nuclei are presented and the more specific features of neutron induced fission are examined. (U.K.)

  6. Study of the fission dynamics of hot atomic nuclei by means of the neutron emission

    In the framework of the present thesis fusion processes with subsequent fission are studied in the heavy ion reactions 141Pr+40Ar and 175Lu+12C. The aim of the studies is the determination of the hitherto not precisely known lifetimes of excited composite systems before these separate into two fission fragments. In order to study such effects the reactions 141Pr+40Ar at 316 MeV argon as well as 175Lu+12C at 192 MeV carbon projectile energy were measured. The evaluation of the measured angular distribution of the fission fragments and the evaporation residual nuclei yielded the angular momentum ranges which lead to the fusion with subsequent fission respectively to evaporation residual nuclei. A large critical angular momentum of 109± ℎ in the reaction Pr+Ar and an essentially smaller value of 62±6 ℎ for the system Lu+C result regarding the uncomplete fusion. The analysis of the neutron emission measured in coincidence with fission fragments allowed the determination of the neutron multiplicities for the composite system before the scission as well as for each single fission fragment. Large multiplicities before the scission of 3.6±0.6 and 6.3±0.8 in the reactions Pr+Ar and Lu+C were observed. In the study of the pre-equilibrium neutron emission in the incompletely fusioning system Lu+C for the first time a strong concentration of the emitted neutrons in the plane defined by the direction of flight of the fission fragments and the ion beam was shown. This anisotropy can be interpreted as anisotrope neutron emission relative to the angular momentum direction of the composite system. A corresponding anisotropy was not observed for the neutron evaporation from the completely equilibrated system. (orig./HSI)

  7. The nucleon phase of binary fission

    Full text: The main step of the fission process is a sharing-out of nucleons, within a 'nucleon-phase', between the valence shells of the primordial cluster of the internally-dissociated fissioning system and the valence shells of the 'A =126 nucleon core' of the nascent heavy fragment. The formation of an 'A = 82 nucleon core' in the nascent light fragment explains the asymmetric fission mode of the light actinide nuclei. The nucleon partition in the nucleon phase can be understood in the framework of chemical thermodynamics. The formation of an 'A = 126 nucleon core' in the nascent light fragment of heavier fissioning systems explains the symmetric fission mode of 258Fm and that of heavier nuclei. But the new phenomenon of 'barrier-free' fission, discovered in 258Fm (s.f.), plays in this system and all symmetrically fissioning superheavy nuclei a very important role. (author)

  8. Partition of actinides and fission products between metal and molten salt phases: Theory, measurement, and application to IFR pyroprocess development

    The chemical basis of Integral Fast Reactor fuel reprocessing (pyroprocessing) is partition of fuel, cladding, and fission product elements between molten LiCl-KCl and either a solid metal phase or a liquid cadmium phase. The partition reactions are described herein, and the thermodynamic basis for predicting distributions of actinides and fission products in the pyroprocess is discussed. The critical role of metal-phase activity coefficients, especially those of rare earth and the transuranic elements, is described. Measured separation factors, which are analogous to equilibrium constants but which involve concentrations rather than activities, are presented. The uses of thermodynamic calculations in process development are described, as are computer codes developed for calculating material flows and phase compositions in pyroprocessing

  9. Cluster decay analysis and related structure effects of fissionable heavy and superheavy nuclei

    Manoj K Sharma; Gurvinder Kaur

    2015-09-01

    Collective clusterization approach of dynamical cluster decay model (DCM) has been applied to study the attributes of hot ( ≠ 0) and rotating (ℓ = 0) nuclei lying in heavy and super-heavy mass regimes. We present here an overview of the characteristic fission decay properties such as shell effect, role of entrance channel, quadrupole (2) deformations and impact of hot (equatorial) compact orientation degree of freedom in comparison to cold (polar) elongated configuration. The presence of non-compound nucleus process, i.e., quasifission, is also investigated. Apart from studying the decay of excited state nuclei, the dynamics of heavy particle cluster emission is also addressed using the preformed cluster model (PCM).

  10. Optimal deuteron energy for a neutron rich nuclei source based on fission

    A neutron rich nuclei source can be conceived by using the neutron induced fission process. A high neutron flux can be obtained through the deuteron break-up reaction in the so--called converters. The number of fission events and their isotopic distributions produced in a uranium target depends on the deuteron incident beam energy, characteristics of the converter and geometry of the combination. A theoretical approach is presented in order to optimize the number of fission events in the uranium target as function of the above mentioned parameters. The initial kinetic energy of the deuteron beam, the nature of the converter and its geometry determines the angular and energy distributions of the emerging neutrons. The models used to simulate these distributions are essentially based on the Serber's approximation. The fission is treated in a microscopic-macroscopic approach using the two center shell model. A new concept is used to determine the isotopic distribution of the fission fragments as a function of the neutron energy. A steep dumping of the neutron energy is produced in the compound nucleus which modifies the two humped fission barrier and produces changes of the penetrabilities associated to each binary partition and therefore, in the isotopic distribution. Finally, our results show that a good value of the incident deuteron energy suitable for the production of neutron rich beams is closed to 80 MeV. (authors)

  11. Fusion-fission probabilities, cross sections and structure notes of super-heavy nuclei

    Kowal, Michał; Cap, Tomasz; Jachimowicz, Piotr; Skalski, Janusz; Siwek-Wilczyńska, Krystyna; Wilczyński, Janusz

    2016-01-01

    Fusion - fission probabilities in the synthesis of heaviest elements are discussed in the context of the latest experimental reports. Cross sections for superheavy nuclei are evaluated using "Fusion by Diffusion" (FBD) model. Predictive power of this approach is shown for experimentally known Lv, Og isotopes and predictions given for Z=119,120. Ground state and saddle point properties as: masses, shell corrections, pairing energies and deformations necessary for cross section estimations are ...

  12. Fission barriers of odd-mass nuclei within the HF-BCS and HTDA approaches

    Within two mean-field plus correlation descriptions (Hartree-Fock plus BCS or plus Highly Truncated Diagonalization Approaches) we study here some static properties of two odd-neutron nuclei (235U, 239Pu) from the ground-state deformation to the fission isomeric well, using three different Skyrme force parametrizations. A specific study of the polarization effects due to the account of relevant time-odd density functions is performed. (authors)

  13. Method of measurement of cross sections of heavy nuclei fission induced by intermediate energy protons

    The purpose of this work is experimental studies of the energy dependence of the fission cross sections of heavy nuclei, natPb, 209Bi, 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 237Np and 239Pu, by protons at the energies from 200 to 1000 MeV. At present experiment the method based on use of the gas parallel plate avalanche counters (PPACs) for registration of complementary fission fragments in coincidence and the telescope of scintillation counters for direct counting of the incident protons on the target has been used. First preliminary results of the energy dependences of proton induced fission cross sections for natPb, 209Bi, 235U and 238U are reported. (author)

  14. Determination of long-lived fission products and actinides in Savannah River site HLW sludge and glass for waste acceptance

    Savannah River Site (SRS) is currently immobilizing the radioactive, caustic, high-level waste sludge in Tank 51 into a borosilicate glass for disposal in a geologic repository. A requirement for repository acceptance is that SRS report the concentrations of certain fission product and actinide radionuclides in the glass. This paper presents measurements of many of these concentrations in both Tank 51 sludge and the final glass. The radionuclides were measured by inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry and α, β, and γ counting methods. Examples of the radionuclides are Sr-90, Cs-137, U-238, Pu-239, and Cm-244. Concentrations in the glass are 3.1 times lower due to dilution of the sludge with a nonradioactive glass forming frit in the vitrification process. Results also indicated that in both the sludge and glass the relative concentrations of the long lived fission products insoluble in caustic area in proportion to their yields from the fission of U-235 in the SRS reactors. This allowed the calculation of a fission yield scaling factor. This factor in addition to the sludge dilution factor can be used to estimate concentrations of waste acceptance radionuclides that cannot be measured in the glass

  15. Determination of long-lived fission products and actinides in Savannah River Site HLW sludge and glass for waste acceptance

    Savannah River Site (SRS) is immobilizing the radioactive, high-level waste sludge in Tank 51 into a borosilicate glass for disposal in a geologic repository. A requirement for repository acceptance is that SRS report the concentrations of certain fission product and actinide radionuclides in the glass. This paper presents measurements of many of these concentrations in both Tank 51 sludge and the final glass. The radionuclides were measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and α, β, and γ counting methods. Examples of the radionuclides are 90Sr, 137Cs, 238U and , 239Pu. Concentrations in the glass are 3.1 times lower due to dilution of the sludge with a nonradioactive glass forming frit in the vitrification process. Results also indicated that in both the sludge and glass the relative concentrations of the long lived fission products insoluble in caustic are in proportion to their yields from the fission of 235U waste in the SRS reactors. This allowed the calculation of a fission yield scaling factor. This factor in addition to the sludge dilution factor can be used to estimate concentrations of waste acceptance radionuclides that cannot be measured in the glass. Examples of these radionuclides are 79Se, 93Zr, and 107Pd. (author)

  16. Proceedings of the Eleventh Information Exchange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation

    Partitioning and transmutation (P and T) is one of the key technologies for reducing the radiotoxicity and volume of radioactive waste arisings. Recent developments indicate the need for embedding P and T strategies in advanced fuel cycles considering both waste management and economic issues. In order to provide experts a forum to present and discuss state-of-the-art developments in the P and T field, the OECD/NEA has been organising biennial information exchange meetings on actinide and fission product partitioning and transmutation since 1990. The previous meetings were held in Mito (Japan) in 1990, at Argonne (United States) in 1992, in Cadarache (France) in 1994, in Mito (Japan) in 1996, in Mol (Belgium) in 1998, in Madrid (Spain) in 2000, in Jeju (Korea) in 2002, in Las Vegas (United States) in 2004, in Nimes (France) in 2006 and in Mito (Japan) in 2008. They have often been co-sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The 11. Information Exchange Meeting was held in San Francisco, California, United States on 1-4 November 2010, comprising a plenary session on national P and T programmes and six technical sessions covering various fields of P and T. The meeting was hosted by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), United States. The information exchange meetings on P and T form an integral part of NEA activities on advanced nuclear fuel cycles. The meeting covered scientific as well as strategic/policy developments in the field of P and T, such as: fuel cycle strategies and transition scenarios; radioactive waste forms; the impact of P and T on geological disposal; radioactive waste management strategies (including secondary wastes); transmutation fuels and targets; pyro and aqueous separation processes; materials, spallation targets and coolants; transmutation physics, experiments and nuclear data; transmutation systems (design, performance and safety); handling and transportation of transmutation fuels; and

  17. Retention behavior of actinides and long lived fission products on Smectite rich clays

    In the present work, sorption of Am(llI), Cs(I) and Sr(ll) by the Smectite rich clay from western India has been studied in detail under the varying experimental conditions, viz., pH, ionic strength, and metal ion concentration. The experimental data on sorption have been modeled using the surface complexation model. Am(llI) sorption by smectite rich clay was found to increase with the pH of the suspension. At lower pH values, the sorption decreased with increasing ionic strength of the suspension, but remained constant at higher pH values. This is reminiscent of the ion exchange mechanism at lower pH and predominantly inner sphere complexation at higher pH. Surface complexation modeling using FITEQL could successfully explain these two mechanisms operating in the different pH values. Sorption of Cs(I) and Sr(II) by the smectite rich clay was studied under the varying experimental conditions. Though the sorption of both the metal ions increased with pH, it decreased with the increasing ionic strength, at all pH values, suggesting ion exchange as the predominant mechanism at all pH values. Further, the ionic strength dependence was different in the case of Cs(I) and Sr(II) depending upon the metal ion concentration. At same metal ion concentration of Cs(I) and Sr(II) (10-5 M) the extent of decrease with ionic strength was same in both cases, while at 10-9 M, Cs(I), the decrease was much smaller than that at 10-5M. This indicates the existence of ion exchange sites having different affinities. These studies have shown high retention capacity of the clay for actinides and long lived fission products with the sorption following ion exchange mechanism in the case of Cs(I) and Sr(II) and a combination of ion exchange and surface complexation in the case of Am(III) depending upon the pH. The sorption data could be successfully explained within the framework of FITEQL, taking into account both the types of binding sites

  18. Separation of actinides and long-lived fission products from high-level radioactive wastes (a review)

    The management of high-level radioactive wastes is facilitated, if long-lived and radiotoxic actinides and fission products are separated before the final disposal. Especially important is the separation of americium, curium, plutonium, neptunium, strontium, cesium and technetium. The separated nuclides can be deposited separately from the bulk of the high-level waste, but their transmutation to short-lived nuclides is a muchmore favourable option. This report reviews the chemistry of the separation of actinides and fission products from radioactive wastes. The composition, nature and conditioning of the wastes are described. The main attention is paid to the solvent extraction chemistry of the elements and to the application of solvent extraction in unit operations of potential partitioning processes. Also reviewed is the behaviour of the elements in the ion exchange chromatography, precipitation, electrolysis from aqueous solutions and melts, and the distribution between molten salts and metals. Flowsheets of selected partitioning processes are shown and general aspects of the waste partitioning are shortly discussed. (orig.)

  19. Migration of the fission products strontium, technetium, iodine, cesium, and the actinides neptunium, plutonium, americium in granitic rock

    Rock samples were taken from drilling cores in granitic and granodioritic rock, and small (2x2x2 cm) rock tablets from the drilling cores were exposed to a groundwater solution containing one of the studied elements at race levels. The concentration of the element versus penetration depth in the rock tablet was measured radiometrically. The sorption on the mineral faces and the migration into the rock was studied, by an autoradiographic technique. The cationic fission products strontium and cesium had apparent diffusivities of 10-13-10-14 m2/s. They migrate mainly in fissures or filled fractures containing e.g., calcite, epidote or chlorite or in veins with hgih capacity minerals (e.g. biotite). The anionic fission products iodine and technetium had apparent diffusivities of about 10-14 m2/s. These species migrate along mineral boundaries and in open fractures and to a minor extent in high capacity mineral veins. The migration of the actinides neptunium, plutonium and americium is very slow (in the mm-range after 2-3 years contact time). The apparent diffusivities were about 10-15 m2/s. The actinide migration into the rock was largely confined to fissures. (orig./HP)

  20. High-spin structure of neutron-rich nuclei produced by heavy-ion induced fission

    Using the Euroball array, we have recently performed several experiments devoted to the study of high-spin states of nuclei with A⁓80–130, produced from fission following various fusion reactions. High-spin level schemes of many neutron-rich nuclei have been extended or newly established. We present here the new experimental results obtained in some neutron-rich odd-Z nuclei from 43Tc to49In. All the band-head configurations have been identified from the behaviour of the collective bands built on them. Therefore the single-proton states, located around the Fermi levels for Z=43 to 49, can be discussed as a function of the neutron number (and the deformation). In all these isotopic series, three-quasiparticle states have been measured above 2 MeV excitation energy. The case of 49In nuclei is discussed in the framework of shell-model calculations. Furthermore the individual identification of each fragment by means of its emitted γ transitions allows us to have a new insight into the mechanism of fission induced by heavy ions. Preliminary results of the total number of emitted neutrons are discussed as a function of the N/Z ratios of the fragments. (author)

  1. Behaviour of fission products under severe PWR accident conditions. The VERCORS experimental programme-Part 3: Release of low-volatile fission products and actinides

    The VERCORS analytical programme consisted of a series of tests carried out on irradiated PWR fuel samples. The tests - funded jointly by EDF and IRSN - were carried out by the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) at their Grenoble site. They were performed in a hot cell belonging to the Active Materials Analysis Laboratory (LAMA). The general outline of the programme was set out in a first article (of a series of 3), which described the different levels of fission products (FP) volatility and their characteristics. This led to a classification into five main categories of volatility and/or behaviour: (1) Volatile FP including fission gases, iodine, caesium, antimony, tellurium, cadmium, rubidium and silver; (2) Semi-volatile FP, a category made up of molybdenum, rhodium, barium, palladium and technetium; (3) Low-volatile FP comprising ruthenium, cerium, strontium, yttrium, europium, niobium and lanthanum with generally low but significant release; (4) Non-volatile FP including zirconium, neodymium and praseodymium; and lastly (5) Actinides which group together uranium, plutonium, neptunium, americium and curium. The specific behaviour of fission gases and volatile FP is dealt with in the second article, which also includes the specific characteristics of volatile FP regarding transport. The main variables (i.e. temperature, which is the main variable at least until loss of sample geometry, oxidising-reducing conditions, burn-up, interactions with the cladding and/or the structural components, the nature of the fuel, and finally the state of the fuel) affecting the kinetics and/or the released fraction of these same FP could also be identified. This final article represents the Third Part of the series. It concerns the release of actinides and less volatile FP, in keeping with the classification by categories previously identified, which are as follows: (1) semi-volatile FP, comprising of Mo, Ba, Rh, Pd, Tc, (2) low-volatile FP, comprising of Sr, Y, Nb, Ru, La

  2. Nucleon-induced fission cross sections of heavy nuclei in the intermediate energy region

    Fission is the most important nuclear reaction for society at large today due to its use in energy production. However, this has raised the problem of how to treat the long-lived radioactive waste from nuclear reactors. A radical solution would be to change the composition of the waste into stable or short-lived nuclides, which could be done through nuclear transmutation. Such a concept requires accelerator-driven systems to be designed, where those for transmutation are reactor hybrids. This thesis is a contribution to the knowledge base for developing transmutation systems, specifically with respect to the computational modeling of the underlying nuclear reactions, induced by the incident and secondary particles. Intermediate energy fission cross sections are one important type of such data. Moreover, they are essential for understanding the fission process itself and related nuclear interactions. The experimental part of this work was performed at the neutron beam facility of the The Svedberg Laboratory in Uppsala. Fission cross sections of 238U, 209Bi, Pb, 208Pb, 197Au, W, and 181Ta were measured for neutrons in the range En, = 30-160 MeV using thin-film breakdown counters for the fission fragment detection. A model was developed for the determination of the efficiency of such detectors. A compilation of existing data on proton-induced fission cross sections for nuclei from 165Ho to 239Pu was performed. The results, which constitute the main body of information in this field, were added to the worldwide EXFOR database. The dependences of the cross sections on incident energy and target nucleus were studied, which resulted in systematics that make it possible to give estimates for unmeasured nuclides. Nucleon-induced fission cross sections were calculated using an extended version of the cascade exciton model. A comparison with the systematics and the experimental data obtained in the present work revealed significant discrepancies. A modification of the model

  3. 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

  4. Spectroscopy of few-particle nuclei around magic 132Sn from fission product γ-ray studies

    We are studying the yrast structure of very neutron-rich nuclei around doubly magic 132Sn by analyzing fission product γ-ray data from a 248Cm source at Eurogam II. Yrast cascades in several few-valence-particle nuclei have been identified through γγ cross coincidences with their complementary fission partners. Results for two-valence-particle nuclei 132Sb, 134Te, 134Sb and 134Sn provide empirical nucleon-nucleon interactions which, combined with single-particle energies already known in the one-particle nuclei, are essential for shell-model analysis in this region. Findings for the N = 82 nuclei 134Te and 135I have now been extended to the four-proton nucleus 136Xe. Results for the two-neutron nucleus 134Sn and the N = 83 isotones 134Sb, 135Te and 135I open up the spectroscopy of nuclei in the northeast quadrant above 132Sn

  5. The reduced transition probabilities for excited states of rare-earths and actinide even-even nuclei

    The theoretical B(E2) ratios have been calculated on DF, DR and Krutov models. A simple method based on the work of Arima and Iachello is used to calculate the reduced transition probabilities within SU(3) limit of IBA-I framework. The reduced E2 transition probabilities from second excited states of rare-earths and actinide even–even nuclei calculated from experimental energies and intensities from recent data, have been found to compare better with those calculated on the Krutov model and the SU(3) limit of IBA than the DR and DF models

  6. The reduced transition probabilities for excited states of rare-earths and actinide even-even nuclei

    Ghumman, S. S. [Department of Physics, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (Deemed University), Longowal, Sangrur-148106, Punjab, India s-ghumman@yahoo.com (India)

    2015-08-28

    The theoretical B(E2) ratios have been calculated on DF, DR and Krutov models. A simple method based on the work of Arima and Iachello is used to calculate the reduced transition probabilities within SU(3) limit of IBA-I framework. The reduced E2 transition probabilities from second excited states of rare-earths and actinide even–even nuclei calculated from experimental energies and intensities from recent data, have been found to compare better with those calculated on the Krutov model and the SU(3) limit of IBA than the DR and DF models.

  7. Nonuniform character of the population of spin projections K for a fissile nucleus at the scission point and anisotropies in the angular distributions of fragments originating from the induced fission of nuclei

    It is shown that the emergence of anisotropies in the angular distributions of fragments originating from the spontaneous and induced fission of oriented actinide nuclei is possible only if nonuniformities in the population of the projectionsM (K) of the fissile-nucleus spin onto the z axis of the laboratory frame (fissile-nucleus symmetry axis) appear simultaneously in the vicinity of the scission point but not in the vicinity of the outer saddle point of the deformation potential. The possibilities for creating the orientation of fissile nuclei for spontaneous and induced fission and the effect of these orientations on the anisotropies under analysis are considered. The role of Coriolis interaction as a unique source of the mixing of different-K fissile-nucleus states at all stages of the fission process is studied with allowance for the dynamical enhancement of this interaction for excited thermalized states of the nucleus involved that is characterized by a high energy density. It is shown that the absence of thermalization of excited states of the fissile nucleus that appear because of the effect of nonadiabaticity of its collective deformation motion in the vicinity of the scission point is a condition of conservation of the influence that transition fission states formed at the inner and outer fission barriers exerts on the distribution of the spin projections K for lowenergy spontaneous nuclear fission. It is confirmed that anisotropies observed in the angular distributions of fragments originating from the fission of nuclei that is induced by fast light particles (multiply charged ions) are due to the appearance of strongly excited equilibrium(nonequilibrium) states of the fissile nucleus in the vicinity of its scission point that have a Gibbs (non-Gibbs) distribution of projections K.

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

    Ramos D.

    2016-01-01

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

  9. Transmutation of nuclear waste. State-of-the-art national and international research and strategy studies on partitioning and transmutation of actinides and fission products

    Since 1991 the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN) in Petten, Netherlands, runs a programme on recycling and transmutation of actinides and long-lived fission products that are present in the spent fuel from nuclear power generation. This programme, which is known under the Dutch acronym RAS, is concentrated on the following topics: reactor physics and scenario studies for transmutation, non-proliferation, thorium cycle, irradiations in the High Flux Reactor at Petten, chemical and material studies of fuels and targets, radiological effects and risks. In the present paper a short description of the achievements of the RAS programme is given. Next, the status of the international research on recycling of actinides and fission products is described. Strategies and (innovative) fuel cycle technology required for the recycling of plutonium, minor actinides and fission products are discussed and their possibilities and limits are identified. Also the potential of future options with low actinide production (thorium cycles, accelerators) is considered. Recommendations for future research in this field are given, taking into account the results of a review by a national committee of experts from government, science and industry. The future work should concentrate on: advanced partitioning methods for trivalent actinides, for which a break-through is required, transmutation of actinides using inert matrices as support (non-fissionable materials), studies using 100% MOX-PWRs, HWRs, HTRs and fast burners, innovative systems for future 'clean' energy production using thorium cycle and/or accelerators. It is emphasized that the radiological effects of all new concepts to be developed for recycling and transmutation should be analysed adequately. 6 figs., 14 tabs., 97 refs

  10. Application of the triaxial quadrupole-octupole rotor to the ground and negative-parity levels of actinide nuclei

    Nadirbekov, M. S.; Minkov, N.; Strecker, M.; Scheid, W.

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we examine the possibility to describe yrast positive- and negative-parity excitations of deformed even-even nuclei through a collective rotation model in which the nuclear surface is characterized by triaxial quadrupole and octupole deformations. The nuclear moments of inertia are expressed as sums of quadrupole and octupole parts. By assuming an adiabatic separation of rotation and vibration degrees of freedom, we suppose that the structure of the positive- and negative-parity bands may be determined by the triaxial-rigid-rotor motion of the nucleus. By diagonalizing the Hamiltonian in a symmetrized rotor basis with embedded parity, we obtain a model description for the yrast positive- and negative-parity bands in several actinide nuclei. We show that the energy displacement between the opposite-parity sequences can be explained as the result of the quadrupole-octupole triaxiality.

  11. Application of the triaxial quadrupole-octupole rotor to the ground and negative-parity levels of actinide nuclei

    Nadirbekov, M S; Strecker, M; Scheid, W

    2016-01-01

    In this work we examine the possibility to describe yrast positive- and negative-parity excitations of deformed even-even nuclei through a collective rotation model in which the nuclear surface is characterized by triaxial quadrupole and octupole deformations. The nuclear moments of inertia are expressed as sums of quadrupole and octupole parts. By assuming an adiabatic separation of rotation and vibration degrees of freedom we suppose that the structure of the positive- and negative- parity bands may be determined by the triaxial-rigid-rotor motion of the nucleus. By diagonalizing the Hamiltonian in a symmetrized rotor basis with embedded parity we obtain a model description for the yrast positive- and negative-parity bands in several actinide nuclei. We show that the energy displacement between the opposite-parity sequences can be explained as the result of the quadrupole-octupole triaxiality.

  12. Description of collective and quasiparticle excitations in deformed actinide nuclei: The first application of the Heavy Shell Model

    Cui, Ji-Wei; Chen, Fang-Qi; Sun, Yang; Wu, Cheng-Li; Gao, Zao-Chun

    2014-01-01

    The Heavy Shell Model (HSM) (Y. Sun and C.-L. Wu, Phys. Rev. C 68, 024315 (2003)) was proposed to take the advantages of two existing models, the projected shell model (PSM) and the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model (FDSM). To construct HSM, one extends the PSM by adding collective D-pairs into the intrinsic basis. The HSM is expected to describe simultaneously low-lying collective and quasi-particle excitations in deformed nuclei, and still keeps the model space tractable even for the heaviest systems. As the first numerical realization of the HSM, we study systematically the band structures for some deformed actinide nuclei, with a model space including up to 4-quasiparticle and 1-D-pair configurations. The calculated energy levels for the ground- state bands, the collective bands such as {\\beta} - and {\\gamma} -bands, and some quasiparticle bands agree well with known experimental data. Some low-lying quasiparticle bands are predicted, awaiting experimental confirmation.

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

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

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

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

  15. Comparison of Computational Estimations of Reactivity Margin From Fission Products and Minor Actinides in PWR Burnup Credit

    This paper has presented the results of a computational benchmark and independent calculations to verify the benchmark calculations for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin available from fission products and minor actinides in a PWR burnup credit storage/transport environment. The calculations were based on a generic 32 PWR-assembly cask. The differences between the independent calculations and the benchmark lie within 1% for the uniform axial burnup distribution, which is acceptable. The Δk for KENO - MCNP results are generally lower than the other Δk values, due to the fact that HELIOS performed the depletion part of the calculation for both the KENO and MCNP results. The differences between the independent calculations and the benchmark for the non-uniform axial burnup distribution were within 1.1%

  16. Mesures de sections efficaces de fission induite par neutrons sur des actinides du cycle du thorium à n_TOF.

    Ferrant, Laure

    2005-01-01

    Dans le contexte des études sur les systèmes innovants de production d'énergie, des réacteurs exploitant le combustible thorium sont envisagés. Les sections efficaces de fission induite par neutrons des actinides qui y sont engagés entrent en jeu dans les simulations de scénarios. Pour les alimenter, des bases de données sont produites à partir de résultats expérimentaux et de modèles. Pour certains noyaux, elles présentent des lacunes ou des désaccords. Pour compléter ces bases de données, n...

  17. Selective separation of actinides and long lived fission products from aged liquid wastes produced by the EUREX plant at Saluggia

    The chemical process for the selective separation of actinides and long lived fission products from aged MTR liquid wastes is described. To perform this selective separation, some chemical procedures such as precipitation and ion exchange, both in acidic and alkaline media, have been investigated, mainly at the laboratory scale, using simulated and traced waste solutions. To confirm the results obtained with simulated or traced solutions, additional tests with true MTR wastes are in progress in the analytical hot cell of ENEA EUREX pilot plant in Saluggia. With all these results, it is possible to perform a preliminary selection of the reference process. Further larger scale information will be available after experimental runs on a cold pilot plant, named SERSE, designed and built at Saluggia for engineering scale demonstration of the chemical separation process. This R and D work was performed and partially funded in the frame of the research programmes of the European Communities. (author)

  18. Fission production and actinides in the spent graphite of the reactor stacks of the Siberian chemical integrated plant

    The peculiarity of the accomplished studies consisted in the representative selection of the reactor graphite stacks samples and in the performance of the complex analysis of their radioactive contamination. The role of incidents in forming the graphite contamination by individual radionuclides is identified and their distribution in stacks is studied. The correlation between the content of various radionuclides is investigated. The schemes for evaluating their reserve in the graphite stack are plotted. The results on evaluating the radionuclides reserve in the graphite stack highly differ from the earlier forecasted ones. The fission products and actinides reserves are by 10 times lesser as it was fore coated earlier, which may essentially simplify dismantling and selection of utilization technologies

  19. On the role of energy separated in fission process, excitation energy and reaction channels effects in the isomeric ratios of fission product 135Xe in photofission of actinide elements

    Thiep, Tran Duc; An, Truong Thi; Cuong, Phan Viet; Vinh, Nguyen The; Mishinski, G. V.; Zhemenik, V. I.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we present the isomeric ratio of fission product 135Xe in the photo-fission of actinide elements 232Th, 233U and 237Np induced by end-point bremsstrahlung energies of 13.5, 23.5 and 25.0 MeV which were determined by the method of inert gaseous flow. The data were analyzed, discussed and compared with the similar data from literature to examine the role of energy separated in fission process, excitation energy and reaction channels effects.

  20. Fragmentation of spherical radioactive heavy nuclei as a novel probe of transient effects in fission

    Peripheral collisions with radioactive heavy-ion beams at relativistic energies are discussed as an innovative approach for probing the transient regime experienced by fissile systems evolving toward quasiequilibrium and thereby studying the viscous nature of nuclear matter. A dedicated experiment using the advanced technical installations of GSI, Darmstadt, made it possible to realize ideal conditions for the investigation of relaxation effects in a metastable well. Combined with a highly sensitive experimental signature, it provides a measure of the transient effects with respect to the flux over the fission barrier. Within a two-step reaction process, 45 proton-rich unstable spherical isotopes between At and Th produced by projectile-fragmentation of a stable 238U beam have been used as secondary projectiles which impinge on lead target nuclei. The fragmentation of the radioactive projectiles results in nearly spherical compound nuclei that span a wide range in excitation energy and fissility. The decay of these excited systems by fission is studied with a dedicated setup which, together with the inverse kinematics of the reaction, permits the detection of both fission products in coincidence and the determination of their atomic numbers with high resolution. The information on the nuclear charges of the two fragments is used to sort the data according to the initial excitation energy and fissility of the compound nucleus. The width of the fission-fragment nuclear charge distribution is shown to be specifically sensitive to presaddle transient effects and is used to establish a clock for the passage of the saddle point. The comparison of the experimental results with model calculations points to a fission delay τtrans of (3.3±0.7)x10-21 s for initially spherical compound nuclei, independent of excitation energy and fissility. This value suggests a nuclear dissipation strength β at small deformation of (4.5±0.5)x1021 s-1. The very specific combination of the

  1. Emission of alpha particles and other light nuclei as a fission process

    The fission theory was successfully applied to the emission of alpha particles and other light nuclei from a heavy nucleus. Good agreement (within +-0.8 orders of magnitude) of the theoretical life times with experimental ones over a range of 24 orders of magnitude, was obtained. Three macroscopic models have been extended for the nuclear systems with different charge densities. A phenomenological shell correction was introduced. WKB approximation was used. By taking into account the nuclear deformation, the life-time of the alpha decay from a shape isomeric state was predicted. A new semiempirical relationship for the alpha decay life-time was derived. (author)

  2. Computational Benchmark for Estimation of Reactivity Margin from Fission Products and Minor Actinides in PWR Burnup Credit

    This report proposes and documents a computational benchmark problem for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin available in spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from fission products and minor actinides in a burnup-credit storage/transport environment, relative to SNF compositions containing only the major actinides. The benchmark problem/configuration is a generic burnup credit cask designed to hold 32 pressurized water reactor (PWR) assemblies. The purpose of this computational benchmark is to provide a reference configuration for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin, which is encouraged in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guidance for partial burnup credit (ISG8), and document reference estimations of the additional reactivity margin as a function of initial enrichment, burnup, and cooling time. Consequently, the geometry and material specifications are provided in sufficient detail to enable independent evaluations. Estimates of additional reactivity margin for this reference configuration may be compared to those of similar burnup-credit casks to provide an indication of the validity of design-specific estimates of fission-product margin. The reference solutions were generated with the SAS2H-depletion and CSAS25-criticality sequences of the SCALE 4.4a package. Although the SAS2H and CSAS25 sequences have been extensively validated elsewhere, the reference solutions are not directly or indirectly based on experimental results. Consequently, this computational benchmark cannot be used to satisfy the ANS 8.1 requirements for validation of calculational methods and is not intended to be used to establish biases for burnup credit analyses

  3. Computational Benchmark for Estimation of Reactivity Margin from Fission Products and Minor Actinides in PWR Burnup Credit

    Wagner, J.C.

    2001-08-02

    This report proposes and documents a computational benchmark problem for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin available in spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from fission products and minor actinides in a burnup-credit storage/transport environment, relative to SNF compositions containing only the major actinides. The benchmark problem/configuration is a generic burnup credit cask designed to hold 32 pressurized water reactor (PWR) assemblies. The purpose of this computational benchmark is to provide a reference configuration for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin, which is encouraged in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guidance for partial burnup credit (ISG8), and document reference estimations of the additional reactivity margin as a function of initial enrichment, burnup, and cooling time. Consequently, the geometry and material specifications are provided in sufficient detail to enable independent evaluations. Estimates of additional reactivity margin for this reference configuration may be compared to those of similar burnup-credit casks to provide an indication of the validity of design-specific estimates of fission-product margin. The reference solutions were generated with the SAS2H-depletion and CSAS25-criticality sequences of the SCALE 4.4a package. Although the SAS2H and CSAS25 sequences have been extensively validated elsewhere, the reference solutions are not directly or indirectly based on experimental results. Consequently, this computational benchmark cannot be used to satisfy the ANS 8.1 requirements for validation of calculational methods and is not intended to be used to establish biases for burnup credit analyses.

  4. Study of near-stability nuclei populated as fission fragments in heavy-ion fusion reactions

    Examples are presented to illustrate the power of prompt γ-ray spectroscopy of fission fragments from compound nuclei with A ∼ 200 formed in fusion-evaporation reactions in experiments using the Gammasphere Ge-detector array. Complementary methods, such as Coulomb excitation and deep-inelastic processes, are also discussed. In other cases (n, xnγ) reactions on stable isotopes have been used to establish neutron excitation functions for γ-rays using a pulsed 'white'-neutron source, coupled to a high-energy-resolution germanium-detector array. The excitation functions can unambiguously assign γ-rays to a specific reaction product. Results from all these methods bridge the gaps in the systematics of high-spin states between the neutron-deficient and neutron-rich nuclei. Results near shell closures should motivate new shell model calculations.

  5. Fusion-fission probabilities, cross sections and structure notes of super-heavy nuclei

    Kowal, Michał; Jachimowicz, Piotr; Skalski, Janusz; Siwek-Wilczyńska, Krystyna; Wilczyński, Janusz

    2016-01-01

    Fusion - fission probabilities in the synthesis of heaviest elements are discussed in the context of the latest experimental reports. Cross sections for superheavy nuclei are evaluated using "Fusion by Diffusion" (FBD) model. Predictive power of this approach is shown for experimentally known Lv, Og isotopes and predictions given for Z=119,120. Ground state and saddle point properties as: masses, shell corrections, pairing energies and deformations necessary for cross section estimations are calculated systematically within the multidimensional microscopic - macroscopic method based on the deformed Woods-Saxon single particle potential. In the frame of FBD approach predictions for production of elements heavier than Z = 118 are not too optimistic. For this reason, and because of high instability of superheavy nuclei, we comment on some structure effects, connected with the K-isomerism phenomenon which could lead to a significant increase in the stability of these systems.

  6. New formulas for TKE release in nuclear fission process

    New TKE formulas that will replace the previous existing ones are obtained. Recently, three types of the final deformation of fissioning nuclei were found for actinides out off which only one was observed. The final deformations of the fissioning nuclei was found to be constant and independent of the mass and temperature of the fissioning system. These hence allow to deduce a new formula for the TKE release in nuclear fission process based on the invariance of scission deformations of fissioning nuclei. They yield, TKE(sym) = 0.1173 x (Zf2/Af1/3)+7.5 MeV for the symmetric fission and TKE(asym) = 0.1217 x (Zf2/Af1/3)+3.5 MeV for the asymmetric fission. Details for the new formulas and their comparison with the experimental data are given. (author)

  7. Advancement of reprocessing technology. The forefront of the actinides/fission products separation

    The subject which is important for building the future back end process of nuclear fuel is the better compatibility of the sharp rise of economic efficiency with global environmental conditions, taking up the fuel cycle system for fast reactors as the object. Wet reprocessing PUREX process is excellent in its reliability and safety, but from the viewpoint of economic efficiency and the load on waste disposal, same pointing-out has been done. In high level waste liquid, trace minor actinides and large amount of Na salt are the problems. As the advancement of PUREX process, the research on the reduction of Na waste liquid is reported. As for the recent improvement, emphasis has been placed on the control of the behavior of Np, Tc and Pt family. As the wet type actinide separation process, transuranium extraction (TRUEX) process is the relatively new, powerful solvent extraction process. Its development is described. By using the real waste liquid generated by the PUREX test of the spent fuel from fast reactors, the multi-stage, opposite flow extraction test on bench scale has been carried out at the hot cell of Chemical Processing Facility. The separation of actinides using macrocyclic compounds is reported. (K.I.)

  8. On the quest of production of superheavy nuclei in reactions of 48Ca with the heaviest actinide targets

    The sequence of radioactive decays of an unknown isotope produced in a rare fusion reaction to known lighter isotopes is used to identify mass and atomic number of the mother isotope, which has been separated before from the bulk of other reaction products by an in-flight recoil separator. By this technique the elements 107 to 112 were produced by single atom decay-chain analysis. Such a correlation technique reaches its limit by the occurrence of accidental sequences and it collapses beyond a maximum possible correlation time, at which a true event cannot be distinguished anymore from a random event. 48Ca-induced fusion reactions with actinides are discussed. In 1983 at GSI, Darmstadt and LBL, Berkeley, 48Ca/248Cm-experiments (II) were performed, which are compared to recent 48Ca-experiments at FLNR-Dubna (I) irradiating 244Pu, 242Pu, and 238U. In these experiments production of isotopes of superheavy elements 112 and 114 is claimed. Our analysis of accidental sequences in 48Ca-induced reactions is presented, which is at variance with the published analysis from FLNR-Dubna. We find that the maximum correlation time using continuous beams at today existing separation systems is not in the one-hour regime, but in the few-minute regime. The five spontaneous fission events observed in the FLNR experiments are preceded by signals in the (1-16)-minute range. These times are shown to be longer than the maximum possible correlation times. The preceding signals are decoupled from the spontaneous fission signal and carry no information on the spontaneous fission events observed. Moreover, random probabilities of 0.2 to 0.6 for the signals preceding the fission events indicate that the correlations are of random origin. The evidence to have discovered element 114 in the reported experiments is classified ''very weak''. (orig.)

  9. Particular features of ternary fission induced by polarized neutrons in the major actinides U,235233 and Pu,241239

    Gagarski, A.; Gönnenwein, F.; Guseva, I.; Jesinger, P.; Kopatch, Yu.; Kuzmina, T.; Lelièvre-Berna, E.; Mutterer, M.; Nesvizhevsky, V.; Petrov, G.; Soldner, T.; Tiourine, G.; Trzaska, W. H.; Zavarukhina, T.

    2016-05-01

    Ternary fission in (n ,f ) reactions was studied with polarized neutrons for the isotopes U,235233 and Pu,241239. A cold longitudinally polarized neutron beam was available at the High Flux Reactor of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France. The beam was hitting the fissile targets mounted at the center of a reaction chamber. Detectors for fission fragments and ternary particles were installed in a plane perpendicular to the beam. In earlier work it was discovered that the angular correlations between neutron spin and the momenta of fragments and ternary particles were very different for 233U or 235U. These correlations could now be shown to be simultaneously present in all of the above major actinides though with different weights. For one of the correlations it was observed that up to scission the compound nucleus is rotating with the axis of rotation parallel to the neutron beam polarization. Entrained by the fragments also the trajectories of ternary particles are turned away albeit by a smaller angle. The difference in turning angles becomes observable upon reversing the sense of rotation by flipping neutron spin. All turning angles are smaller than 1∘. The phenomenon was called the ROT effect. As a distinct second phenomenon it was found that for fission induced by polarized neutrons an asymmetry in the emission probability of ternary particles relative to a plane formed by fragment momentum and neutron spin appears. The asymmetry is attributed to the Coriolis force present in the nucleus while it is rotating up to scission. The size of the asymmetry is typically 10-3. This asymmetry was termed the TRI effect. The interpretation of both effects is based on the transition state model. Both effects are shown to be steered by the properties of the collective (J ,K ) transition states which are specific for any of the reactions studied. The study of asymmetries of ternary particle emission in fission induced by slow polarized neutrons provides a new

  10. Alternating-parity collective states of yrast and nonyrast bands in lanthanide and actinide nuclei

    Nadirbekov, M. S., E-mail: nodirbekov@inp.uz; Yuldasheva, G. A. [Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Uzbekistan); Denisov, V. Yu. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute for Nuclear Research (Ukraine)

    2015-03-15

    Excited collective states of even-even nuclei featuring quadrupole and octupole deformations are studied within a nonadiabatic collective model with a Gaussian potential energy. Rotational states of the yrast band and vibrational-rotational states of nonyrast bands are considered in detail. The energies of alternating-parity excited states of the yrast band in the {sup 164}Er, {sup 220}Ra, and {sup 224}Th nuclei; the yrast and first nonyrast bands in the {sup 154}Sm and {sup 160}Gd nuclei; and the yrast, first nonyrast, and second nonyrast bands in the {sup 224}Ra and {sup 240}Pu nuclei are described well on the basis of the proposed model.

  11. Alternating-parity collective states of yrast and nonyrast bands in lanthanide and actinide nuclei

    Excited collective states of even-even nuclei featuring quadrupole and octupole deformations are studied within a nonadiabatic collective model with a Gaussian potential energy. Rotational states of the yrast band and vibrational-rotational states of nonyrast bands are considered in detail. The energies of alternating-parity excited states of the yrast band in the 164Er, 220Ra, and 224Th nuclei; the yrast and first nonyrast bands in the 154Sm and 160Gd nuclei; and the yrast, first nonyrast, and second nonyrast bands in the 224Ra and 240Pu nuclei are described well on the basis of the proposed model

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

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

  13. Preparation and characterization of polyphase ceramic for fixation of actinides and fission products

    Two basic crystalline phases, a fluorite type, calcia stabilized zirconia, and a magnetoplumbite type, CaAl12O19, have been studied for incorporating the full range of waste compositions in to polyphase ceramic forms. The phase assemblage provides crystalline host phases, with stable mineral analogues, for many radionuclides in the waste. Fluorite is considered to be suitable host phase for the fixation of actinides and lanthanides. Magnetoplumbite-like structure can accommodate a wide range of elements with various charges and ionic radii. These kinds of compounds, in addition, present good chemical inertia. (author)

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

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

  15. TMI-2 decay power: LASL fission-product and actinide decay power calculations for the President's Commission at Three Mile Island

    Fission-product and actinide decay heating, gas content, curies, and detailed contributions of the most important nuclide contributors were supplied in a series of letters following requests from the Presidential Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. In addition, similar data assuming different irradiation (power) histories were requested for purposes of comparison. This report consolidates the tabular and graphical data supplied and explains its basis

  16. TMI-2 decay power: LASL fission-product and actinide decay power calculations for the President's commission on the accident at Three Mile Island

    Fission-product and actinide decay heating, gas content, curies, and detailed contributions of the most important nuclide contributors were supplied in a series of letters following requests from the Presidential Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. In addition, similar data assuming different irradiation (power) histories were requested for purposes of comparison. This report consolidates the tabular and graphical data supplied and explains its basis

  17. TMI-2 decay power: LASL fission-product and actinide decay power calculations for the President's Commission at Three Mile Island

    England, T.R.; Wilson, W.B.

    1979-10-01

    Fission-product and actinide decay heating, gas content, curies, and detailed contributions of the most important nuclide contributors were supplied in a series of letters following requests from the Presidential Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. In addition, similar data assuming different irradiation (power) histories were requested for purposes of comparison. This report consolidates the tabular and graphical data supplied and explains its basis.

  18. The evaporation residue in the fission state of Barium nuclei within relativistic mean-field theory

    Bhuyan, M; Gupta, Raj K

    2013-01-01

    The evaporation residue of Barium isotopes are investigated in a microscopic study using relativistic mean field theory. The investigation includes the isotopes of Barium from the valley of stability to exotic proton-rich region. The ground as well as neck configurations for these nuclei are generated from their total nucleonic density distributions of the corresponding state. We have estimated the constituents (number of nucleons) in the elongated neck region of the fission state. We found the $\\alpha$-particle as the constituent of neck of Ba-isotopes, referred to as the evaporated residue in heavy-ion reaction studies. A strong correlation between the neutron and proton is observed throughout the isotopic chain.

  19. Actinide, Activation Product and Fission Product Decay Data for Reactor-based Applications

    The UK Activation Product Decay Data Library was first released in September 1977 as UK-PADD1, to be followed by regular improvements on an almost yearly basis up to the assembly of UKPADD6.12 in March 2013. Similarly, the UK Heavy Element and Actinide Decay Data Library followed in December 1981 as UKHEDD1, with the implementation of various modifications leading to UKHEDD2.6, February 2008. Both the data content and evaluation procedures are defined, and the most recent evaluations are described in terms of specific radionuclides and the resulting consistency of their recommended decay-data files. New versions of the UKPADD and UKHEDD libraries are regularly submitted to the NEA Data Bank for possible inclusion in the JEFF library

  20. Building the European Research Area in nuclear fission pioneering steps in actinide science

    The concept of the European Research Area (ERA) aims at closer development of research policies in Europe and closer networking of research capacities, to reduce fragmentation of research in Europe. The goal is to make European research more effective and competitive. Several approaches are made to create ERA. The European Research Framework Programme is one tool in this context, with the introduction of the new instruments, Integrated Projects, Networks of Excellence and Integrated Infrastructure Initiatives. Actinide science is one area that could benefit from better coordination and more effective use of the research capacities, both human and physical. The European Commission is thus funding a Network of Excellence (ACTINET-6) and an Integrated Project (EUROPART) in this area within the sixth EURATOM Framework Programme. (author)

  1. First burnup credit application including actinides and fission products for transport and storage cask by using French experiments

    The burnup credit (BUC) methodology for a transport and storage cask application, including actinides and fission products, is implemented at AREVA TN using the French BUC calculation route for pressurized water reactor (PWR) UO2 used fuel. The methodology is based on the connection of the French depletion code DARWIN2 and the French criticality safety package CRISTAL V1. The BUC methodology includes the experimental validation of the computation codes dedicated to the calculation of the used fuel inventory calculations. Indeed, the results of the comparison calculation–experiment (C-E)/E allow to determine either a set of isotopic correction factors (ICFs) for the BUC nuclides considered in the criticality calculation or keff-penalty terms directly used for the definition of the keff-acceptance criterion for the criticality assessment of the transport and storage cask. These ICFs or keff-penalty terms are one of the key of the BUC method to guarantee the conservativeness of the fuel reactivity in safety-criticality calculations using BUC approach. A French BUC program has been developed at CEA/Cadarache in the framework of the CEA-AREVA collaboration in order to validate fuel inventory calculations. This program involves two kinds of experiments: chemical analyses and microprobe measurements of PWR irradiated fuel pins (French PIE program) on one hand, and reactivity worth measurements of the BUC nuclides in the MINERVE reactor on the other hand. This paper highlights, through a first industrial AREVA TN's application of the BUC method, including fission products, that the French PIE program and reactivity worth measurements in MINERVE reactor are suitable for the implementation of BUC in transport and storage cask applications loaded with PWR UO2 used fuels assemblies. (author)

  2. Nuclear charge distribution of fission products originated from fission of 238U nuclei induced by45-69 MeV protons

    Houshyar Noshad

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available  Fission of 238U nuclei was performed by 45-69 MeV protons at the Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center of Tohoku University in Japan. The fission products originated in the reaction were identified by using gamma spectroscopy. The experimental data show that the charge distribution of isobar fission products follows a Gaussian distribution with a standard deviation independent of the selected mass number. The standard deviations were measured for the reaction 238U(p, f with 45, 55, 65 and 69 MeV protons. For Ep = 45 MeV, the standard deviation obtained from the experiment is in agreement with the existing data and satisfies the prediction of the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model. For other proton energies, measurement of this quantity has not been reported in the literature. The experimental results show that the value of standard deviation increases, when the excitation energy of the fissioning nucleus increases. Furthermore, the most probable charge was determined for the isobar fission products detected in the experiment. The results are consistent with the prediction of the minimum potential energy (MPE model. Moreover, the experimental data show that nuclear charge polarization occurs in the fission process.

  3. Investigation of single-cycle separation process based on forward and backward extractions of actinides and fission products

    We have been developing a new partitioning method of high-level radioactive waste by the single-cycle extraction process. This process is composed of the extraction of actinides (An) and fission products (FP, e.g., Pd, Ru, Mo and Tc), and mutual separation by reverse extraction. The extractant employed in this process is required to extract soft, hard acid metals and oxonium anions simultaneously. The NTAamide (N,N,N',N',N”,N”,-hexaoctyl-nitrilotriacetamide) is one of the candidate extractants. After the extraction of An and FP, the mutual separation by reverse-extraction should be set up. Distribution ratios of Pd and Ru, which are obtained by NTAamide extraction, can be suppressed by masking agents, thiourea, systeine, diethylenetriamine, and trisaminoethylamine. The masking of Mo can be performed using methylimino-N,N'-diethylacetamide (MIDEA), NTAamide(C2) and iminodimethylphosphoric acid, and Re can be stripped using an aqueous phase with high pH. The information on extraction and masking for these metals will be utilized in the development of the single-cycle process. (author)

  4. Isotope ratio analysis of actinides, fission products, and geolocators by high-efficiency multi-collector thermal ionization mass spectrometry

    A ThermoFisher 'Triton' multi-collector thermal ionization mass spectrometer (MC-TIMS) was evaluated for trace and ultra-trace level isotoperatioanalysis of actinides (uranium, plutonium, and americium), fission products and geolocators (strontium, cesium, and neodymium). Total efficiencies (atoms loaded to ions detected) of up to 0.5-2% for U, Pu, and Am, and 1-30% for Sr, Cs, and Nd can be reported employing resin bead load techniques onto flat ribbon Re filaments or resin beads loaded into a millimeter-sized cavity drilled into a Re rod. This results in detection limits of 4 atoms to 105 atoms) for 239-242+244Pu, 233+236U, 241-243Am, 89,90Sr, and 134,135,137Cs, and (le) 1 pg for natural Nd isotopes (limited by the chemical processing blank) using a secondary electron multiplier (SEM) or multiple-ion counters (MICs). Relative standard deviations (RSD) as small as 0.1% and abundance sensitivities of 1 x 106 or better using a SEM are reported here. Precisions of RSD ∼ 0.01-0.001% using a multi-collector Faraday cup array can be achieved at sub-nanogram concentrations for strontium and neodymium and are suitable to gain crucial geolocation information. The analytical protocols reported herein are of particular value for nuclear forensic and nuclear safeguard applications.

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

    Bonneau, L

    2003-11-01

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

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

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

  7. New numerical method for fission half-lives of heavy and superheavy nuclei at ground and excited states

    The spontaneous fission half-lives for heavy and superheavy nuclei between U and Hs isotopes are calculated in framework of the generalized liquid drop model by applying a new method of numerically solving Schrödinger equation compared with the semi-empirical WKB approximation. The calculated half-lives are in very good agreement with the experimental data, indicating the reliability of the new approach. The second part of this work is to estimate the fission half-lives of 238Np⁎ at excited state of 7.3 MeV and 239U⁎ at excited states of 7.081, 8.078, 8.387 and 8.989 MeV with the numerical method. The estimated results compared with the experimental values and with the results by WKB approximation show the numerical method is applicable to both the spontaneous fission and excited fission

  8. Separation of actinides (III) from fission lanthanides by non-dispersive liquid-liquid extraction

    Both 2,6-bis (5, 6-dipropyl-1, 2, 4-triazin-3yl) pyridine (n-Pr-BTP), and a synergistic mixture of bis (chlorophenyl) dithio-phosphinic acid ((ClPh)2PSSH) and tri-n-octyl phosphine oxide (TOPO) are able to selectively extract actinides (III) over lanthanides (III) from nitric acid solutions. We performed counter-current extraction tests in hollow fiber modules (HFM) using these extractants. With n-Pr-BTP, up to 99.95% of americium could be separated from the aqueous feed phase. Lanthanide co-extraction was in the range of 1%. With the synergistic mixture, up to 99.99% of americium were removed, with approx. 30% of lanthanide co-extraction. However, with the latter system, specific flow rates more than five times higher were possible. This is due to different mass transfer kinetics in the two systems: Kinetic investigations with n-Pr-BTP performed in a stirred cell showed that the rate of extraction is controlled by a slow chemical reaction. On the other hand, the chemical reaction with (ClPh)2 PSSH + TOPO is fast, and the extraction rate is controlled by diffusion. (author)

  9. Etude de la fission d'actinides produits par réactions de transfert multinucléon en cinématique inverse

    Derkx, X.

    2010-01-01

    L'étude de la fission des actinides répond à un double enjeu. Les mesures de distributions de fragments de fission et des probabilités de fission permettent une meilleure compréhension du phénomène en lui même et une discrimination des modèles de structure et de dynamique nucléaires. De plus, dans le contexte de la conception de réacteurs nucléaires de nouvelle génération et d'incinérateurs de déchets radiotoxiques, de nouvelles mesures sont indispensables pour améliorer les bases de données ...

  10. Spectroscopy of few-particle nuclei around magic {sup 132}Sn from fission product {gamma}-ray studies.

    Zhang, C. T.

    1998-07-29

    We are studying the yrast structure of very neutron-rich nuclei around doubly magic {sup 132}Sn by analyzing fission product {gamma}-ray data from a {sup 248}Cm source at Eurogam II. Yrast cascades in several few-valence-particle nuclei have been identified through {gamma}{gamma} cross coincidences with their complementary fission partners. Results for two-valence-particle nuclei {sup 132}Sb, {sup 134}Te, {sup 134}Sb and {sup 134}Sn provide empirical nucleon-nucleon interactions which, combined with single-particle energies already known in the one-particle nuclei, are essential for shell-model analysis in this region. Findings for the N = 82 nuclei {sup 134}Te and {sup 135}I have now been extended to the four-proton nucleus {sup 136}Xe. Results for the two-neutron nucleus {sup 134}Sn and the N = 83 isotones {sup 134}Sb, {sup 135}Te and {sup 135}I open up the spectroscopy of nuclei in the northeast quadrant above {sup 132}Sn.

  11. Evaluation of six decontamination processes on actinide and fission product contamination

    In-situ decontamination technologies were evaluated for their ability to: (1) reduce equipment contamination levels to allow either free release of the equipment or land disposal, (2) minimize residues generated by decontamination, and (3) generate residues that are compatible with existing disposal technologies. Six decontamination processes were selected. tested and compared to 4M nitric acid, a traditional decontamination agent: fluoroboric acid (HBF4), nitric plus hydrofluoric acid, alkaline persulfate followed by citric acid plus oxalic acid, silver(II) plus sodium persulfate plus nitric acid, oxalic acid plus hydrogen peroxide plus hydrofluoric acid, and electropolishing using nitric acid electrolyte. The effectiveness of these solutions was tested using prepared 304 stainless steel couponds contaminated with uranium, plutonium, americium, or fission products. The decontamination factor for each of the solutions and tests conditions were determined; the results of these experiments are presented

  12. Development of ARTIST process, extraction and separation of actinides and fission products by TODGA

    Total recovery of TRU from nitric acid solution was studied by using TODGA whose extractant is a tridentate ligand showing the high extractability for An(III) and An(IV). TODGA extracts Pu(IV), Am(III) and Cm(III) effectively but not Np(V), therefore Np(V) has to be reduced to Np(IV) prior to extraction. From the results of the extraction of fission products, Sr(II), Zr(IV) and lanthanides(III) give high distribution ratios in TODGA-HNO3 system. After extraction of TRU with Sr(II) and Zr(IV), these FP elements can be stripped by using 0.2 M oxalic acid in 2 M HNO3 or diluted HNO3, while TRU remains in the organic phase. After separation of Sr(II) and Zr(IV), the backward extraction of total TRU into aqueous phase was also studied. (authors)

  13. Concept and experimental studies on fuel and target for minor actinides and fission products transmutation

    High activity long-lived radionuclides in nuclear wastes, namely minor actinides (americium and neptunium) are in large amount generated by current nuclear reactive. The destruction of these radionuclides is a part of the French SPIN (Partitioning and Burning) program consistent with the determination to send a minimum amount of harmful products for final storage. Transmutation concepts are defined for neptunium and americium taking into account fuel cycle strategies. Neptunium destruction does not pose any major problems. It's a by-product of uranium consumption, as plutonium and in despite of a slight gamma activity due to the protactinium 233 it's quite easy to handle. Diluting neptunium in the mixed oxide fuels (MOX) should not be an obstacle for fabrication, in-pile behaviour and reprocessing either. Consequently we make the proposal of homogeneous mode of neptunium in MOX which should be soon explored in the experimental OSIRIS reactor and in the Phenix and Superphenix reactors. The analysis is more complex for the multi isotope americium. Its destruction is difficult because of gamma radioactivity which complicates fabrication. Experiments in Phenix and calculation showed that Phenix reactor offers a good potential for americium incineration, but similar data do not exist for PWR. It will remain a well known difficulty for fabrication and reprocessing. In this case we have to put a real new face to the fabrication flow-sheet of americium compounds and we propose to develop the heterogeneous mode. Targets choice are defined in term of: -safety, considering fuel reaction with cladding and water sodium, -transmutation rate, limited by target behaviour, in FR's (Phenix), PWR's (OSIRIS) and HFR (Petten), -reprocessing, checking the solubility of such targets by Purex process. So, at the beginning of our program the account has been on improving fuel and targets properties related to safety and fuel cycle. (authors). 4 figs

  14. Ionic Liquid and Supercritical Fluid Hyphenated Techniques for Dissolution and Separation of Lanthanides, Actinides, and Fission Products

    This project is investigating techniques involving ionic liquids (IL) and supercritical (SC) fluids for dissolution and separation of lanthanides, actinides, and fission products. The research project consists of the following tasks: Study direct dissolution of lanthanide oxides, uranium dioxide and other actinide oxides in [bmin][Tf2N] with TBP(HNO3)1.8(H2O)0.6 and similar types of Lewis acid-Lewis base complexing agents; Measure distributions of dissolved metal species between the IL and the sc-CO2 phases under various temperature and pressure conditions; Investigate the chemistry of the dissolved metal species in both IL and sc-CO2 phases using spectroscopic and chemical methods; Evaluate potential applications of the new extraction techniques for nuclear waste management and for other projects. Supercritical carbon dioxide (sc-CO2) and ionic liquids are considered green solvents for chemical reactions and separations. Above the critical point, CO2 has both gas- and liquid-like properties, making it capable of penetrating small pores of solids and dissolving organic compounds in the solid matrix. One application of sc-CO2 extraction technology is nuclear waste management. Ionic liquids are low-melting salts composed of an organic cation and an anion of various forms, with unique properties making them attractive replacements for the volatile organic solvents traditionally used in liquid-liquid extraction processes. One type of room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) based on the 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cation [bmin] with bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide anion [Tf2N] is of particular interest for extraction of metal ions due to its water stability, relative low viscosity, high conductivity, and good electrochemical and thermal stability. Recent studies indicate that a coupled IL sc-CO2 extraction system can effectively transfer trivalent lanthanide and uranyl ions from nitric acid solutions. Advantages of this technique include operation at ambient temperature

  15. Fission of spin-aligned projectile-like nuclei in the interactions of 29 MeV/nucleon 208Pb with 197Au

    Binary fission of projectile-like nuclei was investigated in the interaction of 29 MeV/nucleon Pb on Au, together with the associated neutron multiplicity. Fission is only observed in rather peripheral collisions and represents approximately 20% of the total reaction cross-section. The fission process occurs after collisions in which up to 550 MeV have been dissipated. The angular and energy distribution of the fragments can be accounted for by assuming a noticeable spin alignment of the fissioning nuclei. (author) 18 refs.; 3 figs

  16. New valleys of cold fission and cluster radioactivity processes from nuclei far from the {beta}-stability line

    Rodriguez, O.; Guzman, F.; Duarte, S.B.; Tavares, O.A.P. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Garcia, F. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Goncalves, M. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    1998-10-01

    The present work provides new results for the half-life of cluster radioactivity and cold fission processes from neutron-deficient nuclei of atomic number near proton shell closure. Results are also reported for the half-life of possible decays leading to the neutron-deficient, doubly magic island near {sup 100} Sn. The model reproduces the well established experimental systematics of Geiger-Nuttall's diagrams for alpha decay, as well as predicts similar diagrams for heavy cluster emission and cold fission processes. (author)

  17. 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.

  18. Consultancy to review and finalize the IAEA publication 'Compendium on the use of fusion/fission hybrids for the utilization and transmutation of actinides and long-lived fission products'. Working material

    In addition to the traditional fission reactor research, fusion R and D activities are becoming of interest also to nuclear fission power development. There is renewed interest in utilizing fusion neutrons, Heavy Liquid Metals, and molten salts for innovative systems (energy production and transmutation). Indeed, for nuclear power development to become sustainable as a long-term energy option, innovative fuel cycle and reactor technologies will have to be developed to solve the problems of resource utilization and long-lived radioactive waste management. In this context Member States clearly expressed the need for comparative assessments of various transmutation reactors. Both the fusion and fission communities are currently investigating the potential of innovative reactor and fuel cycle strategies that include a fusion/fission system. The attention is mainly focused on substantiating the potential advantages of such systems: utilization and transmutation of actinides and long-lived fission products, intrinsic safety features, enhanced proliferation resistance, and fuel breeding capabilities. An important aspect of the ongoing activities is the comparison with the accelerator driven subcritical system (spallation neutron source), which is the other main option for producing excess neutrons. Apart from comparative assessments, knowledge preservation is another subject of interest to the Member States: the goal, applied to fusion/fission systems, is to review the status of, and to produce a 'compendium' of past and present achievements in this area

  19. An Approach for Validating Actinide and Fission Product Burnup Credit Criticality Safety Analyses-Isotopic Composition Predictions

    The expanded use of burnup credit in the United States (U.S.) for storage and transport casks, particularly in the acceptance of credit for fission products, has been constrained by the availability of experimental fission product data to support code validation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has noted that the rationale for restricting the Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit for storage and transportation casks (ISG-8) to actinide-only is based largely on the lack of clear, definitive experiments that can be used to estimate the bias and uncertainty for computational analyses associated with using burnup credit. To address the issues of burnup credit criticality validation, the NRC initiated a project with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to (1) develop and establish a technically sound validation approach for commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) criticality safety evaluations based on best-available data and methods and (2) apply the approach for representative SNF storage and transport configurations/conditions to demonstrate its usage and applicability, as well as to provide reference bias results. The purpose of this paper is to describe the isotopic composition (depletion) validation approach and resulting observations and recommendations. Validation of the criticality calculations is addressed in a companion paper at this conference. For isotopic composition validation, the approach is to determine burnup-dependent bias and uncertainty in the effective neutron multiplication factor (keff) due to bias and uncertainty in isotopic predictions, via comparisons of isotopic composition predictions (calculated) and measured isotopic compositions from destructive radiochemical assay utilizing as much assay data as is available, and a best-estimate Monte Carlo based method. This paper (1) provides a detailed description of the burnup credit isotopic validation approach and its technical bases, (2) describes the application of the approach for

  20. Transmutation of nuclear waste. Status report RAS programme 1993: Recycling and transmutation of actinides and fission products

    The term ''nuclear transmutation'' means a conversion of long-lived radioactive nuclides into short-lived or stable nuclides and ''recycling'' means re-use of fissile material to generate energy in power reactors. With these two processes a reduction of the radiotoxicity and of its duration may be achieved, thus reducing the potential hazard to future generations. Firstly, the report gives a survey of the present situation regarding nuclear waste: its components, how the waste is produced in current LWR and possible options for interim and final storage. Then the objective of the RAS programme, the working methods and the state of the art of the research are considered. Two chapters deal with preliminary results of national and international research. A rather tentative prediction for the future is formulated. Some conclusions are drawn: It seems to be in the best interests of the Netherlands to continue the established line of reprocessing nuclear waste, should new reactors be introduced. It may be advisable to make international agreements so that in the future fission products will contain as few traces of transuranic actinides and long-lived components as possible. Consequently, nuclear waste would become cleaner in terms of long-lived components. For the transmutation of products separated in foreign countries, the Netherlands could pursue an active policy, perform research and also consider the use of MOX fuel in future Dutch reactors. Further contributions towards the solution of these problems can only be made by the Netherlands on an international level. As such, the research and study performed within the framework of the RAS-programme represents a useful international contribution. The possibilities offered by the HFR are particularly of great value. Finally, the choice of a new generation of nuclear reactors should be made not based only on the safety aspects, but also on the extent of waste production and on the transmutation possibilities (application

  1. In-beam studies of high-spin states of actinide nuclei

    High-spin states in the actinides have been studied using Coulomb- excitation, inelastic excitation reactions, and one-neutron transfer reactions. Experimental data are presented for states in 232U, 233U, 234U, 235U, 238Pu and 239Pu from a variety of reactions. Energy levels, moments-of-inertia, aligned angular momentum, Routhians, gamma-ray intensities, and cross-sections are presented for most cases. Additional spectroscopic information (magnetic moments, M1/E2 mixing ratios, and g-factors) is presented for 233U. One- and two-neutron transfer reaction mechanisms and the possibility of band crossings (backbending) are discussed. A discussion of odd-A band fitting and Cranking calculations is presented to aid in the interpretation of rotational energy levels and alignment. In addition, several theoretical calculations of rotational populations for inelastic excitation and neutron transfer are compared to the data. Intratheory comparisons between the Sudden Approximation, Semi-Classical, and Alder-Winther-DeBoer methods are made. In connection with the theory development, the possible signature for the nuclear SQUID effect is discussed. 98 refs., 61 figs., 21 tabs

  2. In-beam studies of high-spin states of actinide nuclei

    Stoyer, M.A. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (USA). Nuclear Science Div. California Univ., Berkeley, CA (USA). Dept. of Chemistry)

    1990-11-15

    High-spin states in the actinides have been studied using Coulomb- excitation, inelastic excitation reactions, and one-neutron transfer reactions. Experimental data are presented for states in {sup 232}U, {sup 233}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}Pu and {sup 239}Pu from a variety of reactions. Energy levels, moments-of-inertia, aligned angular momentum, Routhians, gamma-ray intensities, and cross-sections are presented for most cases. Additional spectroscopic information (magnetic moments, M{sub 1}/E{sub 2} mixing ratios, and g-factors) is presented for {sup 233}U. One- and two-neutron transfer reaction mechanisms and the possibility of band crossings (backbending) are discussed. A discussion of odd-A band fitting and Cranking calculations is presented to aid in the interpretation of rotational energy levels and alignment. In addition, several theoretical calculations of rotational populations for inelastic excitation and neutron transfer are compared to the data. Intratheory comparisons between the Sudden Approximation, Semi-Classical, and Alder-Winther-DeBoer methods are made. In connection with the theory development, the possible signature for the nuclear SQUID effect is discussed. 98 refs., 61 figs., 21 tabs.

  3. Octupole correlations in positive-parity states of rare-earth and actinide nuclei

    Spieker M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this contribution, further evidence of the importance of multiphonon-octupole excitations to describe experimental data in the rare earths and actinides will be presented. First, new results of a (p, t experiment at the Q3D magnetic spectrograph in Munich will be discussed, which was performed to selectively excite Jπ = 0+ states in 240Pu. spdf interacting boson model (IBM calculations suggest that the previously proposed double-octupole phonon nature of the Jπ = 0+2 state is not in conflict with its strong (p, t population. Second, the framework of the IBM has been adopted for the description of experimental observables related to octupole excitations in the rare earths. Here, the IBM is able to describe the signature splitting for positiveand negative-parity states when multi-dipole and multi-octupole bosons are included. The present study might support the idea of octupole-phonon condensation at intermediate spin (Jπ = 10+ leading to the change in yrast structure observed in 146Nd.

  4. MANTRA: An Integral Reactor Physics Experiment to Infer the Neutron Capture Cross Sections of Actinides and Fission Products in Fast and Epithermal Spectra

    Youinou, G.; Vondrasek, R.; Veselka, H.; Salvatores, M.; Paul, M.; Pardo, R.; Palmiotti, G.; Palchan, T.; Nusair, O.; Nimmagadda, J.; Nair, C.; Murray, P.; Maddock, T.; Kondrashev, S.; Kondev, F. G.; Jones, W.; Imel, G.; Glass, C.; Fonnesbeck, J.; Berg, J.; Bauder, W.

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents an update of an on-going collaborative INL-ANL-ISU integral reactor physics experiment whose objective is to infer the effective neutron capture cross sections for most of the actinides of importance for reactor physics and fuel cycle studies in both fast and epithermal spectra. Some fission products are also being considered. The principle of the experiment is to irradiate very pure actinide samples in the Advanced Test Reactor at INL and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The determination of the nuclide densities before and after neutron irradiation together with the neutron fluence will allow inference of effective neutron capture cross-sections in different neutron spectra.

  5. Microscopic Mechanism of Large Fluctuation in Odd-Even Differences in Moments of Inertia for Actinide Nuclei

    YU Lei; GONG Lun-Xun; LIU Shu-Xin; ZENG Jin-Yan

    2005-01-01

    The experimental large fluctuation in odd-even differences in moments of inertia of deformed actinide nuclei is investigated using the particle-number conserving (PNC) method for treating the cranked shell model with monopole and quadrupole pairing interactions. PNC calculations show that the large odd-even difference in moments of inertia mainly comes from the interference contributions j(μν) from particles in high j intruder orbitals μ and ν quite near the Fermi surface, which have no counterpart in the BCS formalism. The effective monopole and quadrupole pairing interaction strengths are determined to fit the experimental odd-even differences in binding energies and bandhead moments of inertia. The experimental results for the variation of moments of inertia with rotational frequency ω are reproduced well by the PNC calculation. The nearly identical experimental moments of inertia between 236 U(gsb) and 238 U(gsb) at low frequencies hω≤ 0.20 MeV are also reproduced quite well.

  6. Simulating γ–γ coincidences of β-delayed γ-rays from fission product nuclei

    Analyzing radiation from material that has undergone neutron induced fission is important for fields such as nuclear forensics, reactor physics, and nonproliferation monitoring. The γ-ray spectroscopy of fission products is a major part of the characterization of a material's fissile inventory and the energy of incident neutrons inducing fission. Cumulative yields and γ-ray intensities from nuclear databases are inputs into a GEANT4 simulation to create expected γ-ray spectra from irradiated 235U. The simulations include not only isotropically emitted γ-rays but also γ–γ cascades from certain fission products, emitted with their appropriate angular correlations. Here γ singles spectra as well as γ–γ coincidence spectra are simulated in detectors at both 90° and 180° pairings. The ability of these GEANT4 Monte Carlo simulations to duplicate experimental data is explored in this work. These simulations demonstrate potential in exploiting angular correlations of γ–γ cascades in fission product decays to determine isotopic content. Analyzing experimental and simulated γ–γ coincidence spectra as opposed to singles spectra should improve the ability to identify fission product nuclei since such spectra are cleaner and contain more resolved peaks when compared to γ singles spectra

  7. Fission and fragmentation of silver and bromine nuclei by 1-6 GeV energy photons

    Fission and fragmentation of silver and bromine nuclei induced by bremsstrahlung photons in the maximum energy range of 1-6 GeV are studied. A special technique of nuclear emulsion for the highly ionizing nuclear fragment detection is used in the discrimination between nuclear fission and fragmentation events. Films of Ilford-KO nuclear emulsion (approximatelly 1020 atoms/cm2 of Ag, Br) which had been exposed to bremsstrahlung beams in 'Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron' (DESY, Hamburg) with total doses of approximatelly 1011 equivalent photons are used. Through a detailed analysis of range, angular and angle between fragment distributions, and empirical relations which permit to estimate nuclear fragment energy, range and velocity, the discrimination between fission and fragmentation events is made. Results related to fragment range distribution, angular distribution, distribution of angle between fragments, distribution of ratio between ranges, velocity distributions, forward/backward ratio, fission and fragmentation cross sections, nuclear fissionability and ternary fission frequency are presented and discussed. The results show that the mean photofragmentation cross section in the internal 1-6 GeV (0,09+-0,02mb) is significant when compared to the photofission (0,29+-0,05mb). It is also shown that the mean photofission cross section between 1 and 6 GeV is great by a factor of approximatelly 10 when compared to the foreseen by the cascade-evaporation nuclear model for monoenergetic photons of 0,6 GeV. (L.C.)

  8. Anomalous E1 conversion in octupole-deformed nuclei and muon shake-off in prompt fission

    It has been shown that the coexistence of octupole and quadrupole deformation in nuclei gives rise to strong penetration effects in internal conversion for the E1 transitions. This idea has been applied for evaluating the muon shake-off probability Wsh. The value obtained, Wsh≅0.5% per prompt fission, is in good agreement with the experimental result. Possibilities for further experimental studies of this effect are discussed. (orig.)

  9. 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

  10. Safety and environmental aspects of partitioning and transmutation of actinides and fission products. Proceedings of a technical committee meeting held in Vienna, 29 November - 2 December 1993

    There is considerable interest in many countries in the partitioning and transmutation of long lived radionuclides as a potential complement to the closed fuel cycle. Recognizing this, the IAEA organized a Technical Committee Meeting on Safety and Environmental Aspects of Partitioning and Transmutation of Actinides and Fission Products, to review the current status of progress of national and international programmes and identify the most important directions of co-operation. The results of the Technical Committee meeting are presented in this document. Refs, figs and tabs

  11. Etude structurale et propriétés des verres peralumineux de conditionnement des produits de fission et actinides mineurs"

    Gasnier, Estelle

    2013-01-01

    Ce travail de thèse s’inscrit dans le cadre de la recherche de nouvelles formulations verrières pour le conditionnement des produits de fission et actinides mineurs (PFA). Il s’agit d’étudier une composition de verre dans le domaine peralumineux (défaut de compensateurs de charge en alcalins et alcalino-terreux par rapport à l’aluminium) présentant un taux de charge au moins équivalent à celui du verre R7T7 (18,5 % mass. PFA) et de statuer sur la potentialité de ces matrices vitreuses comme m...

  12. Superdeformed nuclei

    Superdeformation was first proposed some twenty years ago to explain the fission isomers observed in some actinide nuclei. It was later realized that superdeformed shapes can occur at high angular momentum in lighter nuclei. The interest in the mechanisms responsible for these exotic shapes has increased enormously with the discovery of a superdeformed band of nineteen discrete lines in 152Dy (8). At about the same time, evidence for highly deformed nuclei (axis ratio 3:2) was also reported near 132Ce(9). Striking properties emerged from the first experiments, such as the essentially constant energy spacing between transitions (picket-fence spectra), the unexpectedly strong population of superdeformed bands at high spins, and the apparent lack of a link between the superdeformed states and the yrast levels. These findings were reviewed by Nolan and Twin. The present article follows upon their work and discusses the wealth of information that has since become available. This includes the discovery of a new island of superdeformation near A = 190, the detailed spectroscopy of ground and excited bands in the superdeformed well near A = 150 and A = 190, the surprising occurrence of superdeformed bands with identical transition energies in nuclei differing by one or two mass units, and the improved understanding of mechanisms responsible for the feeding into and the decay out of the superdeformed states

  13. Some aspects of fission and quasifission processes

    B B Back

    2015-08-01

    The discovery of nuclear fission in 1938–1939 had a profound influence on the field of nuclear physics and it brought this branch of physics into the forefront as it was recognized for having the potential for its seminal influence on modern society. Although many of the basic features of actinide fission were described in a ground-breaking paper by Bohr and Wheeler only six months after the discovery, the fission process is very complex and it has been a challenge for both experimentalists and theorists to achieve a complete and satisfactory understanding of this phenomenon. Many aspects of nuclear physics are involved in fission and it continues to be a subject of intense study even three quarters of a century after its discovery. In this talk, I will review an incomplete subset of the major milestones in fission research, and briefly discuss some of the topics that I have been involved in during my career. These include studies of vibrational resonances and fission isomers that are caused by the second minimum in the fission barrier in actinide nuclei, studies of heavy-ion-induced fission in terms of the angular distributions and the mass–angle correlations of fission fragments. Some of these studies provided evidence for the importance of the quasifission process and the attendant suppression of the complete fusion process. Finally, some of the circumstances around the establishment of large-scale nuclear research in India will be discussed.

  14. Two-dimensional Langevin modeling of fission dynamics of the excited compound nuclei 188Pt, 227Pa and 251Es

    Eslamizadeh, H.

    2016-02-01

    A stochastic approach based on one- and two-dimensional Langevin equations is applied to calculate the pre-scission neutron multiplicity, fission probability, anisotropy of fission fragment angular distribution, fission cross section and the evaporation cross section for the compound nuclei 188Pt, 227Pa and 251Es in an intermediate range of excitation energies. The chaos weighted wall and window friction formula are used in the Langevin equations. The elongation parameter, c, is used as the first dimension and projection of the total spin of the compound nucleus onto the symmetry axis, K, considered as the second dimension in Langevin dynamical calculations. A constant dissipation coefficient of K, γK = 0.077(MeV zs)-1/2, is used in two-dimensional calculations to reproduce the above mentioned experimental data. Comparison of the theoretical results of the pre-scission neutron multiplicity, fission probability, fission cross section and the evaporation cross section with the experimental data shows that the results of two-dimensional calculations are in better agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, it is shown that the two-dimensional Langevin equations together with a dissipation coefficient of K, γK = 0.077(MeV zs)-1/2, can satisfactorily reproduce the anisotropy of fission fragment angular distribution for the heavy compound nucleus 251Es. However, a larger value of γK = 0.250(MeV zs)-1/2 is needed to reproduce the anisotropy of fission fragment angular distribution for the lighter compound nucleus 227Pa.

  15. SOFIA, a Next-Generation Facility for Fission Yields Measurements and Fission Study. First Results and Perspectives

    Audouin, L.; Pellereau, E.; Taieb, J.; Boutoux, G.; Béliera, G.; Chatillon, A.; Ebran, A.; Gorbinet, T.; Laurent, B.; Martin, J.-F.; Tassan-Got, L.; Jurado, B.; Alvarez-Pol, H.; Ayyad, Y.; Benlliure, J.; Caamano, M.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Fernandez-Dominguez, B.; Paradela, C.; Rodriguez-Sanchez, J.-L.; Vargas, J.; Casarejos, E.; Heinz, A.; Kelic-Heil, A.; Kurz, N.; Nociforo, C.; Pietri, S.; Prochazka, A.; Rossi, D.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Simon, H.; Voss, B.; Weick, H.; Winfield, J. S.

    2015-10-01

    Fission fragments play an important role in nuclear reactors evolution and safety. However, fragments yields are poorly known : data are essentially limited to mass yields from thermal neutron-induced fissions on a very few nuclei. SOFIA (Study On FIssion with Aladin) is an innovative experimental program on nuclear fission carried out at the GSI facility, which aims at providing isotopic yields on a broad range of fissioning systems. Relativistic secondary beams of actinides and pre-actinides are selected by the Fragment Separator (FRS) and their fission is triggered by electromagnetic interaction. The resulting excitation energy is comparable to the result of an interaction with a low-energy neutron, thus leading to useful data for reactor simulations. For the first time ever, both fission fragments are completely identified in charge and mass in a new recoil spectrometer, allowing for precise yields measurements. The yield of prompt neutrons can then be deduced, and the fission mechanism can be ascribed, providing new constraints for fission models. During the first experiment, all the technical challenges were matched : we have thus set new experimental standards in the measurements of relativistic heavy ions (time of flight, position, energy loss).This communication presents a first series of results obtained on the fission of 238U; many other fissioning systems have also been measured and are being analyzed presently. A second SOFIA experiment is planned in September 2014, and will be focused on the measurement of the fission of 236U, the analog of 235U+n.

  16. The seventh international conference on the chemistry and migration behavior of actinides and fission products in the Geosphere MIGRATION'99 abstracts

    Palmer, C

    1999-09-01

    The Migration conferences focus on recent developments in the fundamental chemistry of actinides and fission products in natural aquifer systems, their interactions and migration in the geosphere, and the processes involved in modeling their geochemical behavior. The primary mode dissemination of technical information will be early evening poster sessions designed to encourage intensive communication between the authors and participants. Daily oral sessions will be opened with invited lectures followed by contributed papers within the scope of each session. Sessions cover: (A) Chemistry of actinides and fission products in natural aquatic systems: (1) Solubilities and dissolution reactions; (2) Complexation with inorganic and organic ligands; (3) Redox reactions; (4) Colloid formation; and (5) Experimental methods. (B) Geochemical interactions and transport phenomena: (1) Diffusion and migration in geologic media; (2) Sorption/desorption phenomena; (3) Natural analog studies; (4) Effects of biological activities and organic materials; (5) Colloid transport; (6) Radionuclides in soils; and (7) Soil-remediation chemistries. (C) Data base development and modeling: (1) Data selection and evaluation; (2) Data base management; (3) Geochemical models and modeling; (4) Application of models; and (5) Validation of modeling results.

  17. The seventh international conference on the chemistry and migration behavior of actinides and fission products in the Geosphere MIGRATION'99 abstracts

    The Migration conferences focus on recent developments in the fundamental chemistry of actinides and fission products in natural aquifer systems, their interactions and migration in the geosphere, and the processes involved in modeling their geochemical behavior. The primary mode dissemination of technical information will be early evening poster sessions designed to encourage intensive communication between the authors and participants. Daily oral sessions will be opened with invited lectures followed by contributed papers within the scope of each session. Sessions cover: (A) Chemistry of actinides and fission products in natural aquatic systems: (1) Solubilities and dissolution reactions; (2) Complexation with inorganic and organic ligands; (3) Redox reactions; (4) Colloid formation; and (5) Experimental methods. (B) Geochemical interactions and transport phenomena: (1) Diffusion and migration in geologic media; (2) Sorption/desorption phenomena; (3) Natural analog studies; (4) Effects of biological activities and organic materials; (5) Colloid transport; (6) Radionuclides in soils; and (7) Soil-remediation chemistries. (C) Data base development and modeling: (1) Data selection and evaluation; (2) Data base management; (3) Geochemical models and modeling; (4) Application of models; and (5) Validation of modeling results

  18. Bias estimates used in lieu of validation of fission products and minor actinides in MCNP Keff calculations for PWR burnup credit casks

    Mueller, Don E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Marshall, William J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wagner, John C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Bowen, Douglas G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-09-01

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Division of Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation recently issued Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) 8, Revision 3. This ISG provides guidance for burnup credit (BUC) analyses supporting transport and storage of PWR pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel in casks. Revision 3 includes guidance for addressing validation of criticality (keff) calculations crediting the presence of a limited set of fission products and minor actinides (FP&MA). Based on previous work documented in NUREG/CR-7109, recommendation 4 of ISG-8, Rev. 3, includes a recommendation to use 1.5 or 3% of the FP&MA worth to conservatively cover the bias due to the specified FP&MAs. This bias is supplementary to the bias and bias uncertainty resulting from validation of keff calculations for the major actinides in SNF and does not address extension to actinides and fission products beyond those identified herein. The work described in this report involves comparison of FP&MA worths calculated using SCALE and MCNP with ENDF/B-V, -VI, and -VII based nuclear data and supports use of the 1.5% FP&MA worth bias when either SCALE or MCNP codes are used for criticality calculations, provided the other conditions of the recommendation 4 are met. The method used in this report may also be applied to demonstrate the applicability of the 1.5% FP&MA worth bias to other codes using ENDF/B V, VI or VII based nuclear data. The method involves use of the applicant s computational method to generate FP&MA worths for a reference SNF cask model using specified spent fuel compositions. The applicant s FP&MA worths are then compared to reference values provided in this report. The applicants FP&MA worths should not exceed the reference results by more than 1.5% of the reference FP&MA worths.

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  20. Separation of actinides and fission products using solvent extraction, extraction chromatography, supported liquid membrane and biosorption techniques

    The actinide elements play an important role in the development of nuclear energy. The elements, 90Th to 103Lw, occupy a unique position in the periodic table. Seaborg has classified these elements as f-group elements(l) similar to the lanthanides where electrons get filled in the 4f shell. In the case of actinides, electrons get filled in the 5f shell. Some of the properties of the 4f- and 5f-elements are quite similar, such as complex formation, lanthanide/actinide contraction, multiple valency etc. Hence specially the chemistry of actinides has aroused much interest among the scientists, to carry out different types of investigations. (author)

  1. Study of viscosity on the fission dynamics of the excited nuclei 228U produced in 19F + 209Bi reactions

    A two-dimensional (2D) dynamical model based on Langevin equations was applied to study the fission dynamics of the compound nuclei 228U produced in 19F + 209Bi reactions at intermediate excitation energies. The distance between the centers of masses of the future fission fragments was used as the first dimension and the projection of the total spin of the compound nucleus onto the symmetry axis, K, was considered as the second dimension in Langevin dynamical calculations. The magnitude of post-saddle friction strength was inferred by fitting measured data on the average pre-scission neutron multiplicity for 228U. It was shown that the results of calculations are in good agreement with the experimental data by using values of the post-saddle friction equal to 6–8 × 1021s-1. (author)

  2. Nuclear spectroscopy by radioactivity. Study of nuclei adjacent to the 82 neutron closed shell and application to fission

    Chemical separation techniques have been developed which make it possible to obtain a certain number of isotopes presenting anomalies in the fission efficiencies (near the magic shell N=82). A short description is given of the fission phenomenon by analysing the selection of isotopes investigated; it is shown how it was possible to explain the results by means of computers and the various chemical separations perfected are described. Thus a study was made of the 144La direct γ spectrum. It was shown that the anomalies in the fission efficiencies of certain nuclei are apparent only. Hence, it is the presence of isomers and the distribution of the corresponding efficiency between two isomers which are the cause of the apparent weakness of the efficiency of 134I, 136I and 136Cs, and of certain isotopes of Nb(Z=41). The nuclear spectrometry of nuclei of the area N=82 has made it possible to extend the existence of a metastable state to 136Xe and 138Ba. The value of the energies of the first 2+, 4+, 6+ levels and the half life duration of the 6+ metastable state are given. The discussion of the results and of the models show that the interpretation of the 0+, 2+, 4+ of the 82 neutron nuclei by means of a two quasi-particle (protons) model gives a fairly satisfactory description of the various experimental events: elastic scattering, gamma spectrometry and proton transfer reactions; on the other hand the interpretation of higher energy levels, requires the use of more complicated configurations

  3. Structure of elementary matter: Cold valleys and their importance in fission, fusion and for superheavy nuclei

    The extension of the periodic system into various new areas is investigated. Experiments for the synthesis of superheavy elements and the predictions of magic numbers are reviewed. Different channels of nuclear decay are discussed like cluster radioactivity, cold fission and cold multifragmentation, including the recent discovery of the tripple fission of 252Cf

  4. Spectroscopy of correlated fragments from the fission of hot nuclei performed at the FOBOS 4π-array

    Investigations of the decay of hot nuclei with mass A∼200 at excitation energies of 200/600 AMeV are presently carried out at the 4π-facility FOBOS at JINR Dubna. Main efforts are directed to the spectroscopy of correlated fragments from fission accompanied with the emission of intermediate mass fragments and light charged particles. The low registration threshold of the detector array allows registration of masses up to heavy residues. From the independent measurement of the fragment momenta the transferred linear momentum can be determined. It is a considerable good measure for the excitation energy of the composite system after the incomplete fusion reaction. (orig.)

  5. Analytical control of separation tests: Development of fission product/actinide separation by extraction chromatography prior to X-ray fluorescence measurement

    Analytical control of separation tests will require determination of the neptunium, plutonium and uranium present in the column bottom solutions with a detection limit below 0.5 mg/L. The high fission product concentrations in these solutions make it unlikely that direct X-ray fluorescence measurements would be capable of reaching such a low detection limit. Chromatographic separation was therefore considered prior to the X-ray fluorescence measurement. The separation principle consists in fixing the neptunium, uranium and plutonium initially in a chromatography column during scrubbing (elution of the fission products), then eluting the neptunium, uranium and plutonium by modifying the mobile phase. The purified actinide solution leaving the column will be assayed by LXF. The objective was achieved using columns functionalized with phosphonate groups. Because of the radioactivity level involved, the method was developed in two steps. Separation was first tested in a glove box on surrogate extraction raffinate solutions consisting of nitric acid, nonradioactive isotopes of the main fission products, and uranium, plutonium and neptunium. The method was then validated in a shielded cell with an actual extraction raffinate solution. (authors)

  6. Fission of intermediate mass nuclei by photons of stopping radiation in the maximum energy range 0,8 - 1,8 MeV

    The fission of intermediate mass nuclei in Al - Ta interval, induced by stopping radiation phtons of maximum energies between 0,8 and 1.8 GeV is studied. Nd and Sm thin targets and Al, Ti, Co, Zr, Nb, Ag, In and Ta thick targets were used, considering all peculiarities inherent to absorption of fission fragments in the target. The samples were exposed into the 2.5 GeV Electron Synchrotron in Bonn Univerity. The fission fragment tracks were registered in foil type detectors using mica muscovite for Sm and Nd, CR-39 for Al and Ti and makrofol for Co, Zr; Nb, Ag, In, Nd and Ta. The track length and track depth angle distributions were measured for determining fission efficiencies. The fission cross sections and nuclear fissionable of the studied elements were evaluated. (M.C.K.)

  7. Exploratory analysis of a neutron-rich nuclei source based on photo-fission

    A source of neutron rich ions can be conceived through the photo-fission process. An exploratory study of such a source is realized. A survey of the radiative electron energy loss theory is reported in order to estimate numerically the bremsstrahlung production of thick targets. The resulted bremsstrahlung angular and energy theoretical distributions delivered from W and UCx thick converters are presented and compared with previous results. Some quantities as the number of fission events produced in the fissionable source and the energy loss in the converters are also reported as function of the geometry of the combination and the incident electron energy. An attempt of comparison with experimental data shows a quantitative agreement. This study is focussed on initial kinetic energies of the electron beam included in the range 30-60 MeV, suitable for the production of large radiative γ-ray yields able to induce the 238U fission through the giant dipole resonance. A confrontation with the number of fission events produced in the frame of the fast neutron induced fission method indicates that the photo-fission can be a competitive concept

  8. Exploratory analysis of a neutron-rich nuclei source based on photo-fission

    A source of neutron reach ions can be conceived through the photo-fission process. An exploratory study of such a source is realized. A survey of the radiative electron energy loss theory is reported in order to estimate numerically the Bremsstrahlung production of thick target. The resulted Bremsstrahlung angular and energy theoretical distribution delivered from W and UCx thick converters are presented and compared with previous result. Some quantities as the number of fission events produce in the fissionable source and the energy loss in the converters are also reported as a function of the geometry of the combination and the incident electron energy. An attempt of comparison with experimental data shows a quantitative agreement. This study is focused on initial kinetic energies of the electron beam included in the range 30-60 MeV, suitable for the production of large radiative γ-ray yields able to induce the 238U fission through the giant dipole resonance. A confrontation with the number of fission events produced in the frame of the fast neutron induced fission method indicates that the photo-fission can be a competitive concept. (authors)

  9. Nuclear fission

    V.M. STRUTINSKY's semi-classical method is the most precise to determine the energy of the different states along the fission way. The double-humped fission barrier explains fission isomerism. V.M. STRUTINSKY's barrier explains the ''intermediate structure'' observed in the cross section under the threshold; it provides also the observed effect of ''vibrational resonances'' with an interpretation. Taking an asymmetry parameter in consideration, a triple-humped fission barrier seems to be essential now for the light actinides. There is still a microscopic fission barrier to be explained

  10. Semi-empirical approach for predicting neutron-induced fission cross-sections in the energy range 1-18 MeV

    A semi-empirical formula is described to calculate neutron-induced fission cross-sections. calculations based on this formula are presented here for several trans-actinide nuclei up to the third fission-plateau. On the whole, the calculated fission cross-sections agree within 10% with the experimental values. For 233Th and 233Pa, where no experimental results exist, predicted cross-sections based on the present expression are also presented. (author)

  11. Status of nuclear data for actinides

    Guzhovskii, B.Y.; Gorelov, V.P.; Grebennikov, A.N. [Russia Federal Nuclear Centre, Arzamas (Russian Federation)] [and others

    1995-10-01

    Nuclear data required for transmutation problem include many actinide nuclei. In present paper the analysis of neutron fission, capture, (n,2n) and (n,3n) reaction cross sections at energy region from thermal point to 14 MeV was carried out for Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am and Cm isotops using modern evaluated nuclear data libraries and handbooks of recommended nuclear data. Comparison of these data indicates on substantial discrepancies in different versions of files, that connect with quality and completeness of original experimental data.

  12. Applications of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry to the determination of actinides and fission products in high level radioactive wastes at the Savannah River Site

    Four years of experience in applying inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to the analysis of actinides and fission products in high level waste (HLW) samples at the Savannah River Site has led to the development of a number of techniques to aid in the interpretation of the mass spectral data. The goal has been to develop rapid and reliable analytical procedures that provide the necessary chemical and isotopic information to answer the process needs of the customers. Techniques that have been developed include the writing of computer software to strip the experimental data from the instrumental data files into spreadsheets or into a spectral data processing package so that the raw mass spectra can be overlain for comparison or plotted with higher output resolution. These procedures have been applied to problems ranging from the analysis of the high level waste tanks to reactor moderator water as well as environmental samples. Criticality safety analyses in some HLW waste treatment processes depend upon actinide concentration and isotopic information generated by ICP-MS, particularly in tanks with high concentrations of 137Cs and 90Sr. Experimental results for a number of these applications will be presented. These procedures represent a considerable saving in time and expense as compared to conventional chemical separation followed by radiochemical analyses, as well as decreased radiation exposure for the analysts

  13. Fission dynamics in {sup 132}Ce composite nuclei: study within a stochastic approach

    Brondi, A.; Di Nitto, A.; Fiorillo, V. [Dipartimento di Fisica and INFN, Napoli (Italy)] (and others)

    2005-07-01

    It is well known that nuclear viscosity plays a fundamental role in the fission process. Although much experimental and theoretical work has been devoted to this subject, many questions still remain open. They mainly refer to a precise determination of the fission time scale as well as to the nature of the dissipation. At issue is whether nuclear dissipation proceeds primarily by means of individual two-body collisions (two-body friction), as in the case of ordinary fluid, or by means of nucleons colliding with a moving potential wall (one-body friction). The modified statistical model as well as dynamical models based on the Lagrange, Fokker Planck and Langevin equations have been used in order to gain insight on these aspects of fission dynamics. The lack of constraints to the models appears to be, in several cases, the main source of controversies. In this framework, we are carrying on a research program with 8{pi}LP apparatus at LNL, aimed at studying the fission dynamics in systems of intermediate fissility. These systems, compared to the heavier ones, have larger prescission charged particle multiplicities as well as comparable fission and evaporation residue (ER) cross sections. Therefore, the measurements of the relevant quantities in both channels allow to put severe constraints on the models, providing more reliable estimates of fission delay and of viscosity parameter. We report on the system {sup 32}S + {sup 100}Mo at E{sub l}ab=200 MeV which produces the composite system {sup 132}Ce at E{sub x}=122 MeV. The analysis of the pre-scission charged particles was already described in a previous report. We have proceeded in the analysis of this system extracting the charged particle multiplicities in the ER channel as well as the ER and fission cross sections. The whole set of extracted quantities has been compared with the predictions of a dynamical model based on the Langevin equation.

  14. Nuclear data for neutron emission in the fission process

    This document contains the proceedings of the IAEA Consultants' Meeting on Nuclear Data for Neutron Emission in the Fission Process, Vienna, 22 - 24 October 1990. Included are the conclusions and recommendations reached at the meeting and the papers presented by the meeting participants. These papers provide a review of the status of experimental and theoretical data on neutron emission in spontaneous and neutron induced fission with reference to the data needs for reactor applications oriented towards actinide burner studies. The specific topics covered are the following: experimental measurements and theoretical predictions and evaluations of fission neutron energy spectra, average prompt fission neutron multiplicity, correlation in neutron emission from complementary fragments, neutron emission during acceleration of fission fragments, statistical properties of neutron rich nuclei by study of emission spectra of neutrons from the excited fission fragments, integral qualification of nu-bar for the major fissile isotopes, nu-bar total of 239Pu and 235U, and related problems. Refs figs and tabs

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

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

  16. Exploratory analysis of a neutron-rich nuclei source based on photo-fission

    Mirea, M; Clapier, F; Essabaa, S; Groza, L; Ibrahim, F; Kandri-Rody, S; Müller, A C; Pauwels, N; Proust, J

    2003-01-01

    A source of neutron rich ions can be conceived through the photo-fission process. An exploratory study of such a source is realized. A survey of the radiative electron energy loss theory is reported in order to estimate numerically the bremsstrahlung production of thick targets. The resulted bremsstrahlung angular and energy theoretical distributions delivered from W and UCx thick converters are presented and compared with previous results. Some quantities as the number of fission events produced in the fissionable source and the energy loss in the converters are also reported as function of the geometry of the combination and the incident electron energy. An attempt of comparison with experimental data shows a quantitative agreement. This study is focussed on initial kinetic energies of the electron beam included in the range 30-60 MeV, suitable for the production of large radiative gamma-ray yields able to induce the $^{238}$U fission through the giant dipole resonance. A confrontation with the number of fi...

  17. Use of Angular-Distribution Measurements of Fission Fragments Emitted from Single Crystals for Determining the Lifetimes of Excited Compound Nuclei

    The angular distribution of fission fragments emitted from uranium oxide crystals bombarded with protons in the energy range 9-12 MeV has been measured by using plastic fission-track detectors. The protein energies, and with these the compound-nuclei excitation energies, were selected to give second-chance fission 238Np compound nuclei with life-times in the range detectable by this technique. An upper limit of ≤ 7 x 10-17s has been established for the ''effective lifetime'' of compound nuclei formed by 12-MeV proton bombardment of 238U. A value of 1.4 ± 0.6 x 10-16s has been measured for the total lifetime and 2. 5 ± 1.2 x 10-16s for the partial fission lifetime of 238Np compound nuclei at an average excitation energy of ∼7.3 MeV. The measurements were found to be sensitive to random scattering effects. Experimental determination and analytical treatment of such effects are discussed. (author)

  18. Influence of pairing correlations on the probability and dynamics of tunneling through the barrier in fission and fusion of complex nuclei

    An analytically solvable model is used to study the potential barrier penetrability in the case when the gap parameter Δ is treated as a dynamical variable governed by the least action principle. It is found that, as compared to the standard (BCS) approach, the dynamical treatment of pairing results in a considerably weakened dependence of the fission barrier penetrability on the intensity of pairing correlations in the initial state (Δ0), on the barrier height, and on the energy of the initial state. On this basis, a more adequate explanation is proposed for typical order-of-magnitude values of the empirical hidrance factors for groun-state spontaneous fission of odd nuclei. It is also shown that a large enhancement of superfluidity in tunneling - the inherent effect of the dynamical treatment of pairing - strongly facilitates deeply subbarier fusion of complex nuclei. Finally, an analysis is given for the probability of spontaneous fission from K-isomeric quasiparticle (q-p) states in even-even heavy nuclei. The relative change of the partial spontaneous fission half-life in going from the ground-state to a high-spin q-p isomeric state, T*sf/Tsf, is found to be strongly dependent on whether or not there takes place the dynamically induced enhancement of superfluidity in tunneling. Measurements of T*sf/Tsf provide thus a unique possibility of verifying theoretical predictions about the strong, inverse-square dependence of the effective inertia associated with large-scale subbarrier rearrangements of nuclei

  19. A new hybrid surrogate ratio method for neutron-induced fission cross section measurements of short-lived actinides

    We will present a brief review of various surrogate methods employed for compound nuclear cross-section measurements along with our recent results using the hybrid surrogate ratio approach for determination of neutron induced fission cross sections of 233Pa and 234Pa isotopes

  20. The characteristics of actinide nuclei production and accumulation accompanied with long-term utilization of nuclear energy

    Yamana, Hajime [Kyoto Univ., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan). Research Reactor Inst.

    1997-03-01

    Aiming at quantitative and qualitative assessment of actinide-nuclides, which would accumulate through a long-term utilization of nuclear energy, a convenient calculation method for such assessment was proposed. The nuclides, Pu, Np, Am and Cm were used as the subject and the period of utilization of nuclear energy was supposed as 200 years to make integral assessment for different scenarios of nuclear energy utilization. The standard reactors supposed here were light water reactor charged with concentrated uranium, 1/3 MOX core light reactor and fast breeder reactor. Four kinds of scenarios; LWR(UOX), LWR(UOX+MOX), Pu Recycling FBR and MA Recycling FBR Scenarios were compared and quantitative results concerning those actinide nuclides including multi-recycling effects were obtained. From the aspect of long continuous production of poisonous substance, the most important problem was the production of {sup 241}Am followed by the presence of a large amount of plutonium. (M.N.)

  1. 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 sfission, 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).

  2. Model of competition between complete fusion and quasi-fission in reactions with massive nuclei

    A model is proposed for the calculation of the competition between complete fusion and quasi-fission in a massive symmetric dinuclear system (DNS). The model is based on the DNS-approach to the analysis of complete nuclear fusion. The model has been to calculate the cross-sections of evaporation residues in the 100Mo+100Mo and 110Pd+110Pd reactions. ((orig.))

  3. Isoscaling and fission modes in the yields of the Kr and Xe isotopes from photofission of actinides

    Drnoyan, J.; Zhemenik, V. I.; Mishinsky, G. V.

    2016-05-01

    Yields of Kr and Xe isotopes in photofission of 232Th, 238U, 237Np, 244Pu, 243Am, and 248Cm were tested for isoscaling dependence. Isoscaling for Kr is revealed. For Xe, isoscaling is found to be affected by the STI and STII fission modes governed by the N = 82 and N = 88 neutron shells. The work was performed at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR).

  4. Development of an experimental set-up for the measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections of highly radioactive fissile nuclei

    Companis Iulia

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The measurement of neutron-capture cross sections of many actinides is complicated by the difficulty in separating capture γ-rays from the large fission-fragment prompt γ-ray background. For example, current estimates of the capture cross section of 233U show large discrepancies, with differences of more than 20%. To improve the accuracy of data, a new experimental set-up for the simultaneous measurement of the neutron-induced capture and fission cross sections was designed, assembled and optimized. The measurements will be performed at the GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA neutron time-of-flight facility in Belgium, where neutron cross sections can be measured over a wide energy range with high energy resolution. The fission detector consists of a dedicated multi-plate high-efficiency ionization chamber (IC. The γ-rays produced in capture reaction are detected by an array of C6D6 scintillators. Fission γ–rays are distinguished from capture γ–rays by the anticoincidence signals from the IC and the C6D6 detectors. For the undetected fission events a correction has to be applied based on the efficiency of the IC that should be high and known with a high accuracy. The performance of the IC during dedicated test experiments is presented, focusing on the determination of the detection efficiency.

  5. Development of an experimental set-up for the measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections of highly radioactive fissile nuclei

    Companis, Iulia; Mathieu, Ludovic; Aïche, Mourad; Schillebeeckx, Peter; Heyse, Jan; Barreau, Gérard; Czajkowski, Serge; Ducasse, Quentin; Gunsing, Frank; Jurado, Beatriz; Kessedjian, Gregoire; Matarranz, Julie; Tsekhanovich, Igor

    2014-04-01

    The measurement of neutron-capture cross sections of many actinides is complicated by the difficulty in separating capture γ-rays from the large fission-fragment prompt γ-ray background. For example, current estimates of the capture cross section of 233U show large discrepancies, with differences of more than 20%. To improve the accuracy of data, a new experimental set-up for the simultaneous measurement of the neutron-induced capture and fission cross sections was designed, assembled and optimized. The measurements will be performed at the GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA) neutron time-of-flight facility in Belgium, where neutron cross sections can be measured over a wide energy range with high energy resolution. The fission detector consists of a dedicated multi-plate high-efficiency ionization chamber (IC). The γ-rays produced in capture reaction are detected by an array of C6D6 scintillators. Fission γ-rays are distinguished from capture γ-rays by the anticoincidence signals from the IC and the C6D6 detectors. For the undetected fission events a correction has to be applied based on the efficiency of the IC that should be high and known with a high accuracy. The performance of the IC during dedicated test experiments is presented, focusing on the determination of the detection efficiency.

  6. Development of an experimental set-up for the measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections of highly radioactive fissile nuclei

    The measurement of neutron-capture cross sections of many actinides is complicated by the difficulty in separating capture γ-rays from the large fission-fragment prompt γ-ray background. For example, current estimates of the capture cross section of 233U show large discrepancies, with differences of more than 20%. To improve the accuracy of data, a new experimental set-up for the simultaneous measurement of the neutron-induced capture and fission cross sections was designed, assembled and optimized. The measurements will be performed at the GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA) neutron time-of-flight facility in Belgium, where neutron cross sections can be measured over a wide energy range with high energy resolution. The fission detector consists of a dedicated multi-plate high-efficiency ionization chamber (IC). The γ-rays produced in capture reaction are detected by an array of C6D6 scintillators. Fission γ-rays are distinguished from capture γ-rays by the anticoincidence signals from the IC and the C6D6 detectors. For the undetected fission events a correction has to be applied based on the efficiency of the IC that should be high and known with a high accuracy. The performance of the IC during dedicated test experiments is presented, focusing on the determination of the detection efficiency. (author)

  7. Fragment properties from fission of 234,238U induced by 6 -10 MeV bremsstrahlung

    Experiments to investigate the photon-induced fission of actinide nuclei at excitation energies in the vicinity of the fission barrier are carried out at the super conducting Darmstadt linear electron accelerator S-DALINAC. A twin Frisch grid ionization chamber is used to deduce mass, total kinetic energy, and angular distributions of the fission fragments. In this contribution results on fission fragment mass and total kinetic energy distributions from 234,238U are presented along with the currently on-going investigation of 234U and 232Th fragment angular distributions.

  8. Covariance evaluation for actinide nuclear data in JENDL-4

    Full text: The JENDL-4.0 was released in March 2010. It provides neutron nuclear data for 79 actinides from Ac to Fm. All of the actinides include covariance data. The covariance data were evaluated for reaction cross sections, resonance parameters, angular distributions of elastic scattering, average number of neutrons per fission, and prompt fission neutron spectra. They were deduced basically based on the consistent methodologies with the nuclear data evaluations. Statistical processing of experimental data sometimes gives unacceptably small uncertainty compared with experimental data. They may arise from ignoring unknown errors and correlation of experimental data and also from the modeling errors. The covariance data obtained from statistical estimation using the least-squares method were sometimes modified to be reasonable taking account of consistency with dispersion of experimental data, which may reflect the uncertainties of the data. For the fast neutron fission cross sections of 6 major actinides of 233,235,238U and 239,240,241Pu were evaluated simultaneously using both cross section and their ratio data with the least- squares fitting code SOK. It gave the covariance matrices that have cross correlations between different nuclei included in the analyses. For the minor actinide, the least-squares fitting code GMA was used for fission cross section evaluation for fast neutrons. The covariance data were obtained from the calculations at the same time. For other reaction cross sections, covariance matrices were evaluated using CCONE-KALMAN code system. Sensitivities to model parameters were calculated by CCONE code and used to estimate covariance matrices of the parameters with KALMAN code. Covariance matrices for other data such as resonance parameters and average numbers of fission neutrons were also evaluated based on experimental data. The evaluated covariance data were compiled to the ENDF-6 format files and included in JENDL-4.

  9. Compact fission counter for DANCE

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) consists of 160 BF2 crystals with equal solid-angle coverage. DANCE is a 4π γ-ray calorimeter and designed to study the neutron-capture reactions on small quantities of radioactive and rare stable nuclei. These reactions are important for the radiochemistry applications and modeling the element production in stars. The recognition of capture event is made by the summed γ-ray energy which is equivalent of the reaction Q-value and unique for a given capture reaction. For a selective group of actinides, where the neutron-induced fission reaction competes favorably with the neutron capture reaction, additional signature is needed to distinguish between fission and capture γ rays for the DANCE measurement. This can be accomplished by introducing a detector system to tag fission fragments and thus establish a unique signature for the fission event. Once this system is implemented, one has the opportunity to study not only the capture but also fission reactions. A parallel-plate avalanche counter (PPAC) has many advantages for the detection of heavy charged particles such as fission fragments. These include fast timing, resistance to radiation damage, and tolerance of high counting rate. A PPAC also can be tuned to be insensitive to α particles, which is important for experiments with α-emitting actinides. Therefore, a PPAC is an ideal detector for experiments requiring a fast and clean trigger for fission. A PPAC with an ingenious design was fabricated in 2006 by integrating amplifiers into the target assembly. However, this counter was proved to be unsuitable for this application because of issues related to the stability of amplifiers and the ability to separate fission fragments from α's. Therefore, a new design is needed. A LLNL proposal to develop a new PPAC for DANCE was funded by NA22 in FY09. The design goal is to minimize the mass for the proposed counter and still be able to maintain a stable

  10. Compact fission counter for DANCE

    Wu, C Y; Chyzh, A; Kwan, E; Henderson, R; Gostic, J; Carter, D; Bredeweg, T; Couture, A; Jandel, M; Ullmann, J

    2010-11-06

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) consists of 160 BF{sub 2} crystals with equal solid-angle coverage. DANCE is a 4{pi} {gamma}-ray calorimeter and designed to study the neutron-capture reactions on small quantities of radioactive and rare stable nuclei. These reactions are important for the radiochemistry applications and modeling the element production in stars. The recognition of capture event is made by the summed {gamma}-ray energy which is equivalent of the reaction Q-value and unique for a given capture reaction. For a selective group of actinides, where the neutron-induced fission reaction competes favorably with the neutron capture reaction, additional signature is needed to distinguish between fission and capture {gamma} rays for the DANCE measurement. This can be accomplished by introducing a detector system to tag fission fragments and thus establish a unique signature for the fission event. Once this system is implemented, one has the opportunity to study not only the capture but also fission reactions. A parallel-plate avalanche counter (PPAC) has many advantages for the detection of heavy charged particles such as fission fragments. These include fast timing, resistance to radiation damage, and tolerance of high counting rate. A PPAC also can be tuned to be insensitive to {alpha} particles, which is important for experiments with {alpha}-emitting actinides. Therefore, a PPAC is an ideal detector for experiments requiring a fast and clean trigger for fission. A PPAC with an ingenious design was fabricated in 2006 by integrating amplifiers into the target assembly. However, this counter was proved to be unsuitable for this application because of issues related to the stability of amplifiers and the ability to separate fission fragments from {alpha}'s. Therefore, a new design is needed. A LLNL proposal to develop a new PPAC for DANCE was funded by NA22 in FY09. The design goal is to minimize the mass for the proposed

  11. An independent method for data selection of long-life radionuclides (actinides and fission products) in the geosphere

    An independent method for data selection of long-life radio-nuclides based on the electronegativity equalization principle is proposed to predict the speciation of metal cations as a function of the solution pH. Hydrolysis, condensation and complexation reactions of metal cations in aqueous media are, by this simple model, unified and can be analyzed in terms of electronegativities, oxidation states and coordination numbers with a specific PC software. This paper describes the thermodynamical basis and the underlying concepts of the model in relation to aqueous actinide chemistry of elements such as U and Tc. It is then shown that the model could provide a complementary approach to existing softwares based on thermodynamic data bases allowing to make intelligent and reasonnable choices for the various complexes to consider in complex geochemical codes. (orig.)

  12. The state of the art of partitioning technology for long-lived actinides and fission products by solvent extraction method

    Ozawa, M.; Koma, Y.; Nomura, K.; Sano, Y. [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Works

    1998-04-01

    Japan launched an ambitious long-term program on partitioning and transmutation (P-T) called OMEGA in 1988. Under the program PNC has being carried out its R and D activities. A check and review process based on progress made was conducted in fall 1998 by STA (Science and Technology Agency). This report was prepared to submit the state of R and D activities on partitioning by solvent extraction program in PNC for seven years (1990-1997) to STA. The paper described the progress, the results and future plans on (a) improved PUREX process for the extraction of Np with Pu by valence control, (b) improved TRUEX process for the extraction of minor Actinides and (c) other potential solvents for the extraction of other long-lived FPs from spent fuels. (H. Itami)

  13. Effects of T-odd asymmetry of the emission of light charged particles and photons during fission of heavy nuclei by polarized neutrons

    The new physical effects of T-odd asymmetry of the emission of light charged particles (LCPs) during the ternary fission of some heavy nuclei by cold polarized neutrons have been experimentally studied. The coefficients of triple scalar and vector correlation of the pulses of light particles and fission fragments (TRI effect) and the fivefold correlation of the same vectors (ROT effect) have been measured. These effects are believed to be caused by the rotation of polarized fissioning system around its polarization direction. The treatment of the experimental data for LCPs in the framework of this hypothesis leads to a good agreement between the calculation results and experimental data. The calculated value of the angle of rotation of the fission axis in the ternary fission of the polarized fissioning 236U* compound nucleus was used to process the results of measuring the ROT effect for γ photons from binary-fission fragments of the same nucleus. A satisfactory description of these experimental data is obtained which serves a convincing confirmation of the rotation hypothesis.

  14. Fission barrier determinations and fragment angular correlations for the 244Pu, 242Pu, 240U, 238U, 234Th, and 232Th compound nuclei from (t, pf) reactions

    Fission probabilities and the angular distribution of the fission fragments have been measured for six even-even compound nuclear systems using the (t, pf) reaction. Angular correlations of fission fragments obtained in these experiments provide information about the low-lying collective excitations or transition states at the fission barrier. The (t, p) reaction in particular leads to neutron-rich residual nuclei unobtainable by other methods. The absence of spin coupling for (t, p) reactions on even-even targets provides angular distributions with well defined structure in the region of the fission barrier. The experimental data were obtained using an 18-MeV triton beam on targets of 242Pu, 240Pu, 238U, 236U, 232Th and 230Th at Los Alamos Van-de-Graaff accelerator facility. Outgoing protons were detected at 140 deg relative to the incident triton beam. Excitation energies ranging from 3.0 to 9.0 MeV were obtained in these experiments. Fission fragment angular distributions were measured at 24 angles from 0 deg to 140 deg relative to the kinematic recoil angle. The data were fitted to a series of even Legendre polynomials W(θ) = A0 [1 + ΣL gL PL (cos θ)] and the coefficients g2 through g12 and A0 were determined as a function of excitation energy. The fission probability Pf was obtained from the ratio of A0 to the (t, p) cross-section for the target nucleus. The results exhibit well defined structure in the angular coefficients which correlates with structure in the fission probability for most of the nuclei studied. In an attempt to interpret this observed structure the experimentally determined fitting parameters Pf and g are compared with calculated results of a microscopic model. This model takes into consideration the penetrability and angular dependence of fission through each member of the various transition bands at the saddle point and appropriately sums the results for comparison with the data. The effects of barrier penetration through a two

  15. Electron-capture delayed fission properties of neutron-deficient einsteinium nuclei

    Electron-capture delayed fission (ECDF) properties of neutron-deficient einsteinium isotopes were investigated using a combination of chemical separations and on-line radiation detection methods. 242Es was produced via the 233U(14N,5n)242Es reaction at a beam energy of 87 MeV (on target) in the lab system, and was found to decay with a half-life of 11 ± 3 seconds. The ECDF of 242Es showed a highly asymmetric mass distribution with an average pre-neutron emission total kinetic energy (TKE) of 183 ± 18 MeV. The probability of delayed fission (PDF) was measured to be 0.006 ± 0.002. In conjunction with this experiment, the excitation functions of the 233U(14N,xn)247-xEs and 233U(15N,xn)248-xEs reactions were measured for 243Es, 244Es and 245Es at projectile energies between 80 MeV and 100 MeV

  16. Assessing the role of the (n, γ f) process in the low-energy fission of actinides

    Talou, Patrick; Lynn, J. E.; Kawano, T.; Mosby, S.; Couture, A.; Bouland, O.

    2016-06-01

    We review the role of the (n, γ f) process in the low-energy neutron-induced fission reaction of 239Pu. Recent measurements of the average total γ-ray energy released in this reaction were performed with the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos. Significant fluctuations of this quantity in the resonance region below 100 eV can be interpreted by invoking the presence of the indirect (n, γ f) process. Modern calculations of the probability for such an event to occur are presented.

  17. Fusion and fission properties of rapidly rotating nuclei 40Ar + 238U → 278110 at E/sub cm/ = 291 MeV

    Coincident fission fragments were detected to study the complete capture reaction, 40Ar + 238U → 278110 → f, at E/sub cm/ = 291 MeV (E/sub lab/ = 340 MeV). The detection system had a high efficiency to detect and subsequently veto events showing evidence of incomplete momentum transfer. The angular distribution of fission fragments was obtained between the center-of-mass angles of 1190 and 1640. The mass distributions of the fission fragments were also obtained for these angles. One non-coincident measurement made at theta/sub cm/ = 43.70 confirmed the symmetry of the angular distribution about 900. This study is distinguished from other recent studies by the use of a novel veto technique. This is the first measurement which has not been compromised by contamination with incomplete momentum-transfer reactions due to either pre-equilibrium emission or fission following deeply inelastic scattering. This is also the first investigation which reports detailed angular distributions with a majority (approx. 90%) of the capture cross section leading to nuclei having vanishing fission barriers. The rotating liquid-drop-model parameters were extracted from the data. The RLDM shapes along with statistical fission models, when applied to all partial waves, fail to reproduce the angular distributions. We interpret the angular distributions by applying statistical-equilibrium models and RLDM shapes for the nonvanishing fission-barrier partial waves and by assuming that the vanishing fission-barrier partial-wave contribution is given by l/sin theta. A l/sin theta distribution is expected for a system which has not reached complete statistical equilibrium and maintains a memory of its entrance channel, with the fission fragments being emitted in the reaction plane defined by the initial contact

  18. Effect of irradiation on some actinide and fission product ions' extraction using several tetraalkyl diglycolamides

    The radiolytic stability of different substituted diglycolamides such as N,N,N',N'-tetrapentyl diglycolamides(TPDGA), N,N,N',N'-tetrahexyl diglycolamide (THDGA), N,N,N',N'-tetraoctyl diglycolamide (TODGA), N,N,N',N'-tetradecyl diglycolamide (TDDGA) and N,N,N',N'-tetra-2-ethyl hexyl diglycolamide (T2EHDGA) was investigated in solvent systems containing 30% iso-decanol as a phase modifier in n-dodecane kept in contact with a 3 M HNO3 aqueous solution while irradiating in a gamma ray chamber up to 1000 kGy. The degradation of the solvent systems was qualitatively ascertained from measuring the distribution ratio values at 3 M and 0.2 M HNO3 which gave a direct indication of the reusability of the solvent for long term reuse in separation processes such as 'actinide partitioning'. The effect of irradiation on distribution values of Sr, Pu, U was also investigated with diglycolamide extractants both under extraction and stripping conditions. Stoichiometry of the extracted species was determined for Am(III) extraction using the fresh as well as the irradiated solvent systems involving all the five substituted diglycolamides at 3 M HNO3 and the results indicated only marginal changes. GC-MS analysis was done for fresh and irradiated solvent systems of all the diglycolamides and attempts were made to identify the degradation products.

  19. Comparative assessment of the transmutation efficiency of plutonium and minor actinides in fusion/fission hybrids and ads

    A preliminary comparative assessment relevant to the transmutation efficiency of plutonium and minor actinides has been performed in the case of ANSALDO's Energy Amplifier Demonstration Facility based on molten lead-bismuth eutectic cooling, classical MOX-fuel technology and operating at 80 MWth. The neutronic calculations presented in this paper are a result of a state-of-the-art computer code package, EA-MC, developed by C. Rubbia and his group at CERN. Both high-energy particle interactions and low-energy neutron transport are treated with a sophisticated method based on a full Monte Carlo simulation, together with modern nuclear data libraries. Detailed Monte Carlo transport calculations were performed for different types of external neutron sources: D-D and D-T fusion sources and proton induced spallation neutron sources. The fuel core was described on a pin-by- pin basis allowing for detailed scans of the main neutronic properties, e.g. neutron flux spectra and power density distributions. (author)

  20. Systematic analysis of fission cross sections of uranium and plutonium isotopes

    Neutron induced fission cross section of 10 actinide nuclei is analyzed in terms of the double humped fission barrier model to deduce the barrier heights. Good fits were obtained by assuming the inner barrier axially-asymmetric and the outer one mass asymmetric. The obtained values of barrier heights are compared to other results. Systematic trends were observed in the barrier heights of the isotopes studied, their isotopical dependence presents the odd-even fluctuations. The difference EA-EB with increasing of neutron number is also analyzed. The level density is calculated in the frame of Semimicroscopical Combined Method (SCM) for all extreme points of fission path

  1. Use of electron beams for the production of radioactive nuclei through photo-fission

    The IPN (institute of nuclear physics) of Orsay decided to build a linear accelerator in order to produce an electron beam of 50 MeV energy and of 10 μA average intensity. It is the ALTO project (Linear Accelerator near the Tandem of Orsay). This project will be dedicated to the production of the radioactive ions using the photo-fission process. The central topic of this thesis is the study of the beam dynamics of the ALTO facility. The first part presents studies concerning the injector. The simulations made with the simulation code PARMELA allowed the optimization of the characteristics of pre-buncher (dephasing HF, accelerating field peak...) to obtain a good bunching factor at the entrance of the buncher and at the entrance of the accelerating section according to the distance separating the two systems. The second part of this thesis is related to measurements of transverse emittance of the beam at the buncher exit. The three gradients method has been selected and the optical system used is a solenoid. The results obtained are in good agreement with former measurements. Finally a calculation of the beam line was carried out to optimize the transport of the beam to the PARRNe target without degrading its characteristics. The calculation codes that have been used are BETA and TRACE-WIN. (author)

  2. Ternary Fission

    The fission process in which heavy nuclei fragment into three large charged panicles, in place of the usual two, has been studied in the case of thermal-neutron-induced fission of U235 and the spontaneous fission of Cf252. Solid-state detectors, a fast triple coincidence system and a three-coincident-parameter analyser were used to measure the three fission fragment energies parallel with the detection of each ternary fission event. Experimental evidence is presented supporting the existence of ternary fission by specifically excluding recoil phenomena and accidental events as contributing to the observed three-fold coincidence events. Mass-energy-angular correlations of ternary fission have been determined and are summarized as follows: The total kinetic energy release in ternary fission appears to be slightly higher (by approximately 10 MeV) than that for binary fission. In the case of the spontaneous ternary fission of Cf252, the frequency of occurrence is observed to be greater than 2.2 x 10-6 ternary fission events per binary fission event. Tripartition of Cf252 results preferentially in division into two medium mass particle (one of which has a mass number near 56) and one larger mass. In the case of thermal-neutron-induced fission of U235, the frequency of occurrence is observed to be greater than 1.2 x 10-6 ternary fission events per binary fission event. Ternary fission of U236: results in the formation of one light fragment (near mass 36) and two large fragments or, as in the case of Cf252, two medium fragments and one large one. These results indicate that axially asymmetric distortion modes are possible in the pre-scission configurations of the fissioning nucleus. A description is given of experiments designed to radiochemically detect the light fragment resulting from ternary fission. (author)

  3. 1: Mass asymmetric fission barriers for 98Mo; 2: Synthesis and characterization of actinide-specific chelating

    Excitation functions have been measured for complex fragment emission from the compound nucleus 98Mo, produced by the reaction of 86Kr with 12C. Mass asymmetric fission barriers have been obtained by fitting the excitation functions with a transition state formalism. The extracted barriers are ∼ 5.7 MeV higher, on average, than the calculations of the Rotating Finite Range Model (RFRM). These data clearly show an isospin dependence of the conditional barriers when compared with the extracted barriers from 90Mo and 94Mo. Eleven different liquid/liquid extractants were synthesized based upon the chelating moieties 3,2-HOPO and 3,4-HOPO; additionally, two liquid/liquid extractants based upon the 1,2-HOPO chelating moiety were obtained for extraction studies. The Pu(IV) extractions, quite surprisingly, yielded results that were very different from the Fe(III) extractions. The first trend remained the same: the 1,2-HOPOs were the best extractants, followed closely by the 3,2-HOPOs, followed by the 3,4-HOPOs; but in these Pu(IV) extractions the 3,4-HOPOs performed much better than in the Fe(III) extractions. 129 refs

  4. 1: Mass asymmetric fission barriers for {sup 98}Mo; 2: Synthesis and characterization of actinide-specific chelating agents

    Veeck, A.C. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry]|[Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Glenn T. Seaborg Inst. for Transactinium Science]|[Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Nuclear Science Div.

    1996-08-01

    Excitation functions have been measured for complex fragment emission from the compound nucleus {sup 98}Mo, produced by the reaction of {sup 86}Kr with {sup 12}C. Mass asymmetric fission barriers have been obtained by fitting the excitation functions with a transition state formalism. The extracted barriers are {approximately} 5.7 MeV higher, on average, than the calculations of the Rotating Finite Range Model (RFRM). These data clearly show an isospin dependence of the conditional barriers when compared with the extracted barriers from {sup 90}Mo and {sup 94}Mo. Eleven different liquid/liquid extractants were synthesized based upon the chelating moieties 3,2-HOPO and 3,4-HOPO; additionally, two liquid/liquid extractants based upon the 1,2-HOPO chelating moiety were obtained for extraction studies. The Pu(IV) extractions, quite surprisingly, yielded results that were very different from the Fe(III) extractions. The first trend remained the same: the 1,2-HOPOs were the best extractants, followed closely by the 3,2-HOPOs, followed by the 3,4-HOPOs; but in these Pu(IV) extractions the 3,4-HOPOs performed much better than in the Fe(III) extractions. 129 refs.

  5. nuclei

    Minkov N.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We study the effects of quadrupole-octupole deformations on the energy and magnetic properties of high-K isomeric states in even-even heavy and superheavy nuclei. The neutron two-quasiparticle (2qp isomeric energies and magnetic dipole moments are calculated within a deformed shell model with the Bardeen-Cooper- Schrieffer (BCS pairing interaction over a wide range of quadrupole and octupole deformations. We found that in most cases the magnetic moments exhibit a pronounced sensitivity to the octupole deformation, while the 2qp energies indicate regions of nuclei in which the presence of high-K isomeric states may be associated with the presence of octupole softness or even with octupole deformation. In the present work we also examine the influence of the BCS pairing strength on the energy of the blocked isomer configuration. We show that the formation of 2qp energy minima in the space of quadrupole-octupole and eventually higher multipolarity deformations is a subtle effect depending on nuclear pairing correlations.

  6. Predicting the production of neutron rich heavy nuclei in multi-nucleon transfer reactions using GRAZING-F

    Yanez, R

    2015-01-01

    Background: Multi-nucleon transfer reactions have recently attracted attention as a possible path to the synthesis of new neutron-rich heavy nuclei. Purpose: We study transfer reactions involving massive nuclei with the intention of understanding if the semi-classical model GRAZING coupled to an evaporation and fission competition model can satisfactory reproduce experimental data on transfer reactions in which fission plays a role. Methods: We have taken the computer code GRAZING and have added fission competition to it (GRAZING-F) using our current understanding of $\\Gamma_n/\\Gamma_f$, fission barriers and level densities. Results: The code GRAZING-F seems to satisfactory reproduce experimental data for $+1p$, $+2p$ and $+3p$ transfers, but has limitations in reproducing measurements of larger above-target and below-target transfers. Nonetheless, we use GRAZING-F to estimate production rates of neutron-rich $N=126$ nuclei, actinides and transactinides. Conclusions: The GRAZING code, with appropriate modific...

  7. Rupture of the neck in nuclear fission

    We introduce a degree of freedom to describe the rupture of the neck in nuclear fission and calculate the point at which the neck ruptures as the nucleus descends dynamically from its fission saddle point. This is done by mentally slicing the system into two portions at its minimum neck radius and calculating the force required to separate the two portions while keeping their shapes fixed. This force is obtained by differentiating with respect to separation the sum of the Coulomb and nuclear interaction energies between the two portions. For nuclei throughout the Periodic Table we calculate this force along dynamical paths leading from the fission saddle point. The force is initially attractive but becomes repulsive when the neck reaches a critical size. For actinide nuclei the neck radius at which rupture occurs is about 2 fm. This increases the calculated translational kinetic energy of the fission fragments at infinity relative to that calculated for scission occurring at zero neck radius. With the effect of neck rupture taken into account, we calculate and compare with experimental results fission-fragment kinetic energies for two types of nuclear dissipation: ordinary two-body viscosity and one-body dissipation

  8. Theoretical Description of the Fission Process

    Advanced theoretical methods and high-performance computers may finally unlock the secrets of nuclear fission, a fundamental nuclear decay that is of great relevance to society. In this work, we studied the phenomenon of spontaneous fission using the symmetry-unrestricted nuclear density functional theory (DFT). Our results show that many observed properties of fissioning nuclei can be explained in terms of pathways in multidimensional collective space corresponding to different geometries of fission products. From the calculated collective potential and collective mass, we estimated spontaneous fission half-lives, and good agreement with experimental data was found. We also predicted a new phenomenon of trimodal spontaneous fission for some transfermium isotopes. Our calculations demonstrate that fission barriers of excited superheavy nuclei vary rapidly with particle number, pointing to the importance of shell effects even at large excitation energies. The results are consistent with recent experiments where superheavy elements were created by bombarding an actinide target with 48-calcium; yet even at high excitation energies, sizable fission barriers remained. Not only does this reveal clues about the conditions for creating new elements, it also provides a wider context for understanding other types of fission. Understanding of the fission process is crucial for many areas of science and technology. Fission governs existence of many transuranium elements, including the predicted long-lived superheavy species. In nuclear astrophysics, fission influences the formation of heavy elements on the final stages of the r-process in a very high neutron density environment. Fission applications are numerous. Improved understanding of the fission process will enable scientists to enhance the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear stockpile and nuclear reactors. The deployment of a fleet of safe and efficient advanced reactors, which will also minimize radiotoxic

  9. Synthesis and Properties of Superheavy Nuclei

    The mechanism of production and decay of excited compound nuclei leading to production of isotopes of trans actinide elements in the vicinity of closed deformed shells Z = 108, N = 162 is being considered. The implementation of experiments is described and data on synthesis of new isotopes 262104, 265,266 106 and 267 108 in hot fusion reactions is presented. The properties of the new nuclides point to a considerable increase of the periods of spontaneous fission predicted by the macro-microscopic theory. Prospects for using fusion reactions in synthesizing new elements are discussed.(author). 30 refs.; 9 figs.; 2 tabs

  10. MANTA. An Integral Reactor Physics Experiment to Infer the Neutron Capture Cross Sections of Actinides and Fission Products in Fast and Epithermal Spectra

    Youinou, Gilles Jean-Michel [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-10-01

    Neutron cross-sections characterize the way neutrons interact with matter. They are essential to most nuclear engineering projects and, even though theoretical progress has been made as far as the predictability of neutron cross-section models, measurements are still indispensable to meet tight design requirements for reduced uncertainties. Within the field of fission reactor technology, one can identify the following specializations that rely on the availability of accurate neutron cross-sections: (1) fission reactor design, (2) nuclear fuel cycles, (3) nuclear safety, (4) nuclear safeguards, (5) reactor monitoring and neutron fluence determination and (6) waste disposal and transmutation. In particular, the assessment of advanced fuel cycles requires an extensive knowledge of transuranics cross sections. Plutonium isotopes, but also americium, curium and up to californium isotope data are required with a small uncertainty in order to optimize significant features of the fuel cycle that have an impact on feasibility studies (e.g. neutron doses at fuel fabrication, decay heat in a repository, etc.). Different techniques are available to determine neutron cross sections experimentally, with the common denominator that a source of neutrons is necessary. It can either come from an accelerator that produces neutrons as a result of interactions between charged particles and a target, or it can come from a nuclear reactor. When the measurements are performed with an accelerator, they are referred to as differential since the analysis of the data provides the cross-sections for different discrete energies, i.e. σ(Ei), and for the diffusion cross sections for different discrete angles. Another approach is to irradiate a very pure sample in a test reactor such as the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at INL and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The precise characterization of the nuclide densities before and after

  11. Measurements of minor actinides cross sections for transmutation

    The existing reactors produce two kinds of nuclear waste: the fission products and heavy nuclei beyond uranium called minor actinides (Americium and Curium isotopes). Two options are considered: storage in deep geological site and/or transmutation by fast neutron induced fission. These studies involve many neutron data. Unfortunately, these data bases have still many shortcomings to achieve reliable results. The aim of these measurements is to update nuclear data and complement them. We have measured the fission cross section of 243Am (7370 y) in reference to the (n,p) elastic scattering to provide new data in a range of fast neutrons (1-8 MeV). A statistical model has been developed to describe the reaction 243Am (n,f). Moreover, the cross sections from the following reactions have been be extracted from these calculations: inelastic scattering 243Am (n,n') and radiative capture 243Am (n,γ) cross sections. The direct measurements of neutron cross sections are often a challenge considering the short half-lives of minor actinides. To overcome this problem, a surrogate method using transfer reactions has been used to study few isotopes of curium. The reactions 243Am (3He, d)244Cm, 243Am (3He, t)243Cm and 243Am (3He, α)242Am allowed to measure the fission probabilities of 243,244Cm and 242Am. The fission cross sections of 242,243Cm (162,9 d, 28,5 y) and 241Am (431 y) have been obtained by multiplying these fission probabilities by the calculated compound nuclear neutron cross section relative to each channel. For each measurement, an accurate assessment of the errors was realized through variance-covariance studies. For measurements of the reaction 243Am(n,f), the analysis of error correlations allowed to interpret the scope of these measures within the existing measurements. (author)

  12. Calculations of synthesis cross sections of Z = 104–113 superheavy nuclei in the fusion-by-diffusion model with the Warsaw macro–micro-model fission barriers

    The results of experiments carried out at GSI Darmstadt, LBNL Berkeley and RIKEN Tokyo on the synthesis of superheavy nuclei of Z = 104–113 in cold fusion reactions have been analyzed within the fusion-by-diffusion (FBD) model by using the fission barriers, ground-state masses, shell effects and deformations calculated with the Warsaw macroscopic–microscopic model. An empirical parametrization of the injection-point distance has been established for this new theoretical input to the FBD model that enables one to reproduce existing data with reasonable accuracy and predict synthesis cross sections and optimum bombarding energies in as yet unexplored cold fusion reactions. (paper)

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

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

  14. Fission barrier of superheavy nuclei and persistence of shell effects at high spin: cases of 254No and 220Th.

    Henning, Greg; Khoo, T L; Lopez-Martens, A; Seweryniak, D; Alcorta, M; Asai, M; Back, B B; Bertone, P F; Boilley, D; Carpenter, M P; Chiara, C J; Chowdhury, P; Gall, B; Greenlees, P T; Gürdal, G; Hauschild, K; Heinz, A; Hoffman, C R; Janssens, R V F; Karpov, A V; Kay, B P; Kondev, F G; Lakshmi, S; Lauritsen, T; Lister, C J; McCutchan, E A; Nair, C; Piot, J; Potterveld, D; Reiter, P; Rogers, A M; Rowley, N; Zhu, S

    2014-12-31

    We report on the first measurement of the fission barrier height in a heavy shell-stabilized nucleus. The fission barrier height of 254No is measured to be Bf=6.0±0.5  MeV at spin 15ℏ and, by extrapolation, Bf=6.6±0.9  MeV at spin 0ℏ. This information is deduced from the measured distribution of entry points in the excitation energy versus spin plane. The same measurement is performed for 220Th and only a lower limit of the fission barrier height can be determined: Bf(I)>8  MeV. Comparisons with theoretical fission barriers test theories that predict properties of superheavy elements. PMID:25615317

  15. Technique Development to Support Clean-up and/or Disposal of Actinide Contaminated Soils and Sediments: Coupling Fission Tract Analysis with Synchroton X-ray Microprobe Analysis

    The overall goal of this project was to develop quantitative FTA to provide images of the microscale spatial distributions of high fissile actinides sorbed to environmental particles such as sediments and colloids. We developed methods to provide absolute actinide surface concentrations on the particles, regardless of particle size. We are also working to provide particle size information by our approach. We also coupled our newly devised FTA methods with the quantitative determination of stable element distributions in the same particles using synchrotron x-ray microprobe analysis

  16. Fusion–fission dynamics studies using mass distribution as a probe

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

    2015-08-01

    Study of quasifission reaction mechanism and shell effects in compound nuclei has important implications on the synthesis of superheavy elements (SHE). Using the major accelerator facilities available in India, quasifission reaction mechanism and shell effects in compound nuclei were studied extensively. Fission fragment mass distribution was used as a probe. Two factors, viz., nuclear orientation and direction of mass flow of the initial dinuclear system after capture were seen to determine the extent of quasifission. From the measurement of fragment mass distribution in -induced reaction on actinide targets, it was possible to constrain the excitation energy at which nuclear shell effect washed out.

  17. Thermal fission rates with temperature dependent fission barriers

    Zhu, Yi; Pei, Junchen

    2016-01-01

    The fission processes of thermal excited nuclei are conventionally studied by statistical models which rely on inputs of phenomenological level densities and potential barriers. Therefore the microscopic descriptions of spontaneous fission and induced fission are very desirable for a unified understanding of various fission processes. We propose to study the fission rates, at both low and high temperatures, with microscopically calculated temperature-dependent fission barriers and collective ...

  18. Production Pathways and Separation Procedures for High-Diagnostic-Value Activation Species, Fission Products, and Actinides Required for Preparation of Realistic Synthetic Post-Detonation Nuclear Debris: Status Report and FY16 Project Plan

    The objective of this project is to provide a comprehensive study on the production routes and chemical separation requirements for activation products, fission products, and actinides required for the creation of realistic post-detonation surrogate debris. Isotopes that have been prioritized by debris diagnosticians will be examined for their ability to be produced at existing irradiation sources, production rates, and availability of target materials, and chemical separation procedures required to rapidly remove the products from the bulk target matrix for subsequent addition into synthetic debris samples. The characteristics and implications of the irradiation facilities on the isotopes of interest will be addressed in addition to a summary of the isotopes that are already regularly produced. This is a planning document only.

  19. Production Pathways and Separation Procedures for High-Diagnostic-Value Activation Species, Fission Products, and Actinides Required for Preparation of Realistic Synthetic Post-Detonation Nuclear Debris: Status Report and FY16 Project Plan

    Faye, S. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Shaughnessy, D. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-08-19

    The objective of this project is to provide a comprehensive study on the production routes and chemical separation requirements for activation products, fission products, and actinides required for the creation of realistic post-detonation surrogate debris. Isotopes that have been prioritized by debris diagnosticians will be examined for their ability to be produced at existing irradiation sources, production rates, and availability of target materials, and chemical separation procedures required to rapidly remove the products from the bulk target matrix for subsequent addition into synthetic debris samples. The characteristics and implications of the irradiation facilities on the isotopes of interest will be addressed in addition to a summary of the isotopes that are already regularly produced. This is a planning document only.

  20. Fission and spallation data evaluation using induced-activity method

    Karapetyan, G S

    2015-01-01

    The induced-activity investigations in off-line analysis performed in different experiments, concerning pre-actinide and actinide nuclei, are here presented and discussed. Generalized expressions for the determination of independent yields/cross sections of radioactive nuclei, formed in the targets, are derived and analysed. The fragment mass distribution from U-238, Th-232 and Ta-181 photofission at the bremsstrahlung end-point energies of 50 and 3500 MeV, and from Am-241, U-238 and Np-237 fission induced by 660-MeV protons, are scrutinized from the point of view of the multimodal fission approach. The results of these studies are hence compared with theoretical model calculations using the CRISP code. We subsequently discuss the complex particle-induced reaction, such as heavy-ions and deuterons, by using the thick-target thick-catcher technique and the two-step vector model framework as well. This is accomplished in order to present the investigation of the main processes (fission, spallation and (multi)fr...

  1. New insights into frontier of nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei by means of prompt fission γ ray measurements at gammasphere (I: section 1 and section 2)

    New insights have been gained into the frontiers of nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei by means of γ-γ-γ and γ-γ (θ) coincidences of prompt γ rays emitted in the spontaneous fission of 252Cf at Gammasphere. Over 5.7 x 1011 triple-and higher-fold coincidence events and the less-compressed cube data provide excellent conditions for searches and studies over a wide unknown range with more neutron excess. High-spin yrast and near yrast level schemes of neutron-rich nuclei in regions of physics interest have been identified for the first time, or extensively extended and expanded compared to previous preliminary measurements. Chiral symmetry breaking was recently identified in even-even neutron-rich 110,112Ru and 108Mo isotopes. The former have the largest lowering of ground state energy when axial symmetry is broken, and near maximum triaxiality was deduced in the isotopes. By exhibiting all the fingerprints for chiral doubling, especially the best energy degeneracy, the doublet bands observed in these Ru and Mo isotopes are the best examples of chiral properties reported in this region. The evolution of chirality from γ-soft 108Ru to triaxial 110,112Ru is proposed. Tilted axis cranking (TAC) calculations extended by random phase approximation (RPA) calculations can explain the features of the doublet bands in terms of a soft chiral vibration for these even-even nuclei. The chirality in these even-even nuclei cannot be reduced to the simple geometrical picture as in odd-odd nuclei. Instead, in these even-even nuclei the tendency to chirality comes about from the interplay of all the neutrons in the open shell. Systematic studies of the N = 83 isotonic chain in the vicinity of the doubly-magic 132Sn have yielded a wealth of spectroscopic information in this attractive region. The new data of N = 83 isotones 135Te (Z = 52), 136I (Z = 53), 137Xe (Z = 54), 138Cs (Z = 55) and 139Ba (Z = 56), especially the observation of the long-sought level scheme of 138Cs

  2. 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

  3. SSNTD studies of lead nuclei fission induced by relativistic p, d, He and sup 1 sup 2 C projectiles inside massive Pb and U targets

    Perelygin, V P; Krivopustov, M I; Petrova, R I; Abdullaev, I G; Bradnova, V; Knjazeva, G P; Brandt, R; Ochs, M; Wan, J S; Vater, P

    1999-01-01

    A series of experiments was carried out with relativistic protons, deuterons, helium and carbon-12 projectiles accelerated at SYNCHOPHASOTRON LHE, Dubna which hit massive Pb and U targets. The beam profiles and intensities of both primary particles and secondary fast neutrons were measured using plastic SSNTD inside the massive cylinder blocks of Cu, Pb and U by counting of fission fragment tracks due to the induced fission of Pb nuclei. The beam diameter increases typically by 20-30% at the depth 10 and 20 cm. With increasing the energy of projectiles the number of secondary neutrons rises with the depth for protons, deuterons and helium ions. Nevertheless, for sup 1 sup 2 C ions beams with changing the energy from 18 GeV to 44 GeV we first observe the effect of significant increase both the yield of secondary fast neutrons and the half-width of the beam. The observed enhanced yield of secondary fast neutrons confirms unusual behavior of nuclear interaction cross section of 44 GeV sup 1 sup 2 C ions observed...

  4. Recent studies on short-lived fission-product nuclei using the on-line isotope separator KUR-ISOL

    The He-jet fed isotope separator on-line facility (KUR-ISOL) attached to KUR (Kyoto University Reactor) has been used for the studies of neutron-rich nuclei in the rare-earth region. Recently two isotopes, 152Ce (T1/2 = 1.4 ± 0.2 s) and 154Pr (T1/2 = 2.3 ± 0.1 s), have been newly identified. From the γ-ray energies observed following the decay of 154Pr, the excitation energy of the first excited state of 154Nd was found to be 70.8 keV which indicates that the moment of inertia of this nucleus is the largest among those of known even-even nuclei in the rare-earth region. Nuclear spectroscopic studies on several short-lived nuclei around A = 150 have been performed and a lot of new results have been obtained. Ion implanted 140Cs nuclei have been used for a solid-state physics research. Main results of these progresses will be described together with the recent developments on KUR-ISOL and on the high-efficiency, low-background detecting systems. (author)

  5. Actinides-1981

    1981-09-01

    Abstracts of 134 papers which were presented at the Actinides-1981 conference are presented. Approximately half of these papers deal with electronic structure of the actinides. Others deal with solid state chemistry, nuclear physic, thermodynamic properties, solution chemistry, and applied chemistry.

  6. Actinides-1981

    Abstracts of 134 papers which were presented at the Actinides-1981 conference are presented. Approximately half of these papers deal with electronic structure of the actinides. Others deal with solid state chemistry, nuclear physic, thermodynamic properties, solution chemistry, and applied chemistry

  7. Contributions to the theory of fission neutron emission

    This report gives a compilation of recent work performed at Technical University, Dresden by D. Seeliger, H. Maerten and A. Ruben on the topic of fission neutron emission. In the first paper calculated fission neutron spectra are presented using the temperature distribution model FINESSE for fissioning actinide nuclei. In the second paper, starting from a general energy balance, Terrell's approach is generalized to describe average fragment energies as a function of incident energy; trends of fragment energy data in the Th-Pu region are well reproduced. In the third contribution, prompt fission neutron spectra and fragment characteristics for spontaneous fission of even Pu-isotopes are presented and discussed in comparison with experimental data using a phenomenological scission point model including temperature dependent shell effects. In the fourth paper, neutron multiplicities and energy spectra as well as average fragment energies for incident energies from threshold to 20 MeV (including multiple-chance fission) for U-238 are compared with traditional data representations. (author). Refs, figs and tabs

  8. Effect of transverse vibrations of fissile nuclei on the angular and spin distributions of low-energy fission fragments

    Bunakov, V. E.; Kadmensky, S. G.; Lyubashevsky, D. E.

    2016-05-01

    It is shown that A. Bohr's classic theory of angular distributions of fragments originating from low-energy fission should be supplemented with quantum corrections based on the involvement of a superposition of a very large number of angular momenta L m in the description of the relative motion of fragments flying apart along the straight line coincidentwith the symmetry axis. It is revealed that quantum zero-point wriggling-type vibrations of the fissile system in the vicinity of its scission point are a source of these angular momenta and of high fragment spins observed experimentally.

  9. (n,2n) and (n,3n) cross sections on the basis of statistical model for fissionable nuclei

    The Weisskopf-Ewing evaporation model is used to calculate (n,2n) and (n,3n) cross sections including the effect of second neutron spectrum. The fission competition is also considered. Various level density formulae are employed. The calculated cross sections agree best with the recent experimental evaluations for Pearlstein's level density formula in the case of Th-232 and U-238. It is found that the level density parameter of Gilbert-Cameron is systematically higher by a factor of 2.7 as compared to that given by Pearlstein. Cross sections for Th-233 and Pa-233 are also predicted

  10. Stability and production of superheavy nuclei

    Moeller, P. [P. Moller Scientific Computing and Graphics, Inc., Los Alamos, NM (United States)]|[Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). Theoretical Div.; Nix, J.R. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). Theoretical Div.

    1997-12-31

    Beyond uranium heavy elements rapidly become increasingly unstable with respect to spontaneous fission as the proton number Z increases, because of the disruptive effect of the long-range Coulomb force. However, in the region just beyond Z = 100 magic proton and neutron numbers and the associated shell structure enhances nuclear stability sufficient to allow observation of additional nuclei. Some thirty years ago it was speculated that an island of spherical, relatively stable superheavy nuclei would exist near the next doubly magic proton-neutron combination beyond {sup 208}Pb, that is, at proton number Z = 114 and neutron number N = 184. Theory and experiment now show that there also exists a rock of stability in the vicinity of Z = 110 and N = 162 between the actinide region, which previously was the end of the peninsula of known elements, and the predicted island of spherical superheavy nuclei slightly southwest of the magic numbers Z = 114 and N = 184. The authors review here the stability properties of the heavy region of nuclei. Just as the decay properties of nuclei in the heavy region depend strongly on shell structure, this structure also dramatically affects the fusion entrance channel. The six most recently discovered new elements were all formed in cold-fusion reactions. They discuss here the effect of the doubly magic structure of the target in cold-fusion reactions on the fusion barrier and on dissipation.

  11. Review of fission product yields and delayed neutron data for the actinides NP-237, PU-242, AM-242M, AM-243, CM-243 and CM-245

    A review of fission product yields and delayed neutron data for Np-237, Pu-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-243 and Cm-245 has been undertaken. Gaps in understanding and inconsistencies in existing data were identified and priority areas for further experimental, theoretical and evaluation investigation detailed

  12. New BRC neutron evaluations of actinides with the TALYS code: Modelization and first validation tests

    Romain P.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The reader may have a look on references [1–3,5] for more details. Over the last five years, new evaluations of plutonium and uranium have been performed at Bruyèeres-le-Châtel (BRC from the resolved resonance region up to 30MeV. Only nuclear reactions models have been used to build these evaluations. Total, shape elastic and direct inelastic cross sections are obtained from a coupled channel model using a dispersive optical potential (BRC, [13] devoted to actinides. All the other cross sections are calculated owing to the Hauser-Fesbach theory (TALYS code [4].We take particular care over the fission channel. For uranium isotopes, a triple-humped barrier [3] is required in order to reproduce accurately the variations of the experimental fission cross sections. As not commonly expected, we show [5] that the effect of the class II or class III states located in the wells of the aforementioned fission barrier provide sometimes an anti-resonant transmission rather than a resonant. With increasing neutron incident energy, a lot of residual nuclei produced by nucleon emission lead to fission also. All available experimental data assigned to the various fission mechanisms of the same nucleus are used to define its fission barrier parameters. As a result of this approach, we are now able to provide consistent evaluations for a large series of isotopes. Of course, our new evaluations have been tested against integral data.

  13. New features in the stability and fission decay of superheavy Thorium isotopes

    Satpathy, L; Choudhury, R K

    2006-01-01

    Superheavy isotopes are highly neutron rich nuclei in the vicinity of neutron drip-line, stabilized by shell effect against the instability due to repulsive component of nuclear force, analogous to superheavy elements similarly stabilized against Coulomb instability. Here we discuss the stability and fission decay properties of such nuclei in the $^{254}$Th region and show that they are stable against $\\alpha$ and fission decay and have $\\beta$-decay life time of several tens of seconds. In particular, the $^{254}$Th nucleus has a low fission barrier and unusally large barrier width. This makes it an ideal thermally fissile nucleus, if formed by means of a thermal neutron, like other known nuclei such as $^{233}$U, $^{235}$U, $^{239}$Pu in this actinide region. It shows a new mode of fast fission decay, which may be termed as multifragmentation fission, in which in addition to two heavy fragments large number of scission neutrons are simultaneously produced. Its likely synthesis during the r-process nucleosyn...

  14. Fission decay properties of ultra neutron-rich uranium isotopes

    L Satpathy; S K Patra; R K Choudhury

    2008-01-01

    The fission decay of highly neutron-rich uranium isotopes is investigated which shows interesting new features in the barrier properties and neutron emission characteristics in the fission process. 233U and 235U are the nuclei in the actinide region in the beta stability valley which are thermally fissile and have been mainly used in reactors for power generation. The possibility of occurrence of thermally fissile members in the chain of neutron-rich uranium isotopes is examined here. The neutron number = 162 or 164 has been predicted to be magic in numerous theoretical studies carried out over the years. The series of uranium isotopes around it with = 154-172 are identified to be thermally fissile on the basis of the fission barrier and neutron separation energy systematics; a manifestation of the close shell nature of = 162 (or 164). We consider here the thermal neutron fission of a typical representative 249U nucleus in the highly neutron-rich region. Semiempirical study of fission barrier height and width shows that 250U nucleus is stable against spontaneous fission due to increase in barrier width arising out of excess neutrons. On the basis of the calculation of the probability of fragment mass yields and the microscopic study in relativistic mean field theory, this nucleus is shown to undergo exotic decay mode of thermal neutron fission (multi-fragmentation fission) whereby a number of prompt scission neutrons are expected to be simultaneously released along with the two heavy fission fragments. Such properties will have important implications in stellar evolution involving -process nucleosynthesis.

  15. Multi-dimensional fission-barrier calculations from Se to the SHE; from the proton to the neutron drip lines

    We present fission-barrier-height calculations for nuclei throughout the periodic system based on a realistic theoretical model of the multi-dimensional potential-energy surface of a fissioning nucleus. This surface guides the nuclear shape evolution from the ground state, over inner and outer saddle points, to the final configurations of separated fission fragments. We have previously shown that our macroscopic-microscopic nuclear potential-energy model yields calculated 'outer' fission-barrier heights (EB) for even-even nuclei throughout the periodic system that agree with experimental data to within about 1.0 MeV. We present final results of this work. Just recently we have enhanced our macroscopic-microscopic nuclear potential-energy model to also allow the consideration of axially asymmetric shapes. This shape degree of freedom has a substantial effect on the calculated height (EA) of the inner peak of some actinide fission barriers. We present examples of fission-barrier calculations by use of this model with its redetermined constants. Finally we discuss what the model now tells us about fission barriers at the end of the r-process nucleosynthesis path. (author)

  16. Fast fission phenomena

    Experimental studies of fast fission phenomena are presented. The paper is divided into three parts. In the first part, problems associated with fast fission processes are examined in terms of interaction potentials and a dynamic model is presented in which highly elastic collisions, the formation of compound nuclei and fast fission appear naturally. In the second part, a description is given of the experimental methods employed, the observations made and the preliminary interpretation of measurements suggesting the occurence of fast fission processes. In the third part, our dynamic model is incorporated in a general theory of the dissipative processes studied. This theory enables fluctuations associated with collective variables to be calculated. It is applied to highly inelastic collisions, to fast fission and to the fission dynamics of compound nuclei (for which a schematic representation is given). It is with these calculations that the main results of the second part can be interpreted

  17. New molecules to separate actinides: the picolinamides

    The reprocessing of spent fuel is made with the Purex process, funded on liquid-liquid extraction of uranium nitrates(VI) and plutonium nitrates(IV) by the BTP (tributyl phosphate). To improve this proceeding, we look for extractants which allow, beyond U and Pu extractions, these of actinides (II) and allow separation of the whole actinides from the fission products, which have an important fraction of lanthanides. A new family seems to give good results: the picolinamides

  18. Thermal fission rates with temperature dependent fission barriers

    Zhu, Yi

    2016-01-01

    \\item[Background] The fission processes of thermal excited nuclei are conventionally studied by statistical models which rely on inputs of phenomenological level densities and potential barriers. Therefore the microscopic descriptions of spontaneous fission and induced fission are very desirable for a unified understanding of various fission processes. \\item[Purpose] We propose to study the fission rates, at both low and high temperatures, with microscopically calculated temperature-dependent fission barriers and mass parameters. \\item[Methods] The fission barriers are calculated by the finite-temperature Skyrme-Hartree-Fock+BCS method. The mass parameters are calculated by the temperature-dependent cranking approximation. The thermal fission rates can be obtained by the imaginary free energy approach at all temperatures, in which fission barriers are naturally temperature dependent. The fission at low temperatures can be described mainly as a barrier-tunneling process. While the fission at high temperatures ...

  19. Actinides analysis by accelerator mass spectrometry

    At the ANTARES accelerator at ANSTO a new beamline has been commissioned, incorporating new magnetic and electrostatic analysers, to optimise the efficiency for Actinides detection by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). The detection of Actinides, particularly the isotopic ratios of uranium and plutonium, provide unique signatures for nuclear safeguards purposes. We are currently engaged in a project to evaluate the application of AMS to the measurement of Actinides in environmental samples for nuclear safeguards. Levels of certain fission products, Actinides and other radioactive species can be used as indicators of undeclared nuclear facilities or activities, either on-going or in the past Other applications of ultra-sensitive detection of Actinides are also under consideration. neutron-attenuation images of a porous reservoir rock

  20. Coulex fission of 234U, 235U, 237Np, and 238Np studied within the SOFIA experimental program

    SOFIA (Studies On FIssion with Aladin) is an experimental project which aims at systematically measuring the fission fragments' isotopic yields as well as their total kinetic energy, for a wide variety of fissioning nuclei. The PhD work presented in this dissertation takes part in the SOFIA project, and covers the fission of nuclei in the region of the actinides: 234U, 235U, 237Np and 238Np. The experiment is led at the heavy-ion accelerator GSI in Darmstadt, Germany. This facility provides intense relativistic primary beam of 238U. A fragmentation reaction of the primary beam permits to create a secondary beam of radioactive ions, some of which the fission is studied. The ions of the secondary beam are sorted and identified through the FR-S (Fragment Separator), a high resolution recoil spectrometer which is tuned to select the ions of interest.The selected - fissile - ions then fly further to Cave-C, an experimental area where the fission experiment itself takes place. At the entrance of the cave, the secondary beam is excited by Coulomb interaction when flying through an target; the de-excitation process involves low-energy fission. Both fission fragments fly forward in the laboratory frame, due to the relativistic boost inferred from the fissioning nucleus.A complete recoil spectrometer has been designed and built by the SOFIA collaboration in the path of the fission fragments, around the existing ALADIN magnet. The identification of the fragments is performed by means of energy loss, time of flight and deviation in the magnet measurements. Both fission fragments are fully (in mass and charge) and simultaneously identified.This document reports on the analysis performed for (1) the identification of the fissioning system, (2) the identification of both fission fragments, on an event-by-event basis, and (3) the extraction of fission observables: yields, TKE, total prompt neutron multiplicity. These results, concerning the actinides, are discussed, and the

  1. Actinide burning and waste disposal

    for the second repository would be emplaced in the first repository. Reprocessing would now include separation of the fission products strontium and cesium. After interim storage for 20-300 years, the remaining cesium would also be emplaced in the first repository. One DOE laboratory proposes an accelerator to destroy actinides and long-lived fission products. The time required for geologic or managed storage is said to be reduced to only one to several centuries

  2. Present status of fission yield data

    Fission yield data of minor actinides are needed for transmutation of nuclear waste by an ADS system. The yield data, however, are not enough for the application. The present status of the yield data is presented in this report. (author)

  3. Introducing the Fission-Fusion Reaction Process: Using a Laser-Accelerated Th Beam to produce Neutron-Rich Nuclei towards the N=126 Waiting Point of the r Process

    Habs, D; Gross, M; Allinger, K; Bin, J; Henig, A; Kiefer, D; Ma, W; Schreiber, J

    2010-01-01

    We propose to produce neutron-rich nuclei in the range of the astrophysical r process around the waiting point N=126 by fissioning a dense laser-accelerated thorium ion bunch in a thorium target (covered by a polyethylene layer), where the light fission fragments of the beam fuse with the light fission fragments of the target. Via laser Radiation Pressure Acceleration using a high-intensity, short pulse laser, very efficiently bunches of solid state density of 232Th can be generated from a first Th production target, placed on a CH2 backing. Laser accelerated Th ions with about 7 MeV/u will pass through a thin polyethylene layer placed in front of a thicker second Th foil closely behind the first target and desintegrate into light and heavy fission fragments. In addition light ions (p,C) from the CH2 backing of the first Th target will be accelerated as well, inducing the fission process of 232Th also in the second Th target. The laser-accelerated ion bunches with solid state density, which are about 10^15 ti...

  4. Entrance-channel dependence of fission transients

    Charity, R. J.

    2004-01-01

    Fission transients describe the fission rate as it evolves towards the quasistationary value given by Kramers' formula. The nature of fission transients is dependent on the assumed initial distribution of the compound nuclei along the fission coordinate. Although the standard initial assumption of a near-spherical object leads to a transient suppression of the fission rate (fission delay), a moderate initial fissionlike deformation can reduce the magnitude of this suppression. For still large...

  5. Excitation energy dependence of fragment-mass distributions from fission of 180,190Hg formed in fusion reactions of 36Ar + 144,154Sm

    K. Nishio

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Mass distributions of fission fragments from the compound nuclei 180Hg and 190Hg formed in fusion reactions 36Ar + 144Sm and 36Ar + 154Sm, respectively, were measured at initial excitation energies of E⁎(Hg180=33–66 MeV and E⁎(Hg190=48–71 MeV. In the fission of 180Hg, the mass spectra were well reproduced by assuming only an asymmetric-mass division, with most probable light and heavy fragment masses A¯L/A¯H=79/101. The mass asymmetry for 180Hg agrees well with that obtained in the low-energy β+/EC-delayed fission of 180Tl, from our earlier ISOLDE(CERN experiment. Fission of 190Hg is found to proceed in a similar way, delivering the mass asymmetry of A¯L/A¯H=83/107, throughout the measured excitation energy range. The persistence as a function of excitation energy of the mass-asymmetric fission for both proton-rich Hg isotopes gives strong evidence for the survival of microscopic effects up to effective excitation energies of compound nuclei as high as 40 MeV. This behavior is different from fission of actinide nuclei and heavier mercury isotope 198Hg.

  6. Actinide recycle

    A multitude of studies and assessments of actinide partitioning and transmutation were carried out in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Probably the most comprehensive of these was a study coordinated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The conclusions of this study were that only rather weak economic and safety incentives existed for partitioning and transmuting the actinides for waste management purposes, due to the facts that (1) partitioning processes were complicated and expensive, and (2) the geologic repository was assumed to contain actinides for hundreds of thousands of years. Much has changed in the few years since then. A variety of developments now combine to warrant a renewed assessment of the actinide recycle. First of all, it has become increasingly difficult to provide to all parties the necessary assurance that the repository will contain essentially all radioactive materials until they have decayed. Assurance can almost certainly be provided to regulatory agencies by sound technical arguments, but it is difficult to convince the general public that the behavior of wastes stored in the ground can be modeled and predicted for even a few thousand years. From this point of view alone there would seem to be a clear benefit in reducing the long-term toxicity of the high-level wastes placed in the repository

  7. Fission level density and barrier parameters for actinide neutron-induced cross section calculations. Final report of research contract 8832/RB. Time period covered: 15 December 1995 - 14 June 1998

    Fission and total level densities modelling approach was developed. Neutron-induced fission cross section data for incident energies from 10 keV up to emissive fission threshold were employed to extract level density and fission barrier parameters. In particular, fission barrier parameters (inner barrier height, outer barrier height, curvatures) were extracted for altogether 49 isotopes of Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm, Bk, and Cf. The adopted level density modelling approach and fission barrier parametrization was supported by calculations of fission cross section data above the emissive fission threshold, up to 20 MeV neutron incident energy. (author)

  8. Intermediate energy nuclear fission

    Nuclear fission has been investigated with the double-kinetic-energy method using silicon surface barrier detectors. Fragment energy correlation measurements have been made for U, Th and Bi with bremsstrahlung of 600 MeV maximum energy. Distributions of kinetic energy as a function of fragment mass are presented. The results are compared with earlier photofission data and in the case of bismuth, with calculations based on the liquid drop model. The binary fission process in U, Yb, Tb, Ce, La, Sb, Ag and Y induced by 600 MeV protons has been investigated yielding fission cross sections, fragment kinetic energies, angular correlations and mass distributions. Fission-spallation competition calculations are used to deduce values of macroscopic fission barrier heights and nuclear level density parameter values at deformations corresponding to the saddle point shapes. We find macroscopic fission barriers lower than those predicted by macroscopic theories. No indication is found of the Businaro Gallone limit expected to occur somewhere in the mass range A = 100 to A = 140. For Ce and La asymmetric mass distributions similar to those in the actinide region are found. A method is described for the analysis of angular correlations between complementary fission products. The description is mainly concerned with fission induced by medium-energy protons but is applicable also to other projectiles and energies. It is shown that the momentum and excitation energy distributions of cascade residuals leading to fission can be extracted. (Author)

  9. ORIGEN-S: SCALE system module to calculate fuel depletion, actinide transmutation, fission product buildup and decay, and associated radiation source terms

    ORIGEN-S computes time-dependent concentrations and source terms of a large number of isotopes, which are simultaneously generated or depleted through neutronic transmutation, fission, radioactive decay, input feed rates and physical or chemical removal rates. The calculations may pertain to fuel irradiation within nuclear reactors, or the storage, management, transportation or subsequent chemical processing of removed fuel elements. The matrix exponential expansion model of the ORIGEN code is unaltered in ORIGEN-S. Essentially all features of ORIGEN were retained, expanded or supplemented within new computations. The primary objective of ORIGEN-S, as requested by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is that the calculations may utilize the multi-energy-group cross sections from any currently processed standardized ENDF/B data base. This purpose has been implemented through the prior execution of codes within either the SCALE System or the AMPX System, developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These codes compute flux-weighted cross sections, simulating conditions within any given reactor fuel assembly, and convert the data into a library that can be input to ORIGEN-S. Time-dependent libraries may be produced, reflecting fuel composition variations during irradiation. Presented in the document are: detailed and condensed input instructions, model theory, features available, range of applicability, brief subroutine descriptions, sample input, and I/O requirements

  10. Experimental evidence of the third minimum in the fission barrier

    Theoretical calculations predict that the fission barrier of the actinides exhibits three minima, the third one corresponding to a nucleus with an unusual elongated pear-shape deformation. In order to get an experimental evidence of such configurations, a program of high resolution measurements of the fission cross-section coupled with angular distribution determinations was undertaken on several isotopes of thorium and uranium. For the compound nuclei 231Th and 233Th, both (n,f) and (d,pf) reactions indicate the presence of two almost degenerate bands of rotational levels with opposite parities and a very high moment of inertia, all properties which characterize a nucleus with the third minimum deformation. Compound nuclei 230Th, 234U and 237U were studied via the (d,pf) reaction alone. The results obtained for 230Th lead to the same conclusion as for the other two thorium isotopes, while for the uraniums, the intrusion of second well states in the fission cross-section precludes a proper identification of the third well ones

  11. Power reactors and sub-critical blanket systems with lead and lead-bismuth as coolant and/or target material. Utilization and transmutation of actinides and long lived fission products

    High level radioactive waste disposal is an issue of great importance in the discussion of the sustainability of nuclear power generation. The main contributors to the high radioactivity are the fission products and the minor actinides. The long lived fission products and minor actinides set severe demands on the arrangements for safe waste disposal. Fast reactors and accelerator driven systems (ADS) are under development in Member States to reduce the long term hazard of spent fuel and radioactive waste, taking advantage of their incineration and transmutation capability. Important R and D programmes are being undertaken in many Member States to substantiate this option and advance the basic knowledge in this innovative area of nuclear energy development. The conceptual design of the lead cooled fast reactor concept BREST-OD-300, as well as various other conceptual designs of lead/lead-bismuth cooled fast reactors have been developed to meet enhanced safety and non-proliferation requirements, aiming at both energy production and transmutation of nuclear waste. Some R and D studies indicate that the use of lead and lead-bismuth coolant has some advantages in comparison with existing sodium cooled fast reactor systems, e.g.: simplified design of fast reactor core and BOP, enhanced inherent safety, and easier radwaste management in related fuel cycles. Moreover, various ADS conceptual designs with lead and lead-bismuth as target material and coolant also have been pursued. The results to date are encouraging, indicating that the ADS has the potential to offer an option for meeting the challenges of the back end fuel cycle. During the last decade, there have been substantial advances in several countries with their own R and D programme in the fields of lead/lead-bismuth cooled critical and sub-critical concepts. coolant technology, and experimental validation. In this context, international exchange of information and experience, as well as international

  12. Fission properties of the heaviest elements

    The authors discuss fission properties of the heaviest elements. In particular they focus on stability with respect to spontaneous fission and on the prospects of extending the region of known nuclei beyond the peninsula of currently known nuclides

  13. Nuclei in high forms

    The purpose of 1991 Joliot-Curie Summer School is to review the most advances in the understanding of the nuclei physics after the considerable progress in gamma spectroscopy. It covers the following topics: Highly and super-deformed nuclei, nuclear structures, mean-field approach and beyond, fission isomers, nuclear excitations with long lifetime and metal clusters

  14. Nuclear fission in covariant density functional theory

    The current status of the application of covariant density functional theory to microscopic description of nuclear fission with main emphasis on superheavy nuclei (SHN) is reviewed. The softness of SHN in the triaxial plane leads to an emergence of several competing fission paths in the region of the inner fission barrier in some of these nuclei. The outer fission barriers of SHN are considerably affected both by triaxiality and octupole deformation. (authors)

  15. Nuclear fission in covariant density functional theory

    Afanasjev A.V.; Abusara H.; Ring P.

    2013-01-01

    The current status of the application of covariant density functional theory to microscopic description of nuclear fission with main emphasis on superheavy nuclei (SHN) is reviewed. The softness of SHN in the triaxial plane leads to an emergence of several competing fission pathes in the region of the inner fission barrier in some of these nuclei. The outer fission barriers of SHN are considerably affected both by triaxiality and octupole deformation.

  16. Evaluation of actinide partitioning and transmutation

    After a few centuries of radioactive decay the long-lived actinides, the elements of atomic numbers 89-103, may constitute the main potential radiological health hazard in nuclear wastes. This is because all but a very few fission products (principally technetium-99 and iodine-129) have by then undergone radioactive decay to insignificant levels, leaving the actinides as the principal radionuclides remaining. It was therefore at first sight an attractive concept to recycle the actinides to nuclear reactors, so as to eliminate them by nuclear fission. Thus, investigations of the feasibility and potential benefits and hazards of the concept of 'actinide partitioning and transmutation' were started in numerous countries in the mid-1970s. This final report summarizes the results and conclusions of technical studies performed in connection with a four-year IAEA Co-ordinated Research Programme, started in 1976, on the ''Environmental Evaluation and Hazard Assessment of the Separation of Actinides from Nuclear Wastes followed by either Transmutation or Separate Disposal''. Although many related studies are still continuing, e.g. on waste disposal, long-term safety assessments, and waste actinide management (particularly for low and intermediate-level wastes), some firm conclusions on the overall concept were drawn by the programme participants, which are reflected in this report

  17. Fission Mass Yield Studies

    Mass yields from fission induced by a span of neutron energies up to 18 MeV have been measured for Th232, U235 and U238 target nuclei. Particular attention has been given to the dependence of symmetric fission yields on energy. To study the effect of angular momentum, fission yields from the U236 compound nucleus formed by alpha-particle irradiations of Th232 were also studied over the same span of excitation energies. A standard set of Pd109, Ag111, Pd112 and Ag113 symmetric fission yields was generally measured for all irradiations. In addition, yields of Eu156, Cs136 and 2.3-d Cd115 were measured for some selected combinations of projectile, energy and target nucleus. Assays for Zr97 and sometimes also Ba139 served as fission monitors. Altogether 150 fission yields were measured for these combinations of target nucleus, projectile and incident energy. About one-third of these were checked by replicated irradiations. At highest energies for the U236 compound nucleus the symmetric fission yield from alpha-particle-induced fission is about 13% higher than for neutron-induced fission. Dips in symmetric fission yield were observed at the energy onset of third-chance fission for each target and projectile. Some indication of a small central peak in the mass distribution was observed in the yields from U236 compound nucleus fission, but not from the Th233 compound nucleus fission. Detailed mathematical methods have been developed to separate the effects of fissions preceding and following neutron emission. These methods were used to remove the effects of second- and third-chance fissions from the measured symmetric fission yields. These calculated yields for first-chance fission show no dips with energy. The calculations also show that perhaps half the difference between symmetric yields for alpha- particle-induced fission of Th232 and neutron-induced fission of U235 is attributable to angular momentum effects. Both calculated first-chance yields and measured yields

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

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

  19. Advanced Aqueous Separation Systems for Actinide Partitioning

    Nash, Kenneth L.; Clark, Sue; Meier, G Patrick; Alexandratos, Spiro; Paine, Robert; Hancock, Robert; Ensor, Dale

    2012-03-21

    One of the most challenging aspects of advanced processing of spent nuclear fuel is the need to isolate transuranium elements from fission product lanthanides. This project expanded the scope of earlier investigations of americium (Am) partitioning from the lanthanides with the synthesis of new separations materials and a centralized focus on radiochemical characterization of the separation systems that could be developed based on these new materials. The primary objective of this program was to explore alternative materials for actinide separations and to link the design of new reagents for actinide separations to characterizations based on actinide chemistry. In the predominant trivalent oxidation state, the chemistry of lanthanides overlaps substantially with that of the trivalent actinides and their mutual separation is quite challenging.

  20. Heavy Nuclei Photofission at Intermediate Energies

    Deppman, A; Guimaraes, V; Demekhina, N A; Karapetyan, G S

    2013-01-01

    In the present work the yields of fission fragments, from Bremsstrahlung induced fission of 232Th, 238U targets, were reproduced by CRISP model calculations, to which a multimodal fission option had been added. An extension of the calculation to the properties of the fission products is presented. Dividing the fissioning nuclei according to their fissionability, an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission is introduced. It allows to calculate the main parameters of the fission fragment charge distribution: the most probable charge for a given fission product mass chain and the width parameter. Furthermore, it reproduces the features of fragment mass distribution, and evaluates the fissility of fissioning nuclei in photon-induced fission. A comparison between the results of this calculation and experimental data is accomplished.

  1. Fission of highly excited fragments produced in collisions of 750 A.MeV ions of 238U with Pb target nuclei

    Fission of heavy fragments of U-projectiles produced in collisions with Pb target was investigated by analyzing fission fragments after many neutrons have been evaporated. The distributions of the fragments identified in A, Z and measured in momentum gives access to the distributions of intermediate excited fragments. (authors)

  2. Hidden systematics of fission channels

    Schmidt Karl-Heinz; Jurado Beatriz

    2013-01-01

    It is a common procedure to describe the fission-fragment mass distributions of fissioning systems in the actinide region by a sum of at least 5 Gaussian curves, one for the symmetric component and a few additional ones, together with their complementary parts, for the asymmetric components. These components have been attributed to the influence of fragment shells, e.g. in the statistical scission-point model of Wilkins, Steinberg and Chasman. They have also been associated with valleys in th...

  3. Fission induced by nucleons at intermediate energies

    Lo Meo, S., E-mail: sergio.lomeo@enea.it [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Ezio Clementel, 40129 Bologna (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna, 40127 Bologna (Italy); Mancusi, D., E-mail: davide.mancusi@cea.fr [CEA, Centre de Saclay, Irfu/SPhN, F91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Massimi, C., E-mail: cristian.massimi@bo.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia dell' Università di Bologna (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna, 40127 Bologna (Italy); Vannini, G., E-mail: gianni.vannini@bo.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia dell' Università di Bologna (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna, 40127 Bologna (Italy); Ventura, A., E-mail: alberto.ventura@bo.infn.it [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna, 40127 Bologna (Italy)

    2015-01-15

    Monte Carlo calculations of fission of actinides and pre-actinides induced by protons and neutrons in the energy range from 100 MeV to 1 GeV are carried out by means of a recent version of the Liège Intranuclear Cascade Model, INCL++, coupled with two different evaporation-fission codes, GEMINI++ and ABLA07. In order to reproduce experimental fission cross sections, model parameters are usually adjusted on available (p,f) cross sections and used to predict (n,f) cross sections for the same isotopes.

  4. Fission induced by nucleons at intermediate energies

    Meo, Sergio Lo; Massimi, Cristian; Vannini, Gianni; Ventura, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Monte Carlo calculations of fission of actinides and pre-actinides induced by protons and neutrons in the energy range from 100 MeV to 1 GeV are carried out by means of a recent version of the Li\\`ege Intranuclear Cascade Model, INCL++, coupled with two different evaporation-fission codes, GEMINI++ and ABLA07. In order to reproduce experimental fission cross sections, model parameters are usually adjusted on available (p,f) cross sections and used to predict (n,f) cross sections for the same isotopes.

  5. Feasibility studies of actinide recycle in LMFBRs as a waste management alternative

    A strategy of actinide burnup in LMFBRs is being investigated as a waste management alternative to long term storage of high level nuclear waste. This strategy is being evaluated because many of the actinides in the waste from spent-fuel reprocessing have half-lives of thousands of years and an alternative to geological storage may be desired. From a radiological viewpoint, the actinides and their daughters dominate the waste hazard for decay times beyond about 400 years. Actinide burnup in LMFBRs may be an attractive alternative to geological storage because the actinides can be effectively transmuted to fission products which have significantly shorter half-lives. Actinide burnup in LMFBRs rather than LWRs is preferred because the ratio of fission reaction rate to capture reaction rate for the actinides is higher in an LMFBR, and an LMFBR is not so sensitive to the addition of the actinide isotopes. An actinide target assembly recycle scheme is evaluated to determine the effects of the actinides on the LMFBR performance, including local power peaking, breeding ratio, and fissile material requirements. Several schemes are evaluated to identify any major problems associated with reprocessing and fabrication of recycle actinide-containing assemblies. The overall efficiency of actinide burnout in LMFBRs is evaluated, and equilibrium cycle conditions are determined. It is concluded that actinide recycle in LMFBRs offers an attractive alternative to long term storage of the actinides, and does not significantly affect the performance of the host LMFBR. Assuming a 0.1 percent or less actinide loss during reprocessing, a 0.1 percent loss of less during fabrication, and proper recycle schemes, virtually all of the actinides produced by a fission reactor economy could be transmuted in fast reactors

  6. Multidimensionally-constrained relativistic mean-field study of triple-humped barriers in actinides

    Zhao, Jie; Vretenar, Dario; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2014-01-01

    Potential energy surfaces (PES's) of actinide nuclei are characterized by a two-humped barrier structure. At large deformations beyond the second barrier, the occurrence of a third one was predicted by macroscopic-microscopic model calculations in the 1970s but contradictory results were later obtained with a number of different models. In this paper, triple-humped barriers in actinide nuclei are investigated with covariant density functional theory (CDFT). Calculations are performed using the multidimensionally-constrained relativistic mean field (MDC-RMF) model, with functionals PC-PK1 and DD-ME2 in the particle-hole channel, while pairing correlations are treated in the BCS approximation with a separable and finite range pairing force. Two-dimensional PES's of $^{226,228,230,232}$Th and $^{232,234,236,238}$U are mapped and the third minima on these surfaces are located. In a second step the one-dimensional potential energy curves along the fission path are analyzed in detail and the energies of the second ...

  7. Use of fast reactors for actinide transmutation

    The management of radioactive waste is one of the key issues in today's discussions on nuclear energy, especially the long term disposal of high level radioactive wastes. The recycling of plutonium in liquid metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs) would allow 'burning' of the associated extremely long life transuranic waste, particularly actinides, thus reducing the required isolation time for high level waste from tens of thousands of years to hundreds of years for fission products only. The International Working Group on Fast Reactors (IWGFR) decided to include the topic of actinide transmutation in liquid metal fast breeder reactors in its programme. The IAEA organized the Specialists Meeting on Use of Fast Breeder Reactors for Actinide Transmutation in Obninsk, Russian Federation, from 22 to 24 September 1992. The specialists agree that future progress in solving transmutation problems could be achieved by improvements in: Radiochemical partitioning and extraction of the actinides from the spent fuel (at least 98% for Np and Cm and 99.9% for Pu and Am isotopes); technological research and development on the design, fabrication and irradiation of the minor actinides (MAs) containing fuels; nuclear constants measurement and evaluation (selective cross-sections, fission fragments yields, delayed neutron parameters) especially for MA burners; demonstration of the feasibility of the safe and economic MA burner cores; knowledge of the impact of maximum tolerable amount of rare earths in americium containing fuels. Refs, figs and tabs

  8. 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.)

  9. Dynamical approach to fusion-fission process in superheavy mass region

    Aritomo Y.

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to describe heavy-ion fusion reactions around the Coulomb barrier with an actinide target nucleus, we propose a model which combines the coupled-channels approach and a fluctuation-dissipation model for dynamical calculations. This model takes into account couplings to the collective states of the interacting nuclei in the penetration of the Coulomb barrier and the subsequent dynamical evolution of a nuclear shape from the contact configuration. In the fluctuation-dissipation model with a Langevin equation, the effect of nuclear orientation at the initial impact on the prolately deformed target nucleus is considered. Fusion-fission, quasifission and deep quasifission are separated as different Langevin trajectories on the potential energy surface. Using this model, we analyze the experimental data for the mass distribution of fission fragments (MDFF in the reaction of 36S+238U at several incident energies around the Coulomb barrier.

  10. Development of an experimental set-up for the measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections of radioactive fissile nuclei

    Companis I.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A new experimental set-up for a simultaneous measurement of neutron induced capture and fission cross sections was designed, assembled and optimized. The measurements will be performed at GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA neutron time-of-flight facility in Belgium, where neutron cross sections can be measured over a wide energy range with high energy resolution. The fission events detector consists of a dedicated multi-plate high efficiency fission ionization chamber (IC. The γ-rays produced in capture reaction are detected by an efficient array of C6D6 scintillators. Fission γ-rays events are distinguished from capture events by the anticoincidence signals from the IC and the C6D6 detectors. For the undetected fission events a correction has to be applied with respect to the efficiency of the IC that should be high and known with a high precision. Another important issue is the good separation between fission-fragment (FF and the high alpha pile-up. The performances of the IC during test experiments are presented, focusing in particular on the detection efficiency.

  11. Development of an experimental set-up for the measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections of radioactive fissile nuclei

    Companis, I.; Aïche, M.; Mathieu, L.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Heyse, J.; Barreau, G.; Czajkowski, S.; Ducasse, Q.; Gunsing, F.; Jurado, B.; Kessedjian, G.; Matarranz, J.; Plompen, A. J. M.; Tsekhanovich, I.

    2013-12-01

    A new experimental set-up for a simultaneous measurement of neutron induced capture and fission cross sections was designed, assembled and optimized. The measurements will be performed at GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA) neutron time-of-flight facility in Belgium, where neutron cross sections can be measured over a wide energy range with high energy resolution. The fission events detector consists of a dedicated multi-plate high efficiency fission ionization chamber (IC). The γ-rays produced in capture reaction are detected by an efficient array of C6D6 scintillators. Fission γ-rays events are distinguished from capture events by the anticoincidence signals from the IC and the C6D6 detectors. For the undetected fission events a correction has to be applied with respect to the efficiency of the IC that should be high and known with a high precision. Another important issue is the good separation between fission-fragment (FF) and the high alpha pile-up. The performances of the IC during test experiments are presented, focusing in particular on the detection efficiency.

  12. Development of an experimental set-up for the measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections of radioactive fissile nuclei

    A new experimental set-up for a simultaneous measurement of neutron induced capture and fission cross sections was designed, assembled and optimized. The measurements will be performed at Geel Linear Accelerator (GELINA) neutron time-of-flight facility in Belgium, where neutron cross sections can be measured over a wide energy range with high energy resolution. The fission events detector consists of a dedicated multi-plate high efficiency fission ionization chamber (IC). The γ-rays produced in capture reaction are detected by an efficient array of C6D6 scintillators. Fission γ-rays events are distinguished from capture events by the anticoincidence signals from the IC and the C6D6 detectors. For the undetected fission events a correction has to be applied with respect to the efficiency of the IC that should be high and known with a high precision. Another important issue is the good separation between fission-fragment (FF) and the high alpha pile-up. The performances of the IC during test experiments are presented, focusing in particular on the detection efficiency. (authors)

  13. Fission hindrance and nuclear viscosity

    Indranil Mazumdar

    2015-08-01

    We discuss the role of nuclear viscosity in hindering the fission of heavy nuclei as observed in the experimental measurements of GDR -ray spectra from the fissioning nuclei. We review a set of experiments carried out and reported by us previously [see Dioszegi et al, Phys. Rev. C 61, 024613 (2000); Shaw et al, Phys. Rev. C 61, 044612 (2000)] and argue that the nuclear viscosity parameter has no apparent dependence on temperature. However, it may depend upon the deformation of the nucleus.

  14. Relative quantifying technique to measure mass of fission plate in a fission chamber

    Under the same neutron radiation conditions, fission counts are proportional to the number of fission nuclei. Based on this concept, a relative quantifying method has been developed to measure the mass of fission plate in fission chamber on a 14 MeV accelerator neutron source at the Neutron Physics Laboratory, INPC, CAEP. The experimental assembly was introduced and mass of the fission material in several fission chambers was measured. The results by this method agree well (within 1%) with the α-quantifying method. Therefore, it is absolutely feasible to quantify the fission plate mass in fission chambers. The measurement uncertainty is 2%-4%. (authors)

  15. Ternary fission of superheavy elements

    Balasubramaniam, M.; Vijayaraghavan, K. R.; Manimaran, K.

    2016-01-01

    Ternary fission of superheavy nuclei is studied within the three-cluster model potential energy surfaces (PESs). Due to shell effects, the stability of superheavy nuclei has been predicted to be associated with Z =114 , 120, and 126 for protons and N =184 for neutrons. Taking some representative nuclei we have extended the ternary fission studies to superheavy nuclei. We adopted two minimization procedures to minimize the potential and considered different arrangements of the fragments. The PES from one-dimensional minimization reveals a strong cluster region favoring various ternary breakups for an arrangement in which the lightest fragment is kept at the center. The PES obtained from two-dimensional minimization reveals strong preference of ternary fragmentation in the true ternary fission region. Though the dominant decay mode of superheavy nuclei is α decay, the α -accompanied ternary breakup is found to be a nonfavorable one. Further, the prominent ternary combinations are found to be associated with the neutron magic number.

  16. Proceedings of the Workshop on Experimental and theoretical problems around actinides for future reactors

    Since the two last decades, in the framework of general researches on future reactors, strong efforts have been devoted to improve the quantity and quality of nuclear data. Indeed, in order to improve safety margins and fuel optimization, but also to develop new kind of reactors or fuel cycles, accurate nuclear data are mandatory. At the end of the twentieth century, nuclear data bases did not reach the required quality level to be used in future reactor simulations. Therefore, both experimentalists and theoreticians, in the framework of several European research programs (HINDAS, NUDATRA, ANDES, CHANDA...), have tried to make the situation better. New sets of precise data measurements concerning fission, capture, (n,xn),..., reaction cross sections for a large variety of nuclei have been initiated. From evaluation point of view, the JEFF project has also improved the quality of nuclear data bases for several nuclei. In parallel, on the theoretical side, progress has also been made concerning cross section modeling in a wide range of energy (eV to GeV). The goal was to provide theoretical models with a good predictive power to feed data bases where experimental data are still missing and where the measurement is too complex. In this context, for example, a new nuclear reaction code TALYS has been developed. Collaboration between experimentalists, theoreticians and evaluators are then of strong interest to make progress. The number of problems to be solved covers various fields of nuclear reactions such as fission, capture or inelastic scattering. In order to avoid too large an audience we have decided, as a first step, to focus on inelastic scattering on actinides. Experimentally, three main methods exist to measure the total inelastic cross section: activation, detection of the emitted neutrons and prompt-gamma spectroscopy. This last method is, nevertheless, dependent on theoretical models since it provides (n,xn γ) cross sections and not the total inelastic

  17. 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.

  18. Neutron-Induced Fission Cross Sections of Nuclei in the Vicinity of 208Pb at Incident Energies below 60 MeV

    Ryzhov, Igor V.; Tutin, Gennady A.; Eismont, Vilen P.; Mitryukhin, Andrey G.; Oplavin, Valery S.; Soloviev, Sergey M.; Meulders, Jean-Pierre; El Masri, Youssef; Keutgen, Thomas; Prieels, René; Nolte, Ralf

    2005-05-01

    Neutron-induced fission cross sections of 205Tl, 204, 206, 207, 208Pb, and 209Bi have been measured at incident energies of 32.8, 45.3, and 59.9 MeV. The measurements were performed at the Louvain-la-Neuve neutron beam facility using the 7Li (p, n) reaction as neutron source. Fission fragments were detected with a multi-section Frisch-gridded ionization chamber (MFGIC). Neutron fluence measurements were based on the 238U(n, f) reaction. The neutron fluence monitoring procedure was asserted by crosscheck measurement, in which the 59.9-MeV neutron beam fluence was simultaneously determined with the MFGIC and with a fission chamber monitor calibrated relative to a proton-recoil telescope.

  19. Neutron-Induced Fission Cross Sections of Nuclei in the Vicinity of 208Pb at Incident Energies below 60 MeV

    Neutron-induced fission cross sections of 205Tl, 204, 206, 207, 208Pb, and 209Bi have been measured at incident energies of 32.8, 45.3, and 59.9 MeV. The measurements were performed at the Louvain-la-Neuve neutron beam facility using the 7Li (p, n) reaction as neutron source. Fission fragments were detected with a multi-section Frisch-gridded ionization chamber (MFGIC). Neutron fluence measurements were based on the 238U(n, f) reaction. The neutron fluence monitoring procedure was asserted by crosscheck measurement, in which the 59.9-MeV neutron beam fluence was simultaneously determined with the MFGIC and with a fission chamber monitor calibrated relative to a proton-recoil telescope

  20. Fission dynamics within time-dependent Hartree-Fock: Deformation-induced fission

    Rios Huguet, A; Stevenson, PD; Goddard, P.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Nuclear fission is a complex large-amplitude collective decay mode in heavy nuclei. Microscopic density functional studies of fission have previously concentrated on adiabatic approaches based on constrained static calculations ignoring dynamical excitations of the fissioning nucleus, and the daughter products. Purpose: To explore the ability of dynamic mean-field methods to describe fast fission processes beyond the fission barrier, using the nuclide $^{240}$Pu as an example. Met...

  1. Uncertainties in fission-product decay-heat calculations

    Oyamatsu, K.; Ohta, H.; Miyazono, T.; Tasaka, K. [Nagoya Univ. (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    The present precision of the aggregate decay heat calculations is studied quantitatively for 50 fissioning systems. In this evaluation, nuclear data and their uncertainty data are taken from ENDF/B-VI nuclear data library and those which are not available in this library are supplemented by a theoretical consideration. An approximate method is proposed to simplify the evaluation of the uncertainties in the aggregate decay heat calculations so that we can point out easily nuclei which cause large uncertainties in the calculated decay heat values. In this paper, we attempt to clarify the justification of the approximation which was not very clear at the early stage of the study. We find that the aggregate decay heat uncertainties for minor actinides such as Am and Cm isotopes are 3-5 times as large as those for {sup 235}U and {sup 239}Pu. The recommended values by Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) were given for 3 major fissioning systems, {sup 235}U(t), {sup 239}Pu(t) and {sup 238}U(f). The present results are consistent with the AESJ values for these systems although the two evaluations used different nuclear data libraries and approximations. Therefore, the present results can also be considered to supplement the uncertainty values for the remaining 17 fissioning systems in JNDC2, which were not treated in the AESJ evaluation. Furthermore, we attempt to list nuclear data which cause large uncertainties in decay heat calculations for the future revision of decay and yield data libraries. (author)

  2. Actinides and Life's Origins.

    Adam, Zachary

    2007-12-01

    There are growing indications that life began in a radioactive beach environment. A geologic framework for the origin or support of life in a Hadean heavy mineral placer beach has been developed, based on the unique chemical properties of the lower-electronic actinides, which act as nuclear fissile and fertile fuels, radiolytic energy sources, oligomer catalysts, and coordinating ions (along with mineralogically associated lanthanides) for prototypical prebiotic homonuclear and dinuclear metalloenzymes. A four-factor nuclear reactor model was constructed to estimate how much uranium would have been required to initiate a sustainable fission reaction within a placer beach sand 4.3 billion years ago. It was calculated that about 1-8 weight percent of the sand would have to have been uraninite, depending on the weight percent, uranium enrichment, and quantity of neutron poisons present within the remaining placer minerals. Radiolysis experiments were conducted with various solvents with the use of uraniumand thorium-rich minerals (metatorbernite and monazite, respectively) as proxies for radioactive beach sand in contact with different carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen reactants. Radiation bombardment ranged in duration of exposure from 3 weeks to 6 months. Low levels of acetonitrile (estimated to be on the order of parts per billion in concentration) were conclusively identified in 2 setups and tentatively indicated in a 3(rd) by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. These low levels have been interpreted within the context of a Hadean placer beach prebiotic framework to demonstrate the promise of investigating natural nuclear reactors as power production sites that might have assisted the origins of life on young rocky planets with a sufficiently differentiated crust/mantle structure. Future investigations are recommended to better quantify the complex relationships between energy release, radioactive grain size, fissionability, reactant phase, phosphorus

  3. Fission modes of mercury isotopes

    Warda, M; Nazarewicz, W

    2012-01-01

    Recent experiments on beta-delayed fission in the mercury-lead region and the discovery of asymmetric fission in $^{180}$Hg [1] have stimulated renewed interest in the mechanism of fission in heavy nuclei. Here we study fission modes and fusion valleys in $^{180}$Hg and $^{198}$Hg using the self-consistent nuclear density functional theory employing Skyrme and Gogny energy density functionals. We show that the observed transition from asymmetric fission in $^{180}$Hg towards more symmetric distribution of fission fragments in $^{198}$Hg can be explained in terms of competing fission modes of different geometries that are governed by shell effects in pre-scission configurations. The density distributions at scission configurations are studied and related to the experimentally observed mass splits.

  4. Dynamical features of nuclear fission

    Santanu Pal

    2015-08-01

    It is now established that the transition-state theory of nuclear fission due to Bohr and Wheeler underestimates several observables in heavy-ion-induced fusion–fission reactions. Dissipative dynamical models employing either the Langevin equation or equivalently the Fokker–Planck equation have been developed for fission of heavy nuclei at high excitations (T ∼1 MeV or higher). Here, we first present the physical picture underlying the dissipative fission dynamics. We mainly concentrate upon the Kramers’ prescription for including dissipation in fission dynamics. We discuss, in some detail, the results of a statistical model analysis of the pre-scission neutron multiplicity data from the reactions 19F+194,196,198Pt using Kramers’ fission width. We also discuss the multi-dimensional Langevin equation in the context of kinetic energy and mass distribution of the fission fragments.

  5. Coordination chemistry for new actinide separation processes

    The amount of wastes and the number of chemical steps can be decreased by replacing the PUREX process extractant (TBP) by, N.N- dialkylamides (RCONR'2). Large amounts of deep underground storable wastes can be stored into sub-surface disposals if the long lived actinide isotopes are removed. Spent nuclear fuels reprocessing including the partitioning of the minor actinides Np, Am, Cm and their transmutation into short half lives fission products is appealing to the public who is not favorable to the deep underground storage of large amounts of long half lived actinide isotopes. In this paper coordination chemistry problems related to improved chemical separations by solvent extraction are presented. 2 tabs.; 4 refs

  6. Calculations of fission rates for r-process nucleosynthesis

    Panov, I. V.; Kolbe, E.; Pfeiffer, B.; Rauscher, T.; Kratz, K.-L.; Thielemann, F. -K.

    2004-01-01

    Fission plays an important role in the r-process which is responsible not only for the yields of transuranium isotopes, but may have a strong influence on the formation of the majority of heavy nuclei due to fission recycling. We present calculations of beta-delayed and neutron-induced fission rates, taking into account different fission barriers predictions and mass formulae. It is shown that an increase of fission barriers results naturally in a reduction of fission rates, but that neverthe...

  7. Octupole Deformed Nuclei in the Actinide Region

    Thorsteinsen, T; Rubio barroso, B; Simpson, J; Gulda, K; Sanchez-vega, M; Cocks, J; Nybo, K; Garcia borge, M; Aas, A; Fogelberg, B; Honsi, J; Smith, G; Naumann, R; Grant, I

    2002-01-01

    The aim of the present study is to investigate the limits of the "island" of octupole deformation in the mass region A=225. It is of particular importance to demonstrate experimentally the sudden disappearance of the stable octupole deformation in the presence of a well developed quadrupole field. \\\\ \\\\In order to establish the upper border line the $\\beta$ -decay chains of $^{227}$Rn $\\rightarrow ^{227}$Fr $\\rightarrow ^{227}$Ra and $^{231}$Fr $\\rightarrow ^{231}$Ra $\\rightarrow ^{231}$Ac were studied at PSB-ISOLDE using advanced fast timing and $\\gamma$-ray spectroscopy techniques. The lifetimes of the excited states have been measured in the picosecond range using the time-delayed $\\beta\\gamma\\gamma$(t) method.

  8. Modelisation of the fission cross section

    The neutron cross sections of four nuclear systems (n+235U, n+233U, n+241Am and n+237Np) are studied in the present document. The target nuclei of the first case, like 235U and 239Pu, have a large fission cross section after the absorption of thermal neutrons. These nuclei are called 'fissile' nuclei. The other type of nuclei, like 237Np and 241Am, fission mostly with fast neutrons, which exceed the fission threshold energy. These types of nuclei are called 'fertile'. The compound nuclei of the fertile nuclei have a binding energy higher than the fission barrier, while for the fissile nuclei the binding energy is lower than the fission barrier. In this work, the neutron induced cross sections for both types of nuclei are evaluated in the fast energy range. The total, reaction and shape-elastic cross sections are calculated by the coupled channel method of the optical model code ECIS, while the compound nucleus mechanism are treated by the statistical models implemented in the codes STATIS, GNASH and TALYS. The STATIS code includes a refined model of the fission process. Results from the theoretical calculations are compared with data retrieved from the experimental data base EXFOR. (author)

  9. Separating the Minor Actinides Through Advances in Selective Coordination Chemistry

    Lumetta, Gregg J.; Braley, Jenifer C.; Sinkov, Sergey I.; Carter, Jennifer C.

    2012-08-22

    This report describes work conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 under the auspices of the Sigma Team for Minor Actinide Separation, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy. Researchers at PNNL and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) are investigating a simplified solvent extraction system for providing a single-step process to separate the minor actinide elements from acidic high-level liquid waste (HLW), including separating the minor actinides from the lanthanide fission products.

  10. Extended optical model for fission

    Sin, M.; Capote, R.; Herman, M. W.; Trkov, A.

    2016-03-01

    A comprehensive formalism to calculate fission cross sections based on the extension of the optical model for fission is presented. It can be used for description of nuclear reactions on actinides featuring multi-humped fission barriers with partial absorption in the wells and direct transmission through discrete and continuum fission channels. The formalism describes the gross fluctuations observed in the fission probability due to vibrational resonances, and can be easily implemented in existing statistical reaction model codes. The extended optical model for fission is applied for neutron induced fission cross-section calculations on 234,235,238U and 239Pu targets. A triple-humped fission barrier is used for U,235234(n ,f ) , while a double-humped fission barrier is used for 238U(n ,f ) and 239Pu(n ,f ) reactions as predicted by theoretical barrier calculations. The impact of partial damping of class-II/III states, and of direct transmission through discrete and continuum fission channels, is shown to be critical for a proper description of the measured fission cross sections for 234,235,238U(n ,f ) reactions. The 239Pu(n ,f ) reaction can be calculated in the complete damping approximation. Calculated cross sections for U,238235(n ,f ) and 239Pu(n ,f ) reactions agree within 3% with the corresponding cross sections derived within the Neutron Standards least-squares fit of available experimental data. The extended optical model for fission can be used for both theoretical fission studies and nuclear data evaluation.

  11. Shell effects and fission fragments angular anisotropy

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

  12. Fission product margin in burnup credit analyses

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is currently working toward the licensing of a methodology for using actinide-only burnup credit for the transportation of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Important margins are built into this methodology. By using comparisons with a representative experimental database to determine bias factors, the methodology ensures that actinide concentrations and worths are estimated conservatively; furthermore, the negative net reactivity of certain actinides and all fission products (FPs) is not taken into account, thus providing additional margin. A future step of DOE's effort might aim at establishing an actinide and FP burnup credit methodology. The objective of this work is to establish the uncertainty to be applied to the total FP worth in SNF. This will serve two ends. First, it will support the current actinide-only methodology by demonstrating the margin available from FPs. Second, it will identify the major contributions to the uncertainty and help set priorities for future work

  13. Triaxiality in superheavy nuclei

    In this work, triaxial degree of freedom is explicitly utilized in calculating alpha decay lifetimes. The synthesis of superheavy nuclei with Z = 114-116 and 118 were detected by their decaying alpha chains with terminating spontaneous fission events. The lifetime of alpha decay chains measured are to be compared with the values evaluated theoretically

  14. Fissibility of compound nuclei

    Iwata, Yoritaka

    2012-01-01

    Collisions between $^{248}$Cm and $^{48}$Ca are systematically investigated by time-dependent density functional calculations with evaporation prescription. Depending on the incident energy and impact parameter, fusion, deep-inelastic and fission events are expected to appear. In this paper, a microscopic method of calculating the fissibility of compound nuclei is presented.

  15. The lanthanides and actinides

    This paper relates the chemical properties of the actinides to their position in the Mendeleev periodic system. The changes in the oxidation states of the actinides with increasing atomic number are similar to those of the 3d elements. Monovalent and divalent actinides are very similar to alkaline and alkaline earth elements; in the 3+ and 4+ oxidation states they resemble d elements in the respective oxidation states. However, in their highest oxidation states the actinides display their individual properties with only a slight resemblance to d elements. Finally, there is a profound similarity between the second half of the actinides and the first half of the lanthanides

  16. Octupole correlation effects in nuclei

    Octupole correlation effects in nuclei are discussed from the point of view of many-body wavefunctions as well as mean-field methods. The light actinides, where octupole effects are largest, are considered in detail. Comparisons of theory and experiment are made for energy splittings of parity doublets; E1 transition matrix elements and one-nucleon transfer reactions

  17. Model Calculation of Fission Product Yields Data using GEF Code

    Fission yields data are classified with spontaneous fission data and neutron induced fission data. The fission product yields data at several energy points for the limited actinides are included in nuclear data libraries such as ENDF/B, JEFF and JENDL because production of those is based mainly on experimental results and it is very difficult to conduct experiments for all actinides and continuous energies. Therefore, in order to obtain fission yields data without experimental data, a theoretical fission model should be introduced to produce the yields data. GEneral Fission model (GEF) is developed to predict the properties for fissioning systems that have not been measured and that are not accessible to experiment. In this study, the fission yields data generated from GEF code are compared with the measured data and the recently available nuclear data libraries. The GEF code is very powerful tool to generate fission yields without measurements. Also, it can produce the distribution of fission product yields for continuous neutron energy while measured data are given only at several energies. The fission yields data of 235U have been tentatively generated with GEF code in this work. Comparing GEF results with measurements and recently released evaluated fission yields data, it is confirmed that GEF code can successfully predict the fission yields data. With its sophisticated model, GEF code is playing a significant role in nuclear industry

  18. Multidimensionally constrained relativistic mean-field study of triple-humped barriers in actinides

    Zhao, Jie; Lu, Bing-Nan; Vretenar, Dario; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2015-01-01

    Background: Potential energy surfaces (PES's) of actinide nuclei are characterized by a two-humped barrier structure. At large deformations beyond the second barrier, the occurrence of a third barrier was predicted by macroscopic-microscopic model calculations in the 1970s, but contradictory results were later reported by a number of studies that used different methods. Purpose: Triple-humped barriers in actinide nuclei are investigated in the framework of covariant density functional theory (CDFT). Methods: Calculations are performed using the multidimensionally constrained relativistic mean field (MDC-RMF) model, with the nonlinear point-coupling functional PC-PK1 and the density-dependent meson exchange functional DD-ME2 in the particle-hole channel. Pairing correlations are treated in the BCS approximation with a separable pairing force of finite range. Results: Two-dimensional PES's of 226,228,230,232Th and 232,235,236,238U are mapped and the third minima on these surfaces are located. Then one-dimensional potential energy curves along the fission path are analyzed in detail and the energies of the second barrier, the third minimum, and the third barrier are determined. The functional DD-ME2 predicts the occurrence of a third barrier in all Th nuclei and 238U . The third minima in 230 ,232Th are very shallow, whereas those in 226 ,228Th and 238U are quite prominent. With the functional PC-PK1 a third barrier is found only in 226 ,228 ,230Th . Single-nucleon levels around the Fermi surface are analyzed in 226Th, and it is found that the formation of the third minimum is mainly due to the Z =90 proton energy gap at β20≈1.5 and β30≈0.7 . Conclusions: The possible occurrence of a third barrier on the PES's of actinide nuclei depends on the effective interaction used in multidimensional CDFT calculations. More pronounced minima are predicted by the DD-ME2 functional, as compared to the functional PC-PK1. The depth of the third well in Th isotopes decreases

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

    Ramachandran K.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Shell effects can play a prominent role in fission fragment mass distributions. For lighter systems in the region of A~180-200, mass distributions were generally expected to be symmetric. However, a recent experiment showed that fission of 180Hg following electron capture of 180Tl leads to an asymmetric mass split. Recent calculations by various groups indicate that the mechanism of asymmetric fission could be very different in this mass region compared to the actinide region. To investigate the role of shell effects in this mass region, we have measured the fission fragment mass distribution for the 13C+182W,176Yb reactions forming the compound nuclei 195Hg and 189Os respectively, at lab bombarding energies of 60, 63 and 66 MeV using the CUBE detector setup located at the ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility. The experimental data were fitted with single and double Gaussian distributions. The results indicate an asymmetric mass split for 195Hg, whereas for 189Os, the mass distribution is well fitted with a single Gaussian distribution.

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

    Shell effects can play a prominent role in fission fragment mass distributions. For lighter systems in the region of A∼180-200, mass distributions were generally expected to be symmetric. However, a recent experiment showed that fission of 180Hg following electron capture of 180Tl leads to an asymmetric mass split. Recent calculations by various groups indicate that the mechanism of asymmetric fission could be very different in this mass region compared to the actinide region. To investigate the role of shell effects in this mass region, we have measured the fission fragment mass distribution for the 13C+182W, 176Yb reactions forming the compound nuclei 195Hg and 189Os respectively, at lab bombarding energies of 60, 63 and 66 MeV using the CUBE detector setup located at the ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility. The experimental data were fitted with single and double Gaussian distributions. The results indicate an asymmetric mass split for 195Hg, whereas for 189Os, the mass distribution is well fitted with a single Gaussian distribution. (authors)

  1. Theory of nuclear fission. A textbook

    This book brings together various aspects of the nuclear fission phenomenon discovered by Hahn, Strassmann and Meitner almost 70 years ago. Beginning with an historical introduction the authors present various models to describe the fission process of hot nuclei as well as the spontaneous fission of cold nuclei and their isomers. The role of transport coefficients, like inertia and friction in fission dynamics is discussed. The effect of the nuclear shell structure on the fission probability and the mass and kinetic energy distributions of the fission fragments is presented. The fusion-fission process leading to the synthesis of new isotopes including super-heavy elements is described. The book will thus be useful for theoretical and experimental physicists, as well as for graduate and PhD students. (orig.)

  2. Implementation in the reaction code system EMPIRE-2.19 of an advanced formalism for fission cross-section calculation

    Full text: The implementation in the reaction code system EMPIRE-2.19 of an advanced formalism for fission cross-section calculation has been completed. The formalism is based on the optical model for fission and can be applied for nuclei exhibiting double- or triple-humped barrier starting from sub-barrier excitation energies. The optical model for fission, initially developed to describe the resonant structure of the fission cross section at sub-barrier excitation energies due to the vibrational states in the second well of a double-humped fission barrier, was extended to light actinides by including the relations for the transmission coefficients through a complex triple-humped fission barrier. The real part of the fission barrier is parameterised as a function of the nucleus deformation by five smoothly joined parabolas. The imaginary potential is introduced only in the deformation range corresponding to the second well because the tertiary well is supposed to be shallow enough to neglect the damping of class III vibrational states. The transition states are assumed to be rotational states built on vibrational or non-collective band-heads. As the excitation energy increases, the shell effect, which causes the splitting of the outer barrier, diminishes and the outer humps lump into a single one. Therefore, in the present formalism, triple-humped barriers are associated only to the discrete transition states; the contribution of continuum to the fission coefficients is calculated considering a double-humped barrier. The parameters of the second single barrier equivalent with the outer humps are being determined from the condition of equal transmission coefficients. The saddle-point transition states in continuum are described by level densities (BCS below the critical energy and a modified version of Fermi Gas above) accounting for collective enhancements specific to the nuclear shape asymmetry at each saddle point . The neutron cross sections of 232Th in the

  3. Fission dynamics within time-dependent Hartree-Fock: deformation-induced fission

    Goddard, P M; Rios, A

    2015-01-01

    Background: Nuclear fission is a complex large-amplitude collective decay mode in heavy nuclei. Microscopic density functional studies of fission have previously concentrated on adiabatic approaches based on constrained static calculations ignoring dynamical excitations of the fissioning nucleus, and the daughter products. Purpose: To explore the ability of dynamic mean-field methods to describe fast fission processes beyond the fission barrier, using the nuclide $^{240}$Pu as an example. Methods: Time-dependent Hartree-Fock calculations based on the Skyrme interaction are used to calculate non-adiabatic fission paths, beginning from static constrained Hartree-Fock calculations. The properties of the dynamic states are interpreted in terms of the nature of their collective motion. Fission product properties are compared to data. Results: Parent nuclei constrained to begin dynamic evolution with a deformation less than the fission barrier exhibit giant-resonance-type behaviour. Those beginning just beyond the ...

  4. The actinide waste problem in perspective

    The long lived alpha emitting actinide waste nuclides of transplutonium elements such as Np, Am, Cm etc (also called Byproduct Actinides or BPA for short) which are proposed to be disposed of as part of High Active Waste (HAW) in deep underground geological repositories has been a persistent source of concern to opponents and critics of nuclear fission energy. In this context the recent finding of the authors that each and every transuranium nuclide, without exception, can independently support a self sustaining chain reaction raises the important philosophical question: Is it justified to continue to refer to these nuclides as nuclear waste ? Our computations have revealed that the Ksub(eff) of an assembly of each of these nuclides increases linearly with the fissility parameter (Z2/A), its threshold value for Ksub(eff) to exceed unity being 34.1 for fissile (odd neutron) nuclides and 34.9 for fissible (even neutron) nuclides. In other words higher the (Z2/A) better is its performance as a fission reactor fuel. This finding suggests that the long lived actinide waste problem can be solved by separating all the actinide nuclides from the High Active Waste stream and recycling them back into any hard spectrum fission reactor. The studies strongly support the concept of partitioning-transmutation (p-t) revived with great enthusiasm in Japan under the banner of the OMEGA proposal. However it is found that there is no need to resort to any exotic devices such as proton accelerators or fusion reactor blankets for nuclear incineration. In the context of the 232Th/233U fuel cycle it is worth noting that the quantum of transuranium nuclides generated per se is smaller by several orders of magnitude as compared to that arising from 235U/238U bearing fuels. Thus on the whole it appears that in the thorium fuel cycle partitioning and recycle of byproduct nuclides would be a less cumbersome undertaking. (author). 26 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs

  5. Delayed fission

    Delayed fission is a nuclear process that couples beta decay and fission. In the delayed fission process, a parent nucleus undergoes beta decay or electron capture and thus populates excited states in the daughter nucleus. This review covers experimental methods for detecting and measuring delayed fission. Experimental results (ECDF activities and beta-DF activities) and theory are presented. The future prospects for study of delayed fission are discussed. 50 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs

  6. Calculations of fission rates for r-process nucleosynthesis

    Panov, I V; Pfeiffer, B; Rauscher, T; Kratz, K L; Thielemann, F K

    2005-01-01

    Fission plays an important role in the r-process which is responsible not only for the yields of transuranium isotopes, but may have a strong influence on the formation of the majority of heavy nuclei due to fission recycling. We present calculations of beta-delayed and neutron-induced fission rates, taking into account different fission barriers predictions and mass formulae. It is shown that an increase of fission barriers results naturally in a reduction of fission rates, but that nevertheless fission leads to the termination of the r-process. Furthermore, it is discussed that the probability of triple fission could be high for $A>260$ and have an effect on the formation of the abundances of heavy nuclei. Fission after beta-delayed neutron emission is discussed as well as different aspects of the influence of fission upon r-process calculations.

  7. Fission dynamics within time-dependent Hartree-Fock: boost-induced fission

    Goddard, P. M.; Stevenson, P. D.; Rios, A.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Nuclear fission is a complex large-amplitude collective decay mode in heavy nuclei. Microscopic density functional studies of fission have previously concentrated on adiabatic approaches based on constrained static calculations ignoring dynamical excitations of the fissioning nucleus, and the daughter products. Purpose: To explore the ability of dynamic mean-field methods to describe induced fission processes, using quadrupole boosts in the nuclide $^{240}$Pu as an example. Method...

  8. Change over from compound nuclear fission to quasi-fission

    Bhattacharya P; Golda K. S.; Rana T. K.; Mukhopadhyay S; Mukherjee G; Meena J. K.; Kundu S.; Bhattacharya S; Bhattacharya C.; Banerjee K; Ghosh T. K.

    2010-01-01

    Fission fragment mass distribution has been measured in two reactions to populate compound nucleus 246Bk. Both the target nuclei were deformed. However, entrance channel mass asymmetry of the two systems was on the either side of the Businaro Gallone mass asymmetry parameter. Near the Coulomb barrier, at similar excitation energies, the width of the fission fragment mass distribution was found to be significantly different for the 14N+232Th reaction compared to the 11B+235U reaction. T...

  9. Measurement of Am-242 fission yields at the Lohengrin spectrometer; improvement and Benchmarking of the semi-empirical code GEF

    The study of fission yields has a major impact on the characterization and understanding of the fission process and is mandatory for reactor applications. While the yields are known for the major actinides (U-235, Pu-239) in the thermal neutron-induced fission, only few measurements were performed on Am-242. Moreover, the two main data libraries do not agree among each other on the light peak. Am-241 and Am-242 are nuclei of interest for the MOX-fuel reactors and for the reduction of nuclear waste radiotoxicity using transmutation reactions. Thus, a campaign of precise measurement of the fission mass yields from the reaction Am-241(2n,f) was performed at the Lohengrin mass spectrometer (ILL, France) for both the light and the heavy peak. Forty-one masses were measured. Moreover, the measurement of the isotopic fission yields on the heavy peak by gamma-ray spectrometry led to the extraction of 20 independent isotopic yields. Our measurement was also meant to determine whether there is a difference in fission yields between the Am-242 isomeric state and its ground state as it exists in fission cross sections. The experimental method used to answer this question is based on the measurement a set of fission mass yields as a function of the ratio of Am-242gs to Am-242m fission rate. Results show that the mass yields are independent of the fission rate ratio. A future experimental campaign is proposed to observe a possible influence on the isomeric yields. The theoretical models are nowadays unable to predict the fission yields with enough accuracy and therefore we have to rely on experimental data and phenomenological models. The accuracy of the predictions of the semi empirical GEF fission model predictions makes it a useful tool for evaluation. This thesis also presents the physical content and part of the development of this model. Validation of the kinetic energy distributions, isomeric yields and fission yields predictions was performed. The extension of the GEF

  10. Advancing the scientific basis of trivalent actinide-lanthanide separations

    For advanced fuel cycles designed to support transmutation of transplutonium actinides, several options have been demonstrated for process-scale aqueous separations for U, Np, Pu management and for partitioning of trivalent actinides and fission product lanthanides away from other fission products. The more difficult mutual separation of Am/Cm from La-Tb remains the subject of considerable fundamental and applied research. The chemical separations literature teaches that the most productive alternatives to pursue are those based on ligand donor atoms less electronegative than O, specifically N- and S-containing complexants and chloride ion (Cl-). These 'soft-donor' atoms have exhibited usable selectivity in their bonding interactions with trivalent actinides relative to lanthanides. In this report, selected features of soft donor reagent design, characterization and application development will be discussed. The roles of thiocyanate, aminopoly-carboxylic acids and lactate in separation processes are detailed. (authors)

  11. Extraction of actinides and lanthanides by calixarenes CMPO. Possibility to separate actinides from lanthanides (Calixpart project)

    The CALIXPART project accepted by the European Community within the framework of the 5 PCRD, relates to the 'selective extraction of minor actinides from H.A. liquid waste by organized matrices'. The objective of this new project is the selective extraction in only one step of minor actinides from a solution of fission products including lanthanides. This separation will be investigated through two strategies: - In the first one, macrocycles will be grafted with ligands containing nitrogen or sulphur which are able to discriminate actinides from lanthanides, but generally present very low distribution coefficients in strongly acidic solutions. Following the example of calixarenes CMPO, the grafting of these ligands on macrocyclic supports should increase the distribution coefficients, and thus allow to use these extractants at nitric acid concentrations up to 3 M. The nitrogen or sulphur ligands are not necessarily selective with respect to the other fission products, and the macrocyclic structure should also afford this necessary selectivity if one wishes to operate in a single step. Once americium and curium separated, the difference in size between both cations is undoubtedly sufficient to make it possible to separate them at the stripping stage. - The second strategy considered is the introduction of two types of ligands (hard and soft) on a macrocyclic structure, the first ensuring the extraction of lanthanides and trivalent actinides, the seconds bringing discrimination between these two groups of cations. (author)

  12. Prompt Fission Neutron Emission in Resonance Fission of 239Pu

    Hambsch, Franz-Josef; Varapai, Natallia; Zeinalov, Shakir; Oberstedt, Stephan; Serot, Olivier

    2005-05-01

    The prompt neutron emission probability from neutron-induced fission in the resonance region is being investigated at the time-of-flight facility GELINA of the IRMM. A double Frisch-gridded ionization chamber is used as a fission-fragment detector. For the data acquisition of both the fission-fragment signals as well as the neutron detector signals the fast digitization technique has been applied. For the neutron detection, large-volume liquid scintillation detectors from the DEMON collaboration are used. A specialized data analysis program taking advantage of the digital filtering technique has been developed to treat the acquired data. Neutron multiplicity investigations for actinides, especially in resonance neutron-induced fission, are rather scarce. They are, however, important for reactor control and safety issues as well as for understanding the basic physics of the fission process. Fission yield measurements on both 235U and 239Pu without prompt neutron emission coincidence have shown that fluctuation of the fission-fragment mass distribution exists from resonance to resonance, larger in the case of 235U. To possibly explain these observations, the question now is whether the prompt neutron multiplicity shows similar fluctuations with resonance energy.

  13. Investigation of mass and nuclear charge distributions in a fission induced by 3 MeV neutrons for some fissile nuclei

    After a presentation of the phenomenon of fission (liquid droplet model, microscopic model, Strutinski model, static approach to the scission point with the Fong statistical model and with the Wilkins thermodynamic model), this research thesis presents an experimental installation with its irradiation systems, its measurement assembly, its measurement process (rare gas emission). The author then describes the methods used to determine efficiencies: charge distributions within an isobaric chain, efficiency determination principle, choice of experimental parameters, test with Uranium 235. Experimental results are then presented and discussed in terms of mass distribution and of charge distribution for various uranium isotopes (235, 238 and 232). They are discussed with respect to the Wilkins model, to the pair breakage model, and to the calculation of the average number of neutrons emitted by different fissile systems

  14. Actinide environmental chemistry

    In order to predict release and transport rates, as well as design cleanup and containment methods, it is essential to understand the chemical reactions and forms of the actinides under aqueous environmental conditions. Four important processes that can occur with the actinide cations are: precipitation, complexation, sorption and colloid formation. Precipitation of a solid phase will limit the amount of actinide in solution near the solid phase and have a retarding effect on release and transport rates. Complexation increases the amount of actinide in solution and tends to increase release and migration rates. Actinides can sorb on to mineral or rock surfaces which tends to retard migration. Actinide ions can form or become associated with colloidal sized particles which can, depending on the nature of the colloid and the solution conditions, enhance or retard migration of the actinide. The degree to which these four processes progress is strongly dependent on the oxidation state of the actinide and tends to be similar for actinides in the same oxidation state. In order to obtain information on the speciation of actinides in solution, i.e., oxidation state, complexation form, dissolved or colloidal forms, the use of absorption spectroscopy has become a method of choice. The advent of the ultrasensitive, laser induced photothermal and fluorescence spectroscopies has made possible the detection and study of actinide ions at the parts per billion level. With the availability of third generation synchrotrons and the development of new fluorescence detectors, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is becoming a powerful technique to study the speciation of actinides in the environment, particularly for reactions at the solid/solution interfaces. (orig.)

  15. Measurement of the fission cross section induced by fast neutrons of the {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U nuclei within the innovating fuel cycles framework; Mesure de la section efficace de fission induite par neutrons rapides des noyaux {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U dans le cadre des cycles de combustible innovants

    Grosjean, C

    2005-03-15

    The thorium-U{sup 233} fuel cycle might provided safer and cleaner nuclear energy than the present Uranium/Pu fuelled reactors. Over the last 10 years, a vast campaign of measurements has been initiated to bring the precision of neutron data for the key nuclei (Th{sup 232}, Pa{sup 233} and U{sup 233}) at the level of those for the U-Pu cycle. This is the framework of these measurements, the energy dependent neutron induced fission cross section of Th{sup 232} and U{sup 233} has been measured from 1 to 7 MeV with a target accuracy lesser than 5 per cent. These measurements imply the accurate determination of the fission rate, the number of the target nuclei as well as the incident neutron flux impinging on the target, the latter has been obtained using the elastic scattering (n,p). The cross section of which is very well known in a large neutron energy domain ({approx} 0,5 % from 1 eV to 50 MeV) compared to the U{sup 235}(n,f) reaction. This technique has been applied for the first time to the Th{sup 232}(n,f) and U{sup 233}(n,f) cases. A Hauser-Feshbach statistical model has been developed. It consists of describing the different decay channels of the compound nucleus U{sup 234} from 0,01 to 10 MeV neutron energy. The parameters of this model were adjusted in order to reproduce the measured fission cross section of U{sup 233}. From these parameters, the cross sections from the following reactions could be extracted: inelastic scattering U{sup 233}(n,n'), radiative capture U{sup 233}(n,{gamma}) and U{sup 233}(n,2n). These cross sections are still difficult to measure by direct neutron reactions. The calculated values have allowed us to fill the lack of experimental data for the major fissile nucleus of the thorium cycle. (author)

  16. Hidden systematics of fission channels

    Schmidt Karl-Heinz

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available It is a common procedure to describe the fission-fragment mass distributions of fissioning systems in the actinide region by a sum of at least 5 Gaussian curves, one for the symmetric component and a few additional ones, together with their complementary parts, for the asymmetric components. These components have been attributed to the influence of fragment shells, e.g. in the statistical scission-point model of Wilkins, Steinberg and Chasman. They have also been associated with valleys in the potential-energy landscape between the outer saddle and the scission configuration in the multi-channel fission model of Brosa. When the relative yields, the widths and the mean mass-asymmetry values of these components are fitted to experimental data, the mass distributions can be very well reproduced. Moreover, these fission channels are characterised by specific values of charge polarisation, total kinetic energy and prompt-neutron yields. The present contribution investigates the systematic variation of the characteristic fission-channel properties as a function of the composition and the excitation energy of the fissioning system. The mean position of the asymmetric fission channels in the heavy fragment is almost constant in atomic number. The deformation of the nascent fragments at scission, which is the main source of excitation energy of the separated fission fragments ending up in prompt-neutron emission, is found to be a unique function of Z for the light and the heavy fragment of the asymmetric fission channels. A variation of the initial excitation energy of the fissioning system above the fission saddle is only seen in the neutron yield of the heavy fragment. The charge polarisation in the two most important asymmetric fission channels is found to be constant and to appreciably exceed the macroscopic value. The variation of the relative yields and of the positions of the fission channels as a function of the composition and excitation energy

  17. Influence of entrance-channel magicity and isospin on quasi-fission

    Simenel, Cédric; Hinde, D. J.; Du Rietz, R.; Dasgupta, M.; Evers, M.; C. J. Lin; Luong, D. H.; Wakhle, A.

    2011-01-01

    The role of spherical quantum shells in the competition between fusion and quasi-fission is studied for reactions forming heavy elements. Measurements of fission fragment mass distributions for different reactions leading to similar compound nuclei have been made near the fusion barrier. In general, more quasi-fission is observed for reactions with non-magic nuclei. However, the $^{40}$Ca+$^{208}$Pb reaction is an exception, showing strong evidence for quasi-fission, though both nuclei are do...

  18. Laser spectroscopy of fission fragments

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

  19. Use of electron beams for the production of radioactive nuclei through photo-fission; Utilisation de faisceaux d'electrons pour la production des noyaux radioactifs par photo-fission

    M' garrech, Slah

    2004-09-01

    The IPN (institute of nuclear physics) of Orsay decided to build a linear accelerator in order to produce an electron beam of 50 MeV energy and of 10 {mu}A average intensity. It is the ALTO project (Linear Accelerator near the Tandem of Orsay). This project will be dedicated to the production of the radioactive ions using the photo-fission process. The central topic of this thesis is the study of the beam dynamics of the ALTO facility. The first part presents studies concerning the injector. The simulations made with the simulation code PARMELA allowed the optimization of the characteristics of pre-buncher (dephasing HF, accelerating field peak...) to obtain a good bunching factor at the entrance of the buncher and at the entrance of the accelerating section according to the distance separating the two systems. The second part of this thesis is related to measurements of transverse emittance of the beam at the buncher exit. The three gradients method has been selected and the optical system used is a solenoid. The results obtained are in good agreement with former measurements. Finally a calculation of the beam line was carried out to optimize the transport of the beam to the PARRNe target without degrading its characteristics. The calculation codes that have been used are BETA and TRACE-WIN. (author)

  20. Determination of fission cross-section and absolute fission yields using track-cum gamma-ray spectrometric technique

    The fission cross-section of 233Pa(2nth, f) using fission track technique has been determined for the first time using thermal neutron flux of the reactor APSARA. This is important from the point of view of advance heavy water reactor (AHWR), which is to be described. On the other hand, the yields of fission products in the fast neutron induced fission of minor actinides are important from the point accelerator driven sub critical system (ADSS). In view of that, absolute yields of fission products in the fast neutron induced fission of 238U, 237Np, 238,240Pu, 243Am and 244Cm have been determined using the fission track-cum gamma-ray spectrometric technique. The total number of fission occurring in the target was estimated by track technique, whereas the activities of the fission products have been determined using gamma-ray spectrometric technique. Detailed procedure and its importance are to be discussed. (author)

  1. Density Functional Theory Approach to Nuclear Fission

    Schunck, N

    2012-01-01

    The Skyrme nuclear energy density functional theory (DFT) is used to model neutron-induced fission in actinides. This paper focuses on the numerical implementation of the theory. In particular, it reports recent advances in DFT code development on leadership class computers, and presents a detailed analysis of the numerical accuracy of DFT solvers for near-scission calculations.

  2. Fission fragment angular distribution in heavy ion induced fission

    S. Soheyli

    2006-06-01

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

  3. Multidimensionally-constrained relativistic mean-field study of triple-humped barriers in actinides

    Zhao, Jie; Lu, Bingnan; Vretenar, Dario; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2014-01-01

    Potential energy surfaces (PES's) of actinide nuclei are characterized by a two-humped barrier structure. At large deformations beyond the second barrier the occurrence of a third one was predicted by Mic-Mac model calculations in the 1970s, but contradictory results were later reported. In this paper, triple-humped barriers in actinide nuclei are investigated with covariant density functional theory (CDFT). Calculations are performed using the multidimensionally-constrained relativistic mean...

  4. Impact of fuel chemistry on fission product behaviour

    The report contains a series of papers presented at SCK-CEN's workshop on the impact of fuel chemistry on fission product behaviour. Contributing authors discuss different processes affecting the behaviour of fission products in different types of spent nuclear fuel. In addition, a number of papers discusses the behaviour of actinides and fission products released from spent fuel and vitrified high-level waste in geological disposal conditions

  5. Proton-induced fission on 241Am, 238U and 237Np at intermediate energies

    Deppman, A.; Andrade-II, E.; Guimaraes, V; Karapetyan, G. S.; Balabekyan, A. R.; Demekhina, N. A.

    2013-01-01

    Intermediate energy data of proton-induced fission on 241Am, 238U and 237Np targets were analysed and investigated using the computational simulation code CRISP. Inelastic interactions of protons on heavy nuclei and both symmetric and asymmetric fission are regarded. The fission probabilities are obtained from the CRISP code calculations by means of the Bohr-Wheeler model. The fission cross sections, the fissility and the number of nucleons evaporated by the nuclei, before and after fission, ...

  6. A revised calculational model for fission

    A semi-empirical parametrization has been developed to calculate the fission contribution to evaporative de-excitation of nuclei with a very wide range of charge, mass and excitation-energy and also the nuclear states of the scission products. The calculational model reproduces measured values (cross-sections, mass distributions, etc.) for a wide range of fissioning systems: Nuclei from Ta to Cf, interactions involving nucleons up to medium energy and light ions. (author)

  7. A revised calculational model for fission

    Atchison, F.

    1998-09-01

    A semi-empirical parametrization has been developed to calculate the fission contribution to evaporative de-excitation of nuclei with a very wide range of charge, mass and excitation-energy and also the nuclear states of the scission products. The calculational model reproduces measured values (cross-sections, mass distributions, etc.) for a wide range of fissioning systems: Nuclei from Ta to Cf, interactions involving nucleons up to medium energy and light ions. (author)

  8. 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...

  9. Separation of actinides from spent nuclear fuel: A review.

    Veliscek-Carolan, Jessica

    2016-11-15

    This review summarises the methods currently available to extract radioactive actinide elements from solutions of spent nuclear fuel. This separation of actinides reduces the hazards associated with spent nuclear fuel, such as its radiotoxicity, volume and the amount of time required for its' radioactivity to return to naturally occurring levels. Separation of actinides from environmental water systems is also briefly discussed. The actinide elements typically found in spent nuclear fuel include uranium, plutonium and the minor actinides (americium, neptunium and curium). Separation methods for uranium and plutonium are reasonably well established. On the other hand separation of the minor actinides from lanthanide fission products also present in spent nuclear fuel is an ongoing challenge and an area of active research. Several separation methods for selective removal of these actinides from spent nuclear fuel will be described. These separation methods include solvent extraction, which is the most commonly used method for radiochemical separations, as well as the less developed but promising use of adsorption and ion-exchange materials. PMID:27427893

  10. Gas core reactors for actinide transmutation. [uranium hexafluoride

    Clement, J. D.; Rust, J. H.; Wan, P. T.; Chow, S.

    1979-01-01

    The preliminary design of a uranium hexafluoride actinide transmutation reactor to convert long-lived actinide wastes to shorter-lived fission product wastes was analyzed. It is shown that externally moderated gas core reactors are ideal radiators. They provide an abundant supply of thermal neutrons and are insensitive to composition changes in the blanket. For the present reactor, an initial load of 6 metric tons of actinides is loaded. This is equivalent to the quantity produced by 300 LWR-years of operation. At the beginning, the core produces 2000 MWt while the blanket generates only 239 MWt. After four years of irradiation, the actinide mass is reduced to 3.9 metric tonnes. During this time, the blanket is becoming more fissile and its power rapidly approaches 1600 MWt. At the end of four years, continuous refueling of actinides is carried out and the actinide mass is held constant. Equilibrium is essentially achieved at the end of eight years. At equilibrium, the core is producing 1400 MWt and the blanket 1600 MWt. At this power level, the actinide destruction rate is equal to the production rate from 32 LWRs.

  11. Nuclear fission

    The nuclear fission process is pedagogically reviewed from a macroscopic-microscopic point of view. The Droplet model is considered. The fission dynamics is discussed utilizing path integrals and semiclassical methods. (L.C.)

  12. The spectroscopy of fission fragments

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

  13. The spectroscopy of fission fragments

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

    1998-12-31

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

  14. Studies of exotic modes of fission in the lead region

    In a series of complementary experiments at the tandem of JAEA and at the mass-separator ISOLDE (CERN), new fission phenomena in the lead region of the chart of nuclei were investigated. At ISOLDE, the low-energy fission of 194,196Po was studied via the process of beta-delayed fission of the parent 194,196At nuclei. A multi-modal fission fragment mass split was observed for 194,196Po. At JAEA the higher-energy fusion-fission studies of 198Hg, 191,193Ir were performed in reactions with protons and 7Li. In the JAEA experiment, we observed a transition from mass-symmetric to mass asymmetric fission between 189Ir and 193Ir. By studying fission in these regions, we investigate the new evolution of shell structure to regulate fission (as far as fission is concerned) of the chart of nuclides. (author)

  15. Research in actinide chemistry

    This research studies the behavior of the actinide elements in aqueous solution. The high radioactivity of the transuranium actinides limits the concentrations which can be studied and, consequently, limits the experimental techniques. However, oxidation state analogs (trivalent lanthanides, tetravalent thorium, and hexavalent uranium) do not suffer from these limitations. Behavior of actinides in the environment are a major USDOE concern, whether in connection with long-term releases from a repository, releases from stored defense wastes or accidental releases in reprocessing, etc. Principal goal of our research was expand the thermodynamic data base on complexation of actinides by natural ligands (e.g., OH-, CO32-, PO43-, humates). The research undertakes fundamental studies of actinide complexes which can increase understanding of the environmental behavior of these elements

  16. Method to determine actinide pollution in water

    This patent describes a process for measuring small amounts, of actinide pollution in fluidic samples by use of solid state track recording devices. It comprises: containing a sample to be tested, containing small amounts of less than 3E-12 Curies per cubic centimeter of actinide pollution, in a sample cell defining an internal chamber and having means for ingress and egress and means for establishing a fluidic sample therein, the sample cell being substantially transparent to thermal neutron radiation and the internal chamber defined therein being configured to constitute a fluidic sample therein as an asymptotic fluid fission source; positioning a solid state track recorder within the internal chamber defined by the sample cell, so that the solid state track recorder has a radiation viewing window through an asymptotic thickness of a fluidic sample contained in the sample cell; capturing at least an asymptotic amount of fluidic sample in the sample cell

  17. Microbial Transformations of Actinides and Other Radionuclides

    Francis,A.J.; Dodge, C. J.

    2009-01-07

    Microorganisms can affect the stability and mobility of the actinides and other radionuclides released from nuclear fuel cycle and from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. Under appropriate conditions, microorganisms can alter the chemical speciation, solubility and sorption properties and thus could increase or decrease the concentrations of radionuclides in solution in the environment and the bioavailability. Dissolution or immobilization of radionuclides is brought about by direct enzymatic action or indirect non-enzymatic action of microorganisms. Although the physical, chemical, and geochemical processes affecting dissolution, precipitation, and mobilization of radionuclides have been extensively investigated, we have only limited information on the effects of microbial processes and biochemical mechanisms which affect the stability and mobility of radionuclides. The mechanisms of microbial transformations of the major and minor actinides U, Pu, Cm, Am, Np, the fission products and other radionuclides such as Ra, Tc, I, Cs, Sr, under aerobic and anaerobic conditions in the presence of electron donors and acceptors are reviewed.

  18. Excitation-energy dependence of the nuclear fission characteristics

    Baba, H.; Saito, T.; Takahashi, N. [Osaka City Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Science] [and others

    1996-03-01

    It is known that the width parameter of the fragment mass yield distribution follows a beautiful systematics with respect to the excitation energy. According to this systematics, the fission characteristics following the systematics should disappear when the excitation energy Ex goes down to 14 MeV. The present purpose is to elucidate if, where, how and why a transition takes place in the fission characteristics of the asymmetric fission of light actinide elements. Two types of experiments are performed, one is the double-energy measurement of the kinetic energies of complementary fragments in the thermal-neutron fission of {sup 235,233}U and proton-induced fission of {sup 238}U at 13.3- and 15.7-MeV excitations, and the other is the radiochemical study of proton-induced fission and photofission of {sup 238}U at various excitation energies. In conclusion, it has demonstrated that there are two distinctive fission mechanisms in the low-energy fission of light actinide elements and the transition between them takes place around 14-MeV excitation. The characteristics of proton fission and photofission in the energy range lower than the above transition point are the essentially the same as those of thermal-neutron fission and also spontaneous fission. The results of GDR fission indicates the fission in the high-energy side starts from the nuclear collective states, whereas the lower-energy fission is of non-collective nature. It is likely that thermal-neutron fission is rather of the barrier-penetrating type like spontaneous fission than the threshold fission. (S.Y.)

  19. Methodology and experimental setup for measuring short-lives fission product yields in actinides induced fission by charged particles; Metodologia e montagem experimental para a medicao de rendimentos de produtos de fissao de meia vida curta na fissao de actinideos por particulas carregadas

    Bellido, A.V.

    1995-07-01

    The theoretical principles and the laboratory set-up for the fission products yields measurements are described. The procedures for the experimental determinations are explain in detail. (author). 43 refs., 5 figs.

  20. The effect of atomic electrons on nuclear fission

    Dzuba, V. A.; Flambaum, V. V.

    2008-01-01

    We calculate correction to the nuclear fission barrier produced by the atomic electrons. The result presented in analytical form is convenient to use in future nuclear calculations. The atomic electrons have a small stabilizing effect on nuclei, increasing lifetime in nuclear fission channel. This effect gives a new instrument to study the fission process.

  1. New insights into frontier of nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei by means of prompt fission γ ray measurements at gammasphere (II : section 3 and section 4)

    By means of γ-γ-γ and γ-γ (θ)measurements of prompt fission γ rays from 252Cf using Gammasphere, new insights have been gained into the A ∼ 100 (Z ∼ 40, N > 56) neutron-rich region, which has long been of interest for shape transitions, shape coexistence and onset of deformations. The systematic investigations of odd-Z isotopes have revealed a shape transition from axially symmetric shapes with very large quadrupole deformations in Z = 39 (Y) to near maximum triaxial shapes with moderate quadrupole deformations in Z = 43 (Tc), 44(Ru), 45 (Rh) isotopes. The Nb (Z = 41) isotopes are found to be transitional with regard to this shape transition. The band-crossings observed in the even-N Tc and Rh isotopes are attributed to alignment of a pair of h11/2 neutrons. The long-expected sudden shape transition in Nb isotopic chain is now observed. The long-sought high-spin level scheme and deformed states in 100Nb (N = 59) were identified. The ground state of 100Nb was found to be strongly deformed, in disagreement with existing theory. The shape coexistence was confirmed in the nucleus, and the sudden shape transition in the Nb isotopic chain was seen to occur between N = 58 (spherical) to N = 59 (strongly deformed), in contrast to the sudden shape transition from N = 59 (spherical) to N = 60 (strongly deformed) in Sr (Z = 38), Y (Z = 39) and Zr (Z = 40) isotopic chains. The observation of strongly deformed ground state in 100Nb and its very large and irregular moments of inertia make 100Nb an especially interesting case for further theoretical studies. Recent detailed studies of octupole excitations in odd-Z Cs (Z = 55) and La (Z = 57) isotopes have discovered a sharp drop in electric dipole moments D0 in the Cs isotopic chain 141,143,144Cs, and, most likely, the previously reported moderate drop in D0 in 145,147La is extended sharply down in 148La. The sharp drops of D0 in Cs and La are most likely analogous to those reported in 146Ba and 224Ra, which were

  2. Actinide behavior under final repository relevant conditions

    Experiments on the solubility behavior and the redox chemistry of actinides and long-living fission products under different geochemical boundary conditions, here on the Np(V) solubility in alkaline CaCl2 systems, provide basic information on processes that can occur in a nuclear final repository in case of water ingress. The thermodynamic constants derived from these experiments allow the geochemical modeling of these processes and a rough estimation of radionuclide solubility limits for different scenarios. Scientific research projects on this issue will reduce the uncertainties of long-term safety analyses for final repositories for high-level radioactive wastes significantly.

  3. Burning of actinides: A complementary waste management option?

    The TRU actinide are building up at a rate of about 90 tHM per year. Approximately 45 tHM will remain occluded in the spent fuel structures, leaving about 45 tHM available; 92% as recycled plutonium and 8% as minor actinides (neptunium, americium, curium) immobilized in vitrified waste. There is renewed interest in partitioning and transmutation (P and T), largely because of difficulties encountered throughout the world in finding suitable geologic formations in locations which are acceptable to the public. In 1988, the Japanese Atomic Energy Commission launched a very important and comprehensive R and D program. The general strategy of introducing Partitioning and Transmutation (P and T) as an alternative waste management option is based on the radiological benefit which is expected from such a venture. The selection of the actinides and long-lived fission products which are beneficial to eliminate by transmutation depends upon a number of technical factors, including hazard and decontamination factors, and the effect of geological confinement. There are two ways to approach the separation of minor actinides and long-lived fission products from reprocessing streams: by modifying the current processes in order to reroute the critical nuclides into a single solution, for example high-level liquid waste, and use this as a source for partitioning processes; and by extension of the conventional PUREX process to all minor actinides and long-lived fission products in second generation reprocessing plants. Prior to the implementation of one of these schemes, it seems obvious to improve the separation yield of plutonium from HLW within the presently running plants. Actinide P and T is not an alternative long-term waste management option. Rather, it is a complementary technique to geologic disposal capable of further decreasing the radiological impact of the fuel cycle over the very long term. 1 tab

  4. Library of Recommended Actinide Decay Data, 2011

    A major objective of the nuclear data programme within the IAEA is to devise and promote improvements in the quality of nuclear data used in science and technology. Work of this nature was performed by participants in an IAEA coordinated research project (CRP) formulated in 2005 to produce an updated decay data library of important actinides recommended for adoption in various nuclear applications. The specific objectives of this project were to improve the accuracy of heavy element and actinide decay data in order to: determine more accurately the effects of these recommended data on fission reactor fuel cycles; aid in improved assessments of nuclear waste management procedures; provide more reliable decay data for nuclear safeguards; assess with greater confidence the environmental impact of specific actinides and other heavy element radionuclides generated through their decay chains; and extend the scientific knowledge of actinide decay characteristics for nuclear physics research and non-energy applications. Some CRP participants were able to perform a number of highly precise measurements, based on the availability of suitable source materials, and systematic in depth evaluations of the requested decay data. These requested data consisted primarily of half-lives, and α, β-, EC/β+, Auger electron, conversion electron, X ray and γ ray energies and emission probabilities, all with uncertainties expressed at the 1σ confidence level. The IAEA established a CRP entitled Updated Decay Data Library for Actinides in mid-2005. During the course of discussions at the coordinated research meetings, the participants agreed to undertake work programmes of measurements and evaluations, to be completed by the end of 2010. The results of the evaluation studies undertaken by the CRP are presented in Annex I. Annexes II-V include descriptions of the sources of the evaluated decay data and each individual evaluation process in detail, as well as data files in the Evaluated

  5. HOT SUPERHEAVY NUCLEI SEEN WITH THE GDR GAMMA-DECAY

    MAJ, A; TVETER, TS; GAARDHOJE, JJ; HERSKIND, B; SLETTEN, G; RAMSOY, T; ATAC, A; KORTEN, W; BRACCO, A; CAMERA, F; MATTIUZZI, M; MILLION, B; PIGNANELLI, M; BACELAR, J; BUDA, A; PLOEG, HVD; KROLAS, W; NIFENECKER, H; SCHUSSLER, F; PINSTON, JA; MENTHE, A; PAUL, P; HOFMAN, DJ; DIOSZEGI, [No Value; SCHADMAND, S

    1995-01-01

    The GDR gamma decay of highly excited (272)Hs and (269)Ns nuclei and their evaporation daughters was studied in coincidence with fission fragments. A difference technique was used to isolate the pre-fission component. Strong dipole collectivity was observed. The lifetime of the hot superheavy nuclei

  6. Selective extraction of actinides from high level liquid wastes. Study of the possibilities offered by the Redox properties of actinides

    Partitioning of high level liquid wastes coming from nuclear fuel reprocessing by the PUREX process, consists in the elimination of minor actinides (Np, Am, and traces of Pu and U). Among the possible processes, the selective extraction of actinides with oxidation states higher than three is studied. First part of this work deals with a preliminary step; the elimination of the ruthenium from fission products solutions using the electrovolatilization of the RuO4 compound. The second part of this work concerns the complexation and oxidation reactions of the elements U, Np, Pu and Am in presence of a compound belonging to the insaturated polyanions family: the potassium phosphotungstate. For actinide ions with oxidation state (IV) complexed with phosphotungstate anion the extraction mechanism by dioctylamine was studied and the use of a chromatographic extraction technic permitted successful separations between tetravalents actinides and trivalents actinides. Finally, in accordance with the obtained results, the basis of a separation scheme for the management of fission products solutions is proposed

  7. Sequential separation of actinides and lanthanides by extraction chromatography using a CMPO-TBP/XAD7 column

    CMPO/TBP sorbed on Amberlite XAD7 resin was used for the separation of actinides and lanthanides from nitric acid solutions by extraction chromatography. The distribution ratios of actinides and lanthanide fission products (Ce, Eu) as a function of acid concentration and some complexing agents were determined. In strong HNO3 medium (> 1 mol/l) the tri-, tetra- and hexavalent actinides as well as the lanthanides have shown great affinity for the CMPO/TBP/XAD7 sorbent. The same behavior was found in HCl medium except for trivalent actinides and lanthanides which show lower distribution values in the same acid range. The effect of some complexing agents as DTPA and ammonium oxalate were also investigated. In DTPA only hexavalent actinides showed higher distribution value. On the basis of these differences, an alternative procedure for actinide-lanthanide separation and actinides from each other is proposed. (author)

  8. Actinide nuclear data evaluation for BROND and beyond

    The neutron cross sections of minor actinides U, Pu, Am, Cm have been calculated in the energy range of 0.01 to 20 MeV. The optical cross sections were calculated with coupled channel model. Since in case of minors the fission data fit is virtually the only constraint for (n,xn), x=1,2,3 and (n,γ) calculations, the theoretical tools employed were tested in case of consistent analysis of total, (n,f), (n,γ), (n,n'), (n,2n) and (n,3n) data for major actinides. The role of statistical model parameters testing is exemplified. (author)

  9. A new superfluid phase in atomic nuclei

    The influence of pairing and the dynamical α-type correlations on the structure of nuclear states is studied within the enlarged superfluid model (ESM). A comparison between ESM and different modern nuclear structure models such as: the quasiparticle-phonon nuclear model, interaction boson model, Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov, temperature dependent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov and Migdal's finite Fermi system model, is done for particular cases. New gap equations are obtained. The phase structure is enriched by a new superfluid phase - the so-called α-like superfluid phase-dominated by α-type correlations. New first and second order phase transitions are predicted. A first order phase transition between the α-like superfluid phase and the pairing superfluid phase seems to be observed in Sm region. New types of isomers, the so-called ''superfluid isomers'', with their bands of elementary excitations are predicted. One of them is observed in 152Sm. These isomers correspond to a second (local) minimum of the correlation energy versus pairing deformations, analogous to the fission or superdeformed (shape) isomers, which correspond to the second (local) minimum of the potential energy along the elongation degree of shape deformation. The superfluidities of neutron and proton systems in heavy nuclei region may be generated by one another. This fact leads to the explanation of the origin of the odd-even staggering of the charge radii of chains of isotopes of different nuclei. The fact that the magnitude of the α-decay reduced widths (γ2) of the neutron-defficient Pb isotopes is almost equal to the γ2 of the actinide α-decaying nuclei is due to the above mentioned induction of the neutron superfluidity into the proton system also. Such exotic data ESM can explain especially in the region of single magic nuclei. Within ESM we could find a natural microscopic description of the scissors mode that dominates the structure of the Kπ=1+ magnetic states. (author). 89 refs, 27 figs

  10. Experimental techniques for fission data measurements

    Progresses in the development of experimental techniques or fission data measurements are reviewed briefly. This review comprises techniques for the preparation of special compound nuclei leading to fission (fission entrance) as well as experimental techniques which permit the measurement of the diversified characteristics of the emitted radiations in fission (fission exit). The latter developments are only considered when also other parameters than yield, mass, and energy of fission fragments are determined. Ionization chambers developed at CBNM are described in more detail. A simple ionization chamber with Frisch grid was used to determine fission layer characteristics, e.g. the number of fissile nuclei of a sample with an accuracy of smaller than 0.3 %. A twin ionization chamber is described which has an advantageous 2 x 2π solid angle for fission fragment detection, a timing jitter of less than 0.7 ns, an energy resolution of smaller than 500 keV for fission fragments, and an angular resolution of ΔcosΘ < 0.005. Also the nuclear charge distribution of the fragments can be determined. A pulse pile-up rejection circuit was developed, which reduces pulse pile-up by more than a factor 30. This detector is well suited for correlation measurements between fission fragment parameters, like mass and total kinetic energy, and the characteristics of the different radiations emitted from the fragments. This type of ionization chamber was successfully used in several experiments and some results are shown to demonstrate its capabilities. (author)

  11. Research in actinide chemistry

    1991-01-01

    This report contains research results on studies of inorganic and organic complexes of actinide and lanthanide elements. Special attention is given to complexes of humic acids and to spectroscopic studies.

  12. Evidence for a Novel Reaction Mechanism of a Prompt Shock-Induced Fission Following the Fusion of 78Kr and 40Ca Nuclei at E/A =10 MeV

    Henry, E; Nyibule, S; Quinlan, M; Schroder, W U; Ademard, G; Amorini, F; Auditore, L; Beck, C; Berceanu, I; Bonnet, E; Borderie, B; Cardella, G; Chbihi, A; Colonna, M; De Filippo, E; DOnofrio, A; Frankland, J D; Geraci, E; La Guidara, E; La Commara, M; Lanzalone, G; Lautesse, P; Lebhertz, D; Neindre, N Le; Lombardo, I; Loria, D; Mazurek, K; Pagano, A; Papa, M; Piasecki, E; Pirrone, S; Politi, G; Porto, F; Rizzo, F; Rosato, E; Rusotto, P; Spadaccini, G; Trifiro, A; Trimarchi, M; Verde, G; Vigilante, M; Wieleczko, J P

    2014-01-01

    An analysis of experimental data from the inverse-kinematics ISODEC experiment on 78Kr+40Ca reaction at a bombarding energy of 10 AMeV has revealed signatures of a hitherto unknown reaction mechanism, intermediate between the classical damped binary collisions and fusion-fission, but also substantially different from what is being termed in the literature as fast fission or quasi fission. These signatures point to a scenario where the system fuses transiently while virtually equilibrating mass asymmetry and energy and, yet, keeping part of the energy stored in a collective shock-imparted and, possibly, angular momentum bearing form of excitation. Subsequently the system fissions dynamically along the collision or shock axis with the emerging fragments featuring a broad mass spectrum centered around symmetric fission, relative velocities somewhat higher along the fission axis than in transverse direction, and virtually no intrinsic spin. The class of massasymmetric fission events shows a distinct preference fo...

  13. Radiochemical studies of neutron deficient actinide isotopes

    The production of neutron deficient actinide isotopes in heavy ion reactions was studied using alpha, gamma, x-ray, and spontaneous fission detection systems. A new isotope of berkelium, 242Bk, was produced with a cross-section of approximately 10 μb in reactions of boron on uranium and nitrogen on thorium. It decays by electron capture with a half-life of 7.0 +- 1.3 minutes. The alpha-branching ratio for this isotope is less than 1% and the spontaneous fission ratio is less than 0.03%. Studies of (Heavy Ion, pxn) and (Heavy Ion, αxn) transfer reactions in comparison with (Heavy ion, xn) compound nucleus reactions revealed transfer reaction cross-sections equal to or greater than the compound nucleus yields. The data show that in some cases the yield of an isotope produced via a (H.I.,pxn) or (H.I.,αxn) reaction may be higher than its production via an xn compound nucleus reaction. These results have dire consequences for proponents of the ''Z1 + Z2 = Z/sub 1+2/'' philosophy. It is no longer acceptable to assume that (H.I.,pxn) and (H.I.,αxn) product yields are of no consequence when studying compound nucleus reactions. No evidence for spontaneous fission decay of 228Pu, 230Pu, 232Cm, or 238Cf was observed indicating that strictly empirical extrapolations of spontaneous fission half-life data is inadequate for predictions of half-lives for unknown neutron deficient actinide isotopes

  14. Radiochemical studies of neutron deficient actinide isotopes

    Williams, K.E.

    1978-04-01

    The production of neutron deficient actinide isotopes in heavy ion reactions was studied using alpha, gamma, x-ray, and spontaneous fission detection systems. A new isotope of berkelium, /sup 242/Bk, was produced with a cross-section of approximately 10 ..mu..b in reactions of boron on uranium and nitrogen on thorium. It decays by electron capture with a half-life of 7.0 +- 1.3 minutes. The alpha-branching ratio for this isotope is less than 1% and the spontaneous fission ratio is less than 0.03%. Studies of (Heavy Ion, pxn) and (Heavy Ion, ..cap alpha..xn) transfer reactions in comparison with (Heavy ion, xn) compound nucleus reactions revealed transfer reaction cross-sections equal to or greater than the compound nucleus yields. The data show that in some cases the yield of an isotope produced via a (H.I.,pxn) or (H.I.,..cap alpha..xn) reaction may be higher than its production via an xn compound nucleus reaction. These results have dire consequences for proponents of the ''Z/sub 1/ + Z/sub 2/ = Z/sub 1+2/'' philosophy. It is no longer acceptable to assume that (H.I.,pxn) and (H.I.,..cap alpha..xn) product yields are of no consequence when studying compound nucleus reactions. No evidence for spontaneous fission decay of /sup 228/Pu, /sup 230/Pu, /sup 232/Cm, or /sup 238/Cf was observed indicating that strictly empirical extrapolations of spontaneous fission half-life data is inadequate for predictions of half-lives for unknown neutron deficient actinide isotopes.

  15. Neutron scattering on deformed nuclei

    Measurements of neutron elastic and inelastic differential cross sections around 14 MeV for 9Be, C, 181Ta, 232Th, 238U and 239Pu have been analyzed using a coupled channel (CC) formalism for deformed nuclei and phenomenological global optical model potentials (OMP). For the actinide targets these results are compared with the predictions of a semi-microscopic calculation using Jeukenne, Lejeune and Mahaux (JLM) microscopic OMP and a deformed ground state nuclear density. The overall agreement between calculations and the measurements is reasonable good even for the very light nuclei, where the quality of the fits is better than those obtained with spherical OMP

  16. 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.)

  17. On search for and synthesis of superdense nuclei

    The theory of π condensation and the sigma model, predicting the existence of superdense (SD) nuclei, and of the experimental works in the search for such nuclei are presented. Possible properties of SD-nuclei are discussed: the conditions of β-stability and spontaneous fission, the life-time of β-active SD nuclei. The properties of SD nuclei are essentially different from those of ordinary nuclei: the energy of β-decay and the barrier of spontaneous fission are several times higher; the mass defects are significantly different from those of normal nuclei. An experimental search for SD nuclei in natural samples and in products of the interaction of heavy ions and protons with nuclei gave no positive results. In the autors opinion this does not mean the impossibility of the existence of SD-nuclei

  18. Subsurface Biogeochemistry of Actinides

    Kersting, Annie B. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States). Univ. Relations and Science Education; Zavarin, Mavrik [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States). Glenn T. Seaborg Inst.

    2016-06-29

    A major scientific challenge in environmental sciences is to identify the dominant processes controlling actinide transport in the environment. It is estimated that currently, over 2200 metric tons of plutonium (Pu) have been deposited in the subsurface worldwide, a number that increases yearly with additional spent nuclear fuel (Ewing et al., 2010). Plutonium has been shown to migrate on the scale of kilometers, giving way to a critical concern that the fundamental biogeochemical processes that control its behavior in the subsurface are not well understood (Kersting et al., 1999; Novikov et al., 2006; Santschi et al., 2002). Neptunium (Np) is less prevalent in the environment; however, it is predicted to be a significant long-term dose contributor in high-level nuclear waste. Our focus on Np chemistry in this Science Plan is intended to help formulate a better understanding of Pu redox transformations in the environment and clarify the differences between the two long-lived actinides. The research approach of our Science Plan combines (1) Fundamental Mechanistic Studies that identify and quantify biogeochemical processes that control actinide behavior in solution and on solids, (2) Field Integration Studies that investigate the transport characteristics of Pu and test our conceptual understanding of actinide transport, and (3) Actinide Research Capabilities that allow us to achieve the objectives of this Scientific Focus Area (SFA and provide new opportunities for advancing actinide environmental chemistry. These three Research Thrusts form the basis of our SFA Science Program (Figure 1).

  19. The stunning nuclear fission of the mercury nucleus; La surprenante fission nucleaire du noyau de mercure

    Schaeffer, A.

    2011-02-15

    A fission experiment performed at CERN on mercury nuclei produced an unexpected asymmetric reaction. The study of the potential energy surface shows that this asymmetric reaction minimized the energy consumed in the reactions but led to 2 different elements (ruthenium-100 and krypton-80) far less stable than zirconium-90 that is the element expected in a symmetric fission. (A.C.)

  20. Fusion – fission dynamics: fragment mass distribution studies

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

    2015-01-01

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