Measurement with Bonner spheres spectrometer in pulsed neutron fields
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Králik, M.; Turek, Karel; Vondráček, V.; Krása, Josef; Velyhan, Andriy; Scholz, M.; Ivanova-Stanik, I.M.
2010-01-01
Roč. 45, č. 10 (2010), s. 1245-1249. ISSN 1350-4487. [Neutron and Ion Dosimetry Symposium /11./. Cape Town, 12.10.2009-16.10.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505; CEZ:AV0Z10100523 Keywords : neutron spectrometry * bonner spheres * track detector s Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 1.019, year: 2010
Comparing standard Bonner spheres and high-sensitivity Bonner cylinders
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Standard Bonner spheres and proposed high-sensitivity Bonner cylinders were calibrated in a neutron calibration room, using a 252Cf source. The Bonner sphere system consists of 11 polyethylene (PE) spheres of various diameters and 4 extended spheres that comprise embedded metal shells. Similar to the design of Bonner spheres, a set of Bonner cylinders was assembled using a large cylindrical 3He tube as the central probe, which was wrapped using various thicknesses of PE. A layer of lead was employed inside one of the PE cylinders to increase the detection efficiency of high-energy neutrons. The central neutron probe used in the Bonner cylinders exhibited an efficiency of ∼17.9 times higher than that of the Bonner spheres. However, compared with the Bonner spheres, the Bonner cylinders are not fully symmetric in their geometry, exhibiting angular dependence in their responses to incoming neutrons. Using a series of calculations and measurements, this study presents a systematic comparison between Bonner spheres and cylinders in terms of their response functions, detection efficiencies, angular dependences and spectrum unfolding. A high-sensitivity Bonner cylinder spectrometer was developed to facilitate neutron spectrum measurement in low-intensity environments such as the site boundaries of nuclear facilities or accelerators. The proposed spectrometer system comprises 11 cylinders of various PE thicknesses and an extended cylinder with an embedded lead shell. Compared with the standard Bonner spheres, the detection efficiency of the device increased by a factor of >10 because a large 3He tube was employed. However, the Bonner cylinders are not symmetric in their polar angle, and this causes the advantage of isotropic response to be lost. A systematic comparison was conducted between the standard Bonner spheres and the proposed Bonner cylinders, examining their response functions, calibration measurements, angular dependences and spectrum unfolding. (authors)
Bonner sphere neutron spectrometry at spent fuel casks
Rimpler, A
2002-01-01
For transport and interim storage of spent fuel elements from power reactors and vitrified highly active waste (HAW) from reprocessing, various types of casks are used. The radiation exposure of the personnel during transportation and storage of these casks is caused by mixed photon-neutron fields and, frequently, the neutron dose is predominant. In operational radiation protection, survey meters and even personal dosemeters with imperfect energy dependence of the dose-equivalent response are used, i.e. the fluence response of the devices does not match the fluence-to-dose equivalent conversion function. In order to achieve more accurate dosimetric information and to investigate the performance of dosemeters, spectrometric investigations of the neutron fields are necessary. Therefore, fluence spectra and dose rates were measured by means of a simple portable Bonner multisphere spectrometer (BSS). The paper describes briefly the experimental set-up and evaluation procedure. Measured spectra for different locat...
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Neutron spectra unfolding and dose equivalent calculation are complicated tasks in radiation protection, are highly dependent of the neutron energy, and a precise knowledge on neutron spectrometry is essential for all dosimetry-related studies as well as many nuclear physics experiments. In previous works have been reported neutron spectrometry and dosimetry results, by using the artificial neural networks (Ann) technology as alternative solution, starting from the count rates of a Bonner spheres system with a 6LiI(Eu) thermal neutrons detector, 7 polyethylene spheres and the UTA4 response matrix with 31 energy bins. In this work, an Ann was designed and optimized by using the RDAnn methodology for the Bonner spheres system used at CIEMAT Spain, which is composed of a 3He neutron detector, 12 moderator spheres and a response matrix for 72 energy bins. For the Ann design process a neutrons spectra catalogue compiled by the IAEA was used. From this compilation, the neutrons spectra were converted from lethargy to energy spectra. Then, the resulting energy fluence spectra were re-bin ned by using the MCNP code to the corresponding energy bins of the 3He response matrix before mentioned. With the response matrix and the re-bin ned spectra the counts rate of the Bonner spheres system were calculated and the resulting re-bin ned neutrons spectra and calculated counts rate were used as the Ann training data set. (Author)
Application of Neural Networks for unfolding neutron spectra measured by means of Bonner Spheres
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A Neural Network structure has been used for unfolding neutron spectra measured by means of a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer set. The present work used the 'Stuttgart Neural Network Simulator' as the interface for designing, training and validation of a MultiLayer Perceptron network. The back-propagation algorithm was applied. The Bonner Sphere set chosen has been calibrated at the National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom, and uses gold activation foils as thermal neutron detectors. The neutron energy covered by the response functions goes from 0.0001 eV to 10 MeV. Two types of neutron spectra were numerically investigated: monoenergetic and continuous. Good results were obtained, indicating that the Neural Network can be considered an interesting alternative among the neutron spectrum unfolding methodologies
NSDUAZ unfolding package for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with Bonner spheres
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NSDUAZ (Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry for the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas) is a user friendly neutron unfolding package for Bonner sphere spectrometer with 6Lil(Eu) developed under Lab View environment. Unfolding is carried out using a recursive iterative procedure with the SPUNIT algorithm, where the starting spectrum is obtained from a library initial guess spectrum to start the iterations, the package include a statistical procedure based on the count rates relative to the count rate in the 8 inches-diameter sphere to select the initial spectrum. Neutron spectrum is unfolded in 32 energy groups ranging from 10-8 up to 231.2 MeV. (Author)
NSDUAZ unfolding package for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with Bonner spheres
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Vega C, H. R.; Martinez B, M. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Ortiz R, J. M., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801, Col. Centro, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2011-10-15
NSDUAZ (Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry for the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas) is a user friendly neutron unfolding package for Bonner sphere spectrometer with {sup 6}Lil(Eu) developed under Lab View environment. Unfolding is carried out using a recursive iterative procedure with the SPUNIT algorithm, where the starting spectrum is obtained from a library initial guess spectrum to start the iterations, the package include a statistical procedure based on the count rates relative to the count rate in the 8 inches-diameter sphere to select the initial spectrum. Neutron spectrum is unfolded in 32 energy groups ranging from 10{sup -8} up to 231.2 MeV. (Author)
Comparison between standard unfolding and Bayesian methods in Bonner spheres neutron spectrometry
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Medkour Ishak-Boushaki, G., E-mail: gmedkour@yahoo.com [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Allab, M. [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria)
2012-10-11
This paper compares the use of both standard unfolding and Bayesian methods to analyze data extracted from neutron spectrometric measurements with a view to deriving some integral quantities characterizing a neutron field. We consider, as an example, the determination of the total neutron fluence and dose in the vicinity of an Am-Be source from Bonner spheres measurements. It is shown that the Bayesian analysis provides a rigorous estimation of these quantities and their correlated uncertainties and overcomes difficulties encountered in the standard unfolding methods.
Comparison between standard unfolding and Bayesian methods in Bonner spheres neutron spectrometry
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This paper compares the use of both standard unfolding and Bayesian methods to analyze data extracted from neutron spectrometric measurements with a view to deriving some integral quantities characterizing a neutron field. We consider, as an example, the determination of the total neutron fluence and dose in the vicinity of an Am–Be source from Bonner spheres measurements. It is shown that the Bayesian analysis provides a rigorous estimation of these quantities and their correlated uncertainties and overcomes difficulties encountered in the standard unfolding methods.
NSDUAZ unfolding package for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with Bonner spheres
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NSDUAZ (Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry from the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas) is a user friendly neutron unfolding package for Bonner sphere spectrometer with 6LiI(Eu) developed under LabView® environment. Unfolding is carried out using a recursive iterative procedure with the SPUNIT algorithm, where the starting spectrum is obtained from a library initial guess spectra to start the iterations. The NSDUAZ performance was evaluated using 252Cf, 252Cf/D2O, 241AmBe neutron sources and the neutrons outside the radial beam port of a TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor running to 10 W. - Highlights: ► This paper presents the NSDUAZ unfolding package. ► Advantages and drawbacks of NSDUAZ package are pointed out. ► NSDUAZ is evaluated with neutrons from a nuclear reactor and isotopic neutron sources.
Quantification of neutron field at the neutron therapy room of KCCH using a Bonner sphere
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In order to quantify the neutron fields at the neutron therapy room of KCCH the Bonner Sphere spectrometry system (BS) was used for the measurement of neutron spectra produced from two kinds of Be targets (1.0 and 10.5 mm bombarded by protons of 35 and 45 MeV. It was found that additional neutrons produced from the beam line tube and the beam stopper, which are made of Aluminum, were included considerably as a part of neutron spectrum in the neutron field made from the thin (1.0 mm) Be target. Neutrons from the thick (10.5 mm) Be were hardened by a iron filter of 2.6 cm and collimated by the gantry, and the beam size was fitted 26 x 16 cm2) to cover the cross sectional area of a BS used in this measurement. Six kinds of neutron spectra were measured and the dosimetric quantities such as the fluence averaged energy (Eave.), the spectrum weighted dose conversion coefficient (h*) and the dose equivalent rate (H) per nano ampere were determined. These were ranged as follows, Eave. was from 4.3 to 15.1 MeV, and h* was from 326 to 447 pSv.cm2, and H was from 0.17 to 5.66 mSv.h-1.nA-1. The MXDFC31 code was used to unfold the measured data of BS and the MCNPX code (Ver. 2.4) implemented to calculate the default spectra which are necessary for unfolding as a prior information
Experimental tests of the Bonner Sphere spectrometer using filtered neutron beams
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The operation of a Bonner Sphere neutron detector system has been tested using several unqiue neutron sources. Filtered neutron beams at beamport F at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) were used as a source of known quasi-monoenergetic neutrons for precise energy spectra analysis and calibration. A PuBe neutron source was used for absolute flux magnitude and spectral verification. Two computer codes, SWIFT and Least Squares Unfolding Techniques (LSUT), were used to unfold the experimental data. Several operational problems were encountered during these tests. First, many of the measurements involved neutron beam measurements in which the beams had a smaller diameter than the moderating spheres. This caused partial illumination of the spheres for which correction factors had to be developed. A partial illumination correction factor has been proposed and tested to account for this problem. Second, reactor core gamma-ray contamination in the neutron beams was of sufficient magnitude to interfere with some measurements. Gamma-ray background subtraction techniques using a multi-channel analyzer were used to alleviate this problem. After correcting for gamma-ray background and applying partial illumination correction factors, unfolded neutron spectra from the unfolding codes gave good results for most neutron sources. In particular the SWIFT results were quite good, exceeding expectations in terms of energy resolution and spectral accuracy. (orig.)
Investigation of the neutron spectrum of americium–beryllium sources by Bonner sphere spectrometry
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Americium–beryllium neutron sources are certainly the most widely used in neutron dosimetry laboratories, basically due to their long half-life and their energy distribution, which covers the energy domain of interest for many applications in ambient and personal dosimetry. Nevertheless, the spectrum of this source depends on the materials and dimension of the capsule and on the amount and physical–chemical properties of the active material, thus affecting relevant quantities such as the spectrum-averaged fluence-to-dose equivalent conversion coefficient. A EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes) project (n. 1104) was initiated to experimentally investigate how the neutron spectrum changes for different source sizes and encapsulations with a view to providing improved data for a planned revision of the ISO 8529 Standard Series. The experimental campaign was carried out in the low scatter facility at NPL. Here three different Bonner sphere spectrometers, BSSs, were exposed to the neutron fields produced by three different neutron sources formats: one X3 capsule (1 Ci) and two X14 capsules (10 Ci and 15 Ci). The specific advantage of the BSS is the large sensitivity to low-energy neutrons (E<0.1 MeV) which is the component expected to be most affected by the capsule-to-capsule variations and the component which is least well known. This paper summarises the results of the campaign with emphasis on (1) estimating the low-energy component of the Am–Be neutron spectrum, according to the encapsulation type; (2) evaluating the coherence between the Bonner spheres data and the previous studies performed with high-resolution spectrometers but limited in energy to E>0.1 MeV; (3) understanding whether the ISO-recommended Am–Be spectrum needs to be amended, and for which source formats
Investigation of the neutron spectrum of americium–beryllium sources by Bonner sphere spectrometry
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Bedogni, R., E-mail: roberto.bedogni@lnf.infn.it [INFN—LNF (Frascati National Laboratories), Via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Domingo, C. [GRRI, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Roberts, N.; Thomas, D.J. [National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, TW11 0LW Teddington, Middlesex (United Kingdom); Chiti, M.; Esposito, A. [INFN—LNF (Frascati National Laboratories), Via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Garcia, M.J. [GRRI, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Gentile, A [INFN—LNF (Frascati National Laboratories), Via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Liu, Z.Z. [National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, TW11 0LW Teddington, Middlesex (United Kingdom); San-Pedro, M. de [GRRI, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain)
2014-11-01
Americium–beryllium neutron sources are certainly the most widely used in neutron dosimetry laboratories, basically due to their long half-life and their energy distribution, which covers the energy domain of interest for many applications in ambient and personal dosimetry. Nevertheless, the spectrum of this source depends on the materials and dimension of the capsule and on the amount and physical–chemical properties of the active material, thus affecting relevant quantities such as the spectrum-averaged fluence-to-dose equivalent conversion coefficient. A EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes) project (n. 1104) was initiated to experimentally investigate how the neutron spectrum changes for different source sizes and encapsulations with a view to providing improved data for a planned revision of the ISO 8529 Standard Series. The experimental campaign was carried out in the low scatter facility at NPL. Here three different Bonner sphere spectrometers, BSSs, were exposed to the neutron fields produced by three different neutron sources formats: one X3 capsule (1 Ci) and two X14 capsules (10 Ci and 15 Ci). The specific advantage of the BSS is the large sensitivity to low-energy neutrons (E<0.1 MeV) which is the component expected to be most affected by the capsule-to-capsule variations and the component which is least well known. This paper summarises the results of the campaign with emphasis on (1) estimating the low-energy component of the Am–Be neutron spectrum, according to the encapsulation type; (2) evaluating the coherence between the Bonner spheres data and the previous studies performed with high-resolution spectrometers but limited in energy to E>0.1 MeV; (3) understanding whether the ISO-recommended Am–Be spectrum needs to be amended, and for which source formats.
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The artificial neural networks (RN) have been used successfully to solve a wide variety of problems. However to determine an appropriate set of values of the structural parameters and of learning of these, it continues being even a difficult task. Contrary to previous works, here a set of neural networks is designed to reconstruct neutron spectra starting from the counting rates coming from the detectors of the Bonner spheres system, using a systematic and experimental strategy for the robust design of multilayer neural networks of the feed forward type of inverse propagation. The robust design is formulated as a design problem of Taguchi parameters. It was selected a set of 53 neutron spectra, compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the counting rates were calculated that would take place in a Bonner spheres system, the set was arranged according to the wave form of those spectra. With these data and applying the Taguchi methodology to determine the best parameters of the network topology, it was trained and it proved the same one with the spectra. (Author)
Test of the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer Response Matrix in the 252Cf Neutron Field
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Full text: Since its development in 1960, a Bonner sphere spectrometer (BSS) has been the only instrument, which enables the spectral neutron fluence to be measured in a wide range of energies from thermal up to 20 MeV. Its resolution is poor but sufficient for dosimetric specification of neutron fields at workplaces. Experimentally determined BSS count rates depends mainly on the accuracy of the response matrix characterising certain type of BSS. At presemt the BSS response matrices are calculate by neutron transport Monte Carlo codes which allow detailed description of the BSS setup. The best verification of calculated response matrix is a calibration of the BSS in fields of monoenergetic neutrons. As so as these fields are not simply achievable a simple method how to test quality of BSS response matrix in the neutron field of 252Cf source is described. Applying distance variation method we get count rates of the BSS in the 252Cf field from which contributions of scattered neutrons and influence of finite detector and source dimensions were removed. These count rates are compared with the integrals of pure 252Cf spectrum and responses for individual spheres of the BSS. Disagreement indicates for which sphere the response is not properly determined. (author)
NEMUS--the PTB Neutron Multisphere Spectrometer Bonner spheres and more
Wiegel, B
2002-01-01
The original Bonner sphere spectrometer as it is used and characterized by PTB consists of 12 polyethylene spheres with diameters from 7.62 cm (3'') to 45.72 cm (18'') and a sup 3 He-filled spherical proportional counter used as a central thermal-neutron-sensitive detector and as a bare or cadmium-shielded bare detector. In this paper, a set of four new spheres made of polyethylene with copper or lead inlets is introduced. All spheres are less than 18 kg in mass and their responses to high energy neutrons increase with energy as a result of the increasing (n,xn) cross-sections of copper and lead. The fluence response matrix was calculated up to 10 GeV using an extended neutron cross-section library (LA150) and the MCNP(X) Monte Carlo code. Calibration measurements with neutron energies up to 60 MeV were used to compare the calculated response functions to measured values. For measurements outside the laboratory, a miniaturized, battery-powered electronic set-up was developed. This system with the additional, ...
Spectral analysis of some fission neutron sources with the SOHO code from BONNER sphere data
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For several tests fission neutron sources particularly 252Cf bare and D2O moderated, we present some spectral analysis results obtained with the new iterative code SOHO from BONNER spheres data. The approximative solutions are obtained upon discretization of the Fredholm Equation of the first kind whose Resolution Function is experimentally known and mathematically defined by the Log-Normal Hypothesis given in our previous reports CEA-N--2241 (1981) and CEA-R--5181 (1982). The iterative procedure solve systems of non-exact homogeneous linear equations QX = e (by optimum liquidation of the residuals esub(i) with positivity constraint and absolute convergence, leading to an appropriate physical solution with a relative error in our tests typically of the order of a fraction of one percent for the INPUT - OUTPUT Data. For the applications to Health Physics the SOHO Code has been programmed for use with a HP-41 CV calculator
Neutron measurements in the Vandellos II nuclear power plant with a Bonner sphere system
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In some Spanish nuclear power plants of pressurised water reactor (PWR) type, albedo thermoluminescence dosemeters are used for personal dosimetry while survey meters, based on a thermal-neutron detector inside a cylindrical or spherical moderator, are used for dose rate assessment in routine monitoring. The response of both systems is highly dependent on the energy of the existing neutron fields. They are usually calibrated by means of ISO neutron sources with energy distributions quite different from those encountered at these installations. Spectrometric measurements with a Bonner sphere system (BSS) allow us to determine the reference dosimetric values. The UAB group, under request from the National Coordinated Research Action, was in charge of characterising the neutron fields and evaluating the response of personal dosemeters at several measurement points inside the containment building of the Catalan Nuclear Power Plant Vandellos II. The neutron fields were characterised at five places using the UAB-BSS and a home made unfolding code called MITOM. The results obtained confirm the presence of low-energy components in the neutron field in most of the selected points. Moreover, we have found no influence of the nuclear fuel burning on the shape of the spectrum. (authors)
Iterative code for the reconstruction of the neutrons spectrum using the Bonner spheres
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The neutrons are the particles more difficult of detecting for their intrinsic nature. The absence of the neutrons charge makes that an interaction exists with the matter in a different way. The term radiation spectrometry can use to describe the measurement of the intensity of a radiation field with regard to the energy. The intensity distribution with relationship to the energy is commonly known as spectrum. A method to know the neutrons spectrum in the radiation fields to those that people are exposed is the use of the known system as spectrometry system of Bonner spheres, being the more used for the purposes of the radiological protection. The current interest in the electrons spectrometry has stimulated the development of several procedures to carry out the reconstruction of the spectra. During the last decades new codes have been developed such as BUNKIUT, Bums, Fruit, UMG, etc., however, these methods still present several inconveniences as the complexity in their use, the necessity of an expert user and a very near initial spectrum to the spectrum that is wanted to obtain. To solve the mentioned problems it was development the program NSDUAZ (Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry from Autonomous University of Zacatecas). The objective of the present work is to prove and to validate the code before mentioned making an analysis of likeness and differences and of advantages and disadvantages with relationship to the codes used at the present time. (Author)
Ueda, H; Tanaka, H; Sakurai, Y
2015-12-01
Bonner sphere is useful to evaluate the neutron spectrum in detail. We are improving the energy resolution in epi-thermal neutron region of Bonner sphere, using boric acid water solution as a moderator. Its response function peak is narrower than that for polyethylene moderator and the improvement of the resolution is expected. The resolutions between polyethylene moderator and boric acid water solution moderator were compared by simulation calculation. Also the influence in the uncertainty of Bonner sphere configuration to spectrum estimation was simulated. PMID:26508275
Ueda, H; Tanaka, H; Sakurai, Y
2015-10-01
Bonner sphere is useful to evaluate the neutron spectrum in detail. We are improving the energy resolution in epi-thermal neutron region of Bonner sphere, using boric acid water solution as a moderator. Its response function peak is narrower than that for polyethylene moderator and the improvement of the resolution is expected. The resolutions between polyethylene moderator and boric acid water solution moderator were compared by simulation calculation. Also the influence in the uncertainty of Bonner sphere configuration to spectrum estimation was simulated. PMID:26133664
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Bonner sphere is useful to evaluate the neutron spectrum in detail. We are improving the energy resolution in epi-thermal neutron region of Bonner sphere, using boric acid water solution as a moderator. Its response function peak is narrower than that for polyethylene moderator and the improvement of the resolution is expected. The resolutions between polyethylene moderator and boric acid water solution moderator were compared by simulation calculation. Also the influence in the uncertainty of Bonner sphere configuration to spectrum estimation was simulated. - Highlights: • Boric acid solution is useful to improve the energy resolution of Bonner sphere. • Uncertainty of the device configuration is critical for neutron spectrometry. • It is important to reduce and evaluate the uncertainty
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A new multisphere neutron spectrometer unfolding package, Bonner sphere Unfolding Made Simple (BUMS) has been developed that uses an HTML interface to simplify data input and code execution for the novice and the advanced user. This new unfolding package combines the unfolding algorithms contained in other popular unfolding codes under one easy to use interface. The interface makes use of web browsing software to provide a graphical user interface to the unfolding algorithms. BUMS integrates the SPUNIT, BON, MAXIET, and SAND-II unfolding algorithms into a single package. This package also includes a library of 14 response matrices, 58 starting spectra, and 24 dose and detector responses. BUMS has several improvements beyond the addition of unfolding algorithms. It has the ability to search for the most appropriate starting spectra. Also, plots of the unfolded neutron spectra are automatically generated. The BUMS package runs via a web server and may be accessed by any computer with access to the Internet at http://nukeisit.gatech.edu/bums
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In this work a neutron spectrum unfolding code, based on artificial intelligence technology is presented. The code called ''Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry with Artificial Neural Networks and two Bonner spheres'', (NSDann2BS), was designed in a graphical user interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. The main features of this code are to use an embedded artificial neural network architecture optimized with the ''Robust design of artificial neural networks methodology'' and to use two Bonner spheres as the only piece of information. In order to build the code here presented, once the net topology was optimized and properly trained, knowledge stored at synaptic weights was extracted and using a graphical framework build on the LabVIEW programming environment, the NSDann2BS code was designed. This code is friendly, intuitive and easy to use for the end user. The code is freely available upon request to authors. To demonstrate the use of the neural net embedded in the NSDann2BS code, the rate counts of 252Cf, 241AmBe and 239PuBe neutron sources measured with a Bonner spheres system
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Ortiz-Rodriguez, J. M.; Reyes Alfaro, A.; Reyes Haro, A.; Solis Sanches, L. O.; Miranda, R. Castaneda; Cervantes Viramontes, J. M. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica. Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801. Col. Centro Zacatecas, Zac (Mexico); Vega-Carrillo, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica. Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801. Col. Centro Zacatecas, Zac., Mexico. and Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares. C. Cip (Mexico)
2013-07-03
In this work a neutron spectrum unfolding code, based on artificial intelligence technology is presented. The code called ''Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry with Artificial Neural Networks and two Bonner spheres'', (NSDann2BS), was designed in a graphical user interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. The main features of this code are to use an embedded artificial neural network architecture optimized with the ''Robust design of artificial neural networks methodology'' and to use two Bonner spheres as the only piece of information. In order to build the code here presented, once the net topology was optimized and properly trained, knowledge stored at synaptic weights was extracted and using a graphical framework build on the LabVIEW programming environment, the NSDann2BS code was designed. This code is friendly, intuitive and easy to use for the end user. The code is freely available upon request to authors. To demonstrate the use of the neural net embedded in the NSDann2BS code, the rate counts of {sup 252}Cf, {sup 241}AmBe and {sup 239}PuBe neutron sources measured with a Bonner spheres system.
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Lemos Junior, Roberto Mendonca de
2004-07-01
This paper aims to define a procedure to use the Bonner Multisphere Spectrometer with a {sup 6}LiI(Eu) detector in order to determine of neutron spectra. It was measured {sup 238}PuBe spectra and same of reference ({sup 241}AmBe, {sup 252}Cf e {sup 252}Cf+D{sub 2}O) published in ISO 8529-1 (2001) Norm. The data were processed by a computer program (BUNKI), which presents the results in neutrons energy fluency. Each input parameter of the program was studied in order to establish their influence in the adjustment result. The environment dose equivalent rate obtained placing the detector 1 m from the {sup 241}AmBe source was 122 {+-} 4 {mu}Sv/h with 7% of uncertainty and 95% of confidence level. The procedure established in this work was tested with the {sup 238}PuBe spectrum, obtaining an environment dose equivalent rate of 286 {+-} 9 {mu}Sv/h, 8% lower than the value measured experimentally used as reference. Through this procedure will be possible to measure neutron spectra in different work places where neutrons sources are used. Knowing these spectra, it will be possible to evaluate which area monitors, are more suitable, as well as, to study better the response of individual neutron monitors, as for instance, to obtain a conversion coefficient more appropriate to the albedo dosimeter used in different work places. As the measurements need a long time to be accomplished, the work optimization is fundamental to reduce the exposing time of the Bonner spectrometer operator. For this reason, an important parameter examined in this paper was the possibility of reducing the number of spheres used during the measurement without changing the final result. Considering the radiation protection standards, this parameter has a huge importance when the measurements are performed in work places where the neutron fluency and gamma rate offer risks to the operator's health, as for instance, in nuclear centrals. Studying this parameter, it was possible to conclude that
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Reyes H, A.; Ortiz R, J. M.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2012-10-15
The neutrons are the particles more difficult of detecting for their intrinsic nature. The absence of the neutrons charge makes that an interaction exists with the matter in a different way. The term radiation spectrometry can use to describe the measurement of the intensity of a radiation field with regard to the energy. The intensity distribution with relationship to the energy is commonly known as spectrum. A method to know the neutrons spectrum in the radiation fields to those that people are exposed is the use of the known system as spectrometry system of Bonner spheres, being the more used for the purposes of the radiological protection. The current interest in the electrons spectrometry has stimulated the development of several procedures to carry out the reconstruction of the spectra. During the last decades new codes have been developed such as BUNKIUT, Bums, Fruit, UMG, etc., however, these methods still present several inconveniences as the complexity in their use, the necessity of an expert user and a very near initial spectrum to the spectrum that is wanted to obtain. To solve the mentioned problems it was development the program NSDUAZ (Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry from Autonomous University of Zacatecas). The objective of the present work is to prove and to validate the code before mentioned making an analysis of likeness and differences and of advantages and disadvantages with relationship to the codes used at the present time. (Author)
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A conventional Bonner Sphere (BS) set consisting of six polyethylene spheres was modified to enhance its response to a high-energy neutron by putting a lead shell inside a polyethylene moderator. The response matrix of an extended BS was calculated using the MCNPX code and calibrated using a 252Cf neutron source. In order to survey the unknown photon and neutron mixed field, a spherical tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) was constructed and assembled as a portable measurement system. The extended BS and the self-constructed TEPC were employed to determine the dosimetric quantities of the neutron field produced from the thick lead target bombarded by the 2.5 GeV electron beam of Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) and the neutron calibration field of Korea Atomic Energy Research Inst. (KAERI). (authors)
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A neural network structure has been used for unfolding neutron spectra measured by means of a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer set and a foil activation set using several neutron induced reactions. The present work used the SNNS (Stuttgart Neural Network Simulator) as the interface for designing, training and validation of the Multilayer Perceptron network. The back-propagation algorithm was applied. The Bonner Sphere set chosen has been calibrated at the National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom, and uses gold activation foils as thermal neutron detectors. The neutron energy covered by the response functions goes from 0.0001 eV to 14 MeV. The foil activation set chosen has been irradiated at the IEA-R1 research reactor and measured at the Nuclear Metrology Laboratory of IPEN-CNEN/SP. Two types of neutron spectra were numerically investigated: monoenergetic and continuous The unfolded spectra were compared to a conventional method using code SAND-II as part of the neutron dosimetry system SAIPS. Good results were obtained, indicating that the Neural Network can be considered an interesting alternative among the neutron spectrum unfolding methodologies. (author)
Braga, C C
2001-01-01
A neural network structure has been used for unfolding neutron spectra measured by means of a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer set and a foil activation set using several neutron induced reactions. The present work used the SNNS (Stuttgart Neural Network Simulator) as the interface for designing, training and validation of the Multilayer Perceptron network. The back-propagation algorithm was applied. The Bonner Sphere set chosen has been calibrated at the National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom, and uses gold activation foils as thermal neutron detectors. The neutron energy covered by the response functions goes from 0.0001 eV to 14 MeV. The foil activation set chosen has been irradiated at the IEA-R1 research reactor and measured at the Nuclear Metrology Laboratory of IPEN-CNEN/SP. Two types of neutron spectra were numerically investigated: monoenergetic and continuous The unfolded spectra were compared to a conventional method using code SAND-II as part of the neutron dosimetry system SAIPS. Good results wer...
Determining the neutron spectrum of 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources using bonner sphere spectrometer
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M.A Varshabi
2016-06-01
Full Text Available Bonner spheres system is one of the ways of measuring neutron energy distribution which is often applied in spectrometry and neutron dosimetry. This system includes a thermal neutron detector, being located in the center of several polyethylene spheres, and it is still workable due to the isotropic response of the system which in turn is derived from the spherical symmetry of moderators and the broad measurable range of the energy. In order to practically use this spectrometer, it is necessary to calibrate this system using standard neutron sources. This research aimed to determine the calibration factor of Bonner spheres spectrometry system and energy spectrum of two standard 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources in the atomic energy organization. Calibration and experimental measurement were done via the two standard sources. The response vector of each detector was derived by using MCNPX simulation code, based on the Monte Carlo method. The spectra unfolding of this system was performed through iterative method using the SPUNIT code done in software NSDUAZ6LiI and BUMS.
Measurement of cosmic ray neutrons with Bonner sphere spectrometer and neutron monitor at 79{sup o}N
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Pioch, C., E-mail: christian.pioch@helmholtz-muenchen.d [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH), Institute of Radiation Protection, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Mares, V. [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH), Institute of Radiation Protection, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Vashenyuk, E.V.; Balabin, Yu.V. [Polar Geophysical Institute, Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity (Russian Federation); Ruehm, W. [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH), Institute of Radiation Protection, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany)
2011-01-21
In 2007, a Bonner spheres spectrometer (BSS) was installed in Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, at about 79{sup o}N. The spectrometer allows continuous measurement of the spectral fluence rate distribution of secondary neutrons from cosmic radiation in absolute terms. In this way, the system complements a neutron monitor (NM) that was installed in 2005, in Barentsburg, Spitsbergen, at about 78{sup o}N. To compare the readings of both systems, the NM response functions to neutrons and protons were calculated by means of the GEANT4 code, in the energy range between 10 meV and 100 GeV, and between 40 MeV and 10 GeV, respectively, using different intra-nuclear cascade (INC) models at energies above 20 MeV. Sample spectral fluence distributions as measured by means of the BSS system for neutrons in November and December 2007 were used and folded with the calculated GEANT4 NM response. The resulting calculated NM count rates were then compared to those actually measured by the NM system and a reasonable agreement between 7% and 43% was obtained, depending on the nuclear models used in the GEANT4 calculations and the assumed {sup 10}B enrichment of the NM counters used to detect the neutrons.
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This research thesis first describes the problematic of the effects of natural radiation on micro- and nano-electronic components, and the atmospheric-radiative stress of atmospheric neutrons from cosmic origin: issue of 'Single event upsets', present knowledge of the atmospheric radiative environment induced by cosmic rays. The author then presents the neutron-based detection and spectrometry by using the Bonner sphere technique: principle of moderating spheres, definition and mathematical formulation of neutron spectrometry using Bonner spheres, active sensors of thermal neutrons, response of a system to conventional Bonner spheres, extension to the range of high energies. Then, he reports the development of a Bonner sphere system extended to the high-energy range for the spectrometry of atmospheric neutrons: definition of a conventional system, Monte Carlo calculation of response functions, development of the response matrix, representation and semi-empirical verification of fluence response, uncertainty analysis, extension to high energies, and measurement tests of the spectrometer. He reports the use of a Monte Carlo simulation to characterize the spectrometer response in the high-energy range
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The NESCOFI@BTF (2011–2013) international collaboration was established to develop realtime neutron spectrometers to simultaneously cover all energy components of neutron fields, from thermal up to hundreds MeV. This communication concerns a new spherical spectrometer, called SP^2, which condenses the functionality of an Extended Range Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (ERBSS) into a single moderator embedding multiple active thermal neutron detectors. The possibility of achieving the complete spectrometric information in a single exposure constitutes a great advantage compared to the ERBSS. The first experimental test of the instrument, performed with a reference 241Am–Be source in different irradiation geometries, is described. The agreement between observed and simulated response is satisfactory for all tested geometries
Bonner sphere spectrometer: A CONRAD project intercomparison
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The most widely used system in neutrons measurements for radiological protection is the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS). The BSS is applied to characterise neutron fields from thermal to hundreds of MeVs. The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Argentina has developed and calibrated its own BSS system, which has been used in many Argentine facilities during the last eleven years when the regulatory activities have been carried out. Following this line of work, the present development has been done in the framework of the International Intercomparison ''Uncertainty Assessment in Computational Dosimetry: A Comparison of Approaches'', organised by the CONRAD project (Coordinated Network for Radiation Dosimetry). The aim of intercomparison was to study the response of a proposed widespread neutron spectrometer exposed to arbitrary neutron sources. With this goal in mind, the experimental system has been modelled in detail according to the provided layout. The modelled neutron spectrometer consists of 8 Bonner spheres made of high-density polyethylene (δ=0.95gc/m3). The spheres diameter range between 2' and 12' in addition to a 12' diameter leadloaded sphere. The defined active thermal neutron detector, a 6LiI(Eu) scintillation crystal, was according to provided dimensions (4 mm (diameter) by 4 mm (height)), and located at each sphere centre. Irradiation geometry has been according to measurements carried out during the experimental part of the intercomparison. The theoretical neutron response has been calculated applying the well-known MCNPX code. The complete response matrix of the system has been obtained in the energy range between thermal neutron and 17.77 MeV. The obtained system theoretical response to ISO standard 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources shows an excellent agreement with experimental results provided by EURADOS. This response can be used to calibrate the system. The obtained matrix response can be coupled to any unfolding code to complete the BSS system used in
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One of the more actual and promising fields of applied neutron physics is the investigation of the malfunctions induced by high-energy neutrons naturally present in the atmosphere in electronic devices, called single event effects (SEE). These studies are of primary importance for the design of devices that have to fulfill high reliability requirements and those that are likely to be exposed to enhanced levels of cosmic rays background, e.g. in aerospace and avionic applications. Particle accelerators-driven neutron sources constitute valuable irradiation facilities for these purposes as they provide an opportunity for accelerated testing of the effects of these naturally occurring neutrons, provided the neutron spectrum is comparable with the atmospheric one and the neutron fields are known with high accuracy. The latter can be achieved through the use of appropriate radiation transport codes and neutron spectrometry techniques. In view of the design and construction of CHIPIR, a dedicated beam line for SEE studies at the ISIS pulsed neutron source second target station (UK) ((http://ts-2.isis.rl.ac.uk/instruments/phase2/index.htm)), a spectrometric characterization was performed on the VESUVIO beamline (Senesi et al.,2000). The spectrometric technique was the bonner sphere spectrometer (BSS), widely used to determine neutron spectra and dose quantities around high-energy accelerators. The experimental campaign provided a complete spectrometric investigation of the VESUVIO neutron beam, allowing the integral quantities (total fluence rate, fraction of fluence in given energy intervals) to be estimated with uncertainties lower than 10%.
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Experimental activities are underway at INFN Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL) (Padua, Italy) and Pisa University aimed at angular-dependent neutron energy spectra measurements produced by the 9Be(p,xn) reaction, under a 5 MeV proton beam. This work has been performed in the framework of INFN TRASCO-BNCT project. Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS), based on 6LiI (Eu) scintillator, was used with the shadow-cone technique. Proper unfolding codes, coupled to BSS response function calculated by Monte Carlo code, were finally used. The main results are reported here. - Highlights: • Bonner sphere spectrometer is used to determine the angular neutron energy spectrum of an accelerator-based BNCT facility. • The shadow-cone technique is a method used with Bonner sphere spectrometer to remove the neutron scattered contribution. • The response function matrix for the set of Bonner sphere spectrometer is calculated by Monte Carlo code. • Unfolding codes are used to obtain neutron spectra at different neutron emission angles (0°, 40°, 80° and 120°)
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The European Commission has funded within its 6th Framework Programme a three-year project (2005-2007) called CONRAD, COordinated Network for RAdiation Dosimetry. A major task of the CONRAD Work Package 'complex mixed radiation fields at workplaces' was to organise a benchmark exercise in a workplace field at a high-energy particle accelerator where neutrons are the dominant radiation component. The CONRAD benchmark exercise took place at the Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany in July 2006. In this paper, the results of the spectrometry using four extended -range Bonner sphere spectrometers of four different institutes are reported. Outside Cave A the neutron spectra were measured with three spectrometers at six selected positions and ambient dose equivalent values were derived for use in the intercomparison with other area monitors and dosemeters. At a common position all three spectrometers were used to allow a direct comparison of their results which acts as an internal quality assurance. The comparison of the neutron spectra measured by the different groups shows very good agreement. A detailed analysis presents some differences between the shapes of the spectra and possible sources of these differences are discussed. However, the ability of Bonner sphere spectrometers to provide reliable integral quantities like fluence and ambient dose equivalent is well demonstrated in this exercise. The fluence and dose results derived by the three groups agree very well within the given uncertainties, not only with respect to the total energy region present in this environment but also for selected energy regions which contribute in certain strength to the total values. In addition to the positions outside Cave A one spectrometer was used to measure the neutron spectrum at one position in the entry maze of Cave A. In this case a comparison was possible to earlier measurements.
Mazrou, H; Nedjar, A; Seguini, T
2016-08-01
This paper describes the measurement campaign held around the neutron radiography (NR) facility of the Algerian 1MW NUR research reactor. The main objective of this work is to characterize accurately the neutron beam provided at one of the radial channels of the NUR research reactor taking benefit of the acquired CRNA Bonner spheres spectrometer (BSS). The specific objective was to improve the image quality of the NR facility. The spectrometric system in use is based on a central spherical (3)He thermal neutron proportional counter combined with high density polyethylene spheres of different diameters ranging from 3 to 12in. This counting system has good gamma ray discrimination and is able to cover an energy range from thermal to 20MeV. The measurements were performed at the sample distance of 0.6m from the beam port and at a height of 1.2m from the facility floor. During the BSS measurements, the reactor was operating at low power (100W) to avoid large dead times, pulse pileup and high level radiation exposures, in particular, during spheres handling. Thereafter, the neutron spectrum at the sample position was unfolded by means of GRAVEL and MAXED computer codes. The thermal, epithermal and fast neutron fluxes, the total neutron flux, the mean energy and the Cadmium ratio (RCd) were provided. A sensitivity analysis was performed taking into account various defaults spectra and ultimately a different response functions in the unfolding procedure. Overall, from the obtained results it reveals, unexpectedly, that the measured neutron spectrum at the sample position of the neutron radiography of the NUR reactor is being harder with a predominance of fast neutrons (>100keV) by about 60%. Finally, those results were compared to previous and more recent measurements obtained by activation foils detectors. The agreement was fairly good highlighting thereby the consistency of our findings. PMID:27203706
A Bonner Sphere Spectrometer for pulsed fields.
Aza, E; Dinar, N; Manessi, G P; Silari, M
2016-02-01
The use of conventional Bonner Sphere Spectrometers (BSS) in pulsed neutron fields (PNF) is limited by the fact that proportional counters, usually employed as the thermal neutron detectors, suffer from dead time losses and show severe underestimation of the neutron interaction rate, which leads to strong distortion of the calculated spectrum. In order to avoid these limitations, an innovative BSS, called BSS-LUPIN, has been developed for measuring in PNF. This paper describes the physical characteristics of the device and its working principle, together with the results of Monte Carlo simulations of its response matrix. The BSS-LUPIN has been tested in the stray neutron field at the CERN Proton Synchrotron, by comparing the spectra obtained with the new device, the conventional CERN BSS and via Monte Carlo simulations. PMID:25948828
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The AECL Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS) was taken to National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for calibration in mono-energetic neutron fields and bare 252Cf neutron fields. The mono-energetic radiations were performed using ISO-8529 prescribed neutron energies: 0.071, 0.144, 0.565, 1.2, 5 and 17 MeV. A central SP9 proportional counter was also evaluated at the NPL thermal neutron calibration facility in order to assess an effective pressure of 3He inside the counter, i.e. number density of 3He atoms. Based on these measurements and methods outlined by Thomas and Soochak, a new BSS response matrix was generated. The response matrix is then verified by unfolding spectra corresponding to various neutron fields. Those are NPL bare 252Cf source, National Institute of Standards and Technology bare and heavy water moderated 252Cf source and 241AmBe calibration source located at National Research Council. A good agreement was observed with expected neutron fluence rates, as well as derived dosimetric quantities, such as International Commission on Radiological Protection-74 ambient dose equivalent. The AECL BSS response matrix was created based on methods proposed by Wiegel et al., Thomas and Thomas and Soochak. The response matrix was further corrected for the mono-energetic neutron measurements taken and NPL. In order to experimentally verify the response matrix, four neutron measurements were taken at three laboratories: NPL, NIST and NRC. Good agreement with expected values both for integrated neutron fluence and derived dosimetric quantities was observed in all four cases. (authors)
Wiegel, B; Bedogni, R; Caresana, M; Esposito, A; Fehrenbacher, G; Ferrarini, M; Hohmann, E; Hranitzky, C; Kasper, A; Khurana, S; Mares, V; Reginatto, M; Rollet, S; Rühm, W; Schardt, D; Silari, M; Simmer, G; Weitzenegger, E
2009-01-01
The European Commission has funded within its 6th Framework Programme a three-year project (2005–2007) called CONRAD, COordinated Network for RAdiation Dosimetry. A major task of the CONRAD Work Package “complex mixed radiation fields at workplaces” was to organise a benchmark exercise in a workplace field at a high-energy particle accelerator where neutrons are the dominant radiation component. The CONRAD benchmark exercise took place at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany in July 2006. In this paper, the results of the spectrometry using four extended -range Bonner sphere spectrometers of four different institutes are reported. Outside Cave A the neutron spectra were measured with three spectrometers at six selected positions and ambient dose equivalent values were derived for use in the intercomparison with other area monitors and dosemeters. At a common position all three spectrometers were used to allow a direct comparison of their results which acts as an int...
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Ortiz R, J.M.; Martinez B, M.R.; Arteaga A, T.; Vega C, H.R.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Manzanares A, E. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2005-07-01
The artificial neural networks (RN) have been used successfully to solve a wide variety of problems. However to determine an appropriate set of values of the structural parameters and of learning of these, it continues being even a difficult task. Contrary to previous works, here a set of neural networks is designed to reconstruct neutron spectra starting from the counting rates coming from the detectors of the Bonner spheres system, using a systematic and experimental strategy for the robust design of multilayer neural networks of the feed forward type of inverse propagation. The robust design is formulated as a design problem of Taguchi parameters. It was selected a set of 53 neutron spectra, compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the counting rates were calculated that would take place in a Bonner spheres system, the set was arranged according to the wave form of those spectra. With these data and applying the Taguchi methodology to determine the best parameters of the network topology, it was trained and it proved the same one with the spectra. (Author)
Hu, Z M; Xie, X F; Chen, Z J; Peng, X Y; Du, T F; Cui, Z Q; Ge, L J; Li, T; Yuan, X; Zhang, X; Hu, L Q; Zhong, G Q; Lin, S Y; Wan, B N; Gorini, G; Li, X Q; Zhang, G H; Chen, J X; Fan, T S
2014-11-01
To assess the neutron energy spectra and the neutron dose for different positions around the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) device, a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS) was developed at Peking University, with totally nine polyethylene spheres and a SP9 (3)He counter. The response functions of the BSS were calculated by the Monte Carlo codes MCNP and GEANT4 with dedicated models, and good agreement was found between these two codes. A feasibility study was carried out with a simulated neutron energy spectrum around EAST, and the simulated "experimental" result of each sphere was obtained by calculating the response with MCNP, which used the simulated neutron energy spectrum as the input spectrum. With the deconvolution of the "experimental" measurement, the neutron energy spectrum was retrieved and compared with the preset one. Good consistence was found which offers confidence for the application of the BSS system for dose and spectrum measurements around a fusion device. PMID:25430324
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The spectra of neutrons outside the plasma focus device PF-1000 with an upper energy limit of ≅1 MJ was measured using a Bonner spheres spectrometer in which the active detector of thermal neutrons was replaced by nine thermoluminescent chips. As an a priori spectrum for the unfolding procedure, the spectrum calculated by means of the Monte Carlo method with a simplified model of the discharge chamber was selected. Differences between unfolded and calculated spectra are discussed with respect to properties of the discharge vessel and the laboratory layout.
Agosteo, S.; Bedogni, R.; Caresana, M.; Charitonidis, N.; Chiti, M.; Esposito, A.; Ferrarini, M.; Severino, C.; Silari, M.
2012-12-01
The accurate determination of the ambient dose equivalent in the mixed neutron-photon fields encountered around high-energy particle accelerators still represents a challenging task. The main complexity arises from the extreme variability of the neutron energy, which spans over 10 orders of magnitude or more. Operational survey instruments, which response function attempts to mimic the fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent conversion coefficient up to GeV neutrons, are available on the market, but their response is not fully reliable over the entire energy range. Extended range rem counters (ERRC) do not require the exact knowledge of the energy distribution of the neutron field and the calibration can be done with a source spectrum. If the actual neutron field has an energy distribution different from the calibration spectrum, the measurement is affected by an added uncertainty related to the partial overlap of the fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent conversion curve and the response function. For this reason their operational use should always be preceded by an "in-field" calibration, i.e. a calibration made against a reference instrument exposed in the same field where the survey-meter will be employed. In practice the extended-range Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (ERBSS) is the only device which can serve as reference instrument in these fields, because of its wide energy range and the possibility to assess the neutron fluence and the ambient dose equivalent (H*(10)) values with the appropriate accuracy. Nevertheless, the experience gained by a number of experimental groups suggests that mandatory conditions for obtaining accurate results in workplaces are: (1) the use of a well-established response matrix, thus implying validation campaigns in reference monochromatic neutrons fields, (2) the expert and critical use of suitable unfolding codes, and (3) the performance test of the whole system (experimental set-up, elaboration and unfolding procedures) in a well
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The accurate determination of the ambient dose equivalent in the mixed neutron–photon fields encountered around high-energy particle accelerators still represents a challenging task. The main complexity arises from the extreme variability of the neutron energy, which spans over 10 orders of magnitude or more. Operational survey instruments, which response function attempts to mimic the fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent conversion coefficient up to GeV neutrons, are available on the market, but their response is not fully reliable over the entire energy range. Extended range rem counters (ERRC) do not require the exact knowledge of the energy distribution of the neutron field and the calibration can be done with a source spectrum. If the actual neutron field has an energy distribution different from the calibration spectrum, the measurement is affected by an added uncertainty related to the partial overlap of the fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent conversion curve and the response function. For this reason their operational use should always be preceded by an “in-field” calibration, i.e. a calibration made against a reference instrument exposed in the same field where the survey-meter will be employed. In practice the extended-range Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (ERBSS) is the only device which can serve as reference instrument in these fields, because of its wide energy range and the possibility to assess the neutron fluence and the ambient dose equivalent (H⁎(10)) values with the appropriate accuracy. Nevertheless, the experience gained by a number of experimental groups suggests that mandatory conditions for obtaining accurate results in workplaces are: (1) the use of a well-established response matrix, thus implying validation campaigns in reference monochromatic neutrons fields, (2) the expert and critical use of suitable unfolding codes, and (3) the performance test of the whole system (experimental set-up, elaboration and unfolding procedures) in a well
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Neutron spectrometry and subsequent dosimetry measurements were undertaken at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) and AECL Chalk River National Research Universal (NRU) Reactor. The instruments used were a Bonner sphere spectrometer (BSS), a cylindrical nested neutron spectrometer (NNS) and a commercially available rotational proton recoil spectrometer. The purposes of these measurements were to: (1) compare the results obtained by three different neutron measuring instruments and (2) quantify neutron fields of interest. The results showed vastly different neutron spectral shapes for the two different reactors. This is not surprising, considering the type of the reactors and the locations where the measurements were performed. MNR is a heavily shielded light water moderated reactor, while NRU is a heavy water moderated reactor. The measurements at MNR were taken at the base of the reactor pool, where a large amount of water and concrete shielding is present, while measurements at NRU were taken at the top of the reactor (TOR) plate, where there is only heavy water and steel between the reactor core and the measuring instrument. As a result, a large component of the thermal neutron fluence was measured at MNR, while a negligible amount of thermal neutrons was measured at NRU. The neutron ambient dose rates at NRU TOR were measured to be between 0.03 and 0.06 mSv h-1, while at MNR, these values were between 0.07 and 2.8 mSv h-1 inside the beam port and -1 between two operating beam ports. The conservative uncertainty of these values is 15 %. The conservative uncertainty of the measured integral neutron fluence is 5 %. It was also found that BSS over-responded slightly due to a non-calibrated response matrix. (authors)
Bedogni, Roberto; Pelliccioni, Maurizio; Esposito, Adolfo
2010-03-01
Due to the increased interest of the scientific community in the applications of synchrotron light, there is an increasing demand of high-energy electron facilities, testified by the construction of several new facilities worldwide. The radiation protection around such facilities requires accurate experimental methods to determine the dose due to prompt radiation fields. Neutron fields, in particular, are the most complex to measure, because they extend in energy from thermal (10 -8 MeV) up to hundreds MeV and because the responses of dosemeters and survey meters usually have large energy dependence. The Bonner Spheres Spectrometer (BSS) is in practice the only instrument able to respond over the whole energy range of interest, and for this reason it is frequently used to derive neutron spectra and dosimetric quantities in accelerator workplaces. Nevertheless, complex unfolding algorithms are needed to derive the neutron spectra from the experimental BSS data. This paper presents a parametric model specially developed for the unfolding of the experimental data measured with BSS around high-energy electron accelerators. The work consists of the following stages: (1) Generation with the FLUKA code, of a set of neutron spectra representing the radiation environment around accelerators with different electron energies; (2) formulation of a parametric model able to describe these spectra, with particular attention to the high-energy component (>10 MeV), which may be responsible for a large part of the dose in workplaces; and (3) implementation of this model in an existing unfolding code.
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Bedogni, R. [INFN-LNF Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via E. Fermi 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Bortot, D. [Politecnico di Milano—Dipartimento di Energia, Via Ponzio 34/3, 20133 Milano (Italy); INFN—sezione di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Buonomo, B.; Esposito, A. [INFN-LNF Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via E. Fermi 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Gómez-Ros, J.M. [INFN-LNF Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via E. Fermi 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Introini, M.V.; Lorenzoli, M.; Pola, A. [Politecnico di Milano—Dipartimento di Energia, Via Ponzio 34/3, 20133 Milano (Italy); INFN—sezione di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Sacco, D. [INFN-LNF Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via E. Fermi 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); INAIL—DPIA Via di Fontana Candida n.1, 00040 Monteporzio C. (Italy)
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The NESCOFI@BTF (2011–2013) international collaboration was established to develop realtime neutron spectrometers to simultaneously cover all energy components of neutron fields, from thermal up to hundreds MeV. This communication concerns a new spherical spectrometer, called SP^2, which condenses the functionality of an Extended Range Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (ERBSS) into a single moderator embedding multiple active thermal neutron detectors. The possibility of achieving the complete spectrometric information in a single exposure constitutes a great advantage compared to the ERBSS. The first experimental test of the instrument, performed with a reference 241Am–Be source in different irradiation geometries, is described. The agreement between observed and simulated response is satisfactory for all tested geometries.
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An Artificial Neural Network has been designed, trained and tested to unfold neutron spectra and simultaneously to calculate equivalent doses. A set of 187 neutron spectra compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency and 13 equivalent doses were used in the artificial neural network designed, trained and tested. In order to design the neural network was used the robust design of artificial neural networks methodology, which assures that the quality of the neural networks takes into account from the design stage. Unless previous works, here, for first time a group of neural networks were designed and trained to unfold 187 neutron spectra and at the same time to calculate 13 equivalent doses, starting from the count rates coming from the Bonner spheres system by using a systematic and experimental strategy. (Author)
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Martinez B, M.R.; Ortiz R, J.M.; Vega C, H.R. [UAZ, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde No. 801, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2006-07-01
An Artificial Neural Network has been designed, trained and tested to unfold neutron spectra and simultaneously to calculate equivalent doses. A set of 187 neutron spectra compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency and 13 equivalent doses were used in the artificial neural network designed, trained and tested. In order to design the neural network was used the robust design of artificial neural networks methodology, which assures that the quality of the neural networks takes into account from the design stage. Unless previous works, here, for first time a group of neural networks were designed and trained to unfold 187 neutron spectra and at the same time to calculate 13 equivalent doses, starting from the count rates coming from the Bonner spheres system by using a systematic and experimental strategy. (Author)
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The experimental characterization of the neutron fields produced as parasitic effect in medical accelerators is assuming an increased importance for either the patient protection or the facility design aspects. Medical accelerators are diverse in terms of particle type (electrons or hadrons) and energy, but the radiation fields around them have in common (provided that a given threshold energy is reached) the presence of neutrons with energy span over several orders of magnitude. Due to the large variability of neutron energy, field or dosimetry measurements in these workplaces are very complex, and in general, cannot be performed with ready-to-use commercial instruments. In spite of its poor energy resolution, the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS) is the only instrument able to simultaneously determine all spectral components in such workplaces. The energy range of this instrument is limited to Eo and 90o with respect to the beam-line. Here the ERBSS of UAB (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona-Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions) and INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati) were exposed to characterize the 'forward' and 'sideward' proton-induced neutron fields. The use of two ERBSS characterized by different set of spheres, central detectors, and independently established and calibrated, is important for guaranteeing the robustness of the measured spectra and estimating their overall uncertainties.
Measurement of spectrum and dose rate of natural neuron using Bonner spheres
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The natural neutron spectrum indoor was measured by using Bonner spheres spectrometer in Hefei. A Bonner sphere spectrometer with maximum entropy method was used to unfold neutron spectrum. Then according to the fluence to dose coefficient, the dose rate was calculated. The software EXPACS Ver2.21 based on the analytic methods for simulating the natural neutron spectrum was adopted to verify the neutron spectrum, and the BF3 natural neutron monitors were used to confirm the effective dose rate. The verification and analysis indicated that the results from Bonner spheres spectrometer consistent with others. The ambient dose equivalent rate of neutron in Hefei was between 2.6 nSv · h-1 and 14.38 nSv · h-1. (authors)
Photoneutron spectrum measured with Bonner Spheres in Planetary method mode
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Benites R, J. [Centro Estatal de Cancerologia de Nayarit, Servicio de Seguridad Radiologica, Calz. de la Cruz 118 Sur, 63000 Tepic, Nayarit (Mexico); Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Velazquez F, J., E-mail: jlbenitesr@prodigy.net.mx [Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit, Posgrado en Ciencias Biologico Agropecuarias, Carretera Tepic-Compostela Km 9, 63780 Jalisco-Nayarit (Mexico)
2012-10-15
We measured the spectrum of photoneutrons at 100 cm isocenter linear accelerator (Linac) Varian ix operating at 15 MV Bremsstrahlung mode. In this process was used a radiation field of 20 x 20 cm{sup 2} at a depth of 5 cm in a solid water phantom with dimensions of 30 x 30 x 15 cm{sup 3}. The measurement was performed with a system using it Bonner Spheres spectrometric method Planetary mode. As neutron detector of the spectrometer is used thermoluminescent dosimeters pairs of type 600 and 700. (Author)
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Purpose: Secondary neutrons are an unavoidable consequence of proton therapy. While the neutron dose is low compared to the primary proton dose, its presence and contribution to the patient dose is nonetheless important. The most detailed information on neutrons includes an evaluation of the neutron spectrum. However, the vast majority of the literature that has reported secondary neutron spectra in proton therapy is based on computational methods rather than measurements. This is largely due to the inherent limitations in the majority of neutron detectors, which are either not suitable for spectral measurements or have limited response at energies greater than 20 MeV. Therefore, the primary objective of the present study was to measure a secondary neutron spectrum from a proton therapy beam using a spectrometer that is sensitive to neutron energies over the entire neutron energy spectrum. Methods: The authors measured the secondary neutron spectrum from a 250-MeV passively scattered proton beam in air at a distance of 100 cm laterally from isocenter using an extended-range Bonner sphere (ERBS) measurement system. Ambient dose equivalent H*(10) was calculated using measured fluence and fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent conversion coefficients. Results: The neutron fluence spectrum had a high-energy direct neutron peak, an evaporation peak, a thermal peak, and an intermediate energy continuum between the thermal and evaporation peaks. The H*(10) was dominated by the neutrons in the evaporation peak because of both their high abundance and the large quality conversion coefficients in that energy interval. The H*(10) 100 cm laterally from isocenter was 1.6 mSv per proton Gy (to isocenter). Approximately 35% of the dose equivalent was from neutrons with energies ≥20 MeV. Conclusions: The authors measured a neutron spectrum for external neutrons generated by a 250-MeV proton beam using an ERBS measurement system that was sensitive to neutrons over the entire
Rühm, W; Pioch, C; Agosteo, S; Endo, A; Ferrarini, M; Rakhno, I; Rollet, S; Satoh, D; Vincke, H
2014-01-01
Bonner Spheres Spectrometry in its high-energy extended version is an established method to quantify neutrons at a wide energy range from several meV up to more than 1 GeV. In order to allow for quantitative measurements, the responses of the various spheres used in a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS) are usually simulated by Monte Carlo (MC) codes over the neutron energy range of interest. Because above 20 MeV experimental cross section data are scarce, intra-nuclear cascade (INC) and evaporation models are applied in these MC codes. It was suspected that this lack of data above 20 MeV may translate to differences in simulated BSS response functions depending on the MC code and nuclear models used, which in turn may add to the uncertainty involved in Bonner Sphere Spectrometry, in particular for neutron energies above 20 MeV. In order to investigate this issue in a systematic way, EURADOS (European Radiation Dosimetry Group) initiated an exercise where six groups having experience in neutron transport calcula...
Real-Time Bonner Sphere Spectrometry on the HL-2A Tokamak
Jiang, Chunyu; Cao, Jing; Jiang, Xiaofei; Zhao, Yanfeng; Song, Xianying; Yin, Zejie
2016-06-01
Real-time Bonner sphere spectrometry (BSS) at the HL-2A tokamak for the neutron spectrum diagnostic is described. The spectrometer consists of eight different size Bonner spheres made of polyethylene and with a 3helium-filled detector in the center, pre-amplifiers, and parallel-processing data acquisition system (DAQ). Dynamic neutrons from plasma discharges of the HL-2A tokamak were measured and the real-time neutron spectrum was presented. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11375195) and the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (No. 2013GB104003)
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Amgarou, K. [Grup de Recerca en Radiacions Ionitzants, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Bedogni, R., E-mail: roberto.bedogni@lnf.infn.it [INFN-Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Domingo, C. [Grup de Recerca en Radiacions Ionitzants, Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Esposito, A.; Gentile, A.; Carinci, G. [INFN-Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Russo, S. [INFN-Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, via S. Sofia 44, 95123 Catania (Italy)
2011-10-21
The experimental characterization of the neutron fields produced as parasitic effect in medical accelerators is assuming an increased importance for either the patient protection or the facility design aspects. Medical accelerators are diverse in terms of particle type (electrons or hadrons) and energy, but the radiation fields around them have in common (provided that a given threshold energy is reached) the presence of neutrons with energy span over several orders of magnitude. Due to the large variability of neutron energy, field or dosimetry measurements in these workplaces are very complex, and in general, cannot be performed with ready-to-use commercial instruments. In spite of its poor energy resolution, the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS) is the only instrument able to simultaneously determine all spectral components in such workplaces. The energy range of this instrument is limited to E<20 MeV if only polyethylene spheres are used, but can be extended to hundreds of MeV by including metal-loaded spheres (extended range BSS, indicated with ERBSS). With the aim of providing useful data to the scientific community involved in neutron measurements at hadron therapy facilities, an ERBSS experiment was carried out at the Centro di AdroTerapia e Applicazioni Nucleari Avanzate (CATANA) of INFN-LNS (Laboratori Nazionali del Sud), where a proton beam routinely used for ophthalmic cancer treatments is available. The 62 MeV beam was directed towards a PMMA phantom, simulating the patient, and two neutron measurement points were established at 0{sup o} and 90{sup o} with respect to the beam-line. Here the ERBSS of UAB (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona-Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions) and INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati) were exposed to characterize the 'forward' and 'sideward' proton-induced neutron fields. The use of two ERBSS characterized by different set of spheres, central detectors, and
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High-resolution neutron energy spectra, covering the entire energy range of interest, for two standard radionuclide neutron sources (241Am-B and 241Am-F) have been derived from Bonner sphere measurements by using high-resolution a priori data in the unfolding process. In each case, two a priori spectra were used, one from a two-stage calculation and also one from a combination of the calculated spectrum with a high-resolution measured spectrum. The unfolded spectra are compared with those published elsewhere and show significant differences from the ISO- and IAEA-recommended spectra for 241Am-B and 241Am-F, respectively. Values for the fluence-average energy and fluence-to-dose-equivalent conversion coefficients are presented for the new spectra, and the implications of the new spectra for the emission rates of the sources when measured by the manganese bath technique are also determined. A combination of calculations and measurements has been performed to determine the spectral fluence from two reference neutron sources over the entire energy range of interest. For the Am-B source, this approach has supported the spectra of Marsh et al. and Zimbal and reduced confidence in the ISO 8529 spectrum. However, in terms of derived quantities, there is a good agreement between all the available spectra. In contrast, the new Am-F spectrum presented here is significantly different from those already published. The fluence to dose conversion coefficients derived from the new spectrum are 9 % lower than the currently accepted values, and the emission rates of Am-F sources measured by the manganese bath technique may need to be increased by up to 0.5 %. (authors)
The response of a Bonner sphere spectrometer to charged hadrons
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Bonner sphere spectrometers (BSSs) are employed in neutron spectrometry and dosimetry since many years. Recent developments have seen the addition to a conventional BSS of one or more detectors (moderator plus thermal neutron counter) specifically designed to improve the overall response of the spectrometer to neutrons above 10 MeV. These additional detectors employ a shell of material with a high mass number (such as lead) within the polyethylene moderator, in order to slow down high-energy neutrons via (n,xn) reactions. A BSS can be used to measure neutron spectra both outside accelerator shielding and from an unshielded target. Measurements were recently performed at CERN of the neutron yield and spectral fluence at various angles from unshielded, semi-thick copper, silver and lead targets, bombarded by a mixed proton/pion beam with 40 GeV per c momentum. These experiments have provided evidence that under certain circumstances, the use of lead-enriched moderators may present a problem: these detectors were found to have a significant response to the charged hadron component accompanying the neutrons emitted from the target. Conventional polyethylene moderators show a similar behaviour but less pronounced. These secondary hadrons interact with the moderator and generate neutrons, which are in turn detected by the counter. To investigate this effect and determine a correction factor to be applied to the unfolding procedure, a series of Monte Carlo simulations were performed with the FLUKA code. These simulations aimed at determining the response of the BSS to charged hadrons under the specific experimental situation. Following these results, a complete response matrix of the extended BSS to charged pions and protons was calculated with FLUKA. An experimental verification was carried out with a 120 GeV per c hadron beam at the CERF facility at CERN. (authors)
Monte Carlo calculation of the response matrix of a Bonner spheres spectrometer
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The Bonner spheres spectrometer is utilized to estimate the neutron spectrum of neutrons from thermal up to several MeV neutrons. Its response is increased to few GeV neutrons by introducing large Z materials as inner shells. To use the spectrometer a matrix response and an unfolding method are required; these are crucial to assure the quality of spectrometer output. The response matrix of a Bonner sphere spectrometer was calculated by use of the MCNP code. As thermal neutron counter the spectrometer has a 0.4 θ x 0.4 cm2 6LiI(Eu) scintillator which is located at the centre of a set of polyethylene spheres. The response functions were calculated for 0, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12 inches-diameter polyethylene spheres for neutrons whose energy goes from 10-8 to 100 MeV. For energies from 10-8 to 20 MeV the MCNP4C code was utilized while for neutrons from 20 to 100 MeV calculations were carried out with MCNPX code. The response functions were compared with those reported in the literature. (author)
Photoneutron spectrum measured with a Bonner sphere spectrometer in planetary method mode
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The spectrum of photoneutrons produced by a 15 MV VARIAN iX linac working in Bremsstrahlung mode was measured a 100 cm from the IC located 5 cm-depth of a solid water phantom. The spectrum was measured with a Bonner spheres spectrometer with pairs of TLDs as thermal neutron detector. The measurements were carried out using the spectrometer in planetary method mode where a single shoot of the LINAC was required. - Highlights: • The photoneutrons spectrum of a 15 MV LINAC was measured. • A Bonner sphere spectrometer with pairs of TLDs were used. • Measurements were carried out with the BSS in Planetary method mode. • Measured spectrum is compared with calculated spectrum
Response matrix of an extended Bonner sphere system
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We have developed a system of Bonner spheres designed for use around high-energy accelerators. The upper energy limit of the system was extended using a lead radiator, which acts as an energy converter via the (n,xn) reaction. In addition, we use 11C activation as an additional component integrated into the system and the spectra unfolding process. In the first version of the system, the lead radiator was present in only one sphere with diameter of 30.48 cm. The object of the present work was to investigate the geometry of the lead radiator and its use in moderators of several different sizes. As a result, we have developed a modular design and calculated the response matrix of the new system
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A realistic geometry model of a Bonner sphere system with a spherical 3He-filled proportional counter and 12 polyethylene moderating spheres with diameters ranging from 7,62 cm (3'') to 45,72 cm (18'') is introduced. The MCNP Monte Carlo computer code is used to calculate the responses of this Bonner sphere system to monoenergetic neutrons in the energy range between 1 meV to 20 MeV. The relative uncertainties of the responses due to the Monte Carlo calculations are less than 1% for spheres up to 30,48 cm (12'') in diameter and less than 2% for the 15'' and 18'' spheres. Resonances in the carbon cross section are seen as significant structures in the response functions. Additional calculations were made to study the influence of the 3He number density and the polyethylene mass density on the response as well as the angular dependence of the Bonner sphere system. The calculated responses can be adjusted to a large set of calibration measurements with only a single fit factor common to all sphere diameters and energies. (orig.)
Response Matrix of a Bonner Spheres Spectrometer with 3 He Detector
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Using MCNP code the response matrix of a Bonner spheres spectrometer was calculated. The spectrometer has a 3.2 cm-diameter thermal neutron detector; this is a 3 He-filled proportional counter that is located at the center of a set of polyethylene spheres. The response was calculated for 0, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 inches-diameter polyethylene spheres for neutrons whose energy goes from 10-9 to 20 MeV. The response matrix was compared with a set of responses measured with several monoenergetic neutron sources, from this comparison calculated matrix is in agreement with the experimental results. Also this matrix was compared against the response matrix calculated for the PTB C spectrometer, Nevertheless that calculation was carried out using a detailed model to describe the proportional counter both matrices were in agreement, small differences are observed in the bare case because the difference in the model used during calculations. Other differences are in some spheres for 14.8 and 20 MeV neutrons probable due to the differences in the cross sections used during both calculations. (Author)
Müller, H; Bouassoule, T; Fernández, F; Pochat, J L; Tomas, M; Van Ryckeghem, L
2002-01-01
The experimental results on neutron energy spectra, integral fluences and equivalent dose measurements performed by means of a Bonner sphere system placed inside the containment building of the Vandellos II Nuclear Power Plant (Tarragona, Spain) are presented. The equivalent dose results obtained with this system are compared to those measured with different neutron area detectors (Berthold, Dineutron, Harwell). A realistic geometry model of the Bonner sphere system with a new cylindrical counter type 'F' (0,5NH1/1KI--Eurisys Mesures) and with a set of eight polyethylene moderating spheres is described in detail. The response function in fluence of this new device, to mono-energetic neutrons from thermal energy to 20 MeV, is calculated by the MCNP-4B code for each moderator sphere. The system has been calibrated at IPSN Cadarache facility for ISO Am-Be calibrated source and thermal neutron field, then the response functions were confirmed by measurements at PTB (Germany) for ISO recommended energies of mono-e...
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Mazrou, Hakim [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 02 Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399, 16000 Alger (Algeria)], E-mail: mazrou_h@comena-dz.org; Sidahmed, Tassadit; Idiri, Zahir; Lounis-Mokrani, Zohra; Bedek, Said [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 02 Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399, 16000 Alger (Algeria); Allab, Malika [Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari-Boumediene (USTHB), Alger (Algeria)
2008-02-15
In the present work, measurements have been performed using an available multisphere neutron spectrometer based on a calibrated {sup 6}LiI scintillation detector (10mmox2mm) exposed to an {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source. Sensitive analysis has been performed to assess influence of angle and source-detector distances dependence on the detector responses. Our experimental responses were compared with the published experimental and calculated data for two {sup 241}Am-Be (ISO, PTB) neutron spectra with (4mmox4mm) {sup 6}LiI detector. A discrepancy by a factor of about two was achieved and it is chiefly due to the difference shown in active surface of both detectors.
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The neutron response functions for a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS) with 3He proportional counter were calculated employing the MCNP and LAHET Monte Carlo codes for the neutron energy range from 10 MeV to 1 GeV. The MCNP calculations were extended up to 100 MeV using the neutron cross-sections from the transport data libraries LA-100 of LANL. The effect of the different physics models implemented in the LAHET code on the response of the Bonner spectrometer are documented and the possible reasons are discussed. The MCNP and LAHET results are also compared with calculations using the Monte Carlo high energy transport code HADRON. Verification experiments were conducted at the CERN high energy calibration facility which gave some insight to the question how appropriate the physical models are which are used for the calculation of the BSS responses. (author)
Comparison of measurements with active and passive Bonner sphere spectrometers
Hajek, M; Schoner, W; Vana, N
2000-01-01
Because of its high biological efficiency, neutron radiation can be a serious source-and not only around accelerators and nuclear fusion reactors. Roughly half of the radiation exposure of aircrew members is caused by cosmic ray-induced neutrons in a wide energy range. Therefore, following the International Commission on Radiological Protection's recommendations, aircrew are treated as occupationally exposed workers by a recent directive of the European Council, which implies various safety precautions including the dosimetric surveillance. The accurate assessment of operational and limiting quantities such as ambient dose equivalent H*(10) and effective dose E requires the knowledge of the neutron energy spectrum. The CERN-CEC neutron reference field has been designed to resemble the neutron spectrum at an average subsonic aviation altitude. Therefore, it provides an excellent calibration facility for all instruments with intended applications in this field. The stray radiation field is created by a mixed be...
Applicability of a Bonner Shere technique for pulsed neutron in 120 GeV proton facility
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Sanami, T.; Hagiwara, M.; Iwase, H.; /KEK, Tsukuba; Iwamoto, Y.; Sakamoto, Y.; Nakashima, H.; /JAEA, Ibaraki; Arakawa, H.; Shigyo, N.; /Kyushu U.; Leveling, A.F.; Boehnlein, D.J.; Vaziri, K.; /Fermilab
2008-02-01
The data on neutron spectra and intensity behind shielding are important for radiation safety design of high-energy accelerators since neutrons are capable of penetrating thick shielding and activating materials. Corresponding particle transport codes--that involve physics models of neutron and other particle production, transportation, and interaction--have been developed and used world-wide [1-8]. The results of these codes have been ensured through plenty of comparisons with experimental results taken in simple geometries. For neutron generation and transport, several related experiments have been performed to measure neutron spectra, attenuation length and reaction rates behind shielding walls of various thicknesses and materials in energy range up to several hundred of MeV [9-11]. The data have been used to benchmark--and modify if needed--the simulation modes and parameters in the codes, as well as the reference data for radiation safety design. To obtain such kind of data above several hundred of MeV, Japan-Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) collaboration for shielding experiments has been started in 2007, based on suggestion from the specialist meeting of shielding, Shielding Aspects of Target, Irradiation Facilities (SATIF), because of very limited data available in high-energy region (see, for example, [12]). As a part of this shielding experiment, a set of Bonner sphere (BS) was tested at the antiproton production target facility (pbar target station) at FNAL to obtain neutron spectra induced by a 120-GeV proton beam in concrete and iron shielding. Generally, utilization of an active detector around high-energy accelerators requires an improvement on its readout to overcome burst of secondary radiation since the accelerator delivers an intense beam to a target in a short period after relatively long acceleration period. In this paper, we employ BS for a spectrum measurement of neutrons that penetrate the shielding wall of the pbar target
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A photon insensitive passive neutron spectrometer consisting of a single moderating polyethylene sphere with Dysprosium activation foils arranged along three perpendicular axes was designed by CIEMAT and INFN. The device is called Dy-SSS (Dy foil-based Single Sphere Spectrometer). It shows nearly isotropic response in terms of neutron fluence up to 20 MeV. The first prototype, previously calibrated with 14 MeV neutrons, has been recently tested in workplaces having different energy and directional distributions. These are a 2.5 MeV nearly mono-chromatic and mono-directional beam available at the ENEA Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) and the photo-neutron field produced in a 15 MV Varian CLINAC DHX medical accelerator, located in the Ospedale S. Chiara (Pisa). Both neutron spectra are known through measurements with a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer. In both cases the experimental response of the Dy-SSS agrees with the reference data. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the spectrometric capability of the new device are independent from the directional distribution of the neutron field. This opens the way to a new generation of moderation-based neutron instruments, presenting all advantages of the Bonner sphere spectrometer without the disadvantage of the repeated exposures. This concept is being developed within the NESCOFI@BTF project of INFN (Commissione Scientifica Nazionale 5).
Bedogni, R.; Gómez-Ros, J. M.; Esposito, A.; Gentile, A.; Chiti, M.; Palacios-Pérez, L.; Angelone, M.; Tana, L.
2012-08-01
A photon insensitive passive neutron spectrometer consisting of a single moderating polyethylene sphere with Dysprosium activation foils arranged along three perpendicular axes was designed by CIEMAT and INFN. The device is called Dy-SSS (Dy foil-based Single Sphere Spectrometer). It shows nearly isotropic response in terms of neutron fluence up to 20 MeV. The first prototype, previously calibrated with 14 MeV neutrons, has been recently tested in workplaces having different energy and directional distributions. These are a 2.5 MeV nearly mono-chromatic and mono-directional beam available at the ENEA Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) and the photo-neutron field produced in a 15 MV Varian CLINAC DHX medical accelerator, located in the Ospedale S. Chiara (Pisa). Both neutron spectra are known through measurements with a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer. In both cases the experimental response of the Dy-SSS agrees with the reference data. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the spectrometric capability of the new device are independent from the directional distribution of the neutron field. This opens the way to a new generation of moderation-based neutron instruments, presenting all advantages of the Bonner sphere spectrometer without the disadvantage of the repeated exposures. This concept is being developed within the NESCOFI@BTF project of INFN (Commissione Scientifica Nazionale 5).
Leder, Alexander; Ricochet Collaboration
2016-03-01
The Ricochet experiment seeks to measure Coherent (neutral-current) Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering (CENNS) using dark matter style detectors placed near a neutrino source, possibly the MIT research reactor (MITR), which offers a high continuous neutrino flux at high energies. Currently, Ricochet is characterizing the backgrounds at MITR. The main background is the neutrons emitted simultaneously from the core. To characterize this background, we wrapped a Bonner cylinder around a 3He thermal neutron detector, whose data was then unfolded to produce a neutron energy spectrum across several orders of magnitude. We discuss the resulting spectrum as well its implications for deploying Ricochet in the future.
Neutron monitoring using moderating sphere detectors
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Three moderating sphere-detector systems are examined as a neutron area monitoring instruments. The thermal neutron detectors used are the (bare-Cd covered) Li6 (Eu) crystal scintillating detector, the U235-mica track detector and the partially Cd-covered R.M. film. The response of the 12 s sphere-detector systems to Pu-Be neutrons are found to be 0.22 counts/neutrons for the Li6I-system. 8x10-4 tracks per neutron for the track-detector system and 10 mR equivalent γ-ray exposure per 2x10-neutrons per cm- for the Cd-covered R.M. film system
Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry in the environment and at workplaces
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Results obtained in diverse environments (including workplaces) using both spectrometric and dosimetric instrumentation were compared. The following topics are included: PTB Bonner sphere spectrometers; natural cosmic ray-induced neutron background; neutron fields at the Dukovany nuclear power plant (Czech Republic); neutron fields at the isochronous cyclotron of the German Cancer Research center in Heidelberg; and accuracy of the integral results obtained with Bonner spheres. (P.A.)
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Mendez Villafane, R.; Sansoloni florit, F.; Lagares gonzalez, J. L.; Llop Roig, J.; Guerrero Araque, J. E.; Muniz Gutierrez, J. L.; Perez Morales, J. M.
2011-07-01
To measure the neutron spectrum has been used spectrometry system based on Bonner spheres with Au flakes as thermal neutron detector at its center while the results are still pending and will be analyzing another job.
Measurement of Neutron Transmission Through Iron Spheres
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We have measured the transmission of neutrons through iron spheres with several different neutron sources. The D(d,n) reaction and the 15N(n,p) reaction were found to be the best candidates for nearly monoenergetic sources at energies below 11 MeV. We have used a quasi monoenergetic source with 3.0-, 5.0-, and 7.0-MeV deuterons incident on a deuteron gas cell and 5.1-MeV protons incident on a 15N gas cell. The Ohio University Beam Swinger Facility was used in these measurements. This allowed a single fixed detector in a well-shielded time-of-flight (TOF) tunnel to be used for measurements at all angles. This allows a great reduction in the background from room scattered neutrons. The detector, either NE-213 or lithium glass, was calibrated relative to the neutron spectrum from the B(d,n) or the Al(d,n) source reaction. These spectra have been measured relative to the primary neutron standard, 235U(n, f). The transmitted neutrons have been measured for all source reactions at several angles. The data will be reported as the number of neutrons versus time-of-flight since multiple scattering does not allow the energy to be determined accurately by time-of-flight. We have also measured the source reaction at several angles to enhance the modeling of the source spectrum
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Guerrero Araque, J. E.; Mendez Villafane, R.
2013-07-01
This work intends to heavily describe simulation steps used in code MCNPX for calculation for Neutron response of a BSS with passive or active detector. Has it been calculated with MCNPX the matrix response of a system of Bonner spheres, with passive or active detector, which described in detail the steps to be followed by the code are part of the solution. (Author)
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The generated neutron field varies considerably and depends on the beam energy, on the shielding of the accelerator, on the filters for beam homogeneity, and also on the mobile collimators and geometry of irradiation. The estimation of the component relative to the photoneutrons has practical interest for evaluation of the radiological risks for the workers and for the patient as well. Due to the high frequency magnetic field, and to the photon abundance resulting of the escape and scattering at treatment room, those measurements present some difficulties. Measurements of the neutron fields can be made with a Bonner spectrometer. Those system was calibrated with referred neutron standard sources and used for make measurements on a spot of the room where a Variant 2300C/D Linac is installed. The unfolding process used the BUNKI computer code for determination of the neutron spectra at the measurement spot
High pressure gas spheres for neutron and photon experiments
Rupp, G.; Petrich, D.; Käppeler, F.; Kaltenbaek, J.; Leugers, B.; Reifarth, R.
2009-09-01
High pressure gas spheres have been designed and successfully used in several nuclear physics experiments on noble gases. The pros and cons of this solution are the simple design and the high reliability versus the fact that the density is limited to 40-60% of liquid or solid gas samples. Originally produced for neutron capture studies at keV energies, the comparably small mass of the gas spheres were an important advantage, which turned out to be of relevance for other applications as well. The construction, performance, and operation of the spheres are described and examples for their use are presented.
Neutron spectrum unfolding using neural networks
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An artificial neural network has been designed to obtain the neutron spectra from the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. The neural network was trained using a large set of neutron spectra compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency. These include spectra from iso- topic neutron sources, reference and operational neutron spectra obtained from accelerators and nuclear reactors. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-binned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. Re-binned spectra and UTA4 matrix were used to calculate the expected count rates in Bonner spheres spectrometer. These count rates were used as input and correspondent spectrum was used as output during neural network training. The network has 7 input nodes, 56 neurons as hidden layer and 31 neurons in the output layer. After training the network was tested with the Bonner spheres count rates produced by twelve neutron spectra. The network allows unfolding the neutron spectrum from count rates measured with Bonner spheres. Good results are obtained when testing count rates belong to neutron spectra used during training, acceptable results are obtained for count rates obtained from actual neutron fields; however the network fails when count rates belong to monoenergetic neutron sources. (Author)
Neutron spectra and dosimetric assessment around a neutron Howitzer container
Barros, Silvia; Gallego Díaz, Eduardo F.; Lorente Fillol, Alfredo; Gonçalves, Isabel F.; Vaz, Pedro; Vega-Carrillo, Héctor René; Zankl, María
2014-01-01
The neutron Howitzer container at the Neutron Measurements Laboratory of the Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), is equipped with a 241Am-Be neutron source of 74 GBq in its center. The container allows the source to be in either the irradiation or the storage position. To measure the neutron fluence rate spectra around the Howitzer container, measurements were performed using a Bonner spheres spectrometer and the spectra were unfolded using the NSDann...
Predicted performance of neutron spectrometers using scintillating fibers
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A variety of needs exists for knowing the energy spectral content of a neutron flux. Among these needs are arms-control and national-security applications, which arise because different neutron sources produce different neutron energy spectra. This work is primarily directed at these applications. The concept described herein is a spectrometer in the same sense as a Bonner sphere. The instrument response reflects a statistical average of the energy spectrum. The Bonner sphere is an early rendition of this class. In this, a neutron detector is placed at the center of a moderating (and absorbing) sphere (of varying thickness and composition). Spectral unfolding is required, and the resolution and efficiency are, typically, poor, although the potential bandwidth is very large. A recent variation on the Bonner-sphere approach uses 3He gas proportional counters with resistive wires to locate the position of the event (Toyokawa et al 1996). The spectrometer concept investigated here has the potential for better resolution and much improved neutron efficiency compared to Bonner spheres and similar devices. These improvements are possible because of the development of neutron-sensitive, scintillating-glass fibers. These fibers can be precisely located in space, which allows a corresponding precision in energy resolution. Also, they can be fabricated into arrays that intercept a large fraction of incident thermal neutrons, providing the improvement in neutron economy
Neutron equivalent dose-rate measuring according to the single-sphere albedo method
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This report reproduces the results of calibration radiation using the single-sphere albedo measuring method. It was done for the purpose of optimising the arrangement of detectors on the surface of the sphere and reduce the diameter of the moderator sphere from hitherto 30 cm whilst in addition determining the energy- and direction-dependency of a neutron equivalent dose-rate meter with He-3 detectors. Optimisation of the detector arrangement on the sphere's surface resulted in a corresponding boron-plastic capsulation with detector depths inside or outside the moderator di=-6 mm, and da=5 mm with albedo neutron detectors and thermal neutron detectors, respectively. (orig./DG)
Bedogni, R.; Buonomo, B.; Esposito, A.; Mazzitelli, G.; Foggetta, L.; Gomez Ros. J.M.; 10.1016/j.nima.2011.08.032
2011-01-01
science and studies of "single event effects". The intensity of the neutron beam obtainable with 510MeV electrons and its fluence energy distribution at a point of reference in the irradiation room were predicted by Monte Carlo simulations and experimentally determined with a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS). Due to the large photon contri...
Development of a portable neutron spectrometer
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A new portable neutron spectrometer has been developed for the evaluation of neutron background and the exposure dose in case of accident at the surrounding areas of power plants or accelerator facilities. This spectrometer consists of one Bonner sphere, a Position Sensitive 3He Proportional Counter (PSPC), an electronic circuit for pulse processing and a PC for spectrum unfolding and displaying. The total weight is 25.7 including boxes and cables. This spectrometer is small and light enough for high portability and available for obtaining accurate neutron spectra in the energy range between thermal and 15 MeV neutron. The Bonner sphere is minimized so as to evaluate a spectrum with reasonable accuracy and decided 23 cm in diameter of polyethylene. The PSPC was divided into 6 regions and one of the regions was outside of Bonner sphere to have higher sensitivity for thermal neutrons in the spectrum. The response functions for each regions were calculated using Monte Carlo Method. It was found that the unfolded spectrum data reasonably agreed with the slowing down neutron spectrum from 252Cf fission and would contribute to the exposure neutron dose estimation in case of accident. In this paper, the general specification and capability of this portable neutron spectrometer is described. (author)
Simulation and calibration of the response function of multi-sphere neutron spectrometer
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In order to realize the on-line real-time measurement of neutron spectrum of ITER fusion, this paper presents a multi-sphere spectrometer system which consists of eight thermal neutron detectors, namely SP9 3He proportional counter, embedded in eight different diameter polyethylene spheres. The response function of eight polyethylene spheres of multi-sphere neutron spectrometer was calculated after the simulation of the neutron transport processes in multi-sphere spectrometer by adopting software Geant4. The peak of the response function is in the low energy region for smaller diameter polyethylene sphere. As the polyethylene sphere diameter increased, the peak of the response function moves to the high energy region. The experimental calibration adopts 241Am-Be neutron source. The relative error between normalized data of experiment 4π solid angle counts and normalized data of simulated detection efficiency of 4 in to 8 in polyethylene sphere is from 1.152% to 12.222%. The experimental results verify the response function of the simulation. All these results provide a theoretical and experimental basis for solving the on-line real-time neutron spectrum of ITER fusion. (authors)
Artificial Neural Networks in Spectrometry and Neutron Dosimetry
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The ANN technology has been applied to unfold the neutron spectra of three neutron sources and to estimate their dosimetric features. To compare these results, neutron spectra were also unfolded with the BUNKIUT code. Both unfolding procedures were carried out using the count rates of a Bonner sphere spectrometer. The spectra unfolded with ANN result similar to those unfolded with the BUNKIUT code. The H*(10) values obtained with ANN agrees well with H*(10) values calculated with the BUNKIUT code.
Study of reproducibility of measurements with the spectrometer of Bonner multispheres
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Azevedo, G.A.; Pereira, W.W.; Patrao, K.C.S.; Fonseca, E.S., E-mail: geisadeazevedo@gmail.com, E-mail: walsan@ird.gov.br, E-mail: karla@ird.gov.br, E-mail: evaldo@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radionprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
2013-07-01
This work aims to study the metrological behavior of the Bonner Multisphere Spectrometer (BMS) of the LN / LNMRI / IRD - Laboratorio Metrologia de Neutrons / Laboratorio Nacional de Metrologia e Radiacao Ionizante / Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, for measurements in repeatability and reproducibility conditions. Initially, a simulation was done by applying the Monte Carlo method, using the MCNP code and respecting the ISO 8529-1 (2001), using the sources of Californium ({sup 252} Cf), Americium-Beryllium ({sup 241} AmBe) and californium in heavy water (Cf + D{sub 2}O), all located at a distance of 100 cm from the neutron detector ({sup 6}Li (Eu) - crystal scintillator). In this program, the counting of neutrons that are captured by the detector was made. The source is located in the center of a sphere of radius 300 cm. Analyzes the impact of these neutrons in a point of the sphere wall, which in this case acted as a neutron detector and from there, it is estimated the number of neutrons that collide in the whole sphere. The purpose is to obtain the neutron count for different energy bands in a solid field of neutrons, since they have a spectrum ranging from a low to a high energy that can also vary within a particular environment. Wishes to obtain new fields with different sources and moderators materials to be used as new reference fields. Measurements are being conducted for these fields, with the aim of analyzing the variability conditions of the measurement (repeatability and reproducibility) in LEN - Laboratorio de Espectrometria de Neutrons of the LN/LMNRI/IRD. Thus, the spectrometer will be used to improve both the knowledge of the spectrum as the standard of neutrons of the lab, proving that a spectrometry is essential for correct measurement.
Neutron spectrometry using artificial neural networks
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An artificial neural network has been designed to obtain neutron spectra from Bonner spheres spectrometer count rates. The neural network was trained using 129 neutron spectra. These include spectra from isotopic neutron sources; reference and operational spectra from accelerators and nuclear reactors, spectra based on mathematical functions as well as few energy groups and monoenergetic spectra. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-binned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. The re-binned spectra and the UTA4 response matrix were used to calculate the expected count rates in Bonner spheres spectrometer. These count rates were used as input and their respective spectra were used as output during the neural network training. After training, the network was tested with the Bonner spheres count rates produced by folding a set of neutron spectra with the response matrix. This set contains data used during network training as well as data not used. Training and testing was carried out using the Matlab(R) program. To verify the network unfolding performance, the original and unfolded spectra were compared using the root mean square error. The use of artificial neural networks to unfold neutron spectra in neutron spectrometry is an alternative procedure that overcomes the drawbacks associated with this ill-conditioned problem
Neutron spectrometry with artificial neural networks
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An artificial neural network has been designed to obtain the neutron spectra from the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. The neural network was trained using 129 neutron spectra. These include isotopic neutron sources; reference and operational spectra from accelerators and nuclear reactors, spectra from mathematical functions as well as few energy groups and monoenergetic spectra. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-bin ned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. Re-binned spectra and UTA4 response matrix were used to calculate the expected count rates in Bonner spheres spectrometer. These count rates were used as input and the respective spectrum was used as output during neural network training. After training the network was tested with the Bonner spheres count rates produced by a set of neutron spectra. This set contains data used during network training as well as data not used. Training and testing was carried out in the Mat lab program. To verify the network unfolding performance the original and unfolded spectra were compared using the χ2-test and the total fluence ratios. The use of Artificial Neural Networks to unfold neutron spectra in neutron spectrometry is an alternative procedure that overcomes the drawbacks associated in this ill-conditioned problem. (Author)
BONDI-97: A novel neutron energy spectrum unfolding tool using a genetic algorithm
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The neutron spectrum unfolding procedure using the count rate data obtained from a set of Bonner sphere neutron detectors requires the solution of the Fredholm integral equation of the first kind by using complex mathematical methods. This paper reports a new approach for the unfolding of neutron spectra using the Genetic Algorithm tool BONDI-97 (BOnner sphere Neutron DIfferentiation). The BONDI-97 was used as the input for Genetic Algorithm engine EVOLVER to search for a globally optimised solution vector from a population of randomly generated solutions. This solution vector corresponds to the unfolded neutron energy spectrum. The Genetic Algorithm engine emulates the Darwinian 'Survival of the Fittest' strategy, the key ingredient of the 'Theory of Evolution'. The spectra of 241Am/Be (α,n) and 239Pu/Be (α,n) neutron sources were unfolded using the BONDI-97 tool. (author)
Possibility of neutron transport cross section measurement in a sphere surrounded by moderation
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The possibility of an estimation of the neutron macroscopic transport cross section for a medium with known adsorption cross section is presented. A two-region spherical system is used with the sample of interest as the inner sphere. The fundamental decay constant of the thermal neutron flux is calculated on the basis of diffusion theory for such a system as a function of the dimensions of the external sphere and/or the macroscopic absorption cross section of the inner medium. The influence of the diffusion cooling coefficient and the hydrogen content in the inner sphere on the transport cross section estimation is discussed. (author)
Neutron dose equivalent rate meter on the basis of the single sphere Albedo technique
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In area monitoring there is a need for a more accurate neutron reference dose rate meter, especially for the purpose of albedo dosemeter calibrations in neutron stray radiation fields of interest. The so-called Single Sphere Albedo Counter makes use of three active 3He proportional counters as thermal neutron detectors positioned in the centre and on the surface (albedo dosemeter configurations) of a polyethylene sphere. The linear combination of the detector readings allows for the indication of different quantities like H*(10),D,φ, and reduces the energy dependence significantly. The paper describes the dosimetric properties of a prototype instrument and its application in routine monitoring. (author)
Neutronic fields produced by a lineal accelerator for radiotherapy
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Measurements and Monte Carlo calculations has been utilized to determine the dosimetric features as well as the neutron spectra of photoneutrons produced around an 18 MV linear accelerator for radiotherapy. Measurements were carried out with bare and Cd covered thermoluminescent dosimeters, TLD600 and TLD700, as well as inside a paraffine moderator. TLD pairs were also utilized as thermal neutrons inside a Bonner sphere spectrometer (au)
Benchmarks on neutron leakage from iron and Beryllium slavs and spheres
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Five benchmarks, recommended by the IAEA for nuclear power engineering have been calculated for an assessment of the Iron and Beryllium neutron data from the recent FENDL-1 version. The FENDL/MG-1.0 multigroup data processed in the IAEA by NJOY code are in VITAMIN-J energy structure in MATXS format. These data have been converted to ANISN format by TRANSX code and collected to binary library by LIBFENDL code. The neutron transport calculations have been carried out by the codes ANISN, GRTUNCL and DORT. Two benchmarks corresponding to the 14 MeV neutron transmission through Iron sphere shell (Simakov S.P. at al, IPPE, Obninsk) and Iron slabs (Y. Oyama and H. Maekawa, FNS/JAERI) permit to test the FENDL-1 Iron data for fusion application. The benchmark on neutron leakage from 25 cm radius Iron sphere with 252Cf source allows to show the FENDL-1 Iron data applicability in LWRs tasks. The comparison of the calculated and measured results demonstrates discouraged inconsistency when material thickness exceeds 20 cm . Modelling of the 14 MeV neutrons' transmission through Beryllium slabs (H. Maekawa and Y. Oyama at FNS/JAERI), and through sphere shell (Simakov S.P. at al in IPPE, Obninsk) has been carried out to test the multiplication data for the Beryllium as a fusion blanket material . The calculated angular neutron leakage from the slabs and the scalar neutron leakage from the sphere are in relatively good consistency with the measured ones. (author)
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This paper discusses the use of threshold detectors of extended sizes for low intensity neutron fields' characterization. The detectors were tested by the measurement of the neutron spectrum of an 241Am–Be source. Integral quantities characterizing the neutron field, required for radiological protection, have been derived by unfolding the measured data. A good agreement is achieved between the obtained results and those deduced using Bonner spheres. In addition, a sensitivity analysis of the results to the deconvolution procedure is given. - Highlights: ► Low intensity neutron fields' characterization using thick threshold detectors. ► Low activity 241Am–Be neutron source spectrum measurement. ► Integral quantities required for radiological protection have been derived. ► The results are in good agreement with those deduced using Bonner spheres. ► The results are not very sensitive to the chosen deconvolution procedure.
Reconstruction of neutron spectra through neural networks
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A neural network has been used to reconstruct the neutron spectra starting from the counting rates of the detectors of the Bonner sphere spectrophotometric system. A group of 56 neutron spectra was selected to calculate the counting rates that would produce in a Bonner sphere system, with these data and the spectra it was trained the neural network. To prove the performance of the net, 12 spectra were used, 6 were taken of the group used for the training, 3 were obtained of mathematical functions and those other 3 correspond to real spectra. When comparing the original spectra of those reconstructed by the net we find that our net has a poor performance when reconstructing monoenergetic spectra, this attributes it to those characteristic of the spectra used for the training of the neural network, however for the other groups of spectra the results of the net are appropriate with the prospective ones. (Author)
Thermoelastic expansion in prompt-critical neutron pulse idealized in a fissile metallic sphere
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Prompt critical pulses in solid and homogeneous spheres of enriched uranium (93%) and metallic plutonium are studied. The feedback mechanism of the negative inserted reactivity is given by the elastic expansion due to the increase of the temperature in the sphere. Thermomechanical behavior and the capability of the system to become subcritical without a very large increase of energy released in the pulse are analysed. The neutronic and thermoelasticity equations are solved in the time. (M.C.K.)
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A neutron irradiation facility was designed and built in order to establish a procedure for calibrating neutron monitors and dosemeters. A 185 GBq 241 Am Be source of known is used as a reference source. The irradiation facility using this source in the air provides neutron dose rates between 9 nSv s-1 and 0,5 μSv s-1. A calibrated 50 nSv s-1 thermal neutron field is obtained by using a specially designed paraffin block in conjunction with the 241 Am Be source. A Bonner multisphere spectrometer was calibrated, using a procedure based on three methods proposed by international standards. The unfold 241 Am Be neutron spectrum was determined from the Bonner spheres data and resulted in a good agreement with expected values for fluence rate, dose rate and mean energy. A dosimetric system based on the electrochemical etching of CR-39 was developed for personal dosimetry. The dosemeter badge using a (n,α) converter, the etching chamber and high frequency power supply were designed and built specially for this project. The electrochemical etching (ECE) parameters used were: a 6N KOH solution, 59 deg C, 20 kVpp cm-1, 2,0 kHz, 3 hours of ECE for thermal and intermediate neutrons and 6 hours for fast neutrons. The calibration factors for thermal, intermediate and fast neutrons were determined for this personal dosemeter. The sensitivities determined for the developed dosimetric system were (1,46± 0,09) 104 tracks cm-2 mSv-1 for thermal neutrons, (9±3) 102 tracks cm-2 mSV-1 for intermediate neutrons and (26±4) tracks cm-2 mSv-1 for fast neutrons. The lower and upper limits of detection were respectively 0,002 mSv and 0,6 mSv for thermal neutrons, 0,04 mSv and 8 mSv for intermediate neutrons and 1 mSv and 12 mSv for fast neutrons. In view of the 1990's ICRP recommendations, it is possible to conclude that the personal dosemeter described in this work is sufficiently sensitive to thermal and intermediate neutrons but fast neutron monitoring ar radiological protection level
Neutron dosimetry; Dosimetria de neutrons
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Fratin, Luciano
1993-12-31
A neutron irradiation facility was designed and built in order to establish a procedure for calibrating neutron monitors and dosemeters. A 185 GBq {sup 241} Am Be source of known is used as a reference source. The irradiation facility using this source in the air provides neutron dose rates between 9 nSv s{sup -1} and 0,5 {sup {mu}}Sv s{sup -1}. A calibrated 50 nSv s{sup -1} thermal neutron field is obtained by using a specially designed paraffin block in conjunction with the {sup 241} Am Be source. A Bonner multisphere spectrometer was calibrated, using a procedure based on three methods proposed by international standards. The unfold {sup 241} Am Be neutron spectrum was determined from the Bonner spheres data and resulted in a good agreement with expected values for fluence rate, dose rate and mean energy. A dosimetric system based on the electrochemical etching of CR-39 was developed for personal dosimetry. The dosemeter badge using a (n,{alpha}) converter, the etching chamber and high frequency power supply were designed and built specially for this project. The electrochemical etching (ECE) parameters used were: a 6N KOH solution, 59 deg C, 20 kV{sub pp} cm{sup -1}, 2,0 kHz, 3 hours of ECE for thermal and intermediate neutrons and 6 hours for fast neutrons. The calibration factors for thermal, intermediate and fast neutrons were determined for this personal dosemeter. The sensitivities determined for the developed dosimetric system were (1,46{+-} 0,09) 10{sup 4} tracks cm{sup -2} mSv{sup -1} for thermal neutrons, (9{+-}3) 10{sup 2} tracks cm{sup -2} mSV{sup -1} for intermediate neutrons and (26{+-}4) tracks cm{sup -2} mSv{sup -1} for fast neutrons. The lower and upper limits of detection were respectively 0,002 mSv and 0,6 mSv for thermal neutrons, 0,04 mSv and 8 mSv for intermediate neutrons and 1 mSv and 12 mSv for fast neutrons. In view of the 1990`s ICRP recommendations, it is possible to conclude that the personal dosemeter described in this work is
Leakage neutron spectra from Al, Ni and Ti spheres with a 14 MeV neutron source
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The leakage neutron spectra from metallic spheres were measured on the 14 MeV pulsed neutron generator of the Physics and Power Engineering Institute. The experiment was performed by the time-of-flight method. The experimental set-up and the methods of conducting the measurements and treating the results are described. The experimental data are compared with calculations performed with the BLANK program, using ENDF, ENDL, JENDL and BROND evaluated data files. (author). 7 refs, 6 figs, 3 tabs
Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with ANNs
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Artificial neural networks technology has been applied to unfold the neutron spectra and to calculate the effective dose, the ambient equivalent dose, and the personal dose equivalent for 252Cf and 241AmBe neutron sources. A Bonner sphere spectrometry with a 6LiI(Eu) scintillator was utilized to measure the count rates of the spheres that were utilized as input in two artificial neural networks, one for spectrometry and another for dosimetry. Spectra and the ambient dose equivalent were also obtained with BUNKIUT code and the UTA4 response matrix. With both procedures spectra and ambient dose equivalent agrees in less than 10%. (author)
Buchillier, T; Aroua, A; Bochud, F O
2007-01-01
Spectrometric and dosimetric measurements were made around a cask containing spent fuel and a cask containing high-level radioactive waste at the Swiss intermediate waste and spent fuel storage facility. A Bonner sphere spectrometer, an LB 6411 neutron monitor and an Automess Szintomat 6134A were used to characterise the n-gamma fields at several locations around the two casks. The results of these measurements show that the neutron fluence spectra around the cask containing radioactive waste are harder and higher in intensity than those measured in the vicinity of the spent fuel cask. The ambient dose equivalents measured with the LB 6411 neutron monitor are in good agreement with those obtained using the Bonner spheres, except for locations with soft neutron spectra where the monitor overestimates the neutron ambient dose equivalent by almost 50%. PMID:17494980
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Vega C, H.R.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Manzanares A, E. [Cuerpo Academico de Radiobiologia, Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)] e-mail: rvega@cantera.reduaz.mx [and others
2003-07-01
A neural network has been used to reconstruct the neutron spectra starting from the counting rates of the detectors of the Bonner sphere spectrophotometric system. A group of 56 neutron spectra was selected to calculate the counting rates that would produce in a Bonner sphere system, with these data and the spectra it was trained the neural network. To prove the performance of the net, 12 spectra were used, 6 were taken of the group used for the training, 3 were obtained of mathematical functions and those other 3 correspond to real spectra. When comparing the original spectra of those reconstructed by the net we find that our net has a poor performance when reconstructing monoenergetic spectra, this attributes it to those characteristic of the spectra used for the training of the neural network, however for the other groups of spectra the results of the net are appropriate with the prospective ones. (Author)
Artificial neural networks in neutron dosimetry
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Vega C, H.R.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Manzanares A, E.; Mercado, G.A.; Perales M, W.A.; Robles R, J.A. [Unidades Academicas de Estudios Nucleares, UAZ, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E.; Lorente, A. [Depto. de Ingenieria Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, (Spain)
2005-07-01
An artificial neural network has been designed to obtain the neutron doses using only the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. Ambient, personal and effective neutron doses were included. 187 neutron spectra were utilized to calculate the Bonner count rates and the neutron doses. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-binned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. Re-binned spectra, UTA4 response matrix and fluence-to-dose coefficients were used to calculate the count rates in Bonner spheres spectrometer and the doses. Count rates were used as input and the respective doses were used as output during neural network training. Training and testing was carried out in Mat lab environment. The artificial neural network performance was evaluated using the {chi}{sup 2}- test, where the original and calculated doses were compared. The use of Artificial Neural Networks in neutron dosimetry is an alternative procedure that overcomes the drawbacks associated in this ill-conditioned problem. (Author)
Artificial neural networks in neutron dosimetry
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An artificial neural network has been designed to obtain the neutron doses using only the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. Ambient, personal and effective neutron doses were included. 187 neutron spectra were utilized to calculate the Bonner count rates and the neutron doses. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-binned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. Re-binned spectra, UTA4 response matrix and fluence-to-dose coefficients were used to calculate the count rates in Bonner spheres spectrometer and the doses. Count rates were used as input and the respective doses were used as output during neural network training. Training and testing was carried out in Mat lab environment. The artificial neural network performance was evaluated using the χ2- test, where the original and calculated doses were compared. The use of Artificial Neural Networks in neutron dosimetry is an alternative procedure that overcomes the drawbacks associated in this ill-conditioned problem. (Author)
2002-01-01
The Bonner Ball Neutron Detector measures neutron radiation. Neutrons are uncharged atomic particles that have the ability to penetrate living tissues, harming human beings in space. The Bonner Ball Neutron Detector is one of three radiation experiments during Expedition Two. The others are the Phantom Torso and Dosimetric Mapping.
Neutron scattering from NiCl2/D2O - hard-sphere approach
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The main feature of the nickel-nickel partial structure factor derived from neutron scattering data for a solution of NiCl2 in D2O are discussed within the framework of a model in which both ions are strongly hydrated and in which the interaction between the hydrated ions is represented by a hard-sphere potential. (author)
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Bonner sphere measurements are presented for flights at altitudes of up to 12 km and geomagnetic latitudes between 26 deg.N and 86 deg.N and compared with results obtained by several survey meters. As an example of the natural neutron background near sea level, results from a recent longterm measurement campaign performed at the PTB site using an extended spectrometer are presented. The dependence of neutron fluence and ambient dose equivalent on the atmospheric pressure is demonstrated
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To further expand the application of an artificial neural network in the field of neutron spectrometry, the criteria for choosing between an artificial neural network and the maximum entropy method for the purpose of unfolding neutron spectra was presented. The counts of the Bonner spheres for IAEA neutron spectra were used as a database, and the artificial neural network and the maximum entropy method were used to unfold neutron spectra; the mean squares of the spectra were defined as the differences between the desired and unfolded spectra. After the information entropy of each spectrum was calculated using information entropy theory, the relationship between the mean squares of the spectra and the information entropy was acquired. Useful information from the information entropy guided the selection of unfolding methods. Due to the importance of the information entropy, the method for predicting the information entropy using the Bonner spheres' counts was established. The criteria based on the information entropy theory can be used to choose between the artificial neural network and the maximum entropy method unfolding methods. The application of an artificial neural network to unfold neutron spectra was expanded. - Highlights: • Two neutron spectra unfolding methods, ANN and MEM, were compared. • The spectrum's entropy offers useful information for selecting unfolding methods. • For the spectrum with low entropy, the ANN was generally better than MEM. • The spectrum's entropy was predicted based on the Bonner spheres' counts
Benchmark results for the critical slab and sphere problem in one-speed neutron transport theory
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Research highlights: → The critical slab and sphere problem in neutron transport under Case eigenfunction formalism is considered. → These equations reduce to integral expressions involving X functions. → Gauss quadrature is not ideal but DE quadrature is well-suited. → Several fold decrease in computational effort with improved accuracy is realisable. - Abstract: In this paper benchmark numerical results for the one-speed criticality problem with isotropic scattering for the slab and sphere are reported. The Fredholm integral equations of the second kind based on the Case eigenfunction formalism are numerically solved by Neumann iterations with the Double Exponential quadrature.
Polyethylene-reflected plutonium metal sphere : subcritical neutron and gamma measurements.
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Mattingly, John K.
2009-11-01
Numerous benchmark measurements have been performed to enable developers of neutron transport models and codes to evaluate the accuracy of their calculations. In particular, for criticality safety applications, the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiment Program (ICSBEP) annually publishes a handbook of critical and subcritical benchmarks. Relatively fewer benchmark measurements have been performed to validate photon transport models and codes, and unlike the ICSBEP, there is no program dedicated to the evaluation and publication of photon benchmarks. Even fewer coupled neutron-photon benchmarks have been performed. This report documents a coupled neutron-photon benchmark for plutonium metal reflected by polyethylene. A 4.5-kg sphere of ?-phase, weapons-grade plutonium metal was measured in six reflected configurations: (1) Bare; (2) Reflected by 0.5 inch of high density polyethylene (HDPE); (3) Reflected by 1.0 inch of HDPE; (4) Reflected by 1.5 inches of HDPE; (5) Reflected by 3.0 inches of HDPE; and (6) Reflected by 6.0 inches of HDPE. Neutron and photon emissions from the plutonium sphere were measured using three instruments: (1) A gross neutron counter; (2) A neutron multiplicity counter; and (3) A high-resolution gamma spectrometer. This report documents the experimental conditions and results in detail sufficient to permit developers of radiation transport models and codes to construct models of the experiments and to compare their calculations to the measurements. All of the data acquired during this series of experiments are available upon request.
Background neutron spectrum at 2420 m above sea level
Vega-Carrillo, Hector Rene; Manzanares-Acuña, Eduardo
2004-05-01
The ambient neutron spectrum was measured in-doors at ground level in Zacatecas Mexico at 2420 m above sea level. A Bonner sphere spectrometer with a 6LiI(Eu) scintillator was used to obtain the neutron spectrum. With the spectrum the ambient dose equivalent was calculated using the ICRP 74 neutron fluence-to-dose conversion factors. The neutron fluence rate was 65±3 cm -2 h -1, producing 13.7±0.6 nSv h -1 due to ambient dose equivalent.
Neutron dosimetry in mixed fields with monoblock neutron spectrometer
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Full text: The multi-sphere method of neutron spectrometry or namely Bonner spheres neutron spectrometry is currently playing an increasing role in the mixed radiation field measurements. The growing popularity of this methodology is caused by its relative availability, simplicity of measurement in a wide energy range, high sensitivity and satisfactory gamma-ray suppression. These qualities allow the usage of multi-sphere neutron spectrometers for adequate characterization of neutron field, particularly reliable measurements of neutron dose rate. However, the main difficulties in the application of this kind of neutron detector are the perturbation of the neutron field, caused by the detector itself, and the complex procedure required for unfolding the neutron spectrum. Furthermore, it is necessary to perform a relatively high number of measurements, one for each spherical moderator (as a rule, 5-7 pieces). This in turn may require a dedicated source monitoring system, otherwise significant errors may occur. These requirements hamper the application of the multi-sphere spectrometry method to pulsed neutron sources, for example. Other difficulties occur in the characterization of reactor neutron beams, in case the beam diameter is smaller than those of the spherical moderators. In this situation it is necessary to carry out a beam scanning and integrate the acquired data. To improve the methodology of neutron field parameter measurement the Monoblock Neutron Spectrometer (MNS) has been developed recently. The basic idea of the novel detector is to determine the neutron energy spectrum by unfolding a set of count rates from thermal neutron detectors located at different depths in the common polyethylene moderator. The unfolding algorithms for neutron spectrum and neutron dose rates have been specifically improved for operation with MNS. The testing results with well-know neutron reference fields and reactor neutron beam are presented. The application of MNS for
Visualization of Bubble Behavior in a Packed Bed of Spheres Using Neutron Radiography
Ito, Daisuke; Saito, Yasushi
The present paper describes gas-liquid two-phase flow measurements in a packed bed of spheres using neutron radiography. Porous debris formed during a severe accident of a nuclear reactor should be cooled by a coolant and the cooling characteristics are dominated by two-phase flow behavior in the debris bed at the initial stage of the accident. Therefore, experimental database of the two-phase flow in the porous media has been required for safety analysis of the reactor. However, it is difficult to observe the flow structure, for example, void fraction distribution in such complex flow channel. In this study, the local void fraction in a packed bed which simulates the debris bed was measured by high frame-rate neutron radiography. Experiments were performed in air-water two-phase flow in a vertical pipe. Alumina spheres with 5 mm in diameter were packed randomly in the pipe. The bubble behavior between the spheres was investigated by using the void fraction distributions estimated from the neutron radiographs. Although it was difficult to track the small bubbles in the packed bed, the move of the large bubble could be found roughly from the distribution. In addition, the fluctuation of the void fraction was compared with that of the pressure drop in the test section. From these results, the possibility of the gas velocity estimation was shown.
Artificial neural networks technology for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry
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Artificial Neural Network Technology has been applied to unfold neutron spectra and to calculate 13 dosimetric quantities using seven count rates from a Bonner Sphere Spectrometer with a 6LiI(Eu). Two different networks, one for spectrometry and another for dosimetry, were designed. To train and test both networks, 177 neutron spectra from the IAEA compilation were utilised. Spectra were re-binned into 31 energy groups, and the dosimetric quantities were calculated using the MCNP code and the fluence-to-dose conversion coefficients from ICRP 74. Neutron spectra and UTA4 response matrix were used to calculate the expected count rates in the Bonner spectrometer. Spectra and H*(10) of 239PuBe and 241AmBe were experimentally obtained and compared with those determined with the artificial neural networks. (authors)
Different spectra with the same neutron source
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Using as source term the spectrum of a 239Pu-Be source several neutron spectra have been calculated using Monte Carlo methods. The source term was located in the centre of spherical moderators made of light water, heavy water and polyethylene of different diameters. Also a 239Pu-Be source was used to measure its neutron spectrum, bare and moderated by water. The neutron spectra were measured at 100 cm with a Bonner spheres spectrometer. Monte Carlo calculations were used to calculate the neutron spectra of bare and water-moderated spectra that were compared with those measured with the spectrometer. Resulting spectra are similar to those found in power plants with PWR, BWR and Candu nuclear reactors. Beside the spectra the dosimetric features were determined. Using moderators and a single neutron source can be produced neutron spectra alike those found in workplaces, this neutron fields can be utilized to calibrate neutron dosimeters and area monitors. (Author)
Design of a system for neutrons dosimetry
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At the present time diverse systems of detection of neutrons exist, as proportional counters based on BF3, He3 and spectrometers of Bonner spheres. However, the cost and the complexity of the implementation of these systems put them far from the reach for dosimetric purposes. For these reasons a system of neutrons detection composed by a medium paraffin moderator that forms a 4π (spheres) arrangement and of several couples of thermoluminescent dosimeters TLD 600/TLD 700. The response of the system presents a minor repeatability to 5% in several assays when being irradiated with a 239PuBe source and a deviation of 13.8% in the Tl readings of four different spheres. The calibration factor of the system with regard to the neutrons source which was of 56.2 p Sv/nc also was calculated. These detectors will be used as passive monitors of photoneutrons in a radiotherapy room with lineal accelerator of high energy. (Author)
Dumazert, Jonathan; Coulon, Romain; Carrel, Frédérick; Corre, Gwenolé; Normand, Stéphane; Méchin, Laurence; Hamel, Matthieu
2016-08-01
Neutron detection forms a critical branch of nuclear-related issues, currently driven by the search for competitive alternative technologies to neutron counters based on the helium-3 isotope. The deployment of plastic scintillators shows a high potential for efficient detectors, safer and more reliable than liquids, more easily scalable and cost-effective than inorganic. In the meantime, natural gadolinium, through its 155 and mostly 157 isotopes, presents an exceptionally high interaction probability with thermal neutrons. This paper introduces a dual system including a metal gadolinium core inserted at the center of a high-scale plastic scintillator sphere. Incident fast neutrons are thermalized by the scintillator shell and then may be captured with a significant probability by gadolinium 155 and 157 nuclei in the core. The deposition of a sufficient fraction of the capture high-energy prompt gamma signature inside the scintillator shell will then allow discrimination from background radiations by energy threshold, and therefore neutron detection. The scaling of the system with the Monte Carlo MCNPX2.7 code was carried out according to a tradeoff between the moderation of incident fast neutrons and the probability of slow neutron capture by a moderate-cost metal gadolinium core. Based on the parameters extracted from simulation, a first laboratory prototype for the assessment of the detection method principle has been synthetized. The robustness and sensitivity of the neutron detection principle are then assessed by counting measurement experiments. Experimental results confirm the potential for a stable, highly sensitive, transportable and cost-efficient neutron detector and orientate future investigation toward promising axes.
RDANN a new methodology to solve the neutron spectra unfolding problem
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The optimization processes known as Taguchi method and DOE methodology are applied to the design, training and testing of Artificial Neural Networks in the neutron spectrometry field, which offer potential benefits in the evaluation of the behavior of the net as well as the ability to examine the interaction of the weights and neurons inside the same one. In this work, the Robust Design of Artificial Neural Networks methodology is used to solve the neutron spectra unfolding problem, designing, training and testing an ANN using a set of 187 neutron spectra compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, to obtain the better neutron spectra unfolded from the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. (Author)
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In this work experimental studies are aimed at studying the effect of the detector type, moderator shape, moderator size, beam size as well as gamma ray effect on the response of the moderating detectors for neutron dosimetry. The detectors used are the scintillation, the 3He counter, FFTD and the TLD. Experimental investigation showed that the 10 in, Bonner sphere system and the DNA-1 scintillation system as well as the FFTD and TLD 10 in. sphere systems are recommended for neutron dosimetric measurements. The effect of beam size is found to be dependent on the moderator size and shape. (Auth.)
A neutron spectrum unfolding computer code based on artificial neural networks
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The Bonner Spheres Spectrometer consists of a thermal neutron sensor placed at the center of a number of moderating polyethylene spheres of different diameters. From the measured readings, information can be derived about the spectrum of the neutron field where measurements were made. Disadvantages of the Bonner system are the weight associated with each sphere and the need to sequentially irradiate the spheres, requiring long exposure periods. Provided a well-established response matrix and adequate irradiation conditions, the most delicate part of neutron spectrometry, is the unfolding process. The derivation of the spectral information is not simple because the unknown is not given directly as a result of the measurements. The drawbacks associated with traditional unfolding procedures have motivated the need of complementary approaches. Novel methods based on Artificial Intelligence, mainly Artificial Neural Networks, have been widely investigated. In this work, a neutron spectrum unfolding code based on neural nets technology is presented. This code is called Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry with Artificial Neural networks unfolding code that was designed in a graphical interface. The core of the code is an embedded neural network architecture previously optimized using the robust design of artificial neural networks methodology. The main features of the code are: easy to use, friendly and intuitive to the user. This code was designed for a Bonner Sphere System based on a 6LiI(Eu) neutron detector and a response matrix expressed in 60 energy bins taken from an International Atomic Energy Agency compilation. The main feature of the code is that as entrance data, for unfolding the neutron spectrum, only seven rate counts measured with seven Bonner spheres are required; simultaneously the code calculates 15 dosimetric quantities as well as the total flux for radiation protection purposes. This code generates a full report with all information of the unfolding in
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The laboratory type of an active single sphere albedo dosemeter system using three 3He proportional counters in a polyethylene sphere for the measurement of neutron dose equivalent rates and the field calibration of personnel neutron dosemeters was optimized with respect to the detector-moderator combination by means of calibration exposures. One detector is located in the centre of the sphere to measure the neutron dose equivalent rate and the other two detectors near the moderator surface, in order to simulate the response of the albedo neutron detector and the thermal neutron detector. The response of the detectors to neutrons in the range between thermal and 14 MeV neutrons was investigated for various moderator-absorber combinations. Comparison was made between the system response and the response of the passive detector system. After completion the active system could be used for comprehensive neutron field measurements in radiation protection. By means of a microprocessor the linear combination of the three detector readings gives energy independent readings of the neutron dose equivalent rate, the absorbed dose rate and the neutron flux density at particle accelerators and nuclear facilities. (orig./HP)
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Santos, A.R.L.; Silva, F.S.; Martins, M.M.; Pereira, W.W., E-mail: aleiras@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ/LNMRI/LN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Neutrons; Freitas, B.M. [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Tavares, D.Y.S. [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
2014-07-01
This work intends to assess materials for moderation of neutrons, trying to reduce the rate of H{sub p}(10) and H⁎p(10), reducing the effective dose of Occupationally Exposed Workers (OEW) who handle this source daily. The neutron spectra moderated by different materials was performed with a neutron source of {sup 241}Am-Be in an electronic positioning system, using a neutron spectrometry with Bonner Sphere at 50 cm from the center of source. The materials used for moderation were paraffin, silicone and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin ball. (author)
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Sanchez G, J., E-mail: julian.sanchez@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)
2015-09-15
The solution of the so-called Canonical problems of neutron transport theory has been given by Case, who developed a method akin to the classical eigenfunction expansion procedure, extended to admit singular eigenfunctions. The solution is given as a set consisting of a Fredholm integral equation coupled with a transcendental equation, which has to be solved for the expansion coefficients by iteration. CASE's method make extensive use of the results of the theory of functions of a complex variable and many successful approaches to solve in an approximate form the above mentioned set have been reported in the literature. We present here an entirely different approach which deals with the canonical problems in a more direct and elementary manner. As far as we know, the original idea for the latter method is due to Carlvik who devised the escape probability approximation to the solution of the neutron transport equation in its integral form. In essence, the procedure consists in assuming a sectionally constant form of the neutron density that in turn yields a set of linear algebraic equations obeyed by the assumed constant values of the density. Very well established techniques of numerical analysis for the solution of integral equations consist in independent approaches that generalize the sectionally constant approach by assuming a sectionally low degree polynomial for the unknown function. This procedure also known as the arbitrary quadratures method is especially suited to deal with cases where the kernel of the integral equation is singular. The author wishes to present the results obtained with the arbitrary quadratures method for the numerical calculation of the monoenergetic neutron density in a critical, homogeneous sphere of finite radius with isotropic scattering. The singular integral equation obeyed by the neutron density in the critical sphere is introduced, an outline of the method's main features is given, and tables and graphs of the density
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The solution of the so-called Canonical problems of neutron transport theory has been given by Case, who developed a method akin to the classical eigenfunction expansion procedure, extended to admit singular eigenfunctions. The solution is given as a set consisting of a Fredholm integral equation coupled with a transcendental equation, which has to be solved for the expansion coefficients by iteration. CASE's method make extensive use of the results of the theory of functions of a complex variable and many successful approaches to solve in an approximate form the above mentioned set have been reported in the literature. We present here an entirely different approach which deals with the canonical problems in a more direct and elementary manner. As far as we know, the original idea for the latter method is due to Carlvik who devised the escape probability approximation to the solution of the neutron transport equation in its integral form. In essence, the procedure consists in assuming a sectionally constant form of the neutron density that in turn yields a set of linear algebraic equations obeyed by the assumed constant values of the density. Very well established techniques of numerical analysis for the solution of integral equations consist in independent approaches that generalize the sectionally constant approach by assuming a sectionally low degree polynomial for the unknown function. This procedure also known as the arbitrary quadratures method is especially suited to deal with cases where the kernel of the integral equation is singular. The author wishes to present the results obtained with the arbitrary quadratures method for the numerical calculation of the monoenergetic neutron density in a critical, homogeneous sphere of finite radius with isotropic scattering. The singular integral equation obeyed by the neutron density in the critical sphere is introduced, an outline of the method's main features is given, and tables and graphs of the density
Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry using NSDAAN
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The reconstruction of neutron spectra from count rates of a Bonner spheres spectrometric system is performed using various methods such as Monte Carlo methods, the parameterization and iterative methods. The weight of the Bonner spheres spectrometric system, the procedure for the reconstruction of the spectra, the need of an experienced user, the high consumer of time, the need of use a reconstruction code as the BUNKI, SAND, among others, and the resolution of the spectrum are some problems that this system presents. This has motivated the development of complementary procedures such as maximum entropy, genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks. In previous work, has reported a new method called robust design methodology of artificial neural networks, to construct various network topologies capable of solving the problems of neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, however, due to the newness of this technology, be noted that there are not tools to end-user that allow test and validate the designed networks. This paper presents a software for the neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, designed from the information extracted of an artificial neural network designed by robust design methodology of artificial neural networks. This tool has the following characteristics: was designed in a user graphical interface easy to use, requires not knowledge of neural networks or neutron spectrometry by the user; execution speed of the application; unlike the deconvolution codes are not required to select an initial spectrum for the spectrum reconstruction; as an additional element to this tool, besides the spectrum, the calculation is performed simultaneous to H(10), E, Hp,s(10,θ) from just counting rates from a Bonner spheres spectrometric system. (author)
Neutron fluence spectrometry using disk activation
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A simple and robust detector for spectrometry of environmental neutrons has been developed. The technique is based on neutron activation of a series of different metal disks followed by low-level gamma-ray spectrometry of the activated disks and subsequent neutron spectrum unfolding. The technique is similar to foil activation but here the applied neutron fluence rates are much lower than usually in the case of foil activation. The detector has been tested in quasi mono-energetic neutron fields with fluence rates in the order of 1000-10000 cm-2 s-1, where the obtained spectra showed good agreement with spectra measured using a Bonner sphere spectrometer. The detector has also been tested using an AmBe source and at a neutron fluence rate of about 40 cm-2 s-1, again, a good agreement with the assumed spectrum was achieved
Construction of the Calibration Neutron Fields and Spectrum Weighted Response of Several Detectors
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The types and the forms of radioactive source term are getting a variety due to expansion of the radiation industry such as medical radiation treatments and research. of materials. For neutron sources, it is necessary to account for the neutron energy distribution to evaluate exactly the dose equivalent, because the energy range of the neutron from thermal neutrons (0.025 eV) to a few GeV. The neutron dose equivalent depends heavily on the energy of the neutrons. The neutron field spectra from a DT neutron generator at Korea Atomic Energy research Institute (KAERI) and the proton accelerators at Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Science (KIRAMS) were measured by using the Bonner sphere measurement system (BS system) and several neutron detectors. The spectrum weighted response was obtained by using the response function of the neutron detectors as given in the IAEA Technical Report Series 403 (TRS)
Development of a system for passive spectrometry characterization neutron of a cyclotron
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The most widely used for Neutron spectrometry system is formed by the Bonner spheres with an active sensor sensitive to thermal neutrons in its Center. But, the presence of strong electromagnetic fields and the hold character around a cyclotron radiation detectors active employment make unviable so it is necessary to replace it with other liabilities. In this case it has resorted to the use of Au foils such as thermal neutron detectors, found the matrix the new spectrometer response and has been validated with a source of 252Cf for later measurements in the interior of the bunker of a cyclotron production of radioisotopes for PET. (Author)
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According to the measurement of plutonium production rates resulting from 14 MeV neutrons in depleted uranium sphere, the experimental results and influencing factors were simulated and analyzed with MCNP5 code. It shows that simulant plutonium production rates from uresa and endf66c agree very well with experimental results, simulant effects on plutonium production rates by cavity, construction materials and water lays and background neutrons etc., are slight. (authors)
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Martinez B, M. R.; Vega C, H. R. [Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Cipres 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Ortiz R, J. M. [Departamento de Electrotecnia y Electronica, Escuela Politecnica Superior, Av. Menendez Pidal s/n, 14004 Cordoba (Spain)], e-mail: mrosariomb@yahoo.com.mx
2009-10-15
The reconstruction of neutron spectra from count rates of a Bonner spheres spectrometric system is performed using various methods such as Monte Carlo methods, the parameterization and iterative methods. The weight of the Bonner spheres spectrometric system, the procedure for the reconstruction of the spectra, the need of an experienced user, the high consumer of time, the need of use a reconstruction code as the BUNKI, SAND, among others, and the resolution of the spectrum are some problems that this system presents. This has motivated the development of complementary procedures such as maximum entropy, genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks. In previous work, has reported a new method called robust design methodology of artificial neural networks, to construct various network topologies capable of solving the problems of neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, however, due to the newness of this technology, be noted that there are not tools to end-user that allow test and validate the designed networks. This paper presents a software for the neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, designed from the information extracted of an artificial neural network designed by robust design methodology of artificial neural networks. This tool has the following characteristics: was designed in a user graphical interface easy to use, requires not knowledge of neural networks or neutron spectrometry by the user; execution speed of the application; unlike the deconvolution codes are not required to select an initial spectrum for the spectrum reconstruction; as an additional element to this tool, besides the spectrum, the calculation is performed simultaneous to H(10), E, H{sub p},{sub s}(10,{theta}) from just counting rates from a Bonner spheres spectrometric system. (author)
Calibration of the IRD two-component TLD albedo neutron dosemeter in some moderated neutron fields
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Freitas, Bruno M.; Silva, Ademir X. da, E-mail: bfreitas@nuclear.ufrj.br, E-mail: ademir@nuclear.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Martins, Marcelo M.; Pereira, Walsan W.; Mauricio, Claudia L.P., E-mail: marcelo@ird.gov.br, E-mail: walsan@ird.gov.br, E-mail: claudia@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
2015-07-01
In some stray neutron fields, like those found in practices involving the handling of radionuclide sources, the neutron calibration factor for albedo neutron dosemeter can vary widely compared to the factor for bare sources. This is the case for well logging, which is the area with the largest number of workers exposed to neutrons in Brazil. The companies employ routinely {sup 241}Am-Be neutron sources. The albedo response variation is mainly due to the presence of scattered and moderated neutrons. This paper studies the response variation of the two-component TLD albedo neutron dosemeter used in the neutron individual monitoring service of Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, in different radionuclide neutron source beams. The neutron spectra were evaluated applying a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a {sup 6}LiI(Eu) detector in the Brazilian National Metrology Neutron Laboratory. Standard neutron sources of {sup 241}Am-Be and {sup 252}Cf were employed, besides {sup 238}Pu-Be. Measurements were also made with scattered and moderated neutron beams, including {sup 252}Cf(D{sub 2}O) reference spectrum, {sup 241}Am-Be moderated with paraffin and silicone and a thermal neutron flux facility. New neutron calibration factors, as a function of the incident to albedo neutron ratio, were proposed for use in the albedo algorithm for occupational fields where the primary neutron beam is one of those studied sources. (author)
Calibration of the IRD two-component TLD albedo neutron dosemeter in some moderated neutron fields
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In some stray neutron fields, like those found in practices involving the handling of radionuclide sources, the neutron calibration factor for albedo neutron dosemeter can vary widely compared to the factor for bare sources. This is the case for well logging, which is the area with the largest number of workers exposed to neutrons in Brazil. The companies employ routinely 241Am-Be neutron sources. The albedo response variation is mainly due to the presence of scattered and moderated neutrons. This paper studies the response variation of the two-component TLD albedo neutron dosemeter used in the neutron individual monitoring service of Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, in different radionuclide neutron source beams. The neutron spectra were evaluated applying a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a 6LiI(Eu) detector in the Brazilian National Metrology Neutron Laboratory. Standard neutron sources of 241Am-Be and 252Cf were employed, besides 238Pu-Be. Measurements were also made with scattered and moderated neutron beams, including 252Cf(D2O) reference spectrum, 241Am-Be moderated with paraffin and silicone and a thermal neutron flux facility. New neutron calibration factors, as a function of the incident to albedo neutron ratio, were proposed for use in the albedo algorithm for occupational fields where the primary neutron beam is one of those studied sources. (author)
Design and Characterization of a Collimated Neutron Beam User Facility at SUNY Geneseo
Krieger, Michael; Padalino, Stephen; Russ, Megan; Polsin, Danae; Bienstock, Mollie; Ellison, Drew; Simone, Angela
2012-10-01
The Collimated Neutron Beam (CNB) Facility at SUNY Geneseo provides users an opportunity to perform neutron experiments that require a low neutron background. Neutrons with energies up to 10 MeV are produced by a Plutonium-Beryllium (Pu-Be) source and are collimated to form a well characterized beam. A six foot high, 18 inch thick shielding wall made of water-bricks was built to reduce neutron background in the target area. Neutron and gamma radiation were extensively mapped throughout the facility using a calibrated Bonner sphere, Geiger counter, plastic scintillator and an HPGe detector. Potential uses for the CNB include neutron activation, time-of-flight, attenuation and neutron detector calibration experiments. A detailed description and layout of the facility will be displayed on the poster. Funded in part by a grant from the DOE through the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.
A new computation tool for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry
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By using the integrated accounts of spectrometric system of Bonner spheres is possible to reconstruct the neutron spectrum using various methods such as: Monte Carlo, the parameterization and iterative methods. The response matrix, counting rates and neutron spectrum are intimately related through the integral-differential of Fredholm of first type. however, the weight of Bonner spheres system, the procedure of spectra reconstruction, the need of a expert user, the high time consumption, the need to use a reconstruction code (BUNKI, SAND, among others) and the spectrum resolution, are some of problems that this system presents. The above difficulties have motivated the development of complementary procedures such as maximum entropy, genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks. In recent years, using neural network technology has become an alternative procedure in the nuclear science research area, considering a replacement for classical techniques used for years. In previous works, was used a new method called robust design methodology of artificial neural networks, to construct various network topologies capable of solving the problems of neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, however noted that not exist tools for end-user that allow test and validate the designed networks. This paper presents the development of a software for neutronic spectrometry and dosimetry, based on information extracted from an artificial neural network designed in previous work, through the robust design methodology of artificial neural networks with the following characteristics: was designed in a user graphical interface easy to use, speed on the application execution, unlike other deconvolution codes, not is necessary to select and initial spectrum for spectrum reconstruction, as an additional element to this tool, besides spectrum, the calculation is performed simultaneous of 13 equivalent dose from just counting rates from a spectrometric system of Bonner spheres. (Author)
Neutron spectra at two beam ports of a TRIGA Mark III reactor loaded with HEU fuel
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The neutron spectra have been measured in two beam ports, one radial and another tangential, of the TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor from the National Institute of Nuclear Research in Mexico. Measurements were carried out with the reactor core loaded with high enriched uranium fuel. Two reactor powers, 5 and 10 W, were used during neutron spectra measurements using a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a 6LiI(Eu) scintillator and 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 in.-diameter high-density polyethylene spheres. The neutron spectra were unfolded using the NSDUAZ unfolding code. For each spectrum total flux, mean energy and ambient dose equivalent were determined. Measured spectra show fission, epithermal and thermal neutrons, being harder in the radial beam port. - Highlights: • Neutron spectra of a TRIGA reactor were measured. • The reactor core is loaded with HEU. • The spectra were measured at two reactor beam ports. • Measurements were carried out at 5 and 10 W
Spectrum and H(10) of secondary neutrons around Linacs
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Neutron spectrum and ambient dose equivalent has been measured around two 10 MV linear accelerators. Accelerators are Siemens, one is a Mevatron model while another is the Primus. Main differences between those models are the beam collimator and the vault room. Here, Bonner sphere spectrometer with a passive thermal neutron detector has been utilized to measure the neutron spectrum inside the vault. Using an active detector the neutron spectrum was measured by the vaults door of both accelerators. With a neutron area monitor the dose equivalent was measured by the doors. Neutron strength, total fluence rate and ambient dose equivalent were compared, from this was found that shielding conditions are better in the Primus model. (Author)
Spectra and Neutron Dosimetry Inside a PET Cyclotron Vault Room
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The neutron field around a PET cyclotron was investigated during 18F radioisotope production with an 18 MeV proton beam. Pairs of thermoluminescent dosemeters, TLD600 and TLD700, were used as thermal neutron detector inside a Bonner Spheres Spectrometer to measure the neutron spectra at three different positions inside the cyclotron's vault room. Neutron spectra were also determined by Monte Carlo calculations. The hardest spectrum was observed in front of cyclotron target and the softest was noticed at the antipode of target. Neutron doses derived from the measured spectra vary between 11 and 377 mSv/μA-h of proton integrated current, Doses were also measured with a single-moderator remmeter, with an active thermal neutron detector, whose response in affected by the radiation field in the vault room
Unfolding code for neutron spectrometry based on neural nets technology
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Ortiz R, J. M.; Vega C, H. R., E-mail: morvymm@yahoo.com.mx [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Apdo. Postal 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2012-10-15
The most delicate part of neutron spectrometry, is the unfolding process. The derivation of the spectral information is not simple because the unknown is not given directly as a result of the measurements. The drawbacks associated with traditional unfolding procedures have motivated the need of complementary approaches. Novel methods based on Artificial Neural Networks have been widely investigated. In this work, a neutron spectrum unfolding code based on neural nets technology is presented. This unfolding code called Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry by means of Artificial Neural Networks was designed in a graphical interface under LabVIEW programming environment. The core of the code is an embedded neural network architecture, previously optimized by the {sup R}obust Design of Artificial Neural Networks Methodology{sup .} The main features of the code are: is easy to use, friendly and intuitive to the user. This code was designed for a Bonner Sphere System based on a {sup 6}Lil(Eu) neutron detector and a response matrix expressed in 60 energy bins taken from an International Atomic Energy Agency compilation. The main feature of the code is that as entrance data, only seven rate counts measurement with a Bonner spheres spectrometer are required for simultaneously unfold the 60 energy bins of the neutron spectrum and to calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, for radiation protection porpoises. This code generates a full report in html format with all relevant information. (Author)
Unfolding code for neutron spectrometry based on neural nets technology
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The most delicate part of neutron spectrometry, is the unfolding process. The derivation of the spectral information is not simple because the unknown is not given directly as a result of the measurements. The drawbacks associated with traditional unfolding procedures have motivated the need of complementary approaches. Novel methods based on Artificial Neural Networks have been widely investigated. In this work, a neutron spectrum unfolding code based on neural nets technology is presented. This unfolding code called Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry by means of Artificial Neural Networks was designed in a graphical interface under LabVIEW programming environment. The core of the code is an embedded neural network architecture, previously optimized by the Robust Design of Artificial Neural Networks Methodology. The main features of the code are: is easy to use, friendly and intuitive to the user. This code was designed for a Bonner Sphere System based on a 6Lil(Eu) neutron detector and a response matrix expressed in 60 energy bins taken from an International Atomic Energy Agency compilation. The main feature of the code is that as entrance data, only seven rate counts measurement with a Bonner spheres spectrometer are required for simultaneously unfold the 60 energy bins of the neutron spectrum and to calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, for radiation protection porpoises. This code generates a full report in html format with all relevant information. (Author)
Neutron spectrometric evaluations in the Argentine research reactor RA-1
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Full text: The determination of the quantities dose equivalent H*(10) and personal dose equivalent Hp(10) in mixed field (n,γ) needs the knowledge of the related spectrum. In order to fulfill this aim spectrometer system has been built based on the combination of polyethylene spheres of different diameters (Bonner Spheres System-BSS) and a He3 proportional counter detector sensitive to thermal neutrons. The detector is located in the geometrical centre of each of the spheres and has an associated electronics with a charge preamplifier, an amplifier and a multichannel system that allows the outgoing spectrum analysis. In order to determine the neutron spectrum a deconvolution method is applied based on the LOUHI82 code. In this work are shown the spectra and the related values of H*(10) that have been got in five places of the reactor and in the command room with the BSS. (author)
Neutron Measurements for Radiation Protection in Low Earth Orbit - History and Future
Golightly, M. J.; Se,pmes. E/
2003-01-01
The neutron environment inside spacecraft has been of interest from a scientific and radiation protection perspective since early in the history of manned spaceflight. With 1:.1e exception of a few missions which carried plutonium-fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generators, all of the neutrons inside the spacecraft are secondary radiations resulting from interactions of high-energy charged particles with nuclei in the Earth's atmosphere, spacecraft structural materials, and the astronaut's own bodies. Although of great interest, definitive measurements of the spacecraft neutron field have been difficult due to the wide particle energy range and the limited available volume and power for traditional techniques involving Bonner spheres. A multitude of measurements, however, have been made of the neutron environment inside spacecraft. The majority of measurements were made using passive techniques including metal activation fo ils, fission foils, nuclear photoemulsions, plastic track detectors, and thermoluminescent detectors. Active measurements have utilized proton recoil spectrometers (stilbene), Bonner Spheres eRe proportional counter based), and LiI(Eu)phoswich scintillation detectors. For the International Space Station (ISS), only the plastic track! thermoluminescent detectors are used with any regularity. A monitoring program utilizing a set of active Bonner spheres was carried out in the ISS Lab module from March - December 200l. These measurements provide a very limited look at the crew neutron exposure, both in time coverage and neutron energy coverage. A review of the currently published data from past flights will be made and compared with the more recent results from the ISS. Future measurement efforts using currently available techniques and those in development will be also discussed.
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Domingo, C., E-mail: carles.domingo@uab.ca [Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions, Departament de Fisica, Edifici C, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Garcia-Fuste, M.J.; Amgarou, K.; Morales, E.; Castelo, J. [Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions, Departament de Fisica, Edifici C, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain)
2009-10-15
The UAB PADC based neutron dosimeter was designed to have similar dose responses for thermal and for fast neutrons. A set of calibrations with ISO neutron sources and the realistic SIGMA neutron field at IRSN Cadarache showed this behaviour. Nevertheless, a noticeable decrease of the response to epithermal neutrons is expected because of the small values of cross sections for neutrons at this energy range. The EC NUDAME program gave the opportunity to expose several units of our dosimeter to quasi-monoenergetic beams at the IRMM Van der Graaf accelerator for calibration purposes. The revision of the IRSN Cadarache values with an improved uncertainty treatment and the results of the calibration at IRMM Van der Graaf, in relation to the reference values of the neutron source term obtained using our Bonner sphere spectrometer, are presented in this work.
Electro neutrons around a 12 MV Linac
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Neutron contamination around Linacs for radiotherapy is a source of undesirable doses for the patient. The main source of these neutrons is the photonuclear reactions occurring in the Linac head and the patient body. Electrons also produce neutrons through (e, en) reactions. This reaction is known as electro disintegration and is carried out by the electron scattering that produce a virtual photon that is absorbed by the scattering nucleus producing the reaction e + A → (A-1) + n + e'. In this work the electron-neutron spectrum to 100 cm from the isocenter of a 12 MV Linac has been measured using a passive Bonner spheres spectrometer in a novel procedure named Planetary mode. (Author)
Electro neutrons around a 12 MV Linac
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Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Perez L, L. H., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [Instituto Zacatecano del Tumor, A. C., Lago de la Encantada No. 294, Fracc. Lomas del Lago, Zacatecas (Mexico)
2012-10-15
Neutron contamination around Linacs for radiotherapy is a source of undesirable doses for the patient. The main source of these neutrons is the photonuclear reactions occurring in the Linac head and the patient body. Electrons also produce neutrons through (e, en) reactions. This reaction is known as electro disintegration and is carried out by the electron scattering that produce a virtual photon that is absorbed by the scattering nucleus producing the reaction e + A {yields} (A-1) + n + e'. In this work the electron-neutron spectrum to 100 cm from the isocenter of a 12 MV Linac has been measured using a passive Bonner spheres spectrometer in a novel procedure named Planetary mode. (Author)
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Mendez, R.; Guerrero, J. E.; Lagares, J. I.; Sansaloni, F.; Perez, J. M.; Llop, J.; Kralik, M.
2013-07-01
The most widely used for Neutron spectrometry system is formed by the Bonner spheres with an active sensor sensitive to thermal neutrons in its Center. But, the presence of strong electromagnetic fields and the hold character around a cyclotron radiation detectors active employment make unviable so it is necessary to replace it with other liabilities. In this case it has resorted to the use of Au foils such as thermal neutron detectors, found the matrix the new spectrometer response and has been validated with a source of {sup 2}52Cf for later measurements in the interior of the bunker of a cyclotron production of radioisotopes for PET. (Author)
Artificial neural networks in neutron dosimetry
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An artificial neural network (ANN) has been designed to obtain neutron doses using only the count rates of a Bonner spheres spectrometer (BSS). Ambient, personal and effective neutron doses were included. One hundred and eighty-one neutron spectra were utilised to calculate the Bonner count rates and the neutron doses. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-binned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. Re-binned spectra, UTA4 response matrix and fluence-to-dose coefficients were used to calculate the count rates in the BSS and the doses. Count rates were used as input and the respective doses were used as output during neural network training. Training and testing were carried out in the MATLABR environment. The impact of uncertainties in BSS count rates upon the dose quantities calculated with the ANN was investigated by modifying by ±5% the BSS count rates used in the training set. The use of ANNs in neutron dosimetry is an alternative procedure that overcomes the drawbacks associated with this ill-conditioned problem. (authors)
Benchmark study on neutron cross sections based on pulsed sphere experiment
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Benchmark validation of neutron cross sections was performed by comparing theoretical calculated leakage spectra with measured ones by means of pulsed sphere experiment conducted at OKTAVIAN of Osaka University, FZK, German and IPPE Obninsk, Russia. It was found out that the nuclear data of Be in both JENDL Fusion File and ENDF/B-VI had similar trend in each experiment. However, there exists some discrepancy among the three different experiments, which suggests further study is needed to validate Be nuclear data. Calculated spectra for Li, Cr, Mn, Cu, Zr, Nb and Mo using JENDL Fusion File predict the experiment fairly well. However, for LiF, (CF2)n, Si, Ti, Co and W, the calculated spectra are not in good agreement with the measurement. The prediction using FENDL-1.0 data gives NN agreement in case of Li, Cr, Mn, Cu and Mo, whereas in other case, the prediction gives insufficient result. The analysis of Fe and Pb experiment conducted at IPPE Obninsk showed that Fe data in JENDL Fusion File and JENDL-3.2 were much better than FENDL/E-1.0. Pb data in JENDL Fusion File appeared to have been much improved as compared with JENDL-3.2 evaluation. (author)
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The albedo neutron dosimeter is calibrated directly at the work place due to its high energy dependence. This thesis deals with the study, analysis and application of neutron measurement techniques in order to obtain information about the neutron spectrum and neutron dose equivalent at several representative working places of the cyclotron laboratory of the Nuclear Engineering Institute (IEN). These data are employed mainly in the calibration of the brazilian albedo neutron dosimeter. Bonner spheres and foil activation were used in neutron spectra measurements and the neutron dose equivalents were measured with the single sphere albedo technique. BF3 and 3He proportional detectors and 6LiI scintillation detector were also used in these measurements. The single sphere technique turned out to be more appropriate for neutron dosimetry for calibrating the albedo dosimeter in the varying fields of the cyclotron. Calibration the albedo dosimeter in the varying fields of the cyclotron. Calibration factors were found for routine applications, when the workers are protected by shielding and for radiological accident applications, in the case that a worker is exposed inside the cyclotron room. In all situations the performance of the brazilian albedo dosimeter is compared with that of the german albedo dosimeters. (author)
Spectral fluence of neutrons generated by radiotherapeutic Linacs
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Spectral fluences of neutrons generated in the heads of the radiotherapeutic linacs Varian Clinac 2100 C/D and Siemens ARTISTE were measured by means of the Bonner spheres spectrometer whose active detector of thermal neutrons was replaced by an activation detector, i.e. a tablet made of pure manganese. Measurements with different collimator settings reveal an interesting dependence of neutron fluence on the area defined by the collimator jaws. The determined neutron spectral fluences were used to derive ambient dose equivalent rate along the treatment coach. To clarify at which components of the linac neutrons are mainly created, the measurements were complemented with MCNPX calculations based on a realistic model of the Varian Clinac. (authors)
Characterization of the neutron field of the 241AmBe in a calibration room
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The field of neutrons produced by an isotopic source of neutrons of 241 Am Be had been characterized. The characterization was carried out modeling those relevant details of the calibration room and simulating the neutron transport at different distances of the source. The calculated spectra were used to determine the equivalent environmental dose rate. A series of experiments were carried out with the Bonner sphere spectrometric system to measure the spectra in the same points where the calculations were carried out and with these spectra the rates of environmental dose were calculated. By means of a one sphere dosemeter type Berthold the rates of environmental dose were measured. To the one to compare the calculated spectra and measured its were found small differences in the group of the thermal neutrons due to the elementary composition used during the simulation. When comparing the derived rates starting from the calculated spectra with those measured it was found a maxim difference smaller to 13%. (Author)
Neutron spectra at two beam ports of a TRIGA Mark III reactor loaded with HEU fuel.
Vega-Carrillo, H R; Hernández-Dávila, V M; Aguilar, F; Paredes, L; Rivera, T
2014-01-01
The neutron spectra have been measured in two beam ports, one radial and another tangential, of the TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor from the National Institute of Nuclear Research in Mexico. Measurements were carried out with the reactor core loaded with high enriched uranium fuel. Two reactor powers, 5 and 10 W, were used during neutron spectra measurements using a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a (6)LiI(Eu) scintillator and 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 in.-diameter high-density polyethylene spheres. The neutron spectra were unfolded using the NSDUAZ unfolding code. For each spectrum total flux, mean energy and ambient dose equivalent were determined. Measured spectra show fission, epithermal and thermal neutrons, being harder in the radial beam port. PMID:23746708
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Martinez B, M. R.; Ortiz R, J. M.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde No. 801, Col. Centro, Zacatecas (Mexico)], e-mail: mrosariomb@yahoo.com.mx
2009-10-15
By using the integrated accounts of spectrometric system of Bonner spheres is possible to reconstruct the neutron spectrum using various methods such as: Monte Carlo, the parameterization and iterative methods. The response matrix, counting rates and neutron spectrum are intimately related through the integral-differential of Fredholm of first type. however, the weight of Bonner spheres system, the procedure of spectra reconstruction, the need of a expert user, the high time consumption, the need to use a reconstruction code (BUNKI, SAND, among others) and the spectrum resolution, are some of problems that this system presents. The above difficulties have motivated the development of complementary procedures such as maximum entropy, genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks. In recent years, using neural network technology has become an alternative procedure in the nuclear science research area, considering a replacement for classical techniques used for years. In previous works, was used a new method called robust design methodology of artificial neural networks, to construct various network topologies capable of solving the problems of neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, however noted that not exist tools for end-user that allow test and validate the designed networks. This paper presents the development of a software for neutronic spectrometry and dosimetry, based on information extracted from an artificial neural network designed in previous work, through the robust design methodology of artificial neural networks with the following characteristics: was designed in a user graphical interface easy to use, speed on the application execution, unlike other deconvolution codes, not is necessary to select and initial spectrum for spectrum reconstruction, as an additional element to this tool, besides spectrum, the calculation is performed simultaneous of 13 equivalent dose from just counting rates from a spectrometric system of Bonner spheres. (Author)
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Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Benites R, J. L., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [Centro Estatal de Cancerologia de Nayarit, Servicio de Seguridad Radiologica, Calzada de la Cruz 118 Sur, 63000 Tepic, Nayarit (Mexico)
2014-08-15
A novel procedure to measure the neutrons spectrum originated in a lineal accelerator of medical use has been developed. The method uses a passive spectrometer of Bonner spheres. The main advantage of the method is that only requires of a single shot of the accelerator. When this is used around a lineal accelerator is necessary to operate it under the same conditions so many times like the spheres that contain the spectrometer, activity that consumes enough time. The developed procedure consists on situating all the spheres of the spectrometer at the same time and to realize the reading making a single shot. With this method the photo neutrons spectrum produced by a lineal accelerator Varian ix of 15 MV to 100 cm of the isocenter was determined, with the spectrum is determined the total flow and the ambient dose equivalent. (Author)
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Vega C, H. R.; Hernandez D, V. M.; Letechipia de L, C. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98060 Zacatecas (Mexico); Benites R, J. L. [Servicios de Salud de Nayarit, Centro Estatal de Cancerologia, Calzada de la Cruz 116 Sur, 63000 Tepic, Nayarit (Mexico); Salas L, M. A., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Agronomia, Apdo. Postal 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2013-10-15
An experimental procedure was developed, by means of Bonner spheres, to measure the neutrons spectrum around Linacs of medical use that only requires of a single shot of the accelerator; to this procedure we denominate Planetary or Isocentric method. One of the problems associated to the neutrons spectrum measurement in a radiotherapy room with lineal accelerator is because inside the room a mixed, intense and pulsed radiation field takes place affecting the detection systems based on active detector; this situation is solved using a passive detector. In the case of the Bonner spheres spectrometer the active detector has been substituted by activation detectors, trace detectors or thermoluminescent dosimeters. This spectrometer uses several spheres that are situated one at a time in the measurement point, this way to have the complete measurements group the accelerator should be operated, under the same conditions, so many times like spheres have the spectrometer, this activity can consume a long time and in occasions due to the work load of Linac to complicate the measurement process too. The procedure developed in this work consisted on to situate all the spectrometer spheres at the same time and to make the reading by means of a single shot, to be able to apply this procedure, is necessary that before the measurements two characteristics are evaluated: the cross-talking of the spheres and the symmetry conditions of the neutron field. This method has been applied to determine the photo-neutrons spectrum produced by a lineal accelerator of medical use Varian ix of 15 MV to 100 cm of the isocenter located to 5 cm of depth of a solid water mannequin of 30 x 30 x 15 cm. The spectrum was used to determine the total flow and the environmental dose equivalent. (Author)
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Medkour Ishak-Boushaki, Ghania, E-mail: gmedkour@yahoo.com [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Boukeffoussa, Khelifa [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Idiri, Zahir [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, 02 Boulevard Frantz-Fanon, BP 399, Algiers (Algeria); Allab, Malika [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria)
2012-03-15
This paper discusses the use of threshold detectors of extended sizes for low intensity neutron fields' characterization. The detectors were tested by the measurement of the neutron spectrum of an {sup 241}Am-Be source. Integral quantities characterizing the neutron field, required for radiological protection, have been derived by unfolding the measured data. A good agreement is achieved between the obtained results and those deduced using Bonner spheres. In addition, a sensitivity analysis of the results to the deconvolution procedure is given. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low intensity neutron fields' characterization using thick threshold detectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low activity {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source spectrum measurement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Integral quantities required for radiological protection have been derived. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results are in good agreement with those deduced using Bonner spheres. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results are not very sensitive to the chosen deconvolution procedure.
A neutron spectrum unfolding code based on generalized regression artificial neural networks
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Ortiz R, J. M.; Martinez B, M. R.; Castaneda M, R.; Solis S, L. O. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801, Col. Centro, 98000 Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico); Vega C, H. R., E-mail: morvymm@yahoo.com.mx [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico)
2015-10-15
The most delicate part of neutron spectrometry, is the unfolding process. Then derivation of the spectral information is not simple because the unknown is not given directly as result of the measurements. Novel methods based on Artificial Neural Networks have been widely investigated. In prior works, back propagation neural networks (BPNN) have been used to solve the neutron spectrometry problem, however, some drawbacks still exist using this kind of neural nets, as the optimum selection of the network topology and the long training time. Compared to BPNN, is usually much faster to train a generalized regression neural network (GRNN). That is mainly because spread constant is the only parameter used in GRNN. Another feature is that the network will converge to a global minimum. In addition, often are more accurate than BPNN in prediction. These characteristics make GRNN be of great interest in the neutron spectrometry domain. In this work is presented a computational tool based on GRNN, capable to solve the neutron spectrometry problem. This computational code, automates the pre-processing, training and testing stages, the statistical analysis and the post-processing of the information, using 7 Bonner spheres rate counts as only entrance data. The code was designed for a Bonner Spheres System based on a {sup 6}LiI(Eu) neutron detector and a response matrix expressed in 60 energy bins taken from an International Atomic Energy Agency compilation. (Author)
A neutron spectrum unfolding code based on generalized regression artificial neural networks
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The most delicate part of neutron spectrometry, is the unfolding process. Then derivation of the spectral information is not simple because the unknown is not given directly as result of the measurements. Novel methods based on Artificial Neural Networks have been widely investigated. In prior works, back propagation neural networks (BPNN) have been used to solve the neutron spectrometry problem, however, some drawbacks still exist using this kind of neural nets, as the optimum selection of the network topology and the long training time. Compared to BPNN, is usually much faster to train a generalized regression neural network (GRNN). That is mainly because spread constant is the only parameter used in GRNN. Another feature is that the network will converge to a global minimum. In addition, often are more accurate than BPNN in prediction. These characteristics make GRNN be of great interest in the neutron spectrometry domain. In this work is presented a computational tool based on GRNN, capable to solve the neutron spectrometry problem. This computational code, automates the pre-processing, training and testing stages, the statistical analysis and the post-processing of the information, using 7 Bonner spheres rate counts as only entrance data. The code was designed for a Bonner Spheres System based on a 6LiI(Eu) neutron detector and a response matrix expressed in 60 energy bins taken from an International Atomic Energy Agency compilation. (Author)
Planetary method to measure the neutrons spectrum in lineal accelerators of medical use
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A novel procedure to measure the neutrons spectrum originated in a lineal accelerator of medical use has been developed. The method uses a passive spectrometer of Bonner spheres. The main advantage of the method is that only requires of a single shot of the accelerator. When this is used around a lineal accelerator is necessary to operate it under the same conditions so many times like the spheres that contain the spectrometer, activity that consumes enough time. The developed procedure consists on situating all the spheres of the spectrometer at the same time and to realize the reading making a single shot. With this method the photo neutrons spectrum produced by a lineal accelerator Varian ix of 15 MV to 100 cm of the isocenter was determined, with the spectrum is determined the total flow and the ambient dose equivalent. (Author)
Reanalysis of tritium production in a sphere of 6LiD irradiated by 14-MeV neutrons
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Tritium production and activation of radiochemical detector foils in a sphere of 6LiD irradiated by a central source of 14-MeV neutrons has been reanalyzed. The 6LiD sphere consisted of 10 solid hemispherical nested shells with ampules of 6LiH, 7LiH, and activation foils located 2.2, 5, 7.7, 12.6, 20, and 30 cm from the center. The Los Alamos Monte Carlo Neutron Photon Transport Code (MCNP) was used to calculate neutron transport through the 6LiD, tritium production in the ampules, and foil activation. The MCNP input model was three-dimensional and employed ENDF/B-V cross sections for transport, tritium production, and (where available) foil activation. The reanalyzed experimentally observed-to-calculated values of tritium production were 1.053 +- 2.1% in 6LiH and 0.999 +- 2.1% in 7LiH. The recalculated foil activation observed-to-calculated ratios were not generally improved over those reported in the original analysis
Tritium production in a sphere of 6LiD irradiated by 14-MeV neutrons
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The specific production of tritium in samples of 6LiH and 7LiH embedded in a 600-mm-diam sphere of 6LiD irradiated by a central source of 14-MeV neutrons was determined by measuring the activity of the hydrogen evolved from the samples of each isotope at each of five different radii in the 6LiD assembly. The entire process of decomposing the LiH, transferring the evolved gas into counters, and determining the decay rate was standardized by processing LiH samples irradiated by thermal neutrons for which the 6Li(n,α) cross section is well known. The specific production of tritium in 6LiH and 7LiH (embedded samples) and the activation of radiochemical detector foils of 45Sc, 89Y, 90Zr, 169Tm, 191Ir 373, 193Ir 627, 197Au, 235U, and 238U placed at various positions in the 6LiD sphere were calculated and compared with the experimental data. One- and three-dimensional Monte Carlo and S/sub n/ neutron-transport calculations were performed. The most reliable (three-dimensional Monte Carlo) calculation is in reasonable agreement with both the tritium-production and the radiochemical-activation data. The existing discrepancies between calculation and experiment appear largely attributable to uncertainties in some tritium-production and radiochemical-activation cross sections. 15 references
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Vega C, H.R. [UAZ, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E.; Lorente, A. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, C. Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)] e-mail: rvega@cantera.reduaz.mx
2003-07-01
The field of neutrons produced by an isotopic source of neutrons of {sup 241} Am Be had been characterized. The characterization was carried out modeling those relevant details of the calibration room and simulating the neutron transport at different distances of the source. The calculated spectra were used to determine the equivalent environmental dose rate. A series of experiments were carried out with the Bonner sphere spectrometric system to measure the spectra in the same points where the calculations were carried out and with these spectra the rates of environmental dose were calculated. By means of a one sphere dosemeter type Berthold the rates of environmental dose were measured. To the one to compare the calculated spectra and measured its were found small differences in the group of the thermal neutrons due to the elementary composition used during the simulation. When comparing the derived rates starting from the calculated spectra with those measured it was found a maxim difference smaller to 13%. (Author)
Procedure to measure the neutrons spectrum around a lineal accelerator for radiotherapy
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An experimental procedure was developed, by means of Bonner spheres, to measure the neutrons spectrum around Linacs of medical use that only requires of a single shot of the accelerator; to this procedure we denominate Planetary or Isocentric method. One of the problems associated to the neutrons spectrum measurement in a radiotherapy room with lineal accelerator is because inside the room a mixed, intense and pulsed radiation field takes place affecting the detection systems based on active detector; this situation is solved using a passive detector. In the case of the Bonner spheres spectrometer the active detector has been substituted by activation detectors, trace detectors or thermoluminescent dosimeters. This spectrometer uses several spheres that are situated one at a time in the measurement point, this way to have the complete measurements group the accelerator should be operated, under the same conditions, so many times like spheres have the spectrometer, this activity can consume a long time and in occasions due to the work load of Linac to complicate the measurement process too. The procedure developed in this work consisted on to situate all the spectrometer spheres at the same time and to make the reading by means of a single shot, to be able to apply this procedure, is necessary that before the measurements two characteristics are evaluated: the cross-talking of the spheres and the symmetry conditions of the neutron field. This method has been applied to determine the photo-neutrons spectrum produced by a lineal accelerator of medical use Varian ix of 15 MV to 100 cm of the isocenter located to 5 cm of depth of a solid water mannequin of 30 x 30 x 15 cm. The spectrum was used to determine the total flow and the environmental dose equivalent. (Author)
Neutron fluence rate measurement using prompt gamma rays
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A gamma ray spectrometer, with a 3'' X 3'' NaI(Tl) detector, with a moderator sphere has been utilised to measure the neutron fluence rate, with this value the H*(10) was estimated. When a neutron is captured by the hydrogen-based moderator, a 2.22 MeV prompt gamma ray is produced. In a multichannel analyser the net area under the 2.22 MeV photopeak is proportional to the total neutron fluence rate. The features of this system were determined by a Monte Carlo study that includes 3-, 5- and 10-inches diameter, water and polyethylene moderators and a 239Pu-Be source. The prompt gamma response was extended to monoenergetic neutron sources. To verify the response, a 239Pu-Be source in combination with a 10'' polyethylene sphere having a gamma-ray spectrometer with NaI(Tl) was utilised to estimate the neutron fluence rate and the H*(10). These results were compared with neutron fluence rate and H*(10) obtained using a Bonner sphere spectrometer and with the H*(10) measured using a neutron rem-meter. (authors)
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Measurements to determine new coefficients for individual neutron dosimeters PGP-DIN complying with the ICRP 60 recommendations were performed at two workplaces at the CEA of Valduc: a storage room and a plutonium reprocessing plant. Two spectrometry campaigns were performed allowing a better assessment of doses received by operators working at these workplaces. Neutron energy fluence and ambient dose equivalent rate H*(10) distributions were measured as function of neutron energy by using the ROSPEC device and BONNER spheres spectrometer. The radiation field being mixed neutron and gamma, the gamma component was also evaluated: neutron and photon dose-rate meters were used to evaluate the ambient dose rate equivalent. Individual dosemeters were positioned on an ISO water slab phantom. In addition, calculations were performed using the MCNP simulation code for different configurations. (authors)
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A graphite-walled proportional counter with low neutron sensitivity was used in combination with a tissue-equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) to separate the photon and neutron components in mixed radiation fields. Monte Carlo (MCNP4C) simulations of the photon and neutron responses of the two detectors were done to obtain correction factors for the sensitivity differences. In an alternative method the radiation components were determined using constant-yD-values for typical photon and neutron energy distributions. The results show no significant difference between the two methods and the measured neutron dose-equivalent agrees within ±50% with Bonner sphere determined values. The experimental data were obtained in measurement campaigns organised within the EVIDOS-project. (authors)
Neutron Dose Measurement Using a Cubic Moderator
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The Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (BSS), introduced In July 1960 by a research group from Rice University, Texas, is a major approach to neutron spectrum estimation. The BSS, also known as multi-sphere spectrometer, consists of a set of a different diameters polyethylene spheres, carrying a small LiI(Eu) scintillator in their center. What makes this spectrometry method such widely used, is its almost isotropic response, covering an extraordinary wide range of energies, from thermal up to even hundreds of MeVs. One of the most interesting and useful consequences of the above study is the 12'' sphere characteristics, as it turned out that the response curve of its energy dependence, have a similar shape compared with the neutron's dose equivalent as a function of energy. This inexplicable and happy circumstance makes it virtually the only monitoring device capable providing realistic neutron dose estimates over such a wide energy range. However, since the detection mechanism is not strictly related to radiation dose, one can expect substantial errors when applied to widely different source conditions. Although the original design of the BSS included a small 4mmx4mmO 6LiI(Eu) scintillator, other thermal neutron detectors has been used over the years: track detectors, activation foils, BF3 filled proportional counters, etc. In this study we chose a Boron loaded scintillator, EJ-254, as the thermal neutron detector. The neutron capture reaction on the boron has a Q value of 2.78 MeV of which 2.34 MeV is shared by the alpha and lithium particles. The high manufacturing costs, the encasement issue, the installation efficiency and the fabrication complexity, led us to the idea of replacing the sphere with a cubic moderator. This article describes the considerations, as well as the Monte-Carlo simulations done in order to examine the applicability of this idea
Neutron spectrometry for radiation protection: Three examples
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Workers and the general public are exposed to neutron radiation from a variety of sources, including fission and fusion reactors, accelerators, the nuclear fuel and nuclear weapons cycles, and cosmic rays in space, in aircraft and on the earth. Because the health effects of neutrons depend strongly on their energy, neutron spectrometry is essential for accurate risk-related neutron dosimetry. In addition, the penetration of neutrons through protective shielding changes their energy and can be difficult to calculate reliably, so the measurement of energy spectra is often needed to verify neutron transport calculations. The Environmental Measurements Laboratory has been measuring neutron energy spectra for over 20 years, primarily with multisphere (or Bonner sphere) spectrometers. Because of this experience, the Laboratory has responded to a number of requests to provide reference neutron energy spectra at critical locations in or near nuclear facilities and radiation fields. This talk will describe the author's instruments and three recent examples of their use: outside the Princeton Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), up to two kilometers from the Army Pulse Radiation Facility (APRF) bare reactor, and in a Canadian Forces jet aircraft at commercial aviation altitudes. All of these studies have implications beyond routine occupational radiation protection. For example, the APRF measurements are part of the broad effort to resolve the discrepancy between measured and calculated thermal neutron activation at Hiroshima, one of the most important unsolved problems in radiation dosimetry
Characterization of neutron field in a NPP workplace
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Full text: At Krsko Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) with pressurized water reactor, albedo dosemeters are used for personal neutron dosimetry while survey meters, based on a thermal-neutron detector inside a spherical moderator, are used for dose rate assessment in routine monitoring. The response of both systems is dependent on the energy of the existing neutron fields. Sphere dose rate detector was considered as reference for the calibration of the dosimeters in the workplace. Spectrometric measurements allow determination of the reference dosimetric values and verification of calibration of albedo dosimeters and response of the dose rate detector. The Laboratory for Neutron Metrology and Neutron Dosimetry from the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) was engaged in characterization of neutron fields at several plant locations having high neutron and gamma dose rate. The neutron fields were determined at three typical locations using newly characterized Bonner Sphere System (BSS), based on a cylindrical 3He counter. Measurement results of BSS and of albedo dosimeters are presented in this article. Based on the BSS results, in-situ calibration of NPP dosemeters is discussed. (author)
Dose equivalent quantities in the ICRU tissue sphere for 0.4-10.0 MeV neutrons
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The effect of the fluctuations of the cross sections in the energy range from 0.4-10.0 MeV on the responses of neutrons in the ICRU standard tissue sphere is investigated. The point energy Monte Carlo method was used for the estimation of the dose equivalent and the absorbed dose. A new approach was adopted where band-averaged responses were calculated instead of the previous approach which generates them as point values. The need for interpolation of the fluence-to-dose conversion factors between the point values is this eliminated. Based on the depth-dose distributions in the standard sphere, the index quantities, the newly-defined operational quantities and the effective quality factors were evaluated. The differences between the calculated indices and the previous results varied from -13% to +4% for the deep dose equivalent, and from -19% to +7% for the shallow dose equivalent. The energy dependencies of the responses were dominated by the oxygen content in tissue due to both the resonant oxygen cross section and the characteristic behavior of the proton quality factors
Neutrons field in the neutronic measurements room of the Polytechnic University of Madrid
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Through of measurements and calculations of a Monte Carlo series has been characterized the neutronic field of the neutronic measurements room of Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The measurements were realized with the Bonner Spheres Spectrometer that allowed establish the spectra on the new stainless steel panel and at different distances measured regarding the source. The values of the speed of environmental equivalent dose were measured with an area monitor Bert hold Lb 6411. Through of Monte Carlo methods was built a detailed model of the room with the panel and the spectra were calculated and, with these the values of the environmental equivalent dose were obtained using the conversion coefficients of the ICRP 74 and the Bert hold Lb 6411 response. The calculated values were compared with those measured and was consistency among the results. (Author)
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PADC-based nuclear track detectors have been widely used as convenient ambient dosemeters in many working places. However, due to the large energy dependence of their response in terms of ambient dose equivalent (H∗(10)) and to the diversity of workplace fields in terms of energy distribution, the appropriate calibration of these dosemeters is a delicate task. These are among the reasons why ISO has introduced the 12789 Series of Standards, where the simulated workplace neutron fields are introduced and their use to calibrate neutron dosemeters is recommended. This approach was applied in the present work to the UAB PADC-based nuclear track detectors. As a suitable workplace, the treatment room of a 15 MV Varian CLINAC DHX medical accelerator, located in the Ospedale S. Chiara (Pisa), was chosen. Here the neutron spectra in two points of tests (1.5 m and 2 m from the isocenter) were determined with the INFN-LNF Bonner Sphere Spectrometer equipped with Dysprosium activation foils (Dy-BSS), and the values of H∗(10) were derived on this basis. The PADC dosemeters were exposed in these points. Their workplace specific H*(10) responses were determined and compared with those previously obtained in different simulated workplace or reference (ISO 8529) neutron fields. - Highlights: ► The neutron field of a medical LINAC was used to calibrate PADC neutron dosemeters. ► The neutron spectra were derived with a Dy-foil based Bonner Sphere Spectrometer. ► Workplace specific calibration factor were derived for the PADC dosemeters. ► These factors were compared with those obtained in reference neutron fields
Neutron spectra in two beam ports of a TRIGA Mark III reactor with HEU fuel
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Before to change the HEU for Leu fuel of the ININ's TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor the neutron spectra were measured in two beam ports using 5 and 10 W. Measurements were carried out in a tangential and a radial beam port using a Bonner sphere spectrometer. It was found that neutron spectra are different in the beam ports, in radial beam port the amplitude of thermal and fast neutrons are approximately the same while, in the tangential beam port thermal neutron peak is dominant. In the radial beam port the fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent factors are 131±11 and 124±10 p Sv-cm2 for 5 and 10 W respectively while in the tangential beam port the fluence-to-ambient dose equivalent factor is 55±4 p Sv-cm2 for 10 W. (Author)
RDANN a new methodology to solve the neutron spectra unfolding problem
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Ortiz R, J.M.; Martinez B, M.R.; Vega C, H.R. [UAZ, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde No. 801, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2006-07-01
The optimization processes known as Taguchi method and DOE methodology are applied to the design, training and testing of Artificial Neural Networks in the neutron spectrometry field, which offer potential benefits in the evaluation of the behavior of the net as well as the ability to examine the interaction of the weights and neurons inside the same one. In this work, the Robust Design of Artificial Neural Networks methodology is used to solve the neutron spectra unfolding problem, designing, training and testing an ANN using a set of 187 neutron spectra compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, to obtain the better neutron spectra unfolded from the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. (Author)
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With increasing concern over the ability to detect and characterize special nuclear materials, the need for computer codes that can successfully predict the response of detector systems to various measurement scenarios is extremely important. These computer algorithms need to be benchmarked against a variety of experimental configurations to ensure their accuracy and understand their limitations. The Monte Carlo code MCNP-PoliMi is a modified version of the MCNP-4c code. Recently these modifications have been ported into the new MCNPX 2.6.0 code, which gives the new MCNPX-PoliMi a wider variety of options and abilities, taking advantage of the improvements made to MCNPX. To verify the ability of the MCNPX-PoliMi code to simulate the response of a neutron multiplicity detector simulated results were compared to experimental data. The experiment consisted of a 4.5-kg sphere of alpha-phase plutonium that was moderated with various thicknesses of polyethylene. The results showed that our code system can simulate the multiplicity distributions with relatively good agreement with measured data. The enhancements made to MCNP since the release of MCNP-4c have had little to no effect on the ability of the MCNP-PoliMi to resolve the discrepancies observed in the simulated neutron multiplicity distributions when compared experimental data.
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Tritium production and activation of radiochemical detector foils in a sphere of 6LiD with an oralloy core irradiated by a central source of 14-MeV neutrons have been calculated and compared with experimental measurements. The experimental assembly consisted of an oralloy sphere surrounded by three solid 6LiD concentric shells with ampules of 6LiH and 7LiH and activation foils located in several positions throughout the assembly. The Los Alamos Monte Carlo Neutron Photon Transport Code (MCNP) was used to calculate neutron transport throughout the system, tritium production in the ampules, and foil activation. The overall experimentally observed-to-calculated ratios of tritium production were 0.996 +- 2.5% in 6Li ampules and 0.903 +- 5.2% in 7Li ampules. Observed-to-calculated ratios for foil activation are also presented. 11 refs., 4 figs., 7 tabs
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Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E.; Lorente, A.; Rubio O, I. P., E-mail: hrvegacarrillo@yahoo.com.m [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal No. 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)
2010-09-15
Through of measurements and calculations of a Monte Carlo series has been characterized the neutronic field of the neutronic measurements room of Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The measurements were realized with the Bonner Spheres Spectrometer that allowed establish the spectra on the new stainless steel panel and at different distances measured regarding the source. The values of the speed of environmental equivalent dose were measured with an area monitor Bert hold Lb 6411. Through of Monte Carlo methods was built a detailed model of the room with the panel and the spectra were calculated and, with these the values of the environmental equivalent dose were obtained using the conversion coefficients of the ICRP 74 and the Bert hold Lb 6411 response. The calculated values were compared with those measured and was consistency among the results. (Author)
Design of a system for neutrons dosimetry; Diseno de un sistema para dosimetria de neutrones
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Ceron, P.; Rivera, T. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Legaria No. 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Paredes G, L. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Azorin, J. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Sanchez, A. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Vega C, H. R., E-mail: victceronr@hotmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2014-08-15
At the present time diverse systems of detection of neutrons exist, as proportional counters based on BF{sub 3}, He{sub 3} and spectrometers of Bonner spheres. However, the cost and the complexity of the implementation of these systems put them far from the reach for dosimetric purposes. For these reasons a system of neutrons detection composed by a medium paraffin moderator that forms a 4π (spheres) arrangement and of several couples of thermoluminescent dosimeters TLD 600/TLD 700. The response of the system presents a minor repeatability to 5% in several assays when being irradiated with a {sup 239}PuBe source and a deviation of 13.8% in the Tl readings of four different spheres. The calibration factor of the system with regard to the neutrons source which was of 56.2 p Sv/nc also was calculated. These detectors will be used as passive monitors of photoneutrons in a radiotherapy room with lineal accelerator of high energy. (Author)
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Related to the Argentina National Personal Dosimeters Intercomparison Program, a study of the personal dosimeters performance applied to mixed fields have been carried out. The main task was to obtain the neutron spectrum influence on the detectors response while using the commercial algorithms available. The irradiations have been made following the ISO 8529 recommendations, with an AmBe source and two realistic fields from RA-1 experimental reactor. The realistic neutron spectrum was characterised applying the Bonner Sphere System, based on 3He detector, MCNP4B and LOHUI82 codes for the response analysis and its later deconvolution. All national laboratories involved in mixed fields dose measurements were invited. The exercise was completed by 60% of the laboratories. In this work, the evaluation of the results is presented, showing the high importance of the work places spectra characterization. (author)
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To improve the characterization of radioprotection devices performances, it would be advisable to calibrate these devices in neutron spectra which are nearly like those met in practice (nuclear reactors, plutonium technology laboratories...). The purpose of this work is, in a first time, to choose the nature and the dimensions of the different shields used to achieve broad typical neutron spectra extending to lower energies from a 14.8 MeV neutron beam. The second step is the evaluation of spectral distribution and calculation of associated dosimetric quantities. For that, several spectrometric techniques are employed: on one hand, activation detectors and Bonner spheres method named rough spectrometry; on the other hand, an accurate spectrometry which uses recoil proton counters. The dosimetric quantities, especially the value of kerma deduced from these spectra must be in good agreement with those measured with a tissue equivalent ionization chamber
Neutron measurements in the stray field produced by 158 GeV/c lead ion beams
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This paper discusses measurements carried out at CERN in the stray radiation field produced by 158 GeV/c 208Pb82+ ions. The purpose was to test and intercompare the response of several detectors, mainly neutron measuring devices, and to determine the neutron spectral fluence as well as the microdosimetric (absorbed dose and dose equivalent) distributions in different locations around the shielding. Both active instruments and passive dosimeters were employed, including different types of Andersson-Braun rem counters, a tissue equivalent proportional counter, a set of superheated drop detectors, a Bonner sphere system and different types of ion chambers. Activation measurements with 12C plastic scintillators and with 32S pellets were also performed to assess the neutron yield of high energy lead ions interacting with a thin gold target. The results are compared with previous measurements and with measurements made during proton runs. (author)
Spectrometry and dosimetry of a neutron source
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Vega C, H.R.; Manzanares A, E.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Ramirez G, J.; Hernandez V, R.; Chacon R, A. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)]. e-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com
2007-07-01
Using Monte Carlo methods the spectrum, dose equivalent and ambient dose equivalent of a {sup 239}PuBe at several distances has been determined. Spectrum and both doses, at 100 cm, were determined-experimentally using a Bonner sphere spectrometer. These quantities were obtained by unfolding the spectrometer count rates using artificial neural networks. The dose equivalent, based in the ICRP 21 criteria, was measured with the area neutron dosemeter Eberline model NRI), at 100, 200 and 300 cm. All measurements were carried out in an open space to avoid the room return. With these results it was found that this source has a yield of 8.41E(6) n/s. (Author)
Neutron spectra in two beam ports of the TRIGA Mark III reactor
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The neutron spectra have been measured in two beam ports, radial and tangential, of the TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor from the National Institute of Nuclear Research. Measurements were carried out with the core with mixed fuel (Leu 8.5/20 and Flip Heu 8.5/70). Two reactor powers, 5 and 10 W, were used during neutron spectra measurements using a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a 6Lil(Eu) scintillator and 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 inches-diameter high density polyethylene spheres. The neutron spectra were unfolded using the NSDUAZ unfolding code; from each spectrum the total neutron flux, the neutron mean energy and the neutron ambient dose equivalent dose were determined. Measured spectra show fission (E≥ 0.1 MeV), epithermal (from 0.4 eV up to 0.1 MeV) and thermal neutrons (E≤ 0.4 eV). For both reactor powers the spectra in the radial beam port have similar features which are different to the neutron spectrum characteristics in the tangential beam port. (Author)
Neutron spectra in two beam ports of the TRIGA Mark III reactor
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Vega C, H. R.; Hernandez D, V. M. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98060 Zacatecas (Mexico); Aguilar, F.; Paredes, L. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Rivera M, T., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Unidad Legaria, Av. Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)
2013-10-15
The neutron spectra have been measured in two beam ports, radial and tangential, of the TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor from the National Institute of Nuclear Research. Measurements were carried out with the core with mixed fuel (Leu 8.5/20 and Flip Heu 8.5/70). Two reactor powers, 5 and 10 W, were used during neutron spectra measurements using a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a {sup 6}Lil(Eu) scintillator and 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 inches-diameter high density polyethylene spheres. The neutron spectra were unfolded using the NSDUAZ unfolding code; from each spectrum the total neutron flux, the neutron mean energy and the neutron ambient dose equivalent dose were determined. Measured spectra show fission (E≥ 0.1 MeV), epithermal (from 0.4 eV up to 0.1 MeV) and thermal neutrons (E≤ 0.4 eV). For both reactor powers the spectra in the radial beam port have similar features which are different to the neutron spectrum characteristics in the tangential beam port. (Author)
The measurement of tritium produced in a 6LiD sphere irradiated by neutrons from D-D and 252Cf
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In a 6LiD sphere irradiated by neutrons from D-D and 252Cf, tritium production rate and tritium production distribution were measured with 6LiI(Eu) scintillation detector. The measurement shows that the tritium production rate is 0.98 +- 0.05 with 252Cf neutrons and the average tritium production rate is 0.96 +- 0.07 with D-D neutrons. Moreover, the two dimensional measurement particle identification technique was used. The result shows that the measured value of tritium production rate is in accord with the theoretical calculating one within the experimental error range while in the areas of various radius, the tritium production distributions are different from each other. The experimental results can be used for correcting the group constant of neutron production tritium and checking relevant theoretical calculating method. (2 tabs., 7 figs.)
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The project 252Cf-D2O is articulated upon the utilization of a 200μg nominal 252Cf spontaneous neutron fission source, used bare and under D2O spherical moderators, giving leakage neutron spectra experimentally known and/or calculated. This project has for objective the applications of those sources to Health Physics, in dosimetry (calibration of ''rad'' and ''rem-meters'') and in spectrometry, associated with the experimental system of measurements made by the generalization of the BONNER Spheres, known as ''the Multisphere System''. This communication describes the normalization method used and the results obtained leading to the adoption of a reference matrix called ''the Log-Normal Multisphere Matrix'' (LN-MM) giving the energies response functions of the generalized system for all the spheres diameters between 40 and 400 millimeters and for all the energies between 0.4eV and 15MeV
Neutron detector development and measurements around particle accelerators
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Various neutron detectors for spectrometry, environmental dosimetry and personal dosimetry have been developed by our group. For high energy neutron spectrometry, spallation detectors of C and Bi, large plastic and NE-213 scintillators, self TOF detector were used for neutron production and shielding experiments at several high energy accelerator facilities, ISIS of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, Two-mile Linac of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, U.S.A., HIMAC of National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan, and RCNP of Osaka University, Japan. The response functions of these detectors were obtained by measurements and calculations. Thick target neutron yields produced from high-energy particles from protons to Xe ions have been summarized, together with shielding benchmark experiments through concrete and iron at these facilities. Neutron measurements over wide energy range including cosmic neutron field were done with Phoswich detector and Bonner sphere spectrometer. For environmental neutron dosimetry, two types of dose equivalent dosimeters, so-called rem counters, high-sensitive type and light-weight type, have been developed and for personal dosimetry, silicon semiconductor dosimeter has been developed for use in nuclear facilities. These dosimeters have good quality to give ambient and personal dose equivalents for neutrons in the mixed radiation fields. The outline of these works will be reviewed in this invited talk. (author)
Characterization of the neutron field from the 241Am-Be isotopic source of the IPHC irradiator
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A measurement campaign has been carried out recently to provide the source intensity and the reference spectra around a neutron irradiation facility based on 241Am-Be radionuclide source, using the UAB Bonner Sphere Spectrometer. This facility, which consists of a bunker, a container/shielding for the source and an irradiation device that uses an automated remote-controlled system for the source positioning and rotating during the dosimeter irradiation, is intended to be routinely used to check the response of passive dosimeters, namely those based on photo-stimulated imaging plates and solid-state nuclear track detectors. The measurement results, in terms of neutron spectra and global dosimetric quantities (i.e., fluence and ambient dose equivalent rates) at different distances with respect to the 241Am-Be source, were compared with Monte Carlo simulations using the MCNPX code and a good agreement was observed. An estimation of the un-scattered neutron spectrum directly emitted from the 241Am-Be source is given as well. - Highlights: ► We describe a neutron irradiation facility based on 241Am-Be radioactive source. ► The neutron field was characterized with a Bonner sphere spectrometer (BSS). ► Monte Carlo simulations using the MCNPX code were in good agreement with BSS. ► The un-scattered neutron spectrum is provided and compared to that given by the ISO-8529 standard. ► The neutron intensity of the 241Am-Be source is also estimated
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Domingo, C., E-mail: carles.domingo@uab.ca [Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions, Departament de Fisica. Edifici C, Campus UAB, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Garcia-Fuste, M.J.; Morales, E.; Amgarou, K. [Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions, Departament de Fisica. Edifici C, Campus UAB, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Terron, J.A. [Servicio de Radiofisica, Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena. E- 41009 Sevilla. Spain (Spain); Rosello, J.; Brualla, L. [ERESA, Avda. Tres Cruces s/n. E-46014 Valencia (Spain); Nunez, L. [Servicio de Radiofisica, Hospital. Puerta de Hierro. E-28222 Majadahonda (Spain); Colmenares, R. [Serv. de Oncologia Radioterapica, Hosp. Ramon y Cajal, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Gomez, F. [Dpto. de Particulas. Univ. de Santiago. E-15782 Santiago de Compostela. Spain (Spain); Hartmann, G.H. [DKFZ E0400 Im Neuenheimer Feld 280. D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany) (Germany); Sanchez-Doblado, F. [Servicio de Radiofisica, Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena. E- 41009 Sevilla. Spain (Spain); Dpto. de Fisiologia Medica y Biofisica. Universidad de Sevilla. E-41009 Sevilla. Spain (Spain); Fernandez, F. [Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions, Departament de Fisica. Edifici C, Campus UAB, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, Justo Dorado 11 E-28040 Madrid (Spain)
2010-12-15
A project has been set up to study the effect on a radiotherapy patient of the neutrons produced around the LINAC accelerator head by photonuclear reactions induced by photons above {approx}8 MeV. These neutrons may reach directly the patient, or they may interact with the surrounding materials until they become thermalised, scattering all over the treatment room and affecting the patient as well, contributing to peripheral dose. Spectrometry was performed with a calibrated and validated set of Bonner spheres at a point located at 50 cm from the isocenter, as well as at the place where a digital device for measuring neutrons, based on the upset of SRAM memories induced by thermal neutrons, is located inside the treatment room. Exposures have taken place in six LINAC accelerators with different energies (from 15 to 23 MV) with the aim of relating the spectrometer measurements with the readings of the digital device under various exposure and room geometry conditions. The final purpose of the project is to be able to relate, under any given treatment condition and room geometry, the readings of this digital device to patient neutron effective dose and peripheral dose in organs of interest. This would allow inferring the probability of developing second malignancies as a consequence of the treatment. Results indicate that unit neutron fluence spectra at 50 cm from the isocenter do not depend on accelerator characteristics, while spectra at the place of the digital device are strongly influenced by the treatment room geometry.
Thomas N Bonner (1923-2003), medical historian.
Bickel, Marcel H
2016-05-01
Thomas Bonner made a long academic career, teaching medical history and higher education at several American universities and presiding over three of these. He engaged in politics for 2 years. As a historian of medicine, he published important books on topics including Midwestern medicine, medical education in the United States and in European countries, the entry of women into medicine in the 19th century and on the educator Abraham Flexner. His works were based on exhaustive research, penetrating analysis, language skills and the ability to explain complex information in understandable terms. Bonner lived a passionate life of commitment and devotion to various worthwhile causes. PMID:24986396
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Within the EC project EVIDOS, 17 different mixed neutron-photon workplace fields at nuclear facilities (boiling water reactor, pressurised water reactor, research reactor, fuel processing, storage of spent fuel) were characterised using conventional Bonner sphere spectrometry and newly developed direction spectrometers. The results of the analysis, using Bayesian parameter estimation methods and different unfolding codes, some of them especially adapted to simultaneously unfold energy and direction distributions of the neutron fluence, showed that neutron spectra differed strongly at the different places, both in energy and direction distribution. The implication of the results for the determination of reference values for radiation protection quantities (ambient dose equivalent, personal dose equivalent and effective dose) and the related uncertainties are discussed. (authors)
A neutron spectrum unfolding code based on iterative procedures
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Ortiz R, J. M.; Vega C, H. R., E-mail: morvymm@yahoo.com.mx [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Apdo. Postal 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2012-10-15
In this work, the version 3.0 of the neutron spectrum unfolding code called Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry from Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ), is presented. This code was designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment and it is based on the iterative SPUNIT iterative algorithm, using as entrance data, only the rate counts obtained with 7 Bonner spheres based on a {sup 6}Lil(Eu) neutron detector. The main features of the code are: it is intuitive and friendly to the user; it has a programming routine which automatically selects the initial guess spectrum by using a set of neutron spectra compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Besides the neutron spectrum, this code calculates the total flux, the mean energy, H(10), h(10), 15 dosimetric quantities for radiation protection porpoises and 7 survey meter responses, in four energy grids, based on the International Atomic Energy Agency compilation. This code generates a full report in html format with all relevant information. In this work, the neutron spectrum of a {sup 241}AmBe neutron source on air, located at 150 cm from detector, is unfolded. (Author)
Characterisation of Laboratory-produced CANDU(r)-like workplace neutron fields
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Two neutron fields were produced in the Neutron Irradiation Facility (NIF) at the Chalk River Laboratories of the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. by direction (d,D) neutrons from a 150 kV neutron generator through a specially designed moderator assembly. Bonner sphere and proton recoil spectrometry systems were used to characterise these fields to determine whether they were CANDU(r)-like, i.e. whether they resembled neutron fields found in workplaces around pressurised heavy-water moderated power reactors such as CANDU(r) reactors. Similarities were found between the distributions in energy of neutron fluence and ambient dose equivalent of the neutron fields produced in the NIF and those measured previously in power plants. In addition, there was agreement between theoretical (Monte Carlo) data and measured data, thereby validating continued use of Monte Carlo modelling for field characterisations in the NIF. The CANDU(r)-like fields add to the repertoire of neutron fields available in the NIF and are expected to be useful for evaluating neutron dosemeters. (author)
Fehrenbacher, G; Iwase, H; Radon, T; Schardt, D; Schuhmacher, H; Wittstock, J; Radon, T; Schardt, D; Schumacher, H; Wittstock, J
2004-01-01
Neutron spectra were measured at the GSI heavy ion accelerator using the Bonner sphere spectrometer NEMUS. The irradiation experiments were carried out at Cave A, an experimental area at the GSI heavy ion synchrotron SIS. A 400 MeV/u carbon ion beam impinging on a thick graphite target was used as neutron source. Spectral distributions were determined by unfolding the measured readings using the unfolding code MAXED for four positions outside the shielding and for four positions in the entry maze of Cave A. First results are presented for two positions from Monte Carlo simulations carried out with a newer version of FLUKA con-sidering both the particle production in nucleus-nucleus collisions and the transportation of particles through the shielding. Measured and calculated neutron spectra are compared for these positions.
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Neutron spectra were measured at the GSI heavy ion accelerator using the Bonner sphere spectrometer NEMUS. The irradiation experiments were carried out at Cave A, an experimental area at the GSI heavy ion synchrotron SIS. A 400 MeV/u carbon ion beam impinging on a thick graphite target was used as neutron source. Spectral distributions were determined by unfolding the measured readings using the unfolding code MAXED for four positions outside the shielding and for four positions in the entry maze of Cave A. First results are presented for two positions from Monte Carlo simulations carried out with a newer version of FLUKA considering both the particle production in nucleus-nucleus collisions and the transportation of particles through the shielding. Measured and calculated neutron spectra are compared for these positions. (orig.)
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Benites R, J. L. [Centro Estatal de Cancerologia de Nayarit, Av. Enfermeria, Fracc. Fray Junipero Serra, 63000 Tepic, Nayarit (Mexico); Vega C, H. R.; Murillo O, R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Velazquez F, J. B., E-mail: jlbenitesr@prodigy.net.mx [Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit, Postgrado CBAP, Carretera Tepic Compostela Km. 9, Xalisco, Nayarit (Mexico)
2011-10-15
By means of an inter-comparison method, the monitor for neutrons Pug-7N was enabled like dosimeter for neutrons of two magnitudes: the environmental equivalent dose, H*(10), and the H equivalent dose. The monitor Pug-7N has a plastic detector of scintillation Pns-20 that can be used inside or outside of its polyethylene cylindrical moderator. This designed to detect the neutrons presence that is shown in ana logical form by means of a fast count. Although the instrument is useful to detect the neutrons presence its design it does not allow to estimate the dose. With the purpose of enabling it as dosimeter for neutrons, their response was compared with the response of the area monitor for neutrons Bert hold Lb 6411 and Eberline NRD model Asp-1. Under the same irradiation conditions the 3 instruments were exposed to a source of {sup 241}AmBe of 3.7E(9) Bq (100 mCi) of activity whose spectrum and dosimetric magnitudes were determined with a spectrometric system of Bonner spheres with scintillator of {sup 6}Lil(Eu) and the NSDUAZ code. Conversion factors of H*(10)/cpm and H/cpm were obtained for the two options of the monitor detector Pug-7N, with this procedure the monitor Pug-7N besides determining the presence of neutrons, it has been enabled for their use as dosimeter for neutrons. (Author)
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Reyes H, A.; Ortiz R, J. M.; Reyes A, A.; Castaneda M, R.; Solis S, L. O.; Vega C, H. R., E-mail: alfredo_reyesh@hotmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Av. Lopez Velarde 801, Col. Centro, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2014-08-15
In this work was realized the test and validation of an iterative code for neutronic spectrometry known as Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry of the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ). This code was designed in a user graph interface, friendly and intuitive in the environment programming of LabVIEW using the iterative algorithm known as SPUNIT. The main characteristics of the program are: the automatic selection of the initial spectrum starting from the neutrons spectra catalog compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the possibility to generate a report in HTML format that shows in graph and numeric way the neutrons flowing and calculates the ambient dose equivalent with base to this. To prove the designed code, the count rates of a spectrometer system of Bonner spheres were used with a detector of {sup 6}LiI(Eu) with 7 polyethylene spheres with diameter of 0, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12. The count rates measured with two neutron sources: {sup 252}Cf and {sup 239}PuBe were used to validate the code, the obtained results were compared against those obtained using the BUNKIUT code. We find that the reconstructed spectra present an error that is inside the limit reported in the literature that oscillates around 15%. Therefore, it was concluded that the designed code presents similar results to those techniques used at the present time. (Author)
A neutron spectrometry and dosimetry computer tool based on ANN
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In the neutron spectrometry and dosimetry research areas by means of the Bonner spheres spectrometric system utilizing classical approaches, such as Monte Carlo, parametrization and iterative procedures, the weight, time consuming procedure, the need to use an unfolding procedure, the low resolution spectrum, and the need to use the neutron fluence-to-dose conversion coefficients for calculating the equivalent doses are some drawbacks which these approaches offer. Each of the mentioned difficulties has motivated the development of complementary procedures such as maximum entropy, genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks. The use of neural networks to unfold neutron spectra and to calculate equivalent doses from the count rates measured with BSS system has become in an alternative procedure, which has been applied with success, however, it is observed that doesn't exist computer tools based on ANN technology to unfold neutron spectra and to calculate equivalent doses. In this work a customized front end user interface software application, called Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry by means of Artificial Neural Networks (NSDANN) based on ANN technology, is presented, which is capable to unfold neutron spectra and to simultaneously calculate 13 equivalent doses, by using only the count rates of a BBS system as input, in just a few seconds. (author)
Measuring neutron spectra in radiotherapy using the nested neutron spectrometer
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Maglieri, Robert, E-mail: robert.maglieri@mail.mcgill.ca; Evans, Michael; Seuntjens, Jan; Kildea, John [Medical Physics Unit, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1 (Canada); Licea, Angel [Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5S9 (Canada)
2015-11-15
Purpose: Out-of-field neutron doses resulting from photonuclear interactions in the head of a linear accelerator pose an iatrogenic risk to patients and an occupational risk to personnel during radiotherapy. To quantify neutron production, in-room measurements have traditionally been carried out using Bonner sphere systems (BSS) with activation foils and TLDs. In this work, a recently developed active detector, the nested neutron spectrometer (NNS), was tested in radiotherapy bunkers. Methods: The NNS is designed for easy handling and is more practical than the traditional BSS. Operated in current-mode, the problem of pulse pileup due to high dose-rates is overcome by measuring current, similar to an ionization chamber. In a bunker housing a Varian Clinac 21EX, the performance of the NNS was evaluated in terms of reproducibility, linearity, and dose-rate effects. Using a custom maximum-likelihood expectation–maximization algorithm, measured neutron spectra at various locations inside the bunker were then compared to Monte Carlo simulations of an identical setup. In terms of dose, neutron ambient dose equivalents were calculated from the measured spectra and compared to bubble detector neutron dose equivalent measurements. Results: The NNS-measured spectra for neutrons at various locations in a treatment room were found to be consistent with expectations for both relative shape and absolute magnitude. Neutron fluence-rate decreased with distance from the source and the shape of the spectrum changed from a dominant fast neutron peak near the Linac head to a dominant thermal neutron peak in the moderating conditions of the maze. Monte Carlo data and NNS-measured spectra agreed within 30% at all locations except in the maze where the deviation was a maximum of 40%. Neutron ambient dose equivalents calculated from the authors’ measured spectra were consistent (one standard deviation) with bubble detector measurements in the treatment room. Conclusions: The NNS may
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The effect of the fluctuating cross-section structure in the energy range of 0.4 to 10.0 MeV on the dosimetric response functions of neutrons in the ICRU standard tissue sphere is analyzed. A Monte Carlo method with point-energy cross-section values, including coupled transport for neutrons and secondary charged particles, was used in the direct estimation of the absorbed dose and the dose equivalent. An approach was adopted in which source-energy band-average responses were calculated instead of the more usual approach involving monoenergetic source neutrons. Data were obtained for the newly defined term, ambient dose equivalent, at various depths, as well as the older index quantities. Such data generated were compared with information from other research workers. In general, good agreement was found, with due consideration to the differences engendered by the use of the source-energy band-average approach. Agreement was poorest for very shallow depths, corresponding to outer skin thickness, this being a most difficult depth to calculate accurately. The dosimetric data generated in this study should contribute to the ongoing efforts for the standardization of neutron protection dosimetry
Qualification of the monitor Pug-7N like dosimeter for neutrons
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By means of an inter-comparison method, the monitor for neutrons Pug-7N was enabled like dosimeter for neutrons of two magnitudes: the environmental equivalent dose, H*(10), and the H equivalent dose. The monitor Pug-7N has a plastic detector of scintillation Pns-20 that can be used inside or outside of its polyethylene cylindrical moderator. This designed to detect the neutrons presence that is shown in ana logical form by means of a fast count. Although the instrument is useful to detect the neutrons presence its design it does not allow to estimate the dose. With the purpose of enabling it as dosimeter for neutrons, their response was compared with the response of the area monitor for neutrons Bert hold Lb 6411 and Eberline NRD model Asp-1. Under the same irradiation conditions the 3 instruments were exposed to a source of 241AmBe of 3.7E(9) Bq (100 mCi) of activity whose spectrum and dosimetric magnitudes were determined with a spectrometric system of Bonner spheres with scintillator of 6Lil(Eu) and the NSDUAZ code. Conversion factors of H*(10)/cpm and H/cpm were obtained for the two options of the monitor detector Pug-7N, with this procedure the monitor Pug-7N besides determining the presence of neutrons, it has been enabled for their use as dosimeter for neutrons. (Author)
A real time scintillating fiber Time of Flight spectrometer for LINAC photoproduced neutrons
Maspero, M.; Berra, A.; Conti, V.; Giannini, G.; Ostinelli, A.; Prest, M.; Vallazza, E.
2015-03-01
The use of high-energy (> 8 MeV) LINear ACcelerators (LINACs) for medical cancer treatments causes the photoproduction of secondary neutrons, whose unwanted dose to the patient has to be calculated. The characterization of the neutron spectra is necessary to allow the dosimetric evaluation of the neutron beam contamination. The neutron spectrum in a hospital environment is usually measured with integrating detectors such as bubble dosimeters, Thermo Luminescent Dosimeters (TLDs) or Bonner Spheres, which integrate the information over a time interval and an energy one. This paper presents the development of a neutron spectrometer based on the Time of Flight (ToF) technique in order to perform a real time characterization of the neutron contamination. The detector measures the neutron spectrum exploiting the fact that the LINAC beams are pulsed and arranged in bunches with a rate of 100-300 Hz depending on the beam type and energy. The detector consists of boron loaded scintillating fibers readout by a MultiAnode PhotoMultiplier Tube (MAPMT). A detailed description of the detector and the acquisition system together with the results in terms of ToF spectra and number of neutrons with a Varian Clinac iX are presented.
Test and validation of the iterative code for the neutrons spectrometry and dosimetry: NSDUAZ
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In this work was realized the test and validation of an iterative code for neutronic spectrometry known as Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry of the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ). This code was designed in a user graph interface, friendly and intuitive in the environment programming of LabVIEW using the iterative algorithm known as SPUNIT. The main characteristics of the program are: the automatic selection of the initial spectrum starting from the neutrons spectra catalog compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the possibility to generate a report in HTML format that shows in graph and numeric way the neutrons flowing and calculates the ambient dose equivalent with base to this. To prove the designed code, the count rates of a spectrometer system of Bonner spheres were used with a detector of 6LiI(Eu) with 7 polyethylene spheres with diameter of 0, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12. The count rates measured with two neutron sources: 252Cf and 239PuBe were used to validate the code, the obtained results were compared against those obtained using the BUNKIUT code. We find that the reconstructed spectra present an error that is inside the limit reported in the literature that oscillates around 15%. Therefore, it was concluded that the designed code presents similar results to those techniques used at the present time. (Author)
Thomas, D. J.; Lewis, V. E.; Klein, H.; Allisy-Roberts, P. J.
2010-01-01
A comparison of 24.5 keV neutron fluence standards was organized by Section III (Neutron Measurements) of the Comité Consultatif des Rayonnements Ionisants, (CCRI). The exercise involved the circulation of a set of three different-diameter Bonner spheres for calibration in fields with energies around 24.5 keV. The fields were produced using four different methods of neutron production. The responses (counts per unit neutron fluence) of the individual spheres were initially determined for the neutron energy of the production method, or methods, employed. To derive the 24.5 keV responses, it was necessary to make corrections for spectral effects, and these were achieved by using response functions for the spheres calculated using the code MCNP. The results demonstrate good consistency within the estimated uncertainties (ranging from about 5% to 10% at the 95% confidence level) between the results reported by all the participants. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI Section III, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).
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DH-A-1 dosimeter and 6LiJ(Eu) detector, located in the center of polyethylene spheres with various diameters, were calibrated by means of neutrons with the energy of about 30 keV. The data on the detectors responses enable one to determine the shape of responses as a function of neutron energy more definitely at the energy range from some keV to some tens of keV. For DN-A-1 dosimeter response at neutrons and at neutrons in the energy range of about 30 keV the agreement is better than the uncertainties of measurements (about 20%)
Neutron spectra at the outlet from the labyrinths in the IHEP proton synchrotron biological shield
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Neutron spectra in transport and cable labyrinths of concrete shielding were measured. It was related with planned increase of proton beam intensity in the IHEP synchrotron and the necessity of searching isotope radiation sources suitable for simulation of fields of neutron radiation in the accelerator biological shield. Multisphere Bonner spectrometer with 6LiI(Eu) monocrystal of 10x10 mm size as thermal neutron detector and a set of seven cadmium-plated polyethylene thermalizing spheres 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12 and 18 inch in diameter was used for measurement. Measurements were conducted at 100 MeV, 8 and 70 GeV proton energies. Analysis of obtained data shows that the average energy of neutron spectra increases at the outlet from the labyrinths from 110 up to 390 keV with growth of accelerated proton energy from 100 MeV up to 70 GeV. Neutron spectra are similar with respect to form and component composition at one and the same energy of accelerated particles and the same shield material regardless of labyrinth configuration. The shares of fast and interiediate neutrons equal about 10 and 90% respectively. It was concluded that neutron radiation fields typical for the labyrinths of the IHEP synchrotron yield can be simulated in model labyrinths with the use of californium-252 source
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Vega C, H. R.; Ortiz R, J. M.; Hernandez D, V. M; Martinez B, M. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E.; Lorente, A. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal No. 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Barquero, R., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.co [Hospital del Rio Hortega, C/Dulzaina No. 2, 47012 Valladolid (Spain)
2010-09-15
The artificial neural networks technology has been applied to reconstruct the neutrons spectra of two isotopic sources: {sup 252}Cf, and {sup 241}Am-Be. Also, this technology has been applied to obtain the effective dose, E, and the personal dose equivalents, Hp(10) and environmental, H *(10). To obtain the spectra and the doses only were used the count rates produced in a Bonner Spheres spectrometer with a scintillator of {sup 6}LiI(Eu) of 0.4 {phi} x 0.4 cm{sup 2}. The equivalent environmental dose and the spectra of the sources were also obtained by means of the reconstruction code BUNKIUT. When comparing the results obtained by means of both procedures it was found that they are consistent. (Author)
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The energy response characteristics of several neutron measuring devices used popularly for radiation protection purpose were determined under the simulated neutron calibration fields which was produced by using the radionuclide neutron sources and the shadow objects to scatter and to moderate the fast neutrons emitted from the source. The simulated neutron calibration fields for the calibration of personal dosemeters and survey meters were constructed in the Radiation Calibration Laboratory (RCL) of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). The radionuclide sources of 252Cf and 241AmBe were used for producing the neutron calibration fields with little different from the method recommended by ISO. The calibration points of interest were behind the shadow objects and the concrete wall in the irradiation room. In order to characterize the neutron calibration fields at the point of test, the spectral neutron fluence rate was determined by means of the Bonner Multi-sphere Spectrometry System (BMSS) and the measured spectra unfolded using the BUNKI code. The dosimetric quantities were derived from the unfolded spectra and used as the reference value to determine the response of each detector. Five kinds of the active detector (three for detector with heavy moderator, one for detector having two spherical tubes with different size, and a TEPC, Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter) and a TLD as the passive detector were used in this study. The spectral mean energy at the reference calibration points ranged from 0.1 MeV to 3.44 MeV and the dose rate from 0.12 mSv/hr to 4.62 mSv/hr. This paper shows that the big difference, more than four times in case of TLD, in the response of detector with the neutron field spectra should be corrected when the detector is used for monitoring and the dosimetric data of KAERI 's scattered neutron calibration fields. (author)
Genetic algorithms - A new technique for solving the neutron spectrum unfolding problem
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A new technique utilizing genetic algorithms has been applied to the Bonner sphere neutron spectrum unfolding problem. Genetic algorithms are part of a relatively new field of 'evolutionary' solution techniques that mimic living systems with computer-simulated 'chromosome' solutions. Solutions mate and mutate to create better solutions. Several benchmark problems, considered representative of radiation protection environments, have been evaluated using the newly developed UMRGA code which implements the genetic algorithm unfolding technique. The results are compared with results from other well-established unfolding codes. The genetic algorithm technique works remarkably well and produces solutions with relatively high spectral qualities. UMRGA appears to be a superior technique in the absence of a priori data - it does not rely on 'lucky' guesses of input spectra. Calculated personnel doses associated with the unfolded spectra match benchmark values within a few percent
Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry based on a new approach called Genetic Artificial Neural Networks
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Artificial Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms are two relatively young research areas that were subject to a steadily growing interest during the past years. The structure of a neural network is a significant contributing factor to its performance and the structure is generally heuristically chosen. The use of evolutionary algorithms as search techniques has allowed different properties of neural networks to be evolved. This paper focuses on the intersection on neural networks and evolutionary computation, namely on how evolutionary algorithms can be used to assist neural network design and training, as a novel approach. In this research, a new evolvable artificial neural network modelling approach is presented, which utilizes an optimization process based on the combination of genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks, and is applied in the design of a neural network, oriented to solve the neutron spectrometry and simultaneous dosimetry problems, using only the count rates measured with a Bonner spheres spectrometer system as entrance data. (author)
Spectrometry and dosimetry of isotopic sources of neutrons by means of artificial neural networks
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The artificial neural networks technology has been applied to reconstruct the neutrons spectra of two isotopic sources: 252Cf, and 241Am-Be. Also, this technology has been applied to obtain the effective dose, E, and the personal dose equivalents, Hp(10) and environmental, H *(10). To obtain the spectra and the doses only were used the count rates produced in a Bonner Spheres spectrometer with a scintillator of 6LiI(Eu) of 0.4 φ x 0.4 cm2. The equivalent environmental dose and the spectra of the sources were also obtained by means of the reconstruction code BUNKIUT. When comparing the results obtained by means of both procedures it was found that they are consistent. (Author)
Neutron monitors and muon detectors for solar modulation studies: 2. $\\phi$ time series
Ghelfi, A; Cheminet, A; Derome, L; Hubert, G; Melot, F
2016-01-01
The level of solar modulation at different times (related to the solar activity) is a central question of solar and galactic cosmic-ray physics. In the first paper of this series, we have established a correspondence between the uncertainties on ground-based detectors count rates and the parameter $\\phi$ (modulation level in the force-field approximation) reconstructed from these count rates. In this second paper, we detail a procedure to obtain a reference $\\phi$ time series from neutron monitor data. We show that we can have an unbiased and accurate $\\phi$ reconstruction ($\\Delta\\phi/\\phi\\simeq 10\\%$). We also discuss the potential of Bonner spheres spectrometers and muon detectors to provide $\\phi$ time series. Two by-products of this calculation are updated $\\phi$ values for the cosmic-ray database and a web interface to retrieve and plot $\\phi$ from the 50's to today (\\url{http://lpsc.in2p3.fr/crdb}).
A study of neutron room scattering at RPCF
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High energy physics facilities must monitor the radiation doses received by their personnel. This monitoring can only be effective if the radiation detection devices can be calibrated with a good degree of accuracy. Radiation fields are usually composed of several types of radiation, including gamma rays, beta radiation, neutrons, etc. The neutron detection instruments respond not only to the neutrons coming directly from the source but also those scattered from the floor, walls, and ceiling. The amount of neutron scattering varies from site to site depending on the construction materials and layout of the building. The purpose of this study was to determine the scattered neutron fraction in the central volume of the calibration mezzanine of the Radiation Physics Calibration Facility (RPCF) at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). At Fermilab, radiation workers dosimeters use CR39 for neutron detection, which are sent to an outside vendor for reading. As part of the quality assurance program, Fermilab routinely sends the vendor ''spiked'' badges, i.e. badges exposed to a known amount of neutron dosage at RPCF. This study determines a correction factor due to scattered neutron to the spiked badges. The study was conducted in a room with floor dimensions of 12 m by 9.5 m. The walls and ceiling are thin steel and insulation supported by steel 1-beams. We determined the total amount of radiation at three heights above the floor, and at three distances from an AmBe neutron source at each height in the RPCF using the Bonner Sphere technique
An accurate and portable solid state neutron rem meter
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Accurately resolving the ambient neutron dose equivalent spanning the thermal to 15 MeV energy range with a single configuration and lightweight instrument is desirable. This paper presents the design of a portable, high intrinsic efficiency, and accurate neutron rem meter whose energy-dependent response is electronically adjusted to a chosen neutron dose equivalent standard. The instrument may be classified as a moderating type neutron spectrometer, based on an adaptation to the classical Bonner sphere and position sensitive long counter, which, simultaneously counts thermalized neutrons by high thermal efficiency solid state neutron detectors. The use of multiple detectors and moderator arranged along an axis of symmetry (e.g., long axis of a cylinder) with known neutron-slowing properties allows for the construction of a linear combination of responses that approximate the ambient neutron dose equivalent. Variations on the detector configuration are investigated via Monte Carlo N-Particle simulations to minimize the total instrument mass while maintaining acceptable response accuracy—a dose error less than 15% for bare 252Cf, bare AmBe, an epi-thermal and mixed monoenergetic sources is found at less than 4.5 kg moderator mass in all studied cases. A comparison of the energy dependent dose equivalent response and resultant energy dependent dose equivalent error of the present dosimeter to commercially-available portable rem meters and the prior art are presented. Finally, the present design is assessed by comparison of the simulated output resulting from applications of several known neutron sources and dose rates
Characterization of neutron reference fields at US Department of Energy calibration fields.
Olsher, R H; McLean, T D; Mallett, M W; Seagraves, D T; Gadd, M S; Markham, Robin L; Murphy, R O; Devine, R T
2007-01-01
The Health Physics Measurements Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has initiated a study of neutron reference fields at selected US Department of Energy (DOE) calibration facilities. To date, field characterisation has been completed at five facilities. These fields are traceable to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) through either a primary calibration of the source emission rate or through the use of a secondary standard. However, neutron spectral variation is caused by factors such as room return, scatter from positioning tables and fixtures, source anisotropy and spectral degradation due to source rabbits and guide tubes. Perturbations from the ideal isotropic point source field may impact the accuracy of instrument calibrations. In particular, the thermal neutron component of the spectrum, while contributing only a small fraction of the conventionally true dose, can contribute a significant fraction of a dosemeter's response with the result that the calibration becomes facility-specific. A protocol has been developed to characterise neutron fields that relies primarily on spectral measurements with the Bubble Technology Industries (BTI) rotating neutron spectrometer (ROSPEC) and the LANL Bonner sphere spectrometer. The ROSPEC measurements were supplemented at several sites by the BTI Simple Scintillation Spectrometer probe, which is designed to extend the ROSPEC upper energy range from 5 to 15 MeV. In addition, measurements were performed with several rem meters and neutron dosemeters. Detailed simulations were performed using the LANL MCNPX Monte Carlo code to calculate the magnitude of source anisotropy and scatter factors. PMID:17496290
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For intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments 6 MV photons are typically used, however, for deep seated tumors in the pelvic region, higher photon energies are increasingly being employed. IMRT treatments require more monitor units (MU) to deliver the same dose as conformal treatments, causing increased secondary radiation to tissues outside the treated area from leakage and scatter, as well as a possible increase in the neutron dose from photon interactions in the machine head. Here we provide in vivo patient and phantom measurements of the secondary out-of-field photon radiation and the neutron dose equivalent for 18 MV IMRT treatments. The patients were treated for prostate cancer with 18 MV IMRT at institutions using different therapy machines and treatment planning systems. Phantom exposures at the different facilities were used to compare the secondary photon and neutron dose equivalent between typical IMRT delivered treatment plans with a six field three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) plan. For the in vivo measurements LiF thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs) and Al2O3 detectors using optically stimulated radiation were used to obtain the photon dose and CR-39 track etch detectors were used to obtain the neutron dose equivalent. For the phantom measurements a Bonner sphere (25.4 cm diameter) containing two types of TLDs (TLD-600 and TLD-700) having different thermal neutron sensitivities were used to obtain the out-of-field neutron dose equivalent. Our results showed that for patients treated with 18 MV IMRT the photon dose equivalent is greater than the neutron dose equivalent measured outside the treatment field and the neutron dose equivalent normalized to the prescription dose varied from 2 to 6 mSv/Gy among the therapy machines. The Bonner sphere results showed that the ratio of neutron equivalent doses for the 18 MV IMRT and 3DCRT prostate treatments scaled as the ratio of delivered MUs. We also observed differences in the
Time-eigenvalues of the one-speed neutron transport equation in two-medium slabs and spheres
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The transport of monoenergetic neutrons with isotropic scattering and vacuum boundary conditions is studied in two-medium spherical and plane systems. The mean-free-path is assumed to be the same in the two media. The two coupled intergral equations that are obtained are numerically solved using the spatial Legendre expansion method (Carlvik's method). Tables and curves of the fundamental and higher time-eigenvalues for various dimensions of the bodies are given
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In this work was used the robust design methodology of artificial neural networks to determine a good topology of net able to solve with efficiency the problems of neutrons spectrometry and dosimetry. For the design of the topology of optimized net 36 different net architectures based on an orthogonal arrangement with a configuration L9(34), L4(32) were trained. For the training of the neural networks, was used a computer code developed in the ambient of Mat lab programming, which automates the process and analysis of the information, reducing the time used in this activity considerably for the investigator. For the training of the propagation nets forward was utilized a neutrons spectrum compendium published by the International Atomic Energy Agency, where of the total 80% was used for the training and 20% for the test, it trained with an inverse propagation algorithm being the entrance data the count rates corresponding to the 7 spheres of the spectrometric system of Bonner spheres, as exit data, the neural network obtains the neutrons spectrum expressed in 60 energy groups and are calculated of simultaneous way 15 dosimetric quantities. (Author)
Neutron dosimetry and spectral measurements in PWR containment
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The neutron spectra and absorbed dose rates in reactor containment were measured. These measurements were related to personnel dosimeter response and measurements taken with the neutron monitoring instruments at the nuclear plants. Two different systems were used to measure the neutron spectra. One system, called the multisphere or Bonner shpere system, was composed of 6LiI detector which was placed inside a set of polyethylene spheres of various sizes. The multisphere system is a low resolution system which estimates the spectrum over the full range of neutron energies. The other spectrometer system was composed of a 3He proportional counter filled to 4 psi 3He and 26 psi argon. These 3He counters have a relatively high resolution (2.5 to 3.0%) but cover the more restricted energy range from about 30 keV to > 1 MeV. A pulse shape discrimination system was used to help minimize interference from 3He recoil reactions. A tissue equivalent proportional counter system was used for absorbed dose measurements. Because of the relatively low dose rates at many of the work locations in containment, a 5''-diameter spherical counter was used for most of these measurements. In areas of relatively high dose rate a 2'' spherical counter was used. Measurements were also taken with portable neutron monitoring instruments to determine the accuracy of these devices compared to the more sophisticated sytems. Finally, several types of personnel neutron dosimeters were exposed at all the selected work locations and their responses evaluated in terms of a calibration exposure to unmoderated neutrons. (In most cases a bare 252Cf neutron source.) Measurement locations were selected to represent typical work locations during entries at full power. All measurements for this study were conducted with the reactors at or near 100% power. Usually, at least 8 allocations were selected for spectrum and dose measurements
Silari, M; Beck, P; Bedogni, R; Cale, E; Caresana, M; Domingo, C; Donadille, L; Dubourg, N; Esposito, A; Fehrenbacher, G; Fernández, F; Ferrarini, M; Fiechtner, A; Fuchs, A; García, M J; Golnik, N; Gutermuth, F; Khurana, S; Klages, Th; Latocha, M; Mares, V; Mayer, S; Radon, T; Reithmeier, H; Rollet, S; Roos, H; Rühm, W; Sandri, S; Schardt, D; Simmer, G; Spurný, F; Trompier, F; Villa-Grasa, C; Weitzenegger, E; Wiegel, B; Wielunski, M; Wissmann, F; Zechner, A; Zielczyński, M
2009-01-01
The European Commission has funded within its 6th Framework Programme a three-year project (2005–2007) called CONRAD, COordinated Network for RAdiation Dosimetry. The organizational framework for this project was provided by the European radiation Dosimetry Group EURADOS. Work Package 6 of CONRAD dealt with “complex mixed radiation fields at workplaces” and in this context it organised a benchmark exercise, which included both measurements and calculations, in a stray radiation field at a high-energy particle accelerator at GSI, Germany. The aim was to intercompare the response of several types of active detectors and passive dosemeters in a well-characterised workplace field. The Monte Carlo simulations of the radiation field and the experimental determination of the neutron spectra with various Bonner Sphere Spectrometers are discussed in Rollet et al. (2008) and in Wiegel et al. (2008). This paper focuses on the intercomparison of the response of the dosemeters in terms of ambient dose equivalent. Th...
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The one-speed, time-dependent, isotropically scattering, integral transport equation in a homogeneous sphere has been converted into a criticality-like problem by considering exponential time behaviour of the scalar flux. This criticality problem has been converted into a matrix eigenvalue problem using the Fourier transform technique. The time eigenvalues λ, which are complex in general, have been determined for spherically symmetric as well as asymmetric modes. For the former case, the real decay constants and the real parts of complex decay constants decrease monotonically with increasing system size and form two distinct families of single-valued functions. For the spherically asymmetric modes, certain new features emerge. The real decay constants are found to be multi-valued functions of system size and they do not always decrease monotonically with increasing system size. As the system size increases from zero onwards, the decay constants alternate between complex and real values and the real and complex decay constant curves interlace. (Author)
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The European Council directive 96/29/Euratom requires dosimetric precautions if the effective dose exceeds 1 mSv/a. On an average, this value is exceeded by aircrew members. Roughly half of the radiation exposure at flight altitudes is caused by cosmic ray-induced neutrons. Active (6LiI(Eu)-scintillator) and passive (TLDs) Bonner sphere spectrometers were used to determine the neutron energy spectra atop Mt. Sonnblick (3105 m) and Mt. Kitzsteinhorn (3029 m). Further measurements in a mixed radiation field at CERN as well as in a proton beam of 62 MeV at Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, confirmed that not only neutrons but also charged particles contribute to the readings of active detectors, whereas TLD-600 and TLD-700 in pair allow the determination of the thermal neutron flux. Unfolding of the detector data obtained atop both mountains shows two relative maxima around 1 MeV and 85 MeV, which have to be considered for the assessment of the biologically relevant dose equivalent. By convoluting the spectra with appropriate conversion functions the neutron dose equivalent rate was determined to be 150±15 nSv/h. The total dose equivalent rate determined by the HTR-method was 210±15 nSv/h. The results are in good agreement with LET-spectrometer and Sievert counter measurements carried out simultaneously
Evolutionary neural networks: a new alternative for neutron spectrometry
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A device used to perform neutron spectroscopy is the system known as a system of Bonner spheres spectrometer, this system has some disadvantages, one of these is the need for reconstruction using a code that is based on an iterative reconstruction algorithm, whose greater inconvenience is the need for a initial spectrum, as close as possible to the spectrum that is desired to avoid this inconvenience has been reported several procedures in reconstruction, combined with various types of experimental methods, based on artificial intelligence technology how genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks and hybrid systems evolved artificial neural networks using genetic algorithms. This paper analyzes the intersection of neural networks and evolutionary algorithms applied in the neutron spectroscopy and dosimetry. Due to this is an emerging technology, there are not tools for doing analysis of the obtained results, by what this paper presents a computing tool to analyze the neutron spectra and the equivalent doses obtained through the hybrid technology of neural networks and genetic algorithms. The toolmaker offers a user graphical environment, friendly and easy to operate. (author)
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Ortiz R, J. M. [Departamento de Electrotecnia y Electronica, Escuela Politecnica Superior, Av. Menendez Pidal s/n, 14004 Cordoba (Spain); Martinez B, M. R.; Vega C, H. R. [Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Cipres 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Galleo, E. [Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)], e-mail: morvymm@yahoo.com.mx
2009-10-15
A device used to perform neutron spectroscopy is the system known as a system of Bonner spheres spectrometer, this system has some disadvantages, one of these is the need for reconstruction using a code that is based on an iterative reconstruction algorithm, whose greater inconvenience is the need for a initial spectrum, as close as possible to the spectrum that is desired to avoid this inconvenience has been reported several procedures in reconstruction, combined with various types of experimental methods, based on artificial intelligence technology how genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks and hybrid systems evolved artificial neural networks using genetic algorithms. This paper analyzes the intersection of neural networks and evolutionary algorithms applied in the neutron spectroscopy and dosimetry. Due to this is an emerging technology, there are not tools for doing analysis of the obtained results, by what this paper presents a computing tool to analyze the neutron spectra and the equivalent doses obtained through the hybrid technology of neural networks and genetic algorithms. The toolmaker offers a user graphical environment, friendly and easy to operate. (author)
Numerical solutions of the one-speed neutron transport equation in two-medium slabs and spheres
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The monoenergetic neutron transport equation with isotropic scattering has been applied to two-medium spherical and plane critical systems. The plane system has been considered both with vacuum boundary conditions and with repeated multiplying and non-multiplying material. The mean-free-path is assumed to be the same even though the multiplication factors are different in both media. The two coupled integral equations that are obtained are numerically solved using the spatial Legendre polynomial method (Carlvik's method). Benchmark values of the fundamental and higher eigenvalues are given for various dimensions of the bodies. The total flux is calculated from the eigenvector and the first 4 or 5 flux modes are plotted for some typical cases. The time-eigenvalue spectrum in subcritical two-medium systems has also been studied for vacuum boundary conditions. Using the close relation between the eigenvalues arising from the time-dependent and stationary transport equation the results for the stationary, critical case have been transformed to those for the time-dependent one. Further, the decay constants have been calculated by an iterative process when some parameter are fixed. In addition, simple approximation formulae for very high-order eigenvalues have been derived for both homogeneous and two-medium systems. The formulae were tested against available and new numerical results. (au)
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Reyes A, A.; Ortiz R, J. M.; Reyes H, A.; Castaneda M, R.; Solis S, L. O.; Vega C, H. R., E-mail: art8291@hotmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Av. Lopez Velarde No. 801, Col. Centro, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2014-08-15
In this work was used the robust design methodology of artificial neural networks to determine a good topology of net able to solve with efficiency the problems of neutrons spectrometry and dosimetry. For the design of the topology of optimized net 36 different net architectures based on an orthogonal arrangement with a configuration L{sub 9}(3{sup 4}), L{sub 4}(3{sup 2}) were trained. For the training of the neural networks, was used a computer code developed in the ambient of Mat lab programming, which automates the process and analysis of the information, reducing the time used in this activity considerably for the investigator. For the training of the propagation nets forward was utilized a neutrons spectrum compendium published by the International Atomic Energy Agency, where of the total 80% was used for the training and 20% for the test, it trained with an inverse propagation algorithm being the entrance data the count rates corresponding to the 7 spheres of the spectrometric system of Bonner spheres, as exit data, the neural network obtains the neutrons spectrum expressed in 60 energy groups and are calculated of simultaneous way 15 dosimetric quantities. (Author)
BSS/6LiI response matrix to neutrons from 2.5E(-8) to 100 MeV
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Using Monte Carlo methods the response matrix of a Bonner sphere spectrometer was calculated. As thermal neutron detector a 0.4 cm x φ 0.4 cm 6 Li I was utilized. The response functions were calculated for 0, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12 inches-diameter polyethylene spheres. Twenty three monoenergetic neutron sources ranging from 2.50 E(-8) to 100 MeV were used and the resulting response functions were interpolated to 51 neutron energies. These were compared with a matrix response reported in the literature that was previously scaled by a factor that make corrections for the scintillator features utilized in this study and the response matrix reported in the literature. In this comparison both response matrices are in agreement. The main differences were found in the bare detector case, these are attributed to the differences in the irradiation conditions and cross sections libraries utilized in both studies. For the other detectors the differences are due to the cross sections. (Author)
Construction of monoenergetic neutron calibration fields using 45Sc(p, n) 45Ti reaction at JAEA
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The 8 and 27 keV monoenergetic neutron calibration fields have been developed by using 45Sc(p, n)45Ti reaction. Protons from a 4-MV Pelletron accelerator are used to bombard a thin scandium target evaporated onto a platinum disc. The proton energies are finely adjusted to the resonance to generate the 8 and 27 keV neutrons by applying a high voltage to the target assemblies. The neutron energies were measured using the time-of-flight method with a lithium glass scintillation detector. The neutron fluences at a calibration point located at 50 cm from the target were evaluated using Bonner spheres. A long counter was placed at 2.2 m from the target and at 60 deg. to the direction of the proton beam in order to monitor the fluence at the calibration point. Fluence and dose equivalent rates at the calibration point are sufficient to calibrate many types of the neutron survey metres. (authors)
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Trenz, Hans-Jörg
2015-01-01
In modern societies, the public sphere represents the intermediary realm that supports the communication of opinions, the discovery of problems that need to be dealt with collectively, the channeling of these problems through the filter of the media and political institutions, and the realization......, public spheres have undergone structural transformations that were closely connected to the emergence of different mass media. More recently, they are subject to trends of transnationalization and digitalization in politics and society....... of the collective will of the people in the act of democratic self-government. The concept of the public sphere is used across the fields of media and communication research, cultural studies and the humanities, the history of ideas, legal and constitutional studies as well as democracy studies. Historically...
Thermoluminescent detectors for neutron dosimetry at high altitudes
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At high altitudes in the earth's atmosphere cosmic-ray induced neutrons become the dominant contributors to the biologically relevant dose equivalent. Depending on the geomagnetic latitude and the solar activity cycle, neutron dose onboard aircraft amounts, for example, to roughly 50 to 70 % of the overall dose equivalent. Neutron detection in complexly mixed radiation environments by means of active, i.e. power-consuming, detectors is commonly aggravated by the fact that a variety of charged particles present in the field cannot be discriminated and therefore biases the measurement. Passive thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLDs) are proposed as a convenient alternative. They are easy-to-handle in practical use, contain no flammable gases and emit no electromagnetic radiation that could interfere with sensitive electronics. The simultaneous application of specific detector types is known in neutron dosimetry as the pair method. Neutron-sensitive TLD-600 (6LiF) is combined with TLD-700 (7LiF) which is almost insensitive to neutrons. The sensitivity for all other radiations is identical for both types, so that a simple subtraction of the measured detector signals leads to the thermal neutron dose. As the neutron cross sections of 6Li and 7Li differ significantly only below 200 keV, the pair method in its conventional form assesses the dose only from neutrons in this energy region. The method can be extended for utilization at high altitudes, such as onboard aircraft, if the calibration of the TLDs is performed in a reference field which simulates in close proximity the atmospheric neutron environment. For our purposes we used the CERN-EU High-Energy Reference Field (CERF) for which the relative contribution of neutrons with energies below 200 keV to the entire fluence is practically the same as for the cosmic-ray induced neutron spectrum. Measurements with Bonner sphere spectrometers at the CERF facility and onboard aircraft and subsequent comparison with a FLUKA Monte
Characterization of a neutron source of 239PuBe
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The spectrum equivalent dose and environmental equivalent dose f a 239PuBe source have been determined. The appropriate handling of a neutron source depends on the knowledge of its characteristics, such as its energy distribution, total rate of flowing and dosimetric magnitudes. In many facilities have not spectrometer that allows to determine the spectrum and then area monitors are used that give a dosimetric magnitude starting from measuring the flowing rate and the use of conversion factors, however this procedure has many limitations and it is preferable to measure the spectra and starting from this information the interest dosimetric magnitudes are calculated. In this work a Bonner sphere spectrometer has been used with a 6LiI(Eu) scintillator obtaining the count rates that produce, to a distance of 100 cm, a 239PuBe source of 1.85E(11) Bq. The spectrum was reconstructed starting from the count rates using BUNKIUT code and response matrix UTA4. With the spectrum information was calculated the source intensity, total flow, energy average, equivalent dose rate, environmental equivalent dose rate, equivalent dose coefficient and environmental equivalent dose coefficient. By means of two area monitors for neutrons, Eberline ASP-1 and LB 6411 of Berthold the equivalent dose and environmental equivalent dose were measured. The determinate values were compared with those reported in literature and it found that are coincident inside 17%. (Author)
A comprehensive spectrometry study of a stray neutron radiation field in scanning proton therapy.
Mares, Vladimir; Romero-Expósito, Maite; Farah, Jad; Trinkl, Sebastian; Domingo, Carles; Dommert, Martin; Stolarczyk, Liliana; Van Ryckeghem, Laurent; Wielunski, Marek; Olko, Pawel; Harrison, Roger M
2016-06-01
The purpose of this study is to characterize the stray neutron radiation field in scanning proton therapy considering a pediatric anthropomorphic phantom and a clinically-relevant beam condition. Using two extended-range Bonner sphere spectrometry systems (ERBSS), Working Group 9 of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group measured neutron spectra at ten different positions around a pediatric anthropomorphic phantom irradiated for a brain tumor with a scanning proton beam. This study compares the different systems and unfolding codes as well as neutron spectra measured in similar conditions around a water tank phantom. The ten spectra measured with two ERBSS systems show a generally similar thermal component regardless of the position around the phantom while high energy neutrons (above 20 MeV) were only registered at positions near the beam axis (at 0°, 329° and 355°). Neutron spectra, fluence and ambient dose equivalent, H (*)(10), values of both systems were in good agreement (mapping within the gantry room showed that H (*)(10) values significantly decreased with distance and angular position with respect to the beam axis dropping to 0.52 μSv Gy(-1) at 90° and 3.35 m. Spectra at angles of 45° and 135° with respect to the beam axis measured here with an anthropomorphic phantom showed a similar peak structure at the thermal, fast and high energy range as in the previous water-tank experiments. Meanwhile, at 90°, small differences at the high-energy range were observed. Using ERBSS systems, neutron spectra mapping was performed to characterize the exposure of scanning proton therapy patients. The ten measured spectra provide precise information about the exposure of healthy organs to thermal, epithermal, evaporation and intra-nuclear cascade neutrons. This comprehensive spectrometry analysis can also help in understanding the tremendous literature data based rem-counters while also being of great value for general neutron shielding and radiation safety
Multi-technique characterization of neutron fields from moderated 252Cf and 238PuBe sources
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At the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 252Cf and 238PuBe neutron sources are used for calibration of personnel neutron dose meters and neutron monitoring instrumentation. The sources with emission rates of approximately 2x109 and 2x107 n.s-1, respectively, have been calibrated by the United States National Bureau of Standards. The sources are transferred into a 815 m3 concrete calibration cell through a remotely operated pneumatic system. Calibrations can be made without source moderation, or with spherical moderators of aluminium, polyethylene, water or deuterium oxide placed over the end of the pneumatic irradiation tube. The source is located in the tube at one metre above a false floor in the centre of the cell. Nine different moderators are available in sizes up to 56 cm in diameter. Several techniques have been used to characterize the neutron fields produced by each source-moderator configuration to improve the quality of our calibrations. Measurements and calculations have been made to determine neutron flux, kerma rate, neutron spectrum, quality factor, dose equivalent rate and linear energy transfer (LET) spectrum. Neutron spectra are determined by: (1) Calibration using the ANISN discrete ordinates transport code, (2) Bonner sphere measurements using the LOUHI unfolding code, and (3) measurement with proton recoil counters and liquid scintillation detectors. The spectra are then folded into published energy dependent conversion factors to yield kerma, quality factor and dose equivalent values. We obtain LET spectra using a tissue-equivalent LET chamber and the GANDALF unfolding code. Chamber data are used to determine kerma and quality factor. Finally, an 80 cm3 tissue-equivalent ion chamber and neutron-insensitive Geiger counter are used to measure the neutron kerma. Results of the various techniques are presented and compared. In addition, comparisons are made with results obtained from conventional health physics instrumentation such as moderated rem
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Bedogni, R., E-mail: roberto.bedogni@lnf.infn.it [INFN – LNF, via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); Gómez-Ros, J.M. [INFN – LNF, via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Pola, A.; Bortot, D. [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); INFN – Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Gentile, A. [INFN – LNF, via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); Introini, M.V. [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); INFN – Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Buonomo, B. [INFN – LNF, via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); Lorenzoli, M. [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); INFN – Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Mazzitelli, M. [INFN – LNF, via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); Sacco, D. [INFN – LNF, via E. Fermi n. 40, 00044 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); INAIL – DPIA, Via di Fontana Candida n.1, 00040 Monteporzio Catone (Italy)
2015-05-11
A new directional neutron spectrometer called CYSP (CYlindrical SPectrometer) was developed within the NESCOFI@BTF (2011–2013) collaboration. The device, composed by seven active thermal neutron detectors located along the axis of a cylindrical moderator, was designed to simultaneously respond from the thermal domain up to hundreds of MeV neutrons. The new spectrometer condenses the performance of the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer in a single moderator; thus requiring only one exposure to determine the whole spectrum. The CYSP response matrix, determined with MCNP, has been experimentally evaluated with monochromatic reference neutron fields from 144 keV to 16.5 MeV, plus a {sup 252}Cf source, available at NPL (Teddington, UK). The results of the experiment confirmed the correctness of the response matrix within an overall uncertainty of ±2.5%. The new active spectrometer CYSP offers an innovative option for real-time monitoring of directional neutron fields as those produced in neutron beam-lines.
Measurement and calculation of neutron leakage from a medical electron accelerator
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The leakage neutron spectra and dose equivalent were systematically measured in the irradiation field, treatment room, maze, and outside the shielding door at the microtron medical electron accelerator facility of the National Cancer Center, Tokyo. For these measurements, we used two types of multimoderator neutron spectrometers (Bonner spheres containing indium activation detectors and 3He detector), an aluminum activation detector, and a commercially available neutron rem counter. The measured results were compared with the combined calculation of the one-dimensional ANISN and two-dimensional DOT3.5 discrete ordinates transport codes. The calculation was performed by using a measured source spectrum in the irradiation field and by computer modeling of the maze entrance. The calculation indicated good agreement in spectral shape and agreement with experiment within a factor of 2 in absolute dose-equivalent values. This transport calculation was systematically repeated for different geometrical and material parameters, and simple analytical formulas and their parameters applicable for shielding design of a medical electron accelerator facility were obtained in general form
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Measurement of the personal dose equivalent rates for neutrons is a difficult task because available dosemeters do not provide the required energy response and sensitivity. Furthermore, the available wide calibration spectra recommended by the International Standard Organisation does not reproduce adequately the spectra encountered in practical situations of the nuclear industry. There is a real necessity to characterise the radiation field, in which workers can be exposed, and to calibrate personal dosemeters in order to determine the dose equivalent in these installations. For this reason, we measure the neutron spectrum with our Bonner sphere system and we fold this spectrum with energy-dependent fluence-to-dose conversion coefficients to obtain the reference dose equivalent rate. This reference value is then compared with the personal dosemeter reading to determine a field-specific correction factor. In this paper, we present the values of this field-specific correction factor for etched track and albedo thermoluminescence dosemeters at three measurement locations inside the containment building of the Vandellos II nuclear power plant. We have found that assigning to each personal dosemeter the mean value of the field-specific correction factors of the three measurement locations, allows the evaluation of neutron personal dose equivalent rate with a relative uncertainty of∼25 and 15% for the PADC and albedo dosemeters, respectively. (authors)
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Within the scope of CONRAD (A Coordinated Action for Radiation Dosimetry) Work Package 4 on Computational Dosimetry jointly collaborated with the other research actions on internal dosimetry, complex mixed radiation fields at workplaces and medical staff dosimetry. Besides these collaborative actions, WP4 promoted an international comparison on eight problems with their associated experimental data. A first set of three problems, the results of which are herewith summarised, dealt only with the expression of the stochastic uncertainties of the results: the analysis of the response function of a proton recoil telescope detector, the study of a Bonner sphere neutron spectrometer and the analysis of the neutron spectrum and dosimetric quantity Hp(10) in a thermal neutron facility operated by IRSN Cadarache (the SIGMA facility). A second paper will summarise the results of the other five problems which dealt with the full uncertainty budget estimate. A third paper will present the results of a comparison on in vivo measurements of the 241Am bone-seeker nuclide distributed in the knee. All the detailed papers will be presented in the WP4 Final Workshop Proceedings. (authors)
Method for producing small hollow spheres
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A method is described for producing small hollow spheres of glass, metal or plastic, wherein the sphere material is mixed with or contains as part of the composition a blowing agent which decomposes at high temperature (T >approx. 6000C). As the temperature is quickly raised, the blowing agent decomposes and the resulting gas expands from within, thus forming a hollow sphere of controllable thickness. The thus produced hollow spheres (20 to 103μm) have a variety of application, and are particularly useful in the fabrication of targets for laser implosion such as neutron sources, laser fusion physics studies, and laser initiated fusion power plants
A new method of researching fermion tunneling from the Vaidya-Bonner de Sitter black hole
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Lin Kai; Yang Shu-Zheng
2009-01-01
Using the general tortoise coordinate transformation, we research the fermion tunneling of the Vaidya-Bonner de Sitter black hole via a semi-classical method and finally obtain the right surface gravity, Hawking temperature and tunneling rate near the event horizon and cosmical horizon.
A new method of researching fermion tunneling from the Vaidya–Bonner de Sitter black hole
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Using the general tortoise coordinate transformation, we research the fermion tunneling of the Vaidya–Bonner de Sitter black hole via a semi-classical method and finally obtain the right surface gravity, Hawking temperature and tunneling rate near the event horizon and cosmical horizon
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Farah, J; Bonfrate, A; Donadille, L; Dubourg, N; Lacoste, V; Martinetti, F; Sayah, R; Trompier, F; Clairand, I [IRSN - Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, Fontenay-aux-roses (France); Caresana, M [Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy); Delacroix, S; Nauraye, C [Institut Curie - Centre de Protontherapie d Orsay, Orsay (France); Herault, J [Centre Antoine Lacassagne, Nice (France); Piau, S; Vabre, I [Institut de Physique Nucleaire d Orsay, Orsay (France)
2014-06-01
Purpose: Measure stray radiation inside a passive scattering proton therapy facility, compare values to Monte Carlo (MC) simulations and identify the actual needs and challenges. Methods: Measurements and MC simulations were considered to acknowledge neutron exposure associated with 75 MeV ocular or 180 MeV intracranial passively scattered proton treatments. First, using a specifically-designed high sensitivity Bonner Sphere system, neutron spectra were measured at different positions inside the treatment rooms. Next, measurement-based mapping of neutron ambient dose equivalent was fulfilled using several TEPCs and rem-meters. Finally, photon and neutron organ doses were measured using TLDs, RPLs and PADCs set inside anthropomorphic phantoms (Rando, 1 and 5-years-old CIRS). All measurements were also simulated with MCNPX to investigate the efficiency of MC models in predicting stray neutrons considering different nuclear cross sections and models. Results: Knowledge of the neutron fluence and energy distribution inside a proton therapy room is critical for stray radiation dosimetry. However, as spectrometry unfolding is initiated using a MC guess spectrum and suffers from algorithmic limits a 20% spectrometry uncertainty is expected. H*(10) mapping with TEPCs and rem-meters showed a good agreement between the detectors. Differences within measurement uncertainty (10–15%) were observed and are inherent to the energy, fluence and directional response of each detector. For a typical ocular and intracranial treatment respectively, neutron doses outside the clinical target volume of 0.4 and 11 mGy were measured inside the Rando phantom. Photon doses were 2–10 times lower depending on organs position. High uncertainties (40%) are inherent to TLDs and PADCs measurements due to the need for neutron spectra at detector position. Finally, stray neutrons prediction with MC simulations proved to be extremely dependent on proton beam energy and the used nuclear models and
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Hernandez V, R.; Chacon R, A.; Hernandez D, V. M.; Mercado, G. A.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Ramirez G, J. [Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica, Direccion General de Innovacion y Tecnologia de Informacion, Av. Heroes de Nacozari Sur 2301, Fracc. Jardines del Parque, 20276 Aguascalientes (Mexico)], e-mail: ruben_zac@yahoo.com
2009-10-15
The spectrum equivalent dose and environmental equivalent dose f a {sup 239}PuBe source have been determined. The appropriate handling of a neutron source depends on the knowledge of its characteristics, such as its energy distribution, total rate of flowing and dosimetric magnitudes. In many facilities have not spectrometer that allows to determine the spectrum and then area monitors are used that give a dosimetric magnitude starting from measuring the flowing rate and the use of conversion factors, however this procedure has many limitations and it is preferable to measure the spectra and starting from this information the interest dosimetric magnitudes are calculated. In this work a Bonner sphere spectrometer has been used with a {sup 6}LiI(Eu) scintillator obtaining the count rates that produce, to a distance of 100 cm, a {sup 239}PuBe source of 1.85E(11) Bq. The spectrum was reconstructed starting from the count rates using BUNKIUT code and response matrix UTA4. With the spectrum information was calculated the source intensity, total flow, energy average, equivalent dose rate, environmental equivalent dose rate, equivalent dose coefficient and environmental equivalent dose coefficient. By means of two area monitors for neutrons, Eberline ASP-1 and LB 6411 of Berthold the equivalent dose and environmental equivalent dose were measured. The determinate values were compared with those reported in literature and it found that are coincident inside 17%. (Author)
Andriolo, Lena
2015-01-01
Future sodium cooled fast reactors (SFRs) have to fulfill the GEN-IV requirements of enhanced safety, minimal waste production, increased proliferation resistance and high economical potential. This PhD project is dedicated to the evaluation of the impact of innovative fuels (especially minor actinides bearing oxide sphere-pac fuels) on the safety performance of advanced SFRs with transmutation option. The SIMMER-III code, originally tailored to mechanistically analyze later phases of core di...
Neutron and photon fields in the BNCT room with closed beam shutters
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The epithermal neutron beam at the LVR-15 reactor was designed for the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) of cancers, but it has also been used for material testing. In the case where the beam is closed with two designed shutters, there is still an indispensable background in the irradiation room, which limits the movement of persons during patient positioning before exposure or during the preparation of the samples. Because the epithermal filter of the beam was designed in a former thermal column, as a multi-layer system, it was suspected that both fast neutrons and photons penetrated the filter shielding into the room. The purpose of this study was to determine the causes of potential faulty shielding and to estimate the doses to persons who perform the irradiation experiments and/or exposure of patients. The quality of the shielding was evaluated from two-dimensional measurements of both neutron and photon distribution on the surface of the beam shutter. During the measurement both the shutters of the epithermal beam were closed and the reactor was operated at the nominal power of 9 MW. This experimental arrangement is similar to the conditions that exist when either the irradiation experiments or the exposure of patients is performed in this room. The neutron space distribution was measured using a Bonner sphere of φ 76.2 mm diameter with an LiI(Tl) scintillation detector of φ 4 x 8 mm. A small Geiger-Muller tube was used for the measurement of photon distribution. The detectors were placed on a three-dimensional positioning equipment controlled by a computer, which enabled automatic measurement with 1 cm mesh step. Results of the measurement show that the background profile in the irradiation room has reasonable maximum only at the beam aperture. Published by Univ. of Press. All rights reserved. (authors)
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Vega C, H.R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Cuerpo Academico de Radiobiologia, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Barquero, R. [Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega, Valladolid (Spain); Mendez, R.; Iniguez, M.P. [Depto. de Fisica Teorica, Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid (Spain)
2003-07-01
By means of a series of measures and Monte Carlo calculations the dosimetric characteristics of the photoneutrons have been determined that take place in volume to a linear accelerator of radiotherapy of 18 MV, LINAC, mark Siemens Mevatron model. The measures were carried out with thermoluminescent dosemeters TLD 600 and TLD 700 that were naked exposed and confined with cover of Cd and Sn, inside a sphere of paraffin and inside spheres Bonner. (Author)
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The neutron dosimetry is one of the most complicated tasks of radiation protection, due to it is a complex technique and highly dependent of neutron energy. One of the first devices used to perform neutron spectrometry is the system known as spectrometric system of Bonner spheres, that continuous being one of spectrometers most commonly used. This system has disadvantages such as: the components weight, the low resolution of spectrum, long and drawn out procedure for the spectra reconstruction, which require an expert user in system management, the need of use a reconstruction code as BUNKIE, SAND, etc., which are based on an iterative reconstruction algorithm and whose greatest inconvenience is that for the spectrum reconstruction, are needed to provide to system and initial spectrum as close as possible to the desired spectrum get. Consequently, researchers have mentioned the need to developed alternative measurement techniques to improve existing monitoring systems for workers. Among these alternative techniques have been reported several reconstruction procedures based on artificial intelligence techniques such as genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks and hybrid systems of evolutionary artificial neural networks using genetic algorithms. However, the use of these techniques in the nuclear science area is not free of problems, so it has been suggested that more research is conducted in such a way as to solve these disadvantages. Because they are emerging technologies, there are no tools for the results analysis, so in this paper we present first the design of a computation tool that allow to analyze the neutron spectra and equivalent doses, obtained through the hybrid technology of neural networks and genetic algorithms. This tool provides an user graphical environment, friendly, intuitive and easy of operate. The speed of program operation is high, executing the analysis in a few seconds, so it may storage and or print the obtained information for
Mono-Energetic Neutron Fields Using 4 MV Pelletron Accelerator at FRS / JAEA
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Mono-energetic neutron calibration fields have been developed in the energy range of 8 keV to 19 MeV using a 4MV Pelletron accelerator at the Facility of Radiation Standards in the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The neutron fields with the energies of 8, 27, 144, 250, 565 keV and 1.2, 2.5, 5.0, 14.8, 19 MeV are established. Protons or deuterons are accelerated and transported to bombard various targets for neutron production. The targets are prepared by depositing scandium, lithium fluoride or tritiated titanium on the backing disks for 45Sc(p, n)45Ti, 7Li(p, n)7Be and, 3H(p, n)3He and 3H(d, n)4He reactions, respectively. For 2H(d, n)3He reaction, a gas target is prepared by filling a target cell with D2 gas. A pulsed beam can be derived with the pulsing system installed in the high voltage terminal of the accelerator. The minimum pulse width was evaluated to be 2 ns in FWHM. Neutron fluence rates at the irradiation point were measured with a Bonner sphere, a lithium glass scintillation detector, a silicon semi-conductor detector with a polyethylene radiator and a BC501A organic liquid scintillation detector. Though the maximum fluence rates should not be high enough to obtain the nuclear data using an activation method, they can be available to obtain the nuclear data by using the prompt gamma ray analysis. (author)
A comprehensive spectrometry study of a stray neutron radiation field in scanning proton therapy
Mares, Vladimir; Romero-Expósito, Maite; Farah, Jad; Trinkl, Sebastian; Domingo, Carles; Dommert, Martin; Stolarczyk, Liliana; Van Ryckeghem, Laurent; Wielunski, Marek; Olko, Pawel; Harrison, Roger M.
2016-06-01
The purpose of this study is to characterize the stray neutron radiation field in scanning proton therapy considering a pediatric anthropomorphic phantom and a clinically-relevant beam condition. Using two extended-range Bonner sphere spectrometry systems (ERBSS), Working Group 9 of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group measured neutron spectra at ten different positions around a pediatric anthropomorphic phantom irradiated for a brain tumor with a scanning proton beam. This study compares the different systems and unfolding codes as well as neutron spectra measured in similar conditions around a water tank phantom. The ten spectra measured with two ERBSS systems show a generally similar thermal component regardless of the position around the phantom while high energy neutrons (above 20 MeV) were only registered at positions near the beam axis (at 0°, 329° and 355°). Neutron spectra, fluence and ambient dose equivalent, H *(10), values of both systems were in good agreement (energy neutrons (E ⩾ 20 MeV) contribute with about 53%. The neutron mapping within the gantry room showed that H *(10) values significantly decreased with distance and angular position with respect to the beam axis dropping to 0.52 μSv Gy‑1 at 90° and 3.35 m. Spectra at angles of 45° and 135° with respect to the beam axis measured here with an anthropomorphic phantom showed a similar peak structure at the thermal, fast and high energy range as in the previous water-tank experiments. Meanwhile, at 90°, small differences at the high-energy range were observed. Using ERBSS systems, neutron spectra mapping was performed to characterize the exposure of scanning proton therapy patients. The ten measured spectra provide precise information about the exposure of healthy organs to thermal, epithermal, evaporation and intra-nuclear cascade neutrons. This comprehensive spectrometry analysis can also help in understanding the tremendous literature data based rem-counters while
SU-F-BRE-11: Neutron Measurements Around the Varian TrueBeam Linac
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Purpose: With the emergence of flattening filter free (FFF) photon beams, several authors have noted many advantages to their use. One such advantage is the decrease in neutron production by photonuclear reactions in the linac head. In the present work we investigate the reduction in neutrons from a Varian TrueBeam linac using the Nested Neutron Spectrometer (NNS, Detec). The neutron spectrum, total fluence and source strength were measured and compared for 10 MV with and without flattening filter and the effect of moderation by the room and maze was studied for the 15 MV beam. Methods: The NNS, similar to traditional Bonner sphere detectors but operated in current mode, was used to measure the neutron fluence and spectrum. The NNS was validated for use in high dose rate environments using Monte Carlo simulations and calibrated at NIST and NRC Canada. Measurements were performed at several positions within the treatment room and maze with the linac jaws closed to maximize neutron production. Results: The measurements showed a total fluence reduction between 35-40% in the room and maze when the flattening filter was removed. The neutron source strength Qn was calculated from in-room fluence measurements and was found to be 0.042 × 102 n/Gy, 0.026 × 102 n/Gy and 0.59 × 1012 n/Gy for the 10 MV, the 10 MV FFF and 15 MV beams, respectively. We measured ambient equivalent doses of 11 mSv/hr, 7 mSv/hr and 218 mSv/hr for the 10 MV, 10 MV FFF and 15 MV by the head. Conclusion: Our measurements revealed a decrease in total fluence, neutron source strength and equivalent dose of approximately 35-40% across the treatment room for the FFF compared to FF modes. This demonstrates, as expected, that the flattening filter is a major component of the neutron production for the TrueBeam. The authors greatly acknowledge support form the Canadian Nuclear Commission and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through the CREATE program. Co-authors Dubeau and
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People that live in high places respect to the sea level, in latitudes far from the equator or that they travel by plane, they are exposed to atmospheres of high radiation generated by the cosmic rays. Another atmosphere with radiation is the medical equipment, particle accelerators and nuclear reactors. The evaluation of the biological risk for neutron radiation requires an appropriate and sure dosimetry. A commonly used system is the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (EEB) with the purpose of reconstructing the spectrum that is important because the equivalent dose for neutrons depends strongly on its energy. The count rates obtained in each sphere are treated, in most of the cases, for iterative methods, Monte Carlo or Maximum Entropy. Each one of them has difficulties that it motivates to the development of complementary procedures. Recently it has been used Artificial Neural Networks, ANN) and not yet conclusive results have been obtained. In this work it was designed an ANN to obtain the neutron energy spectrum neutrons starting from the counting rate of count of an EEB. The ANN was trained with 129 reference spectra obtained of the IAEA (1990, 2001), 24 were built as defined energy, including isotopic sources of neutrons of reference and operational, of accelerators, reactors, mathematical functions, and of defined energy with several peaks. The spectrum was transformed from lethargy units to energy and were reaccommodated in 31 energies using the Monte Carlo code 4C. The reaccommodated spectra and the response matrix UTA4 were used to calculate the prospective count rates in the EEB. These rates were used as entrance and its respective spectrum was used as output during the net training. The net design is Retropropagation type with 5 layers of 7, 140, 140, 140 and 31 neurons, transfer function logsig, tansig, logsig, logsig, logsig respectively. Training algorithm, traingdx. After the training, the net was proven with a group of training spectra and others that
Hawking radiation of the Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter black hole
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Chen Deyou; Yang Shuzheng [Institute of Theoretical Physics, China West Normal University, Nanchong, Sichuan 637002 (China)
2007-08-15
Considering the unfixed background space-time and the self-gravitational interaction, we view the Hawking radiation of the Vaidya-Bonner- de Sitter black hole by the Hamilton-Jacobi method and the radial geodesic method. The result shows the tunneling rate is related not only to the change of Bekenstein-Hawking entropy but also to the integral of the black hole mass and charge, which does not satisfy the unitary theory and is not in accordance with the known result.
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Mandev, P.
1984-01-01
The hydrocarbon sphere is understood to be the area in which hydrocarbon compounds are available. It is believed that the lower boundary on the hydrocarbon sphere is most probably located at a depth where the predominant temperatures aid in the destruction of hydrocarbons (300 to 400 degrees centigrade). The upper limit on the hydrocarbon sphere obviously occurs at the earth's surface, where hydrocarbons oxidize to H20 and CO2. Within these ranges, the occurrence of the hydrocarbon sphere may vary from the first few hundred meters to 15 kilometers or more. The hydrocarbon sphere is divided into the external (mantle) sphere in which the primary gas, oil and solid hydrocarbon fields are located, and the internal (metamorphic) sphere containing primarily noncommercial accumulations of hydrocarbon gases and solid carbon containing compounds (anthraxilite, shungite, graphite, etc.) based on the nature and scale of hydrocarbon compound concentrations (natural gas, oil, maltha, asphalt, asphaltite, etc.).
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Ortiz R, J. M.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde No. 801, Col. Centro, Zacatecas (Mexico); Martinez B, M. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde No. 801, Col. Centro, Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, Jose Gutierrez Abascal No. 2, E-28006 Madrid (Spain)], e-mail: morvymmyahoo@com.mx
2009-10-15
The neutron dosimetry is one of the most complicated tasks of radiation protection, due to it is a complex technique and highly dependent of neutron energy. One of the first devices used to perform neutron spectrometry is the system known as spectrometric system of Bonner spheres, that continuous being one of spectrometers most commonly used. This system has disadvantages such as: the components weight, the low resolution of spectrum, long and drawn out procedure for the spectra reconstruction, which require an expert user in system management, the need of use a reconstruction code as BUNKIE, SAND, etc., which are based on an iterative reconstruction algorithm and whose greatest inconvenience is that for the spectrum reconstruction, are needed to provide to system and initial spectrum as close as possible to the desired spectrum get. Consequently, researchers have mentioned the need to developed alternative measurement techniques to improve existing monitoring systems for workers. Among these alternative techniques have been reported several reconstruction procedures based on artificial intelligence techniques such as genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks and hybrid systems of evolutionary artificial neural networks using genetic algorithms. However, the use of these techniques in the nuclear science area is not free of problems, so it has been suggested that more research is conducted in such a way as to solve these disadvantages. Because they are emerging technologies, there are no tools for the results analysis, so in this paper we present first the design of a computation tool that allow to analyze the neutron spectra and equivalent doses, obtained through the hybrid technology of neural networks and genetic algorithms. This tool provides an user graphical environment, friendly, intuitive and easy of operate. The speed of program operation is high, executing the analysis in a few seconds, so it may storage and or print the obtained information for
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In this work the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks is evaluated. The first one code based on traditional iterative procedures and called Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ) use the SPUNIT iterative algorithm and was designed to unfold neutron spectrum and calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and 7 IAEA survey meters. The main feature of this code is the automated selection of the initial guess spectrum trough a compendium of neutron spectrum compiled by the IAEA. The second one code known as Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with artificial neural networks (NDSann) is a code designed using neural nets technology. The artificial intelligence approach of neural net does not solve mathematical equations. By using the knowledge stored at synaptic weights on a neural net properly trained, the code is capable to unfold neutron spectrum and to simultaneously calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, needing as entrance data, only the rate counts measured with a Bonner spheres system. Similarities of both NSDUAZ and NSDann codes are: they follow the same easy and intuitive user's philosophy and were designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. Both codes unfold the neutron spectrum expressed in 60 energy bins, calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and generate a full report in HTML format. Differences of these codes are: NSDUAZ code was designed using classical iterative approaches and needs an initial guess spectrum in order to initiate the iterative procedure. In NSDUAZ, a programming routine was designed to calculate 7 IAEA instrument survey meters using the fluence-dose conversion coefficients. NSDann code use artificial neural networks for solving the ill-conditioned equation system of neutron spectrometry problem through synaptic weights of a properly trained neural network. Contrary to iterative procedures, in neural
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Ortiz-Rodriguez, J. M.; Reyes Alfaro, A.; Reyes Haro, A.; Solis Sanches, L. O.; Miranda, R. Castaneda; Cervantes Viramontes, J. M. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica. Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801. Col. Centro Zacatecas, Zac (Mexico); Vega-Carrillo, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica. Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801. Col. Centro Zacatecas, Zac., Mexico. and Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares. C. Cip (Mexico)
2013-07-03
In this work the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks is evaluated. The first one code based on traditional iterative procedures and called Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ) use the SPUNIT iterative algorithm and was designed to unfold neutron spectrum and calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and 7 IAEA survey meters. The main feature of this code is the automated selection of the initial guess spectrum trough a compendium of neutron spectrum compiled by the IAEA. The second one code known as Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with artificial neural networks (NDSann) is a code designed using neural nets technology. The artificial intelligence approach of neural net does not solve mathematical equations. By using the knowledge stored at synaptic weights on a neural net properly trained, the code is capable to unfold neutron spectrum and to simultaneously calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, needing as entrance data, only the rate counts measured with a Bonner spheres system. Similarities of both NSDUAZ and NSDann codes are: they follow the same easy and intuitive user's philosophy and were designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. Both codes unfold the neutron spectrum expressed in 60 energy bins, calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and generate a full report in HTML format. Differences of these codes are: NSDUAZ code was designed using classical iterative approaches and needs an initial guess spectrum in order to initiate the iterative procedure. In NSDUAZ, a programming routine was designed to calculate 7 IAEA instrument survey meters using the fluence-dose conversion coefficients. NSDann code use artificial neural networks for solving the ill-conditioned equation system of neutron spectrometry problem through synaptic weights of a properly trained neural network. Contrary to iterative procedures, in
Ortiz-Rodríguez, J. M.; Reyes Alfaro, A.; Reyes Haro, A.; Solís Sánches, L. O.; Miranda, R. Castañeda; Cervantes Viramontes, J. M.; Vega-Carrillo, H. R.
2013-07-01
In this work the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks is evaluated. The first one code based on traditional iterative procedures and called Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ) use the SPUNIT iterative algorithm and was designed to unfold neutron spectrum and calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and 7 IAEA survey meters. The main feature of this code is the automated selection of the initial guess spectrum trough a compendium of neutron spectrum compiled by the IAEA. The second one code known as Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with artificial neural networks (NDSann) is a code designed using neural nets technology. The artificial intelligence approach of neural net does not solve mathematical equations. By using the knowledge stored at synaptic weights on a neural net properly trained, the code is capable to unfold neutron spectrum and to simultaneously calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, needing as entrance data, only the rate counts measured with a Bonner spheres system. Similarities of both NSDUAZ and NSDann codes are: they follow the same easy and intuitive user's philosophy and were designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. Both codes unfold the neutron spectrum expressed in 60 energy bins, calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and generate a full report in HTML format. Differences of these codes are: NSDUAZ code was designed using classical iterative approaches and needs an initial guess spectrum in order to initiate the iterative procedure. In NSDUAZ, a programming routine was designed to calculate 7 IAEA instrument survey meters using the fluence-dose conversion coefficients. NSDann code use artificial neural networks for solving the ill-conditioned equation system of neutron spectrometry problem through synaptic weights of a properly trained neural network. Contrary to iterative procedures, in neural
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杨波
2007-01-01
采用新的Tortoise坐标变换,将Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter黑洞中的Klein-Gordon方程,在黑洞视界面附近化成典型的波动方程,得到在视界面附近Hawking辐射温度,导出了Hawking热辐射谱.
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邓娟; 蒋青权; 冯中文; 李国平
2012-01-01
采用一种新的广义乌龟坐标变换对Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter黑洞的熵进行研究,同时对其在旧乌龟坐标变换下的情况也做了对比分析.其结果表明两种情况下熵的形式相近,但是,新的广义乌龟坐标的结果对Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter黑洞的熵做了相应的修正,新的乌龟坐标变换显得更加合理.%The principal focus of this paper is to study the entropy of Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter black hole under a new general tortoise coordinate transformation, and then, to make the contrast and analysis of it with the old tortoise coordinates. It is found that the entropies obtained from both the new and old tortoise coordinate transformations are close to each other. The new general tortoise coordinate transformation makes the corresponding modification for the entropy of Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter black hole and appears to be more reasonable.
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孙鸣超
2005-01-01
在Tortoise坐标系中,利用brick-wall模型研究了电磁场对Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter黑洞熵的量子修正. 当黑洞事件视界不随超前时间变化时,结果与Reissner-Nordstrm-de Sitter黑洞的量子熵完全相同.
Method and apparatus for producing small hollow spheres
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A method and apparatus are described for producing small hollow spheres of glass, metal or plastic, wherein the sphere material is mixed with or contains as part of the composition a blowing agent which decomposes at high temperature (T greater than or equal to 6000C). As the temperature is quickly raised, the blowing agent decomposes and the resulting gas expands from within, thus forming a hollow sphere of controllable thickness. The thus produced hollow spheres (20 to 103 μm) have a variety of application, and are particularly useful in the fabrication of targets for laser implosion such as neutron sources, laser fusion physics studies, and laser initiated fusion power plants
Real-time measurement of low-energy-range neutron spectra on board the space shuttle STS-89 (S/MM-8)
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We have developed a real-time, Bonner Ball-type (neutron energy range is from thermal to 15 MeV) neutron spectral measurement system (Bonner Ball Neutron Detector (BBND)) for use on board the International Space Station (ISS). From measurements taken inside STS-89 (S/MM-8), we successfully distinguished neutrons from protons and other particles in a mixed radiation field; a task hitherto considered difficult. Although the experimental period was short, only 3.5 days (January 24-27, 1998), we were able to obtain energy spectral data and the Earth's neutron dose-equivalent map for the ISS orbital conditions (altitude 400 km, orbit inclination angle 51.6 deg.). A method for calculating the neutron energy spectrum and compensating for the particle interaction with the sensors is also described in detail
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Arteaga A, T.; Ortiz R, J.M.; Vega C, H.R.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Manzanares A, E.; Mercado S, G.A. [Unidades Academicas de Estudios Nucleares, Ingenieria Electrica y Matematicas, Universidad de Zacatecas, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)]. e-mail: tarcicio70@yahoo.co.uk
2006-07-01
People that live in high places respect to the sea level, in latitudes far from the equator or that they travel by plane, they are exposed to atmospheres of high radiation generated by the cosmic rays. Another atmosphere with radiation is the medical equipment, particle accelerators and nuclear reactors. The evaluation of the biological risk for neutron radiation requires an appropriate and sure dosimetry. A commonly used system is the Bonner Sphere Spectrometer (EEB) with the purpose of reconstructing the spectrum that is important because the equivalent dose for neutrons depends strongly on its energy. The count rates obtained in each sphere are treated, in most of the cases, for iterative methods, Monte Carlo or Maximum Entropy. Each one of them has difficulties that it motivates to the development of complementary procedures. Recently it has been used Artificial Neural Networks, ANN) and not yet conclusive results have been obtained. In this work it was designed an ANN to obtain the neutron energy spectrum neutrons starting from the counting rate of count of an EEB. The ANN was trained with 129 reference spectra obtained of the IAEA (1990, 2001), 24 were built as defined energy, including isotopic sources of neutrons of reference and operational, of accelerators, reactors, mathematical functions, and of defined energy with several peaks. The spectrum was transformed from lethargy units to energy and were reaccommodated in 31 energies using the Monte Carlo code 4C. The reaccommodated spectra and the response matrix UTA4 were used to calculate the prospective count rates in the EEB. These rates were used as entrance and its respective spectrum was used as output during the net training. The net design is Retropropagation type with 5 layers of 7, 140, 140, 140 and 31 neurons, transfer function logsig, tansig, logsig, logsig, logsig respectively. Training algorithm, traingdx. After the training, the net was proven with a group of training spectra and others that
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The European Commission has funded within its 6th Framework Programme a three-year project (2005-2007) called CONRAD, COordinated Network for RAdiation Dosimetry. The organizational framework for this project was provided by the European radiation Dosimetry Group EURADOS. Work Package 6 of CONRAD dealt with 'complex mixed radiation fields at workplaces' and in this context it organised a benchmark exercise, which included both measurements and calculations, in a stray radiation field at a high-energy particle accelerator at GSI, Germany. The aim was to intercompare the response of several types of active detectors and passive dosemeters in a well-characterised workplace field. The Monte Carlo simulations of the radiation field and the experimental determination of the neutron spectra with various Bonner Sphere Spectrometers are discussed in Rollet et al. (2008) and in Wiegel et al. (2008). This paper focuses on the intercomparison of the response of the dosemeters in terms of ambient dose equivalent. The paper describes in detail the detectors employed in the experiment, followed by a discussion of the results. A comparison is also made with the H*(10) values predicted by the Monte Carlo simulations and those measured by the BSS systems.
Analysis of the neutron component and determination of the LET spectrum at high altitudes
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The European Council directive 96/29/Euratom of 13 May 1996 emphasizes the introduction of two categories for occupational exposure. Category A includes the employees for whom the annual effective dose is likely to exceed 6 mSv. Suggesting an average flight time between 600 and 1000 hours per year for aircrew, the typical annual dose lies between 4 and 8 mSv with a maximum value of 15 mSv for Concorde flights. This requires the surveillance of aircrew members and thus the development of proper measurement devices. Because of the similar radiation environment, high altitude mountains seem to be an ideal choice to test and to improve recently developed measurement systems. Bonner Sphere Spectrometers (BSS) with a 6LiI(Eu) scintillation counter and thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLDs), respectively, were used to determine the neutron energy spectrum as well as the absorbed dose and the average linear energy transfer (LET) in a complex mixed radiation field on top of Mt. Sonnblick (3105 m). The neutron component makes up 35 to 60% of the biologically relevant dose at high altitudes, depending on the geomagnetic latitude. The average LET of the mixed radiation field was determined using the high temperature ratio (HTR)-method. Paired TLD-600 and TLD-700 dosemeters as well as an extended range Sievert counter were employed for determination of the neutron dose equivalent. Furthermore, a LET spectrum was recorded on Mt. Kitzsteinhorn (3029 m) using the laboratory-manufactured tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC)-system PART. All detectors were calibrated with standard radiation sources and in the CERN EC neutron reference field. The measurements performed with the passive BSS as well as the Sievert counters show that there exists a neutron component with energies up to 100 MeV (and probably more) at such altitudes. The total dose equivalent rate measured on top of Mt. Sonnblick was 200 nSv.h-1 compared to an absorbed dose rate of 120 nGy.h-1. The neutron dose
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Ortiz R, J.M.; Martinez B, M.R.; Vega C, H.R. [UAZ, Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde Num. 801, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2008-07-01
The artificial neural networks and the genetic algorithms are two relatively new areas of research, which have been subject to a growing interest during the last years. Both models are inspired by the nature, however, the neural networks are interested in the learning of a single individual, which is defined as fenotypic learning, while the evolutionary algorithms are interested in the adaptation of a population to a changing environment, that which is defined as genotypic learning. Recently, the use of the technology of neural networks has been applied with success in the area of the nuclear sciences, mainly in the areas of neutron spectrometry and dosimetry. The structure (network topology), as well as the learning parameters of a neural network, are factors that contribute in a significant way with the acting of the same one, however, it has been observed that the investigators in this area, carry out the selection of the network parameters through the essay and error technique, that which produces neural networks of poor performance and low generalization capacity. From the revised sources, it has been observed that the use of the evolutionary algorithms, seen as search techniques, it has allowed him to be possible to evolve and to optimize different properties of the neural networks, just as the initialization of the synaptic weights, the network architecture or the training algorithms without the human intervention. The objective of the present work is focused in analyzing the intersection of the neural networks and the evolutionary algorithms, analyzing like it is that the same ones can be used to help in the design processes and training of a neural network, this is, in the good selection of the structural parameters and of network learning, improving its generalization capacity, in such way that the same one is able to reconstruct in an efficient way neutron spectra and to calculate equivalent doses starting from the counting rates of a Bonner sphere
Chaney, A.; Lu, Lei; Stern, A.
2015-09-01
We show that fuzzy spheres are solutions of Lorentzian Ishibashi-Kawai-Kitazawa-Tsuchiya-type matrix models. The solutions serve as toy models of closed noncommutative cosmologies where big bang/crunch singularities appear only after taking the commutative limit. The commutative limit of these solutions corresponds to a sphere embedded in Minkowski space. This "sphere" has several novel features. The induced metric does not agree with the standard metric on the sphere, and, moreover, it does not have a fixed signature. The curvature computed from the induced metric is not constant, has singularities at fixed latitudes (not corresponding to the poles) and is negative. Perturbations are made about the solutions, and are shown to yield a scalar field theory on the sphere in the commutative limit. The scalar field can become tachyonic for a range of the parameters of the theory.
Song, F.; Toksoz, M. N.
2012-12-01
Over the last decade, hydraulic fracturing has become one important key enabling technique in the development of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Microseismic monitoring has proved to be an effective diagnostic tool to image complex fracturing and to understand fracture growth. The initial uptake of this geophysical technology has been focused on fast and accurate microearthquake locations. In addition to locations, microearthquake source mechanisms, represented by the complete moment tensors, reveal important information on geomechanical understanding of hydrofrac growth and have profound implications on fracturing design. The retrieval of complete moment tensors has been hindered by several factors including limited geophone azimuthal coverage, relatively poor data quality (due to small event magnitudes and high borehole noise) and velocity model uncertainty. In this paper, the complete microseismic moment tensors have been inverted using full waveforms. We use the waveforms to obtain an accurate velocity structure. The unconstrained inversion using two-well data and constrained inversion with one-well data have been conducted on Barnett shale and Bonner sand, respectively. Different fracture growth patterns are seen in these two datasets. The source mechanisms show mixed failure modes in the complex fracture network from the Barnett shale. In the Bonner sands, a planar fracture grows mostly by shear failure at tip characterized by a double couple mechanism. The results may be explained by different reservoir conditions, including the geomechanical properties of the formations. Correctly inverted microearthquake source mechanisms help better understand both the hydraulic fracturing and the underlying reservoir, and aid the development of sophisticated horizontal well completions.
Development of active environmental and personal neutron dosemeters
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For neutron dosimetry in the radiation environment surrounding nuclear facilities, two types of environmental neutron dosemeters, the high-sensitivity rem counter and the high-sensitivity multi-moderator, the so-called Bonner ball, have been developed and the former is commercially available from Fuji Electric Co. By using these detectors, the cosmic ray neutrons at sea level have been sequentially measured for about 3 y to investigate the time variation of neutron spectrum and ambient dose equivalent influenced by cosmic and terrestrial effects. Our Bonner ball has also been selected as the neutron detector in the International Space Station and has already been used to measure neutrons in the US experimental module. The real time wide-range personal neutron dosemeter which uses two silicon semiconductor detectors has been developed for personal dosimetry and is commercially available from Fuji Electric Co. This dosemeter has good characteristics, fitted to the fluence-to-dose conversion factor in the energy range from thermal energies to several tens of mega-electron-volts and is now widely used in various nuclear facilities. (authors)
The periodically oscillating plasma sphere
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A new method of operating an inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) device is proposed, and its performance is evaluated. The scheme involved an oscillating thermal cloud of ions immersed in a bath of electrons that form a harmonic oscillator potential. The scheme is called the periodically oscillating plasma sphere, and it appears to solve many of the problems that may limit other IEC systems to low gain. A set of self-similar solutions to the ion fluid equations is presented, and plasma performance is evaluated. Results indicate that performance enhancement of gridded IEC systems such as the Los Alamos intense neutron source device is possible as well as high-performance operation for low-loss systems such as the Penning trap experiment. Finally, a conceptual idea for a massively modular Penning trap reactor is also presented
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The expedition carried out in March, 2008 to Lake Baikal became an important stage in the development of the SPHERE experiment. During the expedition the SPHERE-2 installation was hoisted, for the first time, on a tethered balloon, APA, to a height of 700 m over the lake surface covered with ice and snow. A series of test measurements were made. Preliminary results of the data processing are presented. The next plan of the SPHERE experiment is to begin a set of statistics for constructing the CR spectrum in the energy range 1016-1018 eV.
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Neutron energy spectrum from 7 to 180 MeV and photon energy spectrum from 4 to 50 MeV were measured onboard an aircraft using a newly developed phoswich-type neutron detector at 10.8 km altitude (atmospheric depth of 249 g/cm2) and geographical latitude of 39degN (a vertical cut-off rigidity of 10.2 GV) near Japan on February 13, 2008 (at a heliocentric potential of 312 MV). Our results were compared with other measurements obtained using 3He-loaded or extended-energy multi moderator neutron spectrometers (Bonner balls) at aviation altitudes, an organic liquid scintillator on the ground, and a double-scatter neutron telescope at the top of the atmosphere and with calculations using the LUIN2000, EXPACS and RMC codes. Our measured results give a large, sharp peak around a neutron energy of 70 MeV, although Bonner balls present a broad peak around 100 MeV due to low energy resolution. Our neutron fluxes agree well with the others. The measured photon energy spectrum is between the LUIN2000- and EXPACS-calculated spectra and agrees with measured vertical photon spectra at the top of the atmosphere. This onboard study provides the first experimental neutron energy spectrum in the high-energy region (over 10 MeV) with a high energy resolution. (author)
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孙鸣超
2003-01-01
在Tortoise坐标系中,利用Brick-Wall模型研究中微子场和标量场对Vaidya-Bonner-de Sitter黑洞熵的量子修正.当黑洞事件视界不随超前时间变化时,结果与Reissner-Nordstrom-de Sitter黑洞的量子熵完全相同.
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A large-scaled measurement program of neutron and photon dose equivalent rates was organized in 1992 and 1993 at the nuclear power plant at Ringhals and at the Swedish Central Interim Storage Facility for spent fuel elements at Oskarshamn. The aim was to evaluate the uncertainty in these kinds of measurements in realistic radiation fields. For that purpose, groups experienced with different techniques and - in some cases - several groups with a particular technique, were invited to take part. Besides traditional rem counters, the following categories of instruments were involved: Bonner spheres systems, proton recoil detectors, tissue equivalent proportional counters, super heated drop detectors, GM counters and different types of personal dosemeters. Part I reports all initial results as presented by the individual participants as well as a first compilation of the results. A later report, Part II, will give detailed analysis of the results. The conclusions will be published in the journal Radiation Protection Dosimetry. Separate abstracts have been prepared for all 14 papers
Klotsa, Daphne; Hill, Richard J A; Bowley, Roger M; Swift, Michael R
2015-01-01
We describe experiments and simulations demonstrating the propulsion of a neutrally-buoyant swimmer that consists of a pair of spheres attached by a spring, placed in a vibrating fluid. The vibration of the fluid induces relative motion of the spheres which, for sufficiently large amplitudes, can lead to motion of the center of mass of the two spheres. We find that the swimming speed obtained from both experiment and simulation agree and collapse onto a single curve if plotted as a function of the streaming Reynolds number, suggesting that the propulsion is related to streaming flows. There appears to be a critical onset value of the streaming Reynolds number for swimming to occur. The mechanism for swimming is traced to a jet of fluid generated by the relative motion of the spheres.
Calibration and intercomparison of neutron moderation spectrometers
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Results have been reported of comparative measurements of neutron fields from bare PuBe and Cf sources using multisphere (Bonner) spectrometers. The experiments were carried out by the Institute of Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine at Charles University in Prague and the National Board for Atomic Safety and Radiation Protection in Berlin. Both sides agreed upon uniform measuring conditions and calibration factors thus rendering possible the comparability of the dosimetric parameters which have been determined and verified, respectively, to an accuracy of ± 10%. 20 refs., 10 tabs., 2 figs. (author)
Fabrication of beryllium spheres and its validation tests
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A sphere-pack blanket concept using small size spheres of beryllium is one of the promising design concept of the ITER blanket, because the sphere-pack can accommodate the size deformation due to neutron irradiation damage, helium swelling and cyclic temperature changes. Preliminary R and D for an industrial fabrication technology of beryllium spheres (1.0 ± 0.3 mm in diameter) has been started as part of feasibility study of Japanese blanket concept of layered sphere-pack configuration. The following tests were performed in the several demo-fabrications; feasibility of size distribution control, material characterization such as macroscopic and microscopic structure analysis, impurity analysis, and attainable packing density, mechanical integrity under various thermal cycling conditions. (author)
Experimental Tests of Neutron Shielding for the ATLAS Forward Region
Pospísil, S; Cechák, T; Cermák, P; Jakubek, J; Kluson, J; Konícek, J; Kubasta, J; Linhart, V; Sinor, M; Leroy, C; Dolezal, Z; Leitner, R; Lukianov, G A; Soustruznik, K; Lokajícek, M; Némécek, S; Pálla, G; Sodomka, J
1999-01-01
Experimental tests devoted to the optimization of the neutron shielding for the ATLAS forward region were performed at the CERN-PS with a 4 GeV/c proton beam. Spectra of fast neutrons, slow neutrons and gamma rays escaping a block of iron (40$\\times$40$\\times$80 cm$^3$) shielded with different types of neutron and gamma shields (pure polyethylene - PE, borated polyethylene - BPE, lithium filled polyethylene - LiPE, lead, iron) were measured by means of plastic scintillators, a Bonner spectrometer, a HPGe detector and a slow neutron detector. Effectiveness of different types of shielding agaisnt neutrons and $\\gamma$-rays were compared. The idea of a segmented outer layer shielding (iron, BPE, iron, LiPE) for the ATLAS Forward Region was also tested.
Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals
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The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, neutron polarization analysis with tht time-of-flight spectrometer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering with the KWS-1 and KWS-2 diffractometers, the very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractrometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)
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Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)
2010-07-01
The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, neutron polarization analysis with tht time-of-flight spectrometer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering with the KWS-1 and KWS-2 diffractometers, the very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractrometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)
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Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)
2012-07-01
The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the neutron polarization analyzer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, the small-angle neutron diffractometers KWS-1/-2, the very-small-angle neutron diffractometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)
Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals
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The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the neutron polarization analyzer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, the small-angle neutron diffractometers KWS-1/-2, the very-small-angle neutron diffractometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)
Experimental verification of the JRR-4 BNCT facility. Pt. 1
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The report is structured as follows: (1) Introduction (JAERI facility; Modes, parameters); (2) Experimental methods (Activation foils: activity measurements, spectrum adjustment; Bonner spheres spectrometer; Al-P glass TLD; Semiconductor detector; Si diode for fast neutron kerma determination); (3) Experimental set-up (Free beam measurements: neutron spectrum measurement, photon dose and fast neutron kerma measurement, beam profile measurement, BSS measurement; Phantom measurements: neutron dose depth measurement, photon dose and fast neutron kerma depth profiles, on-line thermal neutron measurement in water phantom, on-line thermal neutron measurement in cylindrical water phantom); 4. Si-Li detector dead time and effectiveness; and (5) The Bonner sphere spectrometer responses. (P.A.)
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Full text: The knowledgement of the neutron irradiation spectrum in a point of interest inside a calibration room is of fundamental importance to calibrate neutron instruments. Different factors affect the spectra inside such a room and they must be established to correct the final values of interest. Among these factors the scattering room factor, that include the contribution to the instrument response due to air, walls, floor, ceiling and other equipment present inside this room during the calibration process, have to be carefully determined. The ISO 10647 suggests three methods to carry out this determination: the semi empirical method, the shadow-cone technique and the polynomial fit method. In the case of multi-detector instruments or dosimeters mounted on a thorax phantom, the ISO recommend the polynomial fit method to be employed. This method only disadvantages come from the coefficients of the polynomial fit do not necessarily have physical significance and that a complete set of measurements shall be made for each instrument to be calibrated. In this polynomial fit method, a neutron source was located at a reference point and the instrument to be calibrated-to-source distance was varied between 0,5 m and 3,75 m.The correction due to the neutron scattering inside the room was obtained as following: where Mt is the neutron total count rate, l is the distance between source-to-detector center, Fl(l) is the geometric corrective factor, ? is the fluence at the measure point, R? is the fluence response obtained by the fitting process as well as the fit parameters x and y. In this work an 241AmBe source, emission rate (4,46 ± 0,07) x 106 n/s at july/2005 was used together with Bonner sphere multi detectors (6LiI(Eu)) and a BF3 (ThermoElectron). The obtained results were compared with those obtained by Monte Carlo method simulation. Obtained experimental and Monte Carlo values for the room scattering factor differed less than 2%. (author)
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The technique of neutron spectra unfolding in wide energy range from 10-8 to hundreds of MeV on the base of multisphere Bonner's detector and plastic scintillator spectrometer ridings has been described. This technique is intended for neutron spectra measurements in fields of mixed scattered radiation behind accelerators shielding and neutron component of cosmic background. The expressions of neutron maximum equivalent and ambient doses in wide energy range and neutron fluences of energy above 20 MeV are presented. 13 refs.; 5 figs
A study of the cosmic-ray neutron field near interfaces
Sheu, R J; Jiang, S H
2002-01-01
This study investigated the characteristics of the cosmic-ray neutron field near air/ground and air/water interfaces with an emphasis on the angular distribution. Two sets of high-efficiency neutron detecting systems were used. The first one, called the Bonner Cylinders, was used for measurements of the energy information. The other one, referred to as the eight-channel neutron detector (8CND), was used to characterize the angular information of the neutron field. The measured results were used to normalize and confirm one-dimensional transport calculations for cosmic-ray neutrons below 20 MeV in the air/ground and air/water media. Annual sea level cosmic-ray neutron doses were then determined based on the obtained characteristics of low-energy cosmic-ray neutrons near interfaces and estimated contribution from high-energy neutrons.
Transport properties of the Fermi hard-sphere system
Mecca, Angela; Benhar, Omar; Polls, Artur
2015-01-01
The transport properties of neutron star matter play an important role in a variety of astrophysical processes. We report the results of a calculation of the shear viscosity and thermal conductivity coefficients of the hard-sphere fermion system of degeneracy $\
Scattering by a nihility sphere
Lakhtakia, A
2006-01-01
On interrogation by a plane wave, the back-scattering efficiency of a nihility sphere is identically zero, and its extinction and forward-scattering efficiencies are higher than those of a perfectly conducting sphere.
ORGANIZATION IN CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC SPHERE
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Rosemarie HAINES
2013-12-01
Full Text Available The critical analysis of Habermas’ Public Sphere Theory and the comparative undertaking to the current day enables us to assert that in contemporary society, public sphere is no longer a political public sphere, this dimension being completed by a societal dimension, the public sphere has extended and now we can talk about partial public spheres in an ever more commercial environment. The new rebuilding and communication technologies create a new type of public character: the visible sphere – non-located, non-dialogical and open. Information and communication are more and more involved in the restructuring of capitalism on an international scale and the reorganization of leadership and management systems. The reevaluation of the public sphere, public opinion, communication allows us to define public sphere according to the profound mutations from today’s democratic societies.
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The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot-single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi, the three-axis spectrometer PANDA, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the DNS neutron-polarization analysis, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering at KWS-1 and KWS-2, a very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractometer with focusing mirror, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)
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Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)
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The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot-single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi, the three-axis spectrometer PANDA, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the DNS neutron-polarization analysis, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering at KWS-1 and KWS-2, a very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractometer with focusing mirror, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)
Algebraic properties of Bier spheres
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Inga Heudtlass
2012-05-01
Full Text Available We give a classification of flag Bier spheres, as well as descriptions of the first and second Betti numbers of general Bier spheres. Additionally, we compute the Betti numbers for a specific class of Bier spheres, constructed from skeletons of a full simplex.
Entanglement entropy for odd spheres
Dowker, J S
2010-01-01
It is shown, non--rigorously, that the effective action on a Z_q factored odd spheres (lune) has a vanishing derivative at q=1. This leaves the effective action on the ordinary odd d-sphere as (minus) the value of the entanglement entropy associated with a (d-2)-sphere. Some numbers are given.
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The neutron scattering at the Low Scattering Laboratory of the Brazilian National Neutron Laboratory has been studied using three different methods. The measurements have been done with a traceable standard 241Am-Be from source-to-detector distances of 0.52-3.00 m. The obtained results with the variation distance methods are in agreement. Measurements with a large shadow cone are not worth for larger distances due to overshadowing. As the quantity required in a calibration is the response of the device being calibrated to the scattered neutron component in order to subtract this from the total response, for these purposes, the distance variation method must be used for each device. To quantify absolutely the scattering contribution on the quantity rates of fluence, Hp(10) and H*(10) in irradiation procedures, a Bonner sphere spectrometer with the shadow cone was employed. The evaluated scattering correction factor value may be employed for a distance of 1.00 m. Comparison of the results of scattering contribution obtained in this work with distance variation methods for the 8'' detector show good agreement from 0.52 to 3.00 m. Then, for calibration of any detector at the LSL of LN, the distance variation method has to be used for each of them. Using the shadow cone method, the agreement of the results is poor at the distance of 2.25 m because of the overshadowing. The too large shadow cone reduces significantly the neutron scattering measured by the BSS behind it. Therefore, for the studied configuration and distances, the correct values for fluence, Hp(10) and H*(10) quantity rates using this shadow cone may be employed only for a source-detector distance of 1.00 m. The use of this measured scattering correction factor may contribute to the reduction of the uncertainty of the operational quantity rate values at 1.00 m, stated in the CMC of LN. For evaluation of the scattering contribution in the neutron spectra for higher distances, it is necessary to use other
Peternell, Martin; Sendra, Juana
2011-01-01
The conchoid of a surface $F$ with respect to given fixed point $O$ is roughly speaking the surface obtained by increasing the radius function with respect to $O$ by a constant. This paper studies {\\it conchoid surfaces of spheres} and shows that these surfaces admit rational parameterizations. Explicit parameterizations of these surfaces are constructed using the relations to pencils of quadrics in $\\R^3$ and $\\R^4$. Moreover we point to remarkable geometric properties of these surfaces and their construction.
Godsil, C. D.; Zaks, J.
2012-01-01
Let $G$ be the graph with the points of the unit sphere in $\\mathbb{R}^3$ as its vertices, by defining two unit vectors to be adjacent if they are orthogonal as vectors. We present a proof, based on work of Hales and Straus chromatic number of this graph is four. We also prove that the subgraph of G induced by the unit vectors with rational coordinates is 3-colourable.
Berenstein, David; Lashof-Regas, Robin
2015-01-01
We construct various exact analytical solutions of the $SO(3)$ BMN matrix model that correspond to rotating fuzzy spheres and rotating fuzzy tori.These are also solutions of Yang Mills theory compactified on a sphere times time and they are also translationally invariant solutions of the $\\mathcal{N} = 1^*$ field theory with a non-trivial charge density. The solutions we construct have a $\\mathbb{Z}_N$ symmetry, where $N$ is the rank of the matrices. After an appropriate ansatz, we reduce the problem to solving a set of polynomial equations in $2N$ real variables. These equations have a discrete set of solutions for each value of the angular momentum. We study the phase structure of the solutions for various values of $N$. Also the continuum limit where $N\\to \\infty$, where the problem reduces to finding periodic solutions of a set of coupled differential equations. We also study the topology change transition from the sphere to the torus.
Guthrie, Forbes; Saidel-Keesing, Maish
2011-01-01
The only book focused on designing VMware vSphere implementations.VMware vSphere is the most widely deployed virtualization platform today. Considered the most robust and sophisticated hypervisor product, vSphere is the de facto standard for businesses, both large and small. This book is the only one of its kind to concisely explain how to execute a successful vSphere architecture, tailored to meet your company's needs. Expert authors share with you the factors that shape the design of a vSphere implementation. Learn how to make the right design decisions for your environment.Explores the late
Neutrons in natural environment
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A detecting system for environmental neutrons has to be characterized by a very low inherent background. The details are reported of measuring the background of a 3He proportional counter in a polythene sphere in the Asse salt mine. A spherical counter with 40 mm ext. diameter, filled with 100 kPa 3He and 53 kPa Xe was used. The inherent background of the counter was found to be less then 1 nSv per 24 hours, being less than 1% of the natural neutron radiation level at the ground level. The ambient dose equivalent due to environmental neutrons was estimated at 100-200 nSv per 24 hours. A 3He proportional counter in a polythene sphere was thus found to be sufficiently sensitive to estimate the neutron component at environmental levels. (A.K.)
Passive neutron dosemeter design
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A passive neutron dosemeter was designed to be used in mixed radiation fields. The design was carried out using Monte Carlo method. The dosemeter model was a 25.4 cm-diameter polyethylene sphere with a thermoluminescent dosemeter, TLD600, located at the sphere center. This model was irradiated with 50 monoenergetic neutron sources with energies from 10-8 to 20 MeV. A 506.71 cm2-area disk was used to model the source term whose center was located at 100 cm from polyethylene sphere's center. The dosemeter response was compared with the responses of SNOOPY, Harwell 95/0075 and PNR-4. With these responses it was calculated the dosemeter responses for 252Cf, 252Cf/D2O and 239PuBe neutron sources. The passive dosemeter relative response has the same shape of SNOOPY, Harwell 95/0075 and PNR-4 dosemeters. Due to the type of thermal neutron detector used in the passive dosemeter the absolute response per unit fluence, is lower than the absolute response of SNOOPY, Harwell 95/0075 and PNR-4 dosemeters. However the passive dosemeter response in function of the average neutron energy of the 252Cf, 252Cf/D2O and 239PuBe neutron energy was more linear
Falling-sphere radioactive viscometry
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In this work the falling sphere viscometric method was studies experimentally using a sphere tagged with 198Au radiosotopo, the objective being the demosntration of the advantages of this technique in relation to the traditional method. The utilisation of the falling radioactive sphere permits the point-point monitoring of sphere position as a function of count rate. The fall tube wall and end effects were determined by this technique. Tests were performed with spheres of different diameters in four tubes. The application of this technique demosntrated the wall and end effects in sphere speed. The case of sphere fall in the steady slow regime allowed the determination of the terminal velocity, showing the increase of botton end effect as the sphere approaches the tube base. In the case the transient slow regime, the sphere was initially in a state of respose near the top surface. The data obtained show the influence of the free surface and wall on the sphere acceleration. These experimental data were applied to the Basset equation on order to verify the behaviour of the terms in this equation. (author)
Plaquettes, Spheres, and Entanglement
Grimmett, Geoffrey R
2010-01-01
The high-density plaquette percolation model in d dimensions contains a surface that is homeomorphic to the (d-1)-sphere and encloses the origin. This is proved by a path-counting argument in a dual model. When d=3, this permits an improved lower bound on the critical point p_e of entanglement percolation, namely p_e >= \\mu^-2 where \\mu is the connective constant for self-avoiding walks on Z^3. Furthermore, when the edge density p is below this bound, the radius of the entanglement cluster containing the origin has an exponentially decaying tail.
Generalized Sphere Packing Bound
Fazeli, Arman; Vardy, Alexander; Yaakobi, Eitan
2014-01-01
Kulkarni and Kiyavash recently introduced a new method to establish upper bounds on the size of deletion-correcting codes. This method is based upon tools from hypergraph theory. The deletion channel is represented by a hypergraph whose edges are the deletion balls (or spheres), so that a deletion-correcting code becomes a matching in this hypergraph. Consequently, a bound on the size of such a code can be obtained from bounds on the matching number of a hypergraph. Classical results in hyper...
Dowker, J S
2012-01-01
I give some scalar field theory calculations on a d-dimensional lune of arbitrary angle, evaluating, numerically, the effective action which is expressed as a simple quadrature, for conformal coupling. Using this, the entanglement and Renyi entropies are computed. Massive fields are also considered and a renormalisation to make the (one-loop) effective action vanish for infinite mass is suggested and used, not entirely successfully. However a universal coefficient is derived from the large mass expansion. For the round sphere, I show how to convert the quadrature form of the conformal Laplacian determinant into the more usual sum of Riemann zeta functions (and log2).
Regular Totally Separable Sphere Packings
Reid, Samuel
2015-01-01
The topic of totally separable sphere packings is surveyed with a focus on regular constructions, uniform tilings, and contact number problems. An enumeration of all regular totally separable sphere packings in $\\mathbb{R}^2$, $\\mathbb{R}^3$, and $\\mathbb{R}^4$ which are based on convex uniform tessellations, honeycombs, and tetracombs, respectively, is presented, as well as a construction of a family of regular totally separable sphere packings in $\\mathbb{R}^d$ that is not based on a convex...
Properties of lithium orthosilicate spheres
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Lithium ceramic spheres have been proposed as a tritium breeding material for a fusion reactor blanket. Spheres fabricated by Schott, Mainz show a glass-like structure in light and scanning electron microscopy. A crystalline structure, however, was detected by X-ray diffraction. Part of the spheres were annealed at 10000C for 2 h to heal microcracks and to relieve internal stress. After annealing a grain structure was found by microscopy with grains of 10-30 μm grain size. When stored in air the spheres took up moisture. After some days the water content yielded 2-3 mol%. A thermo-mechanical test was conducted with the spheres by cycling between 60 and 6000C in a stainless steel capsule which simulated the pressure load during thermal cycling of the fusion reactor blanket. Examination of the spheres after 10 cycles showed that 11% of as-fabricated spheres were broken. The amount of broken spheres which had been annealed was only 2%. It is assumed that healing of microcracks and relieve of internal stress improves the behavior of the spheres. (orig.)
Panoramic stereo sphere vision
Feng, Weijia; Zhang, Baofeng; Röning, Juha; Zong, Xiaoning; Yi, Tian
2013-01-01
Conventional stereo vision systems have a small field of view (FOV) which limits their usefulness for certain applications. While panorama vision is able to "see" in all directions of the observation space, scene depth information is missed because of the mapping from 3D reference coordinates to 2D panoramic image. In this paper, we present an innovative vision system which builds by a special combined fish-eye lenses module, and is capable of producing 3D coordinate information from the whole global observation space and acquiring no blind area 360°×360° panoramic image simultaneously just using single vision equipment with one time static shooting. It is called Panoramic Stereo Sphere Vision (PSSV). We proposed the geometric model, mathematic model and parameters calibration method in this paper. Specifically, video surveillance, robotic autonomous navigation, virtual reality, driving assistance, multiple maneuvering target tracking, automatic mapping of environments and attitude estimation are some of the applications which will benefit from PSSV.
Cosmic-ray neutron spectrometry and dosimetry
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When primary cosmic rays consisting of galactic cosmic rays and solar particles come into the earth's atmosphere, secondary neutrons generated through nuclear reactions with atmospheric atoms reach the ground. Over the past 10 years, there has been increasing concern about the exposure of air crews to atmospheric cosmic radiation. At aviation altitudes, the neutron component of the secondary cosmic radiation contributes about half of the dose equivalent. Recently, an accumulation of the semiconductor device greatly increases and the soft-errors of SRAM and DRAM on the ground level caused by high-energy cosmic-ray neutrons become a serious problem in the world. Under these circumstances, cosmic-ray neutron spectrometry and dosimetry are presented here in the terrestrial and space environments where neutrons and protons coexist. The neutron detection methods for use in this mixed field are described; 1) multi-moderator spectrometer (Bonner Ball), 2) organic liquid scintillation spectrometer, 3) dose-equivalent counter (rem counter) and 4) Phoswich-type detector. Using these detectors, neutron energy spectra and dose-equivalent rates have been measured on the ground at sea level and at mountain level, aboard an airplane and in space. The space experiments were done using a balloon, space shuttle and space station. The neutron spectrum on the ground has three major peaks, thermal energy peak, evaporation peak around 1 MeV and cascade peak around 100 MeV. While on the other hand, the neutron spectrum apart from the ground has no thermal neutron peak that comes from the albedo neutron effect backscattered from the terrestrial surface. The time-sequential experimental results in Japan, Europe and U.S.A. are described with the experimental procedures by paying attention to variation with latitude, altitude and solar activity. (author)
Neutron leakage from Pb and Bc spherical shells with 14 MeV central neutron source
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Results of measuring neutron leakage from spherical shells of different thickness, made of Pb and Be with a point neutron source in the sphere centrum are presented. The experiment results are compared to calculations according to different programs using data of various nuclear data libraies. The comparison has shown that all the calculations understate the neutron leakage from Pb assmebly. 9 refs.; 2 tabs
Sphere Recognition: Heuristics and Examples
Joswig, Michael; Lutz, Frank H.; Tsuruga, Mimi
2014-01-01
Heuristic techniques for recognizing PL spheres using the topological software polymake are presented. These methods have been successful very often despite sphere recognition being known to be hard (for dimensions $d \\ge 3$) or even undecidable (for $d \\ge 5$). A deeper look into the simplicial complexes for which the heuristics failed uncovered a trove of examples having interesting topological and combinatorial properties.
Development of the nSpect portable neutron spectrometer
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Portable instruments are particularly useful when a neutron spectrum is required for an area with limited space and accessibility. Portable instruments also offer a practical, cost-effective means by which areas that require infrequent surveying can be examined. This paper discusses the design and development of nSpect, a new, truly portable, neutron spectrometer. The nSpect spectrometer is a direct replacement for existing transportable neutron spectrometers, designed to perform equivalently or better. However, the use of bespoke electronic circuits and a more compact and lightweight design have reduced the typical mass of these instruments to approximately 15 kg. This weight falls within manual handling guidelines and makes nSpect truly portable. The nSpect spectrometer is fully-contained within two units, a sensor probe and a remote operator console. This allows the operator to be up to 40 m from the field while being much easier to carry than, for example, the significant bulk of a Bonner sphere set or less portable spectrometers. nSpect employs a variety of detectors which define six overlapping energy ranges to give nSpect an overall energy range from the thermal region (0.025 eV) to 10 MeV. Two BF3 proportional counters are used to assess the neutron flux at thermal and epi-thermal energies. A heavy metal sleeve has been used around one of the BF3 detectors in order to shield it from the thermal component of the flux. Hydrogen-filled proportional counters, with filling pressures of 1, 3 and 10 atm., have been used for the 50 keV - 1.4 MeV energy range. These spherical proportional counters, named SP10, have been adapted from the Centronic Ltd. SP9-type detector specifically for this project. A new approach to the energy calibration of spherical proportional counters has been developed and applied to the nSpect SP10 detectors. A small liquid scintillator cell, filled with EJ-301, is used for the 1 - 10 MeV energy range. High-speed digital electronics have
Isentropic Spheres in General Relativity
Humi, Mayer
2016-01-01
Astrophysical gas clouds undergo thermodynamically irreversible processes and emit heat to their surroundings. Due the emission of this heat one can envision an idealized situation in which gas entropy remains (almost) constant. With this motivation in mind we derive in this paper interior solutions to the Einstein equations of General Relativity for spheres which consist of isentropic gas. In particular we investigate solutions in which the mass distribution inside the sphere has several shells. Such spheres might be considered an early stage for the formation of a "solar system".
Public Sphere as Digital Assemblage
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Salovaara-Moring, Inka
the 1990s onwards digitalization brought concepts of network and complexity into the theoretical discourse. This relational turn changed the social ontology of the public sphere into a dynamic and complex system, erasing the division between the fields of reality (the world), representation (discourse......), and subjectivity (agency). This changed the public sphere into an assemblage consisting of both human and non-human actors interactingin a highly dynamic, networked environment. This paper proposes a framework for considering this new materiality in the field of the public sphere: the assemblage and complexity...
Neutron spectra produced by moderating an isotopic neutron source
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A Monte Carlo study has been carried out to determine the neutron spectra produced by an isotopic neutron source inserted in moderating media. Most devices used for radiation protection have a response strongly dependent on neutron energy. ISO recommends several neutron sources and monoenergetic neutron radiations, but actual working situations have broad spectral neutron distributions extending from thermal to MeV energies, for instance, near nuclear power plants, medical applications accelerators and cosmic neutrons. To improve the evaluation of the dosimetric quantities, is recommended to calibrate the radiation protection devices in neutron spectra which are nearly like those met in practice. In order to complete the range of neutron calibrating sources, it seems useful to develop several wide spectral distributions representative of typical spectra down to thermal energies. The aim of this investigation was to use an isotopic neutron source in different moderating media to reproduce some of the neutron fields found in practice. MCNP code has been used during calculations, in these a 239PuBe neutron source was inserted in H2O, D2O and polyethylene moderators. Moderators were modeled as spheres and cylinders of different sizes. In the case of cylindrical geometry the anisotropy of resulting neutron spectra was calculated from 0 to 2. From neutron spectra dosimetric features were calculated. MCNP calculations were validated by measuring the neutron spectra of a 239PuBe neutron source inserted in a H2O cylindrical moderator. The measurements were carried out with a multisphere neutron spectrometer with a 6LiI(Eu) scintillator. From the measurements the neutron spectrum was unfolded using the BUNKIUT code and the UTA4 response matrix. Some of the moderators with the source produce a neutron spectrum close to spectra found in actual applications, then can be used during the calibration of radiation protection devices
Simple manipulator for rotating spheres
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We describe a simple device for rapidly rotating a small sphere to any orientation for inspection of the surface. The ball is held between two small, flat surfaces and rolls as the surfaces are moved differentially parallel to one another
Data compression on the sphere
McEwen, J D; Eyers, D M; 10.1051/0004-6361/201015728
2011-01-01
Large data-sets defined on the sphere arise in many fields. In particular, recent and forthcoming observations of the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) made on the celestial sphere contain approximately three and fifty mega-pixels respectively. The compression of such data is therefore becoming increasingly important. We develop algorithms to compress data defined on the sphere. A Haar wavelet transform on the sphere is used as an energy compression stage to reduce the entropy of the data, followed by Huffman and run-length encoding stages. Lossless and lossy compression algorithms are developed. We evaluate compression performance on simulated CMB data, Earth topography data and environmental illumination maps used in computer graphics. The CMB data can be compressed to approximately 40% of its original size for essentially no loss to the cosmological information content of the data, and to approximately 20% if a small cosmological information loss is tolerated. For the topographic and il...
Dyson Spheres around White Dwarfs
Semiz, İbrahim
2015-01-01
A Dyson Sphere is a hypothetical structure that an advanced civilization might build around a star to intercept all of the star's light for its energy needs. One usually thinks of it as a spherical shell about one astronomical unit (AU) in radius, and surrounding a more or less Sun-like star; and might be detectable as an infrared point source. We point out that Dyson Spheres could also be built around white dwarfs. This type would avoid the need for artificial gravity technology, in contrast to the AU-scale Dyson Spheres. In fact, we show that parameters can be found to build Dyson Spheres suitable --temperature- and gravity-wise-- for human habitation. This type would be much harder to detect.
Economics and the Public Sphere
Reinert, Erik S.
2012-01-01
This paper identifies four different periods (1848, 1890s - partly also 1930s - and neoliberalism today) where the same tendencies recur: a Rise of Academic Monoculture (of esoteric knowledge), Refeudalization (tendencies towards a plutocracy), Crisis and Renewal. These sequences and their recurrence define the changing relationship between economics and the public sphere, and it is only through activities in the public sphere that any renewal will take place.
Isentropic Spheres in General Relativity
Humi, Mayer; Roumas, John
2016-01-01
Astrophysical gas clouds undergo thermodynamically irreversible processes and emit heat to their surroundings. Due the emission of this heat one can envision an idealized situation in which gas entropy remains (almost) constant. With this motivation in mind we derive in this paper interior solutions to the Einstein equations of General Relativity for spheres which consist of isentropic gas. In particular we investigate solutions in which the mass distribution inside the sphere has several she...
McEwen, J D; Lasenby, A N
2006-01-01
We derive optimal filters on the sphere in the context of detecting compact objects embedded in a stochastic background process. The matched filter and the scale adaptive filter are derived on the sphere in the most general setting, allowing for directional template profiles and filters. The performance and relative merits of the two optimal filters are discussed. The application of optimal filter theory on the sphere to the detection of compact objects is demonstrated on simulated mock data. A naive detection strategy is adopted, with an initial aim of illustrating the application of the new optimal filters derived on the sphere. Nevertheless, this simple object detection strategy is demonstrated to perform well, even a low signal-to-noise ratio. Code written to compute optimal filters on the sphere (S2FIL), to perform fast directional filtering on the sphere (FastCSWT) and to construct the simulated mock data (COMB) are all made publicly available. (Accompanying code will be made publicly available on publi...
Non-equilibrium Casimir forces: Spheres and sphere-plate
Krüger, Matthias; Bimonte, Giuseppe; Kardar, Mehran
2011-01-01
We discuss non-equilibrium extensions of the Casimir force (due to electromagnetic fluctuations), where the objects as well as the environment are held at different temperatures. While the formalism we develop is quite general, we focus on a sphere in front of a plate, as well as two spheres, when the radius is small compared to separation and thermal wavelengths. In this limit the forces can be expressed analytically in terms of the lowest order multipoles, and corroborated with results obtained by diluting parallel plates of vanishing thickness. Non-equilibrium forces are generally stronger than their equilibrium counterpart, and may oscillate with separation (at a scale set by material resonances). For both geometries we obtain stable points of zero net force, while two spheres may have equal forces in magnitude and direction resulting in a self-propelling state.
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In addition to the production of short-lived radioisotopes, the Slovak Cyclotron Laboratory is also engaged in the application of neutron capture therapy, radiotherapy with fast neutrons, and proton therapy. Experiments were carried out where the operating quantities and conversion factors between the neutron fluence and the spatial or personal dose equivalent were determined by Bonner spectrometry over the entire range of energies used, employing a set of moderators. To obtain the requisite dosimetric parameters of the (n,γ) radiation fields, the deconvolution process (statistical regularization) was modified into a rather simple procedure, tractable by using a conventional PC AT. Calibration measurements were employed to obtain the dependence of the sensitivity of albedo dosemeters on the neutron dose ratios in two positions of the dosemeter (on the front and rear sides)
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The authors established the simulated workplace neutron fields using a 252Cf source surrounded with cylindrical moderators at the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst. (JNC), Tokai Works. The moderators are annular cylinders made of polymethyl methacrylate and steel. The neutron energy spectrum at the reference calibration point was evaluated from the calculations by MCNP-4B and the measurements by the Bonner multisphere spectrometer and the hydrogen-filled proportional counters. The calculated neutron spectra were in good agreements with the measured ones. These fields can provide the realistic neutron spectra similar to those encountered around the glove-boxes of the fabrication process of MOX (PuO2-UO2 mixed oxide) fuel. (authors)
Unveiling small sphere's scattering behavior
Tzarouchis, Dimitrios C; Sihvola, Ari
2016-01-01
A classical way for exploring the scattering behavior of a small sphere is to approximate Mie coefficients with a Taylor series expansion. This ansatz delivered a plethora of insightful results, mostly for small spheres supporting electric localized plasmonic resonances. However, many scattering aspects are still uncharted, especially for the case of magnetic resonances. Here, an alternative system ansatz is proposed based on the Pad\\'e approximants for the Mie coefficients. The extracted results reveal new aspects, such as the existence of a self-regulating radiative damping mechanism for the first magnetic resonance. Hence, a systematic way of exploring the scattering behavior is introduced, sharpening our understanding about sphere's scattering behavior and its emergent functionalities.
Basic neutronics. Neutrons migration
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This article presents the basic neutronics necessary for the understanding of the operation of the different types of nuclear reactors: 1 - introduction to neutronics: principle of fission chain reactions, fast neutron reactors and thermal neutron reactors, capture, neutron status, variations with the reactor lattices; 2 - Boltzmann equation: neutrons population, neutrons migration, characterization of neutrons population and reactions, integral form of the Boltzmann equation, integral-differential form, equivalence between the two forms; 3 - reactor kinetics: fast neutrons and delayed neutrons, kinetic equations in punctual model, Nordheim equation, reactivity jumps, reactivity ramp; 4 - diffusion equation: local neutron status, Fick's law, diffusion equation, initial, boundary and interface conditions, nuclei in infinite and homogenous medium, some examples of solutions, developments in Eigenmodes; 5 - one-group theory: equation of the 'one-group - diffusion' theory, critical condition of the naked and homogenous reactor, critical condition of a reactor with reflectors, generalizations; 6 - neutrons moderation: different moderation mechanisms, elastic shock laws, moderation equation, some examples of solutions; 7 - resonance absorption of neutrons: advantage of the discontinuous moderation character, advantage of an heterogenous disposition, classical formula of the anti-trap factor in homogenous and heterogenous situation; 8 - neutrons thermalization: notions of thermalization mechanisms, thermalization equation, Maxwell spectrum, real spectrum, classical formula of the thermal utilisation factor, classical formula of the reproduction factor, moderation optimum. (J.S.)
Troubleshooting vSphere storage
Preston, Mike
2013-01-01
This is a step-by-step example-oriented tutorial aimed at showing the reader how to troubleshoot a variety of vSphere storage problems, and providing the reader with solutions that can be completed with minimal effort and time in order to limit damage to work.If you are a vSphere administrator, this is the book for you. This book will provide you with 'need to know' information about the various storage transports that ESXi utilizes, the tools and techniques we can use to identify problems, and the fundamental knowledge and steps to take to troubleshoot storage-related issues. Prior knowledge
Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics Lecture: The limits of nuclear landscape
Nazarewicz, Witold
2012-03-01
Understanding nuclei is a quantum many-body problem of incredible richness and diversity and studies of nuclei address some of the great challenges that are common throughout modern science. Nuclear structure research strives to build a unified and comprehensive microscopic framework in which bulk nuclear properties, nuclear excitations, and nuclear reactions can all be described. A new and exciting focus in this endeavor lies in the description of exotic and short-lived nuclei at the limits of proton-to-neutron asymmetry, mass, and angular momentum. In this talk, advances in the nuclear density functional theory will be reviewed in the context of the main scientific questions, experimental developments, and the advent of extreme-scale computing platforms.
Laflamme-Sanders, Alexandra; Zhu, Mu
2008-11-01
LAGO is an efficient kernel algorithm designed specifically for the rare target detection problem. However, unlike other kernel algorithms, LAGO cannot be easily used with many domain-specific kernels. We solve this problem by first providing a unified framework for LAGO and clarifying its basic principle, and then applying that principle on the unit sphere instead of in the Euclidean space. PMID:18775643
Boulatov, D. V.
1993-01-01
We give the formula for a simple Wilson loop on a sphere which is valid for an arbitrary QCD$_2$ saddle-point $\\rho(x)$: \\mbox{$W(A_1,A_2)=\\oint \\frac{dx}{2\\pi i} \\exp(\\int dy \\frac{\\rho(y)}{y-x}+A_2x)$}. The strong-coupling-phase solution is investigated.
Schleimer, Saul
2004-01-01
We prove that the three-sphere recognition problem lies in the complexity class NP. Our work relies on Thompson's original proof that the problem is decidable [Math. Res. Let., 1994], Casson's version of her algorithm, and recent results of Agol, Hass, and Thurston [ArXiv, 2002].
Kinetic theory of hard spheres
Beijeren, H. van; Ernst, M.H.
1979-01-01
Kinetic equations for the hard-sphere system are derived by diagrammatic techniques. A linear equation is obtained for the one-particle-one particle equilibrium time correlation function and a nonlinear equation for the one-particle distribution function in nonequilibrium. Both equations are nonloca
Fast-Neutron Surveys Using Indium-Foil Activation
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Stephens, Lloyd D.; Smith, Alan R.
1958-08-13
Activation of indium foils by thermal neutrons has been applied to measurement of fast-neutron fluxes. Foils are encased in paraffin spheres placed in cadmium boxes. The high-energy neutrons that penetrate the cadmium become thermal neutrons; the thermal-neutron flux is proportional to the incident fast-neutron flux over a range of about 20 kev to 20 Mev. The foils are removed from the boxes and counted on a methane-flow proportional counter. High instantaneous neutron fluxes are easily detected and counted by use of these foils. Many simultaneous measurements have been made easily by this method.
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2009-11-15
In the ''Bonner Bogen'' construction project, the focus was on resources-saving technology and maximum user comfort, resulting in an integrated planning and implementation process. According to the investor, BonnVisio, the technical infrastructure and energy center of the building - based on groundwater geothermal energy with aquifer storage - is unique in Germany and Europe in terms of size, mode of operation, and efficiency. (orig.)
A new technique for neutron monitoring in stray radiation fields
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At reactors, accelerators and therapy facilities including linear accelerators there is the need to monitor low level stray radiation fields, Neutron monitoring today is based mainly on the application of rem counters. A new approach to neutron monitoring is described which allows one to measure the dose equivalent of neutrons and gamma rays and to interpret neutron spectra in stray radiation fields in terms of Esub(e)sub(f)sub(f) and the dose fractnon of thermat neutrons. Compared to the muttisphere technique only a single moderator sphere of 30 cm diam and various pairs of TLD600/TLD7O0 detectors as passive neutron/gamma detectors are applied to measure moderated neutrons in the center of the sphere, backscattered albedo neutrons on the surface of the sphere and thermal as well as epithermal neutrons from the stray radiation field directly. The passive dosimeter system is sensitive to neutrons in the dose range 10 mrem - 500 rem and permits long-term exposures of several months. Field exposures performed at different facilities are described showing representative results for a neutron stray radiation field with Esub(e)sub(f)sub(f) between 2 MeV down to 100 keV and dose contributions from thermal neutrons between 1% and 30% depending on the kind of neutron stray source, the distance from the source, and the concrete shieldings in the room. (H.K.)
Eddy currents in a conducting sphere
Bergman, John; Hestenes, David
1986-01-01
This report analyzes the eddy current induced in a solid conducting sphere by a sinusoidal current in a circular loop. Analytical expressions for the eddy currents are derived as a power series in the vectorial displacement of the center of the sphere from the axis of the loop. These are used for first order calculations of the power dissipated in the sphere and the force and torque exerted on the sphere by the electromagnetic field of the loop.
Minimality of Symplectic Fiber Sums along Spheres
Dorfmeister, Josef G
2010-01-01
In this note we complete the discussion of minimality of symplectic fiber sums. We find, that for fiber sums along spheres the minimality of the sum is determined by the cases discussed by M. Usher and one additional case: If the sum is the result of the rational blow-down of a symplectic -4-sphere in X, then it is non-minimal if X contains a certain configuration of exceptional spheres in relation to this -4-sphere.
Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics Talk: Symmetries and Simple Patterns in Nuclei
Casten, Richard
2011-04-01
Nuclei are complex many-body objects that display remarkably simple patterns and regularities, both for a given nucleus and across regions of nuclei. The juxtaposition of these two facets of nuclear structure is reflected in two general, and complementary, approaches to their description - a microscopic (femtoscopic, of course) perspective in terms of the motions of the individual nucleons and their interactions, and a macroscopic view of the nucleus as a whole, in terms of its shapes, symmetries, and collective behavior. The first part of this talk will discuss the simple patterns nuclei exhibit and interpret them in terms of symmetries, such as those of the Interacting Boson Approximation (IBA) model, elementary collective modes, changes in shell structure, and quantum phase transitions in the equilibrium structure. It is also possible to approach structural evolution in nuclei with an extremely simple, more microscopic, perspective focusing on the competition of the most important residual interactions, pairing and the valence proton-neutron (p - n) interaction. While this is not a substitute for a comprehensive theoretical treatment, which remains a challenge and goal of nuclear theory, such an analysis leads to simple approaches, such as the NpNn scheme and the P-factor, that correlate large amounts of nuclear data, can guide estimates of unknown nuclei, and which are highly sensitive indicators of changes in shell structure and of nuclei that exhibit behavior deviating from normal tends. Finally, empirical means of extracting information on the critical valence p - n interaction will be discussed and the systematic behavior of these interaction strengths will be linked to shell structure on the one hand, and the onset and development of collectivity on the other. Work supported by the US DOE under Grant No. DE-FG02-91ER-40609.
Coating a Sphere With Evaporated Metal
Strayer, D. M.; Jackson, H. W.; Gatewood, J. R.
1986-01-01
In vacuum coating apparatus, metal evaporated onto sphere from small source located some distance away. Sphere held in path of metal vapor while rotated about axis that rocks back and forth. One tilting motion particularly easy to produce is sinusoidal rocking with frequency much lower than rotational frequency. Apparatus developed for coating single-crystal sapphire spheres with niobium.
Spheres of Justice within Schools
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Sabbagh, Clara; Resh, Nura; Mor, Michal;
2006-01-01
This article argues that there are distinct spheres of justice within education and examines a range of justice norms and distribution rules that characterize the daily life of schools and classrooms. Moving from the macro to micro level, we identify the following five areas: the right to education......, the allocation of (or selection into) learning places, teaching–learning practices, teachers’ treatment of students, and student evaluations of grade distribution. We discuss the literature on the beliefs by students and teachers about the just distribution of educational goods in these five domains......, and on the practices used in the actual allocation of these goods. In line with normative ‘spheres of justice’ arguments in social theory, we conclude that the ideals of social justice within schools vary strongly according to the particular resource to be distributed. Moreover, these ideals often do...
Sknepnek, Rastko; Henkes, Silke
2015-02-01
We show that coupling to curvature nontrivially affects collective motion in active systems, leading to motion patterns not observed in flat space. Using numerical simulations, we study a model of self-propelled particles with polar alignment and soft repulsion confined to move on the surface of a sphere. We observe a variety of motion patterns with the main hallmarks being polar vortex and circulating band states arising due to the incompatibility between spherical topology and uniform motion—a consequence of the "hairy ball" theorem. We provide a detailed analysis of density, velocity, pressure, and stress profiles in the circulating band state. In addition, we present analytical results for a simplified model of collective motion on the sphere showing that frustration due to curvature leads to stable elastic distortions storing energy in the band.
Gerlach, Henryk
2010-01-01
What is the longest rope on the unit sphere? Intuition tells us that the answer to this packing problem depends on the rope's thickness. For a countably infinite number of prescribed thickness values we construct and classify all solution curves. The simplest ones are similar to the seamlines of a tennis ball, others exhibit a striking resemblance to Turing patterns in chemistry, or to ordered phases of long elastic rods stuffed into spherical shells.
Hard sphere packings within cylinders.
Fu, Lin; Steinhardt, William; Zhao, Hao; Socolar, Joshua E S; Charbonneau, Patrick
2016-02-23
Arrangements of identical hard spheres confined to a cylinder with hard walls have been used to model experimental systems, such as fullerenes in nanotubes and colloidal wire assembly. Finding the densest configurations, called close packings, of hard spheres of diameter σ in a cylinder of diameter D is a purely geometric problem that grows increasingly complex as D/σ increases, and little is thus known about the regime for D > 2.873σ. In this work, we extend the identification of close packings up to D = 4.00σ by adapting Torquato-Jiao's adaptive-shrinking-cell formulation and sequential-linear-programming (SLP) technique. We identify 17 new structures, almost all of them chiral. Beyond D ≈ 2.85σ, most of the structures consist of an outer shell and an inner core that compete for being close packed. In some cases, the shell adopts its own maximum density configuration, and the stacking of core spheres within it is quasiperiodic. In other cases, an interplay between the two components is observed, which may result in simple periodic structures. In yet other cases, the very distinction between the core and shell vanishes, resulting in more exotic packing geometries, including some that are three-dimensional extensions of structures obtained from packing hard disks in a circle. PMID:26843132
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In order to provide benchmark data of neutrons transmitted through iron shields in the intermediate-energy region, spatial distributions of neutron energy spectra and reaction rates behind and inside the iron shields of thickness up to 130 cm were measured for 43- and 68-MeVp-7Li neutrons using a quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam source at the 90-MV AVF cyclotron facility of the TLARA facility in JAERI. The measured data by five kinds of detectors: the BC501A detector, the Bonner ball counter, 238U and 232Th fission counters, 7LiF and natLiF TLDs and solid state nuclear track detector, are numerically provided in this report in the energy region between 10-4 eV and the energy of peak neutrons generated by the 7Li(p,n) reaction. (author)
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Nakashima, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Tanaka, Shun-ichi; Nakao, Noriaki [and others
1996-03-01
In order to provide benchmark data of neutrons transmitted through iron shields in the intermediate-energy region, spatial distributions of neutron energy spectra and reaction rates behind and inside the iron shields of thickness up to 130 cm were measured for 43- and 68-MeVp-{sup 7}Li neutrons using a quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam source at the 90-MV AVF cyclotron facility of the TLARA facility in JAERI. The measured data by five kinds of detectors: the BC501A detector, the Bonner ball counter, {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th fission counters, {sup 7}LiF and {sup nat}LiF TLDs and solid state nuclear track detector, are numerically provided in this report in the energy region between 10{sup -4} eV and the energy of peak neutrons generated by the {sup 7}Li(p,n) reaction. (author).
Lowe, Scott
2011-01-01
A new and updated edition of bestselling Mastering VMware vSphere 4 Written by leading VMware expert, this book covers all the features and capabilities of VMware vSphere. You'll learn how to install, configure, operate, manage, and secure the latest release.Covers all the new features and capabilities of the much-anticipated new release of VMware vSphereDiscusses the planning, installation, operation, and management for the latest releaseReviews migration to the latest vSphere softwareOffers hands-on instruction and clear explanations with real-world examples Mastering VMware vSphere is the
Fusion breeder sphere - PAC blanket design
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There is a considerable world-wide effort directed toward the production of materials for fusion reactors. Many ceramic fabrication groups are working on making lithium ceramics in a variety of forms, to be incorporated into the tritium breeding blanket which will surround the fusion reactor. Current blanket designs include ceramic in either monolithic or packed sphere bed (sphere-pac) forms. The major thrust at AECL is the production of lithium aluminate spheres to be incorporated in a sphere-pac bed. Contemporary studies on breeder blanket design offer little insight into the requirements on the sizes of the spheres. This study examined the parameters which determine the properties of pressure drop and coolant requirements. It was determined that an optimised sphere-pac bed would be composed of two diameters of spheres: 75 weight % at 3 mm and 25 weight % at 0.3 mm
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
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Ever since Karl Schwarzschild's 1916 discovery of the spacetime geometry describing the interior of a particular idealized general relativistic star--a static spherically symmetric blob of fluid with position-independent density--the general relativity community has continued to devote considerable time and energy to understanding the general-relativistic static perfect fluid sphere. Over the last 90 years a tangle of specific perfect fluid spheres has been discovered, with most of these specific examples seemingly independent from each other. To bring some order to this collection, in this article we develop several new transformation theorems that map perfect fluid spheres into perfect fluid spheres. These transformation theorems sometimes lead to unexpected connections between previously known perfect fluid spheres, sometimes lead to new previously unknown perfect fluid spheres, and in general can be used to develop a systematic way of classifying the set of all perfect fluid spheres
Guthrie, Forbes
2013-01-01
Achieve the performance, scalability, and ROI your business needs What can you do at the start of a virtualization deployment to make things run more smoothly? If you plan, deploy, maintain, and optimize vSphere solutions in your company, this unique book provides keen insight and solutions. From hardware selection, network layout, and security considerations to storage and hypervisors, this book explains the design decisions you'll face and how to make the right choices. Written by two virtualization experts and packed with real-world strategies and examples, VMware v
Orsphere: Physics Measurments For Bare, HEU(93.2)-Metal Sphere
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Marshall, Margaret A. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Bess, John D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Briggs, J. Blair [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); White, Christine E. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Dyrda, James P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Tancock, Nigel P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Mihalczo, John [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
2015-03-01
In the early 1970s Dr. John T. Mihalczo (team leader), J.J. Lynn, and J.R. Taylor performed experiments at the Oak Ridge Critical Experiments Facility (ORCEF) with highly enriched uranium (HEU) metal (called Oak Ridge Alloy or ORALLOY) in an attempt to recreate GODIVA I results with greater accuracy than those performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1950s (HEU-MET-FAST-001). The purpose of the Oak Ridge ORALLOY Sphere (ORSphere) experiments was to estimate the unreflected and unmoderated critical mass of an idealized sphere of uranium metal corrected to a density, purity, and enrichment such that it could be compared with the GODIVA I experiments. “The very accurate description of this sphere, as assembled, establishes it as an ideal benchmark for calculational methods and cross-section data files” (Reference 1). While performing the ORSphere experiments care was taken to accurately document component dimensions (±0.0001 inches), masses (±0.01 g), and material data. The experiment was also set up to minimize the amount of structural material in the sphere proximity. Two, correlated spheres were evaluated and judged to be acceptable as criticality benchmark experiments. This evaluation is given in HEU-MET-FAST-100. The second, smaller sphere was used for additional reactor physics measurements. Worth measurements (Reference 1, 2, 3 and 4), the delayed neutron fraction (Reference 3, 4 and 5) and surface material worth coefficient (Reference 1 and 2) are all measured and judged to be acceptable as benchmark data. The prompt neutron decay (Reference 6), relative fission density (Reference 7) and relative neutron importance (Reference 7) were measured, but are not evaluated. Information for the evaluation was compiled from References 1 through 7, the experimental logbooks 8 and 9 ; additional drawings and notes provided by the experimenter; and communication with the lead experimenter, John T. Mihalczo.
ORSPHERE: PHYSICS MEASUREMENTS FOR BARE, HEU(93.2)-METAL SPHERE
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Margaret A. Marshall
2014-03-01
In the early 1970s Dr. John T. Mihalczo (team leader), J.J. Lynn, and J.R. Taylor performed experiments at the Oak Ridge Critical Experiments Facility (ORCEF) with highly enriched uranium (HEU) metal (called Oak Ridge Alloy or ORALLOY) in an attempt to recreate GODIVA I results with greater accuracy than those performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1950s (HEU-MET-FAST-001). The purpose of the Oak Ridge ORALLOY Sphere (ORSphere) experiments was to estimate the unreflected and unmoderated critical mass of an idealized sphere of uranium metal corrected to a density, purity, and enrichment such that it could be compared with the GODIVA I experiments. “The very accurate description of this sphere, as assembled, establishes it as an ideal benchmark for calculational methods and cross-section data files” (Reference 1). While performing the ORSphere experiments care was taken to accurately document component dimensions (±0.0001 inches), masses (±0.01 g), and material data. The experiment was also set up to minimize the amount of structural material in the sphere proximity. Two, correlated spheres were evaluated and judged to be acceptable as criticality benchmark experiments. This evaluation is given in HEU-MET-FAST-100. The second, smaller sphere was used for additional reactor physics measurements. Worth measurements (Reference 1, 2, 3 and 4), the delayed neutron fraction (Reference 3, 4 and 5) and surface material worth coefficient (Reference 1 and 2) are all measured and judged to be acceptable as benchmark data. The prompt neutron decay (Reference 6), relative fission density (Reference 7) and relative neutron importance (Reference 7) were measured, but are not evaluated. Information for the evaluation was compiled from References 1 through 7, the experimental logbooks 8 and 9 ; additional drawings and notes provided by the experimenter; and communication with the lead experimenter, John T. Mihalczo.
Sphere-to-rod transition of triblock copolymer micelles at room temperature
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R Ganguly; V K Aswal; P A Hassan; I K Gopalakrishnan; J V Yakhmi
2004-08-01
A room temperature sphere-to-rod transition of the polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide-based triblock copolymer, (PEO)20 (PPO)70 (PEO)20 micelles have been observed in aqueous medium under the influence of ethanol and sodium chloride. Addition of 5-10% ethanol induces a high temperature sphere-to-rod transition of the micelles, which is brought to room temperature upon addition of NaCl. The inference about the change in the shape of the micelles has been drawn from small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and viscosity studies.
Duan, Zhipeng; He, Boshu; Duan, Yuanyuan
2015-07-01
Modelling fluid flows past a body is a general problem in science and engineering. Historical sphere drag and heat transfer data are critically examined. The appropriate drag coefficient is proposed to replace the inertia type definition proposed by Newton. It is found that the appropriate drag coefficient is a desirable dimensionless parameter to describe fluid flow physical behavior so that fluid flow problems can be solved in the simple and intuitive manner. The appropriate drag coefficient is presented graphically, and appears more general and reasonable to reflect the fluid flow physical behavior than the traditional century old drag coefficient diagram. Here we present drag and heat transfer experimental results which indicate that there exists a relationship in nature between the sphere drag and heat transfer. The role played by the heat flux has similar nature as the drag. The appropriate drag coefficient can be related to the Nusselt number. This finding opens new possibilities in predicting heat transfer characteristics by drag data. As heat transfer for flow over a body is inherently complex, the proposed simple means may provide an insight into the mechanism of heat transfer for flow past a body.
Second-sphere complexes in analytical chemistry
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Literary data on the application in the modern analytical chemistry of outer-sphere complexes, forming from coordination-saturated inner-sphere complexes and ligands, cation particles or organic solvent molecules in the second sphere are summarised. It is shown, that the outer-sphere complexes peculiarities, involving in their relatively low stability and activation energy for the processes in the second sphere, together with their variety allows one to effectively use these complexes for separation, extraction and, especially, determination of inorganic and organic substances. Outer-sphere complexes are used to determine some transition metals, lanthanides, berillium, boron and some other elements. The improvement of sensitivity, selectivity and expressiveness of analytical determination, achieved here, is discussed
Sphere-Pac Evaluation for Transmutation
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Icenhour, A.S.
2005-05-19
The U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) is sponsoring a project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the objective of conducting the research and development necessary to evaluate the use of sphere-pac transmutation fuel. Sphere-pac fuels were studied extensively in the 1960s and 1970s. More recently, this fuel form is being studied internationally as a potential plutonium-burning fuel. For transmutation fuel, sphere-pac fuels have potential advantages over traditional pellet-type fuels. This report provides a review of development efforts related to the preparation of sphere-pac fuels and their irradiation tests. Based on the results of these tests, comparisons with pellet-type fuels are summarized, the advantages and disadvantages of using sphere-pac fuels are highlighted, and sphere-pac options for the AFCI are recommended. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory development activities are also outlined.
Synthesis and characterization of hydrocarbon sphere
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With glucose as starting material, hydrocarbon sphere which was rich in oxygen containing functional groups was synthesized by hydrothermal carbonization process, and characterized by SEM and FTIR techniques. The results show that the size and dispersion of carbon spheres depend on many factors, including the concentration of glucose, the reaction temperature and the adulterated organic monomer. The obtained hydrocarbon spheres contain rich functional groups which can greatly improve the hydrophilicity and chemical reactivity. (authors)
Counter public spheres and global modernity
Fenton, Natalie; Downey, John
2015-01-01
This article explores the concept of counter public spheres and their relationship to the dominant public sphere. We argue that counter public spheres are increasingly relevant due to particular social and political configurations that mark out a distinct stage of modernity. We suggest that this stage is characterised in particular by the intensification of globalisation, the rise of neo-liberalism and a decline of trust and social democracy resulting in instability in the dominant public sph...
Counter public spheres and global modernity:
Downey, John; Fenton, Natalie
2003-01-01
This article explores the concept of counter public spheres and their relationship to the dominant public sphere. We argue that counter public spheres are increasingly relevant due to particular social and political configurations that mark out a distinct stage of modernity. We suggest that this stage is characterised in particular by the intensification of globalisation, the rise of neo-liberalism and a decline of trust and social democracy resulting in instability in the dominant public sph...
The fuzzy sphere *-product and spin networks
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We analyze the expansion of the fuzzy sphere noncommutative product in powers of the noncommutativity parameter. To analyze this expansion we develop a graphical technique that uses spin networks. This technique is potentially interesting in its own right as introducing spin networks of Penrose into noncommutative geometry. Our analysis leads to a clarification of the link between the fuzzy sphere noncommutative product and the usual deformation quantization of the sphere in terms of the *-product
Hollow Spheres in Composite Materials and Metallic Hollow Sphere Composites (MHSC)
Baumeister, Erika; Molitor, Martin
The newly developed metallic hollow spheres are used in combination with a polymeric matrix for producing metallic hollow-sphere-composites (MSHC), which have been developed for mechanical engineering applications in the “InnoZellMet” project.
Improving personnel neutron dosimetry at the INEL
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The personnel neutron dosimeter used at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) was modelled after the Hankins style albedo dosimeter and uses six thermoluminescence dosimeter (TLD) chips encased in a cadmium box. Personnel neutron dosimeters are assembled, disassembled and analyzed manually and the neutron dose equivalent is determined by dividing the difference of the average signals from the irradiated6LiF chips and the irradiated 7LiF chips by a calibration factor. The neutron dose equivalent result is adjusted to account for differences between the field neutron energy spectrum and the calibration neutron energy spectrum using a Field Neutron Correction Factor (FNCF). The FNCF's have been determined for approximately 15 locations at the INEL by applying the ratio of responses from 9 inch and 3 inch spheres to the calibration curve determined by Hankins. The application of small FNCF's has resulted in a significant number of false positive neutron dose equivalent results. The Radiological Sciences Branch intends to perform a variety of neutron dose and energy spectral measurements at the previously identified locations to improve the assessment of personnel neutron dose equivalent. Using the results of those measurements, (1) new FNCF's will be developed, (2) a practical field technique will be developed to verify the FNCF's and to identify new areas of concern and (3) the lower limit of detection for neutron dose equivalent will be determined as a function of the neutron energy spectrum
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In recent years, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has been involved in a number of neutron dosimetry research projects. Several reference neutron fields are now available for such projects. They are all based on the use of a 252Cf source. The source can be used by itself to create a reference un-moderated 252Cf neutron field, or it can be placed inside several different moderating assemblies. The spectra created by placing the source inside these assemblies and the un-moderated source are employed to investigate detector and dosimeter responses. Currently, the set of moderators available includes a 30-cm diam cadmium-covered D2O spherical shell, a 30-cm-thick iron spherical shell, a 30-cm-diam polyethylene spherical shell, an 18.3-cm-thick tungsten spherical shell, a 16-cm-thick lead spherical shell, and a 9-cm-thick tantalum spherical shell. In addition, the 252Cf source can be placed inside a neutron howitzer recently constructed at Georgia Tech. The howitzer is a WEP cylinder loaded with boron that has a 10.16-cm-diam cylindrical opening. When the source is placed in the cylindrical penetration of the howitzer, a neutron field ∼30 cm in diameter is created at a distance of 50 cm from the californium source. Over the last few years, Bonner sphere spectrometers using LiI(Eu) scintillators and LiF thermoluminescence dosimeters have been calibrated using this facility at Georgia Tech. Recently, the Neely Nuclear Research Center (NNRC) acquired an LB 6411 neutron probe (product of EG and G Berthold). This probe is designed to measure ambient dose equivalent in accordance with International Commission on Radiological Protection Publication 60 recommendations. It consists of a cylindrical 3He proportional counter surrounded by a 25-cm-diam spherical polyethylene moderator. Its neutron response is optimized for dose rate measurements of neutrons between thermal energies and 20 MeV (Ref. 5). As a test of the instrument's ability to measure ambient dose
Habitable sphere and fine structure constant
Kozlovskii, Miroslaw P; Kozlowski, Miroslaw; Marciak-Kozlowska, Janina
2005-01-01
Future space missions, TPF and Darwin will focus on searches of signatures of life on extrasolar planets. In this paper we look for model independ definition of the habitable zone. It will be shown that the radius of the habitable sphere depends only on the constants of the Nature. Key words: Habitable sphere, fine structure constant.
Electric dipoles on the Bloch sphere
Vutha, Amar C
2014-01-01
The time evolution of a two-level quantum mechanical system can be geometrically described using the Bloch sphere. By mapping the Bloch sphere evolution onto the dynamics of oscillating electric dipoles, we provide a physically intuitive link between classical electromagnetism and the electric dipole transitions of atomic & molecular physics.
Electric dipoles on the Bloch sphere
Vutha, Amar C.
2015-03-01
The time evolution of a two-level quantum mechanical system can be geometrically described using the Bloch sphere. By mapping the Bloch sphere evolution onto the dynamics of oscillating electric dipoles, we provide a physically intuitive link between classical electromagnetism and the electric dipole transitions of atomic and molecular physics.
Reversible thermal gelation in soft spheres
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Kapnistos, M.; Vlassopoulos, D.; Fytas, G.;
2000-01-01
Upon heating, concentrated solutions of star polymers and block copolymer micelles in a good solvent, representing soft spheres, undergo a reversible gelation. This phenomenon is attributed to the formation of clusters causing a partial dynamic arrest of the swollen interpenetrating spheres at high...... temperatures. A phase diagram analogous to that of sterically stabilized colloids is proposed....
Marketing approach to management of service sphere
Остафійчук, Ярослав Васильович
2015-01-01
Approaches to management service sphere at different hierarchical levels with the use of marketing methodology have been considered. Functions of regional marketing in service sphere and its structure, possibilities of integration into marketing of components from other administrative conceptshave been analyzed.
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Modern Monte Carlo transport simulations of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory pulsed-sphere time of flight experiments have recently been performed. In these experiments, 14 MeV neutrons, generated via the 3H(d, n)4He reaction, interact with a sphere of material that surrounds the neutron generating target. The time of arrival of the uncollided and collided neutrons are recorded in a detector system placed up to 10 meters from the center of the sphere. A collection of experiments with varying sphere materials, mean-free-paths and detector systems have been modeled using the Mercury Monte Carlo transport code. This effort serves to validate new features of the Mercury code, including general sources, tallies and point-detector / biased-collisions variance reduction methods, as well as assess the quality of evaluated nuclear data sets. In general, the level of agreement between the calculations and experiment is very good. However, for certain pulsed spheres, discrepancies are observed between the simulations using different nuclear data sets. (author)
Simulation analysis of radiation fields inside phantoms for neutron irradiation
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Radiation fields inside phantoms have been calculated for neutron irradiation. Particle and heavy-ion transport code system PHITS was employed for the calculation. Energy and size dependences of neutron dose were analyzed using tissue equivalent spheres of different size. A voxel phantom of mouse was developed based on CT images of an 8-week-old male C3H/HeNs mouse. Deposition energy inside the mouse was calculated for 2- and 10-MeV neutron irradiation. (author)
Reddy, A. R.; Rao, M. V. N.
2012-01-01
The field of neutron radiography with special reference to isotopic neutron radiography has been reviewed. Different components viz., sources, collimators, imaging systems are described. Various designs of neutron radiography facilities, their relative merits and demerits , the appropriateness of each design depending on the object to be radiographed, and economics of each technique are also dealt. The applications of neutron radiography are also briefly presented.
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Neutron research where reflection, refraction, and interference play an essential role is generally referred to as 'neutron optics'. The neutron wavelength, the scattering length density and the magnetic properties of the material determine the critical angle for total reflection. The theoretical background of neutron reflection, experimental methods and the interpretation of reflection data are presented. (K.A.)
Cheng, Hongbo
2013-01-01
The Casimir energies for plate-sphere system and sphere-sphere system under PFA in the presence of one extra compactified universal dimension are analyzed. We find that the Casimir energy between a plate and a sphere in the case of sphere-based PFA is divergent. The Casimir energy of plate-sphere system in the case of plate-based PFA is finite and keeps negative. The extra-dimension corrections to the Casimir energy will be more manifest if the sphere is larger or farther away from the plate. It is shown that the negative Casimir energy for two spheres is also associated with the sizes of spheres and extra space. The larger spheres and the longer distance between them make the influence from the additional dimension stronger.
Cheng, Hongbo
2015-08-01
The Casimir energies for plate-sphere system and sphere-sphere systems under PFA in the presence of one extra compactified universal dimension are analyzed. We find that the Casimir energy between a plate and a sphere in the case of sphere-based PFA is divergent. The Casimir energy of plate-sphere system in the case of plate-based PFA is finite and keeps negative. The extra-dimension corrections to the Casimir energy will be more manifest if the sphere is larger or farther away from the plate. It is shown that the negative Casimir energy for two spheres is also associated with the sizes of spheres and extra space. The larger spheres and the longer distance between them make the influence from the additional dimension stronger.
Superelastic carbon spheres under high pressure
Li, Meifen; Guo, Junjie; Xu, Bingshe
2013-03-01
We report a superelastic deformation behavior of carbon spheres by the in situ Raman spectroscopy in a high-pressure diamond anvil cell. The carbon spheres produced by arc discharging in toluene have a mean diameter of 200 nm and an onion-like multilayer graphitic structure. We find that the elastic coefficients, during both the compression and decompression processes, remain a constant up to 10 GPa, indicating a superior high-pressure structural stability. Such superelastic behavior is related to the isotropic and concentric configuration of carbon spheres and provides additional insight into improving the microscopic mechanical properties of small-scale particles.
Two-sphere low Reynold's propeller
Najafi, Ali; Zargar, Rojman
2010-01-01
A three-dimensional model of a low-Reynold's swimmer is introduced and analyzed in this paper. This model consists of two large and small spheres connected by two perpendicular thin rods. The geometry of this system is motivated by the microorganisms that use a single tail to swim, the large sphere represents the head of microorganism and the small sphere resembles its tail. Each rod changes its length and orientation in a non-reciprocal manner that effectively propel the system. Translationa...
Benchmark validation by means of pulsed sphere experiment at OKTAVIAN
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Ichihara, Chihiro [Kyoto Univ., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan). Research Reactor Inst.; Hayashi, S.A.; Kimura, Itsuro; Yamamoto, Junji; Takahashi, Akito
1997-03-01
The new version of Japanese nuclear data library JENDL-3.2 has recently been released. JENDL Fusion File which adopted DDX representations for secondary neutrons was also improved with the new evaluation method. On the other hand, FENDL nuclear data project to compile nuclear data library for fusion related research has been conducted partly under auspices of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The first version FENDL-1 consists of JENDL-3.1, ENDF/B-VI, BROND-2 and EFF-1 and has been released in 1995. The work for the second version FENDL-2 is now ongoing. The Bench mark validation of the nuclear data libraries have been performed to help selecting the candidate for the FENDL-2. The benchmark experiment have been conducted at OKTAVIAN of Osaka university. The sample spheres were constructed by filling the spherical shells with sample. The leakage neutron spectra from sphere piles were measured with a time-of-flight method. The measured spectra were compared with the theoretical calculation using MCNP 4A and the processed libraries from JENDL-3.1, JENDL-3.2, JENDL Fusion File, and FENDL-1. JENDL Fusion File and JENDL-3.2 gave almost the same prediction for the experiment. And both prediction are almost satisfying for Li, Cr, Mn, Cu, Zr, Nb and Mo, whereas for Al, LiF, CF2, Si, Ti, Co and W there is some discrepancy. However, they gave better prediction than the calculations using the library from FENDL-1, except for W. (author)
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The results of neutron field measurements in the ground-level atmosphere in localities with various elevations z (from 113 m to 2632 m) placed between geodetic latitudes 48o-52oN and longitudes 16o - 20o E are presented. A highly sensitive 3 He counter and a Bonner spectrometer were used in the measurements. The determined total neutron fluence rate Φt and the equivalent dose rate H induced by the natural neutron background in these localities change according to the exponential law ∼exp(αz), where α = (0.85 ± 0.05) x 10-3 m-1. Extrapolation of this dependence to sea level, gives Φt (0) = (100 ± 20) m-2.s-1 and H(0) (4.1 ± 1.2) nSv.h-1. The results of the measurements confirm a weak dependence of the total neutron fluence rate on the composition of dry ground. A considerable dependence of the natural neutron spectrum shape on the ground moisture content was observed. As measurements were made in the summer season during a long-lasting period without precipitation, the obtained value of H(z) could be considered as a maximum. The results are compared with calculated values using the Los Alamos Lahet Code System (LCS) both for the sea level and maximum elevation sites. The LCS was also used for calculation of the latitude variations in the total neutron fluence rates. (author)
Neutron Skins and Neutron Stars
Piekarewicz, J
2013-01-01
The neutron-skin thickness of heavy nuclei provides a fundamental link to the equation of state of neutron-rich matter, and hence to the properties of neutron stars. The Lead Radius Experiment ("PREX") at Jefferson Laboratory has recently provided the first model-independence evidence on the existence of a neutron-rich skin in 208Pb. In this contribution we examine how the increased accuracy in the determination of neutron skins expected from the commissioning of intense polarized electron be...
Directional spin wavelets on the sphere
McEwen, Jason D; Büttner, Martin; Peiris, Hiranya V; Wiaux, Yves
2015-01-01
We construct a directional spin wavelet framework on the sphere by generalising the scalar scale-discretised wavelet transform to signals of arbitrary spin. The resulting framework is the only wavelet framework defined natively on the sphere that is able to probe the directional intensity of spin signals. Furthermore, directional spin scale-discretised wavelets support the exact synthesis of a signal on the sphere from its wavelet coefficients and satisfy excellent localisation and uncorrelation properties. Consequently, directional spin scale-discretised wavelets are likely to be of use in a wide range of applications and in particular for the analysis of the polarisation of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). We develop new algorithms to compute (scalar and spin) forward and inverse wavelet transforms exactly and efficiently for very large data-sets containing tens of millions of samples on the sphere. By leveraging a novel sampling theorem on the rotation group developed in a companion article, only hal...
Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere
Andrade, Marco A. B.; Bernassau, Anne L.; Adamowski, Julio C.
2016-07-01
We demonstrate that acoustic levitation can levitate spherical objects much larger than the acoustic wavelength in air. The acoustic levitation of an expanded polystyrene sphere of 50 mm in diameter, corresponding to 3.6 times the wavelength, is achieved by using three 25 kHz ultrasonic transducers arranged in a tripod fashion. In this configuration, a standing wave is created between the transducers and the sphere. The axial acoustic radiation force generated by each transducer on the sphere was modeled numerically as a function of the distance between the sphere and the transducer. The theoretical acoustic radiation force was verified experimentally in a setup consisting of an electronic scale and an ultrasonic transducer mounted on a motorized linear stage. The comparison between the numerical and experimental acoustic radiation forces presents a good agreement.
Entanglement entropy across a deformed sphere
Mezei, Márk
2014-01-01
I study the entanglement entropy (EE) across a deformed sphere in conformal field theories (CFTs). I show that the sphere (locally) minimizes the universal term in EE among all shapes. In arXiv:1407.7249 it was derived that the sphere is a local extremum, by showing that the contribution linear in the deformation parameter is absent. In this paper I demonstrate that the quadratic contribution is positive and is controlled by the coefficient of the stress tensor two point function, $C_T$. Such a minimization result contextualizes the fruitful relation between the EE of a sphere and the number of degrees of freedom in field theory. I work with CFTs with gravitational duals, where all higher curvature couplings are turned on. These couplings parametrize conformal structures in stress tensor $n$-point functions, hence I show the result for infinitely many CFT examples.
Exceptional cosmetic surgeries on homology spheres
Ravelomanana, Huygens C.
2016-01-01
We investigate the cosmetic surgery conjecture for hyperbolic knots in integer homology spheres, focusing on exceptional surgeries. We give some restrictions on the slopes of exceptional truly cosmetic surgeries according to the type of surgery.
Gender, Diversity and the European Public Sphere
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Pristed Nielsen, Helene
2009-01-01
This paper argues that feminist criticism of Habermasian theory leads to new ways of approaching empirical analyses of public sphere deliberation, and gives some concrete indications of which methodological consequences such a critique may lead to....
Scintillation forward spectrometer of the SPHERE setup
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The construction of the forward spectrometer for the 4π SPHERE setup to study multiple production of particles in nucleus-nucleus interactions is described. The measured parameters of the spectrometer detectors are presented. 7 refs.; 14 figs.; 1 tab
Elastic spheres can walk on water
Belden, Jesse; Hurd, Randy C.; Jandron, Michael A.; Bower, Allan F.; Truscott, Tadd T.
2016-02-01
Incited by public fascination and engineering application, water-skipping of rigid stones and spheres has received considerable study. While these objects can be coaxed to ricochet, elastic spheres demonstrate superior water-skipping ability, but little is known about the effect of large material compliance on water impact physics. Here we show that upon water impact, very compliant spheres naturally assume a disk-like geometry and dynamic orientation that are favourable for water-skipping. Experiments and numerical modelling reveal that the initial spherical shape evolves as elastic waves propagate through the material. We find that the skipping dynamics are governed by the wave propagation speed and by the ratio of material shear modulus to hydrodynamic pressure. With these insights, we explain why softer spheres skip more easily than stiffer ones. Our results advance understanding of fluid-elastic body interaction during water impact, which could benefit inflatable craft modelling and, more playfully, design of elastic aquatic toys.
ANALYSIS OF MECHANISMS FINANCING OF CULTURAL SPHERE
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Costandachi Gheorghe
2008-01-01
Full Text Available In this work is made analysis concern basically state structures of culture and arts activities, is describes the problems are met during the reforming process the financial mechanisms in cultural sphere. Author disclosed the ways evolve private and estate financing cultural sphere, also is disclosed why is need estate financial support. The work contains something detailed measures actions to improve financial and mechanisms financing of cultural sphere. Analyzing questions of modernization of budgetary financing of branch the author have formulated effectiveness of use of budgetary funds at all levels in cultural structures and proposed the ways of finishing of market reforms in cinematography. In the final of work is presented scheme system of financing, formation and distribution of financial resources in cinematography and is making conclusions and is offered wais of the solutions created present situation in this sphere in Moldova.
A sphere moving down the surface of a static sphere and a simple phase diagram
Jayanth, V; Biswas, Anindya Kumar
2008-01-01
A small sphere placed on the top of a big static frictionless sphere, slips until it leaves the surface at an angle $\\theta_{l}=\\cos^{-1}{2/3}$. On the other extreme, if the surface of the big sphere has coefficient of static friction, $\\mu_s\\to\\infty$, the small sphere starts rolling and continues to do so until it leaves the surface at an angle $\\theta_{l} =\\cos^{-1}{10/17}$. In the case where, $0\\leq\\mu_s<\\infty$, we get a simple phase diagram. The three phases are pure rolling, rolling with slipping and detached state. One phase line separates pure rolling from rolling with slipping. This diagram is obtained when stopping angles for pure rolling are plotted against static friction coefficients $\\mu_s$. Study in this article is restricted to the case when the mobile sphere starts at the top of the static sphere with infinitesimal kinetic energy.
Please comply: the water entry of soft spheres
Belden, Jesse; Hurd, Randy; Fanning, Tate; Jandron, Michael; Rekos, John; Bower, Allan; Truscott, Tadd
2015-11-01
The typical phenomena associated with sphere water impact are significantly altered when the sphere material is highly compliant rather than rigid. We describe the water impact physics of homogenous and hollow elastic spheres. The homogeneous spheres undergo large oscillatory deformations throughout entry that carve nested disturbances into the normally smooth air cavity, altering cavity shape and pinch off. Using an analytical model, we relate the maximum sphere deformation to the material properties and impact velocity. This characteristic deformation is used to reconcile the differences between cavities formed by compliant and rigid spheres. In addition to the nested disturbances seen with the homogeneous spheres, we observe azimuthal irregularities on the cavity during water entry of hollow elastic spheres. Based on experiments and finite-element modeling, we suggest that these disturbances are initiated by vibration mode shapes excited in the hollow spheres upon impact. For all sphere types, we compare the forces throughout water entry to the rigid sphere case.
Approximate high-order eigenvalues in two-medium, one-speed neutron transport
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Earlier work on high-order criticality eigenvalues in homogeneous systems with neutrons of one speed has been extended to two-medium systems. Reflected spheres as well as reflected infinite slabs and cylinders have been studied. Values from the derived formulae have been compared with numerical results obtained recently by Garis for spheres and slabs. The agreement is generally good. (author)
Hollow sphere ceramic particles for abradable coatings
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A hollow sphere ceramic flame spray powder is disclosed. The desired constituents are first formed into agglomerated particles in a spray drier. Then the agglomerated particles are introduced into a plasma flame which is adjusted so that the particles collected are substantially hollow. The hollow sphere ceramic particles are suitable for flame spraying a porous and abradable coating. The hollow particles may be selected from the group consisting of zirconium oxide and magnesium zirconate
vSphere high performance cookbook
Sarkar, Prasenjit
2013-01-01
vSphere High Performance Cookbook is written in a practical, helpful style with numerous recipes focusing on answering and providing solutions to common, and not-so common, performance issues and problems.The book is primarily written for technical professionals with system administration skills and some VMware experience who wish to learn about advanced optimization and the configuration features and functions for vSphere 5.1.
Liouville Quantum Gravity on the Riemann Sphere
David, François; Kupiainen, Antti; Rhodes, Rémi; Vargas, Vincent
2016-03-01
In this paper, we rigorously construct Liouville Quantum Field Theory on the Riemann sphere introduced in the 1981 seminal work by Polyakov. We establish some of its fundamental properties like conformal covariance under PSL{_2({C})}-action, Seiberg bounds, KPZ scaling laws, KPZ formula and the Weyl anomaly formula. We also make precise conjectures about the relationship of the theory to scaling limits of random planar maps conformally embedded onto the sphere.
Surface polaritons on left-handed spheres
Ancey, Stéphane; Décanini, Yves; Folacci, Antoine; Gabrielli, Paul
2007-01-01
We consider the interaction of an electromagnetic field with a left-handed sphere, i.e., with a sphere fabricated from a left-handed material, in the framework of complex angular momentum techniques. We emphasize more particularly, from a semiclassical point of view, the resonant aspects of the problem linked to the existence of surface polaritons. We prove that the long-lived resonant modes can be classified into distinct families, each family being generated by one surface polariton propaga...
Geometrical Dynamics in a Transitioning Superconducting Sphere
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Claycomb J. R.
2006-10-01
Full Text Available Recent theoretical works have concentrated on calculating the Casimir effect in curved spacetime. In this paper we outline the forward problem of metrical variation due to the Casimir effect for spherical geometries. We consider a scalar quantum field inside a hollow superconducting sphere. Metric equations are developed describing the evolution of the scalar curvature after the sphere transitions to the normal state.
vSphere virtual machine management
Fitzhugh, Rebecca
2014-01-01
This book follows a step-by-step tutorial approach with some real-world scenarios that vSphere businesses will be required to overcome every day. This book also discusses creating and configuring virtual machines and also covers monitoring virtual machine performance and resource allocation options. This book is for VMware administrators who want to build their knowledge of virtual machine administration and configuration. It's assumed that you have some experience with virtualization administration and vSphere.
Volume bounds of conic 2-spheres
Fang, Hao; Lai, Mijia
2016-01-01
We obtain sharp volume bound for a conic 2-sphere in terms of its Gaussian curvature bound. We also give the geometric models realizing the extremal volume. In particular, when the curvature is bounded in absolute value by $1$, we compute the minimal volume of a conic sphere in the sense of Gromov. In order to apply the level set analysis and iso-perimetric inequality as in our previous works, we develop some new analytical tools to treat regions with vanishing curvature.
Anisotropic fluid spheres in general relativity
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A procedure is developed to find static solutions for anisotropic fluid spheres from known static solutions for perfect fluid spheres. The method is used to obtain four exact analytical solutions of Einstein's equations for spherically symmetric self-gravitating distribution of anisotropic matter. The solutions are matched to the Schwarzschild exterior metric. The physical features of one of the solutions are briefly discussed. Many previously known perfect fluid solutions are derived as particular cases. (author)
A novel sampling theorem on the sphere
McEwen, J D
2011-01-01
We develop a novel sampling theorem on the sphere and corresponding fast algorithms by associating the sphere with the torus through a periodic extension. The fundamental property of any sampling theorem is the number of samples required to represent a band-limited signal. To represent exactly a signal on the sphere band-limited at L, all sampling theorems on the sphere require O(L^2) samples. However, our sampling theorem requires less than half the number of samples of other equiangular sampling theorems on the sphere and an asymptotically identical, but smaller, number of samples than the Gauss-Legendre sampling theorem. The complexity of our algorithms scale as O(L^3), however, the continual use of fast Fourier transforms reduces the constant prefactor associated with the asymptotic scaling considerably, resulting in algorithms that are fast. Furthermore, we do not require any precomputation and our algorithms apply to both scalar and spin functions on the sphere without any change in computational comple...
Neutron spectrum measurement in the energy region of eV with the slowing down time method
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In terms of neutron spectrum measurement in the energy region of eV, no general-purpose method has been established so far. The time-of-flight (TOF) method, the multi-foil activation (MFA) method and the multi-spherical Bonner counter (MSB) method have been applied for the spectrum measurement in the energy range, however, these techniques have their own weak points and restrictions for the measurement. On the other hand, the slowing down time (SDT) method was proposed by Bergman, et al. in 1955 and the principle of the method has been applied for the so-called 'lead slowing down spectrometer'. In this study, the SDT method was investigated as another possibility of measuring method of neutron spectrum in the energy region of eV. (J.P.N.)
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A. R. Reddy
1982-07-01
Full Text Available The field of neutron radiography with special reference to isotopic neutron radiography has been reviewed. Different components viz., sources, collimators, imaging systems are described. Various designs of neutron radiography facilities, their relative merits and demerits , the appropriateness of each design depending on the object to be radiographed, and economics of each technique are also dealt. The applications of neutron radiography are also briefly presented.
Innovation embedded in entrepreneurs’ networks in private and public spheres
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Schøtt, Thomas; Cheraghi, Maryam; Rezaei, Shahamak; Vang, Jan
Global studies have found tendencies: traditional culture promotes entrepreneurs' networking in the private sphere, impeding innovation, whereas secular-rational culture facilitates networking in the public sphere, benefiting innovation. This embeddedness is here scrutinised in contrasting...... societies, China and Denmark. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor has surveyed entrepreneurs in China, Denmark and elsewhere. Analyses reconfirm the global tendencies and show that, China in contrast to Denmark, public sphere networking is sparser, but private sphere networking is denser. Innovation is...... negatively affected by private sphere networking and positively affected by public sphere networking, but innovation is less promoted by public sphere networking in China than in Denmark....
Collinear swimmer propelling a cargo sphere at low Reynolds number
Felderhof, B U
2014-01-01
The swimming velocity and rate of dissipation of a linear chain consisting of two or three little spheres and a big sphere is studied on the basis of low Reynolds number hydrodynamics. The big sphere is treated as a passive cargo, driven by the tail of little spheres via hydrodynamic and direct elastic interaction. The fundamental solution of Stokes' equations in the presence of a sphere with no-slip boundary condition, as derived by Oseen, is used to model the hydrodynamic interactions between the big sphere and the little spheres.
Terminal energy distribution of blast waves from bursting spheres
Adamczyk, A. A.; Strehlow, R. A.
1977-01-01
The calculation results for the total energy delivered to the surroundings by the burst of an idealized massless sphere containing an ideal gas are presented. The logic development of various formulas for sphere energy is also presented. For all types of sphere bursts the fraction of the total initial energy available in the sphere that is delivered to the surroundings is shown to lie between that delivered for the constant pressure addition of energy to a source region and that delivered by isentropic expansion of the sphere. The relative value of E sub/Q increases at fixed sphere pressure/surrounding pressure as sphere temperature increases because the velocity of sound increases.
The Separate Spheres Model of Gendered Inequality.
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Andrea L Miller
Full Text Available Research on role congruity theory and descriptive and prescriptive stereotypes has established that when men and women violate gender stereotypes by crossing spheres, with women pursuing career success and men contributing to domestic labor, they face backlash and economic penalties. Less is known, however, about the types of individuals who are most likely to engage in these forms of discrimination and the types of situations in which this is most likely to occur. We propose that psychological research will benefit from supplementing existing research approaches with an individual differences model of support for separate spheres for men and women. This model allows psychologists to examine individual differences in support for separate spheres as they interact with situational and contextual forces. The separate spheres ideology (SSI has existed as a cultural idea for many years but has not been operationalized or modeled in social psychology. The Separate Spheres Model presents the SSI as a new psychological construct characterized by individual differences and a motivated system-justifying function, operationalizes the ideology with a new scale measure, and models the ideology as a predictor of some important gendered outcomes in society. As a first step toward developing the Separate Spheres Model, we develop a new measure of individuals' endorsement of the SSI and demonstrate its reliability, convergent validity, and incremental predictive validity. We provide support for the novel hypotheses that the SSI predicts attitudes regarding workplace flexibility accommodations, income distribution within families between male and female partners, distribution of labor between work and family spheres, and discriminatory workplace behaviors. Finally, we provide experimental support for the hypothesis that the SSI is a motivated, system-justifying ideology.
The Separate Spheres Model of Gendered Inequality.
Miller, Andrea L; Borgida, Eugene
2016-01-01
Research on role congruity theory and descriptive and prescriptive stereotypes has established that when men and women violate gender stereotypes by crossing spheres, with women pursuing career success and men contributing to domestic labor, they face backlash and economic penalties. Less is known, however, about the types of individuals who are most likely to engage in these forms of discrimination and the types of situations in which this is most likely to occur. We propose that psychological research will benefit from supplementing existing research approaches with an individual differences model of support for separate spheres for men and women. This model allows psychologists to examine individual differences in support for separate spheres as they interact with situational and contextual forces. The separate spheres ideology (SSI) has existed as a cultural idea for many years but has not been operationalized or modeled in social psychology. The Separate Spheres Model presents the SSI as a new psychological construct characterized by individual differences and a motivated system-justifying function, operationalizes the ideology with a new scale measure, and models the ideology as a predictor of some important gendered outcomes in society. As a first step toward developing the Separate Spheres Model, we develop a new measure of individuals' endorsement of the SSI and demonstrate its reliability, convergent validity, and incremental predictive validity. We provide support for the novel hypotheses that the SSI predicts attitudes regarding workplace flexibility accommodations, income distribution within families between male and female partners, distribution of labor between work and family spheres, and discriminatory workplace behaviors. Finally, we provide experimental support for the hypothesis that the SSI is a motivated, system-justifying ideology. PMID:26800454
Area monitoring using neutron albedo thermoluminescence dosemeters
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Thermoluminescence dosemeters (TLD) were used for area monitoring around neutron sources applying the moderating sphere technique and the albedo technique in which LiF, 6LiF, 7LiF as well TLD-200 were used as TLD. Experimental results indicated that the thermoluminescence (TL) output for moderating sphere system is five times the TL output of the albedo system. In order to increase the TL output for the albedo system a paraffin slab was placed close to the albedo system. (author)
3D Space Radiation Transport in a Shielded ICRU Tissue Sphere
Wilson, John W.; Slaba, Tony C.; Badavi, Francis F.; Reddell, Brandon D.; Bahadori, Amir A.
2014-01-01
A computationally efficient 3DHZETRN code capable of simulating High Charge (Z) and Energy (HZE) and light ions (including neutrons) under space-like boundary conditions with enhanced neutron and light ion propagation was recently developed for a simple homogeneous shield object. Monte Carlo benchmarks were used to verify the methodology in slab and spherical geometry, and the 3D corrections were shown to provide significant improvement over the straight-ahead approximation in some cases. In the present report, the new algorithms with well-defined convergence criteria are extended to inhomogeneous media within a shielded tissue slab and a shielded tissue sphere and tested against Monte Carlo simulation to verify the solution methods. The 3D corrections are again found to more accurately describe the neutron and light ion fluence spectra as compared to the straight-ahead approximation. These computationally efficient methods provide a basis for software capable of space shield analysis and optimization.
Mueller, J. M.; Mattingly, J.
2016-07-01
There is a significant and well-known anisotropy between the prompt neutrons emitted from a single fission event; these neutrons are most likely to be observed at angles near 0° or 180° relative to each other. However, the propagation of this anisotropy through different generations of a fission chain reaction has not been previously studied. We have measured this anisotropy in neutron-neutron coincidences from a subcritical highly-multiplying assembly of plutonium metal. The assembly was a 4.5 kg α-phase plutonium metal sphere composed of 94% 239Pu and 6% 240Pu by mass. Data were collected using two EJ-309 liquid scintillators and two EJ-299 plastic scintillators. The angular distribution of neutron-neutron coincidences was measured at 90° and 180° and found to be largely isotropic. Simulations were performed using MCNPX-PoliMi of similar plutonium metal spheres of varying sizes and a correlation between the neutron multiplication of the assembly and the anisotropy of neutron-neutron coincidences was observed. In principle, this correlation could be used to assess the neutron multiplication of an unknown assembly.
Robotics Programming Competition Spheres, Russian Part
Sadovski, Andrei; Kukushkina, Natalia; Biryukova, Natalia
2016-07-01
Spheres" such name was done to Russian part of the Zero Robotics project which is a student competition devoted to programming of SPHERES (SPHERES - Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites are the experimental robotics devices which are capable of rotation and translation in all directions, http://ssl.mit.edu/spheres/), which perform different operations on the board of International Space Station. Competition takes place online on http://zerorobotics.mit.edu. The main goal is to develop a program for SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. The end of the tournament is the real competition in microgravity on the board of ISS with a live broadcast. The Russian part of the tournament has only two years history but the problems, organization and specific are useful for the other educational projects especially for the international ones. We introduce the history of the competition, its scientific and educational goals in Russia and describe the participation of Russian teams in 2014 and 2015 tournaments. Also we discuss the organizational problems.
The thermal conductivity of beds of spheres
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McElroy, D.L.; Weaver, F.J.; Shapiro, M.; Longest, A.W.; Yarbrough, D.W.
1987-01-01
The thermal conductivities (k) of beds of solid and hollow microspheres were measured using two radial heat flow techniques. One technique provided k-data at 300 K for beds with the void spaces between particles filled with argon, nitrogen, or helium from 5 kPa to 30 MPa. The other technique provided k-data with air at atmospheric pressure from 300 to 1000 K. The 300 K technique was used to study bed systems with high k-values that can be varied by changing the gas type and gas pressure. Such systems can be used to control the operating temperature of an irradiation capsule. The systems studied included beds of 500 ..mu..m dia solid Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, the same Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ spheres mixed with spheres of silica--alumina or with SiC shards, carbon spheres, and nickel spheres. Both techniques were used to determine the k-value of beds of hollow spheres with solid shells of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3//center dot/7 w/o Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and partially stabilized ZrO/sub 2/. The hollow microspheres had diameters from 2100 to 3500 ..mu..m and wall thicknesses from 80 to 160 ..mu..m. 12 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.
Neutron Capture and Neutron Halos
A.Mengoni; Otsuka, T; Nakamura, T.(International Center for Elementary Particle Physics and Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan); Ishihara, M.
1996-01-01
The connection between the neutron halo observed in light neutron rich nuclei and the neutron radiative capture process is outlined. We show how nuclear structure information such as spectroscopic factors and external components of the radial wave function of loosely bound states can be derived from the neutron capture cross section. The link between the direct radiative capture and the Coulomb dissociation process is elucidated.
Evaluation of response matrix of a multisphere neutron spectrometer with water moderator
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Rahim Khabaz; Hashem Miri Hakimabad
2011-10-01
Neutron energy responses of water sphere spectrometers (WSS) to 30 MeV have been calculated by means of Monte Carlo calculations, using the computer code MCNP4C with ENDF/B-VI.0 neutron cross-section. The calculations have been performed for 3He detector (typical SP9) placed inside 2, 3, 5, 8, 12 and 18-inch diameter moderating spheres composed of water in aluminum shell. These simulations included a detailed description of the geometry of the system. The newly calculated responses have been compared to polyethylene sphere responses.
Java meshing tool for sphere arrangements
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A tool for meshing sphere arrangements was programmed in order to perform finite element calculations. Sphere arrangements are investigated in frame of the feasibility study of the sphere-pac nuclear fuel. One major concern of this study is the thermal conductivity of the arrangement. Further concerns are the mechanical behavior and sintering of the fuel. The thermal conductivity of the fuel was addressed with the computer code SPACON based on a unit cell approach and a radial heat flow experiment. However, a further approach using the finite element method is desirable, in order to better understanding the thermal flow through the package and to cross check with SPACON data and with experimental data. Also the mechanical behavior of the fuel could be addressed using the finite element technique. (author)
Two-sphere low Reynold's propeller
Najafi, Ali
2010-01-01
A three-dimensional model of a low-Reynold's swimmer is introduced and analyzed in this paper. This model consists of two large and small spheres connected by two perpendicular thin rods. The geometry of this system is motivated by the microorganisms that use a single tail to swim, the large sphere represents the head of microorganism and the small sphere resembles its tail. Each rod changes its length and orientation in a non-reciprocal manner that effectively propel the system. Translational and rotational velocities of the swimmer are studied for different values of parameters. Our findings show that by changing the parameters we can adjust both the velocity and the direction of motion of the swimmer.
Scalar Solitons on the Fuzzy Sphere
Austing, P; Thorlacius, L; Austing, Peter; Jonsson, Thordur; Thorlacius, Larus
2002-01-01
We study scalar solitons on the fuzzy sphere at arbitrary radius and noncommutativity. We prove that no solitons exist if the radius is below a certain value. Solitons do exist for radii above a critical value which depends on the noncommutativity parameter. We construct a family of soliton solutions which are stable and which converge to solitons on the Moyal plane in an appropriate limit. These solutions are rotationally symmetric about an axis and have no allowed deformations. Solitons that describe multiple lumps on the fuzzy sphere can also be constructed but they are not stable.
Path integral representations on the complex sphere
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In this paper we discuss the path integral representations for the coordinate systems on the complex sphere S3C. The Schroedinger equation, respectively the path integral, separates in exactly 21 orthogonal coordinate systems. We enumerate these coordinate systems and we are able to present the path integral representations explicitly in the majority of the cases. In each solution the expansion into the wave-functions is stated. Also, the kernel and the corresponding Green function can be stated in closed form in terms of the invariant distance on the sphere, respectively on the hyperboloid. (orig.)
Bolander, Brian
2014-01-01
An easy-to-follow guide full of hands-on examples of real-world design best practices. Each topic is explained and placed in context, and for the more inquisitive, there are more details on the concepts used.If you wish to learn about vSphere best practices and how to apply them when designing virtual, high performance, reliable datacenters that support business critical applications to work more efficiently and to prepare for official certifications, this is the book for you. Readers should possess a good working knowledge of vSphere as well as servers, storage, and networking.
Scattering by two spheres: Theory and experiment
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Bjørnø, Irina; Jensen, Leif Bjørnø
1998-01-01
three issues: (1) to develop a simplified theory for scattering by two elastical spheres; (2) to measure the scattering by two spheres in a water tank, and (3) to compare the theoretical/numerical results with the measured data. A number of factors influencing multiple scattering, including the......Extensive studies of scattering of acoustical signals by targets of different regular shapes have formed a useful background for attempts to develop procedures for remote monitoring of suspended materials in marine environments as, for instance, measurements of characteristic parameters of...
Bridging conflicting innovation spheres of tourism innovation
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Fuglsang, Lars; Sørensen, Flemming; Nordli, Anne Jørgensen
2016-01-01
competition which may inhibit networked and open innovation. Tourist destinations are examples of such localized systems. In this paper we present two extreme cases of tourist destinations in which collaborative innovation processes were established in spite of fierce disagreements between actors. We argue...... that in tourist destinations actors belong to conflicting innovation spheres but can be brought together in innovation processes when a diplomat enable compromises and when innovation spheres change from personalized to more generalized forms of activity during interaction. The findings are relevant...
Koga, K.; Muraki, Y.; Shibata, S.; Yamamoto, T.; Matsumoto, H.; Okudaira, O.; Kawano, H.; Yumoto, K.
2013-12-01
To support future space activities, it is crucial to acquire space environmental data related to the space-radiation degradation of space parts and materials, and spacecraft anomalies. Such data are useful for spacecraft design and manned space activity. SEDA-AP was mounted on 'Kibo' of the ISS (International Space Station) to measure the space environment at a 400-kilometer altitude. Neutrons are very harmful radiation, with electrical neutrality that makes them strongly permeable. SEDA-AP measures the energy of neutrons from thermal to 100 MeV in real time using a Bonner Ball Detector (BBND) and a Scintillation Fiber Detector (FIB). BBND detects neutrons using He-3 counters, which have high sensitivity to thermal neutrons. Neutron energy is derived using the relative response function of polyethylene moderators of 6 different thicknesses. FIB measures the tracks of recoil protons caused by neutrons within a cubic arrayed sensor of 512 scintillation fibers. The charged particles are excluded using an anti-scintillator which surrounds the cube sensor, and the neutron energy is obtained from the track length of a recoil proton. There are three sources of neutrons in space; 1. Albedo Neutrons Produced by reactions of galactic cosmic rays or radiation belt particles with the atmosphere 2. Local Neutrons Produced by the reactions of galactic cosmic rays or radiation belt particles with spacecraft 3. Solar Neutrons Produced by accelerated particles in solar flares An accurate energy spectrum of the solar neutrons includes important information on high-energy particle generation mechanism in a solar flare, because neutrons are unaffected by interplanetary magnetic fields. These data will become useful to forecast solar energetic particles in future. Some candidate events involving solar neutrons were found as a result of analyzing data of the solar flare of M>2 since September 2009. Moreover, it is important to measure albedo neutrons, since protons generated by neutron
Neutron wave experiment in a graphite pebble-bed system
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The propagation of neutron waves through a Type-AVR graphite pebble-bed is studied. Use of a sinusoidally modulated source of neutrons is equivalent to 'poisoning' a moderator with a 1/v poison. The inverse relaxation length of the neutron wave amplitude and the variation of the phase angle as function of position are dependent upon the frequency of modulation and the neutron diffusion and thermalization parameters of the media in which the waves are being propagated. The diffusion coefficient D0 of a system of graphite spheres is determined to a high accuracy. In the termal energy range a streaming correction of 14,8% is necessary if for calculation the graphite of the spheres is homogenized. (orig.)
Packing Effect of Excluded Volume on Hard-Sphere Colloids
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肖长明; 金国钧; 马余强
2001-01-01
We apply the principle of maximum entropy to consider the excluded volume effect on the phase separation of binary mixtures consisting of hard spheres with two different diameters. We show that a critical volume fraction of hard spheres exists locating the packing of large spheres. In particular, through numerical calculation, we have found that the critical volume fraction becomes lower when the ratio α = σ1/σ2 of large-to-small sphere diameters increases, but becomes higher when the ratio of the large sphere volume fraction to the total volume fraction of large and small spheres increases.
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As neutron scattering experiments have grown more and more demanding with respect to resolution and quality, it became more and more necessary to include the neutron source itself in the design of an experimental setup. In this sense the generic representation of a neutron scattering arrangement includes the primary neutron source and the associated spectrum shifter (or moderator). In fact, the design of a modern neutron source will start from a set of users requirements and will proceed 'inwards' through a selection of the moderators (spectrum shifters) to the primary source best suited to meet these often conflicting needs. This paper aims at explaining the options source designers have to match the neutron source performance to the users' demands. (author)
Stephan, Andrew C.; Jardret; Vincent D.
2011-04-05
A neutron detector has a volume of neutron moderating material and a plurality of individual neutron sensing elements dispersed at selected locations throughout the moderator, and particularly arranged so that some of the detecting elements are closer to the surface of the moderator assembly and others are more deeply embedded. The arrangement captures some thermalized neutrons that might otherwise be scattered away from a single, centrally located detector element. Different geometrical arrangements may be used while preserving its fundamental characteristics. Different types of neutron sensing elements may be used, which may operate on any of a number of physical principles to perform the function of sensing a neutron, either by a capture or a scattering reaction, and converting that reaction to a detectable signal. High detection efficiency, an ability to acquire spectral information, and directional sensitivity may be obtained.
Lawrence Livermore pulsed sphere benchmark analysis of MCNP trademark ENDF/B-VI
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Twenty-eight Lawrence Livermore pulsed sphere experiments were modeled using MCNP for the purpose of bench- marking the new MCNP ENDF/B-VI data library. The twenty-eight pulsed sphere experiments contain thirty-four of the 124 isotopic or elemental evaluations contained in the new ENDF/B-VI set. The ENDF/B-VI results are compared to experimental neutron time-of-flight data, the results obtained from using ENDF/B-V, and against an additional data set, the MCNP Recommended Library, which includes Los Alamos group T-2 evaluations. The results show that ENDF/B-VI results give better or comparable results in comparison to experiment to ENDF/B-V in many cases, and do not deviate grossly in the other cases
Nature of complex time eigenvalues of the one speed transport equation in a homogeneous sphere
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The complex time eigenvalues of the transport equation have been studied for one speed neutrons, scattered isotropically in a homogeneous sphere with vacuum boundary conditions. It is shown that the complex decay constants vary continuously with the radius of the sphere. Our earlier conjecture (Dahl and Sahni (1983-84)) regarding disjoint arcs is thus shown to be true. We also indicate that complex decay constants exist even for large assemblies, though with rapid oscillations in the corresponding eigenvectors. These modes cannot be predicted by the diffusion equation as this behaviour of the eigenvectors contradicts the assumption of 'slowly varying flux' needed to derive the diffusion approximation from the transport equation. For an infinite system, the existence of complex modes is related to the solution of a homogeneous equation. (author)
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The nearly dispersionless, so-called 'optical' vibrational modes observed by inelastic neutron scattering from icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn and Zn-Mg-Y quasicrystals are found to correspond well to modes of a continuum elastic sphere that has the same diameter as the corresponding icosahedral basic units of the quasicrystal. When the sphere is considered as free, most of the experimentally found modes can be accounted for, in both systems. Taking into account the mechanical connection between the clusters and the remainder of the quasicrystal allows a complete assignment of all optical modes in the case of Al-Pd-Mn. This approach provides support to the relevance of clusters in the vibrational properties of quasicrystals
Steel Spheres and Skydiver--Terminal Velocity
Costa Leme, J.; Moura, C.; Costa, Cintia
2009-01-01
This paper describes the use of open source video analysis software in the study of the relationship between the velocity of falling objects and time. We discuss an experiment in which a steel sphere falls in a container filled with two immiscible liquids. The motion is similar to that of a skydiver falling through air.
Transnational public spheres : A spatial perspective
Forough, Mohammadbagher
2015-01-01
Whereas more and more transnational challenges (such as global financial crises, climate change, terrorism, migration, and so forth) are affecting people’s lives, democratic systems and their public spheres (i.e. spaces in which citizens can express their collective concerns) are national. To give a
Pious Entertainment: Hizbullah's Islamic Cultural Sphere
Alagha, J.E.
2011-01-01
Alagha’s chapter on Hezbollah’s Islamic cultural sphere is sure to generate some of the most interesting discussion. Lebanon and Hezbollah in particular are among the hottest topics in the studies of contemporary Islam, but few people actually have the appropriate levels of both access to and unders
Einstein Metrics on Rational Homology Spheres
Boyer, Charles P.; Galicki, Krzysztof
2003-01-01
We prove the existence of Sasakian-Einstein metrics on infinitely many rational homology spheres in all odd dimensions greater than 3. In dimension 5 we obain somewhat sharper results. There are examples where the number of effective parameters in the Einstein metric grows exponentially with dimension.
Casimir stress on lossy magnetodielectric spheres
Raabe, C; Welsch, D G; Raabe, Christian; Knoell, Ludwig; Welsch, Dirk-Gunnar
2003-01-01
An expression for the Casimir stress on arbitrary dispersive and lossy linear magnetodielectric matter at finite temperature, including left-handed material, is derived and applied to spherical systems. To cast the relevant part of the scattering Green tensor for a general magnetodielectric sphere in a convenient form, classical Mie scattering is reformulated.
String Field Theory and the Fuzzy Sphere
Ita, Harald; Oz, Yaron
2001-01-01
We use boundary string field theory to study open string tachyon condensation on a three-sphere closed string background. We consider the closed string background described by $SU(2)_k$ WZW model in the limit of large $k$. We compute the exact tachyon potential and analyse the decay modes.
Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere
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Pia Wiegmink
2011-12-01
Full Text Available Pia Wiegmink’s timely examination of the transforming transnational spaces of protest in a globalizing and technologically mediated public sphere in “Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere” offers a well-researched review of contemporary theory surrounding ideas of the political (Chantal Mouffe, the public sphere (Jürgen Habermas, the transnational public sphere (Nancy Fraser, and the reterritorialized transnational public sphere (Markus Schroer as the basis for her analysis of how the performance of political action in public—virtual or physical—is transformed by the capacity of the local to be played on a global stage, thus turning the citizen-actor into a cosmopolitan, transnational force. Tracing examples from the Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization meetings in 1999 by the Global Justice Movement to the work of the Electronic Disturbance Theater, from the civil rights movement to the subject matter of her larger study, “The Church of Life After Shopping,” “Billionaires for Bush,” and “The Yes Men,” Wiegmink provides an important analysis of the “alternative aesthetics” of the counterpublics’ formation, dissent, and action in and against hegemony. This selection is taken from her monograph, Protest EnACTed: Activist Performance in the Contemporary United States, a strong, cultural studies–focused contribution to transnational American Studies.
On configuration spaces of hard spheres
Baryshnikov, Yuliy; Kahle, Matthew
2011-01-01
We study configuration spaces of hard spheres in a bounded region. We develop a general Morse-theoretic framework, and show that mechanically balanced configurations play the role of critical points. As an application, we find the precise threshold radius for a configuration space to be homotopy equivalent to the configuration space of points.
Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere
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Pia Wiegmink
2011-12-01
Full Text Available Pia Wiegmink’s timely examination of the transforming transnational spaces of protest in a globalizing and technologically mediated public sphere in “Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere” offers a well-researched review of contemporary theory surrounding ideas of the political (Chantal Mouffe, the public sphere (Jürgen Habermas, the transnational public sphere (Nancy Fraser, and the reterritorialized transnational public sphere (Markus Schroer as the basis for her analysis of how the performance of political action in public—virtual or physical—is transformed by the capacity of the local to be played on a global stage, thus turning the citizen-actor into a cosmopolitan, transnational force. Tracing examples from the Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization meetings in 1999 by the Global Justice Movement to the work of the Electronic Disturbance Theater, from the civil rights movement to the subject matter of her larger study, “The Church of Life After Shopping,” “Billionaires for Bush,” and “The Yes Men,” Wiegmink provides an important analysis of the “alternative aesthetics” of the counterpublics’ formation, dissent, and action in and against hegemony. This selection is taken from her monograph, Protest EnACTed: Activist Performance in the Contemporary United States, a strong, cultural studies–focused contribution to transnational American Studies.
Production of Liquid Metal Spheres by Molding
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Mohammed G. Mohammed
2014-10-01
Full Text Available This paper demonstrates a molding technique for producing spheres composed of eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn with diameters ranging from hundreds of microns to a couple millimeters. The technique starts by spreading EGaIn across an elastomeric sheet featuring cylindrical reservoirs defined by replica molding. The metal flows into these features during spreading. The spontaneous formation of a thin oxide layer on the liquid metal keeps the metal flush inside these reservoirs. Subsequent exposure to acid removes the oxide and causes the metal to bead up into a sphere with a size dictated by the volume of the reservoirs. This technique allows for the production and patterning of droplets with a wide range of volumes, from tens of nanoliters up to a few microliters. EGaIn spheres can be embedded or encased subsequently in polymer matrices using this technique. These spheres may be useful as solder bumps, electrodes, thermal contacts or components in microfluidic devices (valves, switches, pumps. The ease of parallel-processing and the ability to control the location of the droplets during their formation distinguishes this technique.
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Brimberg, Jack; Juel, Henrik; Schöbel, Anita
2007-01-01
We consider the problem of locating a spherical circle with respect to existing facilities on a sphere, such that the sum of distances between the circle and the facilities is minimized or such that the maximum distance is minimized. The problem properties are analyzed, and we give solution...... contexts such as search-and-rescue missions and medical or biological studies....
Second virial coefficients of dipolar hard spheres
Philipse, A.P.; Kuipers, B.W.M.
2010-01-01
An asymptotic formula is reported for the second virial coefficient B2 of a dipolar hard-sphere (DHS) fluid, in zero external field, for strongly coupled dipolar interactions. This simple formula, together with the one for the weak-coupling B2, provides an accurate prediction of the second virial co
Ligand sphere conversions in terminal carbide complexes
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Morsing, Thorbjørn Juul; Reinholdt, Anders; Sauer, Stephan P. A.; Bendix, Jesper
2016-01-01
Metathesis is introduced as a preparative route to terminal carbide complexes. The chloride ligands of the terminal carbide complex [RuC(Cl)2(PCy3)2] (RuC) can be exchanged, paving the way for a systematic variation of the ligand sphere. A series of substituted complexes, including the first exam...
DNS of Swirling Flow Past a Sphere
Higgins, Keith; Ooi, Andrew; Chong, Min; Balachandar, S.
2001-11-01
Experimental investigations into the swirling flow past a sphere have revealed a range of surprising and complex flow phenomena. These results have advanced our understanding in applications such as particle entrainment and the combustion of fuel droplets. Renewed interest in this problem has been kindled by recent experimental observations. (Mattner et al. 2001, submitted for review to J. Fluid Mech.) This has motivated the development of a fully spectral direct numerical simulation of the three-dimensional time-dependent swirling flow past a sphere. The effect of swirl on the various transitions in the wake structure behind a sphere is unknown. The main objective of our study is to identify transitions that occur with increasing Reynolds number and swirl strength. Firstly, we show the effect of swirl strength on the axisymmetric sphere wake and drag. Then, using a three-dimensional simulation, we examine the effect of swirl on the time histories of the lift, drag and velocities. We hope to show some visualisations of the topology of the 3D wake flow using the invariants of the velocity gradient tensor.
Metal-Matrix/Hollow-Ceramic-Sphere Composites
Baker, Dean M.
2011-01-01
A family of metal/ceramic composite materials has been developed that are relatively inexpensive, lightweight alternatives to structural materials that are typified by beryllium, aluminum, and graphite/epoxy composites. These metal/ceramic composites were originally intended to replace beryllium (which is toxic and expensive) as a structural material for lightweight mirrors for aerospace applications. These materials also have potential utility in automotive and many other terrestrial applications in which there are requirements for lightweight materials that have high strengths and other tailorable properties as described below. The ceramic component of a material in this family consists of hollow ceramic spheres that have been formulated to be lightweight (0.5 g/cm3) and have high crush strength [40.80 ksi (.276.552 MPa)]. The hollow spheres are coated with a metal to enhance a specific performance . such as shielding against radiation (cosmic rays or x rays) or against electromagnetic interference at radio and lower frequencies, or a material to reduce the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the final composite material, and/or materials to mitigate any mismatch between the spheres and the matrix metal. Because of the high crush strength of the spheres, the initial composite workpiece can be forged or extruded into a high-strength part. The total time taken in processing from the raw ingredients to a finished part is typically 10 to 14 days depending on machining required.
Turbulent drag reduction using fluid spheres
Gillissen, J.J.J.
2013-01-01
Using direct numerical simulations of turbulent Couette flow, we predict drag reduction in suspensions of neutrally buoyant fluid spheres, of diameter larger than the Kolmogorov length scale. The velocity fluctuations are enhanced in the streamwise direction, and reduced in the cross-stream directio
New Monte Carlo simulations of the LLNL pulsed-sphere experiments
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From the late 1960s to about 1985, the Pulsed-Sphere Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was carried out to measure 14-MeV neutron leakage spectra from target spheres made out of various elements, compounds, and mixtures Data from these experiments have been and continue to be fundamental in the evaluation of neutron Monte Carlo transport codes and cross section data libraries In addition, the data provide important integral information for stockpile stewardship, fusion technology, neutron therapy, and other applications Therefore, comparisons between computer Monte Carlo simulations and the results of these experiments are pivotal for the integral testing of processed nuclear data libraries and transport codes Fortunately, a large subset of data from the pulsed-sphere program (some 70 experiments) is available as a computer file called disp93in Furthermore, in the past few years, there has been a remarkable improvement in computer performance that allows for more realistic simulations by Monte Carlo codes such as TART 4 Previous TART simulations of the pulsed-sphere experiments were performed using simplified models with relatively small numbers of histories and very large solid angle detectors to offset the limitations in computer power. Also, not all the TART input files were created with the same level of detail For example, some input files included the air around the sphere while others did not These factors prompted a study to simulate in more detail all of the available pulsed-sphere experiments using the Monte Carlo transport code, TART, and the LLNL evaluated neutron data library, ENDL The timing of this study is significant because many years have passed since those experiments were done, and only a few people who participated in them are still working at LLNL Their help has been essential for an accurate documentation of the experiments For the Stewardship Program it is important to preserve and make use of as much of the data as
Critical Dimensions of Water-tamped Slabs and Spheres of Active Material
Greuling, E.; Argo, H.: Chew, G.; Frankel, M. E.; Konopinski, E.J.; Marvin, C.; Teller, E.
1946-08-06
The magnitude and distribution of the fission rate per unit area produced by three energy groups of moderated neutrons reflected from a water tamper into one side of an infinite slab of active material is calculated approximately in section II. This rate is directly proportional to the current density of fast neutrons from the active material incident on the water tamper. The critical slab thickness is obtained in section III by solving an inhomogeneous transport integral equation for the fast-neutron current density into the tamper. Extensive use is made of the formulae derived in "The Mathematical Development of the End-Point Method" by Frankel and Goldberg. In section IV slight alterations in the theory outlined in sections II and III were made so that one could approximately compute the critical radius of a water-tamper sphere of active material. The derived formulae were applied to calculate the critical dimensions of water-tamped slabs and spheres of solid UF{sub 6} leaving various (25) isotope enrichment fractions. Decl. Dec. 16, 1955.
Visual Distortions Near a Neutron Star and Black Hole
Nemiroff, Robert J.
1993-01-01
The visual distortion effects visible to an observer traveling around and descending to the surface of an extremely compact star are described. Specifically, trips to a ``normal" neutron star, a black hole, and an ultracompact neutron star with extremely high surface gravity, are described. Concepts such as multiple imaging, red- and blue-shifting, conservation of surface brightness, the photon sphere, and the existence of multiple Einstein rings are discussed in terms of what the viewer woul...
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Additional calibrations of the University of California double-scatter neutron and additional analysis corrections lead to the slightly changed neutron fluxes reported here. The theoretical angular distributions of Merker (1975) are in general agreement with our experimental fluxes but do not give the peaks for vertical upward and downward moving neutrons. The theoretical neutron escape current J2/sub pi/ (Merker, 1972; Armstrong et al., 1973) is in agreement with the experimental values from 10 to 100 MeV. Our experimental fluxes agree with those of the Kanbach et al. (1974) in the overlap region from 70 to 100 MeV
Full sphere hydrodynamic and dynamo benchmarks
Marti, P.
2014-01-26
Convection in planetary cores can generate fluid flow and magnetic fields, and a number of sophisticated codes exist to simulate the dynamic behaviour of such systems. We report on the first community activity to compare numerical results of computer codes designed to calculate fluid flow within a whole sphere. The flows are incompressible and rapidly rotating and the forcing of the flow is either due to thermal convection or due to moving boundaries. All problems defined have solutions that alloweasy comparison, since they are either steady, slowly drifting or perfectly periodic. The first two benchmarks are defined based on uniform internal heating within the sphere under the Boussinesq approximation with boundary conditions that are uniform in temperature and stress-free for the flow. Benchmark 1 is purely hydrodynamic, and has a drifting solution. Benchmark 2 is a magnetohydrodynamic benchmark that can generate oscillatory, purely periodic, flows and magnetic fields. In contrast, Benchmark 3 is a hydrodynamic rotating bubble benchmark using no slip boundary conditions that has a stationary solution. Results from a variety of types of code are reported, including codes that are fully spectral (based on spherical harmonic expansions in angular coordinates and polynomial expansions in radius), mixed spectral and finite difference, finite volume, finite element and also a mixed Fourier-finite element code. There is good agreement between codes. It is found that in Benchmarks 1 and 2, the approximation of a whole sphere problem by a domain that is a spherical shell (a sphere possessing an inner core) does not represent an adequate approximation to the system, since the results differ from whole sphere results. © The Authors 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society.
Real fields of neutron reference in Argentina
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In order to improve the personal and area dose determination of mixed fields working areas the characterization of the radiation field inside the zone of experimental reactor, RA-1, have been made. The installation is a representative working place. Personal dosemeters belonging to the ARN and those from external personal neutron dosimetry laboratories have been calibrated in Hp(10) quantities as a first aim. The calibration points were determined using the multisphere neutron spectrometric system (MNSS) coupled with TLD for gamma measurements. The MNSS has a set of 12 high density polyethylene spheres (diameters from 2' till 15') a 3 He detector, 4 atm pressure located in the centre of the spheres and the associated electronics. The neutron response matrix for our MNSS was calculated using the MCNP Monte Carlo 4B code version 4B with the cross sections library ENDF/B-VI in the energy range between thermal neutron and 100 MeV. The neutron spectrum was obtained using the LOUHI82 deconvolution code. The calibration of the system was validated using a Am Be source with an fluence error less than 10%. In this work the spectrum data obtained with the MNSS is shown. (author)
Revitalization of the Public Sphere: A Comparison between Habermasian and the New Public Sphere
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Muhammad Zubair Khan
2014-06-01
Full Text Available “Public sphere” is an important component of modern polity. Civil society brings the state in touch with the needs of the citizens through the medium of public sphere. However, Habermas argues that “public sphere” experienced refeudalization owing to various factors i.e. propaganda, cultural industry, market and state intervention. The “public” was condemned to be mere spectator again. This article argues that modern technologies enabled new public sphere (NPS can help restore public status as participant in the democratic process. By employing interpretivist approach the article compares the Habermasian ideal of public sphere with NPS and constructs a matrix, depicting the various related aspects between the two models for highlighting the revival of the public sphere.
VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference Automating vSphere Administration
Dekens, Luc; Sizemore, Glenn; van Lieshout, Arnim; Medd, Jonathan
2011-01-01
Your One-Stop Reference for VMware vSphere Automation If you manage vSphere in a Windows environment, automating routine tasks can save you time and increase efficiency. VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a set of pre-built commands based on Windows PowerShell that is designed to help you automate vSphere processes involving virtual machines, datacenters, storage, networks, and more. This detailed guide-using a practical, task-based approach and real-world examples-shows you how to get the most out of PowerCLI's handy cmdlets. Learn how to: Automate vCenter Server and ESX/ESX(i) Server deployment and
Microdosimetry of monoenergetic neutrons
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Srdoc, D. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Marino, S.A. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
1993-12-31
Tissue spheres 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0, and 8.0 {mu}m in diameter were simulated using a wall-less spherical counter filled with a propane-based tissue-equivalent gas. Microdosimetric spectra corresponding to these site sizes were measured for five neutron energies (0.22, 0.44, 1.5, 6, and 14 MeV) and the related mean values {bar Y}{sub F} and {bar Y}{sub D} were calculated for several site sizes and neutron energies. An elaborate calibration technique combining soft x-rays, a {sup 55}Fe photon source, and a {sup 244}Cm collimated source of alpha particles was used throughout the measurement. The spectra and their mean values are compared with theoretically calculated values for ICRU tissue. The agreement between the calculated and the measured data is good in spite of a systematic discrepancy, which could be attributed, in part, to the difference in elemental composition between the tissue-equivalent gas and plastic used in the counter, and the ICRU standard tissue used in the calculations.
Cavity formation by the impact of Leidenfrost spheres
Marston, Jeremy
2012-05-01
We report observations of cavity formation and subsequent collapse when a heated sphere impacts onto a liquid pool. When the sphere temperature is much greater than the boiling point of the liquid, we observe an inverted Leidenfrost effect where the sphere is encompassed by a vapour layer that prevents physical contact with the liquid. This creates the ultimate non-wetting scenario during sphere penetration through a free surface, producing very smooth cavity walls. In some cases during initial entry, however, the liquid contacts the sphere at the equator, leading to the formation of a dual cavity structure. For cold sphere impacts, where a contact line is observed, we reveal details of the contact line pinning, which initially forms a sawtooth pattern. We also observe surface waves on the cavity interface for cold spheres. We compare our experimental results to previous studies of cavity dynamics and, in particular, the influence of hydrophobicity on the entry of the sphere. © 2012 Cambridge University Press.
Micromegas neutron beam monitor neutronics.
Stephan, Andrew C; Miller, Laurence F
2005-01-01
The Micromegas is a type of ionising radiation detector that consists of a gas chamber sandwiched between two parallel plate electrodes, with the gas chamber divided by a Frisch grid into drift and amplification gaps. Investigators have applied it to a number of different applications, such as charged particle, X-ray and neutron detection. A Micromegas device has been tested as a neutron beam monitor at CERN and is expected to be used for that purpose at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) under construction in Oak Ridge, TN. For the Micromegas to function effectively as neutron beam monitor, it should cause minimal disruption to the neutron beam in question. Specifically, it should scatter as few neutrons as possible and avoid neutron absorption when it does not contribute to generating useful information concerning the neutron beam. Here, we present the results of Monte Carlo calculations of the effect of different types of wall materials and detector gases on neutron beams and suggest methods for minimising disruption to the beam. PMID:16381746
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The neutron gun combines a new core ion source of the cold type based on X-ray ionization and new cold type of neutron source working with core ion generation. The neutrons are formed from the impact of core ions on the negatively charged anode. Based on a new conversion function, the function of the positive anode becomes analogous to the beta-unstable decomposition of a neutron. A core ion and neutron amplifier in the sense of amplifying the number is derived from the beta-unstable neutron decomposition, in order to raise the output of a gun in pulsed operation by using the number amplification in the intervals between the pulses. The method of construction is simple and cheap, the equipment has purely linear acceleration or operation with circular acceleration with linear pre-acceleration as an alternative. Purely linear operation should be sufficient for medical applications, e.g. for neutron photography to replay X-ray photography and particularly for neutron scalpels in the surgical treatment of tumours. (orig./HP)
Global Calibration of Multiple Cameras Based on Sphere Targets
Junhua Sun; Huabin He; Debing Zeng
2016-01-01
Global calibration methods for multi-camera system are critical to the accuracy of vision measurement. Proposed in this paper is such a method based on several groups of sphere targets and a precision auxiliary camera. Each camera to be calibrated observes a group of spheres (at least three), while the auxiliary camera observes all the spheres. The global calibration can be achieved after each camera reconstructs the sphere centers in its field of view. In the process of reconstructing a sphe...
Discrete ordinates method for homogeneous spheres and for two-region spherical systems
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In the present work the development of a discrete ordinates method is described. It is based on the work of Lewis and Miller and is applied to homogeneous spheres and two-region spherical systems. The neutrons are assumed to have one speed and to scatter isotropically. A remarkable feature of the calculation method is that it can be used for negative values of the criticality factor which corresponds to complex decay constants in the region beyond the so called Corngold limit. The number of discrete values of the direction cosine can be extended up to N=96 while the ANISIN code uses N=16 as a maximum. 7 refs
Solar proton exposure of an ICRU sphere within a complex structure Part I: Combinatorial geometry
Wilson, John W.; Slaba, Tony C.; Badavi, Francis F.; Reddell, Brandon D.; Bahadori, Amir A.
2016-06-01
The 3DHZETRN code, with improved neutron and light ion (Z ≤ 2) transport procedures, was recently developed and compared to Monte Carlo (MC) simulations using simplified spherical geometries. It was shown that 3DHZETRN agrees with the MC codes to the extent they agree with each other. In the present report, the 3DHZETRN code is extended to enable analysis in general combinatorial geometry. A more complex shielding structure with internal parts surrounding a tissue sphere is considered and compared against MC simulations. It is shown that even in the more complex geometry, 3DHZETRN agrees well with the MC codes and maintains a high degree of computational efficiency.
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This bibliographical note presents a reference book which addresses the study of neutron transport in matter, the study of conditions for a chain reaction and the study of modifications of matter composition due to nuclear reactions. This book presents the main nuclear data, their measurement, assessment and processing, and the spallation. It proposes an overview of methods applied for the study of neutron transport: basic equations and their derived forms, deterministic methods and Monte Carlo method of resolution of the Boltzmann equation, methods of resolution of generalized Bateman equations, methods of time resolution of space kinetics coupled equations. It presents the main calculation codes, discusses the qualification and experimental aspects, and gives an overview of neutron transport applications: neutron transport calculation of reactors, neutron transport coupled with other disciplines, physics of fuel cycle, criticality
Leung, Ka-Ngo; Lou, Tak Pui; Reijonen, Jani
2008-03-11
A neutron tube or generator is based on a RF driven plasma ion source having a quartz or other chamber surrounded by an external RF antenna. A deuterium or mixed deuterium/tritium (or even just a tritium) plasma is generated in the chamber and D or D/T (or T) ions are extracted from the plasma. A neutron generating target is positioned so that the ion beam is incident thereon and loads the target. Incident ions cause D-D or D-T (or T-T) reactions which generate neutrons. Various embodiments differ primarily in size of the chamber and position and shape of the neutron generating target. Some neutron generators are small enough for implantation in the body. The target may be at the end of a catheter-like drift tube. The target may have a tapered or conical surface to increase target surface area.
Complex data processing: fast wavelet analysis on the sphere
Wiaux, Y; Vielva, P
2007-01-01
In the general context of complex data processing, this paper reviews a recent practical approach to the continuous wavelet formalism on the sphere. This formalism notably yields a correspondence principle which relates wavelets on the plane and on the sphere. Two fast algorithms are also presented for the analysis of signals on the sphere with steerable wavelets.
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Dynamics of ganglioside micellar solutions by quasielastic neutron scattering
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Gangliosides are double-tailed biological amphiphiles naturally abundant in the nervous system. We present a quasielastic neutron scattering study on the dynamics of ganglioside molecules in 15% concentration micellar solution. The scattering contribution due to gangliosides has been analysed in terms of a simple model of confined diffusion within a sphere with rigid walls
Dynamics of ganglioside micellar solutions by quasielastic neutron scattering
Brocca, P.; Cantù, L.; Cavatorta, F.; Corti, M.; del Favero, E.; Deriu, A.; di Bari, M.
2004-07-01
Gangliosides are double-tailed biological amphiphiles naturally abundant in the nervous system. We present a quasielastic neutron scattering study on the dynamics of ganglioside molecules in 15% concentration micellar solution. The scattering contribution due to gangliosides has been analysed in terms of a simple model of confined diffusion within a sphere with rigid walls.
Dynamics of ganglioside micellar solutions by quasielastic neutron scattering
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Brocca, P.; Cantu, L.; Cavatorta, F.; Corti, M.; Del Favero, E.; Deriu, A.; Di Bari, M
2004-07-15
Gangliosides are double-tailed biological amphiphiles naturally abundant in the nervous system. We present a quasielastic neutron scattering study on the dynamics of ganglioside molecules in 15% concentration micellar solution. The scattering contribution due to gangliosides has been analysed in terms of a simple model of confined diffusion within a sphere with rigid walls.
Ultra Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study of Porous Glass
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Compacts of silica micro-spheres prepared for different times at sintering temperatures of 640 deg. C and 740 deg. C have been studied by Ultra Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (USANS) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Stress versus strain measurements display several breakage points related to a range of nearest neighbour coordination around each microsphere.
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Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a promising cancer therapy. Epi-thermal neutron (0.5 eV < En < 10 keV) flux intensity is one of the basic characteristics for modern BNCT. In this work, based on the 71Ga(n, γ)72Ga reaction, a new simple monitor with gallium nitride (GaN) wafer as activation material was designed by Monte Carlo simulations to precisely measure the absolute integral flux intensity of epi-thermal neutrons especially for practical BNCT. In the monitor, a GaN wafer was positioned in the center of a polyethylene sphere as neutron moderator covered with cadmium (Cd) layer as thermal neutron absorber outside. The simulation results and related analysis indicated that the epi-thermal neutron flux intensity could be precisely measured by the presently designed monitor. (author)
Theory of tectonics in the sphere
Ribeiro, A; Taborda, R; Ribeiro, Antonio; Matias, Luis; Taborda, Rui
2005-01-01
Soft or Deformable Plate Tectonics in the sphere must follow geometric rules inferred from the orthographic projection. An analytic equivalent of this geometry can be derived by the application of Potential Field Methods in the case of Atlantic type oceans. Laplace equation must be obeyed by the velocity field between the ridge and the passive margin if we neglect the very slight compressibility of ocean lithosphere. A strain wave propagates in the sphere analogous to the behaviour of a free harmonic oscillator. Combining zonal harmonics of order one and sectorial harmonics of degree one we obtain a tesseral harmonic equivalent to the orthographic solution. This potential field approach is valid for homogeneous deformation regime in oceanic lithosphere. Above a compression threshold of 5 to 10% buckling and simultaneous faulting occurs. In Pacific type oceans a dynamic approach, similar to a forced oscillation, must be applied because there are sinks in subduction zones.
Packing circles and spheres on surfaces
Schiftner, Alexander
2009-01-01
Inspired by freeform designs in architecture which involve circles and spheres, we introduce a new kind of triangle mesh whose faces\\' incircles form a packing. As it turns out, such meshes have a rich geometry and allow us to cover surfaces with circle patterns, sphere packings, approximate circle packings, hexagonal meshes which carry a torsion-free support structure, hybrid tri-hex meshes, and others. We show how triangle meshes can be optimized so as to have the incircle packing property. We explain their relation to conformal geometry and implications on solvability of optimization. The examples we give confirm that this kind of meshes is a rich source of geometric structures relevant to architectural geometry. © 2009 ACM.
Second-Generation Curvelets on the Sphere
Chan, Jennifer Y H; Kitching, Thomas D; McEwen, Jason D
2015-01-01
Curvelets are efficient to represent highly anisotropic signal content, such as local linear and curvilinear structure. First-generation curvelets on the sphere, however, suffered from blocking artefacts. We present a new second- generation curvelet transform, where scale-discretised curvelets are constructed directly on the sphere. Scale-discretised curvelets exhibit a parabolic scaling relation, are well-localised in both spatial and harmonic domains, support the exact analysis and synthesis of both scalar and spin signals, and are free of blocking artefacts. We present fast algorithms to compute the exact curvelet transform, reducing computational complexity from $\\mathcal{O}(L^5)$ to $\\mathcal{O}(L^3\\log_{2}{L})$ for signals band-limited at $L$. The implementation of these algorithms is made publicly available. Finally, we present an illustrative application demonstrating the effectiveness of curvelets for representing directional curve-like features in natural spherical images.
Packing circles and spheres on surfaces
Schiftner, Alexander
2009-12-01
Inspired by freeform designs in architecture which involve circles and spheres, we introduce a new kind of triangle mesh whose faces\\' incircles form a packing. As it turns out, such meshes have a rich geometry and allow us to cover surfaces with circle patterns, sphere packings, approximate circle packings, hexagonal meshes which carry a torsion-free support structure, hybrid tri-hex meshes, and others. We show how triangle meshes can be optimized so as to have the incircle packing property. We explain their relation to conformal geometry and implications on solvability of optimization. The examples we give confirm that this kind of meshes is a rich source of geometric structures relevant to architectural geometry.
Event Driven Langevin simulations of Hard Spheres
Scala, Antonio
2011-01-01
The blossoming of interest in colloids and nano-particles has given renewed impulse to the study of hard-body systems. In particular, hard spheres have become a real test system for theories and experiments. It is therefore necessary to study the complex dynamics of such systems in presence of a solvent; disregarding hydrodynamic interactions, the simplest model is the Langevin equation. Unfortunately, standard algorithms for the numerical integration of the Langevin equation require that interactions are slowly varying during an integration timestep. This in not the case for hard-body systems, where there is no clearcut between the correlation time of the noise and the timescale of the interactions. Starting first from a splitting of the Fokker-Plank operator associated with the Langevin dynamics, and then from an approximation of the two-body Green's function, we introduce and test two new algorithms for the simulation of the Langevin dynamics of hard-spheres.
Wavelets, ridgelets and curvelets on the sphere
Starck, J L; Abrial, P; Nguyen, M; Starck, Jean-Luc; Moudden, Yassir; Abrial, Pierrick; Nguyen, Mai
2005-01-01
We present in this paper new multiscale transforms on the sphere, namely the isotropic undecimated wavelet transform, the pyramidal wavelet transform, the ridgelet transform and the curvelet transform. All of these transforms can be inverted i.e. we can exactly reconstruct the original data from its coefficients in either representation. Several applications are described. We show how these transforms can be used in denoising and especially in a Combined Filtering Method, which uses both the wavelet and the curvelet transforms, thus benefiting from the advantages of both transforms. An application to component separation from multichannel data mapped to the sphere is also described in which we take advantage of moving to a wavelet representation.
Bidirectional reflection effects in practical integrating spheres.
Mahan, J R; Walker, J A; Stancil, M M
2015-10-20
Integrating spheres play a central role in radiometric instrument calibration, surface optical property measurement, and radiant source characterization. Our work involves a simulation, based on the Monte Carlo ray-trace (MCRT) of bidirectional reflections within a practical integrating sphere pierced with two viewing ports. We used data from the literature to create an empirical model for the bidirectional reflection distribution function (BRF) of Spectralon suitable for use in the MCRT environment. The ratio of power escaping through the two openings is shown to vary linearly with wall absorptivity for both diffuse and bidirectional reflections. The sensitivity of this ratio to absorptivity is shown to be less when reflections are weakly bidirectional. PMID:26560384
Ceramica sphere production by a gel casting
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The technology of (Th,U)O2 microspheres production by gel casting and subsequente thermal treatment has been transferred from NUKEM GmbH assisted by Kraftwerk Union A.G., both West Germany, to NUCLEBRAS, where it was jointly adapted to produce microspheres suitable for pressing. As a result, there are now available various possibilities to produce ceramic spheres with different characteristics that can be used in different applications. Examples of these characteristics are the range of gel sphere diameters (200 to 5000 μmm) and the value of the specific surface (about 50m2/g for calcined (Th, U)O2 and potentially higher than m2/g for other ceramic materials) (Author)
Statistical inference for disordered sphere packings
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Jeffrey Picka
2012-01-01
Full Text Available This paper gives an overview of statistical inference for disordered sphere packing processes. These processes are used extensively in physics and engineering in order to represent the internal structure of composite materials, packed bed reactors, and powders at rest, and are used as initial arrangements of grains in the study of avalanches and other problems involving powders in motion. Packing processes are spatial processes which are neither stationary nor ergodic. Classical spatial statistical models and procedures cannot be applied to these processes, but alternative models and procedures can be developed based on ideas from statistical physics.Most of the development of models and statistics for sphere packings has been undertaken by scientists and engineers. This review summarizes their results from an inferential perspective.
Energy spectrum measurement and dose rate estimation of natural neutrons in Tibet region
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吴建华; 徐勇军; 刘森林; 汪传高
2015-01-01
In this work, natural neutron spectra at nine sites in Tibet region were measured using a multi-sphere neutron spectrometer. The altitude-dependence of the spectra total fluence rate and ambient dose equivalent rate were analyzed. From the normalized natural neutron spectra at different altitudes, the spectrum fractions for neutrons of greater than 0.1 MeV do not differ obviously, while those of the thermal neutrons differ greatly from each other. The total fluence rate, effective dose rate and the ambient dose equivalent rate varied with the altitude according to an exponential law.
Quantum Isometry groups of the Podles Spheres
Bhowmick, Jyotishman; Goswami, Debashish
2008-01-01
For $\\mu \\in (0,1), c> 0,$ we identify the quantum group $SO_\\mu(3)$ as the universal object in the category of compact quantum groups acting by `orientation and volume preserving isometries' in the sense of \\cite{goswami2} on the natural spectral triple on the Podles sphere $S^2_{\\mu, c}$ constructed by Dabrowski, D'Andrea, Landi and Wagner in \\cite{{Dabrowski_et_al}}.
Poincar\\'e Sphere and Decoherence Problems
Kim, Y S
2012-01-01
Henri Poincar\\'e formulated the mathematics of the Lorentz transformations, known as the Poincar\\'e group. He also formulated the Poincar\\'e sphere for polarization optics. It is shown that these two mathematical instruments can be combined into one mathematical device which can address the internal space-time symmetries of elementary particles, decoherence problems in polarization optics, entropy problems, and Feynman's rest of the universe.
Semiclassical collapse of a sphere of dust
Roberto CasadioDepartment of Physics University of Bologna and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna; Giovanni Venturi(Department of Physics, University of Bologna, and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna, Italy)
2015-01-01
The semiclassical collapse of a homogeneous sphere of dust is studied. After identifying the independent dynamical variables, the system is canonically quantised and coupled equations describing matter (dust) and gravitation are obtained. The conditions for the validity of the adiabatic (Born--Oppenheimer) and semiclassical approximations are derived. Further on neglecting back--reaction effects, it is shown that in the vicinity of the horizon and inside the dust the Wightman function for a c...
From Noncommutative Sphere to Nonrelativistic Spin
Deriglazov, Alexei A.(Dept. de Matematica, ICE, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil)
2009-01-01
Reparametrization invariant dynamics on a sphere, being parameterized by angular momentum coordinates, represents an example of noncommutative theory. It can be quantized according to Berezin-Marinov prescription, replacing the coordinates by Pauli matrices. Following the scheme, we present two semiclassical models for description of spin without use of Grassman variables. The first model implies Pauli equation upon the canonical quantization. The second model produces nonrelativistic limit o...
From Noncommutative Sphere to Nonrelativistic Spin
Deriglazov, Alexei A.
2010-02-01
Reparametrization invariant dynamics on a sphere, being parameterized by angular momentum coordinates, represents an example of noncommutative theory. It can be quantized according to Berezin-Marinov prescription, replacing the coordinates by Pauli matrices. Following the scheme, we present two semiclassical models for description of spin without use of Grassman variables. The first model implies Pauli equation upon the canonical quantization. The second model produces nonrelativistic limit of the Dirac equation implying correct value for the electron spin magnetic moment.
From Noncommutative Sphere to Nonrelativistic Spin
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Alexei A. Deriglazov
2010-02-01
Full Text Available Reparametrization invariant dynamics on a sphere, being parameterized by angular momentum coordinates, represents an example of noncommutative theory. It can be quantized according to Berezin-Marinov prescription, replacing the coordinates by Pauli matrices. Following the scheme, we present two semiclassical models for description of spin without use of Grassman variables. The first model implies Pauli equation upon the canonical quantization. The second model produces nonrelativistic limit of the Dirac equation implying correct value for the electron spin magnetic moment.
On the revolution of heavenly spheres
Copernicus, Nicolaus
1995-01-01
The Ptolemaic system of the universe, with the earth at the center, had held sway since antiquity as authoritative in philosophy, science, and church teaching. Following his observations of the heavenly bodies, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) abandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, with the sun at the center. His remarkable work, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, stands as one of the greatest intellectual revolutions of all time, and profoundly influenced, among others, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.
Soft-sphere model for liquid metals
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A semi-empirical soft-sphere model of fluids is modified for application to the thermodynamic properties of liquid metals. Enthalpy, volume, and sound speed are computed as functions of temperature for 13 metals and compared with experimental data. Critical points and coexistence curves are also computed and compared with experimental data, where these have been measured. Strengths and weaknesses of the model are discussed
The sea - landfill or sphere of life
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The Environmental Information Agency held its third seminar for journalists, entitled 'The sea - landfill or sphere of life' in Hamburg on July 18, 1989. Some 40 journalists - radio journalists and journalists from the staff of dailies and the technical press - took the opportunity to listen for a day to short lectures on selected subjects and submit their questions concerning sea pollution to scientists of diverse disciplines. (orig.)
Spheres of diversities: from concept to policy
Zapata Barrero, Ricard; Ewijk, Anne R. van
2011-01-01
This book is concerned with the diversity debate in the context of Europe. It is about diversity both as a concept and as a policy. Indeed, the epicentre of the analysis is the link between the spheres of diversity-concepts and diversity-policies. The book explores how the concept of diversity orientates policies and management, and also how public/private management facilitates new policy orientations. As such, the book enhances conceptual thinking on diversity, but also fa...
Supersymmetric theories on squashed five-sphere
Imamura, Yosuke
2012-01-01
We construct supersymmetric theories on the SU(3)xU(1) symmetric squashed five-sphere with 2, 4, 6, and 12 supercharges. We first determine the Killing equation by dimensional reduction from 6d, and use Noether procedure to construct actions. The supersymmetric Yang-Mills action is straightforwardly obtained from the supersymmetric Chern-Simons action by using a supersymmetry preserving constant vector multiplet.
Turbulator Diameter and Drag on a Sphere
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Nicholas Robson
2009-01-01
Full Text Available A sphere with turbulators of varying diameter was pulled through water with constant force. The relationship between the diameter of the turbulators and the ball’s total coefficient of drag was determined. The maximum drag reduction was found with turbulators of 0.002 m. The drag reduction was less for turbulators of sizes 0.004 m and 0.005 m.
The Separate Spheres Model of Gendered Inequality
Miller, Andrea L.; Borgida, Eugene
2016-01-01
Research on role congruity theory and descriptive and prescriptive stereotypes has established that when men and women violate gender stereotypes by crossing spheres, with women pursuing career success and men contributing to domestic labor, they face backlash and economic penalties. Less is known, however, about the types of individuals who are most likely to engage in these forms of discrimination and the types of situations in which this is most likely to occur. We propose that psychologic...
Event Driven Langevin simulations of Hard Spheres
Scala, Antonio
2011-01-01
The blossoming of interest in colloids and nano-particles has given renewed impulse to the study of hard-body systems. In particular, hard spheres have become a real test system for theories and experiments. It is therefore necessary to study the complex dynamics of such systems in presence of a solvent; disregarding hydrodynamic interactions, the simplest model is the Langevin equation. Unfortunately, standard algorithms for the numerical integration of the Langevin equation require that int...
Sticky red spheres can be used to capture western cherry fruit fly, Rhagoletis indifferens Curran (Diptera: Tephritidae), but whether they capture more flies than yellow spheres and panels is poorly known. The objective of this study was to compare fly captures on red spheres versus yellow traps so...
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This introduction is addressed to an audience active in diverse forms of neutron source applications but not directly familiar with neutron radiography. Neutron radiography is, of course, similar to, and complementary to, radiography using x-rays. However, neutrons, being sensitive to the nuclear properties of materials, provide information fundamentally different from x-rays. For example, neutrons can penetrate many dense metals such as uranium, lead, bismuth or steel, and can reveal details of internal hydrogenous components: explosives, lubricants and gaskets. For nuclear fuel inspection neutron radiography offers the ability to penetrate dense uranium-238 and contrast the isotopes U-235 or Pu-239 and also offers the ability to discriminate against unwanted interference from gamma radiation. In addition to advantages in industrial applications, there are special situations in fields such as medical diagnostics, dentistry, agriculture and forensic science. Comprehensive accounts of applications in the field can be found in the proceedings of the world conferences on neutron radiography: USA (1981), FRANCE (1986). A third conference in this series is scheduled for May 1989 in Japan
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The digital processing of the neutron radiography images gives the possibility for data quantification. In this case an exact relation between the measured neutron attenuation and the real macroscopic attenuation coefficient for every point of the sample is required. The assumption that the attenuation of the neutron beam through the sample is exponential is valid only in an ideal case where a monochromatic beam, non scattering sample and non background contribution are assumed. In the real case these conditions are not fulfilled and in dependence on the sample material we have more or less deviation from the exponential attenuation law. Because of the high scattering cross-sections of hydrogen (σs=80.26 barn) for thermal neutrons, the problem with the scattered neutrons at quantitative radiography investigations of hydrogenous materials (as PE, Oil, H2O, etc) is not trivial. For these strong scattering materials the neutron beam attenuation is no longer exponential and a dependence of the macroscopic attenuation coefficient on the material thickness and on the distance between the sample and the detector appears. When quantitative radiography (2 D) or tomography investigations (3 D) are performed, some image correction procedures for a description of the scattering effect are required. This thesis presents a method that can be used to enhance the neutron radiography image for objects with high scattering materials like hydrogen, carbon and other light materials. This method uses the Monte Carlo code, MCNP5, to simulate the neutron radiography process and get the flux distribution for each pixel of the image and determine the scattered neutrons distribution that causes the image blur and then subtract it from the initial image to improve its quality.
Agglomeration techniques for the production of spheres for packed beds
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One attractive fusion-breeder-blanket design features a lithium bearing ceramic in the form of spheres packed into a random array. The spheres have diameters of 3 mm and 0.3 mm. This report surveys techniques used to produce ceramic spheres on an industrial scale. The methods examined include tumbling and mixing granulation, extrusion, briquetting and pelletizing. It is concluded that the required quantities of 0.3 mm diameter spheres can be produced by the tumbling agglomeration of a feed powder. The 3 mm diameter spheres will be made using a process of extrusion, chopping and rolling
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In this paper a survey is given of recent developments in selected areas of neutron tomography, within the context of several applications Argonne is involved in, including high penetration of reactor-fuel bundles in thick containers (involving TREAT and NRAD facilities), dual-energy hydrogen imaging (performed at IPNS), dynamic coarse-resolution emission tomography of rector fuel under test (a proposed modification to the TREAT hodoscope), and an associated-particle system that uses neutron flight-time to electronically collimate transmitted neutrons and to tomographically image nuclides identified by reaction gamma-rays
Confined disordered strictly jammed binary sphere packings
Chen, D.; Torquato, S.
2015-12-01
Disordered jammed packings under confinement have received considerably less attention than their bulk counterparts and yet arise in a variety of practical situations. In this work, we study binary sphere packings that are confined between two parallel hard planes and generalize the Torquato-Jiao (TJ) sequential linear programming algorithm [Phys. Rev. E 82, 061302 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevE.82.061302] to obtain putative maximally random jammed (MRJ) packings that are exactly isostatic with high fidelity over a large range of plane separation distances H , small to large sphere radius ratio α , and small sphere relative concentration x . We find that packing characteristics can be substantially different from their bulk analogs, which is due to what we term "confinement frustration." Rattlers in confined packings are generally more prevalent than those in their bulk counterparts. We observe that packing fraction, rattler fraction, and degree of disorder of MRJ packings generally increase with H , though exceptions exist. Discontinuities in the packing characteristics as H varies in the vicinity of certain values of H are due to associated discontinuous transitions between different jammed states. When the plane separation distance is on the order of two large-sphere diameters or less, the packings exhibit salient two-dimensional features; when the plane separation distance exceeds about 30 large-sphere diameters, the packings approach three-dimensional bulk packings. As the size contrast increases (as α decreases), the rattler fraction dramatically increases due to what we call "size-disparity" frustration. We find that at intermediate α and when x is about 0.5 (50-50 mixture), the disorder of packings is maximized, as measured by an order metric ψ that is based on the number density fluctuations in the direction perpendicular to the hard walls. We also apply the local volume-fraction variance στ2(R ) to characterize confined packings and find that these
Soil water content measured through the use of neutron probes
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With the objective of evaluating and discussing the problem of soil water content measurement through neutron probe, this study initiates the revision of the methodology with the discussion of the sphere of influence in water and in the soil. The problem of soil water content measurement close soil surface is also analysed with respect to spatial variability and thermal neutron escape to the atmosphere.Several probe calibrations are made and discussed for two tropical latosol, one of them being newly introduced in the literature through this work. It involves the correction of the number of thermal neutrons lost to the atmosphere, for measurements performed close to soil. (author)