Neutron-capture cross-section measurements of Xe 136 between 0.4 and 14.8 MeV
Fast-neutron-capture cross-section data on Xe136 have been measured with the activation method between 0.4 and 14.8 MeV. The cross section was found to be of the order of 1 mb at the eleven energies investigated. This result is important to interpret potential neutron-induced backgrounds in the enriched xenon observatory and KamLAND-Zen neutrinoless double-β decay searches that use xenon as both source and detector. A high-pressure sphere filled with Xe136 was irradiated with monoenergetic neutrons produced by the reactions 3H(p,n)3He, 2H(d,n)3He, and 3H(d,n)4He. Indium and gold monitor foils were irradiated simultaneously with the Xe136 to determine the incident neutron flux. The activities of the reaction products were measured with high-resolution γ-ray spectroscopy. The present results are compared to predictions from ENDF/B-VII.1 and TENDL-2012. © 2014 American Physical Society.
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