Energy dependence of fission product yields from 235U, 238U, and 239Pu with monoenergetic neutrons between thermal and 14.8 MeV


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© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017. Under a joint collaboration between TUNL-LANL-LLNL, a set of absolute fission product yield measurements has been performed. The energy dependence of a number of cumulative fission product yields (FPY) have been measured using quasi-monoenergetic neutron beams for three actinide targets, 235U, 238U and 239Pu, between 0.5 and 14.8 MeV. The FPYs were measured by a combination of fission counting using specially designed dual-fission chambers and γ-ray counting. Each dual-fission chamber is a back-to-back ionization chamber encasing an activation target in the center with thin deposits of the same target isotope in each chamber. This method allows for the direct measurement of the total number of fissions in the activation target with no reference to the fission cross-section, thus reducing uncertainties. γ-ray counting of the activation target was performed on well-shielded HPGe detectors over a period of two months post irradiation to properly identify fission products. Reported are absolute cumulative fission product yields for incident neutron energies of 0.5, 1.37, 2.4, 3.6, 4.6, 5.5, 7.5, 8.9 and 14.8 MeV. Preliminary results from thermal irradiations at the MIT research reactor will also be presented and compared to present data and evaluations. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Los Alamos National Security, LLC under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and by DGBRe University and Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory through NNSA Stewardship Science Academic Alliance grant No. DE-FG52-09NA29465, DE-FG52-09NA29448 and Office of Nuclear Physics Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER41033.

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Cited Authors

  • Gooden, M; Arnold, C; Bhike, M; Bredeweg, T; Fowler, M; Krishichayan, ; Tonchev, A; Tornow, W; Stoyer, M; Vieira, D; Wilhelmy, J

Published Date

  • September 13, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 146 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2100-014X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2101-6275

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9782759890200

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1051/epjconf/201714604024

Citation Source

  • Scopus