Fission product yield measurements using monoenergetic photon beams

Conference Paper

Measurements of fission products yields (FPYs) are an important source of information on the fission process. During the past couple of years, a TUNL-LANL-LLNL collaboration has provided data on the FPYs from quasi monoenergetic neutron-induced fission on 235U, 238U, and 239Pu and has revealed an unexpected energy dependence of both asymmetric fission fragments at energies below 4 MeV. This peculiar FPY energy dependence was more pronounced in neutron-induced fission of 239Pu. In an effort to understand and compare the effect of the incoming probe on the FPY distribution, we have carried out monoenergetic photon-induced fission experiments on the same 235U, 238U, and 239Pu targets. Monoenergetic photon beams of Eγ = 13.0 MeV were provided by the HIγS facility, the world's most intense γ-ray source. In order to determine the total number of fission events, a dual-fission chamber was used during the irradiation. These irradiated samples were counted at the TUNL's low-background γ-ray counting facility using high efficient HPGe detectors over a period of 10 weeks. Here we report on our first ever photofission product yield measurements obtained with monoenegetic photon beams. These results are compared with neutron-induced FPY data.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krishichayan, ; Bhike, M; Tonchev, AP; Tornow, W

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/201714604018

Citation Source

  • Scopus