Measurement of the Am241(n,2n) reaction cross section from 7.6 MeV to 14.5 MeV
The (n,2n) cross section of the radioactive isotope Am241 (T1/2=432.6 y) has been measured in the incident neutron energy range from 7.6 to 14.5 MeV in steps of a few MeV using the activation technique. Monoenergetic neutron beams were produced via the H2(d,n)He3 reaction by bombarding a pressurized deuterium gas cell with an energetic deuteron beam at the TUNL 10-MV Van de Graaff accelerator facility. The induced γ-ray activity of Am240 was measured with high-resolution HPGe detectors. The cross section was determined relative to Al, Ni, and Au neutron activation monitor foils, measured in the same geometry. Good agreement is obtained with previous measurements at around 9 and 14 MeV, whereas for a large discrepancy is observed when our data are compared to those reported by Perdikakis near 11 MeV. Very good agreement is found with the END-B/VII evaluation, whereas the JENDL-3.3 evaluation is in fair agreement with our data. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Tonchev, AP; Angell, CT; Boswell, M; Crowell, AS; Fallin, B; Hammond, S; Howell, CR; Hutcheson, A; Karwowski, HJ; Kelley, JH; Pedroni, RS; Tornow, W; Becker, JA; Dashdorj, D; Kenneally, J; MacRi, RA; Stoyer, MA; Wu, CY; Bond, E; Chadwick, MB; Fitzpatrick, J; Kawano, T; Rundberg, RS; Slemmons, A; Vieira, DJ; Wilhelmy, JB
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