M. Kerveno, J.C. Thiry, A. Bacquias, C. Borcea, P. Dessagne, J.C. Drohé, S. Goriely, S. Hilaire, E. Jericha, H. Karam, A. Negret, A. Pavlik, A. Plompen, P. Romain, C. Rouki, G. Rudolf, M. Stanoiu:
"Measurement of 235U(n, n'γ) and 235U(n, 2nγ ) reaction cross sections";
Physical Review C,
The design of generation IV nuclear reactors and the studies of new fuel cycles require knowledge of the cross sections of various nuclear reactions. Our research is focused on (n, xnγ) reactions occurring in these new reactors. The aim is to measure unknown cross sections and to reduce the uncertainty on present data for reactions and isotopes of interest for transmutation or advanced reactors. The present work studies the 235U(n, n'γ) and 235U(n, 2nγ) reactions in the fast neutron energy domain (up to 20 MeV). The experiments were performed with the Geel electron linear accelerator GELINA, which delivers a pulsed white neutron beam. The time characteristics enable measuring neutron energies with the time-of-flight (TOF) technique. The neutron induced reactions [in this case inelastic scattering and (n, 2n) reactions] are identified by on-line prompt γ spectroscopy with an experimental setup including four high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. A fission ionization chamber is used to monitor the incident neutron flux. The experimental setup and analysis methods are presented and the model calculations performed with the TALYS-1.2 code are discussed.
Inelastic neutron scattering, Nuclear reaction models and methods, Nuclear engineering and nuclear power studies - Neutron scattering, X- and γ-ray spectroscopy
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