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Development of optical fiber detector for measurement of fast neutron

Yagi, Takahiro*; Misawa, Tsuyoshi*; Pyeon, C. H.*; Unesaki, Hironobu*; Shiroya, Seiji*; Kawaguchi, Shinichi*; Okajima, Shigeaki ; Tani, Kazuhiro*

In order to insert a neutron detector in a narrow space such as a gap of between fuel plates and measure the fast neutrons in real time, a neutron detector with an optical fiber has been developed. This detector consists of an optical fiber whose tip is covered with mixture of neutron converter material and scintillator such as ZnS(Ag). The detector for fast neutrons uses ThO$$_{2}$$ as converter material because $$^{232}$$Th makes fission reaction with fast neutrons. The place where $$^{232}$$Th can be uses is limited by regulations because $$^{232}$$Th is nuclear fuel material. The purpose of this research is to develop a new optical fiber detector to measure fast neutrons without $$^{232}$$Th and to investigate the characteristic of the detector. These detectors were used to measure a D-T neutron generator and fast neutron flux distribution at Fast Critical Assembly. The results showed that the fast neutron flux distribution of the new optical fiber detector with ZnS(Ag) was the same as it of the activation method, and the detector are effective for measurement of fast neutrons.



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