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J-PARC/ANNRIにおける即発$$gamma$$線分析法開発

Development of Prompt Gamma-ray Analysis at J-PARC/ANNRI

藤 暢輔; 海老原 充*; Huang, M.; 木村 敦; 中村 詔司; 原田 秀郎 

Toh, Yosuke; Ebihara, Mitsuru*; Huang, M.; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Shoji; Harada, Hideo

中性子即発$$gamma$$線分析(PGA)は、中性子捕獲反応に伴って放出される即発$$gamma$$線により元素分析を行う方法で、迅速に多元素を非破壊分析できるという特長がある。そのため、宇宙化学・環境・考古学・材料など幅広い分野で用いられ、多くの研究に貢献している。PGAはこれまでに同時計数法や反同時計数法によって検出限界や峻別性能の改良がおこなわれてきたが、大強度陽子加速器施設(J-PARC)の物質・生命科学実験施設(MLF)における大強度パルス中性子ビームによって、飛行時間法を用いた即発$$gamma$$線分析(TOF-PGA)の利用が可能となった。本稿では同時計数法による即発$$gamma$$線分析(MPGA)のほか、MLFに設置された中性子核反応測定装置(ANNRI)の概要と本装置によって可能となるTOF-PGAについて解説する。

Prompt Gamma-ray Analysis (PGA) uses capture $$gamma$$ rays, which are characteristic of each particular nucleus emitted from a sample while it is being irradiated with neutrons. It has been used as a rapid, nondestructive method for performing both qualitative and quantitative multielemental analysis. Therefore, cosmochemical, environmental, archeological samples and samples from materials science and engineering are analyzed. Although, researchers have endeavored to improve the accuracy and the detection sensitivity in PGA with the coincidence and anti-coincidence methods, further improvements are possible. We developed a new analytical technique (TOF-PGA) that combines Prompt Gamma-ray Analysis (PGA) and time-of-flight elemental analysis (TOF) by using an intense pulsed neutron beam at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). It allows us to obtain the results from both methods at the same time. Moreover, it can be used to quantify elemental concentrations in the sample, to which neither of these methods can be applied independently, if TOF-PGA is used. TOF-PGA showed high merits, although the capability may differ in terms of the target element and coexisting elements.

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