Measurement of activation cross sections of aluminum for protons with energies between 0.4 GeV and 3.0 GeV at J-PARC
Matsuda, Hiroki ; Meigo, Shinichiro ; Iwamoto, Hiroki
Activation cross sections of various materials are strongly required for the improvement of the accuracy of nuclear design and the reduction of the construction costs for spallation neutron sources and transmutation systems. Activation cross sections have been measured in several facilities. However, they have low accuracy and precision. Especially, there are merely experimental data with 3 GeV protons which are used for spallation neutron source (MLF) in J-PARC, the experimental data is required for the improvement of the target materials. Thus, we measured cross sections of tungsten, gold, indium, and beryllium with 0.4 GeV to 3.0 GeV protons. Moreover, ones of aluminium that are set with materials were also measured for a variation of this experiment. It was found that more accurate data than current ones would be measured by using precise beam controls and highly accurate beam monitoring. We compared the experimental data, the evaluated data (JENDL-HE/2007), and the calculations with several intra-nuclear cascade models by PHITS code. Although the experimental data agreed with JENDL-HE/2007, the calculations underestimated about 40%. This could come from the evaporation model (GEM) being included in PHITS code. We found that the calculations agreed with the experimental data by upgrading PHITS code. The cross sections for the other materials have been analysed so far.