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Measurement of MA reaction rates using spallation neutron source

核破砕中性子源を用いたMA反応率の測定

大泉 昭人; 福島 昌宏; 辻本 和文; 山中 正朗*; 佐野 忠史*; Pyeon, C. H.*

Oizumi, Akito; Fukushima, Masahiro; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Yamanaka, Masao*; Sano, Tadafumi*; Pyeon, C. H.*

加速器駆動未臨界システム(ADS)の研究開発において、マイナーアクチノイド(MA)の核データ検証に資する反応率の実験データの拡充は重要である。本研究では、京都大学臨界実験装置(KUCA)で核破砕中性子源を用いたネプツニウム-237($$^{237}$$Np)とアメリシウム-241($$^{241}$$Am)への照射を3時間行い、反応率の測定を行った。本実験では、核破砕反応に起因する$$gamma$$線の影響が大きく、臨界実験などで得られる一般的な核分裂反応の波高分布とは異なる傾向を示しているが、$$^{237}$$Npの捕獲反応率は測定できた。$$^{237}$$Npと$$^{241}$$Amの核分裂反応率を測定できた臨界体型での実験から得られた捕獲反応率は、本実験の測定結果の約8倍程度であった。したがって、核破砕反応に起因する$$gamma$$線の影響を低減させ、照射時間を24時間以上に延ばすことで、核破砕中性子源を用いた核分裂反応を計数できる可能性がある。

In the nuclear transmutation system such as ADS, the nuclear data validation of MA is required to reduce the uncertainty caused by the nuclear data of MA. This study aims to measure the reaction rates of Neptunium-237 ($$^{237}$$Np) and Americium-241 ($$^{241}$$Am) using the nuclear spallation neutron source in the KUCA for 3 hours. The observed distributions of pulse-height of $$^{237}$$Np and $$^{241}$$Am fission reactions were significantly different from the ones generally observed in critical and pulsed neutron source (PNS) experiments because of the influence of the $$gamma$$-ray generated by the nuclear spallation reaction. On the other hand, the capture reaction rate of $$^{237}$$Np was measured in this experiment. The capture reaction rate of the critical experiment which was available to be measured the fission reaction rate of $$^{237}$$Np and $$^{241}$$Am was almost 8 times larger than that of this experiment. Consequently, reducing the influence of the $$gamma$$ generated by the nuclear spallation reaction and extending the duration of the irradiation to 24 or more hours would be necessary for detecting signals of fission reactions under the spallation neutron source.

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