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Measurements of thermal-neutron capture cross-section and resonance integral of neptunium-237

ネプツニウム237の熱中性子捕獲断面積と共鳴積分の測定

中村 詔司; 北谷 文人; 木村 敦; 上原 章寛*; 藤井 俊行*

Nakamura, Shoji; Kitatani, Fumito; Kimura, Atsushi; Uehara, Akihiro*; Fujii, Toshiyuki*

放射化法により$$^{237}$$Np(n,$$gamma$$)$$^{238}$$Np反応の熱中性子捕獲断面積($$sigma_{0}$$)及び共鳴積分(I$$_{0}$$)を測定した。$$^{237}$$Npの0.489eVにある第一共鳴に注意を払い、カドミウム差法において、ガドリニウムフィルタを用いて、カットオフエネルギーを0.133eVに設定して$$sigma_{0}$$を測定した。ネプツニウム237試料を、京都大学複合原子力科学研究所の研究炉にて照射した。照射位置における熱中性子束、及び熱外ウェストコット因子を決定するために、金合金線モニタ、及びコバルト合金線モニタも一緒に照射した。照射したネプツニウム237試料及びモニタ試料の生成放射能を、ガンマ線分光により測定した。ウェストコットの理論に基づき、$$sigma_{0}$$とI$$_{0}$$を、それぞれと186.9$$pm$$6.2 barn、及び1009$$pm$$90 barnと導出した。

The thermal-neutron capture cross-section($$sigma_{0}$$)and resonance integral(I$$_{0}$$) were measured for the $$^{237}$$Np(n,$$gamma$$)$$^{238}$$Np reaction by an activation method. A method with a Gadolinium filter, which is similar to the Cadmium difference method, was used to measure the $$sigma_{0}$$ with paying attention to the first resonance at 0.489 eV of $$^{237}$$Np, and a value of 0.133 eV was taken as a cut-off energy. Neptunium-237 samples were irradiated at the pneumatic tube of the Kyoto University Research Reactor in Institute for Integral Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University. Wires of Co/Al and Au/Al alloys were used as monitors to determine thermal-neutron fluxes and epi-thermal Westcott's indices at an irradiation position. A $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy was used to measure activities of $$^{237}$$Np, $$^{238}$$Np and neutron monitors. On the basis of Westcott's convention, the $$sigma_{0}$$ and I$$_{0}$$ values were derived as 186.9$$pm$$6.2 barn, and 1009$$pm$$90 barn, respectively.

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