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Gamma-ray spectrum from thermal neutron capture on gadolinium-157

Gd-157の熱中性子捕獲反応による即発ガンマ線スペクトル

萩原 開人*; 矢野 孝臣*; Das, P. K.*; Lorenz, S.*; 王 岩*; 作田 誠*; 木村 敦; 中村 詔司; 岩本 信之 ; 原田 秀郎 ; 他13名*

Hagiwara, Kaito*; Yano, Takatomi*; Das, P. K.*; Lorenz, S.*; Ou, Iwa*; Sakuda, Makoto*; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Shoji; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Harada, Hideo; 13 of others*

We have measured the $$gamma$$-ray energy spectrum from the thermal neutron capture, $$^{157}Gd(n,gamma)^{158}Gd$$, on an enriched $$^{157}$$Gd target ($$Gd_2O_3$$) in the energy range from 0.11 MeV up to about 8 MeV. The target was placed inside the germanium spectrometer of the ANNRI detector at J-PARC and exposed to a neutron beam from the Japan Spallation Neutron Source (JSNS). Radioactive sources ($$^{60}$$Co, $$^{137}$$Cs, and $$^{152}$$Eu) and the reaction $$^{35}Cl(n,gamma)$$ were used to determine the spectrometer's detection efficiency for $$gamma$$ rays at energies from 0.3 to 8.5 MeV. Using a Geant4-based Monte Carlo simulation of the detector and based on our data, we have developed a model to describe the $$gamma$$-ray spectrum from the thermal $$^{157}Gd(n,gamma)^{158}Gd$$ reaction. While we include the strength information of 15 prominent peaks above 5 MeV and associated peaks below 1.6 MeV from our data directly into the model, we rely on the theoretical inputs of nuclear level density and the photon strength function of $$^{158}$$Gd to describe the continuum $$gamma$$-ray spectrum from the $$^{157}Gd(n,gamma)^{158}Gd$$ reaction. The results of the comparison between the observed $$gamma$$-ray spectra from the reaction and the model are reported in detail.

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