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A New convention for the epithermal neutron spectrum for improving accuracy of resonance integrals

共鳴積分値を高精度化する熱外中性子スペクトルの新たな記法

原田 秀郎  ; 高山 直毅; 米田 政夫

Harada, Hideo; Takayama, Naoki; Komeda, Masao

原子炉を用いた放射化分析などで重要な中性子共鳴積分値を高精度化するため、熱外中性子スペクトルの新しい近似を定式化した。近似式の導出に当たっては、はじめにモンテカルロ計算コードMVP-3を用いて参照解となる中性子スペクトルを計算し、これから 型の関数型を導出した。従来の近似式に比較し、導出した関数型は、中性子共鳴積分値を高精度に決定できることを示した。この検討は、過去にJRR-3で行われた$$^{135}$$Csの中性子共鳴積分値の測定データに基づき行われた。また、提唱した近似式に導入したパラメータ$$alpha$$及び$$beta$$を実験的に決定するため、3種類のフラックスモニター($$^{197}$$Au, $$^{59}$$Co及び$$^{94}$$Zr)を用いる手法を提唱するとともに、解析手法を定式化した。

A new convention of epithermal neutron spectrum is formulated for improving accuracy of resonance integrals. The new type function is proposed as an approximating function of epithermal neutron spectrum based on calculations by the state-of-art Monte Carlo code MVP-3. Bias effects on determination of resonance integrals due to utilizing approximating functions of the traditional types and the new type are compared. The other bias effect is also investigated, which is caused by neglecting position dependence of a neutron spectrum inside an irradiation capsule. For demonstrating the bias effects due to these assumptions on neutron spectrum quantitatively in a practical case, the thermal neutron-capture cross section and resonance integral of $$^{135}$$Cs measured at a research reactor JRR-3 are re-evaluated. A superior property of the proposed new convention is discussed. The experimental method is proposed to determine the new shape factor $$beta$$ introduced in the convention by a combinational use of triple flux monitors ($$^{197}$$Au, $$^{59}$$Co and $$^{94}$$Zr), and its analytical methodology is formulated.

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