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Thermal-neutron capture cross-section measurement of $$^{237}$$Np using graphite thermal column

Nakamura, Shoji ; Endo, Shunsuke  ; Kimura, Atsushi  ; Shibahara, Yuji*

The present study selected $$^{237}$$Np among radioactive nuclides and aimed to converge a contradiction between reported thermal-neutron capture cross sections. Neutron irradiation was carried out using the graphite thermal column equipped with the Kyoto University Research Reactor. A solution equivalent to 950 Bq order of radioactivity was pipetted out of a $$^{237}$$Np standard solution and dropped onto a fiber filter, which was then dried with an infrared lamp to prepare a $$^{237}$$Np sample. The $$^{237}$$Np sample was quantified using 312-keV gamma ray emitted from $$^{233}$$Pa in a radiation equilibrium with $$^{237}$$Np. To monitor a thermal-neutron flux component at an irradiation position, the $$^{237}$$Np sample was irradiated together with several stable nuclides as neutron flux monitors: $$^{45}$$Sc, $$^{59}$$Co, $$^{98}$$Mo, $$^{181}$$Ta and $$^{197}$$Au. The reaction rate of $$^{237}$$Np was obtained from gamma-ray yields given by $$^{238}$$Np and $$^{233}$$Pa, and then the thermal-neutron capture cross section of $$^{237}$$Np was derived.

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