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Thermal-neutron capture cross-section measurements of neptunium-237 with graphite thermal column in KUR

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

The present study selected $$^{237}$$Np among radioactive nuclides and aimed to measure the thermal-neutron capture cross-section for $$^{237}$$Np in a well-thermalized neutron field by an activation method. A $$^{237}$$Np standard solution was used for irradiation samples. A thermal-neutron flux at an irradiation position was measured with neutron flux monitors: $$^{45}$$Sc, $$^{59}$$Co, $$^{98}$$Mo, $$^{181}$$Ta and $$^{197}$$Au. The $$^{237}$$Np sample and flux monitors were irradiated together for 30 minutes in the graphite thermal column equipped with the Kyoto University Research Reactor. The similar irradiation was carried out twice. After the irradiations, the $$^{237}$$Np samples were quantified using 312-keV gamma ray emitted from $$^{233}$$Pa in a radiation equilibrium with $$^{237}$$Np. The reaction rates of $$^{237}$$Np were obtained from gamma-ray peak net counts given by $$^{238}$$Np, and then the thermal-neutron capture cross-section of $$^{237}$$Np was found to be 173.8$$pm$$4.4 barn by averaging the results obtained by the two irradiations. The present result was in agreement with the reported data given by a time-of-flight method within the limit of uncertainty.

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