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Nuclear structure of $$^{76}$$Ni from the ($$p$$,$$2p$$) reaction

Elekes, Z.*; Kripk$'o$, $'A$*; Sohler, D.*; Sieja, K.*; Ogata, Kazuyuki*; Yoshida, Kazuki; Doornenbal, P.*; Obertelli, A.*; Authelet, G.*; Baba, Hidetada*; et al.

Physical Review C, 99(1), p.014312_1 - 014312_7, 2019/01

 Percentile:100(Physics, Nuclear)

The nuclear structure of the $$^{76}$$Ni nucleus was investigated by ($$p$$,$$2p$$) reaction using a NaI(Tl) array to detect the deexciting prompt $$gamma$$ rays. A new transition with an energy of 2227 keV was identified by $$gamma gamma$$ and $$gamma gamma gamma$$ coincidences. Our shell-model calculations using the Lenzi, Nowacki, Poves, and Sieja interaction produced good candidates for the experimental proton hole states in the observed energy region, and the theoretical cross sections showed good agreement with the experimental values. Although we could not assign all the experimental states to the theoretical ones unambiguously, the results are consistent with a reasonably large Z = 28 shell gap for nickel isotopes in accordance with previous studies.

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Feasibility study result of advanced solution measurement and monitoring technology for reprocessing facility

Sekine, Megumi; Matsuki, Takuya; Suzuki, Satoshi*; Tsutagi, Koichi; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Nakamura, Hironobu; LaFleur, A.*; Browne, M.*

Proceeding IAEA Symposium on International Safeguards; Building Future Safeguards Capabilities (Internet), 8 Pages, 2018/11

The IAEA has proposed, in its Research and Development plan (STR-385), the development of technology to enable real-time flow measurement of nuclear material as part of an advanced approach to effective and efficient safeguards for reprocessing facilities. To address this, JAEA and JNFL had previously designed and developed a neutron coincidence based non-destructive assay system to monitor Pu in solution directly after a purification process. To enhance this technology for entire reprocessing facilities, as a feasibility study, JAEA has been tackling development of a new detector to enable monitoring of Pu in solutions with numerous fission products (FPs) as a joint research program with the U.S. DOE. In this study, the High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) Storage Facility in Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP) was used as the test bed. The design information of the HALW storage tank and radiation (type and intensity) were investigated, to develop a Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) model. Then, dose rate distribution inside the concrete cell where the HALW tank is located was measured, to enable design of new detectors and check the integrity of the MCNP model and its applicability. Using the newly-designed detectors, $$gamma$$-rays and neutrons could be measured continuously at the outside/inside of the concrete cell, to optimize detector position and the radiation characteristics. The applicability as a Pu-monitoring technology was evaluated, based on the simulation results and $$gamma$$-ray/neutron measurement results. We have found that there is a possibility to monitor the change of Pu amount in solution by combination of $$gamma$$-ray and neutron measurements. The results of this study suggest a feasibility study into the applicability and capability of Pu monitoring to enhance the entire reprocessing facility handling Pu with FPs. In this paper, a summary of the project will be presented.

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Shell evolution beyond $$Z$$=28 and $$N$$=50; Spectroscopy of $$^{81,82,83,84}$$Zn

Shand, C. M.*; Podoly$'a$k, Zs.*; G$'o$rska, M.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Obertelli, A.*; Nowacki, F.*; Otsuka, T.*; Sieja, K.*; Tostevin, J. A.*; Tsunoda, T.*; et al.

Physics Letters B, 773, p.492 - 497, 2017/10

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:14.67(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

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Observation of a $$gamma$$-decaying millisecond isomeric state in $$^{128}$$Cd$$_{80}$$

Jungclaus, A.*; Grawe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; Simpson, G. S.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P.-A.*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Taprogge, J.*; Xu, Z. Y.*; et al.

Physics Letters B, 772, p.483 - 488, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:30.79(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

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Feasibility study of advanced measurement technology for solution monitoring at reprocessing plant; Dose rate measurement for the solution including Pu with FP

Matsuki, Takuya; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Sekine, Megumi; Suzuki, Satoshi*; Yasuda, Takeshi; Tsutagi, Koichi; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Nakamura, Hironobu; LaFleur, A. M.*; Browne, M. C.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 8 Pages, 2017/07

The Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP) has been developing a new detector from 2015 to 2017 for purpose to monitor Pu amount in High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) containing FP. It can make a contribution to an advanced approach to effectively and efficiently conduct safeguards for reprocessing facilities because it becomes available to monitor and verify nuclear material movement continuously by a new detector, which has proposed by IAEA. For the second step of this project, we conducted dose rate measurement on the guide rail installing in the cell storing the HALW tank and comparison between measured dose rate distribution and calculation result by MCNP simulation in order to investigate the dose rate distribution which is needed for shielding design of a new detector that is used for radiation (neutron/$$gamma$$ spectrum) measurement in the cell and inquest on the monitoring position of the detector for Pu monitoring. In this paper, we report the result of the dose rate measurement in the cell, improvement of the simulation model which is cleared by comparison between measurement result and calculation result and our future plan.

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Shape evolution in neutron-rich krypton isotopes beyond N=60; First spectroscopy of $$^{98,100}$$Kr

Flavigny, F.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Obertelli, A.*; Delaroche, J.-P.*; Girod, M.*; Libert, J.*; Rodriguez, T. R.*; Authelet, G.*; Baba, H.*; Calvet, D.*; et al.

Physical Review Letters, 118(24), p.242501_1 - 242501_6, 2017/06

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:9.07(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

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Low-lying structure and shape evolution in neutron-rich Se isotopes

Chen, S.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Obertelli, A.*; Rodriguez, T. R.*; Authelet, G.*; Baba, H.*; Calvet, D.*; Ch$^a$teau, F.*; Corsi, A.*; Delbart, A.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 95(4), p.041302_1 - 041302_6, 2017/04

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:8.11(Physics, Nuclear)

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Type II shell evolution in $$A=70$$ isobars from the $$N geq 40$$ island of inversion

Morales, A. I.*; Benzoni, G.*; Watanabe, H.*; Tsunoda, Yusuke*; Otsuka, T.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Browne, F.*; Daido, R.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Fang, Y.*; et al.

Physics Letters B, 765, p.328 - 333, 2017/02

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:8.11(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

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Are there signatures of harmonic oscillator shells far from stability?; First spectroscopy of $$^{110}$$Zr

Paul, N.*; Corsi, A.*; Obertelli, A.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Authelet, G.*; Baba, H.*; Bally, B.*; Bender, M.*; Calvet, D.*; Ch$^a$teau, F.*; et al.

Physical Review Letters, 118(3), p.032501_1 - 032501_7, 2017/01

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:9.07(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

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Feasibility study of advanced technology for Pu with FP solution monitoring; Overview of research plan and modelling for simulation

Sekine, Megumi; Matsuki, Takuya; Suzuki, Satoshi; Tanigawa, Masafumi; Yasuda, Takeshi; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Tsutagi, Koichi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; LaFleur, A. M.*; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.788 - 796, 2017/00

The IAEA has proposed in its long-term R&D plan, the development of technology to enable real-time flow measurement of nuclear material as a part of an advanced approach to effective and efficient safeguards for reprocessing facilities. To address this, JAEA has designed and developed a neutron coincidence based nondestructive assay system to monitor Pu directly in solutions which is after purification process and contains very little fission products (FPs). A new detector to enable monitoring of Pu in solutions with numerous FPs is being developed as a joint research program with U.S. DOE at the High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) Storage Facility in Tokai Reprocessing Plant. As the first step, the design information of HALW tank was investigated and samples of HALW was taken and analyzed for Pu concentration and isotope composition, density, content of dominant nuclides emitting $$gamma$$ ray or neutron, etc. in order to develop a Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) of the HALW tank. In addition, $$gamma$$ ray source spectra simulated by Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) was developed by extracting peaks from the analysis data with germanium detector. These outputs are used for the fundamental data in the MCNP model which is then used to evaluate the type of detector, shielding design and measurement positions. In order to evaluate available radiations to measure outside the cell wall, continuous $$gamma$$ ray and neutron measurement were carried out and the results were compared to the simulation results. The measurement results showed that there are no FP peaks above 3 MeV. This paper presents an overview of the research plan, characteristics of HALW, development of source term for MCNP, simulation of radiation dose from the HALW tank and radiation measurement results at outside of cell wall.

Journal Articles

$$beta$$ decay of semi-magic $$^{130}$$Cd; Revision and extension of the level scheme of $$^{130}$$In

Jungclaus, A.*; Grawe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; Simpson, G. S.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P. A.*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Taprogge, J.*; Xu, Z. Y.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 94(2), p.024303_1 - 024303_8, 2016/08

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:31.2(Physics, Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Study on improving measurement accuracy of Epithermal Neutron Measurement Multiplicity Counter (ENMC)

Nomi, Takayoshi; Kawakubo, Yoko; Nagatani, Taketeru; Shiromo, Hideo; Asano, Takashi; Menlove, H. O.*; Swinhoe, M. T.*; Browne, M. C.*

Proceedings of INMM 57th Annual Meeting (Internet), 9 Pages, 2016/07

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First observation of $$gamma$$ rays emitted from excited states south-east of $$^{132}$$Sn; The $$pi$$ g$$_{9/2}^{-1}$$ $$ otimes$$ $$nu f_{7/2}$$ multiplet of $$^{132}$$In$$_{83}$$

Jungclaus, A.*; Gargano, A.*; Grawe, H.*; Taprogge, J.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; Shimizu, Y.*; Simpson, G. S.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P.-A.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 93(4), p.041301_1 - 041301_6, 2016/04

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:26.65(Physics, Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Low-lying excitations in $$^{72}$$Ni

Morales, A. I.*; Benzoni, G.*; Watanabe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Browne, F.*; Daido, R.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Fang, Y.*; Lorusso, G.*; Patel, Z.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 93(3), p.034328_1 - 034328_14, 2016/03

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:14.96(Physics, Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Decay properties of $$^{68,69,70}$$Mn; Probing collectivity up to N=44 in Fe isotopic chain

Benzoni, G.*; Morales, A. I.*; Watanabe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Coraggio, L.*; Itaco, N.*; Gargano, A.*; Browne, F.*; Daido, R.*; Doornenbal, P.*; et al.

Physics Letters B, 751, p.107 - 112, 2015/12

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:15.32(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

Journal Articles

$$beta$$ decay of $$^{129}$$Cd and excited states in $$^{129}$$In

Taprogge, J.*; Jungclaus, A.*; Grawe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; Simpson, G. S.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P.-A.*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Xu, Z. Y.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 91(5), p.054324_1 - 054324_11, 2015/05

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:13.65(Physics, Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Identification of a millisecond isomeric state in $$^{129}$$Cd$$_{81}$$ via the detection of internal conversion and Compton electrons

Taprogge, J.*; Jungclaus, A.*; Grawe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Xu, Z. Y.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; N$'a$cher, E.*; Simpson, G. S.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P.-A.*; et al.

Physics Letters B, 738, p.223 - 227, 2014/11

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:19.65(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

Journal Articles

Yrast 6$$^+$$ seniority isomers of $$^{136,138}$$Sn

Simpson, G. S.*; Gey, G.*; Jungclaus, A.*; Taprogge, J.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Sieja, K.*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P.-A.*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; et al.

Physical Review Letters, 113(13), p.132502_1 - 132502_6, 2014/09

 Times Cited Count:39 Percentile:7.38(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

$$1p_{3/2}$$ proton-hole state in $$^{132}$$Sn and the shell structure along $$N$$=82

Taprogge, J.*; Jungclaus, A.*; Grawe, H.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Doornenbal, P.*; Lorusso, G.*; Simpson, G.*; S$"o$derstr$"o$m, P.-A.*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Xu, Z. Y.*; et al.

Physical Review Letters, 112(13), p.132501_1 - 132501_6, 2014/04

 Times Cited Count:32 Percentile:9.99(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

High-accuracy measurement of plutonium mass by non-destructive assay; An Improved approach for the effectiveness and efficiency of safeguards

Nagatani, Taketeru; Nakajima, Shinji; Asano, Takashi; Fujiwara, Shigeo; Menlove, H. O.*; Swinhoe, M. T.*; Browne, M. C.*

Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, 39(3), p.4 - 10, 2011/04

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The Status of the Japanese project on material accountancy of fuel debris and U.S.-Japan cooperation on survey of technologies for nuclear material accountancy at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Hori, Keiichiro; Heinberg, C.; Conner, J.*; Browne, M.*; Colin, C.*

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At the time of accident, about 270 tons of fuel were in Units 1- 3 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Up to that time, material accountancy was implemented as an item facility for adequate material control and for the International Atomic Energy Agency's safeguards verification. Fuel debris contains nuclear fuel materials, fission products and structural materials, etc. Fuel debris will need to be controlled adequately after removal from the reactors, but material accountancy measures as an item facility no longer can be applied because of meltdown of the fuel. Development of measurement technologies for fuel debris may be required for adequate material control and accountancy of special nuclear material in the fuel debris at Fukushima Daiichi. Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) have agreed to collaborate to investigate past experience on material control at severe accidents involving reactor core fuels and potential measurement technologies for fuel debris measurement. Besides DOE/NNSA and JAEA, Japanese Government, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and the U.S. National Laboratories have been collaborating in this effort. This paper describes the purpose, objectives, structure and process of this collaboration.

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