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Polarization analysis for small-angle neutron scattering with a $$^{3}$$He spin filter at a pulsed neutron source

Okudaira, Takuya; Ueda, Yuki; Hiroi, Kosuke; Motokawa, Ryuhei; Inamura, Yasuhiro; Takata, Shinichi; Oku, Takayuki; Suzuki, Junichi*; Takahashi, Shingo*; Endo, Hitoshi*; et al.

Journal of Applied Crystallography, 54(2), p.548 - 556, 2021/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Neutron polarization analysis (NPA) for small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments using a pulsed neutron source was successfully achieved by applying a $$^{3}$$He spin filter as a spin analyzer for the scattered neutrons. The $$^{3}$$He spin filter covers a sufficient solid angle for performing SANS experiments, and the relaxation time of the $$^{3}$$He polarization is sufficient for continuous use over a few days, thus reaching the typical duration required for a complete set of SANS experiments. Although accurate evaluation of the incoherent neutron scattering, which is predominantly attributable to hydrogen atoms in samples, is practically difficult using calculations based on the sample elemental composition, the developed NPA approach with consideration of the influence of multiple neutron scattering enabled reliable decomposition of the SANS intensity distribution into the coherent and incoherent scattering components. To date, NPA has not been well established as a standard technique for SANS experiments at pulsed neutron sources. This work is anticipated to greatly contribute to the accurate determination of the coherent neutron scattering component for scatterers in various types of organic sample systems in SANS experiments at J-PARC.

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Development of spin-contrast-variation neutron powder diffractometry for extracting the structure factor of hydrogen atoms

Miura, Daisuke*; Kumada, Takayuki; Sekine, Yurina; Motokawa, Ryuhei; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Oba, Yojiro; Ohara, Takashi; Takata, Shinichi; Hiroi, Kosuke; Morikawa, Toshiaki*; et al.

Journal of Applied Crystallography, 54(2), p.454 - 460, 2021/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

We developed a spin-contrast-variation neutron powder diffractometry technique that extracts the structure factor of hydrogen atoms, namely, the contribution of hydrogen atoms to a crystal structure factor. Crystals of L-glutamic acid were dispersed in a dpolystyrene matrix containing 4-methacryloyloxy-2,2,6,6,-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO methacrylate) to polarize their proton spins dynamically. The intensities of the diffraction peaks of the sample changed according to the proton polarization, and the structure factor of the hydrogen atoms was extracted from the proton-polarization dependent intensities. This technique is expected to enable analyses of the structures of hydrogen-containing materials that are difficult to determine with conventional powder diffractometry.

Journal Articles

Study of neutron-nuclear spin correlation term with a polarized Xe target

Sakai, Kenji; Oku, Takayuki; Okudaira, Takuya; Kai, Tetsuya; Harada, Masahide; Hiroi, Kosuke; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Kakurai, Kazuhisa*; Shimizu, Hirohiko*; Hirota, Katsuya*; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 33, p.011116_1 - 011116_6, 2021/03

In neutron fundamental physics, study of correlation term $${bf s}cdot{bf I}$$ of a neutron spin $${bf s}$$ and a target nuclear spin $${bf I}$$ is important because $${bf s}cdot{bf I}$$ term interferes to parity non-conserving (PNC) and time reversal non-conserving terms. For this study, a xenon (Xe) is an interesting nucleus because it has been observed an enhancement of PNC effect around neutron resonance peaks, and polarizes up to $$ sim 10^{-1}$$ by using a spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP) method. We would plan to develop a polarized Xe gas target with a compact in-situ SEOP system, and to study $${bf s}cdot{bf I}$$ term by utilizing epithermal neutron beams supplied from a high intense pulsed spallation neutron source. As the first step, we attempted to measure neutron polarizing ability caused by $${bf s}cdot{bf I}$$ term at a 9.6 eV s-wave resonance peak of $$^{129}$$Xe at BL10 in MLF, by detecting change $$Delta R$$ of ratio between neutron transmissions with the polarized and unpolarized Xe target. After demonstrating that our apparatus could detect small change ($$Delta R_{rm DB} , {approx},10^{-2}$$) of neutron transmissions caused by Doppler broadening effect, a signified value of $$Delta R$$ has been obtained as preliminary results. For analyzing the obtained $$Delta R$$ in detail, we are improving our nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance systems for evaluating Xe polarization independently of neutron beams.

Journal Articles

Development and application of a $$^3$$He neutron spin filter at J-PARC

Okudaira, Takuya; Oku, Takayuki; Ino, Takashi*; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Kira, Hiroshi*; Sakai, Kenji; Hiroi, Kosuke; Takahashi, Shingo*; Aizawa, Kazuya; Endo, Hitoshi*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 977, p.164301_1 - 164301_8, 2020/10

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:76.41(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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The Energy-resolved neutron imaging system, RADEN

Shinohara, Takenao; Kai, Tetsuya; Oikawa, Kenichi; Nakatani, Takeshi; Segawa, Mariko; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; Oi, Motoki; Harada, Masahide; Iikura, Hiroshi; et al.

Review of Scientific Instruments, 91(4), p.043302_1 - 043302_20, 2020/04

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:96.95(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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Feasibility study of two-dimensional neutron-resonance thermometry using molybdenum in 316 stainless-steel

Kai, Tetsuya; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; Segawa, Mariko; Shinohara, Takenao; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro*; Parker, J. D.*; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Oikawa, Kenichi

Materials Research Proceedings, Vol.15, p.149 - 153, 2020/02

Journal Articles

Development of the neutron polarizer for the T-violation search using compound nuclei

Okudaira, Takuya; Oku, Takayuki; Sakai, Kenji; Ino, Takashi*; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Hiroi, Kosuke; Shinohara, Takenao; Kakurai, Kazuhisa*; Aizawa, Kazuya; Shimizu, Hirohiko*; et al.

Proceedings of Science (Internet), 356, 5 Pages, 2019/12

The technology development section carries out the development of the neutron polarization device: $$^{3}$$He Spin Filter. It is often used for the fundamental physics region. In order to explain the matter-dominated universe, a time reversal violation is necessary and searches for new physics are conducted in the world. The T-violation search using a polarized neutron beam is planned at J-PARC. A large $$^{3}$$He spin filter is needed to polarize high energy neutrons for the experiment and is developed in JAEA. Recently, we developed the accurate measurement system to evaluate the polarization of $$^{3}$$He and a vacuum system to make the $$^{3}$$He spin filter, and large $$^{3}$$He spin filters for epi-thermal neutron was made using the system. The current status of the development of the $$^{3}$$He spin filter will be talked.

Journal Articles

Recent progress on practical materials study by Bragg edge imaging at J-PARC

Oikawa, Kenichi; Su, Y.; Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Kawasaki, Takuro; Shinohara, Takenao; Kai, Tetsuya; Hiroi, Kosuke; Harjo, S.; Parker, J. D.*; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro*; et al.

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 551, p.436 - 442, 2018/12

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:8.26(Physics, Condensed Matter)

Journal Articles

Study of the magnetization distribution in a grain-oriented magnetic steel using pulsed polarized neutron imaging

Hiroi, Kosuke; Shinohara, Takenao; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Parker, J. D.*; Su, Y.; Oikawa, Kenichi; Kai, Tetsuya; Kiyanagi, Yoshiaki*

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 551, p.146 - 151, 2018/12

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:16.65(Physics, Condensed Matter)

Journal Articles

Characteristics of the 2012 model lithium-6 time-analyzer neutron detector (LiTA12) system as a high efficiency detector for resonance absorption imaging

Kai, Tetsuya; Sato, Setsuo*; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; Segawa, Mariko; Parker, J. D.*; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro*; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Shinohara, Takenao; Oikawa, Kenichi; et al.

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 551, p.496 - 500, 2018/12

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:8.26(Physics, Condensed Matter)

Journal Articles

Spatial resolution test targets made of gadolinium and gold for conventional and resonance neutron imaging

Segawa, Mariko; Oikawa, Kenichi; Kai, Tetsuya; Shinohara, Takenao; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro*; Parker, J. D.*; Nakatani, Takeshi; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 22, p.011028_1 - 011028_8, 2018/11

Journal Articles

Development of a polarization analysis method for visualization of the magnetic field distribution in a small electric transformer using pulsed polarized neutron imaging

Hiroi, Kosuke; Shinohara, Takenao; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Parker, J. D.*; Oikawa, Kenichi; Su, Y.; Kai, Tetsuya; Kiyanagi, Yoshiaki*

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 22, p.011030_1 - 011030_7, 2018/11

Journal Articles

Imaging measurement of neutron attenuation by small-angle neutron scattering using soller collimator

Oba, Yojiro; Shinohara, Takenao; Sato, Hirotaka*; Onodera, Yohei*; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; Sugiyama, Masaaki*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 87(9), p.094004_1 - 094004_5, 2018/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Visualization technique with the energy-resolved neutron imaging system, RADEN

Kai, Tetsuya; Shinohara, Takenao; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; Oikawa, Kenichi

Hihakai Kensa, 67(5), p.209 - 216, 2018/05

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Magnetic Bragg dip and Bragg edge in neutron transmission spectra of typical spin superstructures

Mamiya, Hiroaki*; Oba, Yojiro; Terada, Noriki*; Watanabe, Norimichi*; Hiroi, Kosuke; Shinohara, Takenao; Oikawa, Kenichi

Scientific Reports (Internet), 7(1), p.15516_1 - 15516_8, 2017/11

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:8.15(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Maximizing $$T_c$$ by tuning nematicity and magnetism in FeSe$$_{1-x}$$S$$_x$$ superconductors

Matsuura, Kohei*; Mizukami, Yuta*; Arai, Yuki*; Sugimura, Yuichi*; Maejima, Naoyuki*; Machida, Akihiko*; Watanuki, Tetsu*; Fukuda, Tatsuo; Yajima, Takeshi*; Hiroi, Zenji*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.1143_1 - 1143_6, 2017/10

 Times Cited Count:59 Percentile:92.87(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Journal Articles

Reliability estimation of neutron resonance thermometry using tantalum and tungsten

Kai, Tetsuya; Hiroi, Kosuke; Su, Y.; Shinohara, Takenao; Parker, J. D.*; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro*; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Segawa, Mariko; Nakatani, Takeshi; Oikawa, Kenichi; et al.

Physics Procedia, 88, p.306 - 313, 2017/06

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:88.78

Journal Articles

Time-of-flight neutron transmission imaging of martensite transformation in bent plates of a Fe-25Ni-0.4C alloy

Su, Y.; Oikawa, Kenichi; Shinohara, Takenao; Kai, Tetsuya; Hiroi, Kosuke; Harjo, S.; Kawasaki, Takuro; Gong, W.; Zhang, S. Y.*; Parker, J. D.*; et al.

Physics Procedia, 88, p.42 - 49, 2017/06

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:88.78

Journal Articles

A Comparative study of the crystallite size and the dislocation density of bent steel plates using Bragg-edge transmission imaging, TOF neutron diffraction and EBSD

Oikawa, Kenichi; Su, Y.; Tomota, Yo*; Kawasaki, Takuro; Shinohara, Takenao; Kai, Tetsuya; Hiroi, Kosuke; Zhang, S.*; Parker, J. D.*; Sato, Hirotaka*; et al.

Physics Procedia, 88, p.34 - 41, 2017/00

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:88.78

Time of flight Bragg edge transmission (BET) imaging was adopted to the plastically bent plates of a ferritic steel and a duplex stainless steel, and the obtained results were validated using neutron diffraction method and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) observations. The BET imaging results of texture distribution and phase volume fractions showed good agreements with those obtained by neutron diffraction and EBSD. The crystallite size evaluation using extinction correction was succeeded by the RITS code where Sabine's primary extinction function was applied, however, the crystallite size was not obtained by the Rietveld refinement where the same function was used for the evaluation. In this study, we comparatively reinvestigate the crystallite size and the dislocation density of the plastically bent steel plates by the use of Pawley analysis on the diffraction data and grain analysis on EBSD data.

JAEA Reports

Optimization of the magnetic field environment in the polarization analysis system of BL22 "RADEN" at J-PARC/MLF (Contract research)

Hiroi, Kosuke; Shinohara, Takenao; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Su, Y.; Kai, Tetsuya; Oikawa, Kenichi

JAEA-Technology 2016-021, 14 Pages, 2016/10


Energy resolved neutron imaging techniques have been developed at BL22 "RADEN" installed in the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of J-PARC. A polarized neutron imaging technique attracts much attention as a magnetic imaging method that enables to obtain a quantitative magnetic field distribution in an industrial product under driving state. At RADEN, a polarization analysis apparatus for polarized neutron imaging experiments has been prepared, but its performance was not fully achieved due to imperfectness of the field connection between devices. To improve the performance of polarization analysis system at RADEN, we performed magnetic field simulation of this system, and optimized the magnetic field environment by evaluating the magnetic field connection. After the optimization, we rearranged devices of the system, and confirmed that uniform polarization distribution could be obtained within 4$$times$$4 cm$$^{2}$$ field of view.

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