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Hot cell equipment improvement effortsat Analytical Laboratory in Tokai Reprocessing Plant

Ishibashi, Atsushi; Masui, Kenji; Goto, Yuichi; Yamamoto, Masahiko; Taguchi, Shigeo; Ishikawa, Satoshi*; Ishikawa, Tomoya*

Nihon Hozen Gakkai Dai-19-Kai Gakujutsu Koenkai Yoshishu, p.18 - 21, 2023/08

An inner-box typed hot cell for analysis of highly radioactive samples has been operated for about 40 years in Tokai Reprocessing Plant since its installation in 1980. During the operation of analytical hot cell, improvement and upgrades including auxiliary equipment have been performed, in addition to keep the equipment in proper condition through periodic inspections and maintenance. This paper describes about these efforts for analytical hot cell and its results.

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Calculation of low-energy electron antineutrino spectra emitted from nuclear reactors with consideration of fuel burn-up

Riyana, E. S.*; Suda, Shoya*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Matsuura, Hideaki*; Katakura, Junichi*; Sun, G. M.*; Katano, Yoshiaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(5), p.369 - 375, 2019/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Nuclear reactors produce a great number of electron antineutrinos mainly from beta-decay chains of fission products. Such neutrinos have energies mostly in MeV range. We are interested in neutrinos in a region of keV, since they may have information on fuel burn-up and may be detected in future with advanced measurement technology. We calculate reactor antineutrino spectra especially in the low energy region. In this work we present neutrino spectra from various reactors such as typical PWR reactor and others types of reactors for comparison. Our result shows the electron antineutrino flux in the low energy region increases with burn-up of nuclear fuel by accumulated nuclides with low Q values in beta decay.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of neutron nuclear data on xenon isotopes

Rashid, M. M.*; Shigyo, Nobuhiro*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(9), p.1310 - 1320, 2016/09

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:20.4(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The neutron cross sections for stable Xe isotopes were calculated by nuclear reaction model code, CCONE and then compared with experimental information. The evaluation was made in the energy region from 1 keV to 20 MeV. The coupled-channels optical model was used to calculate the total cross section. The contributions of preequilibrium and direct processes in the statistical model calculations were considered to obtain reaction cross sections, $$gamma$$-ray and particle emission spectra. The present evaluation can reasonably explain the experimental data of total, capture, ($$n,2n$$), ($$n,p$$) and ($$n,alpha$$) reactions. The obtained capture cross sections for $$^{124,126}$$Xe are smaller than the data of JENDL-3.2 in the energy region where the neutron spectrum of YAYOI has a large contribution. Hence, these results could improve the overestimation of C/E values found by the YAYOI experiment. The evaluated total ($$n,2n$$) reaction cross section of $$^{136}$$Xe is in good agreement with experimental data. Therefore, the present data of $$^{136}$$Xe could provide relevant ones for KamLAND-Zen and EXO experiments.

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Evaluation of neutron nuclear data on krypton isotopes

Rashid, M. M.*; Shigyo, Nobuhiro*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu

JAEA-Conf 2015-003, p.319 - 324, 2016/03

Neutron nuclear data of krypton isotopes have been evaluated in the incident neutron energy range from 1 keV to 20 MeV by using theoretical nuclear reaction model code CCONE. The phenomenological optical model potential was employed to calculate total reaction cross section for natural krypton. This calculation is based on the coupled channel method. However, optical potential parameters were obtained by best fitting the calculation result with experimental total cross section of natural krypton. The transmission coefficients were calculated which was used for getting the cross sections in outgoing reaction channels. Compound, pre-equilibrium, and direct reaction processes were taken into consideration for cross section calculation. The present calculation results were compared with the experimental data and major evaluated nuclear data libraries. It is observed that the present evaluation can explain the experimental data reasonably well.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Annual report for fiscal year 2014

Hama, Katsuhiro; Mikake, Shinichiro; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sasao, Eiji; Kuwabara, Kazumichi; Ueno, Tetsuro; Onuki, Kenji*; Beppu, Shinji; Onoe, Hironori; Takeuchi, Ryuji; et al.

JAEA-Review 2015-024, 122 Pages, 2015/11


Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at Tono Geoscience Center (TGC) is pursuing a geoscientific research and development project namely the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technical basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW). The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III). The MIU Project has been ongoing the Phase III, as the Phase II was concluded for a moment with the completion of the excavation of horizontal tunnels at GL-500m level in February 2014. This report presents the results of the investigations, construction and collaboration studies in fiscal year 2014.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Annual report for fiscal year 2013

Hama, Katsuhiro; Mikake, Shinichiro; Nishio, Kazuhisa; Kawamoto, Koji; Yamada, Nobuto; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Murakami, Hiroaki; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Sasao, Eiji; Sanada, Hiroyuki; et al.

JAEA-Review 2014-038, 137 Pages, 2014/12


Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at Tono Geoscience Center (TGC) is pursuing a geoscientific research and development project namely the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW). The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III). The MIU Project has been ongoing the Phase II and the Phase III in fiscal year 2013. This report presents the results of the investigations, construction and collaboration studies in fiscal year 2013, as a part of the Phase II and Phase III based on the MIU Master Plan updated in 2010.

Journal Articles

Measurements and parameterization of neutron energy spectra from targets bombarded with 120 GeV protons

Kajimoto, Tsuyoshi*; Shigyo, Nobuhiro*; Sanami, Toshiya*; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Lee, H. S.*; Soha, A.*; Ramberg, E.*; Coleman, R.*; Jensen, D.*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 337, p.68 - 77, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:33.49(Instruments & Instrumentation)

The energy spectra of neutrons were measured by a time-of-flight method for 120 GeV protons on thick graphite, aluminum, copper, and tungsten targets with an NE213 scintillator at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility. Neutron energy spectra were obtained between 25 and 3000 MeV at emission angles of 30, 45, 120, and 150$$^{circ}$$. The spectra were parameterized as neutron emissions from three moving sources and then compared with theoretical spectra calculated by PHITS and FLUKA codes. The yields of the theoretical spectra were substantially underestimated compared with the yields of measured spectra. The integrated neutron yields from 25 to 3000 MeV calculated with PHITS code were 16-36% of the experimental yields and those calculated with FLUKA code were 26-57% of the experimental yields for all targets and emission angles.

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Groundwater recovery experiment using an underground gallery in fractured crystalline rock

Onoe, Hironori; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Saegusa, Hiromitsu; Onuki, Kenji; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Sanada, Hiroyuki; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sato, Toshinori

Proceedings of 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS-8) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2014/10

The selection of a geological disposal site for high-level radioactive waste (HLW) will be done taking into consideration performance of the geological environment. Geological environments would likely be influenced for several decades by changes due to the construction and operation of a large underground facility such as a HLW repository. Therefore, the post-closure recovery of the geological environment after backfilling of a facility is an important aspect for the safety assessment of geological disposal of HLW. With a focus on the hydraulic pressure and hydrochemical recovery processes around underground galleries in fractured crystalline rock, the groundwater recovery experiment will be conducted at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory to evaluate the natural groundwater and hydrochemical recovery of the rock mass. This paper provides an outline of the groundwater recovery experiment plan and progress of the supporting field investigations.

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Occurrence and potential activity of denitrifiers and methanogens in groundwater at 140 m depth in Pliocene diatomaceous mudstone of northern Japan

Katsuyama, Chie*; Nashimoto, Hiroaki*; Nagaosa, Kazuyo*; Ishibashi, Tomotaka*; Furuta, Kazuki*; Kinoshita, Takeshi*; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Aoki, Kazuhiro; Asano, Takahiro*; Sasaki, Yoshito; et al.

FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 86(3), p.532 - 543, 2013/12

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:37.54(Microbiology)

Anaerobic microbial activity has a major influence on the subsurface environment, and should be considered in subsurface activities including the construction of radioactive waste repositories. We investigated denitrification and methanogenesis in anoxic groundwater from 140 m depth in two boreholes, where the redox potential fluctuated. The average maximum potential denitrification rates, measured under anaerobic conditions in the two boreholes using an $$^{15}$$N tracer. Methanogenesis candidates were detected by 16S rRNA gene analysis. Although the stable isotope signatures suggested that some of the dissolved methane was of biogenic origin, no potential for methane production was evident during the incubations. The groundwater at 140 m depth did not contain oxygen, had an Eh ranging from -144 to 6.8 mV, and was found to be a potential field for denitrification.

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Scintillation properties of Yb$$^{3+}$$-doped YAlO$$_{3}$$ in the temperature range from 4.2 to 175 K

Yasumune, Takashi; Kurihara, Masakazu*; Maehata, Keisuke*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Yoshikawa, Akira*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 726, p.37 - 40, 2013/08

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:11.68(Instruments & Instrumentation)

Yb$$^{3+}$$-doped yttrium-aluminum perovskites (YAP:Yb) are expected to be scintillator materials with high light yield and short scintillation decay time because of their charge transfer (CT) luminescence. Since the CT luminescence of Yb$$^{3+}$$ is strongly affected by thermal quenching, to use YAP:Yb as a scintillator material, it is necessary to measure the scintillation properties of YAP:Yb at low temperatures. Since it is difficult to detect scintillation light at low temperatures, scintillation properties of YAP:Yb characterized by irradiating with $$gamma$$-rays or other radiation below 100 K have not been reported. We conducted measurements of the temperature dependence of emission wavelength spectrum of YAP:Yb by irradiating with $$beta$$-rays from a $$^{90}$$Sr/$$^{90}$$Y source in the temperature range from 4.2 K to 175 K. The emission peak at around 340-350 nm and 500-520 nm were observed in the emission wavelength spectra. The light yield of YAP:Yb was characterized by using an avalanche photodiode in detection of 662 keV $$gamma$$-rays from a $$^{137}$$Cs source in the temperature range from 50 K to 175 K. The light yield increased with decreasing temperature and reached 11,000 photons/MeV at a temperature of 4.2 K.

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AESJ-KNS exchange work of students and young researchers; Subcommittee on students and young researchers exchange program

Ishibashi, Kenji*; Uesaka, Mitsuru*; Morita, Koji*; Sato, Yasushi*; Iimoto, Takeshi*; Watanabe, Yukinobu*; Unesaki, Hironobu*; Yamano, Hidemasa

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi ATOMO$$Sigma$$, 55(7), p.403 - 406, 2013/07

Japan-Korea Exchange program has been successful and their joint sessions have been accompanying conferences. With this background, younger generation's communication has been recognized as important role in Japan and Korea's joint cooperation. Thus students and young researchers support program has started. Understanding the achievements and the current status is important, expecting unrelated areas and working groups to show interest and hopefully join this area of work.

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Shielding experiments under JASMIN collaboration at Fermilab, 4; Measurement and analyses of high-energy neutron spectra in the anti-proton target station

Matsuda, Norihiro; Kasugai, Yoshimi; Sakamoto, Yukio; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Matsumura, Hiroshi*; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Kinoshita, Norikazu*; Hirayama, Hideo*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; Mokhov, N.*; et al.

Journal of the Korean Physical Society, 59(2), p.2055 - 2058, 2011/08

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

It is important to obtain neutron spectra and its intensity on shielding experiment. Deduction of high-energy neutron spectra were done using fitting and unfolding methods based on the shielding data obtained at the anti-proton (pbar) target station in Fermilab. The neutron spectra for fitting method is useful to be easily obtained and the values gave reasonable results compared with nuclear data. Therefore, that for unfolding methods included inconsistency. Furthermore, the deduced neutron spectra were verified through the calculation analyses by PHITS code.

Journal Articles

Development of a microcalorimeter with transition edge sensor for detection of LX rays emitted by transuranium elements

Nakamura, Keisuke; Maeda, Makoto*; Yasumune, Takashi*; Maehata, Keisuke*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Tanaka, Keiichi*; Umeno, Takahiro*; Takasaki, Koji; Momose, Takumaro

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 146(1-3), p.88 - 91, 2011/07

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:10.81(Environmental Sciences)

A Transition Edge Sensor (TES) microcalorimeter has been developed for use as an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer. A TES microcalorimeter is a thermal detector used to measure the energy of an incident photon with increase in temperature. In this work, a TES microcalorimeter with a 5$$mu$$m Au absorber was developed for use in measuring LX rays emitted from transuranium elements. Furthermore, as a cooling system a dilution refrigerator utilizing a Gifford-McMahon refrigerator was used, which needs no liquid helium. The performance of the TES microcalorimeter was evaluated by measuring the LX rays emitted by an $$^{241}$$Am source. This system proved effective in the measurement of the LX rays because the full width at half maximum of the L$$_{beta1}$$X ray was about 80 eV.

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Shielding experiments at high energy accelerators of Fermilab, 2; Spatial distribution measurement of reaction rate behind the shield and its application for Moyer model

Yashima, Hiroshi*; Kasugai, Yoshimi; Matsuda, Norihiro; Matsumura, Hiroshi*; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Kinoshita, Norikazu*; Mokhov, N.*; Leveling, A.*; Boehnlein, D.*; Vaziri, K.*; et al.

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 1, p.48 - 51, 2011/02

The shielding experiment was performed at the anti-proton production target station in Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Aluminum, Bismath, Niobium, Copper and Indium samples were placed behind the shields. After irradiation, induced activities of samples were measured by using HPGe detector. The spatial distribution of reaction rate of samples which were placed behind the iron and concrete shields were obtained. The measured data shows that the reaction rates on the outer surfaces of the iron and concrete shields increases toward the downstream of the target. The obtained reaction rates were also fitted to Moyer's formula, and the attenuation lengths for iron and concrete shields were obtained.

Journal Articles

Shielding experiments at high energy accelerators of Fermilab, 4; Calculation analyses

Matsuda, Norihiro; Kasugai, Yoshimi; Matsumura, Hiroshi*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Kinoshita, Norikazu*; Sanami, Toshiya*; Mokhov, N.*; Leveling, A.*; Boehnlein, D.*; et al.

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 1, p.57 - 60, 2011/02

The anti-proton (pbar) production target in Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory can be produced a wide variety of secondary particles including of anti-protons, by bombarding with protons accelerated to 120 GeV. The shielding experimental data, which was obtained around the pbar target, make possible to validate the accuracies of the general-purpose Monte Carlo simulation codes. In this paper, spatial distribution of reaction rates were calculated with two-dimensional (r-z) geometry simplified the real pbar target station using the PHITS, MARS and MCNPX code. These experimental data in iron shield were compared with the calculated data. The comparison for attenuation length of iron were good agreement between the experiments and calculations.

Journal Articles

Development of a TES microcalorimeter for spectroscopic measurement of LX-rays emitted by transuranium elements

Maehata, Keisuke*; Nakamura, Keisuke*; Yasumune, Takashi*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Takasaki, Koji; Tanaka, Keiichi*; Odawara, Akikazu*; Nagata, Atsushi*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 47(3), p.308 - 313, 2010/03

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:36.05(Nuclear Science & Technology)

A phase transition edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter was developed for the energy dispersive measurement of LX-ray photons emitted from transuranium elements. The phase transition temperature of the TES was designed to be 200 mK by using bilayer structure of Au of 120 nm thick and Ti of 50 nm thick. The Au layer of 5.0 $$mu$$m thick was deposited on the Au/Ti bilayer for absorption efficiency of 50% and counting rate of 100 counts per second in the detection of LX-ray photons with the energy from 10 to 20 keV. The TES microcalorimeter was operated for the detection of LX-ray photons emitted from $$^{241}$$Am, $$^{238}$$Pu and $$^{239}$$Pu sources. The decay time constant of 180 $$mu$$s of detection signal pulses allowed the TES microcalorimeter operating with the counting rate higher than 100 counts per second. The energy resolution was obtained to be 50 eV of FWHM value for a peak corresponding to $$^{237}$$Np L$$beta$$$$_{1}$$ X-ray of 17.75 keV.

Journal Articles

Experimental studies of shielding and irradiation effects at high energy accelerator facilities

Nakashima, Hiroshi; Sakamoto, Yukio; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Matsuda, Norihiro; Kasugai, Yoshimi; Nakane, Yoshihiro; Masukawa, Fumihiro; Mokhov, N.*; Leveling, A.*; Boehnlein, D.*; et al.

Nuclear Technology, 168(2), p.482 - 486, 2009/11


 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:45.62(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Experimental studies of shielding and radiation effects have been started using 120-GeV proton synchrotron at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) under collaboration between FNAL and Japan. The first campaign of the experiment was carried out at the Pbar target station and Numi experimental station at FNAL, using antiproton and neutrino production targets irradiated by 120-GeV protons. The generated secondary particles passing through steel, concrete and rock were measured by activation methods as well as by other detectors such as scintillator with a veto counter, phoswich detector and a Bonner ball counter on trial. Preliminary experimental results are presented.

Journal Articles

Performance of a phoswich detector composed of an inner NaI(Tl) crystal and surrounding NE102A plastic scintillator for neutron spectrometry

Watanabe, Takehito*; Arakawa, Hiroyuki*; Kajimoto, Tsuyoshi*; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Satoh, Daiki; Kunieda, Satoshi; Noda, Shusaku*; Shigyo, Nobuhiro*; Ishibashi, Kenji*; Nakamura, Takashi*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 587(1), p.20 - 28, 2008/03

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:13.89(Instruments & Instrumentation)

We have developed a phoswich detector for neutron spectrometry, which adopts a reversed configuration of slow- and fast-decay-time scintillators in its inner and surrounding outer regions, respectively, in the detection of recoil protons from a hydrogenous radiator. The phoswich detector consists of an inner slow, NaI(Tl) scintillator, and an outer fast, plastic scintillator. The response functions of the phoswich detector were measured for neutron energies ranging from 100 to 350 MeV. The experiment used the recoil-proton method and pulse-shape discrimination with the two-gate integration technique using a spallation neutron source at the WNR facility of the LANSCE. To evaluate the effectiveness of the phoswich configuration, full energy deposition fraction was calculated. The calculation confirmed that the phoswich detector with a reversed configuration is useful for neutron measurements.

JAEA Reports

SCINFUL-QMD; Monte Carlo based computer code to calculate response function and detection efficiency of a liquid organic scintillator for neutron energies up to 3 GeV

Satoh, Daiki; Sato, Tatsuhiko; Shigyo, Nobuhiro*; Ishibashi, Kenji*

JAEA-Data/Code 2006-023, 43 Pages, 2006/11


The Monte Carlo based computer code SCINFUL-QMD has been developed to evaluate response function and detection efficiency of a liquid organic scintillator for neutrons from 0.1 MeV to 3 GeV. This code is a modified version of SCINFUL that was developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988, to provide a calculated full response anticipated for neutron interactions in a scintillator. The upper limit of the applicable energy was extended from 80 MeV to 3 GeV by introducing the quantum molecular dynamics incorporated with the statistical decay model (QMD+SDM) in the high-energy nuclear reaction part. This report serves as not only introduction of the physical model and computational flow but also user manual of the code.

Journal Articles

Measurement of response functions of a liquid organic scintillator for neutrons up to 800MeV

Satoh, Daiki; Sato, Tatsuhiko; Endo, Akira; Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro; Takada, Masashi*; Ishibashi, Kenji*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 43(7), p.714 - 719, 2006/07

 Times Cited Count:31 Percentile:88.78(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Response functions of a BC501A liquid organic scintillator for neutrons up to 800MeV have been measured at the heavy-ion medical accelerator of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan. A thick graphite target was bombarded with 400-MeV/u C ions and 800-MeV/u Si ions to produce high-energy neutrons whose kinetic energy was determined by the time-of-flight method. The measured response functions were compared with the results calculated using SCINFUL-QMD code, which experimentally verified the accuracy of SCINFUL-QMD up to 800MeV. This work will contribute to extending the energies measurable with our new radiation dose-monitoring system (DARWIN), which is based on the BC501A scintillator.

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