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Integral experiments of technetium-99 using fast-neutron source reactor "YAYOI"

Nakamura, Shoji; Hatsukawa, Yuichi*; Kimura, Atsushi; Toh, Yosuke; Harada, Hideo

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 58(12), p.1318 - 1329, 2021/12

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

The present study performed fast-neutron capture cross-section measurement of $$^{99}$$Tc by an activation method using a fast-neutron source reactor "YAYOI" of the University of Tokyo. Technetium-99 samples were irradiated with reactor neutrons using a pneumatic system. Reaction rates of $$^{99}$$Tc were obtained by measuring decay gamma rays emitted from $$^{100}$$Tc. The neutron flux at an irradiation position was monitored with gold foils. The fast-neutron capture cross section of $$^{99}$$Tc at neutron energy of 85 keV was derived as 0.432$$pm$$0.023 barn by using the reaction rates of $$^{99}$$Tc, evaluated cross-section data and the fast-neutron flux spectrum of the YAYOI reactor. The present study agreed with the evaluated nuclear data library JENDL-4.0.

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Neutron capture cross sections of curium isotopes measured with ANNRI at J-PARC

Kawase, Shoichiro*; Kimura, Atsushi; Harada, Hideo; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu; Nakamura, Shoji; Segawa, Mariko; Toh, Yosuke

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 58(7), p.764 - 786, 2021/07

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

Journal Articles

High-spin states in $$^{35}$$S

Go, Shintaro*; Ideguchi, Eiji*; Yokoyama, Rin*; Aoi, Nori*; Azaiez, F.*; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Kimura, Atsushi; Kisamori, Keiichi*; Kobayashi, Motoki*; et al.

Physical Review C, 103(3), p.034327_1 - 034327_8, 2021/03

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.03(Physics, Nuclear)

JAEA Reports

Development of MIG2DF Version 2

Takai, Shizuka; Kimura, Hideo*; Uchikoshi, Emiko*; Munakata, Masahiro; Takeda, Seiji

JAEA-Data/Code 2020-007, 174 Pages, 2020/09

JAEA-Data-Code-2020-007.pdf:4.23MB

The MIG2DF computer code is a computer program that simulates groundwater flow and radionuclide transport in porous media for the safety assessment of radioactive waste disposal. The original version of MIG2DF was released in 1992. The original code employs a two-dimensional (vertical or horizontal cross-section, or an axisymmetric configuration) finite-element method to approximate the governing equations for density-dependent saturated-unsaturated groundwater flow and radionuclide transport. Meanwhile, for geological disposal of radioactive wastes, landscape evolution such as uplift and erosion needs to be assessed as a long-term geological and climate events, considering site conditions. In coastal areas, the impact to groundwater flow by change of salinity distribution to sea level change also needs to be considered. To deal with these events in the assessment, we have revised the original version of MIG2DF and developed the external program which enables MIG2DF to consider unsteady landscape evolution. In these developments, this report describes an upgrade of MIG2DF (Version 2) and presents the configuration, equations, methods, and verification. This reports also give the explanation external programs of MIG2DF: PASS-TRAC (the particle tracking code), PASS-PRE (the code for dataset preparation), and PASS-POST (the post-processing visualization system).

Journal Articles

HPRL; International cooperation to identify and monitor priority nuclear data needs for nuclear applications

Dupont, E.*; Bossant, M.*; Capote, R.*; Carlson, A. D.*; Danon, Y.*; Fleming, M.*; Ge, Z.*; Harada, Hideo; Iwamoto, Osamu; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 239, p.15005_1 - 15005_4, 2020/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.19

JAEA Reports

Investigation of the function of RPA software and examination of its application to JAEA's work

Kimura, Hideo; Takita, Hayato

JAEA-Technology 2020-002, 50 Pages, 2020/05

JAEA-Technology-2020-002.pdf:5.03MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency is strongly promoting business process re-engineering (BPR) of the entire organization in order to achieve more efficient, centralized and IT-style work. As part of this BPR, we have been studying the introduction of robotic process automation (RPA), which has been making remarkable progress in recent years, in order to further streamline and improve efficiency mainly for administrative work. In order to implement an appropriate RPA, the characteristics of each RPA software were clarified by investigating the functions of major RPA software and developing sample robots. Furthermore, we categorized various tasks that are expected to utilize RPA software and examined the application of RPA software to each business pattern.

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Dose estimation for contaminated soil storage in living environment

Takai, Shizuka; Shimada, Asako; Sawaguchi, Takuma; Takeda, Seiji; Kimura, Hideo

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 188(1), p.1 - 7, 2020/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Environmental Sciences)

After the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident, most of radiocesium-contaminated soil generated from decontamination activities outside Fukushima prefecture has been stored at decontamination sites such as schools, parks and residential lands (storage at sites) according to the Decontamination Guidelines. However, additional exposure due to the present storage has not been evaluated. Moreover, entering storage sites, which is not restricted for storage at sites, was not considered in safety assessment conducted in the guidelines. To continue the storage and confirm the effectiveness, understanding of present possible exposures is important. In this study, we evaluated exposure doses for residents and users of storage sites based on the present situation. As a result, annual doses due to residence were 10$$^{-2}$$ to 10$$^{-3}$$ mSv y$$^{-1}$$ and doses due to annual entries were of the order of 10$$^{-3}$$ mSv y$$^{-1}$$. Hence, we confirmed that the exposure due to present storage outside Fukushima is significantly less than 1 mSv y$$^{-1}$$.

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Measurements of the $$^{243}$$Am neutron capture and total cross sections with ANNRI at J-PARC

Kimura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Shoji; Terada, Kazushi*; Nakao, Taro*; Mizuyama, Kazuhito*; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Igashira, Masayuki*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(6), p.479 - 492, 2019/06

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:75.46(Nuclear Science & Technology)

JAEA Reports

Technical report on the development of finance and contract information system Ver.4

Kimura, Hideo; Hikasa, Naoki*; Kugenuma, Yuji*; Doi, Toshiharu*; Kikuchi, Yoshitaka*

JAEA-Technology 2019-004, 25 Pages, 2019/05

JAEA-Technology-2019-004.pdf:3.02MB

JAEA has developed the "Financial and contract information system" for effective and efficient accomplishment of the mission-critical tasks. Because the development of the next system was necessary with the end in the support time limit of the current system, we carried out the development of the next system in 2018. While the addition of the electronic approval function or the adoption of the latest package software largely performed a functional enhancement until now by applying distributed systems construction technique based on the separation procurement that we devised progressively, in development, we extremely realized procurement with the low cost.

Journal Articles

Gamma-ray spectrum from thermal neutron capture on gadolinium-157

Hagiwara, Kaito*; Yano, Takatomi*; Das, P. K.*; Lorenz, S.*; Ou, Iwa*; Sakuda, Makoto*; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Shoji; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Harada, Hideo; et al.

Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (Internet), 2019(2), p.023D01_1 - 023D01_26, 2019/02

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:82.27(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

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Cross section measurements of $$^{155,157}$$Gd(n,$$gamma$$) induced by thermal and epithermal neutrons

Mastromarco, M.*; Manna, A.*; Aberle, O.*; Andrzejewski, J.*; Harada, Hideo; Kimura, Atsushi; n_TOF Collaboration*; 116 of others*

European Physical Journal A, 55(1), p.9_1 - 9_20, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:93.24(Physics, Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Measurements of gamma-ray emission probabilities in the decay of americium-244g

Nakamura, Shoji; Terada, Kazushi*; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakao, Taro*; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Uehara, Akihiro*; Takamiya, Koichi*; Fujii, Toshiyuki*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(1), p.123 - 129, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Accurate data of $$gamma$$-ray emission probabilities are frequently needed when one quantitatively determines the amount of isotope by $$gamma$$-ray measurements or obtains neutron capture cross-sections using them. Americium-243, one of the most important minor actinides, produces $$^{244}$$Am after neutron capture. The 744-keV $$gamma$$-ray decaying from the ground state of $$^{244}$$Am has a relatively large $$gamma$$-ray emission probability c.a. 66%, however, its uncertainty is as large as 29%. The uncertainty of the $$gamma$$-ray emission probability leads to a major factor of the systematic uncertainty on determining an amount of isotope, and therefore the $$gamma$$-ray emission probability was measured by using an activation method and an examined level structure of $$^{244}$$Cm. In this study, the emission probability of 744-keV $$gamma$$ ray was derived as 66.5$$pm$$1.1%, and its uncertainty was improved from 29% to 2%.

Journal Articles

Measurements of neutron total and capture cross sections of $$^{241}$$Am with ANNRI at J-PARC

Terada, Kazushi*; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakao, Taro*; Nakamura, Shoji; Mizuyama, Kazuhito*; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Igashira, Masayuki*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 55(10), p.1198 - 1211, 2018/10

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:87.34(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

$$^7$$Be(n,p)$$^7$$Li reaction and the cosmological lithium problem; Measurement of the cross section in a wide energy range at n_TOF at CERN

Damone, L.*; Barbagallo, M.*; Mastromarco, M.*; Cosentino, L.*; Harada, Hideo; Kimura, Atsushi; n_TOF Collaboration*; 152 of others*

Physical Review Letters, 121(4), p.042701_1 - 042701_7, 2018/07

 Times Cited Count:33 Percentile:93.14(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Integrating radiation protection criteria for radioactive waste management into remediation procedures in existing exposure situations after a nuclear accident

Sugiyama, Daisuke*; Kimura, Hideo; Tachikawa, Hirokazu*; Iimoto, Takeshi*; Kawata, Yosuke*; Ogino, Haruyuki*; Okoshi, Minoru*

Journal of Radiological Protection, 38(1), p.456 - 462, 2018/03

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Environmental Sciences)

Experience after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has shown that there is a need to establish radiation protection criteria for radioactive waste management consistent with the criteria adopted for the remediation of existing exposure situations. A stepwise approach to setting such criteria is proposed. Initially, a reference level for annual effective dose from waste management activities in the range 1-10 mSv should be set, with the reference level being less than the reference level for ambient dose. Subsequently, the reference level for annual effective dose from waste management activities should be reduced in one or more steps to achieve a final target value of 1 mSv. The dose criteria at each stage should be determined with relevant stakeholder involvement. Illustrative case studies show how this stepwise approach might be applied in practice.

Journal Articles

Cutting-edge studies on nuclear data for continuous and emerging need, 2; Nuclear data measurements and theoretical analysis in the resonance region

Kimura, Atsushi; Harada, Hideo; Kunieda, Satoshi; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi ATOMO$$Sigma$$, 59(11), p.654 - 658, 2017/11

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Journal Articles

Technical developments for accurate determination of amount of samples used for TOF measurements

Terada, Kazushi; Nakao, Taro; Nakamura, Shoji; Kimura, Atsushi; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Takamiya, Koichi*; Hori, Junichi*

EPJ Web of Conferences, 146, p.03019_1 - 03019_4, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:85.61

The research project entitled "Research and development for Accuracy Improvement of neutron nuclear data on Minor ACtinides (AIMAC)" has been started to improve the reliability of the neutron cross section date of MAs. In order to obtain accurate cross section data, it is indispensable to determine the amount of MA sample accurately and non-destructively. However, the uncertainty concerning the amount of sample is not assured in some cases. Therefore, as a part of the AIMAC project, this study is aimed to development the technique for accurate determination of the amount of samples by two different methods: $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopic method and calorimetric method. This contribution presents the developed techniques together with results obtained by two independent techniques.

Journal Articles

Neutron capture cross section measurements of $$^{120}$$Sn, $$^{122}$$Sn and $$^{124}$$Sn with the array of Ge spectrometer at the J-PARC/MLF/ANNRI

Kimura, Atsushi; Harada, Hideo; Nakamura, Shoji; Toh, Yosuke; Igashira, Masayuki*; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Mizumoto, Motoharu*; Hori, Junichi*

EPJ Web of Conferences, 146, p.11031_1 - 11031_4, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.08

Journal Articles

Developments of a new data acquisition system at ANNRI

Nakao, Taro; Terada, Kazushi; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Shoji; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Igashira, Masayuki*; Hori, Junichi*

EPJ Web of Conferences, 146, p.03021_1 - 03021_4, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:95.35

A new data acquisition system (DAQ system) in J-PARC Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) ANNRI was developed. Increasing beam power of MLF in recent years allows beam line users to obtain high quantity experimental data yields. Compared to 2008, more than 20 times beam current is achieved in 2015. For the purpose to correspond strong beam power of MLF, a new DAQ system for the array of the Ge detectors in ANNRI is developed. The DAQ system is also going to be used for processing signals from a Li glass detector, which is under development at ANNRI for measurement of total neutron cross sections. Commissioning experiment of a new DAQ system at ANNRI was performed by using 0.1mmt Au sample with 500kW J-PARC proton beam power. An applicability of time-of-flight method for both neutron capture and total cross-sections measurements was checked. ADC and TDC nonlinearity, energy resolution, multi-channel coincidence and dead time performance for the array of the Ge detectors were also evaluated. The dead time value for Ge detectors was successfully decreased to 1/4 from the previous DAQ system with minor deterioration on energy resolution. The author would like to thank the accelerator and technical staff at J-PARC for operation of the accelerator and the neutron production target and for the other experimental supports. Present study includes the result of "Research and Development for accuracy improvement of neutron nuclear data on minor actinides" entrusted to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT).

Journal Articles

Research and development for accuracy improvement of neutron nuclear data on minor actinides

Harada, Hideo; Iwamoto, Osamu; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Kimura, Atsushi; Terada, Kazushi; Nakao, Taro; Nakamura, Shoji; Mizuyama, Kazuhito; Igashira, Masayuki*; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 146, p.11001_1 - 11001_6, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:85.61

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