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JAEA Reports

Annual report for research on geosphere stability for long-term isolation of radioactive waste in fiscal year 2019

Ishimaru, Tsuneari; Ogata, Nobuhisa; Kokubu, Yoko; Shimada, Koji; Hanamuro, Takahiro; Shimada, Akiomi; Niwa, Masakazu; Asamori, Koichi; Watanabe, Takahiro; Sueoka, Shigeru; et al.

JAEA-Research 2020-011, 67 Pages, 2020/10

JAEA-Research-2020-011.pdf:3.87MB

This annual report documents the progress of research and development (R&D) in the 5th fiscal year during the JAEA 3rd Mid- and Long-term Plan (fiscal years 2015-2021) to provide the scientific base for assessing geosphere stability for long-term isolation of the high-level radioactive waste. The planned framework is structured into the following categories: (1) Development and systematization of investigation techniques, (2) Development of models for long-term estimation and effective assessment, (3) Development of dating techniques. The current status of R&D activities with previous scientific and technological progress is summarized.

JAEA Reports

Research plan on geosphere stability for long-term isolation of radioactive waste (Scientific program for fiscal year 2020)

Ishimaru, Tsuneari; Ogata, Nobuhisa; Shimada, Koji; Kokubu, Yoko; Niwa, Masakazu; Asamori, Koichi; Watanabe, Takahiro; Sueoka, Shigeru; Komatsu, Tetsuya; Yokoyama, Tatsunori; et al.

JAEA-Review 2020-010, 46 Pages, 2020/07

JAEA-Review-2020-010.pdf:1.89MB

This report is a plan of research and development (R&D) on geosphere stability for long-term isolation of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), in fiscal year 2020. The objectives and contents in fiscal year 2020 are described in detail based on the JAEA 3rd Medium- and Long-term Plan (fiscal years 2015-2021). In addition, the background of this research is described from the necessity and the significance for site investigation and safety assessment, and the past progress. The plan framework is structured into the following categories: (1) Development and systematization of investigation techniques, (2) Development of models for long-term estimation and effective assessment, (3) Development of dating techniques.

Journal Articles

The Surface composition of asteroid 162173 Ryugu from Hayabusa2 near-infrared spectroscopy

Kitazato, Kohei*; Milliken, R. E.*; Iwata, Takahiro*; Abe, Masanao*; Otake, Makiko*; Matsuura, Shuji*; Arai, Takehiko*; Nakauchi, Yusuke*; Nakamura, Tomoki*; Matsuoka, Moe*; et al.

Science, 364(6437), p.272 - 275, 2019/04

 Times Cited Count:84 Percentile:0.1(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu, the target of Hayabusa2 sample return mission, is believed to be a primitive carbonaceous object. The Near Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS3) on Hayabusa2 acquired reflectance spectra of Ryugu's surface to provide direct measurements of the surface composition and geological context for the returned samples. A weak, narrow absorption feature centered at 2.72 micron was detected across the entire observed surface, indicating that hydroxyl (OH)-bearing minerals are ubiquitous there. The intensity of the OH feature and low albedo are similar to thermally- and/or shock-metamorphosed carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. There are few variations in the OH-band position, consistent with Ryugu being a compositionally homogeneous rubble-pile object generated from impact fragments of an undifferentiated aqueously altered parent body.

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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:13 Percentile:12.73(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

Journal Articles

Isotope-selective dissociation of diatomic molecules by terahertz optical pulses

Ichihara, Akira; Matsuoka, Leo*; Segawa, Etsuo*; Yokoyama, Keiichi

Physical Review A, 91(4), p.043404_1 - 043404_7, 2015/04

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:37.51(Optics)

We propose a new method for isotope-selective dissociation of diatomic molecules in the gas phase by using two kinds of terahertz-pulse fields. The first field consists of a train of pulses, which composes a frequency comb, excites the selected isotope into highly-rotationally excited state. The second intense pulse field dissociates the excited molecule by further rotational excitations. We performed wave-packet computations using the lithium chlorides $$^{7}$$Li$$^{35}$$CL and $$^{7}$$Li$$^{37}$$Cl to demonstrate the applicability of our method. Nearly 20% of $$^{7}$$Li$$^{37}$$Cl in the lowest rovibrational state is dissociated in the designed pulse fields, while the dissociation probability is negligible in $$^{7}$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl. This method is expected to be applicable to other diatomic molecules, and to molecular ensembles whose rotational states spread in energy.

Journal Articles

Quantum control of isotope-selective rovibrational excitation of diatomic molecules in the thermal distribution

Ichihara, Akira; Matsuoka, Leo*; Kurosaki, Yuzuru; Yokoyama, Keiichi

Optical Review, 22(1), p.153 - 156, 2015/02

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:54.82(Optics)

We propose a method to excite the rovibrational states of diatomic molecules in the gas-phase isotope-selectively by optical pulses. In this method, the rotational state of the selected isotope molecule is excited by the terahertz frequency comb, and the vibrational state of high J molecule is excited via the fundamental transitions in the P-branch by using the second pulse. The applicability of the proposed method is demonstrated by computer simulations using the LiCl molecules in the thermal distribution at 70 K.

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Evaluation of damage accumulation behavior and strength anisotropy of NITE SiC/SiC composites by acoustic emission, digital image correlation and electrical resistivity monitoring

Nozawa, Takashi; Ozawa, Kazumi; Asakura, Yuki*; Koyama, Akira*; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 455(1-3), p.549 - 553, 2014/12

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:29.95(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

SiC/SiC composite is a promising candidate material of fusion DEMO reactor. This paper aims to identify its damage tolerance and strength anisotropy by various characterization techniques such as acoustic emission (AE) monitoring, electrical resistivity (ER) measurement, and digital image correlation (DIC). The AE results identified that damage accumulation initiated prior to the proportional limit stress (PLS) by both tensile and compressive loadings for 2D composites. The preliminary AE waveform analysis implied that this AE detect strength corresponds to initiation of micro-cracking but the stress-strain curve shows further linearity due to the strong interfacial friction. Then fiber sliding occurred near the PLS, followed by the non-linearlity of the curve. The preliminary tensile test results using a notched specimen also suggest notch insensitivity of the composites in any loading directions. The detailed failure mechanism will eventually be discussed with ER and DIC results.

Journal Articles

Infrared thermography inspection for monoblock divertor target in JT-60SA

Nakamura, Shigetoshi; Sakurai, Shinji; Ozaki, Hidetsugu; Seki, Yohji; Yokoyama, Kenji; Sakasai, Akira; Tsuru, Daigo

Fusion Engineering and Design, 89(7-8), p.1024 - 1028, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:68.08(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Carbon Fiber Composite mono-block divertor target is required for power handling in JT-60SA. Heat removal capability of the target is degraded by joint defect which is induced in manufacturing process. For screening heat removal capability, infrared thermography inspection (IR inspection) is improved an accuracy for the target using threaded cooling tube. In IR inspection, the targets heated at 95$$^{circ}$$C by hot water in steady state condition are instantaneously cooled down by cold water flow of 5$$^{circ}$$C in three channels of test section. The heat removal capability of the targets is evaluated with comparing the transient thermal response time between defect-free and tested targets. A construction of a database for a correlation between the known defects, maximum surface temperatures in the heat load test and the IR inspection are successfully completed. Screening criteria is set with finite element methods based on the database.

Journal Articles

High power laser developments with femtosecond to nanosecond pulse durations for laser shock science and engineering

Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Mori, Michiaki; Suzuki, Masayuki*; Daito, Izuru*; Okada, Hajime; Ochi, Yoshihiro; Tanaka, Momoko; Sato, Masatoshi*; Tamaoki, Yoshinori*; Yoshii, Takehiro*; et al.

Reza Kenkyu, 42(6), p.441 - 447, 2014/06

We describe three specific high power laser systems that are being developed in our laboratory for many applications in high field science, nonlinear optics and material processing. We report on a femtosecond petawatt-class Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification laser system that can produce a pulse energy of 20 J of 40 fs pulse duration, a picosecond high intensity Yb:YAG chirped-pulse amplification laser system that can generate a pulse energy of 100 mJ of 0.5 ps pulse duration, and a nanosecond high repetition rate Nd:YAG laser system that can provide an average power of 360 W with a pulse duration of 30 ns delivered at a 1 kHz repetition rate. We discuss the basic design aspects and present the results from our experimental investigations of these laser systems.

JAEA Reports

Annual report on the environmental radiation monitoring around the Tokai Reprocessing Plant FY 2012

Sumiya, Shuichi; Watanabe, Hitoshi; Miyagawa, Naoto; Nakano, Masanao; Nakada, Akira; Fujita, Hiroki; Takeyasu, Masanori; Isozaki, Tokuju; Morisawa, Masato; Mizutani, Tomoko; et al.

JAEA-Review 2013-056, 181 Pages, 2014/03

JAEA-Review-2013-056.pdf:6.22MB

Environmental radiation monitoring around the Tokai Reprocessing Plant has been performed by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Laboratories, based on "Safety Regulations for the Reprocessing Plant of Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Chapter IV - Environmental Monitoring". This annual report presents the results of the environmental monitoring and the dose estimation to the hypothetical inhabitant due to the radioactivity discharged from the plant to the atmosphere and the sea during April 2012 to March 2013. In this report, some data include the influence of the accidental release from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. in March 2011.

Journal Articles

Theoretical study on isotope-selective dissociation of the lithium chloride molecule using a designed terahertz-wave field

Ichihara, Akira; Matsuoka, Leo; Kurosaki, Yuzuru; Yokoyama, Keiichi

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 1, p.013093_1 - 013093_4, 2014/03

Isotope-selective dissociation of the lithium chloride (LiCl) molecule was investigated by quantum mechanical calculations. $$^7$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl in the initial rovibrational state (v=0,J=0) was excited by an optical frequency comb whose spectral frequencies were tuned to the rotational transition frequencies of $$^7$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl. $$^7$$Li$$^{37}$$Cl was not highly excited by the comb because of the difference of the transition frequencies. The time evolution of rovibrational population was evaluated using the close-coupling method during the comb irradiation. The dissociation process in the second pulse was calculated by the wave packet method. The amplitudes of close-coupling were employed as the input of the wave packet computation. The dissociation probability was estimated by absorbing wave packet using a damping function. By the optical pulses adopted, about 60% of $$^7$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl was dissociated. The dissociation probability of $$^7$$Li$$^{37}$$Cl was less than 2%t.

Journal Articles

An Analytic formula for describing the transient rotational dynamics of diatomic molecules in an optical frequency comb

Ichihara, Akira; Matsuoka, Leo*; Kurosaki, Yuzuru; Yokoyama, Keiichi

Chinese Journal of Physics, 51(6), p.1230 - 1240, 2013/12

We derived an analytic expression for evaluating the transient rotational dynamics of diatomic molecules in an optical frequency comb which is tuned to induce a series of pure rotational transitions. The formulation is based on the quantum delta-kicked rotor model, and the orthogonality of delta functions at different time is assumed. The formulation is performed with the matrix decomposition technique. We derived the probability amplitude composed of term corresponding to a Bessel function of the first kind and other oscillating terms. The time dependence of obtained transition probability is shown as a staircase function.

JAEA Reports

Annual report on the environmental radiation monitoring around the Tokai Reprocessing Plant FY 2011

Sumiya, Shuichi; Watanabe, Hitoshi; Nakano, Masanao; Takeyasu, Masanori; Nakada, Akira; Fujita, Hiroki; Isozaki, Tokuju; Morisawa, Masato; Mizutani, Tomoko; Nagaoka, Mika; et al.

JAEA-Review 2013-009, 195 Pages, 2013/06

JAEA-Review-2013-009.pdf:3.35MB

Environmental radiation monitoring around the Tokai Reprocessing Plant has been performed by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Laboratories, based on "Safety Regulations for the Reprocessing Plant of Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Chapter IV - Environmental Monitoring". This annual report presents the results of the environmental monitoring and the dose estimation to the hypothetical inhabitant due to the radioactivity discharged from the plant to the atmosphere and the sea during April 2011 to March 2012. In this report, some data include the influence of the accidental release from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on Tokyo Electric Power Co. in March 2011.

Journal Articles

Theoretical study on isotope-selective excitation of diatomic molecules by a terahertz frequency comb

Ichihara, Akira; Matsuoka, Leo; Kurosaki, Yuzuru; Yokoyama, Keiichi

Proceedings of 10th Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim and 18th OptoElectronics and Communications Conference and Photonics in Switching 2013 (CLEO-PR & OECC/PS 2013) (USB Flash Drive), 2 Pages, 2013/06

Computer simulations were performed for studying isotope-selective excitation of lithium chloride using a terahertz frequency comb. The time evolution of rovibrational population was calculated by the close-coupling method. The $$^7$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl molecule was excited selectively in gaseous mixture of $$^7$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl and $$^7$$Li$$^{37}$$Cl by adjusting pulse parameters. Moreover, the wave packet calculations were performed to investigate the dissociation process. More than half of $$^7$$Li$$^{35}$$Cl in the rovibrational state (v=0, J=150) were dissociated by the second pulse.

Journal Articles

Manufacturing and development of JT-60SA vacuum vessel and divertor

Sakasai, Akira; Masaki, Kei; Shibama, Yusuke; Sakurai, Shinji; Hayashi, Takao; Nakamura, Shigetoshi; Ozaki, Hidetsugu; Yokoyama, Kenji; Seki, Yohji; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi; et al.

Proceedings of 24th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2012) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2013/03

The JT-60SA vacuum vessel (VV) and divertor are key components for the performance requirements. Therefore the manufacturing and development of VV and divertor are in progress, inclusive of the superconducting magnets. The vacuum vessel has a double wall structure in high rigidity to withstand electromagnetic force at disruption and to keep high toroidal one-turn resistance. In addition, the double wall structure fulfills originally two functions. (1) The remarkable reduction of the nuclear heating in the superconducting magnets is made by boric-acid water circulated in the double wall. (2) The effective baking is enabled by nitrogen gas flow of 200$$^{circ}$$C in the double wall after draining of water. Three welding types were chosen for the manufacturing of the double wall structure VV to minimize deformation by welding. Divertor cassettes with fully water cooled plasma facing components were designed to realize the JT-60SA lower single null closed divertor. The divertor cassettes in the radio-active VV have been developed to ensure compatibility with remote handling (RH) maintenance in order to allow long pulse high performance discharges with high neutron yield. The manufacturing of divertor cassettes with typical accuracy of *1 mm has been successfully completed. Brazed CFC (carbon fiber composite) monoblock targets for a divertor target have been manufactured by precise control of tolerances inside CFC blocks. The infrared thermography test of monoblock targets has been developed as new acceptance inspection.

Journal Articles

Determination and prediction of axial/off-axial mechanical properties of SiC/SiC composites

Nozawa, Takashi; Ozawa, Kazumi; Choi, Y.-B.*; Koyama, Akira*; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(5-6), p.803 - 807, 2012/08

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:11.34(Nuclear Science & Technology)

A SiC/SiC composite is a candidate material for a demonstration fusion power reactor. Considering the inherent anisotropy of composites with variety of fabric architecture is required to precisely predict axial and off-axial mechanical properties by various failure modes. This study evaluated crack propagation behavior by the various modes to provide a strength anisotropy map and we discussed a methodology to analytically predict this trend. The strength anisotropy maps identified for various fabric orientations clearly indicate that the composites failed by the mixed modes. Specifically, due to the axial anisotropy, five individual modes such as tensile/compressive strengths in the axial/transverse directions, respectively, as well as the in-plane shear strength, are identified to be essential. In this study, with the analytical criterion based on the Tsai-Wu model, the strength anisotropy could satisfactorily be described.

Journal Articles

The Analysis of boron micro-distribution in 9L gliosarmoma cells and HUVEC cells using PIXE and PIGE

Endo, Kiyoshi*; Shibata, Yasushi*; Yamamoto, Tetsuya*; Nakai, Kei*; Matsumura, Akira*; Sato, Takahiro; Yokoyama, Akihito; Koka, Masashi; Okubo, Takeru; Yamazaki, Akiyoshi; et al.

JAEA-Review 2011-043, JAEA Takasaki Annual Report 2010, P. 86, 2012/01

Journal Articles

Japanese contribution to the DEMO-R&D program under the Broader Approach activities

Nishitani, Takeo; Yamanishi, Toshihiko; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu; Nozawa, Takashi; Nakamichi, Masaru; Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Koyama, Akira*; Kimura, Akihiko*; Hinoki, Tatsuya*; Shikama, Tatsuo*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 86(12), p.2924 - 2927, 2011/12

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:69.29(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Several technical R&D activities related to the blanket materials are newly launched as a part of the Broader Approach (BA) activities, which was initiated by the EU and Japan. According to the common interests of these parties for DEMO, R&Ds on reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels as structural material, SiCf/SiC composites as a flow channel insert material and/or alternative structural material, advanced tritium breeders and neutron multipliers, and tritium technology are carried out through the BA DEMO R&D program, in order to establish the technical bases on the blanket materials and the tritium technology required for DEMO design. This paper describes overall schedule of those R&D activities and recent progress in Japan carried out by JAEA as the domestic implementing agency on BA, collaborating with Japanese universities and other research institutes.

Journal Articles

Theoretical study for laser isotope separation of heavy-element molecules in a thermal distribution

Matsuoka, Leo; Ichihara, Akira; Hashimoto, Masashi; Yokoyama, Keiichi

Proceedings of International Conference on Toward and Over the Fukushima Daiichi Accident (GLOBAL 2011) (CD-ROM), 7 Pages, 2011/12

Journal Articles

Recent status of fabrication technology development of water cooled ceramic breeder test blanket module in Japan

Hirose, Takanori; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Yoshikawa, Akira; Seki, Yohji; Tsuru, Daigo; Yokoyama, Kenji; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato

Fusion Engineering and Design, 86(9-11), p.2265 - 2268, 2011/10

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:61.6(Nuclear Science & Technology)

As one of the most important fabrication technologies of the WCCB TBM, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) joining technology was selected to fabricate the first wall with built-in cooling channel structure made of reduced activation martensitic/ferritic steel, F82H. By using developed HIP technology, a real scale TBM first wall mockup was successfully fabricated. High heat flux test of the fabricated mockup showed the feasibility to with the equivalent conditions of the WCCB TBM operation. The breeder pebble box was successfully fabricated with thin wall cooling pipes and thin plate sleds by Laser welding. With respect to the side walls with built in cooling channels were also fabricated using drilling technology. Assembling of the first wall and side walls is one of the critical fabrication processes of the fabrication of the TBM structure. By using a F82H first wall mockup and side wall mockups, assembling process was demonstrated successfully by Electron Beam welding.

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