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Journal Articles

New precise measurement of muonium hyperfine structure interval at J-PARC

Ueno, Yasuhiro*; Aoki, Masaharu*; Fukao, Yoshinori*; Higashi, Yoshitaka*; Higuchi, Takashi*; Iinuma, Hiromi*; Ikedo, Yutaka*; Ishida, Keiichi*; Ito, Takashi; Iwasaki, Masahiko*; et al.

Hyperfine Interactions, 238(1), p.14_1 - 14_6, 2017/11

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:17.79

Journal Articles

New muonium HFS measurements at J-PARC/MUSE

Strasser, P.*; Aoki, Masaharu*; Fukao, Yoshinori*; Higashi, Yoshitaka*; Higuchi, Takashi*; Iinuma, Hiromi*; Ikedo, Yutaka*; Ishida, Keiichi*; Ito, Takashi; Iwasaki, Masahiko*; et al.

Hyperfine Interactions, 237(1), p.124_1 - 124_9, 2016/12

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:10.17

Journal Articles

Online monitoring of negative muon beam profiles at J-PARC MUSE using a gated image intensifier

Ito, Takashi; Higemoto, Wataru; Ninomiya, Kazuhiko*; Kubo, Kenya*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Shimomura, Koichiro*

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 8, p.036014_1 - 036014_5, 2015/09

Journal Articles

Elemental analysis system with negative-muon beam

Osawa, Takahito; Ninomiya, Kazuhiko*; Yoshida, Go*; Inagaki, Makoto*; Kubo, Kenya*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Miyake, Yasuhiro*

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 8, p.025003_1 - 025003_6, 2015/09

We report a new elemental analysis system that uses an intense negative-muon beam at J-PARC Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility, Muon Science Establishment. This paper presents the preliminary results of measurements for meteorites and standard material. The main system components are a water-cooled electromagnet, an Al flight tube, an Al sample chamber, a lead shielding body, and a Ge detector. Optimum currents for the electromagnet were determined by recording beam profiles with a CCD camera; the muon beam was shaped by collimators. The background and signal-to-noise ratio was significantly better than that obtained in a previous study, and all significant elements in the meteorite and standard samples were detected. Thus, this system can be used for muonic X-ray analysis of extraterrestrial materials.

Journal Articles

The Development of a non-destructive analysis system with negative muon beam for industrial devices at J-PARC MUSE

Tampo, Motonobu*; Hamada, Koji*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Inagaki, Makoto*; Ito, Takashi; Kojima, Kenji*; Kubo, Kenya*; Ninomiya, Kazuhiko*; Strasser, P.*; Yoshida, Go*; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 8, p.036016_1 - 036016_6, 2015/09

Journal Articles

Nondestructive elemental depth-profiling analysis by muonic X-ray measurement

Ninomiya, Kazuhiko*; Kubo, Kenya*; Nagatomo, Takashi*; Higemoto, Wataru; Ito, Takashi; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Strasser, P.*; Shimomura, Koichiro*; Miyake, Yasuhiro*; Suzuki, Takao*; et al.

Analytical Chemistry, 87(9), p.4597 - 4600, 2015/05

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:58.47(Chemistry, Analytical)

Journal Articles

A New X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for extraterrestrial materials using muon beam

Terada, Kentaro*; Ninomiya, Kazuhiko*; Osawa, Takahito; Tachibana, Shogo*; Miyake, Yasuhiro*; Kubo, Kenya*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Higemoto, Wataru; Tsuchiyama, Akira*; Ebihara, Mitsuru*; et al.

Scientific Reports (Internet), 4, p.5072_1 - 5072_6, 2014/05

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:37.7(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

After the discovery of X-ray by Rontgen, mankind got a new eye to see through things. This fluoroscopy, so-called X-ray radiography that gives the density distribution of the inside of an object, has been applied to the vast research field such as natural/material/medical sciences, industry and technology. The recent development on the intense pulsed muon source at J-PARC MUSE (rate of 106 cps for 60 MeV/c) enabled us to pioneer a new frontier of analytical sciences. Here we report on a non-destructive elemental analysis by using muon capture. Controlling muon's momentum from 32.5 to 57.5 MeV/c. we successfully demonstrated a depth-profile analysis of light elements from several mm-thick layered materials, and non-destructive bulk analyses of meteorites containing organics. Now it is a beginning to utilize a new eye, muon radiography.

JAEA Reports

Examination of measurement method of isotopic composition of fission products in spent fuel

Fukaya, Hiroyuki; Suyama, Kenya; Sonoda, Takashi; Okubo, Kiyoshi; Umeda, Miki; Uchiyama, Gunzo

JAEA-Research 2013-020, 81 Pages, 2013/10

JAEA-Research-2013-020.pdf:3.81MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency conducted a project "Isotopic Composition measurement of Fission Products in Spent Fuel from FY2008 to FY2011" by the entrustment of Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization. In that project, we measured the isotopic composition of neodymium isotopes which are important to evaluate the burnup value of spent nuclear fuel by using two different methods and obtained different results. So that we carried out the follow-up measurement in order to investigate the reason of the difference between two neodymium measurements. It was found that we needed correction to the measurement results of neodymium for two samples and a part of other fission products for all samples in total five samples. This report summarizes the all works carried out in this follow-up measurement and obtained results.

Journal Articles

Fast breeder reactor core concept for heterogeneous minor actinide loading

Oki, Shigeo; Naganuma, Masayuki; Okubo, Tsutomu; Tanaka, Kenya

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 50(1), p.59 - 71, 2013/01

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:53.77(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

Development of nondestructive and quantitative elemental analysis method using calibration curve between muonic X-ray intensity and elemental composition in bronze

Ninomiya, Kazuhiko; Nagatomo, Takashi*; Kubo, Kenya*; Ito, Takashi; Higemoto, Wataru; Kita, Makoto*; Shinohara, Atsushi*; Strasser, P.*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Shimomura, Koichiro*; et al.

Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, 85(2), p.228 - 230, 2012/02

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:66.74(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Elemental analysis of bulk materials can be performed by detecting the high-energy X-rays emitted from muonic atoms. Muon irradiation of standard bronze samples was performed to determine the muon capture probabilities for the elemental components from muonic X-ray spectra. Nondestructive elemental analysis of an ancient Chinese coin was also performed.

Journal Articles

Study on reactivity effect of fission products for introducing burnup credit into the criticality safety evaluation of spent nuclear fuel

Okubo, Kiyoshi*; Suyama, Kenya; Uchiyama, Gunzo

Proceedings of International Conference on Toward and Over the Fukushima Daiichi Accident (GLOBAL 2011) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2011/12

The amount of the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) stored at the nuclear reactor sites is increasing continuously in Japan. To correspond to such a situation, it is considered to take into account the decrease in the reactivity of SNF according to the burnup for the criticality safety control of SNF. This idea is called as burnup credit. If the negative reactivity effect of the fission product nuclides accumulated during the burnup is adopted into the burnup credit which considers only uranium and plutonium, the amount of fuel assembly that can be treated in the same facility is increased. This study reveals the reactivity effect of fission products has almost linear correlation with the increase of burnup SNF for both solution and heterogeneous systems. The negative reactivity effect of the selected fission product is equal to the increase of the burnup of approximately 20-25% for the solution system and 30-35% for the heterogeneous system respectively. It also implies that the estimation error of burnup value of 20% could be acceptable if we take the burnup credit adopting only uranium and plutonium isotopes, considering the fission products as the safety margin.

Journal Articles

Re-evaluation of assay data of spent nuclear fuel obtained at Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute for validation of burnup calculation code systems

Suyama, Kenya; Murazaki, Minoru*; Okubo, Kiyoshi; Nakahara, Yoshinori*; Uchiyama, Gunzo

Annals of Nuclear Energy, 38(5), p.930 - 941, 2011/05

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:19.73(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The isotopic composition of spent nuclear fuels is vital data for studies on the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor physics. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been active in obtaining such data for pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) fuels, and some data has already been published. These data have been registered with the international Spent Fuel Isotopic Composition Database (SFCOMPO) and widely used as international benchmarks for burnup calculation codes and libraries. In this paper, postirradiation examination (PIE) data from two fuel assemblies irradiated in the Ohi-1 and Ohi-2 PWRs in Japan are shown. The PIE data from Ohi-2 has already been published. However, these data were not suitable for the benchmarking of calculation codes and libraries because several important specifications and data were not included. This paper summarizes the details of PIE data from Ohi-1 and Ohi-2 and shows in detail the data and specifications required for analyses of isotopic composition. For precise burnup analyses, the burnup values of PIE samples were re-evaluated in this study. These PIE data were analyzed using the SWAT2.1 code, and the calculation results showed good agreement with experimental results. This indicates that the quality of PIE data from Ohi-1 and Ohi-2 PWRs is high, and that these PIE data are suitable for the benchmarking of burnup calculation code systems.

Journal Articles

Development of elemental analysis by muonic X-ray measurement in J-PARC

Ninomiya, Kazuhiko; Nagatomo, Takashi*; Kubo, Kenya*; Strasser, P.*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Shimomura, Koichiro*; Miyake, Yasuhiro*; Saito, Tsutomu*; Higemoto, Wataru

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 225, p.012040_1 - 012040_4, 2010/06

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:4.95

Muon irradiation and muonic X-ray detection can be applied to non-destructive elemental analysis. In this study, in order to develop the elemental analysis by muonic X-ray measurement we constructed a new X-ray measuring system in J-PARC muon facility. We performed muon irradiation for Tempo-koban (Japanese old coin) for test experiment of elemental analysis.

Journal Articles

J-PARC decay muon channel construction status

Strasser, P.*; Shimomura, Koichiro*; Koda, Akihiro*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Fujimori, Hiroshi*; Makimura, Shunsuke*; Kobayashi, Yasuo*; Nakahara, Kazutaka*; Kato, Mineo*; Takeshita, Soshi*; et al.

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 225, p.012050_1 - 012050_8, 2010/06

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:6.01

JAEA Reports

SWAT3.1; The Integrated burnup code system driving continuous energy Monte Carlo codes MVP and MCNP

Suyama, Kenya; Mochizuki, Hiroki*; Takada, Tomoyuki*; Ryufuku, Susumu*; Okuno, Hiroshi; Murazaki, Minoru; Okubo, Kiyoshi

JAEA-Data/Code 2009-002, 124 Pages, 2009/05

JAEA-Data-Code-2009-002.pdf:14.09MB

Integrated burnup calculation code system SWAT is a system that combines neutronics calculation code SRAC widely used in Japan and point burnup calculation code ORIGEN2. It has been used to evaluate the composition of the uranium, plutonium, minor actinide and the fission products in the spent nuclear fuel. Because of the ability to treat the arbitrary fuel geometry and no requirement of generating the effective cross section data, there is a great advantage to introduce continuous energy Monte Carlo Code into the burnup calculation code. Based on this idea, the integrated burnup calculation code system SWAT3.1 was developed by combining the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MVP and MCNP and ORIGEN2. This report describes the outline, input data instruction and several example of the calculation.

Journal Articles

Active reduction of the end effect by local installation of neutron absorbers

Suyama, Kenya; Murazaki, Minoru; Okubo, Kiyoshi; Okuno, Hiroshi

Annals of Nuclear Energy, 35(9), p.1628 - 1635, 2008/09

 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In the analysis of the burnup credit, it has been pointed out that the neutron multiplication factor becomes greater if we consider an axial burnup distribution of spent fuel assemblies than the case under an assumption of an average burnup through the fuel assemblies. This phenomenon is called "end effect" and it is one of the main technical issues in the burnup credit study. In this study, the reason why the end effect occurs in the criticality calculation of spent fuel assemblies is discussed by analyses of neutron flux distribution measurement both fixed source and eigenvalue calculations. These calculations show us that the end effect is induced by the solution of neutron balance equation as eigenvalue problem and an actual neutron flux increase occurs only when the neutron multiplication factor is close to unity. Based on the discussion, reducing the end effect actively by local installation of neutron absorbers (LINA) around the end regions of the fuel assemblies are proposed and its effect was confirmed based on the several criticality calculations.

Journal Articles

$$mu$$SR in two-dimensional hydrogen bonding system squaric acid

Nishiyama, Kusuo*; Nishiyama, Sumie*; Shimomura, Koichiro*; Kubo, Kenya*; Maruta, Goro*; Higemoto, Wataru

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 374-375, p.433 - 436, 2006/03

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:85.21(Physics, Condensed Matter)

Squaric acid, a famous two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded system was studied by $$mu$$SR. From the temperature dependence of the muon spin relaxation rate as well as from the crystal axis dependences, different muon sites at low temperature and at high temperature were found. The nuclear dipole field was calculated for possible muon sites. At low temperature the muon attaches acceptor oxygen, while at 300 K the muon occupies the regular hydrogen sites.

Oral presentation

Toward investigation of molecular effects on the muon transfer reaction

Ninomiya, Kazuhiko; Nakagaki, Reiko*; Kubo, Kenya*; Ishida, Katsuhiko*; Kobayashi, Yoshio*; Matsuzaki, Teiichiro*; Matsumura, Hiroshi*; Miura, Taichi*; Higemoto, Wataru; Shinohara, Atsushi*

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no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Prompt $$gamma$$-ray analysis on J-PARC NOBORU

Matsue, Hideaki; Kasugai, Yoshimi; Harada, Masahide; Maekawa, Fujio; Kubo, Kenya*; Saito, Tsutomu*

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Investigation of muon atomic capture ratio between cupper and tin in bronze

Ninomiya, Kazuhiko; Nagatomo, Takashi*; Kubo, Kenya*; Kita, Makoto*; Shinohara, Atsushi*; Ito, Takashi; Strasser, P.*; Kawamura, Naritoshi*; Shimomura, Koichiro*; Miyake, Yasuhiro*; et al.

no journal, , 

We determined muon capture probability for cupper, tin and lead atoms in bronze from muonic X-ray measurement. We also performed muon irradiation for old Chinese coin and determined contents of this sample.

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