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Practical tests of neutron transmission imaging with a superconducting kinetic-inductance sensor

Vu, TheDang; 宍戸 寛明*; 相澤 一也; 小嶋 健児*; 小山 富男*; 及川 健一; 原田 正英; 奥 隆之; 曽山 和彦; 宮嶋 茂之*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 1006, p.165411_1 - 165411_8, 2021/08

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0.03(Instruments & Instrumentation)

We found that the sizes of the Gd islands determined from the transmission image correlated strongly with those determined from the SEM image. We demonstrated the CB-KID could be used to identify (1) tiny voids in a thermally sprayed continuous Gd$$_2$$O$$_3$$ film in and (2) various mosaic morphologies and different eutectic microstructures in Wood's metal samples. The fact that the CB-KID system could be used to identify features of samples with a wide distribution of sizes and thicknesses is promising for real application of the device for imaging samples of interest to material scientists. Operating the CB-KID at higher temperatures appreciably improved the efficiency for simultaneously identifying the X and Y positions of hotspots. We also compared the detection efficiency with the PHITS simulations. We now plan to improve the detection efficiency by increasing the thickness of the $$^{10}$$B neutron conversion layer


Calculations for ambient dose equivalent rates in nine forests in eastern Japan from $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs radioactivity measurements

Malins, A.; 今村 直広*; 新里 忠史; 高橋 純子*; Kim, M.; 佐久間 一幸; 篠宮 佳樹*; 三浦 覚*; 町田 昌彦

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 226, p.106456_1 - 106456_12, 2021/01

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0(Environmental Sciences)

Understanding the relationship between the distribution of radioactive $textsuperscript{134}$Cs and $textsuperscript{137}$Cs in forests and ambient dose equivalent rates ($textit{.{H}}$*(10)) in the air is important for researching forests in eastern Japan affected by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. This study used a large number of measurements from forest samples, including $$^{134}$$Cs and $textsuperscript{137}$Cs radioactivity concentrations, densities and moisture contents, to perform Monte Carlo radiation transport simulations for $textit{.{H}}$*(10) between 2011 and 2017. Calculated $textit{.{H}}$*(10) at 0.1 and 1 m above the ground had mean residual errors of 19% and 16%, respectively, from measurements taken with handheld NaI(Tl) scintillator survey meters. Setting aside the contributions from natural background radiation, $textsuperscript{134}$Cs and $textsuperscript{137}$Cs in the organic layer and the top 5 cm of forest soil generally made the largest contributions to calculated $textit{.{H}}$*(10). The contributions from $textsuperscript{134}$Cs and $textsuperscript{137}$Cs in the forest canopy were calculated to be largest in the first two years following the accident. Uncertainties were evaluated in the simulation results due to the measurement uncertainties in the model inputs by assuming Gaussian measurement errors. The mean uncertainty (relative standard deviation) of the simulated $textit{.{H}}$*(10) at 1 m height was 11%. The main contributors to the total uncertainty in the simulation results were the accuracies to which the $textsuperscript{134}$Cs and $textsuperscript{137}$Cs radioactivities of the organic layer and top 5 cm of soil, and the vertical distribution of $textsuperscript{134}$Cs and $textsuperscript{137}$Cs within the 5 cm soil layers, were known. Radioactive cesium located in the top 5 cm of soil was the main contributor to $textit{.{H}}$*(10) at 1 m by 2016 or 2017 in the calculation results for all sites.


Homogeneity of neutron transmission imaging over a large sensitive area with a four-channel superconducting detector

Vu, TheDang; 宍戸 寛明*; 小嶋 健児*; 小山 富男*; 及川 健一; 原田 正英; 宮嶋 茂之*; 奥 隆之; 曽山 和彦; 相澤 一也; et al.

Superconductor Science and Technology, 34(1), p.015010_1 - 015010_10, 2021/01

 被引用回数:2 パーセンタイル:72.02(Physics, Applied)

We demonstrated that a four-readout superconducting neutron imaging system shows good spatial heterogeneity and linearity using the delay-line method. We examined the precise pattern of a $$^{10}$$B-dot-array absorber and found the X-direction pitch (Px) = 250.7 um with a scatter of (Hx)= 5.4 um and the Y-direction pitch (Py)= 249.1 um with a scatter of (Hy)= 3.4 um while the $$^{10}$$B dot array was fully extended toward the X direction across the detector sensitive area. We consider that this demonstrates detection with good spatial homogeneity and conclude. The transmission-imaging system is suitable for use at pulsed neutron facilities. We also reported a clear transmission image of tiny screws and nuts, and ladybug (insect). We recognize that further efforts to improve the detection efficiency are necessary to make using the detector more practical.


Status of study of long-term assessment of transport of radioactive contaminants in the environment of Fukushima (FY2018) (Translated document)

長尾 郁弥; 新里 忠史; 佐々木 祥人; 伊藤 聡美; 渡辺 貴善; 土肥 輝美; 中西 貴宏; 佐久間 一幸; 萩原 大樹; 舟木 泰智; et al.

JAEA-Research 2020-007, 249 Pages, 2020/10




Simulation analysis of the Compton-to-peak method for quantifying radiocesium deposition quantities

Malins, A.; 越智 康太郎; 町田 昌彦; 眞田 幸尚

Proceedings of Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications + Monte Carlo 2020 (SNA + MC 2020), p.147 - 154, 2020/10

Compton-to-peak analysis is a method for selecting suitable coefficients to convert count rates measured with in situ gamma ray spectrometry to radioactivity concentrations of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs in the environment. The Compton-to-peak method is based on the count rate ratio of the spectral regions containing Compton scattered gamma rays to that with the primary $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs photopeaks. This is known as the Compton-to-peak ratio (RCP). RCP changes as a function of the vertical distribution of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs within the ground. Inferring this distribution enables the selection of appropriate count rate to activity concentration conversion coefficients. In this study, the PHITS Monte Carlo radiation transport code was used to simulate the dependency of RCP on different vertical distributions of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs within the ground. A model was created of a LaBr$$_3$$(Ce) detector used in drone helicopter aerial surveys in Fukushima Prefecture. The model was verified by comparing simulated gamma ray spectra to measurements from test sources. Simulations were performed for the infinite half-space geometry to calculate the dependency of RCP on the mass depth distribution (exponential or uniform) of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs within the ground, and on the altitude of the detector above the ground. The calculations suggest that the sensitivity of the Compton-to-peak method is greatest for the initial period following nuclear fallout when $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs are located close to the ground surface, and for aerial surveys conducted at low altitudes. This is because the relative differences calculated between RCP with respect to changes in the mass depth distribution were largest for these two cases. Data on the measurement height above and on the $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs activity ratio is necessary for applying the Compton-to-peak method to determine the distribution and radioactivity concentration of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs in the ground.


Kinetic inductance neutron detector operated at near critical temperature

Vu, TheDang; 西村 和真*; 宍戸 寛明*; 原田 正英; 及川 健一; 宮嶋 茂之*; 日高 睦夫*; 奥 隆之; 曽山 和彦; 相澤 一也; et al.

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 1590, p.012036_1 - 012036_9, 2020/07

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0.01

Our CB-KID neutron imager detects high spatial resolution neutrons transmission images by using a delay-line technique. We found that the number of events was remarkably increased with increasing the detector temperature until close to the critical temperature Tc. We investigated the properties of CB-KID at near Tc. We observed systematic changes of neutron signals as a function of the detector temperature from 4 K to Tc. The simulations modeled the sequential physical processes for $$^{10}$$B(n,$$alpha$$)$$^{7}$$Li reactions and energy deposition by particles within CB-KID, including neutrons, $$^{4}$$He particles, $$^{7}$$Li particles, photon and electron transport.


Monte Carlo radiation transport modelling of the current-biased kinetic inductance detector

Malins, A.; 町田 昌彦; Vu, TheDang; 相澤 一也; 石田 武和*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 953, p.163130_1 - 163130_7, 2020/02

 被引用回数:6 パーセンタイル:89.87(Instruments & Instrumentation)

Radiation transport simulations were used to analyse neutron imaging with the current-biased kinetic inductance detector (CB-KID). The PHITS Monte Carlo code was applied for simulating neutron, $$^{4}$$He, $$^{7}$$Li, photon and electron transport, $$^{10}$$B(n,$$alpha$$)$$^{7}$$Li reactions, and energy deposition by particles within CB-KID. Slight blurring in simulated CB-KID images originated $$^{4}$$He and $$^{7}$$Li ions spreading out in random directions from the $$^{10}$$B conversion layer in the detector prior to causing signals in the $$X$$ and $$Y$$ superconducting Nb nanowire meander lines. 478 keV prompt gamma rays emitted by $$^{7}$$Li nuclei from neutron-$$^{10}$$B reactions had negligible contribution to the simulated CB-KID images. Simulated neutron images of $$^{10}$$B dot arrays indicate that sub 10 $$mu$$m resolution imaging should be feasible with the current CB-KID design. The effect of the geometrical structure of CB-KID on the intrinsic detection efficiency was calculated from the simulations. An analytical equation was then developed to approximate this contribution to the detection efficiency. Detection efficiencies calculated in this study are upper bounds for the reality as the effects of detector temperature, the bias current, signal processing and dead-time losses were not taken into account. The modelling strategies employed in this study could be used to evaluate modifications to the CB-KID design prior to actual fabrication and testing, conveying a time and cost saving.


Simulation study of the effects of buildings, trees and paved surfaces on ambient dose equivalent rates outdoors at three suburban sites near Fukushima Dai-ichi

Kim, M.; Malins, A.; 吉村 和也; 佐久間 一幸; 操上 広志; 北村 哲浩; 町田 昌彦; 長谷川 幸弘*; 柳 秀明*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 210, p.105803_1 - 105803_10, 2019/12

 被引用回数:3 パーセンタイル:20.11(Environmental Sciences)

放射能被害地域において空間線量率のシミュレーション精度を向上させるには、環境内の放射性核種の異なる分布、例えば、農地, 都市, 森林の放射能レベル差を考慮して現実的にモデル化する必要がある。さらには建物, 樹木, 地形による$$gamma$$線の遮蔽効果をモデルに考慮すべきである。以下に、福島県の市街地及び農地の3次元モデルの作成システムの概要を述べる。線源設定は$$^{134}$$Cs及び$$^{137}$$Csの放射能分布をモデルのさまざまな環境要素に異なる分布設定が可能である。構造物については、現地の建物モデルにおいては日本の典型的な9種類の建物モデルを用いて作成される。また、樹木については広葉樹と針葉樹モデル、地形モデルは、地形を考慮した地表面モデルを取り込んだ。計算対象のモデルの作成時は、数値標高モデル(DEM),数値表面モデル(DSM)及びユーザー編集の際にサポートする対象領域のオルソ画像で作られる。計算対象のモデルが作成されたら、放射線輸送解析計算コードであるPHITSに適したフォーマットでシステムから出力される。上記のシステムを用いて、福島第一原子力発電所から4km離れた地域でかつ、まだ除染作業が行われてない郊外を計算対象としてモデルを作成した。モデル作成後、PHITSによる空間線量率の計算結果は走行サーベイの実測値との相関があった。


Numerical study of transport pathways of $$^{137}$$Cs from forests to freshwater fish living in mountain streams in Fukushima, Japan

操上 広志; 佐久間 一幸; Malins, A.; 佐々木 祥人; 新里 忠史

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 208-209, p.106005_1 - 106005_11, 2019/11

 被引用回数:8 パーセンタイル:57.6(Environmental Sciences)



環境中空間線量率3次元分布計算システム(3D-ADRES)の研究開発; PHITSとリモートセンシングの融合による環境放射線量の推定

Kim, M.; Malins, A.; 佐久間 一幸; 北村 哲浩; 町田 昌彦; 長谷川 幸弘*; 柳 秀明*

Isotope News, (765), p.30 - 33, 2019/10




長尾 郁弥; 新里 忠史; 佐々木 祥人; 伊藤 聡美; 渡辺 貴善; 土肥 輝美; 中西 貴宏; 佐久間 一幸; 萩原 大樹; 舟木 泰智; et al.

JAEA-Research 2019-002, 235 Pages, 2019/08




Modelling the effect of mechanical remediation on dose rates above radiocesium contaminated land

Malins, A.; 操上 広志; 北村 哲浩; 町田 昌彦

Remediation Measures for Radioactively Contaminated Areas, p.259 - 272, 2019/00

Mechanical strategies for remediating radiocesium contaminated soils, e.g. at farms, schoolyards, gardens or parks, lower air dose rates in one of two characteristic ways. The first is to physically remove radiocesium from the environment, for example by stripping topsoil and sending it for disposal. The second is to redistribute the radiocesium deeper within the ground, e.g. by mixing the topsoil or switching the positions of different soil layers, in order that soil attenuates radiocesium gamma rays before they reach the surface. The amount that air dose rates reduce because of remediation can be calculated using radiation transport methods. This chapter summarizes modelling results for the effect of topsoil removal (with and without recovering with a clean soil layer), topsoil mixing, and soil layer interchange on dose rates. Using measurements of the depth profile of $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs activity in soil at un-remediated sites across North East Japan, the potential effectiveness of remediation work was estimated considering remediation to different soil depths and different time lags after the accident. The results show that remediation performance would have been essentially constant irrespective of the time at which it was undertaken in the initial five year period following the fallout.



佐久間 一幸; 新里 忠史; Kim, M.; Malins, A.; 町田 昌彦; 吉村 和也; 操上 広志; 北村 哲浩; 細見 正明*

環境放射能除染学会誌, 6(3), p.145 - 152, 2018/09



福島県内を想定した複雑な実環境中での空間線量率分布解析システム(3D-ADRES)の研究開発; リモートセンシング情報の活用と各環境因子(地形・土壌・建物・樹木等)の影響評価

Kim, M.; Malins, A.; 佐久間 一幸; 北村 哲浩; 町田 昌彦; 長谷川 幸弘*; 柳 秀明*

RIST News, (64), p.3 - 16, 2018/09

環境中に放出された放射線源による空間線量率の正確な分布は、住民の被ばく量を評価し、それを可能な限り低減するための必須な情報となる。しかし、市街地・森林等は複雑な構造物や樹木が存立する他、地形も平坦ではなく放射線の散乱や遮蔽が頻繁に起こるため、空間線量率の分布は非一様となる。加えて放射線源の不均質な分布は更にそれを複雑なものとするため、正確な空間線量率の分布を知ることは容易ではない。そこで、日本原子力研究開発機構・システム計算科学センターは、福島環境安全センターと連携し、福島県内の市街地や森林等の複雑な環境中の地形・樹木・建物等の3次元のリアルな構造物モデルを構築し、更に不均質な放射性セシウムの線源分布を取り込むことを可能とすることで、空間線量率の3次元分布が計算可能なシステム(3D - Air Dose Rate Evaluation System: 略称3D-ADRES)を開発した。3D-ADRESでは、人工衛星画像等のリモートセンシング情報や種々の地理情報等を最大限に活用し、構造物を認識(一部自動化済み)した後、その構造をリアルにモデル化し、モンテカルロ計算コードPHITS用フォーマットに変換することで、シミュレーションによる詳細な空間線量率分布を取得可能とする。本稿では、そのシステムの概要について記し、実際の計算例を示す他、今後の課題についても記す。


Applicability of $$K_{d}$$ for modelling dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations in Fukushima river water; Case study of the upstream Ota River

佐久間 一幸; 辻 英樹*; 林 誠二*; 舟木 泰智; Malins, A.; 吉村 和也; 操上 広志; 北村 哲浩; 飯島 和毅; 細見 正明*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 184-185, p.53 - 62, 2018/04

 被引用回数:2 パーセンタイル:13.2(Environmental Sciences)

福島河川水中の溶存態$$^{137}$$Cs濃度を数値計算するにあたって、分配係数($$K_{d}$$)を用いた吸脱着モデルの適用可能性を評価した。数値計算結果は平水時および出水時の水と浮遊砂の流出フラックス、懸濁態$$^{137}$$Cs濃度を再現した。一方、河川水中の溶存態$$^{137}$$Cs濃度の実測値の再現性は低かった。粗い粒径区分の$$K_{d}$$をチューニングした結果、平水時の溶存態$$^{137}$$Cs平均濃度を再現することが可能であった(実測値:0.32Bq/L, 計算値: 0.36Bq/L)。しかし、平水時の溶存態$$^{137}$$Cs濃度の季節変動(0.14-0.53Bq/L)や出水時の濃度上昇(0.18-0.88Bq/L, mean: 0.55Bq/L)は現実的な数値計算パラメータでは再現することはできなかった。


Evaluation of sediment and $$^{137}$$Cs redistribution in the Oginosawa River catchment near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant using integrated watershed modeling

佐久間 一幸; Malins, A.; 舟木 泰智; 操上 広志; 新里 忠史; 中西 貴宏; 森 康二*; 多田 和広*; 小林 嵩丸*; 北村 哲浩; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 182, p.44 - 51, 2018/02

 被引用回数:7 パーセンタイル:42.65(Environmental Sciences)



Using two detectors concurrently to monitor ambient dose equivalent rates in vehicle surveys of radiocesium contaminated land

武石 稔; 柴道 勝; Malins, A.; 操上 広志; 村上 晃洋*; 三枝 純; 米谷 雅之

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 177, p.1 - 12, 2017/10




Continuous energy adjoint transport for photons in PHITS

Malins, A.; 町田 昌彦; 仁井田 浩二*

EPJ Web of Conferences, 153, p.06001_1 - 06001_9, 2017/09


 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0.03

Adjoint Monte Carlo can be an efficient algorithm for solving photon transport problems where the size of the tally is relatively small compared to the source. Such problems are typical in environmental radioactivity calculations, where natural or fallout radionuclides spread over a large area contribute to the air dose rate at a particular location. Moreover photon transport with continuous energy representation is vital for accurately calculating radiation protection quantities. Here we describe the incorporation of an adjoint Monte Carlo capability for continuous energy photon transport into the Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS). An adjoint cross section library for photon interactions was developed based on the JENDL-4.0 library, by adding cross sections for adjoint incoherent scattering and pair production. PHITS reads in the library and implements the adjoint transport algorithm by Hoogenboom. Adjoint pseudo-photons are spawned within the forward tally volume and transported through space. Currently pseudo-photons can undergo coherent and incoherent scattering within the PHITS adjoint function. Photoelectric absorption is treated implicitly. The calculation result is recovered from the pseudo-photon flux calculated over the true source volume. A new adjoint tally function facilitates this conversion. This paper gives an overview of the new function and discusses potential future developments.


Coupling the advection-dispersion equation with fully kinetic reversible/irreversible sorption terms to model radiocesium soil profiles in Fukushima Prefecture

操上 広志; Malins, A.; 武石 稔; 斎藤 公明; 飯島 和毅

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 171, p.99 - 109, 2017/05

 被引用回数:6 パーセンタイル:31.3(Environmental Sciences)

土壌中の放射性セシウムの鉛直方向移動を記述するための修正拡散-収着-固定化モデルを提案した。このモデルでは、可逆サイトに対するカイネティックスを新たに導入している。このモデルは初期Exponential分布を再現することができる。初期のrelaxation massは拡散深さ、すなわち分配係数、収着速度、分散係数に依存することがわかった。また、このモデルは深い個所での放射性セシウム分布のテイリングを表現する。これは、収着と脱着の速度の違いによるものと考えられる。


Characteristics of radio-cesium transport and discharge between different basins near to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant after heavy rainfall events

佐久間 一幸; 北村 哲浩; Malins, A.; 操上 広志; 町田 昌彦; 森 康二*; 多田 和広*; 小林 嵩丸*; 田原 康博*; 登坂 博行*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 169-170, p.137 - 150, 2017/04

 被引用回数:18 パーセンタイル:69.64(Environmental Sciences)


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