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Monitoring residual strain relaxation and preferred grain orientation of additively manufactured Inconel 625 by in-situ neutron imaging

Tremsin, A. S.*; Gao, Y.*; Makinde, A.*; Bilheux, H. Z.*; Bilheux, J. C.*; An, K.*; 篠原 武尚; 及川 健一

Additive Manufacturing, 46, p.102130_1 - 102130_20, 2021/10


Microstructures produced by Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques determine many characteristics of components where these materials are used. Residual stress and texture are among those characteristics, which need to be optimized. In this study, we employ energy-resolved neutron imaging to investigate, non-destructively, the uniformity of texture and to map the distribution of strain due to residual stress in Inconel 625 samples. The samples used in this study were printed by a direct metal laser melting additive manufacturing technique. Strain and texture variation are measured at room temperature as well as their changes during annealing at 700$$^{circ}$$C and 875$$^{circ}$$C in a vacuum furnace. The uniformity of crystalline plane distribution, from which texture can be inferred, is imaged with sub-mm spatial resolution for the entire sample area.


Calibration and optimization of Bragg edge analysis in energy-resolved neutron imaging experiments

Tremsin, A. S.*; Bilheux, H. Z.*; Bilheux, J. C.*; 篠原 武尚; 及川 健一; Gao, Y.*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 1009, p.165493_1 - 165493_12, 2021/09

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:0.03(Instruments & Instrumentation)

The investigation of microstructure of crystalline materials is one of the possible and frequently used applications of energy-resolved neutron imaging. The position of Bragg edges is defined by sharp changes in neutron transmission and can thus be determined by the measurement of the transmission spectra as a function of neutron wavelength. The accuracy of this measurement depends on both the data analysis technique and the quality of the measured spectra. While the optimization of reconstruction methods was addressed in several previous studies, here we introduce an important prerequisite when aiming for high resolution Bragg edge strain imaging - a well calibrated flight path across the entire field of view (FOV). Compared to e.g. powder diffraction, imaging often uses slightly different geometries and hence requires a calibration for each particular setup. We herein show the importance of this calibration across the entire FOV in order to determine the instrumental error correction for pulsed neutron beamlines.


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


Chemical-pressure-induced point defects enable low thermal conductivity for Mg$$_{2}$$Sn and Mg$$_{2}$$Si single crystals

齋藤 亘*; 林 慶*; Huang, Z.*; 杉本 和哉*; 大山 研司*; 八方 直久*; 原田 正英; 及川 健一; 稲村 泰弘; 林 好一*; et al.

ACS Applied Energy Materials (Internet), 4(5), p.5123 - 5131, 2021/05

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0(Chemistry, Physical)

The development of thermoelectric (TE) materials, which can directly convert waste heat into electricity, is vital to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Mg$$_{2}$$Sn and Mg$$_{2}$$Si are promising TE materials because of their superior TE performance. In this study, for future improvement of the TE performance, point defect engineering was applied to the Mg$$_{2}$$Sn and Mg$$_{2}$$Si single crystals (SCs) via boron (B) doping. Their crystal structures were analyzed via white neutron holography and SC X-ray diffraction. Moreover, nanostructures and TE properties of the B-doped Mg$$_{2}$$Sn and Mg$$_{2}$$Si SCs were investigated. The B-doping increased the chemical pressure on the Mg$$_{2}$$Sn and Mg$$_{2}$$Si SCs, leading to induce vacancy defects as a point defect. No apparent change was observed in electronic transport, but thermal transport was significantly prevented. This study demonstrates that the vacancy defects can be controlled by the chemical pressure, and can aid in achieving a high TE performance for the Mg$$_{2}$$Sn and Mg$$_{2}$$Si SCs.


Microstructure distribution of Japanese sword cross sections analyzed by the diffractometer TAKUMI at J-PARC

及川 健一; Harjo, S.; Pham, A. H.*; 川崎 卓郎; 森戸 茂一*; 鬼柳 善明*; 篠原 武尚; 甲斐 哲也; 大庭 卓也*; 伊藤 正和*

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 33, p.011062_1 - 011062_6, 2021/03

The metallurgy of historic melee weapons is one of the most interesting topics in archaeometallurgy. In particular, Japanese swords are paid great admiration in the world as the honor of classical technology and of the art. There have been many reports in the past that tried to elucidate this Japanese sword's microstructure and/or manufacturing process scientifically. In this study, we tried to use neutron diffraction as the non-destructive testing method. TOF neutron diffraction experiment was performed at TAKUMI of J-PARC. The gauge volume for the mapping was limited to 2 $$times$$ 2 $$times$$ 2 mm. Data sets for the normal and transverse direction and the normal and axial direction were obtained for the four pieces of sliced Japanese sword. All diffraction data were analyzed by the Rietveld refinement program to obtain lattice constants, phase volume fractions, preferred orientation, the crystallite size and the microstrain from the line-broadening. Detailed analysis results will be presented.


Feasibility study of PGAA for boride identification in simulated melted core materials

土川 雄介; 阿部 雄太; 大石 佑治*; 甲斐 哲也; 藤 暢輔; 瀬川 麻里子; 前田 亮; 木村 敦; 中村 詔司; 原田 正英; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 33, p.011074_1 - 011074_6, 2021/03

福島原子力発電所の解体作業では、溶融した燃料棒に含まれるホウ素分布を事前に把握することが重要である。溶融燃料棒の模擬試験体を用意し、ホウ素やホウ化物の含有量を調査する研究が行われてきた。本研究では、その一環として中性子を用いたホウ素並びにホウ化物分布の測定技術開発を行った。ホウ素の中性子吸収に伴う即発ガンマ線を測定し、ホウ素量や二次元分布を測定した。また、n(B,$$alpha$$$$gamma$$)反応における478keV$$gamma$$線は、ホウ素の化合状態により、$$gamma$$線ピークの幅が変化することが知られている。このことを用い、特に溶融燃料棒周辺に存在することが予測されているZrBやFeBといったホウ化物の識別可能性について調査した。測定はJ-PARC/MLFのANNRI, NOBORU, RADENにて行った。これらの解析結果について報告する。


Measurement of Doppler broadening of prompt gamma-rays from various zirconium- and ferro-borons

土川 雄介; 甲斐 哲也; 阿部 雄太; 大石 佑治*; Sun, Y.*; 及川 健一; 中谷 健; 佐藤 一憲

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 991, p.164964_1 - 164964_5, 2021/03

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



Neutron Bragg-edge transmission imaging for microstructure and residual strain in induction hardened gears

Su, Y.; 及川 健一; 篠原 武尚; 甲斐 哲也; 堀野 孝*; 井戸原 修*; 三阪 佳孝*; 友田 陽*

Scientific Reports (Internet), 11, p.4155_1 - 4155_14, 2021/02

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:0(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

A time-of-flight Bragg-edge neutron transmission imaging was used to investigate the microstructure and strain distributions in a gear hardened by a newly developed two-step induction-heating method: precursor (Sample 1) and final product (Sample 2). The edge- position and edge-broadening were determined and mapped with high spatial resolution, which enabled us to confirm the two-dimensional distributions of the microstructure and residual strain. A deep hardened layer was made for Sample 1 in which martensite was formed on the entire teeth and the outer peripheral portion of the gear body. Sample 2 was subjected to double induction-hardening, where a tempered martensite was formed as the thermal refined microstructure between a fine-grained martensite at the tooth surface and a ferrite-pearlite microstructure at the core. The relationship between edge-broadening and the Vickers hardness described by a linear equation was employed to derive the elastic residual strain. The residual strain map for Sample 2 revealed that a steep compressive strain was introduced into the fine-grained martensite at the tooth surface by the super rapid induction- heating and quenching process. The reversal of tension was speculated to occur below 2 mm from the tooth tip, and the strain was almost zero in the core region.


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:1 パーセンタイル:74.69(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.


Behavior of Sm in the boron cage of Sm-doped $$R$$B$$_{6}$$ ($$R$$ =Yb, La) observed by multiple-wavelength neutron holography

上地 昇一*; 大山 研司*; 福本 陽平*; 金澤 雄輝*; 八方 直久*; 原田 正英; 稲村 泰弘; 及川 健一; 松浦 航*; 伊賀 文俊*; et al.

Physical Review B, 102(5), p.054104_1 - 054104_10, 2020/08

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:27.27(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

We have succeeded in visualizing the local atomic structures around Sm in $$R$$B$$_{6}$$ ($$R$$ =Yb, La), in which a rareearth atom is located in the boron cage, using the newly developed technique for local structure investigations, multiple-wavelength neutron holography in a pulsed neutron facility. From the local atomic structures, we were able to clarify the behavior of Sm in the boron cage. Doped Sm in YbB$$_6$$ fluctuates within the boron cage with a mean displacement of 0.25(4) ${AA}$, while that of Sm in LaB$$_6$$ is approximately 0.15 ${AA}$. The Sm doping causes the fluctuation of the first-nearest-neighbor B with a mean displacement of 0.28 ${AA}$, while its effect on La, Yb, and the rest of the boron atoms is negligible. These are the first observations of the local behavior of doped rare-earth atoms and B in rare-earth borides with boron cages.


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.


Impact of hydrided and non-hydrided materials near transistors on neutron-induced single event upsets

安部 晋一郎; 佐藤 達彦; 黒田 順也*; 真鍋 征也*; 渡辺 幸信*; Liao, W.*; 伊東 功次郎*; 橋本 昌宜*; 原田 正英; 及川 健一; et al.

Proceedings of IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS 2020) (Internet), 6 Pages, 2020/04

二次宇宙線中性子起因シングルイベントアップセット(SEU: Single Event Upset)は、地上において電子機器の深刻な問題を生じる可能性のある事象として知られている。これまでの研究で、水素化物と中性子との弾性散乱により、前方に水素イオンが放出されるため、メモリ前方にある水素化物がSEUの発生確率の指標となるSEU断面積に影響を与えることを明らかにした。本研究では、トランジスタ近傍の構造物がSEU断面積に及ぼす影響を調査した。その結果、数MeVの領域におけるSEU断面積の変化は構造物の厚さおよび位置によって決まることを明らかにした。また、シミュレーションにおいてトランジスタ近傍の構造物を考慮することにより、J-PARC BL10の測定値をより良く再現できるようになった。さらに、構造物を考慮した計算シミュレーションにより、トランジスタ近傍の構造物は地上環境におけるソフトエラー率に有意な影響を持つことを明らかにした。


The Energy-resolved neutron imaging system, RADEN

篠原 武尚; 甲斐 哲也; 及川 健一; 中谷 健; 瀬川 麻里子; 廣井 孝介; Su, Y.; 大井 元貴; 原田 正英; 飯倉 寛; et al.

Review of Scientific Instruments, 91(4), p.043302_1 - 043302_20, 2020/04

 被引用回数:15 パーセンタイル:96.62(Instruments & Instrumentation)

The energy-resolved neutron imaging system, RADEN, has been installed at the pulsed neutron source in the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex. In addition to conventional neutron radiography and tomography, RADEN, the world's first imaging beam-line at a pulsed neutron source, provides three main options for new, quantitative neutron imaging techniques: Bragg-edge imaging to visualize the spatial distribution of crystallographic information, resonance absorption imaging for elemental composition and temperature information, and polarized neutron imaging for magnetic field information. This paper describes the results of characterization studies of the neutronic performance and installed devices at RADEN and shows the results of several demonstration studies for pulsed neutron imaging.


Preparation, thermoelectric properties, and crystal structure of boron-doped Mg$$_{2}$$Si single crystals

林 慶*; 齋藤 亘*; 杉本 和哉*; 大山 研司*; 林 好一*; 八方 直久*; 原田 正英; 及川 健一; 稲村 泰弘; 宮崎 譲*

AIP Advances (Internet), 10(3), p.035115_1 - 035115_7, 2020/03

 被引用回数:4 パーセンタイル:71.61(Nanoscience & Nanotechnology)

Mg$$_{2}$$Si is a potential thermoelectric (TE) material that can directly convert waste energy into electricity. In expectation of improving its TE performance by increasing electron carrier concentration, the element boron (B) is doped in Mg$$_{2}$$Si single crystals (SCs). Their detailed crystal structures are definitely determined by using white neutron holography and single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD) measurements. The white neutron holography measurement proves that the doped B atom successfully substitutes for the Mg site. The SC-XRD measurement confirms the B-doping site and also reveals the presence of the defect of Si vacancy (VSi) in the B-doped Mg$$_{2}$$Si SCs. Regarding TE properties, the electrical conductivity, $$sigma$$, and the Seebeck coefficient, S, decreases and increases, respectively, due to the decrease in the electron carrier concentration, contrary to the expectation. The power factor of the B-doped Mg$$_{2}$$Si SCs evaluated from $$sigma$$ and S does not increase but rather decreases by the B-doping.


Neutron transmission spectrum of liquid lead bismuth eutectic

大場 洋次郎; 伊藤 大介*; 齊藤 泰司*; 小野寺 陽平*; Parker, J. D.*; 篠原 武尚; 及川 健一

Materials Research Proceedings, Vol.15, p.160 - 164, 2020/02



Pulsed neutron imaging based crystallographic structure study of a Japanese sword made by Sukemasa in the Muromachi period

及川 健一; 鬼柳 善明*; 佐藤 博隆*; 大前 良磨*; Pham, A.*; 渡辺 賢一*; 松本 吉弘*; 篠原 武尚; 甲斐 哲也; Harjo, S.; et al.

Materials Research Proceedings, Vol.15, p.207 - 213, 2020/02

Japanese swords are very attractive not only as a work of art but also a metallurgical point of view. Since Japanese vintage swords became valuable, it is indispensable to establish non-destructive analysis method to identify some peculiar characteristics. Bragg edge imaging gives real-space distributions of bulk information in a crystalline material as well as neutron tomography. In this work, we investigated crystallographic information of a Japanese sword made by Sukemasa in Izumi province in the first quarter of the 16th century. The experiments have been performed at RADEN at J-PARC. The Sukemasa sword was measured with a counting-type 2D detector and with a CCD camera. We are now analyzing the measured 2D-transmission spectra using RITS code to obtain spatial distribution of the crystallite size, the texture variation, the d110 shift and its broadening. Complementary data analysis using white beam tomography is also on going. Detailed analysis results will be presented.


Feasibility study of two-dimensional neutron-resonance thermometry using molybdenum in 316 stainless-steel

甲斐 哲也; 廣井 孝介; Su, Y.; 瀬川 麻里子; 篠原 武尚; 松本 吉弘*; Parker, J. D.*; 林田 洋寿*; 及川 健一

Materials Research Proceedings, Vol.15, p.149 - 153, 2020/02

A two-dimensional thermometry technique based on neutron resonance reactions derives the temperature of specified elements in an object by analyzing the Doppler broadening of a neutron resonance measured by a time-analyzing neutron imaging-detector. This technique is expected to be one of the important applications of the energy-resolved neutron imaging system, RADEN, at J-PARC. The authors focused on molybdenum contained in 316 stainless-steel (with a weight fraction of 2-3 wt%). Energy-dependent transmitted neutrons were measured through a 3 mm thick 316 stainless-steel plate placed in a heater at temperatures between 23 and 500 degrees Celsius at RADEN using a gas-electron multiplier (GEM) detector. Thermal and cold neutrons were eliminated from the incident beam by a cadmium filter. The sample area within the neutron beam was 30 by 50 mm$$^2$$. The feasibility is discussed in the presentation.


Magnetic structures and quadratic magnetoelectric effect in LiNiPO$$_{4}$$ beyond 30 T

Fogh, E.*; 木原 工*; Toft-Petersen, R.*; Bartkowiak, M.*; 鳴海 康雄*; Prokhnenko, O.*; 三宅 厚志*; 徳永 将史*; 及川 健一; S${o}$rensen, M. K.*; et al.

Physical Review B, 101(2), p.024403_1 - 024403_12, 2020/01

 被引用回数:5 パーセンタイル:71.61(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Neutron diffraction with static and pulsed magnetic fields is used to directly probe the magnetic structures in LiNiPO$$_{4}$$ up to 25 T and 42 T, respectively. By combining these results with magnetometry and electric polarization measurements under pulsed fields, the magnetic and magnetoelectric phases are investigated up to 56 T applied along the easy $$c$$ axis. In addition to the already known transitions at lower fields, three new ones are reported at 37.6, 39.4, and 54 T. Ordering vectors are identified with Q$$_{rm VI}$$ = (0, $$frac{1}{3}$$, 0) in the interval 37.6 - 39.4 T and Q$$_{rm VII}$$ = (0, 0, 0) in the interval 39.4 - 54 T. A quadratic magnetoelectric effect is discovered in the Q$$_{rm VII}$$= (0, 0, 0) phase and the field dependence of the induced electric polarization is described using a simple mean-field model. The observed magnetic structure and magnetoelectric tensor elements point to a change in the lattice symmetry in this phase. We speculate on the possible physical mechanism responsible for the magnetoelectric effect in LiNiPO$$_{4}$$.


Temperature dependent characteristics of neutron signals from a current-biased Nb nanowire detector with $$^{10}$$B converter

Vu, TheDang; 飯澤 侑貴*; 西村 和真*; 宍戸 寛明*; 小嶋 健児*; 及川 健一; 原田 正英; 宮嶋 茂之*; 日高 睦夫*; 奥 隆之; et al.

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 1293, p.012051_1 - 012051_9, 2019/10

 被引用回数:4 パーセンタイル:97.87

We succeeded in designed and fabricated a neutron detector by using a superconducting current-biased kinetic inductance detector (CB-KID), which is constructed by two perpendicular Nb-based superconducting meander-lines and an enriched $$^{10}$$B neutron conversion layer. We rebuilt completely a neutron image of a $$^{10}$$B dot array contain in the stainless-steel mesh. To improve the resolution of neutron images, the characteristics of a superconducting neutron detector have been studied carefully. In this study, we present the dependence of neutron signals in the temperature of detector. We found that when the temperature of a neutron detector is as close as the critical temperature of superconductivity, the intensity of signal increase as a function of temperature. We consider that the ratio of noise and signal is decrease which is very useful to improve the resolution of neutron images.



中島 健次; Harjo, S.; 山田 悟史*; 及川 健一; 梶本 亮一

JAEA-Review 2018-032, 43 Pages, 2019/02



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