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Development of multi-colored neutron talbot-lau interferometer with absorption grating fabricated by imprinting method of metallic glass

Seki, Yoshichika; Shinohara, Takenao; Parker, J. D.*; Yashiro, Wataru*; Momose, Atsushi*; Kato, Kosuke*; Kato, Hidemi*; Sadeghilaridjani, M.*; Otake, Yoshie*; Kiyanagi, Yoshiaki*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 86(4), p.044001_1 - 044001_5, 2017/03

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:75.09(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

For the effective phase imaging at pulsed neutron sources, we have designed and developed the multi-colored Talbot-Lau interferometer which works at several wavelengths. At the Energy Resolved Neutron Imaging System RADEN in J-PARC, we demonstrated its operation by observing the visibilities of moire fringes derived from different wavelengths (0.25, 0.50, and 0.75 nm). We also investigated the variation of moire fringes dependent on the wavelength resolution from 18% to 50% and showed the advantage of pulsed beams. At the central wavelength of 0.5 nm, we have succeeded in interferometric imaging for the samples of metal rods made of aluminum, lead, and copper. An absorption grating as an analyzer was fabricated by imprinting of metallic glass for the first time, and showed a clear moire fringe with the high visibility of 68% and a well-controlled shape in comparison with previous ones fabricated by oblique evaporation of gadolinium.

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Prospect for application of compact accelerator-based neutron source to neutron engineering diffraction

Ikeda, Yoshimasa*; Taketani, Atsushi*; Takamura, Masato*; Sunaga, Hideyuki*; Kumagai, Masayoshi*; Oba, Yojiro*; Otake, Yoshie*; Suzuki, Hiroshi

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 833, p.61 - 67, 2016/10

 Times Cited Count:29 Percentile:97.29(Instruments & Instrumentation)

A compact accelerator-based neutron source has been lately discussed on engineering applications such as transmission imaging and small angle scattering as well as reflectometry. However, nobody considers using it for neutron diffraction experiment because of its low neutron flux. In this study, therefore, the neutron diffraction experiments are carried out using Riken Accelerator-driven Compact Neutron Source (RANS), to clarify the capability of the compact neutron source for neutron engineering diffraction. The diffraction pattern from a ferritic steel was successfully measured by suitable arrangement of the optical system to reduce the background noise, and it was confirmed that the recognizable diffraction pattern can be measured by the large sampling volume with 10 mm in cubic for an acceptable measurement time, i.e. 10 minutes. The minimum resolution of the 110 reflection for RANS is approximately 2.5 % at 8 $$mu$$s of the proton pulse width, which is insufficient to perform the strain measurement by neutron diffraction. The moderation time width at the wavelength corresponding to the 110 reflection is estimated to be approximately 30 $$mu$$s, which is the most dominant factor to determine the resolution. Therefore, refinements of the moderator system to decrease the moderation time are important to improve the resolution of the diffraction experiment using the compact neutron source. In contrast, the texture evolution due to plastic deformation was successfully observed by measuring a change in the diffraction peak intensity by RANS. Furthermore, the volume fraction of the austenite phase was also successfully evaluated by fitting the diffraction pattern using a Rietveld code. Consequently, RANS was proved to be capable for neutron engineering diffraction aiming for the easy access measurement of the texture and the amount of retained austenite.

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Non-destructive texture measurement of steel sheets with compact neutron source "RANS"

Takamura, Masato*; Ikeda, Yoshimasa*; Sunaga, Hideyuki*; Taketani, Atsushi*; Otake, Yoshie*; Suzuki, Hiroshi; Kumagai, Masayoshi*; Hama, Takayuki*; Oba, Yojiro*

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 734(Part B), p.032047_1 - 032047_4, 2016/08

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:87.32

Neutron diffraction is well known to be a useful technique for measuring a bulk texture of metallic materials taking advantage of a large penetration depth of the neutron beam. However, this technique has not been widely utilized for the texture measurement because large facilities like a reactor or a large accelerator are required in general. In contrast, RANS (Riken Accelerator-driven Compact Neutron Source) has been developed as a neutron source which can be used easily in laboratories. In this study, texture evolution in steel sheets with plastic deformation was successfully measured using RANS. The results show the capability of the compact neutron source for the analysis of the crystal structure of metallic materials, which leads us to a better understanding of plastic deformation behavior.

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Design features and cost reduction potential of JSFR

Kato, Atsushi; Hayafune, Hiroki; Kotake, Shoji*

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 280, p.586 - 597, 2014/12

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:36.81(Nuclear Science & Technology)

To improve the economic competitiveness of the Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR), several innovative designs have been introduced, e.g. reduction of number of main cooling loop, shorter pipe arrangement by adopting thermally durable material, a compact reactor vessel (RV), integration of a primary pump and an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX). A new approach for construction cost estimation has been introduced to handle innovative technologies, for example, concerning different kinds of material, fabrication processes of equipment etc. As results of cost estimations and the latest conceptual JSFR design, economic goals of Generation IV nuclear energy systems can be achieved by expecting the following cost reduction effects: commodity reduction by adopting innovative design, economy of scale by power generation increase, learning effect etc.

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Full-coherent free electron laser seeded by 13th- and 15th-order harmonics of near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses

Sato, Takahiro*; Iwasaki, Atsushi*; Owada, Shigeki*; Yamanouchi, Kaoru*; Takahashi, Eiji*; Midorikawa, Katsumi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; Togashi, Tadashi*; Fukami, Kenji*; et al.

Journal of Physics B; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 46(16), p.164006_1 - 164006_6, 2013/08

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:21.46(Optics)

By introducing 13th- (61.7 nm) and 15th-order harmonics (53.4 nm) of femtosecond laser pulses at 800 nm into an undulator of SCSS (SPring-8 Compact SASE Source) test accelerator at RIKEN, these harmonic pulses were amplified by a factor of more than 10$$^{2}$$ with a high contrast ratio through the interaction between accelerated electron bunches and the harmonic pulses. From numerical simulations of the amplification processes of high-order harmonic pulses in the undulator, optimum conditions of the electron bunch duration interacting with the high-order harmonic pulses were investigated for generating full-coherent and intense pulses in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength region.

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Full-coherent HHG-seeded EUV-FEL locked by EOS timing feedback

Ogawa, Kanade*; Sato, Takahiro*; Matsubara, Shinichi*; Okayasu, Yuichi*; Togashi, Tadashi*; Watanabe, Takahiro*; Takahashi, Eiji*; Midorikawa, Katsumi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; et al.

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

no abstracts in English

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High intense full-coherent radiation of free electron laser seeded by high-order harmonics in extreme-ultraviolet region

Togashi, Tadashi*; Takahashi, Eiji*; Midorikawa, Katsumi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; Sato, Takahiro*; Iwasaki, Atsushi*; Owada, Shigeki*; Yamanouchi, Kaoru*; Hara, Toru*; et al.

Proceedings of Ultrafast Optics IX (CD-ROM), 2 Pages, 2013/03

We have demonstrated free-electron laser radiation seeded by high-order harmonics in the extreme-ultraviolet region. Strong enhancement of the radiation intensity by a factor of 104 was observed with timing control of an electro-optical sampling technique.

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Extreme ultraviolet free electron laser seeded by high-order harmonic

Togashi, Tadashi*; Takahashi, Eiji*; Midorikawa, Katsumi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; Sato, Takahiro*; Iwasaki, Atsushi*; Owada, Shigeki*; Yamanouchi, Kaoru*; Hara, Toru*; et al.

Proceedings of 11th International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science (ISSRNS 2012), p.1 - 21, 2012/05

The 13th harmonic of a Ti:sapphire laser has been significantly amplified with the SCSS test accelerator. The temporal and spatial overlap of the electron beam and the high harmonic radiation were precisely tuned for achieving the seeded free electron laser operation. With numerical simulation the present HH-seeded FEL scheme could readily be applied to the wavelength region down to 10 nm.

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Development of FR construction cost estimation method in FaCT project

Kato, Atsushi; Kotake, Shoji; Yoshiuji, Takahiro*

Proceedings of International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles (FR 2009) (CD-ROM), 11 Pages, 2012/00

Within the FaCT project, commodities shall be reduced by introducing innovative technologies. In order to evaluate the economy for the Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR), the account code named SCALLE (Sum of Cost Account Leading to future Logistics Economy) has been developed, in which the basic methodology is bottom up of component costs based on amounts of material and corresponding unit costs.

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Development of transfer pot for JSFR ex-vessel fuel handling

Hirata, Shingo; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Kato, Atsushi; Uto, Nariaki; Obata, Hiroyuki*; Kotake, Shoji*

Proceedings of International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles (FR 2009) (CD-ROM), 10 Pages, 2012/00

In Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development (FaCT) project, Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) is going to adopt an advanced fuel handling system. As for ex-vessel spent fuel handling, a pot which contains two fuel subassemblies simultaneously and is applicable size to compact reactor vessel, has been developing so as to shorten a refueling period leading to an improvement of plant availability. The pot is required to provide sufficient cooling capability even in case of transportation malfunction during transportation of spent fuel subassemblies with high decay heat. In the present study, experimental and analytical studies to evaluate the cooling capacity of the pot are summarized.

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Seeding of extreme ultraviolet free electron laser with high-order harmonic

Takahashi, Eiji*; Togashi, Tadashi*; Midorikawa, Katsumi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; Sato, Takahiro*; Iwasaki, Atsushi*; Owada, Shigeki*; Yamanouchi, Kaoru*; Hara, Toru*; et al.

Proceedings of European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2011) (CD-ROM), 1 Pages, 2011/05

We succeeded in generating the seeded free electron laser (FEL) with wavelengths of 61 nm at the SCSS test accelerator. The 13th (61 nm) harmonics generated by focusing the high peak power Ti:Sapphire laser to the Xe gas cell was directed to the undulator. This is first realization of the seeded FEL in extreme ultraviolet region.

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EUV-FEL seeded by high-order harmonic

Takahashi, Eiji*; Togashi, Tadashi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; Sato, Takahiro*; Iwasaki, Atsushi*; Owada, Shigeki*; Yamanouchi, Kaoru*; Hara, Toru*; Matsubara, Shinichi*; et al.

Proceedings of International Quantum Electronics Conference and the Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (IQEC/CLEO Pacific Rim 2011) (CD-ROM), p.199 - 200, 2011/05

We succeeded in generating the seeded free electron laser (FEL) with wavelengths of 61 nm at the SCSS test accelerator. The 13th (61 nm) harmonics generated by focusing the high peak power Ti:Sapphire laser to the Xe gas cell was directed to the undulator. This is first realization of the seeded FEL in extreme ultraviolet region.

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Extreme ultraviolet free electron laser seeded with high-order harmonic of Ti:sapphore laser

Togashi, Tadashi*; Takahashi, Eiji*; Midorikawa, Katsumi*; Aoyama, Makoto; Yamakawa, Koichi; Sato, Takahiro*; Iwasaki, Atsushi*; Owada, Shigeki*; Okino, Tomoya*; Yamanouchi, Kaoru*; et al.

Optics Express (Internet), 19(1), p.317 - 324, 2011/01

 Times Cited Count:88 Percentile:96.89(Optics)

The 13th harmonic of a Ti:sapphire (Ti:S) laser in the plateau region was injected as a seeding source to a 250-MeV free-electron-laser (FEL) amplifier. When the amplification conditions were fulfilled, strong enhancement of the radiation intensity by a factor of 650 was observed. The random and uncontrollable spikes, which appeared in the spectra of the Self-Amplified Spontaneous Emission (SASE) based FEL radiation without the seeding source, were found to be suppressed drastically to form to a narrow-band, single peak profile at 61.2 nm. The properties of the seeded FEL radiation were well reproduced by numerical simulations. We discuss the future precept of the seeded FEL scheme to the shorter wavelength region.

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Development of advanced fuel handling machine for JSFR

Kato, Atsushi; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Obata, Hiroyuki*; Kotake, Shoji*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 47(7), p.642 - 651, 2010/07

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:66.94(Nuclear Science & Technology)

We have fabricated a full-scale mockup of the JSFR FHM and performed tests in the air. From tests, the FHM mock-up shows sufficient performance about positioning accuracy, motion speed and stiffness to enable to be durable about practical use in commercial plants. Structural analyses have been conducted to validate and improve the seismic analysis model and the positioning control of the FHM.

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Development of the JSFR fuel handling system and mockup experiments of fuel handling machine in abnormal conditions

Kato, Atsushi; Hirata, Shingo; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Uto, Nariaki; Obata, Hiroyuki*; Kotake, Shoji*; Uzawa, Masayuki*

Proceedings of 2010 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP '10) (CD-ROM), p.692 - 699, 2010/06

In the JSFR design, a single rotating plug and an upper inner structure (UIS) with a vertically penetrating slit are proposed, so that the fuel handling machine (FHM) can access any subassembly by horizontal movement of the FHM arm in the slit space. As a result of a full-scale mockup test, excellent performance in normal operation has been shown. In this study, from the viewpoint of achieving reliability of the pantograph type FHM, behavior of the FHM mockup have been investigated under abnormal conditions.

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Halo structure of the island of inversion nucleus $$^{31}$$Ne

Nakamura, Takashi*; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki*; Kondo, Yosuke*; Sato, Yoshiteru*; Aoi, Nori*; Baba, Hidetada*; Deguchi, Shigeki*; Fukuda, Naoki*; Gibelin, J.*; Inabe, Naoto*; et al.

Physical Review Letters, 103(26), p.262501_1 - 262501_4, 2009/12

 Times Cited Count:167 Percentile:97.39(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

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Conceptual design for Japan sodium-cooled fast reactor, 3; Development of advanced fuel handling system for JSFR

Kato, Atsushi; Hirata, Shingo; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Uto, Nariaki; Obata, Hiroyuki; Kotake, Shoji

Proceedings of 2009 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP '09) (CD-ROM), p.9281_1 - 9281_6, 2009/05

One of the most important challenges to commercialize a Fast Reactor is to increase economic competitiveness. For that purpose, Japan Sodium cooled Fast Reactor (hereafter JSFR) aims to simplify the plant system and reduce the raw and processed material by adopting innovative technologies. In the JSFR design, a single rotating plug and a reactor upper inner structure (hereafter UIS) with a vertically penetrating slit are proposed, so that the fuel handling machine (hereafter FHM) can access any subassembly by horizontal movement of the FHM arm in the slit space. The feature of this FHM enables no need for the UIS removal when the rotational plug moves round above the core, which can achieve a compact reactor vessel to enhance the economic competitiveness. We fabricated the full scale FHM test equipment to perform comprehensive tests in the air for demonstrating the feasibility of the key characteristics of this FHM concept.

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Design of neutron beamline for fundamental physics at J-PARC BL05

Mishima, Kenji*; Ino, Takashi*; Sakai, Kenji; Shinohara, Takenao; Hirota, Katsuya*; Ikeda, Kazuaki*; Sato, Hiromi*; Otake, Yoshie*; Omori, Hitoshi*; Muto, Suguru*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 600, p.342 - 345, 2009/02

 Times Cited Count:24 Percentile:85.38(Instruments & Instrumentation)

A new beamline for a fundamental physics experiment is under construction at BL05 port in the Materials and Life Science Facility (MLF) at Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), this beamline is designed using novel techniques of neutron optics and it is termed "Neutron Optics and Physics". The beam from the moderator is deflected by multi-channel supermirrors and split into three branches for individual experiments. In this study, we have optimized the design of the beam optics and shields using the Monte Carlo simulation package PHITS. The neutron fluxes of beams are expected to be $$9.2 times 10^5/$$cm$$^2/mu$$str$$/$$s$$/$$MW, $$1.2 times 10^9/$$cm$$^2/$$s$$/$$MW, $$4.0 times 10^8/$$cm$$^2/$$s$$/$$MW, with polarization of 99.8%.

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Ono, Katsumi; masato, ando; Kotake, Shoji; Nagaoki, Yoshihiro; Namba, Takashi; Kato, Atsushi; Nakai, Ryodai; Negishi, Hitoshi

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 46(10), 685 Pages, 2004/10

A panoramic sensitivity analysis approach based on a statistic sampling method has been developed and applied for preliminary analysis on geological disposal of TRU waste considering variety of geological conditions and uncertainty. This approach can identify the parameters with the high importance for safety assessment and can extract the successful conditions for safety geological disposal.

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Effects of basicity and FeO concentration on the retention of $$^{137}$$Cs and $$^{60}$$Co in slag made from non-metallic radioactive wastes

Nakashima, Mikio; Nakashio, Nobuyuki; Kameo, Yutaka; Fukui, Toshiki*; Isobe, Motoyasu*; Otake, Atsushi*; Wakui, Takuji*; Hirabayashi, Takakuni*

Radiochimica Acta, 91(1), p.45 - 51, 2003/01

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:19.75(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

no abstracts in English

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