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Development of active neutron NDA system for nuclear materials

Toh, Yosuke; Ozu, Akira; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Kitatani, Fumito; Komeda, Masao; Maeda, Makoto; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Heyse, J.*; Paradela, C.*; et al.

Proceedings of INMM 59th Annual Meeting (Internet), 9 Pages, 2018/07

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Delayed $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy combined with active neutron interrogation for nuclear security and safeguards

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences (Internet), 146, p.09018_1 - 09018_4, 2017/09

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Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy, 1; Development and current status

Rodriguez, D.; Rossi, F.; Takamine, Jun; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seya, Michio; Crochemore, J. M.*; Varasano, G.*; Bogucarska, T.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 6 Pages, 2017/07

The JAEA is collaborating with the EC-JRC to develop a NDA system combining four active techniques to improve safeguards verification. Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy can determine nuclide ratios by correlating observed fission products' time-dependent, high-energy, $$gamma$$ rays to the sample's complex fission yield. To quantify fissile nuclides of significant interest, the fast neutrons from compact, transportable sources must be thermalized to where the fissile nuclides have large cross-sections while maintaining high fluxes to provide significant signals. Experiments are underway at some facilities to improve DGS, including the PUNITA system at JRC-Ispra. These neutron fluxes and measurement conditions are used to develop a Monte Carlo that will be used to analyze the DGS data by an inverse-MC method. The DGS program described here summarizes the 3-year development to optimize the moderator, perform experiments, and create the IMC in preparation for a demonstration of the technique.

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Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy, 2; Experimental studies for determination of fissile materials ratios

Rossi, F.; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Pedersen, B.*; Crochemore, J. M.*; Abbas, K.*; Bogucarska, T.*; Varasano, G.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 7 Pages, 2017/07

In the field of nuclear safeguards, new and improved active-interrogation NDA technologies are needed for the independent verification of the fissile composition in HRNM. JAEA and the JRC are now collaborating to develop DGS to determine ratios of fissile nuclides present in the sample measuring the decay gamma rays from FP. Measurements of LRNM samples are underway using different facilities. To minimize the interference from the LLFP, it is important to use shielding and to consider those gamma rays above 3-MeV. Different compact neutron sources are available, but all of them need to be slowed down to the thermal energy region. We are optimizing moderator and reflector materials using MCNP. Optimization of the irradiation, transfer and measurement sequence is now underway. The experiments we are conducting using certified mono-elemental U/Pu samples allow us to associate observed DG to the proportional isotopic compositions. In this paper we will present the current status of the optimization process and the experimental campaign for the determination of the ratio of fissile materials of U and Pu in a sample.

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R&D of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, 3; Validation of neutron transport code for design of NDA system

Maeda, Makoto; Komeda, Masao; Tobita, Hiroshi; Ozu, Akira; Kureta, Masatoshi; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J. M.*; Varasano, G.*; Pedersen, B.*

Dai-37-Kai Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Nippon Shibu Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (CD-ROM), 7 Pages, 2017/02

JAEA and EC/JRC are carrying out collaborative research to develop NDA techniques that can be utilized for quantification of high radioactive special nuclear materials such as spent fuel and next generation minor actinide fuels. In the research, reliability of neutron transport codes is important because it is utilized for design and development of a demonstration system of next-generation Differential Die-away (DDA) technique in JAEA. In order to evaluate the reliability, actual neutron flux distribution in a sample cavity was examined in PUNITA device using JRC type DDA technique and JAWAS-T device using JAEA type DDA technique, and then the measurement results were compared with the simulation results obtained by the neutron transport codes. The neutron flux distribution in the target matrix was also examined in the PUNITA and compared with the simulation results. We report on the measurement and simulation results of the neutron flux distribution and evaluation results of the reliability of the neutron transport codes.

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Comparison between simulation and experimental results for neutron flux in DDA systems

Maeda, Makoto; Komeda, Masao; Ozu, Akira; Kureta, Masatoshi; Toh, Yosuke; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J. M.*; Varasano, G.*; Pedersen, B.*

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.694 - 701, 2017/00

Journal Articles

Development of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security

Toh, Yosuke; Ozu, Akira; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Kitatani, Fumito; Komeda, Masao; Maeda, Makoto; Kureta, Masatoshi; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seya, Michio; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.684 - 693, 2017/00

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Delayed gamma-ray analysis for characterization of fissile nuclear materials

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.868 - 872, 2017/00

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Evaluation of neutron flux distribution in the JAEA type and JRC type DDA systems

Maeda, Makoto; Komeda, Masao; Tobita, Hiroshi; Ozu, Akira; Kureta, Masatoshi; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J. M.*; Varasano, G.*; Pedersen, B.*

Proceedings of INMM 57th Annual Meeting (Internet), 9 Pages, 2016/07

The JAEA and EC/JRC have started collaborative research to develop a technique that can be utilized for quantification of high radioactive special nuclear materials such as next generation minor actinide fuels. In the study of a Differential Die-Away (DDA) technique, which is one of the techniques to be improved in the collaborative research, JRC type and JAEA type DDA techniques are compared. In the JRC type DDA technique, large amount of thermal neutron is generated using D-T neutron generator and graphite moderator to accomplish high detection sensitivity for small amount of fissile material. On the other hand, in JAEA type, relatively hard neutron spectrum and moderation of neutron in the target matrix are utilized to minimize position dependence of detection efficiency. Estimation of the neutron field is important to evaluate the performance of the system in DDA technique. The purpose of this study is to validate simulation results by experimental results and evaluate neutron flux distribution in the system by the simulation and the experiment. In this paper, we present the evaluation results of the neutron flux distributions in PUNITA which utilizes JRC type DDA technique and JAWAS-T which utilizes JAEA type DDA technique obtained by Monte Carlo simulation and activation method.

Journal Articles

JAEA-JRC collaboration on the development of active neutron NDA techniques

Kureta, Masatoshi; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Ozu, Akira; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Tsuchiya, Takahiro*; Seya, Michio; Harada, Hideo; Abousahl, S.*; Heyse, J.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Proceedings of 37th ESARDA Annual Meeting (Internet), p.111 - 120, 2015/08

The JAEA has just started the new program "Development of active neutron NDA techniques" collaborating with EC-JRC. The final purpose of this program is to establish the measurement techniques for the high radioactive special nuclear material such as MA-Pu fuel for transmutation of minor actinide and for nuclear security applications. In this program, JAEA will conduct the R&D on active neutron non-destructive measurement techniques, DDA, NRTA, PGA/NRCA and DGS.

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Preliminary delayed $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy for non-destructive analysis of fissionable material

Rodriguez, D.; Heyse, J.*; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Mondelaers, W.*; Pedersen, B.*; Schillebeeckx, P.*; Seya, Michio; Takamine, Jun

Proceedings of INMM 56th Annual Meeting (Internet), 8 Pages, 2015/07

There is a growing interest regarding how to effectively safeguard NM, specifically how to efficiently determine the composition of mixed materials. Currently researchers of the JAEA and JRC are discussing the development of a NDA system using a pulsed DT neutron source. The system will utilize a combination of DDA, NRTA, PGA, and DGS techniques. Of specific interest is applying this system toward determining the Pu/U composition of purified MOX fuel and non-purified NM. The DGS technique has the potential to establish fissionable material ratios to relatively high precision. These fission products generate time-dependent $$gamma$$-ray energy spectra that extend well above 3 MeV, a benefit when applied to the NM of interest that have high passive emissions. This presentation will describe initial studies regarding the precision that the DGS portion of this system can obtain and how it will be used in conjunction with the other techniques to analyze the composition of the NM of interest.

Oral presentation

R&D of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, 1; Effect of sample matrix on JRC type DDA measurement

Maeda, Makoto; Ozu, Akira; Kureta, Masatoshi; Toh, Yosuke; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Pedersen, B.*

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Development of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security, 3; DGS measurements

Takahashi, Toon; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rodriguez, D.; Rossi, F.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Paradela, C.*; Heyse, J.*; Schillebeeckx, P.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

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Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy (DGS) has been developed as one of the non-destructive assay using active neutron for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security in the collaboration research between Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Joint Research Center of European Commission. The differences of fission-product (FP) yield distributions are depending on the fissile nuclide (e.g. $$^{235}$$U, $$^{239}$$Pu, and $$^{241}$$Pu). Therefore, ratios of fissile materials can be deduced by analyzing spectra of delayed gamma-rays which are emitted from radioactive decays of unstable FPs produced by irradiating neutrons and causing induced fission. We are developing an analytical method focusing on high energy delayed gamma-rays above 3 MeV from FPs with relatively short half-life (seconds to several minutes). The demonstration plan of DGS will be presented.

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