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Characterization of the PTW 34031 ionization chamber (PMI) at RCNP with high energy neutrons ranging from 100 - 392 MeV

Theis, C.*; Carbonez, P.*; Feldbaumer, E.*; Forkel-Wirth, D.*; Jaegerhofer, L.*; Pangallo, M.*; Perrin, D.*; Urscheler, C.*; Roesler, S.*; Vincke, H.*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 153, p.08018_1 - 08018_5, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.03

At CERN, gas-filled ionization chambers PTW-34031 (PMI) are commonly used in radiation fields including neutrons, protons and $$gamma$$-rays. A response function for each particle is calculated by the radiation transport code FLUKA. To validate a response function to high energy neutrons, benchmark experiments with quasi mono-energetic neutrons have been carried out at RCNP, Osaka University. For neutron irradiation with energies below 200 MeV, very good agreement was found comparing the FLUKA simulations and the measurements. In addition it was found that at proton energies of 250 and 392 MeV, results calculated with neutron sources underestimate the experimental data due to a non-negligible gamma component originating from the target $$^{7}$$Li(p,n)Be reaction.

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Response measurement of a Bonner sphere spectrometer for high-energy neutrons

Masuda, Akihiko*; Matsumoto, Tetsuro*; Harano, Hideki*; Nishiyama, Jun*; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Satoh, Daiki; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; Nakamura, Takashi*; et al.

IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 59(1), p.161 - 166, 2012/02

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:69.17(Engineering, Electrical & Electronic)

In this study, responses of Bonner sphere spectrometer (BSS) for 245 and 388 MeV neutrons was measured at RCNP, Osaka University. The neutrons are generated in the $$^{7}$$Li(p,n) reaction and its spectra consist of a high-energy peak and a continuum down to the low energy. Therefore, the observed counts of BSS caused by the continuum need to be subtracted. Adjusting a Li target angle and a collimator position, 0 deg and 30 deg component of generated neutron are available. While the 0 deg component contains both the peak and the continuum, the 30 deg component is considered to contain only the continuum. Therefore, the response of the peak is obtained. The spectra were measured using the time-of-flight (TOF) method with a NE213 scintillator.

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Characterisation of quadi-monoenergetic neutron energy spectra using $$^{7}$$Li(p,n) reactions at 246-389 MeV

Iwamoto, Yosuke; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Satoh, Daiki; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; Itoga, Toshiro*; Sato, Tatsuhiko; Nakane, Yoshihiro; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Sakamoto, Yukio; et al.

Proceedings of 10th Meeting of the Task Force on Shielding Aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities (SATIF-10), p.53 - 61, 2011/03

The neutron energy spectra penetrating 10 to 100 cm thick iron and 25 to 200 cm thick concrete shields have been measured using 138, 243 and 387 MeV quasi-monoenergetic neutron sources at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP) facility, Osaka University. The source neutrons were produced from a 1 cm thick lithium target bombarded with 140, 245 and 388 MeV protons. Two types of NE213 liquid organic scintillators and Bonner ball neutron spectrometers were used for the neutron energy spectrum measurement. The TOF and unfolding methods were applied to estimate the energy spectra behind the shield in the peak energy region and continuous energy region, respectively. We have also measured the neutron energy spectra and angular distribution of the source neutron above 1 MeV in the angular range from 0$$^{circ}$$ to 30$$^{circ}$$ with the TOF method. All measured data were compared with the PHITS Monte Carlo calculations.

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Quasi-monoenergetic neutron energy spectra for 246 and 389 MeV $$^{7}$$Li(p,n) reactions at angles from 0$$^{circ}$$ to 30$$^{circ}$$

Iwamoto, Yosuke; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Satoh, Daiki; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; Itoga, Toshiro*; Sato, Tatsuhiko; Nakane, Yoshihiro; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Sakamoto, Yukio; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 629(1), p.43 - 49, 2011/02

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:86.19(Instruments & Instrumentation)

The authors measured the neutron energy spectra of a quasi-monoenergetic $$^{7}$$Li(p,n) neutron source with 246 and 389 MeV protons set at seven angles (0$$^{circ}$$, 2.5$$^{circ}$$, 5$$^{circ}$$, 10$$^{circ}$$, 15$$^{circ}$$, 20$$^{circ}$$ and 30$$^{circ}$$), using a time-of-flight (TOF) method employing organic scintillators NE213 at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP) of Osaka University. The energy spectra of the source neutrons were precisely deduced down to 2 MeV at 0$$^{circ}$$ and 10 MeV at other angles. The cross sections of the peak neutron production reaction at 0$$^{circ}$$ were on the 35-40 mb line of other experimental data, and the peak neutron angular distribution agreed well with the Taddeucci formula. Neutron energy spectra below 100 MeV at all angles were comparable, but the shapes of the continuum above 150 MeV changed considerably with the angle.

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Neutron spectra and dose measurement in quasi-mono-energetic high-energy neutron fields

Mares, V.*; Pioch, C.*; R$"u$hm, W.*; Iwase, Hiroshi*; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Satoh, Daiki; Matsumoto, Tetsuro*; Masuda, Akihiko*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; et al.

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Measurements of neutron spectra and neutron doses were performed in high-energy neutron fields at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP), Osaka University, Japan, using two extended Bonner Sphere Spectrometers (BSS), a WENDI-II REM meter, a DARWIN dosimeter, an extended FUJI REM counter, and the time-of-flight (TOF) method employing NE213 liquid organic scintillators. The quasi-mono-energetic neutron fields were generated by the $$^{7}$$Li(p,n)$$^{7}$$Be reaction from a Li target, injected by 246 and 389 MeV protons. The BSS and TOF neutron energy spectra were folded with H*(10) fluence-to-dose conversion coefficients and the resulting values for the neutron ambient dose equivalent were compared with those directly measured by various other instruments used in this experiment. Agreement among all H*(10) neutron doses was very reasonable considering the complexity of the experiment.

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