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Construction of virtual reality system for radiation working environment reproduced by gamma-ray imagers combined with SLAM technologies

佐藤 優樹; 峯本 浩二郎*; 根本 誠*; 鳥居 建男

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 976, p.164286_1 - 164286_6, 2020/10

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100(Instruments & Instrumentation)

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS), operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc., experienced a meltdown as a result of a large tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. At that time, it was necessary to understand the aspects of the decommissioning working environment inside the FDNPS, such as establishing how the radioactive substances were distributed across the site, for work to be done efficiently without exposure to large amounts of radiation. Therefore, virtual reality (VR) emerged as a solution. There have been previous reports done on a technique for visualizing the distribution of radioactive substances in three dimensions utilizing a freely moving gamma-ray imager combined with simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. In this paper, we introduce imaging technologies for the acquisition of image data from radioactive substances and three-dimensional (3D) structural models of the working environment, using a freely moving gamma-ray imager combined with SLAM technology. For this research, we also constructed a VR system and displayed the 3D data in a VR space, which enables users to experience the actual working environment without radiation exposure. In creating the VR system, any user can implement this method by donning an inexpensive head-mounted display apparatus and using a free, or low-cost, application software.



大森 惇志*; 秋山 英二*; 阿部 博志*; 端 邦樹; 佐藤 智徳; 加治 芳行; 井上 博之*; 田口 光正*; 清藤 一*; 多田 英司*; et al.

材料と環境, 69(4), p.107 - 111, 2020/04



First $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy of an $$sd$$-shell hypernucleus, $$^{19}_{Lambda}$$F

Yang, S. B.*; 長谷川 勝一; 早川 修平*; 細見 健二; 市川 裕大; 今井 憲一; 佐甲 博之; 佐藤 進; 田村 裕和*; 谷田 聖; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 26, p.023015_1 - 023015_5, 2019/11

We performed a gamma-ray spectroscopy of $$({}_{Lambda}^{19}{rm F})$$ at J-PARC Hadron Experimental Facility in 2015. It is the first measurement of $$gamma$$ rays emitted from $$sd$$-shell hypernuclei. In this experiment, we determined the energy spacing between the ground state spin doublet, $$3/2^+$$ and $$1/2^+$$ states, as 316 keV. The excitation energies of $$5/2^+$$ and $$1/2^+$$ states are also determined to be 895 and 1266 keV, respectively. The energy spacing is found to be well reproduced by shell-model calculations which describe $$s$$- and $$p$$-shell $$Lambda$$ hypernuclei well. The results show that the present theories of the $$Lambda N$$ interaction describe not only the light hypernuclei but also a heavier hypernucleus.


Isomer spectroscopy in $$^{133}$$Ba and high-spin structure of $$^{134}$$Ba

Kaya, L.*; Vogt, A.*; Reiter, P.*; Siciliano, M.*; 清水 則孝*; 宇都野 穣; Wang, H.-K.*; Gargano, A.*; Coraggio, L.*; Itaco, N.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 100(2), p.024323_1 - 024323_18, 2019/08

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:57.92(Physics, Nuclear)



Downward terrestrial gamma-ray flash observed in a winter thunderstorm

和田 有希*; 榎戸 輝揚*; 中澤 知洋*; 古田 禄大; 湯浅 孝行*; 中村 佳敬*; 森本 健志*; 松元 崇弘*; 牧島 一夫*; 土屋 晴文

Physical Review Letters, 123(6), p.061103_1 - 061103_6, 2019/08

 被引用回数:5 パーセンタイル:28.2(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

During a winter thunderstorm on 2017 November 24, a strong burst of gamma-rays with energies up to $$sim$$10 MeV was detected coincident with a lightning discharge, by scintillation detectors installed at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant at sea level in Japan. The burst had a sub-second duration, which is suggestive of photoneutron productions. The leading part of the burst was resolved into four intense gamma-ray bunches, each coincident with a low-frequency radio pulse. These bunches were separated by 0.7$$-$$1.5 ms, with a duration of $$<$$1 ms each. Thus, the present burst may be considered as a "downward" terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), which is analogous to up-going TGFs observed from space. Although the scintillation detectors were heavily saturated by these bunches, the total dose associated with them was successfully measured by ionization chambers, employed by nine monitoring posts surrounding the power plant. From this information and Monte Carlo simulations, the present downward TGF is suggested to have taken place at an altitude of 2500$$pm$$500 m, involving $$8^{+8}_{-4} times10^{18}$$ avalanche electrons with energies above 1 MeV which is comparable to those in up-going TGFs.


Detector identification by waveform shape analysis for effective data acquisition; Improvements in time resolution and count rate for positron annihilation age-momentum correlation measurement

平出 哲也; 安藤 太一*; 真鍋 賢介*; 上田 大介*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 931, p.100 - 104, 2019/07

 被引用回数:3 パーセンタイル:16.3(Instruments & Instrumentation)



Performance of large volume LaBr$$_{3}$$ scintillation detector equipped with specially-designed shield for neutron resonance capture analysis

土屋 晴文; 小泉 光生; 北谷 文人; 原田 秀郎

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 932, p.16 - 26, 2019/07

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100(Instruments & Instrumentation)

A large-volume ($$phi$$12.0 cm$$times$$12.7 cm) LaBr$$_{3}$$ scintillation detector equipped with a specially-designed radiation shield was evaluated for neutron resonance capture analysis at the neutron time-of-flight (TOF) facility GELINA. By using the LaBr$$_{3}$$ detector with and without the shield, measurements were carried out at a 13-m TOF station with three metallic samples, namely, Ni, Cr, and Fe. In addition, Monte Carlo simulations with Geant4 were performed, and the results were compared with the measurements to analyze the observed energy spectra and TOF spectra. Energy spectra obtained with the shield showed that prompt $$gamma$$-ray peaks emitted from each sample can be used to identify the isotopes. Moreover, the signal-to-noise ratios of resonance peaks in a TOF spectrum with the shield were enhanced 1.5-2.5 in comparison with those without the shield. Furthermore, simultaneous measurements conducted using the three samples demonstrated that the shield employed herein was indispensable for identifying impurities in a composite sample such as particle-like fuel debris.


Gamma-ray glow preceding downward terrestrial gamma-ray flash

和田 有希*; 榎戸 輝揚*; 中村 佳敬*; 古田 禄大; 湯浅 孝行*; 中澤 知洋*; 森本 健志*; 佐藤 光輝*; 松元 崇弘*; 米徳 大輔*; et al.

Communications Physics (Internet), 2(1), p.67_1 - 67_9, 2019/06

 被引用回数:4 パーセンタイル:28.2(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Two types of high-energy events have been detected from thunderstorms. One is "terrestrial gamma-ray flashes" (TGFs), sub-millisecond emissions coinciding with lightning discharges. The other is minute-lasting "gamma-ray glows". Although both phenomena are thought to originate from relativistic runaway electron avalanches in strong electric fields, the connection between them is not well understood. Here we report unequivocal simultaneous detection of a gamma-ray glow termination and a downward TGF, observed from the ground. During a winter thunderstorm in Japan on 9 January 2018, our detectors caught a gamma-ray glow, which moved for $$/sim$$ 100 s with ambient wind, and then abruptly ceased with a lightning discharge. Simultaneously, the detectors observed photonuclear reactions triggered by a downward TGF, whose radio pulse was located within $$sim$$ 1 km from where the glow ceased. It is suggested that the highly-electrified region producing the glow was related to the initiation of the downward TGF.



榎戸 輝揚*; 和田 有希*; 土屋 晴文

日本物理学会誌, 74(4), p.192 - 200, 2019/04



Hydrogen gas measurements of phosphate cement irradiated during heat treatment

入澤 啓太; 工藤 勇*; 谷口 拓海; 並木 仁宏*; 大杉 武史; 中澤 修

QST-M-16; QST Takasaki Annual Report 2017, P. 63, 2019/03



Measurements of gamma-ray emission probabilities in the decay of americium-244g

中村 詔司; 寺田 和司*; 木村 敦; 中尾 太郎*; 岩本 修; 原田 秀郎; 上原 章寛*; 高宮 幸一*; 藤井 俊行*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(1), p.123 - 129, 2019/01

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)



Influence of gamma-ray irradiation on mechanical property of YSZ for oxygen sensors in ADS

大久保 成彰; 奥野 泰希; 喜多村 茜; 田口 富嗣*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 435, p.198 - 202, 2018/11

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100(Instruments & Instrumentation)

原子力機構で開発を進めている加速器駆動核変換システム(ADS)では、冷却材及び核破砕ターゲットとして液体鉛ビスマス共晶合金(LBE)を用いる。ADSでは、LBE中の酸素制御が重要な技術開発項目である。酸素センサ素子にはイットリア添加ジルコニア(YSZ)が用いられるが、ADSでは、放射化したLBEから$$gamma$$線照射を受けるため、$$gamma$$線照射環境下での酸素センサの信頼性評価が必要である。本報告では、各種YSZの強度特性に及ぼす$$gamma$$線照射の影響を調べた。イットリア添加濃度を3, 6, 8mol%と変えた3種類のYSZ曲げ試験片に対して、実機1年間運転後のLBEから受ける$$gamma$$線量に相当する1及び2kGy/hの線量率にて、$$gamma$$線照射を行った。照射後に、4点曲げ試験, XRD, SEM観察及びラマン分光による評価を行い、以下の結果を得た。8Y, 6Yでは、$$gamma$$線照射による強度変化や破面の形態変化は見られず、一方、3Yでは、XRDにより、強度変化に影響を及ぼすほどではないが、照射量に依存した、正方晶から単斜晶への相変態を示す結果が得られた。これは、$$gamma$$線照射により予め相変態が誘起されたことを示し、ラマン分光測定によっても、相変態を示す結果が得られた。


Gamma-ray imaging system for Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant using silicon strip detector

冠城 雅晃; 佐藤 優樹; 吉原 有里*; 島添 健次*; 高橋 浩之*; 鳥居 建男

Reactor Dosimetry; 16th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry (ISRD-16) (ASTM STP 1608), p.405 - 414, 2018/11

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred in the Tohoku region of Japan, and a large tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F), resulting in a nuclear accident. Despite the years that have passed since the accident, decommissioning remains a concern. Radiation measurement techniques are very important for accelerating the decommissioning and ensuring low radiation exposure to workers. Our gamma-ray imaging system is the detection device for determining the three dimensional radioactive distributions of nuclear fuel debris, measuring high-energy gamma rays (greater than 1 MeV). Silicon semiconductor detectors are among the candidate detectors for radiation measurements in our system because of their radiation-hardness and high counting rate capability. We have been developing a stacked amorphous-silicon (Si)/crystal-Si heterojunction Si strip detector, which has 1-mm-pitch striped electrodes (0.5 mm wide) and 1.2-mm-pitch stacked technology. The detector consists of an Si strip mounted on a thin printed circuit board, front-end readout electronics with a complementary metal oxide semiconductor application specific integrated circuit, and a field programmable gate array. The threshold level of energy deposition of each pulse signal in each channel can be set from the application-specific integrated circuit, and gamma-ray images with energy discrimination can be obtained. The energy threshold level for discrimination of $$^{60}$$Co gamma rays from $$^{137}$$Cs gamma rays was investigated experimentally and by means of simulation, and it was found to be about 500 keV. Therefore, our Si strip detector has the required position sensitivity and energy discrimination ability for identifying high-energy gamma-ray source distributions.


Termination of electron acceleration in thundercloud by intracloud/intercloud discharge

和田 有希*; Bowers, G. S.*; 榎戸 輝揚*; 鴨川 仁*; 中村 佳敬*; 森本 健志*; Smith, D.*; 古田 禄大*; 中澤 知洋*; 湯浅 孝行*; et al.

Geophysical Research Letters, 45(11), p.5700 - 5707, 2018/06

 被引用回数:10 パーセンタイル:15.16(Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)

An on-ground observation program for high energy atmospheric phenomena in winter thunderstorms along Japan Sea has been performed via lightning measurements of $$gamma$$-ray radiation, atmospheric electric field and low-frequency radio band. On February 11, 2017, the radiation detectors recorded $$gamma$$-ray emission lasting for 75 sec. The $$gamma$$-ray spectrum extended up to 20 MeV and was reproduced by a cutoff power-law model with a photon index of 1.36$$^{+0.03}_{-0.04}$$, being consistent with a Bremsstrahlung radiation from a thundercloud (as known as a $$gamma$$-ray glow). Then the $$gamma$$-ray glow was abruptly terminated with a nearby lightning discharge. The low-frequency radio monitors, installed $$sim$$50 km away from Noto School, recorded intra/inter-cloud discharges spreading over $$sim$$60km area with a $$sim$$300 ms duration. The timing of the $$gamma$$-ray termination coincided with the moment when a sequence of intra/inter-cloud discharges passed 0.7 km horizontally away from the radiation monitors. The atmospheric electric-field measurement presented that negative charge was located in the cloud base and not neutralized by the lightning discharge. This indicates that the $$gamma$$-ray source was located at an higher region than the cloud base.


Characterization of phosphate cement irradiated by $$gamma$$-ray during dehydration

入澤 啓太; 工藤 勇*; 谷口 拓海; 並木 仁宏*; 大杉 武史; 中澤 修

QST-M-8; QST Takasaki Annual Report 2016, P. 63, 2018/03

福島第一原子力発電所から発生する汚染水処理二次廃棄物の安全な貯蔵のため、リン酸セメントによる最小含水化した固化技術を開発している。実際の二次廃棄物における本固化技術の適用性を把握するため、脱水中のリン酸セメントを$$^{60}$$Co $$gamma$$線によって照射した。リン酸セメントのG(H$$_{2}$$)は脱水中の時間と共に減少し、7日後に検出下限値となった。さらに、脱水中の$$^{60}$$Co $$gamma$$線照射がリン酸セメントの結晶及び非晶質相を変化させないことが分かった。



武内 伴照; 柴田 裕司; 花川 裕規; 上原 聡明*; 上野 俊二*; 土谷 邦彦; 熊原 肇*; 柴垣 太郎*; 駒野目 裕久*

JAEA-Technology 2017-026, 26 Pages, 2018/02




Release and transport behaviors of non-gamma-emitting fission products and actinides in steam and hydrogen atmospheres

三輪 周平; Ducros, G.*; Hanus, E.*; Bottomley, P. D. W.*; Van Winckel, S.*; 逢坂 正彦

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 326, p.143 - 149, 2018/01

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)



Effects of $$gamma$$ irradiation on the adsorption characteristics of xerogel microcapsules

大西 貴士; 田中 康介; 小山 真一; Ou, L. Y.*; 三村 均*

NEA/NSC/R(2017)3, p.463 - 469, 2017/11

資源の有効利用、廃棄物低減のために、無機イオン交換体(タングストリン酸アンモニウム(AMP)またはフェロシアン化銅(KCuFC))をアルギネートゲルで内包するマイクロカプセル(AWP-ALGまたはKCuFC-ALG)、および、アルギネートゲルそのもの(ALG)を用いた核種分離システムの開発を実施している。ALG, AWP-ALGおよびKCuFC-ALGは、それぞれ、Zr, CsおよびPdを選択的に吸着することが明らかになっている。しかしながら、$$gamma$$線照射に伴う吸着特性の変化については、十分に調べられていない。そこで、$$^{60}$$Co線源によって$$gamma$$線を3898kGyまで照射した後、各種マイクロカプセルの吸着特性を評価した。その結果、AWP-ALGまたはKCuFC-ALGは、内包する無機イオン交換体によってCsまたはPdを吸着するため、$$gamma$$線照射を通して吸着特性に変化は見られなかった。一方、ALGは$$gamma$$線照射に伴って放射線分解が進行し、Zrに対する吸着特性が低下した。


Photonuclear reactions triggered by lightning discharge

榎戸 輝揚*; 和田 有希*; 古田 禄大*; 中澤 知洋*; 湯浅 孝行*; 奥田 和史*; 牧島 一夫*; 佐藤 光輝*; 佐藤 陽祐*; 中野 俊男*; et al.

Nature, 551(7681), p.481 - 484, 2017/11

 被引用回数:50 パーセンタイル:2.97(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Relativistic electrons accelerated by electric fields of lightnings and thunderclouds emit bremsstrahlung $$gamma$$ rays, which have been detected at ground observations. The energy of the $$gamma$$ rays is sufficiently high to potentially invoke atmospheric photonuclear reactions $$^{14}$$N($$gamma$$, n)$$^{13}$$N, which would produce neutrons and eventually positrons via $$beta^{+}$$ decay of generated unstable radioactive isotopes, especially $$^{13}$$N. However, no clear observational evidence for the reaction has been reported to date. Here we report the first detection of neutron and positron signals from lightning with a ground observation. During a thunderstorm on 6 February 2017 in Japan, an intense $$gamma$$-ray flash ($$<$$1 ms) was detected at our monitoring sites. The subsequent initial burst quickly subsided with an exponential decay constant of 40-60 ms, followed by a prolonged line emission at $$sim$$0.511MeV, lasting for a minute. The observed decay timescale and spectral cutoff at $$sim$$10 MeV of the initial emission are well explained with de-excitation $$gamma$$ rays from the nuclei excited by neutron capture. The centre energy of the prolonged line emission corresponds to the electron-positron annihilation, and hence is the conclusive indication of positrons produced after the lightning. Our detection of neutrons and positrons is unequivocal evidence that natural lightning triggers photonuclear reactions.


Establishment of a Laboratory for $$gamma$$-ray Spectrometry of Environmental Samples Collected in Fukushima

三枝 純; 依田 朋之; 前田 智史; 岡崎 勤; 大谷 周一; 山口 敏夫; 栗田 義幸; 波澄 篤; 米澤 仲四郎*; 武石 稔

Proceedings of 14th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA-14), Vol.3 (Internet), p.1078 - 1085, 2017/11

2011年3月の福島第一原子力発電所の事故後、原子力機構は新たに放射能分析施設を福島に立ち上げた。分析施設では高分解能$$gamma$$線スペクトロメトリに基づき、土壌や水、ダストフィルタ、植物といった環境試料の放射能分析を月当たり約1,000件のペースで行っている。2012年9月の施設立上げ以来、分析結果の信頼性や、分析依頼者及び機器オペレータの利便性向上を目指した技術開発を実施し、制度的・技術的な課題を継続的に改善することで、ISO/IEC 17025規格に適合する試験所としての認定を得た。

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