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Design and characterization of the fission signature assay instrument for nuclear safeguards

Rossi, F.; 小泉 光生; Rodriguez, D.; 高橋 時音

Proceedings of INMM & ESARDA Joint Annual Meeting 2023 (Internet), 5 Pages, 2023/05

Since 2015, the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been working on the development of the Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy non-destructive assay technique for the quantification of fissile-nuclide content in mixed nuclear materials. Thanks to the efforts and lessons learned from past experiments, the ISCN has successfully designed and fabricated a final integrated instrument. The instrument is composed of a moderator and dose shield where different neutron sources, like Cf-252 and neutron generators, can be inserted to irradiate the sample. Within the moderator, a series of neutron detectors are installed for perform prompt neutron analysis and continuous monitoring of the neutron source emission. Thanks to an innovative transfer system, the sample is then moved to the gamma-ray detector in less than 1.5s providing a fast and reliable movement while being safe from possible contamination. In this work, we will describe the design details of this new instrument. This work is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) under the subsidy for the "promotion for strengthening nuclear security and the like".


ガンマ線画像スペクトル分光法による高放射線場環境の画像化による定量的放射能分布解析法(委託研究); 令和2年度英知を結集した原子力科学技術・人材育成推進事業

廃炉環境国際共同研究センター; 京都大学*

JAEA-Review 2022-027, 85 Pages, 2022/11




Identification and quantification of a $$^{60}$$Co radiation source under an intense $$^{137}$$Cs radiation field using an application-specific CeBr$$_3$$ spectrometer suited for use in intense radiation fields

冠城 雅晃; 島添 健次*; 加藤 昌弘*; 黒澤 忠弘*; 高橋 浩之*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 59(8), p.983 - 992, 2022/08

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Passive $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy is a useful technique for surveying the radioactive wastes and spent nuclear fuels under nuclear decommissioning. However, this method depends on material properties such as the activity, density, element, scale, and (especially) low-energy $$gamma$$ rays from $$^{235}$$U and $$^{239}$$Pu. The $$gamma$$-decay lines of $$^{134}$$Cs, $$^{137}$$Cs, $$^{60}$$Co, and $$^{154}$$Eu occur at greater energies (than those of $$^{235}$$U and $$^{239}$$Pu), and these nuclides provide significant information on spent nuclear fuel and radioactive wastes. A CeBr$$_{3}$$ spectrometer with a small-volume crystal has been previously developed for use in intense radiation measurements. We exposed the spectrometer to radiation dose rates of 0.025, 0.151, 0.342, 0.700, and 0.954 Sv/h under a standard $$^{137}$$Cs radiation field. A 6.38 MBq $$^{60}$$Co calibration source was placed in front of the detector surface. Identification of the full energy peak at 1173 keV was impossible at dose rates higher than 0.700 Sv/h. However, subtraction of the $$^{137}$$Cs radiation spectra from the $$gamma$$-ray spectra enabled the identification of the full energy peaks at 1173 and 1333 keV at dose rates of up to 0.954 Sv/h; the relative energy resolution at 1173 and 1333 keV was only slightly degraded at this dose rate.


Development of delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy for nuclear safeguards, 2; Forward to a practical DGS instrument

Rossi, F.; 小泉 光生; Rodriguez, D.; 高橋 時音

Proceedings of INMM 63rd Annual Meeting (Internet), 5 Pages, 2022/07

With the initial goal of fissile-nuclide content quantification in small samples containing uranium and plutonium, the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is developing the Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy non-destructive assay technique. For this, while in the past years several experiments were conducted to prove the feasibility of the technique, a new instrument was designed considering the previous lessons learned. It includes a modular insertion for different neutron sources, like radioisotopes or neutron generators; a gamma-ray detector with improved data acquisition system allowing for real-time dead-time correction; and a full new mechanism for the sample transfer between irradiation and measurement. Together with this, neutron detectors are integrated to supplement the DGS mass analysis and monitor the source intensity. In this work, we will describe the new instrument and the preliminary results obtained from instrument characterization compared to previous experiments. This work is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) under the subsidy for the "promotion for strengthening nuclear security and the like". This work was done under the agreement between JAEA and EURATOM in the field of nuclear material safeguards research and development.


Development of the multi-cubic $$gamma$$-ray spectrometer and its performance under intense $$^{137}$$Cs and $$^{60}$$Co radiation fields

冠城 雅晃; 島添 健次*; 加藤 昌弘*; 黒澤 忠弘*; 鎌田 圭*; Kim, K. J.*; 吉野 将生*; 庄司 育宏*; 吉川 彰*; 高橋 浩之*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 1010, p.165544_1 - 165544_9, 2021/09

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0.02(Instruments & Instrumentation)

2011年の東京電力ホールディングス福島第一原子力発電所の事故以来、世界各地で廃止措置措置に入る原子力施設が増加している。これらの原子力施設では、放射性物質の適切な管理が要求されている。そこで、ガンマ線スペクトル測定技術は、放射性物質の重要な情報を得ることができるため、有益なツールである。さらに、放射性物質の空間情報も重要であるため、ガンマ線イメージングについて求められている。しかしながら、これらの施設には、強度放射線場が広がるため、ガンマ線スペクトル測定やガンマ線イメージングが困難になる。そのため、寸法が5mm $$times$$ 5mm $$times$$ 5mmの小さなCeBr$$_3$$シンチレーター4個で分割した$$gamma$$線スペクトロメーターを開発した。上記の4個のシンチレーターは、強度放射場に特化したマルチアノード光電子増倍管と組合わせた。私たちは、$$^{137}$$Csと$$^{60}$$Coの放射線場で照射試験を実施した。$$^{137}$$Cs照射場の線量率1375mSv/hにおいて、相対エネルギー分解能が、それぞれのチャンネルで、9.2$$pm$$0.05%, 8.0$$pm$$0.08%, 8.0$$pm$$0.03%, 9.0 $$pm$$0.04%であった。


Development of delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy for nuclear safeguards, 2; Designing a compact DGS instrument

Rossi, F.; Abbas, K.*; 小泉 光生; Lee, H.-J.; Rodriguez, D.; 高橋 時音

Proceedings of INMM & ESARDA Joint Virtual Annual Meeting (Internet), 7 Pages, 2021/08

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is developing the Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy (DGS) non-destructive assay technique to quantify the fissile-nuclide content in small samples of mixed nuclear materials. One of our primary goals is to develop a compact and efficient DGS instrument to be easily installable into analytical laboratories. The instrument should include an external neutron source and a gamma-ray detection system along with other supporting systems like sample transfer and neutron monitoring. One of the challenges is to design a compact and efficient moderator for commercial neutron sources (e.g. neutron generators or sealed radioactive sources) that emit neutrons with high energy. However, to be able to enhance the gamma-ray signal from fissile materials, thermal neutrons are best due to their higher fission cross-sections. The choice of viable neutron source (neutron spectrum and strength) depends on several considerations (e.g. sample type and interrogation pattern), but also affect the gamma-ray measurement and the consequence analysis. In this work, we will first describe the evaluation results of our Delayed Gamma-ray Test Spectrometer using a $$^{252}$$Cf source (DGTS-C) from the first experiment carried out in PERLA in collaboration with the European Commission, Joint Research Centre. In association, we will describe how it provided guidance for our demonstration irradiator. Further, we will present our final moderator design concept for a deuterium-deuterium (D-D) neutron generator and present the latest results of data-model comparisons, including those with our PUNITA results. This work is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) under the subsidy for the "promotion for strengthening nuclear security and the like". This work was done under the agreement between JAEA and EURATOM in the field of nuclear material safeguards research and development.


Gamma-ray spectroscopy with a CeBr$$_3$$ scintillator under intense $$gamma$$-ray fields for nuclear decommissioning

冠城 雅晃; 島添 健次*; 加藤 昌弘*; 黒澤 忠弘*; 鎌田 圭*; Kim, K. J.*; 吉野 将生*; 庄司 育宏*; 吉川 彰*; 高橋 浩之*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 988, p.164900_1 - 164900_8, 2021/02

 被引用回数:9 パーセンタイル:89.58(Instruments & Instrumentation)

近年、2011年の東京電力ホールディングス福島第一原子力発電所事故より、世界各地で、廃止措置になる原子力施設が増加している。一方、原子力施設の廃止措置工程においては、放射性廃棄物や使用済み核燃料を適切な管理下で回収しなければならないため。そこで、本研究は、高線量率下でのガンマ線スペクトロメトリを実現するため、5mm$$times$$5mm$$times$$5mmの微小CeBr$$_{3}$$スペクトロメーターを構築した。さらに、(1)毎秒ギガサンプリング率のデジタル信号処理、(2)後段3段ダイノード電圧印加機能付光電子増倍管により、1Sv/hを超える線量率でのガンマ線スペクトル測定に成功した。$$^{137}$$Cs放射線場で、662keVのエネルギー分解能(半値幅)が、22mSv/hで4.4%であり、それが1407mSv/hでは5.2%である。対して、$$^{60}$$Co放射線場では、1333keVのエネルギー分解能(半値幅)が、26mSv/hで3.1%であり、それが2221mSv/hでは4.2%である。これらは、$$^{134}$$Cs, $$^{137}$$Cs, $$^{60}$$Co, $$^{154}$$Euのガンマ線を分解できる要求を満たており、同時に1Sv/h以上で上記核種のガンマ線分析が可能なことを示唆するものである。


ガンマ線画像スペクトル分光法による高放射線場環境の画像化による定量的放射能分布解析法(委託研究); 令和元年度英知を結集した原子力科学技術・人材育成推進事業

廃炉環境国際共同研究センター; 京都大学*

JAEA-Review 2020-044, 79 Pages, 2021/01




JAEA-JRC collaborative development of delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy for nuclear material evaluation, 3; Fissile mass estimation with uranium samples

Rossi, F.; 小泉 光生; Lee, H.-J.; Rodriguez, D.; 高橋 時音; Abbas, K.*; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Pedersen, B.*; Varasano, G.*

61st Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM 2020), Vol.2, p.907 - 911, 2021/00

Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy (DGS) is a nondestructive assay technique with the capability to quantify the fissile composition of small nuclear material samples from reprocessing plants. In recent years, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre performed several experiments using uranium and plutonium standard samples. In this paper, we present some of our recent experiment results showing the feasibility of DGS for fissile mass estimation. In particular, we interrogate uranium samples of different enrichment and we are showing that we were able to qualify significant peaks even for a depleted uranium sample above 2.7 MeV. Applying correction factors for neutron self-shielding and gamma self-absorption, we obtained a mass linear correlation when considering total integrated counts above 3.3 MeV as well as specific individual peak counts. This work is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) under the subsidy for the "promotion for strengthening nuclear security and the like". This work was done under the agreement between JAEA and EURATOM in the field of nuclear material safeguards research and development.


Simulation analysis of the Compton-to-peak method for quantifying radiocesium deposition quantities

Malins, A.; 越智 康太郎; 町田 昌彦; 眞田 幸尚

Proceedings of Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications + Monte Carlo 2020 (SNA + MC 2020), p.147 - 154, 2020/10

Compton-to-peak analysis is a method for selecting suitable coefficients to convert count rates measured with in situ gamma ray spectrometry to radioactivity concentrations of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs in the environment. The Compton-to-peak method is based on the count rate ratio of the spectral regions containing Compton scattered gamma rays to that with the primary $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs photopeaks. This is known as the Compton-to-peak ratio (RCP). RCP changes as a function of the vertical distribution of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs within the ground. Inferring this distribution enables the selection of appropriate count rate to activity concentration conversion coefficients. In this study, the PHITS Monte Carlo radiation transport code was used to simulate the dependency of RCP on different vertical distributions of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs within the ground. A model was created of a LaBr$$_3$$(Ce) detector used in drone helicopter aerial surveys in Fukushima Prefecture. The model was verified by comparing simulated gamma ray spectra to measurements from test sources. Simulations were performed for the infinite half-space geometry to calculate the dependency of RCP on the mass depth distribution (exponential or uniform) of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs within the ground, and on the altitude of the detector above the ground. The calculations suggest that the sensitivity of the Compton-to-peak method is greatest for the initial period following nuclear fallout when $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs are located close to the ground surface, and for aerial surveys conducted at low altitudes. This is because the relative differences calculated between RCP with respect to changes in the mass depth distribution were largest for these two cases. Data on the measurement height above and on the $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs activity ratio is necessary for applying the Compton-to-peak method to determine the distribution and radioactivity concentration of $$^{134}$$Cs & $$^{137}$$Cs in the ground.


ガンマ線画像スペクトル分光法による高放射線場環境の画像化による定量的放射能分布解析法(委託研究); 平成30年度英知を結集した原子力科学技術・人材育成推進事業

廃炉国際共同研究センター; 京都大学*

JAEA-Review 2019-036, 65 Pages, 2020/03




Model design of a compact delayed gamma-ray moderator system using $$^{252}$$Cf for safeguards verification measurements

Rodriguez, D.; Rossi, F.; 高橋 時音; 瀬谷 道夫; 小泉 光生

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 148, p.114 - 125, 2019/06

 被引用回数:5 パーセンタイル:52.68(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy is an active-NDA technique used to determine the composition of HRNM samples by peak-ratio comparison of GRs above 3-MeV from the short-lived fission products. Filtering out the passive GRs from long-lived FPs reduces the DGS signal, so thermal neutrons are used to induce more fission events from fissile nuclides. We are developing a compact system to moderate $$sim$$ 2-MeV neutrons that are easier to moderate than 14-MeV neutrons from DT generators. This work describes the ideal moderator optimization for a $$^{252}$$Cf source that results in $$25.9times10^{-4}$$ cm$$^{-2}$$ $$n_{source}^{-1}$$ passing through the sample space with $$geq$$ 70% of those below 1-eV. Practical modifications resulted in $$leq$$ 20% reductions compared to the optimized design. Evaluations of DGS signals and backgrounds conclude that only a 21-MBq $$^{252}$$Cf source is required.


Development of remote sensing technique using radiation resistant optical fibers under high-radiation environment

伊藤 主税; 内藤 裕之; 石川 高史; 伊藤 敬輔; 若井田 育夫

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 24, p.011038_1 - 011038_6, 2019/01



Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy, 2; Design study of moderator for a practical system

Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; 高橋 時音; 瀬谷 道夫; 小泉 光生

日本核物質管理学会第39回年次大会論文集(CD-ROM), 3 Pages, 2018/11



Development of delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy for nuclear material analysis

Rodriguez, D.; Rossi, F.; 高橋 時音; 瀬谷 道夫; 小泉 光生; Crochemore, J. M.*; Varasano, G.*; Bogucarska, T.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*

Proceedings of INMM 59th Annual Meeting (Internet), 7 Pages, 2018/07

DGS has great potential for HRNM, since it determines fissile nuclide compositions by correlating the observed DG spectrum to the unique FY of the individual nuclides. Experiments were performed with LRNM using both PUNITA and a JAEA designed Cf-shuffler tested in PERLA. The data was analyzed using an inverse MC method that both determines DG peak intensity correlations and provides an evaluation of the uncertainty of the measurements. The results were used to verify DG signatures for varying fissile compositions, total fissile content, and DGS interrogation timing patterns. Future development will focus on measuring HRNM and designing a compact system by evaluating different neutron sources, moderating materials, and detection capabilities. This presentation summarizes the JAEA/JRC DGS program to date and the future direction of this collaborative work performed using the MEXT subsidy for the promotion of strengthening nuclear security.


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

小泉 光生; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; 高峰 潤; 瀬谷 道夫; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

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

 被引用回数:3 パーセンタイル:87.4

Along with the global increase of applications using nuclear materials (NM), the requirements to nuclear security and safeguards for the development of effective characterization methods are growing. Mass verification of NM of low radioactivity is performed using passive non-destructive analysis (NDA) techniques whereas destructive analysis (DA) techniques are applied for accurate analysis of nuclide composition. In addition to the characterization by passive NDA, a sample can be further characterized by active NDA techniques. An active neutron NDA system equipped with a pulsed neutron generator is currently under development for studies of NDA methods. Among the methods DGS uses the detection of decay $$gamma$$-rays from fission products (FP) to determine ratios of fissile nuclides present in the sample. A proper evaluation of such $$gamma$$-ray spectra requires integration of nuclear data such as fission cross-sections, fission yields, half-lives, decay chain patterns, and decay $$gamma$$-ray emission probabilities. The development of the DGS technique includes experimental verification of some nuclear data of fissile materials, as well as development of the device. This presentation will be a brief introduction of the active neutron NDA project and an explanation of the DGS development program.


Stability and synthesis of superheavy elements; Fighting the battle against fission - Example of $$^{254}$$No

Lopez-Martens, A.*; Henning, G.*; Khoo, T. L.*; Seweryniak, D.*; Alcorta, M.*; 浅井 雅人; Back, B. B.*; Bertone, P. F.*; Boilley, D.*; Carpenter, M. P.*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 131, p.03001_1 - 03001_6, 2016/12

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:44.43



Development of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, 7; Measurement of DG from MOX and Pu liquid samples for quantification and monitoring

向 泰宣; 小川 剛; 中村 仁宣; 栗田 勉; 関根 恵; Rodriguez, D.; 高峰 潤; 小泉 光生; 瀬谷 道夫

Proceedings of INMM 57th Annual Meeting (Internet), 7 Pages, 2016/07

核不拡散用のアクティブ中性子非破壊測定技術開発の一環として、核分裂性核種($$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{241}$$Pu, $$^{235}$$U)の組成比を分析するために、3MeV超のエネルギーを有する遅発$$gamma$$線に着目した遅発$$gamma$$線分光(DGS)法の技術開発を行っている。DGS法の確認試験として、PCDFにおいて、Pu溶液及びMOX粉末試料を用いた遅発$$gamma$$線測定試験を下記の4段階で実施することを計画している。(1)自発核分裂性核種由来の遅発$$gamma$$線測定(パッシブ測定)、(2)速中性子利用による遅発$$gamma$$線測定(アクティブ測定)、(3)DGSI(試料中の自発核分裂性核種由来の中性子作用による遅発$$gamma$$線)測定(パッシブ測定)、(4)熱中性子利用による遅発$$gamma$$線測定(パッシブ測定)。本報告では、PCDFで実施する核物質試料を用いたDGS試験計画について報告する。※本件は、今回のINMMにて開催される核不拡散用アクティブ中性子非破壊測定技術開発(実施窓口:ISCN)のシリーズ発表(全7件)のうち、ISCNから発表の依頼を受け、PCDFで実施する核物質試料を用いたDGS測定試験の目的及び具体的な試験方法について報告するものである。


Nuclear structure of elements with $$100 le Z le 109$$ from alpha spectroscopy

浅井 雅人; He${ss}$berger, F. P.*; Lopez-Martens, A.*

Nuclear Physics A, 944, p.308 - 332, 2015/12

 被引用回数:49 パーセンタイル:95.21(Physics, Nuclear)

$$alpha$$崩壊核分光による原子番号100から109までの原子核の核構造研究についてレビューした。$$alpha$$崩壊核分光に関わる分離技術やデジタルエレクトロニクスの利用、$$alpha$$線スペクトルにおけるサム効果などの実験技術や実験手法について詳しく記述した。実験結果や物理の議論については、ここ10年間に最も進展のあった、原子番号が偶数で中性子数151, 153, 155を持つ一連の原子核の核構造の系統性に特に焦点を絞って紹介した。


Study of $$Lambda N$$ interaction via the $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy of $$^4_{Lambda}$$He and $$^{19}_{Lambda}$$F (E13-1st)

山本 剛史*; 江川 弘行; 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; 杉村 仁志; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 8, p.021017_1 - 021017_6, 2015/09

A $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy experiment via the $$(K^-, pi^-)$$ reaction (J-PARC E13-1st) will be performed at the J-PARC Hadron Experimental Facility using a newly developed Ge detector array, Hyperball-J. Spin-dependent $$Lambda N$$ interactions will be studied through the precise measurement of the structure of hypernuclei, $$^4_{Lambda}$$He and $$^{19}_{Lambda}$$F. In May 2013, commissioning of whole detector system was carried out and calibration data were taken. In particular, production cross sections of $$Sigma^+$$ and $$^{12}_{Lambda}$$C via the $$(K^-, pi^-)$$ reaction on the CH$$_2$$ target for $$p_K = 1.5$$ and 1.8 GeV/$$c$$ were obtained.

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