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Monte Carlo radiation transport modelling of the current-biased kinetic inductance detector

Malins, A.; Machida, Masahiko; Vu, T. D.; Aizawa, Kazuya; Ishida, Takekazu*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 953, p.163130_1 - 163130_7, 2020/02

 Times Cited Count:0

JAEA Reports

Summaries of research and development activities by using supercomputer system of JAEA in FY2018 (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019)

HPC Technology Promotion Office*

JAEA-Review 2019-017, 182 Pages, 2020/01

JAEA-Review-2019-017.pdf:11.11MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducts research and development (R&D) in various fields related to nuclear power as a comprehensive institution of nuclear energy R&Ds, and utilizes computational science and technology in many activities. As shown in the fact that about 20 percent of papers published by JAEA are concerned with R&D using computational science, the supercomputer system of JAEA has become an important infrastructure to support computational science and technology. In FY2018, the system was used for R&D aiming to restore Fukushima (environmental recovery and nuclear installation decommissioning) as a priority issue, as well as for JAEA's major projects such as research and development of fast reactor cycle technology, research for safety improvement in the field of nuclear energy, and basic nuclear science and engineering research. This report presents a great number of R&D results accomplished by using the system in FY2018, as well as user support, operational records and overviews of the system, and so on.

Journal Articles

Simulation study of the effects of buildings, trees and paved surfaces on ambient dose equivalent rates outdoors at three suburban sites near Fukushima Dai-ichi

Kim, M.; Malins, A.; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Sakuma, Kazuyuki; Kurikami, Hiroshi; Kitamura, Akihiro; Machida, Masahiko; Hasegawa, Yukihiro*; Yanagi, Hideaki*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 210, p.105803_1 - 105803_10, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Environmental Sciences)

To improve the accuracy of simulations for air dose rates over fallout contaminated areas, the distribution of the radionuclides within the environment should be modelled realistically, e.g. considering differences in radioactivity levels between agricultural land, urban surfaces, and forest compartments. Moreover simulations should model the shielding of $$gamma$$ rays by buildings, trees and land topography. Here we outline a system for generating three dimensional models of urban and rural areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs radioactivity distribution can be set flexibly across the different components of the model. The models incorporate realistic representations of local buildings, based on nine common Japanese designs, individual conifer and broadleaf trees, and the topography of the land surface. Models are generated from Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Digital Surface Model (DSM) datasets, and refined by users assisted with ortho-photographs of target sites. Completed models are exported from the system in a format suitable for the Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) for the calculation of air dose rates and other radiological quantities. The system is demonstrated by modelling a suburban area 4 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that has yet to be decontaminated. Air dose rates calculated in PHITS were correlated with measurements taken across the site in a car-borne survey.

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Seven-year temporal variation of cesium-137 discharge inventory from the port of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant; Continuous monthly estimation of cesium-137 discharge in the period from April 2011 to June 2018

Machida, Masahiko; Yamada, Susumu; Iwata, Ayako; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi; Kobayashi, Takuya; Watanabe, Masahisa; Funasaka, Hideyuki; Morita, Takami*

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 18(4), p.226 - 236, 2019/12

After direct discharges of highly-contaminated water from Unit 2 and 3 in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F) in April to May 2011, Kanda suggested that relatively small run-off of radionuclides from 1F port into Fukushima coastal region has subsequently continued by using his estimation scheme. However, the estimation period was limited until September 2012, and there has been no report on the issue since the work. Therefore, this paper focuses on discharge inventory from 1F port until June 2018. In the missing period, the central government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings have done continuous efforts to stop the discharge, and consequently sea water concentration inside 1F port has diminished gradually. We show monthly discharge inventory of Cs-137 until June 2018 by two schemes, i.e., Kanda's scheme partially improved by authors and more sophisticated one using Voronoi tessellation reflecting the increment of the number of monitoring points inside 1F port. The results show that the former always presents overestimated results compared to the latter but the ratio of former to latter is less than one order. Based on these results, we evaluate impact of discharge inventory from 1F port into the coastal area and radiation does via fish digestion.

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Disorder-induced exceptional and hybrid point rings in Weyl/Dirac semimetals

Matsushita, Taiki*; Nagai, Yuki; Fujimoto, Satoshi*

Physical Review B, 100(24), p.245205_1 - 245205_9, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Isotope and plasma size scaling in ion temperature gradient driven turbulence

Idomura, Yasuhiro

Physics of Plasmas, 26(12), p.120703_1 - 120703_5, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:0

This Letter presents the impacts of the hydrogen isotope mass and the normalized gyroradius $$rho^*$$ on L-mode like hydrogen (H) and deuterium (D) plasmas dominated by ion temperature gradient driven (ITG) turbulence using global full-f gyrokinetic simulations. In ion heated numerical experiments with adiabatic electrons, the energy confinement time shows almost no isotope mass dependency, and is determined by Bohm like $$rho^*$$ scaling. Electron heated numerical experiments with kinetic electrons show clear isotope mass dependency caused by the isotope effect on the collisional energy transfer from electrons to ions, and the H and D plasmas show similar ion and electron temperature profiles at an H to D heating power ratio of $$sim 1.4$$. The normalized collisionless ion gyrokinetic equations for H and D plasmas become identical at the same $$rho^*$$, and collisions weakly affect ITG turbulence. Therefore, the isotope mass dependency is mainly contributed by the $$rho^*$$ scaling and the heating sources.

JAEA Reports

Review of research on advanced computational science in FY2018

Center for Computational Science & e-Systems

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-007, 49 Pages, 2019/11

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-007.pdf:1.68MB

Research on advanced computational science for nuclear applications, based on "the plan to achieve the mid and long term goal of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency", has been performed at Center for Computational Science & e-Systems (CCSE), Japan Atomic Energy Agency. CCSE established a committee consisting of outside experts and authorities which does research evaluation and advice for the assistance of the future research and development. This report summarizes the results of the R&D performed at CCSE in FY2018 (April 1st, 2018 - March 31st, 2019) and the evaluation by the committee on them.

Journal Articles

GPU acceleration of communication avoiding Chebyshev basis conjugate gradient solver for multiphase CFD simulations

Ali, Y.*; Onodera, Naoyuki; Idomura, Yasuhiro; Ina, Takuya*; Imamura, Toshiyuki*

Proceedings of 10th Workshop on Latest Advances in Scalable Algorithms for Large-Scale Systems (ScalA 2019), p.1 - 8, 2019/11

Iterative methods for solving large linear systems are common parts of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. The Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient (P-CG) method is one of the most widely used iterative methods. However, in the P-CG method, global collective communication is a crucial bottleneck especially on accelerated computing platforms. To resolve this issue, communication avoiding (CA) variants of the P-CG method are becoming increasingly important. In this paper, the P-CG and Preconditioned Chebyshev Basis CA CG (P-CBCG) solvers in the multiphase CFD code JUPITER are ported to the latest V100 GPUs. All GPU kernels are highly optimized to achieve about 90% of the roofline performance, the block Jacobi preconditioner is re-designed to extract high computing power of GPUs, and the remaining bottleneck of halo data communication is avoided by overlapping communication and computation. The overall performance of the P-CG and P-CBCG solvers is determined by the competition between the CA properties of the global collective communication and the halo data communication, indicating an importance of the inter-node interconnect bandwidth per GPU. The developed GPU solvers are accelerated up to 2x compared with the former CPU solvers on KNLs, and excellent strong scaling is achieved up to 7,680 GPUs on the Summit.

Journal Articles

Self-learning Monte Carlo

Nagai, Yuki

Butsurigakusha, Kikai Gakushu O Tsukau, p.74 - 86, 2019/10

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Research and development behind a computation system for 3D distributions of air dose rates in the environment; Estimating environmental radiation doses using PHITS together with remote sensing data

Kim, M.; Malins, A.; Sakuma, Kazuyuki; Kitamura, Akihiro; Machida, Masahiko; Hasegawa, Yukihiro*; Yanagi, Hideaki*

Isotope News, (765), p.30 - 33, 2019/10

Here we outline a system for generating three dimensional models of urban and rural areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs radioactivity distribution can be set flexibly across the different components of the model. The models incorporate realistic representations of local buildings, individual conifer and broadleaf trees, and the topography of the land surface. The system is demonstrated by modelling a suburban area 4 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that has yet to be decontaminated. Air dose rates calculated in PHITS were correlated with measurements taken across the site in a car-borne survey.

Journal Articles

Quantum chemical calculations for the norbadione A complexes with Cs$$^+$$, K$$^+$$, and Na$$^+$$ in gas and aqueous phases

Suno, Hiroya; Machida, Masahiko

Chemical Physics Letters, 730, p.26 - 31, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Chemistry, Physical)

We perform quantum chemical calculations for the Cs$$^+$$, K$$^+$$, and Na$$^+$$ complexes of norbadione A (NBA), a pigment molecule in mushrooms known to accumulate Cs$$^+$$. A numerical two-step approach, by Ota $textit{et al.}$, is employed to examine its alkali-metal-cation complexation selectivity in aqueous solutions. Applying it to the neutral, di- and tetra-deprotonated NBAs, we confirm that the complexation selectivity on Cs$$^+$$ emerges only in high pHs, in which the di-protonated NBA dominates, in agreement with experimental results. This is the first demonstration of the approach for a biological molecule whose selectivity is known to be anomalous.

Journal Articles

Screw dislocation-spherical void interactions in fcc metals and their dependence on stacking fault energy

Hayakawa, Sho*; Doihara, Kohei*; Okita, Taira*; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Aichi, Masaatsu*; Suzuki, Katsuyuki*

Journal of Materials Science, 54(17), p.11509 - 11525, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

First-principles calculation of mechanical properties of simulated debris Zr$$_x$$U$$_{1-x}$$O$$_2$$

Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Nakamura, Hiroki; Kitagaki, Toru; Hoshino, Takanori; Machida, Masahiko

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(9-10), p.915 - 921, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

To elucidate the mechanical properties of fuel debris inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, we use first-principles calculations to evaluate mechanical properties of cubic Zr$$_{x}$$U$$_{1-x}$$O$$_{2}$$, which is a main component of the fuel debris. We focus on the dependence of mechanical properties on the fraction x of zirconium, compare our results with recent experiment of simulated debris, in which dependences of elastic moduli and fracture toughness on the ZrO$$_{2}$$ content showed deviation from a simple linear relation. We show that elastic moduli drop at around x=0.25 and increase again for larger values of x, as has been observed in experiments. The reason of the drop is a softening owing to disordered atomistic structures induced by the solute zirconium atoms. We also find that stress-strain curves for the x=0.125 case show marked hysteresis owing to the existence of many meta-stable states. We show that this hysteresis leads to slightly increased fracture toughness, but it is not enough to account for the significant increase of fracture toughness observed in experiments.

Journal Articles

Atomistic simulations for the effects of stacking fault energy on defect formations by displacement cascades in FCC metals under Poisson's deformation

Hayakawa, Sho*; Okita, Taira*; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Kawabata, Tomoya*; Suzuki, Katsuyuki*

Journal of Materials Science, 54(16), p.11096 - 11110, 2019/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Analyzing the cross slip motion of screw dislocations at finite temperatures in body-centered-cubic metals; Molecular statics and dynamics studies

Suzudo, Tomoaki; Onitsuka, Takashi*; Fukumoto, Kenichi*

Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 27(6), p.064001_1 - 064001_15, 2019/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Plasticity of body-centered-cubic (BCC) metals at low temperatures is determined by screw dislocation kinetics. Because the core of screw dislocation in these metals has non-planar structure, its motion is complex and unpredictable. For example, although density functional theory (DFT) predicts slip on a { 110 } plane, the actual slip plane at elevated temperatures departs from the prediction, its mechanism having been a mystery for decades. Here we conduct a series of molecular dynamics simulations to track the screw dislocation motion and successfully reproduced the transition of the slip plane. We then devised an algorithm to scrutinize the activation of dislocation jump over the Peierls barrier and discovered the possible origin of this unexpected phenomenon, i.e., a large fluctuation leads to the kink-pair nucleation for the cross-slip jump without transition of dislocation core structure.

Journal Articles

Long-term simulations of radiocesium discharge in watershed with improved radiocesium wash-off model; Applying the model to Abukuma River basin of Fukushima

Liu, X.; Machida, Masahiko; Kurikami, Hiroshi; Kitamura, Akihiro

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 203, p.135 - 146, 2019/07

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:100(Environmental Sciences)

In order to simulate the long-term migration and distribution of radiocesium after the Fukushima accident, a numerical model, Soil and Cesium Transport (SACT) based on universal soil loss equation (USLE), has been developed in previous studies. Although the SACT model's results on radiocesium discharge in 2011 are in reasonable agreement with field measurements, it fails to capture the sharp decrease of radiocesium flux in subsequent years, especially in the case of Abukuma River. We therefore have improved SACT by implementing the vertical migration and fixation of radiocesium in soil. For validation purpose, the annual average radiocesium concentration in sediments discharged from Abukuma River has been evaluated from measurement data. New model achieved much better agreement with the measurement results without parameter tuning.

Journal Articles

Unraveling anomalous isotope effect on hydrogen diffusivities in fcc metals from first principles including nuclear quantum effects

Kimizuka, Hajime*; Ogata, Shigenobu*; Shiga, Motoyuki

Physical Review B, 100(2), p.024104_1 - 024104_9, 2019/07

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The behavior of H isotopes in crystals is a fundamental and recurrent theme in materials physics. Especially, the information on H diffusion over a wide temperature range provides a critical insight into the quantum mechanical nature of the subject; however, this is not yet fully explored. From state-of-the-art ab initio calculations to treat both electrons and nuclei quantum mechanically, we found that the temperature dependence of H isotope diffusivities in face-centered-cubic (fcc) Pd has an unconventional "reversed S" shape on Arrhenius plots. Such irregular behavior is ascribed to the competition between different nuclear quantum effects with different temperature and mass dependencies, which leads to a peculiar situation, where the heavier tritium ($$^3$$H) diffuses faster than the lighter protium ($$^1$$H) in the limited temperature range of 80 - 400 K. This unveils the mechanism of anomalous crossovers between the normal and reversed isotope effects observed in the experiments at high and low temperatures.

JAEA Reports

Construction of thin-client system with hosted desktop infrastructure

Yashiro, Shigeo; Shoji, Makoto; Ueno, Tokio; Ueno, Asuka

JAEA-Testing 2019-001, 28 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Testing-2019-001.pdf:3.51MB

Center for Computational Science & e-Systems of Japan Atomic Energy Agency, provides an environment for using PCs with thin client systems to our organization's officers, operation management organization, common business organization, base management department, and offices for each research and development department. Supports the efficient and smooth implementation of our decision-making, core operations and related tasks. This report is the characteristics and construction policy (basic requirements) of the thin client system and hardware newly obtained in the subsequent operation, which were arranged and examined on the introduction of the existing thin client system updated in October 2017. It is a summary of the results, findings, etc. of the occupied thin client system.

Journal Articles

Smooth self-energy in the exact-diagonalization-based dynamical mean-field theory; Intermediate-representation filtering approach

Nagai, Yuki; Shinaoka, Hiroshi*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 88(6), p.064004_1 - 064004_5, 2019/06

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:100(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Exascale simulations of fusion plasmas

Idomura, Yasuhiro; Watanabe, Tomohiko*; Todo, Yasushi*

Shimyureshon, 38(2), p.79 - 86, 2019/06

We promote the research and development of exascale fusion plasma simulations on Post-K towards estimation and prediction of core plasma performance, and exploration of improved operation scenarios on the next generation fusion experimental reactor ITER. In this paper, we review developed exascale simulation technologies and outcomes from validation studies on existing experimental devices, and discuss perspectives on exascale fusion plasma simulations on Post-K.

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