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Journal Articles

A New convention for the epithermal neutron spectrum for improving accuracy of resonance integrals

Harada, Hideo; Takayama, Naoki; Komeda, Masao

Journal of Physics Communications (Internet), 4(8), p.085004_1 - 085004_17, 2020/08

A new convention of epithermal neutron spectrum is formulated for improving accuracy of resonance integrals. The new type function is proposed as an approximating function of epithermal neutron spectrum based on calculations by the state-of-art Monte Carlo code MVP-3. Bias effects on determination of resonance integrals due to utilizing approximating functions of the traditional types and the new type are compared. The other bias effect is also investigated, which is caused by neglecting position dependence of a neutron spectrum inside an irradiation capsule. For demonstrating the bias effects due to these assumptions on neutron spectrum quantitatively in a practical case, the thermal neutron-capture cross section and resonance integral of $$^{135}$$Cs measured at a research reactor JRR-3 are re-evaluated. A superior property of the proposed new convention is discussed. The experimental method is proposed to determine the new shape factor $$beta$$ introduced in the convention by a combinational use of triple flux monitors ($$^{197}$$Au, $$^{59}$$Co and $$^{94}$$Zr), and its analytical methodology is formulated.

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$$f$$-electron states of NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ and the isostructural family; Heavy fermion superconductivity accompanied by valence crossover

Metoki, Naoto

Kotai Butsuri, 55(7), p.285 - 296, 2020/07

Electron states are the main theme of "solid-state physics", which is essential for microscopic understanding of multipoles and superconductivity, etc. Rare earths (4$$f$$) and actinides (5$$f$$) provide variety of interesting states realized with competing interactions between the increasing number of $$f$$ electrons. Since crystal field splitting of many-body $$f$$ electron system is smaller than the bandwidth, (1) high resolution experiments are needed, (2) essentially no clear spectrum with well defined peaks is expected in itinerant Ce and U compounds, and (3) Np and Pu is strictly regulated. Therefore, systematic research on magnetic excitations by neutron scattering experiments of localized compounds and rare earth iso-structural reference is useful. We describe the $$f$$ electron states of heavy electron compounds NpPd$$ _5$$Al$$_2$$ and actinide and rare earth based iso-structural family.

Journal Articles

Application of neutron, 1; Neutron stress measurement in the research reactor JRR-3

Suzuki, Hiroshi

Hozengaku, 19(1), p.24 - 28, 2020/04

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

The $$f$$-electron state of the heavy fermion superconductor NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ and the isostructural family

Metoki, Naoto; Aczel, A. A.*; Aoki, Dai*; Chi, S.*; Fernandez-Baca, J. A.*; Griveau, J.-C.*; Hagihala, Masato*; Hong, T.*; Haga, Yoshinori; Ikeuchi, Kazuhiko*; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 30, p.011123_1 - 011123_6, 2020/03

Rare earths (4$$f$$) and actinides (5$$f$$) provide variety of interesting states realized with competing interactions between the increasing number of $$f$$ electrons. Since crystal field splitting of many-body $$f$$ electron system is smaller than the bandwidth, (1) high resolution experiments are needed, (2) essentially no clear spectrum with well defined peaks is expected in itinerant Ce and U compounds, and (3) Np and Pu is strictly regulated. Therefore, systematic research on magnetic excitations by neutron scattering experiments of localized compounds and rare earth iso-structural reference is useful. We describe the $$f$$ electron states of heavy electron compounds NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ and actinide and rare earth based iso-structural family.

Journal Articles

What should we learn from the back numbers of HAMON ?

Takeda, Masayasu

Hamon, 30(1), p.7 - 8, 2020/02

Safety review of JRR-3 under the New Regulatory Requirements was completed on 7th November 2018. Neutron beam will come back in early 2021 after reinforcement works of the roof of the reactor building, the peripheral structures like a stack, a cooling tower, and the experimental hall. The future of neutron sciences using the research reactor strongly depends on how many impacted researches using JRR-3 are achieved after restarting JRR-3. At this stage, we can learn a lot of things from the back numbers of HAMON.

Journal Articles

Pseudo-triplet 5$$f$$ electron state in the heavy fermion superconductor NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$

Metoki, Naoto; Aoki, Dai*; Griveau, J.-C.*; Otsuki, Junya*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 89(2), p.024707_1 - 024707_6, 2020/02

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:10.49(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

The pseudo triplet ground state in the heavy-fermion superconductor NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ was concluded. The magnetic susceptibility $$chi$$ can be reproduced by the singlet ground state $$Gamma_{t1}$$ with the main component of $$|0rangle$$ and the first excited doublet $$Gamma_{t5}$$ dominated by $$|pm1rangle$$ at $$Delta E=49$$,K. The magnetization curve can be explained from the effective local hamiltonian for pseudo spin $$J$$=1 with $$DJ_z^2$$($$D=Delta E$$) equivalent to the quadrupole operator $$O_{20}$$. The specific heat can be described with the Kondo model normalized to give the entropy R$$ln3$$, corresponding to the pseudo triplet state. The derived Kondo temperature $$T_{rm K}=55$$,K comparable to the level splitting $$Delta E=49$$,K indicates the contribution of the excited doublet $$Gamma_{t5}$$ to the possible multi-channel Kondo effect.

Journal Articles

$$f$$-electron states of heavy-fermion superconductor NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ and rare-earth- and actinide-based isostructural compounds

Metoki, Naoto

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 89(2), p.025001_1 - 025001_2, 2020/02

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Good correspondence of the $$LS$$ and $$j$$-$$j$$ coupling scheme can be realized in the $$f$$-electron states of the heavy-fermion superconductor NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ and the isostructural family. The rare-earth and actinide elements are under a common strong uniaxial point charge potential with tetragonal point symmetry $$D_{4h}$$. The systematic development of the $$f$$-electron states can be understood in the $$LS$$ coupling scheme of $$^nf$$ configuration (the number of $$f$$ electrons $$nleq6$$). We can find the corresponding states in $$j$$-$$j$$ coupling scheme with three $$f$$-orbitals $$Gamma_7^{rm; i}, Gamma_7^{rm; ii}$$, and $$Gamma_6$$ determined from CePd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ with $$^1f$$ configuration.

Journal Articles

Fine structural analysis using single crystal neutron diffraction

Kaneko, Koji

Nippon Kessho Gakkai-Shi, 61(4), p.237 - 242, 2019/12

Journal Articles

Feasibility study of tritium recoil barrier for neutron reflectors

Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Sakamoto, Naoki*

Physical Sciences and Technology, 6(2), p.60 - 63, 2019/12

Tritium release into the primary coolant of the research and test reactors during operation had been studied, and it is found that the recoil release from chain reaction of $$^{9}$$Be is dominant. To reduce tritium concentration of the primary coolant, feasibility study of the tritium recoil barrier for the beryllium neutron reflectors was carried out, and the tritium recoils of various materials were calculated by PHITS. From these calculation results, it is clear that the thickness of tritium recoil barrier depends on the material and 20$$sim$$40 $$mu$$m is required for three orders reduction.

Journal Articles

Susceptibility to neutron irradiation embrittlement of heat-affected zone of reactor pressure vessel steels

Takamizawa, Hisashi; Katsuyama, Jinya; Ha, Yoosung; Tobita, Toru; Nishiyama, Yutaka; Onizawa, Kunio

Proceedings of 2019 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP 2019) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2019/07

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Annual report of Nuclear Science Research Institute, JFY2013 & 2014

Nuclear Science Research Institute

JAEA-Review 2018-036, 216 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Review-2018-036.pdf:19.22MB

Nuclear Science Research Institute (NSRI) is composed of Planning and Coordination Office, Fukushima Project Team and six departments, namely Department of Operational Safety Administration, Department of Radiation Protection, Engineering Services Department, Department of Research Reactor and Tandem Accelerator, Department of Fukushima Technology Development and Department of Decommissioning and Waste Management, and each departments manage facilities and develop related technologies to achieve the "Middle-term Plan" successfully and effectively. In order to contribute the future research and development and to promote management business, this annual report summarizes information on the activities of NSRI of JFY 2013 and 2014 as well as the activity on research and development carried out by Nuclear Safety Research Center, Advanced Research Center, Nuclear Science and Engineering Center and Quantum Beam Science Center, and activity of Nuclear Human Resource Development Center, using facilities of NSRI.

Journal Articles

Development of compact high field pulsed magnet system for new sample environment equipment at MLF in J-PARC

Watanabe, Masao; Nojiri, Hiroyuki*; Ito, Shinichi*; Kawamura, Seiko; Kihara, Takumi*; Masuda, Takatsugu*; Sahara, Takuro*; Soda, Minoru*; Takahashi, Ryuta

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 25, p.011024_1 - 011024_5, 2019/03

Recently, neutron scattering experiments have been rapidly progressed under high magnetic field. In the J-PARC, proto-type compact pulse magnet system with the power supply, the coil and the sample stick has been developed. Basic specifications of the power supply are as follows; maximum charged voltage with capacitor is 2 kV, maximum current is 8 kA, repetition rate is a pulse per several minutes and pulse duration is several msec. Maximum magnetic field in the coil is more than 30 Tesla. The sample stick is designed for Orange-Cryostat. In this presentation, We report the details of the pulsed magnet system and the performance of it on neutron scattering experiments at MLF beam line (HRC).

Journal Articles

Calculation of tritium release from driver fuels into primary coolant of research reactors

Ho, H. Q.; Ishitsuka, Etsuo

Physical Sciences and Technology, 5(2), p.53 - 56, 2019/00

Increasing of tritium concentration in the primary coolant of the research and test reactors during operation had been reported. To check the source for tritium release into the primary coolant during operation of the JMTR and the JRR-3M, the tritium release from the driver fuels was calculated by MCNP6 and PHITS. It is clear that the calculated values of tritium release from fuels are as about 10$$^{7}$$ and 10$$^{6}$$ Bq for the JMTR and JRR-3M, respectively, and that calculated values are about 4 order of magnitude smaller than that of the measured values. These results show that the tritium release from fuels is negligible for both the reactors.

JAEA Reports

Calculations of Tritium Recoil Release from Li and U Impurities in Neutron Reflectors (Joint research)

Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Kenzhina, I.*; Okumura, Keisuke; Ho, H. Q.; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Chikhray, Y.*

JAEA-Technology 2018-010, 33 Pages, 2018/11

JAEA-Technology-2018-010.pdf:2.58MB

As a part of study on the mechanism of tritium release to the primary coolant in research and testing reactors, tritium recoil release rate from Li and U impurities in the neutron reflector made by beryllium, aluminum and graphite were calculated by PHITS code. On the other hand, the tritium production from Li and U impurities in beryllium neutron reflectors for JMTR and JRR-3M were calculated by MCNP6 and ORIGEN2 code. By using both results, the amount of recoiled tritium from beryllium neutron reflectors were estimated. It is clear that the amount of recoiled tritium from Li and U impurities in beryllium neutron reflectors are negligible, and 2 and 5 orders smaller than that from beryllium itself, respectively.

Journal Articles

Neutron transport

Tamura, Itaru

Hamon, 28(4), p.204 - 207, 2018/11

A Neutron guide is one of the devices to transport neutron beam for long distance without sacrificing much neutrons; therefore, it can supply neutrons to many experimental instruments distributed in a large experimental hall. Also, by using a curved guide, only the neutrons in a required energy range can be transported, and $$gamma$$ rays and fast neutrons can be effectively eliminated, therefore the signal to background ratio is improved. In addition, a neutron beam can be branched by applying curved guides. Neutron guides are also used to control the divergence angle and intensity of the neutron beam supplied to the neutron instrument.

Journal Articles

Localized 5$$f^2$$ states in UPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ and valence crossover in the Vicinity of Heavy-Fermion superconductivity

Metoki, Naoto; Haga, Yoshinori; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Matsuda, Masaaki*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 87(11), p.114712_1 - 114712_9, 2018/11

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:59.22(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

The localized 5$$f$$ states with 5$$f^2$$ ($$^3H_4$$) configuration of U$$^{4+}$$ ion have been revealed in UPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$. We found that the low-lying states are the same as PrPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$ flat orbitals with large $$J_z$$ are stabilized by a two-dimensional CEF potential in the unique crystal structure. The present study involves the valence crossover from tetravalent to trivalent in a series of AnPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$, demonstrated by lattice and/or transport anomaly as well as many body effects in the vicinity of the boundary. The valence instability plays important role for the unusual heavy fermion superconductivity in NpPd$$_5$$Al$$_2$$.

Journal Articles

Structure analysis and derivation of deformed electron density distribution of polydiacetylene giant single crystal by the combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction data

Tashiro, Koji*; Kusaka, Katsuhiro*; Hosoya, Takaaki*; Ohara, Takashi; Hanesaka, Makoto*; Yoshizawa, Yoshinori*; Yamamoto, Hiroko*; Niimura, Nobuo*; Tanaka, Ichiro*; Kurihara, Kazuo*; et al.

Macromolecules, 51(11), p.3911 - 3922, 2018/06

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:100(Polymer Science)

Journal Articles

Evaluation of tritium release curve in primary coolant of research reactors

Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Kenzhina, I. E.*

Physical Sciences and Technology, 4(1), p.27 - 33, 2018/06

Increase of tritium concentration in the primary coolant for the research and testing reactors during reactor operation had been reported. To clarify the tritium sources, a curve of the tritium release rate into the primary coolant for the JMTR and the JRR-3M are evaluated. It is also observed that the amount of released tritium is lower in the case of new beryllium components installation, and increases with the reactor operating cycle. These results show the beryllium components in core strongly affect to the tritium release into the primary coolant. As a result, the tritium release rate is related with produced $$^{6}$$Li by (n,$$alpha$$) reaction from $$^{9}$$Be, and evaluation results of tritium release curve are shown as the dominant source of tritium release into the primary coolant for the JMTR and the JRR-3M are beryllium components. Scattering of the tritium release rate with irradiation time were observed, and this phenomena in the JMTR occurred in earlier time than that of the JRR-3M.

Journal Articles

Neutron moderation, 1; Research reactor as neutron source

Arai, Masaji

Hamon, 28(2), p.99 - 102, 2018/05

A thermal neutron reactor operates by the fission of uranium, a nuclear reaction which produces neutrons of energies in the range of MeV. This is far too high an energy to be useful for neutron scattering experiments. Therefore in a research reactor which has neutron beam utilization there are moderators arranged around the primary source to slow down the source neutrons to useful energies. Additionally almost major research reactors include at least one cold neutron source, a special moderator maintained at cryogenic temperature, where neutrons can equilibrate to lower average energies.

Journal Articles

Recent development of nano/micro-scale analytical techniques for nuclear materials, 2; Mechanical strength research using neutron diffraction

Morooka, Satoshi; Suzuki, Hiroshi

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 60(5), p.289 - 293, 2018/05

no abstracts in English

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