Measurement of the Pu-242(n, γ) cross section from thermal to 500 keV at the Budapest research reactor and CERN n_TOF-EAR1 facilities
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AuthorLerendegui-Marco, J.; Porras Sánchez, José Ignacio; Praena Rodríguez, Antonio Javier; TOF Collaboration
EPJ Web of Conferences 239, 01019 (2020). [https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202023901019]
SponsorshipEC FP7 Programme under the project NEUTANDALUS 334315; EC FP7 Programme under the project CHANDA 605203; Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness FPA2013-45083-P FPA2014-53290-C2-2-P FPA2016-77689-C2-1-R; V Plan Propio de Investigacion Programme from the University of Sevilla; Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) 03NUK13A
The design and operation of innovative nuclear systems requires a better knowledge of the capture and fission cross sections of the Pu isotopes. For the case of capture on Pu-242. a reduction of the uncertainty in the fast region down to 8-12% is required. Moreover, aiming at improving the evaluation of the fast energy range in terms of average parameters, the OECD NEA High Priority Request List (HPRL) requests high-resolution capture measurements with improved accuracy below 2 keV. The current uncertainties also affect the thermal point, where previous experiments deviate from each other by 20%. A fruitful collaboration betwen JGU Mainz and HZ Dresden-Rossendorf within the EC CHANDA project resulted in a Pu-242 sample consisting of a stack of seven fission like targets making a total of 95(4) mg of Pu-242 electrodeposited on thin (11.5 mu m) aluminum backings. This contribution presents the results of a set of measurements of the Pu-242(n,gamma) cross section from thermal to 500 keV combining different neutron beams and techniques. The thermal point was determined at the Budapest Research Reactor by means of Neutron Activation Analysis and Prompt Gamma Analysis, and the resolved (1 eV - 4 keV) and unresolved (1 - 500 keV) resonance regions were measured using a set of four Total Energy detectors at the CERN n_TOF-EAR1.