Measurement of the Cm-244 capture cross sections at both CERN n_TOF experimental areas
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AuthorAlcayne, V.; Ogállar Ruiz, Francisco; Porras Sánchez, José Ignacio; Praena Rodríguez, Antonio Javier; Torres Sánchez, Pablo
EPJ Web of Conferences 239, 01034 (2020). [https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202023901034]
Accurate neutron capture cross section data for minor actinides (MAs) are required to estimate the production and transmutation rates of MAs in light water reactors with a high burnup, critical fast reactors like Gen-IV systems and other innovative reactor systems such as accelerator driven systems (ADS). Capture reactions of Cm-244 open the path for the formation of heavier Cm isotopes and of heavier elements such as Bk and Cf. In addition, Cm-244 shares nearly 50% of the total actinide decay heat in irradiated reactor fuels with a high burnup, even after three years of cooling. Experimental data for this isotope are very scarce due to the difficulties of providing isotopically enriched samples and because the high intrinsic activity of the samples requires the use of neutron facilities with high instantaneous flux. The only two previous experimental data sets for this neutron capture cross section have been obtained in 1969 using a nuclear explosion and, more recently, at J-PARC in 2010. The neutron capture cross sections have been measured at n_TOF with the same samples that the previous experiments in J-PARC. The samples were measured at n_TOF Experimental Area 2 (EAR-2) with three C6D6 detectors and also in Experimental Area 1 (EAR-1) with the Total Absorption Calorimeter (TAC). Preliminary results assessing the quality and limitations of these new experimental datasets are presented for the experiments in both areas. Preliminary yields of both measurements will be compared with evaluated libraries for the first time.