Study of the neutron-induced fission cross section of Np-237 at CERN's n_TOF facility over a wide energy range
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AuthorStamatopoulos, A.; Porras Sánchez, José Ignacio; Praena Rodríguez, Antonio Javier; TOF Collaboration
EPJ Web of Conferences 239, 05006 (2020). [https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202023905006]
SponsorshipIKY scholarships programme; European Social Fund (ESF) European Commission; Greek national funds through the action entitled Reinforcement of Postdoctoral Researchers
Neutron-induced fission cross sections of isotopes involved in the nuclear fuel cycle are vital for the design and safe operation of advanced nuclear systems. Such experimental data can also provide additional constraints for the adjustment of nuclear model parameters used in the evaluation process, resulting in the further development of fission models. In the present work, the Np-237(n,f) cross section was studied at the EAR2 vertical beam-line at CERN's n_TOF facility, over a wide range of neutron energies, from meV to MeV, using the time-of-flight technique and a set-up based on Micromegas detectors, in an attempt to provide accurate experimental data. Preliminary results in the 200 keV - 14 MeV neutron energy range as well as the experimental procedure, including a description of the facility and the data handling and analysis, will be presented.