Measurement and analysis of Gd-155, Gd-157(n,γ) from thermal energy to 1 keV
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EPJ Web of Conferences 239, 01041 (2020). [https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202023901041]
SponsorshipEuropean Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2011 under the Project CHANDA 605203; MINECO FPA2014-52823-C2-1-P; Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports - Czech Republic Czech Republic Government
We have measured the capture cross section of the Gd-155 and Gd-157 isotopes between 0.025 eV and 1 keV. The capture events were recorded by an array of 4 C6D6 detectors, and the capture yield was deduced exploiting the total energy detection system in combination with the Pulse Height Weighting Techniques. Because of the large cross section around thermal neutron energy, 4 metallic samples of different thickness were used to prevent problems related to self-shielding. The samples were isotopically enriched, with a cross contamination of the other isotope of less than 1.14%. The capture yield was analyzed with an R-Matrix code to describe the cross section in terms of resonance parameters. Near thermal energies, the results are significantly different from evaluations and from previous time-of-flight experiments. The data from the present measurement at n_TOF are publicly available in the experimental nuclear reaction database EXFOR.