Measurement of the 241Am(n,γ) cross section at the n_TOF facility at CERN
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AuthorOprea, A.; Ogállar Ruiz, Francisco; Porras Sánchez, José Ignacio; Praena Rodríguez, Antonio Javier; Torres Sánchez, Pablo; n_TOF Collaboration
Oprea, A. et al. Measurement of the 241Am(n,γ) cross section at the n_TOF facility at CERN. EPJ Web of Conferences 284, 01036 (2023) ND2022. [https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202328401036]
The neutron capture cross section of Am-241 is an important quantity for nuclear energy production and fuel cycle scenarios. Several measurements have been performed in recent years with the aim to reduce existing uncertainties in evaluated data. Two previous measurements, performed at the 185 m flight-path station EARL of the neutron time-of-flight facility n_TOF at CERN, have permitted to substantially extend the resolved resonance region, but suffered in the near-thermal energy range from the unfavorable signal-to-background ratio resulting from the combination of the high radioactivity of Am-241 and the rather low thermal neutron flux. The here presented Am-241(n,gamma) measurement, performed with C6D6 liquid scintillator gamma detectors at the 20 m flight-path station EAR2 of the n_TOF facility, took advantage of the much higher neutron flux. The current status of the analysis of the data, focussed on the low-energy region, will be described here.