High-accuracy determination of the 238U/ 235U fission cross section ratio up to ˜ 1 GeV at n_TOF at CERN
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The U238 to U235 fission cross section ratio has been determined at n_TOF up to ˜1 GeV, with two different detection systems, in different geometrical configurations. A total of four datasets has been collected and compared. They are all consistent to each other within the relative systematic uncertainty of 3–4%. The data collected at n_TOF have been suitably combined to yield a unique fission cross section ratio as a function of neutron energy. The result confirms current evaluations up to 200 MeV. Good agreement is also observed with theoretical calculations based on the INCL++/Gemini++ combination up to the highest measured energy. The n_TOF results may help solve a long-standing discrepancy between the two most important experimental datasets available so far above 20 MeV, while extending the neutron energy range for the first time up to ˜1 GeV.
CitationParadela, C. [et al.]. High-accuracy determination of the 238U/ 235U fission cross section ratio up to ˜ 1 GeV at n_TOF at CERN. "Physical review C", 09 Febrer 2015, vol. 91, p. 024602-1-024602-11.