Neutron-induced fission cross sections of Pu-242 from 0.3 MeV to 3 MeV
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The majority of the next generation of nuclear power plants (GEN-IV) will work in the fast-neutron-energy region, as opposed to present day thermal reactors. This leads to new and more accurate nuclear-data needs for some minor actinides and structural materials. Following those upcoming demands, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency performed a sensitivity study. Based on the latter, an improvement in accuracy from the present 20% to 5% is required for the Pu-242(n, f) cross section. Within the same project both the Pu-240(n, f) cross section and the Pu-242(n, f) cross section were measured at the Van de Graaff accelerator of the Joint Research Centre at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, where quasimonoenergetic neutrons were produced in an energy range from 0.3 MeV up to 3 MeV. A twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber has been used in a back-to-back configuration as fission-fragment detector. The Pu-242(n, f) cross section has been normalized to three different isotopes: Np-237(n, f), U-235(n, f), and U-238(n, f). A comprehensive study of the corrections applied to the data and the uncertainties associated is given. The results obtained are in agreement with previous experimental data at the threshold region up to 0.8 MeV. The resonance-like structure at 0.8 to 1.1 MeV, visible in the evaluations and in most previous experimental values, was not reproduced with the same intensity in this experiment. For neutron energies higher than 1.1 MeV, the results of this experiment are slightly lower than the Evaluated Nuclear Data File/B-VII.1 evaluation but in agreement with the experiment of Tovesson et al. (2009) as well as Staples and Morley (1998). Finally, for energies above 1.5 MeV, the results show consistency with the present evaluations.
CitationSalvador, P., Brys, T., Eykens, R., Hambsch, F., Gook, A., Moens, A., Oberstedt, S., Sibbens, G., Vanleeuw, D., Vidali, M., Pretel, C. Neutron-induced fission cross sections of Pu-242 from 0.3 MeV to 3 MeV. "Physical review C", 13 Octubre 2015, vol. 92, núm. 4, p. 044606-1-044606-6.