Title: Statistical study of the prompt-fission gamma-ray spectrum for 238U(n,f) in the fast neutron region
Authors: QI LIQIANGLEBOIS M.WILSON J. N.CHATILLON A.COURTIN S.FRUET G.GEORGIEV G.JENKINS D. G.LAURENT B.LEMEUR L.MAJ A.MARINI P.MATEA I.MORRIS L.NANAL V.NAPIORKOWSKI P.OBERSTEDT A.OBERSTEDT STEPHANSCHMITT C.SEROT O.STANOIU M.WASILEWSKA B.
Citation: PHYSICAL REVIEW C vol. 98 no. 1 p. 014612
Publisher: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC107398
ISSN: 2469-9985
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC107398
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.98.014612
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Prompt-fission γ-ray spectra (PFGS) have been measured for the 238U(n,f) reaction using fast neutrons produced by the LICORNE directional neutron source. Fission events were detected with an ionization chamber containing actinide samples placed in the neutron beam, and the coincident prompt-fission γ rays were measured using a number of LaBr3 scintillation detectors and a cluster of nine phoswich detectors from the PARIS array. Prompt-fission γ rays (PFGs) were discriminated from prompt-fission neutrons using the time-of-flight technique over distances of around 35 cm. PFG emission spectra were measured at two incident neutron energies of 1.9 and 4.8 MeV for 238U(n,f) and also for 252Cf(sf) as a reference. Spectral characteristics of PFG emission, such as mean γ multiplicity and average total γ-ray energy per fission, as well as the average γ-ray energy, were extracted. The sensitivity of these results to the width of the time window and the type of spectral unfolding procedure used to correct for the detector responses was studied. Iteration methods were found to be more stable in low-statistics data sets. The measured values at En=1.9MeV were found to be the mean γ multiplicity ¯¯¯¯Mγ=6.54±0.19, total released energy per fission Eγ,tot=5.25±0.20 MeV, and the average γ-ray energy εγ=0.80±0.04 MeV. Under similar conditions, the values at En=4.8MeV were measured to be ¯¯¯¯Mγ=7.31±0.46, Eγ,tot=6.18±0.65 MeV, and εγ=0.84±0.11 MeV.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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