Title: High Resolution Measurements of the 241Am(n,2n) Reaction Cross Section
Authors: SAGE C.SEMKOVA ValentinaBOULAND O.DESSAGNE PhilippeFERNANDEZ CARRETERO AsuncionGUNSING F.NÄSTREN C.NOGUERE G.OTTMAR H.PLOMPEN ArjanROMAIN P.RUDOLF G.SOMERS JosephWASTIN Franck
Citation: PHYSICAL REVIEW C vol. 81 no. 6 p. 064604 (1-9)
Publisher: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC53281
ISSN: 0556-2813
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC53281
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.81.064604
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Measurements of the 241Am(n,2n) reaction cross section have been performed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) Geel in the frame of a collaboration between the European Commission (EC) JRC and French laboratories from CNRS and the Commissariat `a L¿Energie Atomique (CEA) Cadarache. Raw material coming from the Atalante facility of CEA Marcoule has been transformed by JRC Karlsruhe into suitable 241AmO2 samples embedded in Al2O3 matrices specifically designed for these measurements. The irradiations were carried out at the 7-MV Van de Graaff accelerator. The 241Am(n,2n) reaction cross section was determined relative to the 27Al(n,a)24Na standard cross section. The measurements were performed in four sessions, using quasi-monoenergetic neutrons with energies ranging from 8 to 21 MeV produced via the 2H(d,n)3He and the 3H(d,n)4He reactions. The induced activity was measured by standard ¿ -ray spectrometry using a high-purity germanium detector. Below 15 MeV, the present results are in agreement with data obtained earlier. Above 15 MeV, these measurements allowed the experimental investigation of the 241Am(n,2n) reaction cross section for the first time. The present data are in good agreement with predictions obtained with the TALYS code that uses an optical and fission model developed at CEA.
JRC Institute:Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements

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