Title: Research on Isomer Decay with the NEPTUNE Spectrometer
Citation: Proceedings of the ND 2007 International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology vol. 1 p. 53-56
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC47105
URI: http://nd2007.edpsciences.org/
DOI: 10.1051/ndata:07300
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A new spectrometer has been built at the EC-JRC IRMM to investigate isomer decay in the millisecond range and activation cross sections of isotopes, where isomeric states exist and are populated. The spectrometer is equipped with high-resolution gamma-ray detectors and an ionisation chamber for the measurement of charged particles, e.g., fission fragments. NEPTUNE provides pulsed quasi mono-energetic neutrons at pulse repetition frequencies up to 5 kHz and tuneable neutron pulse widths ranging from 10 µs into the ms-region. For this purpose a beam chopper based on a parallel-plate capacitor has been integrated into the accelerator beam line in order to deflect the charged-particle beam onto a tantalum beam dump. First research has been performed with the NEPTUNE spectrometer dedicated to the shape isomer search in the odd-A uranium isotopes 235U, 237U and 239U. In further experiments the population of long-lived spin isomers was investigated.
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