Feasibility study of nuclear transmutation by negative muon capture reaction using the PHITS code
Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Science and Engineering Center, 2-4 Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195, Japan
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Published online: 21 June 2016
Feasibility of nuclear transmutation of fission products in high-level radioactive waste by negative muon capture reaction is investigated using the Particle and Heave Ion Transport code System (PHITS). It is found that about 80 % of stopped negative muons contribute to transmute target nuclide into stable or short-lived nuclide in the case of 135Cs, which is one of the most important nuclide in the transmutation. The simulation result also indicates that the position of transmutation is controllable by changing the energy of incident negative muon. Based on our simulation, it takes approximately 8.5 × 108years to transmute 500 g of 135Cs by negative muon beam with the highest intensity currently available.
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