ORNL actinide materials and a new detection system for superheavy nuclei
1 Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Physics Division, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
2 University of Tennessee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
3 Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, RU-141980 Dubna, Russian Federation
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Published online: 1 December 2016
The actinide resources and production capabilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are reviewed, including potential electromagnetic separation of rare radioactive materials. The first experiments at the Dubna Gas Filled Recoil Separator (DGFRS) with a new digital detection system developed at ORNL and University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) are presented. These studies used 240Pu material provided by ORNL and mixed-Cf targets made at ORNL. The proposal to use an enriched 251Cf target and a large dose of 58Fe beam to reach the N = 184 shell closure and to observe new elements with Z = 124, 122 and 120 is discussed.
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