Propagation of nuclear data uncertainties for fusion power measurements
1 Division of Applied Nuclear Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, 751 20, Uppsala, Sweden
2 Nuclear Data Section, IAEA, Vienna, Austria
3 Reactor Physics and Systems Behaviour Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland
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Published online: 13 September 2017
Neutron measurements using neutron activation systems are an essential part of the diagnostic system at large fusion machines such as JET and ITER. Nuclear data is used to infer the neutron yield. Consequently, high-quality nuclear data is essential for the proper determination of the neutron yield and fusion power. However, uncertainties due to nuclear data are not fully taken into account in uncertainty analysis for neutron yield calibrations using activation foils. This paper investigates the neutron yield uncertainty due to nuclear data using the so-called Total Monte Carlo Method. The work is performed using a detailed MCNP model of the JET fusion machine; the uncertainties due to the cross-sections and angular distributions in JET structural materials, as well as the activation cross-sections in the activation foils, are analysed. It is found that a significant contribution to the neutron yield uncertainty can come from uncertainties in the nuclear data.
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