Assessment of beryllium and molybdenum nuclear data files with the RPI neutron scattering system in the energy region from 0.5 to 20 MeV
1 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gaerttner LINAC Center, 110 8th St., Troy, NY 12180, USA
2 Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, PO Box 1072, Schenectady, NY 12301-1072, USA
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Published online: 13 September 2017
A series of neutron scattering benchmark measurements were performed on beryllium and molybdenum with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Neutron Scattering System. The pulsed neutron source was produced by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Linear Accelerator and a well collimated neutron beam was incident onto the samples located at a distance of 30.07 m. Neutrons that scattered from the sample were measured using the time-of-flight by eight EJ-301 liquid scintillator detectors positioned 0.5 m from the sample of interest. A total of eight experiments were performed with two sample thicknesses each, measured by detectors placed at two sets of angles. All data were processed using pulse shape analysis that separated the neutron and gamma ray events and included a gamma misclassification correction to account for erroneously identified gamma rays. A detailed model of the neutron scattering system simulated each experiment with several current evaluated nuclear data libraries and their predecessors. Results for each evaluation were compared to the experimental data using a figure-of-merit. The neutron scattering system has been used as a means to quantify a library's performance.
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