Thought Experiment to Examine Benchmark Performance for Fusion Nuclear Data
1 Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Osaka University, Yamada-oka 2-1, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871 Japan
2 Center for Atomic and Molecular Technology, Osaka University, Yamada-oka 2-1, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871 Japan
3 Organization for Industry, University and Government Cooperation, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8570, Japan
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 25 September 2017
There are many benchmark experiments carried out so far with DT neutrons especially aiming at fusion reactor development. These integral experiments seemed vaguely to validate the nuclear data below 14 MeV. However, no precise studies exist now. The author’s group thus started to examine how well benchmark experiments with DT neutrons can play a benchmarking role for energies below 14 MeV. Recently, as a next phase, to generalize the above discussion, the energy range was expanded to the entire region. In this study, thought experiments with finer energy bins have thus been conducted to discuss how to generally estimate performance of benchmark experiments. As a result of thought experiments with a point detector, the sensitivity for a discrepancy appearing in the benchmark analysis is “equally” due not only to contribution directly conveyed to the deterctor, but also due to indirect contribution of neutrons (named (A)) making neutrons conveying the contribution, indirect controbution of neutrons (B) making the neutrons (A) and so on. From this concept, it would become clear from a sensitivity analysis in advance how well and which energy nuclear data could be benchmarked with a benchmark experiment.
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