Measurement of the neutron capture cross-section of 237Np using ANNRI at MLF/J-PARC
1 Tokyo Instutute of Technology, Laboratory for Advanced Nuclear Energy.
2 Japan Atomic Energy Agency.
Published online: 30 September 2020
The neutron capture-cross section of 237Np was measured using the Accurate Neutron-Nucleus Reaction Measurement Instrument (ANNRI) with special emphasis in the region of interest for the core design of Accelerator-Driven Systems (ADS), from 0.5 to 500 keV. A neutron time-of-flight method was employed using the NaI(Tl) spectrometer in the ANNRI beamline at the Japanese Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) together with the pulse-height weighting technique. The cross-section was determined by normalizing the results to JENDL-4.0 cross-section data at the first resonance of 237Np. In the 0.5 to 500 keV range, the present preliminary results present better agreement with previous experiments of Weston et al . Experimental data from Esch et al  is about 15% lower than the present results. In comparision with evaluated data, ENDF/B-VIII.0 offers better agreement from 0.5 to 10 keV than with JENDL-4.0. From 0.5 to 10 keV JENDL-4.0 underestimates the present results by 10-15%. Nontheless, over 10 keV energy JENDL-4.0 shows good agreement up to 500 keV. The present preliminary cross-section has uncertainties of about 5% from 0.5 to 35 keV, a value lower than the uncertainties present in JENDL-4.0 of 6-10%. However, over 35 keV the total uncertainties steadily increase and amount to 10% at 500 keV.
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