Toward short-lived and energy-dependent fission product yields from neutron-induced fission
1 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, USA
2 Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
3 Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, North Carolina, 27708, USA
4 Department of Physics, Duke University, Durham North Carolina, 27708, USA
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Published online: 30 September 2020
Fission product yields (FPYs) are an important source of information that are used for basic and applied physics. They are essential observables to address questions relevant to nucleosynthesis in the cosmos that created the elements from iron to uranium, for example, in energy generating processes from fission recycling in binary neutron star mergers; resolving the reactor neutrino anomaly; decay heat release in nuclear reactors; and many national security applications. While new applications will require accurate energy-dependent FPY data over a broad set of incident neutron energies, the current evaluated FPY data files contain only three energy points: thermal, fast, and 14-MeV incident energies.
Recent measurements using mono-energetic and pulsed neutron beams at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) tandem accelerator and employing a dual fission ionization chambers setup have produced self-consistent, high-precision data critical for testing fission models for the neutron-induced fission of the major actinide nuclei. This paper will present new campaign just beginning utilizing a RApid Belt-driven Irradiated Target Transfer System (RABITTS) to measure shorter-lived fission products and the time dependence of fission yields, expanding the measurements from cumulative towards independent fission yields.
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