Comprehensive stochastic sensitivities to resonance parameters
CEA/DER/SPRC/LEPh, CEA Cadarache, 13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, FRANCE
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Published online: 30 September 2020
Integral experiments in reactors or critical configurations claim to have very small experimental and technological uncertainties. Therefore these latter can be considered valuable experimental information in nuclear data evaluation. Because in the evaluation process the information is carried by model parameters, to perform a rigorous feedback on a nuclear model parameters p - for instance using a measured reactivity ρ-sensitivities S =∂ρ/ρ⁄∂p/p are needed. In usual integral feedbacks, sensitivity to multi-group cross sections are first obtained with deterministic code using perturbation theory. Then these multi-group cross section sensitivities are “convoluted” with parameter sensitivities in order to provide the sensitivity on nuclear model parameter. Recently stochastic approaches have been elaborated in order to obtain continuous cross-section sensitivities thus avoiding the multi-group discretization. In the present work we used the recent Iterated Fission Probability method of the TRIPOLI4 code  in order to obtain directly the sensitivity to nuclear physics parameters. We focus here on the sensitivity on resonance parameters and exemplified the method on the computation of sensitivities for 239Pu and 16O resonance parameters one the ICSBEP benchmark PST001. The underlying nuclear model describing resonant cross sections are based in the R-matrix formalism  that provides not only the interaction cross sections but also the angular distribution of the scattered neutrons i.e. differential cross sections. The method has thus been updated in order to compute parameter sensitives that include both contributions: cross section and angular distributions. This extension of the method was tested with exact perturbation of angular distribution and fission spectrum.
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