The activation of natZr by quasi-monoenergetic neutrons below 34 MeV
Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 250 68 Řež, Czech Republic
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Published online: 30 September 2020
Good knowledge of cross section neutron induced reactions on Zr becomes of importance due to the use of zirconium as structural material in reactors, its applicability in neutron dosimetry and the theoretical model testing. Thin Zr foils (0.05 mm thickness, 99.2% purity) were irradiated in the quasi-monoenergetic p-Li neutron fields, the proton beams from NPI CAS variable-energy cyclotron U120M at proton energies 20.33, 22.44, 24.69, 27.64, 29.85, 32.31 and 35.11 MeV. Li target with carbon stopper was used for the generation of neutron flux. The reaction 7Li (p,n) produces the high-energy quasi-monoenergetic neutrons with a tail to lower energies. The flux density and neutron spectra were evaluated by MCNPX code and validated with set of measurements including Time-Of-Flight and Proton recoil Telescope and additional activation monitors. The pneumatic tranfer system enables the investigation of short living isotopes. The foil activity determination was performed by the nuclear spectrometry method employing two calibrated HPGe detectors. The reaction rates for natZr(n,*)89m,89g,89Zr, 87m,87,88,89m,90m,91m,92,93,94,95Y and 87m,91,92Sr were obtained and cross sections were extracted. The preliminary results are discussed.
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