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Title: NeutronSTARS Detector Modeling Report


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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Casperson, R. J., Burke, J. T., Fisher, S., and McCleskey, E.. NeutronSTARS Detector Modeling Report. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1179416.
Casperson, R. J., Burke, J. T., Fisher, S., & McCleskey, E.. NeutronSTARS Detector Modeling Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1179416.
Casperson, R. J., Burke, J. T., Fisher, S., and McCleskey, E.. 2015. "NeutronSTARS Detector Modeling Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1179416.
title = {NeutronSTARS Detector Modeling Report},
author = {Casperson, R. J. and Burke, J. T. and Fisher, S. and McCleskey, E.},
abstractNote = {Abstract not provided.},
doi = {10.2172/1179416},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = 2015,
month = 1

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  • Directly measuring (n,2n) cross sections on short-lived actinides presents a number of experimental challenges. The surrogate reaction technique is an experimental method for measuring cross sections on short-­lived isotopes, and it provides a unique solution for measuring (n,2n) cross sections. This technique involves measuring a charged-­particle reaction cross section, where the reaction populates the same compound nucleus as the reaction of interest. To perform these surrogate (n,2n) cross section measurements, a silicon telescope array has been placed along a beam line at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute, which is surrounded by a large tank of gadolinium-doped liquid scintillator, whichmore » acts as a neutron detector. The combination of the charge-particle and neutron-detector arrays is referred to as NeutronSTARS. In the analysis procedure for calculating the (n,2n) cross section, the neutron detection efficiency and time structure plays an important role. Due to the lack of availability of isotropic, mono-energetic neutron sources, modeling is an important component in establishing this efficiency and time structure. This report describes the NeutronSTARS array, which was designed and commissioned during this project. It also describes the surrogate reaction technique, specifically referencing a 235U(n,2n) commissioning measurement that was fielded during the past year. Advanced multiplicity analysis techniques have been developed for this work, which should allow for efficient analysis of 241Pu(n,2n) and 239Pu(n,2n) cross section measurements« less
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