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Title: A new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section at MeV energies using a 252Cf fission chamber and 6Li scintillators

Abstract

We present a new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section from 245 keV to 10 MeV using a 252Cf fission chamber with 6LiI(Eu) and Cs 2LiYCl 6:Ce (CLYC) scintillators which act as both target and detector. Neutron energies are determined from the time of flight (TOF) method using the signals from spontaneous fission and reaction product recoil. Simulations of neutron downscatter in the crystals and fission chamber bring 6Li(n,α)t cross section values measured with the 6LiI(Eu) into agreement with previous experiments and evaluations, except for two resonances at 4.2 and 6.5 MeV introduced by ENDF/B-VII.1. Suspected neutron transport modeling issues cause the cross section values obtained with CLYC to be discrepant above 2 MeV.

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [2];  [2]
  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Nuclear Engineering Dept.
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Krell Inst., Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC). Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26); USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1392811
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1399344
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-23596
Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396; NA0002135
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 874; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; Cross section; 252Cf fission chamber; 6Li; Scintillator; CLYC; LiI(Eu); 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Kirsch, Leo Edward, Devlin, Matthew James, Mosby, Shea Morgan, and Gomez, Jaime A. A new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section at MeV energies using a 252Cf fission chamber and 6Li scintillators. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2017.08.046.
Kirsch, Leo Edward, Devlin, Matthew James, Mosby, Shea Morgan, & Gomez, Jaime A. A new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section at MeV energies using a 252Cf fission chamber and 6Li scintillators. United States. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2017.08.046.
Kirsch, Leo Edward, Devlin, Matthew James, Mosby, Shea Morgan, and Gomez, Jaime A. Fri . "A new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section at MeV energies using a 252Cf fission chamber and 6Li scintillators". United States. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2017.08.046. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1392811.
@article{osti_1392811,
title = {A new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section at MeV energies using a 252Cf fission chamber and 6Li scintillators},
author = {Kirsch, Leo Edward and Devlin, Matthew James and Mosby, Shea Morgan and Gomez, Jaime A.},
abstractNote = {We present a new measurement of the 6Li(n,α)t cross section from 245 keV to 10 MeV using a 252Cf fission chamber with 6LiI(Eu) and Cs2LiYCl6:Ce (CLYC) scintillators which act as both target and detector. Neutron energies are determined from the time of flight (TOF) method using the signals from spontaneous fission and reaction product recoil. Simulations of neutron downscatter in the crystals and fission chamber bring 6Li(n,α)t cross section values measured with the 6LiI(Eu) into agreement with previous experiments and evaluations, except for two resonances at 4.2 and 6.5 MeV introduced by ENDF/B-VII.1. Suspected neutron transport modeling issues cause the cross section values obtained with CLYC to be discrepant above 2 MeV.},
doi = {10.1016/j.nima.2017.08.046},
journal = {Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment},
number = ,
volume = 874,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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