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Title: Exploratory study of fission product yield determination from photofission of Pu 239 at 11 MeV with monoenergetic photons

Here, measurements of fission product yields play an important role for the understanding of fundamental aspects of the fission process. Recently, neutron-induced fission product-yield data of  239Pu at energies below 4 MeV revealed an unexpected energy dependence of certain fission fragments. In order to investigate whether this observation is prerogative to neutron-induced fission, a program has been initiated to measure fission product yields in photoinduced fission. Here we report on the first ever photofission product yield measurement with monoenergetic photons produced by Compton back-scattering of FEL photons. The experiment was performed at the High-Intensity Gamma-ray Source at Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory on  239Pu at E γ = 11 MeV. In this exploratory study the yield of eight fission products ranging from  91Sr to  143Ce has been obtained.
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  1. Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0001838; FG02-97ER41033; AC52-07NA27344
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 95; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985
Research Org:
Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; fission; photofission; fission product yields
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OSTI ID: 1343783