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Title: Predicted Radiation Output from Several Kilograms of Plutonium Oxide

Neutron and gamma signatures from 3.44 kg of plutonium oxide were predicted with MCNP6 in anticipation of a passive diagnostic measurement campaign. Calculated radiation fields are visualized through use of “FMESH” type tallies. This work is effectively an extension of previous efforts and application of MISC for the photon source term is the main advancement. Large sources of modeling uncertainty include physical can dimensions and thus internal volume and density estimates. Material age is unknown and will also affect the passive gamma signature. The measurement campaign will provide information for model refinement and subsequent simulations. The authors have requested passive data collection on the pair of cans with the largest and smallest mass and such data will be valuable for benchmarking purposes.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; radiation output; passive signature; plutonium oxide