Recent actinide nuclear data efforts with the DANCE 4π BaF2 arrayT.A. Bredeweg1, U. Agvaanluvsan2, J.A. Becker2, E.M. Bond1, A.J. Couture1, T. Ethvignot3, J.R. Fitzpatrick1, M.M. Fowler1, T. Granier3, R.C. Haight1, T.S. Hill1, M. Jandel1, R.A. Macri2, J.M. O'Donnell1, W.E. Parker2, R. Reifarth1, R.S. Rundberg1, A.K. Slemmons1, F.K. Tovesson1, J.L. Ullmann1, D.J. Vieira1, J.B. Wilhelmy1, P.A. Wilk2, J.M. Wouters1 and C.Y. Wu2
1 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
2 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550, USA
3 CEA-DAM, BP. 12, 91680 Bruyères-le-Châtel, France
Published online: 21 May 2008
Much of the recent work in the DANCE collaboration has focused on nuclides of interest to stockpile stewardship, attribution science and the advanced fuel cycle initiative. As an example, we have recently begun a program to produce high precision measurements of the key production and destruction reactions of important nuclear fuel elements and radiochemical diagnostic isotopes. The neutron capture targets that have been fielded under this program include several isotopes of uranium, plutonium and americium. However, neutron capture measurements on many of the actinides are complicated by the presence of γ-rays arising from low energy neutron-induced fission. To overcome this difficulty we have designed and implemented a dual parallel-plate avalanche counter fission-tagging detector. This design provides a high efficiency for detecting fission fragments and is self-contained to allow loading of pre-assembled target/detector assemblies into the neutron beam line at DANCE. An outline of the recent experimental program will be presented as well as preliminary results from neutron capture measurements on 234,235,236U. Planned measurements on 238,239Pu will also be discussed.
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