Simultaneous measurement of neutron-induced fission and capture cross sections for 241Am at neutron energies below fission threshold

K. Hirose*, K. Nishio, H. Makii, I. Nishinaka, S. Ota, T. Nagayama, N. Tamura, S. Goto, A. N. Andreyev, M. J. Vermeulen, S. Gillespie, C. Barton, A. Kimura, H. Harada, S. Meigo, S. Chiba, T. Ohtsuki

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Fission and capture reactions were simultaneously measured in the neutron-induced reactions of 241Am at the spallation neutron facility of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). Data for the neutron energy range of En=0.1–20 eV were taken with the TOF method. The fission events were observed by detecting prompt neutrons accompanied by fission using liquid organic scintillators. The capture reaction was measured by detecting γ rays emitted in the deexcitation of the compound nuclei using the same detectors, where the prompt fission neutrons and capture γ rays were separated by a pulse shape analysis. The cross sections were obtained by normalizing the relative yields at the first resonance to evaluations or other experimental data. The ratio of the fission to capture cross sections at each resonance is compared with those from an evaluated nuclear data library and other experimental data. Some differences were found between the present values and the library/literature values at several resonances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Am
  • Neutron capture
  • Neutron-induced fission
  • Pulse shape analysis
  • Time-of-flight method

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