Title

Measurement of the normalized 238U(n,f)/235U(n,f) cross section ratio from threshold to 30 MeV with the NIFFTE fission Time Projection Chamber

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-23-2018

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.97.034618

Abstract

The normalized 238U(n,f)/235U(n,f) cross section ratio has been measured using the NIFFTE fission Time Projection Chamber (fissionTPC) from the reaction threshold to 30MeV. The fissionTPC is a two-volume MICROMEGAS time projection chamber that allows for full three-dimensional reconstruction of fission-fragment ionization profiles from neutron-induced fission. The measurement was performed at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, where the neutron energy is determined from neutron time of-flight. The 238U(n,f)/235U(n,f) ratio reported here is the first cross section measurement made with the fissionTPC, and will provide new experimental data for evaluation of the 238U(n,f) cross section, an important standard used in neutron-flux measurements. Use of a development target in this work prevented the determination of an absolute normalization, to be addressed in future measurements. Instead, the measured cross section ratio has been normalized to ENDF/B-VIII.β5 at 14.5 MeV.

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