Neutron-induced 235U fission spectrum measurements using liquid organic scintillation detectors

Andreas Enqvist, Brian M. Wieger, Lu Huang, Marek Flaska, Sara A. Pozzi, Robert C. Haight, Hye Young Lee, Elaine Kwan, Ching Yen Wu

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Measurements have been performed at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center to acquire neutron fission spectra of 235U in the energy range between 0.5 and 10 MeV. These new data complement the currently available experimental data, which are not well known in the energy range below 1 and above 5 MeV. Organic liquid scintillation detectors (EJ-309s) were used together with a digital data-acquisition system. The EJ-309 detectors show excellent pulse shape discrimination capabilities and this is vital for identifying only neutron pulses and rejecting γ-ray pulses. The measurement data show the dependence of average fission neutron energy as a function of the inducing neutron energy. The data agree well with previously published measurements and Watt spectra fits for energies up to tens of MeV. At high fission-inducing neutron energies the spectrum deviates from Watt-spectra fits. The increased energy deposited in higher energy neutron-induced fissions does not significantly increase emitted fission neutron energies for up to 10 MeV. A significant decrease in neutron energy around second-chance fission cannot be observed beyond the current measurement uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064605
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 12 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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