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Tests and foreseen developments of fibered-OSLD gamma heating measurements in low-power reactors

A. Gruel 1 M. Le Guillou 1 P. Blaise 1 C. Destouches 1 Sylvain Magne 2
2 LCFO - Laboratoire Capteurs Fibres Optiques
DM2I - Département Métrologie Instrumentation & Information : DRT/LIST/DM2I
Abstract : In this paper are presented test measurements of a fibered-OSLD system performed during a dedicated experimental phase in EOLE zero-power reactor. The measurement setup consists of an OSLD crystal connected onto the extremity of an optical fiber and a laser stimulation system, manufactured by the CEA/LIST in Saclay. The OSL sensor is remotely stimulated via an optical fiber using a diode-pumped solid-state laser. The OSL light is collected and guided back along the same fiber to a photomultiplier tube. Results obtained using this system are compared to usual gamma heating measurement protocol using OSLD pellets. The presence of induced radio-luminescence in the OSLD during the irradiation was also observed and could be used to monitor the gamma flux. The feasibility of remote measurements is achieved, whereas further developments could be conducted to improve this technique since the readout procedure still requires to withdraw the OSLD off the gamma flux (hence from the core) on account of the dose rate (around a few Gy.h-1), and the readout time remains quite long for on-line applications. Several improvements are foreseen, and will be tested in the forthcoming years.
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A. Gruel, M. Le Guillou, P. Blaise, C. Destouches, Sylvain Magne. Tests and foreseen developments of fibered-OSLD gamma heating measurements in low-power reactors. ANIMMA 2017 – Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications, Jun 2017, Liège, Belgium. pp.04010, ⟨10.1051/epjconf/201817004010⟩. ⟨cea-01772739⟩

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