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Measurement of the $^{236}$U(n,f) cross-section between 4 and 10 MeV with Micromegas detectors

Abstract : In the present work, the measurement of the $^{236}$U(n,f) cross section was performed, with reference to the $^{238}$U(n,f) reaction. The measurements took place at the neutron beam facility of the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (Greece) and the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beams were produced via the $^2$H(d,n)$^3$He reaction in the energy range 4-10 MeV. Five actinide targets (two $^{236}$U, two $^{238}$U and one $^{235}$U) and the corresponding Micromegas detectors for the detection of the fission fragments were used. Detailed Monte Carlo simulations were performed, on one hand for the study of the neutron flux and energy distribution at the position of each target, and on the other hand for the study of the energy deposition of the fission fragments in the active volume of the detector. The mass and homogeneity of the actinide targets were experimentally determined via alpha spectroscopy and the Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, respectively. The experimental procedure, the analysis, the methodology implemented to correct for the presence of parasitic neutrons and the cross section results will be presented and discussed.
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V. Michalopoulou, M. Diakaki, A. Stamatopoulos, A. Kalamara, M. Kokkoris, et al.. Measurement of the $^{236}$U(n,f) cross-section between 4 and 10 MeV with Micromegas detectors. HNPS Advances in Nuclear Physics, Hellenic Nuclear Physics Society, 2019, Proceedings of the The 27th Annual Symposium of the Hellenic Nuclear Physics Society, 26, pp.172-178. ⟨10.12681/hnps.1815⟩. ⟨cea-02529165⟩

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