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Title: Measurement of time-dependent fast neutron energy spectra in a depleted uranium assembly.
Authors: Whittlestone, S
Keywords: Neutron spectra
Uranium 238
Depleted uranium
Fission neutrons
Inelastic scattering
Neutron spectroscopy
Issue Date: Oct-1980
Publisher: Australian Atomic Energy Commission
Citation: Whittlestone, S. (1980). Measurement of time-dependent fast neutron energy spectra in a depleted uranium assembly. (AAEC/E490). Lucas Heights, NSW: Australian Atomic Energy Commission.
Abstract: Time-dependent neutron energy spectra in the range 0.6 to 6.4 MeV have been measured in a depleted uranium assembly. By selecting windows in the time range 0.9 to 82 ns after the beam pulse it was possible to observe the change of the neutron energy distributions from spectra of predominantly 4 to 6 MeV neutrons to spectra composed almost entirely of fission neutrons. The measured spectra were compared to a Monte Carlo calculation of the experiment using the ENDF/B-IV data file. At times and energies at which the calculation predicted a fission spectrum the experiment agreed with the calculation confirming the accuracy of the neutron spectroscopy system. However the presence of discrepancies at other times and energies suggested that there are significant inconsistencies in the inelastic cross sections in the 1 to 6 MeV range. The time response generated concurrently with the energy spectra was compared to the Monte Carlo calculation. From this comparison and from examination of time spectra measured by other workers using 235U and 237Np fission detectors it would appear that there are discrepancies in the ENDF/B-IV cross sections below 1 MeV. The predicted decay rates were too low below and too high above 0.8 MeV.
Gov't Doc #: 391
ISBN: 0642597006
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