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Monte Carlo Calculations of Neutron and Gamma-Ray Energy Spectra for Fusion Reactor Shield Design: Comparison with Experiment

R. T. Santoro, J. M. Barnes

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 4 / Number 2P2 / September 1983 / Pages 367-372

Neutronics and Shielding /

Neutron and gamma-ray energy spectra resulting from the interactions of ∼14 MeV neutrons in laminated slabs of stainless steel type-304 and borated polyethylene have been calculated using the Monte Carlo code MCNP. The calculated spectra are compared with measured data as a function of slab thickness and material composition and as a function of detector location behind the slabs. Comparisons of the differential energy spectra are made for neutrons with energies above 850 keV and for gamma rays with energies above 750 keV. The measured neutron spectra and those calculated using Monte Carlo methods agree within 5% to 50% depending on the slab thickness and composition and neutron energy. The agreement between the measured and calculated gamma-ray energy spectra are also within this range. The MCNP data are also in favorable agreement with attenuated data calculated previously by discrete ordinates transport methods and the Monte Carlo code SAMCE.

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