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Measurement of the 238U(n,γ)239U and 238U(n,2n)237U Reaction Cross Sections Using a Neutron Activation Technique at Neutron Energies of 8.04 and 11.90 MeV

R. Crasta, S. Ganesh, H. Naik, A. Goswami, S. V. Suryanarayana, S. C. Sharma, P. V. Bhagwat, B. S. Shivashankar, V. K. Mulik, P. M. Prajapati

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 178 / Number 1 / September 2014 / Pages 66-75

Technical Paper /

The (n,γ) and (n,2n) capture cross sections of 238U have been measured at neutron energies of 8.04 ± 0.30 and 11.90 ± 0.35 MeV from the 7Li(p,n) reaction using an activation and off-line gamma-ray spectrometric technique. The experimentally determined 238U(n,γ) and 238U(n,2n) reaction cross sections were compared with the evaluated data of ENDF/B-VII.0, JENDL-4.0, JEFF-3.1/A, and CENDL-3.1. The experimental values were found to be in agreement with the evaluated value based on ENDF/B-VII.0, JENDL-4.0, and JEFF-3.1/A but not with CENDL-3.1. The present measurement has been compared with literature data in a wide range of neutron energies. The 238U(n,γ)239U and 238U(n,2n)237U reaction cross sections were also calculated theoretically using the TALYS 1.4 computer code and compared with the experimental data.

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