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An Interpretation of Energy Dependence of Delayed Neutron Yields in the Resonance Region for 235U and 239Pu

Takaaki Ohsawa, Franz-Josef Hambsch

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 148 / Number 1 / September 2004 / Pages 50-54


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Possible fluctuation in the delayed neutron yields (DNYs) in the resonance region was predicted on the basis of experimental data of mass distribution of fission fragments at resonances. Analyzed according to the multimodal random neck rupture model of fission, the small variations in the experimental mass distribution were attributed to fluctuations in the branching ratios to different modes of fission. Using the results of analysis of measured data for 235U and 239Pu, the DNYs were calculated for each resonance by the summation method, considering 271 precursors and evaluated data of delayed neutron emission probability. It was found that the DNYs should have local dips for 235U and spikes for 239Pu at resonances.

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