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Feasibility study of fissile mass quantification by photofission delayed gamma rays in radioactive waste packages using MCNPX

Authors
  • Simon, Eric
  • Perot, Bertrand
  • Plumeri, Stéphane
  • Jallu, Fanny
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2016
Source
HAL-UPMC
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Language
English
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Abstract

The feasibility of fissile mass quantification in large, long-lived medium activity radioactive waste packages using photofission delayed gamma rays has been assessed with MCNPX. The detection limit achievable is lower than the expected uranium mass in these waste packages, but the important sensibility to the waste matrix density and sample localization imposes to get an accurate measurement of these parameters. An isotope discrimination method based on gamma-ray ratios has been evaluated showing that photofission delayed gamma rays can be used to measure the fissile mass as well as the total uranium mass.

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