Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 318, Issue 1, pp 375–380 | Cite as

Retrospective neutron spectrum determination of a (30 MeV D, Be) source using the multi-foil activation technique and STAYSL-PNNL

  • John J. Goodell
  • Christine M. Egnatuk
  • Stephen W. Padgett
  • Bryan B. Bandong
  • Kevin E. Roberts
  • Alice C. Mignerey


Retrospective characterization of a (30 MeV D, Be) neutron source was performed employing multi-foil activation and STAYSL-PNNL. Experimental reaction rates were calculated from gamma spectroscopy measurements of irradiated foils and MCNP provided the guess spectrum. Adjusted spectra were evaluated through activation calculations for a stainless-steel target using FISPACT-II. Adjusted spectra showed limited dependence on the dosimetry reactions and provided minor improvements in activation calculations. Omitting reflected neutrons in the guess spectrum generated poor activation results and the limited number of dosimetry reactions introduced doubt in the adjusted spectra. A dedicated neutron spectrometry experiment and a more detailed simulation is required.


STAYSL-PNNL Neutron spectral adjustment Foil activation d+Be neutron source MCNP FISPACT-II 



This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Goodell
    • 1
  • Christine M. Egnatuk
    • 2
  • Stephen W. Padgett
    • 2
  • Bryan B. Bandong
    • 2
  • Kevin E. Roberts
    • 2
  • Alice C. Mignerey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Nuclear and Chemical Sciences DivisionLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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