233Pa(2nth, f ) cross-section determination using a fission track technique

  • H. NaikEmail author
  • P. M. Prajapati
  • S. V. Suryanarayana
  • P. N. Pathak
  • D. R. Prabhu
  • V. Chavan
  • D. Raj
  • P. C. Kalsi
  • A. Goswami
  • S. Ganesan
  • V. K. Manchanda
Regular Article - Experimental Physics


The 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section has been experimentally determined for the first time using a fission track technique. It was found to be 4834 ± 57 b, which is significantly high and thus is very important for 232Th-233U-based fuel in advanced heavy-water reactors (AHWR) and accelerator-driven sub-critical systems (ADSs). This is because the 233Pa is an important intermediary in the thorium-based fuel cycle and thus its fission cross-section is a key parameter in the modeling of AHWR and ADSs. The 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section was calculated theoretically using the TALYS computer code and found to be in good agreement with the experimental value after normalization with respect to 241Am(2nth, f).


Thermal Neutron Thorium Nitrate Thick Aluminum Foil Accelerator Drive System 233U Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Naik
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. M. Prajapati
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. V. Suryanarayana
    • 4
  • P. N. Pathak
    • 1
  • D. R. Prabhu
    • 1
  • V. Chavan
    • 1
  • D. Raj
    • 3
  • P. C. Kalsi
    • 1
  • A. Goswami
    • 1
  • S. Ganesan
    • 3
  • V. K. Manchanda
    • 1
  1. 1.Radiochemistry DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Physics Department, Faculty of ScienceThe M. S. University of BarodaVadodaraIndia
  3. 3.Reactor Physics Design DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia
  4. 4.Nuclear Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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