Neptunium-Based High-Flux Pulsed Research Reactor

E. P. Shabalin, V. Aksenov, G. G. Komyshev, A. D. Rogov

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The design principles and parameters of a promising neutron source, based on the fission reaction of the isotope 237Np, for use in research in extracted beams are presented. Such a source can operate as a pulsing reactor or super-booster or as a super-booster multiplying the neutrons from the target of a proton accelerator by using a reactivity modulator. Owing to the threshold character of 237Np fission such a neutron source will possess significantly higher characteristics than a similar setup with plutonium, and in terms of utilization efficiency it will be the leading source in the world for research employing neutron spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-370
Number of pages7
JournalAtomic Energy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - okt. 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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    Shabalin, E. P., Aksenov, V., Komyshev, G. G., & Rogov, A. D. (2018). Neptunium-Based High-Flux Pulsed Research Reactor. Atomic Energy, 124(6), 364-370.