Time dependence of delayed neutron emission for fissionable isotope identification

Kinlaw, M. T.; Hunt, A. W.
June 2005
Applied Physics Letters;6/20/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 25, p254104
Academic Journal
The time dependence of delayed neutron emission was examined as a method of fissionable isotope identification. A pulsed bremsstrahlung photon beam was used to induce photofission reactions in 238U, 232Th, and 239Pu targets. The resulting delayed neutron emission was recorded between irradiating pulses and is a well-known technique for fissionable material detection. Monitoring the decay of delayed neutron emission between irradiating pulses demonstrates the ability to not only detect the presence of fissionable materials, but also to identify which fissionable isotope is present.


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