Activation material selection for multiple foil activation detectors in JET TT campaign

Igor Lengar, Aljaž Čufar, Vladimir Radulović, Paola Batistoni, Sergey Popovichev, Lee Packer, Zamir Ghani, Ivan A. Kodeli, Sean Conroy, Luka Snoj

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Abstract

In the preparation for the Deuterium-Tritium campaign, JET will operate with a tritium plasma. The T + T reaction consists of two notable channels: (1) T + T →4He + 2n, (2) T + T →5He + n →4He + 2n. The reaction channel (1) is the reaction with the highest branching ratio and a continuum of neutron energies being produced. Reaction channel (2) produces a spectrum with a peak at 8.8 MeV. A particular problem is the ratio between the individual TT reaction channels, which is highly dependent on the energy of the reacting tritium ions. There are very few measurements on the TT spectrum and the study at JET would be interesting. The work is focused on the determination of the spectral characteristics in the TT plasma discharges, especially on the presence of the 8.8 MeV peak, a consequence of channel (2) of the TT reaction. The possibility to use an optimized set of activation materials in order to target the measurement of the 8.8 MeV peak is studied. The lower limit of detection for the channel (2) ratio within the TT reaction is estimated and the influence of DT source neutrons, which are a consequence of deuterium traces in the plasma, is investigated.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalFusion Engineering and Design
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Lengar, I., Čufar, A., Radulović, V., Batistoni, P., Popovichev, S., Packer, L., Ghani, Z., Kodeli, I. A., Conroy, S., & Snoj, L. (Accepted/In press). Activation material selection for multiple foil activation detectors in JET TT campaign. Fusion Engineering and Design, -. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2018.04.052