Neutronic calculations in support of the design of the ITER High Resolution Neutron Spectrometer

F. Moro, B. Esposito, D. Marocco, R. Villari, L. Petrizzi, E. Andersson Sunden, S. Conroy, G. Ericsson, M. Gatu Johnson, M. Dapena

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This paper presents the results of neutronic calculations performed to address important issues related to the optimization of the ITER HRNS (High resolution Neutron Spectrometer) design, in particular concerning the definition of the collimator and the choice of the detector system. The calculations have been carried out using the MCNP5 Monte Carlo code in a full 3-D geometry. The HRNS collimation system has been included in the latest MCNP ITER 40° model (Alite-4). The ITER scenario 2 reference DT plasma fusion neutron source peaked at 14.1 MeV with Gaussian energy distribution has been used. Neutron fluxes and energy spectra (>1 MeV) have been evaluated at different positions along the HRNS collimator and at the detector location. The noise-to-signal ratio (i.e. the ratio of collided to uncollided neutrons), the breakdown of the collided spectrum into its components, the dependency on the first wall aperture and the gamma-ray spectra at the detector position have also been analyzed. The impact of the results on the design of the HRNS diagnostic system is discussed. © 2011 EURATOM ENEA Association - ENEA Fusion Unit Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277 - 1281
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Moro, F., Esposito, B., Marocco, D., Villari, R., Petrizzi, L., Sunden, E. A., ... Dapena, M. (2011). Neutronic calculations in support of the design of the ITER High Resolution Neutron Spectrometer. Fusion Engineering and Design, 86(6-8), 1277 - 1281.