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Development of MMC Gamma Detectors for Precise Characterization of Uranium Isotopes

Development of MMC Gamma Detectors for Precise Characterization of Uranium Isotopes Precise nuclear data from radioactive decays are important for the accurate non-destructive assay of fissile materials in nuclear safeguards. We are developing high energy resolution gamma detectors based on metallic magnetic calorimeters (MMCs) to accurately measure gamma-ray energies and branching ratios of uranium isotopes. Our MMC gamma detectors exhibit good linearity, reproducibility and a consistent response function for low energy gamma-rays. We illustrate the capabilities of MMCs to improve literature values of nuclear data with an analysis of gamma spectra of U-233. In this context, we also improve the value of the energy for the single gamma-ray of the U-233 daughter Ra-225 by over an order of magnitude from 40.09 ± 0.05 to 40.0932 ± 0.0007 keV. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Low Temperature Physics Springer Journals

Development of MMC Gamma Detectors for Precise Characterization of Uranium Isotopes

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by This is a U.S. government work and its text is not subject to copyright protection in the United States; however, its text may be subject to foreign copyright protection
Subject
Physics; Condensed Matter Physics; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials; Magnetism, Magnetic Materials
ISSN
0022-2291
eISSN
1573-7357
DOI
10.1007/s10909-018-1978-0
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Abstract

Precise nuclear data from radioactive decays are important for the accurate non-destructive assay of fissile materials in nuclear safeguards. We are developing high energy resolution gamma detectors based on metallic magnetic calorimeters (MMCs) to accurately measure gamma-ray energies and branching ratios of uranium isotopes. Our MMC gamma detectors exhibit good linearity, reproducibility and a consistent response function for low energy gamma-rays. We illustrate the capabilities of MMCs to improve literature values of nuclear data with an analysis of gamma spectra of U-233. In this context, we also improve the value of the energy for the single gamma-ray of the U-233 daughter Ra-225 by over an order of magnitude from 40.09 ± 0.05 to 40.0932 ± 0.0007 keV.

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Journal of Low Temperature PhysicsSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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