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  1. Intruder negative-parity states of neutron-rich {sup 33}Si

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    Wang, Z. M.; Chapman, R.; Liang, X.; Burns, M.; Hodsdon, A.; Keyes, K.; Kumar, V.; Papenberg, A.; Smith, J. F.; Spohr, K. M.; Haas, F.; Bouhelal, M.; Caurier, E.; Curien, D.; Nowacki, F.; Azaiez, F.; Ibrahim, F.; Verney, D.; Behera, B. R.; Corradi, L.

    2010-06-15

    Yrast states in the neutron-rich {sub 14}{sup 33}Si{sub 19} nucleus have been studied using binary grazing reactions produced by the interaction of a 215-MeV beam of {sup 36}S ions with a thin {sup 208}Pb target. An experimental setup that combines the large-acceptance magnetic spectrometer PRISMA and the high-efficiency gamma-ray detection array CLARA was used in the experiment. Four new gamma-ray photopeaks at energies of 971, 1724, 1772, and 2655 keV were observed and assigned to the {sup 33}Si level scheme. The experimental level scheme is compared with the results of 1(Planck constant/2pi)omega p-sd-pf large-scale shell-model calculations using the recently developed PSDPFB effective interaction; good agreement is obtained. The structure of the populated states of {sup 33}Si is discussed within the context of an odd neutron coupled to states of the {sup 32}Si core.

  2. New isotope {sup 44}Si and systematics of the production cross sections of the most neutron-rich nuclei

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    Tarasov, O. B.; Baumann, T.; Bazin, D.; III, C. M. Folden; Ginter, T. N.; Hausmann, M.; Matos, M.; Portillo, M.; Schiller, A.; Stolz, A.; Amthor, A. M.; Gade, A.; Nettleton, A.; Sherrill, B. M.; Thoennessen, M.; Morrissey, D. J.

    2007-06-15

    The results of measurements of the production of neutron-rich nuclei by the fragmentation of a {sup 48}Ca beam at 142 MeV/nucleon are presented. Evidence was found for the production of a new isotope that is the most neutron-rich silicon nuclide, {sup 44}Si, in a net neutron pickup process. A simple systematic framework was found to describe the production cross sections based on thermal evaporation from excited prefragments that allows extrapolation to other weak reaction products.

  3. Probing neutron rich matter with parity violation

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    Horowitz, Charles

    2016-03-01

    Many compact and energetic astrophysical systems are made of neutron rich matter. In contrast, most terrestrial nuclei involve approximately symmetric nuclear matter with more equal numbers of neutrons and protons. However, heavy nuclei have a surface region that contains many extra neutrons. Precision measurements of this neutron rich skin can determine properties of neutron rich matter. Parity violating electron scattering provides a uniquely clean probe of neutrons, because the weak charge of a neutron is much larger than that of a proton. We describe first results and future plans for the Jefferson Laboratory experiment PREX that measures the thickness of the neutron skin in 208Pb. Another JLAB experiment CREX will measure the neutron radius of 48Ca and test recent microscopic calculations of this neutron rich 48 nucleon system. Finally, we show how measuring parity violation at multiple momentum transfers can determine not just the neutron radius but the full radial structure of the neutron density in 48Ca. A neutron star is eighteen orders of magnitude larger than a nucleus (km vs fm) but both the star and the neutron rich nuclear skin are made of the same neutrons, with the same strong interactions, and the same equation of state. A large pressure pushes neutrons out against surface tension and gives a thick neutron skin. Therefore, PREX will constrain the equation of state of neutron rich matter and improve predictions for the structure of neutron stars. Supported in part by DOE Grants DE-FG02-87ER40365 (Indiana University) and DE-SC0008808 (NUCLEI SciDAC Collaboration).

  4. Effective Interactions in Neutron-Rich Matter

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    Sammarruca, F.; Krastev, P.; Barredo, W.

    2005-10-14

    We are generally concerned with probing the behavior of the isospin-asymmetric equation of state. In particular, we will discuss the one-body potentials for protons and neutrons obtained from our Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock calculations of neutron-rich matter properties. We will also present predictions of proton-proton and neutron-neutron cross sections in the isospin-asymmetric nuclear medium.

  5. The new neutron rich nuclei

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    Gridnev, K. A.; Gridnev, D. K.; Tarasov, V. N.; Tarasov, D. V.; Viñas, X.; Greiner, W.

    2014-07-23

    Using HF+BCS method with Skyrme forces we analyze the neutron drip line. It is shown that around magic and new magic numbers the drip line may form stability peninsulas. It is shown that the location of these peninsulas does not depend on the choice of Skyrme forces. It is found that the size of the peninsulas is sensitive to the choice of Skyrme forces and the most extended peninsulas appear with the SkI2 set.

  6. Excited states of neutron rich Pd from fragmentation

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    Hecht, A. A.; Walters, W. B.; Hoteling, N.; Mantica, P. F.; Becerril, A.; Fleckenstein, T.; Lorusso, G.; Pereira, J.; Pinter, J.; Stoker, J.; Quinn, M.

    2007-04-01

    The neutron rich region approaching N=82 and Z=50 is interesting for nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics, both as a test of the shell closures far from stability and as the path for r-process nucleosynthesis. This region is difficult to access with fusion-evaporation reactions and novel techniques must be used. At the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) an experiment was recently performed by fragmentation of a Xe beam using a Be target to examine isomers and beta decay from these neutron rich nuclei. The radioisotope fragments passed through several Si planar detectors and were implanted in a double-sided Si strip detector (DSSD) in the Beta Counting System (BCS). Fragments were identified via δE and TOF. Particle emitting decays were tracked in several layers of single sided strip detectors following the DSSD, while the SEGA array surrounding the DSSD was used to collect gamma emission following beta and isomer decay. Several neutron rich nuclei were observed in this experiment, including Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Cd, and In. Results on Pd will be discussed.

  7. Structure of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Nazarewicz, W. ||

    1997-11-01

    One of the frontiers of today`s nuclear science is the ``journey to the limits``: of atomic charge and nuclear mass, of neutron-to-proton ratio, and of angular momentum. The new data on exotic nuclei are expected to bring qualitatively new information about the fundamental properties of the nucleonic many-body system, the nature of the nuclear interaction, and nucleonic correlations at various energy-distance scales. In this talk, current developments in nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei are discussed from a theoretical perspective.

  8. Clusters in neutron-rich light nuclei

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    Jelavić Malenica, D.; Milin, M.; Di Pietro, A.; Figuera, P.; Lattuada, M.; Miljanić, D.; Musumarra, A.; Pellegriti, M. G.; Prepolec, L.; Scuderi, V.; Skukan, N.; Soić, N.; Torresi, D.; Uroić, M.

    2016-05-01

    Due to their high selectivity, transfer and sequential decay reactions are powerful tools for studies of both single particle (nucleon) and cluster states in light nuclei. Their use is particularly simple for investigations of α-particle clustering (because α-particle has Jπ=0+, which simplifies spin and parity assignments to observed cluster states), but they are also easily applicable to other types of clustering. Recent results on clustering in neutron-rich isotopes of beryllium, boron and carbon obtained measuring the 10B+10B reactions (at 50 and 72 MeV) are presented. The highly efficient and segmented detector systems used, built from 4 Double Sided Silicon Strip Detectors (DSSSD) allowed detection of double and multiple coincidences and, in that way, studies of states populated in transfer reactions, as well as their sequential decay.

  9. The Spectroscopy of Neutron-Rich sdf-Shell Nuclei Using the CLARA-PRISMA Setup

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    Liang, X.; Hodsdon, A.; Chapman, R.; Burns, M.; Keyes, K.; Ollier, J.; Papenberg, A.; Spohr, K.; Azaiez, F.; Ibrahim, F.; Stanoiu, M.; Haas, F.; Caurier, E.; Curien, D.; Nowacki, F.; Salsac, M.-D.; Bazzacco, D.; Beghini, S.; Farnea, E.; Menegazzo, R.

    2006-08-14

    Since the discovery of the breakdown of shell effects in very neutron-rich N=20 and 28 nuclei, studies of the properties of nuclei far from stability have been of intense interest since they provide a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of nuclear interactions in extreme conditions and often challenge our theoretical models.Deep-inelastic processes can be used to populated high spin states of neutron-rich nuclei. In the deep-inelastic processes, an equilibration in N/Z between the target and projectile nuclei is achieved. For most heavy neutron-rich target nuclei, the N/Z ratio is 1.5 - 1.6, while for the possible neutron-rich sdf-shell projectile it is about 1.2. Thus by using deep-inelastic processes one can populate neutron-rich nuclei around N=20 and N=28.New results for the spectroscopy of neutron-rich N=22 36Si and 37P are presented here.

  10. Relativistic mean field calculations in neutron-rich nuclei

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    Gangopadhyay, G.; Bhattacharya, Madhubrata; Roy, Subinit

    2014-08-14

    Relativistic mean field calculations have been employed to study neutron rich nuclei. The Lagrange's equations have been solved in the co-ordinate space. The effect of the continuum has been effectively taken into account through the method of resonant continuum. It is found that BCS approximation performs as well as a more involved Relativistic Continuum Hartree Bogoliubov approach. Calculations reveal the possibility of modification of magic numbers in neutron rich nuclei. Calculation for low energy proton scattering cross sections shows that the present approach reproduces the density in very light neutron rich nuclei.

  11. Proton radii of neutron-rich B isotopes and neutron surface thickness in 17B

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    Kanungo, Rituparna; Estrade, Alfredo; Horiuchi, Wataru

    2014-09-01

    As the neutron to proton asymmetry increases nuclei develop exotic structures such as neutron skin and halo. It is important to investigate how this asymmetry affects the proton distribution. The matter and proton radii have started unfolding a complete picture of the halo. For two-neutron halos the correlation between the halo neutrons and their distance from the core can be derived to define the average halo geometry. The proton radii are crucial information to extract the neutron skin thickness to constrain the equation of state of asymmetric nuclear matter. Very limited information is available on the proton radii of very neutron-rich nuclei. In this presentation, we will describe the new technique of extracting proton radii from charge changing cross sections using relativistic beams at GSI, Germany. The presentation will show first measurements of proton radii of the neutron-rich boron isotopes. The implications of the results in understanding the neutron surface thickness in the Borromean 17B and its possible halo structure will be discussed. As the neutron to proton asymmetry increases nuclei develop exotic structures such as neutron skin and halo. It is important to investigate how this asymmetry affects the proton distribution. The matter and proton radii have started unfolding a complete picture of the halo. For two-neutron halos the correlation between the halo neutrons and their distance from the core can be derived to define the average halo geometry. The proton radii are crucial information to extract the neutron skin thickness to constrain the equation of state of asymmetric nuclear matter. Very limited information is available on the proton radii of very neutron-rich nuclei. In this presentation, we will describe the new technique of extracting proton radii from charge changing cross sections using relativistic beams at GSI, Germany. The presentation will show first measurements of proton radii of the neutron-rich boron isotopes. The implications

  12. Fusion of neutron-rich oxygen isotopes in the crust of accreting neutron stars

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    Horowitz, C. J.; Dussan, H.; Berry, D. K.

    2008-04-15

    Fusion reactions in the crust of an accreting neutron star are an important source of heat, and the depth at which these reactions occur is important for determining the temperature profile of the star. Fusion reactions depend strongly on the nuclear charge Z. Nuclei with Z{<=}6 can fuse at low densities in a liquid ocean. However, nuclei with Z=8 or 10 may not burn until higher densities where the crust is solid and electron capture has made the nuclei neutron rich. We calculate the S factor for fusion reactions of neutron rich nuclei including {sup 24}O+{sup 24}O and {sup 28}Ne+{sup 28}Ne. We use a simple barrier penetration model. The S factor could be further enhanced by dynamical effects involving the neutron rich skin. This possible enhancement in S should be studied in the laboratory with neutron rich radioactive beams. We model the structure of the crust with molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the crust of accreting neutron stars may contain micro-crystals or regions of phase separation. Nevertheless, the screening factors that we determine for the enhancement of the rate of thermonuclear reactions are insensitive to these features. Finally, we calculate the rate of thermonuclear {sup 24}O+{sup 24}O fusion and find that {sup 24}O should burn at densities near 10{sup 11} g/cm{sup 3}. The energy released from this and similar reactions may be important for the temperature profile of the star.

  13. New mass measurements of neutron rich nuclides at the NSCL.

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    Estrade, Alfredo; Matos, Milan; Amthor, Matthew; Bazin, Daniel; Becerril, Ana; Elliot, Thom; Gade, Alexandra; Galaviz, Daniel; Lorusso, Giuseppe; Pereira, Jorge; Portillo, Mauricio; Rogers, Andrew; Schatz, Hendrik; Shapira, Dan; Smith, Ed; Stolz, Andreas; Wallace, Mark

    2007-10-01

    A mass measurement of exotic isotopes in the region of 68Fe has been performed at the NSCL using the time-of-flight technique recently established. Experimental knowledge of the mass of very neutron rich nuclides is an important input for astrophysical applications, such as nucleosynthesis during the r-process and the evolution of matter in the crust of an accreting neutron star, where present calculations are mostly limited to using theoretical mass extrapolations. We present the details of the experimental set up, as well as preliminary results.

  14. Exotic modes of excitation in deformed neutron-rich nuclei

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    Yoshida, Kenichi

    2011-05-06

    Low-lying dipole excitation mode in neutron-rich Mg isotopes close to the drip line is investigated in the framework of the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov and the quasiparticle random-phase approximation employing the Skyrme and the pairing energy-density functionals. It is found that the low-lying dipole-strength distribution splits into the K{sup {pi}} = 0{sup -} and 1{sup -} components due to the nuclear deformation. The low-lying dipole strength increases as the neutron drip-line is approached.

  15. Photoneutron cross sections for unstable neutron-rich oxygen isotopes.

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    Leistenschneider, A; Aumann, T; Boretzky, K; Cortina, D; Cub, J; Datta Pramanik, U; Dostal, W; Elze, T W; Emling, H; Geissel, H; Grünschloss, A; Hellstr, M; Holzmann, R; Ilievski, S; Iwasa, N; Kaspar, M; Kleinböhl, A; Kratz, J V; Kulessa, R; Leifels, Y; Lubkiewicz, E; Münzenberg, G; Reiter, P; Rejmund, M; Scheidenberger, C; Schlegel, C; Simon, H; Stroth, J; Sümmerer, K; Wajda, E; Walús, W; Wan, S

    2001-06-11

    The dipole response of stable and unstable neutron-rich oxygen nuclei of masses A = 17 to A = 22 has been investigated experimentally utilizing electromagnetic excitation in heavy-ion collisions at beam energies about 600 MeV/nucleon. A kinematically complete measurement of the neutron decay channel in inelastic scattering of the secondary beam projectiles from a Pb target was performed. Differential electromagnetic excitation cross sections d sigma/dE were derived up to 30 MeV excitation energy. In contrast to stable nuclei, the deduced dipole strength distribution appears to be strongly fragmented and systematically exhibits a considerable fraction of low-lying strength.

  16. Thermonuclear runaways in thick hydrogen rich envelopes of neutron stars

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    Starrfield, S. G.; Kenyon, S.; Truran, J. W.; Sparks, W. M.

    1981-01-01

    A Lagrangian, fully implicit, one dimensional hydrodynamic computer code was used to evolve thermonuclear runaways in the accreted hydrogen rich envelopes of 1.0 Msub solar neutron stars with radii of 10 km and 20 km. Simulations produce outbursts which last from about 750 seconds to about one week. Peak effective temeratures and luninosities were 26 million K and 80 thousand Lsub solar for the 10 km study and 5.3 millison and 600 Lsub solar for the 20 km study. Hydrodynamic expansion on the 10 km neutron star produced a precursor lasting about one ten thousandth seconds.

  17. New Neutron Rich Nuclei Near {sup 208}Pb

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    Aeystoe, J.; Andreyev, A.; Evensen, A.-H.; Hoff, P.; Huhta, M.; Huyse, M.; ISOLDE Collaboration; Jokinen, A.; Karny, M.; Kugler, E.; Kurpeta, J.; Lettry, J.; Nieminen, A.; Plochocki, A.; Ramdhane, M.; Ravn, H.; Rykaczewski, K.; Szerypo, J.; VanDuppen, P.; Walter, G.; Woehr, A.

    1998-11-13

    The level properties near the stable doubly-magic nuclei formed the experimental grounds for the theoretical description of nuclear structure. However with a departure from the beta-stability line, the classical well-established shell structure might be modified. In particular, it may even vanish for extremely exotic neutron-rich nuclei near the neutron-drip line. Presently, it is impossible to verify such predictions by a direct experimental studies of these exotic objects. However, one may try to observe and understand the evolution of the nuclear structure while departing in the experiment as far as possible from the stable nuclei. An extension of experimental nuclear structure studies towards the nuclei characterized by high neutron excess is crucial for such verifications as well as for the {tau}-process nucleosynthesis scenario. Heavy neutron-rich nuclei, south-east of doubly-magic {sup 208}Pb, were always very difficult to produce and investigate. The nuclei like {sup 218}Po and {sup 214}Pb or {sup 210}Tl marked the border line of known nuclei from the beginning of the radioactivity era for over ninety years. To illustrate the difficulties, one can refer to the experiments employing the on-line mass separator technique. A spallation of heavy targets like {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U by high-energy protons was proven as a source of heavy neutron-rich nuclei. The isotopes near and beyond doubly-magic {sup 208}Pb were produced too. However, such studies often suffered from an isobaric contamination of much more strongly produced and efficiently released elements like francium or radon and their decay products. A new experimental technique, based on the pulsed release element selective method recently developed at the PS Booster-ISOLDE at CERN [7,8,9] greatly reduces the contamination of these very short-lived {alpha}-emitters (Z {ge} 84) for the isobaric mass chains A=215 to A=218.

  18. Dipole response of neutron-rich Sn isotopes

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    Klimkiewicz, A.; Adrich, P.; Boretzky, K.; Fallot, M.; Aumann, T.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Datta Pramanik, U.; Elze, Th. W.; Emling, H.; Geissel, H.; Hellstroem, M.; Jones, K. L.; Kratz, J. V.; Kulessa, R.; Leifels, Y.; Nociforo, C.; Palit, R.; Simon, H.; Surowka, G.; Sümmerer, K.; Typel, S.; Walus, W.

    2007-05-01

    The neutron-rich isotopes 129-133Sn were studied in a Coulomb excitation experiment at about 500 AMeV using the FRS-LAND setup at GSI. From the exclusive measurement of all projectile-like particles following the excitation and decay of the projectile in a high-Z target, the energy differential cross section can be extracted. At these beam energies dipole transitions are dominating, and within the semi-classical approach the Coulomb excitation cross sections can be transformed into photoabsorption cross sections. In contrast to stable Sn nuclei, a substantial fraction of dipole strength is observed at energies below the giant dipole resonance (GDR). For 130Sn and 132Sn this strength is located in a peak-like structure around 10 MeV excitation energy and exhibits a few percent of the Thomas-Reiche Kuhn (TRK) sum-rule strength. Several calculations predict the appearance of dipole strength at low excitation energies in neutron-rich nuclei. This low-lying strength is often referred to as pygmy dipole resonance (PDR) and, in a macroscopic picture, is discussed in terms of a collective oscillation of excess neutrons versus the core nucleons. Moreover, a sharp rise is observed at the neutron separation threshold around 5 MeV for the odd isotopes. A possible contribution of 'threshold strength', which can be described within the direct-breakup model is discussed. The results for the neutron-rich Sn isotopes are confronted with results on stable nuclei investigated in experiments using real photons.

  19. A microscopic description of neutron-rich lithium isotopes

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    Burov, V.V.; Rzjanin, M.V.; Miller, H.G.; Shitikova, K.V.; Yen, G.D.

    1994-12-01

    A unified calculation of neutron-rich isotopes in lithium is performed using the hyperspherical basis in which the underlying symmetry of each isotope exhibits a simple structure. The variation of the binding energy as a function of mass number is qualitatively reproduced, and the asymptotic of radial distribution of each isotope decreases exponentially. The form factors of the lithium isotopes are calculated and display diffraction minima. 27 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  20. First principle-based AKMC modelling of the formation and medium-term evolution of point defect and solute-rich clusters in a neutron irradiated complex Fe-CuMnNiSiP alloy representative of reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Ngayam-Happy, R.; Becquart, C. S.; Domain, C.

    2013-09-01

    The formation and medium-term evolution of point defect and solute-rich clusters under neutron irradiation have been modelled in a complex Fe-CuMnNiSiP alloy representative of RPV steels, by means of first principle-based atomistic kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The results obtained reproduce most features observed in available experimental studies, highlighting the very good agreement between both series. According to simulation, solute-rich clusters form and develop via an induced segregation mechanism on either the vacancy or interstitial clusters, and these point defect clusters are efficiently generated only in cascade debris and not Frenkel pair flux. The results have revealed the existence of two distinct populations of clusters with different characteristic features. Solute-rich clusters in the first group are bound essentially to interstitial clusters and they are enriched in Mn mostly, but also Ni to a lesser extent. Over the low dose regime, their density increases in the alloy as a result of the accumulation of highly stable interstitial clusters. In the second group, the solute-rich clusters are merged with vacancy clusters, and they contain mostly Cu and Si, but also substantial amount of Mn and Ni. The formation of a sub-population of pure solute clusters has been observed, which results from annihilation of the low stable vacancy clusters on sinks. The results indicate finally that the Mn content in clusters is up to 50%, Cu, Si, and Ni sharing the other half in more or less equivalent amounts. This composition has not demonstrated any noticeable modification with increasing dose over irradiation.

  1. Beta-Decay and Delayed Neutron Emission of Very Neutron-Rich Nuclei

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    Borzov, I. N.

    2014-09-01

    Extended self-consistent beta-decay model has been applied for beta-decay rates and delayed multi-neutron emission probabilities of quasi-spherical neutron-rich isotopes. The Gamow-Teller and first-forbidden decays are treated within the coordinate-space formalism of the continuum QRPA based on the density functional theory description of the ground state. A new set of the Fayans density functional parameters (DF3a) have been employed giving a better spin-orbit splitting due to a stronger tensor term. A provision has been included to fix the odd particle in the proper orbit (before variation). This accounts for ground-state spin inversion effect which has been shown to exist in the region of the most neutron-rich doubly-magic nucleus 78Ni.

  2. Unexpectedly large charge radii of neutron-rich calcium isotopes

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    Garcia Ruiz, R. F.; Bissell, M. L.; Blaum, K.; Ekström, A.; Frömmgen, N.; Hagen, G.; Hammen, M.; Hebeler, K.; Holt, J. D.; Jansen, G. R.; Kowalska, M.; Kreim, K.; Nazarewicz, W.; Neugart, R.; Neyens, G.; Nörtershäuser, W.; Papenbrock, T.; Papuga, J.; Schwenk, A.; Simonis, J.; Wendt, K. A.; Yordanov, D. T.

    2016-06-01

    Despite being a complex many-body system, the atomic nucleus exhibits simple structures for certain `magic’ numbers of protons and neutrons. The calcium chain in particular is both unique and puzzling: evidence of doubly magic features are known in 40,48Ca, and recently suggested in two radioactive isotopes, 52,54Ca. Although many properties of experimentally known calcium isotopes have been successfully described by nuclear theory, it is still a challenge to predict the evolution of their charge radii. Here we present the first measurements of the charge radii of 49,51,52Ca, obtained from laser spectroscopy experiments at ISOLDE, CERN. The experimental results are complemented by state-of-the-art theoretical calculations. The large and unexpected increase of the size of the neutron-rich calcium isotopes beyond N = 28 challenges the doubly magic nature of 52Ca and opens new intriguing questions on the evolution of nuclear sizes away from stability, which are of importance for our understanding of neutron-rich atomic nuclei.

  3. Neutron-rich hypernuclei: H6Λ and beyond

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    Gal, A.; Millener, D. J.

    2013-10-01

    Recent experimental evidence presented by the FINUDA Collaboration for a particle-stable H6Λ has stirred renewed interest in charting domains of particle-stable neutron-rich Λ hypernuclei, particularly for unbound nuclear cores. We have studied within a shell-model approach several neutron-rich Λ hypernuclei in the nuclear p shell that could be formed in (π-, K+) or in (K-, π+) reactions on stable nuclear targets. Hypernuclear shell-model input is taken from a theoretically inspired successful fit of γ-ray transitions in p-shell Λ hypernuclei which includes also ΛN ↔ ΣN coupling (ΛΣ coupling). The particle stability of H6Λ is discussed and predictions are made for binding energies of He9Λ, Li10Λ, Be12Λ, B14Λ. None of the large effects conjectured by some authors to arise from ΛΣ coupling is borne out, neither by these realistic p-shell calculations, nor by quantitative estimates outlined for heavier hypernuclei with substantial neutron excess.

  4. Fission and Properties of Neutron-Rich Nuclei

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    Hamilton, Joseph H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Carter, H. K.

    2008-08-01

    Opening session. Nuclear processes in stellar explosions / M. Wiescher. In-beam [symbol]-ray spectroscopy of neutron-rich nuclei at NSCL / A. Gade -- Nuclear structure I. Shell-model structure of neutron-rich nuclei beyond [symbol]Sn / A. Covello ... [et al.]. Shell structure and evolution of collectivity in nuclei above the [symbol]Sn core / S. Sarkar and M. S. Sarkar. Heavy-ion fusion using density-constrained TDHF / A. S. Umar and V. E. Oberacker. Towards an extended microscopic theory for upper-fp shell nuclei / K. P. Drumev. Properties of the Zr and Pb isotopes near the drip-line / V. N. Tarasov ... [et al.]. Identification of high spin states in [symbol] Cs nuclei and shell model calculations / K. Li ... [et al.]. Recent measurements of spherical and deformed isomers using the Lohengrin fission-fragment spectrometer / G. S. Simpson ... [et al.] -- Nuclear structure II. Nuclear structure investigation with rare isotope spectroscopic investigations at GSI / P. Boutachkov. Exploring the evolution of the shell structures by means of deep inelastic reactions / G. de Anaelis. Probing shell closures in neutron-rich nuclei / R. Krücken for the S277 and REX-ISOLDEMINIBALL collaborations. Structure of Fe isotopes at the limits of the pf-shell / N. Hoteling ... [et al.]. Spectroscopy of K isomers in shell-stabilized trans-fermium nuclei / S. K. Tandel ... [et al.] -- Radioactive ion beam facilities. SPIRAL2 at GANIL: a world leading ISOL facility for the next decade / S. Gales. New physics at the International Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) next to GSI / I. Augustin ... [et al.]. Radioactive beams from a high powered ISOL system / A. C. Shotter. RlKEN RT beam factory / T. Motobayashi. NSCL - ongoing activities and future perspectives / C. K. Gelbke. Rare isotope beams at Argonne / W. F. Henning. HRIBF: scientific highlights and future prospects / J. R. Beene. Radioactive ion beam research done in Dubna / G. M. Ter-Akopian ... [et al.] -- Fission I

  5. Quadrupole collectivity in neutron-rich Fe and Cr isotopes.

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    Crawford, H L; Clark, R M; Fallon, P; Macchiavelli, A O; Baugher, T; Bazin, D; Beausang, C W; Berryman, J S; Bleuel, D L; Campbell, C M; Cromaz, M; de Angelis, G; Gade, A; Hughes, R O; Lee, I Y; Lenzi, S M; Nowacki, F; Paschalis, S; Petri, M; Poves, A; Ratkiewicz, A; Ross, T J; Sahin, E; Weisshaar, D; Wimmer, K; Winkler, R

    2013-06-14

    Intermediate-energy Coulomb excitation measurements are performed on the N ≥ 40 neutron-rich nuclei (66,68)Fe and (64)Cr. The reduced transition matrix elements providing a direct measure of the quadrupole collectivity B(E2;2(1)(+) → 0(1)(+)) are determined for the first time in (68)Fe(42) and (64)Cr(40) and confirm a previous recoil distance method lifetime measurement in (66)Fe(40). The results are compared to state-of-the-art large-scale shell-model calculations within the full fpgd neutron orbital model space using the Lenzi-Nowacki-Poves-Sieja effective interaction and confirm the results of the calculations that show these nuclei are well deformed.

  6. Conservation of Isospin in Neutron-rich Fission Fragments

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    Jain, A.K.; Choudhury, D.; Maheshwari, B.

    2014-06-15

    On the occasion of the 75{sup th} anniversary of the fission phenomenon, we present a surprisingly simple result which highlights the important role of isospin and its conservation in neutron rich fission fragments. We have analysed the fission fragment mass distribution from two recent heavyion reactions {sup 238}U({sup 18}O,f) and {sup 208}Pb({sup 18}O,f) as well as a thermal neutron fission reaction {sup 245}Cm(n{sup th},f). We find that the conservation of the total isospin explains the overall trend in the observed relative yields of fragment masses in each fission pair partition. The isospin values involved are very large making the effect dramatic. The findings open the way for more precise calculations of fission fragment distributions in heavy nuclei and may have far reaching consequences for the drip line nuclei, HI fusion reactions, and calculation of decay heat in the fission phenomenon.

  7. Measuring the collectivity of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Görgen, Andreas

    2012-10-01

    Measuring the lifetimes of excited nuclear states provides direct information on electromagnetic transition rates and on the collectivity of nuclear excitations. The recoil distance Doppler-shift (RDDS) method is a well-established technique for measuring picosecond lifetimes of excited states, which has been extensively used in combination with fusion-evaporation reactions to measure lifetimes in neutron-deficient nuclei. Here we discuss novel ways of combining the RDDS technique with multi-nucleon transfer and fusion-fission reactions, which allow measurement of picosecond lifetimes in neutron-rich nuclei. Experiments were performed at both GANIL and Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL) with the goal to investigate the onset of collectivity around 68Ni and the evolution of shapes and shape coexistence in medium-heavy fission fragments.

  8. Time-of-Flight Mass Measurements of Neutron Rich Nuclides

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    Estrade, A.; Matos, M.; Amthor, A. M.; Becerril, A.; Elliot, T.; Lorusso, G.; Rogers, A.; Schatz, H.; Bazin, D.; Gade, A.; Portillo, M.; Stolz, A.; Galaviz, D.; Pereira, J.; Shapira, D.; Smith, E.; Wallace, M.

    2008-10-01

    Nuclear masses of neutron rich isotopes in the region of Z ˜ 20-30 have been measured using the time-of-flight technique at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). The masses of 5 isotopes have been measured for the first time, and the precision of several other masses has been improved. The time-of-flight technique has shown the potential to access nuclear masses very far from stability when applied at radioactive beam facilities like the NSCL. Such measurements are important for understanding nuclear structure far from the valley of β-stability, and provide valuable information for astrophysical model calculations of processes involving very unstable nuclides.

  9. Level structures of neutron-rich Xe isotopes

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    Ahmad, I.; Lister, C.J.; Morss, L.R.

    1995-08-01

    The level structures of neutron-rich Xe isotopes were determined by observing prompt gamma-ray coincidences in {sup 248}Cm fission fragments. A 5-mg {sup 248}Cm, in the form of {sup 248}Cm-KCl pellet, was placed inside Eurogam array which consisted of 45 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors and 5 Low-Energy Photon Spectrometers. Transitions in Xe isotopes were identified by the appearance of new peaks in the {gamma}-ray spectra obtained by gating on the gamma peaks of the complementary Mo fragments.

  10. Search for octupole deformation in neutron rich Xe isotopes

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    Bentaleb, M.; Schulz, N.; Lubkiewicz, E.

    1994-07-01

    A search for octupole deformation in neutron rich Xe isotopes has been conducted through gamma-ray spectroscopy of primary fragments produced in the spontaneous fission of {sup 248}Cm. The spectrometer consisted of the Eurogam array and a set of 5 LEPS detectors. Level schemes were constructed for Xe isotopes with masses ranging from 138 to 144. Except for {sup 139}Xe, none of them exhibit an alternating parity quasimolecular band, {alpha} feature usually encountered in octupole deformed nuclei. Substantial evidence for reflection asymmetric shape in the intrinsic system of the nucleus exists for the light actinide nuclei.

  11. Measurement of picosecond lifetimes in neutron-rich Xe isotopes

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    Ilieva, S.; Kröll, Th.; Régis, J.-M.; Saed-Samii, N.; Blanc, A.; Bruce, A. M.; Fraile, L. M.; de France, G.; Hartig, A.-L.; Henrich, C.; Ignatov, A.; Jentschel, M.; Jolie, J.; Korten, W.; Köster, U.; Lalkovski, S.; Lozeva, R.; Mach, H.; Mǎrginean, N.; Mutti, P.; Paziy, V.; Regan, P. H.; Simpson, G. S.; Soldner, T.; Thürauf, M.; Ur, C. A.; Urban, W.; Warr, N.

    2016-09-01

    Background: Lifetimes of nuclear excited states in fission fragments have been studied in the past following isotope separation, thus giving access mainly to the fragments' daughters and only to long-lived isomeric states in the primary fragments. For the first time now, short-lived excited states in the primary fragments, produced in neutron-induced prompt fission of 235U and 241Pu, were studied within the EXILL&FATIMA campaign at the intense neutron-beam facility of the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. Purpose: We aim to investigate the quadrupole collective properties of neutron-rich even-even 138,140,142Xe isotopes lying between the double shell closure N =82 and Z =50 and a deformed region with octupole collectivity. Method: The γ rays emitted from the excited fragments were detected with a mixed array consisting of 8 HPGe EXOGAM Clover detectors (EXILL) and 16 LaBr3(Ce) fast scintillators (FATIMA). The detector system has the unique ability to select the interesting fragment making use of the high resolution of the HPGe detectors and determine subnanosecond lifetimes using the fast scintillators. For the analysis the generalized centroid difference method was used. Results: We show that quadrupole collectivity increases smoothly with increasing neutron number above the closed N =82 neutron shell. Our measurements are complemented by state-of-the-art theory calculations based on shell-model descriptions. Conclusions: The observed smooth increase in quadrupole collectivity is similar to the evolution seen in the measured masses of the xenon isotopic chain and is well reproduced by theory. This behavior is in contrast to higher Z even-even nuclei where abrupt change in deformation occurs around N =90 .

  12. Neutron-Rich Nuclei and Neutron Stars: A New Accurately Calibrated Interaction for the Study of Neutron-Rich Matter

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    Todd-Rutel, B.G.; Piekarewicz, J.

    2005-09-16

    An accurately calibrated relativistic parametrization is introduced to compute the ground state properties of finite nuclei, their linear response, and the structure of neutron stars. While similar in spirit to the successful NL3 parameter set, it produces an equation of state that is considerably softer--both for symmetric nuclear matter and for the symmetry energy. This softening appears to be required for an accurate description of several collective modes having different neutron-to-proton ratios. Among the predictions of this model are a symmetric nuclear-matter incompressibility of K=230 MeV and a neutron skin thickness in {sup 208}Pb of R{sub n}-R{sub p}=0.21 fm. The impact of such a softening on various neutron-star properties is also examined.

  13. Two-Neutron Separation Energies Of Even-Even Rare-Earth Neutron-Rich Nuclei

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    Benhamouda, N.; Oudih, M. R.; Allal, N. H.; Fellah, M.

    2007-04-23

    The variation of the two-neutron separation energy (S2N), as a function of N, is studied using a microscopic model that includes the pairing effects rigorously within the Fixed-Sharp-BCS method. The model has been tested for ''ordinary'' nuclei and has correctly reproduced the experimental data. The study has then been extended to the neutron-rich nuclei and has shown a relatively important variation of S2N when N= 100 which may be attributed to the existence of a new magic number.

  14. Amorphization of SiC under ion and neutron irradiation

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    Snead, L. L.; Zinkle, S. J.; Hay, J. C.; Osborne, M. C.

    1998-05-01

    This paper presents results on the microstructure and physical properties of SiC amorphized by both ion and neutron irradiation. Specifically, 0.56 MeV Si ions have been implanted in single crystal 6H-SiC from ambient through >200°C and the critical threshold for amorphization was measured as a function of the irradiation temperature. From a high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) study of the crystalline to amorphous transition region in these materials, elongated pockets of amorphous material oriented parallel to the free surface are observed. Single crystal 6H-SiC and hot pressed and sintered 6H and 3C SiC were neutron irradiated at approximately 70°C to a dose of ˜2.56 dpa causing complete amorphization. Property changes resulting from the crystal to amorphous transition in SiC include a density decrease of 10.8%, a hardness decrease from 38.7 to 21.0 GPa, and a decrease in elastic modulus from 528 to 292 GPa. Recrystallization of the amorphized, single crystal 6H-SiC appears to occur in two stages. In the temperature range of ˜800-1000°C, crystallites nucleate and slowly grow. In the temperature range of 1125-1150°C spontaneous nucleation and rapid growth of crystallites occur. It is further noted that amorphized 6H (alpha) SiC recrystallizes to highly faulted fcc (beta) SiC.

  15. Study of weakening of shell N = 28 for neutron rich nuclei through particle number fluctuation and pairing energy

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    Bhattacharya, Rupayan

    2017-03-01

    Evolution of shells has been studied through fluctuations of particle numbers, pairing energies of large number of isotopes and isotones of nuclei evaluated through Skyrme-Hartree-Fock theory after inclusion of optimized tensor interaction. For neutron rich isotopes of Mg, Si, S and Ar no indication of shell closure at N = 28 has been observed. Calculations show occurrence of a doubly shell closed nucleus 114 Fl 184 .

  16. Use of Neutron Transfer Reactions to Indirectly Determine Neutron Capture Cross Sections on Neutron-Rich Nuclei

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    McCleskey, M.; Mukhamedzhanov, A. M.; Tribble, R. E.; Simmons, E.; Spiridon, A.; Banu, A.; Roeder, B.; Goldberg, V.; Trache, L.; Chen, X. F.; Lui, Y.-W.

    2010-03-01

    {sup 14}C(n,gamma){sup 15}C is being used as a test case in the development of an indirect method to determine neutron capture cross sections on neutron-rich unstable nuclei at astrophysical energies. Our approach makes use of two reactions: one peripheral used to find the asymptotic normalization coefficient (ANC) and a second non-peripheral reaction to determine the spectroscopic factor. The ANC for {sup 15}C has been determined using a HI neutron transfer reaction with a 12 MeV/nucleon {sup 14}C beam on a {sup 13}C target. The spectroscopic factor will be determined using {sup 14}C(d,p) in forward kinematics with an incident deuteron energy of 60 MeV. Both experiments were performed using the MDM high-resolution spectrometer at Texas A and M University.

  17. Beta decay rates of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Marketin, Tomislav; Huther, Lutz; Martínez-Pinedo, Gabriel

    2015-10-15

    Heavy element nucleosynthesis models involve various properties of thousands of nuclei in order to simulate the intricate details of the process. By necessity, as most of these nuclei cannot be studied in a controlled environment, these models must rely on the nuclear structure models for input. Of all the properties, the beta-decay half-lives are one of the most important ones due to their direct impact on the resulting abundance distributions. Currently, a single large-scale calculation is available based on a QRPA calculation with a schematic interaction on top of the Finite Range Droplet Model. In this study we present the results of a large-scale calculation based on the relativistic nuclear energy density functional, where both the allowed and the first-forbidden transitions are studied in more than 5000 neutron-rich nuclei.

  18. New Band Structures in Aapprox110 Neutron-Rich Nuclei

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    Zhu, S. J.; Wang, J. G.; Ding, H. B.; Gu, L.; Xu, Q.; Yeoh, E. Y.; Xiao, Z. G.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hwang, J. K.; Liu, S. H.; Li, K.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Lee, I. Y.; Qi, B.; Meng, J.

    2010-05-12

    The high spin states of neutron-rich nuclei in Aapprox110 region have been carefully investigated by measuring prompt gamma-gamma-gamma coincident measurements populated in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf with the Gammasphere detector array. Many new collective bands have been discovered. In this proceeding paper, we introduce some interesting new band structures recently observed by our cooperative groups, that is, the one-phonon- and two-phonon gamma-vibrational bands in odd-A {sup 103}Nb, {sup 105}Mo and {sup 107}Tc, the chiral doublet bands in even-even {sup 106}Mo, {sup 110}Ru and {sup 112}Ru, and the pseudospin partner bands with in {sup 108}Tc. The characteristics of these band structures have been discussed.

  19. Irradiation By Neutrons And Annealing of SiGe Alloys

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    Vandersande, Jan W.; Mccormack, Joseph; Zoltan, Andrew

    1992-01-01

    Heat treatment restores thermoelectric performance having deteriorated under irradiation by neutrons. Discovery suggests SiGe materials used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators and other applications up to fluences of 5.4 X 10(to the 19th power)cm(to the negative 2nd power) and operating at temperatures of 600 to 1,000 degrees C.

  20. Cluster emissions with ? daughter from neutron-rich nuclei

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    Kumar, Satish; Batra, J. S.; Gupta, Raj K.

    1996-02-01

    Cluster emissions from neutron-rich 0954-3899/22/2/006/img2, and 0954-3899/22/2/006/img3 nuclei are studied within the preformed cluster model of Malik and Gupta. Q-value estimates of the decays selected on the basis of shell effects in binding energies and their relative preformation probabilities show that these nuclei are stable (Q<0) against 0954-3899/22/2/006/img4 and 0954-3899/22/2/006/img5 decays and all the metastable (Q>0) decays are of non-alpha-like heavy clusters. The most probable decays (minimum half-life times) are the ones with a doubly magic 0954-3899/22/2/006/img6 nucleus as the daughter nucleus, arising due to the WKB penetrability. Compared to the presently measurable alpha-like cluster decays of the corresponding neutron-deficient parents into a 0954-3899/22/2/006/img7 daughter nucleus, these decays are suppressed by many orders of magnitude.

  1. Production of heavy and superheavy neutron-rich nuclei in neutron capture processes

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    Zagrebaev, V. I.; Karpov, A. V.; Mishustin, I. N.; Greiner, Walter

    2011-10-01

    The neutron capture process is considered as an alternative method for production of superheavy (SH) nuclei. Strong neutron fluxes might be provided by nuclear reactors and nuclear explosions in the laboratory frame and by supernova explosions in nature. All these cases are discussed in the paper. There are two gaps of short-lived nuclei (one is the well-known fermium gap and the other one is located in the region of Z=106-108 and N˜170) which impede the formation of SH nuclei by rather weak neutron fluxes realized at available nuclear reactors. We find that in the course of multiple (rather “soft”) nuclear explosions these gaps may be easily bypassed, and thus, a measurable amount of the neutron-rich long-living SH nuclei located at the island of stability may be synthesized. Existing pulsed reactors do not allow one to bypass these gaps. We formulate requirements for the pulsed reactors of the next generation that could be used for production of long-living SH nuclei. Natural formation of SH nuclei (in supernova explosions) is also discussed. The yield of SH nuclei relative to lead is estimated to be about 10-12, which is not beyond the experimental sensitivity for a search of SH elements in cosmic rays.

  2. Laser synthesis of carbon-rich SiC nanoribbons

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    Salama, I. A.; Quick, N. R.; Kar, A.

    2003-06-01

    A nanosecond pulsed laser direct-write and doping (LDWD) technique is used for the fabrication of carbon-rich silicon carbide nanoribbons heterostructure in a single crystal 4H-SiC wafer. Characterization by high-resolution transmission electron microscope and selected area electron diffraction pattern revealed the presence of nanosize crystalline ribbons with hexagonal graphite structure in the heat-affected zone below the decomposition temperature isotherm in the SiC epilayer. The nanoribbons exist in three layers each being approximately 50-60 nm thick, containing 15-17 individual sheets. The layers are self-aligned on the (0001) plane of the SiC epilayer with their c axis at 87° to the incident laser beam. The LDWD technique permits synthesis of heterostructured nanoribbons in a single step without additional material or catalyst, and effectively eliminates the need for nanostructure handling and transferring processes.

  3. Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence from Scored Si-Rich SiO2 Film/p-Si Structure

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    Ran, Guang-Zhao; Sun, Yong-Ke; Chen, Yuan; Dai, Lun; Cui, Xiao-Ming; Zhang, Bo-Rui; Qiao, Yong-Ping; Ma, Zhen-Chang; Zong, Wan-Hua; Qin, Guo-Gang

    2003-02-01

    Electroluminescence (EL) is observed from the Au/Si-rich SiO2 film/p-Si diodes, in which the Si-rich SiO2 films are scored deliberately by a diamond tip. The EL intensity of the scored diode annealed at 800°C is about 6 times of that of the unscored counterpart. The EL spectrum of the unscored diode could be decomposed into two Gaussian luminescence bands with peaks at about 1.83 and 2.23 eV, while for the EL spectrum of the scored diode, an additional Gaussian band at about 3.0 eV appears, and the 1.83-eV peak increases significantly in intensity. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of an unscored Si-rich SiO2 film has only one band peaking at about 1.48 eV, whereas the PL spectrum of the scored one has two bands at about 1.48 and 1.97 eV. We consider that the high-density defect regions produced by the scoring provide new luminescence centres and become some types of nonradiative centres in the Si oxide layer, which thus result in changes of the EL and PL spectra.

  4. Effect of neutron irradiation on fracture resistance of advanced SiC/SiC composites

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    Ozawa, Kazumi; Katoh, Yutai; Nozawa, Takashi; Snead, Lance L.

    2011-10-01

    In order to identify the neutron irradiation effects on fracture resistance of advanced SiC/SiC composites, unloading-reloading single edge notched bend tests were conducted and an analytical model based on non-linear fracture mechanics was applied. As a result of the analysis, energy release rate contributed by macro-crack initiation of 3.1 kJ/m 2 for both unirradiated and irradiated advanced SiC/SiC composites (Hi-Nicalon Type-S (0°/90° plain woven)/multilayer/chemically vapor infiltration) is estimated. This result indicates no significant degradation in fracture resistance after neutron irradiation to 5.9 × 10 25 n/m 2 at 800 °C.

  5. Neutron radiation damage and recovery studies of SiPMs

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    Tsang, T.; Rao, T.; Stoll, S.; Woody, C.

    2016-12-01

    We characterized the performance of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) before and after exposure of up to 1012 neutron/cm2 dosage. We show that the typical orders of magnitude increase of dark current upon neutron irradiation can be suppressed by operating it at a lower temperature and single-photoelectron detection capability can be restored. The required operating temperature depends on the dosage received. Furthermore, after high temperature thermal annealing, there is compelling evidence that the extrinsic dark current is lowered by orders of magnitude and single-photon detection performance are to some extent recovered at room temperature. Our experimental findings might have widespread implications for extending the functionality and the useful lifetime of current and future large scale SiPM detectors deployed in ionization radiation environment.

  6. Neutron radiation damage and recovery studies of SiPMs

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    Tsang, T.; Rao, T.; Stoll, S.; Woody, C.

    2016-12-01

    We characterized the performance of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) before and after exposure of up to 1012 neutron/cm2 dosage. We show that the typical orders of magnitude increase of dark current upon neutron irradiation can be suppressed by operating it at a lower temperature and single-photoelectron detection capability can be restored. The required operating temperature depends on the dosage received. Furthermore, after high temperature thermal annealing, there is compelling evidence that the extrinsic dark current is lowered by orders of magnitude and single-photon detection performance are to some extent recovered at room temperature. Our experimental findings might have widespread implications for extending the functionality and the useful lifetime of current and future large scale SiPM detectors deployed in ionization radiation environment.

  7. Beta Decay Study of Neutron-rich Magnesium

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    Ash, John; Rajabali, Mustafa; Griffin Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    Within the ``island of inversion'' around the N = 20 shell gap, isotopes of magnesium, and aluminum deviate from the expected closed-shell structure. Particles promoted across the N = 20 shell gap result in a lower energy deformed ground state configuration rather than the expected spherical configuration. An experiment was conducted at TRIUMF laboratory in the summer of 2015 to study the decay of ``island of inversion'' isotopes 33 , 34 , 35Mg and the structure of the respective daughter nuclei. The isotopes of interest were produced by a proton beam from TRIUMF's 500 MeV cyclotron impacting on a UCx target. The magnesium decays populated states along the decay chain in Al, Si, P, and S isotopes. The new GRIFFIN spectrometer in the ISAC-I facility was used to detect the gamma rays. Two sets of scintillators, one for detecting the beta particles (SCEPTAR) and the other for detecting beta-delayed neutrons (DESCANT), were also used in conjunction with GRIFFIN. The GRIFFIN data were energy calibrated and partially analyzed for this project. New algorithms were developed for the analysis. Preliminary results for new transitions detected in 34Mg as well as the half lives obtained will be presented in their current form. This research was supported by the Tennessee Tech research office.

  8. Multiquasiparticle states in the neutron-rich nucleus 174Tm

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    Hughes, R. O.; Lane, G. J.; Dracoulis, G. D.; Byrne, A. P.; Nieminen, P.; Watanabe, H.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chowdhury, P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Kondev, F. G.; Lauritsen, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Zhu, S.

    2013-07-01

    Deep inelastic and transfer reactions with an 820-MeV, 136Xe beam and various ytterbium and lutetium targets have been employed to study high-spin structures in the neutron-rich thulium isotopes beyond 171Tm. Results in the doubly odd nucleus, 174Tm, include the identification of numerous new two- and four-quasiparticle intrinsic states including several isomers below 1 MeV, and the observation of the Kπ=4- ground state rotational band populated via direct decay from a τ=153(10)-μs, Kπ=14- isomer at 2092 keV. The 398-keV, M1 transition linking the isomer and ground state band is abnormally fast for a highly forbidden, ΔK=10 decay. This relative enhancement is explained in terms of mixing of the 13- level with the nearby 13- member of a Kπ=8- rotational band, with an interaction strength of V ≈ 1.4 keV. Multiquasiparticle calculations are compared with the observed states.

  9. Intruder configurations in neutron-rich {sup 34}P

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    Ollier, J.; Chapman, R.; Liang, X.; Labiche, M.; Spohr, K.-M.; Davison, M.; De Angelis, G.; Axiotis, M.; Kroell, T.; Napoli, D.R.; Martinez, T.; Bazzacco, D.; Farnea, E.; Lunardi, S.; Smith, A.G.; Haas, F.

    2005-03-01

    Extensions to the yrast and near-yrast decay sequences of the neutron-rich nucleus {sub 15}{sup 34}P{sub 19} have been established through an analysis of the {gamma} deexcitation of fragments produced in deep-inelastic processes which occur when 230-MeV {sup 36}S ions interact with a thick target of {sup 176}Yb. The highly sensitive GASP array of escape-suppressed Ge detectors was used to measure the resulting {gamma}-ray deexcitations of both projectilelike and targetlike fragments. Previously unobserved excited states in {sup 34}P were observed at 3351, 6236, 2320, and (4723) keV. Several states above an excitation energy of 2.3 MeV involve intruder configurations from the f{sub 7/2} shell. The investigation of negative parity intruder states on the periphery of the 'island of inversion' has an important role to play in our understanding of the evolution of nuclear structure as the island of inversion is approached.

  10. Transition probabilities in neutron-rich Se,8684

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    Litzinger, J.; Blazhev, A.; Dewald, A.; Didierjean, F.; Duchêne, G.; Fransen, C.; Lozeva, R.; Sieja, K.; Verney, D.; de Angelis, G.; Bazzacco, D.; Birkenbach, B.; Bottoni, S.; Bracco, A.; Braunroth, T.; Cederwall, B.; Corradi, L.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Désesquelles, P.; Eberth, J.; Ellinger, E.; Farnea, E.; Fioretto, E.; Gernhäuser, R.; Goasduff, A.; Görgen, A.; Gottardo, A.; Grebosz, J.; Hackstein, M.; Hess, H.; Ibrahim, F.; Jolie, J.; Jungclaus, A.; Kolos, K.; Korten, W.; Leoni, S.; Lunardi, S.; Maj, A.; Menegazzo, R.; Mengoni, D.; Michelagnoli, C.; Mijatovic, T.; Million, B.; Möller, O.; Modamio, V.; Montagnoli, G.; Montanari, D.; Morales, A. I.; Napoli, D. R.; Niikura, M.; Pollarolo, G.; Pullia, A.; Quintana, B.; Recchia, F.; Reiter, P.; Rosso, D.; Sahin, E.; Salsac, M. D.; Scarlassara, F.; Söderström, P.-A.; Stefanini, A. M.; Stezowski, O.; Szilner, S.; Theisen, Ch.; Valiente Dobón, J. J.; Vandone, V.; Vogt, A.

    2015-12-01

    Reduced quadrupole transition probabilities for low-lying transitions in neutron-rich Se,8684 are investigated with a recoil distance Doppler shift (RDDS) experiment. The experiment was performed at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro using the Cologne Plunger device for the RDDS technique and the AGATA Demonstrator array for the γ -ray detection coupled to the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer for an event-by-event particle identification. In 86Se the level lifetime of the yrast 21+ state and an upper limit for the lifetime of the 41+ state are determined for the first time. The results of 86Se are in agreement with previously reported predictions of large-scale shell-model calculations using Ni78-I and Ni78-II effective interactions. In addition, intrinsic shape parameters of lowest yrast states in 86Se are calculated. In semimagic 84Se level lifetimes of the yrast 41+ and 61+ states are determined for the first time. Large-scale shell-model calculations using effective interactions Ni78-II, JUN45, jj4b, and jj4pna are performed. The calculations describe B (E 2 ;21+→01+) and B (E 2 ;61+→41+) fairly well and point out problems in reproducing the experimental B (E 2 ;41+→21+) .

  11. Laser induced sponge-like Si in Si-rich oxides for photovoltaics.

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    Gundogdu, S; Ozen, E Sungur; Hübner, R; Heinig, K H; Aydinli, A

    2013-10-07

    We show that a sponge-like structure of interconnected Si nanowires embedded in a dielectric matrix can be obtained by laser annealing of silicon rich oxides (SRO). Due to quantum confinement, the large bandgap displayed by these percolated nanostructures can be utilized as a tandem stage in 3rd generation thin-film solar cells. Well passivated by the SiO₂ dielectric matrix, they are expected to overcome the difficulty of carrier separation encountered in the case of isolated crystalline quantum dots. In this study PECVD grown SRO were irradiated by a cw Ar⁺ laser. Raman spectroscopy has been used to assess the crystallinity of the Si nanostructures and thus to optimize the annealing conditions as dwell times and power densities. In addition, Si plasmon imaging in the transmission electron microscope was applied to identify the sponge-like structure of phase-separated silicon.

  12. Continuum quasiparticle random-phase approximation for astrophysical direct neutron capture reactions on neutron-rich nuclei

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    Matsuo, Masayuki

    2015-03-01

    I formulate a many-body theory to calculate the cross section of direct radiative neutron capture reaction by means of the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov mean-field model and the continuum quasiparticle random-phase approximation (QRPA). A focus is put on very-neutron-rich nuclei and low-energy neutron kinetic energy in the range from 1 keV to several MeV, which is relevant to the rapid neutron capture process of nucleosynthesis. I begin with the photoabsorption cross section and the E 1 strength function. Next, in order to apply the reciprocity theorem, I decompose the cross section into partial cross sections corresponding to different channels of one- and two-neutron emission decays of photo-excited states. A numerical example is shown for the photo-absorption of 142Sn and the neutron capture of 141Sn .

  13. {beta}{sup -}-delayed spectroscopy of neutron-rich tantalum nuclei: Shape evolution in neutron-rich tungsten isotopes

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    Alkhomashi, N.; Regan, P. H.; Podolyak, Zs.; Pietri, S.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Steer, S. J.; Farrelly, G.; Cullen, I. J.; Gelletly, W.; Walker, P. M.; Benlliure, J.; Caserejos, E.; Estevez, M. E.; Morales, A. I.; Casten, R. F.; Gerl, J.; Wollersheim, H. J.; Gorska, M.; Kojouharov, I.; Schaffner, H.

    2009-12-15

    The low-lying structure of {sup 188,190,192}W has been studied following {beta} decays of the neutron-rich mother nuclei {sup 188,190,192}Ta produced following the projectile fragmentation of a 1-GeV-per-nucleon {sup 208}Pb primary beam on a natural beryllium target at the GSI Fragment Separator. The {beta}-decay half-lives of {sup 188}Ta, {sup 190}Ta, and {sup 192}Ta have been measured, with {gamma}-ray decays of low-lying states in their respective W daughter nuclei, using heavy-ion {beta}-{gamma} correlations and a position-sensitive silicon detector setup. The data provide information on the low-lying excited states in {sup 188}W, {sup 190}W, and {sup 192}W, which highlight a change in nuclear shape at {sup 190}W compared with that of lighter W isotopes. This evolution of ground-state structure along the W isotopic chain is discussed as evidence for a possible proton subshell effect for the A{approx}190 region and is consistent with maximization of the {gamma}-softness of the nuclear potential around N{approx}116.

  14. Efimov physics around the neutron-rich 60Ca isotope.

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    Hagen, G; Hagen, P; Hammer, H-W; Platter, L

    2013-09-27

    We calculate the neutron-60Ca S-wave scattering phase shifts using state of the art coupled-cluster theory combined with modern ab initio interactions derived from chiral effective theory. Effects of three-nucleon forces are included schematically as density dependent nucleon-nucleon interactions. This information is combined with halo effective field theory in order to investigate the 60Ca-neutron-neutron system. We predict correlations between different three-body observables and the two-neutron separation energy of 62Ca. This provides evidence of Efimov physics along the calcium isotope chain. Experimental key observables that facilitate a test of our findings are discussed.

  15. Production and identification of new, neutron-rich nuclei in the [sup 208]Pb region

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    Rykaczewski, K. ); Szerypo, J.; Evensen, A.-H.; Kugler, E.; Lettry, J.; Ravn, H. ); Kurpeta, J.; Pkochocki, A.; Karny, M.; Szerypo, J. ); Szerypo, J. ); Andreyev, H.; Huyse, M.; Wo uml; hr, A. ); Aystuml, J.; Nieminen, A.; Huhta, M. ); Walter, G. ) Hoff, P. )

    1998-12-01

    The recently developed methods allowing the experimental studies on new neutron-rich nuclei beyond doubly-magic [sup 208]Pb are briefly described. An identification of new neutron-rich isotopes [sup 215]Pb and [sup 217]Bi, and new decay properties of [sup 216]Bi studied by means of a pulsed release element selective technique at PS Booster-ISOLDE are reported. [copyright] [ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.

  16. 26Si excited states via one-neutron removal from a 27Si radioactive ion beam

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    Chen, J.; Chen, A. A.; Amthor, A. M.; Bazin, D.; Becerril, A. D.; Gade, A.; Galaviz, D.; Glasmacher, T.; Kahl, D.; Lorusso, G.; Matos, M.; Ouellet, C. V.; Pereira, J.; Schatz, H.; Smith, K.; Wales, B.; Weisshaar, D.; Zegers, R. G. T.

    2012-04-01

    A study of 26Si states by neutron removal from a fast radioactive beam of 27Si has been performed. A beam of 27Si of energy 84.3 MeV/nucleon impinged on a polypropylene foil (C3H6) of 180 mg/cm2 thickness. Deexcitation γ rays were detected with a highly segmented germanium detector array, in coincidence with the 26Si recoils, and the corresponding 26Si level energies were determined. In comparing our results to two previous γ-ray spectroscopic studies of 26Si level structures, we find good agreement with a recent measurement of the 12C(16O,2nγ)26Si reaction. Our results support the use of excitation energies from that study in helping determine the important resonance energies for the thermonuclear 25Al(p,γ)26Si reaction rate. We do not observe a bound state at 4093 keV reported in an earlier study of the 24Mg(3He,nγ)26Si reaction.

  17. Excitation dependent photoluminescence study of Si-rich a-SiNx:H thin films

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    Kumar Bommali, Ravi; Preet Singh, Sarab; Rai, Sanjay; Mishra, P.; Sekhar, B. R.; Vijaya Prakash, G.; Srivastava, P.

    2012-12-01

    We report photoluminescence (PL) investigations on Si-rich amorphous hydrogenated silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H) thin films of different compositions, using three different excitation lasers, viz., 325 nm, 410 nm, and 532 nm. The as-deposited films contain amorphous Si quantum dots (QDs) as evidenced in high resolution transmission electron microscopy images. The PL spectral shape is in general seen to change with the excitation used, thus emphasizing the presence of multiple luminescence centres in these films. It is found that all the spectra so obtained can be deconvoluted assuming Gaussian contributions from defects and quantum confinement effect. Further strength to this assignment is provided by low temperature (300 °C) hydrogen plasma annealing of these samples, wherein a preferential enhancement of the QD luminescence over defect luminescence is observed.

  18. Neutron-proton effective mass splitting in neutron-rich matter and its impacts on nuclear reactions

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    Li, Bao-An; Chen, Lie-Wen

    2015-04-01

    The neutron-proton effective mass splitting in neutron-rich nucleonic matter reflects the spacetime nonlocality of the isovector nuclear interaction. It affects the neutron/proton ratio during the earlier evolution of the Universe, cooling of proto-neutron stars, structure of rare isotopes and dynamics of heavy-ion collisions. While there is still no consensus on whether the neutron-proton effective mass splitting is negative, zero or positive and how it depends on the density as well as the isospin-asymmetry of the medium, significant progress has been made in recent years in addressing these issues. There are different kinds of nucleon effective masses. In this mini-review, we focus on the total effective masses often used in the non-relativistic description of nuclear dynamics. We first recall the connections among the neutron-proton effective mass splitting, the momentum dependence of the isovector potential and the density dependence of the symmetry energy. We then make a few observations about the progress in calculating the neutron-proton effective mass splitting using various nuclear many-body theories and its effects on the isospin-dependence of in-medium nucleon-nucleon cross-sections. Perhaps, our most reliable knowledge so far about the neutron-proton effective mass splitting at saturation density of nuclear matter comes from optical model analyses of huge sets of nucleon-nucleus scattering data accumulated over the last five decades. The momentum dependence of the symmetry potential from these analyses provide a useful boundary condition at saturation density for calibrating nuclear many-body calculations. Several observables in heavy-ion collisions have been identified as sensitive probes of the neutron-proton effective mass splitting in dense neutron-rich matter based on transport model simulations. We review these observables and comment on the latest experimental findings.

  19. Structure and reactions of light neutron rich nuclei

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    Esbensen, H.

    1993-01-01

    Radioactive beam experiments have made it possible to study the structure of nuclei at the neutron drip line. Pair correlations play a crucial role in such nuclei and characteristic features include an extended neutron halo density and a large dipole strength near threshold. The most detailed studies have been performed for [sup 11]Li. I will present a 3-body model that explains the main features of the data obtained for this nucleus.

  20. Structure and reactions of light neutron rich nuclei

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    Esbensen, H.

    1993-04-01

    Radioactive beam experiments have made it possible to study the structure of nuclei at the neutron drip line. Pair correlations play a crucial role in such nuclei and characteristic features include an extended neutron halo density and a large dipole strength near threshold. The most detailed studies have been performed for {sup 11}Li. I will present a 3-body model that explains the main features of the data obtained for this nucleus.

  1. Stellar (n, gamma) cross sections of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Marganiec, J.; Domingo Pardo, C.; Kaeppeler, F.

    2010-03-01

    The present measurements were performed by means of the activation technique. Neutrons were produced at the Karlsruhe Van de Graaff accelerator via the {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be reaction. For proton energies just above threshold, one obtains a neutron spectrum similar to a Maxwellian distribution for kT = 25 keV. This quasi-stellar neutron spectrum allowed us to measure the Maxwellian averaged cross sections directly. The experimental results of {sup 174,176}Yb, {sup 184,186}W, {sup 190,192}Os, {sup 196,198}Pt, and {sup 202}Hg were extrapolated from kT = 25 keV to lower and higher temperatures.

  2. Evaluation of Damage Tolerance of Advanced SiC/SiC Composites after Neutron Irradiation

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    Ozawa, Kazumi; Katoh, Yutai; Nozawa, Takashi; Hinoki, Tatsuya; Snead, Lance L.

    2011-10-01

    Silicon carbide composites (SiC/SiC) are attractive candidate materials for structural and functional components in fusion energy systems. The effect of neutron irradiation on damage tolerance of the nuclear grade SiC/SiC composites (plain woven Hi-Nicalon™ Type-S reinforced CVI matrix composites multilayer interphase and unidirectional Tyranno™-SA3 reinforced NITE matrix with carbon mono-layer interphase) was evaluated by means of miniaturized single-edged notched beam test. No significant changes in crack extension behavior and in the load-loadpoint displacement characteristics such as the peak load and hysteresis loop width were observed after irradiation to 5.9 × 1025 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV) at 800°C and to 5.8 × 1025 n/m2 at 1300°C. By applying a global energy balance analysis based on non-linear fracture mechanics, the energy release rate for these composite materials was found to be unchanged by irradiation with a value of 3±2 kJ/m2. This has led to the conclusion that, for these fairly aggressive irradiation conditions, the effect of neutron irradiation on the fracture resistance of these composites appears insignificant.

  3. Production of neutron-rich transcalifornium nuclei in 238U-induced transfer reactions

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    Zhu, Long; Su, Jun; Xie, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Feng-Shou

    2016-11-01

    In order to produce more unknown neutron-rich transcalifornium nuclei, the collisions of 238U with the targets 248Cm, 249Cf, and 250Cm are investigated within the framework of the dinuclear system model. The production cross sections of unknown neutron-rich nuclei with Z =99 -104 in these reactions are predicted. The influences of N /Z ratios and charge numbers of the targets on the production cross sections are studied. It is found that high N /Z ratios of 248Cm and 250Cm targets enhance the production cross sections of neutron-rich transcalifornium nuclei. However, due to high charge number of the target 249Cf the predicted production cross sections of unknown neutron-rich nuclei with Z =104 in the reaction 238U+249Cf are higher than those in 238U+248Cm . We also have studied the entrance angular momentum effects on production probabilities of transfer products in the reaction 238U+248Cm . It is found that the formation probabilities of the final neutron-rich products increase first and then decrease with the increasing J .

  4. Boron-rich benzene and pyrene derivatives for the detection of thermal neutrons

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    Yemam, Henok A.; Mahl, Adam; Koldemir, Unsal; Remedes, Tyler; Parkin, Sean; Greife, Uwe; Sellinger, Alan

    2015-09-01

    A synthetic methodology is developed to generate boron rich aromatic small molecules based on benzene and pyrene moieties for the detection of thermal neutrons. The prepared aromatic compounds have a relatively high boron content up to 7.4 wt%, which is important for application in neutron detection as 10B (20% of natural abundance boron) has a large neutron induced reaction cross-section. This is demonstrated by preparing blends of the synthesized molecules with fluorescent dopants in poly(vinyltoluene) matrices resulting in comparable scintillation light output and neutron capture as state-of-the art commercial scintillators, but with the advantage of much lower cost. The boron-rich benzene and pyrene derivatives are prepared by Suzuki conditions using both microwave and traditional heating, affording yields of 40-93%. This new procedure is simple and straightforward, and has the potential to be scaled up.

  5. Exotic neutron-rich medium-mass nuclei with realistic nuclear forces

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    Tsunoda, Naofumi; Otsuka, Takaharu; Shimizu, Noritaka; Hjorth-Jensen, Morten; Takayanagi, Kazuo; Suzuki, Toshio

    2017-02-01

    We present the first application of the newly developed extended Kuo-Krenciglowa (EKK) theory of the effective nucleon-nucleon interaction to shell-model studies of exotic nuclei, including those where conventional approaches with fitted interactions encounter difficulties. This EKK theory enables us to derive an interaction that is suitable for several major shells (s d +p f in this work). By using such an effective interaction obtained from the Entem-Machleidt QCD-based χ N3LO interaction and the Fujita-Miyazawa three-body force, the energies, E 2 properties, and spectroscopic factors of low-lying states of neutron-rich Ne, Mg, and Si isotopes are nicely described, as the first shell-model description of the "island of inversion" without fit of the interaction. The long-standing question as to how particle-hole excitations occur across the s d -p f magic gap is clarified with distinct differences from the conventional approaches. The shell evolution is shown to appear similarly to earlier studies.

  6. Nanocrystalline Si pathway induced unipolar resistive switching behavior from annealed Si-rich SiN{sub x}/SiN{sub y} multilayers

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    Jiang, Xiaofan; Ma, Zhongyuan Yang, Huafeng; Yu, Jie; Wang, Wen; Zhang, Wenping; Li, Wei; Xu, Jun; Xu, Ling; Chen, Kunji; Huang, Xinfan; Feng, Duan

    2014-09-28

    Adding a resistive switching functionality to a silicon microelectronic chip is a new challenge in materials research. Here, we demonstrate that unipolar and electrode-independent resistive switching effects can be realized in the annealed Si-rich SiN{sub x}/SiN{sub y} multilayers with high on/off ratio of 10{sup 9}. High resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that for the high resistance state broken pathways composed of discrete nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) exist in the Si nitride multilayers. While for the low resistance state the discrete nc-Si regions is connected, forming continuous nc-Si pathways. Based on the analysis of the temperature dependent I-V characteristics and HRTEM photos, we found that the break-and-bridge evolution of nc-Si pathway is the origin of resistive switching memory behavior. Our findings provide insights into the mechanism of the resistive switching behavior in nc-Si films, opening a way for it to be utilized as a material in Si-based memories.

  7. Shape Evolution in Neutron-Rich Ru Nuclei

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    Söderström, P.-A.; Lorusso, G.; Watanabe, H.; Nishimura, S.; Doornenbal, P.; Browne, F.; Bruce, A. M.; Daido, R.; Fang, Y.; Gey, G.; Jung, H. S.; Nishizuka, I.; Patel, Z.; Rice, S.; Sinclair, L.; Sumikama, T.; Taprogge, J.; Vajta, Zs.; Wu, J.; Xu, Z. Y.; Baba, H.; Benzoni, G.; Carroll, R. J.; Chae, K. Y.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Fukuda, N.; Gernhäuser, R.; Ideguchi, E.; Inabe, N.; Isobe, T.; Jungclaus, A.; Kameda, D.; Kim, G. D.; Kim, Y.-K.; Kojouharov, I.; Kondev, F. G.; Kubo, T.; Kurz, N.; Kwon, Y. K.; Lalkovski, S.; Lane, G. J.; Li, Z.; Lozeva, R.; Montaner-Piza, A.; Moschner, K.; Naqvi, F.; Niikura, M.; Nishibata, H.; Odahara, A.; Orlandi, R.; Podolyak, Zs.; Regan, P. H.; Roberts, O. J.; Sakurai, H.; Schaffner, H.; Simpson, G. S.; Steiger, K.; Suzuki, H.; Takeda, H.; Tanaka, M.; Wendt, A.; Werner, V.; Wieland, O.; Yagi, A.; Yoshinaga, K.

    Recent experimental work has been carried out at the RIBF using the EURICA HPGe detector array. In this contribution, we discuss the recently published results on the shape evolution of the even-even isotopes 116,118Ru and present an outlook of β-delayed γ-ray spectroscopy of the odd-neutron nuclei and possibilities for life-time measurements of excited states.

  8. Exotic structure in light neutron-rich nuclei

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    Itagaki, N.; Zhao, P. W.; Meng, J.; Matsuno, H.; Suhara, T.

    2015-10-15

    In this presentation I discussed two subjects. One is the persistence of threefold symmetry in the ground state of {sup 12}C. Recently D{sub 3h} symmetry has been established in {sup 12}C, which reflects the geometric symmetry of the three α particles. Although the spin-orbit interaction plays a significant role and this interaction breaks the α clusters, we show that threefold symmetry of {sup 12}C is still there. We use AQCM approach and discuss that inclusion of spin-orbit interaction, which is absent in the conventional microscopic α cluster models, is possible keeping the threefold symmetry. The second subject is the appearance of rod shape in C isotopes, which has been investigated in the framework of the cranking covariant density functional theory. The relationship between the stability of such states and the spin and isospin degrees of freedom is discussed; adding valence neutrons and rotating the system. These two effects stabilize the rod shape, and in addition, their coherent effect has been found; the σ-orbits (parallel to the symmetry axis) of the valence neutrons, which enhances the rod shape, is lowered by the rotation of the system, and this σ-orbit pulls down the single particle energies of protons with linear configuration owing to the proton-neutron interaction effect.

  9. Ground-state properties of neutron-rich Mg isotopes

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    Watanabe, S.; Minomo, K.; Shimada, M.; Tagami, S.; Kimura, M.; Takechi, M.; Fukuda, M.; Nishimura, D.; Suzuki, T.; Matsumoto, T.; Shimizu, Y. R.; Yahiro, M.

    2014-04-01

    We analyze recently measured total reaction cross sections for 24-38Mg isotopes incident on 12C targets at 240 MeV/nucleon by using the folding model and antisymmetrized molecular dynamics (AMD). The folding model well reproduces the measured reaction cross sections, when the projectile densities are evaluated by the deformed Woods-Saxon (def-WS) model with AMD deformation. Matter radii of 24-38Mg are then deduced from the measured reaction cross sections by fine tuning the parameters of the def-WS model. The deduced matter radii are largely enhanced by nuclear deformation. Fully microscopic AMD calculations with no free parameter well reproduce the deduced matter radii for 24-36Mg, but still considerably underestimate them for 37,38Mg. The large matter radii suggest that 37,38Mg are candidates for deformed halo nucleus. AMD also reproduces other existing measured ground-state properties (spin parity, total binding energy, and one-neutron separation energy) of Mg isotopes. Neutron-number (N) dependence of deformation parameter is predicted by AMD. Large deformation is seen from 31Mg with N =19 to a drip-line nucleus 40Mg with N =28, indicating that both the N =20 and 28 magicities disappear. N dependence of neutron skin thickness is also predicted by AMD.

  10. (30)Si mole fraction of a silicon material highly enriched in (28)Si determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis.

    PubMed

    D'Agostino, Giancarlo; Di Luzio, Marco; Mana, Giovanni; Oddone, Massimo; Pramann, Axel; Prata, Michele

    2015-06-02

    The latest determination of the Avogadro constant, carried out by counting the atoms in a pure silicon crystal highly enriched in (28)Si, reached the target 2 × 10(-8) relative uncertainty required for the redefinition of the kilogram based on the Planck constant. The knowledge of the isotopic composition of the enriched silicon material is central; it is measured by isotope dilution mass spectrometry. In this work, an independent estimate of the (30)Si mole fraction was obtained by applying a relative measurement protocol based on Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. The amount of (30)Si isotope was determined by counting the 1266.1 keV γ-photons emitted during the radioactive decay of the radioisotope (31)Si produced via the neutron capture reaction (30)Si(n,γ)(31)Si. The x((30)Si) = 1.043(19) × 10(-6) mol mol(-1) is consistent with the value currently adopted by the International Avogadro Coordination.

  11. Studies of neutron-rich nuclei using the CPT mass spectrometer at CARIBU

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    Chaudhuri, A.; Bertone, P. F.; Buchinger, F.; Caldwell, S.; Clark, J. A.; Crawford, J. E.; Deibel, C. M.; Gulick, S.; Lascar, D.; Levand, A. F.; Li, G.; Savard, G.; Segel, R. E.; Sharma, K. S.; Sternberg, M. G.; Sun, T.; Van Schelt, J.

    2011-09-01

    The nucleosynthetic path of the astrophysical r-process and the resulting elemental abundances depend on neutron-separation energies which can be determined from the masses of the nuclei along the r-process reaction path. Due to the current lack of experimental data, mass models are often used. The mass values provided by the mass models are often too imprecise or disagree with each other. Therefore, direct high-precision mass measurements of neutron-rich nuclei are necessary to provide input parameters to the calculations and help refine the mass models. The Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU) facility of Argonne National Laboratory will provide experiments with beams of short-lived neutron-rich nuclei. The Canadian Penning Trap (CPT) mass spectrometer has been relocated to the CARIBU low-energy beam line to extend measurements of the neutron-rich nuclei into the mostly unexplored region along the r-process path. This will allow precise mass measurements (~ 10 keV/c2) of more than a hundred very neutron-rich isotopes that have not previously been measured.

  12. Production of Neutron-Rich Bi Isotopes by Electric Fields

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    Baranov, D. S.; Baranova, O. D.

    2010-04-30

    The short time (approx10 minutes) high voltage electrolysis of nitrate bismuth solution was performed. After electrolysis about 30 mg of electrolyte have been dried up on a thin polyethylene film. The sample obtained was placed into the detecting system (Si detector and plastic detector). Alpha-radioactivity of the sample was measured. The results showed that alpha-radioactivity increased about 100 times to the base level. The radioactivity decreasing was about 2 times for 50 minutes. Some signals from the Si detector was accompanied by a signal from the electron detector (22 events). The signal from the plastic detector for all the events the electron recorded preceded the Si detector signal with delay less than 1.4 musec. The conclusion was made that beta-decay of nuclei {sup 212}Bi and the subsequent alpha-decay of nuclei {sup 212}Po were recorded. The effect was reproduced in 28 experiments. The possible explanation of the phenomenon was given.

  13. Super-high density Si quantum dot thin film utilizing a gradient Si-rich oxide multilayer structure.

    PubMed

    Kuo, Kuang-Yang; Huang, Pin-Ruei; Lee, Po-Tsung

    2013-05-17

    A gradient Si-rich oxide multilayer (GSRO-ML) deposition structure is proposed to achieve super-high density Si quantum dot (QD) thin film formation while preserving QD size controllability for better photovoltaic properties. Our results indicate that the Si QD thin film using a GSRO-ML structure can efficiently increase the QD density and control the QD size. Its optical properties clearly promise the capability of effective bandgap engineering even though these QDs are closely formed. The Si QD thin film using a GSRO-ML structure obviously reveals better electro-optical properties than those using a [silicon dioxide/silicon-rich oxide] multilayer ([SiO2/SRO]-ML) structure owing to the better optical absorption and carrier transport properties. Therefore, we successfully demonstrate that our proposed GSRO-ML structure has great potential for application in solar cells integrating Si QD thin films.

  14. Emission Dependent on composition of Si-rich-SiNX Films obtained by PECVD

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    Jaramillo Gomez, J. A.; Torchynska, T. V.; Casas Espinola, J. L.; Bentosa Gutiérrez, J. A.; Khomenkova, L.; Slaoui, A.

    2017-02-01

    Silicon-rich silicon nitride films with different stoichiometry were grown on silicon substrate using the plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The excess silicon content in the films was monitored via a variation of the NH3/SiH4 gas flow ratio from 0.45 up to 1.0. Morphology and luminescence properties of the films were studied by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and photoluminescence (PL) methods. High-temperature annealing was employed to produce the silicon nanocrystals in the films and to enhance the photoluminescence in the range of 1.6-3.0 eV. The PL spectrum was found to be complex due to the contribution of several radiative channels in emission process. It was determined that their competition leads to the non-monotonous variation of total PL peak position with the increase of the Si excess content. It was observed that the shape of PL spectra depends on an excitation wavelength. The ways to control the PL emission is proposed based on the discussion of the PL mechanism.

  15. Coupled cluster calculations of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Hagen, Gaute

    2016-09-01

    In this talk I will present recent highlights from ab initio computations of atomic nuclei using coupled-cluster methods with state-of-the-art interactions from chiral effective field theory (EFT). The recent progress in computing nuclei from scratch is based on new optimizations of interactions from chiral EFT, and ab initio methods with a polynomial computational cost together with available super computing resources. The physics advancements I will discuss include: (i) accurate nuclear binding energies and radii of light and medium-mass nuclei, (ii) the neutron distribution and electric dipole polarizability of the nucleus 48Ca, (iii) and the structure of the rare nucleus 78Ni from first principles. All these quantities are currently targeted by precision measurements worldwide.

  16. Bands and Isomers in Neutron-Rich Rare-Earth Nuclei in PHF Model

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    Praharaj, C. R.; Ghorui, S. K.; Naik, Z.; Sahu, B. B.

    Rotational structures of neutron-rich Gd and Dy nuclei in the REE peak region are studied with deformed Hartee-Fock (HF) and angular momentum (J) projection model. Spectra of ground band and a few more excited, positive and negative parity bands have been studied up to high spin values. Some 4-quasiparticle K-isomeric bands and their electromagnetic properties are predicted.

  17. TOF-Bρ Mass Measurement of Neutron Rich Nuclei at the NSCL

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    Estradé, Alfredo; Matoš, Milan; Amthor, Matthew A.; Bazin, Daniel; Becerril, Ana D.; Elliot, Thom J.; Gade, Alexandra; Galaviz, Daniel; Lorusso, Giuseppe; Pereira, Jorge; Portillo, Mauricio; Rogers, Andrew; Schatz, Hendrik; Shapira, Dan; Smith, Edward; Stolz, Andreas; Wallace, Mark S.

    2007-10-01

    Experimental knowledge of nuclear masses of exotic nuclei is important for understanding nuclear structure far from the valley of β-stability, and as a direct input into astrophysical models. In the case of astrophysical processes involving neutron rich nuclei, such as nucleosynthesis during the r-process and the evolution of matter in the crust of an accreting neutron star, we are mostly limited to using theoretical mass models. The time of flight (TOF) mass measurement technique allows measuring very short-lived nuclei. It has been effectively applied using the fast fragment beams produced at the A1900 fragment separator at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab (NSCL) to reach masses very far from stability. We describe a recent mass measurement experiment in the neutron rich Fe region performed at the NSCL, and present preliminary results.

  18. Single-Neutron Structure of Neutron-Rich Nuclei near N=50 and N=82

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    Cizewski, J. A.; Jones, K. L.; Kozub, R. L.; Pain, S. D.; Bardayan, Daniel W; Blackmon, Jeff C; Adekola, Aderemi S; Chae, K. Y.; Chipps, K.; Erikson, Luke; Gaddis, A. L.; Harlin, Christopher W; Hatarik, Robert; Howard, Joshua A; Kaplan, Ron; Krolas, W.; Liang, J Felix; Livesay, Jake; Ma, Zhanwen; Matei, Catalin; Moazen, Brian; Nesaraja, Caroline D; O'Malley, Patrick; Patterson, N. P.; Paulauskas, Stanley; Shapira, Dan; Shriner, Jr., John F; Sissom, D. J.; Smith, Michael Scott; Swan, T. P.; Thomas, J. S.; Wilson, Gemma L

    2009-01-01

    The 82Ge, 84Se, 132Sn, 130Sn, and 134Te (d,p) reactions have been measured with {approx}4-5-MeV-A rare isotope beams and CD2 targets at the HRIBF at ORNL. Energies and spectroscopic strengths have been measured for excitations in 83Ge and 85Se. Direct neutron capture calculations on 82Ge are presented. Preliminary results for single-neutron excitations in 131Sn, 133Sn, and 135Te are reported.

  19. β -decay properties of neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes

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    Sarriguren, P.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, β -decay properties of even-even neutron-rich isotopes in the rare-earth mass region are studied within a microscopic theoretical approach based on a proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation. The underlying mean field is constructed self-consistently from a deformed Hartree-Fock calculation with Skyrme interactions and pairing correlations to which particle-hole and particle-particle residual interactions are added. Nuclei in this mass region participate in the astrophysical rapid neutron capture process and are directly involved in the generation of the rare-earth peak in the isotopic abundance pattern centered at A ≃160 . The energy distributions of the Gamow-Teller strength as well as the β -decay half-lives and the β -delayed neutron-emission probabilities are discussed and compared with the available experimental information and with calculations based on different approaches.

  20. Theoretical study of triaxial shapes of neutron-rich Mo and Ru nuclei

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    Zhang, C. L.; Bhat, G. H.; Nazarewicz, W.; Sheikh, J. A.; Shi, Yue

    2015-09-10

    Here, whether atomic nuclei can possess triaxial shapes at their ground states is still a subject of ongoing debate. According to theory, good prospects for low-spin triaxiality are in the neutron-rich Mo-Ru region. Recently, transition quadrupole moments in rotational bands of even-mass neutron-rich isotopes of molybdenum and ruthenium nuclei have been measured. The new data have provided a challenge for theoretical descriptions invoking stable triaxial deformations. The purpose of this study is to understand experimental data on rotational bands in the neutron-rich Mo-Ru region, we carried out theoretical analysis of moments of inertia, shapes, and transition quadrupole moments of neutron-rich even-even nuclei around 110Ru using self-consistent mean-field and shell model techniques. Methods: To describe yrast structures in Mo and Ru isotopes, we use nuclear density functional theory (DFT) with the optimized energy density functional UNEDF0. We also apply triaxial projected shell model (TPSM) to describe yrast and positive-parity, near-yrast band structures. As a result, our self-consistent DFT calculations predict triaxial ground-state deformations in 106,108Mo and 108,110,112Ru and reproduce the observed low-frequency behavior of moments of inertia. As the rotational frequency increases, a negative-gamma structure, associated with the aligned ν(h11/2)2 pair, becomes energetically favored. The computed transition quadrupole moments vary with angular momentum, which reflects deformation changes with rotation; those variations are consistent with experiment. The TPSM calculations explain the observed band structures assuming stable triaxial shapes. Lastly, the structure of neutron-rich even-even nuclei around Ru-110 is consistent with triaxial shape deformations. Our DFT and TPSM frameworks provide a consistent and complementary description of experimental data.

  1. Optimization of Thermal Neutron Converter in SiC Sensors for Spectral Radiation Measurements

    SciTech Connect

    Krolikowski, Igor; Cetnar, Jerzy; Issa, Fatima; Ferrone, Raffaello; Ottaviani, Laurent; Szalkai, Dora; Klix, Axel; Vermeeren, Ludo; Lyoussi, Abdalla; Saenger, Richard

    2015-07-01

    Optimization of the neutron converter in SiC sensors is presented. The sensors are used for spectral radiation measurements of thermal and fast neutrons and optionally gamma ray at elevated temperature in harsh radiation environment. The neutron converter, which is based on 10B, allows to detect thermal neutrons by means of neutron capture reaction. Two construction of the sensors were used to measure radiation in experiments. Sensor responses collected in experiments have been reproduced by the computer tool created by authors, it allows to validate the tool. The tool creates the response matrix function describing the characteristic of the sensors and it was used for detailed analyses of the sensor responses. Obtained results help to optimize the neutron converter in order to increase thermal neutron detection. Several enhanced construction of the sensors, which includes the neutron converter based on {sup 10}B or {sup 6}Li, were proposed. (authors)

  2. Size dependent optical properties of Si quantum dots in Si-rich nitride/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} superlattice synthesized by magnetron sputtering

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    So, Yong-Heng; Huang, Shujuan; Conibeer, Gavin; Green, Martin A.; Gentle, Angus

    2011-03-15

    A spectroscopic ellipsometry compatible approach is reported for the optical study of Si quantum dots (QDs) in Si-rich nitride/silicon nitride (SRN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}) superlattice, which based on Tauc-Lorentz model and Bruggeman effective medium approximation. It is shown that the optical constants and dielectric functions of Si QDs are strongly size dependent. The suppressed imaginary dielectric function of Si QDs exhibits a single broad peak analogous to amorphous Si, which centered between the transition energies E{sub 1} and E{sub 2} of bulk crystalline Si and blue shifted toward E{sub 2} as the QD size reduced. A bandgap expansion observed by the TL model when the size of Si QD reduced is in good agreement with the PL measurement. The bandgap expansion with the reduction of Si QD size is well supported by the first-principles calculations based on quantum confinement.

  3. Shape changes in neutron rich N = 43 isotones

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sethi, Jasmine; Forney, A.; Walters, W. B.; Harker, J.; Chiara, C. J.; Stefanescu, I.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Zhu, S.; Carpenter, M. P.

    2016-09-01

    et al. Nuclei in the transitional region with 28 < Z < 50 and 40 < N < 50 are very sensitive to shape changes with addition of individual nucleons due to close-lying neutron orbitals in the fpg model space. A systematic comparison of the structure of N = 43 isotones, focussing on new results on 75Ge and 73Zn will be presented. Both nuclei were populated in deep inelastic scattering reactions, 76Ge+208Pb and 76Ge+238 U , at 25 % above the Coulomb barrier, using Gammasphere and ATLAS facility at ANL. A number of new transitions and levels have been identified in both nuclei. The experimental results and their comparison to the theoretical calculations will be presented. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics under Contract Numbers DE-AC02-06CH11357 and DE- AC02-05CH11231 and under Grant Numbers DE-FG02-94ER40834 and by the Polish Ministry of Science Grant Numbers 1P03B05929 and NN202103333. This research used resources of ANL's ATLAS facility, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

  4. Sponge-like Si-SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite—Morphology studies of spinodally decomposed silicon-rich oxide

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    Friedrich, D.; Schmidt, B.; Heinig, K. H.; Liedke, B.; Mücklich, A.; Hübner, R.; Wolf, D.; Kölling, S.; Mikolajick, T.

    2013-09-23

    Sponge-like Si nanostructures embedded in SiO{sub 2} were fabricated by spinodal decomposition of sputter-deposited silicon-rich oxide with a stoichiometry close to that of silicon monoxide. After thermal treatment a mean feature size of about 3 nm was found in the phase-separated structure. The structure of the Si-SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite was investigated by energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), EFTEM tomography, and atom probe tomography, which revealed a percolated Si morphology. It was shown that the percolation of the Si network in 3D can also be proven on the basis of 2D EFTEM images by comparison with 3D kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.

  5. Neutron imaging of hydrogen-rich fluids in geomaterials and engineered porous media: A review

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    Perfect, E.; Cheng, C.-L.; Kang, M.; Bilheux, H. Z.; Lamanna, J. M.; Gragg, M. J.; Wright, D. M.

    2014-02-01

    Recent advances in visualization technologies are providing new discoveries as well as answering old questions with respect to the phase structure and flow of hydrogen-rich fluids, such as water and oil, within porous media. Magnetic resonance and x-ray imaging are sometimes employed in this context, but are subject to significant limitations. In contrast, neutrons are ideally suited for imaging hydrogen-rich fluids in abiotic non-hydrogenous porous media because they are strongly attenuated by hydrogen and can "see" through the solid matrix in a non-destructive fashion. This review paper provides an overview of the general principles behind the use of neutrons to image hydrogen-rich fluids in both 2-dimensions (radiography) and 3-dimensions (tomography). Engineering standards for the neutron imaging method are examined. The main body of the paper consists of a comprehensive review of the diverse scientific literature on neutron imaging of static and dynamic experiments involving variably-saturated geomaterials (rocks and soils) and engineered porous media (bricks and ceramics, concrete, fuel cells, heat pipes, and porous glass). Finally some emerging areas that offer promising opportunities for future research are discussed.

  6. Isospin quartic term in the kinetic energy of neutron-rich nucleonic matter

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    Cai, Bao-Jun; Li, Bao-An

    2015-07-01

    The energy of a free gas of neutrons and protons is well known to be approximately isospin parabolic with a negligibly small quartic term of only 0.45 MeV at the saturation density of nuclear matter ρ0=0.16 fm-3 . Using an isospin-dependent single-nucleon momentum distribution including a high (low) momentum tail (depletion) with its shape parameters constrained by recent high-energy electron scattering and medium-energy nuclear photodisintegration experiments as well as the state-of-the-art calculations of the deuteron wave function and the equation of state of pure neutron matter near the unitary limit within several modern microscopic many-body theories, we show for the first time that the kinetic energy of interacting nucleons in neutron-rich nucleonic matter has a significant quartic term of 7.18 ±2.52 MeV. Such a large quartic term has broad ramifications in determining the equation of state of neutron-rich nucleonic matter using observables of nuclear reactions and neutron stars.

  7. Theoretical study of triaxial shapes of neutron-rich Mo and Ru nuclei

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    Zhang, C. L.; Bhat, G. H.; Nazarewicz, W.; ...

    2015-09-10

    Here, whether atomic nuclei can possess triaxial shapes at their ground states is still a subject of ongoing debate. According to theory, good prospects for low-spin triaxiality are in the neutron-rich Mo-Ru region. Recently, transition quadrupole moments in rotational bands of even-mass neutron-rich isotopes of molybdenum and ruthenium nuclei have been measured. The new data have provided a challenge for theoretical descriptions invoking stable triaxial deformations. The purpose of this study is to understand experimental data on rotational bands in the neutron-rich Mo-Ru region, we carried out theoretical analysis of moments of inertia, shapes, and transition quadrupole moments of neutron-richmore » even-even nuclei around 110Ru using self-consistent mean-field and shell model techniques. Methods: To describe yrast structures in Mo and Ru isotopes, we use nuclear density functional theory (DFT) with the optimized energy density functional UNEDF0. We also apply triaxial projected shell model (TPSM) to describe yrast and positive-parity, near-yrast band structures. As a result, our self-consistent DFT calculations predict triaxial ground-state deformations in 106,108Mo and 108,110,112Ru and reproduce the observed low-frequency behavior of moments of inertia. As the rotational frequency increases, a negative-gamma structure, associated with the aligned ν(h11/2)2 pair, becomes energetically favored. The computed transition quadrupole moments vary with angular momentum, which reflects deformation changes with rotation; those variations are consistent with experiment. The TPSM calculations explain the observed band structures assuming stable triaxial shapes. Lastly, the structure of neutron-rich even-even nuclei around Ru-110 is consistent with triaxial shape deformations. Our DFT and TPSM frameworks provide a consistent and complementary description of experimental data.« less

  8. Thermal effects on the Fission Barrier of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Minato, Futoshi; Hagino, Kouichi

    2008-11-11

    We discuss the fission barrier height of neutron-rich nuclei in a r-process site at highly excited state, which is resulted from the beta-decay or the neutron-capture processes. We particularly investigate the sensitivity of the fission barrier height to the temperature, including the effect of pairing phase transition from superfluid to normal fluid phases. To this end, we use the finite-temperature Skyrme-Hartree-Fock-Bogolubov method with a zero-range pairing interaction. We also discuss the temperature dependence of the fission decay rate.

  9. Decay spectroscopy of neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes and collectivity around double midshell

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    Watanabe, Hiroshi

    2015-10-15

    Neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes with A ≈ 170, which locate near the middle of the major shells for both proton and neutron between the doubly magic nuclei {sup 132}Sn and {sup 208}Pb, have been investigated by means of decay spectroscopy techniques at the RIBF facility at RIKEN. The nuclei of interest were produced by in-flight fission of a high-intensity {sup 238}U beam at 345 MeV/u. In this contribution, scientific motivations, the details of experimental procedures, and some prospects of the data analysis are reported.

  10. Studies of neutron-rich nuclei far from stability at TRISTAN

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    Gill, R.L.

    1984-01-01

    The ISOL facility, TRISTAN, is a user facility located at Brookhaven National Laboratory's High Flux Beam Reactor. Short-lived, neutron-rich nuclei, far from stability, are produced by thermal neutron fission of /sup 235/U. An extensive array of experimental end stations are available for nuclear structure studies. These studies are augmented by a variety of long-lived ion sources suitable for use at a reactor facility. Some recent results at TRISTAN are presented as examples of using an ISOL facility to study series of nuclei, whereby an effective means of conducting nuclear structure investigations is available.

  11. Evidence for octupole excitations in the odd-odd neutron-rich nucleus {sup 142}Cs

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    Liu, S. H.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hwang, J. K.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Zhu, S. J.; Ma, W. C.; Daniel, A. V.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.

    2010-05-15

    High-spin states in the neutron-rich nucleus {sup 142}Cs are reinvestigated from a study of the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf with the Gammasphere detector array. A new level scheme is built and spin-parities are assigned to levels based on angular correlation measurements and systematics. The new structure of {sup 142}Cs is proposed to be related to octupole correlations. The electric dipole moment of {sup 142}Cs is measured and a dramatic decrease of the dipole moments with increasing neutron numbers in the Cs isotopic chain is found.

  12. Symmetry energy and surface properties of neutron-rich exotic nuclei

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    Gaidarov, M. K.; Antonov, A. N.; Sarriguren, P.; Moya de Guerra, E.

    2014-07-23

    The symmetry energy, the neutron pressure and the asymmetric compressibility of spherical Ni, Sn, and Pb and deformed Kr and Sm neutron-rich even-even nuclei are calculated within the coherent density fluctuation model using the symmetry energy as a function of density within the Brueckner energy-density functional. The correlation between the thickness of the neutron skin and the characteristics related with the density dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy is investigated for isotopic chains of these nuclei in the framework of the deformed self-consistent mean-field Skyrme HF+BCS method. The mass dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy and the neutron skin thickness are also studied together with the role of the neutron-proton asymmetry. The studied correlations reveal a smoother behavior in the case of spherical nuclei than for deformed ones. We also notice that the neutron skin thickness obtained for {sup 208}Pb with SLy4 force is found to be in a good agreement with the recent data. In addition to the interest that this study may have by itself, we give some numerical arguments in proof of the existence of peculiarities of the studied quantities in Ni and Sn isotopic chains that are not present in the Pb chain.

  13. Neutron Generation from Laser-Accelerated Ion Beams: Use of Alternative Deuteron-Rich Targets for Improved Neutron Yield and Control of Neutron Spectra

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Albright, B. J.; Yin, L.; Favalli, A.

    2016-10-01

    Laser-ion-beam generation in the break-out afterburner (BOA) acceleration regime has been modeled for several deuteron-rich solid-density targets using the VPIC particle-in-cell code. Monte Carlo modeling of the transport of these beams in a beryllium converter in a pitcher-catcher neutron source configuration shows significant increases in neutron yields may be achievable through judicious choices of laser target material. Additionally, species-separation dynamics in some target materials during the BOA ion acceleration phase can be exploited to control the shapes of the neutron spectra. Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by the LANS, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396. Funding provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

  14. Neutron multiplicity distributions for neutron-rich projectile fragments at the NSCL

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mazza, Maria; Christ, Peter; Stephenson, Sharon; MoNA Collaboration

    2016-09-01

    Projectile fragmentation is one of the mechanisms used at nuclear science facilities around the world for the production of rare isotope beams. The study of the projectile fragmentation mechanism informs beam simulation codes, but relatively few studies of the fragmentation process have been done, especially at intermediate energies. The MoNA Collaboration used an 86 MeV/u 32Mg beam on a natural beryllium target at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory to produce neutron multiplicities distributions in coincidence with charged fragments for isotopes ranging from 29Na to 20F. Particle identification for the isotopes from fluorine, neon, and sodium will be presented, as well as preliminary neutron multiplicities distributions. Supported by NSF Grants 1203357, 1613429 and HHMI Grant 52007540.

  15. Fission and Properties of Neutron-Rich Nuclei - Proceedings of the Second International Conference

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    Hamilton, J. H.; Phillips, W. R.; Carter, H. K.

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * Preface * Structure of Elementary Matter: Cold Valleys and Their Importance in Fission, Fusion and for Superheavy Nuclei * Tunnelling Phenomena in Nuclear Physics * Heavy Nuclei Studies Using Transfer Reactions * Isomeric Properties of Nuclei Near 78Ni * Investigation of Light Actinide Nuclei at Yale and Beyond * U-Projectile Fission at Relativistic Energies * Cluster Description of Cold Fission Modes in 252Cf * Neutron-pair Transfer Theory for Pear-shaped Ba Fission Fragments * New RMFA Parameters of Normal and Exotic Nuclei * Study of Fission Fragments from 12C+238U Reactions: Prompt and Delayed Spectroscopy * γ-Ray Angular Correlations in 252Cf and 248Cm Fission Fragments * Fragment Angular Momentum and Descent Dynamics in 252Cf Spontaneous Fission * The Experimental Investigation of Neutron-Rich Nuclei * High-Spin Structure of Some Odd-Z Nuclei with A ≈ 100 From Heavy-Ion Induced Fission * Coexistence of Symmetric and Asymmetric Nuclear Shapes and 10Be Ternary Fission * Octupole Effects in the Lanthanides * High Spin Structure of the 113-1l6Cd Isotopes Produced by Heavy-Ion Induced Fission Reaction * Temperature-Dependent Fission Barriers and Mass Distributions for 239U * Strength Distributions for Gamow Teller Transitions in Very Weakly Bound Systems * High Spin Fragmentation Spectroscopy * Search for a Four-Neutron Transfer From 8He to 4He * Microsecond Isomers in Fission Fragments in the Vicinity of the Doubly Magic 132Sn * Recent On-Line NMR/on Nuclear Magnetic Dipole Moments Near 132Sn: Meson Exchange Current Effects at the Shell Closure and Shell Model Treatment of Variation with Proton and Neutron Number * High-spin K-Isomers Beyond the Fusion Limit * High Energy Neutron Induced Fission: Charge Yield Distributions and Search and Spectroscopy of New Isomers * Hartree-Fock Mean-Field Models Using Separable Interactions * Variation of Fission Characteristics Over the Nuclear Chart * Investigation of

  16. Charge-exchange modes of excitation in deformed neutron-rich nuclei

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    Yoshida, Kenichi

    2015-10-15

    Gamow-Teller (GT) mode of excitation and β-decay properties of deformed neutron-rich even-N Zr isotopes are investigated in a self-consistent Skyrme energy-density-functional approach, in which the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov equation is solved in the coordinate space and the proton-neutron Quasiparticle-RPA equation is solved in the quasiparticle basis. It is found that a stronger collectivity is generated for the GT giant resonance as an increase in the neutron number. Furthermore, we find that the T = 0 pairing enhances the low-lying GT strengths cooperatively with the T = 1 pairing correlation depending on the microscopic structure of the low-lying mode and the shell structure around the Fermi levels, and that the enhanced strength shortens the β-decay half-lives by at most an order of magnitude.

  17. Synthesis of neutron-rich transuranic nuclei in fissile spallation targets

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mishustin, Igor; Malyshkin, Yury; Pshenichnov, Igor; Greiner, Walter

    2015-04-01

    A possibility of synthesizing neutron-rich superheavy elements in spallation targets of Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) is considered. A dedicated software called Nuclide Composition Dynamics (NuCoD) was developed to model the evolution of isotope composition in the targets during a long-time irradiation by intense proton and deuteron beams. Simulation results show that transuranic elements up to 249Bk can be produced in multiple neutron capture reactions in macroscopic quantities. However, the neutron flux achievable in a spallation target is still insufficient to overcome the so-called fermium gap. Further optimization of the target design, in particular, by including moderating material and covering it by a reflector could turn ADS into an alternative source of transuranic elements in addition to nuclear fission reactors.

  18. Structural and optical characterization of pure Si-rich nitride thin films

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    The specific dependence of the Si content on the structural and optical properties of O- and H-free Si-rich nitride (SiNx>1.33) thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering is investigated. A semiempirical relation between the composition and the refractive index was found. In the absence of Si-H, N-H, and Si-O vibration modes in the FTIR spectra, the transverse and longitudinal optical (TO-LO) Si-N stretching pair modes could be unambiguously identified using the Berreman effect. With increasing Si content, the LO and the TO bands shifted to lower wavenumbers, and the LO band intensity dropped suggesting that the films became more disordered. Besides, the LO and the TO bands shifted to higher wavenumbers with increasing annealing temperature which may result from the phase separation between Si nanoparticles (Si-np) and the host medium. Indeed, XRD and Raman measurements showed that crystalline Si-np formed upon 1100°C annealing but only for SiNx<0.8. Besides, quantum confinement effects on the Raman peaks of crystalline Si-np, which were observed by HRTEM, were evidenced for Si-np average sizes between 3 and 6 nm. A contrario, visible photoluminescence (PL) was only observed for SiNx>0.9, demonstrating that this PL is not originating from confined states in crystalline Si-np. As an additional proof, the PL was quenched while crystalline Si-np could be formed by laser annealing. Besides, the PL cannot be explained neither by defect states in the bandgap nor by tail to tail recombination. The PL properties of SiNx>0.9 could be then due to a size effect of Si-np but having an amorphous phase. PMID:23324447

  19. Charge Radius Changes Of Even-even Neutron-Rich Tellurium Isotopes

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    Sifi, R.; Le Blanc, F.; Barre, N.; Ducourtieux, M.; Essabaa, S.; Lau, C.; Oms, J.; Roussiere, B.; Sauvage, J.; Cabaret, L.; Pinard, J.; Crawford, J.; Lee, J. K. P.; Genevey, J.; Huber, G.; Kowalska, M.; Seliverstov, M.; Le Scornet, G.; Stroke, H.

    2006-04-26

    Laser spectroscopy based on resonant ionization of laser-desorbed atoms has been used to study the neutron-rich tellurium isotopes with the COMPLIS facility at ISOLDE-CERN. The isotope shift and the hyperfine structure of several neutron-rich Te isotopes: 120-136Te and 123m-133mTe have been measured. From the hyperfine structure and the isotope shift we can extract the magnetic and quadrupole moments and the change in the mean square charge radius respectively. The mean square charge radii of the even-even isotopes have been deduced and their comparison with the known data for the other elements near Z=50 is presented. The experimental {delta} is compared with that obtained from the relativistic mean field calculations.

  20. Nuclear structure in the neutron-rich doubly magic sup 78 Ni region

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    Hill, J.C.; Wohn, F.K.; Winger, J.A.; Warburton, E.K.; Gill, R.L.; Schuhmann, R.B.; Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY; Clark Univ., Worcester, MA )

    1989-01-01

    The magic numbers Z=28 and N=50 imply that very neutron-rich {sup 78}Ni, which has not yet been observed, is doubly magic. The {sup 78}Ni region was investigated by studying the N=50 isotones and neutron-rich Zn isotopes. Results on the level structure of {sup 83}As, {sup 74}Zn, and {sup 76}Zn populated in the decays of {sup 83}Ge, {sup 74}Cu, and {sup 76}Cu are presented. The parent nuclides were produced and mass separated using the TRISTAN facility on-line to the High-Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven. The systematics of the N=50 isotones and even-A Zn isotopes are discussed and compared with shell-model calculations involving active nucleons outside of a {sup 78}Ni and {sup 66}Ni core, respectively. The extent to which the {sup 78}Ni region can be considered doubly magic is assessed. 43 refs., 7 figs.

  1. Effect of neutron irradiation on charge collection efficiency in 4H-SiC Schottky diode

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wu, Jian; Jiang, Yong; Lei, Jiarong; Fan, Xiaoqiang; Chen, Yu; Li, Meng; Zou, Dehui; Liu, Bo

    2014-01-01

    The charge collection efficiency (CCE) in 4H-SiC Schottky diode is studied as a function of neutron fluence. The 4H-SiC diode was irradiated with fast neutrons of a critical assembly in Nuclear Physics and Chemistry Institute and CCE for 3.5 MeV alpha particles was then measured as a function of the applied reverse bias. It was found from our experiment that an increase of neutron fluence led to a decrease of CCE. In particular, CCE of the diode was less than 1.3% at zero bias after an irradiation at 8.26×1014 n/cm2. A generalized Hecht's equation was employed to analyze CCE in neutron irradiated 4H-SiC diode. The calculations nicely fit the CCE of 4H-SiC diode irradiated at different neutron fluences. According to the calculated results, the extracted electron μτ product (μτ)e and hole μτ product (μτ)h of the irradiated 4H-SiC diode are found to decrease by increasing the neutron fluence.

  2. Diffraction of slow neutrons by holographic SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle-polymer composite gratings

    SciTech Connect

    Klepp, J.; Fally, M.; Pruner, C.; Tomita, Y.; Plonka-Spehr, C.; Geltenbort, P.; Ivanov, S.; Manzin, G.; Andersen, K. H.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Ellabban, M. A.

    2011-07-15

    Diffraction experiments with holographic gratings recorded in SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle-polymer composites have been carried out with slow neutrons. The influence of parameters such as nanoparticle concentration, grating thickness, and grating spacing on the neutron-optical properties of such materials has been tested. Decay of the grating structure along the sample depth due to disturbance of the recording process becomes an issue at grating thicknesses of about 100 microns and larger. This limits the achievable diffraction efficiency for neutrons. As a solution to this problem, the Pendelloesung interference effect in holographic gratings has been exploited to reach a diffraction efficiency of 83% for very cold neutrons.

  3. Reflection Asymmetric Shapes in the Neutron-Rich 140,143Ba Isotopes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhu Sheng-jiang (S, J. Zhu; Wang, Mu-ge; J, H. Hamilton; A, V. Ramayya; B, R. S. Babu; W, C. Ma; Long, Gui-lu; Deng, Jing-kang; Zhu, Ling-yan; Li, Ming; T, N. Ginter; J, Komicki; J, D. Cole; R, Aryaeinejad; Y, K. Dardenne; M, W. Drigert; J, O. Rasmussen; Ts, Yu Oganessian; M, A. Stoyer; S, Y. Chu; K, E. Gregorich; M, F. Mohar; S, G. Prussin; I, Y. Lee; N, R. Johnson; F, K. McGowan

    1997-08-01

    Level schemes for the neutron-rich 140,143Ba nuclei have been determined by study of prompt γ-rays in spontaneous fission of 252Cf. The level pattern and enhanced E1 transitions between π = + and π = - bands show reflection asymmetric shapes with simplex quantum number s = +1 in 140Ba and s = ±i in 143Ba, respectively. The octupole deformation stability with spin variation has been discussed.

  4. Structure of Light Neutron-rich Nuclei Studied with Transfer Reactions

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    Wuosmaa, A. H.

    2015-01-01

    Transfer reactions have been used for many years to understand the shell structure of nuclei. Recent studies with rare-isotope beams extend this work and make it possible to probe the evolution of shell structure far beyond the valley of stability, requiring measurements in inverse kinematics. We present a novel technical approach to measurements in inverse kinematics, and apply this method to different transfer reactions, each of which probes different properties of light, neutron-rich nuclei.

  5. Production of very neutron-rich nuclei with a {sup 76}Ge beam

    SciTech Connect

    Tarasov, O. B.; Portillo, M.; Baumann, T.; Bazin, D.; Ginter, T. N.; Hausmann, M.; Pereira, J.; Stolz, A.; Amthor, A. M.; Gade, A.; Nettleton, A.; Sherrill, B. M.; Thoennessen, M.; Inabe, N.; Kubo, T.; Morrissey, D. J.

    2009-09-15

    Production cross sections for neutron-rich nuclei from the fragmentation of a {sup 76}Ge beam at 132 MeV/u were measured. The longitudinal momentum distributions of 34 neutron-rich isotopes of elements 13{<=}Z{<=}27 were scanned using a novel experimental approach of varying the target thickness. Production cross sections with beryllium and tungsten targets were determined for a large number of nuclei, including 15 isotopes first observed in this work. These are the most neutron-rich nuclides of the elements 17{<=}Z{<=}25 ({sup 50}Cl, {sup 53}Ar, {sup 55,56}K, {sup 57,58}Ca, {sup 59,60,61}Sc, {sup 62,63}Ti, {sup 65,66}V, {sup 68}Cr, and {sup 70}Mn). A one-body Q{sub g} systematics is used to describe the production cross sections based on thermal evaporation from excited prefragments. Some of the fragments near {sup 58}Ca show anomalously large production cross sections.

  6. Effects of neutron irradiation on dimensional stability and on mechanical properties of SiC/SiC composites

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Henager, C.H. Jr.; Senor, J.

    1995-04-01

    The objective of this work is to assess the development and the performance of continuous fiber SiC{sub f}/SiC composites as a structural material for advanced fusion reactor application. The dimensional stability and some mechanical properties of two similar 2D 0-90{degree} weave SiC{sub f}/SiC composites made with Nacalon{trademark} ceramic-grade fiber were characterized and compared after neutron irradiation to those properties for {beta}-SiC. The major difference between these two composites was that one had a thin (150 nm) and the other a thick (1000 nm) graphite interface layer. The irradiation conditions consisted of relatively high doses (4.3 to 26 dpa-SiC) at high temperature (430-1200{degree}C).

  7. Response of a Si-diode-based device to fast neutrons.

    PubMed

    Spurný, Frantisek

    2005-02-01

    Semiconductor devices based on a Si-detector are frequently used for charged particle's detection; one application being in the investigation of cosmic radiation fields. From the spectra of energy deposition events in such devices, the total energy deposited by the radiation in silicon can be derived. This contribution presents the results of studies concerning the response of this type of detector to fast neutrons. First, the spectrum of energy deposition was established in fast neutron radiation fields with average energies from 0.5 to 50 MeV. It was found that these spectra vary significantly with the neutron energy. The comparison with the spectra registered in photon beams permitted an estimation of the part of energy deposited that could be attributed to neutrons. It was found that this part increases rapidly with neutron energy. The possibilities to use this type of detector for neutron detection and dosimetry for radiation protection are analysed and discussed.

  8. A Si-PIN-stack detector for 14 MeV pulsed neutrons measurement

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Xianpeng; Ouyang, Xiaoping; Chen, Yanli; Zhang, Zhongbing; Tian, Geng; Chen, Liang; Liu, Jinliang

    2012-11-01

    We have developed a high-sensitivity fast neutron stack detector for use in the current mode by introducing a readout circuit that is capable of operating with a single detector's time response, while its neutron sensitivity, statistics, and n-γ sensitivity ratio are greatly improved compared to the single detector. The neutron stack detector sandwiches large-area Si-PIN semiconductor detectors and 2-mm-thick polyethylene disks used as the n-p converter and sensitivity enhancement medium. A neutron stack detector composed of 9 ∅80 mm×0.8 mm Si-PIN detectors has been built and used to measure a pulsed 14 MeV neutron flux of dense plasma focus devices (DPF). We have acquired its sensitivity to 14 MeV neutrons and 1.25 MeV γ-rays, the n-γ sensitivity ratio, and time response experimentally or theoretically. The study shows that this neutron stack detector can be applied for the diagnosis of DPF and neutron tubes. The results of this investigation also suggest a general model for developing high-sensitivity detectors based on a single radiation detector of another type.

  9. Optimization of the optical properties of Er-doped Si-rich SiO 2/SiO 2 multilayers obtained by reactive magnetron sputtering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gourbilleau, F.; Dufour, C.; Madelon, R.; Rizk, R.

    2006-05-01

    The effects of annealing time and of Si nanocluster (Si-nc) size on the coupling rate to Er ions were investigated through studies made on multilayers (MLs) consisting in about 20 periods of Er-doped Si-rich SiO 2/SiO 2. These MLs were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering at 650 °C and subsequently annealed at 900 °C. A steep increase of the PL emission is observed for short annealing time while a trend of some saturation occurs for longer treatment time. Besides, the Er lifetime continuously increases with the annealing time. For Si-rich layer thickness or Si-nc larger than about 5 nm, the rate of energy transfer is lowered because of the weak confinement of carriers and the loss of resonant excitation of Er through the upper levels (second, third, etc.). The latter is liable to prevent the energy back transfer process, while the weak confinement reduces strongly the probability of no phonon radiative recombination that governs the transfer excitation rate from Si-nc to Er ions.

  10. Direct Mass Measurements of Fluorine Through Chlorine Neutron-Rich Nuclei.

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    Zhou, Xiao-Gang

    1991-02-01

    Mass measurements have been made of the neutron -rich isotopes of fluorine through chlorine at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility. The masses of 34 neutron-rich isotopes are reported. Ten of these measurements represent first-time mass determinations of these species. The nuclei of interest are produced in fragmentation reaction. A transport line is used to capture a small fraction of the ions and transport them into the time-of-flight isochronous (TOFI) spectrometer. The TOFI spectrometer is isochronously designed, such that the transit time of the ion passing through the spectrometer is independent of the ion velocity, and only depends on its mass-to-charge ratio. A gas ionization counter located at the exit of the TOFI spectrometer is used to identify the ion atomic number and to measure the total energy. Three fast timing detectors are placed in the middle of the transport line, entrance, and exit of the TOFI spectrometer to determine the ion velocity and the M/Q ratio. We calculate each ion's charge state by using velocity, total energy, and M/Q ratio. With A, Z, Q assigned to each ion, we fit M/Q linearly to the known masses to obtain a high precision M/Q calibration. The masses of unknown nuclei are calculated through the M/Q calibration. The final results are generated by taking a weighted average for all runs and charge states. These results have confirmed the anomaly of enhanced binding found in neutron-rich Na and Mg isotopes and also suggest that the binding energies for those nuclei are less than that originally reported. The masses of several F through Al isotopes are compared with the shell model calculations. These comparisons demonstrate that the anomaly can be understood in terms of one or two neutron promotions from the sd shell to the fp shell. The results for some neutron-rich isotopes of P through Cl are compared to several mass models and good agreement in all cases is found.

  11. Decay Pattern of Pygmy States Observed in Neutron-Rich Ne26

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    Gibelin, J.; Beaumel, D.; Motobayashi, T.; Blumenfeld, Y.; Aoi, N.; Baba, H.; Elekes, Z.; Fortier, S.; Frascaria, N.; Fukuda, N.; Gomi, T.; Ishikawa, K.; Kondo, Y.; Kubo, T.; Lima, V.; Nakamura, T.; Saito, A.; Satou, Y.; Scarpaci, J.-A.; Takeshita, E.; Takeuchi, S.; Teranishi, T.; Togano, Y.; Vinodkumar, A. M.; Yanagisawa, Y.; Yoshida, K.

    2008-11-01

    Coulomb excitation of the exotic neutron-rich nucleus Ne26 on a Pb208 target was measured at 58MeV/u in order to search for low-lying E1 strength above the neutron emission threshold. This radioactive beam experiment was carried out at the RIKEN Accelerator Research Facility. Using the invariant mass method in the Ne25+n channel, we observe a sizable amount of E1 strength between 6 and 10 MeV excitation energy. By performing a multipole decomposition of the differential cross section, a reduced dipole transition probability of B(E1)=0.49±0.16e2fm2 is deduced, corresponding to 4.9±1.6% of the Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn sum rule. For the first time, the decay pattern of low-lying strength in a neutron-rich nucleus is measured. The extracted decay pattern is not consistent with several mean-field theory descriptions of the pygmy states.

  12. Microscopic dynamics simulations of heavy-ion fusion reactions induced by neutron-rich nuclei

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    Wang, Ning; Ou, Li; Zhang, Yingxun; Li, Zhuxia

    2014-06-01

    The heavy-ion fusion reactions induced by neutron-rich nuclei are investigated with the improved quantum molecular dynamics (ImQMD) model. With a subtle consideration of the neutron skin thickness of nuclei and the symmetry potential, the stability of nuclei and the fusion excitation functions of heavy-ion fusion reactions O16 + Ge76, O16 + Sm154, Ca40 + Zr96, and Sn132 + Ca40 are systematically studied. The fusion cross sections of these reactions at energies around the Coulomb barrier can be well reproduced by using the ImQMD model. The corresponding slope parameter of the symmetry energy adopted in the calculations is L ≈78 MeV and the surface energy coefficient is gsur=18±1.5 MeV fm2. In addition, it is found that the surface-symmetry term significantly influences the fusion cross sections of neutron-rich fusion systems. For sub-barrier fusion, the dynamical fluctuations in the densities of the reaction partners and the enhanced surface diffuseness at neck side result in the lowering of the fusion barrier.

  13. Proton beam characterisation of a prototype thin-tile plastic scintillator detector with SiPM readout for use in fast-neutron tracker

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    Preston, R.; Jakubek, J.; Prokopovich, D.; Uher, J.

    2012-02-01

    We present details of the construction and characterisation of a prototype thin-tile plastic scintillation detector for use in a multi-layer Fast Neutron Tracker. Scintillation light is read out using solid-state silicon photomultiplier detectors (SiPMs). The Tracker consists of alternating scintillator and Timepix detector layers. The scintillator tile provides a hydrogen-rich target, in which impinging fast neutrons produce recoil protons. The energies lost by protons in the plastic scintillator are measured and recoil protons exiting the scintillator are tracked in the Timepix detector. The combination of signals from the scintillator and Timepix provides information to reconstruct the energy or direction of the impinging neutron, using calculations based on the kinematics of the elastic neutron scattering. Three prototype scintillation detectors were constructed, using either a pair of 3 × 3 mm sensitive area SPMMicro3035 SiPMs from SensL or a pair of MAPD-3n SiPMs from Zecotek. The detector performances were characterised using a mono-energetic proton beam. An absolute energy calibration was measured at 3, 4 and 5 MeV proton energies with good linearity. The best measured energy resolution was 29.8% at 5 MeV. Spatial uniformity was assessed by measuring the response across the detector face. Finally, the tile detector's ability to provide a trigger for Timepix acquisition in the stack configuration was demonstrated for single and double neutron recoil events using a DT neutron source. The SiPM-based design was found to be well-suited for the application of the multi-layer fast neutron tracker.

  14. Spectroscopy of 36Mg: interplay of normal and intruder configurations at the neutron-rich boundary of the "island of inversion".

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    Gade, A; Adrich, P; Bazin, D; Bowen, M D; Brown, B A; Campbell, C M; Cook, J M; Ettenauer, S; Glasmacher, T; Kemper, K W; McDaniel, S; Obertelli, A; Otsuka, T; Ratkiewicz, A; Siwek, K; Terry, J R; Tostevin, J A; Utsuno, Y; Weisshaar, D

    2007-08-17

    We report on the first spectroscopy study of the very neutron-rich nucleus (36)(12)Mg24 using the direct two-proton knockout reaction 9Be(38Si,36Mg+gamma)X at 83 MeV/nucleon. The energy of the first excited 2+ state of 36Mg, E(2+(1)=660(6) keV, was measured. The magnitude of the partial cross sections to the ground state and the 2+(1) state is indicative of strong intruder admixtures in the lowest-lying states as suggested by Monte Carlo shell-model calculations.

  15. Si-rich Silicon Nitride for Nonlinear Signal Processing Applications.

    PubMed

    Lacava, Cosimo; Stankovic, Stevan; Khokhar, Ali Z; Bucio, T Dominguez; Gardes, F Y; Reed, Graham T; Richardson, David J; Petropoulos, Periklis

    2017-12-01

    Nonlinear silicon photonic devices have attracted considerable attention thanks to their ability to show large third-order nonlinear effects at moderate power levels allowing for all-optical signal processing functionalities in miniaturized components. Although significant efforts have been made and many nonlinear optical functions have already been demonstrated in this platform, the performance of nonlinear silicon photonic devices remains fundamentally limited at the telecom wavelength region due to the two photon absorption (TPA) and related effects. In this work, we propose an alternative CMOS-compatible platform, based on silicon-rich silicon nitride that can overcome this limitation. By carefully selecting the material deposition parameters, we show that both of the device linear and nonlinear properties can be tuned in order to exhibit the desired behaviour at the selected wavelength region. A rigorous and systematic fabrication and characterization campaign of different material compositions is presented, enabling us to demonstrate TPA-free CMOS-compatible waveguides with low linear loss (~1.5 dB/cm) and enhanced Kerr nonlinear response (Re{γ} = 16 Wm(-1)). Thanks to these properties, our nonlinear waveguides are able to produce a π nonlinear phase shift, paving the way for the development of practical devices for future optical communication applications.

  16. Pygmy dipole mode in deformed neutron-rich Mg isotopes close to the drip line

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    Yoshida, Kenichi

    2009-10-01

    We investigate the microscopic structure of the low-lying isovector-dipole excitation mode in neutron-rich Mg36,38,40 close to the drip line by means of the deformed quasiparticle random-phase approximation employing the Skyrme and the local pairing energy-density functionals. It is found that the low-lying bump structure above the neutron emission-threshold energy develops when the drip line is approached, and that the isovector dipole strength at Ex<10 MeV exhausts about 6.0% of the classical Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn dipole sum rule in Mg40. We obtained the collective dipole modes at around 8-10 MeV in Mg isotopes, that consist of many two-quasiparticle excitations of the neutron. The transition density clearly shows an oscillation of the neutron skin against the isoscalar core. We found significant coupling effects between the dipole and octupole excitation modes due to the nuclear deformation. It is also found that the responses for the compressional dipole and isoscalar octupole excitations are much enhanced in the lower energy region.

  17. Searching for isovector signatures in the neutron-rich oxygen and calcium isotopes

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    Chen, Wei-Chia; Piekarewicz, Jorge

    2015-04-01

    We search for potential isovector signatures in the neutron-rich oxygen and calcium isotopes within the framework of a relativistic mean-field theory with an exact treatment of pairing correlations. To probe the isovector sector we calibrate a few relativistic density functionals using the same isoscalar constraints but with one differing isovector assumption. It is found that under certain conditions, the isotopic chain in oxygen can be made to terminate at the experimentally observed 24 O isotope. In the case of the calcium isotopes, the drip line is predicted to be reached beyond 60 Ca. To produce such behavior, the resulting symmetry energy must be soft, with predicted values for the symmetry energy and its slope at saturation density being J = (30 . 92 +/- 0 . 47) MeV and L = (51 . 0 +/- 1 . 5) MeV, respectively. As a consequence, the neutron-skin thickness of 208 Pb is rather small: Rskin208 = (0 . 161 +/- 0 . 011) fm. This same model, labelled FSUGarnet , predicts R1 . 4 = (13 . 1 +/- 0 . 1) km for the radius of a ``canonical'' 1.4M⊙ neutron star, yet is also able to support a two-solar-mass neutron star.

  18. Single-neutron excitations in neutron-rich Ge83 and Se85

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thomas, J. S.; Arbanas, G.; Bardayan, D. W.; Blackmon, J. C.; Cizewski, J. A.; Dean, D. J.; Fitzgerald, R. P.; Greife, U.; Gross, C. J.; Johnson, M. S.; Jones, K. L.; Kozub, R. L.; Liang, J. F.; Livesay, R. J.; Ma, Z.; Moazen, B. H.; Nesaraja, C. D.; Shapira, D.; Smith, M. S.; Visser, D. W.

    2007-10-01

    The H2(Ge82,p)Ge83 and H2(Se84,p)Se85 reactions were studied with radioactive beams of Ge82 and Se84 at beam energies of Ebeam=330 and 380 MeV, respectively. Excitation energies, proton angular distributions, and asymptotic normalization coefficients have been determined for the lowest lying states of Ge83 and Se85. Spectroscopic factors have also been extracted under normal assumptions of the bound-state potential properties in the distorted waves Born approximation analysis. However, the peripheral character of the measurements leads to large uncertainties in this extraction. Shell-model calculations have been performed in the region above Ni78, comparing the single-particle properties of the even-Z,N=51 nuclei up to Zr91 and including Ge83 and Se85. Direct-semidirect neutron capture calculations to Ge83 and Se85 have also been performed using the spectroscopic input from these (d,p) reaction measurements.

  19. Determination of europium content in Li2SiO3(Eu) by neutron activation analysis using Am-Be neutron source.

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    Naik, Yeshwant; Tapase, Anant Shamrao; Mhatre, Amol; Datrik, Chandrashekhar; Tawade, Nilesh; Kumar, Umesh; Naik, Haladhara

    2016-12-01

    Circulardiscs of Li2SiO3 doped with europium were prepared and a new activation procedure for the neutron dose estimation in a breeder blanket of fusion reactor is described. The amount of europium in the disc was determined by neutron activation analysis (NAA) using an isotopic neutron source. The average neutron absorption cross section for the reaction was calculated using neutron distribution of the Am-Be source and available neutron absorption cross section data for the (151)Eu(n,γ)(152m)Eu reaction, which was used for estimation of europium in the pallet. The cross section of the elements varies with neutron energy, and the flux of the neutrons in each energy range seen by the nuclei under investigation also varies. Neutron distribution spectrum of the Am-Be source was worked out prior to NAA and the effective fractional flux for the nuclear reaction considered for the flux estimation was also determined.

  20. Promises and Challenges of Two-Step Targets for Production of Neutron-rich RIBs

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    Talbert, W.L.; Drake, D.M.; Hsu, H.-H.; Wilson, M.T.

    2003-08-26

    Development of a prototype two-step target to produce neutron-rich RIBs is presented, with particular emphasis on thermal analysis under high-power operation. The two-step target is an attractive concept for production of fission-product activities without interference by high-energy spallation reactions which occur in direct production targets. In this concept, a high-energy production beam interacts with a primary target of refractory metal, depositing beam energy in the primary target and producing low-energy neutrons that cause fissions in a surrounding secondary target of mixed UC2 and excess C. Thermal analysis of the composite target presents challenges in cooling the primary target while maintaining the secondary target at temperatures suitable for release of the fission products. The effects of fission energy deposition in the secondary target are discussed, along with the complexities resulting from the thermally insulating character of the secondary target material.

  1. Isomers of Pm Isotopes on the Neutron-Rich Frontier of the Deformed Z ~ 60 Region

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    Yokoyama, Rin; Ideguchi, Eiji; Simpson, Gary; Tanaka, Mana; Nishimura, Shunji; Doornnbal, Pieter; Söderström, Pär-Anders; Lorusso, Giuseppe; Xu, Zhengyu; Wu, Jin; Sumikama, Toshiyuki; Aoi, Nori; Baba, Hidetada; Bello, Frank; Browne, Frank; Daido, Rie; Fang, Yifan; Fukuda, Naoki; Gey, Guillaume; Go, Shintaro; Inabe, Naohiro; Isobe, Tadaaki; Kameda, Daisuke; Kobayashi, Kazuma; Kobayashi, Motoki; Komatsubara, Tetsuro; Kubo, Toshiyuki; Kuti, Istvan; Li, Zhihuan; Matsushita, Masafumi; Michimasa, Shin'ichiro; Moon, Chang-Bum; Nishibata, Hiroki; Nishizuka, Ippei; Odahara, Atsuko; Patel, Zena; Rice, Simon; Sahin, Eda; Sinclair, Laura; Suzuki, Hiroshi; Takeda, Hiroyuki; Taprogge, Jan; Vajta, Zsolt; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Yagi, Ayumi

    Neutron-rich Pm (Z = 61) isotopes were studied by delayed γ-ray spectroscopy at RIBF, Riken Nishina Center using the in-flight fission of 345 MeV/u 238U beam. An array of cluster-type Ge detectors, EURICA, was used to measure the delayed γ rays from stopped ions. Isomers were observed in 158Pm, 159Pm and 161Pm with half-lives of >16, 4.64(21), and 0.88(10) µs respectively. Preliminary level schemes for 159Pm and 161Pm were constructed in this study. They have ground-state bands similar to those of 153Pm and 155Pm. The isomeric state of 161Pm could be interpreted as a two quasi-particle excitation of neutrons with configuration of ν 7/2[633] otimes ν 1/2[521] as other Kπ = 4 - isomers observed systematically in other N = 100 isotones.

  2. Spectroscopy of Moderately Neutron-rich Nuclei with the CLARA-PRISMA Setup

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    Gadea, A.; Marginean, N.; De Angelis, G.; Napoli, D. R.; Corradi, L.; Stefanini, A. M.; Fioretto, E.; Axiotis, M.; Behera, B. R.; Latina, A.; Rusu, C.; Zhimin, W.; Valiente-Dobon, J.; Pokrovskiy, I.; Della Vedova, F.; Farnea, E.; Lenzi, S. M.; Bazzacco, D.; Beghini, S.; Ur, C.

    2006-04-26

    Deep-inelastic and multi-nucleon transfer reactions can be used to populate nuclei with relatively large neutron excess. Recently, at the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, a setup consisting on an efficient {gamma}-ray detection system CLARA coupled to the large acceptance magnetic spectrometer PRISMA, capable of tracking the trajectories of the reaction products, has been assembled. During the first year of activity, the experiments performed with the CLARA-PRISMA setup, have been focused mainly on the nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei. In particular, nuclei around N=20, N=50 and lying in the A{approx}60 transitional region with N<40, have been investigated. In this contribution, results of these experiments will be reported.

  3. β and β -n decay of the neutron-rich

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    Korgul, A.; Rykaczewski, K. P.; Grzywacz, R. K.; Bingham, C. R.; Brewer, N. T.; Gross, C. J.; Ciemny, A. A.; Jost, C.; Karny, M.; Madurga, M.; Mazzocchi, C.; Mendez, A. J.; Miernik, K.; Miller, D.; Padgett, S.; Paulauskas, S. V.; Piersa, M.; Stracener, D. W.; Stryjczyk, M.; Wolińska-Cichocka, M.; Zganjar, E. F.

    2016-06-01

    The β -decay properties of the very neutron-rich neutron emission was observed. The shell-model calculations and apparent β transition intensities were used to guide the spin assignment to the

  4. Nuclear shape transitions in neutron-rich medium-mass nuclei

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    Sarriguren, P.; Rodriguez-Guzman, R.; Robledo, L. M.

    2012-10-20

    We study the isotopic evolution of the ground-state nuclear shapes in neutron-rich Kr, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, and Mo isotopic chains. Both even-even and odd-A nuclei are included in the analysis. For the latter we also study the systematics of their one-quasiparticle low-lying configurations. The theoretical approach is based on a selfconsistent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov formalism with finite range Gogny energy density functionals. Neutron separation energies, charge radii, and the spin-parity of the ground states are calculated and compared with available data. Shape-transition signatures are identified around N= 60 isotones as discontinuities in both charge radii isotopic shifts and spin-parities of the ground states. The nuclear deformation including triaxiality is shown to play a relevant role in the understanding of the bulk and spectroscopic features of the ground and low-lying one-quasiparticle states.

  5. Identification of a quasiparticle band in very neutron-rich {sup 104}Zr

    SciTech Connect

    Yeoh, E. Y.; Wang, J. G.; Ding, H. B.; Gu, L.; Xu, Q.; Xiao, Z. G.; Zhu, S. J.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hwang, J. K.; Liu, S. H.; Liu, Y. X.; Sun, Y.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Lee, I. Y.

    2010-08-15

    The high spin levels of a very neutron-rich {sup 104}Zr nucleus have been reinvestigated by measuring the prompt {gamma} rays in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. The ground-state band has been confirmed. A new sideband has been identified with a band-head energy at 1928.7 keV. The projected shell model is employed to investigate the band structure of {sup 104}Zr. The results of calculated levels are in good agreement with the experimental data, and suggest that the new band in {sup 104}Zr may be based on the neutron {nu}5/2{sup -}[532] x {nu}3/2{sup +}[411] configuration.

  6. Nuclear shape and structure in neutron-rich {sup 110,111}Tc

    SciTech Connect

    Luo, Y. X.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hwang, J. K.; Gore, P. M.; Jones, E. F.; Fong, D.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Lee, I. Y.; Stefanescu, I.; Che, X. L.; Zhu, S. J.; Wu, S. C.; Ginter, T. N.; Ma, W. C.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Daniel, A. V.; Stoyer, M. A.; Donangelo, R.; Gelberg, A.

    2006-08-15

    The high-spin nuclear structure of Tc isotopes is extended to more neutron-rich regions based on the measurements of prompt {gamma} rays from the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf at the Gammasphere. The high-spin level scheme of N=67 neutron-rich {sup 110}Tc (Z=43) is established for the first time, and that of {sup 111}Tc is extended and expanded. The ground band of {sup 111}Tc reaches the band-crossing region, and the new observation of the weakly populated {alpha}=-1/2 member of the band provides important information on signature splitting. The systematics of band crossings in the isotopic and isotonic chains and a CSM calculation suggest that the band crossing of the ground band of {sup 111}Tc is due to alignment of a pair of h{sub 11/2} neutrons. The best fit to signature splitting, branching ratios, and excitations of the ground band of {sup 111}Tc by the rigid triaxial rotor plus particle model calculations result in a shape of {epsilon}{sub 2}=0.32 and {gamma}=-26 deg. for this nucleus. Its triaxiality is larger than that of {sup 107,109}Tc, which indicates increasing triaxiality in Tc isotopes with increasing neutron number. The identification of the weakly populated K+2 satellite band provides strong evidence for the large triaxiality of {sup 111}Tc. In {sup 110}Tc, the four lowest-lying levels observed are very similar to those in {sup 108}Tc. At an excitation of 478.9 keV above the lowest state observed, ten states of a {delta}I=1 band are observed. This band of {sup 110}Tc is very analogous to the {delta}I=1 bands in {sup 106,108}Tc, but it has greater and reversal signature splitting at higher spins.

  7. MCNPX Monte Carlo simulations of particle transport in SiC semiconductor detectors of fast neutrons

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    Sedlačková, K.; Zat'ko, B.; Šagátová, A.; Pavlovič, M.; Nečas, V.; Stacho, M.

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this paper was to investigate particle transport properties of a fast neutron detector based on silicon carbide. MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended) code was used in our study because it allows seamless particle transport, thus not only interacting neutrons can be inspected but also secondary particles can be banked for subsequent transport. Modelling of the fast-neutron response of a SiC detector was carried out for fast neutrons produced by 239Pu-Be source with the mean energy of about 4.3 MeV. Using the MCNPX code, the following quantities have been calculated: secondary particle flux densities, reaction rates of elastic/inelastic scattering and other nuclear reactions, distribution of residual ions, deposited energy and energy distribution of pulses. The values of reaction rates calculated for different types of reactions and resulting energy deposition values showed that the incident neutrons transfer part of the carried energy predominantly via elastic scattering on silicon and carbon atoms. Other fast-neutron induced reactions include inelastic scattering and nuclear reactions followed by production of α-particles and protons. Silicon and carbon recoil atoms, α-particles and protons are charged particles which contribute to the detector response. It was demonstrated that although the bare SiC material can register fast neutrons directly, its detection efficiency can be enlarged if it is covered by an appropriate conversion layer. Comparison of the simulation results with experimental data was successfully accomplished.

  8. Heavy Ion Reactions with Neutron-Rich Beams - Proceedings of the Riken International Workshop

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    Yamaji, S.; Ishihara, M.; Takigawa, N.

    1993-11-01

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * Preface * Opening Address * Fusion I * Heavy Ion Fusion at Subbarrier Energies: Progress and Questions * Angular Momentum in Heavy Ion Subbarrier Interaction * Fusion II * High Precision Fusion Excitation Function Measurements: What Can We Learn from Them? * Transfer Reactions for 16O + 144,152Sm near the Coulomb Barrier * Fusion III * Recent Theoretical Developments in the Study of Subbarrier Fusion * Direct Reaction Approach to Heavy Ion Scattering and Fusion at Energies near Coulomb Barrier * Fusion IV * Roles of Multi-Step Transfer in Fusion Process Induced by Heavy Ion Reactions * Special Session * RIKEN Accelerator Research Facility (RARF) * Fission I * Bimodal Nature of Nuclear Fission * Systematics of Isotope Production Rates: Mass Excess Dependence of Fission Products * Semiclassical Methods for the Multi-Dimensional Quantum Decay * Dynamics of Di-Nucleus Systems: Molecular Resonances * Fission II * The Competition Between Fusion-Fission and Deeply Inelastic Reactions in the Medium Mass Systems * Unstable Nuclei I * Coulomb Dissociation and Momentum Distributions for 11Li → 9Li+n+n Breakup Reactions * Unstable Nuclei II * Elastic Scattering and Fragmentation of Halo Nuclei * Secondary Reactions of Neutron-Rich Nuclei at Intermediate Energies * Life Time of Soft Dipole Excitation * Unstable Nuclei III * Shell Structure of Exotic Unstable Nuclei * Properties of Unstable Nuclei Within the Relativistic Many-Body Theory * Fusion with Unstable Nuclei * Barrier Distributions for Heavy Ion Fusion * Heavy Ion Reactions with Neutron-Rich Beams * Heavy Ion Fusion with Neutron-Rich Beams * Superheavy Elements * Study of α Decays Following 40Ar Bombardment on 238U * Production of Superheavy Elements via Fusion: What is Limiting Us? * Panel Session * Comments * List of Participants

  9. Laser Phase Separation of Si Rich Oxides: The Role of Composition

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    Sungur Ozen, Emel; Aydinli, Atilla; Gundogdu, Sinan

    2012-02-01

    Continuous-wave laser annealing of Si-rich oxide thin films with varying Si content were performed in order to obtain Si nanocrystals (Sinc) embedded in silica. The composition, irradiation times and power densities were investigated as well as the role of hydrogen in phase separation. Sinc in SiO2 appear to be very promising for the realization of optical function as light emission or optical memory. Nanocrystaline Si finds also important utility in photovoltaics thanks to quantum confinement in the nanostructures offering a wider bandgap material which, in a tandem configuration, can allow a better use of the solar spectrum. Conventional techniques utilize high-temperature processing to obtain Si-SiO2 phase separation. These processes are not compatible with mass production methods. An alternative approach capable of avoiding high temperature processing is the laser annealing of SiOx films. The structural effect due to annealing were investigated by Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy. It has been shown that the size and amount of Sinc depends both on the oxygen content and on the laser power density. PECVD grown hydrogenated SiOx films were compared with sputtered films without hydrogen to identify its role for the phase separation.

  10. A Systematic Study of β- Decay of Neutron-Rich Rh and Ag Isotopes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Y.-B.; Dendooven, P.; Huikari, J.; Jokinen, A.; Kolhinen, V. S.; Lhersonneau, G.; Nieminen, A.; Nummela, S.; Penttilä, H.; Peräjärvi, K.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Szerypo, J.; Wang, J. C.; ńystö, J.

    2006-11-01

    Beta decay of neutron-rich even-mass 114-118Rh and 116-120Ag isotopes has been studied using on-line mass-separated sources that were produced by applying 25 MeV proton induced symmetric fission of natural uranium at the IGISOL facility. The β-γ and γ-γ coincidence spectroscopy is employed in all cases that enables for the construction of the decay scheme and for the deduction of the decay properties. Systematics for two-quasineutron states in 114,116,118Pd and for three-phonon multiplet in 114,116,118Cd are presented and discussed.

  11. Decay of the neutron-rich isotope 171Ho and the identification of 169Dy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chasteler, R. M.; Nitschke, J. M.; Firestone, R. B.; Vierinen, K. S.; Wilmarth, P. A.

    1990-10-01

    Neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes were produced in multinucleon transfer reactions between 170Er ions and natW targets. On-line mass separation was used together with β- and γ-ray spectroscopy in these studies. At mass A=169, the heaviest known dysprosium isotope, 39(8) s,169Dy, was identified. It was observed to β- decay to the ground state of 169Ho or through a level at 1578 keV. In the A=171 mass chain, a partial decay scheme for 55(3)-s 171Ho was determined.

  12. Collectivity at N=40 in neutron-rich {sup 64}Cr

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    Gade, A.; Baugher, T.; Brown, B. A.; McDaniel, S.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Stroberg, S. R.; Walsh, K. A.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Carpenter, M. P.; Hoffman, C. R.; Kay, B. P.; Lauritsen, T.; Zhu, S.; Bazin, D.; Grinyer, G. F.; Weisshaar, D.; Winkler, R.; Chiara, C. J.; Deacon, A. N.; Freeman, S. J.

    2010-05-15

    {sup 9}Be-induced inelastic scattering of {sup 62,64,66}Fe and {sup 60,62,64}Cr was performed at intermediate beam energies. Excited states in {sup 64}Cr were measured for the first time. Energies and population patterns of excited states in these neutron-rich Fe and Cr nuclei are compared and interpreted in the framework of large-scale shell-model calculations in different model spaces. Evidence for increased collectivity and for distinct structural changes between the neighboring Fe and Cr isotopic chains near N=40 is presented.

  13. Collectivity at N = 40 in neutron-rich {sup 64}Cr.

    SciTech Connect

    Gade, A.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Baugher, T.; Bazin, D.; Brown, B. A.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chiara, C. J.; Deacon, A. N.; Freeman, S. J.; Grinyer, G. F.; Hoffman, C. R.; Kay, B. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Lauritsen, T.; McDaniel, S.; Meierbachtol, K.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Stroberg, S. R.; Walsh, K. A.; Weisshaar, D.; Zhu, S.; Winkler, R.; Michigan State Univ.; Univ. of Maryland; Univ. of Manchester

    2010-05-01

    9Be-induced inelastic scattering of 62,64,66Fe and 60,62,64Cr was performed at intermediate beam energies. Excited states in 64Cr were measured for the first time. Energies and population patterns of excited states in these neutron-rich Fe and Cr nuclei are compared and interpreted in the framework of large-scale shell-model calculations in different model spaces. Evidence for increased collectivity and for distinct structural changes between the neighboring Fe and Cr isotopic chains near N=40 is presented.

  14. Structure of neutron-rich nuclei around the N = 50 shell-gap closure

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    Faul, T.; Duchene, G.; Nowacki, F.; Thomas, J.-C.; Huyse, M.; Van Duppen, P.

    2010-04-26

    The structure of neutron-rich nuclei in the vicinity of {sup 78}Ni have been investigated via the beta-decay of {sup 71,73,75}Cu isotopes (ISOLDE, CERN). Experimental results have been compared with shell-model calculations performed with the ANTOINE code using a large (2p{sub 3/2}1 f{sub 5/2}2 p{sub 1/2}1 g{sub 9/2}) valence space and a (56/28)Ni{sub 28} core.

  15. Application of the generator coordinate method to neutron-rich Se and Ge isotopes

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    Higashiyama, Koji; Yoshinaga, Naotaka

    2014-03-01

    The quantum-number projected generator coordinate method (GCM) is applied to the neutron-rich Se and Ge isotopes, where the monopole and quadrupole pairing plus quadrupole-quadrupole interaction is employed as an effective interaction. The energy spectra obtained by the GCM are compared to both the shell model results and the experimental data. The GCM reproduces well the energy levels of high-spin states as well as the low-lying states. The structure of the low-lying collective states is analyzed through the GCM wave functions.

  16. Evolution of collectivity in neutron-rich nuclei in the Sn132 region

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    Kshetri, Ritesh; Sarkar, M. Saha; Sarkar, S.

    2006-09-01

    Motivated by the observed regularity in the energy spectra and the structure of the shell model wave functions for the levels of Te137 and I137, a few weakly and moderately deformed neutron-rich odd-A nuclei above the doubly magic nucleus Sn132 were studied using the particle rotor model (PRM). The calculated energy spectra and branching ratios agree reasonably well with the most recent experimental data. In a few cases ambiguity in level ordering was resolved and spin-parities were assigned to the levels. Observed octupole correlation in some of these nuclei is discussed in the light of the present results.

  17. Nuclear structure of the odd-odd N=85 neutron-rich nucleus {sup 140}Cs

    SciTech Connect

    Liu, S. H.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hwang, J. K.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Daniel, A. V.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Zhu, S. J.; Ma, W. C.

    2010-03-15

    High-spin excited states in the neutron-rich nucleus {sup 140}Cs were re-investigated from the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf with the Gammasphere detector array. Seven new transitions at low and moderate spin and 13 at high spin were observed in {sup 140}Cs and the level scheme of {sup 140}Cs was extended to 3794 keV with a new sideband. Spins and parities were assigned to levels based on angular correlation measurements and the systematics in the N=85 isotones.

  18. d{sub 5/2} proton hole strength in neutron-rich {sup 43}P: Shell structure and nuclear shapes near N=28

    SciTech Connect

    Riley, L. A.; Baugher, T. R.; Hosier, K. E.; Adrich, P.; Bazin, D.; Diget, C. A.; Weisshaar, D.; Brown, B. A.; Cook, J. M.; Gade, A.; Garland, D. A.; Glasmacher, T.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Siwek, K. P.; Cottle, P. D.; Kemper, K. W.; Otsuka, T.; Rae, W. D. M.; Tostevin, J. A.; Utsuno, Y.

    2008-07-15

    We report on the use of the one-proton knockout reaction from {sup 44}S to determine the location of d{sub 5/2} proton strength in neutron-rich {sup 43}P. The results are used to test two shell-model frameworks with different pictures of the evolution of single-proton energies along the N=28 isotones near the neutron dripline. We observe a concentration of d{sub 5/2} proton hole strength near 1 MeV in excitation energy. This result favors the recent shell-model interaction of Utsuno et al. [Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 150, 187 (2007)] and provides additional evidence for an oblate shape for {sup 42}Si.

  19. Coulomb breakup of neutron-rich 29,30Na isotopes near the island of inversion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rahaman, A.; Datta, Ushasi; Aumann, T.; Beceiro-Novo, S.; Boretzky, K.; Caesar, C.; Carlson, B. V.; Catford, W. N.; Chakraborty, S.; Chartier, M.; Cortina-Gil, D.; De Angelis, G.; Diaz Fernandez, P.; Emling, H.; Ershova, O.; Fraile, L. M.; Geissel, H.; Gonzalez-Diaz, D.; Johansson, H.; Jonson, B.; Kalantar-Nayestanaki, N.; Kröll, T.; Krücken, R.; Kurcewicz, J.; Langer, C.; Le Bleis, T.; Leifels, Y.; Marganiec, J.; Münzenberg, G.; Najafi, M. A.; Nilsson, T.; Nociforo, C.; Panin, V.; Paschalis, S.; Plag, R.; Reifarth, R.; Ricciardi, M. V.; Rigollet, C.; Rossi, D.; Scheidenberger, C.; Scheit, H.; Simon, H.; Taylor, J. T.; Togano, Y.; Typel, S.; Volkov, V.; Wagner, A.; Wamers, F.; Weick, H.; Weigand, M.; Winfield, J. S.; Yakorev, D.; Zoric, M.

    2017-04-01

    First results are reported on the ground state configurations of the neutron-rich 29,30Na isotopes, obtained via Coulomb dissociation (CD) measurements. The invariant mass spectra of these nuclei have been obtained through measurement of the four-momenta of all decay products after Coulomb excitation of those nuclei on a 208Pb target at energies of 400–430 MeV/nucleon using the FRS-ALADIN-LAND setup at GSI, Darmstadt. Integrated inclusive CD cross-sections (CD) of 89 (7) mb and 167 (13) mb for one neutron removal from 29Na and 30Na, respectively, have been extracted up to an excitation energy of 10 MeV. The major part of one neutron removal, CD cross-sections of those nuclei populate the core, in its ground state. A comparison with the direct breakup model, suggests the predominant occupation of the valence neutron in the ground state of 29Na (3/{2}+) and 30Na ({2}+) is the d-orbital with a small contribution from the s-orbital, which are coupled with the ground state of the core. One of the major components of the ground state configurations of these nuclei are 28Na{}{gs}({1}+)\\otimes {ν }s,d and 29Na{}{gs}(3/{2}+)\\otimes {ν }s,d, respectively. The ground state spin and parity of these nuclei obtained from this experiment are in agreement with earlier reported values. The spectroscopic factors for the valence neutron occupying the s and d orbitals for these nuclei in the ground state have been extracted and reported for the first time. A comparison of the experimental findings with shell model calculation using the MCSM suggests a lower limit of around 4.3 MeV of the sd–pf shell gap in 30Na.

  20. Si Memory Chip as a Sensitive Neutron Detector

    SciTech Connect

    William Quam

    2008-03-01

    A novel neutron detector is based on semiconductor technology. A boron-containing film is an integral part of the semiconductor device and is in physical contact with the charge-storage medium (CSM). The CSM is a proprietary cell design known as MirrorBit{trademark}, which is different from conventional memory designs such as SRAM or DRAM. The design doubles the resolution and sensitivity in the array. This enables a highly effective detection of the secondary particles, {sup 7}Li and {sup 4}He, produced due to neutron capture by {sup 10}B in the device. Other approaches using semiconductor materials for neutron detection have employed single-diode detectors that require off-system preamplifiers to filter and condition the signal. There are several advantages to this non-volatile detector, one being that it requires no power for detection and retains the signal until reset. Further, this detector, a semiconductor chip, can be seamlessly integrated into other systems. Finally, the semiconductor manufacturing process on which the detector is based will allow for a high-volume and low-cost alternative to current detectors. MirrorBit{trademark} chips were exposed to neutron flux and the signals recorded. Detailed results from this experiment will be described in this presentation.

  1. Lattice HFB calculations for nuclei far from stability: neutron-rich sulfur and tin isotopes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oberacker, Volker; Umar, Sait; Teran, Edgar

    2002-10-01

    We have developed a new Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) code to study ground state and pairing properties of nuclei near the neutron and proton drip lines. The unique feature of our code is that it takes into account the strong coupling to high energy continuum states (up to an equivalent s.p. energy of about 60 MeV). We solve the HFB equations for deformed, axially symmetric even-even nuclei on a two-dimensional lattice using high accuracy Basis-Spline methods (Galerkin and collocation schemes). The effective N-N interaction in the p-h channel is of Skyrme-type (SLy4), and in the p-p and h-h channel it is a (modified) delta interaction. We present results for binding energies, 2-neutron separation energies, Fermi levels, pairing gaps, normal densities and pairing densities, and other observables. In particular, we will discuss neutron-rich sulfur (S-48,S-52) and tin (Sn-150) isotopes. [1] E. Teran, V.E. Oberacker and A.S. Umar, "Axially symmetric Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov Calculations for Nuclei Near the Drip-Lines; nucl-th/0205042 * Research supported by U.S. DOE grant DE-FG02-96ER40963, and by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

  2. Residue Coulomb Interaction Among Isobars and Its Influence in Symmetry Energy of Neutron-Rich Fragment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ma, Chun-Wang; Wang, Shan-Shan; Zhang, Yan-Li; Zhao, Yi-Long; Wei, Hui-Ling

    2015-09-01

    The residue Coulomb interaction (RCI), which affects the result of symmetry-energy coefficient of neutron-rich nucleus in isobaric yield ratio (IYR) method, is difficult to be determined. Four RCI approximations are investigated: (i) The M1-RCI adopting the ac/T (the ratio of Coulomb energy coefficient to temperature) determined from the IYR of mirror-nucleus fragments; (ii) The M2-RCI by fitting the difference between IYRs; (iii) The M3-RCI adopting the standard Coulomb energy at a temperature T = 2 MeV; and (iv) Neglecting the RCI among isobars. The M1-, M2- and M3-RCI are no larger than 0.4. In particular, the M2-RCI is very close to zero. The effects of RCI in asym/T of fragment are also studied. The M1- and M4-asym/T are found to be the lower and upper limitations of asym/T, respectively. The M2-asym/T overlaps the M4-asym/T, which indicates that the M2-RCI is negligible in the IYR method, and the RCI among the three isobars can be neglected. The relative consistent low values of M3-asym/T (7.5 ± 2.5) are found in very neutron-rich isobars. Supported by the Program for Science & Technology Innovation Talents in Universities of Henan Province (13HASTIT046), and Young Teacher Project in Henan Normal University (HNU), China

  3. New neutron-rich isotope production in 154Sm+160Gd

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Ning; Guo, Lu

    2016-09-01

    Deep inelastic scattering in 154Sm+160Gd at energies above the Bass barrier is for the first time investigated with two different microscopic dynamics approaches: improved quantum molecular dynamics (ImQMD) model and time dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) theory. No fusion is observed from both models. The capture pocket disappears for this reaction due to strong Coulomb repulsion and the contact time of the di-nuclear system formed in head-on collisions is about 700 fm/c at an incident energy of 440 MeV. The isotope distribution of fragments in the deep inelastic scattering process is predicted with the simulations of the latest ImQMD-v2.2 model together with a statistical code (GEMINI) for describing the secondary decay of fragments. More than 40 extremely neutron-rich unmeasured nuclei with 58 ≤ Z ≤ 76 are observed and the production cross sections are at the order of μb to mb. The multi-nucleon transfer reaction of Sm+Gd could be an alternative way to synthesize new neutron-rich lanthanides which are difficult to be produced with traditional fusion reactions or fission of actinides.

  4. Shell Evolution in the Neutron-Rich Cu and Zn Isotopes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Belarge, Joe; Bazin, Daniel; Gade, Alexandra; Ayyad, Yassid; Bender, Peter; Elder, Robert; Elman, Brandon; Iwasaki, Hiro; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki; Loelius, Charles; Longfellow, Brenden; Lunderberg, Eric; Morfouace, Pierre; Sullivan, Chris; Weisshaar, Dirk; Whitmore, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Recent shell model calculations predict a gradual reduction of the Z=28 shell gap in Ni isotopes as the ν 1g9 / 2 orbital is filled from 68Ni to 78Ni [Otsuka et al. PRL 95, 232502]. These predictions can be experimentally tested by measuring the spectroscopic strength of a given orbital in an isotopic chain. The neutron-rich Cu isotopes, with one proton outside of a filled π 1f7 / 2 orbital, are some of the best candidates to exhibit the effects of the underlying structure evolution in this region. The high luminosity provided by fast beam, thick target experiments performed at the NSCL, coupled with the high resolution, high efficiency gamma-ray array GRETINA, provide a unique opportunity to study the neutron-rich Cu isotopes. The current experiment aims to measure the strength of 2p-1h excitations in 69-77Cu, populated through one proton knockout from 70-78Zn beams on a Be target, thereby probing the effective single particle energy and spectroscopic strength of the π 1f7 / 2 orbital. Results from the ongoing analysis will be presented.

  5. Model of defect reactions and the influence of clustering in pulse-neutron-irradiated Si

    SciTech Connect

    Myers, S. M.; Cooper, P. J.; Wampler, W. R.

    2008-08-15

    Transient reactions among irradiation defects, dopants, impurities, and carriers in pulse-neutron-irradiated Si were modeled taking into account the clustering of the primal defects in recoil cascades. Continuum equations describing the diffusion, field drift, and reactions of relevant species were numerically solved for a submicrometer spherical volume, within which the starting radial distributions of defects could be varied in accord with the degree of clustering. The radial profiles corresponding to neutron irradiation were chosen through pair-correlation-function analysis of vacancy and interstitial distributions obtained from the binary-collision code MARLOWE, using a spectrum of primary recoil energies computed for a fast-burst fission reactor. Model predictions of transient behavior were compared with a variety of experimental results from irradiated bulk Si, solar cells, and bipolar-junction transistors. The influence of defect clustering during neutron bombardment was further distinguished through contrast with electron irradiation, where the primal point defects are more uniformly dispersed.

  6. Recent activities for β-decay half-lives and β-delayed neutron emission of very neutron-rich isotopes

    SciTech Connect

    Dillmann, Iris; Abriola, Daniel; Singh, Balraj

    2014-05-02

    Beta-delayed neutron (βn) emitters play an important, two-fold role in the stellar nucleosynthesis of heavy elements in the 'rapid neutron-capture process' (r process). On one hand they lead to a detour of the material β-decaying back to stability. On the other hand, the released neutrons increase the neutron-to-seed ratio, and are re-captured during the freeze-out phase and thus influence the final solar r-abundance curve. A large fraction of the isotopes inside the r-process reaction path are not yet experimentally accessible and are located in the (experimental) 'Terra Incognita'. With the next generation of fragmentation and ISOL facilities presently being built or already in operation, one of the main motivation of all projects is the investigation of these very neutron-rich isotopes. A short overview of one of the planned programs to measure βn-emitters at the limits of the presently know isotopes, the BRIKEN campaign (Beta delayed neutron emission measurements at RIKEN) will be given. Presently, about 600 β-delayed one-neutron emitters are accessible, but only for a third of them experimental data are available. Reaching more neutron-rich isotopes means also that multiple neutron-emission becomes the dominant decay mechanism. About 460 β-delayed two-, three-or four-neutron emitters are identified up to now but for only 30 of them experimental data about the neutron branching ratios are available, most of them in the light mass region below A=30. The International Atomic and Energy Agency (IAEA) has identified the urgency and picked up this topic recently in a 'Coordinated Research Project' on a 'Reference Database for Beta-Delayed Neutron Emission Data'. This project will review, compile, and evaluate the existing data for neutron-branching ratios and half-lives of β-delayed neutron emitters and help to ensure a reliable database for the future discoveries of new isotopes and help to constrain astrophysical and theoretical models.

  7. Neutron absorption of Al-Si-Mg-B{sub 4}C composite

    SciTech Connect

    Abdullah, Yusof Yusof, Mohd Reusmaazran; Ibrahim, Anis Syukriah; Daud, Abdul Razak

    2016-01-22

    Al-Si-Mg-B{sub 4}C composites containing 2-8 wt% of B{sub 4}C were prepared by stir casting technique. Homogenization treatment was carried out at temperatures of 540°C for 4 houra and followed by ageing at 180°C for 2 houra. Microstructure and phase identification were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Neutron absorption study was investigated using neutron source Am/Be{sup 241}. The result indicated that higher B{sub 4}C content improved the neutron absorption property. Meanwhile homogeneity of the composite was increased by ageing processes. This composite is potential to be used as neutron shielding material especially for nuclear reactor application.

  8. Neutron absorption of Al-Si-Mg-B4C composite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abdullah, Yusof; Ibrahim, Anis Syukriah; Daud, Abdul Razak; Yusof, Mohd Reusmaazran

    2016-01-01

    Al-Si-Mg-B4C composites containing 2-8 wt% of B4C were prepared by stir casting technique. Homogenization treatment was carried out at temperatures of 540°C for 4 houra and followed by ageing at 180°C for 2 houra. Microstructure and phase identification were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Neutron absorption study was investigated using neutron source Am/Be241. The result indicated that higher B4C content improved the neutron absorption property. Meanwhile homogeneity of the composite was increased by ageing processes. This composite is potential to be used as neutron shielding material especially for nuclear reactor application.

  9. Threshold resistance switching in silicon-rich SiO x thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Da; Huang, Shi-Hua

    2016-11-01

    Si-rich SiO x and amorphous Si clusters embedded in SiO x films were prepared by the radio-frequency magnetron cosputtering method and high-temperature annealing treatment. The threshold resistance switching behavior was achieved from the memory mode by continuous bias sweeping in all films, which was caused by the formation of clusters due to the local overheating under a large electric field. Besides, the I-V characteristics of the threshold switching showed a dependence on the annealing temperature and the SiO x thickness. In particular, formation and rupture of conduction paths is considered to be the switching mechanism for the 39 nm-SiO x film, while for the 78 nm-SiO x film, adjusting of the Schottky barrier height between insulator and semiconductor is more reasonable. This study demonstrates the importance of investigation of both switching modes in resistance random access memory. Project supported by the Open Project Program of Surface Physics Laboratory (National Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, China (Grant No. KF2015_02), the Open Project Program of National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. M201503), Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Key Innovation Team, China (Grant No. 2011R50012), and Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory, China (Grant No. 2013E10022).

  10. 26Si Excited States via One-Neutron Removal from 27Si Using Radioactive Beam

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, J.; Chen, A. A.; Amthor, A. M.; Bazin, D.; Becerril, A. D.; Gade, A.; Galaviz, D.; Glasmacher, T.; Kahl, D.; Lorusso, G.; Matos, M.; Ouellet, C. V.; Pereira, J.; Schatz, H.; Smith, K. M.; Wales, B.; Weisshaar, D.; Zegers, R. G. T.

    2013-03-01

    A measurement of the p(27Si, d)26Si reaction has been performed to study levels of 26Si, with connections to the stellar 25Al(p, γ)26Si reaction rate. A beam of adioactive 27Si of energy 84.3 MeV/A was impinged on a polypropylene foil (CH2) of 180 mg/cm2 in thickness. De-excitation γ-rays were detected with a highly-segmented germanium detector array, in coincidence with the 26Si recoils. Our results are an independent measurement of states used in the energy calibration of other experiments on 26Si structure. They also suggest that the spin-parity of the Ex(26Si) = 6454 keV (Er = 940 keV) state should be 4+ instead of the previously adopted assignment of 0+.

  11. Discovery of Highly Excited Long-Lived Isomers in Neutron-Rich Hafnium and Tantalum Isotopes through Direct Mass Measurements

    SciTech Connect

    Reed, M. W.; Cullen, I. J.; Walker, P. M.; Deo, A. Y.; Kempley, R. S.; Swan, T. P. D.; Litvinov, Yu. A.; Winckler, N.; Blaum, K.; Bosch, F.; Dimopoulou, C.; Farinon, F.; Heil, M.; Knoebel, R.; Kozhuharov, C.; Kurcewicz, J.; Kuzminchuk, N.; Litvinov, S.; Nociforo, C.; Nolden, F.

    2010-10-22

    A study of cooled {sup 197}Au projectile-fragmentation products has been performed with a storage ring. This has enabled metastable nuclear excitations with energies up to 3 MeV, and half-lives extending to minutes or longer, to be identified in the neutron-rich nuclides {sup 183,184,186}Hf and {sup 186,187}Ta. The results support the prediction of a strongly favored isomer region near neutron number 116.

  12. The thermoluminescence response of doped SiO2 optical fibres subjected to fast neutrons.

    PubMed

    Hashim, S; Bradley, D A; Saripan, M I; Ramli, A T; Wagiran, H

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a preliminary study of the thermoluminescence (TL) response of doped SiO(2) optical fibres subjected to (241)AmBe neutron irradiation. The TL materials, which comprise Al- and Ge-doped silica fibres, were exposed in close contact with the (241)AmBe source to obtain fast neutron interactions through use of measurements obtained with and without a Cd filter (the filter being made to entirely enclose the fibres). The neutron irradiations were performed for exposure times of 1-, 2-, 3-, 5- and 7-days in a neutron tank filled with water. In this study, use was also made of the Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP) code version 5 (V5) to simulate the neutron irradiations experiment. It was found that the commercially available Ge-doped and Al-doped optical fibres show a linear dose response subjected to fast neutrons from (241)AmBe source up to seven days of irradiations. The simulation performed using MCNP5 also exhibits a similar pattern, albeit differing in sensitivity. The TL response of Ge-doped fibre is markedly greater than that of the Al-doped fibre, the total absorption cross section for Ge in both the fast and thermal neutrons region being some ten times greater than that of Al.

  13. Photoelectron diffraction study of the Si -rich 3C-SiC(001)-(3×2) structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tejeda, A.; Dunham, D.; García de Abajo, F. J.; Denlinger, J. D.; Rotenberg, E.; Michel, E. G.; Soukiassian, P.

    2004-07-01

    The structure of the Si -rich 3C-SiC(001)-(3×2) surface reconstruction is determined using soft x-ray photoelectron diffraction. Photoelectrons are detected along a full hemispherical sector for different photon energies. A comparison between the experimental data and multiple scattering calculations of the competing models favors a modified version of the two-adlayer asymmetric dimer model. An R -factor analysis has been employed to refine this model. We determine the interlayer spacings of the last six atomic layers and find a corrugation of (0.25±0.10) Å for the atoms in the outermost dimer. Atoms in the second layer dimerize as well, forming rows of long and short dimers.

  14. Dineutron correlations in quasi-two-dimensional systems in a simplified model, and possible relation to neutron-rich nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Kanada-En'yo, Yoshiko; Hinohara, Nobuo; Suhara, Tadahiro; Schuck, Peter

    2009-05-15

    Two-neutron correlation in the {sup 1}S channel in quasi-two-dimensional (2D) neutron systems at zero temperature is studied by means of the BCS theory with finite-range effective nuclear forces. The dineutron correlation in low density neutron systems confined in an infinite slab is investigated in a simplified model that neutron motion of one direction is frozen. When the slab is thin enough, two neutrons form a tightly bound dineutron with a small size in the quasi-2D system, and a Bose dineutron gas is found in low density limit. With increase of Fermi momentum, the neutron system changes from the Bose-gas phase to the superfluid Cooper pair phase. The density dependence of the neutron pairing shows the BCS-BEC crossover phenomena at finite low-density region. In the transition region, the size shrinking of neutron pair and enhancement of pairing gap are found. The relation to dineutron correlation at surface of neutron-rich nuclei is also discussed.

  15. Elastic Scattering of Neutron-Rich Helium Isotopes from Polarized Protons at 71 MeV/A

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sakaguchi, S.; Uesaka, T.; Kawabata, T.; Wakui, T.; Aoi, N.; Hashimoto, Y.; Ichikawa, Y.; Itoh, K.; Itoh, M.; Iwasaki, H.; Kawahara, T.; Kondo, Y.; Kuboki, H.; Maeda, Y.; Nakamura, T.; Nakao, T.; Nakayama, Y.; Okamura, H.; Sakai, H.; Sasamoto, Y.; Sasano, M.; Satou, Y.; Sekiguchi, K.; Shimamura, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Shinohara, M.; Suda, K.; Suzuki, D.; Takahashi, Y.; Tamii, A.; Yako, K.; Yamaguchi, M.

    2011-09-01

    The vector analyzing power has been measured for the elastic scattering of neutron-rich 6He and 8He from polarized protons at 71 MeV/A making use of a newly constructed solid polarized proton target operated in a low magnetic field of 0.1 T and at a relatively high temperature of 100 K. An optical model analysis revealed that the spin-orbit potentials for 6He and 8He are characterized by shallow and long-ranged shape compared with the global systematics of stable nuclei. Such a characteristics reflect a diffused density distribution of the neutron-rich isotopes.

  16. Production of neutron-rich Ca, Sn, and Xe isotopes in transfer-type reactions with radioactive beams

    SciTech Connect

    Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Lacroix, D.

    2010-12-15

    The production cross sections of neutron-rich isotopes {sup 52,54,56,58,60}Ca, {sup 136,138,140,142}Sn, and {sup 146,148,150,152}Xe are predicted for future experiments in the diffusive multinucleon transfer reactions {sup 86,90,92,94}Kr, {sup 124,130,132,134}Sn, {sup 136,140,142,146}Xe, and {sup 138,144,146}Ba+{sup 48}Ca with stable and radioactive beams at incident energies close to the Coulomb barrier. Because of the small cross sections, the production of neutron-rich isotopes requires the optimal choice of projectile-target combinations and bombarding energies.

  17. K-isomers in Hf nuclei at and beyond the neutron-rich edge of {beta}-stability.

    SciTech Connect

    Chowdhury, P.; Alarcao, R. D.; Seabury, E. H.; Walker, P. M.; Wheldon, C.; Ahmad. I.; Carpenter, M. P.; Hackman, G.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Khoo, T. L.; Nisius, D.; Reiter, P.

    1999-03-30

    New high-K isomers are populated in {sup 180,181,182}Hf nuclei via inelastic excitation and transfer reactions, using pulsed {sup 238}U beams on Hf targets. The new data explore K-hindrances for different multipolarities and the role of residual spin-spin interactions for multi-quasiparticle (qp) configurations at the neutron-rich edge of the {beta}-stability line. The mapping of 4-qp K-isomers in the A {approx} 180 region is extended into neutron-rich territory.

  18. Direct mass measurements of neutron-rich 86Kr projectile fragments and the persistence of neutron magic number N=32 in Sc isotopes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xu, Xing; Wang, Meng; Zhang, Yu-Hu; Xu, Hu-Shan; Shuai, Peng; Tu, Xiao-Lin; Yuri, A. Litvinov; Zhou, Xiao-Hong; Sun, Bao-Hua; Yuan, You-Jin; Xia, Jia-Wen; Yang, Jian-Cheng; Klaus, Blaum; Chen, Rui-Jiu; Chen, Xiang-Cheng; Fu, Chao-Yi; Ge, Zhuang; Hu, Zheng-Guo; Huang, Wen-Jia; Liu, Da-Wei; Lam, Yi-Hua; Ma, Xin-Wen; Mao, Rui-Shi; Uesaka, T.; Xiao, Guo-Qing; Xing, Yuan-Ming; Yamaguchi, T.; Yamaguchi, Y.; Zeng, Qi; Yan, Xin-Liang; Zhao, Hong-Wei; Zhao, Tie-Cheng; Zhang, Wei; Zhan, Wen-Long

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we present direct mass measurements of neutron-rich 86Kr projectile fragments conducted at the HIRFL-CSR facility in Lanzhou by employing the Isochronous Mass Spectrometry (IMS) method. The new mass excesses of 52-54Sc nuclides are determined to be -40492(82), -38928(114), -34654(540) keV, which show a significant increase of binding energy compared to the reported ones in the Atomic Mass Evaluation 2012 (AME12). In particular, 53Sc and 54Sc are more bound by 0.8 MeV and 1.0 MeV, respectively. The behavior of the two neutron separation energy with neutron numbers indicates a strong sub-shell closure at neutron number N=32 in Sc isotopes. Supported by 973 Program of China (2013CB834401), the NSFC (U1232208, U1432125, 11205205, 11035007) and the Helmholtz-CAS Joint Research Group (HCJRG-108)

  19. A SiO 2-1 SURVEY TOWARD GAS-RICH ACTIVE GALAXIES

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Junzhi; Zhang, Jiangshui; Shi, Yong; Zhang, Zhiyu

    2013-12-01

    In order to study the feedback from active galactic nuclei (AGNs), we performed a survey of SiO J = 2-1 (v = 0) transition toward ten gas-rich active galaxies with the IRAM 30 m telescope. As the first survey of SiO in such galaxies, we detected SiO J = 2-1 (v = 0) emission in six galaxies above the 3σ level and one galaxy (NGC 3690) at the 2.7σ level. The detection rate is not related to the AGN type or to star formation activity. In comparison with M82, which is a pure star-forming galaxy without nuclear activity, our SiO detections could not be completely ascribed to being due to star formation activity. This suggests that the AGN feedback may be efficient in producing SiO molecules in such galaxies. Further surveys with large single-dish millimeter telescopes and interferometers are necessary for understanding the origin of SiO in galaxies with nuclear activity.

  20. Shell quenching in Ni78: A hint from the structure of neutron-rich copper isotopes

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    Sieja, K.; Nowacki, F.

    2010-06-01

    Recent progress in experimental techniques allows us to study very exotic systems like neutron-rich nuclei in the vicinity of Ni78. The spectroscopy of this region can nowadays be studied theoretically in the large scale shell model calculations. In this work, we perform a shell model study of odd copper nuclei with N=40-50, in a large valence space with the Ca48 core, using a realistic interaction derived from the CD-Bonn potential. We present the crucial importance of the proton core excitations for the description of spectra and magnetic moments, which are for the first time correctly reproduced in theoretical calculations. Shell evolution from Ni68 to Ni78 is discussed in detail. A weakening of the Z=28 gap when approaching the N=50 shell closure, suggested by the experimental evidence, is confirmed in the calculations.

  1. Enhanced Quadrupole Collectivity at N=40: The Case of Neutron-Rich Fe Isotopes

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    Rother, W.; Dewald, A.; Fransen, C.; Hackstein, M.; Jolie, J.; Pissulla, Th.; Zell, K.-O.; Iwasaki, H.; Baugher, T.; Brown, B. A.; Gade, A.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Voss, P.; Walsh, K. A.; Lenzi, S. M.; Ur, C. A.; Starosta, K.; Bazin, D.

    2011-01-14

    The transition rates for the 2{sub 1}{sup +} states in {sup 62,64,66}Fe were studied using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique applied to projectile Coulomb excitation reactions. The deduced E2 strengths illustrate the enhanced collectivity of the neutron-rich Fe isotopes up to N=40. The results are interpreted using the generalized concept of valence proton symmetry which describes the evolution of nuclear structure around N=40 as governed by the number of valence protons with respect to Z{approx_equal}30. The trend of collectivity suggested by the experimental data is described by state-of-the-art shell-model calculations with a new effective interaction developed for the fpgd valence space.

  2. Enhanced quadrupole collectivity at N = 40: the case of neutron-rich Fe isotopes.

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    Rother, W; Dewald, A; Iwasaki, H; Lenzi, S M; Starosta, K; Bazin, D; Baugher, T; Brown, B A; Crawford, H L; Fransen, C; Gade, A; Ginter, T N; Glasmacher, T; Grinyer, G F; Hackstein, M; Ilie, G; Jolie, J; McDaniel, S; Miller, D; Petkov, P; Pissulla, Th; Ratkiewicz, A; Ur, C A; Voss, P; Walsh, K A; Weisshaar, D; Zell, K-O

    2011-01-14

    The transition rates for the 2(1)+ states in (62,64,66)Fe were studied using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique applied to projectile Coulomb excitation reactions. The deduced E2 strengths illustrate the enhanced collectivity of the neutron-rich Fe isotopes up to N = 40. The results are interpreted using the generalized concept of valence proton symmetry which describes the evolution of nuclear structure around N = 40 as governed by the number of valence protons with respect to Z ≈ 30. The trend of collectivity suggested by the experimental data is described by state-of-the-art shell-model calculations with a new effective interaction developed for the fpgd valence space.

  3. g-Factors of Isomeric States in the Neutron-Rich Nuclei

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    Georgiev, G.; Neyens, G.; Hass, M.; Balabanski, Dimiter Loukanov; Bingham, Carrol R; Borcea, C.; Coulier, N.; Coussenment, R.; Daugas, J. M.; De France, Gilles M; Gorska, M.; Grawe, Hubert H; Grzywacz, Robert Kazimierz; Lewitowicz, Marek; Mach, Henryk A; Matea, I.; de Oliveira Santos, F.; Page, R. D.; Pfutzner, Marek; Penionzhkevich, Yu. E.; Podolyak, Zsolt F; Regan, Patrick H; Rykaczewski, Krzysztof Piotr; Sawicka, M.; Smirnova, N. A.; Sobolev, Yu.; Stanoiu, M.; Teughels, S.; Vyvey, K.

    2004-02-01

    We report the results from the first experiment to measure gyromagnetic factors of {micro}s isomers in neutron-rich nuclei produced by intermediate-energy projectile-fragmentation reactions. The Time Dependent Perturbed Angular Distribution (TDPAD) method was applied in combination with the heavy-ion-gamma correlation technique. The nuclides in the vicinity of {sup 68}Ni were produced and spin-oriented following the fragmentation of a {sup 76}Ge, 61.4 MeV/ u beam at GANIL. The results obtained, |g|({sup 69 m}Cu) = 0.225(25) and |g|({sup 67 m}Ni) = 0.125(6) provide another indication of the importance of proton excitation across the Z = 28 shell gap for the description of these states.

  4. Alpha decay and cluster decay of some neutron-rich actinide nuclei

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    Carmel Vigila Bai, G. M.; Agnes, R. Nithya

    2017-03-01

    Nuclei in the actinide region are good in exhibiting cluster radioactivity. In the present work, the half-lives of α-decay and heavy cluster emission from certain actinide nuclei have been calculated using cubic plus Yukawa plus exponential model (CYEM). Our model has a cubic potential for the overlapping region which is smoothly connected by a Yukawa plus exponential potential for the region after separation. The computed half-lives are compared with those of other theoretical models and are found to be in good agreement with each other. In this work, we have also studied the deformation effects on half-lives of cluster decay. These deformation effects lower the half-life values and it is also found that the neutron-rich parent nuclei slow down the cluster decay process. Geiger-Nuttal plots for various clusters are found to be linear and most of the emitted clusters are α-like nuclei.

  5. Stellar electron capture rates on neutron-rich nuclei and their impact on stellar core collapse

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    Raduta, Ad. R.; Gulminelli, F.; Oertel, M.

    2017-02-01

    During the late stages of gravitational core-collapse of massive stars, extreme isospin asymmetries are reached within the core. Due to the lack of microscopic calculations of electron-capture (EC) rates for all relevant nuclei, in general simple analytic parametrizations are employed. We study here several extensions of these parametrizations, allowing for a temperature, electron density, and isospin dependence as well as for odd-even effects. The latter extra degrees of freedom considerably improve the agreement with large-scale microscopic rate calculations. We find, in particular, that the isospin dependence leads to a significant reduction of the global EC rates during core collapse with respect to fiducial results, where rates optimized on calculations of stable f p -shell nuclei are used. Our results indicate that systematic microscopic calculations and experimental measurements in the N ≈50 neutron-rich region are desirable for realistic simulations of the core collapse.

  6. Positron annihilation spectroscopy investigation of vacancy defects in neutron-irradiated 3 C -SiC

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    Hu, Xunxiang; Koyanagi, Takaaki; Katoh, Yutai; Wirth, Brian D.

    2017-03-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy characterization results for neutron-irradiated 3 C -SiC are described here, with a specific focus on explaining the size and character of vacancy clusters as a complement to the current understanding of the neutron irradiation response of 3 C -SiC. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was used to capture the irradiation temperature and dose dependence of vacancy defects in 3 C -SiC following neutron irradiation from 0.01 to 31 dpa in the temperature range from 380°C to 790°C . The neutral and negatively charged vacancy clusters were identified and quantified. The results suggest that the vacancy defects that were measured by positron annihilation spectroscopy technique contribute very little to the transient swelling of SiC. In addition, coincidence Doppler broadening measurement was used to investigate the chemical identity surrounding the positron trapping sites. It was found that silicon vacancy-related defects dominate in the studied materials and the production of the antisite defect CSi may result in an increase in the probability of positron annihilation with silicon core electrons.

  7. Neutron activation analysis of the 30Si content of highly enriched 28Si: proof of concept and estimation of the achievable uncertainty

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    D'Agostino, G.; Mana, G.; Oddone, M.; Prata, M.; Bergamaschi, L.; Giordani, L.

    2014-06-01

    We investigated the use of neutron activation to estimate the 30Si mole fraction of the ultra-pure silicon material highly enriched in 28Si for the measurement of the Avogadro constant. Specifically, we developed a relative method based on instrumental neutron activation analysis and using a natural-Si sample as a standard. To evaluate the achievable uncertainty, we irradiated a 6 g sample of a natural-Si material and modelled experimentally the signal that would be produced by a sample of the 28Si-enriched material of similar mass and subjected to the same measurement conditions. The extrapolation of the expected uncertainty from the experimental data indicates that a measurement of the 30Si mole fraction of the 28Si-enriched material might reach a 4% relative combined standard uncertainty.

  8. SUPERBURST MODELS FOR NEUTRON STARS WITH HYDROGEN- AND HELIUM-RICH ATMOSPHERES

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    Keek, L.; Heger, A.; In 't Zand, J. J. M.

    2012-06-20

    Superbursts are rare day-long type I X-ray bursts due to carbon flashes on accreting neutron stars in low-mass X-ray binaries. They heat the neutron star envelope such that the burning of accreted hydrogen and helium becomes stable, and the common shorter X-ray bursts are quenched. Short bursts reappear only after the envelope cools down. We study multi-zone one-dimensional models of the neutron star envelope, in which we follow carbon burning during the superburst, and we include hydrogen and helium burning in the atmosphere above. We investigate the cases of both a solar-composition and a helium-rich atmosphere. This allows us to study for the first time a wide variety of thermonuclear burning behavior as well as the transitions between the different regimes in a self-consistent manner. For solar composition, burst quenching ends much sooner than previously expected. This is because of the complex interplay between the 3{alpha}, hot CNO, and CNO breakout reactions. Stable burning of hydrogen and helium transitions via marginally stable burning (mHz quasi-periodic oscillations) to less energetic bursts with short recurrence times. We find a short-lived bursting mode where weaker and stronger bursts alternate. Eventually the bursting behavior changes back to that of the pre-superburst bursts. Because of the scarcity of observations, this transition has not been directly detected after a superburst. Using the MINBAR burst catalog we identify the shortest upper limit on the quenching time for 4U 1636-536, and derive further constraints on the timescale on which bursts return.

  9. Antisymmetrized molecular dynamics studies for exotic clustering phenomena in neutron-rich nuclei

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    Kimura, M.; Suhara, T.; Kanada-En'yo, Y.

    2016-12-01

    We present a review of recent works on clustering phenomena in unstable nuclei studied by antisymmetrized molecular dynamics (AMD). The AMD studies in these decades have uncovered novel types of clustering phenomena brought about by the excess neutrons. Among them, this review focuses on the molecule-like structure of unstable nuclei. One of the earliest discussions on the clustering in unstable nuclei was made for neutron-rich Be and B isotopes. AMD calculations predicted that the ground state clustering is enhanced or reduced depending on the number of excess neutrons. Today, the experiments are confirming this prediction as the change of the proton radii. Behind this enhancement and reduction of the clustering, there are underlying shell effects called molecular and atomic orbits. These orbits form covalent and ionic bonding of the clusters analogous to the atomic molecules. It was found that this "molecular-orbit picture" reasonably explains the low-lying spectra of Be isotopes. The molecular-orbit picture is extended to other systems having parity asymmetric cluster cores and to the three cluster systems. O and Ne isotopes are the candidates of the former, while the 3 α linear chains in C isotopes are the latter. For both subjects, many intensive studies are now in progress. We also pay a special attention to the observables which are the fingerprint of the clustering. In particular, we focus on the monopole and dipole transitions which are recently regarded as good probe for the clustering. We discuss how they have and will reveal the exotic clustering.

  10. New K isomers in the neutron-rich N =100 isotones 162Sm, 163Eu, and 164Gd

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    Yokoyama, R.; Go, S.; Kameda, D.; Kubo, T.; Inabe, N.; Fukuda, N.; Takeda, H.; Suzuki, H.; Yoshida, K.; Kusaka, K.; Tanaka, K.; Yanagisawa, Y.; Ohtake, M.; Sato, H.; Shimizu, Y.; Baba, H.; Kurokawa, M.; Nishimura, D.; Ohnishi, T.; Iwasa, N.; Chiba, A.; Yamada, T.; Ideguchi, E.; Fujii, T.; Nishibata, H.; Ieki, K.; Murai, D.; Momota, S.; Sato, Y.; Hwang, J. W.; Kim, S.; Tarasov, O. B.; Morrissey, D. J.; Sherrill, B. M.; Simpson, G.; Praharaj, C. R.

    2017-03-01

    Very neutron-rich Z ˜60 isotopes produced by in-flight fission of a 345 MeV/nucleon 238U beam at the RI Beam Factory, RIKEN Nishina Center, have been studied by delayed γ -ray spectroscopy. New isomers were discovered in the neutron-rich N =100 isotones 162Sm, 163Eu, and 164Gd. Half-lives, γ -ray energies, and relative intensities of these isomers were obtained. Level schemes were proposed for these nuclei and the first 2+ and 4+ states were assigned for the even-even nuclei. The first 2+ and 4+ state energies decrease as the proton numbers get smaller. The energies and the half-lives of the new isomers are very similar to those of 4- isomers known in less neutron-rich N =100 isotones 168Er and 170Yb. A deformed Hartree-Fock with angular momentum projection model suggests Kπ=4- two-quasiparticle states with ν 7 /2 [633 ]⊗ν 1 /2 [521 ] configurations with similar excitation energy. The results suggest that neutron-rich N =100 nuclei are well deformed and the deformation gets larger as Z decreases to 62. The onset of K isomers with the same configuration at almost the same energy in N =100 isotones indicates that the neutron single-particle structures of neutron-rich isotones down to Z =62 do not change significantly from those of the Z =70 stable nuclei. Systematics of the excitation energies of new isomers can be explained without the predicted N =100 shell gap.

  11. Systematic study of neutron-rich rare isotope production in peripheral heavy-ion collisions below the Fermi energy

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    Fountas, P. N.; Souliotis, G. A.; Veselsky, M.; Bonasera, A.

    2014-12-01

    Detailed calculations of the yields of projectilelike fragments (with focus on the neutron-rich isotopes) are presented for the interaction of 86Kr (15 MeV/nucleon) with 64Ni, 58Ni, and 124Sn, 112Sn, as well as 86Kr (25 MeV/nucleon) with 124Sn and compared with our recently published experimental data for these reactions. The calculations are based on a two-step approach: the dynamical stage of the collision was described with the microscopic constrained molecular dynamics (CoMD) model, as well as the phenomenological deep-inelastic transfer (DIT) model and its modified (DITm) version. The deexcitation of the hot projectile fragments was performed with the statistical multifragmentation model (SMM) and the binary-decay model gemini, which provided nearly similar results for the neutron-rich products from the reactions studied. An overall good agreement of the calculations with the experimental results, especially for near-projectile isotopes was observed using both the CoMD model and the DITm model for the dynamical stage. The successful description of the production of neutron-rich isotopes with the CoMD model is of particular importance, due to the predictive power of the microscopic approach that essentially does not depend on the reaction dynamics. Our studies to date suggest that peripheral heavy-ion collisions at this energy range (i.e., well above the Coulomb barrier, but below the Fermi energy), if induced by neutron-rich rare-isotope beams of adequate intensity may offer a unique route to access extremely neutron-rich rare isotopes toward the astrophysical r -process path and the presently uncharted neutron drip line.

  12. Dimensional isotropy of 6H and 3C SiC under neutron irradiation

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    Snead, Lance L.; Katoh, Yutai; Koyanagi, Takaaki; ...

    2016-01-16

    This investigation experimentally determines the as-irradiated crystal axes dimensional change of the common polytypes of SiC considered for nuclear application. Single crystal α-SiC (6H), β-SiC (3C), CVD β-SiC, and single crystal Si have been neutron irradiated near 60 °C from 2 × 1023 to 2 × 1026 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV), or about 0.02–20 dpa, in order to study the effect of irradiation on bulk swelling and strain along independent crystalline axes. Single crystal, powder diffractometry and density measurement have been carried out. For all neutron doses where the samples remained crystalline all SiC materials demonstrated equivalent swelling behavior.more » Moreover the 6H–SiC expanded isotropically. The magnitude of the swelling followed a ~0.77 power law against dose consistent with a microstructure evolution driven by single interstitial (carbon) mobility. Extraordinarily large ~7.8% volume expansion in SiC was observed prior to amorphization. Above ~0.9 × 1025 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV) all SiC materials became amorphous with an identical swelling: a 11.7% volume expansion, lowering the density to 2.84 g/cm3. As a result, the as-amorphized density was the same at the 2 × 1025 and 2 × 1026 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV) dose levels.« less

  13. Dimensional isotropy of 6H and 3C SiC under neutron irradiation

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    Snead, Lance L.; Katoh, Yutai; Koyanagi, Takaaki; Terrani, Kurt A.; Specht, Eliot D.

    2016-01-16

    This investigation experimentally determines the as-irradiated crystal axes dimensional change of the common polytypes of SiC considered for nuclear application. Single crystal α-SiC (6H), β-SiC (3C), CVD β-SiC, and single crystal Si have been neutron irradiated near 60 °C from 2 × 1023 to 2 × 1026 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV), or about 0.02–20 dpa, in order to study the effect of irradiation on bulk swelling and strain along independent crystalline axes. Single crystal, powder diffractometry and density measurement have been carried out. For all neutron doses where the samples remained crystalline all SiC materials demonstrated equivalent swelling behavior. Moreover the 6H–SiC expanded isotropically. The magnitude of the swelling followed a ~0.77 power law against dose consistent with a microstructure evolution driven by single interstitial (carbon) mobility. Extraordinarily large ~7.8% volume expansion in SiC was observed prior to amorphization. Above ~0.9 × 1025 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV) all SiC materials became amorphous with an identical swelling: a 11.7% volume expansion, lowering the density to 2.84 g/cm3. As a result, the as-amorphized density was the same at the 2 × 1025 and 2 × 1026 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV) dose levels.

  14. First Results From GRIFFIN: Half-Lives of Neutron Rich 128-130Cd

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    Dunlop, Ryan; Griffin Collaboration

    2016-09-01

    Half-lives of N = 82 nuclei below doubly-magic 132Sn are key input parameters for any astrophysical r-process scenario and play an important role in the formation and shape of the second r-process abundance peak. Shell-model calculations for neutron-rich nuclei near the N = 82 neutron shell closure that are not yet experimentally accessible have been performed by adjusting the quenching of the Gamow-Teller (GT) operator to reproduce the 130Cd half-life. The calculated half-lives of other nuclei in the region are known to be systematically too long. Recently, a shorter half-life for 130Cd was measured by the EURICA collaboration that resolves this discrepancy by scaling the GT quenching by a constant factor for all of the nuclei in the region. Distinguishing between these discrepant half-life measurements for 130Cd is thus of critical importance. We have measured the half-lives of 128-130Cd using the high-efficiency GRIFFIN γ-ray spectrometer at TRIUMF, which improves the precision of the 128,129Cd half-lives, and confirms the shorter half-life of 130Cd recently reported by the EURICA collaboration. Details of the GRIFFIN experiments will be presented and the implications of the resulting half-lives discussed.

  15. Configuration assignments to isomers in the neutron-rich 186Ta (Z =73 ) nucleus

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    Sood, P. C.; Gowrishankar, R.

    2014-12-01

    Though the neutron-rich odd-odd nucleus Ta18673113 was first produced in 1955, even after 60 years its ground state (g.s.) and both of its two other isomers remain undefined. We use the well-tested two-quasiparticle rotor model, which explicitly includes residual neutron-proton n -p interaction and other contributing factors, to evaluate the bandhead energies of the physically admissible low-lying two-particle structures in 186Ta with inputs from experimentally observed structures in neighboring isotopes and isotones to characterize these levels. Our analysis assigns Kπ = 5-{p :7 /2 [404 ]⊗n :3 /2 [512 ]} configuration to the 10.5 min 186Ta (g.s.) and the antiparallel-spin Kπ=2- of the same configuration to the 1.54 min isomer with Ex = 90(10) keV. We further assign Kπ=8-{p :7 /2 [404 ]⊗n :9 /2 [505 ]} configuration to the recently identified 3.0 min isomer with Ex=336 (20) keV. These assignments are shown to be consistent with all the available experimental data. Further, they are seen to fit nicely as another instance of highly hindered Δ I =3 isomeric transitions, and also of low-lying long-lived isomer triplets, frequently observed in numerous odd-odd Z =61 (2 )75 nuclides.

  16. Low-lying dipole resonance in neutron-rich Ne isotopes

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    Yoshida, Kenichi; van Giai, Nguyen

    2008-07-01

    Microscopic structure of the low-lying isovector dipole excitation mode in neutron-rich Ne26,28,30 is investigated by performing deformed quasiparticle-random-phase-approximation (QRPA) calculations. The particle-hole residual interaction is derived from a Skyrme force through a Landau-Migdal approximation. We obtain the low-lying resonance in Ne26 at around 8.6 MeV. It is found that the isovector dipole strength at Ex<10 MeV exhausts about 6.0% of the classical Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn dipole sum rule. This excitation mode is composed of several QRPA eigenmodes, one is generated by a ν(2s1/2-12p3/2) transition dominantly and the other mostly by a ν(2s1/2-12p1/2) transition. The neutron excitations take place outside of the nuclear surface reflecting the spatially extended structure of the 2s1/2 wave function. In Ne30, the deformation splitting of the giant resonance is large, and the low-lying resonance overlaps with the giant resonance.

  17. gamma-ray spectroscopy of neutron-rich {sup 40}S

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    Wang, Z. M.; Chapman, R.; Liang, X.; Burns, M.; Hodsdon, A.; Keyes, K.; Kumar, V.; Papenberg, A.; Smith, J. F.; Spohr, K. M.; Haas, F.; Caurier, E.; Curien, D.; Nowacki, F.; Azaiez, F.; Ibrahim, F.; Verney, D.; Behera, B. R.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.

    2010-05-15

    Yrast states up to (6{sup +}) in the neutron-rich {sup 40}S nucleus have been studied using binary grazing reactions produced by the interaction of a 215 MeV beam of {sup 36}S ions with a thin {sup 208}Pb target. The novel experimental setup that combines the large acceptance magnetic spectrometer, PRISMA, and the high-efficiency gamma-ray detection array, CLARA, was used. A new gamma-ray transition at an energy of 1572 keV was observed and tentatively assigned to the (6{sup +})->(4{sup +}) transition. A comparison of experimental observations and the results of large-scale 0(Planck constant/2pi)omega sd-pf shell-model calculations indicates that one- and two-proton excitations from the 2s{sub 1/2} to the 1d{sub 3/2} orbitals play an important role in reproducing the {sup 40}S yrast level structure and the published B(E2;0{sub g.s.}{sup +}->2{sub 1}{sup +}) value. The structure of the yrast states of the even-A isotopes of sulfur is interpreted in terms of the configurations of valence protons and neutrons within the context of large-scale 0(Planck constant/2pi)omega sd-pf shell-model calculations.

  18. Shape coexistence in neutron-rich odd-mass S isotopes

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    Mijatovic, Tea; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki; Iwasaki, Hiro; Loelius, Charles; Whitmore, Kenneth; Elder, Robert; Gade, Alexandra; Bazin, Daniel; Weisshaar, Dirk; Bender, Peter; Belarge, Joe; Lunderberg, Eric; Elman, Brandon; Longfellow, Brenden; Dewald, Alfred; Haylett, Thoryn; Mathry, Michael; Heil, Sebastian

    2017-01-01

    Collective motions in atomic nuclei at low excitation energies have been characterized by the ground-state shape as a single basis. This picture can be altered in exotic nuclei with unusual proton-to-neutron ratios if the nuclear shape can change drastically at low spin. Recently, there has been an increasing interest for shape-coexistence phenomena in neutron-rich S isotopes and studies suggested fairly large collectivity in 40 , 42 , 44S isotopes. We will discuss the search for isomeric or long-lived states in 45S for which no excited states are known in the literature and the pursuit to fully characterize the band structure of the low-lying states in 43,45S, which provide key information to establish a comprehensive picture of the shape coexistence in this region. Direct model-independent measurements of the 43,45S excited states were realized by applying the Recoil Distance Method with the TRIPLEX Plunger in conjunction with GRETINA to fast rare isotope beams at the NSCL.

  19. Measurement of the Isoscalar Monopole Response in the Neutron-Rich Nucleus Ni68

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    Vandebrouck, M.; Gibelin, J.; Khan, E.; Achouri, N. L.; Baba, H.; Beaumel, D.; Blumenfeld, Y.; Caamaño, M.; Càceres, L.; Colò, G.; Delaunay, F.; Fernandez-Dominguez, B.; Garg, U.; Grinyer, G. F.; Harakeh, M. N.; Kalantar-Nayestanaki, N.; Keeley, N.; Mittig, W.; Pancin, J.; Raabe, R.; Roger, T.; Roussel-Chomaz, P.; Savajols, H.; Sorlin, O.; Stodel, C.; Suzuki, D.; Thomas, J. C.

    2014-07-01

    The isoscalar monopole response has been measured in the unstable nucleus Ni68 using inelastic alpha scattering at 50A MeV in inverse kinematics with the active target MAYA at GANIL. The isoscalar giant monopole resonance (ISGMR) centroid was determined to be 21.1±1.9 MeV and indications for a soft monopole mode are provided for the first time at 12.9±1.0 MeV. Analysis of the corresponding angular distributions using distorted-wave-born approximation with random-phase approximation transition densities indicates that the L =0 multipolarity dominates the cross section for the ISGMR and significantly contributes to the low-energy mode. The L=0 part of this low-energy mode, the soft monopole mode, is dominated by neutron excitations. This demonstrates the relevance of inelastic alpha scattering in inverse kinematics in order to probe both the ISGMR and isoscalar soft modes in neutron-rich nuclei.

  20. Chiral three-nucleon forces and bound excited states in neutron-rich oxygen isotopes

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    Holt, J. D.; Menéndez, J.; Schwenk, A.

    2013-03-01

    We study the spectra of neutron-rich oxygen isotopes based on chiral two- and three-nucleon interactions. First, we benchmark our many-body approach by comparing ground-state energies to coupled-cluster results for the same two-nucleon interaction, with overall good agreement. We then calculate bound excited states in 21, 22, 23O , focusing on the role of three-nucleon forces, in the standard sd shell and an extended sdf_{7/2}p_{3/2} valence space. Chiral three-nucleon forces provide important one- and two-body contributions between valence neutrons. We find that both these contributions and an extended valence space are necessary to reproduce key signatures of novel shell evolution, such as the N = 14 magic number and the low-lying states in 21O and 23O , which are too compressed with two-nucleon interactions only. For the extended space calculations, this presents first work based on nuclear forces without adjustments. Future work is needed and open questions are discussed.

  1. Measurement of the isoscalar monopole response in the neutron-rich nucleus 68Ni.

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    Vandebrouck, M; Gibelin, J; Khan, E; Achouri, N L; Baba, H; Beaumel, D; Blumenfeld, Y; Caamaño, M; Càceres, L; Colò, G; Delaunay, F; Fernandez-Dominguez, B; Garg, U; Grinyer, G F; Harakeh, M N; Kalantar-Nayestanaki, N; Keeley, N; Mittig, W; Pancin, J; Raabe, R; Roger, T; Roussel-Chomaz, P; Savajols, H; Sorlin, O; Stodel, C; Suzuki, D; Thomas, J C

    2014-07-18

    The isoscalar monopole response has been measured in the unstable nucleus (68)Ni using inelastic alpha scattering at 50A  MeV in inverse kinematics with the active target MAYA at GANIL. The isoscalar giant monopole resonance (ISGMR) centroid was determined to be 21.1 ± 1.9 MeV and indications for a soft monopole mode are provided for the first time at 12.9 ± 1.0 MeV. Analysis of the corresponding angular distributions using distorted-wave-born approximation with random-phase approximation transition densities indicates that the L = 0 multipolarity dominates the cross section for the ISGMR and significantly contributes to the low-energy mode. The L=0 part of this low-energy mode, the soft monopole mode, is dominated by neutron excitations. This demonstrates the relevance of inelastic alpha scattering in inverse kinematics in order to probe both the ISGMR and isoscalar soft modes in neutron-rich nuclei.

  2. Low-energy Coulomb excitation of neutron-rich zinc isotopes

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    van de Walle, J.; Aksouh, F.; Behrens, T.; Bildstein, V.; Blazhev, A.; Cederkäll, J.; Clément, E.; Cocolios, T. E.; Davinson, T.; Delahaye, P.; Eberth, J.; Ekström, A.; Fedorov, D. V.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Fraile, L. M.; Franchoo, S.; Gernhauser, R.; Georgiev, G.; Habs, D.; Heyde, K.; Huber, G.; Huyse, M.; Ibrahim, F.; Ivanov, O.; Iwanicki, J.; Jolie, J.; Kester, O.; Köster, U.; Kröll, T.; Krücken, R.; Lauer, M.; Lisetskiy, A. F.; Lutter, R.; Marsh, B. A.; Mayet, P.; Niedermaier, O.; Pantea, M.; Raabe, R.; Reiter, P.; Sawicka, M.; Scheit, H.; Schrieder, G.; Schwalm, D.; Seliverstov, M. D.; Sieber, T.; Sletten, G.; Smirnova, N.; Stanoiu, M.; Stefanescu, I.; Thomas, J.-C.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.; Duppen, P. Van; Verney, D.; Voulot, D.; Warr, N.; Weisshaar, D.; Wenander, F.; Wolf, B. H.; Zielińska, M.

    2009-01-01

    At the radioactive ion beam facility REX-ISOLDE, neutron-rich zinc isotopes were investigated using low-energy Coulomb excitation. These experiments have resulted in B(E2,21+→01+) values in Zn74-80, B(E2,41+→21+) values in Zn74,76 and the determination of the energy of the first excited 21+ states in Zn78,80. The zinc isotopes were produced by high-energy proton- (A=74,76,80) and neutron- (A=78) induced fission of U238, combined with selective laser ionization and mass separation. The isobaric beam was postaccelerated by the REX linear accelerator and Coulomb excitation was induced on a thin secondary target, which was surrounded by the MINIBALL germanium detector array. In this work, it is shown how the selective laser ionization can be used to deal with the considerable isobaric beam contamination and how a reliable normalization of the experiment can be achieved. The results for zinc isotopes and the N=50 isotones are compared to collective model predictions and state-of-the-art large-scale shell-model calculations, including a recent empirical residual interaction constructed to describe the present experimental data up to 2004 in this region of the nuclear chart.

  3. Gamma-ray spectroscopy of neutron-rich products of heavy-ion collisions

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    Carpenter, M.P.; Janssens, R.V.F.; Ahmad, I.

    1995-08-01

    Thick-target {gamma}{gamma} coincidence techniques are being used to explore the spectroscopy of otherwise hard-to-reach neutron-rich products of deep-inelastic heavy ion reactions. Extensive {gamma}{gamma} coincidence measurements were performed at ATLAS using pulsed beams of {sup 80}Se, {sup 136}Xe, and {sup 238}U on lead-backed {sup 122,124}Sn targets with energies 10-15% above the Coulomb barrier. Gamma-ray coincidence intensities were used to map out yield distributions with A and Z for even-even product nuclei around the target and around the projectile. The main features of the yield patterns are understandable in terms of N/Z equilibration. We had the most success in studying the decays of yrast isomers. Thus far, more than thirty new {mu}s isomers in the Z = 50 region were found and characterized. Making isotopic assignments for previously unknown {gamma}-ray cascades proves to be one of the biggest problems. Our assignments were based (a) on rare overlaps with radioactivity data, (b) on the relative yields with different beams, and (c) on observed cross-coincidences between {gamma} rays from light and heavy reaction partners. However, the primary products of deep inelastic collisions often are sufficiently excited for subsequent neutron evaporation, so {gamma}{gamma} cross-coincidence results require careful interpretation.

  4. High-spin structure and multiphonon {gamma} vibrations in very neutron-rich {sup 114}Ru

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    Yeoh, E. Y.; Wang, J. G.; Ding, H. B.; Gu, L.; Xu, Q.; Xiao, Z. G.; Zhu, S. J.; Hamilton, J. H.; Li, K.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hwang, J. K.; Liu, Y. X.; Liu, S. H.; Sheikh, J. A.; Bhat, G. H.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Lee, I. Y.; Ma, W. C.

    2011-05-15

    High-spin levels of the neutron-rich {sup 114}Ru have been investigated by measuring the prompt {gamma} rays in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. The ground-state band and one-phonon {gamma}-vibrational band have been extended up to 14{sup +} and 9{sup +}, respectively. Two levels are proposed as the members of a two-phonon {gamma}-vibrational band. A back bending (band crossing) has been observed in the ground-state band at ({h_bar}/2{pi}){omega}{approx_equal} 0.40 MeV. Using the triaxial deformation parameters, the cranked shell model calculations indicate that this back bending in {sup 114}Ru should originate from the alignment of a pair of h{sub 11/2} neutrons. Triaxial projected shell model calculations for the {gamma}-vibrational band structures of {sup 114}Ru are in good agreement with the experimental data. However, when using the oblate deformation parameters, both of the above-calculated results are not in agreement with the experimental data.

  5. CRYSTALLIZATION EXPERIMENTS OF SiO{sub 2}-RICH AMORPHOUS SILICATE: APPLICATION TO SiO{sub 2}-RICH CIRCUMSTELLAR DUST AND GEMS

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    Matsuno, Junya; Tsuchiyama, Akira; Koike, Chiyoe; Chihara, Hiroki; Imai, Yuta; Noguchi, Ryo; Ohi, Shugo

    2012-07-10

    Crystallization experiments of relatively SiO{sub 2}-rich amorphous silicates using the mean chemical composition of the silicate portions in GEMS (glass with embedded metal and sulfide), which is a major component in anhydrous interplanetary dust particles and a primitive material of the early solar system, were performed to understand the presence of crystalline silica around young stars and crystallization in GEMS. Olivine crystallized at {approx}900-1400 K, probably prior to pyroxene. Three different polymorphs of pyroxene, protopyroxene, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene, were identified at {>=}1000 K. Cristobalite, which is one of the silica polymorphs, crystallized only at high temperatures ({>=}1500 K). We obtained time-temperature-transformation (TTT) crystallization diagrams. These results suggest that crystallization of a silica polymorph is kinetically difficult in a day or so at {approx}900-1400 K even for the SiO{sub 2}-saturated composition, while the crystallization might be possible after metastable olivine crystallization if duration is long enough. The TTT diagram also indicates that the GEMS cooling timescale was {approx}10{sup 5} s if they condensed at 1000 K as amorphous silicates and annealed during cooling after the condensation.

  6. Setup with Laser Ionization in Gas Cell for Production and Study of Neutron-Rich Heavy Nuclei

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    Zagrebaev, V. I.; Zemlyanoy, S. G.; Kozulin, E. M.; Kudryavtsev, Yu.; Fedosseev, V.; Bark, R.; Janas, Z.; Othman, H. A.

    2015-11-01

    The present limits of the upper part of the nuclear map are very close to stability while the unexplored area of heavy neutron-rich nuclides along the neutron closed shell N=126 is extremely important for nuclear astrophysics investigations and, in particular, for the understanding of the r-process of astrophysical nucleosynthesis. This area of the nuclear map can be reached neither in fusion-fission reactions nor in fragmentation processes widely used nowadays for the production of exotic nuclei. A new way was recently proposed for the production of these nuclei via low-energy multi-nucleon transfer reactions. The estimated yields of neutron-rich nuclei are found to be significantly high in such reactions and several tens of new nuclides can be produced, for example, in the near-barrier collision of 136Xe with 208Pb. A new setup is proposed to produce and study heavy neutron-rich nuclei located along the neutron closed shell N=126.

  7. Si-rich Fe-Ni grains in highly unequilibrated chondrites

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    Rambaldi, E. R.; Sears, D. W.; Wasson, J. T.

    1980-01-01

    Consideration is given to the Si contents of Fe-Ni grains in highly unequilibrated chondrites, which have undergone little metamorphosis and thus best preserve the record of processes in the solar nebula. Electron microprobe determinations of silicon content in grains of the Bishunpur chondrite are presented for the six Si-bearing Fe-Ni grains for which data could be obtained, five of which were found to be embedded in olivine chondrules. In addition, all grains are found to be Cr-rich, with Cr increased in concentration towards the grain edge, and to be encased in FeS shells which evidently preserved the Si that entered the FeNi at higher temperatures. A mechanism for the production of Si-bearing metal during the condensation of the cooling solar nebula is proposed which considers the metal to have condensed heterogeneously while the mafic silicates condensed homogeneously with amounts of required undercooling in the low-pressure regions where ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites formed, resulting in Si mole fractions of 0.003 at nebular pressures less than 0.000001 atm.

  8. On the synthesis of neutron-rich isotopes along the N = 126 shell in multinucleon transfer reactions

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    Beliuskina, O.; Heinz, S.; Zagrebaev, V.; Comas, V.; Heinz, C.; Hofmann, S.; Knöbel, R.; Stahl, M.; Ackermann, D.; Heßberger, F. P.; Kindler, B.; Lommel, B.; Maurer, J.; Mann, R.

    2014-10-01

    We performed experimental and theoretical studies of deep inelastic multinucleon transfer reactions in heavy-ion collisions at Coulomb barrier energies. Our goal was to investigate if deep inelastic transfer is superior to fragmentation reactions for producing neutron-rich isotopes in the astrophysically interesting region along the closed neutron shell N = 126 . Here, we will present our results obtained in reactions of 64Ni + 207Pb at 5.0 MeV/nucleon. The experiment was performed at the velocity filter SHIP at GSI Darmstadt. Several transfer products on the neutron-rich side were populated but new isotopes were not observed. A comparison of the measured transfer cross-sections and production yields with those from fragmentation reactions allowed for interesting conclusions.

  9. Neutron-gamma discrimination via PSD plastic scintillator and SiPMs

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    Taggart, M. P.; Payne, C.; Sellin, P. J.

    2016-10-01

    The reduction in availability and inevitable increase in cost of traditional neutron detectors based on the 3He neutron capture reaction has resulted in a concerted effort to seek out new techniques and detection media to meet the needs of national nuclear security. Traditionally, the alternative has been provided through pulse shape discrimination (PSD) using liquid scintillators. However, these are not without their own inherent issues, primarily concerning user safety and ongoing maintenance. A potential system devised to separate neutron and gamma ray pulses utilising the PSD technique takes advantage of recent improvements in silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) technology and the development of plastic scintillators exhibiting the PSD phenomena. In this paper we present the current iteration of this ongoing work having achieved a Figure of Merit (FoM) of 1.39 at 1.5 MeVee.

  10. Defect-induced magnetism in neutron irradiated 6H-SiC single crystals.

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    Liu, Yu; Wang, Gang; Wang, Shunchong; Yang, Jianhui; Chen, Liang; Qin, Xiubo; Song, Bo; Wang, Baoyi; Chen, Xiaolong

    2011-02-25

    Defect-induced magnetism is firstly observed in neutron irradiated SiC single crystals. We demonstrated that the intentionally created defects dominated by divacancies (V(Si)V(C)) are responsible for the observed magnetism. First-principles calculations revealed that defect states favor the formation of local moments and the extended tails of defect wave functions make long-range spin couplings possible. Our results confirm the existence of defect-induced magnetism, implying the possibility of tuning the magnetism of wide band-gap semiconductors by defect engineering.

  11. Si-rich W silicide films composed of W-atom-encapsulated Si clusters deposited using gas-phase reactions of WF6 with SiH4.

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    Okada, Naoya; Uchida, Noriyuki; Kanayama, Toshihiko

    2016-02-28

    We formed Si-rich W silicide films composed of Sin clusters, each of which encapsulates a W atom (WSi(n) clusters with 8 < n ≤ ∼ 12), by using a gas-phase reaction between WF6 and SiH4 in a hot-wall reactor. The hydrogenated WSi(n)H(x) clusters with reduced F concentration were synthesized in a heated gas phase and subsequently deposited on a substrate heated to 350-420 °C, where they dehydrogenated and coalesced into the film. Under a gas pressure of SiH4 high enough for the WSi(n)H(x) reactant to collide a sufficient number of times with SiH4 molecules before reaching the substrate, the resulting film was composed of WSi(n) clusters with a uniform n, which was determined by the gas temperature. The formed films were amorphous semiconductors with an optical gap of ∼0.8-1.5 eV and an electrical mobility gap of ∼0.05-0.12 eV, both of which increased as n increased from 8 to 12. We attribute this dependence to the reduction of randomness in the Si network as n increased, which decreased the densities of band tail states and localized states.

  12. Spectroscopic studies of neutron-deficient light nuclei: decay properties of 21Mg, 25Si and 26P

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    Thomas, J.-C.; Achouri, L.; ńystö, J.; Béraud, R.; Blank, B.; Canchel, G.; Czajkowski, S.; Dendooven, P.; Ensallem, A.; Giovinazzo, J.; Guillet, N.; Honkanen, J.; Jokinen, A.; Laird, A.; Lewitowicz, M.; Longour, C.; de Oliveira Santos, F.; Stanoiu, M.

    2003-09-01

    Neutron-deficient nuclei with Tz equals to -3/2 and -2 have been produced at the GANIL/LISE3 facility in fragmentation reactions of a 95 MeV/u 36Ar primary beam in a 12C target. For the first time, β-delayed proton and β-γ emission has been simultaneously observed in the decay of 21Mg, 25Si and 26P. The decay scheme of the latter is proposed and the Gamow-Teller strength distribution in its β decay is compared to shell-model calculations based on the USD interaction. The B(GT) values derived from the absolute measurement of the β-branching ratios are in agreement with the quenching factor of about 60% obtained for allowed Gamow-Teller transitions in this mass region. A precise half-life of 43.7 (6) ms was determined for 26P, the β-2p emission of which was studied. The expected contribution of spectroscopic studies of neutron-rich nuclei is discussed with respect to the mirror asymmetry phenomenon occuring in analogous β decays.

  13. Operando Lithium Dynamics in the Li-Rich Layered Oxide Cathode Material via Neutron Diffraction

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    Liu, Haodong; An, Ke; Venkatachalam, Subramanian; Qian, Danna; Zhang, Minghao; Meng, Ying Shirley

    2016-04-06

    Neutron diffraction under operando battery cycling is used to study the lithium and oxygen dynamics of high Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(3/8-3x/8)Co(1/4-x/4)Mn(3/8+7x/24)O2 (x = 0.6, HLR) and low Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(1/3-x/3)Co(1/3-x/3)Mn(1/3+x/3)O2 (x = 0.24, LLR) compounds that exhibit different degrees of oxygen activation at high voltage. The measured lattice parameter changes and oxygen position show largely contrasting changes for the two cathodes where the LLR exhibits larger movement of oxygen and lattice contractions in comparison to the HLR that maintains relatively constant lattice parameters and oxygen position during the high voltage plateau until the end of charge. Density functional theory calculations show the presence of oxygen vacancy during the high voltage plateau; changes in the lattice parameters and oxygen position are consistent with experimental observations. Lithium migration kinetics for the Li-rich material is observed under operando conditions for the first time to reveal the rate of lithium extraction from the lithium layer, and transition metal layer is related to the different charge and discharge characteristics. At the beginning of charging, the lithium extraction predominately occurs within the lithium layer. The lithium extraction from the lithium layer slows down and extraction from the transition metal layer evolves at a faster rate once the high voltage plateau is reached.

  14. Operando Lithium Dynamics in the Li-Rich Layered Oxide Cathode Material via Neutron Diffraction

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    Liu, Haodong; An, Ke; Venkatachalam, Subramanian; ...

    2016-04-06

    Neutron diffraction under operando battery cycling is used to study the lithium and oxygen dynamics of high Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(3/8-3x/8)Co(1/4-x/4)Mn(3/8+7x/24)O2 (x = 0.6, HLR) and low Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(1/3-x/3)Co(1/3-x/3)Mn(1/3+x/3)O2 (x = 0.24, LLR) compounds that exhibit different degrees of oxygen activation at high voltage. The measured lattice parameter changes and oxygen position show largely contrasting changes for the two cathodes where the LLR exhibits larger movement of oxygen and lattice contractions in comparison to the HLR that maintains relatively constant lattice parameters and oxygen position during the high voltage plateau until the end of charge. Density functional theory calculations show the presencemore » of oxygen vacancy during the high voltage plateau; changes in the lattice parameters and oxygen position are consistent with experimental observations. Lithium migration kinetics for the Li-rich material is observed under operando conditions for the first time to reveal the rate of lithium extraction from the lithium layer, and transition metal layer is related to the different charge and discharge characteristics. At the beginning of charging, the lithium extraction predominately occurs within the lithium layer. The lithium extraction from the lithium layer slows down and extraction from the transition metal layer evolves at a faster rate once the high voltage plateau is reached.« less

  15. Quadrupole transition strength in the (74)Ni nucleus and core polarization effects in the neutron-rich Ni isotopes.

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    Marchi, T; de Angelis, G; Valiente-Dobón, J J; Bader, V M; Baugher, T; Bazin, D; Berryman, J; Bonaccorso, A; Clark, R; Coraggio, L; Crawford, H L; Doncel, M; Farnea, E; Gade, A; Gadea, A; Gargano, A; Glasmacher, T; Gottardo, A; Gramegna, F; Itaco, N; John, P R; Kumar, R; Lenzi, S M; Lunardi, S; McDaniel, S; Michelagnoli, C; Mengoni, D; Modamio, V; Napoli, D R; Quintana, B; Ratkiewicz, A; Recchia, F; Sahin, E; Stroberg, R; Weisshaar, D; Wimmer, K; Winkler, R

    2014-10-31

    The reduced transition probability B(E2;0(+)→2(+)) has been measured for the neutron-rich nucleus (74)Ni in an intermediate energy Coulomb excitation experiment performed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. The obtained B(E2;0(+)→2(+))=642(-226)(+216)  e(2) fm(4) value defines a trend which is unexpectedly small if referred to (70)Ni and to a previous indirect determination of the transition strength in (74)Ni. This indicates a reduced polarization of the Z=28 core by the valence neutrons. Calculations in the pfgd model space reproduce well the experimental result indicating that the B(E2) strength predominantly corresponds to neutron excitations. The ratio of the neutron and proton multipole matrix elements supports such an interpretation.

  16. Krypton and xenon in Apollo 14 samples - Fission and neutron capture effects in gas-rich samples

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    Drozd, R.; Hohenberg, C.; Morgan, C.

    1975-01-01

    Gas-rich Apollo 14 breccias and trench soil are examined for fission xenon from the decay of the extinct isotopes Pu-244 and I-129, and some samples have been found to have an excess fission component which apparently was incorporated after decay elsewhere and was not produced by in situ decay. Two samples have excess Xe-129 resulting from the decay of I-129. The excess is correlated at low temperatures with excess Xe-128 resulting from neutron capture on I-127. This neutron capture effect is accompanied by related low-temperature excesses of Kr-80 and Kr-82 from neutron capture on the bromine isotopes. Surface correlated concentrations of iodine and bromine are calculated from the neutron capture excesses.

  17. Characteristics of SiC neutron sensor spectrum unfolding process based on Bayesian inference

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    Cetnar, Jerzy; Krolikowski, Igor; Ottaviani, L.; Lyoussi, A.

    2015-07-01

    This paper deals with SiC detector signal interpretation in neutron radiation measurements in mixed neutron gamma radiation fields, which is called the detector inverse problem or the spectrum unfolding, and it aims in finding a representation of the primary radiation, based on the measured detector signals. In our novel methodology we resort to Bayesian inference approach. In the developed procedure the resultant spectra is unfolded form detector channels reading, where the estimated neutron fluence in a group structure is obtained with its statistical characteristic comprising of standard deviation and correlation matrix. In the paper we present results of unfolding process for case of D-T neutron source in neutron moderating environment. Discussions of statistical properties of obtained results are presented as well as of the physical meaning of obtained correlation matrix of estimated group fluence. The presented works has been carried out within the I-SMART project, which is part of the KIC InnoEnergy R and D program. (authors)

  18. Electrical properties of amorphous and epitaxial Si-rich silicide films composed of W-atom-encapsulated Si clusters

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    Okada, Naoya; Uchida, Noriyuki; Kanayama, Toshihiko

    2015-03-07

    We investigated the electrical properties and derived the energy band structures of amorphous Si-rich W silicide (a-WSi{sub n}) films and approximately 1-nm-thick crystalline WSi{sub n} epitaxial films (e-WSi{sub n}) on Si (100) substrates with composition n = 8–10, both composed of Si{sub n} clusters each of which encapsulates a W atom (WSi{sub n} clusters). The effect of annealing in the temperature range of 300–500 °C was also investigated. The Hall measurements at room temperature revealed that a-WSi{sub n} is a nearly intrinsic semiconductor, whereas e-WSi{sub n} is an n-type semiconductor with electron mobility of ∼8 cm{sup 2}/V s and high sheet electron density of ∼7 × 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2}. According to the temperature dependence of the electrical properties, a-WSi{sub n} has a mobility gap of ∼0.1 eV and mid gap states in the region of 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3} eV{sup −1} in an optical gap of ∼0.6 eV with considerable band tail states; e-WSi{sub n} has a donor level of ∼0.1 eV with sheet density in the region of 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2} in a band gap of ∼0.3 eV. These semiconducting band structures are primarily attributed to the open band-gap properties of the constituting WSi{sub n} cluster. In a-WSi{sub n}, the random network of the clusters generates the band tail states, and the formation of Si dangling bonds results in the generation of mid gap states; in e-WSi{sub n}, the original cluster structure is highly distorted to accommodate the Si lattice, resulting in the formation of intrinsic defects responsible for the donor level.

  19. Stellar (n ,γ ) cross sections of neutron-rich nuclei: Completing the isotope chains of Yb, Os, Pt, and Hg

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    Marganiec, J.; Dillmann, I.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Käppeler, F.

    2014-12-01

    The (n ,γ ) cross sections of the most neutron-rich stable isotopes of Yb, Os, Pt, and Hg have been determined in a series of activation measurements at the Karlsruhe 3.7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator, using the quasistellar neutron spectrum for k T =25 keV that can be produced with the 7Li(p ,n ) 7Be reaction. In this way, Maxwellian averaged cross sections could be directly obtained with only minor corrections. After irradiation the induced activities were counted with a HPGe detector via the strongest γ -ray lines. The stellar neutron capture cross sections of Yb,176174, Os,192190, Pt,198196, and Hg,204202, extrapolated to k T =30 keV, were found to be 157 ±6 mb, 114 ±8 mb, 278 ±11 mb, 160 ±7 mb, 171 ±19 mb, 94 ±4 mb, 62 ±2 mb, and 32 ±15 mb, respectively. In the case of 196Pt the partial cross section to the isomeric state at 399.5 keV could be determined as well. With these results the cross section data for long isotopic chains could be completed for a discussion of the predictive power of statistical model calculations towards the neutron-rich and proton-rich sides of the stability valley.

  20. Associations of Pd, U and Ag in the SiC layer of neutron-irradiated TRISO fuel

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    Lillo, T. M.; van Rooyen, I. J.

    2015-05-01

    Knowledge of the associations and composition of fission products in the neutron irradiated SiC layer of high-temperature gas reactor TRISO fuel is important to the understanding of various aspects of fuel performance that presently are not well understood. Recently, advanced characterization techniques have been used to examine fuel particles from the Idaho National Laboratory's AGR-1 experiment. Nano-sized Ag and Pd precipitates were previously identified in grain boundaries and triple points in the SiC layer of irradiated TRISO nuclear fuel. Continuation of this initial research is reported in this paper and consists of the characterization of a relatively large number of nano-sized precipitates in three areas of the SiC layer of a single irradiated TRISO nuclear fuel particle using standardless EDS analysis on focused ion beam-prepared transmission electron microscopy samples. Composition and distribution analyses of these precipitates, which were located on grain boundaries, triple junctions and intragranular precipitates, revealed low levels, generally <10 atomic %, of palladium, silver and/or uranium with palladium being the most common element found. Palladium by itself, or associated with either silver or uranium, was found throughout the SiC layer. A small number of precipitates on grain boundaries and triple junctions were found to contain only silver or silver in association with palladium while uranium was always associated with palladium but never found by itself or in association with silver. Intergranular precipitates containing uranium were found to have migrated ∼23 μm along a radial direction through the 35 μm thick SiC coating during the AGR-1 experiment while silver-containing intergranular precipitates were found at depths up to ∼24 μm in the SiC layer. Also, Pd-rich, nano-precipitates (∼10 nm in diameter), without evidence for the presence of either Ag or U, were revealed in intragranular regions throughout the SiC layer. Because not

  1. Associations of Pd, U and Ag in the SiC layer of neutron-irradiated TRISO fuel

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    Lillo, Thomas; Rooyen, Isabella Van

    2015-05-01

    Knowledge of the associations and composition of fission products in the neutron irradiated SiC layer of high-temperature gas reactor TRISO fuel is important to the understanding of various aspects of fuel performance that presently are not well understood. Recently, advanced characterization techniques have been used to examine fuel particles from the Idaho National Laboratory’s AGR-1 experiment. Nano-sized Ag and Pd precipitates were previously identified in grain boundaries and triple points in the SiC layer of irradiated TRISO nuclear fuel. Continuation of this initial research is reported in this paper and consists of the characterization of a relatively large number of nano-sized precipitates in three areas of the SiC layer of a single irradiated TRISO nuclear fuel particle using standardless EDS analysis on focused ion beam-prepared transmission electron microscopy samples. Composition and distribution analyses of these precipitates, which were located on grain boundaries, triple junctions and intragranular precipitates, revealed low levels, generally <10 atomic %, of palladium, silver and/or uranium with palladium being the most common element found. Palladium by itself, or associated with either silver or uranium, was found throughout the SiC layer. A small number of precipitates on grain boundaries and triple junctions were found to contain only silver or silver in association with palladium while uranium was always associated with palladium but never found by itself or in association with silver. Intergranular precipitates containing uranium were found to have migrated ~23 μm along a radial direction through the 35 μm thick SiC coating during the AGR-1 experiment while silver-containing intergranular precipitates were found at depths up to ~24 μm in the SiC layer. Also, Pd-rich, nano-precipitates (~10 nm in diameter), without evidence for the presence of either Ag or U, were revealed in intragranular regions throughout the SiC layer. Because not all

  2. CARIBU: a new facility for the study of neutron-rich isotopes

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    Savard, G.; Pardo, R. C.; Baker, S.; Davids, C. N.; Levand, A.; Peterson, D.; Phillips, D. G.; Sun, T.; Vondrasek, R.; Zabransky, B. J.; Zinkann, G. P.

    2011-07-01

    The Californium Rare Ion Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU) to the ATLAS superconducting linac facility is currently being commissioned. It provides low-energy and re-accelerated beams of neutron-rich isotopes obtained from 252Cf fission. The fission products from a 252Cf source are stopped in a large high-intensity gas catcher, thermalized and extracted through an RFQ cooler, accelerated to 50 kV and mass separated in a high-resolution separator before being sent to either an ECR charge breeder for post-acceleration through the ATLAS linac or to a low-energy experimental area. This approach gives access to beams of very neutron-rich isotopes, many of which have not been available at low or Coulomb barrier energies previously. These beams provide unique opportunities for measurements along the r-process path. To take advantage of these unique possibility, the reaccelerated beams from CARIBU will be made available at the experimental stations of ATLAS to serve equipment such as Gammasphere, HELIOS and the reaction spectrometers. In addition, the Canadian Penning Trap (CPT) mass spectrometer has been moved to the CARIBU low-energy experimental area and a new injection line has been built. The new injection line consists of a RFQ buncher sitting on a 50 kV high-voltage platform that will accumulate the mass separated 50 kV radioactive beams, cool and extract them as a pulsed beam of 3 keV. This beam can be sent either to a tape station for diagnostics and tuning, or a cryogenic linear trap for preparation before transfer to the high-precision Penning trap where the mass measurements will take place. Initial CARIBU commissioning is proceeding with a 2 mCi source that will be replaced by a 100 mCi source as the commissioning proceeds. Final operation will use a 1 Ci source and attain yield in excess of 107 ions/sec for the most intense beams at low energy, an order of magnitude less for reaccelerated beams.

  3. Silicon-rich SiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} multilayers: A promising material for the third generation of solar cell

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    Gourbilleau, F.; Ternon, C.; Dufour, C.

    2009-07-01

    Si-rich-SiO{sub 2}(SRSO)/SiO{sub 2} multilayers (MLs) have been grown by reactive magnetron sputtering. The presence of silicon nanoclusters (Si-ncls) within the SRSO sublayer and annealing temperature influence optical absorption as well as photoluminescence. The optimized annealing temperature has been found to be 1100 deg. C, which allows the recovery of defects and thus enhances photoluminescence. Four MLs with Si-ncl size ranging from 1.5 to 8 nm have been annealed using the optimized conditions and then studied by transmission measurements. Optical absorption has been modeled so that a size effect in the linear absorption coefficient alpha (in cm{sup -1}) has been evidenced and correlated with TEM observations. It is demonstrated that amorphous Si-ncl absorption is fourfold higher than that of crystalline Si-ncls.

  4. Spectroscopy of {sup 36}Mg: Interplay of Normal and Intruder Configurations at the Neutron-Rich Boundary of the 'Island of Inversion'

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    Gade, A.; Bowen, M. D.; Brown, B. A.; Campbell, C. M.; Cook, J. M.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Siwek, K.; Terry, J. R.; Adrich, P.; Bazin, D.; Ettenauer, S.; Obertelli, A.; Weisshaar, D.; Kemper, K. W.; Otsuka, T.; Tostevin, J. A.; Utsuno, Y.

    2007-08-17

    We report on the first spectroscopy study of the very neutron-rich nucleus {sub 12}{sup 36}Mg{sub 24} using the direct two-proton knockout reaction {sup 9}Be({sup 38}Si,{sup 36}Mg+{gamma})X at 83 MeV/nucleon. The energy of the first excited 2{sup +} state of {sup 36}Mg, E(2{sub 1}{sup +})=660(6) keV, was measured. The magnitude of the partial cross sections to the ground state and the 2{sub 1}{sup +} state is indicative of strong intruder admixtures in the lowest-lying states as suggested by Monte Carlo shell-model calculations.

  5. Structure And Decay Of Neutron-Rich Nuclides In The 115 {<=} A {<=} 138 Mass Range And r-Process Nucleosynthesis

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    Walters, W.B.; Stoyer, M.A.; Shergur, J.; Hoteling, N.; Ressler, J.J.; Rikovska, J.; Kratz, K.-L.; Woehr, A.; Pfeiffer, B.; Arndt, O.; Mantica, P.F.; Tomlin, B.; Schatz, H.; Montes, F.; Brown, B.A.; Seweryniak, D.; Ravn, H.; Fedoseyev, V.; Koester, U.; Wu, C.Y.

    2005-04-05

    The structure and decay of neutron-rich r-process nuclides has been studied by a variety of means that take advantage of enhanced selectivity to permit identification of exotic nuclides. New level structures are presented for 134,135Sb along with data for Ag isomers and Cd yrast structures. Some of the properties measured play an important role in calculations of the yields of elements and isotopes produced in r-process nucleosynthesis that takes place at high temperature in the presence of large densities of neutrons.

  6. Time-of-flight mass measurements of neutron-rich chromium isotopes up to N = 40 and implications for the accreted neutron star crust

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    Meisel, Z.; George, S.; Ahn, S.; ...

    2016-03-22

    Here, we present the mass excesses of 59-64Cr, obtained from recent time-of-flight nuclear mass measurements at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. The mass of 64Cr is determined for the first time, with an atomic mass excess of -33.48(44) MeV. We find a significantly different two-neutron separation energy S2n trend for neutron-rich isotopes of chromium, removing the previously observed enhancement in binding at N = 38. Additionally, we extend the S2n trend for chromium to N = 40, revealing behavior consistent with the previously identified island of inversion in this region. We compare our results to state-of-the-artmore » shell-model calculations performed with a modified Lenzi-Nowacki-Poves-Sieja interaction in the fp shell, including the g9/2 and d5/2 orbits for the neutron valence space. We employ our result for the mass of 64Cr in accreted neutron star crust network calculations and find a reduction in the strength and depth of electron-capture heating from the A = 64 isobaric chain, resulting in a cooler than expected accreted neutron star crust. This reduced heating is found to be due to the >1-MeV reduction in binding for 64Cr with respect to values from commonly used global mass models.« less

  7. β decay of neutron-rich 118Ag and 120Ag isotopes

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    Wang, Y.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Dendooven, P.; Huikari, J.; Jokinen, A.; Kolhinen, V. S.; Lhersonneau, G.; Nieminen, A.; Nummela, S.; Penttilä, H.; Peräjärvi, K.; Szerypo, J.; Wang, J. C.; Äystö, J.

    2003-06-01

    β decays of on-line mass-separated neutron-rich 118Ag and 120Ag isotopes have been studied by using β-γ and γ-γ coincidence spectroscopy. Extended decay schemes to the 118,120Cd daughter nuclei have been constructed. The three-phonon quintuplet in 118Cd is completed by including a new level at 2023.0 keV, which is tentatively assigned the spin and parity of 2+4. The intruder band in 118Cd is proposed up to the 4+ level at 2322.4 keV. The measured β-decay half-life for the high-spin isomer of 120Ag is 0.40±0.03 s. Candidates for the three-phonon states, as well as the lowest members of the intruder band in 120Cd, are also presented. These data support the coexistence of quadrupole anharmonic vibration and proton particle-hole intruder excitations in 118,120Cd.

  8. Resonant states of the neutron-rich Λ hypernucleus He7Λ

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    Hiyama, E.; Isaka, M.; Kamimura, M.; Myo, T.; Motoba, T.

    2015-05-01

    The structure of the neutron-rich Λ hypernucleus, He7Λ is studied within the framework of an α +Λ +n +n four-body cluster model. We predict second 3 /2+ and 5 /2+ states, corresponding to a 0 s Λ coupled to the second 2+ state of 6He, as narrow resonant states with widths of Γ ˜1 MeV to be at 0.03 and 0.07 MeV with respect to the α +Λ +n +n threshold. From a separate estimate of the differential cross section for the 7Li (γ ,K+) He7Λ reaction, we suggest a possibility to observe these states at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) in the future. We also calculate the second 2+ state of 6He as a resonant state within the framework of an α +n +n three-body cluster model. Our result is 2.81 MeV with Γ =4.63 MeV with respect to the α +n +n threshold. This energy position is ˜1 MeV higher, and with a much broader decay width, than the recent SPIRAL data. We suggest that an experiment at JLab to search for the second 3 /2+ and 5 /2+ states of He7Λ would provide an opportunity to confirm the second 2+ state of the core nucleus 6He.

  9. Astrophysical implication of low E(21+) in neutron-rich Sn isotopes

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    Sarkar, S.; Sarkar, M. Saha

    2009-10-01

    The observation and prediction of unusually depressed first excited 21+ states in even-A neutron-rich isotopes of semi-magic Sn above 132Sn provide motivations for reviewing the problems related to the nuclear astrophysics in general. In the present work, the β-decay rates of the exotic even Sn isotopes (134,136Sn) above the 132Sn core have been calculated as a function of temperature (T). In order to get the necessary ft values, B(GT) values corresponding to allowed Gamow Teller (GT-) β-decay have been theoretically calculated using shell model. The total decay rate shows decrease with increasing temperature as the ground state population is depleted and population of excited states with slower decay rates increases. The abundance at each Z value is inversely proportional to the decay constant of the waiting point nucleus for that particular Z. So the increase in half-life of isotopes of Sn, like 136Sn, might have substantial impact on the r-process nucleosynthesis.

  10. Excited State Properties in Neutron-rich Nuclei near N = 40

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    Crider, B. P.; Prokop, C. J.; Liddick, S. N.; Chiara, C. J.; Ayangeakaa, A. D.; Carroll, J. J.; Chen, J.; David, H. M.; Go, S.; Grzywacz, R.; Harker, J.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Lauritsen, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Walters, W. B.

    2015-10-01

    The neutron-rich nuclei near N = 40 have recently been the focus of many experimental and theoretical efforts. In this region, the competing energy cost for promoting pairs of nucleons across either Z = 28 or N = 40 and the energy gain from residual nucleon-nucleon interactions gives rise to several low-energy 0+ states and is a hallmark of shape coexistence. Low-energy 0+ states have been observed in 68Ni, and predicted for other nuclei in the region. Recent theoretical calculations are able to reproduce the energies of known states in 68Ni and stress the importance of the tensor component of the monopole interaction. Yet, while energies of the levels are a useful comparison, a more stringent test is the reproduction of level lifetimes, where the predicted half-lives can vary by several orders of magnitude depending on the interaction. To further benchmark theoretical calculations in this region, a setup designed to measure level lifetimes has been constructed. A description of the array and preliminary results will be presented. This work was supported by the DOE NNSA Award No. DE-NA0000979, NSF Contract No. PHY1102511, DOE SC NP Contract No. DE-AC-06CH11357 and Grant No. DE-FG02-94ER40834.

  11. Decay spectroscopy of neutron-rich 134Sb at the CARIBU facility

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    Kolos, Karolina; Scielzo, Nicholas; Padgett, Stephen; McCutchan, Elizabeth A.; Mitchell, Alan John; Lister, Christopher J.; Copp, Patrick; Clark, Jason A.; Carpenter, Mike P.; Savard, Guy; Zhu, Shaofei; Norman, Eric B.; Apbrahamian, Ani; Siegl, Kevin; Heckmaier, Elizabeth; Marley, Scott

    2016-09-01

    Neutron-rich 134Sb is one of a few isotopes (together with 92Rb, 96Y and 142Cs) that have a large branching ratio to decay to the ground state via a 0- ->0+ first-forbidden transition. Previous measurements have indicated that 97.5% of the decays of 134Sb ground state populate the ground state of 134Te directly. However, a recent experiment using an ion trap indicated that this number may be lower. In order to confirm the β-decay branching ratios, an experiment was carried out to measure the decay properties of 134Sb/134mSb using the X-Array (a highly efficient HPGe clover array) and SATURN (a plastic scintillators and tape-transport system) decay-spectroscopy station at the CARIBU radioactive ion-beam facility at Argonne National Laboratory. Results on the analysis will be presented. The U.S. DOE No. DE-AC52-07NA27344, DE-FG02-94ER40848, DE-AC02-98CH10886, DE-AC02-06CH11357, DE-NA-0000979. The NSF under Grant No. PHY-1203100 and the ARCD Project 120104176. This research used resources of ANL's ATLAS facility.

  12. Ground-state nuclear-moment measurement of neutron-rich sulfur isotopes

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    Ohtomo, Yuichi; Ichikawa, Yuichi; Shirai, Hazuki; Ueno, Hideki; Ishibashi, Youko; Suzuki, Takahiro; Furukawa, Takeshi; Yoshimi, Akihiro; Abe, Yasushi; Asahi, Koichiro; Daugasu, J. M.; Fujita, Tomomi; Hayasaka, Miki; Imamura, Kei; Kishi, Shota; Kojima, Shuichiro; Nagae, Daisuke; Nakao, Aiko; Sagayama, Tsubasa; Sakamoto, Yu; Sato, Tomoya

    2014-09-01

    Recently the erosion of N = 28 shell gap has been suggested from several spectroscopic experimental data on neutron-rich nuclei. In particular, 43S isotope is of much interest since shape coexistence is expected to occur which provides key information to understand the evolution of shell gaps far from the stability. The isomeric state of 43S at 320 keV is suggested to have a shape close to sphericity with spin-parity of 7/2, but both the spin-parity and deformed parameter of the ground-state have not been determined directly. In order to investigate mechanisms leading to such an anomalous nuclear structure, we aim at measuring the ground-state nuclear-moment for 41,43S. As the first step, the measurement of μ moment of 41S was performed using the technique of β-NMR method at the RIPS facility at RIKEN. In the presentation, the result of this work will be reported.

  13. E2 transition probabilities for decays of isomers observed in neutron-rich odd Sn isotopes

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    Iskra, Ł. W.; Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V.F.; Wrzesiński, J.; Chiara, C. J.; Carpenter, M. P.; Fornal, B.; Hoteling, N.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; Lauritsen, T.; Pawłat, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Stefanescu, I.; Walters, W. B.; Zhu, S.

    2015-01-01

    High-spin states were investigated with gamma coincidence techniques in neutron-rich Sn isotopes produced in fission processes following ⁴⁸Ca + ²⁰⁸Pb, ⁴⁸Ca + ²³⁸U, and ⁶⁴Ni + ²³⁸U reactions. By exploiting delayed and cross-coincidence techniques, level schemes have been delineated in odd ¹¹⁹⁻¹²⁵Sn isotopes. Particular attention was paid to the occurrence of 19/2⁺ and 23/2⁺ isomeric states for which the available information has now been significantly extended. Reduced transition probabilities, B(E2), extracted from the measured half-lives and the established details of the isomeric decays exhibit a striking regularity. This behavior was compared with the previously observed regularity of the B(E2) amplitudes for the seniority ν = 2 and 3, 10⁺ and 27/2⁻ isomers in even- and odd-Sn isotopes, respectively.

  14. E2 transition probabilities for decays of isomers observed in neutron-rich odd Sn isotopes

    DOE PAGES

    Iskra, Ł. W.; Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V.F.; ...

    2015-01-01

    High-spin states were investigated with gamma coincidence techniques in neutron-rich Sn isotopes produced in fission processes following ⁴⁸Ca + ²⁰⁸Pb, ⁴⁸Ca + ²³⁸U, and ⁶⁴Ni + ²³⁸U reactions. By exploiting delayed and cross-coincidence techniques, level schemes have been delineated in odd ¹¹⁹⁻¹²⁵Sn isotopes. Particular attention was paid to the occurrence of 19/2⁺ and 23/2⁺ isomeric states for which the available information has now been significantly extended. Reduced transition probabilities, B(E2), extracted from the measured half-lives and the established details of the isomeric decays exhibit a striking regularity. This behavior was compared with the previously observed regularity of the B(E2) amplitudesmore » for the seniority ν = 2 and 3, 10⁺ and 27/2⁻ isomers in even- and odd-Sn isotopes, respectively.« less

  15. Direct evidence of octupole deformation in neutron-rich 144Ba

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    Bucher, B.; Zhu, S.; Wu, C. Y.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Cline, D.; Hayes, A. B.; Albers, M.; Ayangeakaa, A. D.; Butler, P. A.; Campbell, C. M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chiara, C. J.; Clark, J.; Crawford, H. L.; Cromaz, M.; David, H. M.; Gregor, E. T.; Kondev, F. G.; Harker, J.; Hoffman, C. R.; Kay, B. P.; Korichi, A.; Lauritsen, T.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Pardo, R. C.; Richard, A.; Riley, M. A.; Savard, G.; Scheck, M.; Seweryniak, D.; Smith, M. K.; Wiens, A.; Vondrasek, R.

    2016-03-17

    Here, the neutron-rich nucleus 144Ba (t1/2 = 11.5 s) is expected to exhibit some of the strongest octupole correlations among nuclei with mass numbers A less than 200. Until now, indirect evidence for such strong correlations has been inferred from observations such as enhanced E1 transitions and interleaving positive- and negative-parity levels in the ground-state band. In this experiment, the octupole strength was measured directly by sub-barrier, multistep Coulomb excitation of a post-accelerated 650-MeV 144Ba beam on a 1.0–mg/cm2 208Pb target. The measured value of the matrix element, < 31–∥M(E3)∥01+ >= 0.65(+17–23) eb3/2, corresponds to a reduced B(E3) transition probability of 48(+25–34) W.u. This result represents an unambiguous determination of the octupole collectivity, is larger than any available theoretical prediction, and is consistent with octupole deformation.

  16. Direct evidence of octupole deformation in neutron-rich 144Ba

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    Bucher, B.; Zhu, S.; Wu, C. Y.; ...

    2016-03-17

    Here, the neutron-rich nucleus 144Ba (t1/2 = 11.5 s) is expected to exhibit some of the strongest octupole correlations among nuclei with mass numbers A less than 200. Until now, indirect evidence for such strong correlations has been inferred from observations such as enhanced E1 transitions and interleaving positive- and negative-parity levels in the ground-state band. In this experiment, the octupole strength was measured directly by sub-barrier, multistep Coulomb excitation of a post-accelerated 650-MeV 144Ba beam on a 1.0–mg/cm2 208Pb target. The measured value of the matrix element, < 31–∥M(E3)∥01+ >= 0.65(+17–23) eb3/2, corresponds to a reduced B(E3) transition probabilitymore » of 48(+25–34) W.u. This result represents an unambiguous determination of the octupole collectivity, is larger than any available theoretical prediction, and is consistent with octupole deformation.« less

  17. Decay Spectroscopy of Neutron-Rich Cd Around the N = 82 Shell Closure

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    Bernier, Nikita; Dillmann, Iris; Kruecken, Reiner; Griffin Collaboration

    2016-09-01

    The neutron-rich region around A = 132 is of special interest for nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure. This region is connected with the second r-process abundance peak at A 130 and the waiting-point nuclei around N = 82. For nuclear structure studies, the neighbours of the doubly-magic 132Sn (Z = 50, N = 82) are an ideal test ground for shell model predictions. The beta-decay of the N = 82 isotope 130Cd into 130In was first investigated a decade ago, but the information for states of the lighter indium isotopes (128,129In) is still limited. In the present experiment, a detailed gamma-spectroscopy of the beta-decay of 128-132Cd was achieved with the newly commissioned GRIFFIN (Gamma-Ray Infrastructure For Fundamental Investigations of Nuclei) gamma-ray spectrometer, which is capable of measuring down to rates of 0.1 pps. The low-energy cadmium isotopes were implanted into a movable tape at the central focus of the array from the ISAC-I facility at TRIUMF. The beta-tagging was performed using the auxiliary beta-particle detector SCEPTAR. The required beta-gamma(-gamma) coincidence data in high statistics needed to fill the spectroscopic gaps described in literature were obtained. The ongoing analysis of these data will be presented. Work supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada.

  18. Spectroscopy of neutron-rich nickel isotopes: Experimental results and microscopic interpretation

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    Girod, M.; Dessagne, Ph.; Bernas, M.; Langevin, M.; Pougheon, F.; Roussel, P.

    1988-06-01

    The spectroscopy of neutron-rich isotopes of 67Ni and 68Ni is studied using the quasi-elastic transfer reactions (14C,16O) and (14C,17O) on a 70Zn mass separated target. The structure of these exotic nuclei is investigated in the framework of a microscopic collective model based on the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov theory. Gogny's two-body effective interaction is used. Collective excited states of 68Ni are obtained by solving the Bohr Hamiltonian in which inertia parameters are calculated in the cranking approximation. Spin and parity assignments to observed excited levels are suggested on the basis of information deduced from this analysis. This assignment is further checked by comparing measured angular distributions to predictions. Predictions of the level structure of 70Ni and 78Ni isotopes are given. A more precise test of the 0+ wave functions is provided by the calculation of monopole operator of the 0+1-->0+2 transition in 68Ni. An impressive agreement is obtained between the measured and calculated half-life.

  19. Precision mass measurements of neutron-rich nuclei, and limitations on the r-process environment

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    Van Schelt, Jonathon A.

    2012-05-01

    The masses of 65 neutron-rich nuclides and 6 metastable states from Z = 49 to 64 were measured at a typical precision of δm/m= 10-7 using the Canadian Penning Trap mass spectrometer at Argonne National Laboratory. The measurements are on fission fragments from 252Cf spontaneous fission sources, including those measurements made at the new Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade facility (CARIBU) and an earlier source. The measured nuclides lie on or approach the predicted path of the astrophysical r process. Where overlap exists, this data set is largely consistent with previous measurements from Penning traps, storage rings, and reaction energetics, but large systematic deviations are apparent in β-endpoint measurements. Simulations of the r process were undertaken to determine how quickly material can pass through the studied elements for a variety of conditions, placing limits on what temperatures densities allow passage on a desired timescale. The new masses produce manifold differences in effective lifetime compared to simulations performed with some model masses.

  20. β-decay spectroscopy of neutron-rich 160,161,162Sm isotopes

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    Patel, Z.; Podolyák, Zs.; Walker, P. M.; Regan, P. H.; Söderström, P.-A.; Watanabe, H.; Ideguchi, E.; Simpson, G. S.; Nishimura, S.; Browne, F.; Doornenbal, P.; Lorusso, G.; Rice, S.; Sinclair, L.; Sumikama, T.; Wu, J.; Xu, Z. Y.; Aoi, N.; Baba, H.; Bello Garrote, F. L.; Benzoni, G.; Daido, R.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Fang, Y.; Fukuda, N.; Gey, G.; Go, S.; Gottardo, A.; Inabe, N.; Isobe, T.; Kameda, D.; Kobayashi, K.; Kobayashi, M.; Komatsubara, T.; Kojouharov, I.; Kubo, T.; Kurz, N.; Kuti, I.; Li, Z.; Liu, H. L.; Matsushita, M.; Michimasa, S.; Moon, C.-B.; Nishizuka, H.; Nishizuka, I.; Odahara, A.; Şahin, E.; Sakurai, H.; Schaffner, H.; Suzuki, H.; Takeda, H.; Tanaka, M.; Taprogge, J.; Vajta, Zs.; Xu, F. R.; Yagi, A.; Yokoyama, R.

    2016-09-01

    Neutron-rich 160,161,162Sm isotopes have been populated at the RIBF, RIKEN via β first time. β-coincident γ rays were observed in all three isotopes including γ rays from the isomeric decay of 160Sm and 162Sm. The isomers in 160Sm and 162Sm have previously been observed but have been populated via β decay for the first time. The isomeric state in 162Sm is assigned a {4^ - }v{{7 over 2}^ + }≤ft[ {633} right] otimes v{{1 over 2}^ - }≤ft[ {521} right] configuration based on the decay pattern. The level schemes of 160Sm and 162Sm are presented. The ground states in the parent nuclei 160Pm and 162Pm are both assigned a {6^ - }v{{7 over 2}^ + }≤ft[ {633} right] otimes π {{5 over 2}^ - }≤ft[ {532} right] configuration based on the population of states in the daughter nuclei. Blocked BCS calculations were performed to further investigate the spin-parities of the ground states in 160Pm, 161Pm, and 162Pm, and the isomeric state in 162Sm

  1. RIR MAPLE procedure for deposition of carbon rich Si/C/H films

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    Dřínek, Vladislav; Strašák, Tomáš; Novotný, Filip; Fajgar, Radek; Bastl, Zdeněk

    2014-02-01

    We applied the resonant infrared matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR MAPLE) technique to demonstrate a new approach to a controlled deposition of carbon rich amorphous Si/C/H film. In absence of radicals and accelerated species commonly generated in PECVD and sputtering setups, the RIR MAPLE method does not decompose precursor molecules. Moreover, unlike the standard MAPLE procedure, in which solvent molecules absorb laser energy from excimer or near infrared lasers, we applied the pulsed TEA CO2 laser to excite the dendrimer precursor molecules in a frozen target. In this manner we achieved just cross-linking of the starting precursor on substrates and the deposition of carbon rich Si/C/H film. The film was analyzed by Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR), UV/VIS, Raman and X-ray Photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) technique. According to analyses the film retained the precursor elemental composition free of graphitic (sp2) clusters. In course of reaction only the peripheral allyl groups containing C=C bonds were opened to achieve cross-linking. Whereas annealing to 300 °C was necessary for the elimination of =C-H1, 2 bonds in the films prepared at 200 °C, those bonds vanished completely for the films prepared at substrate temperature 255 °C. The film posseses a smooth surface with root mean square (RMS) parameter up to 10 nm within scanned distance 2.5 μm.

  2. Exotic clusters in an unbound region of light neutron-rich systems

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    Ito, Makoto

    2009-10-01

    In light neutron-rich systems, many kinds of molecular structures are discussed from the view point of the clustering phenomena.In particular, much attention has been concentrated on Be isotopes. The molecular orbital (MO), such as &-circ; and &+circ; associated with the covalent binding of atomic molecules, have been shown to give a good description for the low-lying states of these isotopes. In their highly-excited states, furthermore, recent experiments revealed the existence of the interesting resonant states which dominantly decay to the ^6,8He fragments. In this report, we show the unified study of the exotic structures of ^12Be=α+α+4N in an unbound region and the α+^6,8He resonant scattering. We applied the generalized two-center cluster model in which the covalent MO and the atomic orbital (AO) configurations with ^xHe+^yHe could be described in a unified manner. First, we calculated the energy spectra below an α decay-threshold. The (π32^-)^2 (σ12^+)^2 configuration corresponding to ν(0p)^4(sd)^2 becomes the ground state, while (π3 2^-)^2(π12^-)^2 having a large overlap with ν(0p)^6 appears as the first excited state. The rotational band of the ground state reaches to the maximum spin of J^π = 8^+. This result means that the magicity of N=8 is broken in ^12Be due to the formation of (π3 2^-)^2(σ12^+)^2. Next, we solved the scattering problem of α+^8He and identified the several resonance poles. In the continuum region, we found the rotational bands having the AO configurations of α+^8He, ^6He+^6He, and ^5He+^7 He. Furthermore, a much more exotic band appears in the same energy region. In this band, two valence neutrons are localized at individual α-cores (the ^5He+^5He cluster), while the other two neutrons form the covalent &+circ;- bonding between two ^5He clusters; hence, it has a ``hybrid structure'' between the MO configuration and the AO one. In the J^π=0^+ state, it is strongly excited by the two-neutron transfer reaction, α+^8He

  3. Radiation detector based on 4H-SiC used for thermal neutron detection

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    Zaťko, B.; Šagátová, A.; Sedlačková, K.; Boháček, P.; Sekáčová, M.; Kohout, Z.; Granja, C.; Nečas, V.

    2016-11-01

    In this work we have focused on detection of thermal neutrons generated by 239Pu-Be isotopic neutron source. A high quality liquid phase epitaxial layer of 4H-SiC was used as a detection region. The thickness of the layer was 70 μ m and the diameter of circular Au/Ni Schottky contact was 4.5 mm. Around the Schottky contact two guard rings were created. The detector structure was first examined as a detector of protons and alpha particles for energy calibration. Monoenergetic protons of energies from 300 keV up to 1.9 MeV were used for detector energy calibration and a good linearity was observed. The energy resolution of 35 keV was obtained for 1.9 MeV protons. The 6LiF conversion layer was applied on the detector Schottky contact. In the experiment we used different thicknesses of conversion layers from 5 μ m up to 35 μ m. Measured detected spectra show two parts corresponding to alpha particles detection in lower energy channels and 3H in higher energy channels. We have also performed simulations of thermal neutron detection using MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-particle eXtended) code. The detection efficiency and the detector response to thermal neutrons was calculated with respect to the 6LiF layer thickness. The detection efficiency calculation is found to be in good agreement with the experiment.

  4. Blue--green to near-IR switching electroluminescence from Si-rich silicon oxide/nitride bilayer structures

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    Berencén, Y.; Jambois, O.; Ramírez, J. M.; Rebled, J. M.; Estradé, S.; Peiró, F.; Domínguez, C.; Rodríguez, J. A.; Garrido, B.

    2011-07-01

    Blue--green to near-IR switching electroluminescence (EL) has been achieved in a metal-oxide-semiconductor light emitting device, where the dielectric has been replaced by a Si-rich silicon oxide/nitride bilayer structure. To form Si nanostructures, the layers were implanted with Si ions at high energy, resulting in a Si excess of 19%, and subsequently annealed at 1000°C. Transmission electron microscopy and EL studies allowed ascribing the blue--green emission to the Si nitride related defects and the near-IR band with the emission of the Si-nanoclusters embedded into the SiO2 layer. Charge transport analysis is reported and allows for identifying the origin of this two-wavelength switching effect.

  5. Comparison of yields of neutron-rich nuclei in proton- and photon-induced 238U fission

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    Khan, F. A.; Bhowmick, Debasis; Basu, D. N.; Farooq, M.; Chakrabarti, Alok

    2016-11-01

    A comparative study of fission of actinides, especially 238U, by proton and bremsstrahlung photon is performed. The relative mass distribution of 238U fission fragments has been explored theoretically for both proton- and photon-induced fission. The integrated yield along with charge distribution of the products are calculated to find the neutron richness in comparison with the nuclei produced by the r process in nucleosynthesis. Some r -process nuclei in the intermediate-mass range for symmetric fission mode are found to be produced almost two orders of magnitude more for proton-induced fission than for photofission, although the rest of the neutron-rich nuclei in the asymmetric mode are produced in comparable proportion for both processes.

  6. New neutron-rich microsecond isomers observed among fission products of {sup 238}U at 80 MeV/nucleon

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    Folden, C. M. III; Ginter, T. N.; Hausmann, M.; Portillo, M.; Nettleton, A. S.; Amthor, A. M.; Sherrill, B. M.; Kubo, T.; Takeda, H.; Loveland, W.; Manikonda, S. L.; Morrissey, D. J.; Nakao, T.; Souliotis, G. A.; Strong, B. F.; Tarasov, O. B.

    2009-06-15

    Eight new isomeric states in neutron-rich nuclides have been discovered in fission fragments produced by the reaction of an 80 MeV/nucleon {sup 238}U beam with a {sup 9}Be target and separated in-flight using the A1900 fragment separator. The experiment was conducted at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University. Gamma rays were detected in a high-purity germanium detector located at the focal plane within a time window of 20 {mu}s following ion implantation. In some cases the isomers were observed to decay into previously reported states, allowing us to assign the initial decay from the isomeric state. Among the outcomes, the results suggest that many studies on the nuclear structure of medium-mass neutron-rich nuclei are feasible at projectile fragmentation facilities using induced fission.

  7. -decay measurements for N > 40 Mn nuclei and inference of collectivity for neutron-rich Fe isotopes

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    Daugas, J; Delaroche, J. P.; Pfutzner, M.; Sawicka, M.; Becker, F.; Belier, G.; Bingham, C. R.; Borcea, C.; Bouchez, E.; Buta, A.; Dragulescu, E.; Georgiev, G.; Giovinazzo, J.; Grawe, H.; Grzywacz, R.; Hammache, F.; Libert, J.; Meot, V.; Negoita, F.; de Oliveira Santos, F.; Perru, O.; Roig, O.; Rykaczewski, Krzysztof Piotr; Saint-Laurent, M. G.; Sauvestre, J. E.; Sorlin, O.; Stanoiu, M.; Stefan, I.; Theisen, Ch.

    2011-01-01

    A decay spectroscopic study of the neutron-rich isotopes has been performed using fragmentation of a 86Kr primary beam. Fragments from this reaction have been selected by the LISE2000 spectrometer at the Grand Acc el erateur National d Ions Lourds (GANIL). Half-lives of 29 isotopes, including the first ones identified for 61Ti (15 4 ms), 64V (19 8 ms), and 71Fe (28 5 ms), have been determined and compared with model predictions. 67,68Mn -delayed rays were observed for the first time. The branching for the -delayed neutron emission was measured to be greater than 10(5)% in the 67Mn decay. The 67Fe isomeric level is firmly determined at higher energy than assigned in previous works. The excitation energies of the first (2+) and (4+) states of 68Fe are suggested to lie at 522(1) and 1389(1) keV, respectively, thus bringing confirmation of assignments based on in-beam -ray spectroscopy. Beyond-mean-field calculations with the Gogny D1S force have been performed for even-mass nuclei through the Fe isotopic chain. Not only 68Fe but most of the neutron-rich Fe isotopes with neutron numbers below N = 50 are interpreted as soft rotors. The calculated mean occupancy of the neutron g9/2 and d5/2 orbitals in correlated ground states is steadily growing with increasing neutron number throughout the isotopic chain. Interpretation of 67Fe data is based upon the present calculations for the 66Fe and 68Fe even cores.

  8. Possibility of production of neutron-rich Zn and Ge isotopes in multinucleon transfer reactions at low energies

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    Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Sargsyan, V. V.; Scheid, W.

    2010-02-15

    The production cross sections of new neutron-rich {sup 84,86}Zn and {sup 90,92}Ge isotopes beyond N=50 are estimated for the first time in the multinucleon transfer reactions {sup 48}Ca + {sup 238}U and {sup 48}Ca + {sup 244}Pu. The production of new isotopes in reactions with a {sup 48}Ca beam is discussed for future experiments.

  9. Neutron Transfer Reactions on Neutron-Rich N=50 and N=82 Nuclei Near the r-Process Path

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    Cizewski, J. A.; Jones, K. L.; Kozub, R. L.; Pain, S. D.; Thomas, J. S.; Arbanas, Goran; Adekola, Aderemi S; Bardayan, Daniel W; Blackmon, Jeff C; Chae, K. Y.; Chipps, K.; Dean, David Jarvis; Erikson, Luke; Gaddis, A. L.; Harlin, Christopher W; Hatarik, Robert; Howard, Joshua A; Johnson, Micah; Kapler, R.; Krolas, W.; Liang, J Felix; Livesay, Jake; Ma, Zhanwen; Matei, Catalin; Moazen, Brian; Nesaraja, Caroline D; O'Malley, Patrick; Paulauskas, Stanley V; Shapira, Dan; ShrinerJr., J. F.; Sissom, D. J.; Smith, Michael Scott; Swan, T. P.; Wilson, Gemma L

    2009-01-01

    Neutron transfer (d,p) reaction studies on the N = 50 isotones, 82Ge and 84Se, and A{approx}130 nuclei, 130,132Sn and 134Te, have been measured. Direct neutron capture cross sections for 82Ge and 84Se (n,?) have been calculated and are combined with Hauser-Feshbach expectations to estimate total (n,?) cross sections. The A{approx}130 studies used an early implementation of the ORRUBA array of position-sensitive silicon strip detectors for reaction proton measurements. Preliminary excitation energy and angular distribution results from the A{approx}130 measurements are reported.

  10. Detection of thermal neutrons using ZnS(Ag):6LiF neutron scintillator read out with WLS fibers and SiPMs

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    Hildebrandt, M.; Stoykov, A.; Mosset, J.-B.; Greuter, U.; Schlumpf, N.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper we present the development of a one-dimensional multi-channel thermal neutron detection system for the application in neutron scattering instrumentation, e.g. strain-scanning diffractometers. The detection system is based on ZnS(Ag):6LiF neutron scintillator with embedded WLS fibers which are read out with a SiPM. A dedicated signal processing system allows us to suppress the SiPM dark counts and to extract the signals from the neutron absorption events. For a single-channel detection unit which represents the elementary building block of this detection system we achieved a neutron detection efficiency of ~65% at 1.2 Å, a background count rate <10-3 Hz and a gamma-sensitivity <10-6 (measured with a 60Co source), while the dead time is ~20 μs and the multi-count ratio is < 1 %. This performance was achieved even for SiPM dark count rates of up to ~2 MHz.

  11. Precision Mass Measurements of Short-Lived, Neutron-Rich, R-Process Nuclei About the N=82 Waiting Point

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    Lascar, Daniel David

    This thesis details the precision mass measurements of 33 neutron-rich ground-state nuclei and isomeric states that approach or lie on the proposed rapid neutron capture process (r-process) path. For many of the nuclei measured the work presented here will be the rst direct mass measurements of these nuclei, including 130In, 137Sb, 133I, and 134I. The measurements were made using the Canadian Penning Trap mass spectrometer (CPT), located at the ATLAS heavy ion-linac at Argonne National Laboratory. Ground states and isomers have been measured with the CPT at fractional precisions (δm/m) between 10-7, and 10-8. The nuclei were produced at the new CAlifornium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU) to ATLAS. Because nuclear masses are required for measuring neutron separation energies, and neutron separation energies are important inputs in r-process network calculations, precision mass measurements are critical for advancing our knowledge of the r-process. This thesis will give the astrophysical motivation for making these mass measurements, the theoretical background behind ion trapping and mass measurements using ion traps, an explanation of the CPT apparatus, the mass measurements themselves, and the results of those measurements as they pertain to r-process network calculations. Results of these mass measurements show significant shifts in the r-process path over a range of temperatures and neutron densities.

  12. Lifetimes in neutron-rich Nd isotopes measured by Doppler profile method

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    Ahmad, I.; Lister, C.J.; Morss, L.R.

    1995-08-01

    Lifetimes of the rotational levels in neutron-rich even-even Nd isotopes were deduced from the analysis of the Doppler broadened line shapes. The experiment was performed at Daresbury with the Eurogam array, which at that time consisted of 45 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors and 5 Low-Energy Photon Spectrometers. The source was in the form of a 7-mm pellet which was prepared by mixing 5-mg; {sup 248}Cm and 65-mg KCl and pressing it under high pressure. Events for which three or more detectors fired were used to construct a cubic data array whose axes represented the {gamma}-ray energies and the contents of each channel the number of events with that particular combination of {gamma}-ray energies. From this cubic array, one-dimensional spectra were generated by placing gates on peaks on the other two axes. Gamma-ray spectra of even-even Nd isotopes were obtained by gating on the transitions in the complimentary Kr fragments. The gamma peaks de-exciting states with I {>=} 12 h were found to be broader than the instrumental line width due to the Doppler effect. The line shapes of they-ray peaks were fitted separately with a simple model for the feeding of the states and assuming a rotational band with constant intrinsic quadruple moment and these are shown in Fig. I-27. The quadrupole moments thus determined were found to be in good agreement with the quadrupole moments measured previously for lower spin states. Because of the success of this technique for the Nd isotopes, we intend to apply this technique to the new larger data set collected with the Eurogam II array. The results of this study were published.

  13. Nuclear-decay studies of neutron-rich rare-earth nuclides

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    Chasteler, R.M. . Dept. of Chemistry Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA )

    1990-04-26

    Neutron-rich rare-earth nuclei were produced in multinucleon transfer reactions of {sup 170}Er and {sup 176}Yb projectiles on {sup nat}W targets at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory SuperHILAC and their radioactive decays properties studied at the on-line mass separation facility OASIS. Two unknown isotopes, {sup 169}Dy (t {sub 1/2} {equals} 39 {plus minus} 8 s) and {sup 174}Er(t{sub 1/2} {equals} 3.3 {plus minus} 0.2 m) were discovered and their decay characteristics determined. The decay schemes for two previously identified isotopes, {sup 168}Dy (t{sub 1/2} {equals} 8.8 {plus minus} 0.3 m) and {sup 171}Ho (t{sub 1/2} {equals} 55 {plus minus} 3 s), were characterized. Evidence for a new isomer of 3.0 m {sup 168}Ho{sup g}, {sup 168}Ho{sup m} (t{sub 1/2} {equals} 132 {plus minus} 4 s) which decays by isomeric transition (IT) is presented. Beta particle endpoint energies were determined for the decay of {sup 168}Ho{sup g}, {sup 169}Dy, {sup 171}Ho, and {sup 174}Er, the resulting Q{beta}-values are: 2.93 {plus minus} 0.03, 3.2 {plus minus} 0.3, 3.2 {plus minus} 0.6, and 1.8 {plus minus} 0.2 MeV, respectively. These values were compared with values calculated using recent atomic mass formulae. Comparisons of various target/ion source geometries used in the OASIS mass separator facility for these multinucleon transfer reactions were performed. 73 refs., 40 figs., 11 tabs.

  14. The effect of neutron irradiation on the mechanical properties of C/SiC composites

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    Shih, Chunghao; Katoh, Yutai; Snead, Lance L.; Steinbeck, John

    2013-08-01

    The effects of neutron irradiation to 3.5 and 9.5 dpa at 730 °C on a 2D plain woven carbon fiber reinforced polymer derived SiC matrix composite are presented. For both fluences, the irradiation caused in-plane contraction and trans-plane expansion. Irradiation also caused substantial reduction in composite flexural strength (-54%) and increase in flexural tangent modulus (+85%). The extents of dimensional/mechanical property changes were greater for the higher fluence irradiated samples. Those changes suggest the instability of the polymer derived SiC matrix following irradiation. The nature of the mechanical property changes suggest increased clamping stress between the fiber and the matrix. The composite property changes are explained in terms of irradiation effects on composite constituents and are compared with carbon fiber reinforced carbon matrix composite as a reference material.

  15. The effect of neutron irradiation on the mechanical properties of C/SiC composites

    SciTech Connect

    Shih, Chunghao; Katoh, Yutai; Snead, Lance Lewis; Steinbeck, John

    2013-01-01

    The effects of neutron irradiation to 3.5 and 9.5 dpa at 730 C on a 2D plain woven carbon fiber reinforced polymer derived SiC matrix composite are presented. For both fluences, the irradiation caused in-plane contraction and trans-plane expansion. Irradiation also caused substantial reduction in composite flexural strength (54%) and increase in flexural tangent modulus (+85%). The extents of dimensional/ mechanical property changes were greater for the higher fluence irradiated samples. Those changes suggest the instability of the polymer derived SiC matrix following irradiation. The nature of the mechanical property changes suggest increased clamping stress between the fiber and the matrix. The composite property changes are explained in terms of irradiation effects on composite constituents and are compared with carbon fiber reinforced carbon matrix composite as a reference material.

  16. Light-toned salty soils and co-existing Si-rich species discovered by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in Columbia Hills

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wang, Alian; Bell, J.F.; Li, Ron; Johnson, J. R.; Farrand, W. H.; Cloutis, E.A.; Arvidson, R. E.; Crumpler, L.; Squyres, S. W.; McLennan, S.M.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Ruff, S.W.; Knudson, A.T.; Chen, Wei; Greenberger, R.

    2008-01-01

    Light-toned soils were exposed, through serendipitous excavations by Spirit Rover wheels, at eight locations in the Columbia Hills. Their occurrences were grouped into four types on the basis of geomorphic settings. At three major exposures, the light-toned soils are hydrous and sulfate-rich. The spatial distributions of distinct types of salty soils vary substantially: with centimeter-scaled heterogeneities at Paso Robles, Dead Sea, Shredded, and Champagne-Penny, a well-mixed nature for light-toned soils occurring near and at the summit of Husband Hill, and relatively homogeneous distributions in the two layers at the Tyrone site. Aeolian, fumarolic, and hydrothermal fluid processes are suggested to be responsible for the deposition, transportation, and accumulation of these light-toned soils. In addition, a change in Pancam spectra of Tyrone yellowish soils was observed after being exposed to current Martian surface conditions for 175 sols. This change is interpreted to be caused by the dehydration of ferric sulfates on the basis of laboratory simulations and suggests a relative humidity gradient beneath the surface. Si-rich nodules and soils were observed near the major exposures of S-rich soils. They possess a characteristic feature in Pancam visible near-infrared (Vis-NIR) spectra that may be diagnostic of hydrated species, and this spectral feature can be used to search for additional Si-rich species. The exposures of hydrated salty soils within various geomorphic settings imply the potential existence of hydrous minerals in similar settings over a much wider area. Hydrous sulfates represent one of the candidates that may contribute the high level of water equivalent hydrogen in equatorial regions detected by the Neutron Spectrometer on Mars Odyssey.

  17. Growth of hexagonal boron nitride on (111) Si for deep UV photonics and thermal neutron detection

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    Ahmed, K.; Dahal, R.; Weltz, A.; Lu, J.-Q.; Danon, Y.; Bhat, I. B.

    2016-09-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) growth was carried out on (111) Si substrates at a temperature of 1350 °C using a cold wall chemical vapor deposition system. The hBN phase of the deposited films was identified by the characteristic Raman peak at 1370 cm-1 with a full width at half maximum of 25 cm-1, corresponding to the in-plane stretch of B and N atoms. Chemical bonding states and composition of the hBN films were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; the extracted B/N ratio was 1.03:1, which is 1:1 within the experimental error. The fabricated metal-hBN-metal devices demonstrate a strong deep UV (DUV) response. Further, the hBN growth on the vertical (111) surfaces of parallel trenches fabricated in (110) Si was explored to achieve a thermal neutron detector. These results demonstrate that hBN-based detectors represent a promising approach towards the development of DUV photodetectors and efficient solid-state thermal neutron detectors.

  18. Time-of-flight mass measurements of neutron-rich chromium isotopes up to N = 40 and implications for the accreted neutron star crust

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    Meisel, Z.; George, S.; Ahn, S.; Bazin, D.; Brown, B. A.; Browne, J.; Carpino, J. F.; Chung, H.; Cyburt, R. H.; Estrade, A.; Famiano, M.; Gade, A.; Langer, C.; Matos, M.; Mittig, W.; Montes, F.; Morrissey, D. J.; Pereira, J.; Schatz, H.; Schatz, J.; Scott, M.; Shapira, Dan; Sieja, K.; Smith, K.; Stevens, J.; Tan, W.; Tarasov, O.; Towers, S.; Wimmer, K.; Winkelbauer, J. R.; Yurkon, J.; Zegers, R. G. T.

    2016-03-22

    Here, we present the mass excesses of 59-64Cr, obtained from recent time-of-flight nuclear mass measurements at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. The mass of 64Cr is determined for the first time, with an atomic mass excess of -33.48(44) MeV. We find a significantly different two-neutron separation energy S2n trend for neutron-rich isotopes of chromium, removing the previously observed enhancement in binding at N = 38. Additionally, we extend the S2n trend for chromium to N = 40, revealing behavior consistent with the previously identified island of inversion in this region. We compare our results to state-of-the-art shell-model calculations performed with a modified Lenzi-Nowacki-Poves-Sieja interaction in the fp shell, including the g9/2 and d5/2 orbits for the neutron valence space. We employ our result for the mass of 64Cr in accreted neutron star crust network calculations and find a reduction in the strength and depth of electron-capture heating from the A = 64 isobaric chain, resulting in a cooler than expected accreted neutron star crust. This reduced heating is found to be due to the >1-MeV reduction in binding for 64Cr with respect to values from commonly used global mass models.

  19. Crossover from skin mode to proton-neutron mode in E1 excitations of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Nakada, H.; Inakura, T.; Sawai, H.

    2013-03-01

    The character of the low-energy E1 excitations is investigated by analyzing transition densities obtained from the RPA calculations in the doubly magic nuclei. We propose a decomposition method of the E1 excitations into the pn mode (i.e., oscillation between protons and neutrons) and the skin mode (i.e., oscillation of the neutron skin against the inner core) via the transition densities, by which their mixing is handled in a straightforward manner. Crossover behavior of the E1 excitations is found, from the skin mode at low energy to the pn mode at higher energy. The ratio of the skin-mode strength to the full strength turns out to be insensitive to the nuclides and to the effective interactions in the energy region of the crossover. Depending on the excitation energy, the observed low-energy E1 excitations are not necessarily dominated by the skin mode, as exemplified for 90Zr.

  20. Quantifying Gamma/Neutron Discrimination in Gadolinium-Rich Real-Time Neutron Detection Materials and Devices

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2016-05-01

    Fahrenheit ( o F) [T( o F) + 459.67]/1.8 kelvin (K) Radiation curie (Ci) [activity of radionuclides] 3.7 × 10 10 per second (s –1 ) [becquerel (Bq...experimental protocols for materials characterization and testing device radiation responses was initiated. Data was collected on usability of radiation ...neutron response which may yet hold potential for radiation detection. In addition, some baseline end-use requirements of radiation detection parameters

  1. Effect of annealing treatments on photoluminescence and charge storage mechanism in silicon-rich SiNx:H films

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    In this study, a wide range of a-SiNx:H films with an excess of silicon (20 to 50%) were prepared with an electron-cyclotron resonance plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system under the flows of NH3 and SiH4. The silicon-rich a-SiNx:H films (SRSN) were sandwiched between a bottom thermal SiO2 and a top Si3N4 layer, and subsequently annealed within the temperature range of 500-1100°C in N2 to study the effect of annealing temperature on light-emitting and charge storage properties. A strong visible photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature has been observed for the as-deposited SRSN films as well as for films annealed up to 1100°C. The possible origins of the PL are briefly discussed. The authors have succeeded in the formation of amorphous Si quantum dots with an average size of about 3 to 3.6 nm by varying excess amount of Si and annealing temperature. Electrical properties have been investigated on Al/Si3N4/SRSN/SiO2/Si structures by capacitance-voltage and conductance-voltage analysis techniques. A significant memory window of 4.45 V was obtained at a low operating voltage of ± 8 V for the sample containing 25% excess silicon and annealed at 1000°C, indicating its utility in low-power memory devices. PMID:21711712

  2. MSL SAM-Like Evolved Gas Analyses of Si-rich Amorphous Materials

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    McAdam, Amy; Knudson, Christine; Sutter, Brad; Andrejkovicova, Slavka; Archer, P. Douglas; Franz, Heather; Eigenbrode, Jennifer; Morris, Richard; Ming, Douglas; Sun, Vivian; Wilhelm, Mary Beth; Mahaffy, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Chemical and mineralogical analyses of several samples from Murray Formation mudstones and Stimson Formation sandstones by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) revealed the presence of Si-rich amorphous or poorly ordered materials. It is possible to identify the presence of high-SiO2 vs. lower SiO2 amorphous materials (e.g., basaltic glasses), based on the position of the resulting wide diffraction features in XRD patterns from the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument, but it is not possible to distinguish between several candidate high-SiO2 amorphous materials such as opal-A or rhyolitic glass. In the Buckskin (BS) sample from the upper Murray Formation, and the Big Sky (BY) and Greenhorn (GH) samples from the Stimson Formation, analyses by the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument showed very broad H2O evolutions during sample heating at temperatures >450-500degC which had not been observed from previous samples. BS also had a significant broad evolution <450-500degC. We have undertaken a laboratory study targeted at understanding if the data from SAM can be used to place constraints on the nature of the amorphous phases. SAM-like evolved gas analyses have been performed on several opal and rhyolitic glass samples. Opal-A samples exhibited wide <500degC H2O evolutions, with lesser H2O evolved above 500degC. H2O evolution traces from rhyolitic glasses varied, having either two broad H2O peaks, <300degC and >500degC, or a broad peak centered around 400degC. For samples that produced two evolutions, the lower temperature peak is more intense than the higher temperature peak, a trend also exhibited by opal-A. This trend is consistent with data from BS, but does not seem consistent with data from BY and GH which evolved most of their H2O >500degC. It may be that dehydration of opal-A and/or rhyolitic glass can result in some preferential loss of lower temperature H2O, to produce traces that more closely resemble BY and GH. This is currently under investigation

  3. Exploring the extended density-dependent Skyrme effective forces for normal and isospin-rich nuclei to neutron stars

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    Agrawal, B.K.; Dhiman, Shashi K.; Kumar, Raj

    2006-03-15

    We parametrize the recently proposed generalized Skyrme effective force (GSEF) containing extended density dependence. The parameters of the GSEF are determined by the fit to several properties of the normal and isospin-rich nuclei. We also include in our fit a realistic equation of state for the pure neutron matter up to high densities so that the resulting Skyrme parameters can be suitably used to model the neutron star with the 'canonical' mass ({approx}1.4M{sub {center_dot}}). For the appropriate comparison, we generate a parameter set for the standard Skyrme effective force (SSEF) using exactly the same set data as employed to determine the parameters of the GSEF. We find that the GSEF yields larger values for the neutron skin thickness which are closer to the recent predictions based on the isospin diffusion data. The Skyrme parameters so obtained are employed to compute the strength function for the isoscalar giant monopole, dipole, and quadrupole resonances. It is found that in the case of GSEF, because of the larger value of the nucleon effective mass, the values of centroid energies for the isoscalar giant resonances are in better agreement with the corresponding experimental data than those obtained using the SSEF. We also present results for some of the key properties associated with the neutron star of canonical mass and for the one with the maximum mass.

  4. Magnetic ordering in UCoNiSi2 and UCoCuSi2 studied by ac-susceptibility and neutron-diffraction measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuznietz, Moshe; Pinto, Haim; Melamud, Mordechai

    1994-05-01

    Polycrystalline samples of intermediate solid solutions of the UM2Si2 compounds (M=Co,Ni,Cu), namely UCoNiSi2 and UCoCuSi2, were prepared and were found to have body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type crystallographic structure. In UCoNiSi2 ac susceptibility indicates a single antiferromagnetic (AF) transition at TN=115±5 K, confirmed by neutron-diffraction observation of the AF-I structure down to 10 K (with uranium moments of 1.6±0.2μB, along the tetragonal c axis). In UCoCuSi2 ac susceptibility indicates ferromagnetic transition at TC=107±5 K, and implies an AF transition at lower temperature, confirmed by the AF-I structure, observed in neutron diffraction below T0=95±5 K down to 10 K (with uranium moments of 1.6±0.1μB, along the c axis). The magnetic properties are discussed in comparison with UM2X2 and U(M,M')2X2 materials (X=Si,Ge).

  5. Boron doped Si rich oxide/SiO{sub 2} and silicon rich nitride/SiN{sub x} bilayers on molybdenum-fused silica substrates for vertically structured Si quantum dot solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Lin, Ziyun Wu, Lingfeng; Jia, Xuguang; Zhang, Tian; Puthen-Veettil, Binesh; Yang, Terry Chien-Jen; Conibeer, Gavin; Perez-Wurfl, Ivan

    2015-07-28

    Vertically structured Si quantum dots (QDs) solar cells with molybdenum (Mo) interlayer on quartz substrates would overcome current crowding effects found in mesa-structured cells. This study investigates the compatibility between boron (B) doped Si QDs bilayers and Mo-fused silica substrate. Both Si/SiO{sub 2} and Si/SiN{sub x} based QDs bilayers were studied. The material compatibility under high temperature treatment was assessed by examining Si crystallinity, microstress, thin film adhesion, and Mo oxidation. It was observed that the presence of Mo interlayer enhanced the Si QDs size confinement, crystalline fraction, and QDs size uniformity. The use of B doping was preferred compared to phosphine (PH{sub 3}) doping studied previously in terms of better surface and interface properties by reducing oxidized spots on the film. Though crack formation due to thermal mismatch after annealing remained, methods to overcome this problem were proposed in this paper. Schematic diagram to fabricate full vertical structured Si QDs solar cells was also suggested.

  6. β-decay of neutron-rich Z∼60 nuclei and the origin of rare earth elements

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, J.; Nishimura, S.; Lorusso, G.; Baba, H.; Doornenbal, P.; Isobe, T.; Söderström, P. A.; Sakurai, H.; Xu, Z. Y.; Browne, F.; Daido, R.; Fang, Y. F.; Yagi, A.; Nishibata, H.; Odahara, A.; Yamamoto, T.; Ideguchi, E.; Aoi, N.; Tanaka, M.; Collaboration: EURICA Collaboration; and others

    2014-05-02

    A large fraction of the rare-earth elements observed in the solar system is produced in the astrophysical rapid neutron capture process (r-process). However, current stellar models cannot completely explain the relative abundance of these elements partially because of nuclear physics uncertainties. To address this problem, a β-decay spectroscopy experiment was performed at RI Beam Factory (RIBF) at RIKEN, aimed at studying a wide range of very neutron-rich nuclei with Z∼60 that are progenitors of the rare-earth elements with mass number A∼460. The experiment provides a test of nuclear models as well as experimental inputs for r-process calculations. This contribution presents the experimental setup and some preliminary results of the experiment.

  7. Non destructive examination of UN / U-Si fuel pellets using neutrons (preliminary assessment)

    SciTech Connect

    Bourke, Mark Andrew; Vogel, Sven C.; Voit, Stewart Lancaster; Mcclellan, Kenneth James; Losko, Adrian S.; Tremsin, Anton

    2016-03-31

    Tomographic imaging and diffraction measurements were performed on nine pellets; four UN/ U Si composite formulations (two enrichment levels), three pure U3Si5 reference formulations (two enrichment levels) and two reject pellets with visible flaws (to qualify the technique). The U-235 enrichments ranged from 0.2 to 8.8 wt.%. The nitride/silicide composites are candidate compositions for use as Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF). The monophase U3Si5 material was included as a reference. Pellets from the same fabrication batches will be inserted in the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho during 2016. The goal of the Advanced Non-destructive Fuel Examination work package is the development and application of non-destructive neutron imaging and scattering techniques to ceramic and metallic nuclear fuels. Data reported in this report were collected in the LANSCE run cycle that started in September 2015 and ended in March 2016. Data analysis is ongoing; thus, this report provides a preliminary review of the measurements and provides an overview of the characterized samples.

  8. Exploring Light Neutron Rich Nuclei via the ({sup 7}Li,{sup 7}Be) Reaction

    SciTech Connect

    Cavallaro, M.; Cappuzzello, F.; Cunsolo, A.; Foti, A.; Orrigo, S. E. A.; Rodrigues, M. R. D.; Borello-Lewin, T.; Lenske, H.; Petrascu, H.; Winfield, J. S.

    2008-11-11

    A systematic study of the nuclei that can be described as an integer number of {alpha} particles plus three neutrons via the ({sup 7}Li,{sup 7}Be) reaction at about 8 MeV/u has shown the presence of Bound States Embedded in the Continuum in the energy spectra. These are experimental signatures of the dynamical correlations of an easily polarizable core with a single-particle state of the valence neutron.

  9. ZIRCONIUM—HAFNIUM ISOTOPE EVIDENCE FROM METEORITES FOR THE DECOUPLED SYNTHESIS OF LIGHT AND HEAVY NEUTRON-RICH NUCLEI

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    Akram, W.; Schönbächler, M.; Sprung, P.; Vogel, N.

    2013-11-10

    Recent work based on analyses of meteorite and terrestrial whole-rock samples showed that the r- and s- process isotopes of Hf were homogeneously distributed throughout the inner solar system. We report new Hf isotope data for Calcium-Aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) of the CV3 carbonaceous chondrite Allende, and novel high-precision Zr isotope data for these CAIs and three carbonaceous chondrites (CM, CO, CK). Our Zr data reveal enrichments in the neutron-rich isotope {sup 96}Zr (≤1ε in {sup 96}Zr/{sup 90}Zr) for bulk chondrites and CAIs (∼2ε). Potential isotope effects due to incomplete sample dissolution, galactic and cosmic ray spallation, and the nuclear field shift are assessed and excluded, leading to the conclusion that the {sup 96}Zr isotope variations are of nucleosynthetic origin. The {sup 96}Zr enrichments are coupled with {sup 50}Ti excesses suggesting that both nuclides were produced in the same astrophysical environment. The same CAIs also exhibit deficits in r-process Hf isotopes, which provides strong evidence for a decoupling between the nucleosynthetic processes that produce the light (A ≤ 130) and heavy (A > 130) neutron-rich isotopes. We propose that the light neutron-capture isotopes largely formed in Type II supernovae (SNeII) with higher mass progenitors than the supernovae that produced the heavy r-process isotopes. In the context of our model, the light isotopes (e.g. {sup 96}Zr) are predominantly synthesized via charged-particle reactions in a high entropy wind environment, in which Hf isotopes are not produced. Collectively, our data indicates that CAIs sampled an excess of materials produced in a normal mass (12-25 M{sub ☉}) SNII.

  10. Half-lives and branchings for {beta}-delayed neutron emission for neutron-rich Co-Cu isotopes in the r-process

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    Hosmer, P.; Estrade, A.; Montes, F.; Ouellette, M.; Pellegrini, E.; Schatz, H.; Aprahamian, A.; Arndt, O.; Pfeiffer, B.; Clement, R. R. C.; Mueller, W. F.; Morton, A. C.; Pereira, J.; Santi, P.; Steiner, M.; Stolz, A.; Farouqi, K.; Kratz, K.-L.; Liddick, S. N.; Mantica, P. F.

    2010-08-15

    The {beta} decays of very neutron-rich nuclides in the Co-Zn region were studied experimentally at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory using the NSCL {beta}-counting station in conjunction with the neutron detector NERO. We measured the branchings for {beta}-delayed neutron emission (P{sub n} values) for {sup 74}Co (18{+-}15%) and {sup 75-77}Ni (10{+-}2.8%, 14{+-}3.6%, and 30{+-}24%, respectively) for the first time, and remeasured the P{sub n} values of {sup 77-79}Cu, {sup 79,81}Zn, and {sup 82}Ga. For {sup 77-79}Cu and for {sup 81}Zn we obtain significantly larger P{sub n} values compared to previous work. While the new half-lives for the Ni isotopes from this experiment had been reported before, we present here in addition the first half-life measurements of {sup 75}Co (30{+-}11 ms) and {sup 80}Cu (170{sub -50}{sup +110} ms). Our results are compared with theoretical predictions, and their impact on various types of models for the astrophysical rapid neutron-capture process (r-process) is explored. We find that with our new data, the classical r-process model is better able to reproduce the A=78-80 abundance pattern inferred from the solar abundances. The new data also influence r-process models based on the neutrino-driven high-entropy winds in core collapse supernovae.

  11. Neutron transition strengths of 2{sub 1}{sup +} states in the neutron-rich oxygen isotopes determined from inelastic proton scattering

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    Nguyen Dang Chien; Khoa, Dao T.

    2009-03-15

    A coupled-channel analysis of the {sup 18,20,22}O(p,p{sup '}) data has been performed to determine the neutron transition strengths of the 2{sub 1}{sup +} states in oxygen targets, using the microscopic optical potential and inelastic form factor calculated in the folding model. A complex density- and isospin-dependent version of the CDM3Y6 interaction was constructed, based on the Brueckner-Hartree-Fock calculation of nuclear matter, for the folding model input. Given an accurate isovector density dependence of the CDM3Y6 interaction, the isoscalar ({delta}{sub 0}) and isovector ({delta}{sub 1}) deformation lengths of the 2{sub 1}{sup +} states in {sup 18,20,22}O have been extracted from the folding model analysis of the (p,p{sup '}) data. A specific N dependence of {delta}{sub 0} and {delta}{sub 1} has been established which can be linked to the neutron shell closure occurring at N approaching 16. The strongest isovector deformation was found for the 2{sub 1}{sup +} state in {sup 20}O, with {delta}{sub 1} about 2.5 times larger than {delta}{sub 0}, which indicates a strong core polarization by the valence neutrons in {sup 20}O. The ratios of the neutron/proton transition matrix elements (M{sub n}/M{sub p}) determined for the 2{sub 1}{sup +} states in {sup 18,20}O have been compared with those deduced from the mirror symmetry, using the measured B(E2) values of the 2{sub 1}{sup +} states in the proton-rich {sup 18}Ne and {sup 20}Mg nuclei, to discuss the isospin impurity in the 2{sub 1}{sup +} excitation of the A=18, T=1 and A=20, T=2 isobars.

  12. Theoretical study on production of heavy neutron-rich isotopes around the N = 126 shell closure in radioactive beam induced transfer reactions

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    Zhu, Long; Su, Jun; Xie, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Feng-Shou

    2017-04-01

    In order to produce more unknown neutron-rich nuclei around N = 126, the transfer reactions 136Xe + 198Pt, 136-144Xe + 208Pb, and 132Sn + 208Pb are investigated within the framework of the dinuclear system (DNS) model. The influence of neutron excess of projectile on production cross sections of target-like products is studied through the reactions 136,144Xe + 208Pb. We find that the radioactive projectile 144Xe with much larger neutron excess is favorable to produce neutron-rich nuclei with charge number less than the target rather than produce transtarget nuclei. The incident energy dependence of yield distributions of fragments in the reaction 132Sn + 208Pb are also studied. The production cross sections of neutron-rich nuclei with Z = 72- 77 are predicted in the reactions 136-144Xe + 208Pb and 132Sn + 208Pb. It is noticed that the production cross sections of unknown neutron-rich nuclei in the reaction 144Xe + 208Pb are at least two orders of magnitude larger than those in the reaction 136Xe + 208Pb. The radioactive beam induced transfer reactions 139,144Xe + 208Pb, considering beam intensities proposed in SPIRAL2 (Production System of Radioactive Ion and Acceleration On-Line) project as well, for production of neutron-rich nuclei around the N = 126 shell closure are investigated for the first time. It is found that, in comparison to the stable beam 136Xe, the radioactive beam 144Xe shows great advantages for producing neutron-rich nuclei with N = 126 and the advantages get more obvious for producing nuclei with less charge number.

  13. New Levels in 118Pd Observed in the β Decay of Very Neutron-Rich 118Rh Isotope

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    Wang, You-Bao; Dendooven, P.; Huikari, J.; Jokinen, A.; Kolhinen S., V.; Lhersonneau, G.; Nieminen, A.; Nummela, S.; Penttilä, H.; Peräjärvi, K.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Szerypo, J.; Wang C., J.; Äystö, J.

    2006-04-01

    We investigate the β decay of very neutron-rich 118Rh isotope using on-line mass-separated sources which are produced by applying 25 MeV proton induced symmetric fission of natural uranium at the IGISOL facility. The β-γ and γ-γ coincidence spectroscopy is employed to establish the level scheme of daughter nucleus 118Pd. Five low-lying new levels are identified for the first time with tentative spin and parity assignments based on the even-mass Pd systematics.

  14. Decay of the neutron-rich isotope sup 171 Ho and the identification of sup 169 Dy

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    Chasteler, R.M.; Nitschke, J.M.; Firestone, R.B.; Vierinen, K.S.; Wilmarth, P.A. )

    1990-10-01

    Neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes were produced in multinucleon transfer reactions between {sup 170}Er ions and {sup nat}W targets. On-line mass separation was used together with {beta}- and {gamma}-ray spectroscopy in these studies. At mass {ital A}=169, the heaviest known dysprosium isotope, 39(8) s,{sup 169}Dy, was identified. It was observed to {beta}{sup {minus}} decay to the ground state of {sup 169}Ho or through a level at 1578 keV. In the {ital A}=171 mass chain, a partial decay scheme for 55(3)-s {sup 171}Ho was determined.

  15. IDENTIFICATION OF HIGH-SPIN STATES IN NEUTRON-RICH 88,90,92Kr AND 86Se

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    J. D. Cole

    2011-08-01

    Level schemes of even-even neutron-rich {sup 88-92}Kr and {sup 86}Se have been investigated by measuring triple-{gamma} coincidence data from the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf with the Gammasphere detector array. The level scheme of {sup 88}Kr has been extended up to 7169 keV state. Several new excited states with new transitions have been identified in {sup 90,92}Kr and {sup 86}Se. Spins and parities have been assigned to levels in these nuclei by following regional systematics and angular correlation measurements. The level structures of the N = 52, 54, Se, Kr, and Sr isotones are discussed.

  16. In-Beam {gamma}-Ray Spectroscopy of the N=50 Isotones on the Neutron-Rich Side

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    Prevost, A.; Astier, A.; Deloncle, I.; Porquet, M.-G.; Lucas, R.

    2005-11-21

    High-spin states of 84Se, produced as a fission fragment in the fusion-fission reaction 18O+208Pb and studied with the EUROBALL IV array, have been identified for the first time. Their interpretation gives new insights about the evolution of the N=50 shell gap at the vicinity of 78Ni. To characterize this evolution, it would be worth using a new device devoted to the high-spin studies of neutron-rich nuclei produced by asymmetric fission modes. Such dedicated studies are reported in a second part.

  17. Primary photoluminescence in as-neutron (electron) -irradiated n-type 6H-SiC

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    Zhong, Z. Q.; Wu, D. X.; Gong, M.; Wang, O.; Shi, S. L.; Xu, S. J.; Chen, X. D.; Ling, C. C.; Fung, S.; Beling, C. D.; Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Skorupa, W.

    2006-05-01

    Low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy has revealed a series of features labeled S1, S2, S3 in n-type 6H-SiC after neutron and electron irradiation. Thermal annealing studies showed that the defects S1, S2, S3 disappeared at 500 °C. However, the well-known D1 center was only detected for annealing temperatures over 700 °C. This experimental observation not only indicated that the defects S1, S2, S3 were a set of primary defects and the D1 center was a kind of secondary defect, but also showed that the D1 center and the E1, E2 observed using deep level transient spectroscopy might not be the same type of defects arising from the same physical origin.

  18. Neutron scattering study of the field-induced tricritical point in MnSi

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    Kindervater, J.; Bauer, A.; Garst, M.; Janoschek, M.; Martin, N.; Mühlbauer, S.; Häussler, W.; Böni, P.; Pfleiderer, C.

    The intermetallic compound MnSi attracts great scientific interest due to two unusual phase transitions, namely the transition from the conical phase to a skyrmion lattice in small fields and the transition from the helical to the paramagnetic phase without external magnetic field that was recently identified to be a fluctuation induced first-order transition, i.e. a so called Brazovskii-transition. Recent measurements of the specific heat provide striking evidence for a tricritical point (TCP), were the first order transition alters to second order. We report neutron spin echo measurements using the MIEZE technique. The recorded quasi elastic linewidth shows a change of the characteristic spin fluctuations at the TCP. The combination with additional SANS measurements and a generalized Brazovskii theory establishes a consistent picture of the statics and dynamics of the transition. Financial support by ERC-AdG (291079 TOPFIT) and through DFG TRR80 is greatfully acknowledged.

  19. SiC-based neutron detector in quasi-realistic working conditions: efficiency and stability at room and high temperature under fast neutron irradiations

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    Ferone, Raffaello; Issa, Fatima; Ottaviani, Laurent; Biondo, Stephane; Vervisch, Vanessa; Szalkai, Dora; Klix, Axel; Vermeeren, Ludo; Saenger, Richard; Lyoussi, Abadallah

    2015-07-01

    In the framework of the European I SMART project, we have designed and made new SiC-based nuclear radiation detectors able to operate in harsh environments and to detect both fast and thermal neutrons. In this paper, we report experimental results of fast neutron irradiation campaign at high temperature (106 deg. C) in quasi-realistic working conditions. Our device does not suffer from high temperature, and spectra do show strong stability, preserving features. These experiments, as well as others in progress, show the I SMART SiC-based device skills to operate in harsh environments, whereas other materials would strongly suffer from degradation. Work is still demanded to test our device at higher temperatures and to enhance efficiency in order to make our device fully exploitable from an industrial point of view. (authors)

  20. Exploiting neutron-rich radioactive ion beams to constrain the symmetry energy

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    Kohley, Z.; Christian, G.; Baumann, T.; DeYoung, P. A.; Finck, J. E.; Frank, N.; Jones, M.; Smith, J. K.; Snyder, J.; Spyrou, A.; Thoennessen, M.

    2013-10-01

    The Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) and 4 Tm Sweeper magnet were used to measure the free neutrons and heavy charged particles from the radioactive ion beam induced 32Mg+9Be reaction. The fragmentation reaction was simulated with the constrained molecular dynamics model (CoMD), which demonstrated that the of the heavy fragments and free neutron multiplicities were observables sensitive to the density dependence of the symmetry energy at subsaturation densities. Through comparison of these simulations with the experimental data, constraints on the density dependence of the symmetry energy were extracted. The advantage of radioactive ion beams as a probe of the symmetry energy is demonstrated through examination of CoMD calculations for stable and radioactive-beam-induced reactions.

  1. Evaluation of the dark signal performance of different SiPM-technologies under irradiation with cold neutrons

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    Durini, Daniel; Degenhardt, Carsten; Rongen, Heinz; Feoktystov, Artem; Schlösser, Mario; Palomino-Razo, Alejandro; Frielinghaus, Henrich; van Waasen, Stefan

    2016-11-01

    In this paper we report the results of the assessment of changes in the dark signal delivered by three silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) detector arrays, fabricated by three different manufacturers, when irradiated with cold neutrons (wavelength λn=5 Å or neutron energy of En=3.27 meV) up to a neutron dose of 6×1012 n/cm2. The dark signals as well as the breakdown voltages (Vbr) of the SiPM detectors were monitored during the irradiation. The system was characterized at room temperature. The analog SiPM detectors, with and without a 1 mm thick Cerium doped 6Li-glass scintillator material located in front of them, were operated using a bias voltage recommended by the respective manufacturer for a proper detector performance. Iout-Vbias measurements, used to determine the breakdown voltage of the devices, were repeated every 30 s during the first hour and every 300 s during the rest of the irradiation time. The digital SiPM detectors were held at the advised bias voltage between the respective breakdown voltage and dark count mappings repeated every 4 min. The measurements were performed on the KWS-1 instrument of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, Germany. The two analog and one digital SiPM detector modules under investigation were respectively fabricated by SensL (Ireland), Hamamatsu Photonics (Japan), and Philips Digital Photon Counting (Germany).

  2. Medium-spin states of the neutron-rich 87,89Br isotopes: configurations and shapes

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    Nyakó, B. M.; Timár, J.; Csatlós, M.; Dombrádi, Zs; Krasznahorkay, A.; Kuti, I.; Sohler, D.; Tornyi, T. G.; Czerwiński, M.; Rząca-Urban, T.; Urban, W.; Bączyk, P.; Atanasova, L.; Balabanski, D. L.; Sieja, K.; Blanc, A.; Jentschel, M.; Köster, U.; Mutti, P.; Soldner, T.; de France, G.; Simpson, G. S.; Ur, C. A.

    2016-06-01

    Medium-spin excited states of the neutron-rich 87Br and 89Br nuclei were observed and studied for the first time. They were populated in fission of 235U induced by the cold-neutron beam of the PF1B facility of the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble. The measurement of γ radiation following fission has been performed using the EXILL array of Ge detectors. The observed level schemes were compared with results of large valence space shell model calculations. Both medium-spin level schemes consist of band-like structures, which can be understood as bands built on the πf 5/2, πp 3/2 and πg 9/2 configurations. Both nuclei have 5/2- ground state spin-parity contrary to the odd-mass Br isotopes containing fewer neutrons, which have 3/2- ground state spin-parity. On the basis of the properties of the πg 9/2 decoupled bands the deformations of the 87Br and 89Br fit to the systematics of nuclei in the region. 87Br is close to the vibrational limit, while 89Br is more rotational.

  3. Experimental and simulation studies of neutron-induced single-event burnout in SiC power diodes

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    Shoji, Tomoyuki; Nishida, Shuichi; Hamada, Kimimori; Tadano, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    Neutron-induced single-event burnouts (SEBs) of silicon carbide (SiC) power diodes have been investigated by white neutron irradiation experiments and transient device simulations. It was confirmed that a rapid increase in lattice temperature leads to formation of crown-shaped aluminum and cracks inside the device owing to expansion stress when the maximum lattice temperature reaches the sublimation temperature. SEB device simulation indicated that the peak lattice temperature is located in the vicinity of the n-/n+ interface and anode contact, and that the positions correspond to a hammock-like electric field distribution caused by the space charge effect. Moreover, the locations of the simulated peak lattice temperature agree closely with the positions of the observed destruction traces. Furthermore, it was theoretically demonstrated that the period of temperature increase of a SiC power device is two orders of magnitude less than that of a Si power device, using a thermal diffusion equation.

  4. Experimental Evaluation of SI Engine Operation Supplemented by Hydrogen Rich Gas from a Compact Plasma Boosted Reformer

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    J. B. Green, Jr.; N. Domingo; J. M. E. Storey; R.M. Wagner; J.S. Armfield; L. Bromberg; D. R. Cohn; A. Rabinovich; N. Alexeev

    2000-06-19

    It is well known that hydrogen addition to spark-ignited (SI) engines can reduce exhaust emissions and increase efficiency. Micro plasmatron fuel converters can be used for onboard generation of hydrogen-rich gas by partial oxidation of a wide range of fuels. These plasma-boosted microreformers are compact, rugged, and provide rapid response. With hydrogen supplement to the main fuel, SI engines can run very lean resulting in a large reduction in nitrogen oxides (NO x ) emissions relative to stoichiometric combustion without a catalytic converter. This paper presents experimental results from a microplasmatron fuel converter operating under variable oxygen to carbon ratios. Tests have also been carried out to evaluate the effect of the addition of a microplasmatron fuel converter generated gas in a 1995 2.3-L four-cylinder SI production engine. The tests were performed with and without hydrogen-rich gas produced by the plasma boosted fuel converter with gasoline. A one hundred fold reduction in NO x due to very lean operation was obtained under certain conditions. An advantage of onboard plasma-boosted generation of hydrogen-rich gas is that it is used only when required and can be readily turned on and off. Substantial NO x reduction should also be obtainable by heavy exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) facilitated by use of hydrogen-rich gas with stoichiometric operation.

  5. Effects of nitrogen impurities on the microstructure and electronic properties of P-doped Si nanocrystals emebedded in silicon-rich SiNx films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ma, Deng-Hao; Zhang, Wei-Jia; Luo, Rui-Ying; Jiang, Zhao-Yi; Ma, Qiang; Ma, Xiao-Bo; Fan, Zhi-Qiang; Song, Deng-Yuan; Zhang, Lei

    2016-05-01

    Phosphorus doped Si nanocrystals (SNCs) emebedded in silicon-rich SiNx:H films were prepared using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique, and the effects of nitrogen incorporation on the microstructure and electronic properties of the thin films have been systematically studied. Transmission electron microscope and Raman observation revealed that nitrogen incorporation prevents the growth of Si nanocrystals, and that their sizes can be adjusted by varying the flow rate of NH3. The reduction of photoluminescence (PL) intensity in the range of 2.1-2.6 eV of photon energy was observed with increasing nitrogen impurity, and a maximal PL intensity in the range 1.6-2.0 eV was obtained when the incorporation flow ratio NH3/(SiH4+H2+PH3) was 0.02. The conductivity of the films is improved by means of proper nitrogen impurity doping, and proper doping causes the interface charge density of the heterojunction (H-J) device to be lower than the nc-Si:H/c-Si H-J device. As a result, the proper incorporation of nitrogen could not only reduce the silicon banding bond density, but also fill some carrier capture centers, and suppress the nonradiative recombination of electrons.

  6. Inelastic neutron scattering study of phonon density of states in nanostructured Si1 xGex thermoelectrics

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    Dhital, Chetan; Abernathy, Douglas L; Zhu, Gaohua; Ren, Zhifeng; Broido, D.; Wilson, Stephen D

    2012-01-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering measurements are utilized to explore relative changes in the generalized phonon density of states of nanocrystalline Si1 xGex thermoelectric materials prepared via ball-milling and hot-pressing techniques. Dynamic signatures of Ge clustering can be inferred from the data by referencing the resulting spectra to a density functional theoretical model assuming homogeneous alloying via the virtual-crystal approximation. Comparisons are also presented between as-milled Si nanopowder and bulk, polycrystalline Si where a preferential low-energy enhancement and lifetime broadening of the phonon density of states appear in the nanopowder. Negligible differences are however observed between the phonon spectra of bulk Si andhot-pressed, nanostructured Si samples suggesting that changes to the single-phonon dynamics above 4 meV play only a secondary role in the modified heat conduction of this compound.

  7. Near and sub-barrier fusion of neutron-rich oxygen and carbon nuclei using low-intensity beams

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    Steinbach, Tracy K.

    Fusion between neutron-rich light nuclei in the crust of an accreting neutron star has been proposed as a heat source that triggers an X-ray superburst. To explore the probability with which such fusion events occur and examine their decay characteristics, an experimental program using beams of neutron-rich light nuclei has been established. Evaporation residues resulting from the fusion of oxygen and 12C nuclei, are directly measured and distinguished from unreacted beam particles on the basis of their energy and time-of-flight. Using an experimental setup developed for measurements utilizing low-intensity (< 105 ions/s) radioactive beams, the fusion excitation functions for 16O + 12C and 18O + 12C have been measured. The fusion excitation function for 18O + 12C has been measured in the sub-barrier domain down to the 820 mub level, a factor of 30 lower than previous direct measurements. This measured fusion excitation function is compared to the predictions of a density constrained time-dependent Hartree-Fock model. This comparison reveals a shape difference in the fusion excitation functions, indicating a larger tunneling probability for the experimental data as compared to the theoretical calculations. In addition to the measured cross-section, the measured angular distribution of the evaporation residues provides insight into the relative importance of the different de-excitation channels. These evaporation residue angular distributions are compared to the predictions of a statistical model code, evapOR, revealing an under-prediction of the de-excitation channels associated with alpha particle emission.

  8. Magnetostructural transition in Fe{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} observed with neutron diffraction

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    Cedervall, Johan; Kontos, Sofia; Hansen, Thomas C.; Balmes, Olivier; Martinez-Casado, Francisco Javier; Matej, Zdenek; Beran, Premysl; Svedlindh, Peter; Gunnarsson, Klas; Sahlberg, Martin

    2016-03-15

    The crystal and magnetic structure of Fe{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} has been studied by a combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction. Also, the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy constant has been estimated from magnetisation measurements. High quality samples have been prepared using high temperature synthesis and subsequent heat treatment protocols. The crystal structure is tetragonal within the space group I4/mcm and the compound behaves ferromagnetically with a Curie temperature of 760 K. At 172 K a spin reorientation occurs in the compound and the magnetic moments go from aligning along the c-axis (high T) down to the ab-plane (low T). The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy constant has been estimated to 0.3 MJ/m{sup 3} at 300 K. - Highlights: • The crystal and magnetic structure of Fe{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} has been studied by diffraction. • At 172 K a spin reorientation occurs in the compound. • The magnetic moments are aligned along the c-axis at high T. • The magnetic moments are aligned in the ab-plane at low T. • The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy constant has been estimated to 0.3 MJ/m{sup 3}.

  9. A polarized neutron study of the magnetization distribution in Co₂FeSi.

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    Brown, P J; Kainuma, R; Kanomata, T; Neumann, K-U; Okubo, A; Umetsu, R Y; Ziebeck, K R A

    2013-05-22

    The magnetization distribution in Co2FeSi which has the largest moment per formula unit ∼6 μB of all Heusler alloys, has been determined using polarized neutron diffraction. The experimentally determined magnetization has been integrated over spheres centred on the three sites of the L12 structure giving μ Fe = 3.10(3) μB and μ Co = 1.43(2) μB, results which are slightly lower than the moments in atomic spheres of similar radii obtained in recent LDA + U band structure calculations (Li et al 2010 Chin. Phys. B 19 097102). Approximately 50% of the magnetic carriers at the Fe sites were found to be in orbitals with eg symmetry. This was higher, ≃65%, at the Co sites. Both Fe and Co were found to have orbital moments that are larger than those predicted. Comparison with similar results obtained for related alloys suggests that there must be a finite density of states in both spin bands at the Fermi energy indicating that Co2FeSi is not a perfect half-metallic ferromagnet.

  10. Nuclear Shape And Size Properties For Rare-earth Neutron-rich Nuclei

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    Benhamouda, N.; Oudih, M. R.; Allal, N. H.; Fellah, M.

    2009-01-28

    Two-neutron separation energies, quadrupole moments and mean square charge radii, are evaluated for even-even Osmium isotopes with 78{<=}N{<=}114. The calculations are performed in the framework of a microscopic model including the pairing correlations rigorously by means of the FSBCS (Fixed-Sharp-BCS) method.

  11. Detection of fast neutrons from D-T nuclear reaction using a 4H-SiC radiation detector

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    Zatko, Bohumir; Sagatova, Andrea; Sedlackova, Katarina; Necas, Vladimir; Dubecky, Frantisek; Solar, Michael; Granja, Carlos

    2016-09-01

    The particle detector based on a high purity epitaxial layer of 4H-SiC exhibits promising properties in detection of various types of ionizing radiation. Due to the wide band gap of 4H-SiC semiconductor material, the detector can reliably operate at room and also elevated temperatures. In this work we focused on detection of fast neutrons generated the by D-T (deuterium-tritium) nuclear reaction. The epitaxial layer with a thickness of 105 μm was used as a detection part. A circular Schottky contact of a Au/Ni double layer was evaporated on both sides of the detector material. The detector structure was characterized by current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements, at first. The results show very low current density (<0.1 nA/cm2) at room temperature and good homogeneity of free carrier concentration in the investigated depth. The fabricated detectors were tested for detection of fast neutrons generated by the D-T reaction. The energies of detected fast neutrons varied from 16.0 MeV to 18.3 MeV according to the acceleration potential of deuterons, which increased from 600 kV up to 2 MV. Detection of fast neutrons in the SiC detector is caused by the elastic and inelastic scattering on the silicon or carbide component of the detector material. Another possibility that increases the detection efficiency is the use of a conversion layer. In our measurements, we glued a HDPE (high density polyethylene) conversion layer on the detector Schottky contact to transform fast neutrons to protons. Hydrogen atoms contained in the conversion layer have a high probability of interaction with neutrons through elastic scattering. Secondary generated protons flying to the detector can be easily detected. The detection properties of detectors with and without the HDPE conversion layer were compared.

  12. Spectroscopy of Neutron-rich Nuclei of the A{approx_equal}60 region populated through binary heavy-ion collisions

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    Lunardi, S.

    2008-11-11

    Neutron-rich nuclei of the mass A = 60 region (from V to Fe) have been studied through multi-nucleon transfer reactions by bombarding a {sup 238}U target with beams of {sup 64}Ni and {sup 70}Zn. Unambiguous identification of prompt {gamma} rays belonging to each nucleus has been achieved by using the efficient gamma-array CLARA coupled to the large-acceptance magnetic spectrometer PRISMA installed at the Legnaro National Laboratories. With the new data, the existence of the N = 32 sub-shell closure has been corroborated through the study of odd V isotopes, whereas a new region of deformation appears for neutron-rich Fe nuclei close to N = 40. The results obtained for all these nuclei are compared with shell model calculations which reproduces quite well the experimental data also for the most neutron-rich nuclei when excitations from the fp shell into the upper g{sub 9/2} orbital are allowed.

  13. Effect of neutron irradiation on defect evolution in Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC

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    Tallman, Darin J.; He, Lingfeng; Garcia-Diaz, Brenda L.; ...

    2015-10-23

    Here, we report on the characterization of defects formed in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC samples exposed to neutron irradiation – up to 0.1 displacements per atom (dpa) at 350 ± 40 °C or 695 ± 25 °C, and up to 0.4 dpa at 350 ± 40 °C. Black spots are observed in both Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC after irradiation to both 0.1 and 0.4 dpa at 350 °C. After irradiation to 0.1 dpa at 695 °C, small basal dislocation loops, with a Burgers vector of b = 1/2 [0001] are observed in both materials. At 9 ± 3 and 10 ±more » 5 nm, the loop diameters in the Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC samples, respectively, were comparable. At 1 × 1023 loops/m3, the dislocation loop density in Ti2AlC was ≈1.5 orders of magnitude greater than in Ti3SiC2, at 3 x 1021 loops/m3. After irradiation at 350 °C, extensive microcracking was observed in Ti2AlC, but not in Ti3SiC2. The room temperature electrical resistivities increased as a function of neutron dose for all samples tested, and appear to saturate in the case of Ti3SiC2. The MAX phases are unequivocally more neutron radiation tolerant than the impurity phases TiC and Al2O3. Based on these results, Ti3SiC2 appears to be a more promising MAX phase candidate for high temperature nuclear applications than Ti2AlC.« less

  14. Development of SiPM-based scintillator tile detectors for a multi-layer fast neutron tracker

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    Preston, R.; Jakubek, J.; Prokopovich, D.; Uher, J.

    2012-10-01

    We are developing thin tile scintillator detectors with silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) readout for use in a multi-layer fast-neutron tracker. The tracker is based on interleaved Timepix and plastic scintillator layers. The thin 15 × 15 × 2 mm plastic scintillators require suitable optical readout in order to detect and measure the energy lost by energetic protons that have been recoiled by fast neutrons. Our first prototype used dual SiPMs, coupled to opposite edges of the scintillator tile using light-guides. An alternative readout geometry was designed in an effort to increase the fraction of scintillation light detected by the SiPMs. The new prototype uses a larger SiPM array to cover the entire top face of the tile. This paper details the comparative performance of the two prototype designs. A deuterium-tritium (DT) fast-neutron source was used to compare the relative light collection efficiency of the two designs. A collimated UV light source was scanned across the detector face to map the uniformity. The new prototype was found to have 9.5 times better light collection efficiency over the original design. Both prototypes exhibit spatial non-uniformity in their response. Methods of correcting this non-uniformity are discussed.

  15. Influence of pairing correlations on the radius of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Zhang, Ying; Chen, Ying; Meng, Jie; Ring, Peter

    2017-01-01

    The influence of pairing correlations on the neutron root mean square (rms) radius of nuclei is investigated in the framework of self-consistent Skyrme Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov calculations. The continuum is treated appropriately by the Green's function techniques. As an example the nucleus 124Zr is treated for a varying strength of pairing correlations. We find that, as the pairing strength increases, the neutron rms radius first shrinks, reaches a minimum, and beyond this point it expands again. The shrinkage is due to the the so-called pairing antihalo effect, i.e., due to the decrease of the asymptotic density distribution with increasing pairing. However, in some cases, increasing pairing correlations can also lead to an expansion of the nucleus due to a growing occupation of so-called halo orbits, i.e., weakly bound states and resonances in the continuum with low-ℓ values. In this case, the neutron radii are extended just by the influence of pairing correlations, since these halo orbits cannot be occupied without pairing. The term "antihalo effect" is not justified in such cases. For a full understanding of this complicated interplay, self-consistent calculations are necessary.

  16. Production of beams of neutron-rich nuclei between Ca and Ni using the ion-guide technique

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    Perajarvi, K.; Cerny, J.; Hager, U.; Hakala, J.; Huikari, J.; Jokinen, A.; Karvonen, P.; Kurpeta, J.; Lee, D.; Moore, I.; Penttila, H.; Popov, A.; Aysto, J.

    2004-09-28

    Since several elements between Z = 20-28 are refractory in their nature, their neutron-rich isotopes are rarely available as low energy Radioactive Ion Beams (RIB) in ordinary Isotope Separator On-Line facilities [1-4]. These low energy RIBs would be especially interesting to have available under conditions which allow high-resolution beta-decay spectroscopy, ion-trapping and laser-spectroscopy. As an example, availability of these beams would open a way for research which could produce interesting and important data on neutron-rich nuclei around the doubly magic {sup 78}Ni. One way to overcome the intrinsic difficulty of producing these beams is to rely on the chemically unselective Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line (IGISOL) technique [5]. Quasi- and deep-inelastic reactions, such as {sup 197}Au({sup 65}Cu,X)Y, could be used to produce these nuclei in existing IGISOL facilities, but before they can be successfully incorporated into the IGISOL concept their kinematics must be well understood. Therefore the reaction kinematics part of this study was first performed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory using its 88'' cyclotron and, based on those results, a specialized target chamber was built[6]. The target chamber shown in Fig. 1 was recently tested on-line at the Jyvaaskylaa IGISOL facility. Yields of mass-separated radioactive projectile-like species such as {sup 62,63}Co are about 0.8 ions/s/pnA, corresponding to about 0.06 % of the total IGISOL efficiency for the products that hit the Ni-degrader. (The current maximum 443 MeV {sup 65}Cu beam intensity at Jyvaaskylaa is about 20 pnA.) This total IGISOL efficiency is a product of two coupled loss factors, namely inadequate thermalization and the intrinsic IGISOL efficiency. In our now tested chamber, about 9 % of the Co recoils are thermalized in the owing He gas (p{sub He}=300 mbar) and about 0.7 % of them are converted into the mass-separated ion beams. In the future, both of these physical

  17. Novel triaxial structure in low-lying states of neutron-rich nuclei around A ≈100

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    Xiang, J.; Yao, J. M.; Fu, Y.; Wang, Z. H.; Li, Z. P.; Long, W. H.

    2016-05-01

    Background: In recent years, the study of triaxiality in the low-lying states of atomic nuclei with transition character or shape coexistence has been of great interest. Previous studies indicate that the neutron-rich nuclei in the A ˜100 mass region with Z ˜40 ,N ˜60 serve as good grounds for examining the role of triaxiality in nuclear low-lying states. Purpose: The aim of this work is to provide a microscopic study of low-lying states for nuclei in the A ˜100 mass regions and to examine in detail the role of triaxiality in the shape-coexistence phenomena and the variation of shape with the isospin and spin values at the beyond mean-field level. Method: The starting point of our method is a set of relativistic mean-field plus BCS wave functions generated with a constraint on triaxial deformations (β ,γ ) . The excitation energies and electric multipole transition strengths of low-lying states are calculated by solving a five-dimensional collective Hamiltonian (5DCH) with parameters determined by the mean-field wave functions. Results: The low-lying states of Mo isotopes and of N =60 isotones in the A ˜100 mass region are calculated. The results indicate that triaxiality is essential to reproduce the data of excitation energies and electric quadrupole transition strengths in low-lying states and plays an important role in the shape evolution as a function of nucleon number. However, the decrease of nuclear collectivity with the increase of angular momentum in neutron-rich Mo isotopes has not been reproduced. Conclusions: The evolution of nuclear collectivity in the low-lying states of neutron-rich nuclei in the A ˜100 mass region as a function of nucleon number is governed by the novel triaxial structure. However, the mechanism that governs the variation of nuclear shape with spin in Mo isotopes remains unclear and deserves further investigation by taking into account the effects other than the collective motions.

  18. {sup 4}H-SiC neutron sensors based on ion implanted {sup 10}B neutron converter layer

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    Issa, F.; Ottaviani, L.; Vervisch, V.; Ferone, R.; Palais, O.; Szalkai, D.; Klix, A.; Vermeeren, L.; Lyoussi, A.; Kuznetsov, A.; Lazar, M.; Hallen, A.

    2015-07-01

    In the framework of the I{sub S}MART project the main aim is to develop an innovative complete radiation detection system based on silicon carbide technology in view to detect neutrons (thermal and fast) and photons for harsh environments. In the present work two geometries have been realized based on ion implantation of boron. In the first geometry, {sup 10}B ions have been implanted into the Al metallic contact to create the neutron converter layer. In the second geometry one single process has been used to realize both the p+-layer and the neutron converter layer. The technological processes followed to fabricate these detectors, with a study of their electrical behavior and their responses under thermal neutron irradiations are addressed in this paper. (authors)

  19. Detection of 14 MeV neutrons in high temperature environment up to 500 deg. C using 4H-SiC based diode detector

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    Szalkai, D.; Klix, A.; Ferone, R.; Issa, F.; Ottaviani, L.; Vervisch, V.; Gehre, D.; Lyoussi, A.

    2015-07-01

    In reactor technology and industrial applications detection of fast and thermal neutrons plays a crucial role in getting relevant information about the reactor environment and neutron yield. The inevitable elevated temperatures make neutron yield measurements problematic. Out of the currently available semiconductors 4H-SiC seems to be the most suitable neutron detector material under extreme conditions due to its high heat and radiation resistance, large band-gap and lower cost of production than in case of competing diamond detectors. In the framework of the European I-Smart project, optimal {sup 4}H-SiC diode geometries were developed for high temperature neutron detection and have been tested with 14 MeV fast neutrons supplied by a deuterium-tritium neutron generator with an average neutron flux of 10{sup 10}-10{sup 11} n/(s*cm{sup 2}) at Neutron Laboratory of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany from room temperatures up to several hundred degrees Celsius. Based on the results of the diode measurements, detector geometries appear to play a crucial role for high temperature measurements up to 500 deg. C. Experimental set-ups using SiC detectors were constructed to simulate operation in the harsh environmental conditions found in the tritium breeding blanket of the ITER fusion reactor, which is planned to be the location of neutron flux characterization measurements in the near future. (authors)

  20. Structural changes in C–S–H gel during dissolution: Small-angle neutron scattering and Si-NMR characterization

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    Trapote-Barreira, Ana; Porcar, Lionel; Cama, Jordi; Soler, Josep M.; Allen, Andrew J.

    2015-06-15

    Flow-through experiments were conducted to study the calcium–silicate–hydrate (C–S–H) gel dissolution kinetics. During C–S–H gel dissolution the initial aqueous Ca/Si ratio decreases to reach the stoichiometric value of the Ca/Si ratio of a tobermorite-like phase (Ca/Si = 0.83). As the Ca/Si ratio decreases, the solid C–S–H dissolution rate increases from (4.5 × 10{sup −} {sup 14} to 6.7 × 10{sup −} {sup 12}) mol m{sup −} {sup 2} s{sup −} {sup 1}. The changes in the microstructure of the dissolving C–S–H gel were characterized by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and {sup 29}Si magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 29}Si-MAS NMR). The SANS data were fitted using a fractal model. The SANS specific surface area tends to increase with time and the obtained fit parameters reflect the changes in the nanostructure of the dissolving solid C–S–H within the gel. The {sup 29}Si MAS NMR analyses show that with dissolution the solid C–S–H structure tends to a more ordered tobermorite structure, in agreement with the Ca/Si ratio evolution.

  1. Simulation of radiation-defect formation processes in heterostructures with self-assembled Ge(Si)/Si(001) nanoislands under neutron irradiation

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    Skupov, A. V.

    2015-05-15

    TRISQD software is developed for the computer simulation of processes in which radiation defects are formed under the corpuscular irradiation of semiconductor heterostructures with lenticular nanoinclusions of various shapes. The computer program is used to study defect-formation processes in p-i-n diodes with the i region having a built-in 20-period lattice of self-assembled Ge(Si) nanoislands formed under irradiation with high-energy neutrons. It is found that the fraction of Ge(Si) nanoislands in which point radiation defects are formed under the impact of atomic-displacement cascades is ≤3% of their total number in the lattice. More than 94% of the defects are localized in the bulk of the p, n, and i regions of the diode and in silicon layers that separate sheets of Ge(Si) nanoislands.

  2. Si-rich Al2O3 films grown by RF magnetron sputtering: structural and photoluminescence properties versus annealing treatment

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Silicon-rich Al2O3 films (Six(Al2O3)1−x) were co-sputtered from two separate silicon and alumina targets onto a long silicon oxide substrate. The effects of different annealing treatments on the structure and light emission of the films versus x were investigated by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry, X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman scattering, and micro-photoluminescence (PL) methods. The formation of amorphous Si clusters upon the deposition process was found for the films with x ≥ 0.38. The annealing treatment of the films at 1,050°C to 1,150°C results in formation of Si nanocrystallites (Si-ncs). It was observed that their size depends on the type of this treatment. The conventional annealing at 1,150°C for 30 min of the samples with x = 0.5 to 0.68 leads to the formation of Si-ncs with the mean size of about 14 nm, whereas rapid thermal annealing of similar samples at 1,050°C for 1 min showed the presence of Si-ncs with sizes of about 5 nm. Two main broad PL bands were observed in the 500- to 900-nm spectral range with peak positions at 575 to 600 nm and 700 to 750 nm accompanied by near-infrared tail. The low-temperature measurement revealed that the intensity of the main PL band did not change with cooling contrary to the behavior expected for quantum confined Si-ncs. Based on the analysis of PL spectrum, it is supposed that the near-infrared PL component originates from the exciton recombination in the Si-ncs. However, the most intense emission in the visible spectral range is due to either defects in matrix or electron states at the Si-nc/matrix interface. PMID:23758885

  3. Leap to explore the region of neutron-rich heavy element isotopes

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    Hoffman, D.C.

    1985-10-01

    The research aims of the Large Einsteinium Activation Program (LEAP) are described. This program is a major initiative to exploit currently existing expertise in heavy element research and the potential for producing very heavy actinide target materials such as 285-day /sup 254/Es at the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The stated aims of the program are to produce heavy element isotopes, to conduct chemical studies of these isotopes, to study the nuclear properties of such isotopes, and to produce a superheavy element (183 neutrons) by the using a /sup 254/Es target and /sup 48/Ca projectiles. 13 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs. (DWL)

  4. {beta}-Decay Half-Lives of New Neutron-Rich Isotopes of Elements from Pm to Tb

    SciTech Connect

    S. Ichikawa; M. Asai; K. Tsukada; A. Osa; M. Sakama; Y. Kojima; M. Shibata; I. Nishinaka; Y. Nagame; Y. Oura; K. Kawade

    1999-12-31

    Eight new neutron-rich lanthanide isotopes produced in the proton-induced fission of {sup 238}U have been identified using the JAERI on-line isotope separator (JAERI-ISOL) coupled to a gas-jet transport system. For six of these, each half-life was determined: {sup 159}Pm (2 {+-} 1 s), {sup 161}Sm (4.8 {+-} 0.8 s), {sup 165}Gd (10.3 {+-} 1.6 s), {sup 166}Tb (21 {+-} 6 s), {sup 167}Tb (19.4 {+-} 2.7 s) and {sup 168}Tb (8.2 {+-} 1.3 s). The observed half-lives were compared with theoretical calculations. The recent calculation by the gross theory with the new one-particle strength function shows quite good agreement with the experimental half-lives.

  5. {beta}-decay half-lives of new neutron-rich isotopes of elements from Pm to Tb

    SciTech Connect

    Ichikawa, S.; Asai, M.; Tsukada, K.; Nishinaka, I.; Nagame, Y.; Osa, A.; Sakama, M.; Oura, Y.; Kojima, Y.; Shibata, M.; Kawade, K.

    1999-11-16

    Eight new neutron-rich lanthanide isotopes produced in the proton-induced fission of {sup 238}U have been identified using the JAERI on-line isotope separator (JAERI-ISOL) coupled to a gas-jet transport system. For six of these, each half-life was determined: {sup 159}Pm (2{+-}1 s), {sup 161}Sm (4.8{+-}0.8 s), {sup 165}Gd (10.3{+-}1.6 s), {sup 166}Tb (21{+-}6 s), {sup 167}Tb (19.4{+-}2.7 s) and {sup 168}Tb (8.2{+-}1.3 s). The observed half-lives were compared with theoretical calculations. The recent calculation by the gross theory with the new one-particle strength function shows quite good agreement with the experimental half-lives.

  6. Shell quenching in {sup 78}Ni: A hint from the structure of neutron-rich copper isotopes

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    Sieja, K.; Nowacki, F.

    2010-06-15

    Recent progress in experimental techniques allows us to study very exotic systems like neutron-rich nuclei in the vicinity of {sup 78}Ni. The spectroscopy of this region can nowadays be studied theoretically in the large scale shell model calculations. In this work, we perform a shell model study of odd copper nuclei with N=40-50, in a large valence space with the {sup 48}Ca core, using a realistic interaction derived from the CD-Bonn potential. We present the crucial importance of the proton core excitations for the description of spectra and magnetic moments, which are for the first time correctly reproduced in theoretical calculations. Shell evolution from {sup 68}Ni to {sup 78}Ni is discussed in detail. A weakening of the Z=28 gap when approaching the N=50 shell closure, suggested by the experimental evidence, is confirmed in the calculations.

  7. Spectroscopic Quadrupole Moments in Sr,9896 : Evidence for Shape Coexistence in Neutron-Rich Strontium Isotopes at N =60

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Clément, E.; Zielińska, M.; Görgen, A.; Korten, W.; Péru, S.; Libert, J.; Goutte, H.; Hilaire, S.; Bastin, B.; Bauer, C.; Blazhev, A.; Bree, N.; Bruyneel, B.; Butler, P. A.; Butterworth, J.; Delahaye, P.; Dijon, A.; Doherty, D. T.; Ekström, A.; Fitzpatrick, C.; Fransen, C.; Georgiev, G.; Gernhäuser, R.; Hess, H.; Iwanicki, J.; Jenkins, D. G.; Larsen, A. C.; Ljungvall, J.; Lutter, R.; Marley, P.; Moschner, K.; Napiorkowski, P. J.; Pakarinen, J.; Petts, A.; Reiter, P.; Renstrøm, T.; Seidlitz, M.; Siebeck, B.; Siem, S.; Sotty, C.; Srebrny, J.; Stefanescu, I.; Tveten, G. M.; Van de Walle, J.; Vermeulen, M.; Voulot, D.; Warr, N.; Wenander, F.; Wiens, A.; De Witte, H.; Wrzosek-Lipska, K.

    2016-01-01

    Neutron-rich Sr,9896 isotopes have been investigated by safe Coulomb excitation of radioactive beams at the REX-ISOLDE facility. Reduced transition probabilities and spectroscopic quadrupole moments have been extracted from the differential Coulomb excitation cross sections. These results allow, for the first time, the drawing of definite conclusions about the shape coexistence of highly deformed prolate and spherical configurations. In particular, a very small mixing between the coexisting states is observed, contrary to other mass regions where strong mixing is present. Experimental results have been compared to beyond-mean-field calculations using the Gogny D1S interaction in a five-dimensional collective Hamiltonian formalism, which reproduce the shape change at N =60 .

  8. The structure of molten CaSiO3: A neutron diffraction isotope substitution and aerodynamic levitation study.

    SciTech Connect

    Skinner, Lawrie; Benmore, Chris J; Weber, Richard; Santodonato, Louis J; Tumber, Sonia; Neuefeind, Joerg C; Lazareva, Lena; Du, Jincheng; Parise, John B

    2012-01-01

    We have performed neutron diffraction isotopic substitution experiments on aerodynamically levitated droplets of CaSiO3, to directly extract intermediate and local structural information on the Ca environment. The results show a substantial broadening of the Ca-O peak in the pair distribution function of the melt compared to the glass, which comprises primarily of 6- and 7-fold coordinated Ca-polyhedra. The broadening can be explained by a re-distribution of Ca-O bond lengths, especially towards longer distances in the liquid. The first order neutron difference function provides a rigorous test of recent molecular dynamics simulations and supports the model of the presence of short chains or channels of edge shared Ca-octahedra in the liquid state. It is suggested that the polymerization of Ca-polyhedra is responsible for the fragile viscosity behavior of the melt and the glass forming ability in CaSiO3.

  9. β -decay half-lives of neutron-rich nuclei at A ~ 110 on r-process path

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nishizuka, Ippei; Sumikama, Toshiyuki; Browne, Frank; Bruce, Alison; Nishimura, Shunji; Doornenbal, Pieter; Lorusso, Giuseppe; Patel, Zena; Rice, Simon; Sinclair, Laura; Soderstom, Par-Ander; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Wu, Jin; Xu, Zhengyu; Yagi, Ayumi; Eurica Collaboration

    2014-09-01

    About half of the elements heavier than iron are thought to be produced by rapid-neutron capture process (r-process). The observed natural abundance in solar system was underestimated by a theoretical model at A ~ 110 , which uses β-decay half-lives. In the present study, we measured new β half-lives of neutron-rich nuclei on r-process path at RIBF in RIKEN. The nuclei of interest were produced by in-flight fission of uranium beam in beryllium target. The WAS3ABi detector which was 5 stacked double-sided silicon strip detectors (60 × 40 × 1 mm3), was used for the implantation of ions and the detection of both the implanted ions and the subsequently-emitted β rays. It is essential to make a position correlation between the mother nucleus and the β rays. In this talk, the analysis of the position correlation will be presented in detail. Preliminary results will be also shown.

  10. First in-beam γ -ray study of the level structure of neutron-rich 39S

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chapman, R.; Wang, Z. M.; Bouhelal, M.; Haas, F.; Liang, X.; Azaiez, F.; Behera, B. R.; Burns, M.; Caurier, E.; Corradi, L.; Curien, D.; Deacon, A. N.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Farnea, E.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Hodsdon, A.; Ibrahim, F.; Jungclaus, A.; Keyes, K.; Kumar, V.; Lunardi, S.; Mǎrginean, N.; Montagnoli, G.; Napoli, D. R.; Nowacki, F.; Ollier, J.; O'Donnell, D.; Papenberg, A.; Pollarolo, G.; Salsac, M.-D.; Scarlassara, F.; Smith, J. F.; Spohr, K. M.; Stanoiu, M.; Stefanini, A. M.; Szilner, S.; Trotta, M.; Verney, D.

    2016-08-01

    The neutron-rich 39S nucleus has been studied using binary grazing reactions produced by the interaction of a 215-MeV beam of 36S ions with a thin 208Pb target. The magnetic spectrometer, PRISMA, and the γ -ray array, CLARA, were used in the measurements. Gamma-ray transitions of the following energies were observed: 339, 398, 466, 705, 1517, 1656, and 1724 keV. Five of the observed transitions have been tentatively assigned to the decay of excited states with spins up to (11 /2- ). The results of a state-of-the-art shell-model calculation of the level scheme of 39S using the SDPF-U effective interaction are also presented. The systematic behavior of the excitation energy of the first 11 /2- states in the odd-A isotopes of sulfur and argon is discussed in relation to the excitation energy of the first excited 2+ states of the adjacent even-A isotopes. The states of 39S that have the components in their wave functions corresponding to three neutrons in the 1 f7 /2 orbital outside the N =20 core have also been discussed within the context of the 0 ℏ ω shell-model calculations presented here.

  11. β-decay study of neutron-rich ^102Rb at TRIUMF-ISAC

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    Wang, Zhimin

    2012-10-01

    Experimental investigations of the β-decay properties of nuclei which lie along the astrophysical r-process are becoming possible with modern facilities and detection systems. In this experiment, a ^102Rb beam was produced by 500 MeV, 10 μA protons impinging on a multilayer UCx target at TRIUMF-ISAC Facility. The beam of ^102Rb ions was implanted on a movable tape at the center of the 8π spectrometer. The 20 HPGe 8π γ-ray detectors were coupled with SCEPTAR, an hemispherical array of scintillators for β-tagging and DANTE, an array of five LaBr3 detectors for fast γ-ray timing. A preliminary analysis has allowed the first identification of the 4^+ to 2^+ transition in the daughter nucleus, ^102Sr. A near identical low-lying band structure of ^102Sr with ^98, 100Sr nuclei has been observed, indicating the rigidly deformed rotational nature continues towards to the N=66 midshell. The current experimental measurements of ^102Rb β-decay half life as well as the β-delayed neutron emission branching ratio compared with reported values, the shorter β-decay half life and the larger β-delayed neutron emission branching ratio will locally reshape astrophysical r-process predictions.

  12. Characterization of isomers in the neutron-rich odd-odd nucleus {sup 156}Pm

    SciTech Connect

    Sood, P. C.; Gowrishankar, R; Sai, K. Vijay; Sainath, M.

    2011-02-15

    Critical examination of the experimental data from {sup 156}Nd and {sup 156}Pm {beta} decays and the observed location of relevant neutron and proton orbitals in the neighboring odd-A isotones and isotopes, taken together with the low-lying two-quasiparticle (2qp) structures expected in {sup 156}Pm from the rotor-particle model, lead to the conclusion that a consistent description of all the available data is achieved with the I{sup {pi}}=4{sup +} spin-parity assignment to the 26.7s {sup 156}Pm ground state (g.s.) and assignment of I{sup {pi}}=1{sup +} to its 150.3-keV isomer with the 2qp configuration 4{sub g.s.}{sup +}{l_brace}p{sub o}:5/2[532{up_arrow}]{+-}n{sub o}:3/2[521{up_arrow}]{r_brace}1{sub 150}{sup +}. In the process, a two-neutron configuration is also suggested for the 1509-keV 4{sup +} level in the daughter nucleus {sup 156}Sm. The present analysis reiterates the important question of whether the {beta}-decay log ft value, by itself, can be employed to deduce the relative parity of the {beta}-connected states.

  13. Electromagnetic modeling of waveguide amplifier based on Nd3+ Si-rich SiO2 layers by means of the ADE-FDTD method.

    PubMed

    Dufour, Christian; Cardin, Julien; Debieu, Olivier; Fafin, Alexandre; Gourbilleau, Fabrice

    2011-04-04

    By means of ADE-FDTD method, this paper investigates the electromagnetic modelling of a rib-loaded waveguide composed of a Nd3+ doped Silicon Rich Silicon Oxide active layer sandwiched between a SiO2 bottom cladding and a SiO2 rib. The Auxilliary Differential Equations are the rate equations which govern the levels populations. The Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) scheme is used to solve the space and time dependent Maxwell equations which describe the electromagnetic field in a copropagating scheme of both pumping (λpump = 488 nm) and signal (λsignal = 1064 nm) waves. Such systems are characterized by extremely different specific times such as the period of electromagnetic field ~ 10-15 s and the lifetimes of the electronic levels between ~ 10-10s and ~ 10-4 s. The time scaling method is used in addition to specific initial conditions in order to decrease the computational time. We show maps of the Poynting vector along the propagation direction as a function of the silicon nanograin (Si-ng) concentrations. A threshold value of 1024 Si-ng m-3 is extracted below which the pump wave can propagate so that a signal amplication is possible.

  14. Electromagnetic modeling of waveguide amplifier based on Nd3+ Si-rich SiO2 layers by means of the ADE-FDTD method

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    By means of ADE-FDTD method, this paper investigates the electromagnetic modelling of a rib-loaded waveguide composed of a Nd3+ doped Silicon Rich Silicon Oxide active layer sandwiched between a SiO2 bottom cladding and a SiO2 rib. The Auxilliary Differential Equations are the rate equations which govern the levels populations. The Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) scheme is used to solve the space and time dependent Maxwell equations which describe the electromagnetic field in a copropagating scheme of both pumping (λpump = 488 nm) and signal (λsignal = 1064 nm) waves. Such systems are characterized by extremely different specific times such as the period of electromagnetic field ~ 10-15 s and the lifetimes of the electronic levels between ~ 10-10s and ~ 10-4 s. The time scaling method is used in addition to specific initial conditions in order to decrease the computational time. We show maps of the Poynting vector along the propagation direction as a function of the silicon nanograin (Si-ng) concentrations. A threshold value of 1024 Si-ng m-3 is extracted below which the pump wave can propagate so that a signal amplication is possible. PMID:21711829

  15. From laser particle acceleration to the synthesis of extremely neutron rich isotopes via the novel fission-fusion mechanism

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    Thirolf, P. G.

    2015-02-24

    High-power, short pulse lasers have emerged in the last decade as attractive tools for accelerating charged particles (electrons, ions) to high energies over mm-scale acceleration lengths, thus promising to rival conventional acceleration techniques in the years ahead. In the first part of the article, the principles of laser-plasma interaction as well as the techniques and the current status of the acceleration of electron and ion beams will be briefly introduced. In particular with the upcoming next generation of multi-PW class laser systems, such as the one under construction for the ELI-Nuclear Physics project in Bucharest (ELI-NP), very efficient acceleration mechanisms for brilliant ion beams like radiation pressure acceleration (RPA) come into reach. Here, ultra-dense ion beams reaching solid-state density can be accelerated from thin target foils, exceeding the density of conventionally accelerated ion beams by about 14 orders of magnitude. This unique property of laser-accelerated ion beams can be exploited to explore the scenario of a new reaction mechanism called ‘fission-fusion’, which will be introduced in the second part of the article. Accelerating fissile species (e.g. {sup 232}Th) towards a second layer of the same material will lead to fission both of the beam-like and target-like particles. Due to the close to solid-state density of the accelerated ion bunches, fusion may occur between neutron-rich (light) fission products. This may open an access path towards extremely neutron-rich nuclides in the vicinity of the N=126 waiting point of the astrophysical r process. ‘Waiting points’ at closed nucleon shells play a crucial role in controlling the reaction rates. However, since most of the pathway of heavy-element formation via the rapid-neutron capture process (r-process) runs in ‘terra incognita’ of the nuclear landscape, in particular the waiting point at N=126 is yet unexplored and will remain largely inaccessible to conventional

  16. From laser particle acceleration to the synthesis of extremely neutron rich isotopes via the novel fission-fusion mechanism

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    Thirolf, P. G.

    2015-02-01

    High-power, short pulse lasers have emerged in the last decade as attractive tools for accelerating charged particles (electrons, ions) to high energies over mm-scale acceleration lengths, thus promising to rival conventional acceleration techniques in the years ahead. In the first part of the article, the principles of laser-plasma interaction as well as the techniques and the current status of the acceleration of electron and ion beams will be briefly introduced. In particular with the upcoming next generation of multi-PW class laser systems, such as the one under construction for the ELI-Nuclear Physics project in Bucharest (ELI-NP), very efficient acceleration mechanisms for brilliant ion beams like radiation pressure acceleration (RPA) come into reach. Here, ultra-dense ion beams reaching solid-state density can be accelerated from thin target foils, exceeding the density of conventionally accelerated ion beams by about 14 orders of magnitude. This unique property of laser-accelerated ion beams can be exploited to explore the scenario of a new reaction mechanism called `fission-fusion', which will be introduced in the second part of the article. Accelerating fissile species (e.g. 232Th ) towards a second layer of the same material will lead to fission both of the beam-like and target-like particles. Due to the close to solid-state density of the accelerated ion bunches, fusion may occur between neutron-rich (light) fission products. This may open an access path towards extremely neutron-rich nuclides in the vicinity of the N=126 waiting point of the astrophysical r process. `Waiting points' at closed nucleon shells play a crucial role in controlling the reaction rates. However, since most of the pathway of heavy-element formation via the rapid-neutron capture process (r-process) runs in `terra incognita' of the nuclear landscape, in particular the waiting point at N=126 is yet unexplored and will remain largely inaccessible to conventional nuclear reaction

  17. Intermediate-range order in permanently densified vitreous SiO sub 2 : A neutron-diffraction and molecular-dynamics study

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    Susman, S.; Volin, K.J.; Price, D.L.; Grimsditch, M.; Rino, J.P.; Kalia, R.K.; Vashishta, P. ); Gwanmesia, G.; Wang, Y.; Liebermann, R.C. )

    1991-01-01

    The structure of pressure-densified vitreous SiO{sub 2} has been investigated using neutron-diffraction and molecular-dynamics techniques. After compression to 16 GPa at room temperature, recovered samples have densities 20% higher than normal vitreous SiO{sub 2} and show substantial changes in the first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP): an indication of modification in the intermediate-range order. The changes in the FSDP are due to increased frustration caused by the decrease in the Si-O-Si bond angle and a shift in the Si-Si and O-O correlations in the range of 4--8 A toward lower distances.

  18. Spectroscopy of the neutron-rich hypernucleus HeΛ7 from electron scattering

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    Gogami, T.; Chen, C.; Kawama, D.; ...

    2016-08-12

    Here, the missing mass spectroscopy of themore » $$^{7}_{\\Lambda}$$He hypernucleus was performed, using the $$^{7}$$Li$$(e,e^{\\prime}K^{+})^{7}_{\\Lambda}$$He reaction at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Hall C. The $$\\Lambda$$ binding energy of the ground state (1/2$$^{+}$$) was determined with a smaller error than that of the previous measurement, being $$B_{\\Lambda}$$ = 5.55 $$\\pm$$ 0.10(stat.) $$\\pm$$ 0.11(sys.) MeV. The experiment also provided new insight into charge symmetry breaking in p-shell hypernuclear systems. Finally, a peak at $$B_{\\Lambda}$$ = 3.65 $$\\pm$$ 0.20(stat.) $$\\pm$$ 0.11(sys.) MeV was observed and assigned as a mixture of 3/2$$^{+}$$ and 5/2$$^{+}$$ states, confirming the "gluelike" behavior of $$\\Lambda$$, which makes an unstable state in $$^{6}$$He stable against neutron emission.« less

  19. Spectroscopy of the neutron-rich hypernucleus He7Λ from electron scattering

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    Gogami, T.; Chen, C.; Kawama, D.; Achenbach, P.; Ahmidouch, A.; Albayrak, I.; Androic, D.; Asaturyan, A.; Asaturyan, R.; Ates, O.; Baturin, P.; Badui, R.; Boeglin, W.; Bono, J.; Brash, E.; Carter, P.; Chiba, A.; Christy, E.; Danagoulian, S.; De Leo, R.; Doi, D.; Elaasar, M.; Ent, R.; Fujii, Y.; Fujita, M.; Furic, M.; Gabrielyan, M.; Gan, L.; Garibaldi, F.; Gaskell, D.; Gasparian, A.; Han, Y.; Hashimoto, O.; Horn, T.; Hu, B.; Hungerford, Ed. V.; Jones, M.; Kanda, H.; Kaneta, M.; Kato, S.; Kawai, M.; Khanal, H.; Kohl, M.; Liyanage, A.; Luo, W.; Maeda, K.; Margaryan, A.; Markowitz, P.; Maruta, T.; Matsumura, A.; Maxwell, V.; Mkrtchyan, A.; Mkrtchyan, H.; Nagao, S.; Nakamura, S. N.; Narayan, A.; Neville, C.; Niculescu, G.; Niculescu, M. I.; Nunez, A.; Nuruzzaman, Okayasu, Y.; Petkovic, T.; Pochodzalla, J.; Qiu, X.; Reinhold, J.; Rodriguez, V. M.; Samanta, C.; Sawatzky, B.; Seva, T.; Shichijo, A.; Tadevosyan, V.; Tang, L.; Taniya, N.; Tsukada, K.; Veilleux, M.; Vulcan, W.; Wesselmann, F. R.; Wood, S. A.; Yamamoto, T.; Ya, L.; Ye, Z.; Yokota, K.; Yuan, L.; Zhamkochyan, S.; Zhu, L.; HKS JLab E05-115 Collaboration

    2016-08-01

    The missing mass spectroscopy of the He7Λ hypernucleus was performed using the 7Li(e ,e'K+) He7Λ reaction at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Hall C. The Λ -binding energy of the ground-state (1 /2+ ) was determined with a smaller error than that of the previous measurement, being BΛ=5.55 ±0 .10stat .±0 .11sys .MeV . The experiment also provided new insight into charge symmetry breaking in p -shell hypernuclear systems. Finally, a peak at BΛ=3.65 ±0 .20stat .±0 .11sys .MeV was observed and assigned as a mixture of 3 /2+ and 5 /2+ states, confirming the "gluelike" behavior of Λ , which makes an unstable state in 6He stable against neutron emission.

  20. Electromagnetic properties of neutron-rich nuclei adjacent to the Z = 50 shell closure

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    Rejmund, M.; Navin, A.; Biswas, S.; Lemasson, A.; Caamaño, M.; Clément, E.; Delaune, O.; Farget, F.; de France, G.; Jacquot, B.; Van Isacker, P.

    2016-02-01

    Low-lying high-spin yrast states in the exotic odd-odd isotopes 124-128Sb (Z = 51) and 118-128In (Z = 49), studied for the first time, show a striking difference in their observed γ-ray decay. With a single valence proton particle/hole occupying the g7/2 /g9/2 spin-orbit partners, dominant electric quadrupole transitions occur in Sb as opposed to magnetic dipole transitions in In. The observed properties are explained on the basis of general principles of symmetry and with large-scale shell-model calculations, and reveal novel aspects of the competition between the neutron-proton interaction and the like-nucleon pairing interaction.

  1. Predicted yields of new neutron-rich isotopes of nuclei with Z=64-80 in the multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 48}Ca+{sup 238}U

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    Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Sargsyan, V. V.; Scheid, W.

    2010-05-15

    The production cross sections of new neutron-rich isotopes of nuclei with charge numbers Z=64-80 are estimated for future experiments in the multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 48}Ca+{sup 238}U at bombarding energy E{sub c.m.}=189 MeV close to the Coulomb barrier.

  2. Role of nuclear couplings in the inelastic excitation of weakly-bound neutron-rich nuclei

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    Dasso, C.H.; Lenzi, S.M.; Vitturi, A.

    1996-12-31

    Much effort is presently devoted to the study of nuclear systems far from the stability line. Particular emphasis has been placed in light systems such as {sup 11}Li, {sup 8}B and others, where the very small binding energy of the last particles causes their density distribution to extend considerably outside of the remaining nuclear core. Some of the properties associated with this feature are expected to characterize also heavier systems in the vicinity of the proton or neutron drip lines. It is by now well established that low-lying concentrations of multipole strength arise from pure configurations in which a peculiar matching between the wavelength of the continuum wavefunction of the particles and the range of the weakly-bound hole states occurs. To this end the authors consider the break-up of a weakly-bound system in a heavy-ion collision and focus attention in the inelastic excitation of the low-lying part of the continuum. They make use of the fact that previous investigations have shown that the multipole response in this region is not of a collective nature and describe their excited states as pure particle-hole configurations. Since the relevant parameter determining the strength distributions is the binding energy of the last bound orbital they find it most convenient to use single-particle wavefunctions generated by a sperical square-well potential with characteristic nuclear dimensions and whose depth has been adjusted to give rise to a situation in which the last occupied neutron orbital is loosely-bound. Spin-orbit couplings are, for the present purpose, ignored. The results of this investigation clearly indicate that nuclear couplings have the predominant role in causing projectile dissociation in many circumstances, even at bombarding energies remarkably below the Coulomb barrier.

  3. Upbend and M1 scissors mode in neutron-rich nuclei - consequences for r-process $$(n,\\gamma )$$ reaction rates

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    Larsen, A. C.; Goriely, S.; Bernstein, L. A.; ...

    2015-01-01

    An enhanced probability for low-energy γ-emission (upbend, Eγ < 3 MeV) at high excitation energies has been observed for several light and medium-mass nuclei close to the valley of stability. Also the M1 scissors mode seen in deformed nuclei increases the γ-decay probability for low-energy γ-rays (Eγ ≈ 2–3 MeV). These phenomena, if present in neutron-rich nuclei, have the potential to increase radiative neutron-capture rates relevant for the r-process. Furthermore, the experimental and theoretical status of the upbend is discussed, and preliminary calculations of (n,γ) reaction rates for neutron-rich, mid-mass nuclei including the scissors mode are shown.

  4. Upbend and M1 scissors mode in neutron-rich nuclei - consequences for r-process $(n,\\gamma )$ reaction rates

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    Larsen, A. C.; Goriely, S.; Bernstein, L. A.; Bleuel, D. L.; Bracco, A.; Brown, B. A.; Camera, F.; Eriksen, T. K.; Frauendorf, S.; Giacoppo, F.; Guttormsen, M.; Gorgen, A.; Harissopulos, S.; Leoni, S.; Liddick, S. N.; Naqvi, F.; Nyhus, H. T.; Rose, S. J.; Renstrom, T.; Schwengner, R.; Siem, S.; Spyrou, A.; Tveten, G. M.; Voinov, A. V.; Wiedeking, M.

    2015-01-01

    An enhanced probability for low-energy γ-emission (upbend, Eγ < 3 MeV) at high excitation energies has been observed for several light and medium-mass nuclei close to the valley of stability. Also the M1 scissors mode seen in deformed nuclei increases the γ-decay probability for low-energy γ-rays (Eγ ≈ 2–3 MeV). These phenomena, if present in neutron-rich nuclei, have the potential to increase radiative neutron-capture rates relevant for the r-process. Furthermore, the experimental and theoretical status of the upbend is discussed, and preliminary calculations of (n,γ) reaction rates for neutron-rich, mid-mass nuclei including the scissors mode are shown.

  5. Small angle neutron scattering modeling of copper-rich precipitates in steel

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    Spooner, S.

    1997-11-01

    The magnetic to nuclear scattering intensity ratio observed in the scattering from copper rich precipitates in irradiated pressure vessel steels is much smaller than the value of 11.4 expected for a pure copper precipitate in iron. A model for precipitates in pressure vessel steels which matches the observed scattering typically incorporates manganese, nickel, silicon and other elements and it is assumed that the precipitate is non-magnetic. In the present work consideration is given to the effect of composition gradients and ferromagnetic penetration into the precipitate on the small angle scattering cross section for copper rich clusters as distinguished from conventional precipitates. The calculation is an extension of a scattering model for micelles which consist of shells of varying scattering density. A discrepancy between recent SANS scattering experiments on pressure vessel steels was found to be related to applied magnetic field strength. The assumption of cluster structure and its relation to atom probe FIM findings as well as the effects of insufficient field for magnetic saturation is discussed.

  6. Small angle neutron scattering modeling of copper-rich precipitates in steel

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    Spooner, S.

    1997-11-01

    The magnetic-to-nuclear scattering intensity ratio observed in the scattering from copper-rich precipitates in irradiated pressure vessel steels is much smaller than the value of 11.4 expected for a pure copper precipitate in iron. A model for precipitates in pressure vessel steels which matches the observed scattering typically incorporates manganese, nickel, silicon and other elements and it is assumed that the precipitate is non-magnetic. In the present work consideration is given to the effect of composition gradients and ferromagnetic penetration into the precipitate on the small angle scattering cross section for copper-rich clusters as distinguished from conventional precipitates. The calculation is an extension of a scattering model for micelles which consist of shells of varying scattering density. A discrepancy between recent SANS scattering experiments on pressure vessel shells was found to be related to applied magnetic field strength. The assumption of cluster structure and its relation to atom probe FIM findings as well as the effects of insufficient field for magnetic saturation is discussed.

  7. Performance Study of an aSi Flat Panel Detector for Fast Neutron Imaging of Nuclear Waste

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    Schumann, M.; Mauerhofer, E.; Engels, R.; Kemmerling, G.; Frank, M.; Havenith, A.; Kettler, J.; Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, T.; Schitthelm, O.

    2015-07-01

    Radioactive waste must be characterized to check its conformance for intermediate storage and final disposal according to national regulations. For the determination of radio-toxic and chemo-toxic contents of radioactive waste packages non-destructive analytical techniques are preferentially used. Fast neutron imaging is a promising technique to assay large and dense items providing, in complementarity to photon imaging, additional information on the presence of structures in radioactive waste packages. Therefore the feasibility of a compact Neutron Imaging System for Radioactive waste Analysis (NISRA) using 14 MeV neutrons is studied in a cooperation framework of Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, RWTH Aachen University and Siemens AG. However due to the low neutron emission of neutron generators in comparison to research reactors the challenging task resides in the development of an imaging detector with a high efficiency, a low sensitivity to gamma radiation and a resolution sufficient for the purpose. The setup is composed of a commercial D-T neutron generator (Genie16GT, Sodern) with a surrounding shielding made of polyethylene, which acts as a collimator and an amorphous silicon flat panel detector (aSi, 40 x 40 cm{sup 2}, XRD-1642, Perkin Elmer). Neutron detection is achieved using a general propose plastic scintillator (EJ-260, Eljen Technology) linked to the detector. The thermal noise of the photodiodes is reduced by employing an entrance window made of aluminium. Optimal gain and integration time for data acquisition are set by measuring the response of the detector to the radiation of a 500 MBq {sup 241}Am-source. Detector performance was studied by recording neutron radiography images of materials with various, but well known, chemical compositions, densities and dimensions (Al, C, Fe, Pb, W, concrete, polyethylene, 5 x 8 x 10 cm{sup 3}). To simulate gamma-ray emitting waste radiographs in presence of a gamma-ray sources ({sup 60}Co, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 241

  8. Containerless processing and rapid solidification of Nb-Si alloys in the niobium-rich eutectic range

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    Hofmeister, W. H.; Bayuzick, R. J.; Robinson, M. B.; Bertero, G. A.

    1991-01-01

    Containerless processing and rapid solidification techniques were used to process Nb-Si alloys in the Nb-rich eutectic range. Electromagnetically levitated drops were melted and subsequently splat-quenched from different temperatures. A variety of eutectic morphologies was obtained as a function of the degree of superheating or undercooling of the drops prior to splatting. Metallic glass was observed only in drops quenched from above the melting temperature. Microstructures of splats deeply undercooled prior to quenching were very fine and uniform. These results are discussed in terms of classic nucleation theory concepts and the expected heat evolution at different regions of the splat during the rapid quenching process. The locations of the coupled-zone boundaries for the alpha-Nb + Nb3Si eutectic are also suggested.

  9. Dependence of Fission-Fragment Properties On Excitation Energy For Neutron-Rich Actinides

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    Ramos, D.; Rodríguez-Tajes, C.; Caamaño, M.; Farget, F.; Audouin, L.; Benlliure, J.; Casarejos, E.; Clement, E.; Cortina, D.; Delaune, O.; Derkx, X.; Dijon, A.; Doré, D.; Fernández-Domínguez, B.; de France, G.; Heinz, A.; Jacquot, B.; Navin, A.; Paradela, C.; Rejmund, M.; Roger, T.; Salsac, M. D.; Schmitt, C.

    2016-03-01

    Experimental access to full isotopic fragment distributions is very important to determine the features of the fission process. However, the isotopic identification of fission fragments has been, in the past, partial and scarce. A solution based on the use of inverse kinematics to study transfer-induced fission of exotic actinides was carried out at GANIL, resulting in the first experiment accessing the full identification of a collection of fissioning systems and their corresponding fission fragment distribution. In these experiments, a 238U beam at 6.14 AMeV impinged on a carbon target to produce fissioning systems from U to Am by transfer reactions, and Cf by fusion reactions. Isotopic fission yields of 250Cf, 244Cm, 240Pu, 239Np and 238U are presented in this work. With this information, the average number of neutrons as a function of the atomic number of the fragments is calculated, which reflects the impact of nuclear structure around Z=50, N=80 on the production of fission fragments. The characteristics of the Super Long, Standard I, Standard II, and Standard III fission channels were extracted from fits of the fragment yields for different ranges of excitation energy. The position and contribution of the fission channels as function of excitation energy are presented.

  10. Triaxial shapes in the ground states of even-even neutron-rich Ru isotopes

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    Ahmad, I.; Lister, C.J.; Morss, L.R.

    1995-08-01

    Partial level schemes for {sup 108,110,112}Ru, and {sup 114}Ru about which nothing was previously known, were determined from the measurement of prompt, triple-gamma coincidences in {sup 248}Cm fission fragments. A 5-mg {sup 249}Cm source, mixed with 65-mg KCl and pressed in the form of a 7-mm diameter pellet, was used for the experiment. Prompt {gamma} rays emitted from the fission fragments were detected with the Eurogam array at Daresbury, which at that time consisted of 45 Compton suppressed Ge detectors and 5 LEPS spectrometers. Transitions in Ru were identified by gating on {gamma} rays in the complementary Te fragments. Figure I-25 shows the technique used to identify the previously unknown transitions in {sup 114}Ru and its partial level scheme. High spin states up to spin 10 h were observed and the {gamma}-ray branching ratios were determined. The ratios of electric quadrupole transition probabilities deduced from the experimental branching ratios were found to be in good agreement with the predictions of a simple model of rigid triaxial rotor. Our analysis shows that gamma deformation in Ru isotopes is increasing with the neutron number and the gamma value for {sup 112}Ru and {sup 114}Ru is {approximately} 25 degrees. This is one of the highest gamma values encountered in nuclei, suggesting soft triaxial shapes for {sup 112}Ru and {sup 114}Ru. The results of this investigation were published.

  11. Theoretical study of neutron-rich 107,109,111,113Rh isotopes

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    Kumar, Amit; Singh, Suram; Khosa, S. K.; Bharti, Arun; Bhat, G. H.; Sheikh, J. A.

    2015-10-01

    A theoretical study of the structure of some odd mass Rh nuclei in the A 100 mass region is carried out by using the angular momentum projection technique implemented in the projected shell model (PSM). The influence of the high-j orbitals (h11/2 for neutrons and g9/2 for protons) on the structure of 107-113Rh isotopes is investigated in the present case by assuming an axial symmetry in the deformed basis. For these isotopes, the structure of multi-quasi-particle qp bands is studied along the yrast line in detail. Further, the phenomenon of back-bending is also studied theoretically and is found to be in agreement with the experimental data. The reduced transition probabilities, i.e., B(E2) and B(M1) for the yrast band are also obtained from the PSM wave functions for the first time, thereby providing an opportunity for the experimentalists to work for this data.

  12. Electric dipole response of neutron-rich calcium isotopes in relativistic quasiparticle time blocking approximation

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    Egorova, Irina A.; Litvinova, Elena

    2016-09-01

    New results for electric dipole strength in the chain of even-even calcium isotopes with the mass numbers A =40 -54 are presented. Starting from the covariant Lagrangian of quantum hadrodynamics, spectra of collective vibrations (phonons) and phonon-nucleon coupling vertices for J ≤6 and natural parity were computed in a self-consistent relativistic quasiparticle random-phase approximation (RQRPA). These vibrations coupled to Bogoliubov two-quasiparticle configurations (2 q ⊗phonon ) formed the model space for the calculations of the dipole response function in the relativistic quasiparticle time blocking approximation. The calculations in the latter approach were performed for the giant dipole resonance (GDR) and compared to those obtained with the RQRPA and to available data. The evolution of the dipole strength with the neutron number is investigated for both high-frequency GDRs and low-lying strengths. The development of a pygmy resonant structure on the low-energy shoulder of the GDR is traced and analyzed in terms of transition densities. A dependence of the pygmy dipole strength on the isospin asymmetry parameter is extracted.

  13. Analysis of silicon nanocrystals in silicon-rich SiO II synthesized by CO II laser annealing

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    Lin, Chun-Jung; Lin, Gong-Ru; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Chou, Li-Jen

    2005-11-01

    The localized synthesis of 4.2-5.6 nm-Si nanocrystals (nc-Si) in Si-rich SiO II (SRSO) by CO 2 laser annealing at laser intensity of below ablation-threshold (6 kW/cm2) is demonstrated. Since the SRSO exhibits a high absorption coefficient of up to 0.102 cm -1 at wavelength of 10.6 μm, a direct-writing CO II laser annealing system with focusing spot size of 0.2 mm2 is used to locally anneal the SRSO and precipitate the nc-Si. A thermophysical model reveals that the surface temperature of SRSO ranging from 130 °C to 3350 °C is achieved by varying the laser power densities from 1.5 to 13.5 kW/cm2. The CO II laser-ablation-threshold power density is about 6 kW/cm2, corresponding to the optimized annealing temperature 1285 °C at the ablation threshold. The CO IIlaser annealing is capable of the precise control on power density and spot size, which benefits from the in-situ and localized annealing temperature control of SRSO film, and also prevents from the eternal damage of the other electronic devices nearby the annealing site. The nc-Si dependent photoluminescence (PL) were observed at 806 nm or longer, whereas the laser-ablation damaged SRSO film exhibits significant blue PL at 410 nm due to the oxygen-related structural defects. The refractive index of the lasertreated SRSO film is increasing from 1.57 to 2.31 as the laser intensity increases from 1.5 to 6.0 kW/cm2 which is mainly attributed to the increasing density of nc-Si embedded in SRSO. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis reveals that the average size of nc-Si embedded in SRSO film is about 5.3 nm, which correlates well with the theoretical prediction of a corresponding PL at 806 nm. The HRTEM estimated square density of the nc-Si in SRSO film under the laser intensity of 6 kW/cm2 is about 10 18 cm -3.

  14. Physico-chemical and electrical properties of rapid thermal oxides on Ge-rich SiGe heterolayers

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    Das, R.; Bera, M. K.; Chakraborty, S.; Saha, S.; Woitok, J. F.; Maiti, C. K.

    2006-11-01

    Rapid thermal oxidation of high-Ge content (Ge-rich) Si 1- xGe x ( x = 0.85) layers in dry O 2 ambient has been investigated. High-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and strain-sensitive two-dimensional reciprocal space mapping X-ray diffractometry (2D-RSM) are employed to investigate strain relaxation and composition of as-grown SiGe alloy layers. Characterizations of ultra thin oxides (˜6-8 nm) have been performed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HRXPS). Formation of mixed oxide i.e., (SiO 2 + GeO 2) and pile-up of Ge at the oxide/Si 1- xGe x interface have been observed. Enhancement in Ge segregation and reduction of oxide thickness with increasing oxidation temperature are reported. Interface properties and leakage current behavior of the rapid thermal oxides have been studied by capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (J-V) techniques using metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitor (MOSCAP) structures and the results are reported.

  15. Magnetic Fe, Si, Al-Rich Impact Spherules from the P-T Boundary Layer at Graphite Peak, Antarctica

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    Petaev, M. I.; Jacobsen, S. B.; Basu, A. R.; Becker, L.

    2004-01-01

    The geological boundary between Triassic and Permian strata coincides with the greatest life extinction in the Earth's history. Although the cause of the extinction is still the subject of intense debates, recent discoveries in the P-T boundary layer of shocked quartz grains, fullerenes with the extraterrestrial noble gases, Fe metal nuggets, and chondritic meteorite fragments all point to a powerful collision of Earth with a celestial body in the late Permian. Here we report the discovery of magnetic Fe, Si, Al-rich impact spherules which accompany the chondritic meteorite fragments in some samples from the P-T boundary layer at Graphite Peak, Antarctica.

  16. Investigation of the agglomeration and amorphous transformation effects of neutron irradiation on the nanocrystalline silicon carbide (3C-SiC) using TEM and SEM methods

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    Huseynov, Elchin M.

    2017-04-01

    Nanocrystalline 3C-SiC particles irradiated by neutron flux during 20 h in TRIGA Mark II light water pool type research reactor. Silicon carbide nanoparticles were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) devices before and after neutron irradiation. The agglomeration of nanoparticles was studied comparatively before and after neutron irradiation. After neutron irradiation the amorphous layer surrounding the nanoparticles was analyzed in TEM device. Neutron irradiation defects in the 3C-SiC nanoparticles and other effects investigated by TEM device. The effect of irradiation on the crystal structure of the nanomaterial was studied by selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and electron diffraction patterns (EDP) analysis.

  17. High compositional homogeneity in In-rich InGaAs nanowire arrays on nanoimprinted SiO2/Si (111)

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    Hertenberger, S.; Funk, S.; Vizbaras, K.; Yadav, A.; Rudolph, D.; Becker, J.; Bolte, S.; Döblinger, M.; Bichler, M.; Scarpa, G.; Lugli, P.; Zardo, I.; Finley, J. J.; Amann, M.-C.; Abstreiter, G.; Koblmüller, G.

    2012-07-01

    We report improved homogeneity control of composition-tuned In1-xGaxAs (x < 0.4) nanowire (NW) arrays grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on nanoimprinted SiO2/Si (111) substrates. Using very high As/(Ga+In) ratios at growth temperatures of 550 °C enabled uniform incorporation of the respective group-III elements (In,Ga) over the investigated composition range, confirmed by high-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Low-temperature (20 K) photoluminescence of these In-rich In1-xGaxAs NW ensembles reveal state-of-the-art linewidths of ˜29-33 meV. These are independent of Ga content, suggesting an overall low degree of phase separation. In contrast, self-assembled, non-periodic In1-xGaxAs NW arrays show larger inhomogeneity with increased peakwidths in 2θ-ω HRXRD scans as well as broadened Raman modes. These results demonstrate the excellent potential of site-selective MBE growth of high-periodicity non-tapered In1-xGaxAs NW arrays with low size and composition dispersion for optimized device integration on Si.

  18. Effects of neutron irradiation on the strength of continuous fiber reinforced SiC/SiC composites

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Henager, C.H. Jr.; Jones, R.H.

    1997-04-01

    Flexural strength data as a function of irradiation temperature and dose for a SiC{sub f}/SiC composite made with Nicalon-CG fiber suggest three major degradation mechanisms. Based on an analysis of tensile strength and microstructural data for irradiated Nicalon-CG and Hi-Nicalon fibers, it is anticipated that these degradation mechanisms will be alleviated in Hi-Nicalon reinforced composites.

  19. New Isomers in the Full Seniority Scheme of Neutron-Rich Lead Isotopes: The Role of Effective Three-Body Forces

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    Gottardo, A.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.; Benzoni, G.; Nicolini, R.; Gadea, A.; Lunardi, S.; Boutachkov, P.; Bruce, A. M.; Górska, M.; Grebosz, J.; Pietri, S.; Podolyák, Zs.; Pfützner, M.; Regan, P. H.; Weick, H.; Alcántara Núñez, J.; Algora, A.; Al-Dahan, N.; de Angelis, G.; Ayyad, Y.; Alkhomashi, N.; Allegro, P. R. P.; Bazzacco, D.; Benlliure, J.; Bowry, M.; Bracco, A.; Bunce, M.; Camera, F.; Casarejos, E.; Cortes, M. L.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Corsi, A.; Denis Bacelar, A. M.; Deo, A. Y.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Doncel, M.; Dombradi, Zs.; Engert, T.; Eppinger, K.; Farrelly, G. F.; Farinon, F.; Farnea, E.; Geissel, H.; Gerl, J.; Goel, N.; Gregor, E.; Habermann, T.; Hoischen, R.; Janik, R.; Klupp, S.; Kojouharov, I.; Kurz, N.; Lenzi, S. M.; Leoni, S.; Mandal, S.; Menegazzo, R.; Mengoni, D.; Million, B.; Morales, A. I.; Napoli, D. R.; Naqvi, F.; Nociforo, C.; Prochazka, A.; Prokopowicz, W.; Recchia, F.; Ribas, R. V.; Reed, M. W.; Rudolph, D.; Sahin, E.; Schaffner, H.; Sharma, A.; Sitar, B.; Siwal, D.; Steiger, K.; Strmen, P.; Swan, T. P. D.; Szarka, I.; Ur, C. A.; Walker, P. M.; Wieland, O.; Wollersheim, H.-J.; Nowacki, F.; Maglione, E.; Zuker, A. P.

    2012-10-01

    The neutron-rich lead isotopes, up to Pb216, have been studied for the first time, exploiting the fragmentation of a primary uranium beam at the FRS-RISING setup at GSI. The observed isomeric states exhibit electromagnetic transition strengths which deviate from state-of-the-art shell-model calculations. It is shown that their complete description demands the introduction of effective three-body interactions and two-body transition operators in the conventional neutron valence space beyond Pb208.

  20. Strong enhancement of dynamical emission of heavy fragments in the neutron-rich {sup 124}Sn+{sup 64}Ni reaction at 35A MeV

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    Russotto, P.; Amorini, F.; Cavallaro, S.; Di Toro, M.; Giustolisi, F.; Porto, F.; Rizzo, F.; De Filippo, E.; Pagano, A.; Cardella, G.; Lanzano, G.; Papa, M.; Pirrone, S.; Piasecki, E.; Auditore, L.; Trifiro, A.; Trimarchi, M.

    2010-06-15

    A quantitative comparison is made between the absolute cross sections associated with statistical and dynamical emission of heavy fragments in the {sup 124}Sn+{sup 64}Ni and {sup 112}Sn+{sup 58}Ni collisions experimentally investigated at 35A MeV beam energy using the multidetector CHIMERA. The result shows that the dynamical process is about twice as probable in the neutron-rich {sup 124}Sn+{sup 64}Ni system as in the {sup 112}Sn+{sup 58}Ni neutron-poor one. This unexpected and significant difference indicates that the reaction mechanism is strongly dependent on the entrance-channel isospin (N/Z) content.

  1. Geochemical Effects on Neutron Die-Away: Implications for the Mars Science Laboratory Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons Experiment

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    Hardgrove, C. J.; Moersch, J. E.

    2011-03-01

    We have shown that strong reductions in the total number of thermal neutrons as well as shifts in arrival times may allow DAN, on-board the MSL rover Curiosity, to detect evaporitic Cl-rich deposits, Fe concretions or hydrothermal Si-rich materials.

  2. Coulomb Excitation of Neutron-Rich Zn Isotopes: First Observation of the 21+ State in Zn80

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    van de Walle, J.; Aksouh, F.; Ames, F.; Behrens, T.; Bildstein, V.; Blazhev, A.; Cederkäll, J.; Clément, E.; Cocolios, T. E.; Davinson, T.; Delahaye, P.; Eberth, J.; Ekström, A.; Fedorov, D. V.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Fraile, L. M.; Franchoo, S.; Gernhauser, R.; Georgiev, G.; Habs, D.; Heyde, K.; Huber, G.; Huyse, M.; Ibrahim, F.; Ivanov, O.; Iwanicki, J.; Jolie, J.; Kester, O.; Köster, U.; Kröll, T.; Krücken, R.; Lauer, M.; Lisetskiy, A. F.; Lutter, R.; Marsh, B. A.; Mayet, P.; Niedermaier, O.; Nilsson, T.; Pantea, M.; Perru, O.; Raabe, R.; Reiter, P.; Sawicka, M.; Scheit, H.; Schrieder, G.; Schwalm, D.; Seliverstov, M. D.; Sieber, T.; Sletten, G.; Smirnova, N.; Stanoiu, M.; Stefanescu, I.; Thomas, J.-C.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.; van Duppen, P.; Verney, D.; Voulot, D.; Warr, N.; Weisshaar, D.; Wenander, F.; Wolf, B. H.; Zielińska, M.

    2007-10-01

    Neutron-rich, radioactive Zn isotopes were investigated at the Radioactive Ion Beam facility REX-ISOLDE (CERN) using low-energy Coulomb excitation. The energy of the 21+ state in Zn78 could be firmly established and for the first time the 2+→01+ transition in Zn80 was observed at 1492(1) keV. B(E2,21+→01+) values were extracted for Zn74,76,78,80 and compared to large scale shell model calculations. With only two protons outside the Z=28 proton core, Zn80 is the lightest N=50 isotone for which spectroscopic information has been obtained to date. Two sets of advanced shell model calculations reproduce the observed B(E2) systematics. The results for N=50 isotones indicate a good N=50 shell closure and a strong Z=28 proton core polarization. The new results serve as benchmarks to establish theoretical models, predicting the nuclear properties of the doubly magic nucleus Ni78.

  3. Tetrahedral shapes of neutron-rich Zr isotopes from a multidimensionally constrained relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov model

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    Zhao, Jie; Lu, Bing-Nan; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2017-01-01

    We develop a multidimensionally constrained relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov (MDC-RHB) model in which the pairing correlations are taken into account by making the Bogoliubov transformation. In this model, the nuclear shape is assumed to be invariant under the reversion of x and y axes; i.e., the intrinsic symmetry group is V4 and all shape degrees of freedom βλ μ with even μ are included self-consistently. The RHB equation is solved in an axially deformed harmonic oscillator basis. A separable pairing force of finite range is adopted in the MDC-RHB model. The potential energy curves of neutron-rich even-even Zr isotopes are calculated with relativistic functionals DD-PC1 and PC-PK1 and possible tetrahedral shapes in the ground and isomeric states are investigated. The ground state shape of 110Zr is predicted to be tetrahedral with both functionals and so is that of 112Zr with the functional DD-PC1. The tetrahedral ground states are caused by large energy gaps around Z =40 and N =70 when β32 deformation is included. Although the inclusion of the β30 deformation can also reduce the energy around β20=0 and lead to minima with pear-like shapes for nuclei around 110Zr, these minima are unstable due to their shallowness.

  4. Enhancement of fusion at near-barrier energies for neutron-rich light nuclei: 19O +12 C

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    Singh, Varinderjit; Vadas, J.; Steinbach, T. K.; Wiggins, B. B.; Hudan, S.; Desouza, R. T.; Baby, L. T.; Kuvin, S. A.; Tripathi, Vandana; Wiedenhover, I.; Umar, A. S.

    2017-01-01

    Measuring the fusion excitation function for an isotopic chain of projectile nuclei provides a sensitive test of a microscopic description of fusion. To investigate the theoretically predicted fusion enhancement for neutron-rich light nuclei, an experiment was performed to measure the fusion excitation functions for 19 O +12 C and 18 O +12 C . Using the 18O(d,p) reaction and the RESOLUT mass spectrometer at Florida State University, a beam of 19O was produced with an intensity of 2-4 x 103 p/s. This beam bombarded a 100 μg/cm2 carbon target. Using an approach optimized for the measurement of fusion with a low-intensity beam, evaporation residues (ERs) resulting from the de-excitation of the fusion product were measured. The ERs were identified by measuring their energy and time-of-flight. At near-barrier energies, an enhancement of fusion by a factor of three has been observed for 19 O +12 C in comparison to 18 O +12 C . Comparison of the experimental results with the predictions of a density constrained time-dependent Hartree-Fock (DC-TDHF) model provide evidence for the importance of pairing in the fusion process. Supported by the US DOE under Grant No. DEFG02-88ER-40404.

  5. Li-Rich Li-Si Alloy As A Lithium-Containing Negative Electrode Material Towards High Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Iwamura, Shinichiroh; Nishihara, Hirotomo; Ono, Yoshitaka; Morito, Haruhiko; Yamane, Hisanori; Nara, Hiroki; Osaka, Tetsuya; Kyotani, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are generally constructed by lithium-including positive electrode materials, such as LiCoO2, and lithium-free negative electrode materials, such as graphite. Recently, lithium-free positive electrode materials, such as sulfur, are gathering great attention from their very high capacities, thereby significantly increasing the energy density of LIBs. Though the lithium-free materials need to be combined with lithium-containing negative electrode materials, the latter has not been well developed yet. In this work, the feasibility of Li-rich Li-Si alloy is examined as a lithium-containing negative electrode material. Li-rich Li-Si alloy is prepared by the melt-solidification of Li and Si metals with the composition of Li21Si5. By repeating delithiation/lithiation cycles, Li-Si particles turn into porous structure, whereas the original particle size remains unchanged. Since Li-Si is free from severe constriction/expansion upon delithiation/lithiation, it shows much better cyclability than Si. The feasibility of the Li-Si alloy is further examined by constructing a full-cell together with a lithium-free positive electrode. Though Li-Si alloy is too active to be mixed with binder polymers, the coating with carbon-black powder by physical mixing is found to prevent the undesirable reactions of Li-Si alloy with binder polymers, and thus enables the construction of a more practical electrochemical cell. PMID:25626879

  6. Li-rich Li-Si alloy as a lithium-containing negative electrode material towards high energy lithium-ion batteries.

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    Iwamura, Shinichiroh; Nishihara, Hirotomo; Ono, Yoshitaka; Morito, Haruhiko; Yamane, Hisanori; Nara, Hiroki; Osaka, Tetsuya; Kyotani, Takashi

    2015-01-28

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are generally constructed by lithium-including positive electrode materials, such as LiCoO2, and lithium-free negative electrode materials, such as graphite. Recently, lithium-free positive electrode materials, such as sulfur, are gathering great attention from their very high capacities, thereby significantly increasing the energy density of LIBs. Though the lithium-free materials need to be combined with lithium-containing negative electrode materials, the latter has not been well developed yet. In this work, the feasibility of Li-rich Li-Si alloy is examined as a lithium-containing negative electrode material. Li-rich Li-Si alloy is prepared by the melt-solidification of Li and Si metals with the composition of Li21Si5. By repeating delithiation/lithiation cycles, Li-Si particles turn into porous structure, whereas the original particle size remains unchanged. Since Li-Si is free from severe constriction/expansion upon delithiation/lithiation, it shows much better cyclability than Si. The feasibility of the Li-Si alloy is further examined by constructing a full-cell together with a lithium-free positive electrode. Though Li-Si alloy is too active to be mixed with binder polymers, the coating with carbon-black powder by physical mixing is found to prevent the undesirable reactions of Li-Si alloy with binder polymers, and thus enables the construction of a more practical electrochemical cell.

  7. Shape coexistence in the N = 19 neutron-rich nucleus 31Mg explored by β-γ spectroscopy of spin-polarized 31Na

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    Nishibata, H.; Shimoda, T.; Odahara, A.; Morimoto, S.; Kanaya, S.; Yagi, A.; Kanaoka, H.; Pearson, M. R.; Levy, C. D. P.; Kimura, M.

    2017-04-01

    The structure of excited states in the neutron-rich nucleus 31Mg, which is in the region of the "island of inversion" associated with the neutron magic number N = 20, is studied by β-γ spectroscopy of spin-polarized 31Na. Among the 31Mg levels below the one neutron separation energy of 2.3 MeV, the spin values of all five positive-parity levels are unambiguously determined by observing the anisotropic β decay. Two rotational bands with Kπ = 1 /2+ and 1 /2- are proposed based on the spins and energies of the levels. Comparison on a level-by-level basis is performed between the experimental results and theoretical calculations by the antisymmetrized molecular dynamics (AMD) plus generator coordinate method (GCM). It is found that various nuclear structures coexist in the low excitation energy region in 31Mg.

  8. Production of new neutron-rich isotopes of heavy elements in fragmentation reactions of {sup 238}U projectiles at 1A GeV

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    Alvarez-Pol, H.; Benlliure, J.; Casarejos, E.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Fernandez-Dominguez, B.; Pereira, J.; Audouin, L.; Enqvist, T.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Yordanov, O.; Junghans, A. R.; Jurado, B.; Rejmund, F.

    2010-10-15

    The production of heavy neutron-rich nuclei has been investigated using cold-fragmentation reactions of {sup 238}U projectiles at relativistic energies. The experiment performed at the high-resolving-power magnetic spectrometer Fragment Separator at GSI made it possible to identify 40 new heavy neutron-rich nuclei: {sup 205}Pt, {sup 207-210}Au, {sup 211-216}Hg, {sup 214-217}Tl, {sup 215-220}Pb, {sup 219-224}Bi, {sup 223-227}Po, {sup 225-229}At, {sup 230,231}Rn, and {sup 233}Fr. The production cross sections of these nuclei were also determined and used to benchmark reaction codes that predict the production of nuclei far from stability.

  9. Evidence for a Change in the Nuclear Mass Surface with the Discovery of the Most Neutron-Rich Nuclei with 17{<=}Z{<=}25

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    Tarasov, O. B.; Morrissey, D. J.; Amthor, A. M.; Gade, A.; Nettleton, A.; Sherrill, B. M.; Thoennessen, M.; Baumann, T.; Bazin, D.; Ginter, T. N.; Hausmann, M.; Pereira, J.; Portillo, M.; Stolz, A.; Inabe, N.; Kubo, T.

    2009-04-10

    The results of measurements of the production of neutron-rich nuclei by the fragmentation of a {sup 76}Ge beam are presented. The cross sections were measured for a large range of nuclei including 15 new isotopes that are the most neutron-rich nuclides of the elements chlorine to manganese ({sup 50}Cl, {sup 53}Ar, {sup 55,56}K, {sup 57,58}Ca, {sup 59,60,61}Sc, {sup 62,63}Ti, {sup 65,66}V, {sup 68}Cr, {sup 70}Mn). The enhanced cross sections of several new nuclei relative to a simple thermal evaporation framework, previously shown to describe similar production cross sections, indicates that nuclei in the region around {sup 62}Ti might be more stable than predicted by current mass models and could be an indication of a new island of inversion similar to that centered on {sup 31}Na.

  10. IRiS—Exploring new frontiers in neutron-rich isotopes of the heaviest elements with a new Inelastic Reaction Isotope Separator

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    Dvorak, J.; Block, M.; Düllmann, Ch. E.; Heinz, S.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Schädel, M.

    2011-10-01

    A dedicated Inelastic Reaction Isotope Separator (IRiS) for multi-nucleon transfer products will be designed and installed at GSI. Research at IRiS will focus on the investigation of new neutron-rich isotopes of the heaviest elements, study of which will advance various research fields, such as nuclear chemistry, nuclear and atomic physics, as well as nuclear astrophysics. The scientific motivation for this project and the alternative design options for the separator and its main components are discussed.

  11. Carriers mobility of InAs- and InP- rich InAs-InP solid solutions irradiated by fast neutrons

    SciTech Connect

    Khutsishvili, Elza; Khomasuridze, David; Gabrichidze, Leonti; Kvirkvelia, Bella; Kekelidze, David; Guguchia, Zurab; Aliyev, Vugar; Kekelidze, Nodar

    2013-12-04

    We have studied the low temperature charge carriers mobility in bulk single crystals of InAs- and InP- rich InAs-InP solid solutions irradiated with maximum integral flux 2⋅10{sup 18} n/cm{sup 2} of fast neutrons. Influence of minor component small addition in InAs-InP solid solutions has been revealed. There are also presented data of radiation defects thermal stability.

  12. The study of neutron-rich nuclei production in the region of the closed shell N=126 in the multi-nucleon transfer reaction 136Xe+208Pb

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    Novikov, K.; Harca, I. M.; Kozulin, E. M.; Dmitriev, S.; Itkis, J.; Knyazheva, G.; Loktev, T.; Corradi, L.; Valiente-Dobon, J.; Fioretto, E.; Montanari, D.; Stefanini, A. M.; Vardaci, E.; Quero, D.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Strano, E.; Pollarolo, G.; Piot, J.; Mijatović, T.; Szilner, S.; Ackermann, D.; Chubarian, G.; Trzaska, W. H.

    2016-04-01

    The unexplored area of heavy neutron rich nuclei is extremely important for nuclear astrophysics investigations and, in particular, for the understanding of the r-process of astrophysical nucleogenesis. For the production of heavy neutron rich nuclei located along the neutron closed shell N=126 (probably the last "waiting point" in the r-process of nucleosynthesis) the low-energy multi-nucleon transfer reaction 136Xe+208Pb at Elab=870MeV was explored. Due to the stabilizing effect of the closed neutron shells in both nuclei, N=82 and N=126, and the rather favorable proton transfer from lead to xenon, the light fragments formed in this process are well bound and the Q-value of the reaction is nearly zero. Measurements were performed with the PRISMA spectrometer in coincidence with an additional time-of-flight (ToF) arm on the +20 beam line of the PIAVE-ALPI accelerator in Legnaro, Italy. The PRISMA spectrometer allows identification of the A, Z and velocity of the projectile-like fragments (PLF), while the second arm gives access to the target-like fragments (TLF). Details on the experimental setup and preliminary results are reported.

  13. Neutron-Rich {sup 62,64,64}Fe Show Enhanced Collectivity: The Washout of N = 40 in Terms of Experiment, Valence Proton Symmetry and Shell Model

    SciTech Connect

    Rother, W.; Dewald, A.; Fransen, C.; Hackstein, M.; Jolie, J.; Pissulla, Th.; Zel, K.-O.; Iwasaki, H.; Baugher, T.; Brown, B. A.; Gade, A.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Voss, P.; Walsh, K. A.; Lenzi, S. M.; Ur, C. A.; Starosta, K.; Bazin, D.

    2011-10-28

    Probing shell structure at a large neutron excess has been of particular interest in recent times. Neutron-rich nuclei between the proton shell closures Z = 20 and Z = 28 offer an exotic testing ground for shell evolution. The development of the N = 40gap between neutron fp and lg{sub 9/2} shells gives rise to highly interesting variations of collectivity for nuclei in this region. While {sup 68}Ni shows doubly magic properties in level energies and transition strengths, this was not observed in neighbouring nuclei. Especially neutron-rich Fe isotopes proved particularly resistant to calculational approaches using the canonical valence space (fpg) resulting in important deviations of the predicted collectivity. Only an inclusion of the d{sub 5/2}-orbital could solve the problem [1]. Hitherto no transition strengths for {sup 66}Fe have been reported. We determined B(E2,2{sup +}{sub 1}{yields}0{sup +}{sub 1}) values from lifetimes measured with the recoil distance Doppler-shift method using the Cologne plunger for radioactive beams at National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. Excited states were populated by projectile Coulomb excitation for {sup 62,64,66}Fe. The data show a rise in collectivity for Fe isotopes towards N = 40. Results [2] are interpreted by means of a modified version of the Valence Proton Symmetry [3] and compared to shell model calculations using a new effective interaction recently developed for the fpgd valence space [4].

  14. Nucleon-nucleon momentum-correlation function as a probe of the density distribution of valence neutrons in neutron-rich nuclei

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    Cao, X. G.; Cai, X. Z.; Ma, Y. G.; Fang, D. Q.; Zhang, G. Q.; Guo, W.; Chen, J. G.; Wang, J. S.

    2012-10-01

    Proton-neutron, neutron-neutron, and proton-proton momentum-correlation functions (Cpn,Cnn, and Cpp) are systematically investigated for 15C and other C-isotope-induced collisions at different entrance channel conditions within the framework of the isospin-dependent quantum-molecular-dynamics model complemented by the correlation after burner (crab) computation code. 15C is a prime exotic nucleus candidate due to the weakly bound valence neutron coupling with closed-neutron-shell nucleus 14C. To study density dependence of the correlation function by removing the isospin effect, the initialized 15C projectiles are sampled from two kinds of density distribution from the relativistic mean-field (RMF) model in which the valence neutron of 15C is populated in both 1d5/2 and 2s1/2 states, respectively. The results show that the density distributions of the valence neutron significantly influence the nucleon-nucleon momentum-correlation function at large impact parameters and high incident energies. The extended density distribution of the valence neutron largely weakens the strength of the correlation function. The size of the emission source is extracted by fitting the correlation function by using the Gaussian source method. The emission source size as well as the size of the final-state phase space are larger for projectile samplings from more extended density distributions of the valence neutron, which corresponds to the 2s1/2 state in the RMF model. Therefore, the nucleon-nucleon momentum-correlation function can be considered as a potentially valuable tool to diagnose exotic nuclear structures, such as the skin and halo.

  15. Si-rich layer formation on olivine surfaces during reaction with water and supercritical carbon dioxide under conditions relevant for geologic carbon storage

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    Johnson, N. C.; Jackson, A.; Maher, K.; Bird, D. K.; Brown, G. E.

    2013-12-01

    The reaction of Mg-silicate minerals (i.e. olivine) with carbon dioxide (CO2) is a promising method for secure, long-term, geologic carbon storage. Several technical challenges must be overcome before implementing mineral carbonation technology on a large scale, one of which is slow reaction kinetics. This study probes surface reaction limitations of olivine carbonation, specifically the formation of a passivating, Si-rich layer on olivine surfaces upon exposure to water and CO2 under sequestration conditions (elevated temperature and pressure). A series of batch reactions were performed at 60°C and 100 bar CO2 pressure in Dickson-style rocker bombs, varying the length of reaction and the amount of mixing (rocking). The initial aqueous phase was spiked with 29Si. Fluid samples were taken periodically and analyzed for cation content, alkalinity, and dissolved inorganic carbon. At the end of each experiment, the solid products were analyzed with a Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe Reverse Geometry (SHRIMP-RG) in order to measure the amount of 29Si incorporated into the Si-rich layer on reacted olivine grains. We also cut cross sections of reacted grains from each experiment using a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) which were thinned to <100nm and imaged using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). SHRIMP-RG results show incorporation of 29Si on olivine grain surfaces reacted for 19 days with no mixing, and TEM images of olivine grains from the same experiment show an amorphous, Si-rich layer that is 30nm thick. Similarly, SHRIMP-RG results for olivine grains reacted for 19 days with mixing indicate 29SiO2 precipitation and TEM images reveal a Si-rich layer 60nm thick. In both experiments, EDS (energy dispersive spectroscopy) data show a step change in composition from the bulk rock to the surface layer in addition to the sharp crystalline/amorphous interface visible in the TEM images. Olivine from the unmixed experiment also has a slow decrease in Mg relative to Si

  16. The evolution of the fraction of Er ions sensitized by Si nanostructures in silicon-rich silicon oxide thin films.

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    Noé, P; Okuno, H; Jager, J-B; Delamadeleine, E; Demichel, O; Rouvière, J-L; Calvo, V; Maurizio, C; D'Acapito, F

    2009-09-02

    Photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved PL experiments as a function of the elaboration process are performed on Er-doped silicon-rich silicon oxide (SRO:Er) thin films grown under NH(3) atmosphere. These PL measurements of the Er(3+) emission at 1.54 microm under non-resonant pumping with the Er f-f transitions are obtained for different Er(3+) concentrations, ranging from 0.05 to 1.4 at.%, and various post-growth annealing temperatures of the layers. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM) analysis show a high density of Si nanostructures composed of amorphous and crystalline nanoclusters varying from 2.7 x 10(18) to 10(18) cm(-3) as a function of the post-growth annealing temperature. Measurements of PL lifetime and effective Er excitation cross section for all the samples under non-resonant optical excitation with the Er(3+) atomic energy levels show that the number of Er(3+) ions sensitized by the silicon-rich matrix decreases as the annealing temperature is increased from 500 to 1050 degrees C. The origin of this effect is attributed to the reduction of the density of sensitizers for Er ions in the SRO matrix when the annealing temperature increases. Finally, extended x-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) shows a strong correlation between the number of emitters and the mean local order around the erbium ions.

  17. Ultra-low temperature (≤300 °C) growth of Ge-rich SiGe by solid-liquid-coexisting annealing of a-GeSn/c-Si structures

    SciTech Connect

    Sadoh, Taizoh Chikita, Hironori; Miyao, Masanobu; Matsumura, Ryo

    2015-09-07

    Ultra-low temperature (≤300 °C) growth of Ge-rich SiGe on Si substrates is strongly desired to realize advanced electronic and optical devices, which can be merged onto Si large-scale integrated circuits (LSI). To achieve this, annealing characteristics of a-GeSn/c-Si structures are investigated under wide ranges of the initial Sn concentrations (0%–26%) and annealing conditions (300–1000 °C, 1 s–48 h). Epitaxial growth triggered by SiGe mixing is observed after annealing, where the annealing temperatures necessary for epitaxial growth significantly decrease with increasing initial Sn concentration and/or annealing time. As a result, Ge-rich (∼80%) SiGe layers with Sn concentrations of ∼2% are realized by ultra-low temperature annealing (300 °C, 48 h) for a sample with the initial Sn concentration of 26%. The annealing temperature (300 °C) is in the solid-liquid coexisting temperature region of the phase diagram for Ge-Sn system. From detailed analysis of crystallization characteristics and composition profiles in grown layers, it is suggested that SiGe mixing is generated by a liquid-phase reaction even at ultra-low temperatures far below the melting temperature of a-GeSn. This ultra-low-temperature growth technique of Ge-rich SiGe on Si substrates is expected to be useful to realize next-generation LSI, where various multi-functional devices are integrated on Si substrates.

  18. Neutron removal cross section as a measure of neutron skin

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    Fang, D. Q.; Ma, Y. G.; Cai, X. Z.; Tian, W. D.; Wang, H. W.

    2010-04-15

    We study the relation between neutron removal cross section (sigma{sub -N}) and neutron skin thickness for finite neutron-rich nuclei using the statistical abrasion ablation model. Different sizes of neutron skin are obtained by adjusting the diffuseness parameter of neutrons in the Fermi distribution. It is demonstrated that there is a good linear correlation between sigma{sub -N} and the neutron skin thickness for neutron-rich nuclei. Further analysis suggests that the relative increase of neutron removal cross section could be used as a quantitative measure for neutron skin thickness in neutron-rich nuclei.

  19. UNUSUAL {sup 29,30}Si-RICH SiCs OF MASSIVE STAR ORIGIN FOUND WITHIN GRAPHITES FROM THE MURCHISON METEORITE

    SciTech Connect

    Croat, T. K.; Stadermann, F. J.; Bernatowicz, T. J.

    2010-06-15

    Correlated transmission electron microscopy and NanoSIMS isotopic studies have revealed two unusual SiCs with large {sup 29,30}Si enrichments within micron-sized graphites from the Murchison meteorite. Such anomalies are rare among the overall SiC population (in <<0.01% of SiCs yet measured), whereas two of the three SiCs found within graphite show {sup 29,30}Si enrichments, in one case as large as {sup 29}Si/{sup 28}Si = (2.28 {+-} 0.03) x solar and {sup 30}Si/{sup 28}Si = (2.03 {+-} 0.03)x solar. C-burning and Ne-burning in massive stars (>8 M{sub sun} initial mass) during their post-main-sequence development are the only processes capable of producing sufficiently large {sup 29,30}Si enrichments. This material with heavy Si isotopic enrichments from the O/Ne and O/Si layers is later incorporated into carbonaceous stardust, either in ejecta from Type II supernovae or perhaps in the colliding winds of Wolf-Rayet binaries. Although often too small for Si isotopic measurements, four other SiC-containing graphites show other signatures of a massive star origin. Abundance estimates suggest that such unusual SiCs are present within {approx}1% of high-density graphites. This abundance can be reconciled with the much lower abundance in the overall SiC population if these unusual SiCs are naturally smaller ({approx}200 nm or less) than SiCs from other isotopic subgroups and if differential destruction of small unusual SiCs occurs in massive star outflows unless these SiCs are encapsulated in graphite.

  20. Structural evolution of Ge-rich Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} films deposited by jet-ICPCVD

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    Wang, Yu; Yang, Meng; Wang, Gang; Wei, Xiaoxu; Wang, Junzhuan; Li, Yun; Zheng, Youdou; Shi, Yi; Zou, Zewen

    2015-11-15

    Amorphous Ge-rich Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} films with local Ge-clustering were deposited by dual-source jet-type inductively coupled plasma chemical-vapor deposition (jet-ICPCVD). The structural evolution of the deposited films annealed at various temperatures (Ta) is investigated. Experimental results indicate that the crystallization occurs to form Ge and Si clusters as Ta = 500 °C. With raising Ta up to 900 °C, Ge clusters percolate together and Si diffuses and redistributes to form a Ge/SiGe core/shell structure, and some Ge atoms partially diffuse to the surface as a result of segregation. The present work will be helpful in understanding the structural evolution process of a hybrid SiGe films and beneficial for further optimizing the microstructure and properties.

  1. Characteristics of poly- and mono-crystalline BeO and SiO2 as thermal and cold neutron filters

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    Adib, M.; Habib, N.; Bashter, I. I.; Morcos, H. N.; El-Mesiry, M. S.; Mansy, M. S.

    2015-09-01

    A simple model along with a computer code "HEXA-FILTERS" is used to carry out the calculation of the total cross-sections of BeO and SiO2 having poly or mono-crystalline form as a function of neutron wavelength at room (R.T.) and liquid nitrogen (L.N.) temperatures. An overall agreement is indicated between the calculated neutron cross-sections and experimental data. Calculation shows that 25 cm thick of polycrystalline BeO cooled at liquid nitrogen temperature was found to be a good filter for neutron wavelengths longer than 0.46 nm. While, 50 cm of SiO2, with much less transmission, for neutrons with wavelengths longer than 0.85 nm. It was also found that 10 cm of BeO and 15 cm SiO2 thick mono-crystals cut along their (0 0 2) plane, with 0.5° FWHM on mosaic spread and cooled at L.N., are a good thermal neutron filter, with high effect-to-noise ratio.

  2. Fabrication and characterization of novel boron and gadolinium rich power generation and real-time neutron detection materials and devices

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    Natta, Marcus L.

    In this work, the neutron capture capabilities of two naturally occurring isotopes, gadolinium-157 (157Gd) and boron-10 (10B), were investigated for use as neutron detecting diodes. The appeal of using 157Gd and 10B is due to their large thermal neutron absorption cross sections: gadolinium (on average ˜46,000 barns) and boron-10 (˜3800 barns). Boron carbide (B4C) films were grown on nickel, copper, silver, and aluminum substrates using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) techniques forming p-n junctions using various configurations of two isomers: closo-1,7-dicarbadodecaborane (metacarborane) or closo-1,7-phosphacaborane (phosphacarborane) for the n-type layers and closo-1,2-dicarbadodecaborane (orthocarborane) for the p-type layer. These all-boron carbide heterojunction diodes were investigated experimentally, with highly sensitive current voltage measurements in light and dark and under alpha, beta, and neutron irradiation. The heteroisomeric diodes exhibited photovoltaic and alphavoltaic behavior and successfully functioned as neutron detectors. Preliminary results of beta radiation response of these heteroisomeric diodes is also presented. The high-kappa dielectric oxide, hafnium oxide (HfO2), was doped with gadolinium and grown on silicon using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to form a novel semiconducting diode. Three levels of Gd-doping (3%, 10%, and 15%) were explored. A shift from the unstable monoclinic phase to the stable cubic phase is seen with increased Gd-doping concentrations, which may possibly serve as a better semiconductor. The detection of charge pulses created by neutron capture was explored using neutron sources from Nebraska Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University Research Reactor (OSURR) neutron sources. The 10% and 15% doped diodes exhibited pulse height spectra in the presence of neutrons. Electronic signal processing remains the most significant challenge for these latter detectors.

  3. Effect of thermally stable Cu- and Mg-rich aluminides on the high temperature strength of an AlSi12CuMgNi alloy

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    Asghar, Z.

    2014-02-15

    The internal architecture of an AlSi12CuMgNi piston alloy, revealed by synchrotron tomography, consists of three dimensional interconnected hybrid networks of Cu-rich aluminides, Mg-rich aluminides and eutectic/primary Si embedded in an α-Al matrix. The strength at room temperature and at 300°C is studied as a function of solution treatment time at 490°C and compared with results previously reported for an AlSi12Ni alloy. The addition of 1 wt% Cu and 1 wt% Mg to AlSi12CuMgNi increases the room temperature strength by precipitation hardening while the strength at 300°C is similar for both alloys in as-cast condition. The strength of AlSi12CuMgNi decreases with solution treatment time and stabilizes at 4 h solution treatment. The effect of solution treatment time on the strength of the AlSi12CuMgNi alloy is less pronounced than for the AlSi12Ni alloy both at room temperature and at 300°C. - Highlights: • The 3D microstructure of AlSi12CuMgNi is revealed by synchrotron tomography. • An imaging analysis procedure to segment phases with similar contrasts is presented. • 1 wt% Cu and Mg results in the formation of 3D networks of rigid phases. • AlSi12CuMgNi is stronger than AlSi12Ni owing to the stability of the 3D networks.

  4. Spectroscopy of neutron-rich {sup 168,170}Dy: Yrast band evolution close to the N{sub p}N{sub n} valence maximum

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    Soederstroem, P.-A.; Nyberg, J.; Regan, P. H.; Ashley, S. F.; Catford, W. N.; Gelletly, W.; Jones, G. A.; Liu, Z.; Pietri, S.; Podolyak, Zs.; Steer, S. J.; Thompson, N. J.; Williams, S. J.; Algora, A.; Angelis, G. de; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Gottardo, A.; Grodner, E.; He, C. Y.

    2010-03-15

    The yrast sequence of the neutron-rich dysprosium isotope {sup 168}Dy has been studied using multinucleon transfer reactions following collisions between a 460-MeV {sup 82}Se beam and an {sup 170}Er target. The reaction products were identified using the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer and the gamma rays detected using the CLARA HPGe-detector array. The 2{sup +} and 4{sup +} members of the previously measured ground-state rotational band of {sup 168}Dy have been confirmed and the yrast band extended up to 10{sup +}. A tentative candidate for the 4{sup +}->2{sup +} transition in {sup 170}Dy was also identified. The data on these nuclei and on the lighter even-even dysprosium isotopes are interpreted in terms of total Routhian surface calculations and the evolution of collectivity in the vicinity of the proton-neutron valence product maximum is discussed.

  5. In-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy of very neutron-rich nuclei: excited states in 46S and 48Ar.

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    Gade, A; Adrich, P; Bazin, D; Brown, B A; Cook, J M; Diget, C Aa; Glasmacher, T; McDaniel, S; Ratkiewicz, A; Siwek, K; Weisshaar, D

    2009-05-08

    We report on the first in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy study of the very neutron-rich nucleus 46S. The N=30 isotones 46S and 48Ar were produced in a novel way in two steps that both necessarily involve nucleon exchange and neutron pickup reactions 9Be(48Ca,48K)X followed by 9Be(48K,48Ar+gamma)X at 85.7 MeV/u midtarget energy and 9Be(48Ca,46Cl)X followed by 9Be(46Cl,46S+gamma)X at 87.0 MeV/u midtarget energy, respectively. The results are compared to large-scale shell-model calculations in the sd-pf shell using the SDPF-NR effective interaction and Z-dependent modifications.

  6. In-Beam {gamma}-Ray Spectroscopy of Very Neutron-Rich Nuclei: Excited States in {sup 46}S and {sup 48}Ar

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    Gade, A.; Brown, B. A.; Cook, J. M.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Siwek, K.; Adrich, P.; Bazin, D.; Diget, C. A.; Weisshaar, D.

    2009-05-08

    We report on the first in-beam {gamma}-ray spectroscopy study of the very neutron-rich nucleus {sup 46}S. The N=30 isotones {sup 46}S and {sup 48}Ar were produced in a novel way in two steps that both necessarily involve nucleon exchange and neutron pickup reactions {sup 9}Be({sup 48}Ca,{sup 48}K)X followed by {sup 9}Be({sup 48}K,{sup 48}Ar+{gamma})X at 85.7 MeV/u midtarget energy and {sup 9}Be({sup 48}Ca,{sup 46}Cl)X followed by {sup 9}Be({sup 46}Cl,{sup 46}S+{gamma})X at 87.0 MeV/u midtarget energy, respectively. The results are compared to large-scale shell-model calculations in the sd-pf shell using the SDPF-NR effective interaction and Z-dependent modifications.

  7. Radiation damage effects by electrons, protons, and neutrons in Si/Li/ detectors.

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    Liu, Y. M.; Coleman, J. A.

    1972-01-01

    The degradation in performance of lithium-compensated silicon nuclear particle detectors induced by irradiation at room temperature with 0.6-MeV and 1.5-MeV electrons, 1.9-MeV protons, and fast neutrons from a plutonium-beryllium source has been investigated. With increasing fluence, the irradiations produced an increase of detector leakage current, noise, capacitance, and a degradation in the performance of the detector as a charged-particle energy spectrometer. Following the irradiations, annealing effects were observed when the detectors were reverse-biased at their recommended operating voltages. Upon removal of bias, a continuous degradation of detector performance characteristics occurred. Detectors which had been damaged by electrons and protons exhibited a stabilization in their characteristics within two weeks after irradiation, whereas detectors damaged by neutrons had a continuous degradation of performance over a period of several months.

  8. Neutron diffraction determination of the magnetic structures of NpCo 2Si 2 and NpCu 2Si 2

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    Novion, C. H. de; Gal, J.; Buevoz, J. L.

    1980-07-01

    A small polycrystalline ingot sample of NpCo 2Si 2 (weight ≈ 1.5 g) has been studied by neutron diffration between 2 and 160 K on the multi-detector D1B of ILL, Grenoble. At 100 K, the crystal structure is body-centered tetragonal (space group 14/mmm) with a = 3.886 Å and c =9.649 Å. Below TN = (44 ± 2) K, seven superlattice lines are observed which correspond to a simple tetragonal lattice with lattice constants as above. They are consistent with a type I antiferromagnetic structure of the Np (2a) sublattice, with (001) ferromagnetic sheets coupled antiferromagnetically according to the sequence +-+-. At 6 K, the neptunium moment obtained from the diffracted intensities is: (1.48 ± 0.20) μuB, and makes an angle 52° ± 15° with the c axis. The cobalt moment is certainly smallet than 0.3 μuB. The Np moment correlates well with the 237Np hyperfine field deduced from Mössbauer spectroscopy; the sublattice magnetization-temoperature curve follows very well the J= {1}/{2} brillouin curve. The magnetism is therefore probably of lovalized character in this compound. An isomorphous sample of NpCu 2Si 2 ( a = 3.990 Å c = 9.920 Å) was shown to be ferromagnetic below (41 ± 2) K, with the Np moment [1.5 ± 0.2) μuB] aligned along the c axis.

  9. Neutron-proton effective mass splitting in neutron-rich matter at normal density from analyzing nucleon-nucleus scattering data within an isospin dependent optical model

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    Li, Xiao-Hua; Guo, Wen-Jun; Li, Bao-An; Chen, Lie-Wen; Fattoyev, Farrukh J.; Newton, William G.

    2015-04-01

    The neutron-proton effective mass splitting in asymmetric nucleonic matter of isospin asymmetry δ and normal density is found to be mn-p* ≡ (mn* - mp*) / m = (0.41 ± 0.15) δ from analyzing globally 1088 sets of reaction and angular differential cross sections of proton elastic scattering on 130 targets with beam energies from 0.783 MeV to 200 MeV, and 1161 sets of data of neutron elastic scattering on 104 targets with beam energies from 0.05 MeV to 200 MeV within an isospin dependent non-relativistic optical potential model. It sets a useful reference for testing model predictions on the momentum dependence of the nucleon isovector potential necessary for understanding novel structures and reactions of rare isotopes.

  10. Shell-model states with seniority ν =3 , 5, and 7 in odd-A neutron-rich Sn isotopes

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    Iskra, Ł. W.; Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Chiara, C. J.; Carpenter, M. P.; Fornal, B.; Hoteling, N.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; Lauritsen, T.; Pawłat, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Stefanescu, I.; Walters, W. B.; Wrzesiński, J.; Zhu, S.

    2016-01-01

    Excited states with seniority ν =3 , 5, and 7 have been investigated in odd neutron-rich 119,121,123,125Sn isotopes produced by fusion-fission of 6.9-MeV/A 48Ca beams with 208Pb and 238U targets and by fission of a 238U target bombarded with 6.7-MeV/A 64Ni beams. Level schemes have been established up to high spin and excitation energies in excess of 6 MeV, based on multifold gamma-ray coincidence relationships measured with the Gammasphere array. In the analysis, the presence of isomers was exploited to identify gamma rays and propose transition placements using prompt and delayed coincidence techniques. Gamma decays of the known 27 /2- isomers were expanded by identifying new deexcitation paths feeding 23 /2+ long-lived states and 21 /2+ levels. Competing branches in the decay of 23 /2- states toward two 19 /2- levels were delineated as well. In 119Sn, a new 23 /2+ isomer was identified, while a similar 23 /2+ long-lived state, proposed earlier in 121Sn, has now been confirmed. In both cases, isomeric half-lives were determined with good precision. In the range of ν =3 excitations, the observed transitions linking the various states enabled one to propose with confidence spin-parity assignments for all the observed states. Above the 27 /2- isomers, an elaborate structure of negative-parity levels was established reaching the (39 /2- ), ν =7 states, with tentative spin-parity assignments based on the observed deexcitation paths as well as on general yrast population arguments. In all the isotopes under investigation, strongly populated sequences of positive-parity (35 /2+ ), (31 /2+ ), and (27 /2+ ) states were established, feeding the 23 /2+ isomers via cascades of three transitions. In the ,123Sn121 isotopes, these sequences also enabled the delineation of higher-lying levels, up to (43 /2+ ) states. In 123Sn, a short half-life was determined for the (35 /2+ ) state. Shell-model calculations were carried out for all the odd Sn isotopes, from 129Sn down to 119

  11. Formation of Si-Al-Mg-Ca-rich zoned magnetite in an end-Permian phreatomagmatic pipe in the Tunguska Basin, East Siberia

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    Neumann, Else-Ragnhild; Svensen, Henrik H.; Polozov, Alexander G.; Hammer, Øyvind

    2017-03-01

    Magma-sediment interactions in the evaporite-rich Tunguska Basin resulted in the formation of numerous phreatomagmatic pipes during emplacement of the Siberian Traps. The pipes contain magnetite-apatite deposits with copper and celestine mineralization. We have performed a detailed petrographic and geochemical study of magnetite from long cores drilled through three pipe breccia structures near Bratsk, East Siberia. The magnetite samples are zoned and rich in Si (≤5.3 wt% SiO2), Ca, Al, and Mg. They exhibit four textural types: (1) massive ore in veins, (2) coating on breccia clasts, (3) replacement ore, and (4) reworked ore at the crater base. The textural types have different chemical characteristics. "Breccia coating" magnetite has relatively low Mg content relative to Si, as compared to the other groups, and appears to have formed at lower oxygen fugacity. Time series analyses of MgO variations in microprobe transects across Si-bearing magnetite in massive ore indicate that oscillatory zoning in the massive ore was controlled by an internal self-organized process. We suggest that hydrothermal Fe-rich brines were supplied from basalt-sediment interaction zones in the evaporite-rich sedimentary basin, leading to magnetite ore deposition in the pipes. Hydrothermal fluid composition appears to be controlled by proximity to dolerite fragments, temperature, and oxygen fugacity. Magnetite from the pipes has attributes of iron oxide-apatite deposits (e.g., textures, oscillatory zoning, association with apatite, and high Si content) but has higher Mg and Ca content and different mineral assemblages. These features are similar to magnetite found in skarn deposits. We conclude that the Siberian Traps-related pipe magnetite deposit gives insight into the metamorphic and hydrothermal effects following magma emplacement in a sedimentary basin.

  12. Vacancy enhanced formation and phase transition of Cu-rich precipitates in α - iron under neutron irradiation

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    Lv, G. C.; Zhang, H.; He, X. F.; Yang, W.; Su, Y. J.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we employed both molecular statics and molecular dynamics simulation methods to investigate the role of vacancies in the formation and phase transition of Cu-rich precipitates in α-iron. The results indicated that vacancies promoted the diffusion of Cu atoms to form Cu-rich precipitates. After Cu-rich precipitates formed, they further trapped vacancies. The supersaturated vacancy concentration in the Cu-rich precipitate induced a shear strain, which triggered the phase transition from bcc to fcc structure by transforming the initial bcc (110) plane into fcc (111) plane. In addition, the formation of the fcc-twin structure and the stacking fault structure in the Cu-rich precipitates was observed in dynamics simulations.

  13. Distinction between elastic scattering of weakly bound proton- and neutron-rich nuclei: The case of 8B and 11Be

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    Yang, Y. Y.; Liu, X.; Pang, D. Y.

    2016-09-01

    Experimental data show that the elastic scattering cross sections of the neutron-rich nucleus 11Be are greatly reduced by the coupling effects from the breakup channels, while those of the proton-rich nucleus 8B are not. Such difference is found to persist in results of systematic calculations of 8B elastic scattering from 208Pb at 60 and 170.3 MeV and from 64Zn at 32 and 86 MeV, and 11Be elastic scattering from 208Pb at 55 and 143 MeV and from 64Zn at 29 and 66 MeV with the continuum-discretized coupled channel (CDCC) method. The Coulomb and centrifugal barriers experienced by the valence proton in the ground state of 8B, which do not exist for the valence neutron in the ground state of 11Be, are found to be the reason for such differences in the angular distributions of elastic scattering cross sections of these two weakly bound nuclei.

  14. Neutron-rich rare-isotope production from projectile fission of heavy nuclei near 20 MeV/nucleon beam energy

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    Vonta, N.; Souliotis, G. A.; Loveland, W.; Kwon, Y. K.; Tshoo, K.; Jeong, S. C.; Veselsky, M.; Bonasera, A.; Botvina, A.

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the possibilities of producing neutron-rich nuclides in projectile fission of heavy beams in the energy range of 20 MeV/nucleon expected from low-energy facilities. We report our efforts to theoretically describe the reaction mechanism of projectile fission following a multinucleon transfer collision at this energy range. Our calculations are mainly based on a two-step approach: The dynamical stage of the collision is described with either the phenomenological deep-inelastic transfer model (DIT) or with the microscopic constrained molecular dynamics model (CoMD). The de-excitation or fission of the hot heavy projectile fragments is performed with the statistical multifragmentation model (SMM). We compared our model calculations with our previous experimental projectile-fission data of 238U (20 MeV/nucleon) + 208Pb and 197Au (20 MeV/nucleon) + 197Au and found an overall reasonable agreement. Our study suggests that projectile fission following peripheral heavy-ion collisions at this energy range offers an effective route to access very neutron-rich rare isotopes toward and beyond the astrophysical r-process path.

  15. Effect of micro-structural modifier on the morphology of silicon rich secondary phase and strain hardening behavior of eutectic Al-Si alloy

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    Mansoor, M.; Salam, I.; Tauqir, A.

    2016-08-01

    Eutectic Al-Si alloys find their applications in moderate to severe tribological conditions, for example: pistons, casings of high speed pumps and slide sleeves. The higher hardness, so the better tribological properties, are originated by the formation of a silicon rich secondary phase, however, the morphology of the secondary phase drastically influence the toughness of the alloy. Microstructural modifiers are used to control the toughness which modifies the Si rich secondary phase into dispersed spherical structure instead of needle-like network. In the present study, a mixture of chemical fluxes was used to modify the Si phase. The alloy was cast into a sand mold and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, hardness testing and tensile testing. It was found that the morphology of the Si phase was altered to acicular structure due to the modification process. In comparison, the un-modified alloy contained Si phase in needle-like structure. The effect of modifier was also pronounced on the mechanical properties, where increase of 50% in yield strength, 56% in tensile strength and 200% in elongation occurred. A discernable raise in strain hardening component indicated the improved strain harden ability and formability of the modified alloy.

  16. Localized Synthesis of Silicon Nanocrystals in Silicon-rich SiO2 by CO2 Laser Annealing

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    2007-05-01

    film rapid-thermal-annealed (RTA) by CO2 laser are primarily investigated. The micro -photoluminescence (μ-PL) and HRTEM analysis indicate that the...Si nanocrystals exhibits a largest diameter of 8 nm and a highest density of 4.5×1016 cm-3, which emits strong PL at 790-825 nm. The micro ...SiOx film. Index Terms— CO2 Laser annealing, Si nanocrystal, SiOx, Nanotechnology, micro -photoluminescence. I. Introduction CO2 laser based zone

  17. A binding energy study of the Atomic Mass Evaluation 2012 and an updated beta-decay study of neutron-rich 74Cu

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    Tracy, James L., Jr.

    A study of ground state binding energy values listed in the Atomic Mass Evaluation 2012 (AME2012) using an interpretive approach, as opposed to the exploratory methods of previous models, is presented. This model is based on a postulate requiring all protons to pair with available neutrons to form bound alpha clusters as the ground state for an N = Z core upon which excess neutrons are added. For each core, the trend of the binding energy as a function of excess neutrons in the isotopic chain can be fit with a three-term quadratic function. The quadratic parameter reveals a smooth decaying exponential function. By re-envisioning the determination of mass excess, the constant-term fit parameters, representing N = Z nuclei, reveal a near-symmetry around Z = 50. The linear fit parameters exhibit trends which are linear functions of core size. A neutron drip-line prediction is compared against current models. By considering the possibility of an alpha-cluster core, a new ground-state structure grouping scheme is presented; nucleon-nucleon pairing is shown to have a greater role in level filling. This model, referred to as the Alpha-Deuteron-Neutron Model, yields promising first results when considering root-mean-square variances from the AME2012. The beta-decay of the neutron-rich isotope 74Cu has been studied using three high-purity Germanium clover detectors at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A high-resolution mass separator greatly improved the purity of the 74Cu beam by removing isobaric contaminants, thus allowing decay through its isobar chain to the stable 74Ge at the center of the LeRIBSS detector array without any decay chain member dominating. Using coincidence gating techniques, 121 gamma-rays associated with 74Cu were isolated from the collective singles spectrum. Eighty-seven of these were placed in an expanded level scheme, and updated beta-feeding level intensities and log( ft) values are presented based on

  18. FORMATION OF SiC GRAINS IN PULSATION-ENHANCED DUST-DRIVEN WIND AROUND CARBON-RICH ASYMPTOTIC GIANT BRANCH STARS

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    Yasuda, Yuki; Kozasa, Takashi

    2012-02-01

    We investigate the formation of silicon carbide (SiC) grains in the framework of dust-driven wind around pulsating carbon-rich asymptotic giant branch (C-rich AGB) stars to reveal not only the amount but also the size distribution. Two cases are considered for the nucleation process: one is the local thermal equilibrium (LTE) case where the vibration temperature of SiC clusters T{sub v} is equal to the gas temperature as usual, and another is the non-LTE case in which T{sub v} is assumed to be the same as the temperature of small SiC grains. The results of the hydrodynamical calculations for a model with stellar parameters of mass M{sub *} = 1.0 M{sub Sun }, luminosity L{sub *} = 10{sup 4} L{sub Sun }, effective temperature T{sub eff} = 2600 K, C/O ratio = 1.4, and pulsation period P = 650 days show the following: in the LTE case, SiC grains condense in accelerated outflowing gas after the formation of carbon grains, and the resulting averaged mass ratio of SiC to carbon grains of {approx}10{sup -8} is too small to reproduce the value of 0.01-0.3, which is inferred from the radiative transfer models. On the other hand, in the non-LTE case, the formation region of the SiC grains is more internal and/or almost identical to that of the carbon grains due to the so-called inverse greenhouse effect. The mass ratio of SiC to carbon grains averaged at the outer boundary ranges from 0.098 to 0.23 for the sticking probability {alpha}{sub s} = 0.1-1.0. The size distributions with the peak at {approx}0.2-0.3 {mu}m in radius cover the range of size derived from the analysis of the presolar SiC grains. Thus, the difference between the temperatures of the small cluster and gas plays a crucial role in the formation process of SiC grains around C-rich AGB stars, and this aspect should be explored for the formation process of dust grains in astrophysical environments.

  19. Chemical disorder determines the deviation of the Slater-Pauling rule for Fe2MnSi-based Heusler alloys: evidences from neutron diffraction and density functional theory.

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    Tedesco, J C G; Pedro, S S; Caraballo Vivas, R J; Cruz, C; Andrade, V M; Dos Santos, A M; Carvalho, A M G; Costa, M; Venezuela, P; Rocco, D L; Reis, M S

    2016-11-30

    Fe2MnSi fails to follow the Slater-Pauling rule. This phenomenon is thought to originate from either: (i) an antiferromagnetic arrangement of Mn ions at low temperature and/or (ii) chemical disorder. An important insight on this issue could be achieved by considering Fe2MnSi1-x Ga x compounds, thoroughly studied here by means of magnetization, neutron diffraction and density functional calculations (DFT). Our results indicate that chemical disorder (and not the antiferromagnetic arrangement) is responsible for the deviation of the Slater-Pauling rule on Fe2MnSi-based Heusler alloys. Furthermore, evidences suggest that Ga substitution into Si site favors the Fe/Mn disorder, further enhancing the observed deviation.

  20. Chemical disorder determines the deviation of the Slater-Pauling rule for Fe2MnSi-based Heusler alloys: evidences from neutron diffraction and density functional theory

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    Tedesco, J. C. G.; Pedro, S. S.; Caraballo Vivas, R. J.; Cruz, C.; Andrade, V. M.; dos Santos, A. M.; Carvalho, A. M. G.; Costa, M.; Venezuela, P.; Rocco, D. L.; Reis, M. S.

    2016-11-01

    Fe2MnSi fails to follow the Slater-Pauling rule. This phenomenon is thought to originate from either: (i) an antiferromagnetic arrangement of Mn ions at low temperature and/or (ii) chemical disorder. An important insight on this issue could be achieved by considering Fe2MnSi1-x Ga x compounds, thoroughly studied here by means of magnetization, neutron diffraction and density functional calculations (DFT). Our results indicate that chemical disorder (and not the antiferromagnetic arrangement) is responsible for the deviation of the Slater-Pauling rule on Fe2MnSi-based Heusler alloys. Furthermore, evidences suggest that Ga substitution into Si site favors the Fe/Mn disorder, further enhancing the observed deviation.

  1. Silicon and oxygen self-diffusion in stishovite: Implications for stability of SiO2-rich seismic reflectors in the mid-mantle

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    Xu, Fang; Yamazaki, Daisuke; Sakamoto, Naoya; Sun, Wei; Fei, Hongzhan; Yurimoto, Hisayoshi

    2017-02-01

    Diffusion of Si and O in single crystal stishovite was examined at pressures of 14.0-21.5 GPa and temperatures of 1673-2073 K. Self-diffusion coefficients of Si (DSi) and O (DO) were determined as DSi [m2 /s ] = 2.4 ×10-12 exp ⁡ { - (237 [kJ /mol ] + 6.0 [cm3 /mol ] × P) / RT } and DO [m2 /s ] = 7.2 ×10-11 exp ⁡ { - (263 [kJ /mol ] + 4.8 [cm3 /mol ] × P) / RT }, respectively, where P is pressure (in GPa), T is absolute temperature (in K) and R is the ideal gas constant. It was revealed that diffusion of Si is approximately one order of magnitude slower than that of O and, thus, Si is the rate-controlling element for plastic deformation of stishovite. Si diffusion in stishovite is assessed to be at least three orders of magnitude slower than that in bridgmanite under mid-mantle conditions. Therefore, it is anticipated that highly viscous SiO2-rich components subducted into the lower mantle persist as the seismic reflectors for long term without mixing up with the bridgmanite-dominated surrounding mantle.

  2. A single-crystal neutron and X-ray diffraction study of pezzottaite, Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18

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    Gatta, G. Diego; Adamo, Ilaria; Meven, Martin; Lambruschi, Erica

    2012-11-01

    The chemical composition and the crystal structure of pezzottaite [ideal composition Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18; space group: {{R}} overline{{3}} c, a = 15.9615(6) Å, c = 27.8568(9) Å] from the type locality in Ambatovita (central Madagascar) were investigated by electron microprobe analysis in wavelength dispersive mode, thermo-gravimetric analysis, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray (at 298 K) and neutron (at 2.3 K) diffraction. The average chemical formula of the sample of pezzottaite resulted Cs1,Cs2(Cs0.565Rb0.027K0.017)Σ0.600 Na1,Na2(Na0.101Ca0.024)Σ0.125Be2.078Li0.922 Al1,Al2(Mg0.002Mn0.002Fe0.003Al1.978)Σ1.985 Si1,Si2,Si3(Al0.056Si5.944)Σ6O18·0.27H2O. The (unpolarized) IR spectrum over the region 3,800-600 cm-1 was collected and a comparison with the absorption bands found in beryl carried out. In particular, two-weak absorption bands ascribable to the fundamental H2O stretching vibrations (i.e. 3,591 and 3,545 cm-1) were observed, despite the mineral being nominally anhydrous. The X-ray and neutron structure refinements showed: ( a) a non-significant presence of aluminium, beryllium or lithium at the Si1, Si2 and Si3 sites, ( b) the absence (at a significant level) of lithium at the octahedral Al1, Al2 and Al3 sites and ( c) a partial lithium/beryllium disordering between tetrahedral Be and Li sites.

  3. Study of deep level characteristics in the neutrons irradiated Si structures by combining pulsed and steady-state spectroscopy techniques

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    Gaubas, E.; Kalendra, V.; Ceponis, T.; Uleckas, A.; Tekorius, A.; Vaitkus, J.; Velicka, A.

    2012-11-01

    The standard methods, such as capacitance deep level transient spectroscopy (C-DLTS) and thermally stimulated current (TSC) techniques are unsuitable for the analysis of heavily irradiated devices. In this work, therefore, several steady-state and pulsed techniques have been combined to comprehensively evaluate parameters of radiation defects and functional characteristics of the irradiated Si pin detectors. In order to understand defects created by radiation and evaluate their evolution with fluence, C-DLTS and TSC techniques have been employed to make a baseline identification of the radiation induced traps after irradiation with a rather small neutron fluence of 1012 cm-2. The steady-state photo-ionization spectroscopy (PIS) technique has been involved to correlate thermal- and photo- activation energies for definite radiation defects. A contactless technique for simultaneous measurements of the carrier lifetime and the parameters of deep levels based on microwave probed pulsed photo-conductivity (MW-PC) spectroscopy has been applied to correlate carrier capture cross-sections and densities of the identified different radiation defects. A technique for spectroscopy of deep levels in junction structures (BELIV) based on measurements of barrier capacitance charging current transient changes due to additional spectrally resolved pulsed illumination has been applied to evaluate the functional characteristics of the irradiated diodes. Pulsed spectroscopic measurements were implemented by combining the analysis of generation current and of barrier capacitance charging transients modified by a single fs pulse of illumination generated by an optical parametric oscillator of varied wavelength in the range from 0.5 to 10 μm. Several deep levels with activation energy in the range of 0.18-0.8 eV have been resolved from spectral analysis in the samples of Si grown by magnetic field applied Czochralski (MCz) technology.

  4. Ga-rich GaxIn1-xP solar cells on Si with 1.95 eV bandgap for ideal III-V/Si photovoltaics

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    Ratcliff, Christopher; Grassman, T. J.; Carlin, J. A.; Chmielewski, D. J.; Ringel, S. A.

    2014-03-01

    Theoretical models for III-V compound multijunction solar cells show that solar cells with bandgaps of 1.95-2.3 eV are needed to create ideal optical partitioning of the solar spectrum for device architectures containing three, four and more junctions. For III-V solar cells integrated with an active Si sub-cell, GaInP alloys in the Ga-rich regime are ideal since direct bandgaps of up to ~ 2.25 eV are achieved at lattice constants that can be integrated with appropriate GaAsP, SiGe and Si materials, with efficiencies of almost 50% being predicted using practical solar cell models under concentrated sunlight. Here we report on Ga-rich, lattice-mismatched Ga0.57In0.43P sub-cell prototypes with a bandgap of 1.95 eV grown on tensile step-graded metamorphic GaAsyP1-y buffers on GaAs substrates. The goal is to create a high bandgap top cell for integration with Si-based III-V/Si triple-junction devices. Excellent carrier collection efficiency was measured via internal quantum efficiency measurements and with their design being targeted for multijunction implementation (i.e. they are too thin for single junction cells), initial cell results are encouraging. The first generation of identical 1.95 eV cells on Si were fabricated as well, with efficiencies for these large bandgap, thin single junction cells ranging from 7% on Si to 11% on GaAs without antireflection coatings, systematically tracking the change in defect density as a function of growth substrate.

  5. Near-infrared emitting In-rich InGaN layers grown directly on Si: Towards the whole composition range

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    Aseev, Pavel Rodriguez, Paul E. D. Soto; Gómez, Víctor J.; Alvi, Naveed ul Hassan; Calleja, Enrique; Morales, Francisco M.; Senichev, Alexander; Lienau, Christoph; and others

    2015-02-16

    The authors report compact and chemically homogeneous In-rich InGaN layers directly grown on Si (111) by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. High structural and optical quality is evidenced by transmission electron microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Photoluminescence emission in the near-infrared is observed up to room temperature covering the important 1.3 and 1.55 μm telecom wavelength bands. The n-InGaN/p-Si interface is ohmic due to the absence of any insulating buffer layers. This qualitatively extends the application fields of III-nitrides and allows their integration with established Si technology.

  6. In Situ Study of Microstructure Evolution in Solidification of Hypereutectic Al-Si Alloys with Application of Thermal Analysis and Neutron Diffraction

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    Sediako, Dimitry G.; Kasprzak, Wojciech

    2015-09-01

    Understanding of the kinetics of solid-phase evolution in solidification of hypereutectic aluminum alloys is a key to control their as-cast microstructure and resultant mechanical properties, and in turn, to enhance the service characteristics of actual components. This study was performed to evaluate the solidification kinetics for three P-modified hypereutectic Al-19 pct Si alloys: namely, Al-Si binary alloy and with the subsequent addition of 2.8 pct Cu and 2.8 pct Cu + 0.7 pct Mg. Metallurgical evaluation included thermodynamic calculations of the solidification process using the FactSage™ 6.2 software package, as well as experimental thermal analysis, and in situ neutron diffraction. The study revealed kinetics of solid α-Al, solid Si, Al2Cu, and Mg2Si evolution, as well as the individual effects of Cu and Mg alloying additions on the solidification path of the Al-Si system. Various techniques applied in this study resulted in some discrepancies in the results. For example, the FactSage computations, in general, resulted in 281 K to 286 K (8 °C to 13 °C) higher Al-Si eutectic temperatures than the ones recorded in the thermal analysis, which are also ~278 K (~5 °C) higher than those observed in the in situ neutron diffraction. None of the techniques can provide a definite value for the solidus temperature, as this is affected by the chosen calculation path [283 K to 303 K (10 °C to 30 °C) higher for equilibrium solidification vs non-equilibrium] for the FactSage analysis; and further complicated by evolution of secondary Al-Cu and Mg-Si phases that commenced at the end of solidification. An explanation of the discrepancies observed and complications associated with every technique applied is offered in the paper.

  7. Identification of 45 New Neutron-Rich Isotopes Produced by In-Flight Fission of a 238U Beam at 345 MeV/nucleon

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    Tetsuya Ohnishi,; Toshiyuki Kubo,; Kensuke Kusaka,; Atsushi Yoshida,; Koichi Yoshida,; Masao Ohtake,; Naoki Fukuda,; Hiroyuki Takeda,; Daisuke Kameda,; Kanenobu Tanaka,; Naohito Inabe,; Yoshiyuki Yanagisawa,; Yasuyuki Gono,; Hiroshi Watanabe,; Hideaki Otsu,; Hidetada Baba,; Takashi Ichihara,; Yoshitaka Yamaguchi,; Maya Takechi,; Shunji Nishimura,; Hideki Ueno,; Akihiro Yoshimi,; Hiroyoshi Sakurai,; Tohru Motobayashi,; Taro Nakao,; Yutaka Mizoi,; Masafumi Matsushita,; Kazuo Ieki,; Nobuyuki Kobayashi,; Kana Tanaka,; Yosuke Kawada,; Naoki Tanaka,; Shigeki Deguchi,; Yoshiteru Satou,; Yosuke Kondo,; Takashi Nakamura,; Kenta Yoshinaga,; Chihiro Ishii,; Hideakira Yoshii,; Yuki Miyashita,; Nobuya Uematsu,; Yasutsugu Shiraki,; Toshiyuki Sumikama,; Junsei Chiba,; Eiji Ideguchi,; Akito Saito,; Takayuki Yamaguchi,; Isao Hachiuma,; Takeshi Suzuki,; Tetsuaki Moriguchi,; Akira Ozawa,; Takashi Ohtsubo,; Michael A. Famiano,; Hans Geissel,; Anthony S. Nettleton,; Oleg B. Tarasov,; Daniel P. Bazin,; Bradley M. Sherrill,; Shashikant L. Manikonda,; Jerry A. Nolen,

    2010-07-01

    A search for new isotopes using in-flight fission of a 345 MeV/nucleon 238U beam has been carried out at the RI Beam Factory at the RIKEN Nishina Center. Fission fragments were analyzed and identified by using the superconducting in-flight separator BigRIPS. We observed 45 new neutron-rich isotopes: 71Mn, 73,74Fe, 76Co, 79Ni, 81,82Cu, 84,85Zn, 87Ga, 90Ge, 95Se, 98Br, 101Kr, 103Rb, 106,107Sr, 108,109Y, 111,112Zr, 114,115Nb, 115,116,117Mo, 119,120Tc, 121,122,123,124Ru, 123,124,125,126Rh, 127,128Pd, 133Cd, 138Sn, 140Sb, 143Te, 145I, 148Xe, and 152Ba.

  8. Shell-model Monte Carlo studies of neutron-rich nuclei in the 1s-0d-1p-0f shells

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    Dean, D. J.; Ressell, M. T.; Hjorth-Jensen, M.; Koonin, S. E.; Langanke, K.; Zuker, A. P.

    1999-05-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of realistic shell-model Monte Carlo (SMMC) calculations spanning multiple major shells, using a realistic interaction whose bad saturation and shell properties have been corrected by a newly developed general prescription. Particular attention is paid to the approximate restoration of translational invariance. The model space consists of the full sd-pf shells. We include in the study some well-known T=0 nuclei and several unstable neutron-rich ones around N=20,28. The results indicate that SMMC calculations can reproduce binding energies, B(E2) transitions, and other observables with an interaction that is practically parameter free. Some interesting insight is gained into the nature of deep correlations. The validity of previous studies is confirmed.

  9. Order of [6]Ti4+ in a Ti-rich calcium amphibole from Kaersut, Greenland: a combined X-ray and neutron diffraction study

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    Diego Gatta, G.; McIntyre, Garry J.; Oberti, Roberta; Hawthorne, Frank C.

    2016-10-01

    In order to characterize the role of Ti in the crystal structure of calcium amphiboles with high or even dominant oxo-component, the crystal structure of a Ti-rich calcium amphibole from a gabbro at Kaersut, Greenland, has been refined with single-crystal MoKα X-ray intensity data to an R 1(F) index of ~0.025, and with single-crystal Laue neutron intensity data to an R 1(F) index of ~0.053. The crystal used for X-ray structure refinement was characterized by electron- and ion-microprobe analysis. The site populations of the C-group cations Mg, Fe and Ti were calculated from the refined site-scattering values for the M(1), M(2) and M(3) sites derived by both X-ray and neutron diffraction. Ti is distributed among all the three sixfold coordinated M sites, with a strong preference for the M(1) and M(3) sites, where its main role is maintaining electroneutrality at the deprotonated O(3) site. The pattern of distortion of the M(1), M(2) and M(3) octahedra differs from that in F-free deprotonated or partly deprotonated amphiboles, where Ti4+ does not occur at the M(3) site. The neutron structure refinement provides also a clear picture of the environment of the proton, anisotropic displacement behaviour and potential hydrogen-bonding arrangements. A trifurcated hydrogen-bonding configuration has been identified, with two O(6) and one O(7) oxygen atoms as acceptors of weak hydrogen-bonds.

  10. Order of [6]Ti4+ in a Ti-rich calcium amphibole from Kaersut, Greenland: a combined X-ray and neutron diffraction study

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    Diego Gatta, G.; McIntyre, Garry J.; Oberti, Roberta; Hawthorne, Frank C.

    2017-02-01

    In order to characterize the role of Ti in the crystal structure of calcium amphiboles with high or even dominant oxo-component, the crystal structure of a Ti-rich calcium amphibole from a gabbro at Kaersut, Greenland, has been refined with single-crystal Mo Kα X-ray intensity data to an R 1( F) index of 0.025, and with single-crystal Laue neutron intensity data to an R 1( F) index of 0.053. The crystal used for X-ray structure refinement was characterized by electron- and ion-microprobe analysis. The site populations of the C-group cations Mg, Fe and Ti were calculated from the refined site-scattering values for the M(1), M(2) and M(3) sites derived by both X-ray and neutron diffraction. Ti is distributed among all the three sixfold coordinated M sites, with a strong preference for the M(1) and M(3) sites, where its main role is maintaining electroneutrality at the deprotonated O(3) site. The pattern of distortion of the M(1), M(2) and M(3) octahedra differs from that in F-free deprotonated or partly deprotonated amphiboles, where Ti4+ does not occur at the M(3) site. The neutron structure refinement provides also a clear picture of the environment of the proton, anisotropic displacement behaviour and potential hydrogen-bonding arrangements. A trifurcated hydrogen-bonding configuration has been identified, with two O(6) and one O(7) oxygen atoms as acceptors of weak hydrogen-bonds.

  11. Effective passivation of defects in Ge-rich SiGe-on-insulator substrates by Al 2O 3 deposition and subsequent post-annealing

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    Yang, Haigui; Iyota, Masatoshi; Ikeura, Shogo; Wang, Dong; Nakashima, Hiroshi

    2011-06-01

    A method of Al 2O 3 deposition and subsequent post-deposition annealing (Al 2O 3-PDA) was proposed to passivate electrically active defects in Ge-rich SiGe-on-insulator (SGOI) substrates, which were fabricated using Ge condensation by dry oxidation. The effect of Al 2O 3-PDA on defect passivation was clarified by surface analysis and electrical evaluation. It was found that Al 2O 3-PDA could not only suppress the surface reaction during Al-PDA in our previous work [Yang H, Wang D, Nakashima H, Hirayama K, Kojima S, Ikeura S. Defect control by Al-deposition and the subsequent post-annealing for SiGe-on-insulator substrates with different Ge fractions. Thin Solid Films 2010; 518: 2342-5.], but could also effectively passivate p-type defects generated during Ge condensation. The concentration in the range of 10 16-10 18 cm -3 for defect-induced acceptors and holes in Ge-rich SGOI drastically decreased after Al 2O 3-PDA. As a result of defect passivation, the electrical characteristics of both back-gate p-channel and n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors fabricated on Ge-rich SGOI were greatly improved after Al 2O 3-PDA.

  12. Neutron matter, symmetry energy and neutron stars

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    Gandolfi, S.; Steiner, A. W.

    2016-01-01

    Recent progress in quantum Monte Carlo with modern nucleon-nucleon interactions have enabled the successful description of properties of light nuclei and neutron- rich matter. Of particular interest is the nuclear symmetry energy, the energy cost of creating an isospin asymmetry, and its connection to the structure of neutron stars. Combining these advances with recent observations of neutron star masses and radii gives insight into the equation of state of neutron-rich matter near and above the saturation density. In particular, neutron star radius measurements constrain the derivative of the symmetry energy.

  13. Neutron matter, symmetry energy and neutron stars

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    Stefano, Gandolfi; Steiner, Andrew W

    2016-01-01

    Recent progress in quantum Monte Carlo with modern nucleon-nucleon interactions have enabled the successful description of properties of light nuclei and neutron-rich matter. Of particular interest is the nuclear symmetry energy, the energy cost of creating an isospin asymmetry, and its connection to the structure of neutron stars. Combining these advances with recent observations of neutron star masses and radii gives insight into the equation of state of neutron-rich matter near and above the saturation density. In particular, neutron star radius measurements constrain the derivative of the symmetry energy.

  14. Multi-mode interference revealed by two photon absorption in silicon rich SiO{sub 2} waveguides

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    Manna, S. E-mail: mattia.mancinelli@unitn.it; Ramiro-Manzano, F.; Mancinelli, M. E-mail: mattia.mancinelli@unitn.it; Turri, F.; Pavesi, L.; Ghulinyan, M.; Pucker, G.

    2015-02-16

    Photoluminescence (PL) from Si nanocrystals (NCs) excited by two-photon absorption (TPA) has been observed in Si nanocrystal-based waveguides fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The TPA excited photoluminescence emission resembles the one-photon excited photoluminescence arising from inter-band transitions in the quantum confined Si nanocrystals. By measuring the non-linear transmission of waveguides, a large TPA coefficient of β up to 10{sup −8 }cm/W has been measured at 1550 nm. These values of β depend on the Si NCs size and are two orders of magnitude larger than the bulk silicon value. Here, we propose to use the TPA excited visible PL emission as a tool to map the spatial intensity profile of the 1550 nm propagating optical modes in multimode waveguides. In this way, multimode interference has been revealed experimentally and confirmed through a finite element simulation.

  15. Deep level transient spectroscopic study of neutron-irradiated n-type 6H-SiC

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    Chen, X. D.; Fung, S.; Ling, C. C.; Beling, C. D.; Gong, M.

    2003-09-01

    Deep level transient spectroscopy has been employed to study the deep level defects introduced in n-type 6H-SiC after neutron irradiation. Deep levels situated at EC-0.23, EC-0.36/0.44, EC-0.50, and EC-0.62/0.68 eV have been detected in the temperature range of 100-450 K, which have been identified with the previously reported deep levels ED1, E1/E2, Ei, and Z1/Z2, respectively. Thermal annealing studies of these deep levels reveal that ED1 and Ei anneal at a temperature below 350 °C, the Z1/Z2 levels anneal out at 900 °C, while the intensity of the E1/E2 peaks is increased with annealing temperature, reaching a maximum at about 500-750 °C, and finally annealing out at 1400 °C. The possible nature of the deep levels ED1, E1/E2, Ei, and Z1/Z2 are discussed in the context of their annealing behavior. Upon further annealing at 1600 °C, four deep levels labeled NE1 at EC-0.44 eV, NE2 EC-0.53 eV, NE3EC-0.64 eV, and NE4EC-0.68 eV are produced. Evidence is given that these levels are different in their origin to E1/E2 and Z1/Z2.

  16. Transport properties of interfacial Si-rich layers formed on silicate minerals during weathering: Implications for environmental concerns

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    Daval, Damien; Rémusat, Laurent; Bernard, Sylvain; Wild, Bastien; Micha, Jean-Sébastien; Rieutord, François; Fernandez-Martinez, Alejandro

    2015-04-01

    The dissolution of silicate minerals is of primary importance for various processes ranging from chemical weathering to CO2 sequestration. Whether it determines the rates of soil formation, CO2 uptake and its impact on climate change, channeling caused by hydrothermal circulation in reservoirs of geothermal power plants, durability of radioactive waste confinement glasses or geological sequestration of CO2, the same strategy is commonly applied for determining the long term evolution of fluid-rock interactions. This strategy relies on a bottom-up approach, where the kinetic rate laws governing silicate mineral dissolution are determined from laboratory experiments. However, a long-standing problem regarding this approach stems from the observation that laboratory-derived dissolution rates overestimate their field counterparts by orders of magnitude, casting doubt on the accuracy and relevance of predictions based on reactive-transport simulations. Recently [1], it has been suggested that taking into account the formation of amorphous Si-rich surface layers (ASSL) as a consequence of mineral dissolution may contribute to decrease the large gap existing between laboratory and natural rates. Our ongoing study is aimed at deciphering the extent to which ASSL may represent a protective entity which affects the dissolution rate of the underlying minerals, both physically (passivation) and chemically (by promoting the formation of a local chemical medium which significantly differs from that of the bulk solution). Our strategy relies on the nm-scale measurement of the physicochemical properties (diffusivity, thickness and density) of ASSL formed on cleavages of a model mineral (wollastonite) and their evolution as a function of reaction progress. Our preliminary results indicate that the diffusivity of nm-thick ASSL formed on wollastonite surface is ~1,000,000 times smaller than that reported for an aqueous medium, as estimated from the monitoring of the progression of a

  17. Hydrogenation properties of Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}AlSi studied by quantum-chemical methods (0≤x≤1) and in-situ neutron powder diffraction (x=1)

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    Kunkel, Nathalie; Reichert, Christian; Springborg, Michael; Wallacher, Dirk; Kohlmann, Holger

    2015-01-15

    In-situ neutron powder diffraction studies of the Half-Heusler phase LiAlSi under high deuterium pressures and first principle calculations of solid solutions of Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}AlSi and their hydrides Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}AlSiH were carried out. In contrast to an earlier study, there is no experimental evidence for hydrogen (deuterium) uptake up to gas pressures of 15 MPa and temperatures of 550 °C. Instead a slow decomposition reaction according to LiAlSi+1/2H{sub 2}=LiH+Al+Si was found by in-situ neutron powder diffraction. Theoretical calculations by DFT methods on hypothetical solid solutions of Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}AlSi show the LiAlSi type to be the energetically most stable structure for 0.7Si type structure for lower values of x. Hydrides Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}AlSiH favor the SrAlSiH type for all values of x instead of the structure proposed earlier with hydrogen occupying tetrahedral voids in a LiAlSi structure. As an alternative for a cubic structure for LiAlSiH, we suggest the existence of LiAlSiH in the trigonal SrAlSiH type structure and it might be a candidate worthwhile to be considered for preparative work. - Graphical abstract: In-situ neutron powder diffraction of LiAlSi under high D{sub 2} pressure. - Highlights: • In-situ neutron powder diffraction of LiAlSi under high D{sub 2} pressure was carried out. • LiAlSi decomposes according to LiAlSi + ½ H{sub 2} = LiH + Al + Si. • Mixed crystals Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}AlSi and LixSr{sub 1-x}AlSiH were studied theoretically.

  18. Experimental high pressure and high temperature study of the incorporation of uranium in Al-rich CaSiO 3 perovskite

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    Gréaux, Steeve; Gautron, Laurent; Andrault, Denis; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Guignot, Nicolas; Bouhifd, M. Ali

    2009-05-01

    The high ability of the Al-rich CaSiO 3 perovskite to contain large amounts of uranium (up to 4 at.% U) has been studied up to 54 GPa and 2400 K, using laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LH-DAC) and up to 18 GPa and 2200 K using a multi-anvil press (MAP). Both latter HP-HT techniques proved to be complementary and gave similar results, in spite of different heating modes (laser and furnace). Chemical reactions were characterized and described by electron probe microanalysis and analytical scanning electron microscopy while associated structural changes were precisely characterized by synchrotron angle dispersive X-ray diffraction and by X-ray micro-diffraction. The diffusion of uranium into the CaSiO 3 matrix was measured as a function of run duration and temperature. We obtain diffusion coefficients with the same order of magnitude (about 10 -16 m 2 s -1) than for those found in the literature. After this work, coupled cationic substitutions of Ca by U and Si by Al are proposed to generate new interesting crystallographic features for a CaSiO 3 perovskite: a higher compressibility, a tetragonal distortion along the c-axis with c/ a ratio >1, a different compression behaviour of c-axis relative to a-axis, and a perovskite structure quenchable to ambient P and T conditions. The tetragonal U-bearing aluminous CaSiO 3 perovskite is observed to remain stable at pressures up to 54 GPa, then in the ( P, T) range of the upper part of the lower mantle. The influence of the present results, in terms of both uranium and aluminium partitioning related to the coexisting mineral phases as the (Mg,Fe)SiO 3 perovskite, is discussed. Uranium provides approximately 25% of the total energy generated within the deep Earth through its radioactive decay. The location of this source within the deep mantle is fundamental to the understanding of the geodynamics and thermal behaviour of our planet. Since the tetragonal structure of the U-bearing Al-rich CaSiO 3 perovskite is expected to

  19. Effect of neutron irradiation on defect evolution in Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC

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    Tallman, Darin J.; He, Lingfeng; Garcia-Diaz, Brenda L.; Hoffman, Elizabeth N.; Kohse, Gordon; Sindelar, Robert L.; Barsoum, Michel W.

    2015-10-23

    Here, we report on the characterization of defects formed in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC samples exposed to neutron irradiation – up to 0.1 displacements per atom (dpa) at 350 ± 40 °C or 695 ± 25 °C, and up to 0.4 dpa at 350 ± 40 °C. Black spots are observed in both Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC after irradiation to both 0.1 and 0.4 dpa at 350 °C. After irradiation to 0.1 dpa at 695 °C, small basal dislocation loops, with a Burgers vector of b = 1/2 [0001] are observed in both materials. At 9 ± 3 and 10 ± 5 nm, the loop diameters in the Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC samples, respectively, were comparable. At 1 × 1023 loops/m3, the dislocation loop density in Ti2AlC was ≈1.5 orders of magnitude greater than in Ti3SiC2, at 3 x 1021 loops/m3. After irradiation at 350 °C, extensive microcracking was observed in Ti2AlC, but not in Ti3SiC2. The room temperature electrical resistivities increased as a function of neutron dose for all samples tested, and appear to saturate in the case of Ti3SiC2. The MAX phases are unequivocally more neutron radiation tolerant than the impurity phases TiC and Al2O3. Based on these results, Ti3SiC2 appears to be a more promising MAX phase candidate for high temperature nuclear applications than Ti2AlC.

  20. Chemical bonding and defect states of LPCVD grown silicon-rich Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} for quantum dot applications

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    Mohammed, Shakil Hinkle, Christopher L.; Nimmo, Michael T.; Malko, Anton V.

    2014-03-15

    Si-rich Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} (SRN) thin films were investigated to understand the various defect states present within the SRN that can lead to reduced performance in quantum dot based devices made of these materials. The SRN films, deposited by low pressure chemical vapor deposition followed by furnace anneals over a range of temperatures, were determined to be comprised of two distinct phase separated SRN regions with different compositions (precipitates within a host matrix). Photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed multiple peaks convoluted together within the visible and near-visible range. Depending on deposition and annealing conditions, the films displayed changes in PL peak intensities which were correlated with chemical bonding utilizing x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and capacitance–voltage measurements. It is found that the PL originates from defect-state to defect-state and band edge to defect-state electronic transitions.

  1. The Synthesis and Structural Properties of Crystalline Silicon Quantum Dots upon Thermal Annealing of Hydrogenated Amorphous Si-Rich Silicon Carbide Films

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    Wen, Guozhi; Zeng, Xiangbin; Li, Xianghu

    2016-08-01

    Silicon quantum dots (QDs) embedded in non-stoichiometric hydrogenated silicon carbide (SiC:H) thin films have been successfully synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and post-annealing. The chemical composition analyses have been carried out by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The bonding configurations have been deduced from Fourier transform infrared absorption measurements (FTIR). The evolution of microstructure with temperature has been characterized by glancing incident x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman diffraction spectroscopy. XPS and FTIR show that it is in Si-rich feature and there are a few hydrogenated silicon clusters in the as-grown sample. XRD and Raman diffraction spectroscopy show that it is in amorphous for the as-grown sample, while crystalline silicon QDs have been synthesized in the 900°C annealed sample. Silicon atoms precipitation from the SiC matrix or silicon phase transition from amorphous SiC is enhanced with annealing temperature increase. The average sizes of silicon QDs are about 5.1 nm and 5.6 nm, the number densities are as high as 1.7 × 1012 cm-2 and 3.2 × 1012 cm-2, and the crystalline volume fractions are about 58.3% and 61.3% for the 900°C and 1050°C annealed samples, respectively. These structural properties analyses provide an understanding about the synthesis of silicon QDs upon thermal annealing for applications in next generation optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices.

  2. Dynamic nanomechanical properties of novel Si-rich intermetallic coatings growth on a medical 316 LVM steel by hot dipping in a hypereutectic Al-25Si alloy.

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    Frutos, E; González-Carrasco, J L

    2015-06-01

    This aim of this study is to determine the elastoplastic properties of Ni-free Al3FeSi2 intermetallic coatings grown on medical stainless steel under different experimental conditions. Elastoplastic properties are defined by the plasticity index (PI), which correlates the hardness and the Young's modulus. Special emphasis is devoted to correlate the PI with the wear resistance under sliding contact, determined by scratch testing, and fracture toughness, determined by using a novel method based on successive impacts with small loads. With regard to the substrate, the developed coatings are harder and exhibit a lower Young's reduced modulus, irrespective of the experimental conditions. It has been shown that preheating of the samples prior to hot dipping and immersion influences the type and volume fraction of precipitates, which in turn also affect the nanomechanical properties. The higher the preheating temperature is, the greater the Young's reduced modulus is. For a given preheating condition, an increase of the immersion time yields a decrease in hardness. Although apparent friction coefficients of coated specimens are smaller than those obtained on AISI 316 LVM, they increase when using preheating or higher immersion times during processing, which correlates with the PI. The presence of precipitates produces an increase in fracture toughness, with values greater than those presented by samples processed on melted AlSi alloys with lower Si content (12 wt%). Therefore, these intermetallic coatings could be considered "hard but tough", suitable to enhance the wear resistance, especially when using short periods of immersion.

  3. Neutron diffraction and ac susceptibility studies of the solid solutions UMM'X 2 (M, M' = Co, Ni, Cu; X = Si, Ge)

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    Kuznietz, Moshe; André, Gilles; Bourée, Françoise; Pinto, Haim; Ettedgui, Hanania; Melamud, Mordechai

    1994-11-01

    Polycrystalline samples of the intermediate solid solutions of the UM 2X 2 compounds (M, M' = Co, Ni, Cu; X = Si, Ge), namely UMM'X 2, have been prepared and studied by ac susceptibility and neutron diffraction measurements. They crystallize in the body-centered tetragonal ThCr 2Si 2-type structure (space group I4/mmm) and order magnetically, with the exception of UCoNiGe 2, which crystallizes in the primitive tetragonal CaBe 2Ge 2-type structure (space group P4/nmm) and does not order magnetically. UCoNiSi 2, UNiCuSi 2, and UNiCuGe 2 order antiferromagnetically below TN = (115±5), (150±2) and (140±5) K, respectively, with the AF-I structure of alternate (+-+-) ferromagnetic uranium basal planes and a wavevector k = (0, 0, 1). UCoCuSi 2 and UCoCuGe 2 order ferromagnetically below TC=(107±5) and (114±5) K and undergo transition to the AF-I structure below To=(95±5) and (94±5) K, respectively. The uranium ordered moments are along the tetragonal axis. The magnetic properties of the UMM'X 2 solid solutions are discussed and compared with those of the UM 2X 2 compounds.

  4. Neutron diffraction studies of the magnetoelastic compounds Tb{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} (x=2.2 and 2.5)

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    Garlea, V.O.; Zarestky, J.L.; Lin, L.-L.; Stassis, C.; Jones, C.Y.; Schlagel, D.L.; Lograsso, T.A.; Tsokol, A.O.; Pecharsky, V.K.; Gschneidner, K.A. Jr.

    2005-09-01

    We report the results of a neutron diffraction study, carried out on both single crystalline and polycrystalline samples of Tb{sub 5}Si{sub 2.2}Ge{sub 1.8} and polycrystalline Tb{sub 5}Si{sub 2.5}Ge{sub 1.5}. On cooling, at approximately 120 K, the Tb{sub 5}Si{sub 2.2}Ge{sub 1.8} system undergoes a magnetoelastic transition from a high-temperature monoclinic-paramagnetic to a low-temperature orthorhombic-ferromagnetic structure. Between 120 K and 75 K, the magnetic structure has a net ferromagnetic component along the a axis direction. The moments are slightly canted with respect to the a axis, while the components along the b and c axes are ordered antiferromagnetically. A second magnetic transition occurs at approximately 75 K. Below this temperature, the magnetic structure consists of ferromagnetically aligned {mu}{sub x} and {mu}{sub z} projections of the magnetic moments and an antiferromagnetic arrangement of the {mu}{sub y} moment components. Magnetic structures of Tb{sub 5}Si{sub 2.5}Ge{sub 1.5} are nearly identical to those of Tb{sub 5}Si{sub 2.2}Ge{sub 1.8}.

  5. 18 Sco: A solar twin rich in refractory and neutron-capture elements. Implications for chemical tagging

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    Meléndez, Jorge; Monroe, TalaWanda R.; Tucci Maia, Marcelo; Freitas, Fabrício C.; Karakas, Amanda I.; Yong, David; Asplund, Martin; Bedell, Megan; Bean, Jacob; Bergemann, Maria; Do Nascimento, José-Dias Jr.; Castro, Matthieu; Bazot, Michael; Alves-Brito, Alan

    2014-08-10

    We study with unprecedented detail the chemical composition and stellar parameters of the solar twin 18 Sco in a strictly differential sense relative to the Sun. Our study is mainly based on high-resolution (R ∼ 110,000), high signal-to-noise ratio (800-1,000) Very Large Telescope UVES spectra, which allow us to achieve a precision of about 0.005 dex in differential abundances. The effective temperature and surface gravity of 18 Sco are T{sub eff} = 5823 ± 6 K and log g = 4.45 ± 0.02 dex, i.e., 18 Sco is 46 ± 6 K hotter than the Sun and log g is 0.01 ± 0.02 dex higher. Its metallicity is [Fe/H] = 0.054 ± 0.005 dex, and its microturbulence velocity is +0.02 ± 0.01 km s{sup –1} higher than solar. Our precise stellar parameters and differential isochrone analysis show that 18 Sco has a mass of 1.04 ± 0.02 M{sub ☉} and that it is ∼1.6 Gyr younger than the Sun. We use precise High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) radial velocities to search for planets, but none are detected. The chemical abundance pattern of 18 Sco displays a clear trend with condensation temperature, thus showing higher abundances of refractories in 18 Sco than in the Sun. Intriguingly, there are enhancements in the neutron-capture elements relative to the Sun. Despite the small element-to-element abundance differences among nearby n-capture elements (∼0.02 dex), we successfully reproduce the r-process pattern in the Solar System. This is independent evidence for the universality of the r process. Our results have important implications for chemical tagging in our Galaxy and nucleosynthesis in general.

  6. Graphene Folding in Si Rich Carbon Nanofibers for Highly Stable, High Capacity Li-Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Fei, Ling; Williams, Brian P; Yoo, Sang H; Kim, Jangwoo; Shoorideh, Ghazal; Joo, Yong Lak

    2016-03-02

    Silicon nanoparticles (Si NPs) wrapped by graphene in carbon nanofibers were obtained via electrospinning and subsequent thermal treatment. In this study, water-soluble poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with low carbon yield is selected to make the process water-based and to achieve a high silicon yield in the composite. It was also found that increasing the amount of graphene helps keep the PVA fiber morphology after carbonization, while forming a graphene network. The fiber SEM and HRTEM images reveal that micrometer graphene is heavily folded into sub-micron scale fibers during electrospinning, while Si NPs are incorporated into the folds with nanospace in between. When applied to lithium-ion battery anodes, the Si/graphene/carbon nanofiber composites show a high reversible capacity of ∼2300 mAh g(-1) at a charging rate of 100 mA/g and a stable capacity of 1191 mAh g(-1) at 1 A/g after more than 200 cycles. The interconnected graphene network not only ensures the excellent conductivity but also serves as a buffering matrix for the mechanic stress caused by volume change; the nanospace between Si NPs and folded graphene provides the space needed for volume expansion.

  7. Effect of Heat Treatment on Morphology of Fe-Rich Intermetallics in Hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu-Ni Alloy with 1.26 pct Fe

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    Sha, Meng; Wu, Shusen; Wan, Li; Lü, Shulin

    2013-12-01

    Cobalt is generally considered as the element that can neutralize the negative effects of iron in Al alloys, such as inducing fracture and failure for stress concentration. Nevertheless, Fe-rich intermetallics would be inclined to form coarse plate-like δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 particles when the content of Fe was high, which could also cause inferior mechanical properties. The dissolution and transformation of δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 phase in solution heat-treated samples of Al-20Si-1.85Cu-1.05Ni-1.26Fe-1.35Co alloy were studied using optical microscopy, image analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The effects of solution heat treatment time ranging from 0 to 9 hours at 783.15 K (510 °C) on mechanical properties were also investigated. The coarse plate-like δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 particles varied slowly through concurrent dissolution along widths and at the plate tips as solution treatment time increased, which could be explained from diffusion-induced grain boundary migration. Solution heat treatment also has an important influence on mechanical properties. The maximum ultimate tensile strength and yield strength after T6 treatment were 258 and 132 MPa, respectively, while the maximum hardness was 131 HB. Compared with those of the samples in the as-cast state, they increased by 53, 42, and 28 pct, respectively. Moreover, δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 phase, which appears as a coarse plate-like particle in two dimensions, is actually a cuboid in three dimensions. The length of this cuboid is close to the width, while the height is much smaller.

  8. Low- and high-resistivity silicon substrate characterization using the Al/silicon-rich oxide/Si structure with comparison to the metal oxide semiconductor technique

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    Luna-López, A.; Aceves-Mijares, M.; Malik, O.; Glaenzer, R.

    2005-05-01

    High-resistivity silicon substrates (HRS, NB<1014 cm-3) are commonly used, especially in optoelectronic integrated circuits. However, standard metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) characterization methods fail to predict correctly the dopant concentration and lifetime. This is due to the high resistance in series with the MOS capacitor, which causes an erroneous capacitance measurement at high frequency. To overcome this restriction, a different characterization method is proposed, using the electronic transport property of silicon-rich oxide (SRO) films, with aluminum/silicon-rich oxide (Al/SRO/Si) devices and using capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics, the dopant concentration and lifetime can be estimated with these method. In addition, using low/high-frequency C-V measurements in MOS structure on HRS can be used to determine the dopant concentration. In this work, low-resistivity silicon and HRS substrates are characterized. The results for both type of substrates and for the different methods are compared. It is shown that the results are similar and any of these methods produce reliable results, but the Al/SRO/Si structure has the advantage that the generation lifetime is easily obtained.

  9. Digital signal processing for a thermal neutron detector using ZnS(Ag):6LiF scintillating layers read out with WLS fibers and SiPMs

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    Mosset, J.-B.; Stoykov, A.; Greuter, U.; Hildebrandt, M.; Schlumpf, N.

    2016-07-01

    We present a digital signal processing system based on a photon counting approach which we developed for a thermal neutron detector consisting of ZnS(Ag):6LiF scintillating layers read out with WLS fibers and SiPMs. Three digital filters have been evaluated: a moving sum, a moving sum after differentiation and a digital CR-RC4 filter. The performances of the detector with these filters are presented. A full analog signal processing using a CR-RC4 filter has been emulated digitally. The detector performance obtained with this analog approach is compared with the one obtained with the best performing digital approach.

  10. Correlated evolution of barrier capacitance charging, generation, and drift currents and of carrier lifetime in Si structures during 25 MeV neutrons irradiation

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    Gaubas, E.; Ceponis, T.; Jasiunas, A.; Uleckas, A.; Vaitkus, J.; Cortina, E.; Militaru, O.

    2012-12-03

    The in situ examination of barrier capacitance charging, of generation and drift currents, and of carrier lifetime in Si structures during 25 MeV neutrons irradiation has been implemented to correlate radiation induced changes in carrier recombination, thermal release, and drift characteristics and to clarify their impact on detector performance. It has been shown that microwave probed photo-conductivity technique implemented in contact-less and distant manner can be a powerful tool for examination in wide dynamic range of carrier lifetime modified by radiation defects and for rather precise prediction of detector performance.

  11. Low-loss Ge-rich Si0.2Ge0.8 waveguides for mid-infrared photonics.

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    Ramirez, Joan Manel; Vakarin, Vladyslav; Gilles, Clement; Frigerio, Jacopo; Ballabio, Andrea; Chaisakul, Papichaya; Roux, Xavier Le; Alonso-Ramos, Carlos; Maisons, Gregory; Vivien, Laurent; Carras, Mathieu; Isella, Giovanni; Marris-Morini, Delphine

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate low-loss Ge-rich Si0.2Ge0.8 waveguides on Si1-xGex (x from 0 to 0.79) graded substrates operating in the mid-infrared wavelength range at λ=4.6  μm. Propagation losses as low as (1.5±0.5)dB/cm and (2±0.5)dB/cm were measured for the quasi-TE and quasi-TM polarizations, respectively. A total coupling loss (input/output) of only 10 dB was found for waveguide widths larger than 7 μm due to a good fiber-waveguide mode matching. Near-field optical mode profiles measured at the output waveguide facet allowed us to inspect the optical mode and precisely measure the modal effective area of each waveguide providing a good correlation between experiments and simulations. These results put forward the potential of low-index-contrast Si1-xGex waveguides with high Ge concentration as fundamental blocks for mid-infrared photonic integrated circuits.

  12. Identification of 45 new neutron-rich isotopes produced by in-flight fission of a {sup 238}U beam at 345 MeV/nucleon.

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    Ohnishi, T.; Kubo, T.; Kusaka, K.; Yoshida, A.; Yoshida, K.; Manikonda, S.; Nolen, J.

    2010-07-12

    A search for new isotopes using in-flight fission of a 345 MeV/nucleon {sup 238}U beam has been carried out at the RI Beam Factory at the RIKEN Nishina Center. Fission fragments were analyzed and identified by using the superconducting in-flight separator BigRIPS. We observed 45 new neutron-rich isotopes: {sup 71}Mn, {sup 73,74}Fe, {sup 76}Co, {sup 79}Ni, {sup 81,82}Cu, {sup 84,85}Zn, {sup 87}Ga, {sup 90}Ge, {sup 95}Se, {sup 98}Br, {sup 101}Kr, {sup 103}Rb, {sup 106,107}Sr, {sup 108,109}Y, {sup 111,112}Zr, {sup 114,115}Nb, {sup 115,116,117}Mo, {sup 119,120}Tc, {sup 121,122,123,124}Ru, {sup 123,124,125,126}Rh, {sup 127,128}Pd, {sup 133}Cd, {sup 138}Sn, {sup 140}Sb, {sup 143}Te, {sup 145}I, {sup 148}Xe, and {sup 152}Ba.

  13. {beta}-decay half-lives of new neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes {sup 159}Pm,{sup 162}Sm, and {sup 166}Gd

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    Ichikawa, S.; Asai, M.; Tsukada, K.; Nagame, Y.; Haba, H.; Shibata, M.; Sakama, M.; Kojima, Y.

    2005-06-01

    The new neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes {sup 159}Pm, {sup 162}Sm, and {sup 166}Gd produced in the proton-induced fission of {sup 238}U were identified using the JAERI on-line isotope separator (JAERI-ISOL) coupled to a gas-jet transport system. The half-lives of {sup 159}Pm, {sup 162}Sm, and {sup 166}Gd were determined to be 1.5 {+-} 0.2, 2.4 {+-} 0.5, and 4.8 {+-} 1.0 s respectively. The partial decay scheme of {sup 166}Gd was constructed from {gamma}{gamma}-coincidence data. A more accurate half-life value of 25.6 {+-} 2.2 s was obtained for the previously identified isotope {sup 166}Tb. The half-lives measured in the present study are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions calculated by the second generation of the gross theory with the atomic masses evaluated by Audi and Wapstra.

  14. β -Decay Half-Lives of 110 Neutron-Rich Nuclei across the N =82 Shell Gap: Implications for the Mechanism and Universality of the Astrophysical r Process

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    Lorusso, G.; Nishimura, S.; Xu, Z. Y.; Jungclaus, A.; Shimizu, Y.; Simpson, G. S.; Söderström, P.-A.; Watanabe, H.; Browne, F.; Doornenbal, P.; Gey, G.; Jung, H. S.; Meyer, B.; Sumikama, T.; Taprogge, J.; Vajta, Zs.; Wu, J.; Baba, H.; Benzoni, G.; Chae, K. Y.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Fukuda, N.; Gernhäuser, R.; Inabe, N.; Isobe, T.; Kajino, T.; Kameda, D.; Kim, G. D.; Kim, Y.-K.; Kojouharov, I.; Kondev, F. G.; Kubo, T.; Kurz, N.; Kwon, Y. K.; Lane, G. J.; Li, Z.; Montaner-Pizá, A.; Moschner, K.; Naqvi, F.; Niikura, M.; Nishibata, H.; Odahara, A.; Orlandi, R.; Patel, Z.; Podolyák, Zs.; Sakurai, H.; Schaffner, H.; Schury, P.; Shibagaki, S.; Steiger, K.; Suzuki, H.; Takeda, H.; Wendt, A.; Yagi, A.; Yoshinaga, K.

    2015-05-01

    The β -decay half-lives of 110 neutron-rich isotopes of the elements from Rb 37 to Sn 50 were measured at the Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory. The 40 new half-lives follow robust systematics and highlight the persistence of shell effects. The new data have direct implications for r -process calculations and reinforce the notion that the second (A ≈130 ) and the rare-earth-element (A ≈160 ) abundance peaks may result from the freeze-out of an (n ,γ )⇄(γ ,n ) equilibrium. In such an equilibrium, the new half-lives are important factors determining the abundance of rare-earth elements, and allow for a more reliable discussion of the r process universality. It is anticipated that universality may not extend to the elements Sn, Sb, I, and Cs, making the detection of these elements in metal-poor stars of the utmost importance to determine the exact conditions of individual r -process events.

  15. Fe2SiO4-rich spinel as mineral in a shocked meteorite - constraints on P-T conditions during shock

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    Tschauner, O.; Ma, C.; Asimow, P. D.; Kostandova, N.

    2008-12-01

    We report the occurrence of a spinel phase (Fe0.8, Mg0.2)2(Si0.9, Fe0.1)O4 in veins of the L4 chondrite Laundry West, Nullarbor, Australia. While Fe2SiO4-rich spinel has been reported from the Umbarger meteorite earlier (Xie et al. Am .Min. 87, 1257, 2002), the present study is the first to present complete structural and chemical information. We collected powder diffraction, EBSD, and EMP data, all confirming structure and chemistry of this new mineral, the Fe-endmember analog of Mg2SiO4 ringwoodite. The observation of this spinel phase, which forms at pressures of a few GPa under static conditions, in a shocked meteorite is a contribution to a finer shock metamorphic scale. The vicinity of these FeSi-spinel grains to melted (Fe,Ni)S in combination with modeling of shock reverberation in a FeS-silicate system allows for estimating a lower limit of the peak shock pressure and temperature: The fayalite-spinel P-T phase boundary and the melting curve of (Fe,Ni)S determine a fixed point in P-T space of 5-6 GPa and 1500 - 1600 K. However, the bulk shock pressure (and temperature) was lower and can be calculated by impedance match. Acknowledgements: We dedicate this work to our friend and collaborator Thomas J. Ahrens. We are particularly grateful to Dr. Zhongwu Wang, CHESS, for providing beamtime and support at station B2. This work was supported by NNSA Cooperative Agreement DOE-FC88-01NV14049 and NASA/Goddard grants under awards NNG04GP57G and NNG04GI07G. Participation by NK was supported by the Caltech SURF program and in particular by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Anderson.

  16. Method and apparatus for detecting neutrons

    DOEpatents

    Perkins, Richard W.; Reeder, Paul L.; Wogman, Ned A.; Warner, Ray A.; Brite, Daniel W.; Richey, Wayne C.; Goldman, Don S.

    1997-01-01

    The instant invention is a method for making and using an apparatus for detecting neutrons. Scintillating optical fibers are fabricated by melting SiO.sub.2 with a thermal neutron capturing substance and a scintillating material in a reducing atmosphere. The melt is then drawn into fibers in an anoxic atmosphere. The fibers may then be coated and used directly in a neutron detection apparatus, or assembled into a geometrical array in a second, hydrogen-rich, scintillating material such as a polymer. Photons generated by interaction with thermal neutrons are trapped within the coated fibers and are directed to photoelectric converters. A measurable electronic signal is generated for each thermal neutron interaction within the fiber. These electronic signals are then manipulated, stored, and interpreted by normal methods to infer the quality and quantity of incident radiation. When the fibers are arranged in an array within a second scintillating material, photons generated by kinetic neutrons interacting with the second scintillating material and photons generated by thermal neutron capture within the fiber can both be directed to photoelectric converters. These electronic signals are then manipulated, stored, and interpreted by normal methods to infer the quality and quantity of incident radiation.

  17. Method and apparatus for detecting neutrons

    DOEpatents

    Perkins, R.W.; Reeder, P.L.; Wogman, N.A.; Warner, R.A.; Brite, D.W.; Richey, W.C.; Goldman, D.S.

    1997-10-21

    The instant invention is a method for making and using an apparatus for detecting neutrons. Scintillating optical fibers are fabricated by melting SiO{sub 2} with a thermal neutron capturing substance and a scintillating material in a reducing atmosphere. The melt is then drawn into fibers in an anoxic atmosphere. The fibers may then be coated and used directly in a neutron detection apparatus, or assembled into a geometrical array in a second, hydrogen-rich, scintillating material such as a polymer. Photons generated by interaction with thermal neutrons are trapped within the coated fibers and are directed to photoelectric converters. A measurable electronic signal is generated for each thermal neutron interaction within the fiber. These electronic signals are then manipulated, stored, and interpreted by normal methods to infer the quality and quantity of incident radiation. When the fibers are arranged in an array within a second scintillating material, photons generated by kinetic neutrons interacting with the second scintillating material and photons generated by thermal neutron capture within the fiber can both be directed to photoelectric converters. These electronic signals are then manipulated, stored, and interpreted by normal methods to infer the quality and quantity of incident radiation. 5 figs.

  18. The functional dissection of the plasma corona of SiO₂-NPs spots histidine rich glycoprotein as a major player able to hamper nanoparticle capture by macrophages.

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    Fedeli, Chiara; Segat, Daniela; Tavano, Regina; Bubacco, Luigi; De Franceschi, Giorgia; de Laureto, Patrizia Polverino; Lubian, Elisa; Selvestrel, Francesco; Mancin, Fabrizio; Papini, Emanuele

    2015-11-14

    A coat of strongly-bound host proteins, or hard corona, may influence the biological and pharmacological features of nanotheranostics by altering their cell-interaction selectivity and macrophage clearance. With the goal of identifying specific corona-effectors, we investigated how the capture of amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs; Ø = 26 nm; zeta potential = -18.3 mV) by human lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages is modulated by the prominent proteins of their plasma corona. LC MS/MS analysis, western blotting and quantitative SDS-PAGE densitometry show that Histidine Rich Glycoprotein (HRG) is the most abundant component of the SiO2-NP hard corona in excess plasma from humans (HP) and mice (MP), together with minor amounts of the homologous Kininogen-1 (Kin-1), while it is remarkably absent in their Foetal Calf Serum (FCS)-derived corona. HRG binds with high affinity to SiO2-NPs (HRG Kd ∼2 nM) and competes with other plasma proteins for the NP surface, so forming a stable and quite homogeneous corona inhibiting nanoparticles binding to the macrophage membrane and their subsequent uptake. Conversely, in the case of lymphocytes and monocytes not only HRG but also several common plasma proteins can interchange in this inhibitory activity. The depletion of HRG and Kin-1 from HP or their plasma exhaustion by increasing NP concentration (>40 μg ml(-1) in 10% HP) lead to a heterogeneous hard corona, mostly formed by fibrinogen (Fibr), HDLs, LDLs, IgGs, Kallikrein and several minor components, allowing nanoparticle binding to macrophages. Consistently, the FCS-derived SiO2-NP hard corona, mainly formed by hemoglobin, α2 macroglobulin and HDLs but lacking HRG, permits nanoparticle uptake by macrophages. Moreover, purified HRG competes with FCS proteins for the NP surface, inhibiting their recruitment in the corona and blocking NP macrophage capture. HRG, the main component of the plasma-derived SiO2-NPs' hard corona, has antiopsonin characteristics and

  19. Hydrous melting and partitioning in and above the mantle transition zone: Insights from water-rich MgO-SiO2-H2O experiments

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    Myhill, R.; Frost, D. J.; Novella, D.

    2017-03-01

    Hydrous melting at high pressures affects the physical properties, dynamics and chemical differentiation of the Earth. However, probing the compositions of hydrous melts at the conditions of the deeper mantle such as the transition zone has traditionally been challenging. In this study, we conducted high pressure multianvil experiments at 13 GPa between 1200 and 1900 °C to investigate the liquidus in the system MgO-SiO2-H2O. Water-rich starting compositions were created using platinic acid (H2Pt(OH)6) as a novel water source. As MgO:SiO2 ratios decrease, the T -XH2O liquidus curve develops an increasingly pronounced concave-up topology. The melting point reduction of enstatite and stishovite at low water contents exceeds that predicted by simple ideal models of hydrogen speciation. We discuss the implications of these results with respect to the behaviour of melts in the deep upper mantle and transition zone, and present new models describing the partitioning of water between the olivine polymorphs and associated hydrous melts.

  20. Self-consistent quasiparticle formulation of a multiphonon method and its application to the neutron-rich O20 nucleus

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    De Gregorio, G.; Knapp, F.; Lo Iudice, N.; Vesely, P.

    2016-04-01

    A Bogoliubov quasiparticle formulation of an equation-of-motion phonon method, suited for open-shell nuclei, is derived. Like its particle-hole version, it consists of deriving a set of equations of motions whose iterative solution generates an orthonormal basis of n -phonon states (n =0 ,1 ,2 ,... ), built of quasiparticle Tamm-Dancoff phonons, which simplifies the solution of the eigenvalue problem. The method is applied to the open-shell neutron-rich O20 for illustrative purposes. A Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov canonical basis, derived from an intrinsic two-body optimized chiral Hamiltonian, is used to derive and solve the eigenvalue equations in a space encompassing a truncated two-phonon basis. The spurious admixtures induced by the violation of the particle number and the center-of-mass motion are eliminated to a large extent by a Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization procedure. The calculation takes into account the Pauli principle, is self-consistent, and is parameter free except for the energy cutoff used to truncate the two-phonon basis, which induces an increasing depression of the ground state through its strong coupling to the quasiparticle vacuum. Such a cutoff is fixed so as to reproduce the first 1- level. The two-phonon states are shown to enhance the level density of the low-energy spectrum, consistently with the data, and to induce a fragmentation of the E 1 strength which, while accounting for the very low E 1 transitions, is not sufficient to reproduce the experimental cross section in the intermediate energy region. This and other discrepancies suggest the need of including the three-phonon states. These are also expected to offset the action of the two phonons on the quasiparticle vacuum and, therefore, free the calculation from any parameter.

  1. Performance of a total absorption clover detector for Qβ measurements of neutron-rich nuclei far from the β-stability line

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    Hayashi, H.; Shibata, M.; Asai, M.; Osa, A.; Sato, T. K.; Koizumi, M.; Kimura, A.; Oshima, M.

    2014-05-01

    To measure β-decay energies (Qβs) of neutron-rich nuclei far from the β-stability line, we have improved upon the previously described total absorption detector, composed of a clover Ge detector (80 mmϕ×90 mmL×4 crystals) and 4π BGO Compton suppressors. This detector can directly determine the Qβ from the end-point of the measured spectrum. Nuclei of interest such as new isotopes have Qβ values over 4 MeV; therefore, high detection efficiencies are needed. This total absorption detector has a through-hole (alongside its vertical axis) at the center of the four Ge crystals, and the radioactive sources can be placed in this hole to measure the total absorption spectrum. The β- and γ-rays are absorbed by the detector with almost 4π geometry while escaping radiations from the Ge detector can be detected by the 4π BGO Compton suppressors. We also developed a practical analytic procedure based on the folding method, in which response functions of γ- and β-rays were considered with an assumed decay scheme. The systematic uncertainty of the deduced Qβs was evaluated to be ±30 keV using 18 fission products whose Qβ values were precisely measured. With the detector and an on-line mass separator, we have determined the Qβ values of 166Eu and 165Gd for the first time, and have proposed more precise Qβ values for 160-165Eu and 163Gd than previously found. Owing to the especially good energy resolution of the detector, the isomeric state in 163Gd was also successfully observed for the first time through end-point analysis and analysis of the observed γ-rays. This result contributes to the determination of reliable Qβ values for 163Gd and 163Eu.

  2. From atomic structure to excess entropy: a neutron diffraction and density functional theory study of CaO-Al₂O₃-SiO₂ melts.

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    Liu, Maoyuan; Jacob, Aurélie; Schmetterer, Clemens; Masset, Patrick J; Hennet, Louis; Fischer, Henry E; Kozaily, Jad; Jahn, Sandro; Gray-Weale, Angus

    2016-04-06

    Calcium aluminosilicate CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CAS) melts with compositions (CaO-SiO2)(x)(Al2O3)(1-x) for x  <  0.5 and (Al2O3)(x)(SiO2)(1-x) for x ≥ 0.5 are studied using neutron diffraction with aerodynamic levitation and density functional theory molecular dynamics modelling. Simulated structure factors are found to be in good agreement with experimental structure factors. Local atomic structures from simulations reveal the role of calcium cations as a network modifier, and aluminium cations as a non-tetrahedral network former. Distributions of tetrahedral order show that an increasing concentration of the network former Al increases entropy, while an increasing concentration of the network modifier Ca decreases entropy. This trend is opposite to the conventional understanding that increasing amounts of network former should increase order in the network liquid, and so decrease entropy. The two-body correlation entropy S2 is found to not correlate with the excess entropy values obtained from thermochemical databases, while entropies including higher-order correlations such as tetrahedral order, O-M-O or M-O-M bond angles and Q(N) environments show a clear linear correlation between computed entropy and database excess entropy. The possible relationship between atomic structures and excess entropy is discussed.

  3. Neutron measurements

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    McCall, R.C.

    1981-01-01

    Methods of neutron detection and measurement are discussed. Topics include sources of neutrons, neutrons in medicine, interactions of neutrons with matter, neutron shielding, neutron measurement units, measurement methods, and neutron spectroscopy. (ACR)

  4. The functional dissection of the plasma corona of SiO2-NPs spots histidine rich glycoprotein as a major player able to hamper nanoparticle capture by macrophages

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    Fedeli, Chiara; Segat, Daniela; Tavano, Regina; Bubacco, Luigi; de Franceschi, Giorgia; de Laureto, Patrizia Polverino; Lubian, Elisa; Selvestrel, Francesco; Mancin, Fabrizio; Papini, Emanuele

    2015-10-01

    A coat of strongly-bound host proteins, or hard corona, may influence the biological and pharmacological features of nanotheranostics by altering their cell-interaction selectivity and macrophage clearance. With the goal of identifying specific corona-effectors, we investigated how the capture of amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs; Ø = 26 nm; zeta potential = -18.3 mV) by human lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages is modulated by the prominent proteins of their plasma corona. LC MS/MS analysis, western blotting and quantitative SDS-PAGE densitometry show that Histidine Rich Glycoprotein (HRG) is the most abundant component of the SiO2-NP hard corona in excess plasma from humans (HP) and mice (MP), together with minor amounts of the homologous Kininogen-1 (Kin-1), while it is remarkably absent in their Foetal Calf Serum (FCS)-derived corona. HRG binds with high affinity to SiO2-NPs (HRG Kd ~2 nM) and competes with other plasma proteins for the NP surface, so forming a stable and quite homogeneous corona inhibiting nanoparticles binding to the macrophage membrane and their subsequent uptake. Conversely, in the case of lymphocytes and monocytes not only HRG but also several common plasma proteins can interchange in this inhibitory activity. The depletion of HRG and Kin-1 from HP or their plasma exhaustion by increasing NP concentration (>40 μg ml-1 in 10% HP) lead to a heterogeneous hard corona, mostly formed by fibrinogen (Fibr), HDLs, LDLs, IgGs, Kallikrein and several minor components, allowing nanoparticle binding to macrophages. Consistently, the FCS-derived SiO2-NP hard corona, mainly formed by hemoglobin, α2 macroglobulin and HDLs but lacking HRG, permits nanoparticle uptake by macrophages. Moreover, purified HRG competes with FCS proteins for the NP surface, inhibiting their recruitment in the corona and blocking NP macrophage capture. HRG, the main component of the plasma-derived SiO2-NPs' hard corona, has antiopsonin characteristics and uniquely

  5. Evaluation of {sup 28,29,30}Si neutron induced cross sections for ENDF/B-VI

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    Hetrick, D.M.; Larson, D.C.; Larson, N.M.; Leal, L.C.; Epperson, S.J.

    1997-04-01

    Separate evaluations have been done for the three stable isotopes of silicon for ENDF/B-VI. The evaluations are based on analysis of experimental data, supplemented by results of nuclear model calculations. The computational methods and the parameters required as input to the nuclear model codes are reviewed. Discussion of the evaluated data given for resonance parameters, neutron induced reaction cross sections, associated angular and energy distributions, and gamma-ray production cross sections is included. Extensive comparisons of the evaluated cross sections to measured data are shown in this report. The evaluations include all necessary data to allow KERMA (Kinetic Energy Released in MAterials) and displacement cross sections to be calculated directly. These quantities are fundamental to studies of neutron heating and radiation damage.

  6. Improvement of the growth of Li4SiO4 single crystals for neutron detection and their scintillation and luminescence properties

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    Pejchal, Jan; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerova, Alena; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira; Nikl, Martin

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated Li4SiO4 scintillation crystals for their possible application in neutron detection due to high Li content and low density of 2.35 g/cm3. The micro-pulling-down method employing the Ir crucible and afterheater was optimized for crystal growth of Li4SiO4 taking into account the Li evaporation. To grow high-quality crack-free single crystals, the heating power was increased to establish milder temperature gradient, thicker meniscus, smaller crystal diameter and resulting smaller stress in the as-grown crystals. The undoped, Ti-, Cr-, and Al- doped crystals were prepared and studied. Radioluminescence measurements under X-ray excitation showed quite high overall scintillation efficiency of the Ti-doped sample reaching as high as 250% of that of Bi4Ge3O12 reference scintillator. The emission spectrum was dominated by one broad band peaking at 350 nm related to Ti4+ impurity. Reasonable light yield of 10000 photons/neutron was found. However, its long decay time of 54 μs might be a limitation especially for high counting rate applications. The overall scintillation efficiency of the Cr3+ sample was much lower and the spectrum shows one broad peak at 463 nm which does not correspond to Cr3+ luminescence. The radioluminescence spectrum of the Al-doped sample resembled to that of the Ti-doped one, just its magnitude is considerably lower, which was explained by Ti contamination. Peculiarities and optimization of crystal growth and a preliminary sketch of luminescence mechanisms and dopant incorporation are discussed.

  7. Analysis of neutron irradiation effects on thermal conductivity of SiC-based composites and monolithic ceramics

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Senor, D.J.

    1997-08-01

    After irradiation of a variety of SiC-based materials to 33 or 43 dpa-SiC at 1000{degrees}C, their thermal conductivity values were degraded and became relatively temperature independent, which indicates that the thermal resistivity was dominated by point defect scattering. The magnitude of irradiation-induced conductivity degradation was greater at lower temperatures and typically was larger for materials with higher unirradiated conductivity. From these data, a K{sub irr}/K{sub unirr} ratio map which predicts the expected equilibrium thermal conductivity for most SiC-based materials as a function of irradiation temperature was derived. Due to a short-term EOC irradiation at 575{degrees} {+-} 60{degrees}C, a duplex irradiation defect structure was established. Based on an analysis of the conductivity and swelling recovery after post-irradiation anneals for these materials with the duplex defect structure, several consequences for irradiating SiC at temperatures of 1000{degrees}C or above are given. In particular, the thermal conductivity degradation in the fusion relevant 800{degrees}-1000{degrees}C temperature range may be more severe than inferred from SiC swelling behavior.

  8. Neutron diffraction study of the La1-xPrxMn2Si2 ( x=0.4, 0.7 and 1) compounds and the general description of the magnetic behavior of Mn in RMn2Ge2 and RMn2Si2

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    Dincer, I.; Elerman, Y.; Elmali, A.; Ehrenberg, H.; André, G.

    2007-06-01

    The magnetic structures of the La1-xPrxMn2Si2 ( x=0.4, 0.7 and 1) have been investigated by powder neutron diffraction between 2 and 308 K. According to magnetic measurements, the x=0.4 sample shows a typical SmMn2Ge2-like magnetic behavior. Neutron diffraction indicates a canted antiferromagnetic structure below 130 K and a canted ferromagnetic structure above 240 K. Between 130 and 240 K, the canted ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic structures coexist. Since the magnetic moments of Mn atoms, the unit cell parameters and the scale parameters of the canted antiferromagnetism and canted ferromagnetism are highly correlated between 130 and 240 K, a special refinement procedure was introduced. The critical Mn-Mn value was determined as 2.87 A˚, and the spontaneous volume change and linear magnetostriction are derived. Neutron diffraction revealed a canted antiferromagnetic structure for La0.3Pr0.7Mn2Si2. A canted antiferromagnetic structure was also detected for PrMn2Si2 by neutron diffraction in contrast to previous reports of a collinear arrangement. The present results are compiled together with previous ones on RMn2Ge2 and RMn2Si2 (R: Y, La and rare-earth) compounds in two magnetic phase diagrams. These two graphics summarize the general magnetic behavior of Mn in the RMn2Ge2 and RMn2Si2 compounds.

  9. Phase stability, swelling, microstructure and strength of Ti3SiC2-TiC ceramics after low dose neutron irradiation

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    Ang, Caen; Zinkle, Steven; Shih, Chunghao; Silva, Chinthaka; Cetiner, Nesrin; Katoh, Yutai

    2017-01-01

    Mn+1AXn (MAX) phase Ti3SiC2 materials were neutron irradiated at ∼400, ∼630, and 700 °C to a fluence of ∼2 × 1025 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV). After irradiation at ∼400 °C, anisotropic c-axis dilation of ∼1.5% was observed. Room temperature strength was reduced from 445 ± 29 MPa to 315 ± 33 MPa and the fracture surfaces showed flat facets and transgranular cracks instead of typical kink-band deformation and bridging ligaments. XRD phase analysis indicated an increase of 10-15 wt% TiC. After irradiation at ∼700 °C there were no lattice parameter changes, ∼5 wt% decomposition to TiC occurred, and strength was 391 ± 71 MPa and 378 ± 31 MPa. The fracture surfaces indicated kink-band based deformation but with lesser extent of delamination than as-received samples. Ti3SiC2 appears to be radiation tolerant at ∼400 °C, and increasingly radiation resistant at ∼630-700 °C, but a higher temperature may be necessary for full recovery.

  10. Phase stability, swelling, microstructure and strength of Ti3SiC2-TiC ceramics after low dose neutron irradiation

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    Ang, Caen; Zinkle, Steven; Shih, Chunghao; ...

    2016-10-22

    In this study, Mn+1AXn (MAX) phase Ti3SiC2 materials were neutron irradiated at ~400, ~630, and 700 °C to a fluence of ~2 × 1025 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV). After irradiation at ~400 °C, anisotropic c-axis dilation of ~1.5% was observed. Room temperature strength was reduced from 445 ± 29 MPa to 315 ± 33 MPa and the fracture surfaces showed flat facets and transgranular cracks instead of typical kink-band deformation and bridging ligaments. XRD phase analysis indicated an increase of 10–15 wt% TiC. After irradiation at ~700 °C there were no lattice parameter changes, ~5 wt% decomposition to TiCmore » occurred, and strength was 391 ± 71 MPa and 378 ± 31 MPa. The fracture surfaces indicated kink-band based deformation but with lesser extent of delamination than as-received samples. Finally, Ti3SiC2 appears to be radiation tolerant at ~400 °C, and increasingly radiation resistant at ~630–700 °C, but a higher temperature may be necessary for full recovery.« less

  11. Phase stability, swelling, microstructure and strength of Ti3SiC2-TiC ceramics after low dose neutron irradiation

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    Ang, Caen; Zinkle, Steven; Shih, Chunghao; Silva, Chinthaka; Cetiner, Nesrin; Katoh, Yutai

    2016-10-22

    In this study, Mn+1AXn (MAX) phase Ti3SiC2 materials were neutron irradiated at ~400, ~630, and 700 °C to a fluence of ~2 × 1025 n/m2 (E > 0.1 MeV). After irradiation at ~400 °C, anisotropic c-axis dilation of ~1.5% was observed. Room temperature strength was reduced from 445 ± 29 MPa to 315 ± 33 MPa and the fracture surfaces showed flat facets and transgranular cracks instead of typical kink-band deformation and bridging ligaments. XRD phase analysis indicated an increase of 10–15 wt% TiC. After irradiation at ~700 °C there were no lattice parameter changes, ~5 wt% decomposition to TiC occurred, and strength was 391 ± 71 MPa and 378 ± 31 MPa. The fracture surfaces indicated kink-band based deformation but with lesser extent of delamination than as-received samples. Finally, Ti3SiC2 appears to be radiation tolerant at ~400 °C, and increasingly radiation resistant at ~630–700 °C, but a higher temperature may be necessary for full recovery.

  12. Neutron Diffraction Studies of the Atomic Vibrations of Bulk and Surface Atoms of Nanocrystalline SiC

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    Stelmakh, S.; Grzanka, E.; Zhao, Y.; Palosz, W.; Palosz, B.

    2004-01-01

    Thermal atomic motions of nanocrystalline Sic were characterized by two temperature atomic factors B(sub core), and B(sub shell). With the use of wide angle neutron diffraction data it was shown that at the diffraction vector above 15A(exp -1) the Wilson plots gives directly the temperature factor of the grain interior (B(sub core)). At lower Q values the slope of the Wilson plot provides information on the relative amplitudes of vibrations of the core and shell atoms.

  13. Crystal structure of coesite, a high-pressure form of SiO/sub 2/, at 15 and 298 K from single-crystal neutron and x-ray diffraction data: test of bonding models

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    Smyth, J.R.; Smith, J.V.; Artioli, G.; Kvick, A.

    1987-02-12

    The crystal structure of a natural coesite from an eclogite rock fragment in the Roberts Victor kimberlite, South Africa, was determined at 15 K by neutron diffraction (a = 7.1357 (13) A, b = 12.3835 (26) A, c = 7.1859 (11) A, ..beta.. = 120.375 (16)/sup 0/, C2/c), and at approx.298 K by X-ray diffraction. Cell dimensions measured by neutron diffraction at 292 K (7.1464 (9), 12.3796 (19), and 7.1829 (8) A, 120.283 (9)/sup 0/) differed from those determined by X-ray diffraction, probably because of a systematic absorption error for the latter. The strongly anisotropic nature of the thermal expansion is explained qualitatively by the relatively large changes (approx.1%) in the distances between the nonbonded oxygen neighbors and the relatively small changes of Si-O-Si and O-Si-O angles in the compact three-dimensional framework. There is a good, but not perfect, negative correlation between the eight independent Si-O distances and the five independent values for sec theta(Si-O-Si) at 15 K. It is weaker than that for 298 K, and the scatter from a straight-line prediction from molecular-orbital models for small clusters (e.g., H/sub 6/Si/sub 2/O/sub 7/) implies that it is desirably to consider additional forces, including repulsive forces between nonbonded oxygen neighbors. The combined at a for Si-O and Si-O-Si in coesite, quartz, and cristobalite at 10-15 K show less scatter than those for approx.298 K, in accordance with the greater thermal response of framework geometry in the more open structures.

  14. Pocked surface neutron detector

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    McGregor, Douglas; Klann, Raymond

    2003-04-08

    The detection efficiency, or sensitivity, of a neutron detector material such as of Si, SiC, amorphous Si, GaAs, or diamond is substantially increased by forming one or more cavities, or holes, in its surface. A neutron reactive material such as of elemental, or any compound of, .sup.10 B, .sup.6 Li, .sup.6 LiF, U, or Gd is deposited on the surface of the detector material so as to be disposed within the cavities therein. The portions of the neutron reactive material extending into the detector material substantially increase the probability of an energetic neutron reaction product in the form of a charged particle being directed into and detected by the neutron detector material.

  15. Effects of neutron irradiation of Ti3SiC2 and Ti3AlC2 in the 121-1085 °C temperature range

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    Tallman, Darin J.; He, Lingfeng; Gan, Jian; Caspi, El'ad N.; Hoffman, Elizabeth N.; Barsoum, Michel W.

    2017-02-01

    Herein we report on the formation of defects in response to neutron irradiation of polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 and Ti3AlC2 samples exposed to total fluences of ≈6 × 1020 n/m2, 5 × 1021 n/m2 and 1.7 × 1022 n/m2 at irradiation temperatures of 121(12), 735(6) and 1085(68)°C. These fluences correspond to 0.14, 1.6 and 3.4 dpa, respectively. After irradiation to 0.14 dpa at 121 °C and 735 °C, black spots are observed via transmission electron microscopy in both Ti3SiC2 and Ti3AlC2. After irradiation to 1.6 and 3.4 dpa at 735 °C, basal dislocation loops, with a Burgers vector of b = ½ [0001] are observed in Ti3SiC2, with loop diameters of 21(6) and 30(8) nm after 1.6 dpa and 3.4 dpa, respectively. In Ti3AlC2, larger dislocation loops, 75(34) nm in diameter are observed after 3.4 dpa at 735 °C, in addition to stacking faults. Impurity particles of TiC, as well as stacking fault TiC platelets in the MAX phases, are seen to form extensive dislocation loops under all conditions. Cavities were observed at grain boundaries and within stacking faults after 3.4 dpa irradiation, with extensive cavity formation in the TiC regions at 1085 °C. Remarkably, denuded zones on the order of 1 μm are observed in Ti3SiC2 after irradiation to 3.4 dpa at 735 °C. Small grains, 3-5 μm in diameter, are damage free after irradiation at 1085 °C at this dose. The results shown herein confirm once again that the presence of the A-layers in the MAX phases considerably enhance their irradiation tolerance. Based on these results, and up to 3.4 dpa, Ti3SiC2 remains a promising candidate for high temperature nuclear applications as long as the temperature remains >700 °C.

  16. Synthesis of SiO₂ and CaO rich calcium silicate systems via sol-gel process: bioactivity, biocompatibility, and drug delivery tests.

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    Catauro, M; Papale, F; Roviello, G; Ferone, C; Bollino, F; Trifuoggi, M; Aurilio, C

    2014-09-01

    Silica and calcium silicate amorphous materials, mixed with sodium ampicillin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, have been synthesized by sol-gel method. The amorphous nature of the gels was ascertained by X-ray diffraction analysis. The bioactivity of the synthesized materials has been put into evidence by the appearance of a crystal of hydroxyapatite on the surface of the samples soaked in a fluid simulating the composition of the human blood plasma, as detected through FTIR measurements and SEM micrographs. The present work refers to a series of in-vitro biocompatibility tests, which has been performed on silicate and CaO rich calcium silicate gel-glasses, to study the cell behavior when seeded on 1 cm(2) material fragments, introduced into an in-vitro culture system. 3T3 cell lines have been used and the viability has been evaluated by WST-8 test. The composition of the adopted glasses can be expressed by the following general formula: x CaO• (1 - x) SiO2 with x = 0.00; 0.30; 0.40; 0.50; 0.60. Subsequently, release kinetics in a simulate body fluid (SBF) has been investigated. The amount of sodium ampicillin released has been detected by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The release kinetics has appeared to occur in more than one stage. All data have shown that those materials could be used as drug delivery bioactive systems.

  17. Experimental study of neutron-rich nuclei near the N = 82 closed shell using the {sub 40}{sup 96}Zr+{sub 50}{sup 124}Sn reaction with GASP and PRISMA-CLARA arrays

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    Rodríguez, W.; Torres, D. A.; Cristancho, F.; Medina, N. H.; Chapman, R.; Smith, J. F.; Mengoni, D.; Truesdale, V.; Grocutt, L.; Mulholland, K.; Kumar, V.; Hadinia, B.; Labiche, M.; Liang, X.; O'Donell, D.; Ollier, J.; Orlandi, R.; Smith, J. F.; Spohr, K. M.; Wady, P.; and others

    2014-11-11

    In this contribution an experimental study of the deep-inelastic reaction {sub 40}{sup 96}Zr+{sub 50}{sup 124}Sn at 530 MeV, using the GASP and PRISMA-CLARA arrays, is presented. The experiments populate a wealth of projectile-like and target-like binary fragments, in a large neutron-rich region around N ≥ 50 and Z ≈ 40. Preliminary results on the study of the yrast and near-yrast states for {sup 95}Nb will be shown, along with a comparison of the experimental yields obtained in the experiments.

  18. Tetragonal to triclinic structural transition in the prototypical CeScSi induced by a two-step magnetic ordering: a temperature-dependent neutron diffraction study of CeScSi, CeScGe and LaScSi

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    Ritter, C.; Provino, A.; Manfrinetti, P.; Pathak, A. K.

    2017-02-01

    An investigation on the ground state magnetism of CeScSi, CeScGe (tetragonal CeScSi-type, tI12, space group I4/mmm) by temperature-dependent powder neutron diffraction has been carried out, as debated and controversial data regarding the low temperature magnetic behaviours of these two compounds were reported. Our studies reveal that, while cooling, long-range magnetic ordering in CeScSi and CeScGe takes place by a two-step process. A first transition leads to a magnetic structure with the Ce moments aligned ferromagnetically onto two neighbouring tetragonal basal a-b planes of the CeScSi-type structure; the double layers are then antiferromagnetically coupled to each other along the c-axis. The transition temperature associated with the first ordering is T N ~ 26 K and T N ~ 48 K for the silicide and the germanide, respectively. Here the spin directions are rigorously confined to the basal plane, with values of the Ce magnetic moments of μ Ce  =  0.8-1.0 μ B. A second magnetic transition, which takes place at slightly lower temperatures, results in a canting of the ordered magnetic moments out of the basal plane which is accompanied by an increase of the magnetic moment value of Ce to μ Ce  =  1.4-1.5 μ B. Interestingly, the second magnetic transition leads to a structural distortion in both compounds from the higher-symmetry tetragonal space group I4/mmm to the lower-symmetry and triclinic I-1 (non-standard triclinic). Magnetic symmetry analysis shows that the canted structure would not be allowed in the I4/mmm space group; this result further confirms the structural transition. The transition temperatures T S from I4/mmm to I-1 are about 22 K in CeScSi and 36 K in CeScGe, i.e. well below the temperature of the first onset of antiferromagnetic order observed in this work (or below the ordering temperature, previously reported as either T C or T N). This result, along with the synchronism of the magnetic and structural transitions

  19. Tetragonal to triclinic structural transition in the prototypical CeScSi induced by a two-step magnetic ordering: a temperature-dependent neutron diffraction study of CeScSi, CeScGe and LaScSi.

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    Ritter, C; Provino, A; Manfrinetti, P; Pathak, A K

    2017-02-01

    An investigation on the ground state magnetism of CeScSi, CeScGe (tetragonal CeScSi-type, tI12, space group I4/mmm) by temperature-dependent powder neutron diffraction has been carried out, as debated and controversial data regarding the low temperature magnetic behaviours of these two compounds were reported. Our studies reveal that, while cooling, long-range magnetic ordering in CeScSi and CeScGe takes place by a two-step process. A first transition leads to a magnetic structure with the Ce moments aligned ferromagnetically onto two neighbouring tetragonal basal a-b planes of the CeScSi-type structure; the double layers are then antiferromagnetically coupled to each other along the c-axis. The transition temperature associated with the first ordering is T N ~ 26 K and T N ~ 48 K for the silicide and the germanide, respectively. Here the spin directions are rigorously confined to the basal plane, with values of the Ce magnetic moments of μ Ce  =  0.8-1.0 μ B. A second magnetic transition, which takes place at slightly lower temperatures, results in a canting of the ordered magnetic moments out of the basal plane which is accompanied by an increase of the magnetic moment value of Ce to μ Ce  =  1.4-1.5 μ B. Interestingly, the second magnetic transition leads to a structural distortion in both compounds from the higher-symmetry tetragonal space group I4/mmm to the lower-symmetry and triclinic I-1 (non-standard triclinic). Magnetic symmetry analysis shows that the canted structure would not be allowed in the I4/mmm space group; this result further confirms the structural transition. The transition temperatures T S from I4/mmm to I-1 are about 22 K in CeScSi and 36 K in CeScGe, i.e. well below the temperature of the first onset of antiferromagnetic order observed in this work (or below the ordering temperature, previously reported as either T C or T N). This result, along with the synchronism of the magnetic and structural transitions

  20. Improved electrochemical and thermal properties of nickel rich LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 cathode materials by SiO2 coating

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    Cho, Woosuk; Kim, Sang-Min; Song, Jun Ho; Yim, Taeeun; Woo, Sang-Gil; Lee, Ko-Woon; Kim, Jeom-Soo; Kim, Young-Jun

    2015-05-01

    A surface coating of SiO2 is applied to a Ni rich LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 cathode material in a bid to improve its electrochemical and thermal properties. A uniform coating is achieved through a wet process using nano-sized SiO2 powder, and though the coated electrode is found to exhibit a reduced rate capability, its cycle performance at a high temperature of 60 °C is greatly enhanced. The effect of this SiO2 coating is further investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, which confirms that it suppresses the growth of interfacial impedance during progressive cycles. The SiO2 coating also demonstrates good HF scavenging ability, producing a subsequent reduction in the degradation of the active core material. The thermal properties of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 are also improved by the SiO2 coating due to a reduction in the direct contact between the electrode and electrolyte. On the basis of these results, SiO2 coating is considered a viable surface modification method for improving the electrochemical and thermal properties of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2.

  1. Improved cycle stability of high-capacity Ni-rich LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2 at high cut-off voltage by Li2SiO3 coating

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    Zhao, Enyue; Chen, Minmin; Hu, Zhongbo; Chen, Dongfeng; Yang, Limei; Xiao, Xiaoling

    2017-03-01

    A high cut-off voltage is pretty pivotal for the improvement of the energy density of cathode materials. Unfortunately, high-capacity Ni-rich cathode materials usually show serious capacity attenuation at high cut-off voltage. Herein, we propose a Li2SiO3-surface modification strategy to highly improve the cycle performance of the Ni-rich LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2 material at high voltage. The capacity retention of the pristine and Li2SiO3-coated electrodes is 57.6 and 77.7%, respectively, at the cut-off voltage of 4.6 V after 50 cycles. Meanwhile, the problems of polarization and voltage reduction of LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2 are also alleviated. Our results show that Li2SiO3-surface modification is a very effective strategy for improving the cycle stability of Ni-rich cathode materials and can be used for other high capacity electrode materials.

  2. Three-Dimensional Microstructure Visualization of Porosity and Fe-Rich Inclusions in SiC Particle-Reinforced Al Alloy Matrix Composites by X-Ray Synchrotron Tomography

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    Silva, Flávio de Andrade; Williams, Jason J.; Müller, Bernd R.; Hentschel, Manfred P.; Portella, Pedro D.; Chawla, Nikhilesh

    2011-11-15

    Microstructural aspects of composites such as reinforcement particle size, shape, and distribution play important roles in deformation behavior. In addition, Fe-rich inclusions and porosity also influence the behavior of these composites, particularly under fatigue loading. Three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of porosity and Fe-rich inclusions in three dimensions is critical to a thorough understanding of fatigue resistance of metal matrix composites (MMCs), because cracks often initiate at these defects. In this article, we have used X-ray synchrotron tomography to visualize and quantify the morphology and size distribution of pores and Fe-rich inclusions in a SiC particle-reinforced 2080 Al alloy composite. The 3-D data sets were also used to predict and understand the influence of defects on the deformation behavior by 3-D finite element modeling.

  3. Neutron focusing system for the Texas Cold Neutron Source

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    Wehring, Bernard W.; Kim, Jong-Youl; Ünlü, Kenan

    1994-12-01

    A "converging neutron guide" focusing system located at the end of the Texas Cold Neutron Source (TCNS) "curved neutron guide" would increase the neutron flux for neutron capture experiments. Our design for a converging guide is based on using several rectangular truncated cone sections. Each rectangular truncated cone consists of four 20-cm long Si plates coated with NiC-Ti supermirrors. Dimensions of each section were determined by a three-dimensional Monte Carlo optimization calculation. The two slant angles of the truncated cones were varied to optimize the neutron flux at the focal area of the focusing system. Different multielement converging guides were designed and their performance analyzed. From the performance results and financial considerations, we selected a four-section 80-cm long converging guide focusing system for construction and use with the TCNS. The focused cold neutron beam will be used for neutron capture experiment, e.g., prompt gamma activation analysis and neutron depth profiling.

  4. Immiscible Fe- and Si-rich silicate melts in plagioclase from the Baima mafic intrusion (SW China): Implications for the origin of bi-modal igneous suites in large igneous provinces

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    Liu, Ping-Ping; Zhou, Mei-Fu; Ren, Zhongyuan; Wang, Christina Yan; Wang, Kun

    2016-09-01

    The Emeishan large igneous province (ELIP) in SW China is characterized by voluminous high-Ti and low-Ti basalts and spatially associated Fe-Ti oxide-bearing mafic-ultramafic and syenitic/granitic intrusions. The Baima layered mafic intrusion in the central part of the ELIP is surrounded by syenitic and granitic rocks and contains a Lower Zone of interlayered Fe-Ti oxide ores, troctolites and clinopyroxenites and an Upper Zone of isotropic olivine gabbros and gabbros (UZa) and apatite gabbros and Fe-Ti-P oxide ores (UZb). Polycrystalline mineral inclusions, for the first time, were observed in primocryst plagioclase from the basal part of the UZa through to the top of the UZb and consist mostly of clinopyroxene, plagioclase, magnetite, ilmenite and apatite with minor orthopyroxene, sulfide and hornblende. These minerals are commonly anhedral and form irregular shapes. Daughter plagioclase usually crystallizes on the walls of host primocryst plagioclase and has An contents typically 3-6 An% lower than the host plagioclase. Daughter clinopyroxene has similar Mg# but lower TiO2 and Al2O3 contents than primocryst clinopyroxene. These polycrystalline mineral inclusions are considered to crystallize from melts contemporaneous with host plagioclase. The compositional differences between daughter and primocryst minerals can be attributed to equilibrium crystallization in a closed system of the trapped melt inclusions in contrast to fractional crystallization and possible magma replenishment in an open system typical for primo-cumulates of large layered intrusions. Heated and homogenized melt inclusions have variable SiO2 (33-52 wt%), CaO (7-20 wt%), TiO2 (0.1-12 wt%), FeOt (5-20 wt%), P2O5 (0.2-10 wt%) and K2O (0-2.2 wt%). The large ranges of melt compositions are interpreted to result from heterogeneous trapping of different proportions of immiscible Si-rich and Fe-Ti-rich silicate liquids, together with entrapment of various microphenocrysts. The separation of micrometer

  5. Evaluation of Annealing Treatments for Producing Si-Rich Fuel/Matrix Interaction Layers in Low-Enriched U-Mo Dispersion Fuel Plates Rolled at a Low Temperature

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    Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; Jan-Fong Jue; Nicolas E. Woolstenhulme

    2010-06-01

    During fabrication of U-7Mo dispersion fuels, exposure to relatively high temperatures affects the final microstructure of a fuel plate before it is inserted into a reactor. One impact of this high temperature exposure is a chemical interaction that can occur between dissimilar materials. For U-7Mo dispersion fuels, the U-7Mo particles will interact to some extent with the Al or Al alloy matrix to produce interaction products. It has been observed that the final irradiation behavior of a fuel plate can depend on the amount of interaction that occurs at the U-7Mo/matrix interface during fabrication, along with the type of phases that develop at this interface. For the case where a U-7Mo dispersion fuel has a Si-containing Al alloy matrix and is rolled at around 500°C, a Si-rich interaction product has been observed to form that can potentially have a positive impact on fuel performance during irradiation. This interaction product can exhibit stable irradiation behavior and it can act as a diffusion barrier to additional U-Mo/matrix interaction during irradiation. However, for U-7Mo dispersion fuels with softer claddings that are rolled at lower temperatures (e.g., near 425°C), a significant interaction layer has not been observed to form. As a result, the bulk of any interaction layer that develops in these fuels happens during irradiation, and the layer that forms may not exhibit as stable a behavior as one that is formed during fabrication. Therefore, it may be beneficial to add a heat treatment step during the fabrication of dispersion fuel plates with softer cladding alloys that will result in the formation of a uniform, Si-rich interaction layer that is a few microns thick around the U-Mo fuel particles. This type of layer would have characteristics like the one that has been observed in dispersion fuel plates with AA6061 cladding that are fabricated at 500°C, which may exhibit increased stability during irradiation. This report discusses the result of

  6. Therapeutic efficacy of boron neutron capture therapy mediated by boron-rich liposomes for oral cancer in the hamster cheek pouch model

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    Heber, Elisa M.; Hawthorne, M. Frederick; Kueffer, Peter J.; Garabalino, Marcela A.; Thorp, Silvia I.; Pozzi, Emiliano C. C.; Hughes, Andrea Monti; Maitz, Charles A.; Jalisatgi, Satish S.; Nigg, David W.; Curotto, Paula; Trivillin, Verónica A.; Schwint, Amanda E.

    2014-11-11

    Unilamellar liposomes formulated with an equimolar mixture of cholesterol and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, incorporating K[nido-7-CH3(CH2)15-7,8-C2B9H11] in the lipid bilayer, and encapsulating Na3[1-(2’-B10-H9)-2-NH3B10H8] were prepared by probe sonication and investigated in vivo. Microwave assisted digestion followed by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy was utilized to determine the biodistribution of boron in various tissues following either a single tail vein injection or two identical injections (separated by 24 hours) of the liposomal suspension in BALB/c mice bearing EMT6 mammary adenocarcinomas in their right flank. Double-injection protocols resulted in a boron content in the tumor exceeding 50 µg of boron per gram of tissue for 48 to 72 hours subsequent to the initial injection while tumor:blood boron ratios were more ideal from 54 hours (1.9:1) to 96 hours (5.7:1) subsequent to the initial injection. Tumor bearing mice were given a double-injection of liposomes containing the 10B-enriched analogs of the aforementioned agents and subjected to a 30 minute irradiation by thermal neutrons with a flux of 8.8 x 108 (±7%) neutrons/cm2 s integrated over the energy range of 0.0 – 0.414 eV. Significant tumor response for a single BNCT treatment was demonstrated by growth curves versus a control group. Vastly diminished tumor growth was witnessed at 14 days (186% increase versus 1551% in controls) in mice that were given a second injection/radiation treatment 7 days after the first. Mice given a one hour neutron irradiation following the double-injection of liposomes had a similar response (169% increase at 14 days) suggesting that neutron fluence is the limiting factor towards BNCT efficacy in this study.

  7. Identification of highly deformed even-even nuclei in the neutron- and proton-rich regions of the nuclear chart from the B(E2)↑ and E2 predictions in the generalized differential equation model

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    Nayak, R. C.; Pattnaik, S.

    2015-11-01

    We identify here the possible occurrence of large deformations in the neutron- and proton-rich (n-rich and p-rich) regions of the nuclear chart from extensive predictions of the values of the reduced quadrupole transition probability B(E2)↑ for the transition from the ground state to the first 2+ state and the corresponding excitation energy E2 of even-even nuclei in the recently developed generalized differential equation (GDE) model exclusively meant for these physical quantities. This is made possible from our analysis of the predicted values of these two physical quantities and the corresponding deformation parameters derived from them such as the quadrupole deformation β2, the ratio of β2 to the Weisskopf single-particle β2(sp) and the intrinsic electric quadrupole moment Q0, calculated for a large number of both known as well as hitherto unknown even-even isotopes of oxygen to fermium (0 to FM; Z = 8-100). Our critical analysis of the resulting data convincingly support possible existence of large collectivity for the nuclides 30,32Ne,34Mg, 60Ti, 42,62,64Cr,50,68Fe, 52,72Ni, 72,70,96Kr,74,76Sr,78,80,106,108Zr, 82,84,110,112Mo, 140Te,144Xe, 148Ba,122Ce, 128,156Nd,130,132,158,160Sm and 138,162,164,166Gd, whose values of β2 are found to exceed 0.3 and even 0.4 in some cases. Our findings of large deformations in the exotic n-rich regions support the existence of another “island of inversion” in the heavy-mass region possibly caused by breaking of the N = 70 subshell closure.

  8. 94 β -Decay Half-Lives of Neutron-Rich Cs 55 to Ho 67 : Experimental Feedback and Evaluation of the r -Process Rare-Earth Peak Formation

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    Wu, J.; Nishimura, S.; Lorusso, G.; Möller, P.; Ideguchi, E.; Regan, P.-H.; Simpson, G. S.; Söderström, P.-A.; Walker, P. M.; Watanabe, H.; Xu, Z. Y.; Baba, H.; Browne, F.; Daido, R.; Doornenbal, P.; Fang, Y. F.; Gey, G.; Isobe, T.; Lee, P. S.; Liu, J. J.; Li, Z.; Korkulu, Z.; Patel, Z.; Phong, V.; Rice, S.; Sakurai, H.; Sinclair, L.; Sumikama, T.; Tanaka, M.; Yagi, A.; Ye, Y. L.; Yokoyama, R.; Zhang, G. X.; Alharbi, T.; Aoi, N.; Bello Garrote, F. L.; Benzoni, G.; Bruce, A. M.; Carroll, R. J.; Chae, K. Y.; Dombradi, Z.; Estrade, A.; Gottardo, A.; Griffin, C. J.; Kanaoka, H.; Kojouharov, I.; Kondev, F. G.; Kubono, S.; Kurz, N.; Kuti, I.; Lalkovski, S.; Lane, G. J.; Lee, E. J.; Lokotko, T.; Lotay, G.; Moon, C.-B.; Nishibata, H.; Nishizuka, I.; Nita, C. R.; Odahara, A.; Podolyák, Zs.; Roberts, O. J.; Schaffner, H.; Shand, C.; Taprogge, J.; Terashima, S.; Vajta, Z.; Yoshida, S.

    2017-02-01

    The β -decay half-lives of 94 neutron-rich nuclei Cs-151144 , Ba-154146 , La-156148 , Ce-158150 , Pr-160153 , Nd-162156 , Pm-163159 , Sm-166160 , Eu-168161 , Gd-170165 , Tb-172166 , Dy-173169 , Ho-175172 , and two isomeric states Erm174 , Dym172 were measured at the Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory, providing a new experimental basis to test theoretical models. Strikingly large drops of β -decay half-lives are observed at neutron-number N =97 for Ce 58 , Pr 59 , Nd 60 , and Sm 62 , and N =105 for Eu 63 , Gd 64 , Tb 65 , and Dy 66 . Features in the data mirror the interplay between pairing effects and microscopic structure. r -process network calculations performed for a range of mass models and astrophysical conditions show that the 57 half-lives measured for the first time play an important role in shaping the abundance pattern of rare-earth elements in the solar system.

  9. 94 β-Decay Half-Lives of Neutron-Rich _{55}Cs to _{67}Ho: Experimental Feedback and Evaluation of the r-Process Rare-Earth Peak Formation.

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    Wu, J; Nishimura, S; Lorusso, G; Möller, P; Ideguchi, E; Regan, P-H; Simpson, G S; Söderström, P-A; Walker, P M; Watanabe, H; Xu, Z Y; Baba, H; Browne, F; Daido, R; Doornenbal, P; Fang, Y F; Gey, G; Isobe, T; Lee, P S; Liu, J J; Li, Z; Korkulu, Z; Patel, Z; Phong, V; Rice, S; Sakurai, H; Sinclair, L; Sumikama, T; Tanaka, M; Yagi, A; Ye, Y L; Yokoyama, R; Zhang, G X; Alharbi, T; Aoi, N; Bello Garrote, F L; Benzoni, G; Bruce, A M; Carroll, R J; Chae, K Y; Dombradi, Z; Estrade, A; Gottardo, A; Griffin, C J; Kanaoka, H; Kojouharov, I; Kondev, F G; Kubono, S; Kurz, N; Kuti, I; Lalkovski, S; Lane, G J; Lee, E J; Lokotko, T; Lotay, G; Moon, C-B; Nishibata, H; Nishizuka, I; Nita, C R; Odahara, A; Podolyák, Zs; Roberts, O J; Schaffner, H; Shand, C; Taprogge, J; Terashima, S; Vajta, Z; Yoshida, S

    2017-02-17

    The β-decay half-lives of 94 neutron-rich nuclei ^{144-151}Cs, ^{146-154}Ba, ^{148-156}La, ^{150-158}Ce, ^{153-160}Pr, ^{156-162}Nd, ^{159-163}Pm, ^{160-166}Sm, ^{161-168}Eu, ^{165-170}Gd, ^{166-172}Tb, ^{169-173}Dy, ^{172-175}Ho, and two isomeric states ^{174m}Er, ^{172m}Dy were measured at the Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory, providing a new experimental basis to test theoretical models. Strikingly large drops of β-decay half-lives are observed at neutron-number N=97 for _{58}Ce, _{59}Pr, _{60}Nd, and _{62}Sm, and N=105 for _{63}Eu, _{64}Gd, _{65}Tb, and _{66}Dy. Features in the data mirror the interplay between pairing effects and microscopic structure. r-process network calculations performed for a range of mass models and astrophysical conditions show that the 57 half-lives measured for the first time play an important role in shaping the abundance pattern of rare-earth elements in the solar system.

  10. Attachment of cell-binding ligands to arginine-rich cell penetrating peptides enables cytosolic translocation of complexed siRNA

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    Zeller, Skye; Choi, Changseon; Uchil, Pradeep D.; Ban, Hongseok; Siefert, Alyssa; Fahmy, Tarek M.; Mothes, Walther; Lee, Sang Kyung; Kumar, Priti

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) like nona-arginine (9R) poorly translocate siRNA into cells. Our studies demonstrate that attaching 9R to ligands that bind cell-surface receptors quantitatively increases siRNA uptake and importantly, allows functional delivery of complexed siRNA. The mechanism involved accumulation of ligand-9R:siRNA microparticles on the cell membrane, which induced transient membrane inversion at the site of ligand-9R binding and rapid siRNA translocation into the cytoplasm. siRNA release also occurred late after endocytosis when the ligand was attached to the L isoform of 9R, but not the protease-resistant 9DR, prolonging mRNA knockdown. This critically depended on endosomal proteolytic activity implying partial CPP degradation is required for endosome to cytosol translocation. The data demonstrate that ligand attachment renders simple polycationic CPPs effective for siRNA delivery by restoring their intrinsic property of translocation. PMID:25544044

  11. The influence of cooling rate and Fe/Cr content on the evolution of Fe-rich compounds in a secondary Al-Si-Cu diecasting alloy

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    Fabrizi, A.; Timelli, G.

    2016-03-01

    This study investigates the morphological evolution of primary α-Al(Fe,Mn,Cr)Si phase in a secondary Al-Si-Cu alloy with respect to the initial Fe and Cr contents as well as to the cooling rate. The solidification experiments have been designed in order to cover a wide range of cooling rates, and the Fe and Cr contents have been varied over two levels. Metallographic and image analysis techniques have been used to quantitatively examine the microstructural changes occurring at different experimental conditions. The morphological evolution of the α-Fe phase has been also analysed by observing deep etched samples. By changing the cooling rate, α-Al15(Fe,Mn,Cr)3Si2 dodecahedron crystals, as well as Chinese- script, branched structures and dendrites form, while primary coarse β-Al5(Fe,Mn)Si needles appear in the alloy with the highest Fe content at low cooling rates.

  12. Triaxial Deformations and the Proton Intruder Orbital π1/2+[431] in Very Neutron-Rich Odd-Odd Nb Isotopes

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    Luo, Y. X.; Hamilton, J. H.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Ramayya, A. V.; Wang, E.; Wang, J. G.; Zhu, S. J.; Liu, Y. X.; Jiao, C. F.; Liang, W. Y.; Xu, F. R.; Sun, Y.; Frauendorf, S.; Hwang, J. K.; Liu, S. H.; Brewer, N. T.; Lee, I. Y.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Oganessian, Yu.; Donangelo, R.; Ma, W. C.

    Rotational bands were identified and extended in 104,106Nb by means of γ-γ-γ and γ-γ-γ-γ measurements of prompt fission γ rays from 252Cf. The triple-gated 4d data with a high event accumulation turned out to be very powerful. Potential energy surface (PES) and projected shell model (PSM) calculations were made and compared to the data. Spin/parity, configuration and shape were assigned to the ground, low-lying levels and band-heads of 104,106Nb. The proton intruder orbital π1/2+[431] coupled with neutron excitations explains the isomeric decay of 106Nb, and reveals a shape evolution from partially triaxial deformations at ground levels to nearly axially-symmetric shapes at band-heads of both Nb isotopes. The PES and PSM calculations reproduced very well the similar bands as well as the differences in 106Nb and 104Nb.

  13. Therapeutic efficacy of boron neutron capture therapy mediated by boron-rich liposomes for oral cancer in the hamster cheek pouch model.

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    Heber, Elisa M; Hawthorne, M Frederick; Kueffer, Peter J; Garabalino, Marcela A; Thorp, Silvia I; Pozzi, Emiliano C C; Monti Hughes, Andrea; Maitz, Charles A; Jalisatgi, Satish S; Nigg, David W; Curotto, Paula; Trivillin, Verónica A; Schwint, Amanda E

    2014-11-11

    The application of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) mediated by liposomes containing (10)B-enriched polyhedral borane and carborane derivatives for the treatment of head and neck cancer in the hamster cheek pouch oral cancer model is presented. These liposomes are composed of an equimolar ratio of cholesterol and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, incorporating K[nido-7-CH3(CH2)15-7,8-C2B9H11] (MAC) in the bilayer membrane while encapsulating the hydrophilic species Na3[ae-B20H17NH3] (TAC) in the aqueous core. Unilamellar liposomes with a mean diameter of 83 nm were administered i.v. in hamsters. After 48 h, the boron concentration in tumors was 67 ± 16 ppm whereas the precancerous tissue contained 11 ± 6 ppm, and the tumor/normal pouch tissue boron concentration ratio was 10:1. Neutron irradiation giving a 5-Gy dose to precancerous tissue (corresponding to 21 Gy in tumor) resulted in an overall tumor response (OR) of 70% after a 4-wk posttreatment period. In contrast, the beam-only protocol gave an OR rate of only 28%. Once-repeated BNCT treatment with readministration of liposomes at an interval of 4, 6, or 8 wk resulted in OR rates of 70-88%, of which the complete response ranged from 37% to 52%. Because of the good therapeutic outcome, it was possible to extend the follow-up of BNCT treatment groups to 16 wk after the first treatment. No radiotoxicity to normal tissue was observed. A salient advantage of these liposomes was that only mild mucositis was observed in dose-limiting precancerous tissue with a sustained tumor response of 70-88%.

  14. Therapeutic efficacy of boron neutron capture therapy mediated by boron-rich liposomes for oral cancer in the hamster cheek pouch model

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    Heber, Elisa M.; Hawthorne, M. Frederick; Kueffer, Peter J.; Garabalino, Marcela A.; Thorp, Silvia I.; Pozzi, Emiliano C. C.; Hughes, Andrea Monti; Maitz, Charles A.; Jalisatgi, Satish S.; Nigg, David W.; Curotto, Paula; Trivillin, Verónica A.; Schwint, Amanda E.

    2014-01-01

    The application of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) mediated by liposomes containing 10B-enriched polyhedral borane and carborane derivatives for the treatment of head and neck cancer in the hamster cheek pouch oral cancer model is presented. These liposomes are composed of an equimolar ratio of cholesterol and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, incorporating K[nido-7-CH3(CH2)15-7,8-C2B9H11] (MAC) in the bilayer membrane while encapsulating the hydrophilic species Na3[ae-B20H17NH3] (TAC) in the aqueous core. Unilamellar liposomes with a mean diameter of 83 nm were administered i.v. in hamsters. After 48 h, the boron concentration in tumors was 67 ± 16 ppm whereas the precancerous tissue contained 11 ± 6 ppm, and the tumor/normal pouch tissue boron concentration ratio was 10:1. Neutron irradiation giving a 5-Gy dose to precancerous tissue (corresponding to 21 Gy in tumor) resulted in an overall tumor response (OR) of 70% after a 4-wk posttreatment period. In contrast, the beam-only protocol gave an OR rate of only 28%. Once-repeated BNCT treatment with readministration of liposomes at an interval of 4, 6, or 8 wk resulted in OR rates of 70–88%, of which the complete response ranged from 37% to 52%. Because of the good therapeutic outcome, it was possible to extend the follow-up of BNCT treatment groups to 16 wk after the first treatment. No radiotoxicity to normal tissue was observed. A salient advantage of these liposomes was that only mild mucositis was observed in dose-limiting precancerous tissue with a sustained tumor response of 70–88%. PMID:25349432

  15. Distribution of Calcium and Aluminum Between Molten Silicon and Silica-Rich CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 Slags at 1823 K (1550 °C)

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    Ahn, Seung Hwan; Jakobsson, Lars Klemet; Tranell, Gabriella

    2017-02-01

    Oxidative refining of silicon after tapping from the furnace is performed to remove calcium and aluminum impurities. Depending on the slag composition, the refining limit is determined by the thermodynamic equilibrium between silicon and slag. Silica-rich CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 slags were equilibrated with silicon at 1823 K (1550 °C) in the present study. The results were compared with previous experimental measurements, experimentally measured activities in the slag and thermodynamically modeled data. The present study was found to agree relatively well with most of these works. The concentrations of calcium and aluminum in silicon along the liquidus line for SiO2 saturation were also investigated, and this area was found to have less agreement between different works.

  16. Localized CO2 laser annealing induced dehydrogenation/ablation and optical refinement of silicon-rich silicon dioxide film with embedded si nanocrystals.

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    Lin, Gong-Ru; Lin, Chun-Jung; Chou, Li-Jen; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2006-12-01

    CO2 laser annealing induced effects of dehydrogenation, Si nanocrystal precipitation, ablation, and optical refinement in PECVD grown SiO1.25 film are investigated. Dehydrogenation shrinks SiO1.25 thickness by 40 nm after annealing at laser intensity (Plaser) of 4 kW/cm(2) for 1.4 ms. As Plaser increases to 6 kW/cm(2), the photoluminescence (PL) red-shifts to 806 nm due to the size enlargement of Si nanocrystals, while a reduced optical bandgap energy from 3.3 to 2.43 eV and an enlarged refractive index from 1.57 to 1.87 are also observed. Transmission electron microscopy analysis reveals that the randomly oriented Si nanocrystals exhibit an average diameter of 5.3 nm and a volume density of 1.9 x 10(18) cm(-3). CO2 Laser ablation initiates at intensity higher than 7 kW/cm(2), which introduces numerous structural defects with a strong PL at 410 nm. Such an ablation inevitably leads to a blue-shifted optical bandgap energy from 2.43 to 2.76 eV as Plaser enlarges from 6 to 12 kW/cm(2) are concluded.

  17. Large negative Ti-50 anomalies in refractory inclusions from the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite - Evidence for incomplete mixing of neutron-rich supernova ejecta into the solar system

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    Hinton, Richard W.; Davis, Andrew M.; Scatena-Wachel, Debra E.

    1987-01-01

    An ion microprobe was used to measure Ti-50 variations in hibonite-rich inclusions from the Murchison chondrite. Both deficits and excesses of the isotope were found, depending on the inclusion being scanned. The anomalies were not correlated with the mineralogy, chemical composition, other isotopic anomalies of Ti, etc. The lack of correlations indicates that the cosmic chemical memory model (Clayton, 1981) cannot explain the observed variations. The Ti-50 concentrations may have originated when a supernova explosion triggered the collapse of a molecular cloud that formed the solar system. The solar system Ti-50 anomalies were from the cloud, not the progenitor star.

  18. Vibrational spectroscopy study of Ar+-ion irradiated Si-rich oxide films grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Mariotto, G.; Das, G.; Quaranta, A.; Della Mea, G.; Corni, F.; Tonini, R.

    2005-06-01

    SiOx thin films with different stoichiometry degree were obtained by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on crystalline silicon substrates from SiH4 and N2O gas mixtures. Two twin sets of samples were irradiated by 380 keV Ar+ ions at a fluence of 5×1016ions/cm2 at room temperature and at 500 °C, respectively, and then annealed in vacuum at different temperatures, between 500 and 1100 °C. A set of unirradiated samples has been annealed in the same conditions in order to discriminate the contribution of ion irradiation and of thermal treatments to the changes of the film microstructure. The structural modification of the oxide network and the growth of Si nanoclusters have been studied by vibrational spectroscopy techniques. Fourier transform infrared absorption spectra evidenced that ion irradiation induces a hydrogen loss of about 50%, and that postirradiation thermal treatments lead to the recovery of the irradiation defects and to the out diffusion of the residual hydrogen. After heating at 800 °C, irradiated and unirradiated samples exhibit substantially the same structure from the point of view of infrared-absorption spectra. In the meanwhile, the Si-O-Si stretching peak blue shifts, but never reaches the wavenumber value of pure silica owing to the presence of nitrogen into the network. Raman spectra of as-irradiated films reveal the presence of an amorphous silicon phase within the damaged layer of the oxide matrix. Raman spectra of irradiated samples undergoing thermal treatments at high temperature indicate a rearrangement of the film microstructure with the progressive clustering of the amorphous silicon phase. However, no clear spectroscopic evidence is gained about the crystallization of silicon nanoclusters, even after annealing at the highest temperature. In fact, the Raman scattering from silicon nanocrystals is partially hidden by the Raman peak of the c-Si substrate.

  19. Investigating nuclear shell structure in the vicinity of 78Ni: Low-lying excited states in the neutron-rich isotopes Zn,8280

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    Shiga, Y.; Yoneda, K.; Steppenbeck, D.; Aoi, N.; Doornenbal, P.; Lee, J.; Liu, H.; Matsushita, M.; Takeuchi, S.; Wang, H.; Baba, H.; Bednarczyk, P.; Dombradi, Zs.; Fulop, Zs.; Go, S.; Hashimoto, T.; Honma, M.; Ideguchi, E.; Ieki, K.; Kobayashi, K.; Kondo, Y.; Minakata, R.; Motobayashi, T.; Nishimura, D.; Otsuka, T.; Otsu, H.; Sakurai, H.; Shimizu, N.; Sohler, D.; Sun, Y.; Tamii, A.; Tanaka, R.; Tian, Z.; Tsunoda, Y.; Vajta, Zs.; Yamamoto, T.; Yang, X.; Yang, Z.; Ye, Y.; Yokoyama, R.; Zenihiro, J.

    2016-02-01

    The low-lying level structures of nuclei in the vicinity of 78Ni were investigated using in-beam γ -ray spectroscopy to clarify the nature of the nuclear magic numbers Z =28 and N =50 in systems close to the neutron drip line. Nucleon knockout reactions were employed to populate excited states in 80Zn and 82Zn. A candidate for the 41+ level in 80Zn was identified at 1979(30) keV, and the lifetime of this state was estimated to be 136-67+92 ps from a line-shape analysis. Moreover, the energy of the 21+ state in 82Zn is reported to lie at 621(11) keV. The large drop in the 21+ energy at 82Zn indicates the presence of a significant peak in the E (21+) systematics at N =50 . Furthermore, the E (41+) /E (21+) and B (E 2 ;41+→21+) /B (E 2 ;21+→0g.s . +) ratios in 80Zn were deduced to be 1.32 (3 ) and 1 .12-60+80 , respectively. These results imply that 80Zn can be described in terms of two-proton configurations with a 78Ni core and are consistent with a robust N =50 magic number along the Zn isotopic chain. These observations, therefore, indicate a persistent N =50 shell closure in nuclei far from the line of β stability, which in turn suggests a doubly magic structure for 78Ni.

  20. Moment of inertia of even-even proton-rich nuclei using a particle-number conserving approach in the isovector neutron-proton pairing case

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    Hammache, Faiza; Allal, N. H.; Fellah, M.; Oudih, M. R.

    2016-05-01

    An expression of the particle-number projected nuclear moment of inertia (MOI) has been established in the neutron-proton (np) isovector pairing case within the cranking model. It generalizes the one obtained in the like-particles pairing case. The formalism has been, as a first step, applied to the picket-fence model. As a second step, it has been applied to deformed even-even nuclei such as (N - Z) = 0, 2, 4, and of which the experimentally deduced values of the pairing gap parameters Δtt‧, t,t‧ = n,p, are known. The single-particle energies and eigenstates used are those of a deformed Woods-Saxon mean-field. It was shown, in both models, that the np pairing effect and the projection one are non-negligible. In realistic cases, it also appears that the np pairing effect strongly depends on (N - Z), whereas the projection effect is practically independent from the same quantity.

  1. Large negative Ti-50 anomalies in refractory inclusions from the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite - Evidence for incomplete mixing of neutron-rich supernova ejecta into the solar system

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    Hinton, Richard W.; Davis, Andrew M.; Scatena-Wachel, Debra E.

    1987-02-01

    The titanium isotopic compositions of several hibonite-rich inclusions from the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite have been measured using an ion microprobe. Several of these inclusions show a considerable deficit in 50Ti compared to terrestrial titanium. This result complements the recent discovery of a hibonite grain from the Murray meteorite with a 10% excess in 50Ti. There is no correlation between the magnitude or sign of the 50Ti anomaly and the mineralogy, chemical composition, inferred initial 26Al/27Al, nuclear anomalies in other isotopes of titanium or isotopic mass fractionation of magnesium, calcium, or titanium. The authors infer that at least 7% of solar system 50Ti was added shortly before formation of the solar system, probably by mixing of ≡5% supernova ejecta into the presolar cloud.

  2. PRODUCTION OF CARBON-RICH PRESOLAR GRAINS FROM MASSIVE STARS

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    Pignatari, M.; Thielemann, F.-K.; Wiescher, M.; De Boer, R. J.; Timmes, F. X.; Herwig, F.; Fryer, C.; Heger, A.; Hirschi, R.

    2013-04-20

    About a year after core-collapse supernova, dust starts to condense in the ejecta. In meteorites, a fraction of C-rich presolar grains (e.g., silicon carbide (SiC) grains of Type-X and low density graphites) are identified as relics of these events, according to the anomalous isotopic abundances. Several features of these abundances remain unexplained and challenge the understanding of core-collapse supernovae explosions and nucleosynthesis. We show, for the first time, that most of the measured C-rich grain abundances can be accounted for in the C-rich material from explosive He burning in core-collapse supernovae with high shock velocities and consequent high temperatures. The inefficiency of the {sup 12}C({alpha}, {gamma}){sup 16}O reaction relative to the rest of the {alpha}-capture chain at T > 3.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 8} K causes the deepest He-shell material to be carbon-rich and silicon-rich, and depleted in oxygen. The isotopic ratio predictions in part of this material, defined here as the C/Si zone, are in agreement with the grain data. The high-temperature explosive conditions that our models reach at the bottom of the He shell can also be representative of the nucleosynthesis in hypernovae or in the high-temperature tail of a distribution of conditions in asymmetric supernovae. Finally, our predictions are consistent with the observation of large {sup 44}Ca/{sup 40}Ca observed in the grains. This is due to the production of {sup 44}Ti together with {sup 40}Ca in the C/Si zone and/or to the strong depletion of {sup 40}Ca by neutron captures.

  3. Addendum to ''Phase selection and transition in Hf-rich hafnia-titania nanolaminates'' (on SiO{sub 2}) [J. Appl. Phys. 109, 123523 (2011)]: Hafnon formation

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    Cisneros-Morales, Massiel Cristina; Aita, Carolyn Rubin

    2012-05-15

    Continued investigation of hafnia-titania nanolaminates on silica substrates after long term annealing shows that hafnon (HfSiO{sub 4}) is formed, in addition to the previously reported phases. Here, a 293 nm-thick stack of 5 nm HfO{sub 2}-4 nm TiO{sub 2} bilayers (0.51 mole fraction HfO{sub 2}) is sputter deposited on fused SiO{sub 2} and annealed in air at 1173 K for up to 192 h and then at 1273 K for up to 96 h. X-ray diffraction shows that hafnon crystallizes after 24 h at 1273 K. Micro-Raman spectroscopy/microscopy shows that hafnon crystallization is heterogeneous. No film-substrate reaction is observed for single layer HfO{sub 2} on SiO{sub 2} annealed under similar conditions. We suggest the nanolaminate's complex annealed microstructure provides fast diffusion paths that enable hafnon formation.

  4. β-Decay Half-Lives of 110 Neutron-Rich Nuclei across the N=82 Shell Gap: Implications for the Mechanism and Universality of the Astrophysical r Process.

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    Lorusso, G; Nishimura, S; Xu, Z Y; Jungclaus, A; Shimizu, Y; Simpson, G S; Söderström, P-A; Watanabe, H; Browne, F; Doornenbal, P; Gey, G; Jung, H S; Meyer, B; Sumikama, T; Taprogge, J; Vajta, Zs; Wu, J; Baba, H; Benzoni, G; Chae, K Y; Crespi, F C L; Fukuda, N; Gernhäuser, R; Inabe, N; Isobe, T; Kajino, T; Kameda, D; Kim, G D; Kim, Y-K; Kojouharov, I; Kondev, F G; Kubo, T; Kurz, N; Kwon, Y K; Lane, G J; Li, Z; Montaner-Pizá, A; Moschner, K; Naqvi, F; Niikura, M; Nishibata, H; Odahara, A; Orlandi, R; Patel, Z; Podolyák, Zs; Sakurai, H; Schaffner, H; Schury, P; Shibagaki, S; Steiger, K; Suzuki, H; Takeda, H; Wendt, A; Yagi, A; Yoshinaga, K

    2015-05-15

    The β-decay half-lives of 110 neutron-rich isotopes of the elements from _{37}Rb to _{50}Sn were measured at the Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory. The 40 new half-lives follow robust systematics and highlight the persistence of shell effects. The new data have direct implications for r-process calculations and reinforce the notion that the second (A≈130) and the rare-earth-element (A≈160) abundance peaks may result from the freeze-out of an (n,γ)⇄(γ,n) equilibrium. In such an equilibrium, the new half-lives are important factors determining the abundance of rare-earth elements, and allow for a more reliable discussion of the r process universality. It is anticipated that universality may not extend to the elements Sn, Sb, I, and Cs, making the detection of these elements in metal-poor stars of the utmost importance to determine the exact conditions of individual r-process events.

  5. First observation of a rotational band and the role of the proton intruder orbital π1/2+[431] in very neutron-rich odd-odd Nb106

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    Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.; Wang, E.; Liu, Y. X.; Jiao, C. F.; Liang, W. Y.; Xu, F. R.; Sun, Y.; Frauendorf, S.; Hwang, J. K.; Liu, S. H.; Zhu, S. J.; Brewer, N. T.; Lee, I. Y.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Oganessian, Yu.; Donangelo, R.; Ma, W. C.

    2014-04-01

    A rotational band was observed for the first time in Nb106 by means of γ-γ-γ and γ-γ-γ-γ measurements of prompt fission γ rays from Cf252 by using the Gammasphere multidetector array. Projected shell model and potential-energy surface calculations were performed and were compared to the experimental data of Nb106 and the previously reported Nb104. Configurations and spin-parity were assigned to the ground level, low-lying levels, and rotational bandheads of the two Nb isotopes. The new rotational band in Nb106 was interpreted as a Kπ=2- band with a configuration π1/2+[431] × ν5/2-[532]. The same spin-parity and configuration were assigned to the analogous band in Nb104. π1/2+[431] × ν5/2+[413], Kπ=3+ were assigned to the 0.66-μs isomer and explained the M2 isomeric decay to the ground in Nb106. The proton intruder orbital π1/2+[431] plays an important role in shape evolution with regard to triaxial deformation in these neutron-rich Nb isotopes.

  6. On the use of the (π-,K0) reaction on nuclear targets for the precise determination of the lifetime of the hydrogen hyperisotopes and other neutron-rich Λ-hypernuclei

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    Agnello, M.; Botta, E.; Bressani, T.; Bufalino, S.; Feliciello, A.

    2016-10-01

    Recent results reported by experiments with relativistic (heavy) ions have raised again the question whether the lifetime of H3Λ is very close to the lifetime of the free Λ hyperon. An updated careful analysis of all the existing experimental data shows that it is not, contrary to theoretical calculations. A similar conclusion can be drawn for the neighbor H4Λ. A clear cut high precision measurement performed with the straightforward method of time delay spectra is however lacking and it is eagerly needed. The idea of using the (π- ,K0) charge-exchange associated production reaction on targets of liquid 3,4He is discussed. A possible realization exploiting a large part of existing facilities at J-PARC is presented. A measurement with a 5% precision seems within reach with a modest effort and in a reasonable amount of time. The same set-up would also serve very well for the measurement of the lifetime of several neutron-rich Λ-hypernuclei of the p-shell, in particular of B12Λ. More importantly, the Weak Decay partial widths Γπ-, Γp and Γπ0 could be simultaneously determined in order to confirm their predicted strong variation with mass number, A, due to nuclear structure effects.

  7. Signature inversion in odd-odd {sup 114}Rh: First identification of high-spin states in very neutron-rich {sup 114}Rh and application of the triaxial projected shell model

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    Liu, S. H.; Chen, Y. S.; Gao, Z. C.; Zhu, S. J.; Gu, L.; Yeoh, E. Y.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Ma, W. C.; Batchelder, J. C.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.; Gelberg, A.

    2011-06-15

    High-spin excited states in the very neutron-rich nucleus {sup 114}Rh have been studied by examining the prompt {gamma} rays emitted in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf with the Gammasphere detector array. A high-spin level scheme of {sup 114}Rh has been established for the first time with 13 new levels. The level scheme is proposed to be built on a 7{sup -} state. The existence of a relatively large signature splitting and an yrare band show features which may indicate triaxial deformation. The phenomenon of signature inversion has been observed in {sup 114}Rh at I=12 ({h_bar}/2{pi}). The observed signature inversion of {sup 114}Rh is interpreted successfully in terms of the triaxial projected shell model. Theoretical calculations suggest that the negative-parity, yrast band of {sup 114}Rh has the two-quasi-particle configuration of {pi}g{sub 9/2} x {nu}h{sub 11/2}, consistent with the systematics of odd-odd Rh isotopes. The signature inversion at spin 12 ({h_bar}/2{pi}) may be attributed to the change of rotational mode, from quasi-particle aligned rotation at low spins to collective rotation at high spins.

  8. Ca, Mg, Fe, Si, Al, and Na in the Massive, Metal-Rich, Dust-Enshrouded, DAZ White Dwarf GD 362

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    Melis, C.; Koester, D.; Zuckerman, B.; Rich, R. M.; Hansen, B.; Kalirai, J.

    2006-06-01

    GD362 presents the greatest number of atomic species ever documented in a hydrogen atmosphere white dwarf. Our spectroscopy with Keck I (LRIS; 4 Å red, 2 Å blue resolution) and KECK II (ESI, 0.5 Å resolution) covers the wavelengths 3100-7400 Å and 3850-11,000 Å , respectively; in these ranges we identify lines from H, Mg, Fe, Si, Al, Ca, and Na. Preliminary analysis of the spectra yields photospheric abundances for Mg, Fe, Si, and Al in about the solar ratio relative to each other and a few times below solar relative to hydrogen. Relative to the abundance of these four metals, the calcium (sodium) abundance is about a factor of 10 larger (smaller) in GD 362 than it is in the Sun. We do not detect oxygen in GD362. From this we derive a limit on its abundance by number at least 104 times below that of hydrogen. Tentatively, we derive from atmospheric models a surface gravity of log g ˜ 9.00 for GD362 (whose effective temperature is 9740 K). D1 and D2 sodium lines in the ESI spectrum are seen both from the stellar photosphere (broad and deep) and, probably, from the interstellar medium (narrow and weaker). However, GD362 emits mid-infrared flux in excess of its photospheric emission. The excess is due to a dusty disk located beyond ˜ 10 stellar radii. Thus, we cannot presently rule out circumstellar sodium as the carrier of the narrow feature. This research was supported in part by NASA's Astrobiology Institute and other NASA grants to UCLA.

  9. Recovery Behavior of Separating Britholite (Ca3Ce2[(Si,P)O4]3F) Phase from Rare-Earth-rich Slag by Centrifugal Casting

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    Li, Juncheng; Guo, Zhancheng; Yang, Tao; Yue, Zicheng; Ma, Changhao

    2015-05-01

    A new approach to separate britholite phase from the rare-earth-rich slag by super gravity was investigated. With the parameter of G = 500, t = 5 min, T = 1423 K, almost all britholite phase is enriched in the concentrate, while the tailing is made up of CaF2 phase. Under the hypothesis that the RE exists in the slag in terms of RE2O3, with the gravity coefficient G = 500, t = 5 min and T = 1423 K, the mass fraction of RE2O3 in the concentrate is up to 24.67%, while the mass fraction of CaF2 in the tailing is 50.01%. Considering that the mass fraction of RE2O3 is 12.01% in the parallel sample, the recovery ratio of rare earth in the concentrate is up to 76.47% by centrifugal separation.

  10. Nitriding kinetics of Si-SiC powder mixtures as simulations of reaction bonded Si3N4-SiC composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lightfoot, A.; Sheldon, B. W.; Flint, J. H.; Haggerty, J. S.

    1989-01-01

    The nitriding kinetics of Si and Si plus SiC powder mixtures were studied to simulate the fabrication of RBSN-SiC ceramic matrix composites. Very clean, assynthesized, and solvent-exposed powders were studied; C-rich and Si-rich SiC 0.04-0.05 micron diameter powders were mixed in varying concentrations with SiH4-derived 0.2-0.3 micron diameter Si powder. Complete nitridation is achieved with C-rich SiC powders in 140 min at 1250 C, and in the centers of Si-rich SiC powders in 15 min. The effects on the incubation periods, fast reaction periods, and slow reaction periods that characterize these nitriding processes were studied to explain unusual reverse reaction gradients and other effects of contamination.

  11. Mass transfer of Fe during the serpentinization of olivine by SiO2 rich fluid at 300°C, 500 bars: Perspectives from mineral dissolution/precipitation rates and Fe isotope systematics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Syverson, D. D.; Tutolo, B. M.; Borrok, D. M.; Seyfried, W. E., Jr.

    2014-12-01

    High temperature (~300°C) hydrothermal alteration of peridotites can produce an alteration assemblage abundant in Fe-bearing serpentine and magnetite without the presence of brucite. This is particularly so in systems with SiO2-rich fluids derived from the hydration of orthopyroxene in basaltic intrusions and gabbros [1]. Few experimental studies have investigated the effects of aSiO2(aq) on the rate of olivine serpentinization and none that have examined the Fe isotopic composition of olivine hydrolysis products. Thus, this study addresses these problems by using flexible gold cell hydrothermal equipment to react olivine (Fo90) and talc with a NaCl-bearing fluid at 300 °C and 500 bars for ~90 days; providing time-series solution chemistry data coupled with Fe isotope, magnetic susceptibility, and Mössbauer measurements of reactant olivine and the serpentinization product. Talc is used to elevate the aSiO2(aq)above the serpentine-brucite buffer, effectively preventing brucite formation and allowing only the formation of Fe-bearing serpentine and magnetite from olivine alteration. Initial time series solution chemistry data indicate that the net rate of the serpentinization of olivine and talc dissolution is such that the experimental system is poised between the serpentine-brucite and serpentine-talc stability fields, with little H2 generated by the oxidation of Fe2+ upon formation of Fe-serpentine and magnetite. However, as the talc Si-source becomes effectively titrated, the continued hydration of olivine decreases the aSiO2(aq) towards the serpentine-brucite stability field concurrent with an increasing rate of H2 generation. This chemical transition likely reflects an enhanced rate of magnetite formation upon a decrease in the relative stability of Fe-serpentine. Fe isotope data indicate a slight enrichment trend in δ56Fe versus Fe3+/ΣFe of the altered mineral phases, magnetite > Fe-serpentine > olivine, although the observed inter-mineral fractionations

  12. Neutron-$$\\gamma$$ competition for β-delayed neutron emission

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    Mumpower, Matthew Ryan; Kawano, Toshihiko; Moller, Peter

    2016-12-19

    Here we present a coupled quasiparticle random phase approximation and Hauser-Feshbach (QRPA+HF) model for calculating delayed particle emission. This approach uses microscopic nuclear structure information, which starts with Gamow-Teller strength distributions in the daughter nucleus and then follows the statistical decay until the initial available excitation energy is exhausted. Explicitly included at each particle emission stage is γ-ray competition. We explore this model in the context of neutron emission of neutron-rich nuclei and find that neutron-γ competition can lead to both increases and decreases in neutron emission probabilities, depending on the system considered. Finally, a second consequence of this formalismmore » is a prediction of more neutrons on average being emitted after β decay for nuclei near the neutron drip line compared to models that do not consider the statistical decay.« less

  13. Neutron-$\\gamma$ competition for β-delayed neutron emission

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    Mumpower, Matthew Ryan; Kawano, Toshihiko; Moller, Peter

    2016-12-19

    Here we present a coupled quasiparticle random phase approximation and Hauser-Feshbach (QRPA+HF) model for calculating delayed particle emission. This approach uses microscopic nuclear structure information, which starts with Gamow-Teller strength distributions in the daughter nucleus and then follows the statistical decay until the initial available excitation energy is exhausted. Explicitly included at each particle emission stage is γ-ray competition. We explore this model in the context of neutron emission of neutron-rich nuclei and find that neutron-γ competition can lead to both increases and decreases in neutron emission probabilities, depending on the system considered. Finally, a second consequence of this formalism is a prediction of more neutrons on average being emitted after β decay for nuclei near the neutron drip line compared to models that do not consider the statistical decay.

  14. Silylene hydride complexes of molybdenum with silicon-hydrogen interactions: neutron structure of (eta(5)-C(5)Me(5))(Me(2)PCH(2)CH(2)PMe(2))Mo(H)(SiEt(2)).

    PubMed

    Mork, Benjamin V; Tilley, T Don; Schultz, Arthur J; Cowan, John A

    2004-08-25

    Reduction of CpMoCl(4) with 3.1 equiv of Na/Hg amalgam (1.0% w/w) in the presence of 1 equiv of dmpe and 1 equiv of trimethylphosphine afforded the molybdenum(II) chloride complex Cp(dmpe)(PMe(3))MoCl (1) (Cp = 1,2,3,4,5-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl, dmpe = 1,2-bis(dimethylphosphino)ethane). Alkylation of 1 with PhCH(2)MgCl proceeded in high yield to liberate PMe(3) and give the 18-electron pi-benzyl complex Cp(dmpe)Mo(eta(3)-CH(2)Ph) (2). Variable temperature NMR experiments provided evidence that 2 is in equilibrium with its 16-electron eta(1)-benzyl isomer [Cp(dmpe)Mo(eta(1)-CH(2)Ph)]. This was further supported by reaction of 2 with CO to yield the carbonyl benzyl complex Cp(dmpe)(CO)Mo(eta(1)-CH(2)Ph) (3). Complex 2 was found to react with disubstituted silanes H(2)SiRR' (RR' = Me(2), Et(2), MePh, and Ph(2)) to form toluene and the silylene complexes Cp(dmpe)Mo(H)(SiRR') (4a: RR' = Me(2); 4b: RR' = Et(2); 4c: RR' = MePh; 4d: RR' = Ph(2)). Reactions of 2 with monosubstituted silanes H(3)SiR (R = Ph, Mes, Mes = 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl) produced rare examples of hydrosilylene complexes Cp(dmpe)Mo(H)Si(H)R (5a: R = Ph; 5b: R = Mes; 5c: R = CH(2)Ph). Reactivity of complexes 4a-c and 5a-d is dominated by 1,2-hydride migration from metal to silicon, and these complexes possess H.Si bonding interactions, as supported by spectroscopic and structural data. For example, the J(HSi) coupling constants in these species range in value from 30 to 48 Hz and are larger than would be expected in the absence of H.Si bonding. A neutron diffraction study on a single crystal of diethylsilylene complex 4b unequivocally determined the hydride ligand to be in a bridging position across the molybdenum-silicon bond (Mo-H 1.85(1) A, Si-H 1.68(1) A). The synthesis and reactivity properties of these complexes are described in detail.

  15. Magnetic properties of a highly neutron-irradiated nuclear reactor pressure vessel steel

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    Kobayashi, S.; Gillemot, F.; Horváth, Á.; Székely, R.

    2012-02-01

    We report results of minor B- H loop measurements on a highly neutron-irradiated A533B-type reactor pressure vessel steel. A minor-loop coefficient, which is a sensitive indicator of internal stress, changes with neutron fluence, but depends on relative orientation to the rolling direction in the low fluence regime. At a higher fluence of ˜10 × 10 23 m -2, on the other hand, an anomalous increase of the coefficient was detected irrespective of the orientation. The results were interpreted as due to competing irradiation mechanisms of the formation of Cu-rich precipitates, recovery process, and the formation of late-blooming Mn-Ni-Si-rich clusters.

  16. Iron-rich low-cost superalloys. [Cr(15)-Mn(15)-Mo(2)-C(1. 5)-Si(1. 0)-Nb(1. 0)-Fe(bal. ) and Cr(20)-Mn(10)-C(3. 4)-Fe(bal. )

    SciTech Connect

    Wayne, S.F.

    1985-01-01

    An iron-rich low-cost superalloy has been developed in conjunction with United Technologies Research Center under the NASA program, Conservation of Strategic Aerospace Materials. The alloy, when processed by conventional chill casting, has physical and mechanical properties that compare favorably with existing nickel - and cobalt-based superalloys while containing significantly lower amounts of strategic elements. The composition of the alloy is Cr(15)-Mn(15)-Mo(2)-C(1.5)-Si(1.0)-Nb(1.0)-Fe(bal.), and it can be produced with chromite ore deposits located within the United States. Studies were also made on the properties of Cr(20)-Mn(10)-C(3.4)-Fe(bal.), a eutectic alloy processed by chill casting and directional solidification (D.S.) which produced an aligned microstructure consisting of M/sub 7/C/sub 3/ fibers in an ..gamma..-Fe matrix. This good alignment vanishes when molybdenum or aluminum is added in higher concentrations. Thermal expansion of the M/sub 7/C/sub 3/ (M = Fe, Cr, Mn) carbide lattice was measured up to 800/sup 0/C and found to be highly anisotropic, with the a-axis being the predominant mode of expansion. Repetitive impact-sliding wear experiments performed with the Fe-rich eutectic alloy showed that the directionally solidified microstructure greatly improved the alloy's wear resistance as compared to the chill-cast microstructure and conventional nickel-base superalloys.

  17. Radii of neutron drops probed via the neutron skin thickness of nuclei

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    Zhao, P. W.; Gandolfi, S.

    2016-10-10

    Multineutron systems are crucial to understanding the physics of neutron-rich nuclei and neutron stars. Neutron drops, neutrons confined in an external field, are investigated systematically in both nonrelativistic and relativistic density functional theories and with ab initio calculations. Here, we demonstrate a new strong linear correlation, which is universal in the realm of mean-field models, between the rms radii of neutron drops and the neutron skin thickness of 208 Pb and 48 Ca , i.e., the difference between the neutron and proton rms radii of a nucleus. This correlation can be used to deduce the radii of neutron drops frommore » the measured neutron skin thickness in a model-independent way, and the radii obtained for neutron drops can provide a useful constraint for realistic three-neutron forces, due to its high quality. Furthermore, we present a new correlation between the slope L of the symmetry energy and the radii of neutron drops, and provide the first validation of such a correlation by using density-functional models and ab initio calculations. These newly established correlations, together with more precise measurements of the neutron skin thicknesses of 208 Pb and 48 Ca and/or accurate determinations of L , will have an enduring impact on the understanding of multineutron interactions, neutron-rich nuclei, neutron stars, etc.« less

  18. Radii of neutron drops probed via the neutron skin thickness of nuclei

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    Zhao, P. W.; Gandolfi, S.

    2016-10-10

    Multineutron systems are crucial to understanding the physics of neutron-rich nuclei and neutron stars. Neutron drops, neutrons confined in an external field, are investigated systematically in both nonrelativistic and relativistic density functional theories and with ab initio calculations. Here, we demonstrate a new strong linear correlation, which is universal in the realm of mean-field models, between the rms radii of neutron drops and the neutron skin thickness of 208 Pb and 48 Ca , i.e., the difference between the neutron and proton rms radii of a nucleus. This correlation can be used to deduce the radii of neutron drops from the measured neutron skin thickness in a model-independent way, and the radii obtained for neutron drops can provide a useful constraint for realistic three-neutron forces, due to its high quality. Furthermore, we present a new correlation between the slope L of the symmetry energy and the radii of neutron drops, and provide the first validation of such a correlation by using density-functional models and ab initio calculations. These newly established correlations, together with more precise measurements of the neutron skin thicknesses of 208 Pb and 48 Ca and/or accurate determinations of L , will have an enduring impact on the understanding of multineutron interactions, neutron-rich nuclei, neutron stars, etc.

  19. Static Response of Neutron Matter.

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    Buraczynski, Mateusz; Gezerlis, Alexandros

    2016-04-15

    We generalize the problem of strongly interacting neutron matter by adding a periodic external modulation. This allows us to study from first principles a neutron system that is extended and inhomogeneous, with connections to the physics of both neutron-star crusts and neutron-rich nuclei. We carry out fully nonperturbative microscopic quantum Monte Carlo calculations of the energy of neutron matter at different densities, as well as different strengths and periodicities of the external potential. In order to remove systematic errors, we examine finite-size effects and the impact of the wave function ansatz. We also make contact with energy-density functional theories of nuclei and disentangle isovector gradient contributions from bulk properties. Finally, we calculate the static density-density linear response function of neutron matter and compare it with the response of other physical systems.

  20. C-V and DLTS studies of radiation induced Si-SiO2 interface defects

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    Capan, I.; Janicki, V.; Jacimovic, R.; Pivac, B.

    2012-07-01

    Interface traps at the Si-SiO2 interface have been and will be an important performance limit in many (future) semiconductor devices. In this paper, we present a study of fast neutron radiation induced changes in the density of Si-SiO2 interface-related defects. Interface related defects (Pb centers) are detected before and upon the irradiation. The density of interface-related defects is increasing with the fast neutron fluence.

  1. STEM-EDS analysis of fission products in neutron-irradiated TRISO fuel particles from AGR-1 experiment

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    Leng, B.; van Rooyen, I. J.; Wu, Y. Q.; Szlufarska, I.; Sridharan, K.

    2016-07-01

    Historic and recent post-irradiation-examination from the German AVR and Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Project have shown that 110 m Ag is released from intact tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel. Although TRISO fuel particle research has been performed over the last few decades, little is known about how metallic fission products are transported through the SiC layer, and it was not until March 2013 that Ag was first identified in the SiC layer of a neutron-irradiated TRISO fuel particle. The existence of Pd- and Ag-rich grain boundary precipitates, triple junction precipitates, and Pd nano-sized intragranular precipitates in neutron-irradiated TRISO particle coatings was investigated using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy analysis to obtain more information on the chemical composition of the fission product precipitates. A U-rich fission product honeycomb shape precipitate network was found near a micron-sized precipitate in a SiC grain about ∼5 μm from the SiC-inner pyrolytic carbon interlayer, indicating a possible intragranular transport path for uranium. A single Ag-Pd nano-sized precipitate was found inside a SiC grain, and this is the first research showing such finding in irradiated SiC. This finding may possibly suggest a possible Pd-assisted intragranular transport mechanism for Ag and may be related to void or dislocation networks inside SiC grains. Preliminary semi-quantitative analysis indicated the micron-sized precipitates to be Pd2Si2U with carbon existing inside these precipitates. However, the results of such analysis for nano-sized precipitates may be influenced by the SiC matrix. The results reported in this paper confirm the co-existence of Cd with Ag in triple points reported previously.

  2. Amorphous Silicon Based Neutron Detector

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    Xu, Liwei

    2004-12-12

    Various large-scale neutron sources already build or to be constructed, are important for materials research and life science research. For all these neutron sources, neutron detectors are very important aspect. However, there is a lack of a high-performance and low-cost neutron beam monitor that provides time and temporal resolution. The objective of this SBIR Phase I research, collaboratively performed by Midwest Optoelectronics, LLC (MWOE), the University of Toledo (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is to demonstrate the feasibility for amorphous silicon based neutron beam monitors that are pixilated, reliable, durable, fully packaged, and fabricated with high yield using low-cost method. During the Phase I effort, work as been focused in the following areas: 1) Deposition of high quality, low-defect-density, low-stress a-Si films using very high frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (VHF PECVD) at high deposition rate and with low device shunting; 2) Fabrication of Si/SiO2/metal/p/i/n/metal/n/i/p/metal/SiO2/ device for the detection of alpha particles which are daughter particles of neutrons through appropriate nuclear reactions; and 3) Testing of various devices fabricated for alpha and neutron detection; As the main results: · High quality, low-defect-density, low-stress a-Si films have been successfully deposited using VHF PECVD on various low-cost substrates; · Various single-junction and double junction detector devices have been fabricated; · The detector devices fabricated have been systematically tested and analyzed. · Some of the fabricated devices are found to successfully detect alpha particles. Further research is required to bring this Phase I work beyond the feasibility demonstration toward the final prototype devices. The success of this project will lead to a high-performance, low-cost, X-Y pixilated neutron beam monitor that could be used in all of the neutron facilities worldwide. In addition, the technologies

  3. Atmospheric neutrons

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Korff, S. A.; Mendell, R. B.; Merker, M.; Light, E. S.; Verschell, H. J.; Sandie, W. S.

    1979-01-01

    Contributions to fast neutron measurements in the atmosphere are outlined. The results of a calculation to determine the production, distribution and final disappearance of atmospheric neutrons over the entire spectrum are presented. An attempt is made to answer questions that relate to processes such as neutron escape from the atmosphere and C-14 production. In addition, since variations of secondary neutrons can be related to variations in the primary radiation, comment on the modulation of both radiation components is made.

  4. Neutron dosimetry

    DOEpatents

    Quinby, Thomas C.

    1976-07-27

    A method of measuring neutron radiation within a nuclear reactor is provided. A sintered oxide wire is disposed within the reactor and exposed to neutron radiation. The induced radioactivity is measured to provide an indication of the neutron energy and flux within the reactor.

  5. Neutron guide

    DOEpatents

    Greene, Geoffrey L.

    1999-01-01

    A neutron guide in which lengths of cylindrical glass tubing have rectangular glass plates properly dimensioned to allow insertion into the cylindrical glass tubing so that a sealed geometrically precise polygonal cross-section is formed in the cylindrical glass tubing. The neutron guide provides easier alignment between adjacent sections than do the neutron guides of the prior art.

  6. Fission products silver, palladium, and cadmium identification in neutron-irradiated SiC TRISO particles using a Cs-Corrected HRTEM

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    van Rooyen, I. J.; Olivier, E. J.; Neethling, J. H.

    2016-08-01

    Electron microscopy investigations of selected coated particles from the first advanced gas reactor experiment at Idaho National Laboratory provided important information on fission product distribution and chemical composition in the silicon-carbide (SiC) layer. Silver precipitates were nano-sized, and therefore high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was used to provide more information at the atomic level. Based on gamma-ray analysis, this particle which was irradiated to an average burnup of 19.38% fissions per initial metal atom, may have released as much as 10% of its available Ag-110 m inventory during irradiation. The HRTEM investigation focused on silver, palladium, and cadmium due to interest in silver transport mechanisms and possible correlation with palladium and silver previously found. Palladium, silver, and cadmium were found to co-exist in some of the SiC grain boundaries and triple junctions. This study confirmed palladium both at inter and intragranular sites. Phosphor was identified in SiC grain boundaries and triple points.

  7. Developments for neutron-induced fission at IGISOL-4

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    Gorelov, D.; Penttilä, H.; Al-Adili, A.; Eronen, T.; Hakala, J.; Jokinen, A.; Kankainen, A.; Kolhinen, V. S.; Koponen, J.; Lantz, M.; Mattera, A.; Moore, I. D.; Pohjalainen, I.; Pomp, S.; Rakopoulos, V.; Reinikainen, J.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Simutkin, V.; Solders, A.; Voss, A.; Äystö, J.

    2016-06-01

    At the IGISOL-4 facility, neutron-rich, medium mass nuclei have usually been produced via charged particle-induced fission of natural uranium and thorium. Neutron-induced fission is expected to have a higher production cross section of the most neutron-rich species. Development of a neutron source along with a new ion guide continues to be one of the major goals since the commissioning of IGISOL-4. Neutron intensities at different angles from a beryllium neutron source have been measured in an on-line experiment with a 30 MeV proton beam. Recently, the new ion guide coupled to the neutron source has been tested as well. Details of the neutron source and ion guide design together with preliminary results from the first neutron-induced fission experiment at IGISOL-4 are presented in this report.

  8. Binderless composite scintillator for neutron detection

    DOEpatents

    Hodges, Jason P [Knoxville, TN; Crow, Jr; Lowell, M [Oak Ridge, TN; Cooper, Ronald G [Oak Ridge, TN

    2009-03-10

    Composite scintillator material consisting of a binderless sintered mixture of a Lithium (Li) compound containing .sup.6Li as the neutron converter and Y.sub.2SiO.sub.5:Ce as the scintillation phosphor, and the use of this material as a method for neutron detection. Other embodiments of the invention include various other Li compounds.

  9. Unusual response of the binary V-2Si alloy to neutron irradiation in FFTF at 430-600{degrees}C

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    Ohnuki, S.; Konoshita, H.; Takahaski, H.; Garner, F.A.

    1996-04-01

    When V-2Si was irradiated in FFTF at 430, 500 and 600C to doses as high as 80 dpa, a very unusual swelling response was observed in which the swelling appeared to saturate rather quickly at {approx}35% at 430 and 540C, but approached this swelling same level much more slowly at 600C. The possible causes of this phenomenon are discussed as well as the implications of these findings on the swelling behavior of other high swelling vanadium binary alloys.

  10. Glass-rich chondrules in ordinary chondrites

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    Krot, Alexander N.; Rubin, Alan E.

    1994-09-01

    There are two types of glass-rich chondrules in unequilibrated ordinary chondrites (OC): (1) porphyritic chondrules containing 55-85 vol% glass or microcrystalline mesostasis and (2) nonporphyritic chondrules, containing 90-99 vol% glass. These two types are similar in mineralogy and bulk composition to previously described Al-rich chondrules in OC. In addition to Si-, Al- and Na-rich glass or Ca-Al-rich microcrystalline mesostasis, glass-rich chondrules contain dendritic and skeletal crystals of olivine, Al2O3-rich low-Ca pyroxene and fassaite. Some chondrules contain relict grains of forsterite +/- Mg-Al spinel. We suggest that glass-rich chondrules were formed early in nebular history by melting fine-grained precursor materials rich in refractory (Ca, Al, Ti) and moderately volatile (Na, K) components (possibly related to Ca-Al-rich inclusions) admixed with coarse relict forsterite and spinel grains derived from previously disrupted type-I chondrules.

  11. Small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering study of Nafion-SiO2 hybrid membranes prepared in different solvent media

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    Dresch, M. A.; Matos, B. R.; Fonseca, F. C.; Santiago, E. I.; Carmo, M.; Lanfredi, A. J. C.; Balog, S.

    2015-01-01

    Nafion-SiO2 hybrid electrolytes were synthesized by sol-gel reaction. The homogeneity, structural properties, and proton conductivity of the hybrid membranes were studied. Small-angle scattering analyses indicate that the Nafion structural matrix was preserved on the nanoscale, and the growth of silica particles occurred both in the ionic and nonionic domains of Nafion, which resulted in hybrids with characteristic morphologies. The water uptake and the weight fraction of the inorganic phase were found to be dependent on the alcohol solvent used for the sol-gel synthesis. Nafion-silica hybrids with homogeneous distribution of the inorganic phase were obtained using methanol as the solvent for the sol-gel reaction. The observed microstructural properties of the Nafion-silica membranes were related to enhanced proton conductivity at high temperatures and low relative humidity conditions.

  12. Neutron detector

    DOEpatents

    Stephan, Andrew C.; Jardret; Vincent D.

    2011-04-05

    A neutron detector has a volume of neutron moderating material and a plurality of individual neutron sensing elements dispersed at selected locations throughout the moderator, and particularly arranged so that some of the detecting elements are closer to the surface of the moderator assembly and others are more deeply embedded. The arrangement captures some thermalized neutrons that might otherwise be scattered away from a single, centrally located detector element. Different geometrical arrangements may be used while preserving its fundamental characteristics. Different types of neutron sensing elements may be used, which may operate on any of a number of physical principles to perform the function of sensing a neutron, either by a capture or a scattering reaction, and converting that reaction to a detectable signal. High detection efficiency, an ability to acquire spectral information, and directional sensitivity may be obtained.

  13. Shell-model states with seniority ν=3 , 5, and 7 in odd- A neutron-rich Sn isotopes

    SciTech Connect

    Iskra, Ł. W.; Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Chiara, C. J.; Carpenter, M. P.; Fornal, B.; Hoteling, N.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; Lauritsen, T.; Pawłat, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Stefanescu, I.; Walters, W. B.; Wrzesiński, J.; Zhu, S.

    2016-01-01

    Excited states with seniority ν=3, 5, and 7 have been investigated in odd neutron-rich Sn119,121,123,125 isotopes produced by fusion-fission of 6.9-MeV/ACa48 beams with Pb208 and U238 targets and by fission of a U238 target bombarded with 6.7-MeV/ANi64 beams. Level schemes have been established up to high spin and excitation energies in excess of 6 MeV, based on multifold gamma-ray coincidence relationships measured with the Gammasphere array. In the analysis, the presence of isomers was exploited to identify gamma rays and propose transition placements using prompt and delayed coincidence techniques. Gamma decays of the known 27/2- isomers were expanded by identifying new deexcitation paths feeding 23/2+ long-lived states and 21/2+ levels. Competing branches in the decay of 23/2- states toward two 19/2- levels were delineated as well. In Sn119, a new 23/2+ isomer was identified, while a similar 23/2+ long-lived state, proposed earlier in Sn121, has now been confirmed. In both cases, isomeric half-lives were determined with good precision. In the range of ν=3 excitations, the observed transitions linking the various states enabled one to propose with confidence spin-parity assignments for all the observed states. Above the 27/2- isomers, an elaborate structure of negative-parity levels was established reaching the (39/2-), ν=7 states, with tentative spin-parity assignments based on the observed deexcitation paths as well as on general yrast population arguments. In all the isotopes under investigation, strongly populated sequences of positive-parity (35/2+), (31/2+), and (27/2+) states were established, feeding the 23/2+ isomers via cascades of three transitions. In the Sn121,123 isotopes, these sequences also enabled the delineation of higher-lying levels, up to (43/2+) states. In Sn123, a short half-life was determined for the (35/2+) state. Shell-model calculations were carried out for all the odd Sn isotopes, from Sn129 down to Sn119, and the results were

  14. Evidence of local defects in the oxygen excess apatite La{sub 9.67}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2.5} from high resolution neutron powder diffraction

    SciTech Connect

    Guillot, Stephanie; Beaudet-Savignat, Sophie; Lambert, Sebastien; Vannier, Rose-Noelle; Roussel, Pascal; Porcher, Florence

    2009-12-15

    From neutron diffraction data collected at 3 K on a powder of La{sub 9.67}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2.5} composition and a careful examination of the average structure, a model was proposed to explain the oxygen over-stoichiometry in the apatite structure. This model leads to realistic distances to neighbouring atoms. Moreover, it accounts perfectly for the maximum oxygen content observed in these materials. Up to 0.5 oxygen atom located at the vicinity of the 2a site (0, 0, 1/4) would be shifted to a new interstitial position in the channel at (-0.01, 0.04, 0.06), creating a Frenkel defect, with the possibility of a maximum occupancy in this site equal to twice the Frenkel defect numbers. This structural model is in good agreement with the oxygen diffusion pathways recently proposed by Bechade et al. (2009) using computer modeling techniques. It supports preferred oxygen diffusion pathways via interstitial oxygen atoms and vacant sites along [0 0 1], close to the centre of the La(2)-O channels. - Graphical abstract legend: Structural defect position and possible conduction mechanism along the c-axis (representation of two adjacent unit-cells)

  15. Atmospheric neutrons

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    Preszler, A. M.; Moon, S.; White, R. S.

    1976-01-01

    Additional calibrations of the University of California double-scatter neutron detector and additional analysis corrections lead to slightly changed neutron fluxes. The theoretical angular distributions of Merker (1975) are in general agreement with the reported experimental fluxes but do not give the peaks for vertical upward and downward moving neutrons. The theoretical neutron escape current is in agreement with the experimental values from 10 to 100 MeV. The experimental fluxes obtained agree with those of Kanbach et al. (1974) in the overlap region from 70 to 100 MeV.

  16. Monte-Carlo gamma response simulation of fast/thermal neutron interactions with soil elements

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Soil elemental analysis using characteristic gamma rays induced by neutrons is an effective method of in situ soil content determination. The nuclei of soil elements irradiated by neutrons issue characteristic gamma rays due to both inelastic neutron scattering (e.g., Si, C) and thermal neutron capt...

  17. SULFUR ISOTOPIC COMPOSITIONS OF SUBMICROMETER SiC GRAINS FROM THE MURCHISON METEORITE

    SciTech Connect

    Xu, Yuchen; Zinner, Ernst; Gallino, Roberto; Heger, Alexander; Pignatari, Marco; Lin, Yangting

    2015-02-01

    We report C, Si, N, S, Mg-Al, and Ca-Ti isotopic compositions of presolar silicon carbide (SiC) grains from the SiC-rich KJE size fraction (0.5-0.8 μm) of the Murchison meteorite. One thousand one hundred thirteen SiC grains were identified based on their C and Si isotopic ratios. Mainstream, AB, C, X, Y, and Z subtypes of SiC, and X-type silicon nitride (Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}) account for 81.4%, 5.7%, 0.1%, 1.5%, 5.8%, 4.9%, and 0.4%, respectively. Twenty-five grains with unusual Si isotopic ratios, including one C grain, 16 X grains, 1 Y grain, 5 Z grains, and 2 X-type Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} grains were selected for N, S, Mg-Al, and Ca-Ti isotopic analysis. The C grain is highly enriched in {sup 29}Si and {sup 30}Si (δ{sup 29}Si = 1345‰ ± 19‰, δ{sup 30}Si = 1272‰ ± 19‰). It has a huge {sup 32}S excess, larger than any seen before, and larger than that predicted for the Si/S supernova (SN) zone, providing evidence against the elemental fractionation model by Hoppe et al. Two SN models investigated here present a more satisfying explanation in terms of a radiogenic origin of {sup 32}S from the decay of short-lived {sup 32}Si (τ{sub 1/2} = 153 yr). Silicon-32 as well as {sup 29}Si and {sup 30}Si can be produced in SNe by short neutron bursts; evidence for initial {sup 44}Ti (τ{sub 1/2} = 60 yr) in the C grain is additional evidence for an SN origin. The X grains have marginal {sup 32}S excesses, much smaller than expected from their large {sup 28}Si excesses. Similarly, the Y and Z grains do not show the S-isotopic anomalies expected from their large Si isotopic anomalies. Low intrinsic S contents and contamination with isotopically normal S are the most likely explanations.

  18. Sulfur Isotopic Compositions of Submicrometer SiC Grains from the Murchison Meteorite

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    Xu, Yuchen; Zinner, Ernst; Gallino, Roberto; Heger, Alexander; Pignatari, Marco; Lin, Yangting

    2015-02-01

    We report C, Si, N, S, Mg-Al, and Ca-Ti isotopic compositions of presolar silicon carbide (SiC) grains from the SiC-rich KJE size fraction (0.5-0.8 μm) of the Murchison meteorite. One thousand one hundred thirteen SiC grains were identified based on their C and Si isotopic ratios. Mainstream, AB, C, X, Y, and Z subtypes of SiC, and X-type silicon nitride (Si3N4) account for 81.4%, 5.7%, 0.1%, 1.5%, 5.8%, 4.9%, and 0.4%, respectively. Twenty-five grains with unusual Si isotopic ratios, including one C grain, 16 X grains, 1 Y grain, 5 Z grains, and 2 X-type Si3N4 grains were selected for N, S, Mg-Al, and Ca-Ti isotopic analysis. The C grain is highly enriched in 29Si and 30Si (δ29Si = 1345‰ ± 19‰, δ30Si = 1272‰ ± 19‰). It has a huge 32S excess, larger than any seen before, and larger than that predicted for the Si/S supernova (SN) zone, providing evidence against the elemental fractionation model by Hoppe et al. Two SN models investigated here present a more satisfying explanation in terms of a radiogenic origin of 32S from the decay of short-lived 32Si (τ1/2 = 153 yr). Silicon-32 as well as 29Si and 30Si can be produced in SNe by short neutron bursts; evidence for initial 44Ti (τ1/2 = 60 yr) in the C grain is additional evidence for an SN origin. The X grains have marginal 32S excesses, much smaller than expected from their large 28Si excesses. Similarly, the Y and Z grains do not show the S-isotopic anomalies expected from their large Si isotopic anomalies. Low intrinsic S contents and contamination with isotopically normal S are the most likely explanations.

  19. Onset of isomers in Cd125,126,127,128 and weakened neutron-neutron interaction strength

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    Hoteling, N.; Walters, W. B.; Tomlin, B. E.; Mantica, P. F.; Pereira, J.; Becerril, A.; Fleckenstein, T.; Hecht, A. A.; Lorusso, G.; Quinn, M.; Pinter, J. S.; Stoker, J. B.

    2007-10-01

    The presence of isomeric levels with half-lives in the microsecond range has been identified in Cd125,126,127,128. Neutron-rich Cd isotopes were produced from the fragmentation of a 120 MeV/nucleon Xe136 beam and uniquely identified through their time-of-flight, energy loss, and total kinetic energy. γ rays from these isomeric levels were measured with an array of Ge detectors that were gated for 15 μs by a particle implantation trigger from a stack of Si detectors. The γ rays observed in the decay of Cd126,128 isomers populate low-energy levels previously identified in the β decay of Ag126,128. The γ rays found in the decay of Cd125,127 isomers are consistent with expected yrast structures observed in lighter, odd-mass Cd isotopes. The appearance of these isomers at the point where N/Z exceeds 1.6 is interpreted as an indication of the onset of a weakened neutron-neutron interaction that has been proposed for Sn134, whose N/Z also exceeds 1.6.

  20. Thin GSO scintillator for neutron detection

    SciTech Connect

    Reeder, P.L.

    1994-05-01

    The new scintillator cerium-doped gadolinium orthosilicate (GSO -- Gd{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce) has a light output that is about 20% that of NaI(T1). The enormous cross section of Gd for capture of.thermal neutrons makes GSO a candidate for novel types of neutron.detectors. The characteristic radiations from neutron capture in Gd can be stopped in about 75 {mu}m of GSO. Data obtained from a GSO detector that was about 0.6-mm thick demonstrated that thermal neutrons could easily be detected and that higher energy gamma rays caused minimal interference.

  1. Radiation shielding for neutron guides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ersez, T.; Braoudakis, G.; Osborn, J. C.

    2006-11-01

    Models of the neutron guide shielding for the out of bunker guides on the thermal and cold neutron beam lines of the OPAL Reactor (ANSTO) were constructed using the Monte Carlo code MCNP 4B. The neutrons that were not reflected inside the guides but were absorbed by the supermirror (SM) layers were noted to be a significant source of gammas. Gammas also arise from neutrons absorbed by the B, Si, Na and K contained in the glass. The proposed shielding design has produced compact shielding assemblies. These arrangements are consistent with safety requirements, floor load limits, and cost constraints. To verify the design a prototype was assembled consisting of 120 mm thick Pb(96%)Sb(4%) walls resting on a concrete block. There was good agreement between experimental measurements and calculated dose rates for bulk shield regions.

  2. Neutron decay of the Giant Pairing Vibration in 15C

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    Cavallaro, M.; Agodi, C.; Assié, M.; Azaiez, F.; Cappuzzello, F.; Carbone, D.; de Séréville, N.; Foti, A.; Pandola, L.; Scarpaci, J. A.; Sgouros, O.; Soukeras, V.

    2016-06-01

    The neutron decay of the resonant states of light neutron-rich nuclei is an important and poorly explored property, useful to extract valuable nuclear structure information. The neutron decay of the 15C resonances populated via the two-neutron transfer reaction 13C(18O,16O n) at 84 MeV incident energy is studied using an innovative technique which couples the MAGNEX magnetic spectrometer and the EDEN neutron detector array. The data show that the recently observed 15C Giant Pairing Vibration at 13.7 MeV mainly decays via two-neutron emission.

  3. Neutronic reactor

    DOEpatents

    Wende, Charles W. J.

    1976-08-17

    A safety rod for a nuclear reactor has an inner end portion having a gamma absorption coefficient and neutron capture cross section approximately equal to those of the adjacent shield, a central portion containing materials of high neutron capture cross section and an outer end portion having a gamma absorption coefficient at least equal to that of the adjacent shield.

  4. NEUTRONIC REACTOR

    DOEpatents

    Fermi, E.; Zinn, W.H.; Anderson, H.L.

    1958-09-16

    Means are presenied for increasing the reproduction ratio of a gaphite- moderated neutronic reactor by diminishing the neutron loss due to absorption or capture by gaseous impurities within the reactor. This means comprised of a fluid-tight casing or envelope completely enclosing the reactor and provided with a valve through which the casing, and thereby the reactor, may be evacuated of atmospheric air.

  5. Neutron tubes

    DOEpatents

    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Lou, Tak Pui; Reijonen, Jani

    2008-03-11

    A neutron tube or generator is based on a RF driven plasma ion source having a quartz or other chamber surrounded by an external RF antenna. A deuterium or mixed deuterium/tritium (or even just a tritium) plasma is generated in the chamber and D or D/T (or T) ions are extracted from the plasma. A neutron generating target is positioned so that the ion beam is incident thereon and loads the target. Incident ions cause D-D or D-T (or T-T) reactions which generate neutrons. Various embodiments differ primarily in size of the chamber and position and shape of the neutron generating target. Some neutron generators are small enough for implantation in the body. The target may be at the end of a catheter-like drift tube. The target may have a tapered or conical surface to increase target surface area.

  6. Neutron source

    DOEpatents

    Cason, J.L. Jr.; Shaw, C.B.

    1975-10-21

    A neutron source which is particularly useful for neutron radiography consists of a vessel containing a moderating media of relatively low moderating ratio, a flux trap including a moderating media of relatively high moderating ratio at the center of the vessel, a shell of depleted uranium dioxide surrounding the moderating media of relatively high moderating ratio, a plurality of guide tubes each containing a movable source of neutrons surrounding the flux trap, a neutron shield surrounding one part of each guide tube, and at least one collimator extending from the flux trap to the exterior of the neutron source. The shell of depleted uranium dioxide has a window provided with depleted uranium dioxide shutters for each collimator. Reflectors are provided above and below the flux trap and on the guide tubes away from the flux trap.

  7. U-Mo/Al-Si interaction: Influence of Si concentration

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    Allenou, J.; Palancher, H.; Iltis, X.; Cornen, M.; Tougait, O.; Tucoulou, R.; Welcomme, E.; Martin, Ph.; Valot, C.; Charollais, F.; Anselmet, M. C.; Lemoine, P.

    2010-04-01

    Within the framework of the development of low enriched nuclear fuels for research reactors, U-Mo/Al is the most promising option that has however to be optimised. Indeed at the U-Mo/Al interfaces between U-Mo particles and the Al matrix, an interaction layer grows under irradiation inducing an unacceptable fuel swelling. Adding silicon in limited content into the Al matrix has clearly improved the in-pile fuel behaviour. This breakthrough is attributed to an U-Mo/Al-Si protective layer around U-Mo particles appeared during fuel manufacturing. In this work, the evolution of the microstructure and composition of this protective layer with increasing Si concentrations in the Al matrix has been investigated. Conclusions are based on the characterization at the micrometer scale (X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy) of U-Mo7/Al-Si diffusion couples obtained by thermal annealing at 450 °C. Two types of interaction layers have been evidenced depending on the Si content in the Al-Si alloy: the threshold value is found at about 5 wt.% but obviously evolves with temperature. It has been shown that for Si concentrations ranging from 2 to 10 wt.%, the U-Mo7/Al-Si interaction is bi-layered and the Si-rich part is located close to the Al-Si for low Si concentrations (below 5 wt.%) and close to the U-Mo for higher Si concentrations. For Si weight fraction in the Al alloy lower than 5 wt.%, the Si-rich sub-layer (close to Al-Si) consists of U(Al, Si) 3 + UMo 2Al 20, when the other sub-layer (close to U-Mo) is silicon free and made of UAl 3 and U 6Mo 4Al 43. For Si weight concentrations above 5 wt.%, the Si-rich part becomes U 3(Si, Al) 5 + U(Al, Si) 3 (close to U-Mo) and the other sub-layer (close to Al-Si) consists of U(Al, Si) 3 + UMo 2Al 20. On the basis of these results and of a literature survey, a scheme is proposed to explain the formation of different types of ILs between U-Mo and Al-Si alloys (i.e. different protective layers).

  8. NEUTRON SOURCE

    DOEpatents

    Bernander, N.K. et al.

    1960-10-18

    An apparatus is described for producing neutrons through target bombardment with deuterons. Deuterium gas is ionized by electron bombardment and the deuteron ions are accelerated through a magnetic field to collimate them into a continuous high intensity beam. The ion beam is directed against a deuteron pervious metal target of substantially the same nnaterial throughout to embed the deuterous therein and react them to produce neutrons. A large quantity of neutrons is produced in this manner due to the increased energy and quantity of ions bombarding the target.

  9. Rubidium-rich asymptotic giant branch stars.

    PubMed

    García-Hernández, D A; García-Lario, P; Plez, B; D'Antona, F; Manchado, A; Trigo-Rodríguez, J M

    2006-12-15

    A long-debated issue concerning the nucleosynthesis of neutron-rich elements in asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars is the identification of the neutron source. We report intermediate-mass (4 to 8 solar masses) AGB stars in our Galaxy that are rubidium-rich as a result of overproduction of the long-lived radioactive isotope (87)Rb, as predicted theoretically 40 years ago. This finding represents direct observational evidence that the (22)Ne(alpha,n)(25)Mg reaction must be the dominant neutron source in these stars. These stars challenge our understanding of the late stages of the evolution of intermediate-mass stars and would have promoted a highly variable Rb/Sr environment in the early solar nebula.

  10. Thermal neutron detection system

    DOEpatents

    Peurrung, Anthony J.; Stromswold, David C.

    2000-01-01

    According to the present invention, a system for measuring a thermal neutron emission from a neutron source, has a reflector/moderator proximate the neutron source that reflects and moderates neutrons from the neutron source. The reflector/moderator further directs thermal neutrons toward an unmoderated thermal neutron detector.

  11. The decompression of cold neutron star matter

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    Lattimer, J. M.; Mackie, F.; Ravenhall, D. G.; Schramm, D. N.

    1977-01-01

    The ejection of cold neutron-star matter is examined, and an attempt is made to determine whether the final composition of this matter may be similar to that normally associated with the hot high-neutron-flux r-process. A semiempirical liquid-drop model is used for the nucleus, and the equilibrium composition of the matter is determined by assuming it to be in its absolute ground state at a given density. Physical mechanisms operating during the expansion are analyzed, and the composition of the ejected matter is found as a function of its density during expansion. The results indicate that it is virtually impossible for deuterium to form, that neutrons can be captured only after beta decay increases the atomic numbers of nuclei, and that no free neutrons can escape. It is concluded that neutron-star ejecta can produce heavy neutron-rich nuclei and may produce somewhat heavier nuclei than a standard r-process.

  12. Particle-hole intruder levels in 67Cu, collectivity, monopole shifts, and the hockey-stick behaviour of ell - 1/2 5/2- levels in neutron-rich odd-mass Cu nuclei

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    Walters, W. B.; Chiara, C. J.

    2011-01-01

    A new sequence of gamma rays with energies of 572, 499, 585, and 674 keV has been identified in 67Cu populating the 7/2- level at 2362 keV. Owing to the strong population of the 2362-keV level via an ell = 3 proton pickup reaction, that level is assigned to be an f7/2-1 2-particle-1-hole "intruder" proton configuration, and the new levels are found to form a sequence consistent with intruder sequences in the adjacent odd-mass Cu isotopes and in the odd-mass Sb isotopes. The changing position of the intruder sequence in the odd-mass Cu isotopes is discussed and related to the onset of collectivity associated with the presence of g9/2 neutrons beyond N = 40. The increase in collectivity is also discussed for a number of isotonic and isotopic chains as more protons or neutrons, respectively, are added beyond an oscillator shell boundary. For most of these systems, the ell -1/2 levels show a systematic "hockey-stick-like" behaviour with a sharp decrease in energy with the addition of the first protons or neutrons, owing to both the added collectivity and the tensor interaction, and then a lower slope when collectivity changes are diminished and only the tensor interaction is influencing the changes in level positions.

  13. NEUTRONIC REACTOR

    DOEpatents

    Wade, E.J.

    1958-09-16

    This patent relates to a reflector means for a neutronic reactor. A reflector comprised of a plurality of vertically movable beryllium control members is provided surrounding the sides of the reactor core. An absorber of fast neutrons comprised of natural uramum surrounds the reflector. An absorber of slow neutrons surrounds the absorber of fast neutrons and is formed of a plurality of beryllium blocks having natural uranium members distributcd therethrough. in addition, a movable body is positioned directly below the core and is comprised of a beryllium reflector and an absorbing member attached to the botiom thereof, the absorbing member containing a substance selected from the goup consisting of natural urantum and Th/sup 232/.

  14. Neutron reflectivity

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    Cousin, Fabrice; Menelle, Alain

    2015-10-01

    The specular neutron reflectivity is a technique enabling the measurement of neutron scattering length density profile perpendicular to the plane of a surface or an interface, and thereby the profile of chemical composition. The characteristic sizes that are probed range from around 5 Å up 5000 Å. It is a scattering technique that averages information on the entire surface and it is therefore not possible to obtain information within the plane of the interface. The specific properties of neutrons (possibility of tuning the contrast by isotopic substitution, sensitivity to magnetism, negligible absorption, low energy of the incident neutrons) makes it particularly interesting in the fields of soft matter, biophysics and magnetic thin films. This course is a basic introduction to the technique and does not address the magnetic reflectivity. It is composed of three parts describing respectively its principle and its formalism, the experimental aspects of the method (spectrometers, samples) and two examples related to the materials for energy.

  15. NEUTRONIC REACTORS

    DOEpatents

    Wigner, E.P.

    1960-11-22

    A nuclear reactor is described wherein horizontal rods of thermal- neutron-fissionable material are disposed in a body of heavy water and extend through and are supported by spaced parallel walls of graphite.

  16. NEUTRON SOURCES

    DOEpatents

    Richmond, J.L.; Wells, C.E.

    1963-01-15

    A neutron source is obtained without employing any separate beryllia receptacle, as was formerly required. The new method is safer and faster, and affords a source with both improved yield and symmetry of neutron emission. A Be container is used to hold and react with Pu. This container has a thin isolating layer that does not obstruct the desired Pu--Be reaction and obviates procedures previously employed to disassemble and remove a beryllia receptacle. (AEC)

  17. NEUTRONIC REACTOR

    DOEpatents

    Fraas, A.P.; Mills, C.B.

    1961-11-21

    A neutronic reactor in which neutron moderation is achieved primarily in its reflector is described. The reactor structure consists of a cylindrical central "island" of moderator and a spherical moderating reflector spaced therefrom, thereby providing an annular space. An essentially unmoderated liquid fuel is continuously passed through the annular space and undergoes fission while contained therein. The reactor, because of its small size, is particularly adapted for propulsion uses, including the propulsion of aircraft. (AEC)

  18. NEUTRONIC REACTOR

    DOEpatents

    Wigner, E.P.

    1958-04-22

    A nuclear reactor for isotope production is described. This reactor is designed to provide a maximum thermal neutron flux in a region adjacent to the periphery of the reactor rather than in the center of the reactor. The core of the reactor is generally centrally located with respect tn a surrounding first reflector, constructed of beryllium. The beryllium reflector is surrounded by a second reflector, constructed of graphite, which, in tune, is surrounded by a conventional thermal shield. Water is circulated through the core and the reflector and functions both as a moderator and a coolant. In order to produce a greatsr maximum thermal neutron flux adjacent to the periphery of the reactor rather than in the core, the reactor is designed so tbat the ratio of neutron scattering cross section to neutron absorption cross section averaged over all of the materials in the reflector is approximately twice the ratio of neutron scattering cross section to neutron absorption cross section averaged over all of the material of the core of the reactor.

  19. FOREWORD: Neutron metrology Neutron metrology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thomas, David J.; Nolte, Ralf; Gressier, Vincent

    2011-12-01

    The International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) has consultative committees covering various areas of metrology. The Consultative Committee for Ionizing Radiation (CCRI) differs from the others in having three sections: Section (I) deals with radiation dosimetry, Section (II) with radionuclide metrology and Section (III) with neutron metrology. In 2003 a proposal was made to publish special issues of Metrologia covering the work of the three Sections. Section (II) was the first to complete their task, and their special issue was published in 2007, volume 44(4). This was followed in 2009 by the special issue on radiation dosimetry, volume 46(2). The present issue, volume 48(6), completes the trilogy and attempts to explain neutron metrology, the youngest of the three disciplines, the neutron only having been discovered in 1932, to a wider audience and to highlight the relevance and importance of this field. When originally approached with the idea of this special issue, Section (III) immediately saw the value of a publication specifically on neutron metrology. It is a topic area where papers tend to be scattered throughout the literature in journals covering, for example, nuclear instrumentation, radiation protection or radiation measurements in general. Review articles tend to be few. People new to the field often ask for an introduction to the various topics. There are some excellent older textbooks, but these are now becoming obsolete. More experienced workers in specific areas of neutron metrology can find it difficult to know the latest position in related areas. The papers in this issue attempt, without presenting a purely historical outline, to describe the field in a sufficiently logical way to provide the novice with a clear introduction, while being sufficiently up-to-date to provide the more experienced reader with the latest scientific developments in the different topic areas. Neutron radiation fields obviously occur throughout the nuclear

  20. Neutron Imaging Developments at LANSCE [PowerPoint

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, Ronald Owen; Hunter, James F.; Schirato, Richard C.; Vogel, Sven C.; Swift, Alicia L.; Ickes, Timothy Lee; Ward, William Carl; Losko, Adrian Simon; Tremsin, Anton; Sevanto, Sanna Annika; Espy, Michelle A.; Dickman, Lee Thoresen; Malone, Michael

    2015-10-29

    Thermal, epithermal, and high-energy neutrons are available from two spallation sources at the 800-MeV proton accelerator. Improvements in detectors and computing have enabled new capabilities that use the pulsed beam properties at LANSCE; these include amorphous Si (aSi) detectors, intensified charge-coupled device cameras, and micro-channel plates. Applications include water flow in living specimens, inclusions and fission products in uranium oxide, and high-energy neutron imaging using an aSi flat panel with ZnS(Ag) scintillator screen. images of a metal/plastic cylinder from photons, low-energy and high-energy neutrons are compared.