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Qualification of heavy water based irradiation device in the JSI TRIGA reactor for irradiations of FT-TIMS samples for nuclear safeguards

The Fission Track Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (FT-TIMS) method is considered as the reference method for particle analysis in the field of nuclear Safeguards for measurements of isotopic compositions (fissile material enrichment levels) in micrometer-sized uranium particles collected in nuclear facilities. An integral phase in the method is the irradiation of samples in a very well thermalized neutron spectrum. A bilateral collaboration project was carried out between the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI, Slovenia) and the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA, France) to determine whether the JSI TRIGA reactor could be used for irradiations of samples for the FT-TIMS method. This paper describes Monte Carlo simulations, experimental activation measurements and test irradiations performed in the JSI TRIGA reactor, firstly to determine the feasibility, and secondly to design and qualify a purpose-built heavy water based irradiation device for FT-TIMS samples. The final device design has been shown experimentally to meet all the required performance specifications.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0168900217314523

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