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La physique dans tous ses états
Date May 14 > 14, 2024 - 11h30
Time 11h30
Location GANIL, room 105
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Studies on neutron-induced reaction with MEDLEY at GANIL

by Lucas DE ARRUDA, 2d year PhD Student at GANIL

New and reliable data for neutron-induced light-ion production (p, d, t, 3 He, and α) is essential to improve theoretical models and enhance our understanding of nuclear-reaction mechanisms. It has significant consequences on developing future technologies and on several applications, such as for single-event effects in electronics, neutron dosimetry, and fusion energy development. In this last topic, for example, the neutron irradiation of structural materials leads to the formation of isotopes of H and He, producing gas bubbles that affect their mechanical properties, mainly by producing embrittlement. In order to make reliable predictions on this damage, accurate experimental data on these nuclear reactions are required.

Despite their importance, these kinds of measurements are still scarce, especially above 14 MeV neutron energy. Therefore, reaction codes such as TALYS, and evaluated nuclear data libraries will benefit from newer experimental data.

The Medley setup, now installed in the Neutrons For Science (NFS) facility at GANIL, consists of a set of eight telescopes, each of them including two silicon detectors and one CsI. It is designed to detect and identify light-ions using the ∆E-∆E-E technique so that it is capable of measuring double-differential cross-sections of light-ion production. As it will be shown in this contribution, the setup has demonstrated to have enough energy resolution to distinguish between the different isotopes of H and of He (p, d, t, 3 He, and α). Moreover, the time resolution is enough to provide data as a function of neutron energy, measured using the time of flight technique, in the whole energy range of the NFS facility, that extends between 2 MeV to 40 MeV. 

In this presentation, I will present some preliminary experimental results for the last campaigns of 2022 and 2023, where some problems regarding the acquisition system are being solved. These results comprise measurements for nat C, nat Cr, and nat Fe targets in the neutron energy range previously mentioned.