Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs

Title:

Surrogate reactions for 241Pu using the NeutronSTARS array

Speaker:

Dr. Tomi Akindele

Affiliation:

University of California, Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department

When:

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:00:00 AM

Where:

Boggs Building, Room 3-47

Host:

Dr. Anna Erickson
daphne.brown@me.gatech.edu
4043855502

Abstract

The 241Pu (n,2n) cross section and fission multiplicity as a function of incident neutron energy will be measured for the first time using the surrogate ratio method. Instead of forming a compound nucleus through neutron interactions, inelastic scattering will create the equivalent excited nucleus through 242Pu (a, a’) 242*Pu. The experiment takes place in Cave 4 of the Texas A&M Cyclotron using the recently commissioned NeutronSTARS detection array. This talk will cover the ongoing efforts for the surrogate (n,2n) and fission multiplicity campaign.


Biography

Tomi Akindele is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department. She previously received her B.S. in the same field from Texas A&M University in 2013. Her research is primarily focused on the application of basic physics for nuclear security.