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Request ID14 Type of the request General request
TargetReaction and processIncident EnergySecondary energy or angleTarget uncertaintyCovariance
 94-PU-242 (n,g),(n,tot) SIG  0.5 eV-2.0 keV  8 Y
FieldSubfieldCreated dateAccepted dateOngoing actionArchived Date
 Fission SFR 06-JUL-07 07-NOV-07 Y

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Requester: Dr Gilles NOGUERE at CAD-DER, FR

Project (context): JEFF

G. Aliberti, G. Palmiotti and M. Salvatores, "The role of differential and integral experiments to meet requirements for improved nuclear data", Int. Conf. on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, Nice, France, 2007.

Requested accuracy for nuclear applications is widely discussed within the NEA WPEC Subgroup 26, " Nuclear Data Needs for Advanced Reactor Systems". For Pu-242, the requested accuracy on the capture cross section should be lower than 8% in the fast energy range. Interpretations with JEFF-3.1 of the PROFIL and PROFIL-2 experiments carried out in the fast reactor Phenix have shown the overestimation of about 14% of the capture cross section [1,2].

Justification document:
[1] G. Noguere, E. Dupont, J. Tommasi and D. Bernard, "Nuclear data needs for actinides by comparison with post irradiation experiments", Technical note CEA Cadarache, NT-SPRC/LEPH-05/204 (2005).
[2] J. Tommasi, E. Dupont and P. Marimbeau., "Analysis of Sample Irradiation Experiments in Phénix for JEFF-3.0 Nuclear Data Validation", Nucl. Sci. Eng. 154 (2006) 119-133.
[3] E. Rich, G. Noguere, C. De Saint Jean and O. Serot. "Averaged R-Matrix Modelling of the Pu-242 cross sections in the Unresolved Resonance Range", in Proceedings of the Int. Conf. on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, Nice, France, 2007.

Comment from requester:
To improve the evaluation of the fast energy range in term of average parameters, new high-resolution capture and transmission measurements are needed. The total cross section above 1.5 keV is poorly known. Accurate average radiation width and strength function are required to solve some ambiguous results obtained between optical model calculations and the statistical analysis of the s-wave resonances [3].

Additional file attached:
Additional file attached: Noguere-Pu242-Note-Technique.pdf

Review comment:
NEA WPEC Subgroup-26 will shortly present more detailed requests related to Pu isotopes that are motivated from sensitivity studies of Generation-IV, GNEP and several reference concepts.

Entry Status:
Work in progress (as of SG-C review of May 2018)
Pending new evaluation or validation (as of SG-C review of June 2019)

Main recent references:
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  • M.Q. Buckner et al., Absolute measurement of the 242Pu neutron-capture cross section, PRC 93 (2016) 044613, EXFOR 14456
  • J. Lerendegui, et al., Radiative neutron capture on 242Pu in the resonance region at the CERN n_TOF-EAR1 facility, PRC 97 (2018) 024605


  • M. Herman et al., COMMARA-2.0 Neutron Cross Section Covariance Library, Report BNL-94830-2011, Brookhaven National Laboratory (2011)
  • Pu-242 evaluation was proposed to be part of INDEN (CIELO follow-up) initial program of work (as of Dec. 2017)