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Request ID115 Type of the request High Priority request
TargetReaction and processIncident EnergySecondary energy or angleTarget uncertaintyCovariance
 94-PU-239 (n,tot) SIG  Thermal-5 eV  1 Y
FieldSubfieldCreated dateAccepted dateOngoing actionArchived Date
 Fission Thermal reactors 22-MAR-19 08-APR-19 Y

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Requester: Dr Gilles NOGUERE at CAD-DER, FR

Project (context):


The use of new high-accuracy transmission data in the evaluation procedure will affect the partial cross sections and their uncertainties, whose impact on neutronic calculations may be significant. For the first resonance the uncertainty on capture is 2.5% in JEFF-3.3 and 4% in ENDF/B-VIII.0, whereas the sensitivity of keff to capture is close to 200 pcm/% for MOX fuel. Hence, any modifications of the resonance parameters and their uncertainties will have a sizeable impact on reactor applications.


Accuracy and precision better than 1% are required for the first resonance.

Justification document:

New experimental setups are developed to measure the capture cross sections of actinides in the resolved resonance range. However, total cross sections are also important quantities for evaluation purposes.

The transmission data of the first resonance have all been measured in the 1950's (see attached figure).

Uncertainty information on these old measurements are scarce or lacking and does not help much to constrain the resonance parameters in the evaluation process, which is a pity given the high accuracy that can be reached on a transmission measurement (compared to capture). The attached figure illustrates how ENDF/B-VIII.0 and JEFF-3.3 differs, partly because of evaluators' choices, but also because of poor uncertainty information.

New high-accuracy transmission measurements of the first resonance will help improve the resonance parameters and reduce the uncertainty on the capture cross section.

Comment from requester:

Additional file attached: HPRL_Request_Pu239_ntot_1stRes.png

Review comment:

Entry Status:
Work in progress (as of SG-C review of June 2019)

Main recent references:
Please report any missing information to

  • C. de Saint Jean (coordinator), Co-ordinated Evaluation of Plutonium-239 in the Resonance Region, Nuclear Energy Agency, International Evaluation Cooperation, NEA/WPEC-34, Report NEA/NSC/WPEC/DOC(2014)447 (2014)