An experimental program was set up at SCK-CEN to determine the thermal neutron-induced fission cross section of curium isotopes. These transuranium nuclei are produced in nuclear reactors and are candidates for transmutation. This paper presents our 243Cm(n,f) measurement, yielding a cross-section value of (667 ± 26) b. A detailed analysis of the experimental results published by previous groups is performed, and the renormalized values are compared with our result. In general, a good agreement with old data is observed, questioning the values adopted by different nuclear data libraries.
|Nuclear Science and Engineering
|Published - Jul 2012