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Fission studies at LANL

Patrick Talou, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Lundi 20 Octobre 2008 à 10h30 - Salle des séminaires

The nuclear fission process is a fascinating example of a collectiverearrangement of nuclear matter that remains a challenge to grasp for modern-day physics. Seventy years after the discovery of fission, some fundamental questions are still without answer, and in turn hamper the accuracy of calculated fission cross-sections and other fission data needed for applications. In this talk, I will present selected fission-related efforts at LANL and underline their relations to modern application needs. In particular, I will focus on the study of prompt fission neutrons for which an accurate prediction of the average spectrum and multiplicity is needed for the development of the fast reactors of 4th-generation.

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