Measurement of 56Fe activity produced in inelastic scattering of neutrons created by cosmic muons in an iron shield

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.08.003
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TypeArticle
Journal titleApplied Radiation and Isotopes
ISSN0969-8043
Volume70
Issue1
Pages269273; # of pages: 5
SubjectLow background γ spectroscopy; Background radiation; Muon-induced nuclear reactions; Inelastic neutron scattering; Cosmic muons
AbstractWe report on the study of the intensities of several gamma lines emitted after the inelastic scattering of neutrons in 56Fe. Neutrons were produced via nuclear processes induced by cosmic muons in the 20 tons massive iron cube placed at the Earth's surface and used as a passive shield for the HPGe detector. Relative intensities of detected gamma lines are compared with the results collected in the same iron shield by the use of the 252Cf neutrons. Assessment against the published data from neutron scattering experiments at energies up to 14 MeV is also provided. It allowed us to infer the qualitative information about the average energy of muon-created neutrons in the iron shield.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Institute for Nanotechnology; National Research Council Canada
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IdentifierS0969804311004088
NPARC number21268664
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