IAEA Coordinated Research Project
The neutron physics group of iThemba LABS is currently participating in an IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Coordinated Research Project (CRP) that was approved on October 30th, 2012. The title of the CRP is “Testing and Improving the IAEA International Dosimetry Library for Fission and Fusion (IRDFF)”. The main aim of this CRP is to improve, test and validate the International Reactor Dosimetry and Fusion File (IRDFF) with proper decay data and documentation (more information is available at https://www-nds.iaea.org/IRDFF/).
At the first Research Coordination Meeting (RCM) in July 2013, it was agreed that the contribution from iThemba LABS will be to measure neutron activation cross sections in the energy range 40 to 200 MeV. In addition, the measurements at iThemba LABS must include 90 MeV and 140 MeV neutron energies, in order to compare with the results from the University of Kyoto, conducted at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP) cyclotron facility of Osaka University. During the third CRM, (20-24 March 2017, Zina Ndlovu gave a presentation on the “Cross-section measurements for neutron-induced reactions in Co, Au, Bi and Tm at neutron energy of 90 and 140 MeV”. For more information, visit https://www-nds.iaea.org/IRDFFtest/RCM3/index.htm.