The national development of technology to transmute nuclear waste depends upon the generation of high-energy neutrons produced by proton spallation. Proton accelerators, such as LANSCE at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, are capable of producing 800 MeV protons. By bombarding a lead /bismuth target, each proton may generate up to 25 neutrons that can activate fission of transuranic isotopes. Students at UNLV have been involved in radiation transport calculations in collaboration with researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the Argonne National Laboratory.
Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended (MCNPX); Neutron flux; Neutrons; Nuclear reactions – Computer simulation; Radiative transfer; Radioactive wastes — Transmutation; Spallation (Nuclear physics); Spent reactor fuels
Nuclear | Oil, Gas, and Energy
Radiation Transport Modeling of Beam-Target Experiments for the AAA Project: Quaterly Report, June 01- August 31, 2002.
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