This work will provide important information for key reactions of reactor physics and for medical applications. We will apply the most sensitive technique for measuring long-lived radionuclides: atom-counting using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) at the ANU.
Our goals for these studies on crucial fundamental nuclear data for nuclear technology are as follows: the study of neutron- and charged particle-induced nuclear reactions for major and minor actinides, for constituents of structural materials of vital importance for a variety of advanced nuclear applications (fusion, medical applications, accelerator-driven systems).
Long-lived radionuclides are difficult to measure in standard activation experiments due to their low activities. This disadvantage can be overcome by counting the number of nuclides produced using AMS.
We will combine the unique capabilities at the ANU with an ensemble of collaborating partners from world-leading facilities.