Total absorption spectroscopy of fission fragments relevant for reactor antineutrino spectra

Fallot M., Porta A., Le Meur L., Briz J. A. , Zakari-Issoufou A., Guadilla V., ...Daha Fazla

International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology (ND), Bruges, Belçika, 11 - 16 Eylül 2016, cilt.146 identifier identifier


The accurate determination of reactor antineutrino spectra remains a very active research topic for which new methods of study have emerged in recent years. Indeed, following the long-recognized reactor anomaly (measured antineutrino deficit in short baseline reactor experiments when compared with spectral predictions), the three international reactor neutrino experiments Double Chooz, Daya Bay and Reno have recently demonstrated the existence of spectral distortions in their measurements with respect to the same predictions. These spectral predictions were obtained through the conversion of integral beta-energy spectra obtained at the ILL research reactor. Several studies have shown that the underlying nuclear physics required for the conversion of these spectra into antineutrino spectra is not totally understood. An alternative to such converted spectra is a complementary approach that consists of determining the antineutrino spectrum by means of the measurement and processing of nuclear data. The beta properties of some key fission products suffer from the pandemonium effect which can be circumvented by the use of the Total Absorption Gammaray Spectroscopy technique (TAGS). The two main contributors to the Pressurized Water Reactor antineutrino spectrum in the region where the spectral distortion has been observed are Rb-92 and Cs-142, which have been measured at the radioactive beam facility of the University of Jyvaskyla in two TAGS experiments. We present the results of the analysis of the TAGS measurements of the beta-decay properties of Rb-92 along with preliminary results on Cs-142 and report on the measurements already performed.