EPJ Web of Conf.
Volume 284, 202315th International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology (ND2022)
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|Published online||26 May 2023|
JRC MONNET – the intense fast-neutron source for fundamental and application-driven research
European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel, Belgium, European Union
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Published online: 26 May 2023
MONNET is a fast-neutron source based on a 3.5 MV tandem accelerator, located at the Geel (BE) site of the Joint esearch Centre. It became operational in 2020. MONNET may deliver intense neutron beams in the energy range from 30 keV to 10.1 MeV and from 12.8 MeV to 24 MeV. Neutrons are generated by means of nuclear reactions in the target material (e.g. protons or deuterons on lithium-7, tritium or deuterium targets). MONNET delivers a neutron flux of up to 109 n/sr/s, depending on the producing reaction and the neutron energy. Neutron beams are essentially mono-energetic (∆En/En < 6% with En > 300 keV). The accelerator may also be used with proton and deuteron beams. Alpha beams will be offered soon. Photon beams are possible and presently under investigation.
The research program ranges from cross section measurements, e.g. (n, f), (n, p), (n, α) as well as (p, p′), (p, n) and (p, γ), nuclear fission research, material studies (e.g. radiation-induced damage), to the investigation of advanced methods in nuclear technologies, safety and security. The MONNET neutron source offers beamtime to external user within the JRC EUFRAT Open Access program. Proposal evaluation by an independent panel is taking place up to two times per year.
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