Measurement of material isotopics and atom number ratio with alpha-particle spectroscopy for the NIFFTE fission Time Projection Chamber actinide target
We present the results of a measurement of isotopic concentrations and atomic number ratio of a double-sided actinide target with alpha-spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The double-sided actinide target, with primarily Pu-239 on one side and U-235 on the other, was used in the fission Time Projection Chamber (fissionTPC) for a measurement of the neutron-induced fission cross-section ratio between the two isotopes. The measured atomic number ratio is intended to provide an absolute normalization of the measured fission cross-section ratio. The Pu-239/U-235 atom number ratio was measured with a combination of mass spectrometry and alpha-spectroscopy with a planar silicon detector with uncertainties of less than 1%.