IRDFF-II: A New Neutron Metrology Library

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  • IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • IPPE Obninsk - Institute for Physics and Power Engineering - Russia
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • IKET KIT INE - Karlsruhe Institute of : Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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High quality nuclear data is the most fundamental underpinning for all neutron metrology applications. This paper describes the release of version II of the International Reactor Dosimetry and Fusion File (\mbox{IRDFF-II}) that contains a consistent set of nuclear data for fission and fusion neutron metrology applications up to 60~MeV neutron energy. The library is intended to support: a) applications in research reactors; b) safety and regulatory applications in the nuclear power generation in commercial fission reactors; and c) material damage studies in support of the research and development of advanced fusion concepts. The paper describes the contents of the library, documents the thorough verification process used in its preparation, and provides an extensive set of validation data gathered from a wide range of neutron benchmark fields. The new \mbox{IRDFF-II} library includes 119 metrology reactions, four cover material reactions to support self-shielding corrections, five metrology metrics used by the dosimetry community, and cumulative fission products yields for seven fission products in three different neutron energy regions. In support of characterizing the measurement of the residual nuclei from the dosimetry reactions and the fission product decay modes, the present document lists the recommended decay data, particle emission energies and probabilities for 68 activation products. It also includes neutron spectral characterization data for 29 neutron benchmark fields for the validation of the library contents. The \mbox{IRDFF-II} library and comprehensive documentation is available online at this https URL. Evaluated cross sections can be compared with experimental data and other evaluations at this https URL. The new library is expected to become the international reference in neutron metrology for multiple applications.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-109
Number of pages109
JournalNuclear Data Sheets
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2019


  • Energy, fission, dosimetry, spectral, damage, safety

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