AbstractNuclear data is foundational to several fields, including nuclear forensics. Nuclear forensics investigations of fission events, relies heavily on the cumulative fission yields, however several highly useful fission products suffer from very poor nuclear data including cumulative fission yields or associated uncertainties in that value. Cesium-136 is a highly relevant example of this issue, where the cumulative fission yield may be accurate but its uncertainty high enough to preclude its usefulness. In this work we evaluate and calculate an updated cumulative fission yield for 136Cs for 235U, 238U, and 239Pu at multiple neutron energies or sources using data obtained from irradiation campaigns. In all cases these newly determined cumulative fission yields provided small changes to the actual fission yields but had dramatic improvements to the uncertainty in those yields. These improvements in uncertainty will enable nuclear forensics end users to use 136Cs data with more confidence.
Published: September 27, 2023