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Well Logging with Californium-252

Description: Californium-252 is an intense neutron emitter that has only recently become available for experimental well logging. The purpose of this research is to investigate the application of well logging to groundwater hydrology; however, most of the techniques and purposes are quite similar to applications in the petroleum industry.
Date: January 6, 2003
Creator: Boulogne, A.R.
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Documentation and analysis for packaging for surface moisture measurement system 7A containers

Description: This documentation and analysis for packaging documents that two, procured, carbon steel 5-gal drums meet all applicable U.S.Department of Transportation-7A requirements. One container will be used to transport a 0.009 Ci 252 Cf source and the other to transport a 1.7 Ci Am-Be source to and from various 200 Area tank farms.
Date: June 17, 1996
Creator: Clem, D.K.
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Californium-252: neutron source for industry and medicine

Description: From eleventh conference on radioisotopes; Tokyo, Japan (13 Nov 1973). The history, production, and availability of /sup 252/Cf and its many potential uses are discussed. Applications in life sciences, education chemical analysis, exploration for natural resources, industrial process control, neutron radiography, nondestructive inspection, and neutron flux enhancement are described. (TFD)
Date: January 1, 1973
Creator: Reinig, W.C.; Permar, P.H. & Cornman, W.R.
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Survey of potential markets for devices using Californium-252

Description: Potential applications for devices or systems containing $sup 252$Cf in the years from 1975 to 1980 are estimated. The estimated number of devices and associated business value were derived from a survey of 46 industrial, educational and governmental organizations conducted from Jan. to May, 1975. Applications for devices and systems based on $sup 252$Cf are expected to increase by a factor of 7 in the 6-y period from 1975 to 1980. The annual business value of $sup 252$Cf devices should increase from $1.5 million in 1975 to $10.8 million in 1980. The potential European market should be several times as large as the US market, based on actual sales of $sup 252$Cf, which have been two to four times greater in Europe than in the US. (auth)
Date: January 1, 1975
Creator: Permar, P.H.
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Proposed Californium-252 User Facility for Neutron Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Description: The Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) at ORNL has petitioned to establish a Californium-252 User Facility for Neutron Science for academic, industrial, and governmental researchers. The REDC Californium Facility (CF) stores the national inventory of sealed {sup 252}Cf neutron source for university and research loans. Within the CF, the {sup 252}Cf storage pool and two uncontaminated hot cells currently in service for the Californium Program will form the physical basis for the User Facility. Relevant applications include dosimetry and experiments for neutron tumor therapy; fast and thermal neutron activation analysis of materials; experimental configurations for prompt gamma neutron activation analysis; neutron shielding and material damage studies; and hardness testing of radiation detectors, cameras, and electronics. A formal User Facility simplifies working arrangements and agreements between US DOE facilities, academia, and commercial interests.
Date: October 1, 1996
Creator: Martin, R.C.; Laxson, R.R. & Knauer, J.B.
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Californium-252: a remarkable versatile radioisotope

Description: A product of the nuclear age, Californium-252 ({sup 252}Cf) has found many applications in medicine, scientific research, industry, and nuclear science education. Californium-252 is unique as a neutron source in that it provides a highly concentrated flux and extremely reliable neutron spectrum from a very small assembly. During the past 40 years, {sup 252}Cf has been applied with great success to cancer therapy, neutron radiography of objects ranging from flowers to entire aircraft, startup sources for nuclear reactors, fission activation for quality analysis of all commercial nuclear fuel, and many other beneficial uses, some of which are now ready for further growth. Californium-252 is produced in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and processed in the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), both of which are located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The REDC/HFIR facility is virtually the sole supplier of {sup 252}Cf in the western world and is the major supplier worldwide. Extensive exploitation of this product was made possible through the {sup 252}Cf Market Evaluation Program, sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) [then the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and later the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA)]. This program included training series, demonstration centers, seminars, and a liberal loan policy for fabricated sources. The Market Evaluation Program was instituted, in part, to determine if large-quantity production capability was required at the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL). Because of the nature of the product and the means by which it is produced, {sup 252}Cf can be produced only in government-owned facilities. It is evident at this time that the Oak Ridge research facility can meet present and projected near-term requirements. The production, shipment, and sales history of {sup 252}Cf from ORNL is summarized herein.
Date: October 10, 1995
Creator: Osborne-Lee, I.W. & Alexander, C.W.
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Dosimetry of an Implantable 252 Californium Source

Description: The radiation dose from 252 Californium needles designed for use as a source of neutrons for radiotherapy has been measured. The dosimetry information presented in this paper will enable clinical studies of neutron radiotherapy with 252 Californium needles to be planned and begun.
Date: August 29, 2001
Creator: Oliver, G.D. Jr.
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Planned Closeout of the Cf-252 Loan/Lease Program

Description: New funding is sought to pursue planned closeout of the Cf-252 Loan Program. The work will be performed in phases. In the initial phase, users will be surveyed to determine whether they wish to take ownership of sources in their possession, or return them. In the second phase, sources will be recalled from non-DOE entities, and source ownership transfers will be performed. In the third phase, the remaining sources from DOE entities will be recalled. Initial funding of $350K is sought to fund the first phase, and to plan execution of the remaining phases given information collected from user surveys.
Date: September 1, 2012
Creator: Sherman, Steven R. & Patton, Bradley D.
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Time and frequency domain measurements for plutonium metal rings

Description: The {sup 252}Cf-source-driven noise analysis method was used to measure the neutron multiplication factor for subcritical systems and to identify fissionable materials and configurations. These measurements with the moderator-ring configuration have shown that the {sup 252}Cf-source-driven noise methods, both in the time and frequency domain, can be used to identify and distinguish the {sup 242}Pu from the {sup 239}Pu ring. Signatures for each ring can be used to track and confirm the presence of these two types of Pu rings. Because of the sensitivity of these signatures to mass, these measurements can also confirm the Pu mass. These preliminary measurements have not yet explored the full range of capability of this method for this application.
Date: September 1996
Creator: Mihalczo, J. T.; Pare, V. K.; Blakeman, E. D.; Valentine, T. E.; Vessard, S. & Pruvost, N. L.
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