Fission Matrix Capability for MCNP Monte Carlo
1 Monte Carlo Codes Group, LANL, Los Alamos, NM, USA
2 Dept. Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Science, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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We describe recent experience and results from implementing a fission matrix capability into the MCNP Monte Carlo code. The fission matrix can be used to provide estimates of the fundamental mode fission distribution, the dominance ratio, the eigenvalue spectrum, and higher mode forward and adjoint eigenfunctions of the fission neutron source distribution. It can also be used to accelerate the convergence of the power method iterations and to provide basis functions for higher-order perturbation theory. The higher-mode fission sources can be used in MCNP to determine higher-mode forward fluxes and tallies, and work is underway to provide higher-mode adjoint-weighted fluxes and tallies. Past difficulties and limitations of the fission matrix approach are overcome with a new sparse representation of the matrix, permitting much larger and more accurate fission matrix representations. The new fission matrix capabilities provide a significant advance in the state-of-the-art for Monte Carlo criticality calculations.
Key words: fission matrix / Monte Carlo / criticality / k-effective / eigenmodes
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