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Reactor Power Monitor Utilizing Cerenkov Radiation

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1 Author(s)
Lovvorn, James L. ; Instrumentation and Controls Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Cerenkov light in the central region of a water-moderated reactor has been measured as a function of reactor power. Simple photovoltaic light detectors were used with a recording microammeter. The electrical current responded to a power increment increase with an initial rise proportional to the reactor power. This was followed by an additional increase in current of from 4 to 5% with a time constant of approximately 4 minutes.

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Nuclear Science, IRE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 4 )