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A study of measured neutron elastic differential neutron cross sections for 23Na


Elastic neutron scattering angular distributions from 23Na have been measured for incident neutron energies between 1.0 and 4.0 MeV at the University of Kentucky Accelerator Laboratory using neutron time-of-flight techniques for the scattered neutrons. This is an energy region in which existing data are very sparse. Measurements are compared with the predictions of the light particle-induced reaction code TALYS. The calculations reproduce forward angle scattering but have difficulty with relative minima in the differential cross section and large-angle scattering.

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We acknowledge grants received through the UGC Networking scheme, from UGC, Govt of India. AK also acknowledges the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India for financial support through SR/FTP/PS-068/2010. In the United States, this materials is based upon work supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, NEUP under NU-12-KY-UK-0201-05, and the U.S. National Science Foundation under PHY-0956310, the Cowan Physics Fund at the University of Dallas, and the Kinnear Fellowship of the US Naval Academy. We acknowledge with appreciation the many contributions of accelerator engineer Harvey Baber.

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Kumar, A., Balasubramaniam, M., Chakraborty, A. et al. A study of measured neutron elastic differential neutron cross sections for 23Na. J Radioanal Nucl Chem 302, 1043–1047 (2014).

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  • Neutron cross section
  • Time of flight