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The European Physical Journal A

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 121–124 | Cite as

Photonuclear reactions of actinides in the giant dipole resonance region

  • Tapan Mukhopadhyay
  • D. N. BasuEmail author
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics

Abstract.

Photonuclear reactions at energies covering the giant dipole resonance (GDR) region are analyzed with an approach based on nuclear photoabsorption followed by the process of competition between light-particle evaporation and fission for the excited nucleus. The photoabsorption cross-section at energies covering the GDR region is contributed by both the Lorentz-type GDR cross-section and the quasi-deuteron cross-section. The evaporation-fission process of the compound nucleus is simulated in a Monte Carlo framework. Photofission reaction cross-sections are analyzed in a systematic manner in the energy range of ∼ 10-20 MeV for the actinides 232Th , 238U and 237Np . Photonuclear cross-sections for the medium-mass nuclei 63Cu and 64Zn , for which there are no fission events, are also presented. The study reproduces satisfactorily the available experimental data of photofission cross-sections at GDR energy region and the increasing trend of nuclear fissility with the fissility parameter Z 2/A for the actinides.

Keywords

Compound Nucleus 237Np Neutron Emission Giant Dipole Resonance Photonuclear Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Variable Energy Cyclotron CentreKolkataIndia

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