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The Statistical Theory of Nuclear Reactions

  • Erich Vogt

Abstract

The statistical theory of nuclear reactions has evolved from a rough tool, used for several decades to provide a global order to a large body of nuclear data, into one of the most quantitative tools we possess in nuclear physics. It is based on the compound nucleus picture of nuclear reactions. The closely spaced narrow resonances which are characteristic of compound nucleus processes are individually of interest only at low energies, say energies of a few million electron volts or less in all but the lightest nuclear systems. At higher energies, with increasing numbers of resonances, the physical interest (and usually the measurements themselves) concerns nuclear cross sections averaged over the resonances. The statistical theory of nuclear reactions deals with such average cross sections.

Keywords

Nuclear Reaction Differential Cross Section Partial Wave Compound Nucleus Transmission Function 
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