02 Resonance neutron self-shielding factors

02 2001 Calculation of resonance neutron self-shielding factors in wires

Epithermal neutron resonance self-shielding factors in wires of materials used as activation detectors or as targets for radionuclide production have been calculated using the MCNP code. The energy dependent self-shielding factor depends on the ratio scattering/capture cross sections. The self-shielding factors for cobalt and gold have been compared with available values. The self-shielding factor depends on various physical and nuclear parameters. However, an adimensional variable can be adopted that describes the self-shielding factors of different materials by a quasi ‘‘universal curve’’.

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