07 Resonance neutron self-shielding factors

07 2004 Resonance neutron self-shielding factors in foils for collimated beams

An epithermal neutron self-shielding factor must be introduced to take into account the absorption of a neutron beam crossing a sample. This factor depends on the geometry and dimension of the sample, as well as on the physical and nuclear properties of the nuclides. On the basis of a dimensionless variable, which includes the relevant characteristics of the sample, universal curves for monoenergetic and 1/E collimated neutron beams are proposed, which enable the determination of the self-shielding factor for isolated resonances of high absorber nuclides.

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