Title: Backward-forward reaction asymmetry of neutron elastic scattering on deuterium
Citation: PHYSICAL REVIEW C vol. 95 no. 024601
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC103623
ISSN: 2469-9985
URI: http://journals.aps.org/prc/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevC.95.024601
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.95.024601
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A new measurement of the angular distribution of neutron elastic scattering on deuterium was carried out at the neutron time-of-flight facility nELBE. The backward-forward asymmetry of the reaction was investigated via the direct detection of neutrons scattered at the laboratory angle of 15 and 165 from a polyethylene sample enriched with deuterium. In order to extend the measurement to neutron energies below 1 MeV, 6Li glass scintillators were employed. The data were corrected for the background and the multiple scattering in the target, the events due to scattering on deuterium were separated from those due to carbon, and the ratio of the differential cross section at 15 and 165 was determined. The results, covering the energy range from 200 keV to 2 MeV, were found to be in agreement with the theoretical predictions calculated by Canton et al. and by Golak et al. The comparison with the evaluated nuclear data libraries indicated CENDL-3.1, JEFF-3.2 and JENDL-4.0 as the evaluations that best describe the asymmetry of n-d scattering. ENDF/B-VII.1 is compatible with the data for energies below 700 keV, but above the backward to forward ratio is higher than measured. ROSFOND-2010 and BROND-2.2 resulted to have little compatibility with the data.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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