Statistical Features of the Thermal Neutron Capture Cross Sections
Author(s)Hussein, M. S.; Carlson, B. V.; Kerman, Arthur Kent
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We discuss the existence of huge thermal neutron capture cross sections in several nuclei. The values of the cross sections are several orders of magnitude bigger than expected at these very low energies. We lend support to the idea that this phenomenon is random in nature and is similar to what we have learned from the study of parity violation in the actinide region. The idea of statistical doorways is advanced as a unified concept in the delineation of large numbers in the nuclear world. The average number of maxima per unit mass, ⟨nA⟩ in the capture cross section is calculated and related to the underlying cross section correlation function and found to be (na) = 3∕(π√2γ A), where γA is a characteristic mass correlation width which designates the degree of remnant coherence in the system. We trace this coherence to nucleosynthesis which produced the nuclei whose neutron capture cross sections are considered here.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Acta Physica Polonica B
Jagiellonian University/Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
Hussein, M. S., B. V. Carlson, and A. K. Kerman. "Statistical Features of the Thermal Neutron Capture Cross Sections." Acta Physica Polonica B 47:2 (2016), p.391-404.
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