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Opug4 and 252 Cfg8) exhibit significant spontaneous fission even in the absence of any externally supplied excitation energy. NEUTRON-INDUCED NUCLEAR FISSION 5 Mass number Fig. 2 Binding energy per nucleon. (From Ref. ) Neutron-Induced Fission When a neutron is absorbed into a heavy nucleus (A,Z) to form a compound nucleus ( A l , Z ) , the BEIA value is lower for the compound nucleus than for the original nucleus. , 233Ug2, 235U92, 239Pug4, 2 4 1 ~ ~ 9this 4), reduction in SE/A value is sufficient that the compound nucleus will undergo fission, with high probability, even if the neutron has very low energy.
3, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (1981). 12. J. J. G. Hamilton, Nuclear Reactor Analysis, Wiley, New York (1976), Chap. 2. 13. H. C. Honeck, ENDFIB: Specifications for an Evaluated Data File for Reactor Applications, USAEC report BNL-50066, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (1966). 14. 1. , Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA (1963). 15. L. J. , ANL-5800, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL (1963). 1. Demonstrate that the speeds of the neutron and nucleus in the CM system do not change in an elastic scattering event by using conservation of momentum and kinetic energy.
What is needed is a cross section averaged over the motion of the nuclei: + where E and E' are the neutron and nuclei energies, respectively, in the lab system, and f,,, (El) is the Maxwellian energy distribution: Using Eqs. 3) and (IS), Eq. 4) becomes where 20 NEUTRON NUCLEAR REACTIONS A is the atomic mass (arnu) of the nuclei, and Neutron Emission When the compound nucleus formed by neutron capture decays by the emission of one neutron, leaving the nucleus in an excited state which subsequently undergoes further delays, the event is referred to as inelastic scattering and the cross section is denoted a , .