Targets for bulk hydrogen analysis using thermal neutrons

J. Csikai, B. Király, Cs M. Buczkó

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The reflection property of substances can be characterized by the reflection cross-section of thermal neutrons, σβ. A combination of the targets with thin polyethylene foils allowed an estimation of the flux depression of thermal neutrons caused by a bulk sample containing highly absorbing elements or compounds. Some new and more accurate σβ values were determined by using the combined target arrangement. For the ratio, R of the reflection and the elastic scattering cross-sections of thermal neutrons, R = σβEL a value of 0.60±0.02 was found on the basis of the data obtained for a number of elements from H to Pb. Using this correlation factor, and the σEL values, the unknown σβ data can be deduced. The equivalent thicknesses, to polyethylene or hydrogen, of the different target materials were determined from the σβ values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 2002
Event20th Wold Conference of the International Nuclear Target Development Society (INTDS 2000) - Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: Oct 2 2000Oct 6 2000


  • Neutron elastic scattering
  • Neutron moderation
  • Neutron reflectometry
  • Nuclear data analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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