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Neutron capture

  1. Dec 18, 2011 #1
    If I have a low energy neutron and I bring it close to a nucleus it will be captured when it gets close enough.

    How can I calculate the shape of the potential well of the nucleus for neutron capture?

    I keep reading that it is due to the strong force, which I agree with. But it is some kind of indirect strong force kind of like a van der waals force but for the strong force. Any references would be appreciated. Thank you.
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2011 #2

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    It's difficult to calculate from first principles. Usually one takes it from experiment.
     
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