Tables of cross sections.

  1. vanesch

    vanesch 6,236
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    This is probably a very dumb question, but I'm stuck with it.
    The cross sections one finds on http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/sigma/ as a function of incident energy, is that energy given in the lab frame or in the cog frame ?
    For heavy a nuclide, this doesn't matter, but for hydrogen for instance ?
    If I have a (lab frame) neutron at 1MeV impinging on (thermal) hydrogen, do I read the table at 1MeV or at 250KeV ?

    Thanks,
    cheers,
    Patrick.
     
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  3. Astronuc

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    As far as I know, one uses the lab frame, i.e. a 1 MeV neutron has incident energy of 1 MeV.

    Where did the 250 keV come from? COM?
     
  4. vanesch

    vanesch 6,236
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    Yes: half the speed (for hydrogen), hence 1/4 the KE...

    Thanks for the answer !

    In fact, this is how I wrote a Monte Carlo, and then I got worried that the energy might be given in the COM frame, because the angular distribution is, as far as I understand, given in the COM frame.
     
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