Development of the Be(d,n) Neutron Source for Cross-Section Investigations in the Few-MeV Energy Range

    Published: Jan 1989

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    Bombardment of thick Be-metal targets with several-MeV deuterons produces continuum-neutron fields which offer considerable potential for the development and validation of neutron-reaction cross sections. A facility based on this concept has been installed at the Argonne National Laboratory Fast Neutron Generator accelerator. A description is provided of this facility and of the research studies which have been initiated to exploit its capabilities. Some technical considerations in the utilization of accelerator-produced continuum-neutron fields for reaction cross-section investigations are discussed. Results from several recent neutron-spectrum and integral cross-section measurements are also presented.


    Be(, d,n, ) reaction, continuum-neutron fields, neutron-spectrum measurement, integral cross sections, cross-section data validation, neutron-induced reactions

    Author Information:

    Smith, DL
    Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Meadows, JW
    Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Guenther, PT
    Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Greenwood, LR
    Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

    Paper ID: STP10083S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP10083S

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