STP261

    Application of the (n,α) Reaction

    Published: Jan 1960


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    Abstract

    Analytical procedures involving neutron irradiation most commonly employ the (n,γ) reaction. In this case a neutron is added to the nucleus of the parent nuclide; a “prompt gamma” ray is simultaneously emitted and a radioactive isotope of the original atom remains. A less commonly employed reaction is the (n,α), in which the parent atom takes up a neutron and simultaneously emits an alpha particle, thereby undergoing transmutation.


    Author Information:

    Bushey, A. H.
    General Engineering Laboratory, General Electric Co., Schenectady, N. Y.

    Thompson, B. A.
    General Engineering Laboratory, General Electric Co., Schenectady, N. Y.


    Paper ID: STP44341S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E03.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP44341S


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