Validation of evaluated neutron standard cross sectionsS. Badikov and T. Golashvili
Central Research Institute of Management, Economics and Information (Atominform), 127434 Moscow, Russia
Published online: 21 May 2008
Some steps of the validation and verification of the new version of the evaluated neutron standard cross sections were carried out. In particular, 1) the evaluated covariance data was checked for physical consistency, 2) energy-dependent evaluated cross-sections were tested in most important neutron benchmark field - 252Cf spontaneous fission neutron field, 3) a procedure of folding differential standard neutron data in group representation for preparation of specialized libraries of the neutron standards was verified. The results of the validation and verification of the neutron standards can be summarized as follows: a) the covariance data of the evaluated neutron standards is physically consistent since all the covariance matrices of the evaluated cross sections are positive definite, b) the 252Cf spectrum averaged standard cross-sections are in agreement with the evaluated integral data (except for 197Au(n,γ) reaction), c) a procedure of folding differential standard neutron data in group representation was tested, as a result a specialized library of neutron standards in the ABBN 28-group structure was prepared.
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