Beta-decay total absorption measurements for nuclear technology and astrophysicsJose L. Tain
Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, C.S.I.C.-U. Valencia, 46071 Valencia, Spain
Published online: 21 May 2008
An accurate determination of the beta-decay intensity distribution is of importance for basic nuclear physics but also in the fields of reactor technology, astrophysics and fundamental interactions. Most of present information comes from experiments performed with high resolution low efficiency Ge γ-ray spectroscopy, which fails to locate the beta intensity at high excitation energies in complex decays. The total absorption spectroscopy technique with large 4π scintillation detectors can give the correct answer but requires an involved procedure in order to extract the information. Recent work on the systematization of the analysis methods and on the evaluation of the associated systematic uncertainties shows that reliable beta strength distributions can indeed be obtained.
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