Sally Hicks, Constantin College
"Neutron Scattering Differential Cross Sections for 23Na from 1.5 to 4.5 MeV."
Neutron Scattering Differential Cross Sections for 23Na from 1.5 to 4.5 MeV, J .R. Vanhoy, S.F. Hicks, A. Chakraborty , B.R. Champine,
B. M. Combs, B.P. Crider, L. J. Kersting, A. Kumar, C. J. Lueck, S. H. Liu, P. J.
McDonough, M.T. McEllistrem, E.E. Peters , F.M. Prados-Estevez, L.C. Sidwell, A. J.
Sigillito, D.W. Watts, and S.W. Yates, Nuclear Physics A 939 (2015).
Faculty Profile: Sally Hicks
In the Author's Words
One of the leading designs for the next generation of nuclear fission reactors is
a sodium-moderated fast reactor. Before such reactors can come online, it is necessary
to understand how neutrons, which are prevalent in the reactor environment, interact
with Na, especially in what is the fast neutron energy region between about 1 and
20 MeV. The cross sections, or reaction probabilities of neutrons with Na, investigated
in this research are important not only for the design of the next-generation reactors,
but they also help us better understand the nuclear force across a wide energy range.