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Experimental determination of Q0 factors and effective resonance energies with a multi-channel approach: the α-vector method

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Some of the Q 0 and Ē r factors from the 2003 to 2012 recommended k 0-datasets were adopted from older literature (Lit; before 1984), at the time of the launch of the k 0-method and have associated uncertainties of 10 %. The Ē r factors on the other hand, were derived analytically in 1979 and 1987 by employing the Breit–Wigner resonance representation, but in 1984 a multi-channel method was proposed for simultaneous Q 0 and Ē r experimental determination. In this work we assumed the α-dependence of the Ē r parameter proposed later in 1987 for a generalization of this method, which was then employed in the experimental determination of Q 0 and Ē r factors for 17 (n,γ) target isotopes on up to three channels of the BR1 reactor at the SCK-CEN (Mol, Belgium). Retrospectively, this “α-vector method” can be employed for α-calibration and it provides a practical way of averaging the experimental Q 0 (and Ē r) results from several laboratories. Our Q 0 results have 2–3 % uncertainty and are compared with the Lit elsewhere.
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Neutron Activation Analysis, Q0 factor, s0 factor, Effective resonance energy Ēr, Modified Westcott formalism, k0 method, NEUTRON-ACTIVATION ANALYSIS, NUCLEAR-DATA COMPILATION, CROSS-SECTION RATIOS, KO-MEASUREMENTS, PEAK EFFICIENCY, NAA, ENDF/B-VII.1, DEPENDENCE, DETECTORS, K(0)

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Farina, Fulvio, Peter Vermaercke, Katrien Smits, Liesel Sneyers, and Karel Strijckmans. 2014. “Experimental Determination of Q0 Factors and Effective Resonance Energies with a Multi-channel Approach: The Α-vector Method.” Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 302 (1): 631–646.
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Farina, Fulvio, Vermaercke, P., Smits, K., Sneyers, L., & Strijckmans, K. (2014). Experimental determination of Q0 factors and effective resonance energies with a multi-channel approach: the α-vector method. JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY, 302(1), 631–646.
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Farina F, Vermaercke P, Smits K, Sneyers L, Strijckmans K. Experimental determination of Q0 factors and effective resonance energies with a multi-channel approach: the α-vector method. JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY. 2014;302(1):631–46.
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Farina, Fulvio, Peter Vermaercke, Katrien Smits, et al. “Experimental Determination of Q0 Factors and Effective Resonance Energies with a Multi-channel Approach: The Α-vector Method.” JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY 302.1 (2014): 631–646. Print.
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  abstract     = {Some of the Q 0 and \={E} r factors from the 2003 to 2012 recommended k 0-datasets were adopted from older literature (Lit; before 1984), at the time of the launch of the k 0-method and have associated uncertainties of 10 \%. The \={E} r factors on the other hand, were derived analytically in 1979 and 1987 by employing the Breit--Wigner resonance representation, but in 1984 a multi-channel method was proposed for simultaneous Q 0 and \={E} r experimental determination. In this work we assumed the \ensuremath{\alpha}-dependence of the \={E} r parameter proposed later in 1987 for a generalization of this method, which was then employed in the experimental determination of Q 0 and \={E} r factors for 17 (n,\ensuremath{\gamma}) target isotopes on up to three channels of the BR1 reactor at the SCK-CEN (Mol, Belgium). Retrospectively, this {\textquotedblleft}\ensuremath{\alpha}-vector method{\textquotedblright} can be employed for \ensuremath{\alpha}-calibration and it provides a practical way of averaging the experimental Q 0 (and \={E} r) results from several laboratories. Our Q 0 results have 2--3 \% uncertainty and are compared with the Lit elsewhere.},
  author       = {Farina, Fulvio and Vermaercke, Peter and Smits, Katrien and Sneyers, Liesel and Strijckmans, Karel},
  issn         = {0236-5731},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {631--646},
  title        = {Experimental determination of Q0 factors and effective resonance energies with a multi-channel approach: the \ensuremath{\alpha}-vector method},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10967-014-3276-x},
  volume       = {302},
  year         = {2014},
}

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