1998 Volume 35 Issue 12 Pages 851-856
Double differential (n, α) reaction cross sections of 58Ni and natNi were measured for 4.2-6.5MeV neutrons with energy resolution good enough to separate α-particles from the low-lying levels of residual nuclei by using a gridded ionization chamber. Angular distribution and excitation functions were derived for α0, α1 and αi ?? 2 components (α-particles to the ground level, the lst level and levels higher than the 2nd level, respectively). The experimental results were compared with these obtained from calculation based on Hauser-Feshbach model employing the optical potential and the level density parameters derived to reproduce the experimental values of total, (n, p) and (n, α) cross sections. The calculation showed fair agreement with the experimental data while it underestimated the (n, α) cross section above 6MeV.
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