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A Transport Theory of Neutron Wave Propagation in Polycrystalline Media

James J. Duderstadt

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 33 / Number 1 / July 1968 / Pages 119-127

Technical Paper /

The propagation of neutron waves in polycrystalline moderators is analyzed via a modeled velocity-dependent transport theory. Analytical results are made possible by the use of a simple model of the scattering kernel. Particular attention is devoted to the interpretation of neutron wave experiments performed in graphite parallelepipeds. It is found that, while a plane wave mode is not always dominant asymptotically in polycrystalline materials, a meaningful experiment can be performed provided certain restrictions on detector position and source frequency are observed.

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