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Comparison of Ramsauer and Optical Model Neutron Angular Distributions

D. P. McNabb, J. D. Anderson, R. W. Bauer, F. S. Dietrich, S. M. Grimes, C. A. Hagmann

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 152 / Number 1 / January 2006 / Pages 15-22

Technical Paper /

In a recent paper it has been shown that the nuclear Ramsauer model does not do well in representing details of the angular distribution of neutron elastic scattering for incident energies of <60 MeV for 208Pb. In this paper, we show that the default angular bin dispersion most widely used in Monte Carlo transport codes is such that the observed differences in angular shapes are on too fine of a scale to affect transport calculations. The effect of increasing the number of Monte Carlo angle bins is studied to determine the dispersion necessary for calculations to be sensitive to the observed discrepancies in angular distributions. We also show that transport calculations are sensitive to differences in the elastic-scattering cross section given by recent fits of 208Pb data compared with older fits.

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