This reprinted edition of the popular textbook by John Lamarsh – a pioneer in nuclear reactor theory education – still serves as an excellent introduction to nuclear reactor theory. The book aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental physical principles underlying the operation of a nuclear reactor. The selection and processing of nuclear data, especially cross-section data, is the starting point for many reactor calculations, and it is important for the nuclear engineer to be able to interpret and use such data correctly. These data and the physical processes from which they stem are discussed in the first portion of this book. Time-dependent problems of reactor kinetics are then analyzed, and the book concludes with sections on control rods and perturbation theory. Included in the book are a number of problems at the end of each chapter.
This paperback edition is a scanned version of the original hardcover book.