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F. S. Dietrich, J. D. Anderson, R. W. Bauer, S. M. Grimes, D. P. McNabb
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 159 | Number 2 | June 2008 | Pages 213-220
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE159-213
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A new method has been applied to the determination of neutron nonelastic cross sections for iron 56Fe and lead 208Pb for energies between 5 and 26 MeV. These data have estimated errors of only a few percent and do not suffer from the ambiguities encountered in earlier nonelastic data. We attempt to fit these high-precision data using both a semiclassical single phase shift model (nuclear Ramsauer model) as well as a recent global optical model that well reproduces a wide body of neutron scattering observables. At the 5% uncertainty level, both models produce satisfactory fits. However, neither model gives satisfactory fits to these new precise data. We conclude that fitting precise data, i.e., data with errors of ~2% or less, may require a nuclear mass dependence of radii that reflects structure effects such as shell closures.