Generalized Reich-Moore R-matrix approximation
1 Nuclear Data and Criticality Safety Group, Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6171, USA
2 Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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Published online: 13 September 2017
A conventional Reich-Moore approximation (RMA) of R-matrix is generalized into a manifestly unitary form by introducing a set of resonant capture channels treated explicitly in a generalized, reduced R-matrix. A dramatic reduction of channel space witnessed in conventional RMA, from Nc × Nc full R-matrix to Np × Np reduced R-matrix, where Nc = Np + Nγ, Np and Nγ denoting the number of particle and γ-ray channels, respectively, is due to Np < Nγ. A corresponding reduction of channel space in generalized RMA (GRMA) is from Nc × Nc full R-matrix to N × N, where N = Np + N, and where N is the number of capture channels defined in GRMA. We show that N = Nλ where Nλ is the number of R-matrix levels. This reduction in channel space, although not as dramatic as in the conventional RMA, could be significant for medium and heavy nuclides where N < Nγ. The resonant capture channels defined by GRMA accommodate level-level interference (via capture channels) neglected in conventional RMA. The expression for total capture cross section in GRMA is formally equal to that of the full Nc × NcR-matrix. This suggests that GRMA could yield improved nuclear data evaluations in the resolved resonance range at a cost of introducing N(N − 1)/2 resonant capture width parameters relative to conventional RMA. Manifest unitarity of GRMA justifies a method advocated by Fröhner and implemented in the SAMMY nuclear data evaluation code for enforcing unitarity of conventional RMA. Capture widths of GRMA are exactly convertible into alternative R-matrix parameters via Brune tranform. Application of idealized statistical methods to GRMA shows that variance among conventional RMA capture widths in extant RMA evaluations could be used to estimate variance among off-diagonal elements neglected by conventional RMA. Significant departure of capture widths from an idealized distribution may indicate the presence of underlying doorway states.
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