Differential cross sections for elastic and inelastic Raman scattering from the deformed heavy nuclei 159Tb, 165Ho and 237Np were measured at five energies between 8.5 and 11.4 MeV. Angular distributions at four angles between 90° and 140° for both elastic and inelastic scattering at 9.0 and 11.4 MeV were also measured. The monoenergetic photons were obtained from thermal neutron capture in Ni and Cr. All the angular distributions and the elastic and Raman scattering at the higher energies are in good overall agreement with theoretical predictions. The theory is based on a modified simple rotator model of the giant dipole resonance in which the effect of Delbrück scattering was included. A trend of both the elastic and Raman scattering at lower energies to be stronger than expected are suggested by the data. However, the ratio between the Raman and elastic scattering seem to be in good agreement with theory throughout the whole energy range. This shows that there is no need to introduce a direct nonresonant component to the imaginary part of the elastic scattering amplitude to explain the experimental data.
- Nuclear reactions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics