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The Adler-Adler cross-section formalism with energy-dependent parameters is a practical approximation to the R-Matrix formalism, based on the smallness of the s-wave neutron width in fissile elements. Attempts have been made to represent experimental cross sections by the Adler-Adler formulas through an initial representation by the Reich-Moore approximation of R-Matrix and a subsequent conversion of the Reich-Moore formular to the Adler-Adler formulas. Improved Adler-Adler-type formulas have been derived from the R-Matrix formalism. In these formulas, the multipliers of the Breit-Wigner resonance lines exhibit more explicit energy dependence than their original counterparts, mainly in the form of additional terms in the formula for the total cross section. The conversion from Reich-Moore cross sections to the improved resonance formulas is shown to be much less ambiguous and to produce very accurate cross sections. In particular, the inaccuracies encountered with the Reich-Moore-Adler-Adler conversion are eliminated. A computer code, PEDRA, was written to perform the conversion from a given set of Reich-Moore parameters to the parameters required in the improved formulas. The numerical algorithm of this code is based on an adaptation with modifications of the numerical approach of de Saussre-Perez in the P code, which converts Reich-Moore parameters to Adler-Adler parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-234
Number of pages14
JournalNuclear Science and Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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