Background determination for the neutron-neutron scattering experiment at the reactor YAGUAR


Journal Article

The motivation and design is outlined for the experiment to measure the neutron-neutron singlet scattering length directly with thermal neutrons at the pulsed reactor YAGUAR. A statistical accuracy of 3% can be reached, though achieving the goal of an overall accuracy of 3-5% for the nn-scattering length depends on the background level. Possible sources of background are discussed in depth and the results of extensive modeling of the background are presented. Measurements performed at YAGUAR to test these background calculations are described. The experimental results indicate an anticipated background level up to 30% relative to the expected nn effect at the maximal energy burst of the reactor. The conclusion is made that the nn experiment at YAGUAR is feasible to produce the first directly measured value for the neutron-neutron scattering length. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Muzichka, AY; Furman, WI; Lychagin, EV; Krylov, AR; Nekhaev, GV; Sharapov, EI; Shvetsov, VN; Strelkov, AV; Levakov, BG; Lyzhin, AE; Chernukhin, YI; Kandiev, YZ; Howell, CR; Mitchell, GE; Crawford, BE; Stephenson, SL; Tornow, W

Published Date

  • June 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 789 / 1-4

Start / End Page

  • 30 - 45

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0375-9474

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2007.03.163

Citation Source

  • Scopus