Computational Experience with the Reich-Moore Resolved-Resonance Equations in the AMPX Cross-Section Processing System

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The Reich-Moore formulation is used extensively in many isotope/nuclide evaluations to represent neutron cross section data for the resolved-resonance region. The Reich-Moore equations require the evaluation of complex matrices (i.e., matrices with complex quantities) that are a function of the resonance energy and corresponding resonance parameters. Although the Reich-Moore equations are documented in the open literature, computational pitfalls may be encountered with the implementation of the Reich-Moore equations in a cross-section processing code. Based on experience, numerical instabilities in the form of nonphysical oscillations can occur in the calculated absorption, capture or elastic scattering cross sections. To illustrate possible numerical ... continued below

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Dunn, M. E. February 12, 2001.

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The Reich-Moore formulation is used extensively in many isotope/nuclide evaluations to represent neutron cross section data for the resolved-resonance region. The Reich-Moore equations require the evaluation of complex matrices (i.e., matrices with complex quantities) that are a function of the resonance energy and corresponding resonance parameters. Although the Reich-Moore equations are documented in the open literature, computational pitfalls may be encountered with the implementation of the Reich-Moore equations in a cross-section processing code. Based on experience, numerical instabilities in the form of nonphysical oscillations can occur in the calculated absorption, capture or elastic scattering cross sections. To illustrate possible numerical instabilities, the conventional Reich-Moore equations are presented, and the conditions that lead to numerical problems in the cross-section calculations are identified and demonstrated for {sup 28}Si and {sup 60}Ni. In an effort to circumvent the computational problems, detailed or revised Reich-Moore expressions have been developed to efficiently and accurately calculate cross sections for neutron-induced reactions in the resolved-resonance region. The revised equations can be used to avoid numerical problems associated with the implementation of the Reich-Moore formulation in a cross-section processing code. The revised Reich-Moore equations are also used to demonstrate the improved cross-section results (i.e., without numerical instabilities) for {sup 28}Si and {sup 60}Ni.

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  • 2001 ANS International Meeting on Mathematical Methods for Nuclear Applications, Salt Lake City, UT (US), 09/09/2001--09/13/2001

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  • Report No.: P01-109993
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 775419
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Dunn, M. E. Computational Experience with the Reich-Moore Resolved-Resonance Equations in the AMPX Cross-Section Processing System, article, February 12, 2001; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc724670/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.