Cross section of the H3(d,n)He4 reaction cross section and angular distribution of the He3(d,p)He4 reaction: A cloud chamber study of the scattering of fast neutrons in oxygen
Conner, Jerry Power
Doctor of Philosophy
The large cross section of the reaction H2 + H3 → He4 + n + 17.6 Mev makes it interesting both from the standpoint of its use as a neutron source and because the magnitude of the cross section is essentially the maximum possible predicted by nuclear resonance theory. The published data indicates a maximum cross section at around 200 kev triton energy. Allen and Poole give the maximum cross section as 5.0 barns. The purpose of the present work was to make accurate measurements of the cross section over a wide range of particle energies and to compare results with predictions of a single level resonance theory.