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Title: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics

University of Dallas (UD) physics majors are offered a variety of undergraduate research opportunities in nuclear physics through an established program at the University of Kentucky Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL). The 7-MV Model CN Van de Graaff accelerator and the neutron production and detection facilities located there are used by UD students to investigate how neutrons scatter from materials that are important in nuclear energy production and for our basic understanding of how neutrons interact with matter. Recent student projects include modeling of the laboratory using the neutron transport code MCNP to investigate the effectiveness of laboratory shielding, testing the long-term gain stability of C 6D 6 liquid scintillation detectors, and deducing neutron elastic and inelastic scattering cross sections for 12C. Finally, results of these student projects are presented that indicate the pit below the scattering area reduces background by as much as 30%; the detectors show no significant gain instabilities; and new insights into existing 12C neutron inelastic scattering cross-section discrepancies near a neutron energy of 6.0 MeV are obtained.
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  1. Univ. of Dallas, Irving, TX (United States). Dept. of Physics
  2. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (United States). Dept. of Physics
  3. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  4. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  5. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0002931; PHY-1606890
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics Procedia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 90; Journal Issue: C; Conference: CAARI2016, Conference on Applications of Accelerators in Research and Industry, Ft Worth, TX (United States), 30 Oct-04 Nov 2016; Journal ID: ISSN 1875-3892
Research Org:
Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States). Research Foundation
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; Undergraduate research; MCNP calculations; neutron cross sections.
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