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Title: Documentation of Uncertainties in Experimental Cross Sections for EXFOR

Documentation of uncertainties and covariances in experimental nuclear reaction cross sections has been assessed. Following consideration of the importance of covariances for nuclear data in various nuclear applications, and presentation of a simple numerical example to demonstrate this point, the minimum basic concepts (mean, covariance, standard derivation, partial uncertainties, micro- and macro-correlation coefficients) are introduced. A deterministic approach to propagating the covariances in primary measured parameters (e.g., counts) to the derived cross sections is discussed, using a neutron-induced activation cross section measurement as an example. Finally, various approaches to documentation (publication, compilation) of experimental cross sections to facilitate their use in future evaluations are mentioned.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Nuclear Data Section, International Atomic Energy Agency, A-1400 Vienna (Austria)
  2. Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22436744
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nuclear Data Sheets; Journal Volume: 120; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; CROSS SECTIONS; DATA COVARIANCES; EVALUATION; NEUTRON REACTIONS; NUCLEAR DATA COLLECTIONS; NUCLEAR REACTIONS