Figure from the DOE Report November, 2017

November 2017 DOE Report

OMEGA Nuclear Science Experiments

An experiment to measure the neutron-induced deuterium breakup cross section has been developed on the OMEGA laser. This platform could prove to be a valuable tool for complementing accelerator-based experiments since experimental data are scarce and incomplete; for example, we can measure the energy spectra of neutrons from D(n,2n)p breakup occurring in a thermonuclear inertial confinement fusion (ICF) environment. By comparing theoretical predictions to breakup data, the present day models of two-nucleon interactions can be tested. In addition, the effects of a three-nucleon force calculations based on realistic nucleon–nucleon interactions can be studied.

Comparison between published theoretical cross sections (JENDL, CENDL) and experimental measurements of the deuteron breakup are shown here.

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