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Neutron-Electron Interaction proposed by Kikuchi

Nature volume 141, page 1053 (11 June 1938) | Download Citation

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IT is known that a Geiger-Müller counter operated near a source of fast neutrons gives a rather large number of counts. Kikuchi, Aoki and Husimi1,2, working with a D-D source of neutrons, have postulated that these counts arise in part from a direct interaction of fast neutrons with electrons in the thin lead foil surrounding their counter. However, the recent discovery by Kallmann and Kuhn3 that gamma-rays are emitted in the D-D reaction seems to offer a simple and more satisfactory explanation for the phenomena observed by Kikuchi and co-workers. Confirmatory evidence is the discovery by Bonner4 of two groups of neutrons from the D-D reaction.

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  1. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California. April 30.

    • G. T. SEABORG
    •  & D. C. GRAHAME

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