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Neutron Terminology

Naturevolume 191page60 (1961) | Download Citation



Weinberg and Wigner1 have made a plea for a more scholarly exposition of reactor technology ; Ghose and Young2 suggest that the proposed introduction of a unit of neutron flux be made an opportunity to make customary the use of the word ‘flux’ in this context. Their suggestion, however, involves an over-simplification, through neglecting to make allowance for the two concepts of neutron current and neutron flux, the importance of which I have emphasized elsewhere3.

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  1. 1

    Weinberg, A. M., and Wigner, E. P., The Physical Theory of Neutron Chain Reactors (Univ. Chicago Press, 1958).

  2. 2

    Ghose, S. C., and Young, J. C., Nature, 190, 621 (1961).

  3. 3

    Harper, W. R., Basic Principles of Fission Reactors (Interscience Pub., New York and London, 1961).

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