Scattering law of a magnesium hydride moderator

G. Muhrer, Dana M Hartl, L. Daemen, F. Tovesson, A. Schnegg, M. Russina, E. Schachinger

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Metal hydrides have long been considered possible moderator and pre-moderator materials for neutron sources. These materials have hydrogen density comparable to liquid hydrogen or light water. They usually do not undergo phase transitions in the desired operating range of 0300 K, and display reasonable resistance to radiation damage. Magnesium hydride is such a simple, robust hydride system. To assess its neutronic usefulness as a moderator material, we determined experimentally the total scattering cross-section of the material. We compared our theoretical results to the experimental total neutron cross-section and to the data from quasi-elastic neutron scattering experiments, and produced a scattering kernel suitable for neutron transport calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Neutron moderator
  • Neutron scattering
  • Scattering kernel

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