Journal of Nuclear Energy Science & Power Generation TechnologyISSN: 2325-9809

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Research Article, J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol Vol: 5 Issue: 1

Photon Interaction Parameters with Nuclear Materials

Singh VP1*, Badiger NM1 and Vega-Carrillo HR2
1Department of Physics, Karnatak University, Dharwad, India
2Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas,Zac, Mexico
Corresponding author : VP Singh
Department of Physics, Karnatak University, Dharwad-580003, India,
Received: October 01, 2014 Accepted: November 26, 2015 Published: November 30, 2015
Citation: Singh VP, Badiger NM, Vega-Carrillo HR (2015) Photon Interaction Parameters with Nuclear Materials. J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol 5:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9809.1000141


Photon interaction parameters such as mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic numbers and effective electron densities for thorium, uranium and plutonium compounds have been studied in the present paper. The photon interaction properties for the compounds were investigated for partial interaction processes like photoelectric effect, Compton scattering and pair production. The values of these parameters have been found to change with photon energy and atomic numbers. The variations of mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic number and electron density with energy are shown graphically. The effective atomic numbers of the compounds vary 28.86 to 60.79 at 1 MeV. Moreover, results have shown that these compounds are better shielding and suggesting smaller dimensions (thickness and volume). The study would be useful for applications of these materials for gamma ray shielding requirement.

Keywords: Plutonium; Uranium; Attenuation coefficients; Shielding; Gamma ray

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