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Beryllium & Alpha particle Neutron Source confusion
« on: December 29, 2007, 10:32:55 PM »
This question has been confusing me for a while, so I hope someone will be able to help out with a decent answer.

If one has an disk-shaped alpha source about the size of the flat head of a thumbtack, and this is directed at a 1-inch diameter sphere of beryllium from a distance of 0mm (meaning contact), with the source directly above the beryllium, is there a specific direction in which the neutrons will be emitted?

Any help would be much obliged.

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Re: Beryllium & Alpha particle Neutron Source confusion
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007, 10:37:41 PM »
It'll likely depend on its kinematics. Energy conservation laws apply.
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Re: Beryllium & Alpha particle Neutron Source confusion
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2008, 12:54:05 PM »
The neutrons will exit isotropically.

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