Covariances of neutron nuclear data have been estimated for 16 nuclides contained in JENDL-3.2. The physical quantities for which covariances are deduced are cross sections, resolved and unresolved resonance parameters, the first order Legendre-polynomial coefficients for the angular distribution of elastically scattered neutrons, and fission neutron spectra. As for 233.235238u and 239‘241Pu, covariances were obtained also for the average number of neutrons emitted in fission. Least-squares methods were applied to obtain the covariances of those cross sections which were based on experimental data. A simultaneous evaluation method yielded uncertainties in the fission cross sections of 23SU, 238U, 239Pu, 240Pu and 241Pu. Covariances of nuclear model calculations were determined from uncertainties in model parameters. The covariance file thus obtained is processed by a system which has been developed, and used for the adjustment of group cross sections.
- Cross section
- Fission neutron spectrum
- Legendre coefficient
- Resonance parameter
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering