Letter to the Editor
Low energy proton induced reactions with weakly bound nuclei for application purposes
INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, via S. Sofia 62, 95125, Catania, Italy
2 Department of Physics and HINP, The University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece
Accepted: 29 March 2021
Published online: 9 April 2021
Proton induced charge exchange reactions have been proposed as the mean for producing neutron beams for low energy Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources. In view of our new measurements on proton induced reactions at low energies, and a re-new interest for building such neutron sources, we revise here critically cross sections of all reaction products at 3 and 5 MeV on Li and Be targets. We find that the ENDF/B-VIII.0 library is the most appropriate to be used for neutron rate estimation via the (p, n) channel. Further on, we suggest the breakup mechanism on a Be target as a substantial source of neutron production and the breakup mechanism on a Li target as a source of triton production, the last to be taken into account for radioprotection purposes.
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