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Title: Monte Carlo studies on neutron interactions in radiobiological experiments
Authors: Shahmohammadi Beni M.
Hau T.
Krstic, Dragana
Nikezic, Dragoslav
YU, Kwan Ngok Peter
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: © 2017 Shahmohammadi Beni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Monte Carlo method was used to study the characteristics of neutron interactions with cells underneath a water medium layer with varying thickness. The following results were obtained. (1) The fractions of neutron interaction with 1H, 12C, 14N and 16O nuclei in the cell layer were studied. The fraction with 1H increased with increasing medium thickness, while decreased for 12C, 14N and 16O nuclei. The bulges in the interaction fractions with 12C, 14N and 16O nuclei were explained by the resonance spikes in the interaction cross-section data. The interaction fraction decreased in the order: 1H > 16O > 12C > 14N. (2) In general, as the medium thickness increased, the number of interacting neutrons which exited the medium and then further interacted with the cell layer increased. (3) The area under the angular distributions for interacting neutrons decreased with increasing incident neutron energy. Such results would be useful for deciphering the reasons behind discrepancies among existing results in the literature.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181281
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85024117259
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