Neutron Science and Reactor Physics

Photograph showing the interior (core) of a reactor vessel. A core is the portion of a reactor that contains the fuel components where reactions take place.

Photograph of the core of a reactor vessel at a nuclear power plant. (Photo courtesy of U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)


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Fall 2009



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This course introduces fundamental properties of the neutron. It covers reactions induced by neutrons, nuclear fission, slowing down of neutrons in infinite media, diffusion theory, the few-group approximation, point kinetics, and fission-product poisoning. It emphasizes the nuclear physics bases of reactor design and its relationship to reactor engineering problems.

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Benoit Forget. 22.05 Neutron Science and Reactor Physics. Fall 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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