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Inelastic scattering  (n, n')
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  • Inelastic scattering is a process triggered by fast neutrons only.
  • The neutron is first captured by the target nucleus to form a transient compound nucleus.
  • Then a neutron of lower energy is emitted, leaving the target nucleus in an excited state.
  • That is, some or all of the kinetic energy of the neutron has been converted into excitation energy of the atom.
 

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