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Q.249. An alpha-particle with kinetic energy Tα =7 .0 MeV is scattered elastically by an initially stationary Li6  nucleus. Find the kinetic energy of the recoil nucleus if the angle of divergence of the two particles is  = 60°.

Ans. Initial momentum of the a particle is  is a unit vector in the incident direction). Final momenta are respectively  Conservation of momentum reads

Squaring (1)

where  is the angle between

Also by energy conservation

(m & M are respectively the masses of a particle and  ) So

(2)

Substracting (2) from (1) we see that

Thus if

Since pα, pLi are both positive number (being magnitudes of vectors) we must have

This being understood, we write

Hence the recoil energy of the Li, nucleus is

As we pointed out above  recoil energy of Li = 6 MeV

Q.250. A neutron collides elastically with an initially stationary deuteron. Find the fraction of the kinetic energy lost by the neutron (a) in a head-on collision; (b) in scattering at right angles.

Ans. (a) In a head on collision

Where pd and pn are the momenta of deuteron and neutron after the collision. Squaring

or since pd = 0 in a head on collisions

Going back to energy conservation

So

This is the energy lost by neutron. So the fraction of energy lost is

(b) In this case neutron is scattered by 90°. Then we have from the diagram

Then by eneigy conservation

The energy lost by neutron in then

or fraction of energy lost is

6.251. Find the greatest possible angle through which a deuteron is scattered as a result of elastic collision with an initially stationary proton.

Ans. From conservation of momentum

From energy conservation

(M = mass of denteron, m = mass of proton)

So

Hence

For real roots

Hence

i.e.

For deuteron-proton scaltering

6.252. Assuming the radius of a nucleus to be equal to  pm, where A is its mass number, evaluate the density of nuclei and the number of nucleons per unit volume of the nucleus.

Ans. This problem has a misprint Actually the radius R of a nucleus is given by

where

Then the number of nucleous per unit volume is

The corresponding mass density is (1.09 x 10-38 x mass of a nucleon) per cc = 1.82 x 1011kg/cc

6.253. Write missing symbols, denoted by x, in the following nuclear reactions: (a) B10 (x, α) Be8

(b) O17  (d, n) x; (c) Na23  (p, x) Ne20; (d) x (p, n) Ar37

Ans.  (a) The particle x must carry two nucleons and a unit of positive charge.
The reaction is

(b) The particle x must contain a proton in addition to the constituents of O17. Thus the reaction is

(c) The particle x must carry nucleon number 4 and two units of +ve charge. Thus the particle must be x = α and the reaction is

(d) The particle x must carry mass number 37 and have one unit less of positive charge.
Thus x = Cl 37 and the reaction is

6.254. Demonstrate that the binding energy of a nucleus with mass number A and charge Z can be found from Eq. (6.6b).

Ans. From the basic formula

We define

AH = mH - 1 amu

An = - 1 amu

A = M - A amu

Then clearly Eb - Z A# + (A - Z ) An - A

6.255. Find the binding energy of a nucleus consisting of equal numbers of protons and neutrons and having the radius one and a half times smaller than that of A127  nucleus.

Ans. The mass number of the given nucleus must be

Thus the nucleus is Be8. Then Ihe binding eneigy is

E b - 4 x 0-00867 + 4 + x 0-00783 - 0-00531 amu

= 0-06069 amu = 56-5 MeV

On using 1 amu = 931 MeV.

6.256. Making use of the tables of atomic masses, find: (a) the mean binding energy per one nucleon in O16  nucleus; (b) the binding energy of a neutron and an alpha-particle in a B11  nucleus; (c) the energy required for separation of an O16 nucleus into four identical particles.

Ans. (a) Total binding eneigy of Ihe O16 nucleus is

Eb = 8 x .00867 + 8 x .00783 + 0.00509 amu

= 0.13709 amu = 127.6 MeV

So B.E. per nucleon is 7.98 Mev/nucleon

(b) B.E. of neutron in B11 nucleus

(since on removing a neutron from B11 we get B10)

= 0.01231 amu = 11.46 MeV

B.E. of ( an α-particle in B11)

= B.E. of B1 - B.E. of Li7 - B.E. of α

(since on removing an a from B11 we get Li7 )

= - 0.00930 + 0.01601 + 0.00260

= 0.00931 amu = 8.67 MeV

(c) This eneigy is

[B.E. of O16 + 4 (B.E. of a particles)]

= 4 x 0-00260 + 0.00509

= 0.01549 amu - 14.42 MeV

6.257. Find the difference in binding energies of a neutron and a proton in a B11 nucleus. Explain why there is the difference.

Ans. B.E. o f a neutron in B11 - B.E. of a proton in B11

= 0.00867 - 0.00783

+ 0.01294 - 0.01354 = 0.00024 amu = 0.223 MeV

The difference in binding energy is essentially due to the coulomb repulsion between the proton and the residual nucleus Be10 which together constitute B11.

6.258. Find the energy required for separation of a Ne20  nucleus into two alpha-particles and a C12 nucleus if it is known that the binding energies per one nucleon in Ne20, He4, and C12  nuclei are equal to 8.03, 7.07, and 7.68 MeV respectively.

Ans. Required energy is simply the difference in total binding energies

= B.E. of Ne20 - 2 (BE. of He4) - B.E. of C12

(ε is binding energy per unit nucleon.) Substitution gives 11.88MeV .

6.259. Calculate in atomic mass units the mass of (a) a Li8 atom whose nucleus has the binding energy 41.3 MeV; (b) a C10 nucleus whose binding energy per nucleon is equal to 6.04 MeV.

Ans.  We have for

41.3 MeV = 0.044361 amu = 3ΔH + 5Δn - Δ

Hence Δ = 3 x 0.00783 + 5 x 0.00867 - 0.09436 - 0.02248 amu

(b) For C10                  10 x 6.04 = 60.4 MeV

- 0-06488 amu

Hence Δ = 6 x 0.00783 + 4 x 0-00867 - 0.06488 = 0.01678 amu

Hence the mass of C10 is 10.01678 amu

6.260. The nuclei involved in the nuclear reaction A+ A2 → → A3 + Ahave the binding energies E1, E2, E3, and E4. Find the energy of this reaction.

Ans. Suppose M1 , M2 , M3 , Mare the rest masses of the nuclei Alf A2 , A3 and A4 participating in the reaction

Here Q is the energy released. Then by conservation of energy.

Now

Z+ Z2 = Z3 + Z4 (conservation of change)

A+ A2 = A3 + A4 (conservation of heavy particles)

Hence                     Q = (Es + E4) - (Ex + E2)

6.261. Assuming that the splitting of a U236  nucleus liberates the energy of 200 MeV, find: (a) the energy liberated in the fission of one kilogram of U236 isotope, and the mass of coal with calorific value of 30 kJ/g which is equivalent to that for one kg of U235; (b) the mass of U235 i sotope split during the explosion of the atomic bomb with 30 kt trotyl equivalent if the calorific value of trotyl is 4.1 kJ/g.

Ans.  (a) the energy liberated in the fission of 1 kg of U235 is

6.023 x 1023 x 200MeV = 8.21 x 1010kJ

The mass of coal with equivalent calorific value is

= 2.74 x 106 kg

(b) The required mass' is

6.262. What amount of heat is liberated during the formation of one gram of He4  from deuterium H2? What mass of coal with calorific value of 30 kJ/g is thermally equivalent to the magnitude obtained?

Ans. The reaction is (in effect).

Then

= 0.02820-0.00260
= 0.02560 amu = 23.8 MeV

Hence the energy released in 1 gm of He4 is

23.8 x 16.02 x 10-13 Joule = 5.75 x 108 kJ

This eneigy can be derived from

=1.9 x 104 kg of Coal.

6.263. Taking the values of atomic masses from the tables, calculate the energy per nucleon which is liberated in the nuclear reaction Li+ H2 → 2He4. Compare the obtained magnitude with the energy per nucleon liberated in the fission of U235  nucleus.

Ans. The energy released in the reaction

is

= 0.01513 + 0.01410 - 2 x 0.00 260 amu

= 0.02403 amu = 22.37 MeV

2.796 MeV/nucleon.

This should be compared with the value = 0.85 MeV/nucleon

6.264. Find the energy of the reaction Li+ p → 2Heif the binding energies per nucleon in Li7 and He4 nuclei are known to be equal to 5.60 and 7.06 MeV respectively.

Ans.  The eneigy of reaction

is,            2 x B.E. of He4 - B.E. of Li

= 8εα - 7εLi = 8 x 7.06 - 7 x 5.60 = 17.3 MeV

6.265. Find the energy of the reaction N14  (α, p) O17 if the kinetic energy of the incoming alpha-particle is Tα = 4.0 MeV and the proton outgoing at an angle θ = 60° to the motion direction of the alpha-particle has a kinetic energy Tp = 2.09 MeV.

Ans. The reaction is N14(a, p)O17

It is given that (in the Lab frame where N14 is at rest) Tα = 4.0MeV. The momentum of incident α particle is

The momentum of outgoing proton is

Where

and mis the mass of O17

The momentum of O17 is

By energy conservation (conservation of energy including rest mass energy and kinetic energy)

Hence by definition of the Q of reaction

6.266. Making use of the tables of atomic masses, determine the energies of the following reactions: (a) Li(p, n) Be7; (b) Be9 (n,γ) Be10; (c) Li (α, n) B10); (d) O16  (d, α) N14.

Ans. (a) The reaction is  and the energy of reaction is

=-1.64 MeV

(b) The reaction is

Mass of γ is taken zero. Then

= (0.01219 + 0.00867 - 0.01354)

= 6.81 MeV

(c ) The reaction is  Li(α,n) B10. The energy is

= (0.01601 + 0.00260 - 0.00867 - .01294) amu x c2

= - 2.79 MeV

(d) The reaction is O16 (d , α) N14 The energy of reaction is

= (- 0.00509 + 0.01410 - 0.00260 - 0.00307) amu x c2

= 3.11 MeV

6.267. Making use of the tables of atomic masses, find the velocity with which the products of the reaction B10 (n, α) Li7 come apart; the reaction proceeds via interaction of very slow neutrons with stationary boron nuclei.

Ans. The reaction is B10 (n, ct) Li1. The energy of the reaction is

= (0.01294 + 0-00867 - 0.00260 - 0.01601) amu x c2

= 2-79 MeV

Since the incident neutron is very slow and B10 is stationary, the final total momentum must also be zero. So the reaction products must emerge in opposite directions. If their speeds are, repectively, va and vLi

then 4va = 7vLi

and = 2.79 x 1.602 x 10-6

So  2.70 x 1018 cm2/s2

or         va = 9.27x10m/s

Then        vLi = 5.3 x 10m/s

6.268. Protons striking a stationary lithium target activate a reaction Li7 (p, n) Be7. At what value of the proton's kinetic energy can the resulting neutron be stationary?

Ans. Q of this reaction (Li7(p, n)Be7) was calculated in problem 266 (a). If is - 1.64 MeV.
We have by conservation of momentum and energy Pp = PBe (since initial Li and final neutron are both at rest)

Then

Hence   = 1.91MeV

6.269. An alpha particle with kinetic energy T = 5.3 MeV initiates a nuclear reaction Be9 (α, n) C12  with energy yield Q =+5.7 MeV. Find the kinetic energy of the neutron outgoing at right angles to the motion direction of the alpha-particle.

Ans. It is understood that Be9 is initially at rest. The moment of the outgoing neutron is

The momentum of C12 is

Then by energy conservation

6.270. Protons with kinetic energy T =1.0 MeV striking a lithium target induce a nuclear reaction p + Li7 → 2He4. Find the kinetic energy of each alpha-particle and the angle of their divergence provided their motion directions are symmetrical with respect to that of incoming protons.

Ans. The Q value of the reaction  Li(p, α) Heis

= (0.01601 + 0.00783 - 0.00520) amu x c2

= 0.01864 amu x c2 - 17.35 MeV

Since the direction of He4 nuclei is symmetrical, their momenta must also be equal. Let T be the K.E. of each He4. Then

(pp is the momentum of proton). Also

Hence

Hence

Substitution gives            θ = 170.53°

Also

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