**mode of decay**of such a compound nucleus

**does not depend on how the compound nucleus was formed.**Therefore a variety of emissions or decays may follow.

**The neutron absorption reaction** is the most important type of reaction that takes place in a nuclear reactor. The most important absorption reactions are divided by the exit channel into two following reactions:

**Radiative Capture.**Most absorption reactions result in the loss of a neutron coupled with the production of one or more gamma rays. This is referred to as a**capture reaction**, and it is denoted by**σ**._{γ}

**Neutron-induced Fission Reaction.**Some nuclei (fissionable nuclei) may undergo a fission event, leading to two or more fission fragments (nuclei of intermediate atomic weight) and a few neutrons. In a fissionable material, the neutron may simply be captured, or it may cause nuclear fission. For fissionable materials, we thus divide the absorption cross-section as**σ**._{a}= σ_{γ}+ σ_{f}

## Neutron Absorption Cross-section

The absorption cross-section represents the likelihood of a neutron absorption as **σ _{a}**. The relative likelihoods of an absorption reaction or a neutron scattering are represented by dividing the total cross-section into scattering and absorption cross-sections:

**σ _{t} = σ_{s} + σ_{a}**

Given a collision, **σ _{a} / σ_{t} **is the probability that the neutron will be

absorbed, and

**σ**/

_{s}**σ**is the probability that the neutron will be scattered.

_{t}Table of cross-sections.

Source: JANIS (Java-based Nuclear Data Information Software); The JEFF-3.1.1 Nuclear Data LibraryHydrogen. Neutron absorption and scattering. Comparison of cross-sections.

Source: JANIS (Java-based Nuclear Data Information Software); The JEFF-3.1.1 Nuclear Data LibraryXenon – 135. Neutron absorption and scattering. Comparison of cross-sections.

Source: JANIS (Java-based Nuclear Data Information Software); The JEFF-3.1.1 Nuclear Data Library