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The Physics of Nuclear Reactors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Neutronics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Serge Marguet
      Pages 3-87
    3. Serge Marguet
      Pages 89-151
    4. Serge Marguet
      Pages 211-279
    5. Serge Marguet
      Pages 281-331
    6. Serge Marguet
      Pages 333-385
    7. Serge Marguet
      Pages 387-463
    8. Serge Marguet
      Pages 465-592
    9. Serge Marguet
      Pages 593-727
  3. Reactor Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 729-729
    2. Serge Marguet
      Pages 731-813
    3. Serge Marguet
      Pages 815-848
    4. Serge Marguet
      Pages 849-918
    5. Serge Marguet
      Pages 919-990
    6. Serge Marguet
      Pages 991-1089
    7. Serge Marguet
      Pages 1091-1152
    8. Serge Marguet
      Pages 1153-1185
    9. Serge Marguet
      Pages 1187-1300

About this book


This comprehensive volume offers readers a progressive and highly detailed introduction to the complex behavior of neutrons in general, and in the context of nuclear power generation. A compendium and handbook for nuclear engineers, a source of teaching material for academic lecturers as well as a graduate text for advanced students and other non-experts wishing to enter this field, it is based on the author’s teaching and research experience and his recognized expertise in nuclear safety.

After recapping a number of points in nuclear physics, placing the theoretical notions in their historical context, the book successively reveals the latest quantitative theories concerning:

•   The slowing-down of neutrons in matter

•   The charged particles and electromagnetic rays

•   The calculation scheme, especially the simplification hypothesis

•   The concept of criticality based on chain reactions

•   The theory of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors

•   The problem of self-shielding

•   The theory of the nuclear reflector, a subject largely ignored in literature

•   The computational methods in transport and diffusion theories

Complemented by more than 400 bibliographical references, some of which are commented and annotated, and augmented by an appendix on the history of reactor physics at EDF (Electricité De France), this book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to and reference resource in neutronics and reactor theory.


Reference in neutronics Reference reactor physics Neutron-matter interaction Nuclear fuel Reactor criticality Electricite de France Reactor fuel cycles Nuclear energy and engineering

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.EDF-R&D - PERICLESPalaiseauFrance

About the authors

Serge Marguet is an expert in reactor physics at Electricité De France (EDF), the French leading utility owning a fleet of 58 nuclear reactors. EDF is one of the major companies in the world nuclear field. He has taken part, for the last 30 years, in the development of the calculation scheme of the French nuclear reactors. At the beginning of the 2000, he headed the EDF research team on severe accidents, subject on which he was appointed as expert by the European Commission, in charge of the evaluation of the 6th European Framework Programme, related to severe accidents. Serge Marguet is also teaching reactor physics at the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Bourges (France) for 15 years, as well Neutronics in the EDF Institute of Technology Transfer.

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