Unpolarized and polarized beam sources
The cross sections of photon-induced nuclear processes were usually studied with the aid of a bremsstrahlung beam produced by fast electrons hitting a suitable radiator. Such bremsstrahlung radiation contains photons of all energies from zero up to the kinetic energy of the incoming electrons and so the desired cross section had to be deduced from the integral yield by taking the bremsstrahlung spectrum of the photon beam from the theory. In this section we shall show that this method can produce significant systematic errors in the absolute value of the cross sections due to the lack of a precise knowledge of the bremsstrahlung spectrum.
KeywordsDifferential Cross Section Photon Beam Photon Spectrum Positron Beam Absolute Cross Section
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