Simulation of robust resonance parameters using information theory

P. T. Krishna Kumar, V. V. Phoha, S. S. Iyengar

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Due to complex nature of resonance region interactions, significant effort has been devoted to quantify the resonance parameter uncertainty information through covariance matrices. Statistical uncertainties arising from measurements contribute only to the diagonal elements of the covariance matrix, but the off-diagonal contributions arise from multiple sources like systematic errors in cross-section measurement, correlation due to nuclear reaction formalism, etc. All the efforts have so far been devoted to minimize the statistical uncertainty by repeated measurements but systematic uncertainty cannot be reduced by mere repetition. The computer codes like SAMMY and KALMAN so far developed to generate resonance parameter covariance have no provision to improve upon the highly correlated experimental data and hence reduce the systematic uncertainty. We propose a new approach called entropy based information theory to reduce the systematic uncertainty in the covariance matrix element wise so that resonance parameters with minimum systematic uncertainty can be simulated. Our simulation approach will aid both the experimentalists and the evaluators to design the experimental facility with minimum systematic uncertainty and thus improve the quality of measurement and the associated instrumentation. We demonstrate, the utility of our approach in simulating the resonance parameters of Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239 with reduced systematic uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1515-1518
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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