A comparison of total reaction cross section models used in particle and heavy ion transport codes
Journal article, 2012

Understanding the interactions and propagations of high energy protons and heavy ions are essential when trying to estimate the biological effects of Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) and Solar Particle Events (SPE) on personnel in space. To be able to calculate the shielding properties of different materials and radiation risks, particle and heavy ion transport codes are needed. In all particle and heavy ion transport codes, the probability function that a projectile particle will collide within a certain distance x in the matter depends on the total reaction cross sections, and the calculated partial fragmentation cross sections scale with the total reaction cross sections. It is therefore crucial that accurate total reaction cross section models are used in the transport calculations. In this paper, different models for calculating nucleon-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus total reaction cross sections are compared with each other and with measurements. The uncertainties in the calculations with the different models are discussed, as well as their overall performances with respect to the available experimental data. Finally, a new compilation of experimental data is briefly presented.



Total reaction cross section


total charge


fluka code



proton halo


Transport codes

accurate universal parameterization


Lembit Sihver

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering

M. Lantz

Uppsala University

M. Takechi


A. Kohama


A. Ferrari

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

F. Cerutti

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

T. Sato

Japan Atomic Energy Agency

Advances in Space Research

0273-1177 (ISSN)

Vol. 49 4 812-819

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Subatomic Physics



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