Neutron inelastic scattering cross sections for molybdenum isotopes are calculated with the DWBA and the coupled-channels methods. Anomalous enhancement of the DWBA cross sections near the threshold energy appears when the adopted optical potential has a shallow imaginary part. Calculations with some simplified optical potentials indicate that the enhancement can be related with the p-wave strength, and it is found that the problem comes from the optical potential used. When an adopted optical potential to the DWBA calculation is physically reasonable, differences between the calculated cross sections with the DWBA and those with the coupled-channels theory are small. Experimental data of 92Mo, 98Mo and 100Mo are well reproduced by the calculated cross sections with the DWBA and the Hauser-Feshbach-Moldauer statistical model, and it is concluded that the DWBA is an appropriate method to evaluate cross sections of inelastic scattering from the molybdenum isotopes.
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