Statistical Emission of He2 from Highly Excited Nuclear Systems

Matthew A Bernstein, W. A. Friedman, W. G. Lynch, C. B. Chitwood, D. J. Fields, C. K. Gelbke, M. B. Tsang, T. C. Awes, R. L. Ferguson, F. E. Obenshain, F. Plasil, R. L. Robinson, G. R. Young

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Abstract

Correlations between two protons at small relative momenta are presented for O16-induced reactions on C12 and Al27 at 400 MeV. These data are well described by a statistical calculation which incorporates the thermal emission of the particle-unstable nucleus, He2, from the compound nucleus. The good agreement suggests that the emission of particle-unstable light nuclei can be an important decay channel for highly excited nuclear systems, and can strongly influence two-particle correlations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-405
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Bernstein, M. A., Friedman, W. A., Lynch, W. G., Chitwood, C. B., Fields, D. J., Gelbke, C. K., Tsang, M. B., Awes, T. C., Ferguson, R. L., Obenshain, F. E., Plasil, F., Robinson, R. L., & Young, G. R. (1985). Statistical Emission of He2 from Highly Excited Nuclear Systems. Physical Review Letters, 54(5), 402-405. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.54.402