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.
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