Statistical Emission of He2 from Highly Excited Nuclear Systems

M. 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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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1985

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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