Formation and decay of a hot compound nucleus
1 Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, São José dos Campos SP, Brazil
2 Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre RS, Brazil
3 Instituto de Física, Universidad de la República de Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay
4 Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brasil
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Published online: 1 April 2014
The compound nucleus plays an important role in nuclear reactions over a wide range of projectile-target combinations and energies. The limits that angular momentum places on its formation and existence are, for the most part, well understood. The limits on its excitation energy are not as clear. Here we first analyze general geometrical and thermodynamical features of a hot compound nucleus. We then discuss the manners by which it can decay and close by speculating on the high energy limit to its formation and existence.
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