Quantum mechanical tunneling of composite particle systems: Linkage to sub-barrier nuclear reactions

A. C. Shotter, M. D. Shotter

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Abstract

A variety of physical phenomena have at their foundation the quantum tunneling of particles through potential barriers. Many of these phenomena can be associated with the tunneling of single inert particles. The tunneling of composite systems is more complex than for single particles due to the coupling of the tunneling coordinate with the internal degrees of freedom of the tunneling system. Reported here are the results of a study for the tunneling of a two-component projectile incident on a potential energy system which differs for the two components. A specific linkage is made to sub-Coulomb nuclear reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberARTN 054621
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review C
Volume83
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2011

Keywords

  • WEAKLY-BOUND NUCLEI
  • ENHANCEMENT
  • HALO NUCLEUS
  • CHANNELS
  • PROBABILITY
  • BARRIER
  • BREAKUP
  • NEUTRON HALO
  • HEAVY-ION FUSION
  • CROSS-SECTION

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