Exactly solvable model for the decay of superdeformed nuclei

B. R. Barrett, D. M. Cardamone, C. A. Stafford

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The history and importance of superdeformation in nuclei is briefly discussed. A simple two-level model is then employed to obtain an elegant expression for the branching ratio for the decay via. the E1 process in the normal-deformed band of superdeformed nuclei. From this expression, the spreading width Γ for superdeformed decay is found to be determined completely by experimentally known quantities. The accuracy of the two-level approximation is verified by considering the effects of other normal-deformed states. Furthermore, by using a statistical model of the energy levels in the normal-deformed well, we can obtain a probabilistic expression for the tunneling matrix element V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics E
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Decay
  • Exact two-level model
  • Superdeformed bands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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