Simple model for decay of superdeformed nuclei

C. A. Stafford, B. R. Barrett

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Recent theoretical investigations of the decay mechanism out of a superdeformed nuclear band have yielded qualitatively different results, depending on the relative values of the relevant decay widths. We present a simple two-level model for the dynamics of the tunneling between the superdeformed and normal-deformed bands, which treats decay and tunneling processes on an equal footing. The previous theoretical results are shown to correspond to coherent and incoherent limits of the full tunneling dynamics. Our model accounts for experimental data in both the A ∼ 150 mass region, where the tunneling dynamics are coherent, and in the A ∼ 190 mass region, where the tunneling dynamics are incoherent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051305
Pages (from-to)513051-513054
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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