A comparison of α-transfer and α-decay in the lead region

W. G. Davies, R. M. Devries, G. C. Ball, J. S. Forster, W. McLatchie, D. Shapira, J. Toke, R. E. Warner

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Differential cross sections have been measured for the 204, 207, 208Pb(16O, 12C) 208, 211, 212Po and 209Bi(16O, 12C) 213At ground state transitions at a bombarding energy of 93 MeV; the cross section leading to the first excited state of 212Po was also measured. These data were quantitatively compared with the corresponding α-decay data via R-matrix theory using the same target-plus-α nuclear potential. Good agreement between the absolute reduced widths determined from α-transfer and α-decay suggests that in the transfer reactions, as in α-decay, an α-particle in its ground state is transferred in a one-step process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-492
Number of pages16
JournalNuclear Physics A
Issue number2
StatePublished - 5 Oct 1976
Externally publishedYes


  • Nuclear reactions

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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