Probing fusion-fission dynamics in Bi 203

Ish Mukul, S. Nath, K. S. Golda, A. Jhingan, J. Gehlot, E. Prasad, Sunil Kalkal, M. B. Naik, Tathagata Banerjee, T. Varughese, P. Sugathan, N. Madhavan, Santanu Pal

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    Background: Complete fusion between two massive nuclei after capture inside the potential barrier is inhibited by competing fission-like processes. The target-projectile composite system may reseparate after capture without proceeding towards formation of the compound nucleus (CN), which is equilibrated in all degrees of freedom. The nature of these non-CN fission (NCNF) processes and factors that affect them are not completely known yet. Purpose: The nuclear mass regions from where NCNF processes begin to manifest themselves are not clearly demarcated. This work aims to study the onset of NCNF, if any, in the mass region ∼200. Methods: Fission fragment (FF) mass and angular distribution (MAD) and pre-scission and post-scission neutron multiplicities were measured for the reaction F19+W184 at a laboratory energy (Elab) range of 84-125 MeV. The measurements were carried out using two multiwire proportional counters (MWPC) to detect the FFs in coincidence and four neutron detectors to measure neutron time of flight (TOF). Statistical model (SM) calculation was performed. Results: No significant mass-angle correlation was observed in the MAD plots. Extracted mass ratio distributions were single-peaked and of Gaussian shape. Measured pre-scission neutron multiplicity values indicated dissipative nature of CN decay for this reaction. Conclusions: No clear signatures of NCNF were observed in the studied reaction, indicating that the target-projectile composite system predominantly proceeds towards formation of the CN after capture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number054606
    JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2015


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