Interferometry of the compound nucleus

S. E. Koonin, W. Bauer, A. Schäfer

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We consider interference effects in the inclusive emission of two identical particles from a compound nucleus. Statistical assumptions result in a correlation of the emitted particles that depends upon the coherence properties of the level widths in a form similar to that describing fluctuations in an exclusive cross section. A schematic application to the decay of a rapidly rotating compound nucleus shows that the observed source size can depend upon the kinematics of the measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1247-1250
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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