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Zeptosecond Dynamics of Transfer‐Triggered Breakup

Mechanisms, Timescales, and Consequences for Fusion


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 1-12
  3. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 13-52
  4. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 53-88
  5. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 89-124
  6. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 125-156
  7. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 157-183
  8. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 211-234
  9. Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
    Pages 235-241
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 243-269

About this book


Combining incisive experiments with the latest theoretical advances, this book presents an extensive study of transfer-triggered breakup, the dominant process by which breakup occurs in reactions involving light, weakly bound nuclei. It demonstrates not only that lifetimes of resonant states shorter than a zeptosecond are crucially important for these reactions to suppress complete fusion, but also that such short lifetimes are experimentally accessible. By making quantitative predictions of the effect of breakup from short-lived resonant states on incomplete fusion at above-barrier energies, the book suggests that the extent to which near-target breakup can suppress complete fusion is much more limited than previously thought.

With an impressive amount of complex data and state-of-the-art models, which were developed, modified, and tested over course of the Ph.D., it examines all aspects of nuclear reactions – nuclear models, modern detectors and spectrometers, as well as data analysis, and offers a detailed discussion of experimental results and technical developments like new radioactive beams. This excellent and beautifully written book presents outstanding quality experimental work that establishes a cornerstone in our understanding of the reaction dynamics of light weakly bound nuclei at energies around the Coulomb barrier.


Breakup of Weakly Bound Nuclei Nuclear Breakup Breakup of 7Li Breakup of 9Be Transfer Triggered Breakup Primordial Lithium Problem 7Be Radioactive Ion Beam Production Kinematic Reconstruction of Nuclear Reactions Nuclear Reactions Fusion Suppression Fusion Suppression

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physics and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

About the authors

Kaitlin Cook received her PhD in nuclear physics from the Australian National University in 2017, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on the role that weak binding and cluster structures plays in reactions of stable and radioactive weakly bound nuclei. She is an author of 24 peer-reviewed articles in nuclear reaction dynamics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Zeptosecond Dynamics of Transfer‐Triggered Breakup
  • Book Subtitle Mechanisms, Timescales, and Consequences for Fusion
  • Authors Kaitlin Jennifer Cook
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96016-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07131-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96017-3
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 269
  • Number of Illustrations 65 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons
    Nuclear Fusion
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