General Concepts

  • Walid Younes
  • Daniel Marc Gogny
  • Jean-François Berger
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 950)


In this chapter we apply the formalism developed in the first part of the book to fission. We discuss the choice of collective coordinate adapted to the fission problem. We then present a quantum localization technique to progressively identify the wave function of the nascent pre-fragments within the wave function of the parent nucleus, and provide a quantum-mechanical definition of scission. We conclude with a discussion of the calculation of fission-fragment properties, in particular their mass distributions and total kinetic and excitation energies.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walid Younes
    • 1
  • Daniel Marc Gogny
    • 2
  • Jean-François Berger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratLivermoreUSA
  3. 3.Centre DAM-Ile de FranceRetired from Commissariat à l’Energie AtomiqueBruyères-le-Châtel, ArpajonFrance

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