Theoretical Studies of the Alpha Decay of U233

Phys. Rev. 115, 1257 – Published 1 September 1959
R. R. Chasman and J. O. Rasmussen


The alpha decay of a deformed odd-mass nucleus, U233, is treated by the use of numerical integration on an IBM-650 computer. The results of this treatment are compared with the theory of Bohr, Fröman, and Mottelson.

Approximate analytic methods are developed for predicting the intensities of the higher members of the ground rotational band.

A comparison is made between the numerical integration and the experiments of Roberts, Dabbs, and Parker, in which they examine the angular distribution of alpha particles from aligned U233 nuclei.

The results of the numerical integration of U233 are presented in matrices analogous to those of Fröman, and numerical values of the functions are given for selected values of r.


  • Received 9 April 1959
  • Published in the issue dated September 1959

© 1959 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

R. R. Chasman* and J. O. Rasmussen

  • E. O. Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California

  • *Present address: Division of Chemistry, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois.

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