Momentum distributions for (11Li, Li9+n+n) breakup reactions

Phys. Rev. C 48, 326 – Published 1 July 1993
H. Esbensen, G. F. Bertsch, and K. Ieki


We have calculated the momentum distributions of the three fragments emitted in the breakup reaction (11Li,9Li+n+n), induced by the Coulomb field from a heavy target, and made comparisons to recent three-body coincidence measurements. Our three-body model for Li11 provides a good description of the measured relative momentum distribution for the two emitted neutrons, and also for the single-neutron momentum distribution. The predicted distribution for the Li9 recoil is much narrower than observed; a plausible explanation is presented.


  • Received 1 February 1993
  • Published in the issue dated July 1993

© 1993 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

H. Esbensen, G. F. Bertsch, and K. Ieki

  • Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
  • Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439
  • Institute of Nuclear Theory and Department of Physics, FM-15, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195

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