Breakup reactions of the halo nuclei Be11 and B8

Phys. Rev. C 54, 3043 – Published 1 December 1996
Kai Hencken, George Bertsch, and Henning Esbensen


We calculate the nuclear induced breakup of Be11 and B8 using a more realistic treatment of the diffraction and stripping processes than in previous work. The breakup is treated in the eikonal approximation with a profile function calculated from a realistic optical potential at low energies and from free nucleon-nucleon cross sections at high energies. This treatment gives a good description of measured breakup cross sections, as well as the longitudinal momentum distribution of the corelike fragments, which is narrower than predicted in the transparent limit. The real part of the potential is found to be significant and enhances the diffractive breakup at low energies. © 1996 The American Physical Society.


  • Received 25 July 1996
  • Published in the issue dated December 1996

© 1996 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

Kai Hencken and George Bertsch

  • Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195

Henning Esbensen

  • Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439

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