Elastic alpha scattering experiments and the alpha-nucleus optical potential at low energies

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High precision angular distribution data of (α,α) elastic scattering are presented for the nuclei 89Y, 92Mo, 106,110,116 Cd, 112,124 Sn, and 144 Sm at energies around the Coulomb barrier. Such data with small experimental uncertainties over the full angular range (20-170°) are the indispensable prerequisite for the extraction of local optical potentials and for the determination of the total reaction cross section αreac. A systematic fitting procedure was applied to the experimental scattering data presented to obtain comprehensive local potential parameter sets that are composed of a real folding potential and an imaginary potential of Woods-Saxon surface type. The potential parameters obtained were used in turn to construct a new systematic α-nucleus potential with very few parameters. Although this new potential cannot reproduce the angular distributions with the same small deviations as the local potential, the new potential is able to predict the total reaction cross sections for all cases under study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-679
Number of pages29
JournalAtomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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