Title

Understanding alpha decay

Publication Date

1996

Journal or Book Title

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS

Abstract

The subject of alpha decay is an important part of a course in modern physics, as it provides a clear experimental manifestation of the phenomenon of barrier penetration. The traditional approach, based on Gamow’s complex eigenvalue method, raises a number of questions which can be answered by employing the older but less well‐known procedure of summing over scattering states. Additional insights are gained by examination of the alpha decay system via more contemporary path integral based techniques.

Comments

The published version is located at http://ajp.aapt.org/resource/1/ajpias/v64/i8/p1061_s1

Volume

64

Pages

1061-1071

Issue

8

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