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Published October 1, 1990 | public
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Branching ratios in low-energy deuteron-induced reactions


We consider (d,p) and (d,n) reactions on light nuclei at low energies. A simple estimate using the second-order distorted-wave Born approximation shows that Coulomb-induced predissociation of the deuteron influences the relative rate by less than 10%. This disagrees with a previous explanation of experiments involving 6Li targets and invalidates speculations about such effects in "cold fusion" experiments.

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©1990 The American Physical Society Received 12 March 1990 This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, Grants PHY86-04197 and PHY88-17296. We are grateful to Norman Austern for pointing out the importance of using a bound-state wave function, (50), that has the correct asymptotic behavior.


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