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Understanding alpha decay
American Journal of Physics (1996)
  • BR Holstein
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.
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BR Holstein. "Understanding alpha decay" American Journal of Physics Vol. 64 Iss. 8 (1996)
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