High energy proton production in medium energy nuclear reactions
Cordell, Kathryn Ryan, Physics, University of Virginia
Thornton, Stephen, Physics, University of Virginia
Doering, R. R., Physics, University of Virginia
Proton-inclusive cross sections were measured for 600-MeV proton-induced and 720-MeV alpha-induced reactions on natural A1 and Ta targets for Θlab = 30-150° in 30° steps at the Space Radiation Effects Laboratory. A time-of-flight detector system in conjunction with a ΔE-detector was used to measure the energy of the reaction protons. A brief review is given of several models for reaction mechanisms which may be applicable at the energies considered. The data are compared with the results of some model calculations including p-cluster scattering, intranuclear cascade, blast wave, and firestreak models. There is indirect evidence that regions of high nuclear density are formed during the collision process.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Protons, Nuclear reactions
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