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Volume 281 - The 26th International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC2016) - Nuclear Reactions – Thursday 15
Microscopic Description Of Nuclear Fission
A. Bulgac,* S. Jin, P. Magierski, K. Roche, I. Stetcu
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2017 May 04
Published on: 2017 May 09
We describe the fission dynamics of 240 Pu within an implementation of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) extended to superfluid systems and real-time dynamics. We demonstrate the critical
role played by the pairing correlations, which even though are not the driving force in this complex dynamics, are providing the essential lubricant, without which the nuclear shape evolution would
come to a screeching halt. The evolution is found to be much slower than previously expected in this fully non-adiabatic treatment of nuclear dynamics, where there are no symmetry restrictions
and all collective degrees of freedom (CDOF) are allowed to participate in the dynamics.
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