Interaction of Nuclei with Electromagnetic Radiation
In the development of atomic physics the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic radiation has been of paramount importance for the understanding of atomic structure. In the case of nuclei, this interaction has not been so important a tool, since, unlike the atomic case, the wavelengths of interest are so short that they cannot be measured by the usual optical devices. The rather indirect methods which must be employed make the energy determination quite inaccurate compared to spectroscopic standards, and the available resolution low. Furthermore in most cases the radiation process is only one of many competing processes (such as particle emission or sometimes even beta-decay) and its probability is correspondingly lower.
KeywordsElectric Dipole Electromagnetic Radiation Compound Nucleus Internal Conversion Multipole Moment
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