Cline, Douglas Nuclear Structure Laboratory, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
- Collective nuclear modes of motion
- One-step and multistep excitation
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- Studies of low-lying modes
- Studies of giant resonances
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Nuclear excitation caused by the time-dependent long-ranged electric field acting between colliding nuclei. Theoretically, the Coulomb force between the positively charged colliding nuclei is well understood, and the interaction is exactly calculable. Coulomb excitation usually is the dominant reaction in nuclear scattering, and even occurs at low bombarding energies where the separation of the nuclei is sufficiently large that the short-ranged nuclear force does not act. See also: Coulomb's law
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