RSPE Seminar

Microscopic description of nuclear fission

Dr Remi Bernard
Theoretical Physics, Research School of Physics, ANU

Among the different nuclear reactions, fission is without any doubt one of the most difficult to describe, reflecting the diversity of dynamics aspects of the many body problem. During fission, the nucleus is found in states of extreme deformations resulting in the formation of two fragments. The sensitivity of fission properties such as fragment mass and charge distributions with respect to the studied nucleus or the initial conditions attest to the richness of the phenomenon.

Mean field theories and beyond mean field theories provide powerful frameworks to describe fission with spectacular results over the last 20 years.  In this talk I will discuss recent studies dealing with various phenomena such as shell effects, superfluidity, quantum tunnelling or dissipation within the fission process  at the static Hartree Fock Bogoliubov (mean field) level or the Generator Coordinate Method (beyond mean field) approximation.  Ways of improvement of the methods will also be presented.

Dr. Rémi Bernard Post doc in Theoretical Physics, Research School of Physics, ANU. Remi’s main research fields are nuclear interaction, fission and nuclear structure.   He is also a research associate in the Quantum tunnelling of composite systems ARC project. 

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Date & time

Wed 12 Aug 2020, 11am–12pm


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Members of RSPE welcome