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  1. #1 (a,p) reaction 
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    I am wondering what the term (a,p) reaction stands for or means. Any help would be appreciated.

    The question is as follows:
    If Lithium-6 undergoes an (a,p) reaction, how much energey is consumed or liberated in the process? [In this case the alpha particale is the bombarding particle and a proton is produced along with another nucleus]. What is the other nucleus which is produced in the reaction?

    Thanks for any help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmad
    I am wondering what the term (a,p) reaction stands for or means. Any help would be appreciated.

    The question is as follows:
    If Lithium-6 undergoes an (a,p) reaction, how much energey is consumed or liberated in the process? [In this case the alpha particale is the bombarding particle and a proton is produced along with another nucleus]. What is the other nucleus which is produced in the reaction?

    Thanks for any help.
    You partially answered the question yourself. The notation (x,y) means that a particle is hit with x and y is emitted as a result.

    At least, the equation of the reaction should be easy to find. Since I assume that this is some kind of homework, I first want to give you a hint:



    You should be able to do the math and find out what is missing here. Note that the number of nucleons and the number of charge must be equal on both sides.


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