Fission Dynamics of 240Pu from Saddle-to-Scission and Beyond [article]

Aurel Bulgac, Shi Jin, Kenneth Roche, Nicolas Schunck, Ionel Stetcu
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Calculations are presented for the time evolution of ^240Pu from the proximity of the outer saddle point until the fission fragments are well separated, using the time-dependent density functional theory extended to superfluid systems. We have tested three families of nuclear energy density functionals and found that all functionals exhibit a similar dynamics: the collective motion is highly dissipative and with little trace of inertial dynamics, due to the one-body dissipation mechanism alone.
more » ... This finding justifies the validity of using the overdamped collective motion approach and to some extent the main assumptions in statistical models of fission. This conclusion is robust with respect to the nuclear energy density functional used. The configurations and interactions left out of the present theory framework only increase the role of the dissipative couplings. An unexpected finding is varying the pairing strength within a quite large range has only minor effects on the dynamics. We find notable differences in the excitation energy sharing between the fission fragments in the cases of spontaneous and induced fission. With increasing initial excitation energy of the fissioning nucleus more excitation energy is deposited in the heavy fragment, in agreement with experimental data on average neutron multiplicities.
arXiv:1806.00694v2 fatcat:uoefriixozbptflz3zkr54l724