Prof Pankaj Jain of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India will be presenting the breakthroughs achieved by him and his group in the theory of low energy nuclear reactions recently.
Speaker: Prof Pankaj Jain, Dept of Physics, IIT Kanpur Title: Low Energy Reaction of a Deuteron with a Heavy Nucleus
Date & Time: Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 11:30 AM GMT/UTC
Meeting ID: 925 4028 7203 Passcode: LENR-IITK
Abstract of the talk:
We use second order time dependent perturbation theory to study the reaction of a deuteron (D) with a heavy nucleus (X). The reaction proceeds by the breakdown of the deuteron into a proton and a neutron, due to the action of the first perturbation. The neutron gets captured by the heavy nucleus with the emission of a free proton. The process leads to emission of two photons, one at each vertex (or perturbation). We compute the reaction rate of a specific process in a condensed medium in which the two photons are emitted in coincidence and show that it is sufficiently large to be observable in a laboratory. No special medium conditions are required. Hence we conclude that nuclear reactions can take place at low energies at observable rates. However a detailed application to experimental results is still lacking. We explain the physical mechanism that makes such low energy reactions possible.
All interested are welcome to attend.