anomalon


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anomalon

[ə′näm·ə‚län]
(nuclear physics)
A nuclear fragment, produced in the collision of a projectile nucleus at relativistic energy with a target nucleus at rest, that has an anomalously short mean free path, comparable to that of a uranium nucleus.
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Jain of the State University of New York at Buffalo, the quarry is an elusive particle called the anomalon, apparently created in high-energy collisions between heavy atomic nuclei and atoms in a solid target.
Doubt cast on the statistical analysis used to establish the anomalous nuclear effect fueled a controversy, and several subsequent experiments failed to detect any evidence of anomalons (SN: 2/25/84, p.
Interest in the topic quickly died down, and Jain became one of the few physicists who remained convinced that anomalons exist (SN: 6/30/84, p.
If anomalons exist, they could represent a previously unknown and highly reactive state of nuclear matter.