deep inelastic collision

deep inelastic collision

[′dēp ‚in·ə′las·tik kə′lizh·ən]
(nuclear physics)
A nuclear reaction in which two nuclei interact strongly, dissipating sizable amounts of energy and exchanging energy and nucleons, while their surfaces overlap for a brief period corresponding to a partial rotation of the intermediate dinuclear complex. Also known as deep inelastic transfer; incomplete fusion; quasi-fission; relaxed peak process; strongly damped collision.
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