superdeformed nuclear state

superdeformed nuclear state

[¦sü·pər·di′fȯrmd ′nü·klē·ər ′stāt]
(nuclear physics)
A nucleus in a highly excited state, formed in the collision of heavy nuclei, whose shape corresponds to an ellipsoid with an axis ratio approaching 2:1.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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