This paper was presented at the ND2007, International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, Nice, France, April 22 -27, 2007. It will appear in the proceedings. It has been assigned Los Alamos National Laboratory Preprint No LA-UR-07-2819,

Abstract:

In the macroscopic-microscopic model we have (1) enhanced our FRDM (1992) model of nuclear ground-state masses and shapes, (2) performed a global calculation of nuclear shape isomers, in which we characterize the ground-state and isomer minima in terms of their relative energies and shapes, and furthermore provide the saddle heights between all pairs of minima, and (3) performed a calculation of fission potential-energy surfaces for more than 5 million different shapes for each of 5254 nuclei from A=170 to A=330. We use an immersion technique borrowed from geography to determine saddle points and minima in these surfaces. We also use this technique to establish if structures such as deep valleys separated by high ridges are present. These would then give rise to different

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Peter Moller Last modified: Sept 24 2007