Consider the nuclide $^{190}\text{Pt}$, which is an alpha emitter. By using the Gamow calculation described here, I am able to obtain a rough approximation of the decay constant $\lambda$ for this decay channel. In addition I can calculate various theoretical two-body spontaneous fission branches for $^{190}\text{Pt}$ and use a similar calculation to obtain Gamow factors for them as well; obviously the likelihoods of these branches are vanishingly small.

Assuming two-body fissions are the only possibilities, is there a straightforward way to get from the Gamow factors $G_1\ldots G_{n}$ calculated above for the theoretical fission branches to partial decay constants $\lambda_{1} \ldots \lambda_{n}$ that can be used to calculate the partial activities $A_{i} = \lambda_{i}N_0$? I understand that the Gamow factors provide the relative probabilities for each branch, but I am having difficulty tracking down a more concrete relation that will yield the partial decay constants. I could continue the Gamow calculation to its conclusion for these daughters as well, but I wonder whether the rest of the calculation is applicable.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Eric. Perhaps I have not understood your question, but aren't the partial decay constants you are asking about also derived in the link? $\endgroup$ – sammy gerbil Aug 4 '16 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ @sammygerbil: the decay constants are indeed derived in that link for alpha decay. One question is whether the same calculation is suitable for fission involving much larger fragments? Perhaps it is. I had assumed it might not be, or that the question should at any rate be posed before assuming that the calculation is suitable. $\endgroup$ – Eric Walker Aug 4 '16 at 13:22

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