If you direct a beam of, say 400 keV protons, against a Lithium target, you induce fusion reactions. This is the well known Cockcroft-Walton experiment.

Now I would like to ask if you can induce spallation of Lithium (with irregular fragments) by using GeV protons or other particles of much higher energy?

When I searched for Lithium spallation, all I got were a lot of articles on nucleosynthesis by cosmic rays and such.


Considerable work has been done WRT generating high-energy neutrons by bombarding Lithium-7 with protons at energies from the threshold of 1.880612MeV up to (at least) 150MeV. See Mashnik et al. 2008: "7Li(p,n) NUCLEAR DATA LIBRARY FOR INCIDENT PROTON ENERGIES TO 150 MEV", (https://arxiv.org/abs/nucl-th/0011066) and references therein.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi Art: for future reference, please link to the abstract page on Arxiv, as some users may be in mobile devices. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos May 7 '19 at 22:51

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