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Homework Help: Relativistic Nuclear Reaction.

  1. Oct 25, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Nucleus A has rest mass [tex]m_A[/tex],collides with nucleus B which has rest mass [tex]m_B[/tex].In the laboratory frame,nucleus A has energy [tex]E>m_Ac^2[/tex] and nucleus B is stationery.After the collision,a nuclear reaction takes place:
    [tex]A+B\rightarrow C+D[/tex]

    where nucleus C has rest mass [tex]m_C[/tex] and nucleus D has rest mass [tex]m_D[/tex].Suppose that [tex]m_A+m_B+Q=m_C+m_D[/tex],where Q>0.Find the minimum value of E required for this reaction to occur.Give answer in terms of [tex]m_A,m_B,Q[/tex]

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    3. The attempt at a solution


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