Has anyone thought of a mechanism enhancing the disintigration rates of α-decay?
Not a concrete idea, really. Last year I noticed that the most popular transmutation between alchemists, those of Hg to Au, is actually exotermic. It goes Hg201->Pt197+Alpha->Au197+beta. But the mean life dor this to happen is as long as the life of the universe, according common model of alpha disintegration.
The alpha in Hg201 is just above E=0, thus deep under the barrier. So I guess that a perturbation of the barrier does not help a lot (BTW, the maximum enhancement with this method is recorded about 15-20% in very deformed atoms).
Perhaps it could be possible to take advantage of the near-threshold status of this alpha and to induce some resonance mechanism. I have never seen such beast, but who knows.
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