Portland State University. Department of Physics
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Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics
Deuterons -- Mathematical models, Bubbles -- Mathematical models
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Deuterons might be trapped in a bubble embryo which occur s due to statistical fluctuation in heavy water. The size of the bubble embryo is expected to be an order of a small molecule. The ground state energy level which the deuteron may occupy in the bubble is calculated by solving the Schroedinger equation, and by considering the interaction between the trapped deuteron by a spherical bubble and the surrounding polarized liquid medium (heavy water). From the dependence of the energy eigenvalue of the ground state on the bubble radius, the pressure exerted on the bubble wall is obtained. It is found that the pressure is negatively very large if the bubble radius is about the molecular size (3 to 7 Å). From extrapolating this result to larger sizes, we expect that a bubble would quickly collapse if enough energy is supplied and never grows to a stable bubble when the deuteron is trapped in the ground state.
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Oh, Joung Hoon, "Behavior of an Ion in a Bubble in the Ground State" (1991). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4193.