Evidence for a long-lived orbiting complex has been found in large-angle measurements of strongly damped reaction products from the 28Si + 12C interaction. The well-known backward rise in the elastic yield is mirrored, but with much larger cross sections, in processes involving strong damping of the total kinetic energy. The average kinetic energy loss is independent of angle beyond θcm = 140°, and varies smoothly with bombarding energy with a slope characteristic of the orbiting two-body moment of inertia.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics