The search for super-asymmetric fission, has been receiving increasing interest due to its possible interest in producing exotic neutron rich nucleus . Among the four main fission modes prescribed by Brosa , the supershort mode manifests itself only when light and heavy fission fragments are close to the double magic tin with A~132 in their nucleon composition. Though the possibility of the fission asymmetry of the pre-actinides had been predicted in 70’s , it took a decade to substantiate this prediction experimentally . Recently, the superasymmetric mode due to the influence of double magic Ca (Z = 20, N = 28) and double magic Pb (Z = 82, N = 126) has been observed at a mass yield level of 10-3 and 10-5, in fission of excited 260No compound nucleus, populated by the reactions 12C+248Cm and 22Ne+238U, respectively [5, 6]. The fission mass distributions of the fermium isotopes showed a marked transition from asymmetric to symmetric as the mass number increases from 254 to 258 . Additionally, Lustig et al.  predicted super-asymmetric fission modes in 253Fm(n,f) 254Fm(sf). So, further investigations at the lower excitation energies of Fm isotope and to discern super-asymmetric fission mode and its characteristics out of all other fission modes, was of paramount importance.
The mass-energy distributions of fission fragments of 254Fm compound nucleus formed in the reaction 16O+238U have been measured at two lab energies Elab = 89 and 101 MeV, using the two-arm time-of-flight spectrometer CORSET . The contribution from quasifission is negligible in the reaction 16O+238U . At the energy close to the Coulomb barrier (corresponding excitation energy ECN~ 45 MeV), where the shell effects still exist, the enhancement of the mass yield in the region 60-70 u for the light fragment is observed. This can be explained by the influence of double magic Ni (Z=28, N=50). The mass yield is found to be around 10-2 %. This signature of super-asymmetric fission goes away at the higher excitation energy (ECN~ 56 MeV).
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