The deuteron-emission channel in the beta decay of the halo nucleus (11)Li was measured at the Isotope Separator and Accelerator facility at TRIUMF by implanting postaccelerated (11)Li ions into a segmented silicon detector. The events of interest were identified by correlating the decays of (11)Li with those of the daughter nuclei. This method allowed the energy spectrum of the emitted deuterons to be extracted, free from contributions from other channels, and a precise value for the branching ratio B(d)=1.30(13)x10(-4) to be deduced for E(c.m.)> 200 keV. The results provide the first unambiguous experimental evidence that the decay takes place essentially in the halo of (11)Li and that it proceeds mainly to the (9)Li+d continuum, opening up a new means to study the halo wave function of (11)Li.
|Article number||ARTN 212501|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Nov 2008|
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