Decay strength distributions in C-12(C-12,gamma) radiative capture

D. G. Jenkins, B. R. Fulton, P. Marley, S. P. Fox, R. Glover, R. Wadsworth, D. L. Watson, S. Courtin, F. Haas, D. Lebhertz, C. Beck, P. Papka, M. Rousseau, A. sanchez zafra, D. A. Hutcheon, C. Davis, D. Ottewell, M. M. Pavan, J. Pearson, C. RuizG. Ruprecht, J. Slater, M. Trinczek, J. D'Auria, C. J. Lister, P. Chowdhury, C. Andreoiu, J. J. Valiente-Dobon, S. Moon

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The heavy-ion radiative capture reaction, C-12(C-12,gamma), has been investigated at energies both on- and off-resonance, with a particular focus on known resonances at E-c.m.=6.0, 6.8, 7.5, and 8.0 MeV. Gamma rays detected in a BGO scintillator array were recorded in coincidence with Mg-24 residues at the focal plane of the DRAGON recoil separator at TRIUMF. In this manner, the relative strength of all decay pathways through excited states up to the particle threshold could be examined for the first time. Isovector M1 transitions are found to be a important component of the radiative capture from the E-c.m.=6.0 and 6.8 MeV resonances. Comparison with Monte Carlo simulations suggests that these resonances may have either J=0 or 2, with a preference for J=2. The higher energy resonances at E-c.m.=7.5 and 8.0 MeV have a rather different decay pattern. The former is a clear candidate for a J=4 resonance, whereas the latter has a dominant J=4 character superposed on a J=2 resonant component underneath. The relationship between these resonances and the well-known quasimolecular resonances as well as resonances in breakup and electrofission of Mg-24 into two C-12 nuclei are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044310
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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