Destruction of the cosmic γ -ray emitter Al 26 in massive stars: Study of the key Al 26 (n,α) reaction

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Neutron destruction reactions of the cosmic γ-ray emitter Al26 are of importance to determine the amount of Al26 ejected into our galaxy by supernova explosions and for Al26 production in asymptotic giant branch stars. We performed a new measurement of the Al26(n,α) reaction up to 160-keV neutron energy at the neutron time-of-flight facilities n_TOF at CERN and GELINA at EC-JRC. We provide strengths for ten resonances, six of them for the first time. We use our data to calculate astrophysical reactivities for stellar temperatures up to 0.7 GK. Our results resolve a discrepancy between the two previous direct measurements of this reaction, and indicate higher stellar destruction rates than the most recently recommended reactivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL032803
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2021

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Funding Information:
We thank P. Black (University of Edinburgh) for support in design and construction of the detection system and P. Morrall (Daresbury Laboratory) for production of the B and LiF reference samples. This Letter was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Project No. J3503, by JRC-IRMM through the EUFRAT Program, by the U.K. Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), Projects No. ST/L005824/1 and No. ST/M006085/1, the European Research Council ERC-2015-STG Grant No. 677497, and the Cost Action “ChETEC” (Grant No. CA16117).

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