Measurement of 19Ne spectroscopic properties via a new method of inelastic scattering to study novae

F. Boulay, B. Bastin, F. De Oliveira Santos, T Davinson, A. Lemasson, P. Ujic, J. Mrazek, A. M. Sánchez-Benítez, E. Traykov, D. Ramos, N. L. Achouri, L Acosta, C Borcea, M. Ciemala, P. Delahaye, A. Estrade, G de France, J. Grinyer, B. Jacquot, O. KamalouA. Laird, V. Margerin, G. Marquinez-Duran, F Negoita, M. Rejmund, C. Rodriguez-Tajes, F. Rotaru, C. Schmitt, N. de Séréville, O Sorlin, M Stanoiu, J. C. Thomas, P. J. Woods

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Abstract

The accuracy of the predictions of the γ flux produced by a classical nova during the first hours after the outburst is limited by the uncertainties on several reaction rates, including the 18F(p,α)15O one. Better constraints on this reaction rate can be obtained by determining the spectroscopic properties of the compound nucleus 19Ne. This was achieved in a new inelastic scattering method using a 19Ne radioactive beam (produced by the GANIL-SPIRAL 1 facility) impinging onto a proton target. The experiment was performed at the VAMOS spectrometer. In this article the performances (excitation energy range covered and excitation energy resolution) and limitations of the new technique are discussed. Excitation energy resolution of σ = 33 keV and low background were obtained with this inverse kinematics method, which will allow extracting the spectroscopic properties of 19Ne.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012003
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume940
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018

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