The decay path of the Hoyle state in C12 (Ex=7.654 MeV) has been studied with the N14(d,Î±2)C12(7.654) reaction induced at 10.5 MeV. High resolution invariant mass spectroscopy techniques have allowed us to unambiguously disentangle direct and sequential decays of the state passing through the ground state of Be8. Thanks to the almost total absence of background and the attained resolution, a fully sequential decay contribution to the width of the state has been observed. The direct decay width is negligible, with an upper limit of 0.043% (95% C.L.). The precision of this result is about a factor 5 higher than previous studies. This has significant implications on nuclear structure, as it provides constraints to 3Î± cluster model calculations, where higher precision limits are needed.
|Titolo:||High-Precision Probe of the Fully Sequential Decay Width of the Hoyle State in C 12|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|