Photodisintegration of He-4 into p plus t

R. Nasseripour, B. L. Berman, N. Benmouna, Y. Ilieva, J. M. Laget, K. P. Adhikari, M. J. Amaryan, P. Ambrozewicz, M. Anghinolfi, H. Baghdasaryan, J. Ball, M. Battaglieri, I. Bedlinskiy, A. S. Biselli, C. Bookwalter, D. Branford, W. J. Briscoe, W. K. Brooks, V. D. Burkert, S. L. CarecciaD. S. Carman, P. L. Cole, P. Collins, P. Corvisiero, A. D'Angelo, A. Daniel, N. Dashyan, R. De Vita, E. De Sanctis, A. Deur, B. Dey, S. Dhamija, R. Dickson, C. Djalali, G. E. Dodge, D. Doughty, R. Dupre, G. Fedotov, S. Fegan, R. Fersch, A. Fradi, M. Y. Gabrielyan, G. P. Gilfoyle, K. L. Giovanetti, F. X. Girod, J. T. Goetz, W. Gohn, M. Mayer, D. P. Watts, J. Zhang, CLAS Collaboration

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The two-body photodisintegration of He-4 into a proton and a triton has been studied using the CEBAF Large-Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Real photons produced with the Hall-B bremsstrahlung-tagging system in the energy range from 0.35 to 1.55 GeV were incident on a liquid He-4 target. This is the first measurement of the photodisintegration of He-4 above 0.4 GeV. The differential cross sections for the gamma He-4 -> pt reaction were measured as a function of photon-beam energy and proton-scattering angle and are compared with the latest model calculations by J.-M. Laget. At 0.6-1.2 GeV, our data are in good agreement only with the calculations that include three-body mechanisms, thus confirming their importance. These results reinforce the conclusion of our previous study of the three-body breakup of He-3 that demonstrated the great importance of three-body mechanisms in the energy region 0.5-0.8 GeV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044603
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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