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Resonances in 19Ne with relevance to the astrophysically important 18F( p,α)15O reaction
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The most intense γ -ray line observable from novae is likely to be from positron annihilation associated with the decay of 18F. The uncertainty in the destruction rate of this nucleus through the 18F(p,α)15O reaction presents a limit to interpretation of any future observed γ -ray flux. Direct measurements of the cross section of both this reaction and the 18F(p,p)18F reaction have been performed between center of mass energies of 0.5 and 1.9 MeV. Simultaneous fits to both data sets with the R-matrix formalism reveal several resonances, with the inferred parameters of populated states in 19Ne in general agreement with previous measurements. Of particular interest, extra strength has been observed above Ec.m. ∼1.3 MeV in the 18F(p,p)18F reaction and between 1.3–1.7 MeV in the 18F(p,α)15O reaction. This is well described by a broad 1/2+ state, consistent with both a recent theoretical prediction and an inelastic scattering measurement. The astrophysical implications of a broad subthreshold partner to this state are discussed.