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Observation of the astrophysically important 3 state in Ne via elastic scattering of a radioactive F beam from H

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  • D.W. Bardayan
  • J.C. Blackmon
  • C.R. Brune
  • A.E. Champagne
  • A.A. Chen
  • J.M. Cox
  • T. Davinson
  • V.Y. Hansper
  • M.A. Hofstee
  • B.A. Johnson
  • R.L. Kozub
  • Z. Ma
  • P.D. Parker
  • D.E. Pierce
  • M.T. Rabban
  • A.C. Shotter
  • M.S. Smith
  • K.B. Swartz
  • D.W. Visser
  • P.J. Woods

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 1999


The F(p, γ)Ne reaction is important in stellar explosions, but its rate has been uncertain because of an expected 3 state in Ne that has never been conclusively observed. This state would provide a strong ℓ = 0 resonance and, depending on its excitation energy, could dominate the stellar reaction rate. We have observed this missing 3 state by measuring the H(F, p)F excitation function with a radioactive F beam at the ORNL Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. We find that the state lies at a center-of-mass energy of E = 599.8 ± 1.5 ± 2.0 keV (E = 4523.7 ± 2.9 keV) and has a width of Γ = 18 ± 2 ± 1 keV.

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