Neutron capture on short-lived nuclei via the surrogate (d,p γ) reaction

Jolie Cizewski, Andrew Ratkiewicz

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Rapid r-process nucleosynthesis is responsible for the creation of about half of the elements heavier than iron. Neutron capture on shortlived nuclei in cold processes or during freeze out from hot processes can have a significant impact on the final observed r-process abundances. We are validating the (d,pγ) reaction as a surrogate for neutron capture with measurements on 95Mo targets and a focus on discrete transitions. The experimental results have been analyzed within the Hauser-Feshbach approach with non-elastic breakup of the deuteron providing a neutron to be captured. Preliminary results support the (d,pγ) reaction as a valid surrogate for neutron capture. We are poised to measure the (d,pγ) reaction in inverse kinematics with unstable beams following the development of the experimental techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number03003
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
StatePublished - May 16 2018
Event16th International Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics, CGS 2017 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Sep 18 2017Sep 22 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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