X-ray burst studies with the JENSA gas jet target

Konrad Schmidt, Kelly A. Chipps, Sunghoon Ahn, Jacob M. Allen, Sara Ayoub, Daniel W. Bardayan, Jeffrey C. Blackmon, Drew Blankstein, Justin Browne, Soomi Cha, Kyung Yuk Chae, Jolie Cizewski, Catherine M. Deibel, Eric Deleeuw, Orlando Gomez, Uwe Greife, Ulrike Hager, Matthew R. Hall, Katherine L. Jones, Antonios KontosRaymond L. Kozub, Eunji Lee, Alex Lepailleur, Laura E. Linhardt, Milan Matos, Zach Meisel, Fernando Montes, Patrick D. O'Malley, Wei Jia Ong, Steven D. Pain, Alison Sachs, Hendrik Schatz, Kyle T. Schmitt, Karl Smith, Michael S. Smith, Natã F.Soares De Bem, Paul J. Thompson, Rebecca Toomey, David Walter

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When a neutron star accretes hydrogen and helium from the outer layers of its companion star, thermonuclear burning enables the αp-process as a break out mechanism from the hot CNO cycle. Model calculations predict (α, p) reaction rates significantly affect both the light curves and elemental abundances in the burst ashes. The Jet Experiments in Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics (JENSA) gas jet target enables the direct measurement of previously inaccessible (α,p) reactions with radioactive beams provided by the rare isotope re-accelerator ReA3 at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), USA. JENSA is going to be the main target for the Recoil Separator for Capture Reactions (SECAR) at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Commissioning of JENSA and first experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) showed a highly localized, pure gas target with a density of ∼1019 atoms per square centimeter. Preliminary results are presented from the first direct cross section measurement of the 34Ar(α, p)37 K reaction at NSCL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNuclear Physics in Astrophysics VIII, NPA8 2017
EditorsMarcello Lattuada, Rosario Gianluca Pizzone, Claudio Spitaleri, Marcello Lattuada, Marco La Cognata, Sara Palmerini, Claudio Spitaleri
PublisherEDP Sciences
ISBN (Electronic)9782759890309
StatePublished - Dec 30 2017
Event8th International Conference on Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics, NPA8 2017 - Catania, Italy
Duration: Jun 18 2017Jun 23 2017

Publication series

NameEPJ Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2101-6275
ISSN (Electronic)2100-014X


Other8th International Conference on Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics, NPA8 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Schmidt, K., Chipps, K. A., Ahn, S., Allen, J. M., Ayoub, S., Bardayan, D. W., Blackmon, J. C., Blankstein, D., Browne, J., Cha, S., Chae, K. Y., Cizewski, J., Deibel, C. M., Deleeuw, E., Gomez, O., Greife, U., Hager, U., Hall, M. R., Jones, K. L., ... Walter, D. (2017). X-ray burst studies with the JENSA gas jet target. In M. Lattuada, R. G. Pizzone, C. Spitaleri, M. Lattuada, M. La Cognata, S. Palmerini, & C. Spitaleri (Eds.), Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics VIII, NPA8 2017 [01043] (EPJ Web of Conferences; Vol. 165). EDP Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201716501043