A technique for the study of (p,n) reactions with unstable isotopes at energies relevant to astrophysics

P. Gastis, G. Perdikakis, G. P.A. Berg, A. C. Dombos, A. Estrade, A. Falduto, M. Horoi, S. N. Liddick, S. Lipschutz, S. Lyons, F. Montes, A. Palmisano, J. Pereira, J. S. Randhawa, T. Redpath, M. Redshaw, J. Schmitt, J. R. Sheehan, M. K. Smith, P. TsintariA. C.C. Villari, K. Wang, R. G.T. Zegers

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We have developed and tested an experimental technique for the measurement of low-energy (p,n) reactions in inverse kinematics relevant to nuclear astrophysics. The proposed setup is located at the ReA3 facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. In the current approach, we operate the beam-transport line in ReA3 as a recoil separator while tagging the outgoing neutrons from the (p,n) reactions with the low-energy neutron detector array (LENDA). The developed technique was verified by using the 40Ar(p,n)40K reaction as a probe. The results of the proof-of-principle experiment with the 40Ar beam show that cross-section measurements within an uncertainty of ∼25% are feasible with count rates up to 7 counts/mb/pnA/s. In this article, we give a detailed description of the experimental setup, and present the analysis method and results from the test experiment. Future plans on using the technique in experiments with the separator for capture reactions (SECAR) that is currently being commissioned are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number164603
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Radioactive beams
  • Recoil separators
  • Spectrometers


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