The rapid proton-capture process (rp-process) produces proton rich nuclei on the surface of accreting neutron stars. The light curves of type I X-ray bursts are an observable result of the energy produced. In reaction networks, a series of (p, γ) reactions and β-decays proceed along a path close to the proton drip-line culminating, for some bursts, in a Sn-Sb-Te cycle. To address uncertainties in the masses near the proton drip-line, we have observed the β-decay of neutron-deficient 103,104,105Sb isotopes at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. A mixed beam of unstable nuclei was produced at the Coupled Cyclotron Facility and isolated in the A1900 fragment separator. Nuclei were then implanted and decays were observed in the NSCL β-decay end station. We discuss preliminary results on β-decay properties and the search for proton radioactivity.
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|State||Published - 2006|
|Event||9th International Symposium on Nuclear Astrophysics - Nuclei in the Cosmos, NIC 2006 - Geneva, Switzerland|
Duration: Jun 25 2006 → Jun 30 2006