Halo structure of 8B determined from intermediate energy proton elastic scattering in inverse kinematics

G. A. Korolev, A. V. Dobrovolsky, A. G. Inglessi, G. D. Alkhazov, P. Egelhof, A. Estradé, I. Dillmann, F. Farinon, H. Geissel, S. Ilieva, Y. Ke, A. V. Khanzadeev, O. A. Kiselev, J. Kurcewicz, X. C. Le, Yu A. Litvinov, G. E. Petrov, A. Prochazka, C. Scheidenberger, L. O. SergeevH. Simon, M. Takechi, S. Tang, V. Volkov, A. A. Vorobyov, H. Weick, V. I. Yatsoura

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The absolute differential cross section for small-angle proton elastic scattering on the proton-rich 8B nucleus has been measured in inverse kinematics for the first time. The experiment was performed using a secondary radioactive beam with an energy of 0.7 GeV/u at GSI, Darmstadt. The active target, namely hydrogen-filled time projection ionization chamber IKAR, was used to measure the energy, angle and vertex point of the recoil protons. The scattering angle of the projectiles was simultaneously determined by the tracking detectors. The measured differential cross section is analyzed on the basis of the Glauber multiple scattering theory using phenomenological nuclear-density distributions with two free parameters. The radial density distribution deduced for 8B exhibits a halo structure with the root-mean-square (rms) matter radius Rm=2.58(6) fm and the rms halo radius Rh=4.24(25) fm. The results on 8B are compared to those on the mirror nucleus 8Li investigated earlier by the same method. A comparison is also made with previous experimental results and theoretical predictions for both nuclei.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
StatePublished - May 10 2018


  • B
  • Inverse kinematics
  • Proton elastic scattering
  • Proton halo


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