Neutron Transfer Studies of 81Ge and the Astrophysical r-process
- Sunghoon (Tony) Ahn, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Thursday, July 25, 1:00 PM - Special Seminar
NSCL Seminar Room
The study of low-lying levels of nuclei near closed shells not only elucidates the evolution of nuclear shell structure far from stability, but also affects estimates of heavy element nucleosynthesis in supernova explosions. Especially, the properties of the low-lying levels in 81Ge is important because the sensitivity study of the r-process pointed out the properties of the nucleus can affect the final abundance pattern. Also, the spins and parities measurements of the states are essential to understand the trend of intruder states in odd-mass N = 49 isotones. This talk will present the study of the N=49 nucleus, 81Ge in the region of neutron magic number N=50 using an inverse kinematics (d,p) transfer reaction. The d(80Ge,p)81Ge neutron transfer reaction was measured by bombarding a 174 ug/cm^2 CD2 target with a 310 MeV beam of radioactive 80Ge at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The ORNL ASICs DAQ system was commissioned for a first implementation of the development in the experiment. The excitation energies of low-lying levels were measured. From analysis of the observed angular distributions, the spins and the parities were determined, and spectroscopic factors were extracted for the first time. Neutron capture cross sections on 80Ge have been calculated in a direct-semidirect model using extracted spectroscopic factors. Furthermore, two intruder states were confirmed and their properties were compared with other odd-mass N = 49 isotones.