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Direct Measurement of the Key Ec.m.=456 keV Resonance in the Astrophysical Ne19(p,γ)Na20 Reaction and Its Relevance for Explosive Binary Systems

Wilkinson, Ryan, Lotay, Gavin, Lennarz, A., Ruiz, C., Christian, G., Akers, C., Catford, W. N., Chen, A. A., Connolly, D., Davids, B. , Hutcheon, D. A., Jedrejcic, D., Laird, A. M., Martin, L., McNeice, E., Riley, J. and Williams, M. (2017) Direct Measurement of the Key Ec.m.=456 keV Resonance in the Astrophysical Ne19(p,γ)Na20 Reaction and Its Relevance for Explosive Binary Systems Physical Review Letters, 119 (24).

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Abstract

We have performed a direct measurement of the 19Ne(p,γ)20Na reaction in inverse kinematics using a beam of radioactive 19Ne. The key astrophysical resonance in the 19Ne+p system has been definitely measured for the first time at Ec.m.=456+5−2  keV with an associated strength of 17+7−5  meV. The present results are in agreement with resonance strength upper limits set by previous direct measurements, as well as resonance energies inferred from precision (3He, t) charge exchange reactions. However, both the energy and strength of the 456 keV resonance disagree with a recent indirect study of the 19Ne(d, n)20Na reaction. In particular, the new 19Ne(p,γ)20Na reaction rate is found to be factors of ∼8 and ∼5 lower than the most recent evaluation over the temperature range of oxygen-neon novae and astrophysical x-ray bursts, respectively. Nevertheless, we find that the 19Ne(p,γ)20Na reaction is likely to proceed fast enough to significantly reduce the flux of 19F in nova ejecta and does not create a bottleneck in the breakout from the hot CNO cycles into the rp process.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Wilkinson, Ryanr.wilkinson@surrey.ac.uk
Lotay, Gaving.lotay@surrey.ac.uk
Lennarz, A.
Ruiz, C.
Christian, G.
Akers, C.
Catford, W. N.
Chen, A. A.
Connolly, D.
Davids, B.
Hutcheon, D. A.
Jedrejcic, D.
Laird, A. M.
Martin, L.
McNeice, E.
Riley, J.
Williams, M.
Date : 2017
DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.242701
Depositing User : Karen Garland
Date Deposited : 04 Oct 2018 12:53
Last Modified : 04 Oct 2018 12:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849550

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