Astrophysical S-factor of T(4He, γ)7Li reaction at E cm = 15.7 keV

V. M. Bystritsky, G. N. Dudkin, E. G. Emets, M. Filipowicz, A. R. Krylov, B. A. Nechaev, A. Nurkin, V. N. Padalko, A. V. Philippov, A. B. Sadovsky

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The astrophysical S-factor of the reaction T(4He, γ)7Li is measured for the first time at the center of mass energy Ecm = 15.7 keV, lower than the energy range of the Standard Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (SBBN) model. The experiment is performed on a Hall pulsed accelerator (TPU, Tomsk). An acceleration pulse length of 10 μs allows one to suppress the background of cosmic radiation and the ambient medium by five orders of magnitude. A beam intensity of ~ 5 × 1014 4He+ ions per pulse allows one to measure an extremely low reaction yield. The yield of γ-quanta with the energies Eγ 0= 2483.7 keV and Eγ 1= 2006.1 keV is registered by NaI(Tl) detectors with the efficiency ε = 0.331 ± 0.026. A method for direct measurement of the background from the chain of reactions T(4He, 4He)T→T(T, 2n)X→(n, γ) and/or (n, n′γ) which ends by neutron activation of materials surrounding the target is proposed and implemented in this study. The value of the astrophysical S-factor of the reaction T(4He, γ)7Li Sαt(Ecm = 15.7 keV) = 0.091 ± 0.032 keV b provides the choice from the set of experimental data for the astrophysical Sαt-factor in favor of experimental data [4] with Sαt(Ecm = 0) = 0.1067 ± 0.0064 keV b.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-570
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics of Particles and Nuclei Letters
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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