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The interaction of 11Li with 208Pb

By A. M. Vinodkumar, W. Loveland, R. Yanez, M. Leonard, L. Yao, P. Bricault, M. Dombsky, P. Kunz, J. Lassen, A. C. Morton, D. Ottewell, D. Preddy and M. Trinczek


Background: 11Li is one of the most studied halo nuclei. The fusion of 11Li with 208Pb has been the subject of a number of theoretical studies with widely differing predictions, ranging over four orders of magnitude, for the fusion excitation function. Purpose: To measure the excitation function for the 11Li + 208Pb reaction. Methods: A stacked foil/degrader assembly of 208Pb targets was irradiated with a 11Li beam producing center of target beam energies from above barrier to near barrier energies (40 to 29 MeV). The intensity of the 11Li beam (chopped) was 1250 p/s and the beam on-target time was 34 hours. The alpha-decay of the stopped evaporation residues was detected in a alpha-detector array at each beam energy in the beam-off period (the beam was on for <= 5 ns and then off for 170 ns). Results: The 215At evaporation residues were associated with the fusion of 11Li with 208Pb. The 213,214At evaporation residues were formed by the breakup of 11Li into 9Li + 2n, with the 9Li fusing with 208Pb. The 214At evaporation residue appears to result from a "quasi-breakup" process. Conclusions: Most of 11Li + 208Pb interactions lead to breakup with a small fraction (<= 11%) leading to complete fusion.Comment: 25 pages, 11 figure

Topics: Nuclear Experiment
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevC.87.044603
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1208.5706

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